History

After the 1959 exodus from Tibet, only 40 monks from the original Segyu Monastery seeking asylum succeeded in fleeing to Kalmpong, India through Gantok. They received assistance as refugees and faced many obstacles. Some of them were sent to road construction crews as ordered by the newly formed Tibetan Government in Exile. The remainder stayed to perform religious rites for the locals.

In 1979, our great master and supreme Guru, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang, visited Kalimpong two times. His great advice was that the monks should not live in this current condition because Segyu Monastery is the source and mother of the Tantra lineages for the precious Gelug tradition. He advised that it was very important that we should ordain new monks and preserve this special tradition. Kyabje Zong Dorje Chang and other supreme lamas also advised us to ordain new monks and take them to Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang for the hair cutting ceremony as new monks. KyabJe Trijang Dorje Chang was extremely happy and performed the hair cutting ceremony for these new monks and again gave us sound advice concerning plans for the future of Segyu Monastery. He also gave a short discourse on the Hundred Deities of Tushita (GadenLhagyama). Lama Kungu Palden lak also gave advice and a donation of five thousand Indian rupees. It was then that we first started construction and built a few new rooms at Kabug.

In 1986, in Nepal, some faithful sponsors offered the monks a little land and it was here that we constructed some rooms and a simple prayer hall. This was to become a branch of the monastery originally established in Kalimpong.

In 1997, there arose some obstacles due to local politics. Thus it was decided to become independent from the monastery in Kalimpong, and we have remained so ever since. During this time, there were very few rooms for the monks and the prayer hall was in very poor condition. However, this did not deter us from continuing with our sacred religious traditions. We have since upheld the three principal Pratimoksha precepts and have honored the special traditional rituals of Segyu Monastery during the summer retreat in the same manner as the original monastery in Tibet during earlier times.

During this one and a half month retreat, preparations are made according to the text named Tsering Jong, an ancient ritual of Guhyasamaja, Heruka, Yamantaka etc. thus fulfilling the wishes of the great Lamas and deities of this rare lineage.