On June 26, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang left Lamayuru for Takmachik, a beautiful place with lush green fields on the Indus River.
The following day His Holiness visited one of the old retread monasteries for prayers. There, he performed a cleansing ceremony for all the mountains and valleys. On the lower side of the river valley there has never been a nunnery before and many nuns from the region have no place to stay.
When the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang arrived at Takmachik Gonpa some of nuns came to see him and requested to set up a nunnery as part of the Drikung Kagyu Institute, Dehradun.
The abbot of the Takmachik Gonpa and the village head supported this appeal and after counseling with them, His Holiness worked out a five point agreement in which a stretch of land of 50 kanal (25.000 square meters) was offered by the Gonpa and by villagers as the property for the future nunnery.
All the nuns should follow the rules of the Drikung Kagyu Institute. Nuns also should do three times a month pujas at the old retreat temple next to property. His Holiness appointed most Ven. Rigyal Rinpoche as the project manager for the new nunnery.
The agreement was signed and copies of the document were sent to five different administrative offices. As part of this new nunnery project, a green house will be built for vegetables and a cherry orchard as part of self-sustainable support. Right away, His Holiness commissioned the production of windows and doors for the new nunnery hostel. If any one wishes to support this project please kindly send your donation to the account of Drikung Kagyu Institute. No matter what amount, your kind support is highly appreciated.
On June 28 in the early morning, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang did pujas and consecration for the newly built temple of Takmachik. After lunch, there were cultural dances and entertainment for the guests.