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By Michael Aris

A set of essays on Bhutan

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4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. II. 12. -J . ~~~~------! ::~~ Fig 2. The concentric zones of China according to the Yii Kung (based on Needham 1970:502) 18 FIRST BUDDHIST TEMPLES tion as reflecting historical reality: 'The conquering and civilizing function of the first king, once he was established at the centre, was performed in accordance with Chinese ideas; in square concentric zones, each boxed in by the next and extending farther and farther from the centre' (Stein 1972: 39). Although the details of the Chinese scheme and its relation to the Tibetan one have not been worked out by Stein, there seems every reason to accept it as the chief source of influence.

She is convinced the whole affair has been stage-managed by the. king under the jealous influence of . Kong-jo and she bursts into tears. Drawing her attention to the rays of light, the king comforts her and promises to build her temple. She is overjoyed. There follows a most difficult passage describing first the erection of a palace for the king by the side of the lake and then the temple itself. Nepalese stone-masons are employed to copy the luminous outline of a magical stupa which has appeared in the lake (see Note 24 above).

Elbow Byang: Pra-dun-rtse Kong-po: Bu-chu MTHA' - 'DUL r. hand r. foot YANG-'DUL Mang-yul: Byams-sprin mDo-khams Glong-thang: sGron-ma = Ru-gnon = mTha'-'dal = Yang-'dul = doubtful TI 8 ET s * I. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. II. 12. -J . ~~~~------! ::~~ Fig 2. The concentric zones of China according to the Yii Kung (based on Needham 1970:502) 18 FIRST BUDDHIST TEMPLES tion as reflecting historical reality: 'The conquering and civilizing function of the first king, once he was established at the centre, was performed in accordance with Chinese ideas; in square concentric zones, each boxed in by the next and extending farther and farther from the centre' (Stein 1972: 39).

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