our mission

responsibility of tashi lhunpo monastery


Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in exile in Bylakuppe, Karnataka, South India, bears the responsibility of preserving the seat of the 11th Panchen Lama who was selected by the Dalai Lama, should he, like the Dalai Lama and the Karmapa, succeed in fleeing Tibet someday, or should he reincarnate outside of Tibet in the future. Because the previous Panchen Lama, the 10th, did not flee Tibet at the time of the Chinese invasion, few of the followers of his lineage emigrated to India. For this reason Tashi Lhunpo in exile is much smaller than most of the re-established great Tibetan monastic universities that have been developed by the monks who fled when the Dalai Lama fled Tibet. Each of these universities has a slightly different focus and tradition, much as great Western universities do.

mission of the panchen lama tashi lhunpo project (PLTLP)


The PLTL Project, whose patron is His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama (HHDL), respects and supports the unique Tibetan Buddhist scholarly lineage and culture of His Holiness The Panchen Lama and is committed to supporting Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in exile, to re-establish itself to its former greatness.   The Panchen Lama and the Dalai Lama are among the most important spiritual figures in Tibetan Buddhism.  After His Holiness the Dalai Lama identified the reincarnate of the 10th Panchen Lama, our young 11th Panchen Lama was abducted by the Chinese government in 1995, when he was six years old, leaving his seat at Tashi Lhunpo vacant.   Khen Rinpoche Kachen Lobzang Tsetan, appointed Abbot of Tashi Lhunpo by HHDL,  now holds the seat for the missing 11th Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima.

the ultimate goal of the pltl project


PLTLP's ultimate goal is to secure the traditions of Tashi Lhunpo in anticipation of the release and rightful return of the Panchen Lama to his seat at this great scholastic monastery.

we need your support

The Panchen Lama Tashi Lhunpo Project (PLTLP) seeks to help fulfill the wishes of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to improve the monastery of Tashi Lhunpo in exile, in honor of the Panchen Lama.

Having successfully supported the raising of funds for the building and completion of the new Prayer Hall, which was the initial commitment for the PLTLP, Khen Rinpoche Kachen Lobzang Tsetan, appointed Abbot of Tashi Lhunpo by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, has realized the importance of needing a new state of the art library at Tashi Lhunpo. This is now the newest undertaking for the PLTLP.
— Adrienne Moberly Vilaubi, Executive Director, PLTLP