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Panglung Hermitage (Panglung RitröSpangs lung ri khrod)
by José Ignacio Cabezón
April 28, 2006

Location and Layout

The ruins at Panglung Hermitage (Panglung RitröSpangs lung ri khrod).

Panglung Hermitage (Panglung RitröSpangs lung ri khrod) is located in the valley northeast (and downhill) from PurchokPhur lcog. It takes about thirty minutes to walk there from PurchokPhur lcog. PanglungSpangs lung today lies completely in ruins, and we can say little about its layout or its history. We know that it once had a large temple, and that there was a Dorjé ShukdenRdo rje shugs ldan chapel somewhere on the site. The hermitage (ritröri khrod) also had a Dorjé ShukdenRdo rje shugs ldan oracle – an individual who would go into trance to make prognostications while possessed by the god.

An attempt was made to rebuild a portion of PanglungSpangs lung in the 1990s, but informants reported that there was considerable opposition from the local people because the site has always been associated with this controversial protector deity, the propitiation of which has been banned in recent years by the present Dalai LamaDa lai bla ma.

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Panglung Hermitage , by José Ignacio Cabezón

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