In 2007, Ven. Lama Kelzang made a pilgrimage to the Milarepa Tower in Qinghai and made an aspiration to build a similar tower in Bhutan. Following a positive reaction from the Royal Bhutan Government, 12 acres of land was acquired at Phuntsokling, on a hillside a few miles from the Indian border. The monastery and Milarepa Tower (Sekagutok) will be a holy site to attract pilgrims from Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Sikkim, as well as Bhutan, where the official religion is Kagyupa Buddhism.
緣起自尊貴的嘉生上師在2007年前往青海密勒日巴九層塔朝聖回來後，心愿能於不丹建造一座同樣的塔寺。 隨着不丹政府一個正面的回應，上師在印度接壤邊境的彭措林購買了一幅12公頃的土地。這座兼容密勒日巴塔和寺院的塔寺（些嘎咕托九層塔）將成為來自大吉嶺、卡林蓬和錫金的朝聖聖地，以及不丹的主要佛教傳承 – 噶舉派的一個重要地標。
A Hong Kong company, limited by guarantee and not having a share capital, was set up in 2010. The Inland Revenue Department has approved the company's tax-free, charitable status. In 2012, a similar charitable Foundation was set up in Bhutan.
Letters of Support
Letters supporting the project have been received from His Holiness the 17th Karmapa and His Holiness the 70th Je Khenpo of Bhutan.
A project committee was set up in 2010 to oversee and coordinate the project. Chaired by Ven. Lama Kelzang, the committee comprises disciples and local professionals. The committee is also in charge of fund-raising activities.
Consultants have been retained in Bhutan to monitor every aspect of the project, to supervise construction and to provide monthly progress reports.
The project, including all architectural and structural drawings for the Milarepa Tower and Shrine Hall, have received the approval of the Royal Bhutan Government. Following the groundbreaking ceremony, officiated by His Holiness the Je Khenpo on 2 November 2011, the site has been levelled and extensive drainage works have been completed. Road access has been upgraded and work is in progress to provide a permanent supply of water and electricity.
The tower foundation and slab were completed on 24 November 2013. Construction of the Tower and Shrine Hall will be completed by 2015 followed by interior decoration and landscaping work.
Budget for the whole project is HK$30m, We have already spent $10m on site formation including land, road access, drainage, retaining walls, foundation work, offices and accommodation.