Yachen Gar (Yachen Orgyen Meditation Monastery)

yachen-1Located 4000m above sea level, in an isolated valley in Pelyul (Baiyu) County, Garze (Ganzi), Sichuan. The Yachen Gar (“Yachen Monastery” in short or “Yaqing Si” in Chinese) being one of the many Nyingma Sect monastery in China, was established in 1985. Currently, inhabited by more than 7,000 Sangha, is one the larger concentration of nuns and monks in the world. The greater percentage of the Sangha in this monastery are nuns.

Due to the large Sangha population, Yachen Gar is severely lacking in lodgings and retreat facilities. Food, water and clothes are in extremely short supply, electric power is only available from 7pm to 10pm every day. Although living in such difficult conditions, the Sangha have shown remarkable powers of endurance and perseverance. They diligently practice the Buddha Dharma and seek liberation from Samsara.

The Chief Abbot His Holiness Lama Achuk Rinpoche whose paranirvana occurred in 2011, was an incarnation of the great terton Longsal Nyingpo (1625-1682) of Kathok Monastery, who was an incarnation of Amitabha Buddha. He was the head of the Nyingma Sect in China and one the foremost great holinesses and sources of virtue in Tibet. Born in 1927 in Eastern Tibet, Lama Achuk Rinpoche spent 43 years in retreat with his master, Tulku Arik Rinpoche. As a realized Buddhist master, Achuk Rinpoche was regarded as one of the world’s great living exponents of the Great Perfection Teaching.

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