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Sacred Drukpa Kagyud relics on display

April 27, 2009

By Tenzin Namgyel
Kuensel (Bhutan)
April 24, 2009

For the first time ever, several
liberation-on-sight nangtens were made public at
the first annual Drukpa Council in Kathmandu

Thousands of devotees, including hundreds of
Bhutanese, got a glimpse of sacred Drukpa Kagyud
relics, as old as 800 years, in the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu last week.

The nangtens (sacred relics), including Dechok
Khorlodompa (Cakrasamvara), tutelary deity, a
tooth relic of Marpa and an image of Jetsun
Milarepa were made public for the first time in
Drukpa Kagyud history, during the first Annual
Drukpa Council (ADC) at Druk Amitabha. About 50
rinpoches and truelkus also saw the relics of
their masters and gurus for the first time.

The Dechok Khorlodompa arose naturally in the
heart of Kuenkhen Pema Karpo, the 4th
reincarnation of Drogoen Tsangpa Gyare, founder of the Drukpa school in Tibet.

The chairman of ADC, the 9th Khamtrul Rinpoche,
said the self-created image of Cakrasamvara is no
different from the Rangjung Kharsapani, the
self-created image of Chenrezig
(Avalokiteshvara), obtained from the first
vertebra of Drogoen Tsangpa Gyare, and brought to
Bhutan by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1616.

In 1161, Tsangpa Gyare, the Dharma King,
protector of all sentient beings, was born as a
human manifestation of Avalokiteshvara.
Avalokiteshvara is the compassionate embodiment
of all the Buddhas residing in ten büms (10
stages). Avalokiteshvara pledged to free all
sentient beings, manifesting himself in the form
of teachers, kings, ministers, ordinary human beings, animals and many others.

As a sign of true reincarnation of
Avalokiteshvara, Tsangpa Gyare, after passing
away in 1211, left many miraculous relics in his
ashes. His 21 vertebrae, found in the ashes,
naturally turned into 21 self-arisen Chenreyzig statues.

The tooth of the Tibetan saint Marpa Chokyi Lodro
(1012-1096), the great translator, was believed
to be the self-arisen image of Thro-Wo Me-tsek, a
deity who protects one from diseases caused by
defilement. There was also a self-arisen image of
a conch (dungkhar aykher) on the fingernail of
Dag-me ma, the secret consort of Marpa Chokyi Lodro.

The statue of Jetsun Milarepa (1040-1123) is
believed to have been made by his sister Peta
Gonkyi and consecrated by Milarepa himself. Along
with that, there was also a hand-made stone image
of Dudsol ma, the dharma protector, attributed to Goenpo Ludrup (Nagarjuna).

"This is the first time I’m seeing the relics,"
said the 9th Khamtrul Rinpoche, who said that a
glimpse of the relics will remove devotees from
all negative karma and liberate them from khorwa
(samsara). The two-day relics display was also
accompanied by a long life initiation by His
Holiness the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa Rinpoche, the
reincarnation of Drogoen Tsangpa Gyare.
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