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MONASTERIES

Chimed Drupay Gastel Monastery Manali

Chimed Drupay Gastel Monastery
Some of the senior monks and new Pangi monks of Chimed Drupay Gastel Monastery (Manali) sitting at the entrance of the main temple, around Rinpoche’s Sister, Khandro Thrinlay Chodron.
Some of the senior monks and new Pangi monks of Chimed Drupay Gastel Monastery (Manali) sitting at the entrance of the main temple, around Rinpoche’s Sister, Khandro Thrinlay Chodron.
Monastery of Apho Rinpoche
Vill. Chidiariy, SPO Vashist
Manali 175131 Dist. KULLU
Himachal Pradesh, India

            In 1968, after several years spent in the High Himalayas, HE Sey Rinpoche’s father, the enlightened master Apho Rinpoche finally settled with his family in Manali, in the holly Kullu valley, also called by Indians "the valley of the Gods" (Himachal Pradesh, Northern India). There he planned to build the Chimed Drupay Gastel Monastery, which became later commonly known as “Apho Rinpoche Monastery”. Yet, sadly departing from this world too early in 1974, Apho Rinpoche could not really implement this vision and so, it is his wife, Sang Yum Urgyen Chodron who started to build the temple in 1989. His Eminence Sey Rinpoche completed the construction by 1994, including beautiful shrines, statues and sacred wall paintings. In parallel, Sey Rinpoche and his mother also built a Three Years Retreat center within the quarter of the monastery in the 1980’s. Under the direction of the yogi Gen Khyenste Rinpoche, the retreat center became immediately very renowned. Serious practitioners of the Drukpa Lineage from various places would come together to train in the most esoteric practices of the tradition.

Eminent yogis of the Three Years Retrreat center in Manali : Sey Rinpoche, Gen Khyentse Rinpoche and Shri Sengdrak Rinpoche
Eminent yogis of the Three Years Retrreat center in Manali : Sey Rinpoche, Gen Khyentse Rinpoche and Shri Sengdrak Rinpoche

It became especially the training center for the monks of Druk Thubten Sangag Choeling, Darjeeling, such as Drupon Nawang Tenzin Paksam Yondu, to get the key preparations and instructions for their own three years retreat near Darjeeling. Among the first retreatants, in Manali itself, was the great yogi Shri Sendrak Rinpoche, together with three monks from Lahaul, 3 monks from Ladakh, etc. From the 80’s onward, five successive batches of three years retreat came out from Manali.
Today, the monastery is especially the home of His Eminence and his family, as well as the home and training place of several young monks from Pangi, who are called to later join the monasteries that His Eminence is presently developing in the Pangi region. Beside, the Monastery is the home of Imi Drubten, the old and very experienced monk who was the close assistant of Apho Rinpoche, as well as other monks and nuns of the Drukpa lineage. Although the monstery is not very big, it is actually an important meeting place of the Drukpa monks and lamas of the surrounding areas such as Kinnaur, Lahaul, Ladakh, etc.
On every special day, special occasion, or more commonly on any special request, rituals are performed along with extensive ganachakra, etc. The monastery is also the spiritual headquarter for the local lay communities of Drukpa followers whether there are Tibetans or settlers from the neighboring high Himalayan regions.

 

 

The Gyinar Gompar underconstruction., Exterior walls and roof have been freshly completed (June 2009)
The Gyinar Gompar under construction: exterior walls and roof have been freshly completed (June 2009)
 
One of the new Pangi boys receiving monastic training under Sey Rinpoche
One of the new Pangi boys receiving monastic training under Sey Rinpoche

Pangi Monasteries
(Pangi, Dist. Chamba, HP, and Dist Kargil, Jammu & Kashmir, India)

HE Sey Rinpoche’s father Apho Rinpoche spent several years in the very remote valleys of Pangi, where he touched the heart of the people and founded several monasteries, one in each valley. Since 1985, Sey Rinpoche regularly visits these places to provide support and guidance. Today the local people ask for more spiritual presence and education, and many families have offered their sons to receive the proper religious training that will fulfill this need.
Presently, Sey Rinpoche is developing several projects to meet Pangi’s spiritual needs and also to assist the development of the region in a gentle and sustainable way.

There are five small monasteries in Pangi, and a new Dharma Institute is also now being built at the meeting point of the five different valleys. The Monasteries are:

            - Hilu towal Gompa
            - Sural Gompa,
            - Parmar Gompa
            - Hunar Gompa
            - Gyinar Gompa
            - Killar Institute

To know more about these monasteries and bring your own kind help, please visit the Projects page.

Ladakh Retreat Centers
(Leh Ladakh, J&K, India)

Apho Rinpoche devoted a lot of energy and time in Ladakh where he built several Three Years Retreat centers. Today, Sey Rinpoche has become the main Drukpa master there to train the yogis and to provide advanced spiritual guidance to practitioners of the lineage, especially the Six Yogas of Naropa. Beside, His Eminence has the general responsibility to take care of these retreat centers, especially :

            - Gostang gompa, (Hemis)
            - Khaspang gompa (Chemdray)

Gostang Gompa Khaspang gompa
   
Gostang Gompa Khaspang Gompa

Lahaul (Garsha) Monasteries

Apho Rinpoche spent several years in Garsha (called Lahaul in Hindi language) with his family. It is in Lahaul that his younger daughter, Thrinlay Chodron, was born. Apho Rinpoche guided the practitioner’s community of Lahaul, training them especially in the advanced yogas during their Three Years Retreat. Today, Sey Rinpoche has become the main Drukpa master to provide spiritual guidance not only to the practitioners of the lineage, but also to the Buddhist community as a whole. In 2004, he encouraged Lahauli people to invite His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa in Lahaul and since then, His Holiness has been visiting Lahaul every year. Sey Rinpoche is the spiritual advisor of the new Drukpa Young Association of Lahaul (DYAL).
His Eminence has the general responsibility to take care, especially of:

           - Kardang Gompa (PO Keylong 173275, Dist. Lahaul and Spiti, HP, India)
           - Chuktra Gompa (PO Dist. Lahaul and Spiti, HP, India)

Sey Rinpoche with His Holiness the Twelfth Gyalwang Drukpa on the roof of Shashur Gompa in Lahaul /Garsha, surrounded by the main Lamas of the surrounding Lahauli Gompas and key persons in the development of well fare and spiritual heritage in Lahaul Sey Rinpoche with His Holiness the Twelfth Gyalwang Drukpa on the roof of Shashur Gompa in Lahaul /Garsha, surrounded by the main Lamas of the surrounding Lahauli Gompas and key persons in the development of well fare and spiritual heritage in Lahaul. (DYAL)


Baddha Gompa
(Kullu district, HP, India)

Around 2005, the community of the Drukpa lineage followers who live near Kullu, comprising mostly people coming from the neighboring high valleys of Kinnaur, Lahaul, Ladakh, etc. decided to build a temple which was completed a few years later. During the consecration, they asked HE Sey Rinpoche to accept the monastery as an offering. Rinpoche gently refused, saying that he had already too many monasteries to take care of, yet he also added that he accepted to be their advisor if such was their actual wish, and he promised that he would always be there to grant all the guidance needed for the local monastery and community. Moreover, he gave them one of his monks from Manali Monastery, who had be trained in advanced practices under Gegen Khyentse, as a permanent resident and care taker of their religious needs. Still, Sey Rinpoche remains in close contact with the Baddha Gompa.

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Sey Rinpoche