GARLAND OF DEVOTION
life story of the Supreme Liberator, KUNZANG YESHE or
LAWADO LAMA. Written
by the heart disciple and closest attendant of the LAWADO
LAMA, Lama Nyowang Chopel who lived with lama for several
years and was the only one present at the time of lama's
LAWADO LAMA'S BIRTH PLACE - At the south of Upper
Tibet is the hidden country of the great Guru Padmasambhava,
the well known Snow wall of Khumbu. The Khumbu valley
is ten days walk NE of Kathmandu and its main village
is Namcha bazaar. The country is divided into two valleys.
Lawado is in the Thami valley NW of Tibet.
THE LAMA'S DHARMA PRACTICE - The
Lawado Lama relied on different Spiritual Masters, from
whom he received vast and profound full empowerment and
oral transmissions of many of the secret yogic practices
and prayers. In many instances the Lawado Lama received
profound Mind Instructions, and invaluable commentaries
on various texts.
list of the Lawado Lama’s empowerments, oral transmissions
is long and awesome. Lama Kunzang Yeshe was a Ngagpa lama,
married with a son (Karma Tenzin) and daughter named Dikyi.
The Lama’s daughter became a nun. To support his family,
Lama became a merchant.
a pilgrimage to India, Lama built a retreat house below
a monastery. But when the house was completed, lama thought,
" from the four elements I have no fire problems and no
water problems. However when he looked to the mountain
above his house, a superstition arose in his mind. Right
above the monastery there is a big rock called the HORSE
BODY which looks like a horse head. " If there is a landslide
this rock will roll down and hit my Retreat. So he went
up and built a wall below the rock. Still he got sick,
and decided to move…
THE LAWADO CAVE
- Nearby at the other side of the river in
the middle of the mountain, there is a greatly blessed
attaining place of holy beings called Happy Cave, or magnificent
cave of the Attainments. It is a very beautiful great
rock shaped like a stomach, just below the mountain pass.
The local people called it Lawado ( the radish stone)
or Rawudo ( the goats stone) because it was used to store
radish and to protect shepherds and goats from rain and
went to the place and, by digging out the earth, enlarged
it very much. People used to tease him saying that the
whole rock was going to fall on him. However he dug out
the earth and found a beautifully shaped stone cave with
various signs. Therefore the lama said it was a self created
cave and had been given to him by Guru Padmasambhava
the KadamZang Lingma, a very secret terma of Padmasambhava,
it is said:" A wide and great stone cave below the mountain
pass. Above it are three rocks shaped like heads. It is
the happy cave, shaped like a human head.And similar to
the Cool grove Cementery.
Kunzang saw this text and used the cave for mediation.
Eventually he left his old meditation place his wife and
children and moved permanently to the Lawado Cave where
he experienced many things … and did many different Retreats..