The Lhakhang ‘Sangay Mingyur Ling, Sekhar Gu–Thog’, will be constructed in the mold of the legendary tower, ‘nine-storey son’s house’ in Tibet which Marpa Lotsawa (11th century Buddhist saint) ordered Jetsun Milarepa to build for his son in Lhodrak district of southern Tibet.
The location of the Lhakhang is at Rigzin Ling, eight kms below Sorchen on Phuentsholing Thimphu national highway No. 1, 50 meters below the confluence of farm road leading to Wangdi Gatshel primary school under Phuentsholing Dungkhag, Chukha Dzongkhag.
The actual site is located about 700 meters southeast of the road confluence and is called ‘Sangay Mingyur Ling Goenpa.’
A team from the Department of Geology and Mines (DGM) together with the Head of Geological Survey of Bhutan (GSB), Senior Engineering Geologist, Senior Geologist and Survey Engineer conducted a feasibility study on whether the construction can be done on the particular site.
All of the observations and field data gathering was mainly based on the present situation of the rock type, slope and precipitation regarding its stability. The first insight observation by the team of geologists thus was to look for the presence of any active slope instabilities in the newly built structures.
The whole procedure of the DGM is based on visual observations and measurements at site of the outcrop. The field assessment evaluation is supported by data analysis using various techniques used by the earlier workers.
A map of the construction of the site has been prepared for use and reference while constructing the precious ‘Sangay Mingyur Ling, Sekhar Gu–Thog’.
The Director General (DG), Department of Culture, Dorjee Tshering mentioned that the Lhakhang’s foundation will start soon.
He said the Lhakhang is built to pay respects to the struggles that Milarepa went through in order to receive teachings of Marpa. “The monastery is quite a landmark because it is the first of its kind in the kingdom.”
The construction for the Sekhar Gu-Thog will be initiated by three monks (two brothers and a cousin) who are from Eastern Bhutan but educated from a Kagyu monastery in Hongkong. There will be one or two local technical people involved in the construction as the major plan will be drawn up by the qualified architects and engineers.
The lhakhang will be built with the help of the estimated 12mn Hongkong dollars donor-fund. So far 0.3mn has been spent on road construction and site developments.
Lam Yeshi Wangchuk, said they would need additional funds as the construction is very expensive.
“We are going to start the construction with the amount we have, but we’re still looking forward to more donors,” said Lam Yeshi.
It will take more than a year as the Lhakhang is nine-storeyed but from outside the Lhakhang will also look like its ten-storeyed.
Milarepa is considered as one of the early founder of Drukpa Kagyu, so the Lhakhang is being constructed as symbol of Drukpa Kagyu and Buddhism.