Rinpoche’s Activities

In addition to teaching, there are other activities that are important to Tana Dungsey Rinpoche. If inspired, students may contribute directly to these by making donations (see the “Ways to Help” tab).

Tana Monastery, Kollegal, India

The spectacular Tana Monastery lies within a compound of Tibetan refugee camps in Kollegal, South India, and is home to 70 monks. After the passing of his father in 2000, Tana Dungsey Rinpoche inherited the Tana Monastery and it is now his heart project to

complete its refurbishing and reconstruction so that the traditions of the Yelpa Kagyu tradition may flourish. These plans include completing the construction of a modern kitchen and dining room, as well as living quarters for the monks (all of this is about 80% complete as of 2017). There is a small shrine room that seats 50, and plans are underway to create a large shrine room (capacity 110 seats).

Tana Yelpa Settlements IndiaRefugee Camps

When in India, Tana Rinpoche continues his father’s tradition of tirelessly working for the benefit of the approximately 22 nearby Tibetan refugee camps. Each camp houses approximately 30 households and Rinpoche serves as their spiritual teacher, performs pujas, funerals and tends to the many spiritual needs of the refugee communities. He also provides material benefits to those in need, sometimes to the neglect of his own needs.

Tana Dungsey Rinpoche has arrived in Colorado!

He will be in quarantine for 14 days. Yingchukla was able to meet with Rinpoche in person after 5 months apart. Rinpoche shared these pics.

Rinpoche will soon be working with us to create ways to teach and connect with his Sangha here during these pandemic times.

His Holiness Dalai Lama’s birthday, today, July 6th

Rinpoche is asking that all of his students chant 10 malas of “Om Mani Padma Hum” to commemorate the birthday of His Holiness. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is widely believed to be a manifestation of Avalokiteshvara.

H.H.Dalai Lama is urgently encouraging people to help the earth heal. In honor of his birthday, the monks at Tana Monastery in India have been planting more trees. Here are some pics.

“Now in this life we may be living in houses constructed of bricks and steel. But in many of our lives our homes have been trees, seas, rivers, rocks, mountains, and so on. So taking care of our earth is taking care of our own home.” Tana Dungsey Rinpoche


HH Karmapa’s birthday June 26th.

Rinpoche and the Tana Monastery monks have planted 120 trees in honor of HH Karmapa’s birthday. See the June 2020 pics below. 

HH Karmapa has been emphasizing the importance of planting trees to help the earth and all sentient beings. Rinpoche and monks planted 120 trees near Tana Monastery to commemorate His Holiness Karmapa’s birthday.