Posted on 04/08/2008

Photo taken on February 14, 2008

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Kurjey Lhakhang middle temple

Kurjey Lhakhang middle temple
The temple is located on a place where Guru Rinpoche, who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan, defeated a local diety (manifested as a white lion) that had sapped the life force of the local King. The white lion diety agreed to protect Buddhism, and to seal the deal, Guru Rinpoche drove his walking stick into the ground. The walking stick since grew into a large cyprus overlooking the Lhakhang. Despite their agreement, statues of Guru Rinpoche often show him crushing a white lion with his foot.
While meditating before defeating the white lion, Guru Rinpoche left a bodily imprint in a rock. Seeing the bodily imprint is quite an experience. The temple is relatively large, maybe 30 ft by 20 ft with three large statues of Guru Rinpoche and 1000 statues of the Guru lining the walls, along with his Tibetan and Nepali wives and his eight manifestations. The meditation cave shows the imprint the Guru left in a rock while meditating.

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