Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Phrumsingla National Park (PNP) scapegoats the locals...

file photo: The stretch of rocky terrain in Sumthrang
disturbed in 2013. If not Sumthrang temple, in hands of PNP
it must have been met with a greater damage.
“In 2013, a combined attempt from dzongkhag, gewog and PNP to demarcate the nye failed to materialize, with objection from people based on the letter that barred collection of boulders even on private land.” This is quoted by Kuensel as said by an official from PNP.

I would like to elaborate it because PNP uses that line as it scapegoats the local people. It would tell you how PNP lured the local people into their side of the story.

 1. PNP have said the same line to the locals during that attempt. The officials then had said: "if it were to protect the nyes around sumthrang no one shall be allowed to extract any stone from any where, even from the private lands." This has implanted fear in the minds of illiterate villagers making them join their lot.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Heritage and sacred sites may be losing as the cultural kingdom await a law protecting it

Phrumshingla National Park gives a lead to such a case in Bumthang…. 

The same tractor rushing down the stones
from the sacred site on June 26 and 27, 2016
It is a sad story and shameful that it has to be known. A country well known across the world as a Buddhist kingdom and a cultural landmark hasn’t much in place to protect such sites that gives this identity. It is until today left to its own faith and when there are cases that fight for the preservation, it is often lost.

These sacred sites were well protected until today just because the local communities regard and preserved it voluntarily. But what if such a person who does not regard these sites for his/her own personal benefit and selfish agenda are on rise in a locality? Will our sacred sites with lots of historical accounts sustain? Therefore the cultural and heritage sites bill is must and timely to be enacted sooner then later.

While I know the bill may be coming soon, many of such heritages sites are facing major challenges because even the environmental protective agencies does not care to make a move rather gives in to their own favouritism.
Therefore I am sure, many of destruction of such historical sites, rocks and forests must have gone unnoticed and uncared. Check it with Lopen Kinzang Thinley and he would point out several such sites already lost to such activities. Take this for example, recently the rock regarded as religious text of Drukpa Kinley in Pangna area of Chimi Lhakhang was almost moved out and destroyed if a village elder hasn’t come to its rescue. I was told the excavator brushing the area for some agricultural project broke it. 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Gruphai: the Suppose to be Phurbi Drupchen of Sumthrang

A tradition of Sumthrang to be revived to its past glory in coming years..........

Sumthrang Chojey presiding over the Gruphai ritual

The first annual ritual of Sumthrang monastery is one day ritual ceremony known as the ‘Gruphai’ by the locals, which was suppose to be an annual Phurbi Drupchen on the 25th day of the first lunar month of every year.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sumthrang Chojey Ngawang Sonam's arts among now the best murals in the world

A mural of Great yogi the Phajo and his sons.
One of the mural works of Sumthrang Chojey
Penchen Ngawang Sonam
(Pic: Tashi Lhendup)
Tango Monastery is a national heritage as we all know. Not just because it is a monastery founded by a great saint but also because it houses century old precious arts and paintings beside the places and relics of sacred importance.
Tango is quite internationally known for its well preserved age old ancient arts and paintings of great skills.

The murals in Tango are recognized as the best murals in Bhutan and in the world and are greatly appreciated by national and international conservationist and the art experts. These paintings according to the national conservationist Tashi Lhendup have the best materials, superb in artistic skills and techniques. The mural conservation in Tango is expected to start in May this year(2015).

Therefore I would here like to highlight a piece of information on a part of paintings  of Tango Monastery which was quite untold.

An article published in English (Probably translated) by Centre for Bhutan Studies (CBS) authored by Tshenyed Lopen Kuenleg explicitly says that all the paintings of Tango Monastery is the work of painter Jangchub Sempa. “The wall paintings on all the 3 stories are the real work of the great painter Jangchub Sempa,” Tshenyed Lopen has said in his article (English version, CBS) unlike the different attribution mentioned in biography of Desi Tenzin Rabgye.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thank You All for your Support!

As it was the 'Thanks Giving' holiday else where around the globe, Sumthrang Monastery would like to take the opportunity of the day to Thank Mangduechu Hydroelectric Project Authority (MHPA) and the Code of Culture (CoC) for granting few thousands that would make a great difference on the cultural preservation of Sumthrang. Had it not been your generous though small financial support, the world as a whole is at the edge of losing the over eight century old tradition and cultures that included most unique and sacred dances lived with Sumthrang. World would have suffered a loss of a culture, if this revival could have began.  The cham dances of Sumthrang would not be any where on earth since the dances are by origin the dances of Sumthrang and not adopted from other dances. Some of the dances even predate the dances of Pemalingpa origin.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sumthrang moves a step towards revival...

Drupthob Melong Dorji Drup Phug
(retreat cave) at Sumthrang cliff
Sumthrang has been a monastic seat where retreat was the focus according to Sumthrang Chojey Lam Gyamtsho.

As you see around the cliff at the north, there are as many ruins of ancient retreat centers, where forefathers of Sumthrang Choje family led as many followers on retreat at these places. The cliff also houses a retreat cave of Drubthob Melong Dorji, the oral accounts has it that, the Drupthob flew from this cave. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

His Holiness Chabgoen Chetsang the supreme head of Drikung's visit to Sumthrang

The Zhugtre to remain: HH sits on a stone made
rest seat on the way to Nubling
On September 25, the supreme head of Drikung, His Holiness Chabgoen Drikung Chetsang rinpoche visited Sumthrang monastery founded by Nyoton Trulzhing Chojey the son of Nyo Gyelwa Lhanangpa reconnecting the history of this monastic existence to Drikung.

His Holiness on the morning of 26th also visited the Nubling (western part) hermit of Sumthrang where he also did a brief check on the ruins of hermits around the Nubling part of the Sumthrang cliff.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Sumthrang's Horse Dance (tsencham)

In this 13 century built monastery of Sumthrang, Kangsoel is the main annual event, a tradition left by the founder Nyoton Trulzhig Chojey who was a great kilaya yogi (Phurbi nyeljorpa).

He was the only son of Nyo Gyelwa Lhanangpa who is one of the most earliest Buddhist scholars and practioners to have established monastic school in the country.  His father was the first buddhist scholar who have intrduced first establishment of Buddhist monastic complex in the territory of Bhutan by establishing Chelkha dzong in late 12th century, which is also considered as the first dzong in Bhutan.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Lam Jamtsho: Shades some clear light on Pemalingpa and Nyo at ILCS

Lam Jamtsho: current incumbent of Sumthrang at the seminar

Speaking at the Local Scholars Seminar,  first of its kind in the country, organized by centre of culture and research unit of Institute of Language and Culture Studies (ILCS) in Taktse on 29th october, Lama Jamtsho, of Sumthrang Monastery talked about the linage history of Terton Pemalingpa in Bhutan.
He took the plate form to clear the misunderstanding and some information that he claimed as  wrong in some of the history textbook of lower classes, where the blacksmith, Garwa Yonten Jangchub was considered as Pema Lingpa's grandfather and the father to his Mother Drogmo Pema Dolma. 

Friday, September 28, 2012

Let's Calculate...!

Let me bring the calculation of date that contradicts two major claims that we see in Bhutanese histories and many who speak following the same.

1. Let us see if Lam Lhapa who resisted Phajo was Nyo Lhanangpa.
Phajo was born in 1184 that is 20 years after the birth of Nyo Lhanangpa who was born in 1164. At the age of 7, that is in 1191 Phajo started his study under Nyingma tradition of buddhism, and at the age of 12, that is in 1196, he has met the Nyingma master Tharpalingpa from whom he got the name Dhondup Gyeltshen (some other has Tharpa Gyeltshen as the name given by Tharpalingpa).