Buddha Maitreya and his wife Mandarava Tara in front of the Church of Shambhala Vajradhara Maitreya Sangha Monastery
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Tharlam Monastery was originally built in Eastern Tibet in 1436, but it was destroyed by the Chinese communists in 1959. Dezhung Rinpoche rebuilt this 500 year old monastery at a new site in Kathmandu Nepal. In November of 2005 H. H. Buddha Maitreya was recognized and enthroned at the Tharlam Monastery and began a program of sponsorship which includes the purchase of the land next to the monastery and the completion of the 40 rooms for meditation and retreat.