Pullhari Monastery is one of the tourist destinations in Kathmandu. Located atop the hill, just outside Boudha, Pullahari is easily accessible through private vehicle and taxi. It remains open throughout the year, and both locals and tourists can visit the place.
Pullahari is a Buddhist monastery located in Kapan region of Kathmandu. The popular Kapan monastery lies near to Pullahari. It is the main seat of His Eminence the fourth Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, Lodro Chokyi Nyima.
In 1986, the Venerable Dabzang Rinpoche offered land to the third Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche and requested him to build a three-year retreat centre for monks of the Karma Kagyu lineage, thus, Pullahari came into existence.
Accepting the offer, the third Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche began the construction of the monastery in 1987. He named the place “Pullahari,” after Naropa’s monastery in Bihar, India where Lotsawa Marpa lived and practiced for many years. It was also there that Naropa learned about Marpa’s student, Milarepa, and prophesied the future of the Lineage.
The building was completed in February 1992 and was blessed by the third Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche. On April 26, 1992, the Third Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche dissolved his mind in parinirvana. However, he had left behind his instructions and wishes to his devoted monks and disciples along with the wealth of his legacy.
The Third Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche also requested the Venerable Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche to guide the 3-year Mahamudra retreat centre and the programs at the Rigpe Dorje Institute which he wanted to be established in Pullahari.
PRAYER OF PULLAHARI
In Pullahari, with its good clean earth,
Its water so sparkling clean and its clean fresh air;
Here in the solitude of this secluded place,
With its spacious scenery and relaxing view;
To listen and reflect on the Teachings here
In Pullahari, what a Lucky Star!
The administration of the monastery keep an acute eye on the preservation of the local environment. Noplastic bags are allowed inside the premises. Only bio-degradable stuffs are used and local forest is well monitored and maintained.
Their major preservation agendas are;
- To serve as fencing where it is appropriate.
- To prevent soil erosion and landslides.
- For food – vegetables, fruits, teas and herbs.
- For shade and beautification of the environment.