Chagpori Tibetan Medical Institute

Welcome to the Website of CTMI

The monastery known as Chagpori was one of the premier medical college in Tibet. It was established in accordance with the explicit wish of the Great Fifth Dalai Lama in 1696 and was destroyed by the Chinese occupying forces in 1959.

These pages will explain what Chagpori was, and has become, and how the late Dr. Trogawa Rinpoche, one of very few surviving doctors who had been trained in its system, worked for much of his life to see the lineage continued through re-establishing Chagpori in exile.

In 1992 with the blessings of HH the Dalai Lama, Chagpori Tibetan Medical Institute (CTMI) was inaugurated at Darjeeling, India, in commemoration of Chagpori, Lhasa, Tibet.

Since that time, fifty doctors, known as amchi in Tibetan, have graduated and there are currently fifteen students enrolled. Through the work of these young people, who come from all over the Himalayan region, the unique tradition of medicine, with its particular knowledge of herbs survive.

Many people and organisations have given help in the form of funds and support to CTMI over the years, but much more is needed to provide a really sound foundation for continuing growth in the future. Through these pages we would like to inform you of our projects and we hope that you will want to help the Chagpori medical tradition flourish again.


Since June 12 there is indefinite strike in Darjeeling. As the consequence of this, internet is down and messages can’t be seen
nor answered.

For urgent matters please contact: Amchi Nel de Jong at

(if the link does not work,
copy and paste the address
in your mail)

Click here to see the construction of the pharmacy in Salugara.

Printable brochure about Chagpori's activities (pdf)