Lobsang Lungthok

 
Lobsang Lungthok

born 1922
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Lobsang Lungthok was born in Tunuegang, a town very close to Lhasa. His family engaged in farming and he recalls herding the animals. He became a monk at the age of 8 and recounts his life as a monk in the Drepung Monastery in Lhasa. He describes the admittance process and selection of teachers for new monks. As a young man he joined the the dhopdhop—a bunch of obstinate monks who indulged in jumping and throwing stones instead of studying the scriptures. Lobsang Lungthok provides information on the procedure of the Monlam Chenmo 'Great Prayer Festival' in Lhasa and the various ceremonies and officials associated with it. He explains his own role as a genyok 'assistant' to the tsogchen shengo, who is in charge of discipline during the Monlam Festival where up to 40,000 monks assembled. He shows the tools of the disciplinarian—a sword and a stick, which required that he give up his monk’s vows to use. Lobsang Lungthok speaks about the shelling of the Potala Palace on March 10, 1959 and about witnessing the mass of people fleeing through the swamp near Norbulingka. Fearing the worst, he escaped from Lhasa soon after and relates the difficulties they faced during the journey into exile in India. Transcript of entire interview: 21M_Lobsang_Lungthok.pdf

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