Our History

Since 1986, Segyu Gaden Phodrang, Kathmandu, Nepal Branch has been established, and our mission is to preserve and promote the hidden jewel teachings of the Glorious Je Tsongkapa. Segyu Gaden Phodrang, is an established Tibetan Tantric College monastery with a rich history of learned masters since its founding in 1432. 

For those interested in discovering a deeper meaning of life through the more profound Buddhist philosophy or just curious to taste a little flavor of unique Tibetan culture while staying in beautiful Nepal, welcome to our humble abode.

May you have an enriching and memorable stay here.

Tashi Deleg

Our History

Due to political instability, many Tibetan monks departed from Tibet in 1959. Out of the original Segyu Monastery, only 40 monks succeeded in seeking asylums in Kalimpong, India, via Gangtok, Sikkim. They received aid as refugees despite facing many difficulties. As ordered by the newly formed Tibetan Government in Exile, some monks were delegated for road construction. At the same time, the remainder of the monks stayed to perform religious prayer ceremonies for the locals.

Today, this monastery is one of the most sacred and historic Buddhist monasteries. Since its founding, the monastery has continued the legacy of the Great Je Tsongkhapa’s original teachings and pure tantric practices by providing a solid foundation for Vajrayana teachings, such as Guysamaja, Heruka, and Yamantaka.

During the time of Je Tsongkhapa, he asked his disciples who would preserve and promote his Tantric teachings. Jetsun Sherab Sengge volunteered to uphold his teachings, especially the Guyasamaja teachings. With the blessings of Je Tsongkhapa, Jetsun Sherab Sengge went on to establish the Upper Tantric College, Segyu Gaden Phodrang. As the monastery flourished over the years, Jetsun Sherab Sengge left Central Tibet and established the Lower Tantric College. This way, both Upper and Lower Tantric Colleges originated from Segyu Gaden Phodrang.

The late abbot, Gen Jampa Tsundru Lama, continued to uphold the monastery’s original mission of educating and exercising Je Tsongkhapa’s teachings. Segyu’s mission is to provide and uphold Buddhist studies and practice opportunities based on the Gelug tradition of Lama Tsongkhapa and his Tantric lineage for the local community and foreign visitors through education programs, prayer sessions, and community service.
We are committed to creating a conducive environment to help all beings develop their full potential of enlightenment for the benefit of others, inspired by an attitude of universal responsibility.

In 1979, our great master and supreme Guru, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang, visited Kalimpong two times. His excellent 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 we needed to ordain new monks and preserve this unique 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 pleased 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 provided advice and a donation of five thousand Indian rupees. Then, we started construction and built a few new rooms at Kathmandu.

We welcome all visitors and guests to come and learn more about this precious gem of a monastery.