According to the Buddhist way of thinking, all the happiness and peace of sentient beings depends upon the teachings of the Buddha, which in turn depends principally upon the spiritual community, which is the Sangha, or practitioners, (including both ordained and laity), who are correctly abiding in the teachings. Whether or not the Sangha or practitioners remain long to uphold the Buddha Dharma depends in large part on the Monasteries, Temples, and Retreat Centers. Therefore, many great holy masters built and established many great and small monasteries because they knew the benefits of building monasteries, temples, stupas and so on. In the Sutras, Lord Buddha said, “construction of monastic centers, preserving Buddha’s teachings, providing food, shelter and clothing to the Sangha are the greatest way to accumulate merit.” There are inconceivable benefits, as testified by the Buddha, so it is extremely worthwhile to build monasteries and other centers. Particularly, if the sites or places of the monastery are considered to be extraordinary and sacred, these sites then bring more happiness and peace to the community and a greater accumulation of merit.
The Ripa lineage monastic seat is in Kham, Tibet. Additional monasteries were established after the Ripa teachers were forced to flee from Tibet in 1959, with their Tibetan community. The second monastery that was established, after passing through Pemakoe, was in Orissa, India. The third monastery that was established was in Pharping, Nepal. The fourth monastery, currently under construction, is in Kalmykia, Russia. Finally, Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche holds two lineages, one as a reincarnation of Pema Lingpa, and the head of the Gyeling monastery in Pemakoe, on the Tibetan side of this region that is known as a ‘bayul’ or hidden land. This monastery is not a Ripa monastery, but is connected to Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche from his past lives in Pemakoe.