Monasteries Stands for Everything!!
The monasteries in Limi are
not only shrines to the sacred Buddhist objects and house for the
monks but also are serve to the villagers as hospital and school
There are three villages in
Limi and each has a monastery. Rinchen
Ling monastery at Weltse village was built in 10th Century during
the golden age of the Guge Kingdom, western Tibet. Phelgye
Ling monastery and Kunzom
Dhongag Choe Ling monastery have histories going back to 12th
Rich sacred objects such as
a wide range of Buddha statues, Buddhist philosophical teachings
books, paintings and other artifact in the Limi monasteries have
a very special place for Tibetan culture and Buddhism. Cultural
Revolution in China have destoried Tibetan culture almost everything
in Tibet. Today, undiluted Tibetan culture and Tibetan cultural
heritages only be founded among the Tibetan who are outsite currenty
"Chinese's Tibet". Limi is one of Tibetan groups who escaped
from Chinese occupation and have saved Tibetan culture. Click
here to view the treasure of the monasteries.
The monasteries have regularly
visitors to do their prayers and religious practices. A commond
reason the villagers go to the monastery is to seek ritual remedies
for illnesses. The villagers believe cause of any sickness is evil
spirits. Therefore, performing ritual remedies is meant to chase
away spirits and free patients from sickness. The villagers also
invite monks to do some particular ritual remedy in their houses.
In Tibetan Buddhism, there are a great number of ritual remedies,
which are believed to be able to get rid of illnesses. The choice
of ritual remedy is made according to the books of divination known
as "Langwo Gyatse".
In three villages of Limi have
no single qualified doctor or a public healthcare centre, where
people can get medical treatment. To take a sick person to hospital
requires a great deal of effort, traveling on foot or by pack animal,
and requires a lot of money to meet medical expenses. Usually, villagers
tend to stay at home hoping to recover from sickness but many die
from minor, often curable, diseases. Some years ago, the Nepal Trust
established a public clinic at Weltse Village and two women from
each village were trained in nursing. However, because their limited
knowledge, there has been little impact so far.
The monasteries are
the institutions where monks are educated in reading and
writing Tibetan and Buddhist ritual performances. They in turn teach
young boys how to read and write. This is the only way for the villagers
to be educated in their own language. There is roughly 80% illiteracy.
Still today, there is no proper
school for younger generation. Because the older generation have
received no education, they don't understand the importance of education
as much as any other part of world. The young people are kept to
work at home.