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Tsum Nile Ladang

Tsum Nile Ladrang

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Tsum Nile Ladrang

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MONASTERIES

BACKGROUND
There are about 22 monasteries in Tsum under Tsum Nile Ladrang. They are built by the different master of the Gurik lineages. Most of these monasteries are for the lay practitioners because in the past all the lay male and female were very much devoted to the practice of Buddhist teachings. So, each village has a monastery called Lhakhang for the males to practice and the tsok offering on the 10th and making offerings to the Dharma protectors on 29th of the Tibetan calendar and it is still practiced up to date. There is also a monastery called Mankhang in every villages where there is a big prayer wheel is placed and the females gathers on the 15th and 30th of the month and chants traditional Mani prayers. Following are the details of the different monasteries.
1. Depuet Dronme Monastery- It is said to be the oldest monastery in Tsum. It is founded by Lama Naljor Choeden or known as Madun Reachen as a retreat centre and later developed as a monastery by the lineage holders. Lama Madun founded this monastery around 1236 AD. Many master of the lineage has practiced there and gained many sign of achievement of meditation. There is a very big rock near the monastery which symbolizes the presence of the Dharma Protector. It is said that the rock flew from Bodhgaya because Lama Naljor Choden and the protector Madun have been Dharma friends and the disciple of Guru Padmasambhava. depuet dronmeThe monastery has been more than 700 years and there used to be nun's community living there during Lama Sherap Rinpoche's father and grand father time. All those old nuns have been expired and lama Sherap thought of restoring the monastery and the community. So, he renovated the monastery building which was in very bad condition. He received help from the local peoples, govt. of Nepal, Ani Yeshi and many other benifactors.These days there are about 20 nuns living there. They have been studying and practicing under the guidance of Lama Sherap Rinpoche.

2. Longtrang Rinchen Pungpa- It was also built as a retreat centre by Lama Madun Reachen. This monastery lies in the lower region of Tsum which is about 4-5 hours away from the villages. Lama Madun mentions in his biography that the place has been visited by the famous Tibetan yogi Milarepa. longtrangLama Madun himself also practiced there for a long time. There used to be a huge rock similar to that of Dephuet Dronme but it slided down to the river and it is not visible these days. It has been a refuge place for a famous Kyirong Jowo (a famous sandalwood statue of Buddha in Sambhokaya form) for a long time before its departure to India. There are around 30 nuns living there. There is also a retreat centre where a certain number of nuns go to retreat for 6 months each year. It can be known that it is also built around 1200 plus.

3. Rigang Rinchen Pungpa- It was built by Densa Rinchen who was the main disciple of Lama Madun Reachen. It is also built during 13th century.rigang

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NAME OF MONASTERIES

LOCATION

FOUNDER

FOUNDED

YEAR

1

Dephuet Dronme Monastery

Chhekampar-9

Lama Madun Reachen

1236

2

Ri Gang Rinchen Pungpa Monastery

Chhekampar-8

Densa Reachen

1200 (+)

3

Gon Ngoe Rinchen Pungpa Monastery

Chhekampar-8

Namkha Lhundup

Unknown

4

Gon Hock Sang Ngak Phodrang

Chhekampar-8

Unknown

Unknown

5

Nile Lhakang

Chhekampar-9

Namkha Dorji

Unknown

6

Nile Mani Dungyur

Chhekampar-9

Damchoe Lhundup

1956

7

Chule Mankhang

Chhekampar-8

Unknown

Unknown

8

Chorten Jangchup Namgyal Monastery

Chhekampar-8

Kunchok Dorji

1500 (+)

9

Paro Samdup Lhakhang

Chhekampar-1

Ngachang Chechok Dorji

1500 (+)

10

Nurukh Lhakhang

Chhekampar-1

Choje Kunga Sizig

1400 (+)

11

Kaye Parkhang Monastery

Chhekampar-1

Dupthop Karma Tenzin

1731

12

Gaden Monastery

Chhekampar-1

Kalsang Dhundup

1592

13

Tangzuk Mankhang

Chumchet- 8

Unknown

Unknown

14

Pang Go Manastery

Chumchet- 8

Kunchok Dorji

1500

15

Guru Phuk Monastery

Chumchet- 8

Dupthop Karma Tenzin

1702

16

Yachu Monastery

Chumchet- 8

Dupthop Karma Tenzin

1700 (+)

17

Tsumling Kharna Monastery

Chumchet- 9

Ngachang Chechok Dorji

1500 (+)

18

Longtrang Rinchen Pungpa

Chumchet- 2

Lama Madun Reachen

1259

19

Tsukla Khang Monastery

Chumchet- 2

Choje Tenpei Norbu

1582

20

Samling Monastery

Chumchet- 2

Unknown

Unknown

21

Pangtok Dongak Phuntsokling

Chumchet- 2

Choje Tenpei Norbu

Unknown

22

Mankhang Monastery

Chumchet- 2

Druppa Tsewang

Unknown