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Nagi Gompa

Nagi Gompa (formally known as Nangkyi Gompa), the nunnery and retreat center, which is also part of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery, lies high on the northern slopes of the Kathmandu Valley. Currently 108 nuns occupy the hermitage that was under the spiritual direction of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche until 1996. Five nuns successfully completed their three-year retreat on June 10th, 1998, Buddha's Enlightenment and Parinirvana Day, and 10 others entered retreat earlier that same year.

Under Tulku Urgyen's guidance, fifteen monks of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling completed their own 3-year retreat in 1996 while in isolation at Nagi Gompa. Being the first gompa Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche built in Nepal, Nagi Gompa has a special history. Built in the mid-1960s, when no road led up to Shivapuri, H. H. the 16 th Gyalwang Karmapa arrived by helicopter to perform the official rabney or consecration. Tulku Urgyen, himself, crafted the three large statues of Buddha Shakyamuni, Guru Rinpoche and the Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje, found in the main temple. Numerous important initiations and teachings have been given at Nagi Gompa, attended by many illustrious lamas and tulkus, as well as thousands of lay people from all parts of the world.

Tulku Urgyen spent most of the latter part of his life in retreat at Nagi Gompa. At the time of his parinirvana, the expansion of the lha-khang, or main temple, had just been completed, with new paintings and statues of Green Tara and Chenrezig. Work has finished on a second temple built to replace the original smaller version which had been built by Kharsha Rinpoche, who was in charge of the hermitage before Tulku Urgyen.

The daily schedule at Nagi Gompa parallels that at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling. In addition to morning and afternoon daily pujas, the nuns have classes twice a day with the resident Khenpo, Könchok Mönlam.

The yearly schedule of Nagi Gompa. accords with the Tibetan lunar calendar:

1st Month – 1st to 3rd Losar

3rd Month – 30th Nyung-ney begins for 16 days

4th Month - 16th Nyung-ney ends (Saga Dawa)

6th Month – 15th Yarney (Summer Retreat) begins

7th Month – 30th Yarney (Summer Retreat) ends

8th Month – 13th to 14th 2-day Nyung-ney

12th Month – Ngakso Drubchen

Monthly Schedule of Pujas at Nagi Gompa:

8th day: Ngakso

10th day: Rigdzin Düpa

15th day: Tsekar or Künzang

25th day: Chö Tsok Black Moon