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  • Shawo Khacham: A Study on the History and Development of the Chapel Klu Kha Stod Byams khang ('Phan Yul) (English )

Location: Chenlek Jamkhang


by Steve Weinberger

This is a preliminary study of the ancient culture and development of the Lukhatö Jamkhang temple (klu kha stod byams khang), also known as the Chenlek Jamkhang temple (spyan legs byams khang) (both names are related to an icon of Maitreya (byams pa) as an essential feature of this sanctuary). This study aims to provide some basic information about this ancient Buddhist sanctuary's architecture, mural paintings and the ancient inscriptions in Tibetan language which describe the history of the temple's foundation at the start of the Buddhist revival period in Central Tibet in the region north of Lhasa. This was a period of great cultural activity in Penyül ('phan yul) which had been initiated in 1012 with the construction of the Gyel Lhakhang temple (rgyal lha khang) by Nanam Dorjé Wangchuk (sna nam rdo rje dbang phyug, 976-1060), a disciple of Lumé (klu mes), who was the instigator of the revival of Buddhism in central Tibet prior to the arrival of Atisa in 1045; the construction of the Lukhatö Jamkhang temple, just six kilometers from the  Gyel Lhakhang temple, is part of this chapter on the ancient history of Buddhism in the vicinity of Lhasa.

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Resource type: Chapter (multi-author book)

Author: Shawo Khacham (ཤ་བོ་མཁའ་བྱམས།)

Recording Note:

Shawo Khacham: A Study on the History and Development of the Chapel Klu Kha Stod Byams khang ('Phan Yul), summary translation by Amy Heller. In The Arts of Tibetan Painting
Recent Research on Manuscripts, Murals and Thangkas of Tibet,
the Himalayas and Mongolia (11th -19th century), edited by Amy Heller. PIATS 2010: Proceedings of the Twelfth Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies Vancouver, 2010. http://www.asianart.com/articles/khacham/index.html. Full Tibetan article at http://www.asianart.com/articles/khacham/khacham.pdf.

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