A Buddhist Stupa dedicated to Veteran Actor Kabir Bedi’s Mom in Himachal Pradesh

Astonished to read this? Well it surprised me as well when I learnt about this Buddhist Stupa in Himachal Pradesh which is built in remembrance of Freda Bedithe mother of Veteran Bollywood Actor Sh.  Kabir Bedi

 

Pic Source: Wiki

But before going into the details of where is this Stupa located in Himachal Pradesh, let me share a brief history on Ms. Freda Bedi

  • Freda Bedi was a British woman born in Derby, England and moved to India in 1934 after marrying Baba Pyare Lal Bedi
  • She became famous as the first Western woman to take ordination in Tibetan Buddhism
  • In 1959 when His Holiness- the 14th Dalai Lama arrived in India, she was asked by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru to help them and she was in charge of the Social Welfare Board
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Distant View of the Stupa

  • She dedicated herself to social activity and closely followed the guidance of the 16th Karmapa of the Kagyu School
  • She worked with Holiness Dalai Lama to establish the Young Lamas Home School

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  • In 1966, she took sramaneri ordination by the Karmapa, and was given the name as Gelongma Karma Kechog Palmo
  • She was one of the first Nun in Tibetan Buddhism to have reached the higher stature of Lama
  • She also took care of the 12th Tai Situpa when he was growing up in Darjeeling and Gangtok

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The Stupa is situated at Palpung Sherabling Monastic Seat in Bhattu, Kangra District Himachal Pradesh

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Palpung Sherabling Monastic Seat was established in 1976 by the 12th Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa (Know about him) as he envisioned a place to preserve and propagate the sacred teaching of the Lord Buddha and to protect the ancient living Tibetan heritage, which is probably one of the best living wisdom of humanity.

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Maitreya Buddha Statue at the Monastery

Palpung Sherabling has been categorically developed and designed keeping in mind the inspirations of The Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa, blending a perfect mix of Traditional Tibetan architecture with modern materials

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Today Palpung Sherabling Monastic Seat is one of the major learning and practice centers of the Kagyu Lineage as well as Tibetan Buddhism. The mere existence of Palpung Sherabling has helped in the preservation of tradition art and traditions

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Infact in 2004, the monks of Palpung Sherabling Monastic seat received the Grammy Award for Best Traditional World Music Album for ‘Sacred Tibetan Chant’

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Read about Guru Padmasambhava Grand Puja, its celebration at Palpung and Vajra Nyitham (Lama Mask Dance) in the next blog (Click here)

How to Reach:

It is a fun journey to reach Palpung Sherabling Monastic Seat

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Scenic Beauty on the way

The route is quite scenic with forest, rivers views alongside the ever enchanting Dhauladhar ranges of the mighty Himalayas giving you company all the way while passing through the typical Himachali Town of Palampur and Baijnath in Kangra District

  • By Air: Reach Gaggal Airport and Taxi thereon. It’s 55 Kms from Dharmashala
  • By Train: Train till Pathankot and Taxi thereon
  • By Bus: HPTC operate comfortable coaches till Dharamshala or Baijnath
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12 thoughts on “A Buddhist Stupa dedicated to Veteran Actor Kabir Bedi’s Mom in Himachal Pradesh

  1. Pingback: Celebration of 10th Guru Padmasambhaba Puja (Prayer) and Vajra Nyitham (Lama or Mask Dance) in Palpung Sherabling Monastic Seat | Buoyant Feet

  2. You mentioned about a Stupa for Sister Palmo (Freda Bedi )

    I have not come across this fact anywhere else.

    Can you kindly cross check and confirm

    I shall be grateful

    Thank you

    Regards

  3. Pingback: MN Roy: brief outline of life-events and thoughts – Part 15 | sreenivasarao's blogs

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