In November 1992 with the blessings of HH the Dalai Lama, the new
Chagpori Medical College - now known as Chagpori Tibetan Medical
Institute (CTMI) - was inaugurated at Darjeeling, India, in commemoration
of Chagpori, Lhasa, Tibet.
Dr. Trogawa Rinpoche had spent many years waiting for this day.
He had originally hoped to establish the new Chagpori in Nepal,
but despite the expenditure of considerable time and money it was
impossible to achieve. In 1989 his brother Tashi resigned from his
job in order to help. Rinpoche took students into the family house
in Darjeeling in 1990, and in 1992 the school came a step closer
when it moved for three years into Hawk’s Nest, a property
of one of the Board members, also in Darjeeling. Even after the
CTMI was officially established and formally recognised, Rinpoche
continued looking in Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Siliguri and Sikkim
and finally, after consultation with other high lamas, the present
location at Takdah was chosen.
Today, CTMI has fully-functioning college facilities in Takdah,
including a small area for plant growing, clinics in Darjeeling
town, Takdah and in Kurseong. In the next phase of development,
all the departments of the college will be united on one site at
Salugara, in Siliguri, West Bengal.