Bhutia Busty Monastery

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A Buddhist Monastery at Bhutia Basti (settlement) in Darjeeling, 1870s.

Bhutia Busty monastery or Karmaa Dorjee Chyoling monastery is a Buddhist monastery located in Darjeeling, India. It belongs to the Red Sect of Buddhist Lamas.


Originally a branch of the Nyingma sect's Phodang Monastery in Sikkim, it was transferred to Darjeeling in 1879. The original location was on the Observatory Hill. It was destroyed by a Gorkha invasion in the 19th century. The monastery was relocated to its present location in Bhutia Busty. However, the monastery in the new location was also destroyed by an earthquake in 1934. The Chogyal of Sikkim helped rebuild it. The monastery has a collection of old Buddhist scripts. One of the original pieces of the "Book of Dead" is its prized possession.

The 193-year-old Sangchhen Thong Delling Gompa or Ging Gompa (8 kilometers from town) which was set up by Pemayangtse monastery (West Sikkim) in 1818 also belongs to the Red hat sects.

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