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Drolma Podrang Stupa Room, Sakya Town

April 22, 2012 ·

The The Drolma Podrang (Palace) Stupa Room houses the remains of a number of Sakya Tridzins and important teachers of the Drolma Podrang branch of the Khon family of Sakya. Most of the bodies are sealed inside the many stupas. The room is located on a second floor of the main Lhakang Chenmo Temple, Sakya, Tibet.

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Puntsog Podrang Stupa Room, Sakya Town

April 22, 2012 ·

The Puntsog Podrang (Palace) Stupa Room houses the remains of a number of Sakya Tridzins and important teachers of the Puntsog Podrang branch of the Khon family of Sakya. Most of the bodies are sealed inside the many stupas. The room is located on a second floor of the main Lhakang Chenmo Temple, Sakya Town, Tibet.

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Manjushri Cave, Sakya Town

February 27, 2012 ·

The Manjushri Cave is located on the North side of Sakya slightly West of the large patch of white earth (sakya). The cave was made famous by Sachen Kunga Nyingpo when he was twelve years old and had entered into a strict six month retreat on the practice of Arapachana Manjushri. Early on there were obstacles but they were removed using the practice of Nila Achala, wrathful, blue in colour, in a kneeling posture. Towards the end of the retreat Arya Manjushri appeared to the young Kunga Nyingpo and spoke the four lines of the Separation From the Four Attachments.

"With attachment to this life - there is no Dharma practitioner;
Attachment to samsara - no renunciation;
Attachment to self-purpose - no Enlightenment Thought;
If grasping arises - there is no view."

The image above is a 2007 photograph of the cave entrance and the shrine inside. A building has also been constructed around the cave to help preserve it from the elements. Almost all of the buildings on the North side of the river are reconstructions built from the 1980s to the present.

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Margapala/Lamdre Lineage Painting Set #4

February 14, 2010 ·

The 'Path Together with the Result' (Sanskrit: Margapala. Tibetan: lam dre bu tang che pa), is considered to be one of the most important Tantric Buddhist teachings to have entered Tibet. It is believed to have originated with the Indian teacher Virupa who was regarded as a great adept (mahasiddha). The images in Margapala Set #4 represent an incomplete set of paintings depicting the lineage of teachers starting with the Primordial Buddha Vajradhara, to the deity Vajra Nairatmya, followed by the Indian teachers Virupa, Kanha, Damarupa, Avadhutipa, and Gayadhara, down to the Tibetan teachers beginning with Drogmi Lotsawa. There were likely six or seven more paintings in the cpmplete set following after the painting depicting Sonam Tsemo and Dragpa Gyaltsen. The current whereabouts of the missing paintings is not known and it is quite possible that they no longer exist.

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Additions & Updates

November 13, 2008 ·

The main Sakya Outline Page has been re-worked. Added to this at the bottom, as you already saw, is the Sakya Protectors Outline Page. Linked to that is a new outline page for Panjarnata Mahakala. There is still more work to be done on that subject. Also new to the Sakya Outline Page is the Monasteries & Branch Schools outline. This new page will become more meaningful and develop as more images are uploaded in the next few weeks and months. We currently have several thousand images from locations in Central and West Tibet waiting to be uploaded.

The Mural Paintings of Tibet outline became way too large and had to be split into several pages: main page, Eastern Tibet (Kham, Amdo), Central Tibet, Western Tibet. More mural images and new locations are ready to be uploaded to the HAR site. These outline pages will probably have to change again soon to accommodate all of the new images.

With the Mural Paintings of Tibet page there are also many outside shots of the buildings and caves that house the murals. In an attempt to simplify the topic of architecture the important subjects and types have been grouped together on the Architecture Outline Page. This will need to be re-worked as the technical vocabulary and terms are sorted out and standardized.

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Sakya Protectors Outline Page

November 08, 2008 ·

A new outline page for Sakya Protectors has been added to the HAR site. There is a lot more explanation that needs to accompany each of these protectors, and or, their larger classifications, such as the classifications of Mahakala, Shri Devi, the Three Kings, etc. The image on the left is of the goddess Ekajati, the mother of Mahakala and Shri Devi, from the system of Panjarnata Mahakala according to the Vajrapanjara Tantra. She is included as one of the retinue figures in the Eight Deity Panjarnata practice. She is also included in the Three Deity Panjarnata practice of the Sakya Tradition.

There are many deities represented in the various, Buddhist, Bon and Hindu traditions of the Himalayas that have the same name and sometimes a similar appearance. These deities are not always the same in origin myth, form or function. Great care and sensitivity must be used when recognizing a specific deity along with explaining that deity from the side of the tradition it belongs in.

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