The cave provides space for up to five individuals to sit and meditate simultaneously, offering an environment conducive to meditative states.
The Asura Cave, situated in Pharping, Nepal, is revered as a sacred site where the renowned tantric master Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, engaged in meditation. This cave, along with its sister cave called Yangleshö, is considered by many Tibetan Buddhists to be the most sacred place associated with Guru Rinpoche outside of Tibet. Pilgrims visit the cave to partake in rituals and make offerings, such as khata (prayer scarves), which adorn the walls inside.
Padmasambhava, often referred to as The Lotus Born, is credited with transmitting Tantric Buddhism to Bhutan and Tibet in the 8th century. Within these regions, he is known as Guru Rinpoche or Lopon Rinpoche and is esteemed as the second Buddha by followers of the Nyingma school. He described his origin, stating, "My father is the intrinsic awareness, Samantabhadra. My mother is the ultimate sphere of reality, Samantabhadri." He emphasized his non-dual nature, proclaiming, "I belong to the caste of non-duality of the sphere and awareness."
The cave provides space for up to five individuals to sit and meditate simultaneously, offering an environment conducive to meditative states. It is considered a place where Guru Rinpoche practiced Sadhana. Padmasambhava's Pureland Paradise is Zangdok Palri, also known as the Copper-colored Mountain, and he is regarded as an emanation of Amitabha Buddha.
To reach the Asura Cave, travellers can begin by ascending towards the Pharping viewpoint. Inquire with the locals about the cave's location, as it lacks distinct markers or pointers. Take the right door before reaching the Pharping View Point, and follow a narrow passage between the monastery buildings leading to the cave.
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