By H. E. Richardson
First released in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa corporation.
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At the age of 55 his mind having been purified, he died leaving no physical trace. 'Gos then relates, rather obscurely, that the guardian deity Rdo-rje legs-pa caused a hail storm in Khams and sent 500 camel loads as tax, which turned into grain. PT ja f. 108 has the version that the god turned a hail storm into grain which poured down a chimney through a hat placed there until it filled the lower rooms thus providing funds for the temple; and that a bka'-gtsigs giving Myang authority over the region was inscribed on a stone pillar.
PT ja f. 76 tells of a cong that was taken from Mgrin-bzang of Brag-mar when it was destroyed in the anti-Buddhist reaction at the end of the reign of Khri Lde-gtsug-brtsan. It was first kept at Mchims-phu and then sent to Bsam-yas where it became the dge-rgyas bell. The Dge-rgyas gtsug-/ag-khang is the name of the temple at Bsam-yas attributed to the 'Bro queen and among its 32 THE BELL AT BSAM-YAS furnishings PT ja f. 98b mentions a bell for making music, rot mar cong. It is impossible that the bell now at Bsam-yas could have been made thirty years or more before the foundation of the monastery for the inscription is part of the casting; but it might have been hung originally in the Dge-rgyas temple.
On each side of the entrance is a tall stone pillar inscribed with a record of privileges granted at different times to Ban-de Myang Ting-nge-'dzin who founded the temple and who, as seen from the inscriptions, was the guardian of Khri Lde-srong-brtsan when young and later, as a minister of state, was instrumental in establishing him on the throne. When Khri Lde-srong-brtsan, following the example of his father, took an oath to maintain the Buddhist religion Ban-de Myang Ting-'dzin was one of the principal witnesses next to the great minister Ban-de Bran-ka Dpal-gyi yon-tan.