Shechen Stupa – Sarnath

Shechen Stupa is located 250m north of the ancient Chaukhandi Stupa, on Rishpattan Road in Sarnath.

A plaque outside the small gated enclosure states :

Shechen Stupa For Universal Peace

Built in fulfillment of H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s vision

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was a Vajrayana master, scholar, poet, teacher, and head of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism from 1987 to 1991.

As the primary custodian of the teachings of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, Dilgo Khyentse was the de-facto custodian of the vast majority of Tibetan Buddhist teachings. He died in Butan in September 1991.

The stupa is set within a small tended garden. This wasn’t on my radar at all prior to visiting Sarnath, but happened to spot it as I walked around the lanes south of the main Buddhist complex.

If you do visit the stupa, please ensure you close the gate behind you as the small compound seems to be frequently occupied by a dog that is keen to explore the streets outside.

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