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Pharping Gompa

Pema Ösel Ling Hermitage, Asura Cave Temple

The great master, Padmasambhava, attained the Mahamudra level of enlightenment through the practice of Vishuddha Heruka combined with the sadhana of Vajra Kilaya at the upper cave of Yangleshö, also known as Asura Cave.The gompa and retreat center in Pharping is also a part of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling. The word shedrub in the name Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling means "studies and practice." The monastery in Boudhanath is for 'studies' while Asura Cave is the retreat center for 'practice'. This center, built by Tulku Urgyen and his wife, Sangyum Dechen, who was a great practitioner in her own right, now accommodates about 25 residents. Eight of these are monks from the main monastery who are in three-year retreat. The rest are mainly old practitioners who have dedicated their lives to retreat. Currently, the number of rooms is being increased in order to accommodate up to 30 full-time residents. At present, a group of monks from Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling must travel to Pharping twice a month, on the 10th and 25th, in order to have enough monks to perform a proper puja.

Asura Cave Interior Shrine

Asura Cave Interior Shrine