History of the Center

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.

Gankar Tulku Rinpoche & Tim Nelson 2004