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Sangay Choling Monastery

The brief history of Sheri muhung (shelri mu hU~M`) SangayCholing (sangsrgyaschosgling) Monastery, Monger (mongsgar), centre of shar chokkhorlotsebgyad (Shar phyogs ‘khor lo rtsibsbrgyad).

She ri mu hung (shelri mu hU~M`) SangayCholing (sangsrgyaschosgling) Monastery, the secondary sacred place of Aja ney (a brgyagnas) was located in front of pema yang dzong (pad ma yang rdzong), the true zangdokpelri (zangsmdogdpalri) of the centre of Aja ney (a brgyagnas), where the syllable mu and hung (mu and hU~M`) standout naturally.

Aja ney (a brgyagnas) was prophesied as the distinguished meditation place of Guru rin po che (Guru rin po che). As revealed in “Kathang due pa (Bka’ thang bsdus pa),” “Ya ma lung dang monkha she ri dzong;”  (g.ya’ ma lung dang mon kha shrIrdzong) and also “a guide to a brgyagnas,” the treasure of yar je ugyenlingpa (yar rje o rgyanglingpa) described, “the sacred place of Aja (a brgya) valley is equivalent with the place of Yog men (‘og min); Ugyen (o rgyan) is equal to heruka (he ru ka); it’s a true dewachen (bdeba can) and possessed all features and qualities of all other sacred places; it’s  no doubt, by visiting this sacred place, one may receive blessing of all sacred places.”

Towards the east of the monastery lies drupchugonpa (grub chu dgon pa), where drupchu (miraculous water) and imprint of the body left on the cave by the descendant of great vidyadharagyalwapemalingpa (rgyalbapadmagling pa), aneychotenzangmo (a nemchodrtenbzangmo), a true khandro ma (dakini) who appeared in the form of a human, after attaining spiritual accomplishment through meditation of the “thu je chenpomunseldron me” (thugs rjechen po munselsgron me), the religious treasure of pad ling (pad gling); And there also lies khor dey pang thang, (‘khor ‘das spang thang) the sacred place where the successive lineage of Dremtse lamas (dgra med rtseBla ma) practiced khor deyrushan (the separation of Samsara and Nirvana) during their practice of dzogchen (rdzogschen).

To the south, on the peak of the mountain of India; the origin country of Buddhist religion, is located, the second tsari (tsAri) the dungsamyonglagonpa (gdungbsamyongslhadgonpa), residence of the scholar Jigme kuendrel (‘jigs med kungrol).

In the west direction lies tsenphu drub dey (btsanphusgrubsde) the meditative college of Monger dratshang (mongsgargrwatshang), established by SangayRinchen (sangsrgyasrinchen) the disciple of 9th je khenpo, gyalwashacharinchen (rgyalbashAkyarinchen), in concordance with his prophecy; and also located is the sacred place gang phusingye (sgangphusgangphusengge) AKA jang chub sempatrayo nag (byang chub sems dpa’ spre’u nags).

To the north is located, phuningla (phusnying la) the realm and mansion of chenri ze (Avalokiteshvara).

Surrounded by those holy places, on the peak of a hill that is embossed in the shape of an elephant, His Eminence khentruelrigzinpemadorji pal zangpo (mkhansprul rig ‘dzin pad ma rdorjedpalbzang po), in concordance with the prophecy for the benefit of dharma and sentient beings, on the exceptional descending day of lord Buddha, in the year of the male iron tiger, 2010, following the ground breaking ceremony that he presided, the Monastery was constructed with all physical structures and relics; residence for the Rinpoche himself including other scholars and masters; Cells for monks including Store, Kitchen, Library, Class room, Toilets, Bathrooms etc.

Moreover, in 2014 coinciding with the 15th day of tenth month of male wood horse year, in order to uphold, preserve and spread the teachings of Buddha dharma, the main source of provisional benefit and ultimate bliss, the first batch of monks were enrolled thereby widely benefiting Buddha teachings and beings till date.

History of SangayCholing Monastery

SangayCholing Monastery is located in the village of Mu Hung (mu hU~M`) under Shri mu hung (shelri mu hU~M`) Gewog, near Aja Ney (a brgyagnas) the sacred place blessed by Ugyen Guru Rinpoche (o rgyangururin po che), in Mongar Dzongkhag. The Monastery was newly constructed during the year 2010, under the initiative of Khentruel Bazar Guru Rinpoche (badz+ragururin po che), the religious tradition holder of Pema Lingpa. It was constructed for the benefit of Buddha dharma and all beings in general and in particular, to create opportunities to study Buddha dharma for the children of humble parents in remote areas, who could not afford to educate their children. Additionally, it would address the problems of scarcity of Lams and religious practitioners in the village.

The construction of the Monastery was followed with the establishment of a monastic community (Sanghas) of more than 30 individuals including 25 Monks, 1 Khenpo (Preceptor), 3 Lopen (teacher), 1 me shi lam (death ritualist) and 1 Store keeper. Everyone the nearby Gewogs were largely benefited as accounted by the villagers. The first group of Monks who completed primary education in Buddhist religion from this Monastery are currently pursuing their higher education in Gangtey University of Do NgagsRab Jay Ling Shad dra (sgangstengmtho slob mdosngagsrabrgyasglingbshadgrwa). At present, the SangayCholing Monastery has a total of about 55-person strong monastic community (Sangha) including 50 Monks, 1 principal, 3 teachers, 1 store in charge and a cook.

Mu Hung (mu hU~M`) is a very remote village located about 21 Km away from the half way point of Yadhi (yad+hi) highway. The village has a population of more than 1,500 people in around 100 households. The village being one of the main entry and exit ways towards Aja Ney (a brgyagnas), the Monastery has been serving its best to all devoted Bhutanese pilgrims.

In 2017, to bring about worldwide peace in general and for the King, Ministers and the people of Bhutan to continue enjoying peace and prosperity with protection from pandemics, famine and warfare etc., the Monastery invited Gang TeyChamgon Rinpoche (sgangstengskyabsmgonrin po che) to perform a three-day Tshog Bum (100,000 feasts offering ritual) followed with Tshe wang (longevity empowerment) to the public. Also In 2018, Chab Je Sung truel Rinpoche (skyabsrjegsungsprulrin po che), the main holder of pad Ling teachings was invited to perform Tshog Bum (100,000 feasts offering ritual) followed by the Ripening Empowerment (sminbyedkyidbang), largely benefiting the people in the area with the opportunity to practice Buddha dharma. This was done for the wellbeing of all sentient beings in general and exceptionally, as a means to bring further peace and prosperity to this Buddhist country; And in order to pacify the human pandemics and waterborne diseases etc., bring timely rainfall and abundant yielding of crops in the Gewog.