This Tantric Shawl worn bei buddhist ngagpa monks in Bhutan were worn for about 80 years in Bhutan.
This shawls have a wonderful feeling you can feel the bliss without reciting a mantra. The are hand-woven with organic raw silk and vegetable dyed in Bhutan.
Nowadays they are used by the nagpa monks of the Nyingmapa sect across the Himalayas for buddhist ceremonies and by all western practioners who do buy the new ones which you can find for below 50.-.
In Tibetan Buddhism and Bon, a Ngagpa (Tibetan: སྔགས་པ་, Wylie: sngags pa; Sanskrit mantrī) is a non-monastic practitioner of Dzogchen who has received a skra dbang, a hair empowerment, for example in the Dudjom Tersar lineage. This empowers one's hair as the home of the dakinis and therefore can never be cut. The term is specifically used to refer to lamas and practitioners (male or female[a]) who are “tantric specialists”[b] and may technically be applied to both married householder tantric priests (khyim pa sngags pa) and to those ordained monastics whose principal focus and specialization is vajrayana practice. However, in common parlance (and many western books on Tibetan Buddhism), “ngakpa” is often used only in reference to non monastic Vajrayana priests, especially those in the Nyingma and Bonpo traditions.
In Bhutan, and some other parts of the Himalayas, the term gomchen is the term most often used to refer to this type of Vajrayana priest, with ngakpa being reserved only for the most accomplished adepts amongst them who have become renowned for their mantras being particularly efficacious.
Traditionally, many Nyingma ngakpas wear uncut hair and white robes and these are sometimes called "the white-robed and uncut-hair group" (Wylie: gos dkar lcang lo'i sde).
A beautiful silk shawl Ngakpa displays white areas and brown and also has a black stripe in the plot.
Mahayana Buddhism is the state religion of Bhutan, and Buddhists comprise two-thirds to three-quarters of its population.  Although Buddhism practiced in Bhutan origin in Tibetan Buddhism, differs significantly in its rituals, liturgy and the monastic organization. The state religion has long been financially supported by the government through annual grants to the Buddhist monastery, shrines, monks and nuns. In modern times, the support of the state religion during the reign of Jigme Dorji Wangchuck includes the manufacture of 10,000 images in gilded bronze Buddha, the publication of elegant editions calligraphied 108 volumes of the Kangyur (Collection of the words of the Buddha) and the 225 Tengyur volumes (collection of comments), and the construction of numerous chorten (stupa) across the country. Guaranteed representation in the National Assembly and the Royal Advisory Council, Buddhists constitute the majority of the company and are assured an influential voice in public policy.
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