The sacred region of Besyul Pema Köd is known as “The Hidden Land,” which is located on a secluded plateau in the Himalayan Mountains. This earthly paradise is often referred to as Pemakö or Pemako. It is literally translated as ‘Lotus Array’, a region in the North-Eastern Province of Upper Siang of Arunachal Pradesh that is viewed as a Pure Realm by many Buddhists.
The word “hidden” is significant and has three meanings in the context of Pema Köd.
- First, the secret meaning of the word implies that the infinite realms of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, by their nature, are hidden, or beyond this dualistic mind, from the beginning.
- The second, or inner meaning of this word implies that this is a place where maha yogis and yoginis gathered to practice secret tantras and gana chakras. Thus, except to such highly realized beings, this place is hidden.
- The third, outer meaning of this word refers to Guru Padmasambhava, who specially blessed this land, protecting and setting it aside in this degenerate time for only those fortunate beings who are karmically connected to it, ordaining that it remain “hidden,” unavailable, to others.
Pema Köd was very much cherished by Padmasambhava. In many texts, he refers to it as the king of all other sixteen of his hidden lands. In the Tsa Sum Gongdus, he said:
“In this hidden land, all mountains are like blooming flowers. All rivers spontaneously recite mantras and flow with nectar; rainbows are arched on trees and bushes. All the oath-bound protectors watch closely and protect true practitioners and punish those who merely pretend to be. Those who practice sincerely will attain enlightenment in this lifetime.
Pure samadhi will spontaneously arise just by being in this land. One session of practice in this blessed land is equal to a year of practice in other places. Those who make three prostrations here will never take lower rebirth. Those who die after seven steps taken with the intention of arriving here will definitely be reborn in this land.
Those who build stupas and temples, and perform other works of virtue in this land are my messengers. Therefore, my fortunate sons and daughters, keep devotion to this land. You will soon realize its significance.”
In degenerate times, Guru Rinpoche’s blessings are very powerful. One of the eight manifestations of Guru Rinpoche is Dorje Drolo. Dorje Drolo brings Guru Rinpoche’s enlightened power to liberate beings to their utmost intensity. So by constructing a Dorje Drolo stupa in Guru Rinpoche’s Hidden Land, we are ensuring that the blessings are very swift and radiating to every direction. The power, swiftness and profundity of Guru Rinpoche’s blessings in holy places like Pemakod is amplified tremendously.
At the request of his root teacher His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, and with the blessing and encouragement of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Khenpo Tsering Dorjee Rinpoche built a Palyul Temple called “Negsang Dongak Jangchub Dharje Ling Nyingma” Monastery in Tuting, Pemakod. On February 6-8, 2011, the Temple was consecrated by His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, Supreme Head of the Palyul Lineage.
Many other high dignitaries attended (including the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh and the Representative of the Tibetan Government in Exile) as did Khenchen Rinpoche’s disciples from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and elsewhere, and thousands of people from Arunachal Pradesh and other parts of India.
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Photos of the Palyul Temple consecration