Historical Profile of Dechenphu Geynyen Neykhang

Sangay Dorji, Dungchen ; Ura, Karma

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Abstract

The authors deal with the history of origins of Dechenphu Geynyen Neykhang, one of Bhutan's most sacred place. Various literary sources that provide scattered information on Dechenphu (means cave of consummate bliss) show that it is a significant sacred place in general, and the most important place of the protector deity for the followers of Drukpa Kargyu. There is no consolidated account of Dechenphu; pieces of information about it have to be assembled from various sources, in particular from the hagiographies of the successive abbots of Druk Ralung, the hagiographies of Phajo Drugom Zhigpo and his immediate descendants. Lhoi Choejung, the famous history of Bhutan written by Penchen Tenzin Chogyal, the 10th Je Khenpo, contains some information about Geynyen. Because of the widespread belief in Geynyen in Tibet, a Tibetan lama, Jamyangje Drupwang Drodul Dorji wrote a booklet on him. The Late Dudjom Rinpoche was another author who composed drupchog for Geynyen. The both authors bring together the information of this different historical sources.

Document type: Book
Date: 2003
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 3 March 2009
Faculties / Institutes: Research Organisations / Academies > Centre for Bhutan Studies
DDC-classification: Religions of Indic origin
Controlled Subjects: Bhutan, Buddhismus, Heiligtum, Kloster
Uncontrolled Keywords: Heiliger Ort , Entstehungsgeschichte, Bhutan , Buddhism , Sacred Place , Monastery , History of Origins
Subject (classification): History and Archaeology
Religion and Philosophy
Countries/Regions: Bhutan
Series: Subjects > Monograph Series / Centre for Bhutan Studies
Volume: 4