also called the Dharmachakra Centre, is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located in the Indian state of Sikkim
near the capital Gangtok
.It is a focal point for the sectarian tensions that characterize the Karmapa Controversy.Originally built by the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje in 16th century, at the same time as Phodong Monastery
and Ralang Monastery
, Rumtek served as the main seat of the Karma Kagyu lineage in Sikkim for some time. But when the 16th Karmapa arrived in Sikkim in 1959, after fleeing Tibet, the monastery was in ruins. Despite being offered other sites, the Karmapa decided to rebuild Rumtek.
On Tibetan New Year's Day (Losar) in 1966 the 16th Karmapa officially inaugurated the new seat called, "The Dharmachakra Centre, a place of erudition and spiritual accomplishment, the seat of the glorious Karmapa."The monastery is currently the largest in Sikkim. 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. Opposite that building is a college, Karma Shri Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies.Rumtek is located 24 km from Gangtok, the capital of the Sikkim, at an altitude of about 1500 m.