Gangteng Sang-ngag Choeling Goenpa, Gangteng Gewog, Wangdiphodrang

The Gangteng Sang-ngag Choling Goenpa sits atop a hillock overlooking Gangtey valley. It was founded in 1613 by Gyalse Pema Thinley, a grandson of Terton Pema Lingpa. Newly renovated, the Gonpa is an imposing sight following a major restoration project completed in 2008 to restore it to its former glory. The ground floor of the temple houses the images of the Buddhas of the Three Times. Next to these are the images of four other Buddhas, the eight Noble Sons, the Great Teacher, the wrathful form of Hayagriva, and Vajrapani. In the Assembly Hall are Jangchub Tungsha and offering goddesses while on either side of the entrance passage are murals depicting the Four Guardian Kings, the Mandala of Cyclic Existence, a representation of Mt. Meru according to the sutras and tantras, Zangdog Pelri and the Pure Land of Shambala. On the first floor are the residential quarters of the successive reincarnations, three shrine rooms of the Dharmapalas and the Treasury with the Namsey Phodrang. On the eastern side of the second floor is the Lamai Lhakhang, holding a statue of Vajrasattava surrounded by the Peling lineage holders and the complete Nyingma Gyud Bum texts. To the south is the Tshengye Lhakhang with statues of the eight manifestations of Guru Rinpoche, canonical texts and eight red sandalwood Desheg Chortens. On either side are the eastern and western living quarters. To the west is the Amitayus Lhakhang with the statue of Buddha Amitayus surrounded by his retinue. To the north is the Machen Lhakhang with the reliquary stupa containing the precious embalmed body of the 6th Gangteng Trulku Tenpai Nyima. This lhakhang also holds statues of the 16 Arhats. To the front of the main temple is the 11-faced Avalokitesvara Lhakhang. On one side is the Shedra's Assembly Hall and on the other, the Kezang Lhakhang. Enclosing these on all sides are the living quarters of the monks. The Monastery holds the sacred relics of the Enlightened Ones and many substances blessed by great Lamas, Mahasiddhas and Treasure Revealers. The Monastery continues to uphold the Peling tradition in all its integrity and performs all the rites and rituals in their entirety.