Tsogyel Gé’phel Jong means: ‘Tsogyel’s Elevated Meadow’. For those who understand the meaning of the words, ‘Tsogyel Gé’phel Jong’ speaks fluently of the wonderful place in Yang-lé-shöd, which lies in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. Yang-lé-shöd is known throughout the Tibetan Buddhist world as one of the most powerful pilgrimage places. The meaning of the word ‘meadow’ in terms of Tsogyel Gé’phel Jong signifies a quiet place which is lush with marvelous healing qualities – a place where medicinal herbs grow in abundance and where wild flowers naturally decorate the area. Tsogyel Gé’phel Jong is a place where a group of Nyingma yogis and yoginis live and practice in permanent semi-open retreat. The retreat place was founded by Gyaltsen Rinpoche with the help of Tharchin Rinpoche, Ngak’chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen.
For many years the Confederate Sanghas of Aro also had great impetus for visitTsogyel Gé’phel Jonging Tsogyel Gé’phel Jong as a pilgrimage site because it was the home of our dear patrons, Kyabjé Künzang Dorje Rinpoche and Jomo Sam’phel. Even though our patrons have relocated to Kathmandhu, Tsogyel Gé’phel Jong remains an important Himalayan connection for us because of both its proximity to the pilgrimage sites of Yang-lé-shöd and our close ties with many of the residents. The Confederate Sanghas of Aro regard Tsogyel Gé’phel Jong as a sister establishment and many apprentices make pilgrimages there.