Namo Buddha is situated at the elevation of 1750m above sea level and located 40 kilometers southeast of Kathmandu (approx 1 hr 30 minutes drive from Kathmandu by private vehicle). Namo Buddha is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites south of the Himalayas, as well as being one of the holiest Buddhist sites in the world. Known by Tibetans as Takmo Lu Jin, meaning “Tigress Body Generosity”, the Namo Buddha stupa marks the site where a young prince (in some versions, the Buddha himself) encountered a tigress close to starvation and unable to feed her own cubs. Overcome with compassion, the prince allowed the tigress to consume him and thereby feed her cubs. A small shrine a few minutes walk uphill from the stupa contains statues of the prince together with the tigress and her cubs. On the other side of the hill stands the Thrangu Tashi Yangtse monastery constructed in 1976. Large numbers of pilgrims visit Namo Buddha, especially during the months of February and March.
History of Namo Buddha
According to the old history of 6000 years, prince (Mahasatwo/Ngingdui Tshenpo), founds at the top of the hill, overlooking the jungle, he discovers a tigress lying near to the rock. Very quickly, he realizes that she is going to die. Her 5 babies still sucking and saws, the survivals of babies depend on their mother. Mahasatwo, decides to give his life to the tigress in a bust of love and compassion. So Prince Mahasatwo cut his body to present his warm blood in the mouth of the mother tiger, and the taste of blood give the appetite to her. Finally tigress accepts the sacrifice from prince and she lefts only the bones. The bones of prince were brought back in the village and buried in the tomb which is actual stupa of Namo Buddha.
Some about 3500 years later, the Gautam Buddha came in the village of Sange da Fyafulsa, he has done 3 tour around the Stupa before to declare that he was the reincarnation of prince Mahasatwo. It was the moment that Gautam Buddha renamed this village which is henceforth the name of Namo Buddha which means Hommage to Buddha.
- At that time there was 3 highly kingdom sacred in the kingdom of Nepal:
- Namo Buddha , Swoyambhu Nath and Boudha Nath.
- In those place the King of Nepal himself had no powers.
Since 14 generations, the family Lama, chiefs spirituals who is called Nagpa lama (lama born from father to son for having possibility to marry) had take care of the place sacred which is now Namo Buddha and they assumed the charge of all spiritual ceremonies of 800 families around the village. It’s noted that all the inhabitants of Namo Buddha are following the same families (ethnic Tamang) and certain Chorten «small tomb» housing the rest of ancestors of the family Lama.
Sonam Gyalpo, the current high lama gives his approval for the projects exposed here. If in the future, other ideas concerning to the village, their realization would of course be subject to the approval of the Grand Lama
Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery at Namo Buddha
Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche found that the locals were both down-to-earth and hospitable. Although Buddhist learning was fairly popular at the time, there were only a few Dharma and very few large monasteries for people to advance in their cultivation. Therefore, with the help of some Dharma supporters, Namo Buddha Thrangu Monastry was established
Away from the hassle of the city, the monastery stays on the hillside surrounded by lofty mountains. From here the entire Himalayan range is visible. Spectacular view of sunrise over Mt. Everest can be seen.
In the center is the main temple building, which is six stories high with another added by the curved golden roof in the Indian style. Counting from the ground up, the principal temple hall is located on the fourth floor. It has thirty-six pillars, each of which enshrines a gilded bronze Buddha at the top. In the front of the hall are statues of the Seven Generations of Buddhas made in Bangkok.