Sacred Statue Of Milarepa Installed In Bhutan's Monastery By His Holiness The Je Khenpo

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The statue of Milarepa was ordained as the nangten (inner relic) of the Druk Ralung Shedrup Choling monastery in Kabesa.

(Source: Kuensel)

 

By Yangchen C Rinzin | Kuensel

On 5 Aug 2019, His Holiness the Je Khenpo installed a 900-year old statue of Milarepa in the heart of the Buddha Amitabha statue.  

The five-inch statue is believed to be handmade personally by Milarepa’s younger sister, Peta Gonkyi, who is also said to be one of the four female disciples of Milarepa.

 

Photo: Kuensel

 

It was ordained as the nangten (inner relic) of the Druk Ralung Shedrup Choling monastery in Kabesa. His Holiness also consecrated the monastery.

Who is Milarepa?

Born to a well-to-do family in the village of Kya Ngatsa in Western Bhutan, Milarepa’s father passed away when he was young.

Before his father died, he entrusted the upbringing of his wife and children to his brother. However, Milarepa's uncle and aunt took all of the family's wealth and forced his mother and his sister Petra to work as servants.

Milarepa himself was sent away to study reading and writing. He also picked up black magic and used it to take revenge on his aunt and uncle while they were hosting a party.

By summoning a giant hailstorm to demolish their house, 35 people were killed, however his uncle and aunt survived.

On another occasion, Milarepa sent a hailstorm to destroy his uncle’s crops, just when they were about to be reaped.

Feeling remorseful for his deeds, Milarepa decided to repent and became a student of Marpa the Translator.

 

Overlooking Pelgyeling Gompa at Milarepa's Cave, Tibet.

Photo: Wikipedia

 

Marpa advised Milarepa to practice solitary meditation in caves and mountain retreats. Thereafter he became a well-known yogi and he eventually even forgave his aunt, who caused the misfortune of his family.

Miracles of the statue of Milarepa

The five-inch statue is believed to be handmade personally by Milarepa’s younger sister, Peta Gonkyi, who is also said to be one of the four female disciples of Milarepa.

The monastery’s principal Norbu Wangdi said that the statue was one of the most sacred treasure relics of the Druk Sangag Choeling monastery in Tibet, founded in the 16th century by the fourth Gyalwang Drukpa, Kunkhyen Pema Karpo.

In the past, the statue of Milarepa has manifested signs of having spoken and hair was seen growing.

 

The Dochula Druk Wangyel Festival started in the year 2011 and the festival takes place every year on December 13 at the Druk Wangyel Lhakhang’s Festival ground, located near the famous Dochula pass. In the video, the yogi Jetsun Milerapa levitates in thin air. The bare bodied performer withstood the icy temperature for more than 40 minutes.

 Source: Youtube/WildFilmsIndia

 

“This treasure was passed on to Gyalwa Dokhampa Jigme Pema Nyinhadh by the present Gyalwang Drukpa as a personalised relic. This was as a gift with prayers for thriving Buddha Dharma.”

Why is the statue of Milarepa installed in Bhutan?

Norbu Wangdi explained that Gyalwa Dokhampa as installed the sacred statue as a nangten since Bhutan is the last Vajrayana Kingdom and an upholder of the Drukpa Lineage as its spiritual heritage.

A press release which the monastery issued stated that Gyalwa Dokhampa dedicated the merit of installing this special statue as well as the rebuilding of the monastery for the well-being and longevity of His Majesty The King, His Holiness the Je Khenpo, Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen, His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo, Her Royal Queen Mothers and HRH The Gyalsey, and the prosperity of the people of Bhutan.

About the Druk Ralung Shedrup Choling monastery

The Druk Ralung Shedrup Choeling monastery was established by one of Bhutan’s most revered scholars, the second Kyabje Khenchen Thrirab Rinpoche Sonam Yoedzer.

The Third King of Bhutan offered the monastery and the land to re-settlers from Tibet. The community of Kabesa offered the monastery to Gyalwa Dokhampa in 2010 to conserve the monastery’s spiritual heritage. There are about forty monks residing there at present.

 

This article first appeared in Kuensel and has been edited for Daily Bhutan.

 


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