Yangting Dechen Ling Monastery, also known as Shugden Monastery, is located in Yangding in Kham, Tibet. Kham, as it exists today, encompasses Yushu, Kardze/Ganze, Chamdo and Dechen prefectures as well as parts of Nagchu and Kongpo.
This monastery has produced many illustrious and eminent scholar-monks such as the His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal and His Eminence Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche. This is not surprising considering that the region of Kham was famed for producing very qualified high lamas over the ages.
The original monastery was founded by Yogi Je Lodö Namgyal, one of the foremost disciples of Lama Tsongkhapa, in 1421 a couple of years after Jamchen Chöje Shakya Yeshe of Tsel Gungtang founded Sera Monastery in 1419 in Tibet.
The new monastery still stands on the same grounds as the old monastery, and has a new prayer hall which was added during its renovation. This huge prayer hall was inaugurated on 20 August 2010 in a four-day long event. During the festivities, monks and lay practitioners participated in many diverse and virtuous activities. The new prayer hall was built with the specific aim of propagating and disseminating the pure Buddhadharma and the teachings of Je Tsongkhapa specifically.
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