MANI DUNGRUP LING

Mani Dundrup Ling is located atop a ridge facing Droel Woong village.

In the 1930’s or 1940’s, a village girl was said to be looking after her cows when a small bird approached her singing. While she first paid no particular attention to it, after the bird came back to her for the third time, she wondered why the bird kept coming back to her so she followed.

Once she arrived atop the ridge where the bird had settled its nest, she laid over to pick one of the eggs but as she was reaching the egg, she heard the sound of profound religious music. When the girl raised her eyes, she saw twenty-one Taras flying down from the setting sun and entering a hole in the rocks. While twenty of them disappeared into the hole, the girl caught the last Tara and brought the transformed statue to her father that night. The girl’s father offered this statue to the Governor of Tashigang (aka Sey Dopola) in exchange of being exonerated from the required tax payment. Later, Lama Moenlam Rabzang, one of the disciples of the Great Master Thogdhen Shakya Shri and close friend of the Governor of Tashigang, requested the statue which has been preserved in Lamai Goenpa in Tashigang ever since. Today, the village where the girl originates from bears the name Droel Woong “The land of Tara”.

H.E. Gyeltshen Trulku Rinpoche considered the place to be an auspicious location to build a retreat centre and Mani Dungdrup Ling was constructed in 2012. To date, three disciples are undergoing intensive meditation, one of whom is on lifelong retreat.