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About the Kalimpong Sakya Monastery
Under the compassionate benevolence of His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin, Khondung Ratna Vajra Rinpoche established the Sangha community of Sakya Tsechen Thinley Dargye Ling monastery in 2006. Novice monks, aged between 8 to 25, were admitted to the monastery with consent from their parents or guardians. Currently the monastery has around 150 monks.
In addition to education, the monastery’s staff of around 18 great caring members provide the young monks with all the essential needs including food, clothing, accomodation and medical care, and also arranges for recreational activities during the annual holidays.
One of the greatest achievements of the Sakya Tsechen Thinley Dargye Ling monastery regarding education took place in 2014, when six young monks from the monastery achieved outstanding results in the annual Vajrakilaya examination at the Sakya Monastery in Rajpur. His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin was present at that time and expressed great joy to the assembly and commended this achievement.
In accordance with its charter, the monastery also strives to fulfill the needs of the local community by arranging sessions introducing Buddhism ; sending monks to perform rites at households during weekends.
Every morning we’re reciting Tara. And every monday, we join for Medecine Buddha ritual, and some alternative days, we perform the Collection of Dharanis and remove obstacles with Prajnaparamita Sutra or 400 Tormas ritual.
We are also performing Mahakala pujas four times per month which will be 4 Faces Mahakala on 8th, Mahakali on 14th, Putra on 23th and Mahakala on 29th, according to lunar tibetan calendar.
Every friday morning, we perform long life ritual of Amitayus for His Holiness Sakya Trizin and all beings.
Auspicious days relating to Buddhism and special days of the lineage masters are celebrated at the monastery by students giving presentations on Buddhism and hagiographies on the gurus. Thanks to the continuing efforts of the teachers, the rewards have been in the young monks success in modern and traditional studies, as well as in their good behavior.
In summary, the inner and outer requisites for this monastery have been, and continue to be sustained with the unequalled kindness of His Holiness the Sakya Trizin and the stewardship of Khondung Ratna Vajra Rinpoche.