The Palpung Congregation has more than 180 branch monasteries and temples throughout several Chinese and Tibetan districts. Since their founding, students from these branch monasteries have been traveling to Palpung monastery to study all the various aspects of religious life and hence return to their monasteries.
Palpung in Dege, Eastern Tibet, founded in 1727 by the 8th Tai Situ Rinpoche, once hosted more than thousand monks and was endued with the leading monastic university (shedra) of the area. It was known for its huge library with its more than 324 000 texts and a collection of 10 150 thangka paintings. Palpung was leading in the art of spiritual painting and Situ Rinpoche the founder of Karma Gadri style of painting. During the time of 11th Tai Situ Rinpoche, Palpung enjoyed best reputation in spiritual, studious and artistic excellence and authority. During the late 1950s, the monastery was destroyed. The reconstruction is still under ist way.
The exile Seat, Palpung Sherab Ling, is in Himachal Pradesh, Northern India.