Nechung, the Chief State Oracle of Tibet
Nechung, the Chief State Oracle, Nechung Monastery and Deyang Monastery have a very special connection and great significance in the Culture and History of Tibet. It is important to realize the entire scope of the relationship between these institutions and protective entities.
He is the actual presence that speaks through the Nechung Medium.
When in trance, the Medium is dressed in the ceremonial garb of ancient times. He is consulted only by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Ministers of State, and high Lamas with questions on important issues.
In the 8th century AD, during the time of the King Tritsong Deutsan and the early founding of Buddhism in Tibet, the Indian Buddhist Master, Guru Padmasambhava appointed Pehar to be Chief Protector of Buddhism and Tibet. Since then, there have been a succession of monks who have served as the Medium for the State Oracle.
Reliant upon the help of the Nechung Oracle, many Tibetans, and great lamas were able to escape, providing the impetus to support H.H. the Dalai Lama’s reestablishing the Tibetan Culture, Religion and Government in Exile.