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Nalendra, a monastery located north of Lhasa in Penyul, was founded in 1436 by Rongton Sheja Kunrik, who was born into a Bon family and studied at Kadam monasteries. The monastery was absorbed into the Sakya tradition and Rongton came to be considered  one of the six jewels of the Sakya tradition. There are extensive ruins at the site, along with a renovated assembly hall containing murals. Khenpo Tsultrim Gyelsten is credited with initiating the renovation of the site.


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Abbots & Officers

Choje Trichen

1. First Choje Trichen rin chen mkhyen rab mchog grub -
2. Second Choje Trichen shAkya don grub -
3. Third Choje Trichen 'jam dbyangs don yod rgyal mtshan -
4. Fourth Choje Trichen chos kyi 'od zer -
6. Sixth Choje Trichen byams pa mchog legs rdo rje -
7. Seventh Choje Trichen mkhyen rab bstan 'dzin bzang po -
8. Eighth Choje Trichen mkhyen rab bstan 'dzin lhun grub -
9. Ninth Choje Trichen mkhyen rab byams pa ngag dbang lhun grub -
10. Tenth Choje Trichen ngag dbang mkhyen brtse rab brtan -
11. Eleventh Choje Trichen ngag dbang rgyal mtshan rab brtan -
12. Twelfth Choje Trichen khyab bdag snying po theg mchog grub pa'i shing rta -
13. Thirteenth Choje Trichen ngag dbang kun dga' mkhyen rab -
14. Fourteenth Choje Trichen mkhyen rab bstan pa'i dbang phyug 'gyur med mchog grub -
15. Fifteenth Choje Trichen mkhyen rab nges don bzang po -


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