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Tibet Heritage Fund

Darpoling Tsenkhang was founded by the First Dalai Lama in the fifteenth century, though the extant structure was reconstructed in the 1950s. During the time of the Fifth Dalai Lama, Darpoling became affiliated with Namgyel Dratsang (Potala). The complex was home to the Darpoling Oracle, who had the important role providing counsel to Dalai Lamas. In addition, the Darpoling Oracle took part in ritual-dance during the annual Monlam Chenmo festival.  In 1996, part of the complex was demolished and turned into public housing.  An oracle is not currently installed, however, the main building has been restored and is under the management of Keutsang Ritro (Sera).


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