History of Serang Monastery
Serang Monastery, also known as Nubri Monastery or Sanchen Rabten Norbuling, is a unique monastery located in a sacred, hidden valley known as Beyul Kyimolung (Hidden Valley of Peace and Happiness). It is nested in the high mountains of the central Himalayas, in front of the mountain of Tashi Palsang, near the border of Tibet. After Guru Rinpoche and Jetsun Milarepa visited Kyimolung Valley, Chokyi Gyaltsen settled here 500 years ago and built the monastery, establishing the tradition of the Buddha’s teaching in the region.
Many yogis lived freely in the wilderness of the Valley. Seven of the yogis who practiced there attained the rainbow body. Over time, the buildings gradually fell into disrepair. Thirty years ago, the late Chokyi Nyime Rinpoche rebuilt the monastery into the sanctuary it is today.
According to the prophesies from terma, or the treasure teachings of Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche), this valley will be a place of refuge for Buddhist practitioners and will always be protected. Guru Rinpoche said: "In future times, when there will be warfare, strife, and difficult circumstances in the world, Kyimolung will be a safe haven where people can go to practice and warfare will never enter.”
The Nyingma School
Padmasambhava introduced the people of Tibet to the practice of Buddhism and he is regarded as the founder of Tibetan Buddhism. The Nyingma school, which means the “ancient” school, is the oldest of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. It was founded based on the first translations of Buddhist scriptures from Sanskrit into Tibetan in the eighth century. Traditionally, the practice of Nyingma school was an orally-transmitted tradition among a loose network of lay practitioners. Monasteries with celibate monks and nuns, along with the practice of reincarnated spiritual leaders, are later adaptations. Padmasambhava is regarded as the founder of the first monastery in Tibet, the Samye Gompa.
Under the guidance of His Holiness the 4th Dodrupchen Rinpoche, Serang Monastery follows the Nyingma school tradition. Around 100 monks and nuns are currently residing in the monastery.