The Sakya Tsechen Trinley Dargye Ling Monastery is located in Kalimpong, near the snowy land of Tibet, yet blessed with moderate climate. This area was formerly a busy trading center that many Tibetan merchants frequented. Today, many Tibetans have settled in the region. As many of the residents in the area are from the Himalayan region endowed with rich Buddhist cultural heritage, they have great devotion to Buddhism. With the aim to sustain and propagate the Buddha Dharma more widely, Khondung Ratna Vajra Rinpoche has taken great liberty to establish a Buddhist learning centre in Kalimpong. Here follows the history of the founding of the monastery « Sakya Tsechen Trinley Dargye Ling », the name given by His Holiness the Sakya Trizin, the 41st Patriarch.
Since the early 1960s, His Holiness the Sakya Trinzin, the crown of millions of knowledge, Dharma king, the holder of mantras, has visited Kalimpong many times. He fulfilled the wishes and tamed the minds of many with his profound Dharma teachings, and gave advice concerning what to adopt and what to abandon to all of his devotees.
When His Holiness the Sakya Trizin graciously visited in Kalimpong in 1994 with both his elder and younger Dungsays, the Sakya Tsechu Association in Kalimpong expressed their deep wish to establish a monastery in the area. Consequently, at the request of the Sakya Tsechu Association, the two Dungsays and the late Solpon Sangye-la went to inspect a proposed site. However, at that time the land could not be purchased as the owner did not wish to sell.