Panoramas of Sera Monastery in Tibet
Chetsa Regional House Headquarters Headquarters
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THL Reference Number: s003
College Affiliation: Jé (byes)
Regional House Affiliation: Jétsha (byes tsha)
The tsha regional house of the byes College, or byes tsha for short, is one of the largest regional houses of this College. Most of the structures have been preserved intact. No original statues/artifacts remain in the khang tshan temple, however: all images are new. According to the present disciplinarian (dge bkod) of se ra, dge bshes byams pa ye shes, this khang tshan was the original the site of one of the early colleges of se ra -- 'brom steng -- which was absorbed into the byes college at an early date.
Tradition has it that the protector deity of the smad college, tha 'og, originally belonged to this khang tshan, and only afterwords "migrated up" to se ra smad (which is located just north, and up the hill from this khang tshan). The monks of this regional house pride themselvses on the fact that the deity originally belonged to them.
Brag ri (or sba ri) rin po che's residential quarters were on the top floor of the khang tshan temple. This important incarnation lineage dates to the 18th century. The present brag ri rin po che (b. 1956) is based in se ra, India. The khang tshan has produced at least one holder of the throne of dga' ldan (the 60th), blo bzang bstan pa (b. 1725). Byes tsha was also the home khang tshan of bla ma thub bstan ye shes, who (with his student bla ma bzod pa rin po che) was the charismatic founder of what is today the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), an organization of Buddhist centers that span the globe.