Saturday, December 8, 2012

Monasteries Of Bhutan

Bhutan Post issued four stamps on “Monasteries of Bhutan” celebrating the “Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the King” on November 11, 2005.  These stamps were released on 11.11.2006.  Shashi gave me this nice FDC.
Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) is one of the most sacred monasteries in Bhutan.  It is perched on a rocky cliff at 2600 feet (800 meters) above the Paro Valley and was built by the fourth Druk Desi, Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye in 1692.
Kichu Monastery Kichu Monastery is one of Bhutan’s most sacred monasteries dating from the introduction of Buddhism in the 7thcentury.  Located in Paro, it is the oldest monastery in the country built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in 659 A.D.  
Kurjey MonasteryLocated in the beautiful valley of Bumthang, Kurjey is a complex of three temples, beneath a giant cypress tree.  The main temple was built in 1652 by Minjur Tempa, Trongsa Penlop.  This temple houses the cave where Guru Rinpoche had left his body imprint visible on the rock while meditating during the 8th century to subdue the local deities. 
Jambay Monastery Jambay Monastery is believed to have been built on the same day as the Kichu Monastery in Paro by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in 59 A.D.  The central figure in the sanctuary is the statue of Jampa, the Buddha of the future.  It was here that Guru Rinpoche conducted his first sermon on Tantric Buddhism for the local ruler of Bumthang, King Sendha Gyap, his family and subjects.  The Monastery is built over a lake in which Guru Rinpoche is said to have hidden many sacred and religious treasures.

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