Paro Taktsang - Beauty Of Himalayan Monasteries

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Paro Taktsang - Beauty Of Himalayan Monasteries

Postby Ianz » Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:50 pm

The Paro Taktsang monastery has four main temples and residential shelters. Each building has a balcony, which provides views of the Paro valley below. The buildings are interconnected through rock stairways and steps along with several wooden bridges.

There are eight caves, four of which are fairly easy to access. The entrance to the main cave is through a narrow passage. It holds twelve images of Bodhisattvas with butter lamps burning in front of these idols. Paintings can also be found on the walls of the monastery along with a sacred scripture which is kept in an adjoining small cell. The importance of this scripture is that it has been printed with gold dust and the crushed bone powder of a divine Lama.

The Legend of the Tiger’s Lair and Guru Rinpoche
According to legend, Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) reached the temple site of Paro Taktsang in the 8th century by flying on the back of a tigress from Khenpajoing, Tibet. Guru Padmasambhava was a Brahmin royal who spread Tantric Buddhism throughout Bhutan and Tibet in the 700’s.

The name “Taktsang" literally means Tiger's Lair and was derived when the people in the locality came across a tigress residing in one of the caves. The legend says that, at that time, Rinpoche took the incarnation of the fiery Dorje Drolo, one of his eight manifestations. That tigress was in fact his consort Yeshe Tsogyal who took the form of an animal to subjugate local demons and spirits.

Rinpoche meditated in thirteen small monasteries or ‘tiger nest’ caves, of which Paro Taktsang is the best known. It is said he meditated in the cave on the mountain for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours. After completing his meditation, Guru Padmasambhava subjugated the eight categories of evil spirits and converted the Bhutanese to Buddhism. Today, he is seen in the area as nearly as holy as the Buddha himself and regarded as the Second Buddha and a guardian spirit of Bhutan. His followers believe that Padmasambhava is still alive and active but in another form, as Rainbow Body.

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Re: Paro Taktsang - Beauty Of Himalayan Monasteries

Postby getpackingvinod » Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:06 pm

Thank you Lanz for the info on Tiger's Nest - please do post some pictures too !!
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