CHUMIK JANG CHUB DUTSI CHU: RHISHISWOR MAHADEV
“When placing under oath the protectors who abide by their vows in that supreme place of power, immaculate and enchanting,
On the very border of India and Tibet, you grant your blessings, and as soon as you arrive
The mountain becomes fragrant, a sweet scent wafting through the air, even in winter lotus flowers bloom, and spring cascade with the nectar of Bodhicitta. In this supreme and sacred place inundated with bliss, O Kyechok Tsulzang, clad in dharma robes, your right hand wielding a nine-spiked Vajra, your left holding a jeweled casket brimful of the elixir of rakta. You bind under oath the Dakinis and guardians who keep their pledges and you attain the siddhi of beholding the yidam deity face to face.”
With you compassion, inspire us with your blessing! With your love, guide us and others along the path….
The Spring of Awakening or Enlightenment is a very special pilgrimage place. It is a fixture for most spiritual travelers from the high Himalayas when journeying to the vast open planes of Northern India. Almost everyone, who has the chance will stop there’ drink the water, join the palms and with open eyes wish for the best possible outcome for their lives. The important Indian master Padmasambhava describes the Spring of Enlightenment as a place where flowers bloom even in the midst of winter, hinting that our inner source of awakening can unfold the beauty of kindness and insight, even in the midst of confusion. In this way visiting a sacred place forms the auspicious circumstance for awakening our inner timeless qualities.
The supreme place of blessing, the Spring of Awakening, Chumig Changchub, is located west-southern hill in the Mahabharata range, overlooking Daman in the Noble Land of Nepal. The importance of the site cannot be overstated. Padmasambhava, the second Buddha meditated there on the way to Tibet. One can still see a Kilayamark in stones in the spring, which gives the site it’s name, believed to have been left there by Padmasambhava himself, when he was binding protectors under oath. Whilst staying there, he blessed the site for future practitioners and the blessing is felt there strongly, by those with faith in Padmasambhava.
The site is not only sacred to the followers of Padmasambhava. Newari yogis from Nepal have been going there for hundreds of years due to the site being associated with the tantric Buddha Vajrakilaya.
The massive earth earthquake which devastated Nepal, April the 25th 2015, destroyed the small temple on the site.
The temple itself had been build by Lama Rigzin Rinpoche, who has stayed there in retreat for over thirty years. He has completed many types of meditation practices, which is reflected in the non-sectarian nature of his teachings. A very humble lama, he welcomes every visitor and teaches according to their ability and level. His son Lama Wangchuk, in his fifties, has spent over half of his life in retreat at Chumig Changchub.
It is indeed a place where the mountain becomes fragrant with blessings, and even for worldly-minded people, the possibility of renunciation, love, compassion and contentment become more than abstract nice ideas.
As we are now possibly seeing the end of the Buddha’s teachings, power spots like Chumig Changchub, are places for spiritual renewal. I find it is vital to keep the flame of Dharma alive in a world which seems to be plunging into further darkness.
It is Bodhi Adventures’ sincere wish that anyone, who wants to visit Chumig Changchub, can visit in a day on drive from Kathmandu or beautiful hotels are just nearby town Daman where you can stay and night and comfortable pilgrimage tour you can have.
May awakened mind flourish in all beings!