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Tashi Jong , Tibetan Village. Tashi Jong is a fairly compact traditional Tibetan village located in northern India, two hours east of Dharamsala, where the H.H.Dalai Lama reside.
In 1958, having foreseen the imminent coming of Communist China, H.E. Khamtrul Rinpoche VIII, Kalzang Dongyu Nyima, left for India with a group of 16 monks and reincarnate lamas. In eastern Tibet he had been the head of Khampagar Monastery, which had over 200 branch monasteries of the Drukpa Kagyu lineage. They settled first in Kalimpong in northeastern India where many lay people from the Khampagar area in Kham, Tibet came seeking refuge and affiliating themselves with this newly formed community. Due to his foresight and early departure from Tibet, H.E. Khamtrul Rinpoche VIII was able to provide a landing place and safe haven for many Rinpoches who fled the Chinese invasion.
Khampagar Monastery In 1969 the Kalimpong community moved to their present location in the peaceful Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh on 37 acres of land, which was named Tashi Jong, Tibetan for Auspicious Happy Valley. The late Tokden Amtin, a realized yogi who lived at Tashi Jong, mentioned that at the time of the initial consecration of the land, both HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and H.E. Khamtrul Rinpoche VIII clearly felt this place to be the pure land of the Five Manjushris. Today approximately 2000 Indian and Tibetan community members, including lay people, monks, Tokdens and Rinpoches, reside there. Under the spiritual guidance of H.E. the 9th Khamtrul Rinpoche, there two braches of monasteries- Khampagar Monastery and Khamgar Druk College. Khampagar monastery has two retreat centres and one school for young monks.
Khamgar Druk College has one school for young monks.