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H.H. Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and H.H. Dudjom Yangsi Rinpoche performed consecration ceremony for the tallest statue of Guru Padmasambhava at Eastern Bhutan, Takila.

Important Notice - Update

It is with great sadness that we would like to share this information to all our supporters particularly the disciples and devotees of Khenpo Karpo Rinpoche that Rinpoche has entered Parinirvana during the early hours of yesterday, the 19th of January 2017 in Bangkok and remains in Thugdum till now. The disciples and devotees of Rinpoche may offer their prayers in private for the time being. The plan and program for organization of prayer ceremonies, rites and other related information will be finalized and shared soon after the conclusion of Thugdum. Update: The Kudung of Rinpoche will be flown in from Bangkok to Paro tomorrow, 27 January 2017 by Druk Air at 1250pm. After a short reception and prayer ceremonies at the airport premise, the Kudung will be brought to Taba residence and will remain there for a week or two to conduct prayer ceremonies and let the disciples and devotees to pay their respects. PROGRAM FOR RECEPTION OF KUDUNG OF KHENPO KARPO RINPOCHE AND CONDUCT OF RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES, RITES AND PURJANG *27 Jan 2017 - Carriage of Kudung from Bangkok to Paro by Druk Air and then to Taba, Thimphu with short reception ceremony at Paro airport. *28 Jan-2 Feb - 7 days’ rest at Taba residence and conduct prayer ceremonies led by Lama Namdol Rinpoche with monks from Ugyen Dongag Yoesel Chholing Monastery, Takila and allow devotees to pay respects *3 Feb 2017 - Carriage of Kudung from Taba to Phuntsholing *4 Feb 2017 - Carriage of Kudung from Phuntsholing to Samdrup Jongkhar *5 Feb 2017 - Carriage of Kudung from Samdrup Jongkhar to Lengkhar Resort, Rongthong, Trashigang *6 Feb 2017 - Carriage of Kudung from Rongthong to Kadam Gonpa, Mongar *7 – 9 Feb 2017 - Carriage of Kudung from Mongar to Pelphu Drubdra, Zhongma and rest for 3 days, conduct 21st day prayer ceremonies and rites on 8 February 2017. *10 Feb 2017 - Carriage of Kudung from Pelphu Drubdra to Zhongma Lhakhang to bless and allow families and relatives to pay respects *11 Feb 2017 - Carriage of Kudung from Zhongma to Ugyen Dongag Yoesel Chholing, Takila where it will be rested in the Guru Lhakhang with offering of prayers led by Lama Namdrol Zangpo Rinpoche and monks of Ugyen Dongag Yoesel Chholing Dratshang until the Purjang ceremony. *25 May 2017 - Purjang/Cremation ceremony presided over by HE Dzongsar Jamyang Khentse Rinpoche. The ceremony is preponed from 9 June 2017 due to unavoidable circumstances.

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A non-profit oganisation founded by the Ven. Khenpo Karpo Rinpoche in 2004. The main purpose is to build the world's largest statue of Guru Padmasambhava in order to bring peace and prosperity to the world as well as to benefit all sentient beings.

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  • The total height of this giant Guru statue has changed from the original 148 feet to the present 173 feet.
  • The statue was constructed by men instead of machines for environmental conservation.

Two luminaries of the 19th century Rimay (non-sectarian) School of Tibetan Buddhism’s movement H.H. Jamyang Khentse Wangpo Rinpoche (1820 – 1892) and H.H. Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye Rinpoche (1813 – 1899), the full time accomplished Dzogchen masters as well as tertons of treasure texts and treatises foretold the need to construct a physical edifice of Padmasambhava statue in the form of Guru Nangsi Zilnoen measuring no less than five storey building in Bhutan. They revealed that the statue would bring peace, prosperity and happiness in this universe and also avert war, famine and other natural calamities.

The great terton Lerab Lingpa (1856 – 1926) prophesied, ‘At one point of time, there will be a war of horses in Kurteo valley. To prevent this war, a statue of Guru Nangsi Zilnoen should be built’. Similarly, the late Lama Sonam Zangpo in the 20th century, the most revered Yogi of Bhutan, emphasised that, for ensuring continued prosperity in the world in general and Bhutan in particular, a giant statue of Guru Rinpoche should be built in Takila, Lhuntse district in eastern Bhutan. Read more about the project…

The statue is standing imposingly on the Takila mountain slope, which is one of the most beautiful scenic spots in Lhuntse district, overlooking the entire valley of Tangmachu. Belonging to the Tangmuchu community, an old monastery (Lhakhang) exists at the site of Guru Statue. The community graciously offered the old monastery to the Ven. Khenpo Karpo Rinpoche as the site for the construction of the Guru Statue together with the surrounding areas measuring up to 47 acres of land. Takila unites some of the best blessings of existence. H.H. the eighth Karmapa Mikyo Dorje (1507 – 1554) once came to Bhutan from Tibet to meditate for six months at the mountain behind the giant Guru Statue. After the meditation, this small old monastery was built in front of the giant Guru Statue within an arrow’s shooting distance. After a few centuries, it still stands like a giant in spite of being on the verge of collapse.  

For those to come who will not have met me, my image will light up the night of ignorance. Whoever loves and reveres the statue will have his desires fulfilled as if by a pile of riches and will be happy without fluctuation or change.”, said the Padmasambhava himself from The Life and Liberation of Padmasambhava authored by Yeshe Tsogyal.

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