Hiranyavarna Mahavihara

The Golden Temple is a Buddhist Monastery based on the three pillars, The Buddha, The Dharma and the Sangha. Popularly known as the Tri Ratna, it means the three jewels, The Buddha (wisdom), Dharma (the right path) and Sangha (the unity of virtuous people). It is said if we human beings follow the Tri Ratna, our life will be peaceful and we can ultimately help all others as well. With a membership of 5,000 Vajracharya and Shakya members, a direct blood lineage of Shakyamuni Buddha himself, it is a Buddhist Monastery of both Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions.

The monastery has a history of 2,000 years plus and is also an example of the peaceful co-existence between Vedic and Buddhist Spiritual thought. The Buddhist daily rituals are still continuing according to its ancient traditions.

Possibly the only center in the Buddhist World where Pragynaparamita is a living tradition is here at the Golden Temple. Here the daily practice acts to maintain the dharma between the incarnations of Buddha, Shakyamuni to Maitreya.

"Kwabaha" as the temple is commonly referred to in the Newari language, contains an archive of rare detailed authentic records which are kept stored and unseen. These include palm leaf documents, inscriptions on copper plate and stone and more.

It is said that many documents of religious, cultural and historical value are to be found in the archives of Kwabaha.

In November of 2005 During the "Prayers for Peace Dharshan" H. H. Jetsun Gyalwa Jampa Gonpo, Tibetan for The Buddha Maitreya, was spontaneously invited for a ceremony of Recognition and honor at the Golden Temple.

The Temple elders were introduced to His Holiness from Dr. B. P. Upreti a member of the Mautgalwan clan. Mautgalwan, as you know, was the Seer, Guru of Sakyamuni clan, one of the first of Buddha's disciples. They then consulted their ancient, rare, archives for records and came up with information which led them to recognize him as the first incarnation of Milarepa; The Golden Temple received H.H. Gyalwa Jampa The Jetsun Milarepa, as the reincarnation of the Great Saint, in a one of a kind ceremony and received him as teacher of the temples practitioners once again. It was a beautiful sunny day in Nepal, and Newari musicians led the escort on foot through Dhurbar Square, with several cars carrying His Holiness and the 35 Western Students who attended close behind. Cars are not allowed in Dhurbar Square, but special permission was given by the Nepal Government for this great saint, who according to their ancient records had strong ties there and would come back again. The Temple elders presented His Holiness with a bronze metal plaque etched in the Newari and English languages which is found in Recognitions sections of this website. The temple practitioners are householders and many of them especially the women came to offer their respect and a kada to His Holiness The joy on their faces and the whispered tones of loving reverence were remarkable. Even the translator remarked hearing so many of them saying that they where
so happy to meet the real Saint Milarepa.

During the ceremony a rare story of Milarepa, relating to this temple was presented and translated to the Western group by Dr. B. P. Upreti. This story bears a striking similarity to incidents in the life of the precious saint Guru Rinpoche.

His Holiness was invited back to the Golden Temple and enthroned again in 2008. The Temple is currently constructing an extension that will allow for a dedicated room for a Buddha Maitreya Soul Therapy Meditation Pyramid System with His Holiness Buddha Maitreya's Soul Therapy Music Puja playing 24/7.

Story read at the event

In 1992 His Holiness Acharya Bunsung Upsomo of Thailand came to Nepal for a retreat in the Himalayas. After a difficult trek of several days, he reached Gosaikund, the sacred lake in the Himalayas. He sat down for a rest near a lake and suddenly went on a Samadhi. During the Samadhi, His Holiness saw a figure. The figure told His Holiness that he was Guru Milerappa who had meditated exactly at the same place 1600 years ago. At that time a group of hunters had come and seen him in Samadhi. Thinking Guru Milerappa to be a death person, the hunters
decided to cremate the body. However, during the cremination process, though the wood burnt, fire did not harm the body of Guru Milerappa. The hunters then threw the body at the Gosaikund lake. At the lake, however, Guru Milerappa's body remained afloat. All these incidents were duly reported to the king of Nepal. The king himself meet the great master Guru Milerappa. The king was asked to build a Vihar (Monastery) at the place by Guru Milerappa. The king sent people to build a monastery at that place. However, due to heavy snow fall, the monastery could not be built and during the subsequent year and Guru Milerappa's wish was forgotten.

After 1600 years when Guru Milerappa appeared in HH Upsomo's vision, the visiting monk approached Golden Vihar and told the temple trustees about the incident. Golden Vihar consulted with some prominent monks and discovered that actually Guru Milerappa was born at Dolkha, a place 150 miles east from Kathmandu.

Subsequently, the governments in Nepal was requested to grant the land at Gosaikund to a temple to be built there. H. H. Uposomo with help from monasteries in Thailand, sent funds to build Guru Milerappa temple.

A simple temple has been built at this sacred place. Many Thai devotees have visited the temple using helicopters.

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