About Lama Khemsar Rinpoche, continued (4)

Both parents of Lama Phuntsog Khemsar told that when his father (who was then called Sherab Wödszer) was 8 years old and was seriously ill, his parents (Lama Khemsar Rinpoche’s grandparents-Jowo Ngo-drub) approached Tshampa Yungdrung Wangyal for help.

The Lama then performed the Namgyal Yang-drub Rite and changed Lama Khemsar’s father’s name from Sherab Wödszer to Namgyal Wangdi. The Namgyal Yang-drub rite proved very successful and Tshampa Yungdrung Wangyal foretold, “You will become my father in my next life.”

Later Namgyal Wangdi married Lama P.T. Khemsar’s mother Drak-kar Kelszang Butri. Lama Khemsar’s mother gave birth to 12 children, out of which four did not survive from an early age and the other eight (four brothers and four sisters) are still living.

The brothers and sisters are also the blood-line lineage holders of their two monasteries, Pungmo Gön and Lhari Nyi-phug, both of which were founded by the Master Zhu Namgyal Drakpa. The family monasteries have been visited by many Bönpo Lamas. To mention some: Ku-dhun Tenpa Lodro of Menri Monastery of Tibet, Ghelong Yungdrung Tshultrim Rinpoche of Khar-na Ri-trod and Aa-dho Ponlob Rinpoche of Yungdrung Ling Monastery etc.

The Pungmo Gon monastery was also visited by their Holinesses the 13th and 14th Dalai Lamas etc. Among other foreign dignitaries, Sir Charles Bell (the then British envoy based in Sikkim, Gangtok who became a friend of Tsham-pa Yungdrung Wangyal) also visited the Monastery. Sir Charles Bell, during one of his visits to the monastery, granted the Pungmo Gon monastery a free ration permit from the British Government for essential commodities (such as sugar, white flour and fabrics which were collected from Kalimpong, Darjeeling district, which was then under British rule).

Tshampa Yungdrung Wangyal offered his services to Sir Charles Bell in concealing Sa-chu Bum-ter (Treasure Vase) and performing Bum-ter rite to harmonise supernatural beings who caused obstructions as they were offended due to selfish conducts of humans. This was essential as Sir Charles Bell's men could not restore an important bridge (at Rishi Chhu-kha, that linked Sikkim to Tibet) due to the force of natural calamities which kept on washing away the bridge every year. Since the Sa-chu Bum-ter concealment rite, the bridge remained intact for years to come, despite natural calamities. The bridge still stands there even though it is a rudimentary built one!

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