Pel­ing Tsechu draws a record numbers of peo­ple

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Lhakpa Tsh­er­ing

On first day of the Pel­ing Tshechu at Kuenselpho­drang, His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Gyalt­suen, along with His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and mem­bers of the Royal Fam­ily graced the Pel­ing Tshechu.

On the next day of the event more than thou­sands of peo­ple at­tended the Tshechu which show­cased the scared dances of the Pel­ing tra­di­tional of treasure re­vealer (Ter­ton Pema Lingpa). The event is ded­i­cated to His Royal High­ness The Gyalsey Jigme Nam­gyel Wangchuck in cel­e­bra­tion of Royal birth, the com­mem­o­ra­tion of Guru Rin­poche’s birth year and as well the 400th an­niver­sary of Zhab­drung Ngawang Nam­gyel’s s ar­rival in Bhutan.

The three days event was or­ga­nized by Peo­ple’s Ini­tia­tive in Cel­e­brat­ing a Spe­cial An­niver­sary (PICSA) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Min­istry of Home and Cul­tural Af­fairs (MoHCA) and spon­sored by Ugyen Trad­ing House.

“All the per­form­ers came from dif­fer­ent part of our coun­try where the dances orig­i­nated. for the first day, 10 items were per­formed as per our pro­gramme list which in­cludes Payling Phagcham (Lay) by Tamzhing (Bumthang), Dramitse Ngacham by Dramitse (Mon­gar), Ging Tshol­ing Cham by Ny­im­lung (Bumthang), Pel­ing Pacham by Gangtey Goenpa (Wang­due), Pel­ing Chak­t­shel by Kor­phu (Trongsa) and five more dances were per­formed by stu­dents of Thim­phu School,” said Mr. Tashi Dorji (Champa’s co­or­di­na­tor, Group-Bumthang) of PICSA. On the last day of the event some cul­tural dances were per­formed and Pel­ing Shin­jey by Kor­phu (Trongsa), Pel­ing Jug­ing by Gangtey Goenpa (Wang­due), Pel­ing Shazam by Yung­drung Choel­ing (Trongsa), Pel­ing Drig­ing by Gangtey Goenpa (Wang­due), Pel­ing Ngag­ing (Monk) by Tamzhing (Bumthang) and Guru Tshengey by Ny­i­malung (Bumthang), he added.

Sonam Dorji , 28 from Shel­ngana in Pu­nakha said he came on the first day and on the sec­ond day as well. He said “I am happy to come and wit­ness the pro­grams that have ex­ceeded my ex­pec­ta­tions. I haven’t seen many of the dances and we are lucky that all the per­form­ers are from where the dances are orig­i­nated. He at­teneded for all three days of tshechu and he thanks to the or­ga­nizer for ar­rang­ing free trans­porta­tion ser­vices through­out the day.”

Kuen­zang Ten­zin, who is work­ing in SABAH Bhutan and he came to re­ceive bless­ing of Guru Tshen­gay on the last day. “I couldn’t come for the first day as I was busy work­ing in the of­fice but he says that he came for the last day to get bless- ing.”

“I am happy to be part of the event and def­i­nitely will be happy to get bless­ing,” he added.

Nima Wangdi, an as­sis­tant sur­vey of­fi­cer of MoHCA said that the re­li­gion of Bud­dha is the ori­gin of hap­pi­ness for all be­ings in the Three Worlds (Kham Sum). To spread this re­li­gion in the world, one must lis­ten to the teach­ings, and then prac­tice by med­i­ta­tion. Af­ter es­tab­lish­ing the school of med­i­ta­tion, any kind of those be­ings who cre­ate ob­sta­cles to the doc­trine, who have bad thoughts are called Jungpo Nyulema.

How­ever, there are many mag­i­cal for­mu­las to sub­due these spir­its who cre­ate ob­sta­cles to the doc­trine. With the birth of the great Ter­ton (treasure re­vealer) Pema Lingpa in the 15th cen­tury, the mask dances gained roots in the Bhutanese sys­tem as part of Bhutanese cul­tural life. The Ter Cham (treasure dances) and Pe Ling Ging Sum were the most fa­mous of the dances that still con­tin­ues to this day.

On this sub­ject, the great “Treasure Dis­cov­erer” Pe­ma­l­ingpa in Zang­dopelri, saw the dance of the Three Kings of ‘Ging’, all em­a­na­tions of Guru Rim­poche. This was the bless­ing, which sub­due the Nyulema to Pe­ma­l­ingpa. It brings to­gether all the chams of Pel­ing Tra­di­tional, in­tro­duced by Tor­ton Pema Lingpa and his de­scen­dants.

The three days Pel­ing Tshechu was ended by Guru Tsen­gay wang (Bless­ing of the eight man­i­fes­ta­tions of Guru Pad­masamb­hava). Peo­ple were dressed in their finest clothes and their fam­i­lies mix around and are a part of this grand spec­tac­u­lar oc­ca­sion rev­el­ing in their packed lunches. Wit­ness­ing the dances and re­ceiv­ing bless­ing is be­lieved to re­move sin and take one closer to­wards at­tain­ing nir­vana or en­light­en­ment.

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