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Dokho Monastery Project

The monastic activities at the second Dokho monastery came to a halt following the tragic events of 1959. The building was damaged and the community of monks scattered. In time, what was left of the monastery came to be used as a horse farm and a storage place. Later, when religious activities were once again permitted in Tibet, small groups of monks began to congregate to study and practice. There are now 800 monks studying and practicing at the monastery. Although originally a Sakya monastery, monks from all traditions study there now.

     Tulku Nyima had wanted to spend the remainder of his life in retreat. However his two elderly teachers, Khenpo Sherab from whom he received many empowerments and instructions and his own root teacher Arig Rinpoche, both requested him to accept responsibility for the Dokho monastery. Tulku Nyima initially accepted this responsibility for three years. He since has decided to retain this responsibility until the rebuilding of the Dokho monastery is complete. Essential renovations include repairs to the old temple, monastery walls, rooms for monks, over a hundred pillars, the monastery windows, and the roof. Tulku Nyima is currently seeking help to rebuild the Dokho monastery.

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Sakya Dokho Monastery

The great Sakya Lama Chögyel Phakpa In the 13th century incorporated the region of Throm in Kham while on a political mission in the region. In accordance with an earlier prophesy, the glorious lord of accomplished ones Thangtong Gyalpo in the 15th century had a mystical vision of where to found Dokho Monastery. The local deity Dulwa challenged his abilities, so he reassured the deity by indenting a rock with the imprint of a statue. This is the meaning of the name Dokho, “Indented Rock”. Thangtong Gyalpo and the King of Derge built the first Dokho monastery. Many important masters came to this monastery to turn the dharma-wheel of the profound and vast teachings of ripening and liberation.

      In the middle of the 19th century, Gonpo Namgyal, an evil tribal leader from Jakmo Valley in Nyarong, destroyed the monastery, leaving no trace of it. The great Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo prophesied that it would be fortuitous to relocate the monastery and the stupa to the lower part of the valley. Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye investigated the area and spoke of the good qualities of the land there at the heart of the area of Trom, having seen the land complete with the seven mountains, eight auspicious symbols, the lotus-shape of the area of the monastery, the eight-spoked wheel in the sky, and the guardians in the four directions.  The second Dokho monastery was built there by the great caretaker of Derge, Chagö Padma Legdrub. He collected donations in Tromthar and also contributed his own wealth.

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