Drikung Kagyu Institute - History

In 1984 His Holiness Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche acquired a piece of land outside the city of Dehra Dun, India, to establish a monastery and an education center. The education center was given the same name as the non-profit umbrella organization, the Drikung Kagyu Institute, and the monastery was named after the first Drikung Kagyu monastery in Drikung Thil, Tibet: Jangchubling.

The consecration ceremony for the land was performed in February, 1985 by His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche, H.E. Gyalpo Rinpoche, H.E. Ontul Rinpoche, Drubpön Sönam Jorphel and Lama Tsulwang.

Shortly thereafter His Holiness Chungtsang Rinpoche, who had the opportunity of his first travel outside of Tibet, came and blessed the land as well. Jangchubling Monastery was completed in the course of five years.

The great ceremonial inauguration of Jangchubling Monastery and its affiliated education center, the Drikung Kagyu Institute (DKI), took place in November 1992. His Holiness Chungtsang Rinpoche again obtained permission to travel outside of China for the second time to attend the inauguration, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama performed the actual opening ritual during a magnificent ceremony. As an auspicious coincidence the year before, the oldest class of students of the DKI had completed their basic course of study, and were ready to attend a school for higher Buddhist studies. Following the inauguration, the Monkey Year Teachings were held under the guidance of both the Chungtsang and Chetsang Rinpoches.