King Ligmincha

Deities & Enlightened Teachers

King Ligmincha was the last Bön monarch of the ancient land of Zhang Zhung, the cradle of Tibetan civilization. As king, Ligmincha served as both spiritual and secular head of his country. In the Zhang Zhung language ligmi (lig mi) means “existence” and cha (rkya) means “honorable” or “Lord.”

Until the seventh century, Zhang Zhung was a separate state that encompassed much of what is now western Tibet: the areas around Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. Zhang Zhung was annexed by Tibet after the assassination of King Ligmincha by King Trisong Detsen.

When Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche founded Ligmincha in 1992, he named it after King Ligmincha in order to reflect the institute’s mission to preserve the spiritual depth of the ancient Bön teachings as well as Bön’s culture and traditions.