Rumtek Community

His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa took into account the needs of his lay devotees in planning Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre, and the following institutions were established in the Rumtek compound according to his wishes.

Karmae Choekhor Tashi Ling Lhakhang

A young boy outside the community lhakhang next to the Rumtek monastery complex.

Just outside the perimeter of the monastery complex is a small temple where the lay community practices. Construction of Karmae Choekhor Tashi Ling lhakhang was sponsored by Shri Ladhakhi Sardar, a local contractor. Here, amidst a pair of large prayer wheels filled with Buddhist texts and many other holy objects, the lay sangha chants deity mantras, makes offerings, and recites prayers on the four great days of the Tibetan Buddhist liturgical calendar. Other dharma activities take place throughout the year. Smaller prayer wheels line the outer walls of the lhakhang and the path up to the monastery, and followers turn the wheels clockwise to accumulate virtue, merit, and purify unholy deeds.

Sungrab Nyamso Printing House

Each pecha page is printed by hand at the Sungrab Nyamso Printing House

Five thousand wooden blocks, each with individually, hand-carved sacred text, are stored in the printing house at Rumtek Monastery, a repository for the rare Buddhist texts of the Karma Kagyu lineage. Used for printing leaf-form books (pechas), the blocks were made by devotees of His Holiness the Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa, at his direction. There are printing blocks for about 150 books. Carving of the blocks began in the 1960s to provide the sangha community with more than one copy of the sacred texts, since in many instances only a few copies could be carried from Tibet when the Karmapa fled in 1959. To print, black ink is spread over each block and a leaf of paper is placed atop. Then a dry roller is pressed over the paper to produce a perfect text. The printing house also provides texts for various monasteries around the world.

 

The Karmae Dharma Chakra School

The lower primary school situated on the road to the monastery was established in 1984, in accordance with the wishes of His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa. The school offers a free education to all poor children of the Rumtek lay community and villagers around the monastery compound. There are approximately 300 students who study up to Class VIII (eight grade). The government of Sikkim also provides assistance to the school.

 

Kunga Delek Hotel of Dharma Chakra Centre

With modern amenities and a stunning view of Gangtok and the great Himalayas beyond, Hotel Kunga Delek was established by Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre to offer travellers a comfortable place to stay and dine while visiting the monastery. All proceeds from the hotel are used to help maintain the monastery. 

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