The Treasury of Lives

Matteo Pistono

Pema Shelpuk is a hermitage and treasure site opened by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Chokyur Lingpa. In January, 1857 the two lamas sanctified the new meditation site for Khyentse Wangpo in a cave located above Dzongsar Monastery in Kham. This was in part a public ceremony, in which visitors were invited to witness the processes by which the cave and the surrounding hillside was mapped out as a supernatural site – they identified a spring of medicinal water, an overhang where Vimalamitra was said to have practiced, and so forth. It was the primary hermitage Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. It was destroyed in 1959 but has been subsequently restored. 


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