Dolpo Pal Namgung Jangchup Ling (Namgung Monastery) (Gumba) registered under the monastery development committee of Nepal government, situated in ‘Dolpa’, the biggest district of Nepal, was established about 500 years ago by the Dolpo Chhojey Nagwang Namgyal, one of the main disciples of Maha Yogi Dakar Karma Lozang & Maha Siddha Lophel Palzang(The first Lama of Himalayan Namgung Village in Dolpo). It is one among the division of Monastic category called ‘Hrab Mar Nam Sum’. Since the preservation of this monastery by Lophel Palzang’s disciple Ngawang Namgyal, the monastery had been maintained and managed by Ngawang Dhondup, then the first Nyinchung Lama, his son Lachung and by the second Nyinchung Tulku Ogyen Tenzin, Lama Chonsang continuously
Namgung Monastery (Gonpa) is a historically important and holy in case of Dolpo is one of the three most important descendant monastery of Dolpo. Presently Nyinchung Dungse Rinpoche takes the enthroned monastic responsibilities of the monastery and moreover the punctual activities that fall as per the monastic routines are smoothly carrying on regularly. Namgung Monastery is a common Dharma center where all the devotees present at the every program and activities conducted in the monastery. This monastery has been centre for accumulating Dharma and platform to conduct various Pujas come to happen. The monastery traces its historical evidence late back to 17th century. The old and historically essential monastery is located exactly afar on the way to Shey Monastery below Nyinchung Monastery in Saldang. Namgung Monastery is about 15 km away from the Saldang village and falls exactly a campsite location for the tourism by the Great Himalayan Trial. The monastery paves up with beautiful environments and sacred caves where many hermitages of ancient times have practiced their retreats. At presently there are some monks and care takers regularly perform basic monastic rituals in the morning and evening.
In 2015, the massive earthquake even violated old and dilapidated Namgung Monastery and this even require swift repair and renovation at some points. Though the public and devotees gave their hands to rebuild some parts but still it’s in dire condition which can be fully done only if we could get sufficient financial helps from Dharma accomplishes from all over the world. We expect each and every individuals help and support to keep the monastery fully renovated and conduct Dharma activities without having to shift.
At present, Dolpo Nyinchung Dungse Rinpoche and his father Lama Choesang Rinpoche (the son of 2nd Nyinchung Lama) has been preserving the monastery. In the past, Kings of Jumla and Mustang had expressed their respect to the monastery by providing letters of support with their own official stamps.
The letters still exist. Similarly, the king of Mustang had said about the monastery “Namgung Monastery is an extraordinary place where such excellent beings have dwelled successively”. Furthermore, great masters including Ngari Panchen, Yatser Sonam Wangchuk, Margom Lodoe Wangchuk, Ngog Drakkar Karma Lobsang and prince of Mustang had visited this sacred site. Though there are many remarkable details and accounts found in the old documents about the vows and discipline practices of the monks, it seems appropriate to conclude here with the information that the monastery at present is under the preservation and management of the successors of precious Dolpo Nyinchung lineage.
Schedule of functions and ceremonies for Namgung Monastery in a year.
(According to the rules and regulations of the monastery, monks should stay on retreat for two months during winter.)
1. Tse Chu festival on the 10th day of 3rd Tibetan month
2. Fire Puja, during plantation of crops by the people, as suggested by Gyalwang Karmapa.
3. 'Yarlha Chenmo' on the 11th day of 6th Tibetan month.
4. 'Namchoe Dechen Shingdrub' ceremony on the 10th day of 8th Tibetan month.
5. Prayers and offerings to the local deities in 11th Tibetan month jointly by the people of Saldang and Namgung Monastery.
6. 'Gu Tor' ritual from 25th to 29th day of 11th Tibetan month.