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Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche, a revered Tibetan Buddhist master, fled Tibet in 1959 following the Chinese invasion. His initial years in exile were spent at various monasteries, including Thangmé, with an enduring hope to return to his beloved Rongpuk Monastery in Tibet. However, the political situation made this return impossible. In 1968, Trulshik Rinpoche established Thupten Choling Monastery in the Solu Khumbu district of northeastern Nepal on land that was generously donated. This monastery has since become a thriving retreat community and a sanctuary for Tibetan refugees.

As of 2019, Thupten Choling Monastery continues to honor Trulshik Rinpoche's legacy. It is home to hundreds of Tibetan monks and nuns who have found refuge there, continuing their spiritual practices and preserving their cultural heritage under the guidance of Trulshik Rinpoche's teachings. This enduring community stands as a testament to Rinpoche's vision and dedication, providing not only a place of worship but also a home for those displaced by the ongoing political strife in their homeland.

Solu Khumbu, Nepal

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