The Treasury of Lives

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Tso Pema, also known as Rewalsar, is a sacred lake located in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh, India. The site is revered by Sikhs, Hindus and Buddhists alike, the latter of whom regard the lake as the place from which Padmasambhava embarked on his journey to Tibet. Buddhist tradition holds that Padmasambhava was burned at Rewalsar as punishment by the king, who was angered that Padmasambhava took his daughter, Mandarava, as a consort. When the pyre was extinguished, a lake appeared in its place with Padmasambhava seated in the middle on a lotus blossom. At present there are Nyingma and Drukpa Kagyu monasteries at the site. 


Cantwell, Cathy. "Rewalsar: Tibetan Refugees in A Buddhist Sacred Place." The Tibet Journal 20, no. 1 (1995): 3-9.

Doney, Lewis and Bogin, Benjamin. The Second Buddha: Master of Time. Germany: Delmonico/Prestel, p.129.


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