Peling Tsechu draws a record numbers of people
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.