THEKCHEN CHOLING STORY

A BUDDING GROUND
FOR TIBETAN BUDDHISM

Named after the monastery of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Thekchen Choling means ‘Great Mahayana Dharma Temple’.

Our Spiritual Director, Singha Rinpoche, founded the temple in hopes that through the Dharma, both our lay and ordained
followers can realise their inner potential for a life of greater fulfilment and happiness.

MILESTONES

    • 1999

      STARTING SMALL

      Thekchen Choling hosts its first students

      On March 20th 1999, the late Geshe Lama Konchog, now reincarnated as Tulku Tenzin Phuntsok Rinpoche, instructed Singha Rinpoche to start a Dharma Centre. Geshe-la’s vision was to evolve the prevailing belief that one could only practise the Dharma as an ordained Sangha.

      Rinpoche rented a house on Thong Soon Road to conduct his Buddhist teachings and activities.


      1999

       


    • 2001

       


      2001

      MAKING IT OFFICIAL

      Thekchen Choling (Singapore) is formally registered

      Housed in a double-storey premise at the foot of Bukit Timah Hill, our place of worship relocated here to accommodate a growing student body.


    • 2002

      PLANNING AHEAD

      A temporary space in Pasir Panjang

      In its first two years of inception, Thekchen Choling transformed
      the lives of many followers.

      With the blessings of Khensur Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup during his visit, the temple made plans to secure a permanent premise within the next five years. Meanwhile, we moved into a commercial space in Pasir Panjang to house our ever-expanding crowd of followers.


      2002

       


    • 2006

       





      2006

      THE FINAL MOVE

      Settling into Beatty Lane

      After a long period of searching and negotiating, Thekchen Choling acquires its own temple building in 2006. Having grown from a cosy apartment into a Dharma centre in the city, Thekchen Choling is proud to have become the most active Vajrayana Buddhist temple in Singapore.


    • 2012

      TEACHING IN NEW TERRITORY

      Teaching in Malaysia for the first time.

      For years, followers from Malaysia had hoped to benefit the locals from Dharma teachings and community outreach programmes.

       On 15 October 2012, Thekchen Choling (Melaka), a society officially approved by the Malaysian Federal Government to operate as a Buddhist temple invited Singha Rinpoche and Singaporean disciples to participate in their opening activities.


      2012



    • 2013

       




      2013

      A BLESSING FOR A NEIGHBOUR

      Thekchen Choling Kota Tinggi Meditation Centre Invited Singha Rinpoche To Bestow Blessings For the Land

      In late 2013, a generous benefactor in Kota Tinggi requested Rinpoche to give his plot of land a blessing. Members of the Thekchen Choling were invited for the land blessing. This land would later became home to Thekchen Choling Kota Tinggi Meditation Centre—a two-acre complex that houses dormitories, retreat rooms and a hall that sits 500. The centre is ideal for individual and group retreats.


    • 2014

      BRINGING DHARMA TO AMERICA

      Singha Rinpoche was invited to teach in America

      In the year of the Wooden Horse, the 29th day of the eighth lunar month, Singha Rinpoche was invited for the opening of Thekchen Choling USA (Syracuse). Accompanied by a small entourage of Singaporean disciples, Rinpoche gave a series of teachings and empowerments in Syracuse. The new temple offered the Americans a sanctuary for the cultivation and practice of Buddhadharma.


      2014

       


    • 2015

       



      2015

      UNVEILING
      A SPECTACULAR STATUE

       Building of 11.5m Chenrezig statue

      Specially commissioned by Singha Rinpoche, this magnificent statue of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig stands at 11.5m tall (largest in Southeast Asia). It is beautifully adorned with pearls, corals, turquoise and dzi-beads. Within the statue are Dharma texts, precious relics and holy objects granted by His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama, His Holiness Sakya Trizin, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, H.E the 102nd Ganden Tri Rinpoche, H.E. Dagri Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Jhado Rinpoche, H.E Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche, H.E Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche and many other preciouslineage gurus. The construction and consecration of this most holy statue was auspiciously completed in May 2016.


    • 2016

      DHARMA CENTRE IN MALAYSIA

      Invitation to Inaugural Opening of Kota Tinggi Meditation Centre

      In conjunction with the Guru Rinpoche Retreat, Singha Rinpoche and participants of the Retreat were invited to participate in the opening of the Kota Tinggi Meditation Centre.

      The event was graced by the Guest of Honour, YB Datuk Tee Siew Kiong and our precious guru, Singha Rinpoche.


      2016

       


    • 2017

       


      2017

      FINDING GREENER PASTURE

      Teaching and Guidance

      Thekchen Choling USA (Syracuse) relocates to 109 East Avenue Minoa, New York 13116 in early 2019. H.E. Jhado Rinpoche and Singha Rinpoche were both invited to give advice for the setting up of the new centre's prayer rooms. With heartfelt efforts from the USA disciples and the invited visitors from Singapore and Mongolia, the new temple was consecrated on 18th September 2017 by Jhado Rinpoche & Singha Rinpoche.


    • 2018

      A CHANGE OF SCENERY

      Singha Rinpoche advised on the relocation

      Thekchen Choling (Melaka) requested  Singha Rinpoche for his advice on the relocation of their centre. Thekchen Choling (Melaka) later moved to its new premises at 40 Jalan Pandan Indah 1, Taman Pandan Indah Melaka, Malaysia. Singha Rinpoche and his Singaporean disciples were invited to grace the event in 2018.


      2018