Welcome to Khacholing Center

2622 Taylor Street NE Minneapolis, Minnesota 55418 USA 612-789-0336

Business office: 7209 12th Ave S, Richfield, MN 55423-0387






Origin of Khacholing


Khacholing Center first began as a Tibetan Nunnery in 1997, under the guidance of Tim Nelson, in Fairbault, Minnesota.  Through him, a number of Tibetan Buddhist Nuns from India were able to come to the U.S., and conduct religious activities throughout the State of Minnesota, as well as across the country, all from Khacholing Center’s original base of operations in Southern Minnesota .  

Later on the Nunnery began to suffer many difficulties and setbacks, in which it became clear that some intervention needed to be undertaken.  During this time Gankar Tulku Rinpoche had been residing in Minnesota, and was actively working for the benefit of the Tibetan Buddhist Community.  When the time came near for Gankar Tulku Rinpoche to return to India , there were many requests from the community for him to stay and continue his work.  

Tim Nelson also shared this sentiment, and in 2002 made the greatest gift of offering Khacholing Center to Gankar Tulku Rinpoche, in order that he might continue to disseminate the Buddha Dharma.  

If it were not for the seeds planted by its founder Tim Nelson, Khacholing Center perhaps would not exist today.  Sadly, Tim Nelson passed away in January 2006, not long after entrusting Khacholing Center to Gankar Tulku Rinpoche’s guidance.  

His presence with us is sorely missed yet his kindness and previous actions continue to shine, and bring forth great benefit to so many; a Bodhisattva in the truest sense of the word.


Tim Nelson pictured with a couple of the original Tibetan Nuns at Khacholing Center - Picture taken India 2005.





Tim Nelson in Yamantaka Retreat in Dharamsala, India - 2005




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