Shang Zabbulung, in western Tibet on the Central Tibet border, is one of five valleys consecrated by Guru Rinpoche. It is blessed as the supreme speech aspect of his enlightened mind. Both Guru Rinpoche and Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal practiced there and concealed many treasures in the area. And, as we read in Yeshe Tsogyal's biography, she and her consort, Asara Sale, both attained the rainbow body in Zabbulung.
In 2010, Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo visited Zabbulung on pilgrimage and was given a pilgrimage guide containing Guru Rinpoche's teachings about Zabbulung. Among many things in this text, we learn that Zabbulung is one of the twenty-four sacred abodes and therefore, it is most meaningful for anyone to merely see, hear about, think of, or have any contact with.
The name Zabbulung can be rendered as Deep Child Valley. It has three levels. Outwardly, deep describes its ravines, child means that it is embraced by surrounding mother-like mountains and, valley refers to the confluence of many small valleys. For the inner aspect, deep refers to having hidden treasures (terma); child means that the dakinis watch over it and, and valley means that it is a place of transmission. (In Tibetan the word for valley and transmission is etymologically connected.) Secretly, deep refers to the profound view of the nature of reality that is realized there; child refers to its role of watching over all beings and, valley/transmission means that it reveals hidden treasures.
Today, as the dakinis prophesied, Drupwang Pema Lhundrup Gyatso, the recognized enlightened mind emanation of the treasure revealer, Chonyi Lingpa, is in residence as the abbot. Known locally as Zaptrul Rinpoche, he has undertaken the revitalization of the sacred valley, caring for practitioners (monastic and lay), the sacred environment, caves, relics and so on. Recently, Rinpoche built a new temple and has organized a great accomplishment practice (drupchen) for this summer during the auspicious Year of the Monkey.
In 2014 and 2015, Rinpoche requested Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo to translate texts and also help sponsor a larger-than-life Guru Rinpoche statue at the new temple.
Last year, Jnanasukha Foundation was able to offer $3,000 and, this year, due to the generosity of our donors, we have just offered another $3,000. The cost of the statue in Lhasa is $15,000, so we're inching our way! If you feel called to get involved or donate to the statue and/or translation projects for Zabbulung, pleased be in touch.
May all the activities of Drupwang Pema Lhundrup Gyatso come to fruition.