A trip to good old memories with old good friends does makes a man realize he has grown up!
On the 10th day of the fifth month of Lunar calendar, Buddhist all over the world mark as a birth anniversary of Great Buddhist master Orgyen Guru Rinpochoe. He is considered and well addressed as a second Buddha. He is a great one because he was a “Lotus Born man” in Dhanakosha lake and has been to most of the Himalayan countries, profoundly Tibet, Bhutan, India and Nepal.
According to his shortend biography(ཨྱོན་པད་མའི་བཀའ་ཐང་བསྡུས་པ)
Eight life giving father;
Eight mothers who conceived him;
Eight emanated sons;
Eight dwelling places;
Eight masters whom he followed;
Eight yidam visions;
Eight signs of accomplishment;
Eight great charnel ground;
Eight disciples who hold his lineage;
Eight solitary places;
Eight favoured consorts;
Eight enlightened deeds;
Eight hidden treasure sites;
Eight profound practice lineages;
Eight treasure-reveallers, lord of Dharma.
Source: CST prayer book
During this day, it is believed that if one does good things like offering butter lamp, it’s merit is multiplied into millions. On the other hand, if one committed a sin , it multiplies into millions which leads one to hell after death. Most Buddhist basically does a good merit on such days. Commonly, people go to temples, Teschu ( tenth-day festival), and old ones circumambulate stupas (Choetoen). Doing this feel oneself blessed and happy.
So does many, I went to Rawbee Goenpa to witness the mask dances performed on that day annually. Since it is the birth anniversary of Guru Rinpochoe, the main mask dance is Guru Tsengye which means mask dances of the Eight manifestation of Guru Rinpochoe himself. I was extremely happy that I got to witness mask dances and been to Rawbee Goenpa after a very long time since my childhood.
I went along with my mother and some of my friends of olden days, still the best and good ones. The journey was quite hazy and foggy. The roads are all muddy that no small cars could get through. We managed to go on foot till Goenpa. All was good till Dangling BHU, from there we had to walk uphill. The footpath are not cleared for man since nowadays people use cars. That was quite sad part. I could see paths covered with bushes and long grasses with leeches on the leaves stretching to get onto us. That was scary for some. I had a thought like with rural to urban settlement, rural areas are turning in jungle alike which is actually fulfilling our one of the term constitution to keep 65% of land to be under forest cover.
We reached there at around 9 in the morning and was able to witness the mask dances. As I said I met many of my primary mates and some relatives. Tha was mesmerizing that we all changed but happy that we could still recognize and remember how we used to be. I missed being and studying in Dangling Community Primary School which later changed to Dangling Primary School.
The moment I reached there I could see a lot of changes. Everything was changed and I can’t describe as well. Short of vocabulary LOL. Anyways the one you see is the newly constructed temple. How you like that! Isn’t that beautiful?
This is one of the biggest Guru Rinpochoe statue in Bhutan founded by late Khenpo Karpo Rinpochoe.
It is my village and yeah it’s green and beautiful. It is called Zhungkhar located under Lhuntse Dzongkhag in Menbi Gewog. Read more..
We took lunch packed from home but we were given a lunch from there to all the people who came to witness Mask Dances. That was sort of blessings to us, ordinary farmers from Rinpochoe Lama Rinzin Lhoyang. Thank you for everything your holiness. I tried to write piece about the Goenpa but it will be quiet risky for myself if I couldn’t get all the information or misinterpreted. Therefore, I am sorry about it if you are waiting to know about the Goenpa.
The return journey was not that good to share to all here in public. A hint: it was around 6 PM in the evening and was already dark. Things happened a lot that I couldn’t even reach home back that night. This is something that I will share personaly if you wish to. Nevertheless, nothing big mistake happened or encountered. It was all due to the -OH group that we study in Chemistry.
A note and summary from him. He was happy that he got to visit the Goenpa after long time and met his old good friends. He says the day was blessed with no rain all because of the prayers of Lama Rinpochoe. He wants any reader to do visit the Goenpa once because what he wrote was all he could describe. He has left many scenic views and history about the Goenpa. He assures that you will not regret once you been there. On top of that he thanks the Goenpa family for helping his villagers when in need to perform rituals and aspire to work together to uphold the pure and kind Bhuddhism in the region, as a whole.
World we live should be taken care by ourselves. May sentient beings (us) free from this world and born in Zangdopelri Zhingkham under Orgyen Guru Rinpochoe.