Lha Thothori Nyentsen

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Lha Thothori Nyentsen (Tib. ལྷ་ཐོ་ཐོ་རི་སྙན་བཙན།, Wyl. lha tho tho ri snyan btsan) (374-? A.D.) was the 28th king of the Chogyal dynasty. In the days of the Buddha, Tibet, the Land of Snows, was called "the border country of Tibet," because it was a sparsely populated land to which the Dharma had not yet spread. Later, the population increased little by little, and there reigned several kings who were emanations of the buddhas. The Dharma first appeared in Tibet during the reign of Lha Thothori Nyentsen, who was an emanation of Bodhisattva Samantabhadra, when there appeared on the roof of the Yumbu Lakhar Palace a number of sacred objects: the image called the Chintamani; representing the body of the buddhas; the Sutra Designed like a Jewel Chest and the Sutra of a Hundred Invocations and Prostrations, representing their speech; and a cubit high crystal stupa, representing their mind. This was the beginning of Dharma in Tibet.[1]