Dear Friends of ASIA,
We will auction this statue at the Tsegyalgar retreat, on June 8th. The funds raised from this auction will go towards the Golok Tibetan Nomad Girls School Project! We are fundraising to expand the school, building a new kitchen & canteen. The school has been a great success, serving as a model for all the surrounding villages. Enrollment in the school has more than doubled since it was built and now we need to expand!
Chögyal Namkhai Norbuwas recognized as the mind emanation of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal at the age of three.
Please read all about it here & we look forward to seeing you all at the retreat!
Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal
Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal was born at Ralung (Tibetan Autonomous Region) as the son of the Drukpa lineage holder Mipham Tenpai Nyima and Sonam Pelkyi Butri.
In his youth Ngawang Namgyal was enthroned as the Eighteenth Drukpa or throne-holder and "hereditary prince" of the traditional Drukpa seat and estate of Ralung. In 1616, Ngawang Namgyal was persecuted by the governor of Tsang and fled from Tibet. He founded the Kingdom of Bhutan, unified the local tribes and gave a national identity to the country where today the Drukpa school is still dominant.He established in Bhutan a system of dual government: political power was vested by an administrative leader, the Druk Desi, and the religion power administered by a religious leader, the Je Khempo.
Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal died in 1651. Power passed to the ministers instead of the successors Shabdrung. The penlops kept the death of the Shabdrung secret for 54 years.
To neutralize the power of future Shabdrung reincarnations, the Druk Desi, Je Khenpo and penlops conspired to recognize not a single person but three reincarnations.Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, when He was three years old, was recognized by the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa as the mind emanation of Drug Shabdrung Rinpoche, who was the first Dharmaraja of Bhutan.