Places

Besides the famous Taktshang Monastery in Paro and Singye Dzong in Lhuentse, there are many other equally sacred sites in the country. Chhumphu Nye in Paro and Aja Nye in Mongar are fine examples of such sites, which enjoy equal spiritual significance but are less exploited. There are plenty of caves, rocks, streams and lakes blessed by Guru Rinpoche in the 8th Century CE followed by many Vajrayana masters from India and Tibet in the later centuries.

At many of these sites, temples have been built by the adherents of these masters and some have set up monasteries where the spiritual studies and practice are continued to this day. Yet others are located in the wilderness free from human disturbance and thus ideal for meditational practices. While there does not exist an exhaustive inventory of these sacred sites and monasteries, all the major traditions of Himalayan Buddhism (better known as Tibetan Buddhism) has their footprint in the land, which can be traced to their respective masters of a particular period.

These sacred sites are natural spots on the heavenly earth beyond the scope of any particular religious tradition. The spiritual masters of the past have merely discovered them in the course of history. And the Bhutanese state and her people have guarded these sites for seekers of all spiritual traditions that their contact with these sites may further their spiritual practice in their own traditions.