Ngyoe Gelwa Lhanangpa after visiting Bhutan as the earliest Buddhist master was in fact the figure who brought the light in the country of dark. How ever in the present day many although without true eye of the history people keep on disgracing his contribution for the country by alleging him as the one that had disputed with Phajo. It was indeed a real prejudice and disgrace for this great saint who opened the gate of Bhutan's transformation from darkness for the first time.
It was true that Phajo faced resistance from other religious sects in which one of them was the Lhapa, but Lhapa was the sub-sect of Drigung kagyue found by Lhanangpa that does not mean Lhapa is the Lhanangpa. There are authors who deliberately point at Lhanangpa making him the 'bad man' of the time. “(Lhanangpa sent a letter to Phajo saying, "You cannot stay in this country without my permission. You should either look after the monastery of Jathel Dzong or serve as a stable-keeper. Else you will lose your life".)” this is from an article of Phajo's biography posted in a web called World Lingo by some authors. It is not even known from where that particular quote is being picked up. Lhanangpa was also known as Lhanangpa Sangay Rinchen, and some authors have made clear their intention of disgracing mentioning his name as the one who confronted the young Phajo.
To my surprise Lhanangpa was died in the year when Phajo came to Bhutan. Lhanangpa was born in 1164 and has died in the year 1224 when Phajo just turned for Bhutan. It can be known if we go though better sources and do some research and analysis rather than just being a tongue follower.
The current Yangpi lopen in a BBS live interview was even heard saying that Nyoe Lhanangpa is the one who used the people of Sha, wang and Pa for his own good, while his teaching have benefitted the people and became his subject by which for centuries the Lhapa tradition lasted for centuries until it lost to Drukpa kagyue at the later age of Phajo. The Lhapa kaguye has come to Bhutan some time in 1214-15 before he built the Do-Nyoen Dzong in 1216 and until his death his had followers in Bhutan as well as in Tibet.
There fore although the story doesn't end here we need to get to the deep before we just go by the words without any knowledge. Because taking up with just a little knowledge is dangerous that it undermines the real and true fact for future generations.
This is to open the door for commands and other analysis to get ourselves deep till the truth. Any command is well come.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
The chojey took this renovation without any revenue for him to support but with gut and hope. Thanks goes to those one and all supporters who helped him with cash and kind. The well wishers, relatives, friends and all those who did not mind to spare their hard earned revenue in support of the renovation. Even the minimal donations from visitors and tourists made a big difference.
I was grateful for the people of the village for proposing CDG share of the fund for the renovation work and the authorities for granting it that completed mural painting worth of Nu180,000 from CDG. The royal government for granting kidu of Nu300,000 at the begin of the work that was spent on the wood and timber administered by dzongkhag. Besides there are also many other individuals who supported individually in cash and kind that has the credit of taking the renovation work at this stage.
Some more works are yet to complete and that could contribute for the socio-culture promotion and conservation after getting done. It is thankful for those who still put an effort and think to support the ongoing renovation. Thank you one and all and will also appreciate continued support and help to be a part of the rebuilding of the oldest monument in the country.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Sumthrang Monastery founded by Ngoe Gelwa Lhanangpa in 1220-24 AD. Sumthrang Samdrup Choedzong is one of the oldest monuments of Bhutan situated above the valley of Ura. Ngoe Gelwalhanangpa was one of the Bhuddhist saints that visited earliest after Guru Rinpoche, since which the light of wisdom began for the soil. Most of the ruling elite of Bhutan have descended from this Chojey family to the linage of Ngoe.