Tamshing Lhakhang

Explore a Lhakhang with seat of Sungtrul Rinpoche

Author: TG Contributor
Date: 2020-08-04

Share using:



Tamshing Lhakhang in Bumthang District in central Bhutan is a Nyingma Gompa in Bhutan. Its temple and monastery are remarkable for their direct connection to the Bhutanese terton (treasure revealer) and saint, Pema Lingpa and his tulkus. It is now the seat of Sungtrul Rinpoche, the current speech incarnation of Pema Lingpa.

Tamshing consists of a deteriorating temple and a cramped vihara. It supports a body of over 95 Buddhist monks. It is located opposite Kurjey Lhakhang on the other side of the river was founded in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa. The lhakang has ancient religious paintings such as the 1,000 Buddhas and 21 taras (female form of Bodhisattava).

The festival of Tamshing Lhakhang is held for three days. People from different parts of Bumthang and Bhutan gather to witness the dances of terton Pema Lingpa. The dances are performed by the monks of Tamshing Monastery. The chams (dances) include the Phagchham (pig dance), which is performed on the first night and was composed by the great saint Mewang. The festival is concluded by Pholay Molay cham.

Tamshing Lhakhang

Tamshing Lhakhang

The core missions of Tamshing are teaching the Dharma, performing religious services for the community and educating the young monks under its care. Since Tamshing is not government supported it faces increasing challenges posed by supporting 95 monks while maintaining the ancient physical structures. Tamshing has no endowment; no mission to make money, its only mission is to meet the needs of the community. Currently, the monastery runs at a loss.

One should visit Tamshing Lhakhang while in Bumthang, to understand daily life of monks and their culture.


No Comments

Trending Blogs

General Read More
Food of Sikkim
Leisure Read More
Know the best places to visit in North east India: Meghalaya and more
Adventure Rush Read More
Trekking in the lost kingdom of Mustang

Latest Blogs

Adventure Rush Read More
Trek in the rainforest of Nongriat village in rain-kissed Meghalaya
Culture Read More
Hornbill Festival 2021– all you need to know
Adventure Rush Read More
Unplanned Road Trip to Bhalukpong, Arunachal Pradesh
Leisure Read More
Demystifying the homestay trend, my offbeat homestay experience
A call to all travel junkies
Share your amazing travel stories
&
inspire someone today!
Become a TOURGENIE contributor
Write for our blog
Want to explore more Activities?
Explore Activities
Dawki Adventure Camp-Meghalaya
Dawki Adventure Camp-Meghalaya
4 Days 3 Nights
Explore Activities
Trek Through Rural Mizoram
Trek Through Rural Mizoram
4 Days 3 Nights
Explore Activities
Tiger Hill Mountain Biking
Tiger Hill Mountain Biking
1 Days 0 Nights
PARTNERS
ADDRESS:
  • Near Co-Operative, Middle Sichey Gangtok, East Sikkim, India, 737101

    • booking@tourgenie.com
    • support@tourgenie.com