Since the founding of this magnificent Tantric monastery of Segyu Gaden Phodrang in 1432 by the spiritual father Je Sherab Sengge and his spiritual son Dulnagpa Palden Zangpo under the patronage of Se Depa Rinchen Tsewa, and also by the altruistic deeds of the line of Gyuchen, the Great Vajra Masters, this monastery flourished in its activities of the Three Higher Trainings.
It was at this monastery that Jetsun Sherab Sengge and his diciples instituted a great foundation for Vajrayana Teachings such as Guhyasamaja, Heruka, and Yamantaka in accordance with the tradition of the second Buddha Manjunath Lama Tsongkhapa.
Now with a branch monastery located in Kathmadu, Nepal, it continues this legacy of preserving and promoting the Tantric teachings of the glorious Segyu Tantric Lineage.
Abbot of Segyu Gaden Phodrang Monastery
The venerable abbot of Segyu Gaden Phodrang Monastery, Khen Rinpoche Jampa Tsundu, was born in 1938, in the village of Yago, in the Sed region of Tibet. His family name is Lama Drupkhang, descendants of the great master Lama Samten Reypa. His father, Fa TshePhun was a village Chief and very skillful in this capacity. His mother, Ma Pyasa lak, was also very kind and courteous to everyone she met. Although traditionally it was the middle son who would be ordained as a monk, the father was told by an astrologer that is would be very fortunate karma for this son to become a monk so Jampa Tsundu was ordained at the age of 9. He excelled in all subjects and completed all his studies at the age of 15.
During the Chinese invasion of Tibet, Jampa Tsundu fled to India. For the next 20 years this humble monk devoted his time to cooking for older monks, making tsampa, Tibetan incense, and going to pujas at the newly founded branch of Segyu Monastery in Kalimpong, India. In 1979, at the advice advice of Kyabje Trijang Dorjechang and several other high Lamas, and also at the request of all our monastery’s monks, he took on the responsibilities of a teacher, and taught for the next 6 years. In 1985, he traveled to South India with the young Pemachoeling Tulku to receive teachings from Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche. There he also received many initiations, transmissions, and explanations from his root Lama, Kyabje Trijang Dorjechang, along with other high Lamas.
Returning to Tibet, he began his efforts to find a way to rebuild the original Segyu Monastery which had been completely destroyed. He, with a friend, went to Dulnagpa cave (the cave of the great master Dulnag Palden Zangpo where a naturally appearing Yamantaka arose on the rocky face) to offer Tsok and make prayers. He then went to the Chinese regional office to talk about the monastery situation and made an application to the Chinese government for reconstruction of the monastery.
In 1986, due to the kindness of a sponsor who offered land to build the monastery, he traveled to Nepal to begin constructing the branch of Kalimpong Segyu Monastery. It took several trips back and forth to Nepal, but finally, with the support of Drubwang Ganchen Rinpoche and other sponsors they started to build the monastery prayer hall and some residential rooms for the monks.
On his fourth visit, with the help of Kalden La who is very skillful in making mandalas, and other monks, they spent the next 3 months performing Guhayasamja, Thirteen Deity Yamantaka and Heruka Sadhanas, among other rituals.
Over the next few years he also made several trips to Europe, Bangkok and Indonesia.
In 2012, at the request of the monks at the monastery, he took on the responsibility of the position of Abbot of this great monastery.
The Chant Master of Segyu Gaden Phodrang Monastery is Lobsang Kunkyab. He is 28 years old and a native of Nepal. Lobsang Kunkyab took Novice Ordination vows from Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche when he was 15 years old. He later received Full Ordination vows from Daknak Rinpoche in 2011. He has been a monk at Segyu Monastery since 2003. He has held the position of Chant Master for the past 4 years.
The Disciplinarian at Segyu Gaden Phodrang Monastery is Venerable Lobsang Jorden. He was born in 1976 in the village of Kema Lung, Nepal. He ordained as a monk when he was 15 years old and first resided at Thali Monastery near Boudha Stupa. He came to Segyu Monastery in 2002 and first served the monastery as the prayer-hall manager for 2 years.
Lobsang Jorden has been Disciplinarian for 3 years.