Rumtek Monastery (རུམ་ཐེག་དགོན་པ) is the largest gompa in the state of Sikkim. It was built in the 1700s under Changjub Dorje, the 12th Karmapa Lama. It is home to the community of monks and where they perform the rituals and practices of the Karma Kagyu lineage. A golden stupa contains the relics of the 16th Karmapa. The gompa also contains a college of higher Buddhist studies.

(East Sikkim district, Sikkim)

Dorjii, the artist. | Gangtok, Sikkim. 

Dorjii is a warm and friendly young man. A local monk, he spends his day painting the side doors of the main building here at Enchey Monastery.  Having completed his studies here in the monastery, he left to pursue painting at a local art school in Gangtok. After nine long years, he’s back, working here at the monastery and adding to a rich collection of paintings and artwork that adorn Enchey.

Part of a photo-series on Enchey Monastery.