Kurje monastery, (near) Jakar, Bumthang Dzongkhag, BT

Raw data

"Kurje Lhakhang [Lhakhang = monastery - tmciolek]
The temple is located at Kurje in the Chokhor valley, Jakar. It is 15 minutes drive from Chamkhar town.
The history of the temples at Kurje is associated with Sendha Gyab, popularly known as Sindhu Raja and the visit of Guru Rinpoche to Bumthang in 746 AD. Sendah Gyab invited Guru Rinpoche [= Padmasambhava] from Yanglayshey (meditation cave of Guru) in Nepal to Bhutan. The reason behind the invitation was to subdue the evil spirits and demons harming the people and especially to get back the King’s soul from the guardian deity named Shelging Karpo who had cursed the King with a terrible illness. Upon this invitation, Guru Rinpoche came to Bumthang and meditated there in a cave named Dragmar Dorji Tsegpa, meaning a red coloured cave that resembles a pile of vajras (dorjis). After subduing the evil spirits and demons and having restored the soul of the King, imprints of the Guru Rinpoche’s body remained. Thereafter, the name came to be known as Kurje meaning-imprint of the body. The present place of the Lhakhang remains as a blessed and historical site."

Input by: tmciolek, Sep 19, 2012

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 29 Apr 2013

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200 m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Kurje monastery, BT.

General location of the Kurje monastery, BT.
Lat 27.58697 Long 90.7305
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2012.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Buthan:Bumthang Dzongkhag

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Vajrayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag 0733-66p 0767-99c - tmciolek 29 Apr 2013
  • 0733-66p 0767-99c 0800-32c 0833-66c 0867-99c 0900-32c 0933-66c 0967-99c 1000-32c 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

  • [missing data]

13. Date-late

  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 29 Apr 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

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15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • Architecture, oral tradition

16. Additional notes

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17. Corrections & addenda to this page were kindly provided by

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18. Available Printed Literature

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