This week I had hoped to visit Lama Rigzin
Rinpoche, but an acute fuel shortage caused by an Indian blockade of Nepal means that it is impossible at the moment. Hopefully things should be better in a few weeks.
With much love and prayers for your wellbeing and happiness.
Chumig Changchub is an extremely important pilgrimage site for Vajrayana Buddhists. Located near Daman, Makwanpur District in Central Nepal, it sits high up in the Mahabarat range, at over 2300 meters.
The second Buddha, Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, is said to have meditated here when he was travelling from India to Tibet in order to propagate Buddhism there. This episode in his story is recalled in many prayers, but particularly in the famous Barche Lamsel (clearing obstacles from the path). The spring it mentions, is still there, flowing with fresh water many believe to have healing properties:
When placing under oath the protectors who abide by their vows
In that supreme place of power, immaculate and enchanting,
On the very border of India and Tibet,
You grant your blessing, and as soon as you arrive
The mountain becomes fragrant, a sweet scent wafting through the air,
Even in winter lotus flowers bloom,
And springs cascade with the nectar of bodhichitta.
In this supreme and sacred place, inundated with bliss,
O Kyéchok Tsul Zang, clad in Dharma robes,
Your right hand wielding a nine spoked vajra,
Your left holding a jewelled casket
Brimful of the elixir of rakta.
You bind under oath the dakinis and guardians who keep their pledges,
And you attain the siddhi of beholding the yidam deity face to face:
With your compassion, inspire us with your blessing!
With your love, guide us and others along the path!
With your realization, grant us siddhis!
With your power, dispel the obstacles facing us all!
Outer obstacles—dispel them externally,
Inner obstacles— dispel them internally,
Secret obstacles —dispel them into space!
In devotion, I pay homage and take refuge in you!
OM AH HUNG VAJRA GURU PADMA SIDDHI HUNG
As a result of the devastating earthquake which struck Nepal on April 25th 2015, the small monastery at the site was completely destroyed. I am trying to rebuild it, in order to keep the site accessible to pilgrims as well as practitioners who wish to stay in retreat practicing for the benefit of all sentient beings.
Lama Rigzin Rinpoche, has been in retreat at the site for over thirty years, now in his 80s, he has said that he does not need a monastery, and that rebuilding should only be done to maintain the site, for the purposes of retreat. Previous retreatants include His Holiness Chatral Rinpoche and Lama Tsering Wangdu Rinpoche.
Every penny raised in this campaign will be used for building, there will be no administration fees, and the people involved, myself and Tulku Jampel Wangpo Rinpoche of Mindrolling, will use our own money for things like travel expenses.
Having spent some time at the site in retreat, I can testify that it is a very special place, where even in this Dharma-ending dark age, blessings in the form of renunciation, love, compassion, impartiality and the wish to benefit others rain down without effort.
It is my personal belief that even though we are living at the end of the teachings of Sakyamuni, preserving this site will be of immense benefit for sentient beings and the Buddhadharma. If you are able of of help, please do so by donating and sharing the link, encouraging others to help.
May any the merit generated by this undertaking be the cause of every single being without exception realising Buddhahood in this very lifetime. May it cause the light of Dharma to blaze in glory, dispelling the darkness of ignorance, hatred and attachment,from each and every sentient being!
Sarwa Magalam! May all be auspicious!