Himachal Tourist Guide

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Dalhousie

Dalhousie, Chamba, IndiaDalhousie is a hill station full of colonial charm that holds lingering echoes of the Raj. Spread out over five hills. Named after Lord Dalhousie...

Dharamsala

Dharamsala, Kangra, HimachalDharamsala is bea- utiful & peaceful town, surrounded by forests of pine. Up there is Suburb of Dharamsala called Macleodganj or Little Lhasa...

Tashijong

It is a Tibetan monastery, also a handicrafts manufacturing unit. It is 12km from Dharamsala. Tashi Jong is home to The Drukpa Kagyu tradition, which is one of the schools of the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. It has a few sub-schools, though they are very similar and transmit the same core of teaching.

View of Tashi Jong, KangraTashi Jong is 15 kilometers from Palampur and 2 kilometers from Baijnath. This is a small village in between Paprola and Tara Garh. Tashi Jong is a famous Tibetan monastery and set on beautiful Dhauladhar mountains. Tashi Jong is an intimate portrayal of life in one of the first Tibetan refugee communities established in India for the preservation of Tibet's ancient culturesacred arts and Buddhist teachings.

TASHI JONG INCLUDES : 

  • A monastery of around 140 monks.
  • A lay community of about 400 people.
  • Other monks at Khampagar are studying Buddhist philosophy, and training in ritual activities and practicing different tantric rituals. Annually they perform ritual dances called Cham, generally known as 'lama dances'. Cham is a tantric meditative practice adopting the form of very special dances, where the practitioners perform in full costume according to each particular ritual. Cham dances originated from visions of Guru Padma-sambhava and his eight emanations by Kunga Tendzin, the 3rd Khamtrul Rinpoche. They may be viewed by the general public.
  • A group of highly realized yogis called Tokdens. In Tibet the Tokdens lived in retreat centers or in caves. In Tashi Jong there is a retreat center with all the facilities needed for extended periods of seclusion. Although they are fully ordained monks, the Tokdens display the matted hair and white robes of Milarepa’s traditional attire. At present, there are around thirteen retreatants, who have been practicing for many years, and who have not set a definite conclusion date as yet.

Tashi Jong , A Tibetian Monastery in KangraIn the late 1950′s, the eighth Khamtrul Rinpoche - Dongyu Nyima, seeing that a great problem was imminent, left Tibet with many of his followers just prior to the Communist Chinese invasion. He led his followers to North of India in Himachal Pradesh and started a new Khampagar which they called Tashi Jong. At Tashi Jong, Khamtrul Rinpoche did everything he could to re-establish the various traditions that he and his followers carried with them from Tibet so that they would survive for posterity. Amongst many things, he envisaged a project for the complete restoration of the texts of the Drukpa Kagyu tradition and began the work by having copies of the texts that had been carried out of Tibet freshly transcribed and re-printed in Delhi. He also began work on a new edition of one of the most important written works of the Drukpa Kagyu tradition, The Collected Works of All-knowing Padma Karpo which has become hard to obtain. He assembled good editions of the texts, supervised the cutting of new wood blocks, and did the correction and editing himself. The new edition was not completed before he died but the wood blocks that had been cut were taken to the Bhutanese National Library where they became the basis of a completed work that was published in February, 2000. This is the best edition readily available. In 1980, the 8th Khamtrul Rinpoche passed away and in the same year, the 9th Khamtrul Rinpoche was born.

Tashi Jong, KangraThere are approximately three hundred lay people and one hundred monks living together in the Tashi Jong community a "little island of Tibetan culture" surrounded by its Indian neighbors. Today there are the modern conveniences of a small and clean guest house, a cafe, and even an internet connection, when power allows. Still after 50 years in exile the vitality of the community's faith, devotion, and determination which permeates all activities sacred and ordinary remains faithful to the 8th Khamtrul's vision.

Every spring there is the stunning visual feast of sacred lama dances celebrating the birthday of Guru Padmasambhava. To witness the overwhelming beauty and experience the spiritual power evoked by these sacred rituals is considered a great blessing. This dance ritual, was first performed in Tibet more than 300 hundred years ago. In 1958, The 8th Khamtrul Rinpoche a master of sacred dancing, carried the knowledge of these dances into exile and Tashi Jong monks and lamas have performed them ever since. Dressed in elaborate costumes of silks and brocades, they dance in highly stylized movements. Solemn chanting and rich tones of traditional temple instruments accompany the dancers, creating a meditation in sound and movement. When the days of ritual are concluded, the merit of the dances is dedicated for the well being of all beings everywhere.

THINGS TO SEE & DO IN TASHI JONG : 

  • Visit the carpet factory. At the end of your walk, the showroom offers you a large selection of Tibetan handicrafts.
  • Kunga Raua temple -  Daily ceremonies are held here. You can watch from the windows or the gate.
  • Great merit accrues from circumambulating the wheels in a clockwise direction. You can also do it.
  • Khampagar Institute - Monks pursue studies on Buddhist philosophy. See in-charge for possibility of visiting.
  • Main temple - Can be visited by contacting the in-charge. Enter through the door at the left of the main gate.
  • The stupa of the previous Khamtrul Rinpoche. Behind, monks quarters and library, where sacred texts are kept.
  • A view of the monastery kitchens, dining hall and young monks school.
  • Tokden Amtin was one of our greatest meditation masters. His shrine can be visited.
  • H.E. Khamtrul Rinpoche residence. You can meet him by previous appoint-ment. Contact the in-charge.
  • H.E. Dorzong Rinpoche and V. Ven. Choegyal Rinpoche residence. Meeting possible by appointment.
  • Buddha Akshobhya - He lives in the pure realm known as "Sublime Joy" His blessings are effective for the purification of accumulated negative karma, especially anger. Therefore the meditations and practices of this buddha are emphasized in the lineage of this monastery, in order to bring peace and happiness to all beings. He is also a very powerful protector against dangers and obstacles.
  • Yamantaka temple - Presently is a retreat center, non visitable. Spectacular panorama of Kangra valley. The main shrine in the temple is the center of devotion for both the monastic and lay communities of Tashi Jong. It was designed by the previous Khamtrul Rinpoche himself. The entire building of this shrine, including woodcarving, gilding, painting, setting up, etc. was carried out by his disciples. He placed precious relics and mantras inside each one of the statues. Then he, together with his disciples and sangha, blessed and consecrated them. Rinpoche chose to place the last Buddha that appeared on this planet, Buddha Shakyamuni (number 7 in the figure on the left) at the top center, and greater in size than the other manifestations in the shrine. He was preceded by six other Buddhas. Nine hundred and ninety three are yet to manifest during this cycle of the universe, for a grand total of 1000 fully enlightened beings.

Chamba

chamba, himachal
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Shimla

Shimla, Himachal, India

 Shimla a tourist destination. A beautiful hill town in the lap of nature, surrounded by pine and deodar forests. At a distance of 45 km, a prettiest place Solan exists"...