Phyang Monastery

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Phyang Monastery
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Phyang Monastery is located in Jammu and Kashmir
Phyang Monastery
Phyang Monastery
Location within India
Coordinates: 34°11′11″N 77°29′22″E / 34.18639°N 77.48944°E / 34.18639; 77.48944
Monastery information
Location Leh district, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Founded by chosje dharma kunga takpa
Founded 1515
Type Tibetan Buddhist
Sect Drikung Kagyu
Lineage started from vajradhara tilopa naropa marpa milaraspa gampopa phakmodrupa jigtensumgon
Head Lama his holiness drikung skyabgon chetsang rinpoche (head teacher)
Skyabje Toldan Rinpoche (rein. head lama)
Number of monks 121
Festivals

Gang-Sngon Tsedup Festival-
28 and 29 of the fifth month

Sacred dances -2nd -3rd of the 6th month

Phyang Monastery, Phyang (or Phiyang) Gompa is a Buddhist monastery located just 15 or 16 kilometres west of Leh in Ladakh, northern India. It was established in 1515.

History[edit]

There are a couple of divergent traditions regarding its founding.

."The site where the monastery now stands was once a part of the numerous monastic properties, offered during the time of Dharmaraja Jamyang Namgial to Chosje Damma Kunga. The hill of Phyang served as the venue of a monastery, known as Tashi Chozong, established in the year 1515. A monastic community was introduced to the monastery and with this started, the first establishment of the Digung teachings in Ladakh."[1]

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Others say that it was founded by king Tashi Namgyal, whose reign has been established from independent sources to have been in the third quarter of the sixteenth century. There are a number of chronological difficulties in establishing events in Ladakh at this period and it is assumed that some names have been omitted from the Chronicle either from mistakes in memory or tradition, or a deliberate attempt to eradicate some events which were thought better forgotten.[2]

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The monastery is one of only two in Ladakh belonging to the Drikung Kagyu, Dri-gung-pa or Drigungpa school, one of eight schools derived from the teachings of Phakmadrupa Dorje Gyelpo (1110-1170 CE).[3][4]

After the monastery was built, it specialised in Digung teachings under Skyoba Jigsten Gonbo. The current head teacher is Apchi Choski Dolma and the reincarnation of Skyabje Toldan Rinpoche is the head lama.[1]

Description[edit]

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Phyang contains numerous sacred shrines inside the monastery, frescoes dating from the royal period, and a 900 year old museum which has an extensive collection of idols including a number of fine Kashmiri bronzes probably dating to the 14th century, thangkas, Chinese, Tibetan and Mongolian firearms and weapons.[1][5]

The Gang-Sngon Tsedup Festival is held annually from 17th day to 19th day of the first month of the Tibetan calendar. On the 2nd and 3rd day of the 6th month of the Tibetan calendar Phyang serves as a venue for sacred dances.[1]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Phyang Monastery". Buddhist-temples.com. Retrieved October 8, 2009. 
  2. ^ Rizvi (1996) p. 64.
  3. ^ Dorje (1999), p. 151.
  4. ^ Rizvi (1996) p. 228.
  5. ^ Rizvi (1996) p. 229.

Coordinates: 34°11′11″N 77°29′22″E / 34.18639°N 77.48944°E / 34.18639; 77.48944

References[edit]

  • Rizvi, Janet. 1996. Ladakh: Crossroads of High Asia. Second Edition. Oxford India Paperbacks. 3rd Impression 2001. ISBN 0-19-564546-4.