Tibetan protection amulet of Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok in solid silver 925, 18k gold plated, garnets, kalachakra tantra engraved on the back.
Dimensions: 45/35 mm
Total weight of 45 grams
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Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok (1933-2004) was a Nyingmapa lama from the southeastern region of Tibet, Kham (currently incorporated into The Chinese province of Sichuan), reincarnation of Tertön Sogyal.
Born on February 27, 1933, he comes from a nomadic family. At the age of two, he was identified as the reincarnation of Tertön Sogyal, Lerab Lingpa (1852–1926). He studied Dzogchen at Nubzor Monastery. He received ordination as a novice monk at the age of 14 and full ordination in 1955, at the age of 22.
During the Tibetan uprising of 1959, 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, ordering 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 called Serthar Buddhist Institute), near the city of Serthar (in Chinese Seda), apparently without permission from the Chinese authorities who seem to have turned a blind eye to his activities, as long as they were not political. The popularity of the institute is growing to attract 8,500 students including about 1,000 Chinese from mainland China, but also 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 became friends.
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 gave teachings3. After returning to Tibet, he later refused to denounce the Dalai Lama, as demanded by the Chinese authorities. The Chinese government will therefore refuse to grant him any permission to travel, including for health reasons.
In 1999, the "Sichuan Labour United Front" pressured him over 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 evicted and about 2,000 homes 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 had no news of 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, following a heart disease for which he was to be operated on in a military hospital.
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