Drukgyel Dzong, Bhutan

Drukgyel Dzong in Bhutan is a fortified monastery in ruins since the fire in early 1950s. Once used to honor the gods and protect the country from attackers, Drukgyel Dzong now is quite serene and surprisingly one of the most contemplative places that I have set foot in.

In the midst of the serenity and stillness, I was reminded of “The Awakened” by Lord Buddha.

Drukgyel Dzong

"The one whose conquest cannot be conquered again, into whose conquest no one in this world enters, by what track can you lead that one, the awakened, the omniscient, the trackless?"

Drukgyel Dzong

"The one whom no desire with its snares and poisons can lead astray, by what track can you lead that one, the awakened, the omniscient, the trackless?"

Drukgyel Dzong

"Even the gods emulate those who are awakened and aware, who are given to meditation, who are wise, and who find joy in the peace of renunciation."

Drukgyel Dzong

"It is difficult to be born as a human being; difficult is the life of mortals; difficult is the hearing of the true path; difficult is the awakening of enlightenment."

Drukgyel Dzong

"Not to do wrong, to do good, and to purify one’s mind, that is the teaching of the awakened ones. The awakened call patience the highest sacrifice; the awakened declare nirvana the highest good."

Drukgyel Dzong

"The one who strikes others is not a hermit; one is not an ascetic who insults others. Not to blame, not to strike, to live restrained under the law, to be moderate in eating, to live alone, and to practice the highest consciousness— this is the teaching of the awakened ones."

Drukgyel Dzong

"There is no satisfying lusts, even by a shower of gold pieces. Whoever knows that lusts have a short taste and cause pain is wise. Even in heavenly pleasures one finds no satisfaction; the disciple who is fully awakened finds joy only in the destruction of all desires."

Drukgyel Dzong

"People driven by fear go for refuge to mountains and forests, to sacred groves and shrines. That is not a safe refuge; that is not the best refuge. After having got to that refuge, a person is not delivered from all pains."

Drukgyel Dzong

"Whoever takes refuge with the awakened one, the truth, and the community, who with clear understanding perceives the four noble truths: namely suffering, the origin of suffering, the cessation of suffering, and the eightfold holy way that leads to the cessation of suffering, that is the safe refuge; that is the best refuge; having gone to that refuge, a person is delivered from all pains."

Drukgyel Dzong

"A person of true vision is not easy to find; they are not born everywhere. Wherever such a sage is born, the people there prosper. Blessed is the arising of the awakened; blessed is the teaching of the truth; blessed is the harmony of the community; blessed is the devotion of those who live in peace."

Drukgyel Dzong

"Whoever gives reverence to those worthy of reverence, whether the awakened or their disciples, those who have overcome the army and crossed the river of sorrow, whoever gives reverence to such as have found deliverance and are free of fear, their merit cannot be measured by anyone."

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