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Date Of Record Release: 2013-07-20 21:48:58
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Title: In the Hidden Valley of the White Conch: The Inscription of a Bhutanese Pure Land
Language of title: English
Author/Creator: Bryan Phillips
One Sentence Summary: An exploration of a 1974 inscription from a temple in Bhutan and its connections with the thirteenth-century La yag Gu ru lha khang in southern Tibet.

Description: Creator's Description: This article examines a relatively recent (1974) inscription from a Ma ṇi gdung 'khor lha khang near U rgyan phug, Bhutan, and connects it to a much older site in Lho brag, Tibet – the La yag Gu ru lha khang of Gu ru chos kyi dbang phyug (1212-1270). The relationship exists due to the efforts of two men, a father and son, both of whom are sacred artisans. The father, Slob dpon chos grags (1889-1967), was commissioned to perform renovations at La yag in the mid 1940s and, in 1949, upon his return to Bhutan, brought both texts and relics of Gu ru chos dbang out with him from Tibet. The son, master (slob dpon) u rgyan ’gyur med bstan ’dzin, is currently one of the preeminent sacred artists in Bhutan; he created the Ma ṇi gdung 'khor lha khang at U rgyan phug when he was twenty-four years old. The inscription within the temple details his motivations, the construction process, and the sacred relics installed therein. (2013-07-01)

Publisher: Tibetan and Himalayan Library
Normalized publisher place: Charlottesville, VA
Publisher country: United States
Publisher URL: http://www.thlib.org/
Published Date: 2013-07
URL: http://www.thlib.org/collections/texts/jiats/#!jiats=/issue07/phillips/
Classification: Tibetan and Himalayan -- Journals -- THL-Hosted Online Journals -- JIATS -- Issue 7 (July 2013)
Tibetan and Himalayan -- Journals -- Journals Focused on Regions -- Tibet -- JIATS -- Issue 7 (July 2013)
Cultural Coverage: Bhutan
Temporal coverage: 13th century
19th century
20th century
Language: English
Source URL: http://www.thlib.org/collections/texts/jiats/
Source: Journal of the International Association of Tibetan Studies
Source Editor: David Germano
Source Type: Journal
Source Number: 7
ISBN/ISSN: 1550-6363

Means of availability: Online

Other Agent: Naomi Worth
Other Agent Type: Assistant Editor
Access rights: Public domain
Format: Online resource
Media type: Image
Resource Type: Article
Digital Encoding: xml
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Date Of Record Creation: 2013-07-21 22:29:47
Date Record Checked: 2013-07-20
Date Last Modified: 2013-07-21 22:34:51
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