Brotherhood of Khe-lang

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Brotherhood of Khe-lang is a reference found in H. P. Blavatsky's writings to a "mysterious community of religionists . . . [a] fraternity of Tibetan Lamaists."[1]

According to David Reigle Khe-lang is a phonetic spelling of the Tibetan word “gelong” (Tib. dge-slong), which refers to a Buddhist monk (Sanskrit bhikṣu, Pali bhikkhu). Therefore, the Brotherhood of Khe-lang refers to the community (saṅgha) of Tibetan Buddhist monks (gelongs).[2]

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  1. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Collected Writings vol. III (Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1995), 177.
  2. See The Brotherhood of Kelan / Khe-lan / Khe-lang by David Reigle.