Larung Gar

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Larung Gar

Larung Gar (Tib. བླ་རུང་སྒར་, Wyl. bla rung sgar), or the Centre for the Five Traditional Sciences and Higher Buddhist Studies (lnga rig nang bstan slob gling), was established by Khenpo Jikmé Phuntsok in 1980, on the tenth day of the sixth Tibetan month.

This was in accordance with a prophecy of the First Dodrupchen Rinpoche, who had prophesied that "in the land of Lama Rung...there will appear one named Jikmé" who will "illuminate the teachings of sutra and tantra" and whose followers will pervade throughout the ten directions.

Origins

Also called Lama Rong, the site was originally founded in 1880 as a mountain hermitage by Dudjom Lingpa when he was 45 years old. The site, where the Dudjom Tersar was propagated by Dudjom Lingpa, is said to have been the residence of thirteen great masters who attained rainbow body.

Among the many masters who resided later in Lama Rong is Yukhok Chatralwa Chöying Rangdrol (1872-1952), a disciple of Tertön Sogyal[1].

Recent Years

At its peak there were as many as 10,000 students in residence and on many occasions more than 100,000 students would gather to hear Khenpo Jikmé Phuntsok's teachings, making it the largest Buddhist teaching centre in the world.

Notes

  1. According to the biography of Khenpo Jikmé Phuntsok on 'Treasury of Lives'.

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