Project Lapchi : Caves of Milarepa

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Project Lapchi : Caves of Milarepa

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Ze Phug
Ze Phug is the highest cave in Lapchi Outside the cave is a footprint left by Milarepa as he
flew up into the sky towards Rongshar To the right of the cave is a sacred well offered by the 4 Arm Mahakala The water level of the well remain constant throughout the year

Opposite Ze Phug are 3 Holy Mountains On the left id Kar Po Boom Ri,
Holy Mountain of Chenrezig In the middle is Nga po Boom Ri Holy Mountain
of Vajrapani On the Right is Ser Po Boom Ri Holy Mountain of Manjushri

Up in this isolated cave where there is no other human habitants, the retreatant may
occasionally hear sounds of group chanting along with instruments being played

Du Dhul Phug
This is the first cave where Milarepa stayed Du means demons, Dul means
subjugate Phug means cave This is the place where Milarepa subjugated the
5 Sisters of Long Life (Tseringma Sisters)

Not long after Milarepa arrive it snowed for 18 days and nights cutting off all access
trapping Milarepa in the cave for 6 months Not only did he survive on 1 measure of
tsampa He also mastered the practice of Tummo(psychic heat yoga)

When his disciples came 6 months later, Milarepa manifested as a snow leopard
Until today you can see the body print of the snow leopard near Ramding and its claw
print on a rock near Du Dhul Phug Milarepa also stayed at Tak Tsang Phug
(Tiger Nest Cave) where there are also claw prints on rock Next is Drang Chang Phug
(Bee Cave) next to Tak Tsang Phug

There are othere caves where meditators practiced like Bepa Og Phug above
Du Dhul Phug Bepa Gong Phug above Bepa Og On the cliffs to the west of
Bepa Gong is Yuthok Phug where Tuthok Yonten Gonpo, an imanation of
Medicine Buddha meditated

Lungten Phug

In the 13th century Lord Jigten Sumgonsent his disciple Dorzin Yangdru Padrak
to meditate in Labchi He instructed that the first place for meditation is a rock cave
shaped like a upside down human heart He also phrophesied he would send
55525 disciples to practice there True to his words 55525 disciples were sent

Today more than 20 lamas and anis dedicate their life to Dharma at Lapchi to
the great compassion of Drikung Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche, Nubpa Rinpoche
and kind sponsors

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4 Routes to Lapchi
Route 1 : East Katmandu > Jagat (Day1,10hr by bus)>Lamabagar(Thso Sham) (Day2, 8hr walk)> Godavari (Day3,10hr walk)(Most difficult and risky part)> Lower Lha Lung (Day4, 6hr walk)> Chora Gophel Ling(Day 5 , 5 hr walk)

Route 2 : East Katmandu > Tatopani Bazaar (4hr jeep)> Tshotang (Day1, 3hr walk) > Phoma Pass (Day2,8hr walk) > Thso Sham Po (Day3,8hr walk)> Lapchi Damchen Temple (Day4,8hr walk)

Route 3(chinese visa and permit required) : East Katmandu > Tatopani Bazaar /Khasa(4hr by jeep) > Nyalam in Tibet(Day1,4hr by jeep) > Lapchi(Day 2, 8hr walk)

Route 4 (chinese visa and permit required) : : East Katmandu > Tatopani Bazaar /Khasa(4hr by jeep) > Dingri(Day 1,1 day by jeep) > Rongshar(Day 2,1 day by jeep) >Lapchi (Day3 and 4, 2 Daywalk over 2 mountain passes over 5000m)
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