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Trangu (also spelled Thrangu) is an important Kagyu monastery south of Jyekundo in Kham. The First Karmapa is credited with its founding in the twelfth century, though some sources suggest that it was in existence earlier. It consists of an upper and lower monastery containing well-preserved murals in the Rebkong style. At its height, Trangu was home to around 500 monks. In 2010, an earthquake devastated the monastery. Trangu is is the seat of the Trangu incarnation line; the current Thrangu Rinpoche oversees the monastery from Sikkim, where he lives is in exile at Rumtek Monastery.


Gruschke, Andreas. 2004. The Cultural Monuments of Tibet's Outer Provinces. Volume 2: The Qinghai part of Kham. Thailand: White Lotus Press, pp. 54-55.  

Gyurme Dorje. 2009. Tibet Handbook. Bath: Footprint, p. 616. 


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