His Holiness the Je Khenpo consecrated the Lhabab Choeten at Kheri in Trashigang yesterday.
Former soldiers constructed the choeten as part of retired armed forces’ social service project.
Tshering Samdrup, the architect of the choeten, said: “By far this is one of the best. This is exactly what I wanted.”
The choeten has three different prayers engraved on its wall. The top (choe-ku) is carved with ami-dawari prayers, the middle (long-ku), representing Chenrezig, has the inscription of mani prayer, and trulku at the bottom has Baza Guru prayer.
Guarding the choeten in the east is the sculpture of the king of celestial musicians, Yul-Khor-Sung. The king of nagas, Chen-Mi-Zang, is the protector in the west. Lord Nam-Toh-Se (leader of the yaksha beings) and lord Pag-Pi-kye-Bo (king of Kumbhanda) guards the north and south respectively.
A total of 433 ex-soldiers contributed labour over a period of 10 months to complete the choeten. Some 20 civil servants also contributed labour during the construction period. The chairman of the group, Naku, said that the choeten was constructed as per the His Majesty’s command.
“Lhabab Choeten represents coming of Buddha from the heaven. For us, the birth of HRH the Gyalsey was no different from such a miracle,” he said. “To pay our tribute and to celebrate this event, we decided on building this choeten.”
Younten Tshedup | Trashigang