According to legend, Ralang was built after the fourth Chogyal came back from his pilgrimage, when the 9th Karmapa performed the Rabney or blessing. He threw grains from his residence in Tsurphu Monastery in Tibet and where the grains fell, eventually, became the site for the Ralang Monastery. Ralang Monastery has an extensive collection of paintings and thangkas and is host to an annual festival, known as Pang Lhabsol which commemorates the conservation of Mt. Kangchenjunga as the guardian deity of the state of Sikkim. Walking thru the upper stories of the monastery I came upon this touching scene of student and teacher as I looked over the paintings and thangkas hanging in the room. Available as 8 x 11 or 11 x 17 b & w or color photo or water color or painted print on Hahnemuhle Museum Etching Fine Art Inkjet Paper, and each photograph or print is personally approved and hand-signed by me, the artist.