is the time when cultures are destroyed.
only in Tibet, but everywhere.'
Buddhism came to Khumbu in Nepal, over 350 years ago under the
influence of Lama Sangwa Dorje. He established the first
monastery at Pangboche, as well as many other small hermitages.
meditating in Tengboche, his foot slipped leaving an imprint in
the rock. He interpreted this as a sign that some day a
monastery would be established there too.
Sangwa Dorje realized the empty nature of all phenomena and
often performed miracles, including hanging his shawl on a
sunbeam. It is said that the Yeti brought him food when he was
Chotar, known as Lama Gulu, began the construction of
monastery in 1916. He is believed to be an incarnation of Sangwa
Dorje's father. It took the local Sherpa community three years
to build. The monks performed the famous Mani Rimdu dances for
the first time and they have continued in an unbroken tradition.
1934, an earthquake damaged part of the monastery, and
Lama Gulu passed away shortly after. The monastery was rebuilt
and a well-known local artist, Kappa Kalden, painted beautiful
wall paintings in the shrine rooms. With the increase in the
number of visitors, mountaineering and tourism, the outside
world came to hear about Tengboche as a symbol of peace and
the monastery was again destroyed in 1989, this time by a fire
caused by an electrical heater. The blaze was so intense that
little could be saved. Even the famous stone in which Lama
Sangwa Dorje left a foot print cracked in the tremendous heat.
time not only the Sherpa community, but also Sir Edmund Hillary
and many other people worldwide, committed time and money to the
reconstruction project. The monastery's entire financial
resources were used to build the monastery for the third time.
Tengboche monastery was reconstructed under the skilful
of Tengboche Rinpoche, the acknowledged incarnation of the
founder Lama Gulu.
Statues and Paintings at Tengboche.
the monastery at Tengboche, you will see a huge statue of
Sakyamuni Buddha. Next to the Buddha are statues of close
disciples, monks known as 'Arhats'. On the left is the
Bodhisattva Maitreya, the future Buddha. To the right is the
Bodhisattva Manjushri, the embodiment of wisdom.
Translated literally, Bodhisattva means 'hero of the enlightened
mind' but also means someone who has vowed to attain
enlightenment for the sake of all beings.
care has been taken to follow the traditional proceedings at
each stage. It is built in stone rather than wood and is
slightly larger, but is otherwise very similar to the old
monastery. The Tibetan master painter, Thake-La, and a team of
ten highly skilled painters, took over two years to complete the
new paintings in the Prayer Hall.
wall paintings illustrate the Jataka, tales told by the Buddha
his previous lifetimes before his enlightenment. These stories
explain essential teachings in a way that is easy to understand.
They are translated into several European languages and are
inspiring examples of the practice of compassion, the foundation
beautiful place is a dream-like illusion. It is senseless to
cling to it. Unless the inner forces of negative emotions are
with outer enemies will never end.'
H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.