The Thimphu Tshechu is currently being held in the grounds of the Tashichho Dzong – the main Monastery in the capital and seat of the Royal Government of Bhutan. The Tshechu (which literally means the 10th day of the month) is a Buddhist festival to honour Guru Rinpoche (the 2nd Buddha to the Bhutanese who was born on the 10th day of the fifth month) and who is credited with spreading Buddhism throughout Bhutan during the 8thcentury. These Tshechus, where the monks perform special religious dances, are deeply spiritual events where those in attendance are said to gain merit and receive purification from past defilements.
On a recent visit to Phajoding Monastery, a group of Taiwanese tourists who were attending the Thimphu Tshechu gave a generous offering to the Monastery. With this money, Khenpo Chimi Dorji and Lama Namgay decided to buy all the monks a fresh new scarf to wear to the Tshechu.
This is what Lama Namgay had to say:
“……….recently one group from taiwan came to phajoding and they gave some money for the monks. so we bought the scarf (which is called a reazen) and gave them each one yesterday before they went for tshechu. and also we gave them each some pocket money for tea. dear taiwanese friends, who came here, thank you so much for your donation and also for telling us that you will send some english books for the little monks. sorry I forgot to ask your names but I hope you will keep in touch with us.” best regard, namgay tenzin