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Monastery Expansion

Purpose of Expansion

As we all aware, the current situation keeps on changing, depending upon the pace of development approaches in modern times. So, in order to confront the changing environment and to make adapt with the changes, the project plans to expand the monastery based on the following motives:

  1. To address shortage of religious practitioners.

Shri mu hung (shelri mu hU~M`) is a remote village with the least development and faces a scarcity of religious practitioners.  Additionally, the senior religious practitioners in the village are not able perform the rites for the dead and living anymore due to their advanced age. Therefore, in order to overcome this problem of scarcity of religious practitioners in the village, the project plans to expand the Monastery.

  1. To give Buddhism education to youth.

Give opportunity to study Buddhist religion to the children of poor families, and who could not go to school and still remain at the village. To create a platform to sow the seeds of Buddhist education in their disposition and consequently, to commensurate the title of the country as a ‘Country of Buddhism’, the project plans to expand the Monastery.

  1. To address residence problem of Monks

As mentioned above, if we couldn’t provide enough amenities in accord with the changing times, the interested learner for Buddhist religion would be as rare as the Star in a day. Therefore, in order to encourage monks in studying Buddhist religion by providing adequate and quality residence, the project plans to expand the Monastery.

  1. To preserve A ja ney (sacred place of a ja)

The village of Shri mu hung (shelri mu hU~M`) being located near the sacred place of A ja, which is believed to be the sacred place of O rgyan Gu ru Rin po che, the project plans to expand the Monastery in order to restore and preserve the sacred place of A ja.

Moreover, if we leave the sacred place of A ja unpreserved without care, there exists a risk of badly deteriorating the consecrations of the place in the near future. In this regard, the project proposes plans to expand the monastery, in order to serve the general public of Bhutan in offering regular Soelkha (petition offering to guardains), Incense burning (bsangmchod), substance burnt offering (gsurmchod), annual feast offering (tshogsmchod) and other religious activities for accumulation of merits and pacifying obscurations, under the supervision and coordination of the SangayCholingGoenpa.

  1. Monastic Assembly Hall Construction (dge ‘dun ‘du khang)

The monastic assembly hall is a structure for people to be prostrate in general, and particularly, it’s an indispensable gathering hall for Monks in performing regular morning and evening prayers; Feast offering ritual on the 10th & 25th day of every lunar month; annual rite of great accomplishment (sgrubchen); festival (tshesbcu); four auspicious festivals of the Buddha; the Birth Anniversary of gururin po che (sprelzlatshesbcu); Commemoration service of Pema Lingpa (pad+magling pa) and zhabDrung (zhabsdrung); annual Kanjur (bka’ ‘gyur) recitation and rites for the dead and living, in order to bring peace and prosperities to the King, Ministers and the People, and pacifying all pandemics, famine and warfare in the Country.

The present Monastic assembly hall is very small and cannot accommodate the yearly increasing number of Monks. Therefore, in order to address the overcrowding problem being faced, the project plans to expand the Monastery.

  1. Construction of Lama’s Residence

So far, SangayCholing Monastery doesn’t have a suitable residence for Lama, though the Monastery is a permanent residence of Bazar Guru Rinpoche (badz+ragururin po che) himself. Moreover, the Monastery has been facing consistent problems in providing a comfortable residence for other venerable Lamas who visited the Monastery. Therefore, in order to address the problem, the project plans to construct new suitable residences for venerable Lamas.

  1. Construction of Class room/Discourse hall

Considering that a suitable and spacious Classroom/Discourse Hall is an indispensable place for the Monks to read and study, consistent with the environment of advanced teaching strategies of the modern world, the project plans to construct a suitable and standard Class room/Discourse Hall with modern amenities.

  1. Construction of residential rooms for Monks.

The Monastery has been facing a consistent problem in accommodating the yearly increasing number of newly enrolled Monks in the present one-storied quarter. Therefore, the project proposes to construct a two-storied Quarter with modern amenities, with the objective to accommodate at least 100 Monks.

  1. Construction of Dining Hall and the General Kitchen

The present Kitchen and the Dining Hall being very small, the Monastery also faces the problem of congestion in the Kitchen and Dining hall specially, during the Annual Feast Offering rites and other religious ceremonies (Kurims). Moreover, when the regular religious ceremonies (dusmchod ‘bum sde) approaches, the nearby residents and the people entrusted with the responsibility are required to work weeklong by staying in the Monastery area. Therefore, in order to overcome the said challenges, the project plans to construct a Dining Hall and a Cook house.

  1. Construction of Guest House

The main motive to construct a Guest House is, to make the Monastery suitable to serve the Patrons of the Monastery and the pilgrims who route their pilgrimage to the sacred place of A ja, through Shri mu hung (shelrimu hU~M`) village. Also, with the intents of good faith to provide suitable and comfortable Guest House facilities to the Government Officials and foreign tourists, the project decides on the requirement of a Guest House.

  1. Construction of Public Rest House

In line with the above construction activities, the project also plans to construct public Toilets, basically to keep the surroundings clean and maintain proper public hygiene.

  1. Construction of gnaskhang (Dwelling place)

As aware, every village or place in every region has their own Birth Spirit (skyesbtsan). The birth spirit of Muhung (mu hU~M`) village is called me metshaphupa (me metshwaphupa). Generally, it’s believed that, if the person born in this village makes supplications and offerings to this birth spirit, all unforeseen adverse conditions would be dispelled and all wishes fulfilled effortlessly.

Therefore, consequent to the expansion of the Monastery, the project plans to construct a gnaskhang (dwelling place) for the birth spirit me tshaphupa (me metshwaphupa), as a dwelling structure, an object to prostrate, make offerings to and receive sngos grub (Siddhis) in the interest of the people of shelriMuhung (mu hU~M`).

Gey-nyenNorbuDrakpa

 

Hey! The obedient of padma, lhabtsan nor bugrags and;

yid ‘ongsmanbtsun with attendants of local deties;

If offered and prayed with heartfelt reverence;

May dispel the adverse and swiftly fulfill whatever the wishes we made.

Brief story on requirement to construct me metshwaphupa’ignaskhang (the dwelling place for birth spirit) the birth spirit of mu hung pa.

The birth spirit me metshaphupa (me metshwaphupa) was subdued and bound under oath with secret name Geynyennorbudrakpa (dgebsnyen nor bugrags pa) by o rgyandusgsummkhyen pa. In physical appearance, he was a fierce war god with red body color, adorned with red ornaments on forehead etc. His beautiful consort paldenlhamoyithrok ma (dpalldanlhamo yid ‘phrog ma) also adorned with various ornaments. They reside on top of the Mu hung mountain where a salt mine existed (tshwagter) and thus became well known as me metshwaphu pa.

If one resorts to me metshwaphupa with petitions and offerings, he would follow as the shadow accompanies the body, thereby realizing all wishes effortlessly; increases wealth and position like the moon in the waxing period of the month; revert all disharmonious elements including war of opponent and be victorious in all directions in this present life.

If we miss aforementioned petitions and offerings, his mind with disgust would cast inauspicious harm to crops, livestock and people in the village. It isn’t the idiosyncrasy of me metshwaphupa, it’s the nature of every local deity and birth spirit and many such stories of inauspicious incidences are well known by everyone.

Besides mu hung pa, people of Trashigang gong thung (bkrashissgang gong thung), du rung pa, dremtse (dgra med rtse) and na rang pa, khalong (mkha’ klong) and ba lam pa, Thilling and thramo pa (mthilgling and khramo pa), Jabgang and shilling pa (rgyabsgang and shisglingpa) also resort refuge to me metshwaphupa and make petitions and offerings. Also, to be mentioned as a reminder; a person from mu hung pa living in Thimphu has to make petitions and offerings to both the birth spirit me metshwaphupa as well as to the local deity of Thimphu.

Therefore, it’s very important to have a Mgonkhang or Ney khang (dwelling place) for me metshwaphupa including all Dharma protectors to make regular petition and offerings. Thus, for the benefit of the people of Mu hung pa and all others in both present and future generations, had decided to construct immediately, a one-storied Ney khang of seven meter square in length; Cupola with golden pinnacle on the top; with beautiful physical design; the statue of Ugyen guru zhidak (o rgyangurugzhibdag) as main inner relics; with Gonpomaningnagpo (mgon po ma ning nag po) at the right and me metshwaphupa with armor and dwelling structure (bka’ khrab and rtenmdos) at the left; wall painting and best quality offering materials are also present.

In this regard, I hope all generous patrons and donors would support and make contributions of any kind for this endeavor as soon as possible.

Khentruelrigzinpemadorji pal zangpo,

SangayCholing (sangsrgyaschosgling) Monastery,

Shel ri mu hung

Post project

After the accomplishment of the project, the management of SangayCholing Foundation (sang rgyaschosglinggzhitshogs) asserts to support, encourage and facilitate the interested religious practitioners, to meditate and practice under the patron of KhentruelBazar Guru Rinpoche (badz+ragururin po che), at this time of blessed opportunity. The opportunity to practice includes:

  • Faithful disciples may report in person to receive teachings, oral transmission and empowerment etc.

 

  • Discourse of teachings online, by His eminence the Bazar Guru Rinpoche (badz+ragururin po che) and other lineage holding Masters and sprulsku (reincarnations), for the benefit of all followers throughout the world.