Bhutan observes the birth anniversary of Guru Rimpoche
Bhutan observed the Birth Anniversary of Guru Rimpoche on the 26th June , 2015 It is celebrated on the tenth day of the sixth lunar month, which typically falls in June or July in the Gregorian calendar and this year on 26th June. Guru Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rimpoche, brought Buddhism to Bhutan. According to legend, in the eighth century Guru Rimpoche flew to a cave in Bhutan from Tibet on the back of his consort Yeshe Tsogyal, whom he transformed into a tigress, and meditated there for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours. Later, the famous Paro Taktsang monastery, also known as the Tigress’ Lair (or Tiger’s Nest) was built around that cave. Guru Rimpoche spread Buddhism across Bhutan and tamed local demons that did not like the spread of the new religion. He earned the title of Guru Rimpoche that means “precious teacher”. Thus the Birth anniversary of Guru Rimpoche is celebrated with religious ceremonies that take place in Buddhist temples throughout the country. Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay joined the public in offering prayers on the occasion in the courtyard of Tashcho Dzong to the sacred teacher.