Sera Jey Tsangpa khangtsen
Sera Jey Tsangpa khangtsen is one of the thirteen Hostels of Sera Jey Monastic University.
It was founded by Kunkhen lodoe Rinchen Sangaywa (Founder of Sera Jey Monastery) in his later part of life as a small Tsangpa Metsen, smaller than Khangtsen in 15th century.
At that time due to not many monks and less financial support to establish itself as Khangtsen Tibetan word for hostel it remain as Metsen under Darti Khantsen.
Later 72nd Gaden Tripa highest seat holder of Gelugpa School Ven. Jamphal Tsultrim established Tsangpa Metsen as Tsangpa Khangtsen in 1832.
At that same period Tibetan Government's letter dated 14th November 1832 to Sera Monastery has stated as below.
" Administers and monks of Sera must bear in mind, Ganden Tripa Jamphel Tsultrim has been enthroned, hence, as earlier Tripa's traditional system, Sera Je Tsangpa Khangtsen can hoist a cloth victory banner on roof top of its assembly hall, do perform the ceremonial activities as the occasion commanded."
Since than Sera Jey Tsangpa Metsen became to known as Sera Jey Tsangpa Kahngtsen.
Tsangpa Khangtsen has produced numerous Buddhist Scholars that it is popularly known as the one of the main source of highly learned Scholars.
Till date it has produce four Ganden Tripa( highest Gelugpa throne holder) and 12 abbots.
Before 1959 Tsangpa Khangtsen has 250 to 300 monks now we have overall, 200 members of monks (that include around fifty monks who are residing outside).
Traditional Tibetan regions from where the monks join Tsangpa Khangtsen are: Gyaltse, Lhatse, Namling Shang, Ngamring, Sakya, Woyuk and Yardok Dhopo.