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Paro Rinpung Dzong

(This series is dedicated to my friend Susan and her husband James Andrew who are currently in Bhutan. I guess they must be among the crowd watching Thimphu Tshechu these days.   I hope they have a pleasant stay in Bhutan.) Drung Drung Gyelchog and the Demons of Paro As soon as Drung Drung Gyelchog, one of the great grandsons of Phajo Drugom Zhingpo, settled down on the cliff edge at Hungrel in Paro (where the present day Rinpung Dzong is located), he summoned all the local deities and spirits in whole of Paro valley. The local deities and spirits all pledged their allegiance to him except for one called the spirit from Drelpo Jika who continued to harm people, their cattle and other properties. He used medium and possessed people. Through the medium, he demanded sacrifices and offerings which he gluttonously killed cattle and wasted precious wealth of the people. Cattle in Bhutan are considered wealth because bulk of our people are farmers. It continued for a very

....a very well deserved cold coffee that nourishes the imagination and great oil painting that relishes the eyes. Masterpiece can happen inside the cup as much as it can happen on the canvas

... one leaflet from enlightenment

HH Dungse Rinpoche had given this handwritten note on a school notebook page to a farmer in Kulikata.

my nearest distant star

...for his small fast legs in the football ground people called him rocket but for his short stature and Rai look, I called him Rai Daju. He was Daju because he was two years elder than me.  His father called him Ra Thong (hammer) while his wife now calls him Nokola. His wife recounts that he sent her his first gift when they dated. The mobile phone didn’t work after few days so she went to the mobile repair shop. The mechanic told her that the phone could not be repaired because it was Nokla and not Nokia. While the phone was out of use and could not be connected, my Rai Daju had become restless. So he dared face upto her and asked if she was trying to ignore him by switching off the phone. She was outraged. She screamed, songo bu Nokola , phone bu Nokola (both the person and phone are Nokola). Nokola in sharchokpa roughly means slow and clumsiness. Interestingly, he was known by another name too. He was registered as Kinzang Thunley in school. Our time, we had many Indian

Kaybu- Lu-Tsan

(This series is dedicated to Kaybu-Lu-Tsan, deity of Jakar Dzong.) In Tsangtoed or upper Tsang in Tibet, there was a couple called Mepo Namtse and Sa Tsan. They had a son called  Kay Jetchen who was married to a woman called Kay Dak Tsunmo. Kay Jetchen and Kay Dak Tsunmo had three sons. The eldest was called Kay Tsey Muthra, the middle Kadrig Rimpa and the youngest was known as Kaybu Lu Tsan. Kaybu Lu-Tsan was red faced and had a ferocious look. He wore many precious stones and rode dark red horse. He also had a red dog who followed him wherever he went. Kaybu Lu Tsan was a brave and courageous man. However, he was very violent  and picked up fights  even with demons and gods. He was also a good athlete and a sharp shooter. He spent most of his time either gambling or sporting. So it is said that when they grew up, their parents made them what they wanted  to become. The eldest became local leader while the middle one inherited properties and became businessman. Howe

SHA RADRAP OF WANGDUE

(Continuing on the history of local deities today is a brief history of Sha Radrap, guardian deity of Wangdue Valley.) To many of those who hail   from Wangdue or has lived there, Radrap is a household name. His influence on the local people of Wangdue valley is far more outreaching than Buddha or Guru himself.   He is feared as much as he is respected. His abode, Radra Neykhang, which is located in erstwhile Wangdue town is frequented by local people and people from across Bhutan to get blessings, seek protection or simply to make offering. Local people believe that Radrap was actually a Tsan who had made vows to Guru Rinpoche to protect his treasures. Guru Rinpoche was quite pleased with his commitment and   also named him Genyen Chenpo. During the time of Lama Phajo Drugom Zhingpo, he placed his allegiance again and continued to be a protector of Buddhist doctrine. That was in Tibet sometimes in 13 th century. However, at a time that is not known clearly, it is