Dru-gu Monastery. The reconstruction of the historic Dru-gu Monastery has been completed after ten years of hard work by the local people, with the help of generous contributions of Chinese Buddhist communities from Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan.

Eastern Tibet Self-Help Project, established with mainly the work of Dr. Joanna Macy and friends, for the development of cultural, spiritual, humanitarian, and environmental programs in the upper Dru-gu region of Tibet. It is an essential companion of the Dru-gu Monastery project. A mobile health clinic, a home for the elderly, and art programs have already been developed. Reforestation, planting and a wildlife protection program are also part of our efforts to restore the once beautifully wooded wildlife habitat of Dru-gu.

Drukpa Kagyu Lineage Archives. Choegyal Rinpoche is actively involved in numerous projects of the Jangchub Jong Buddhist Institute Charitable Trust in Himachal Pradesh. Projects include the Saraha Library and Archives in co-ordination with Kumud Sanctuary at Jangchub Jong Dorzong Institute,for the translation and publication of Dharma texts, in particular of the Drukpa Kagyu tradition. The Jangchub Jong Buddhist Institute Charitable Trust is under the direction of H.E. Dorzong Rinpoche. More information can be found at www.dorzongrinpoche.org

Tara Vir Dru-gu Retreat Center was founded by Choegyal Rinpoche on Shivapuri Mountain, Nepal, with support from Senge Jingri friends in California and Chinese Buddhist students from Malaysia and Taiwan. It is a center for students from Dru-gu to support their studies and practice in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Tibetan Cultural Heritage Foundation. Choegyal Rinpoche established The Tibet Lions-TCHF for the preservation of Tibetan art, culture, and philosophy. Many of these projects are carried out in collaboration with his certified regents and Dharma children.

Environmental Rehabilitation. The Dru-gu, Lhathog Yezu's region, home place of the Dru-gu Choegyal lineage, is a mountainous area of Thopa within the Chamdo district in the Eastern province of Kham, Tibet. It's famed as one of the most holy places in Tibet goes back to the time of the Bonpos. The literal meaning of Lhathog is "First God" while Yezu stands for "Manifestation of the Primodial Heavenly Being". The Dru-gu of today is a spiritual community of six nomadic tribes living harmoniously with the community of the Dru-gu monastery, Dru-gu nunneries, and Dru-gu Retreat centers. The entire region including its flora and fauna are considered sacred. The local people work cooperatively for the preservation and support of the natural environment; caring for the precious living environment is a strong and heartfelt component of religious practice.


The art gallery and studio for the Revival of Ancient Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Art Wisdom, at Jangchub Jong, Kangra, H.P. India.

Saving the lives of animals at Dru-gu Monastic Institute in Thopa Shang, Chamdo, Kham, TAR.

Tibetan New Year celebration with life saving of yaks choosen by the children

Senghe Jingri Retreat Center, to be used by Tashi Jong and Dru-gu Tokdens

Saving yaks in Drugu during Buddhist Vesak

Summer picninc at Drugu Monastery with head of Khampagar, Drugba Rinpoche

World peace prayer day to Gods and Godesses of the whole world Zamling Sisang during full moon day


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