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Khacholing Center is a Non-Profit Charitable Organization, which is Tax Exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Khacholing Center is also classified as a Public Charity under sections 509(a)(1) and 170(b)(1)(a) of the IRS code. The administrative headquarters of Khacholing Center is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

A second center was established in New York, New York In 2009, and operates under the by-laws and oversight of the parent organization.

Khacholing Center was established in 1997 by Tim Nelson, in Fairbault, Minnesota, with the intent of providing a means to support Tibetan nuns. Through his sponsorship, a number of Tibetan Buddhist nuns from India were able to come to the US and conduct religious activities in the State of Minnesota and in other parts of the United States.

In time, it became clear to Tim that assistance and spiritual guidance were needed in order to run the center more effectively, and Tim asked his teacher, Gankar Tulku Rinpoche for assistance. Rinpoche has many Western students in Minnesota and across the United States, and many followers in the Tibetan community in Minnesota. He agreed that Khacholing Center could provide a means for supporting their spiritual aspirations.

 With this goal in mind, in 2002 Tim turned the operation of Khacholing Center over to Gankar Tulku Rinpoche.

 Tim Nelson passed away in January 2006. Tim’s presence with us is sorely missed but the fruits of his kindness and generosity remain, to our great benefit.


Under the guidance of Ven. Gankar Tulku Rinpoche , the Spiritual Director of Khacholing Center, we launched the Khacholing Center outreach program, including the sponsorship project, in 2009. Many people, including members of Vietnamese community, responded to the sponsorship project. We thank you, and we greatly appreciate your generosity.

The Khacholing Center is a small Buddhist organization with centers in Minnesota and New York. In order to manage the work of the outreach program efficiently, Ven. Gankar Tulku has entrusted oversight of the sponsorship program to the New York center, under the direction of Mr. Tenzing Chhodak.

Tenzing is a student of Ven. Gankar Tulku Rinpoche. He serves on the Khacholing Center’s Board of Directors. He has a doctorate degree in Education, from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He worked for the Tibet Fund in New York for over 25 years, trying to raise funds for the Tibetan refugees in India and Nepal.

After Tenzing’s retirement, Ven. Gankar Tulku Rinpoche requested that Tenzing open a branch of Khacholing branch in New York, and he has been managing the New York center since 2009. The New York center invites Tibetan monks from India to conduct prayer services for the Tibetan and Himalayan communities in New York and New Jersey.

Under Tenzing’s management, sponsorship donations may be made as described below:
To sponsor a monk or a nun is $10 a month or $120 a year
To sponsor a poor, infirm or elderly person is $10 a month or $120 a year
To sponsor a student is $30 a month or $360 a year

Khacholing Center is a non-profit charity organization which is Tax Exempt under section 501© (3) of the IRS Code. Khacholing Center is also classified as a Public Charity under sections 509 (a) (1) & 170 (b) (1) (a) (vi) of the IRS Code

Khacholing Center is part of the worldwide community of practitioners of the teachings of Buddha Gautama. Khacholing Center follows the Gelugpa Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism as founded by the Great 14th Century Scholar and Saint, Je Tsongkhapa.

Mission: We are dedicated to teaching and preserving the Dharma of the Buddha, and in the true spirit of Boddhichitta, to providing compassionate aid to those in need.

Tim Nelson with Nuns in 2005.
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