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The Birth of Beyuls

Beyuls are large mountain valleys that are spiritually sacred to the residents. They are found in the Buddhist areas of the Himalaya in Nepal, Tibet, India, and Bhutan. 

 

They were created by Padmasambhava, also known as "The Lotus-born," "Precious Guru," or "The Second Buddha," is a legendary Indian Buddhist mystic who lived in the 8th centuryHe is considered one of the founders of Tibetan Buddhism.

Padmasambhava is credited with introducing Tantric Buddhism to Tibet in 749 A.D. and establishing the first Buddhist monastery, Samye, there. He is also the founder of the Nyingma tradition, the oldest Buddhist tradition in Tibet.

Padmasambhava is not a monk because he had multiple consorts, while monks maintain

celibacy.

According to legend, Padmasambhava created beyuls as a refuge for people fleeing from war, famine, or religious persecution. 


Beyuls are saturated with Buddhist culture, uphold religious values, and help preserve a lost way of life

Here are some other purposes and values of Nepalese beyuls:

  • Protect Buddhists and their traditions

  • Contribute to environmental protection

  • Keep sacred environments hidden for generations

  • Ensure their blessings are kept alive and vibrant

  • Keep pristine

  • Eschew violence on human, animal, bird, and plant

  • Nurture what grows

  • Live a life of quality quietly, peacefully

  • Appose the wrathful nature of beyuls

  • Renew the symbolic unity that people share with them

  • Protect beyul residents

  • Practice principles of kindness and compassion 

 

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