Kurjey Lhakhang

Our visit to Jakar included a walk to one of the most famous sites in all of Tantric Buddhism in the Himalayas.  Kurjey Lhakhang is a temple built in the 8th century by the Indian scholar and so-called reincarnation of the Buddha, Padmasambhava.  Kurjey literally means body print as it is believed that the stone Guru Rinpoche layed on was imprinted with his physical form.

The stories of Padmasambhava’s travels to Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan are legendary and fantastic.  At one point he traveled on the back of a tigress, according to legend, that became his consort and later wrote down his history in poetic verse.

The muddy road to Kurjey temple.
The muddy road to Kurjey temple.

Kurjey Lhakhang is known for the cave that Guru Rinpoche meditated in and the temple is built around the cave.  Our walk to the temple passed through rice patties and cattle-rutted roads past a stupa and onto the temple.

We were the last guests of the day and had an extended visit in the shrine room.  We sat as Namgay told the story of the temple and we saw the cave, now painted bright blue and gold with a large statue of Guru Rinpoche.


The town of Jakar has burned three times in recent years and the town we saw today was newer that the one we left three years ago.  A festival and performance was being held on a stage in town and we stopped to watch local students perform elaborate dance moves for the crowd.

Watching us pass by, these kids are wondering: where are you going?
Watching us pass by, these kids are wondering: where are you going?

One thought on “Padmasambhava

  1. Love the updates on your daily activity. Must say the story of the broken down rock truck provided TMI. Would love to see some more pictures of the group and where you are. All the same thanks for keeping us informed. Tell Layla we miss her lots.

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