Palchen Chöling

Palchen Choeling Monastery

Ralang, Lungsim-737139
South Sikkim, India

  • Coordinator: Chotrim Karma Dawa
  • Email: greenp.c. _at_ yahoo.com

About Palchen Choeling

Palchen Choeling, or Ralang Monastery as it is often called, is situated in the southern part of Sikkim. It lies 6 kilometres from Ravangla. There is a story attached to the construction of the monastery. During the time of the fourth Choegyal (King of Sikkim), Gyalwang Karmapa performed a Rabney (blessing) for him at Tsurphu Monastery in TIbet. As per the ceremony, he threw grains from his hand. Some of these grains fell close by and others flew away. The ground where the grains fell eventually became the site for the Ralang Monastery.

One of the most significant as well as the most blessed monasteries in Sikkim, Ralang is  the residence of his Eminence, Gyaltsap Rinpoche. The Gyaltsap Rinpoche is one of 4 regents whose responsibility is to ensure the continuity of the Karma Kagyu denomination in periods between the consecutive embodiments of Karmapa.

The period of 1975-1981 saw reconstruction work being carried out in the monastery. Then, in 1995, a new monastery, known as Palchen Choeling Monastic Institute”, was built. Constructed by the 12th Gyaltsab Rinpoche, the monastery still retains the genuine Tibetan architecture. This is the biggest monastery in Sikkim and its architecture and paintings have been painstakingly undertaken to maintain the authenticity of the Kagyupa monasteries from Tibet. The sacred “Mahakala Dance” is held here every year in November.

Environmental Goal

Our goal is to make this Earth an ideal place for all to live harmoniously with peace and happiness with all sentient beings.

Environmental Activities

In 2009, 4th of April initiated by H.E.Gyaltsab Rinpoche, we planted different types of fruit saplings, flowers and meadows and make the front hill of the monastery an environmental ideal place.

We set up a New Environment Conservation Committee with five members.

In May, we invited a foreign scientist professor and gave special training and instruction to the monks for five days on environment and health caring.

In the traditional religious field we also performed a Naga Puja at the water source, put up fencing and appointed three monks particularly to inspect, plant saplings and  check water every day.

Every weekend a cleaning and hygienic round has been done in the surroundings of monastery premises. In order to minimize the power consumption, we had changed all normal bulbs into white bulbs at the outside of the monastery and set up ten solar powers.

For wildlife protection, we assigned two monks to take care of our domestic animals and to explain about wildlife protection.

And, finally, for rainwater harvesting, we set up new pond and in which few fishes are preserved in it.

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