Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery was founded by H.H. Penor Rinpoche when he moved to south India shortly after leaving Tibet, in 1963. The aim was to create a centre where to perpetuate the teachings of the Nyingmapa lineage and to re-establish the palyul tradition. Built in Bylakuppe, near Mysore and Bangalore, in Karnataka state, it has grown to be the largest Nyingma Monastery where over a thousand monks and nuns study. Namdroling is the home of the Nagyur Nyingma Institute (Nyingma Buddhist studies and research center), the shedra, where currently over 500 monks are studying to become khenpos.