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Shide Monastery was Reting Rinpoche's Lhasa residence. Shide is actually the name of a monastic community established in the vicinity of the Lhasa Tsuklakhang during the time of King Relpachen. The Shide monastic community shifted locations over the centuries. In the thirteenth century, the Tsel Gungtang rulers of Lhasa appointed the Shide monastic community as the caretakers of Ramoche Temple, which duty they performed until 1862 when the Reting regent was disgraced. Shide was reestablished in its present location in Lhasa in the mid eighteenth century under the Seventh Dalai Lama. When the Third Reting became regent in 1845, he restored the monastery which became his seat in Lhasa. (His primary seat was Reting Monastery.) The Reting tulkus were one of only a few high-ranking incarnation lines empowered to become regent of Tibet during the absence or minority of the Dalai Lamas. As such, Shide was one of only five regency seats in Lhasa. 


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