In Phagri, it is customary for a monastery of another lineage to receive geshes from the Upper Tantric College (Gyutö) every three years. The exceptional scholar Geshe Palden Tendar was one of the geshes who were seconded to Phagri.
However, at the end of his three-year tenure, Geshe Tendar stayed on in Phagri and established his own monastery with a magnificent Maitreya statue. The monastery is situated at a very strategic location, just an hour away from Bhutan and close to India. It is a branch of Gaden Shartse College, the home monastery of Geshe Tendar.
Geshe Tendar also built a hermitage in the mountains at the request of the local people of Phagri, where he engaged in many intensive Yamantaka retreats and continued to benefit those in the area.
Together with His Eminence Kyabje Domo Geshe Rinpoche, Geshe Tendar began proliferating the Gelug tradition in this remote part of Tibet. As both great Lamas were Dorje Shugden practitioners, the Protector practice also took root with the establishment of this monastery.
As time went by, the monastery flourished and eventually became home to Venerable Choyang Duldzin Kuten Lama, one of the official oracles of Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden who was famed for taking trance of Dorje Shugden in his peaceful form.
Kuten Lama remained in Phagri Monastery until 1950, serving the people of Phagri as an oracle and bringing many benefits to those residing in that region.
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