錫金蓮師洞 Guru Rinpoche Caves in Sikkim


This writing had been a victim of my procrastination during the past 2 years. The disease hasn’t been cured completely so let me post some pictures and do a preliminary write-up for the time being.

札西頂: 一切的中心 / Tashiding – The Center of All

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According to Rigdzin Godem, Sikkim is a holy place and Tashiding is the center of this sacred mandala while the four Guru Rinpoche caves are situated in the four cardinal directions.

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Since Tashiding is such a holy place, plus all those sacred stupas, it is a must to come paying respect and offering prayers whenever on our way to and from the caves.

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Making offerings and prayers here was such a happy thing to do. I can easily spend a whole day here.

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Tashiding is said to be the place with 1 billion cities of dakinis. There are a lot of sacred imprints on rocks, such as foot prints of dakinis or the door to the hidden lands.

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南蓮師洞 Southern Cave: Lho Khandro Sang Phuk


This is the cave with easiest access and hence most people only come to this one. It only requires a 10 minutes walk down to the valley from where you can park the cars.

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The cave is slightly underground but not very deep. You just need to crawl through a very narrow passage to enter the inner chamber. The last passage is said to be the image of a particular deity. I won’t name which one so that you can look at the rock and use your own imagination.


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There is hot spring from the river. You can sit by that big rock and soak your feet. In high season, the cottage will be open to allow a bath I think. Somehow  I never came here in that high season.

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東洞 Eastern Cave: Shar Chog Bey Phuk

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There is motor road to this Eastern Cave now so the access is very convenient as well. From the road, it is also a 10-20 minutes walk down.

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This cave is however very deep underground, the kind of place where it seems you can walk miles down there and get lost. A flashlight is a must if you decide to go down.

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This cute dog had been leading us along the road to the cave and was faithfully sitting in front of the gate when we climbed out.


北洞 Northern Cave: Byang Lhari Rinchen Nying Phuk



Northern Cave and Western Cave are not accessible by car and requires a one day trekking from the nearest village. The journey to this Northern Cave is especially harsh. But several months after I went, I realized it is where Lhatsun Namkha Jigme revealed the terma Rigdzin Sokdrup, “The Practice of the Life of the Vidyadharas”, from which the “Riwo Sangcho" comes from, hence I have been very grateful to the friend who picked this cave over the Western Cave for me.

第一天:札西頂 –拉章 / Day 1: Tashiding to Labdang



So in order to go to Northern Cave, we took the public transportation from Tashiding to Labdang. The road was bad so even if you hire your own car, you will need to hire a jeep and someone who really knows the road.

When we went to have lunch before the jeep departed, we actually left our  2 backpacks and 2 duffel bags on the street unattended (just like what the picture above shows). I was a bit worried, but when we finished lunch, coming out of the restaurant, these bags were still there intact. That’s another reason why I love Sikkim. It’s just not like other parts of India where you need to watch out all the time.


There was another passenger on the jeep. He is from Labdang and agreed to be our guide for the trip. So the jeep dropped us directly somewhere near his place, then we walked for 10 minutes into the mountain to his house.

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The guide is Nepalese descend and his place is like a small shangrila to me. There are a few cottages together. Next door is his grandfather’s and others are his cousins’.  They grows a lot of things in the compound and have chickens, goats around.

We wandered into one of his cousin’s place as we heard the chanting of a lama doing a one-man puja there. They are all very nice people. They gave us tea and let us just sit there by the fire and enjoy the moment.

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Before it gets dark, the rooster and hens would walk over a wooden stripe  to get back to their elevated shelter. First time seeing chickens can be trained to do something.

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The guide let us stayed in the best room in his place. The Nepalese wooden cottage is very clean, and warm at night. The family cuisine was also good.

第二天:拉章-山上 (9 公里) / Day 2: Labdang into the Mountains (9 Km)

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Northern Cave is further inside the mountain from where I stayed.  Somewhere in the opposite range in the picture.

The 2012 rainy season lasted longer than usual. The local community  has not cleared the road to the cave yet. We were the first group trying to go that year. I was very surprised that our guide was willing to bring us in after I saw how much work he and his nephew had to do. They literally had to cut a road out of the jungle for us.

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The altitude was 2000+m. 9 km to the cave, for the locals, it is a 4-5 hours walk, for city dwellers, probably 5-7 hours, so there is no way to do a day trip. You have to spend a night at a shelter house the community built near the cave.


This kind of trail only happened in the very beginning. Once we got to the other side of the mountain, there was no trail at all. The guide just took turn to cut a one-man wide passage out of the thick rainforest.


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In some places, we had to climb though land slides. Those are the times I’d thank Robert for teaching me rock climbing basics in Fontainebleau.

For the parts where the safety fence that locals built were completely out of shape, you can only chant mani and pray those grasses on the cliffs can provide you some support .

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But the view is good. At least in the beginning when you still have energy to appreciate and explore.

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錫金的蘭花很有名。Probably orchids.

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看了蘑菇就覺得肚子餓。Cute mushrooms.





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The real challenge was leeches. I didn’t realize there was such a thing until after 1/3 of the trail, I saw those blood coming out of one guide’s leg after he took out some leeches, even at that time I still thought it was due to those nasty sharp vines. Then those guys finally enlightened me by pointing at my own bloody pants. After I rolled up the pants, I saw leeches on my leg for the first time in my life – not one or two, but more than a dozen.

They were tiny. Most are not even 1 cm long. Yet they are vicious. Like motion detectors, they would know before you  come and stand up on the leaves, twisting and waiting for you. Once you pass by, they jump over to you, then they follow your pants or shoes to seek the soft skins to satiate their blood thirst.


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Fortunately when we got closer to the destination, probably due to the high altitude or something, the leeches all suddenly disappeared. Even those biting into you became inactive.

The shelter house is still several hundred meters from this sign and the Cave is probably 1 km away.

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This stream before reaching the house was like heaven. We ran out of water so refilled ourselves with this cool and sweet nectar. Also, took the leisure to stop and wash off the dead leeches on my feet. Though it was freezing and my feet turned purple, but it feels great.





The house is just a roof with walls for people to tug in for the night. No power but there is running spring water outside.

Since it was getting dark, so we decided to stay put and wait until the next morning for the cave.

Our guides made a fire and cooked some instant noodles they brought up as dinner. Then we all tugged in at 6pm. You do need a warm sleeping bag. My light one, said to be good for 10 C, was definitely not warm enough.  The guides simply wrapped themselves in a blanket so I should’ve asked them to bring a blanket for me instead.

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第三天:北洞-拉章 (11 公里) / Day 3: Up to the Northern Cave – Back to Labdang (11 Km)



So today, 1 km to and from the Cave, plus the 9km to get back to Labdang, a total 11 km to go.
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Although it feels walking in a special zone throughout the journey, the feeling got even stronger when getting closer to the cave.

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It’s a half open cave. Our guides helped us put up some prayer flags.

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I was amazed by all those statues and big butter lamps brought here by previous visitors.

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Sang offering and various prayers. It feels like something flowing in the air, like an unheard song, invisible, vibrating, making your mind clear and joyful.


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Though we started early, we spent a lot of time at the cave and it was almost 10 when we got back to pick up our luggage and had some breakfast. Next time I will spend more than a night there.



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回去的路上,連小背包都讓嚮導幫忙背回去。即使如此,還是到晚上七點多,天都全黑了才回到拉章。我的腳程就是來回都要9個小時 [汗]



Though I passed my little backpack to the guide, it still took me 9 hours to get back to Labdang. For them, since they don’t need to cut trees and make roads anymore, it probably took them only 3-4 hours to get back.

And they are super sweet. When I was tired and hungry on the road, one of them came back to us at around 4 pm to bring us some hot tea and warm roti!

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第四天:拉章-札西頂 / Day 4: Labdang to Tashiding

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Love this place I stayed in Labdang.

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On the previous night I took out those leeches in front of the guide’s house, my blood on the ground was still visible this morning. In total, I had 32 bites on my torso and 100-200 bites on my legs/feet. A great cleansing with all the blood I offered to this pilgrimage!

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This is the jeep stop in Labdang. The community has an office nearby. They only charge 20 Rupee per person for their hard work on making roads and maintaining the shelter. Please do support them.

For my guide, even though we did not talk about price upfront, this morning he charged a very reasonable 4000 Rupees for the two of us, including brining us up there, home stay, meals and everything. So  I offered  a tip for their hard work. Make sure you can find this guide if possible. Too bad I forgot his name already 😦

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Beautiful lights on the way  back  to Tashiding.

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Happy Losar at Chorten 美好的藏曆新年從見多智欽仁波切開始!

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A beautiful sunny day for Losar (the Tibetan New Year)  at Chorten Monastery, Sikkim, with presence of Dodrupchen Rinpoche. What a great start of joyful blessings for the new year!!

Today is also the last day of the Vajrakilaya Drupchen. Rinpoche was in the main shrine hall for about two hours in the morning, granting blessings to the participants.

Despite of all the crowds flooding the monastery, I coincidentally ended up sitting in a place almost identical to where I sat throughout the Sakya Center’s Kilaya puja,  hence being able to take some pictures.




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After Rinpoche left, a lot of devotees came paying homage to his throne.
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Tea and sweet butter rice for all. This was taken before the crowds spotting these goodies. Non-stop of hundreds of people around within 10 minutes afterwards. This may well be my expertise – subconsciously drawn to where good food is before anybody else.
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And the beautiful flowers at Chorten! It is orchid season now. I so worship the senior lama who takes care of all these flowers now.

May all sentient beings find beauty, purity, peace and happiness in all their perceptions.



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Sarva mangalam.

錫金的蘿蔔泡菜 Radish Pickle from Sikkim




The other day when we were having tea at someone’s place, it happened that their Nepalese maid was making radish pickle. We got a small jar of this super delicious pickle from the last batch. And the recipe seems simple enough that there is no reason not to try.


1. 蘿蔔連皮切條,辣椒依自己喜好的量也切條,陰乾,去掉表面多餘水份。
Slice radish (without peeling) and chili, and dry the surface moisture

2. 白芝麻炒香後,磨成粉。(終於有一個食譜是能利用到果汁機附贈的那個磨粉機了)
Warm the white sesame seeds in a pan to bring the flavor and machine-grind them into powder

3. 蘿蔔和辣椒放進乾淨瓶中,加上芝麻粉、鹽 、芥子油拌勻,封住罐子,每隔幾天把罐子上下倒一下就好。
Put the radish and chili pepper inside a clean jar, mix evenly with the sesame powder, salt and mustard oil. Seal the jar, maybe shake the jar a bit every few days to ensure the ingredients get evenly seasoned and fermented, and just wait to enjoy your pickle in 10 days!


It would be wonderful to have home-made pickles free from preservatives and artificial flavors! Can’t wait to make this when I go home.


P.S. Can also add garlic. Minimum marination for 10 days.



2013/11 第一次試作,趕著離開上海,所以只醃了5天,但是已經很好吃了。加了薑絲、蒜頭、尖椒,还有一点花椒,用的是菜籽油。

First time making it. Didn’t have enough time so only marinated for 5 days but super delicious already! I also added fine shredded ginger and some Chinese peppers.

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Revered Lepcha Priest at Sikkim Palace Monastery 錫金雷普恰族祭師於皇家寺廟接受表揚

Today a revered Lepcha priest came to the Sikkim Palace Monastery (Tsuklakhang) to receive a formal recognition on his contribution to the society. Lepcha people are the aboriginal inhabitants of Sikkim, mostly settled in North Sikkim. Most of them follow the Tibetan Buddhism while keeping their original Shamanism culture of  worshipping the nature. The tribal priests would perform rituals to honor and appease the mountain guardians but unfotunately the lineage is dying. The community are presenting tributes to two senior priests today while one of them passed away already.


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Some photos and clippings on the board to show the activities of these senior priests. The little monks also joined the prayers and helped with the setup.
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Then the old priest performed a ritual with smoke offering and throwing rice. After that, he blessed the Lepcha people one by one, especially for those born in the year of snake, to dispel all their obstacles for this year of snake.
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This is a Mahasiddha: Lhatsun Namkha Jigme, the revealer of Riwo Sangcho/Rigdzin Sogdrub,an extremely important figure for spreading dharma in Sikkim, and also a previous incarnation of the khyentse lineage. 這是拉尊· 南卡·吉美,他在錫金取出了著名的《山淨煙供》等諸多伏藏,是奠定錫金佛法基礎的一位重要大成就者,也是欽哲的前世之一。
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The committee members and the old priest. 委員會工作人員與祭師的合影。
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When I wandered around, the window of the mahakala room was open. The yellow curtain moved along with the breeze. I cannot help but wandering, if I had come here 55 years earlier, maybe I would have had the great fortune to have  a glimpse of Khyntse Chokyi Lodro here. His room was the 1st floor room at the photo to the right while the ground floor room belonged to his consort, Khandro Tsering Chodron. People are still doing circumambulations here.

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IMG_1672As usual, I have to talk about the food. The lunch they served was so delicious – paneer curry, ema datsi, eggplant tempura, pakora, daal,  vermicelli with green vegetables, masala potatoes, fresh pickle with grinded cheese…I forgot the food in Sikkim monasteries can be this delicious, and all vegetarian!

I have to admit that I had no idea what Lepcha is earlier this morning. I happened to run into some young people when going out and ended up attending this event, having great food and enjoying the flowers, sunshine and breeze at this beautiful premise.

May all cultural heritage be preserved and carried on with meaningful contribution to the humanity and benefits to all beings.



今天本來是要去另一個地方的,出門時遇到小朋友,就臨時改成跟他們來這裡,於是朝拜了寺廟,欣賞了春天的花草,又撈到一頓這麽好吃的。來的時候,連雷普恰是什麽都不知道~ 現在跟大家介紹一下,算我沒有白吃人家一頓飯。願所有文化遺產皆得具義延續,利益眾生。

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Super Organic Lettuce 有機到不能再有機的蔬菜

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The host family has this huge space on the rooftop for flowers, laundry, brewing etc. It is also a wonderful place for a cup of tea and reading in the late afternoon with breezes.

In addition to the flowers, ama-la also plants some lettuce! Hence I’ve been having these truly organic lettuce as part of my diet here.

I don’t think they would add any fertilizer or pesticide. These greens simply grow naturally under sunshine and rain falls. Everything seems so effortless here. In many ways I feel Sikkim is indeed a sacred land.

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They are always picked right before the meal time. With a little peppers and vinegar made out of sugar cane juice, I can literally finish a full plate within a couple of minutes. My mom used to say that I eat vegetable like a cow. This is one of the few things that I have to agree with her.

The other dishes today are my favorite fern with cheese and radish soup. Can’t ask for more in life!


Love these prayer banners in the wind. Mesmerizing to watch them moving and the sky.


密勒日巴和蕁麻湯 Milarepa and Nettle Soup

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I have been reading some songs from Mila Grubum these days.

Today when I stepped into the kitchen during tea time, Dondrup happened to be preparing the nettle  to cook for me.

These nettles are certainly local specialty in Sikkim. No matter which season I come, I can always spot them in the market, unlike the seasonal bamboo shoots and squash sprouts.  Nevertheless I have never seen any restaurants offering this special delicacy in the menu so this is more like a family cuisine that is not easy to get for tourists like myself.

Once got stun by these stinging nettles’ stems and leaves, it can be burning painful. Therefore, Dondrup carefully removed the young leaves with a scissor. As you can tell, the edible parts are not that much.

Then I think he fried some chopped garlic with butter, then added the nettle leaves and a small amount of rice to make a soup. The leaves would melt naturally and the yeast from the rice would make the soup thick and almost creamy. I don’t really know how he made it as the next time I saw the nettle, it had become a bowl of green soup for my lunch.

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So my lunch was this nettle soup with rice, fried mushroom, beans and the beetroot pumpkin carrot soup from yesterday.

Dinner was veggie paneer thukpa and the nettle soup – I think I am the only one eating this in the family. Guess the boys are not very into these green things.

Thus I had a day of Milarepa’s songs and the nettles he used to have.

May all sentient beings attain Milarepa’s realization soon.

在錫金的中秋節:有機蔬食和隆德寺 Rumtek and Organic Veggie For the Mid-Autumn Festival in Sikkim

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Yesterday was the Mid-Autumn Festival for Chinese. Instead of moon cake and heavy feast, I had a feast with exotic organic vegetables, plus a visit to the Rumtek Monastery.

The day started with a 7am trip to the Sunday Farmers’ market in Gangtok where farmers in the neighboring areas would bring fresh produce to sell here.

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On top of the famous fireball chilies, there are all kinds of green vegetables, indeed a heaven for me! With my favorite bamboo shoots, ferns…(mushroom would only arrive after ~9am)

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Not sure what is this lady selling, but the packing looks nice and environmental friendly!

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朋友看到這個菜農剛擺出的小苦瓜很新鮮,所以來挑苦瓜。兩顆橢圓形橘綠色的果兒,也是苦瓜的一個品種~  右邊那個豆莢原來也是能吃的,我們挑苦瓜的時候,豆莢被甘托克蔬菜店老闆全部抱走了(這裡是批發市場),說是可以拿來生吃。

Two types of small bitter gourds. I have never seen that yellowish oval shape specie before. They looked more like fruits to me.

The giant bean pods are also edible. The lady purchasing them all (probably a local shop owner for retail) said people eat them raw.

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這個很像風信子的花兒是時令特產,朋友説是帶苦味的。買了一點回去,加了點洋蔥、姜、蕃茄炒給我吃,果然花的部份微苦,不過沒有苦瓜那麽苦, 花梗的部份倒是很香甜。
These Hyacinthus-like flowers are also edible. Stir-fried with onion, ginger and tomato, the flowers tasted a bit bitter while the stems juicy and refreshing like asparagus.

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Nettles leaves and flowers. A must-try for Milarepa admirers 🙂

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Some more flowers and fresh bamboo shoots. The red ones are banana flowers.

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Sikkim banana is very delicious with nice flavor, unlike the dull yellow ones we usually get in the ‘developed countries’ supermarkets. Pomegranate is my new love while the organic Bhutanese apples (even partially red inside) have been accompanying me since day one of this trip.

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這個是不丹來的有機蘋果,不是我們買的。從我來錫金的第一天晚上説好吃後,阿姨就放了一盆在我房間, 不時補上幾顆。每顆都長得不一樣,有的紅色果皮還會紅到果肉裡。不但甜,而且香氣距離一公尺都聞得到。

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Got these amazing white flowers after leaving the market. Freshly arrived with a jeep full of various products probably brought by people from the same village. We took most of them even before they reach the marketplace 🙂



After lunch, we went to Rumtek Monastery. Local people said there was huge rain last night so much so that they were worried about their houses would get washed away! But it was sunny when we arrived.

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Cute snow lions, each with its own cute expression.
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朋友嘲笑我朝拜隆德寺具有特別業障,去年是沒帶護照,今年是帶了護照卻沒有帶上錫金通行證,還好他特別問了一聲,所以開到一半又折回去拿。晚點到的好處是正好碰到修護法的時間,所以瑪哈嘎拉護法室和多傑綽洛(忿怒蓮師相之一)室都在修法。還朝拜了度母室,以及最重要的:十六世大寶法王的舍利金塔 _/\_。

喇嘛很慈悲的讓我們進去隔間裡朝拜,可以直接頂禮舍利塔,還讓我碰了一條平常加持寶瓶會用的那種五色繩,一端是連在塔上的。前天讀貝瑪薩公主傳時,正好讀到她有一顆spiritual turqiose,還在尋思是什麽寶貝,十六世金塔上所鑲的青松石諸寶貝裡,就有一顆是赤松德贊王的命力石!旁邊一顆則是瑪爾巴夫人給密勒日巴去向瑪爾巴求法的那顆青松石~~哇,能親眼見到這些以前讀過的寶貝真的是很啓發道心!

We were a bit late than planned due to my stupidity of forgetting to bring the Sikkim entry permit and hence driving back again after we almost left Gangtok. The good thing is that, because of the delay, the monks were performing the daily Mahakala and Dorje Drolo rituals when we were there.

The highlight was the Golden Stupa containing the 16th Karmapa’s relics. Moreover, the stupa is decorated with many precious objects. So thrilled to see the life force turquoise of King Trisong Deutsen  and the turquoise that Marpa’s wife gave to Milarepa so that he could make some offering in order to receive teachings……to see these things only read on paper before is such a blessing!!

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120930 Gangtok food 005朝拜完後,去十六世大寶法王總管的兒子家喝茶吃餅乾。喝完一家後,又去了十六世大寶法王的姪女家喝茶。她家有六隻奶牛,所以奶茶和奶酪都好吃的不得了~~

Then we visited two families by the monastery.  Had super delicious tea and curd, made from the milk of their family cows 🙂


Though completely full after the tea, cookies, curd……etc. it is still too hard to say no to the delicious home made paneer momo (dumpling). Initially I just wanted to taste two and probably ended up having ten momos plus a big bowl of paneer veggie soup. Even though being abroad, I was not deprived from the Mid-Autumn Festival feast at all!


Actually it has been one feast after another feast everyday since I came to Sikkim. Sample pictures of the amazing family cuisine I have been having in the past few days :-p

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Sikkim Pilgrimage 2011 錫金朝聖

Since most people needed to catch their flights, we only did a two-day trip out of Gangtok after the teachings. Hope I will get a chance to stay longer next time.

Temi Tea Garden 茶園
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After leaving Gangtok, we had breakfast and tea at Temi, the only tea garden in Sikkim and considered one of the best in India and in the world.

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I asked lama to buy me this snack after seeing an Indian chewing it in a tiny grocery shop. I suspected the Indian took something similar to betelnut wrapped in a leave, but the lama got me something sweet.  Ani-la forbid me eating it out of concern for my health so I only sample- tasted some of the ingredients. Like the rose flavor jelly sweets 🙂



Giant Guru Rinpoche Statue at Namchi 36公尺高的巨大蓮師像
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Ravanla Monastery and Buddha Park / 惹旺拉寺與佛陀公園
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Ravanla is building a Buddha Park 小鎮正在建設一個佛陀公園,以後可供人遊憩。
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Tashiding 扎西頂
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It is said that the whole Sikkim is a holy place and Tashiding is the most sacred place among Sikkim. Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro was cremated at Tashiding and the golden one is his stupa. Even thinking of soon to see this stupa made my way up so joyful.


There is also one ‘Thong-Wa-rang-Dol’, ‘Liberation by mere seeing’ stupa here.
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This old man, Garpa, came from my beloved Kyegu since his twenties and spent the past fifty years carving mani stones in this holy place. His works include various mantras and Buddha images. He kindly showed us around to see various sacred sites/imprints of Guru Rinpoche and dakinis. He is over seventy years old now but can still walk really fast.

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Guru Rinpoche Long Life Cave at Tashiding 蓮師長壽岩穴
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It was completely dark and rainy when we walked down the hill toward this cave. I was nagging silently that if not for waiting for Ratna Vajra Rinpoche for lunch, we could have arrived while there were still sunlight (some other people were nagging out loud…). When it was my turn to squeeze inside the cave (the passage is so narrow that only one person is allowed to try each time), I heard my jean ripped while passing through the sharp edge of rocks. The ripping was right on my butt that if I can tear off the bottom parts, they would become perfect hot pants for the beach. Now I was really happy that it was so dark that nobody can see this small disaster.




Pemayangtse Monastery 貝瑪楊澤寺
This is one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim. 錫金最老的寺院。
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A Holy Lake 聖湖  — Khecheopalri Lake?
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This was the first capital of Sikkim, where the first Chogyal of the Kingdom of Sikkim was consecrated in the 1641 AD by three learned lamas.
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One Sikkim School 路過的錫金小學
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Another Holy Lake 又一神湖
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Guru Rinpoche Cave 蓮師洞
There are four Padmasambhava caves in Sikkim. This one, Khado Sangphug, is the only one accessible by car. Secret Cave of Dakinis, simply love the name! There is also hot spring right outside by the river.
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Gangtok 甘托克

View of Gangtok city from cable car
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Sikkim Legislative Assembly where H.H. Sakya Trizin gave a public teaching on “Basic Understanding of Buddhism” in October
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Tsuklakhang Royal Chapel and Monastery, where Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro and Khandro Tsering Chodron used to live
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Namgyal Institute of Tibetology housing a rich depository of Tibetan literature, rare manuscripts, paintings, thangkas, statues and religious objects and other works of art and history
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Chorten Monastery where Dodrupchen Rinpoche resides with many many cats
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This cat is not from Chorten Gonpa but belongs to a friend. It treats me like a member of the family, or more precisely, a cushion of the house.
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Also learned how to make Tibetan barley wine, chiang 🙂
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Sikkim definitely offers the best Tibetan food, especially their family cuisine, simply delicious! The famous fireball chilies look deceivingly cute and I did not dare to try until reaching Manduwala.
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2011/10/30 大寶金剛仁波切錫金三忿怒尊灌頂 Ratna Vajra Rinpoche Bestowing Empowerment of Three Wrathful Deities in Sikkim

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After H.H. Sakya Trizin completed the teachings at noon time, H.E. Dungse Ratna Vajra Rinpoche bestowed a combined empowerment of Three Wrathful Deities to the public in the afternoon.

The monks and volunteers started building some fences a couple of days ago. I asked why. They said, unlike Chinese people who love wealth deity empowerment, for Tibetans, the most attractive one is Tse-wang (Amitayus) and the 2nd one is this Three Wrathful Deities for dispelling obstacles.  Therefore, some measures must be taken to ensure safety for the numerous participants and Rinpoche.

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Indeed, for such a small place, over tens of thousands people started rushing in since the morning while we were still having teachings. Even the dog cannot find a place to lay its feet and exhaustedly rested within the area reserved for monks when the event started.

Ratna Vajra Rinpoche was very kind. He gave blessings to the public one by one, starting from Dungse Asanga Vajra Rinpoche.
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And a rainbow appeared right at this moment.
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Lama Kunga Yongten Hotchotsang, the organizer of H.H.’s programs in Sikkim and this empowerment, seemed really happy and relaxing.

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Since there were so many participants, it took Rinpoche a long time to give everyone individual blessings. It was said that even more people – over 30K – came to H.H.’s Tsewang two days later.



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H.E. Thartse Khen Rinpoche and Shabdrung Rinchen Paljor Rinpoche also joined us on the rooftop to watch the rainbow which lasted for quite a while. What a wonderful day 🙂

2011/10 薩迦法王錫金金剛瑜伽母灌頂教學圖集 H.H. Sakya Trizin Bestowing Vajrayogini Initiation And Teachings in Sikkim

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His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche offering thanksgiving mandala to His Holiness the Sakya Trizin upon the completion of H.H.’s teachings at Ngor Gompa (Sa-Ngor-Chotshog Center), Sikkim, October 30, 2011

Very touching and heart-melting to see that His Holiness extended his hands several times, wanting to receive the mandala and spare His Eminence from holding it, while His Eminence insisting standing with mandala on hands throughout the prayer:-) (Khenchen Rinpoche was going to celebrate his 81th birthday in a week. )


H.H. Sakya Trizin bestowing Chakrasamvara initiation, Vajrayogini blessings and teachings
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法王子大寶金剛仁波切與薩迦法王 H.E.  Dungse Ratna Vajra Rinpoche and H.H.
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H.E. Dungse Asanga Vajra Rinpoche and H.H. Sakya Trizin during the Chakrasamvara initiation, October 20th, 2011
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Left to Right: H.E. Luding Khenchen Rinpoche, Dungse Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, Thartse Khen Rinpoche, Dungse Asanga Vajra Rinpoche; Dagmo Kushog Kalden and Gyalyum Chenmo

H.E. Luding Khenchen Rinpoche bestowing revision teachings and leading group practices in the afternoon
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H.E. Ratna Vajra Rinpoche demonstrating mandala offering during Khenchen Rinpoche’s revision

H.E. Ratna Vajra Rinpoche bestowing revision teachings and leading practice sessions to foreigners in English
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Many devotees offering mandalas to H.H. upon the completion of the 10-day precious teachings, Sikkim, October 30, 2011
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塔澤堪仁波切與法王 H.E. Thartse Khen Rinpoche and H.H Sakya Trizin

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H.E. Luding Khenchen Rinpoche and H.H Sakya Trizin, Sikkim Sa-Ngor Monastery, October 30th, 2011