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The site

At an altitude of 800 meters and nestling in the foothills of the Himalayas, Tarab Ling Institute is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty and is surrounded by State Forests and reserved farmland, and a bare 11 km from Dehradun on the hillside overlooking the riverbed of the Baldi Nadi. Dehradun is situated some 250 km North of New Delhi.

Tarab Ling during monsoon

Landscaping and infrastructure

The plot is at 3 sides connected to sloppy forest land elevated 50 meters above the Baldi river. The present trees that adorn the land are incorporated in the garden layout and additional trees and shrubs is planted creating an atmosphere like an orchard with some open spaces. Water supply is from own bore well and is be supplemented with water harvesting. Solar panels are installed for hot water supply in order to decrease the need for electric power and to save on the running costs. A solar electric facility is planned and will be connected to the present battery backup and inverter. Sewage and waist is treated in an organic manner for protection of the environment and for recycling.

Style and materials

Tarab Ling Institute is built in a modified traditional Himalayan style with slate roofs and white washed stonewalls. The buildings are built with local materials when available, such as stones from the riverbed, slate from the mountains and from wood locally.


The Buildings

The project consists of the following buildings:

The Main Building

The main building is a 665 m2, 3 storied building with a 200 m2 assembly - and teaching hall on the ground floor. On the first floor you will find separate teaching rooms, a library and offices. At the second floor there will be a small flat normally used as a room for meditation and contemplation.

 Main building east facade

The Guesthouses

Four 240 m2 two storied guesthouses, each with 8 separate studio flats, and each equipped with a bathroom. Each room will either have access to the garden or to two balconies.

Guest house Earth

The Teachers house

A 260 m2 two storied house with 3 flats to accommodate the teachers. On the ground floor there are to be two small flats with a common kitchen. On the first floor there are one flat and a conference room giving on to a balcony.

 Teachers house

The Dining Hall, kitchen and office building

A 350 m2 dining hall, kitchen, office and staff facility. The dining hall is at first floor level with balcony and a view to the hills of Mussoorie.

Dining hall

Constructing Tarab Ling Institute

The first phase of the construction consisting of the main building and 2 guesthouses started in April 2010 . At a ceremony attended by our team, the villagers, Professor Samdhong Rinpoche, laid down the foundation stone for the project. Samdhong Rinpoche is member of the board of directors of Tarab Ling Association in Dehradun and was a friend of Tarab Tulku as well as a fellow student from Drepung University Monastery in Tibet.

professor Samdhong Rinpoche

Since the beginning of 2013 when our then main contractor got other work and left Tarab Ling Institute, we have engaged a well-qualified and very dedicated engineer, Ngawang Lobsang, and with his effort, we are now managing the building work on our own. Apart from being a cost-effective solution, this has also speeded up the work and made it easier to be in control.

After the inauguration of the mayor part of Tarab Ling Institute November  2014 we still have to build the third guest house as well as some staff quarters. This work is ongoing and is planned to be completed in 2015.

During the whole process of materializing the Tarab Ling Institute project, we have had the good fortune that many people who had realized the importance of Tarab Tulku’s work, have contributed to the project and made this seemingly impossible vision come true. Since the beginning of the project we have just had enough funds to continue only making it necessary to obtain nominal loans from friends.

Any support  for this last entensified effort to complete the project is most welcome; please look under –sponsorship- on this page. Contributions may be tax-deductible Germany and Denmark – please contact the local Tarab Institute for further information..

By Morten Rolighed Jensen, Architect,