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Dorje Drak

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Dorje Drak (Tibetan = རྡོ་རྗེ་བྲག་དགོན་པ།; Wylie = rdo rje brag dgon pa. English: 'Indestructible Rock'), Thupten Dorje Drak Ewam Chogar (Tib. ཐུབ་བསྟན་རྡོ་རྗེ་བྲག་རྡོ་རྗེ་བྲག་ཨེ་ཝཾ་ལྕོག་སྒར་, Wyl. thub bstan rdo rje brag rdo rje brag e waM lcog sgar) was one of the Six Mothe Nyingma Monasteries In Tibet. "It is located in the Lhoka (Lho-ka) region of southern Central Tibet."

Dorje Drak is also the Name of the Monastery built to replace it in Shimla, India, after the original was destroyed during Chinese invasion of Tibet. It is now the seat of the throneholder of the Monastery and the tradition. Along with Mindroling it is one of the two most important Nyingma Monasteries in Ü province of Tibet.


History

"Dorje Drak . . . was founded by the First Rigdzin Godemchen Ngodrub Gyeltsen (1337-1409).

In 1632 the Monastery relocated from Tsang to its present tranquil setting on the north bank of the Brahmaputra, when the young Third Rigdzin Ngagiwangpo and his guardian Jangdak Tashi Topgyel were forced to flee the wrath of the kings of Tsang.

Their successor, the erudite Fourth Rigdzin Pema Trinle (b. 1641) greatly enlarged the Monastery befiore his untimely Death at the hands of the Dzungar Mongolians, who sacked the Monastery in 1717.

Later, during the 1960s the Monastery was again obliterated. Nonetheless it has been gradually restored in recent years through the efforts of the present incarnation of Dordrak Rigdzin, who lives in Lhasa, and those of Kelzang Chojor and the local community."


"The Monastery specialized in the Northern Treasures (Tib. བྱང་གཏེར, changter; Wyl. byang gter) tradition of Rigdzin Gödem. It had approximately 200 Monks before the Chinese invasion."


Dorje Drak Gompa (Jingangsi)

This Monastery at the southern end of the city of Kangding (Dartsedo) in Eastern Kham (Ganzi Prefecture) is a branch of the Dorje Drak Monastery]] in Central Tibet. It was destroyed in 1959 before the Cultural Revolution, but the Chanting Hall (the main temple), in which there is a large statue of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), and Jokhang have been restored.


Dorje Drak in Exile

As the original Monastery was destroyed after the Chinese invaded Tibet, a new Monastery was founded by Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche in 1984 in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India, modeled after the original Dorje Drak Monastery In Tibet. It is called Thupten Dorje Drak Ewam Chogar Chökhor Namgyal Ling.


The current throneholder is Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche or H.H. Taglung Kyabgon Tsetrul Thupten Gyaltsen Rinpoche, who accepted the position of Head of the Nyingma sect on 22 March, 2012.

Source

Wikipedia:Dorje Drak