YK Poudel

In recognition of his contributions and services in propagating Buddhism in Bhutan and abroad, His Majesty The King conferred the Druk Thuksey medal to Laytshog Lopon Sangay Dorji of the Central Monastic Body during the National Day celebrations at Changlimithang yesterday.

Sangay Dorji,  56,  was appointed the Laytshog Lopon in 2014. 

He is revered as a teacher of nangchoe and gomdrei. He is also well known for his service in the Desuung Skilling Programme teaching gomdrei to de-suups which has reached the 12th batch.   

Laytshog Lopon said that the award belongs to those who have been practising and working towards advancing Buddhist practices and principles. 

“On this auspicious day, the award conferred to me is the recognition of the collective effort of all individuals from the monastic body who have been working to spread Buddha dharma,” Lopon Sangay Dorji said.

His compositions have been translated and published in English and Vietnamese language.

Lopon Sangay Dorji from Babesa, Thimphu, enrolled into the monastic body at the age of 11. He completed the nine-year shedra education from Tango University.

He received teachings from various Buddhist masters, including the present Je Khenpo and the late Je Khenpo Gayduen Rinchen.

He also completed his three-year retreat from Chari Meditation Centre.

Lopon Sangay Dorji served as the principal of Dodeydra Shedra for 11 years and as the Principal of Tango Thorim Shedra for four years, before he was appointed the Laytshog Lopon.