The Treasury of Lives

Marlene Erschbamer, 2167

Chungtang Monastery is a Nyingma institution in northern Sikkim. It was first established as a Barawa Kagyu monastery by Konchok Gyeltsen in the seventeenth century and was converted in 1788, apparently after the local people rebelled against the head lama. It was rebuilt in 1968, using wood from the original monastery, and a statue of Konchok Gyeltsen was placed on the main altar in the 1980s. A small stūpa above the monastery honors its original founder. 


Erschbamer, Marlene. 2017. The 'Ba'-ra-ba bKa'-brgyud-pa: Historical and Contemporary Studies. Vienna: WSTB, pp. 204–206.

Erschbamer, Marlene. 2019. "Taming of supernatural entities and animal sacrifice. The synthesis of Tibetan Buddhism and local shamanistic traditions in Northern Sikkim (India)." Études mongoles et sibériennes, centrasiatiques et tibétaines, vol. 50 (


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