Rumtek Monastery

About Rumtek Monastery

Dharma Chakra Centre or Rumtek Monastery is the main seat of His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa, second only to Tsurphu Monastery in Tibet, and was founded in the early 1960’s by the the Sixteenth Karmapa. It is located in East Sikkim, 24 kilometers from Gangtok, the capital.

Rumtek consists of:

  • Rumtek Monastery: The beautifully structured main shrine temple and monastery surrounded by monks’ quarters, where monks and Tulkus are trained in traditional tantric ritualistic arts and sadhana practices.
  • Drupdra Yiwong Samten Ling: A three-year retreat center built in the late 1970’s.
  • Karma Shri Nalanda Institute: The Shedra, or monastic college, affiliated with the Sampurnnant Sanskrit University in Varanasi. The young monks and Tulkus are trained in traditional buddhist education with a touch of modern educational systems.
  • Karme Dechen Chökhor: A nunnery founded by His Holiness the Sixteenth Gyalwang Karmapa, where the nuns receive full training in the tantric ritual arts and sadhana practices.

Rumtek’s Environmental Goals

The environmental goals of Rumtek Monastery are to create awareness on Environment conservation and global climate change not only within the monastic community but also for surrounding areas of the monastery. Eventually, we would like to set a standard for everyone to follow on Environment conservation. As a monastic institute we also feel we could reach out to more people on issues relating to our environment and help sentient beings in this way too.

Environmental activities

  1. Planting of trees and protecting forests around the Monastery
  2. Restoring the water source for Rumtek. This involves fencing and cleaning of natural water sources and constructing and repairing of storage water tanks for the monastery.
  3. Construction of permanent waste of disposal containers for the Monastery community. (Once we started managing and recycling our own wastes in the monastery, it became clear that this wouldn’t fix the problem. Therefore, we decided to also include the local community and soon it became even larger because the schools and hospitals that we are involved with also seem to need such things.)
  4. Distributing and promoting the use of waste bins to local schools and hospitals and educating them on the need to segregate waste into different categories for recycling purposes.
  5. So, now we are waste disposal contains that separate garbage into different categories like plastic, paper, glass are in all these places.
  6. Promoting plays and dramas on important social functions in the Monastery to educate local communities on the need to preserve the environment.

Rumtek Monastery

 Rumtek Monastery

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