MINDROLLING MONASTERY, CLEMENT TOWN, DEHRADUN


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When one uses the term 'temple', one automatically assumes it to be a hindu ones. I too, thought the same, when the dhaba-owner had earlier asked me to visit the place; until, I was corrected as it being Buddhist instead. Actually, instead of using the term 'mandir' while asking for directions, one should also use the term 'buddhist', so that one gets to the correct place. Anyways, little mis-adventure done, I got to the correct destination, alas. Walking through the tibetan colony was peaceful in itself, but on entering the MindRolling Monastery, a sense of calm took over.


taking the above direction, the giant Buddha statue immediately came to view :-)


the entrance...


the prayer-wheels, the incense pitcher...


isn't it giant? Well, there are plenty more interesting ones in the premises.

History : Khochhen Rinpoche at the age of 22, escaped into exile in India as one of the seven-member entourage of Mindrolling Trichen Rinpoche. In 1965, he and the small group of monks began the process of re-establishing Mindrolling monastery ( which was destroyed back in Tibet due to various factors - both natural as well as political ) near Clement Town, in Dehradun. He also established the Ngagyur Nyingma College, one of the largest Buddhist institutes in India. Near Mindrolling Monastery, Rinpoche also erected a 190 feet high Stupa of the Buddha’s Descent from the God Realms, inaugurated in 2002, and dedicated to world peace.


the monastery compound, such a serene atmosphere...


beautiful, well-kept gardens ( above )...

typical tibetan architecture ( below )...

The stupa of the re-established Mindrolling Monastery, in Clement Town, Dehradun.
I totally loved my time in these peaceful grounds. There were many monks - both young and old, walking about in their maroon robes. How I wish I could go back and spend some more. Well, someday soon, perhaps...

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