Namo Mahagurave (Homage to the great guru)
The land of Sikkim, at the border of India and Tibet, was consecrated as a hidden sanctuary for the Buddha's teachings during the present epoch by the second Buddha, the great master Padmasambhava, who blessed it with the vajra wisdom of his body, speech, and mind. Through the infallible power of his aspiration and through our great effort, the monastery Shaydrup Kunkhyap Otong Khyilway Tsuklakhang (the Temple of Pervasive Teaching and Practice Blazing with a Thousand Lights), has been established for the preservation of the precious doctrine of the Buddha, which is the source of all benefit and happiness in existence and tranquility, and for the sake of all beings in the world.Read more
The Golden Stupa
Standing at the center of a new shrine room in the original building of the Karma Shri Nalanda Institute is the Golden Stupa (Lhabab Chodten), a magnificent reliquary that contains the precious relics and holy remains of His Holiness the Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje. Tsurphu labrang, the main administrator of Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre, had the shrine specially constructed to serve as the receptacle for these objects of worship and deep veneration.
Each month at Rumtek there is at least one, week-long puja (usually devoted to a specific deity); some months the pujas last for two weeks. There are also prayer ceremonies on special days of the month. All activities, except the birthday of the Seventeenth Karmapa, are noted in terms of the Tibetan Tsurphu calendar. Some of the activities are also detailed in the page on "Practices at Rumtek."