Phajoding Monastery or the Resounding Place of Phajo is a 13th C 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 C; attracting many famous scholars and spiritually accomplished monks of their time, even from as far as Tibet. It is also a repository treasure for one of Bhutan’s best sacred art works that include statues, thangkas, murals as well as one of the most skilled brass and wood workmanship.
There are currently 50 monks living in Phajoding monastery lead by two dedicated and caring monks, the principal of Phajoding, Khenpo Chimmi Dorji and Lama Namgay Tenzin who 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. Nonetheless, in order to do so, it is vital that these individuals are able to access to basic necessities that will enable them 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, through the kindness of our private benefactor, Druk Preservation hopes to offer basic necessities to local Bhutanese monks to improve their general health and wellbeing so that they may be able to perform their responsibilities and duties as a Buddhist monk and to their community at large.
By caring for these Buddhist monks, they will in turn care for their sacred heritage and legacy that will carry on for many years to come.