In these troubled times of moral, political and economic turmoil in the world, Bhutan can be an example and a point of reference for living in harmony with Nature and each other.
As the only country that was spared colonial disruption and exploitation, Bhutan managed to preserve its traditions in continuity and to become the first country in the world to declare Happiness as the qualitative measure of it’s progress, instead than the quantity measured as economic growth.
This project intends to create a renewed interest in the beneficial practice of the Prayer Wheel as a way of example offering to people and communities around the world the opportunity of creating their own places of worship using Prayer Wheels fom Bhutan.
The area of Shazam Village would greatly benefit from the creation a manifacturing facility nearby the main Prayer Wheel, giving jobs to the poor people or the area.
This project would benefit the dharma communities around the world and help preserve the culture and traditions of Bhutan.In gratitude to our beloved new king…
To increase the dharma sites in the world
To show gratitude towards beloved kings and long live prayers to our newborn Gyalse.
Give opportunities to the people that they can make use of the time with their short period.
To flourish dharma all over the world with existing each and every corner of the place.
To encourage the people and make them understand why it is important to practices the dharma.
To preserves the culture and history of the country.
The ancient texts tell us that the prayer prayer wheel was brought to our world by Nagarjuna, a famous Indian Buddhist scholar, philosopher, and yogi. Nagarjuna is associated with rise of Mahayana Buddhism during the first century B.C.E. and is well known as the founder of the middle way school of Buddhism accept as the most profound of all philosophical views.
Nagarjuna was filled with great compassion and concern for others. He was an extremely gifted and intelligent teacher who thought continually about how to best benefit others. Nagarjuna’s teachings are not only began one of the greatest philosophical traditions of all times, but also contributed immeasurably to a cultural transformation that spread the Mahayana Buddhist vision of universal responsibility and compassion for all life throughout most of central and East Asia.
The prayer wheel lineage was brought to Tibet by the renowned eight century Indian Buddhist teacher Padmasambhava, and later practiced by the great Indian tantric Buddhist masters Tilopa and Naropa. Naropa’s disciple Marpa later renewed the lineage in Tibet and passed it on to Tibet’s most well known yogi, Milarepa. Since that time the prayer wheels has been passed on through a continuous lineage of enlightened teachers, among these the great Kagyu master Karma Pagshi, whose important works are quoted by most subsequent writers on the subject.
In Tibet, Prayer Wheels have been made for many centuries in a wide range of sizes and styles from hand-held and table-top wheels, all the way up to giant eight or twelve foot Prayer Wheels with diameters of five to six feet. Often built around Buddhist Stupas and Monasteries, there may be long rows of prayer wheels which people will spin as they clockwise around the building, reciting what is considered to be one of the most profound and beneficial mantras.
The practice of the prayer wheel has many”magical” benefits. According to tradition, the prayer wheel was brought to earth from the realm of nagas (dragonlike beings who live in oceans) by the great Bodhisattva Ngarjuna because he was told by Avalokiteshvara in a vision that “the benefits to living beings will be enormous.” Nagarjuna gave the prayer wheel practice to the Lion-faced Dakini, who in turn gave it to Padmasambhava, who brought it to Tibet.
Sakyamuni Buddha said that turning a prayer wheel once is better than having done years of retreat, intensive spiritual practice. He said, “Turning the Dharma wheel is better than listening, reflecting and meditating for eons.”
Amitabha Buddha said, “Anyone who recites the six syllables while turning the Dharma wheel at the same time is equal in fortune to the Thousand Buddhas.”Padmasambhava said. “Even those lacking perseverance in their practice, which pass the time passively, will be able to attain mystic powers. Those with perseverance for reciting the mantra and turning the wheel will undoubtedly attain the tenth level.” .
The use of the prayer wheel is one of the easiest ways to purify past negative karma, non virtuous actions, defilements, and obstacles that prevent us from realizing our true self and understanding the true nature of reality. Buddha said “One benefit is that the karma and disturbing thought obscurations that have been accumulated for beginning less rebirths are purified without effort.
This is Jangchub Choeling Lhakhang in Shazam village, Khamdang geog, under Trashiyangtse Dzongkhag. The lhakhang was constructed in the year 2010 by communities and it contains 36 households. The people live with small income and we face trouble to upgrade the development for the lhakhang which we need to build Huge Prayer Wheels. So, all the people are depending on farming and they don’t get much time to do daily practices of dharma. To make it convenient for them to practice and to give opportunities to the elderly people to practice the dharma, therefore I planned to build the huge prayer wheels to benefit to all sentient beings. In a year we perform different kinds of puja and we used the lhakhang for it.
It is a place where the people gather and enjoy their free time. I personally feel that I need to develop good relations with communities and give opportunities to the old people to recite mani mantras which benefits all sentient beings. And also to encourage them to practices dharma in easy way in their free time.
The lhakhang was built in the eighteenth century by the local people to use as a venue for reciting holy scriptures (Sungbumchenmo)bringingannually people from Shakshing Gomp,a which is five hours walk from our village. Later our head of village called Dorji Lopen initiated to build Mani dungkhor lhakhang and it was too small with insufficient space to perform the annual puja due to growing number of households.
In the year 2010 they rebuilt the lhakhang to create more space and to conduct more religious endeavours with the help of 36 households and later it was named Jangchub Choeling Lhakhang by His Eminences Tulku Kunga when he visited the lhakhang.
I was born in the year 1987 the son of Neten Dorji and Mani Mo. My Father and Mother had 5 children and of the five of us I am in the middle. When I was young I used to go with my grandfather and grandmother to herd the cows. I enjoyed a lot playing and running behind the cows.
I was born in a poor family and my parents could not afford to give their children a good education because they suffered from weak health. Nevertheless I feel I am the luckiest one because I did get an education. When I was 8 years old I went to study in a school called Rangthang Wong. Later this school changed its name to Tsenkharla Middle Secondary School. When I was a student I didn't have a full uniform to wear because my parents couldn't afford it and I used to get beaten by my class teacher. After school assembly was over they checked us to see whether we had come in full uniform or not and if we hadn't then we were beaten on the back or on the leg. I suffered this situation until I completed the primary school level and it was during these unforgettable years that I suffered for my education.
In the 2001 due to my family problems I had to drop out from school and then I worked in the fields. I worked with two oxen ploughing the fields. I worked with the oxen for two years and I also went to the mountain to collect bamboo to make the roof of our house. But it was still fun to go out and play with my friends. After some time suffering this kind of farmer life I was beginning to regret dropping out from the school and I made up my mind to go back to school and study again. In the year 2003 I went back to school and started my school life again. I continued to do work during my break time to earn the money I needed. Also while I was away at school my younger brother used to send me money. He dropped out of school when he was in the 4th Grade so after this he couldn't continue his education.It is a great sadness for me that I can't help him.
In the 2006 I completed 10th Grade but I didn't have the opportunity to go to High School so I moved to Thimphu which is the capital city of Bhutan. I stayed with my two cousins (brother and sister) who were employees of the City Corporation. I tried my best to look for a job but I couldn't find one. Then I got the opportunity to go for 2 years vocational training to become an auto engineer. The date arranged for joining the training programme was 5th August but until then I still didn't have a job so I worked as a handy boy in the City Corporation for two months.
But after 2 months I changed my mind. I decided to become a monk. I left my job and on 15 July 2007 I became a monk. I studied Buddhist Philosphy for five years in the Sakya Monastic Institute. While I was at the Sakya Monastic Institute I suffered from a sickness which lasted for a few years and also I suffered from kidney stones. Then on 27th November 2012 my Mother passed away. This was such a great loss and I didn't even have the chance to pay my respects to my Mother's death body. It was a very sad part in my life. I still remember my Mom caring for me and looking after us all even when she was very sick.Whenever I remember her I feel so sad and lonely and I wish she could be with me so that I could take good care of her. I pray for her soul to rest in the heaven.
Prayer Wheel and Devotion Centre-Bhutan
Ngawang Lhendup Tendar Drukair Corporation Ltd Marketing & Sales Divison Paro: Bhutan
Therefore, I am always looking for the positive actions to benefit all the sentient beings and my community who are not getting any opportunities for the dharma practices. To know more about it contact me anytime and I am always there for to explain about my project.
Bank Account Name : Druzin Tharpa Choeling Project
Bank Name : Bank Of Bhutan ( BOBL )
Account Number : 202291943