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Chupzang Nunnery
by José Ignacio Cabezón
January 30, 2006
Section 4 of 4

Notes

[1] We have some idea of the images that existed in this temple early in its history. Bshes gnyen tshul khrims, Lha sa’i dgon tho rin chen spungs rgyan [A Catalogue of the Monasteries of Lhasa: A Heap of Jewels; hereafter Lhasé GöntoLha sa’i dgon tho] (Bod ljongs mi dmangs dpe skrun khang, 2001), 74-75, cites Desi Sanggyé GyatsoSde srid sangs rgyas rgya mtsho’s (1653-1705) Bai ḍūrya ser po concerning the religious images found in the main temple at the end of the seventeenth century:
  • The Buddha
  • The Medicine Buddha (MenlaSman bla)
  • Avalokiteśvara
  • The Fifth Dalai Lama (Dalai Lama Kutreng NgapaDa lai bla ma sku phreng lnga pa, 1617-1682)
In the Chapel of Deathlessness (Chimé Lhakhang’Chi med lha khang), there were statues of the Nine Deities [related to] Amitāyus (Tsepakmé LhaguTshe dpag med lha dgu). There was also a Tārā Chapel (Drölma LhakhangSgrol ma lha khang).
[2] Bshes gnyen tshul khrims, Lha sa’i dgon tho, 74, gives Desi Sanggyé GyatsoSde srid sangs rgyas rgya mtsho as the founder, and gives the date of the founding of the monastery as “around 1696.”
[3] According to one source, the Fifth Dalai Lama wanted to appoint Sanggyé GyatsoSangs rgyas rgya mtsho as regent at this time, but realizing that there would be a public outcry because of his very young age, he appointed his uncle, Trinlé GyatsoPhrin las rgya mtsho, instead. This gave Sanggyé GyatsoSangs rgyas rgya mtsho a few years to mature before being officially appointed regent.
[4] See Bshes gnyen tshul khrims, Lha sa’i dgon tho, 75, where it also mentions that each of the monks sent in this way to ChupzangChu bzang was entitled to 2.5 khelkhal of tsampartsam pa, presumably per year.
[5] Bshes gnyen tshul khrims, Lha sa’i dgon tho, 75.
[6] The text was compiled, on the basis of his lecture notes, by his student Trijang RinpochéKhri byang rin po che (1901-1981); see Artemus B. Engle,tr., Liberation in Our Hands (Howell, New Jersey: Mahāyāna Sūtra and Tantra Press, 1999).
[7] For a list of the various rituals performed on different holy days (before 1959), see Bshes gnyen tshul khrims, Lha sa’i dgon tho, 75.
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Chupzang Nunnery , by José Ignacio Cabezón

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