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Learn more about Buddhism and its teachings at the Sed-Guiyed Monastery that stands amidst the serene hills of Siliguri. It is the main seat of the Sed-Gyued Lineage or Whispered Lineage, which is a secret teaching transmitted only to the closest disciple through direct communication with their root teacher or meditational Deity. It is because of the unbroken secret teachings of Sed-Gyued Lineage and commentaries that the Tibetan Secret Mahayana Practice is intact today.
A sacred Buddhist site, the Sed-Gyued Monastery in Siliguri is a place of immense spiritual power and reverence for the people of the area.
Situated on a hilltop overlooking the city of Siliguri, the monastery is aesthetically pleasing with red and white walls, golden spires, and colourful murals depicting the life of the Buddha.
Inside, the shrines house statues of the Buddha and other important figures of Buddhism.
It is a place for meditation and spiritual growth, with visitors taking part in various activities such as prayer, chanting of mantras, meditation and yoga, all of which will help them on the path of inner peace and spiritual enlightenment.
From time to time, the monastery hosts seminars and events that are organised by the monks, providing visitors with a chance to learn more about Buddhism and its teachings.
Charted with religious teachings to more than 60,000 followers from India, Nepal, Bhutan and other countries. The Founder and President of the monastery is Sed Gyued Dorjee Chang Jampa Wangyal Rinpoche.
The present Abbot of the monastery is H. E. Ala Youngzin Tulku Sed-Gyued Khen Rinpoche.
The Dalai Lama himself played an important part in setting up the Sed-Gyued Monastery in Siliguri. It was built between 2000 and 2001.
Sed-Gyued Dorjee Chang T.N. Jampa Wangyal Rinpoche first approached the Dalai Lama for advice on building the monastery. The opening ceremony was held in November 2001 by the Dalai Lama.
The monastery is an important seat of the tantric Sed-Gyued lineage of Tibetan Buddhism or ‘whispered lineage’, a secret teaching transmitted only to the closest disciple through direct communication with their root teacher or meditational deity.
In Sed-Gyued tradition, there are no written documents for future reincarnations of the Great Masters, and future lineage holders always remain practical philosophers and learned lamas.
The aim is to preserve and promote the unique tantric study, practice, experiences and culture of this lineage, as well as the subsequent lineage holders and Sed-Gyued masters.
Tantras are secret teachings which Lord Buddha taught to his nearest disciples through direct communication.
There are also several shrines, temples and other ancient structures here, all offering visitors a glimpse into the rich spiritual culture of the region.
The library at the monastery has a collection of Buddhist texts and manuscripts.
The Sed-Gyued Monastery in Siliguri is open to visitors every day from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Visitors are expected to adhere to the rules and traditions of the monastery, and maintain a respectful and quiet demeanour while in the monastery.
Warm and humid in the summers, while it is cool and pleasant in the winters. Summer months (April to June) are hot and humid with temperature ranging from 25 degree Celsius to 40 degree Celsius. Winters (November to February) are quite mild with temperatures ranging from 8 degree Celsius to 25 degree Celsius. The monsoon season (July to September) brings heavy rains and thunderstorms.