By Keith Dowman
Tibet is now open to somebody wishing to discover its old tradition. This publication, in line with a nineteenth-century advisor for Tibetan pilgrims via the well known Lama Jamyang Kyentse Wangopo , describes the positioning, website, relics and heritage to locations of significant non secular and ancient importance. to accomplish the advisor, the writer in Jamyang Kyentse's footsteps, vacationing a hundred and fifty temples, monasteries, sacred caves, lakes and mountains.
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Chakpo Ri (lCags (ICags po ri): Medical College Hill To the south of the PotaIa, Chakpo Ri Ri3j is now easily identified by the sreel steel telecornmunication transrnission tower on its bare is sacred to Chagna Dorje (Vajrapani), and summit. This hill IS legend has it that the Master-Doctor Yutokpa Yonten Gompo, the Ernperor Trisong Detsen's donor, doctor, had a residence here. This was the location of the famous medical college, or. )and completed by Sangye Gyatso. It UntIl its ItS destruction by artillery fire during the adorned this ridge untii 1959 Lhasa Uprising.
Next to it is a lhakang containing an image of Demchok Yabyum (Samvara). In the south-west corner Corner is the Protectors of the Jokang are jatri Chokyong gomkang where four' Jatri four-Protectors propitiated, and also the gomkang of the Ku-nga Protectors led by Pehar. At the turn of the stairs to the second storey is a gomkang containing images of both wrathful and peaceful forms of the Protectress Pelden Lhamo. I t is said that souls of the dead would be brought here by the Goddess' retinue for her judgement and retribution.
In these great shrines to the spiritual and temporal power of the Dalai Lamas and their Yellow Hat school the pilgrim may find a hostile environment. The atmosphere of a deconsecrated, dead templemuseum, locked grids across altars covered with dust, and cared-for icons that have sometimes been overturned and dismally cared-for confused as in an uncatalogued gallery, is not always conducive to an attitude of devotion: However, despite the depredations of the tasre for art, history and Cultural Revolution, the visitor with a :aste beautiful objects will not be disappointed.