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11 Lamayuru (Ladakh)—Chenrezik Lhakang: The Bar Do Thos Grol Illustrated as a Mural Painting

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In this chapter, the author draws the attention to one rarely visited but very interesting temple in Lamayuru: the Chenrezik Lhakhang, rising by the side of a thicket of willows in the northern section of the monastic compound, between the monastery kitchen and the small monks' school. The main feature in the hall is a large eleven-headed and thousand-armed Chenrezik statue. He also discusses explicit illustrations of the Bar do thos grol chen mo. From the Bar do thos grol chen mo, one learns that from the moment of death the deceased will have to pass through three intermediate states, during which he will have a series of experiences that will bring him, after 49 days, to a new incarnation in one of six possible existences: as a god, a demi-god, a human being, an animal, a hungry ghost, or a hell-being.

Keywords: Bar do thos grol chen mo; Chenrezik Lhakhang; Lamayuru; small monks' school



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