Palyul Dartang Monastery

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Palyul Dartang Monastery, courtesy of Anna Sehnalova, 2018

Palyul Dartang Monastery (Tib. དཔལ་ཡུལ་དར་ཐང ་, Wyl. dpal yul dar thang ), aka Palyul Dartang Do Ngak Shedrub Chöling (Tib. དཔལ་ཡུལ་དར་ཐང་མདོ་སྔགས་བཤད་སྒྲུབ་ཆོས་གླིང་, Wyl. dpal yul dar thang mdo sngags bshad sgrub chos gling) is s the main branch of Palyul Monastery in Golok.


Palyul Dartang Monastery is located to the west of the sacred mountain Nyenpo Yutsé, in present day Chikdril, on the banks of the Bo Lung Chu, a small tributary of the Mar Chu. To the north-west is located the Dharma encampment of Yéru Nakgar.


Palyul Dartang Monastery was founded in 1857 or 1882 by Gyatrul Rinpoche, Pema Dongag Tendzin (1830-1891), the seventh throne-holder of Palyul Monastery in Kham. Some says it was founded by the Second Karma Kuchen, Karma Gyurme Ngedön Tendzin.[1]


While it is historically considered a branch of Palyul Monastery, it quickly became its most influential branch, and became even much larger in size and number of monks than his mother monastery. Among its lineages of tulkus is the Palyul Choktrul incarnation Line.

Palyul Dartang Monastery holds the traditions of the terma of Ratna Lingpa, and the mind treasures (Tib. དགོངས་གཏེར་, Wyl. gong ter) of Tulku Mingyur Dorje (1645-67).

Recent Years

Nowadays, Palyul Dartang has 1200 Nyingma monks and 30 incarnate lamas.

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