Visit to Gon Tshephu Guru Rinpoche’s revered Ney was long overdue for me. As everything needs to happen only with the propitious timing, my day was last year. I too reached the divine sites.
Proceeding from Kuruthang, I drove 30 KM on the Gasa National Highway before taking a right feeder road. Driving around 100 meter down towards river, I crossed the Bailey bridge. Gasa Chu was flowing violently underneath. After that the road was rough with gradual climb. One has to negotiate many turns through the dense forest and finally embarks at the construction site where the road ends. Excitement begins to see Guru Rinpoche Ney. The KM meter recorded 10 KM from Bailey bridge to Gon Tshephu. So the total distance from Kuruthang to Gon Tshephu is 40 KM.
Walking straight around 200 meters I reached the destination and fulfilled my wishes. The Ney is located on the other side of the mountain.
On reaching, I made three prostrations to the Monastery and climbed up. Surprisingly at the entrance I met the Monastery’s Lam Chimi, which was a good sign. Had a photo with him.
After that, I have requested the monastery caretaker Lopen Tshewang Dorji to take me around the Ney, which he promptly agreed.
The followings were what I saw at the most sacred Ney at Gon Tshephu:
Guru Rinpoche’s footmarks on Mara’s Lip:
At the entrance of the Monastery, there is rock which is believed to be upper lip of the Mara subdued by Guru Rinpoche. On this stone face there are three-foot prints left by Guru Rinpoche. He stepped on it and flew to Tshechudra, Gasa. On the same stone, footprints of Terton Dorje Lingpa were also seen.
Tshe Chu (Long life water): Right at the entrance to the main Life Vase cave, there is Tshe Chu (long life holy water) channeled in a tap. Drank and collected a bottle.
Tshe Bum (Life Vase):
ཨ (Ah), which have flown from Nepal’s Maratika Cave.
It is the most sacred cave where Guru Rinpoche met Buddha Amitayus face to face, heard his speech and received empowerment. I got blessing by touching on the most sacred Life Vase. Placed my traveling Guru Rinpoche and connected with the most sacred object.
Beside Life Vase Cave there is iron ladder that take you to Dakini meditation cave.
Self-arisen 21 Tara Ney:
Guru Rinpoche’s seat:
Below the Monastery on the backside of Mara’s upper lip, a wonderful self-arisen letter ཨོཾ་ཨཱཿཧཱུྂ: can be seen. On close observation all letter are raised letters. Truly amazing. The portion of stone is believed to be Mara’s heart.
Treasure revealing spot:
The following are the Bodhisattva who has visited Gon Tshephu Ney:
- Terton Dorje Lingpa
- Gyalse Gyaltshen
- Yongzin Ngawang Drakpa
- Thukse Dawa
- Trulku Gyaltsen Pelzang
- Phojo Drugom Zhingpo
- Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal
Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal when meditating at Gon Tshephu saw the vision of Guru Rinpoche and received prophecy of flourishing teaching of Palden Drukpa in Bhutan.
Thank you Lopen Tshewang Dorji for for taking me around and explaining about the Ney.