Chung-ney Goenpa (ཁྱུང་གནས་དགོན་པ) aka Chungdu Goenpa (monastery) is located above Katekha village in Sha Phangyuel, Wangdue Phodrang—barely half an hour drive from the Gewog Centre via farm road.
Chung means Garuda; Ney means abode—an abode of Garuda.
The Goenpa was founded by Drubthob (yogi) Thinley Pema. The three-story monastery houses sacred Buddhist text, ancient statues of Buddhist saints and Guru Sung Joen (speaking Guru statue) as the mainstay. It also has an effigy of local deity Thinley Zam.
The monastery is perched on the hill above Phuensum Deki school. On the heart of the hill lies the meditational cave where Guru Rinpoche invoked Garuda thereby subdued the dreadful local spirits.
Earlier, there was a naturally formed rock resembling Garuda, but it was taken—breaking the rock.
The cave is said to be holy and therefore if one devotionally recites Vajra Guru mantra, one can observe holy water droppings (བདུད་རྩི) from the rocks. Some folks claim that the holy water has a healing effect when used on the harm inflicted by dreadful naga & local spirits (ཀླུ་གཉན་དང་ས་བདག).
There is also naturally formed—the sun and moon-shaped rocks in front of the cave. A hollow rock on the right side of the cave is to examine persons virtuous and unvirtuous deeds (དགེ་སྡིག་ཤན་ཕྱེ་ས).
The bowl-shaped rock on the left side of the cave is said to be Guru’s bathtub.
Chung-ney Goenpa faces ecologically abundant Sha Bjena valley. Sha: Kazhi Nyisho and Rubesa can be spotted as well at the far end and also some parts of Sha Chitokha.
The view is extraordinarily enchanting—heavenly feel!