Shortly before his passing, His Eminence Kyabje Phara Dorje Chang of Gaden Jangtse Monastery fashioned an incredibly realistic Dorje Shugden head sculpture from clay obtained from a jungle near the Buxa refugee camp in North India. The jungle was known to be haunted and at the time, people avoided that haunted jungle as many, even monks, who ventured into the jungle, be it day or night, rarely came out alive. Eerily, some had even been found hung by their necks, dead. In fact, it was considered lucky if the bodies of the missing individuals were found as many just vanished without a trace.
One exception was Kyabje Phara Dorje Chang, who would go into the haunted jungle in the middle of the night and emerge the following morning unharmed. This eminent Lama was famous for giving Dorje Shugden sogtae (life-entrustment empowerment) to many people and exhibited great clairvoyance. In fact, most senior lamas in Gaden Jangtse Monastery were his students and he was highly respected and revered.
As if manifesting insanity, Kyabje Phara Dorje Chang would, seemingly without reason, leave the monastery late at night to spend the night in the jungle only to emerge the next morning to attend to his usual routine. This both puzzled and fascinated many. In fact to some, this clearly demonstrated that he was a mahasiddha.
This Dorje Shugden head sculpture was created after one of his bizarre nightly visits to the jungle. Kyabje Phara Dorje Chang returned from the haunted jungle with a lump of clay and began to shape it with his bare hands. The end result was this holy and precious Dorje Shugden head sculpture which, according to H.E. Kundeling Rinpoche, should have been impossible to make by hand alone. The facial expression of the sculpture is the best he has ever seen.
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