Dilgo Kyentse memorial house is located in Kyichu, Paro. The memorial house was the main residence of Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche in Bhutan. Inauguration of this museum to the public was done in the year 2010. It was inaugurated in celebration of his hundred years of Buddhist teaching. We can see this museum just outside the Kyichu lhakang.
WHO WAS DILGO KYENTSE RINPOCHE?
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was a Vajrayana master, poet, teacher, scholar and the head of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism (1987-1991). He is also one of the greatest spiritual teachers in Bhutan. He was born in 1910 in Denkok valley, Kham Derge, Tibet. His family was the direct descended of the ninth century King Trisong Detsen. He was the incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche. He died in September, 1991.
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche played a crucial role in preserving Tibetan Buddhism after the Chinese invaded Tibet. After he was recognized as the reincarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, he received his schooling from different teachers. He also studied Dharma, Tantra and took training in meditation.
He spent many years receiving the empowerments of Rinchen Terdzo (the collection of Revealed Treasures) from Dzongsar Khyentse Chokyi Lodro. Then he requested to spend rest of his life in solitary meditation but Dzongsar Khyentse said that the time has come for him to teach and transmit the precious teaching he has received. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was later regarded as the principal teacher in Nyingma tradition by Dalai Lama.
After 14th Dalai Lama left Tibet, Khyentse Rinpoche and his family also left Tibet because of the imposition of Chinese Communist rule. Then, the Royal family of Bhutan invited them to stay and teach in Bhutan. After that, Dilgo Rinpoche made visits to the 14th Dalai Lama in India and began teaching all over the India, Southeast Asia, east and Himalayas. He composed numerous poems, meditation texts and commentaries.
There is a film called ‘Spirit of Tibet: Journey to Enlightenment, the Life and World of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’ which as released in 1998 by Mattieu Ricard. You can watch this film to know the story of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche from his birth till death, reincarnation, escape from Chinese invasion and preservation of Tibetan Buddhism.
Things to see in Dilgo kyentse memorial house
This Memorial house has been preserved the same since the time Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche lived there. The house was offered to him for his devotions towards her Royal Majesty Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuk in 1970s.
This museum holds various costumes, letters from other great teachers and hats of other teachers. We can also see the book of Khyentse Rinpoche which is translated into six different languages. We can see his bedroom where he used to chant prayers and even the reception room where he gave interviews privately.
We can also see Rinpoche’s photos and personal effects which include his palanquin, sinus meditation, his Mercedes, his teaching throne and ceremonial costumes. We can also find the wooden alcove which is preserved in the open area behind the house. He used this wooden alcove for larger teachings.
This Memorial house is a place of inspiration, peace and blessing when we go through the atmosphere and spirit of that house. The house gives us the feeling of how humble, renowned, profound and great teacher he was.
Visitors in the Memorial house can also watch video documentaries about his life. Visitors are allowed for only two hours inside the Memorial house but those two hours are worth visiting. This Memorial house will take you back to past and let you experience the devotion of a person who escaped to preserve his religion for all the beings. We can also sense the atmosphere and spirit that Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche created in that house while he lived there.
We can visit the Memorial house from 10 am to 4 pm daily except on Mondays. The entry fees for visiting the museum is only Nu. 50. Visitors are allowed to visit the museum for two hours.
WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO?
After visiting the museum, we can head to visit Kyichu lhakang and experience the atmosphere of Buddhism in more beautiful ways.
Accessibility : easy access both by car an on foot