Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling || Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Kathmandu

Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling

Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery near Boudhanath of Kathmandu, Nepal. It is the main monastery at the heart of our mandala. It was one of the first Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, ever constructed in Kathmandu. Shedrub Ling means “sanctuary for learning and practice”. Upon entering the compound, one can feel that the name rings true. It is a refuge from the hustle and bustle of the busy city.

Based on the wishes of the 16th Karmapa, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and his family began construction of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in 1974. Upon its completion in the spring of 1976, King Birendra of Nepal performed the official inauguration.

The monastery houses Rangjung Yeshe Institute, the Center for Buddhist Studies, in partnership with Kathmandu University. Students can study BA, MA, Ph.D. degrees from KU, with a major in “Buddhist Studies with Himalayan Language.

At this world-renowned institute, local and international students from over thirty countries study Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan, Sanskrit, Nepali, and other topics relevant to understanding the history of Buddhism and its contemporary forms. Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling has several affiliated monasteries, nunneries, and retreat centers in the Himalayas as well as many projects in Europe, America, and Asia.

During the two devastating earthquakes of April and May 2015, the original main temple suffered extensive damage. As a result, the temple cannot be further used. A new temple has been designed and is planned to be built. Another building currently serves as the main shrine hall.

However, the earthquakes didn’t interrupt the continuity of the practice and the monastics performed the daily rituals and prayers in temporary shelters outside the temple. In such critical situation too, the monks over there hosted hundreds of locals in need of food and shelter.

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