Lhundrub Chime Gatsal Ling belongs to the Nyingma lineage. The first of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism, the Nyingma School traces its origins back to Tibet’s imperial age (seventh to ninth centuries CE) when Tibet was guided by great Buddhist kings and accomplished masters like Padmakara, Vimalamitra and Bairotsana. The precious teachings of the Nyingma School are transmitted through a long lineage of scripture (or kama), a short lineage of treasure revelations (or terma) and a profound lineage of pure visions.
Over the centuries, these teachings have been upheld at six monastic seats: Dorje Drak, Mindroling, Zhechen, Dzogchen, Kathok and Palyul. The monastery of Dorje Drak upholds the Jangter or Northern Treasure lineage, Mindroling upholds the Minling lineage, Zhechen unifies the kama and terma lineages, Dzogchen is the principal upholder of the Nyingthig or Heart Drop, Kathok is the principal upholder of Dudul Dorje’s and Longsal Nyingpo’s lineages while Palyul is the principal upholder of Ratna Lingpa’s lineage and that of the Sky Dharmas.
Lhundrub Chime Gatsal Ling maintains strong links with all six of these monasteries but especially Mindroling. As Garje Khamtrul Rinpoche’s seat in India, Lhundrub Chime Gatsal Ling can be regarded as a branch of Garje Khamzhung Monastery, Rinpoche’s monastery in eastern Tibet. Garje Khamzhung Monastery has long had a close bond with its neighboring monastery Palyul.