Samten Phuntsok Ling

With a virtuous aim of ensuring a suitable seclude and serene place, free form the hustle and bustle of the town, for those who want to put what they have earlier learned into practice in the Monasteries, Tharig Rinpoche built a retreat center in Pharping in 1982. This retreat center was highly blessed by the visit and stay of His Holiness, Sakya Trizin, His Eminence Chogye Rinpoche, His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche and many other high Lamas form all four schools. Remarkably, His Eminence Luding Khenpo Junior conducted his full He-vajra retreat at this Center. Of course, this retreat center has its recognition among practitioners merely because the most venerable Khenchen Appey Rinpoche chose this retreat center for his higher practice following accomplishment of his teaching job at Sakya College. Khenchen Appey Rinpoche first came to this place in 1984 and stayed here until he started making a plan to establish an Institute in Kathmandu, where non-Tibetan speaking students can study Buddhist philosophy-now IBA (estbd 2001-). During his ten-long year's stay, he most kindly guided dozens of practitioners who conducted their retreat at Tharig retreat center.

Later, in 1995, Tharig Rinpoche built a new shrine which can house at-least over two hundred monks performing any grand puja. This shrine claims dignifying look enshrining imposing Images of Lord Buddha, Guru Rinpoche, Sakya Pandita to name a few. A set of four feet-tall eight gilded stupas in the temple is land mark of Pharping which later become reliquary stupas to hold the relics of Tharig Rinpoche. This shrine also houses a set of thousand Buddhas; a set of thousand Taras; a set of thousand Guru Rinpoche -all built of gold plated bronze images.