The Monks


In June 2012 the gompa became home to our fist group of novices, aged 7 to 11. This group came from the Karnali zone of Mid Western Region of Nepal, specifically from Jumla and Dolpa districts. Their families agreed to the boys being taken into the guardianship of the gompa.

Due to their young age and lack of previous schooling, they initially attended secular education at the primary school of the adjacent Tibetan camp, learning Nepali, Tibetan and English. They spent the winter of 2013-2014 in Pokhara where they began more regular monastic studies under the guidance of Lopen Sonam.

Since then the original group of monks have been joined by more young novices, from Kathmandu and locally, as families asked Shashi to take their sons into his care.

At the gompa, ge la Jamyang Nima teaches Tibetan and dharma twice a day, before and after school.

 

Our monks

Pema Gyalpo
Dawa
Tshewang
Tenzin Norbu
Pemba Tsering
Tshering Chomple
Tsering Gyaltsen
Karma Sonam
Norbu Tsering
Pema Gyaltsen

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Pema Gyalpo

Pema Gyalpo was 7 years old when he came to Chhairo in spring 2014.

He is a quiet contained little boy, who had already spent some time at the Karma Samten Ling monastery in Kathmandu.

He is strong for his size and gets asked to help his friends when something heavy needs moving. He keeps an eye on youg Dawa, and often acts as his elder brother.

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Dawa

Dawa came to Chhairo in spring 2014 when he was 6 years old.

His family is from Gorkha. Many of his elder brothers and sisters are also monks and he has already spent some time at the Karma Samten Ling gompa in Kathmandu before coming to Chhairo where he has settled in quickly.

 

 

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Tshewang Gyalpo

Tshewang is a local boy, from Myagdi district just south of Mustang, and was 11 when he came to Chhairo in 2014.

He has not attended much school and is often seen daydreaming in class. He’s doesn’t say much but has a fabulous smile which wins him friends.

He’s the tallest of our novices and the most boisterous.

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Tenzin Norbu

Tenzin was the smallest of the 2014 monks which earned him the nickname ‘Puche’ (small). He was 5 when he came to Chhairo.

He is a happy little boy and comes from Tukuche, Shashi and Chakra’s home village, about an hours walk south of Chhairo.

Pemba Tsering

Pemba Tsering

Pemba was the oldest of the original Jumla monks, at 12 in 2014.

He was one of the brightest students in the group, and liked to sketch taking inspiration from his surroundings. His lama name Pema Wangchhu which means “Lotus Blessed One”.

He has since moved to a larger monastery in upper Mustang.

 

Tshering Chomple

Tshering Chomple

Tsering’s lama name is Pema Dechen which means Lotus Heaven.

He came to Chhairo in 2012 but moved to Upper Mustang in winter 2014.

 

Tsering Gyaltsen

Tsering Gyaltsen

Tsering came to Chhairo in 2012 from Dolpa district in Mid West Nepal. He is also now attending the monastery in Upper Mustang.

Karma Sonam

Karma Sonam

Karma Sonam’s lama name is Norbu Tsangpo which means Great Gem. He came to Chhairo in 2012 from Jumla district in Mid West region.

He went home to Jumla in late 2014, but later joined the monastery in Upper Mustang.

Norbu Tshering

Norbu Tsering

Norbu was the youngest of the original group of young monks who came to Chhairo in 2012.

He was collected by his father from Pokhara in winter 2014 and returned to Jumla.

Pema Gyaltsen

Pema Gyaltsen

Pema was part of the first group of six monks who came to Chhairo in 2012 when he was 10years old.

In late autumn 2013 Pema’s parents asked for him to come home. As their only child they missed him and felt that his monastic education was not progressing as fast as they would have liked. He returned to Jumla with his father in October 2013.

For more information, please choose a link below: Chhairo’s founder and reincarnations (Tulkus) Guru Nawang Chhogyall Tenzin (Shashi Dhoj Tulachan)Our Teachers