Pullahari Monastery

Pullahari Monastery

P.O Box 11015
Kathamandu, Nepal

  • Coordinator: Khenpo Choekyi
  • Email: pullahari [at] jamgonkongtrul.org

About Pullahari

Pullahari is the main seat of His Eminence the fourth Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, Lodro Chokyi Nyima. In 1986, the Venerable Dabzang Rinpoche offered land for a monastery to the third Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche and requested that he establish a three-year retreat centre for monks of the Karma Kagyu lineage.

Accepting the offer, the third Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche began the construction of a monastery in 1987. He named the place “Pullahari”, after Naropa’s monastery in Bihar, India where Lotsawa Marpa lived and practiced for many years. It was also there that Naropa learned about Marpa’s student, Milarepa, and prophesised the future of the Lineage.

The monastery building was completed in February 1992 and was blessed by the third Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche. On April 26, 1992, the Third Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche dissolved his mind in parinirvana. However, he had left behind his instructions and wishes to his devoted monks and disciples along with the wealth of his legacy.

Just before he passed away, the third Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche advised his General Secretary, Tenzin Dorjee, that he should think of future incarnations of the Jamgon Kongtruls when developing Pullahari.

The Third Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche also requested the Very Ven. Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche to guide the 3-year Mahamudra retreat centre and the programs at the Rigpe Dorje Institute which he wanted to be established in Pullahari.


In Pullahari, with its good clean earth,
Its water so sparkling clean and its clean fresh air;
Here in the solitude of this secluded place,
With its spacious scenery and relaxing view;
To listen and reflect on the Teachings here
In Pullahari, what a Lucky Star!

Composed by the Venerable Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche
Translated and arranged by Jim Scott, RDWP 1999


We aim to protect and maintain the quality of the environment at Pullahari Monastery through the following:

Planting appropriate trees and plants for the following purposes:
  1. To serve as fencing where it is appropriate.
  2. To prevent soil erosion and landslides.
  3. For food – vegetables, fruits, teas and herbs.
  4. For shade and beautification of the environment.
Producing fruit and vegetable enzymes to replace the use of detergents and as a natural source of water purification.
Producing compost to replace the use of chemical fertilizers.
Using solar energy for heating and energy saving blubs to cut down the consumption of electricity.
Conserving water through collection and storage of rain water. This is a new project idea and we will first assess before we begin implementation. We will also regularly maintain water supply lines and taps to prevent loss of water through leakages.


Tree Planting

We have continued to plant a variety of appropriate trees and plants. We also plant vegetables and herbs in and around the grounds of the Monastery. This is an on-going activity. The vegetables and herbs we plant are used for cooking in the Monastery and also, we use the herbs for teas. E.g. mint, lemon grass, rosemary. Everyone likes the benefits of our gardens.

  1. Avoiding plastic bags: Recently, we made long lasting bags for the Monastery’s weekly shopping to avoid the use of plastic bags. The bags are strong and can be used for a long period of time. This way we can stop using plastic bags which are destroying the natural environment.  Since we started using our own shopping baskets for our weekly shopping, we have significantly reduced plastic bags in the Monastery. The compound is much cleaner and now we do not have to worry about our dogs eating plastic bags.
  2. Finding alternatives to detergents: This year, we were introduced to the use of fruit and vegetable enzymes as a health drink and to replace the use of detergents. The fruit and vegetable enzymes are also reputed to clean pollution of waters. We started to produce the enzymes this year and are gradually replacing the use of detergents. The fruit and vegetable enzymes have been healthy for our monks and they are slowly replacing chemical detergents. This means less pollution. The waste water from the enzyme solution that is used to wash the floors, flow into the drains and return to the land, improving the  environment.

Waste Management

We are implementing the management of waste in Pullahari, separating biodegradable waste from non-biodegradable waste for appropriate recycling and disposal.

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