Jan 2018
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Monasteries, Prominent Lamas of Boudha Stūpa and Their spiritual advice

This column will introduce you briefly to the monasteries or gompas that surround the Boudha Stupa, one gompa per issue. Accordingly, among many monateries of the Boudha area, representing all four sects of Tibetan Buddhism viz. Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyu and Gelug, we begin with a brief introduction of the chief lama and the abbot of the monastery of Sechen monastery. We will also include their interviews wherever possible.

Sechen Tennyi Dhargyeling: A Short Introduction

This monastery was constructed by the late Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Local people commonly call it Bhutanese Gompa. It can be approached through a narrow lane in front of the Azima shrine or through a motoral road from the west of the Boudha stupa. It is also one of the largest Buddhist monasteries of the Kathmandu valley. The main monastery is situated at the center of a large courtyard surrounded by hostel buildings for the monks. The structure of the monastery seems highly attractive because of its Tibeto-Bhutanese architectural design.

The main assembly hall has spacious area enough to accomodate three hundred people or more for group seating or prayers. Three large clay Buddha (15ft.) Images representing Buddhas of three times, viz: Dipankara Buddha of the past, Sakyamuni Buddha of the present and the Maitreya Buddha of the future form the principal deities of the assembly hall. In the first floor of the monastery there is a magnificent library collection including 100 volumes of Kangyur, 12 volumes of Perfection of wisdom scriptures, 63 volumes of Rinchen Terdzo, 14 volumes of Dam Ngag dzod, 16 volumes of Kagyu Ngag dzo, 4 volumes of Sheja Kunkhyen Dzo and many other texts.

The following is a brief introduction to Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche and the abbot of Sechen monastery the 7th Rabjam Rinpoche together with interviews taken with them.
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Hi! I am Pasang, your editor-in-chief and publisher of Vairochana. The Vairochana newsletter is created on a vision to galvanize a sense of community in the Boudha region of Kathmandu.