HE Sey Rinpoche’s family, led by his father the great realized yogi Apho Rinpoche, spent many years in the Indian High Himalayas regions of Ladakh, Lahaul and Pangi in the 1960’s. There, the populations have an old connection with the familial and spiritual lineage that Sey Rinpoche holds today.
Therefore, His Eminence has the responsibility to keep on supporting these regions. Today, most of his projects and activities are focused on Pangi and Ladakh.
His main projects are the Killar Institute and the Sural Retreat Centre in Pangi.
The Pangi projects
* To localize the Pangi valleys, click to enlarge the Map
Pangi is a remote and beautifully well-preserved region of the high Indian
Himalayas, comprising five valleys. Four of them are in the most isolated part
of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh (Chamba District). One of them,
the Gyinar valley, is in the most isolated part of the State of Jammu and
Kashmir. South to Zanskar, West to Lahoul, yet benefiting from more rain and snowfall and a greener landscape, Pangy suffers from its geographical isolation and very low level of economical development. It is a very remote area. The “road” to there is less than 20 years old, and many parts, of course, have no road at all, one has to walk several hours/days in the mountain.
HE Sey Rinpoche’s family, led by his father the great realized yogi Apho Rinpoche, spent several years in the 1960’s in Pangi, a region completely neglected by other Tibetan lamas. There Apho Rinpoche touched the heart of the people and founded several small monasteries, or gompas, one in each valley, to fulfill the wishes and needs of the Pangi people. These five monasteries most commonly bear the name of the valley where they are located; these are:
Hilu Towal valley with Hilu Towal Gompa
|HE Sey Rinpoche giving teachings in one of the remote Pangi valley
- Sural valley with Sural Gompa (Tashi Choeling)
- Parmar valley with Parmar Gompa
- Hudan valley with Hudan Gompa
- Gyinar valley with Gyinar Gompa
Through the blessing of Apho Rinpoche, and the consistent activity that Sey Rinpoche and his family undertakes in Pangi after him since 1984, the practice of spirituality in the Drukpa tradition is very much alive in these valleys. Yet a lot needs to be done on many levels to support the spiritual practice as well as to facilitate, encourage and promote the daily life of the people of this backward region.
Renovating and developing the monasteries is actually a first step in providing all sorts of support to the local community. In our tradition, monastic organizations had always been the backbone of the various societies and communities, providing education, medical care, consultation, astrological information, psychological help and many other different services.
Also, it appears that the cost of the Pangi projects is often quite important and this is due mostly to the remoteness of the region, the inaccessibility and the difficult working conditions. The local population is very much willing to support with its own financial resources but these are extremely limited. Nevertheless, local followers are supporting the projects through volunteering in all sorts of activities. Recently, during his summer 2009 tour in Pangi, His Eminence has been able to help the local community apply for receiving help from the Government.
|Pangi Drukpa lay communities enthusiastically join in preparing ritual Tsok tormas for a ganachakra ceremony presided by Sey Rinpoche (Sural, 2008)
It is Sey Rinpoche’s wish to follow environmental concerned lines of development for Pangi and to construct eco-friendly buildings, for the sake of both protecting the environment and serving as example for others in the region. However, eco-friendly techniques may imply higher costs, and thus, Rinpoche’s wish may not be fulfilled if the necessary founds can not be raised. In any case, as much as possible, local material, including stones and soil, will be used.
- The construction of Killar Institute
- The Renovation of Sural Monastery and the construction of the Pangi Retreat Centers at Sural
- Renovation of the other Pangi monasteries
- Medical facilities for the whole Pangi region
- Promoting a sustainable development for the region
The Ladakh projects
When Sey Rinpoche is visiting the Drukpa retreat center in Gotsang (alt. 4300 m) above the famous Hemis Monastery, and the Khaspang retreat center on the Chemdray valley, he always feels that these old buildings made out of stone and soil need to be renovated. He is encouraging everybody who can help to go and see by themselves, and if they do feel the same and can help, to support the renovation of these precious Ladakh hermitages.
Please contact His Eminence Sey Rinpoche.