ONE-OF-A-KIND TEMPLE OF THE ENLIGHTENED FEMININE
First-Ever Mural of Yeshe Tsogyal's Life Story!
Mural painting is an important calling in Tibet where temples are regarded as a field of spiritual merit for all. Not only do murals support the practice of the monastics, they remind everyone of their own attainable enlightenment.
The new temple at Tsogyal Latso was built in 2015, Year of the Wood Sheep. The ground floor, main hall, statues, altars, and seating for nuns and visitors have all been installed. Now it's time for painting the murals! As our video shows, the work has begun. When we visited in July, we met the artists who will be in residence for the next two years, and we received the nuns' request for financial assistance for the murals.
First, there are the traditional entryway murals common to every temple, featuring the Wheel of Life and Four Guardian Kings. The interior murals will consist of the meditational deities of the Longchen Nyingthik cycle of teachings and practices, with a place of honor for Yeshe Tsogyal as Yumkha Dechen Gyalmo in front. The photo in the banner above shows the beginnings of this muralI.
The right side of the temple will feature narrative scenes from the life of Yeshe Tsogyal, based on her biography. Despite her prominent role in Tibetan Buddhism, in the past and to this day, there are hardly any representations of Yeshe Tsogyal as an incarnated dakini, and none honoring her life and accomplishments. It's time!