His Holiness the Je Khenpo yesterday installed a 900-year old statue of Milarepa in the heart of the Buddha Amitabha statue as the nangten (inner relic) at the Druk Ralung Shedrup Choling monastery, Kabesa.
His Holiness also consecrated the monastery.
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 Druk Sangag Choeling monastery, Tibet, founded in the 16th century by the fourth Gyalwang Drukpa, Kunkhyen Pema Karpo. He said that the statue of Milarepa in the past manifested signs of having spoken and hair growing.
“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.”
Norbu Wangdi explained that Gyalwa Dokhampa 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 the monastery issued stated that Gyalwa Dokhampa dedicated the merit of installing this special statue as well as 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.
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.
The monastery has about forty monks at present.
Yangchen C Rinzin