Buddhist Monastic Institutions in the Bir Area

There are a number of monasteries and shedras (monastic colleges) of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in the greater Bir area, most notably the following:

Chokling Monastery: Pema Ewam Chögar Gyurme Ling (In Bir Tibetan Colony)
The exile branch of Chokling Monastery was built by Neten Chokling Pema Gyurme, currently home to his reincarnation, Neten Chokling Rinpoche. Chokling Monastery has a large stupa and an impressive statue of Padmasambhava.  Go ›

Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lödrö College of Dialectics (Chauntra, East of Bir Road)
Monastic college for advanced Buddhist studies (formerly Dzongsar Institute), under Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche.  Go ›

Palpung Sherab Ling Monastery (In Bhattu, West of Bir)
Monastic seat of Kenting Tai Situ Rinpoche (Karma Kagyü lineage), offering periodic courses in Buddhist mediation and philosophy.  Go ›

Other Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in Bir Tibetan Colony include:

  • Dirru Monastery & Bir Sakya Lama Society (Sakya lineage) under the guidance of the 15th Gyalsay Tulku Rinpoche and the 14th Dungyud Rinpoche
  • Drikung Dozin Theckcho Ling Monastery (Drikung Kagyü lineage) under guidance of Lho Ontül Rinpoche
  • Palyul Chökhorling Monastery (Nyingma lineage) under the guidance of Ringu Tulku Rinpoche

Other Centres offering Buddhist Meditation & Philosophy Programmes

There are also several non-monastic educational institutes in the Bir area whose programmes include periodic courses in Buddhist philosophy and practice, including Deer Park Institute, Dharmalaya Institute, and Guna Institute. For details, see our Bir Educational Organisations and NGOs page.