In 1988, Puchong went to Mindroling Monastery (one of the six major Nyingma monasteries in Tibetan Buddhism) to conduct research on religious history. The monastery sent a 15-year-old monk named Gyurmey Tsechung to assist him in making records of the historical data on the outer walls of Mindroling’s Great Prayer Hall. “I didn’t expect that he would be able to write, but his letters were beautiful. As we talked, I learned that this young monk entered the monastery after he graduated from junior high school.” he said.
Today, Gyurmey Tsechung is an expert on the preservation of ancient texts at the world cultural heritage Norbulingka. Because of his work for many years in the monastery copying and engraving scriptures, he has already been recognized as an inheritor of “Latse Method Tibetan Calligraphy”, a Tibet Autonomous Region-level intangible cultural heritage, and was recognized as part of the first group of “Tibetan craftsmen”.
During his research, Puchong learned that many monks in monasteries throughout Tibet are enthusiastic about public welfare. For the past two years, Samye Monastery, the first monastery in Tibet, has donated 200,000 yuan towards students and the elderly each year. Puchong believes that compassion towards all beings is the original inspiration for becoming a monk.
10 years ago, Tibet published the “Measures for the Administration of the Reincarnation of Tibetan Buddhist Tulkus” and implemented the “Education Program for Training Tulkus Under 16 Years Old”. In this regard, Puchong said that this series of measures embodies the concept of law-based governance. It is an important measure for protecting citizens’ freedom of religious belief, respecting the succession method of tulkus in Tibetan Buddhism, and regulating the management of the reincarnation of tulkus.