Recently Lama Jampa talked on the phone with his old friend Lama Jamyang Zopa from His Holiness Sakya Trizin’s phodrang about progress on Sakya Monastery in Kalimpong. The monastery is being established under the direction of His Eminence Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, the eldest son of His Holiness Sakya Trizin.
There has been a community of Sakya followers in the Kalimpong area of North Eastern India since 1950, including Tibetans, Sikkimese and Nepalis. As a result His Holiness has entrusted His Eminence Ratna Rinpoche with the project of developing a major Sakya Centre monastery there.
Lama Jamyang Zopa who has served His Holiness very faithfully for many years, accompanying him to the West on numerous visits, has been directing the continuing building project there for the last eighteen months.
Now Lama Zopa reports that, despite numerous obstacles, four floors of the monastery have been completed and already 150 monks are in residence. The new monastery itself is located very close to the residence of His Holiness Karmapa Thaye Dorje.