Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok Tibetan protection amulet in solid silver 925, gold plated 18k, garnets, kalachakra tantra engraved on the back.
Dimensions: 45/35 mm
Total weight of 45 grams
A mala in coconut pearl, copper and rock crystal is offered with pendant
Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok (1933-2004) was a nyingmapa lama from the southeastern region of Tibet, Kham (now incorporated into China's Sichuan Province), reincarnation of Terton Sogyal.
Born on February 27, 1933, he came from a nomadic family. At the age of two, he was identified as the reincarnation of the Ererchon Sogyal, Lerab Lingpa (1852-1926). He studied Dzogchen at Nubzor Monastery. He received the ordination of a novice monk at the age of 14 and full ordination in 1955, at the age of 22.
During the 1959 Tibetan uprising, he made the crucial decision to remain in Kham rather than go into exile in India. Between 1960 and 1980, he lived as a nomad in hermitages escaping the cultural revolution, teaching, ordaining monks and nuns despite the prohibitions. In 1980, he was inducted, taught wherever he could, including Beijing3, and founded the Larung Gar Buddhist Institute (also known as the Serthar Buddhist Institute), near the city of Serthar (in Seda Chinese), apparently without permission from the Chinese authorities who seem to have turned a close eye on his activities, as long as they were not political. The institute's popularity grew to attract 8,500 students, including about 1,000 Chinese from mainland China, as well as students from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. Among them are a large number of nuns.
In 1987, Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok met the 10th Panchen Lama Choekyi Gyaltsen, with whom he befriended.
In 1989, he went to India at the invitation of Penor Rinpoche1. In 1990, in Dharamsala, he met the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso and the monks of Nechung Monastery, to whom he taught.3 After his return to Tibet, he later refused to denounce the Dalai Lama, as demanded by the Chinese authorities. Therefore, the Chinese government will refuse to grant him permission to travel, including for health reasons.
In 1999, the "United Front of Sichuan Labour" put pressure on him on the issue of his support for the Dalai Lama and demanded that he reduce the number of students at the institute (to 150 or 1,400, according to reports). Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok refuses. In the summer of 2001, several thousand members of the Chinese armed police raided the institute, razing its structures and dispersing its students3. The more than 8,000 students were expelled and about 2,000 houses destroyed under the supervision of armed military and police teams. As a result of these demolitions and because of the trauma inflicted on the nuns, some of them commit suicide.
We have not heard from Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok and his niece Jetsunma Muntso for a long time. He was reportedly taken away by the authorities, imprisoned and placed under house arrest3 in Chengdu. He died on 7 January 2004 at the age of 70 in Tibet, as a result of a heart condition for which he was to be operated on in a military hospital.
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