Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • What is a togden?

    Togden: Tibetan རྟོགས་ལྡན་

    • having realization; experience of dharma
    • learned, knowledgeable
    • a realized yogi 
    • can also refer to a yogi-monk in the Drukpa Kagyü lineage.

    At Khampagar Monastery the “togdens” at the yogi center refer to monks who have done at least 15 years of strict retreat, engaged in practicing the Six Yogas of Naropa and Mahamudra.

  • Where are the togdens?
    The togdens reside at the Khampagar Yogi Center located at Tashi Jong in northern India. They live separated from the rest of the community in strict retreat seclusion.

    Khampagar Monastery is the main seat of the Khamtrul Rinpoche incarnation line in Kham, Eastern Tibet, and is considered one of the foremost monasteries of the Drukpa Kagyü lineage.

  • Tell me more about the equal distribution of funds?
    ALL funds collected are distributed equally among the togdens once a year by Ani Jinpa who delivers it in-person. This is for equity and fairness – and for the ease of volunteer-only administration.
  • What is the recommended financial offering?
    Any amount as a yearly offering is very appreciated.

    Living costs in India have exponentially increased and so your generosity is a wonderful paramita to engage. All funds are pooled and then distributed equally.

    As a comparison, monastic sponsorships in other communities recommend USD $365 per year per individual.