The Treasury of Lives

Rubin Museum of Art

Buchu Lhakhang is a temple located in the Kongpo region. One of four border supressing temples founded by Songtsen Gampo in the seventh century, it was built to supress the supine demoness of Tibetan mythology. Originally associated with the Nyingma, most recently it functions as a Geluk institution, with several monks in residence at the site. 


Gyurme Dorje. 2009. Tibet Handbook. Bath: Footprint, pp. 279-280.

Sørensen, Per K., and Guntram Hazod. 2005. Thundering falcon: an inquiry into the history and cult of Khra-ʹbrug Tibetʹs first Buddhist temple. Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, pp. 52, 147.


The Demoness of Tibet

The Demoness of Tibet is a close copy of a well-known image located in the Tibet Museum in Lhasa. The landscape of Tibet is shown as the mythical demoness of Tibetan legend. Important Buddhist temples and monasteries are located across her body, spanning from the Ngari region in the west to Kham in the east. 


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