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Visit by Bhutanese Princess Ashi Kesang

2018-09-21
Since its opening the Buddha Museum has been visited by several important figures from Bhutan, including former Prime Ministers Jigmi Y. Thinley and Kinzang Dorji. On 19th Sep, the Museum was visited by Bhutanese Princess, Ashi Kesang, and His Excellency, Lopen Sangay Dorji. Princess Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuck is a member of the royal family of Bhutan and the daughter of the former King Jigme Singye Wangchuck. She holds a degree in psychology from Stanford University in California and works as the Executive director of Bhutan's Thangka Conservation Center.


Princess Ashi Kesang has traveled to Taiwan to learn about the technology of preserving Buddhist artifacts. After exchanging pleasantries at the Seven Admonishments Pagoda, the guests presented the museum with a wall-painting of the Buddha used for self-cultivation. The box at the bottom is the doorway, the red and gold boarders represent the Buddha's rays, while the blue background stands for the universe. There is usually a cover over the painting but when in use, it is folded upwards and out of the way. They also explained how to properly store the painting without damaging it.


While on our way to the Main Hall, the princess commented that the story of Saving Angulimalya was her favourite. The history of the Buddha Museum was relayed to the princess, who translated for His Excellency. When the signed letter that accompanied the Buddha's Tooth Relic was mentioned, the princess confirmed that all sacred objects in their possession would need the blessing of their elders before it can be passed on. She believes that the arrival of the Tooth Relic in Taiwan was a good thing. The first exhibit they visited was the Underground Palace Museum. When they saw the replica relics, they stopped to show veneration for them. The tour ended at the Jade Buddha Shrine, where the party spent a while in prayers and offerings.

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