Panoramas of Sera Monastery in Tibet
Gyelrong Regional House Headquarters
(rgyal rong khang tshan)
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THL Reference Number: s021
College Affiliation: Mé (smad)
Regional House Affiliation: Gyelrong (rgyal rong)
This, the main compound for this important regional house, has two courtyards. The one that is most accessible contains the main khang tshan temple. The other, directly west of the temple, is only accessible through a passageway leading from the temple on the second story. That smaller, western complex contains three stories of rooms around a central courtyard. All of the rooms in this portion are monks' living quarters.
There has been considerable destruction of the buildings in the northeast portion of the main khang tshan courtyard, and it is unclear precisely where the boundaries of the compound are. There are no murals on the walls of the khang tshan temple. The main altar contains statues of several throneholders of the dga' ldan (khrid pa). In order from left to right as one is facing the altar, these are (1) ngag dbang chos 'phel (1760-1839) = khrid pa 70, student of the 8th Dalai Lama. He is the first in the stag brag incarnation lineage, and built a monastery at stag lung brag ri khrod. (2) byang chub chos 'phel (1756-1838), 69th holder of the dga' ldan throne, and tutor to the ninth Dalai Lama, who retired at chu bzang ri khrod in the se ra foothills. (3) 'jam dpal tshul khrims (fl. late 18th and early 19th century), 72nd holder of the throne of dga' ldan. It is unclear whether all of these figures were actually monks of the khang tshan.
There is a barely-visible, framed image (perhaps a self-arisen image, or rang byung) of the deity dam chen chos rgyal on the wall in the protector deity chapel (dgon khang). Pilgrims touch it to seek its blessings.