Pema Lingpa’s stamping grounds

Bumthang district is associated with the founding stories of the Bhutanese state and religion. The first kings arose around the Trongsa region, and defeated the Tibetan kings in the White Bird’s Castle. Padmasambhava is said to have come to Kurje Lhakhang to meditate, and left many treasures which are said to have been found later… Continue reading Pema Lingpa’s stamping grounds

The Burning Lake and other Stories

The day we visited the enigmatic village in Ura, we collected a few local stories. One of them was of Mebar Tsho, a name which translates as Burning Lake. From the name I imagined something quite different from what it is: a widening in the river Tang, as you can see in the photo here.… Continue reading The Burning Lake and other Stories