Phajoding Monastery or the Resounding Place of Phajo is a 13th century monastery which, at 14,000 feet, is perched on a mountaintop above the clouds overlooking the Thimphu valley below.
It is the founding place of the influential Drukpa Lineage adept Phajo Drugom Zhigpo, who also founded the Tango Monastery in the same valley of Thimphu. Phajoding is considered one of the most sacred sites due to the many prominent enlightened and holy men who lived there in the 13th, 14th and right up to the 18th century. It attracts many learned scholars and spiritually accomplished monks of their time, even from as far as Tibet. It is also a repository for Bhutan’s best sacred art works that include statues, thangkas, murals as well as objects of skilled brass and wood workmanship.
There are currently 50 monks living in Phajoding monastery led by two dedicated and caring monks, the principal of Phajoding, Khenpo Chimmi Dorji, and Lama Namgay Tenzin. They teach and care for the daily livelihood of young monks from rural villages around the Kingdom.
Buddhists believe that the three most important aspects of Buddhism are the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. Of these three, it is of utmost importance that the Sangha or the monastic community, who are living examples of the Buddhist philosophy are able to impart the Dharma which encompass compassion, loving kindness and wisdom through their thoughts, speech and actions. In order to do so, it is vital that these monks are able to access basic necessities that will enable them to be in good health and a good spiritual state of mind to practice the Dharma.
A generous donor has kindly offered a gift to fund for the betterment of the welfare of the monks. This gift to the monks will create comfortable living quarters, bathrooms, kitchen and a dining area within the vicinity of Phajoding near the monasteries. In this way, basic necessities will be available to local Bhutanese monks to improve their general health and wellbeing so that they may be able to perform their responsibilities and duties as monks and to their community at large.
By providing for the living conditions for these Buddhist monks, they will in turn care for their sacred heritage and legacy that will carry on for many years to come.