Main Seats Links

The Karmapas have established their main seats in Tibet, India, Europe and the United States.

The main seat and most important monastery for the Karma Kagyu lineage is Tsurphu Monastery, established in Tibet in the 12th century.

The main exile seat of the Karmapa and international headquarters for the Kagyu lineage is the Dharma Chakra Centre in Rumtek, Sikkim, India.

After fleeing Tibet, for the Kingdom of Sikkim, His Holiness the 16th Karmapa officially inaugurated the Rumtek Monastery in 1966.

Individuals who enter the path of monasticism at Rumtek Monastery go through a very thorough training of Tibetan buddhism.

The Karma Shri Nalanda Institute (KSNI), a monastic college, was founded in November 1981 by His Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa.

More on current activities and the history of Rumtek Monastery is available at


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