The capacity of the Institute has expanded from 70 to 97 student Monks. This is due to the generosity of our sponsors. Learn more about the Institute's curriculum.
The number of our little monks remains the same at 100. They continue to receive ritual and chanting instruction from senior monks, attend Tibetan alphabet and grammar classes as well as English lessons everyday for 1 hour. Local nurse Tashi is employed to care for the monks 6 days a week.
An older Western student of Khenchen Rinpoche's, who attended the Yamataka teaching, fully sponsored a young monk crippled with Poliomyelitis (Polio) for his extended long-term healthcare. Learn More
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In February 2017, a western registered nurse facilitated a hygiene workshop for the Ngor Monastery’s Little Bodhi Seed monks. The nurse has delivered numerous workshops to the monks in the past and, according to their teacher, Karma, there have been big improvements in the monks’ general well-being and they have benefited from the workshops.
The workshop was held in the Monastery grounds and Karma translated the nurse’s teachings from English into Tibetan. To ensure the monks listened intently and implemented the nurse’s instructions, the workshop was concluded with a Question and Answer session.
After the hygiene session, Karma explained to the young monks that learning Tibetan and English and studying Dharma would enable them to, one day in the future, graduate and be able to teach all the students in the world Dharma to benefit all sentient beings.
On 13 November 2016, His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche celebrated his 87th birthday.
This most auspicious day coincided with the anniversaries of the great Sakyapa masters Bari Lotsawa, Khon Konchok Gyalpo (the first Sakya Trizin), Sachen Kunga Nyingpo and Gonpo Sonam Cholden.
To celebrate and commemorate the auspiciousness of this day Ngor Monastery made great offerings of lights and His Holiness the Sakya Trizin presided over long-life pujas dedicated to HE Luding Khenchen’s long life.
Also in attendance at the long-life pujas were HE Dungsey Gyana Vajra, HE Luding Khen Rinpoche, HE Luding Shabdrung, HE Thartse Khen Rinpoche, HE Khangsa Shabdrung, Khenpo Lungrik Senge, Khenpo Khonchok Gyaltsen, Khenpo Palden Zangpo and all of the Monks from Ngor Monastery and the Sakya Institute of Vajrayana (SIV), as well as Nuns, the Tibetan Lingtsang lay community and a group of foreign lay devotees.
In conjunction with long-life pujas for His Eminence Luding Khenchen, His Holiness the Sakya Trizin kindly presided over consecration pujas of the Ngor Monastery Mahakala room and the SIV Library as well as consecration pujas for the monasteries’ sacred objects.
Also in attendance of the consecration pujas were HE Dungsay Gyana Vajra, HE Luding Khenchen, HE Luding Khenpo, HE Thartse Khenpo, HE Khangsar Shabdrung, Khenpo Lungrik Senge, SIV Khenpo Konchog Gyaltsen and Khenpo Palden Zangpo as well as senior lamas.
Consecration of the Sakya Institute of Vajrayana Library
Consecration of Sacred Objects
HE Luding Khenpo and his attendents traveled to Brussels by invitation of Tsechen Toskpa Belgium, to attend on 25 to 27June, the three-day precious and sacred Vajramala empowerments of the Kalachakra Great Mahasiddha Abhayakara Gupta tradition bestowed by His Holiness the Sakya Trizin. The empowerments were followed by the long-life Mandala offering to His Holiness and approximately 2000 participants gathered for the most grand of occasions.
On 27 June, HE Luding Khenpo Vajra master presented the Uncommon White Tara Six Rays long-life offering of the entire universe of unique qualities and all its precious objects to our most Holy Guru, His Holiness the Sakya Trizin for longevity and evergreen health, and requested for His Holiness to continue to turn the wheel of Dharma for the benefit all living beings. The grand offering was accomplished in the presence of the noble Khon Holy Family, the precious Sangha and excellent lay communities at the conclusion of the two-day Vajramala Kalachakra Great Mahasiddha Abhayakara Gupta tradition empowerments.
HE Dungsay Gyana Vajra, Dungsay Siddhartha Vajra, Jetsunma Tsejin Lhamo, and HE Jetsun Kushok Chimey Luding, also attended these sacred empowerments.
From the 23rd to the 29th of the fourth month of the Tibetan calendar is the anniversary of Mahasidha Birwapa(Virupa) who attained the sixth Bhumi.
The history of Mahasiddha Virupa
Mahasiddha Virupa, the Lord of all yogis, was born in a royal family in east India during the 7th-8th century CE. He later renounced the life of a prince to become a monastic sangha. He took ordination from the abbot Vinayadeva and the teacher Jayakirti at the temple of Somapuri in India. He built a small stone temple filled with representations of the Triple Gem, which purified the obscurations of his parents.
Shri Nalanda University was the most famous teaching institution at that time and was steeped in all the four schools of Buddhist philosophy. He entered the university and received complete ordination vows from the Abbot Dharmamitri of the Mulasarvastivada School. He was given the ordination name Shri Dharmapala and received Chakrasamvara pith instructions from the Abbot. He perfected an ocean-like knowledge of both Buddhist and non-Buddhist schools. His Abbot passed into parinirvana and Virupa was enthroned as Great Abbot of all pandits at Nalanda University.
Virupa maintained the practice Chakrasamvara at night, whilst teaching the Sutrayana, debating and composing Dharma texts during the day. He practised this for many years without gaining any signs or attainments. On the contrary he encountered many unfortunate circumstances and he became very discouraged with his practice. Thinking that he had no link with the secret Mantrayana in this life, he made the decision to spend his time solely in the study and contemplation of the common vehicle. He made the pledge that from now onwards he would not teach the Dharma, compose Dharma texts, nor do any yidam practice.
On the 22nd of the fourth lunar spring month (Vesak) he threw his mala into a toilet as a symbol of his abandonment of the practice and his intention to take it easy. That very night, in a dream, he saw Nairatmaya as a blue ordinary lady who said to him, "Noble Son, please do not behave with this improper conduct. Please, retrieve your mala, wash it in perfumed water, confess your mistake and pledge not to repeat this again, and from now on uphold the practice correctly." She went on to say, "I am the deity with whom you have a karmic link. I am now bestowing blessings on you so that you will swiftly accomplish attainments." She then disappeared.
When he awoke the following morning, Virupa was filled with great regret. On the 23rd day of the lunar month, he collected his mala and followed the instructions given in his dream. That night he perceived primordial wisdom in the form of the fifteen goddess mandala of the Nirmanakaya manifestation of Nairatmaya. The four empowerments were bestowed completely and he achieved the result of the attainment of the first bhumi (stage of enlightenment) that very night.
On the six consecutive nights, Virupa achieved increasing realisations and on the seventh night, the 29th day of the lunar month, he accomplished the sixth bhumi, gaining blessings of the four aspects of the whispered lineage. * Because he received the four empowerments completely from an unbroken lineage, the stream of initiation did not dry up. * Secondly, because he gained realisation of the first to the sixth bhumis, the stream of blessings did not decline. * Thirdly, he perfectly realised that all of his previous misfortunes were actually signs of the heat of Samadhi of the path of application. Thus the instructions were not disrupted. * Fourthly, he gained the profound confidence that his realisation was equal to that of the Buddha and completely satisfied all of his aspirations.
After this, Virupa's behaviour changed. Rumours spread in the monastery that he was taking meat and intoxicants. Some monks spying on him saw fifteen, and another monk saw one hundred women in his room, but other monks only saw fifteen or one hundred candles. Therefore there was considerable controversy. Even though he was still the Great Abbot of Nalanda University, no one had the courage to speak up.
In order to stop others despising the Buddhadharma he accepted his errors and came out of his residence and offered his robes and begging bowl to the Triple Gem. He was completely naked saying that he was ugly and took on the name Virupa, the ugly one. He began behaving oddly. He went begging flowers from flower sellers to make garlands for his head, and he went to buy radishes from a radish seller and would hold some radishes in his hands and put some in his mouth. He began frequenting pubs and brothels which shocked everyone.
The Dharma drum was sounded at the monastery to gather all the monks. It was declared that Virupa should leave the monastery and not return. Virupa made a poetic song in order to benefit the Buddhadharma and to remove beings' prejudice. He accepted his mistakes and walked towards Varanasi, crossing the River Ganges on the way.
On arriving at the banks of the River Ganges, he said to the river, "I am the bad one, I do not want to pollute you, please give me a path". The river parted and he crossed without difficulty. Others, who had followed him, saw this and realised his enlightened qualities. Many people regretted their rejection of him and held his feet requesting that he return to the monastery. He accepted their regret, but could not agree to return to the monastery.
On reaching Varanasi, Virupa spent a long time in the forest. He became very sunburnt and weather-worn. Some people thought he was a non-Buddhist yogi, whilst others thought he was Buddhist. The Hindu King who ruled Varanasi at the time, Govindacanda, thought that if Virupa was Hindu he wanted to invite him to the palace, but if he was Buddhist, the king wanted to chase him from the kingdom. So the king ordered Virupa to be brought to the palace, so that he could decide Virupa's fate.
On the way to the palace, Virupa was seen putting whatever insects and butterflies that he came across into his mouth. This caused people (and also the insects in his mouth) to call him, "Cruel, cruel yogi". Virupa said, "Even people who kill many animals say 'Cruel, Cruel' and others who rescue beings are called, 'Cruel, Cruel', so this shows you do not understand my actions." In reality, Virupa was an enlightened bodhisattva and didn't harm any being even in the slightest way, rather he liberated these beings. He was also showing these people how to recognise their own cruelty when they made animal sacrifices.
When he met the king, who asked many questions, Virupa remained silent. The king said Virupa had no signs of a Hindu yogi and so ordered him to be bound and thrown into the river.
As soon as Virupa was thrown into the river he immediately reappeared at the kings' palace. They attempted to destroy him many times in many different ways and each time he reappeared. As a result the king realised Virupa was enlightened and confessed his sins. Unshakeable devotion arose within him and in this way the entire kingdom was brought into the Vajrayana path.
Many miracles, many disciples
On the way to southern Bhimesvara, Virupa arrived at the banks of the River Ganges in order to meet a person with whom he had a karmic link. Virupa asked to be taken across the river and the ferryman asked to be paid the toll. Virupa said that he would completely satisfy the ferryman's request and asked the ferryman if he wanted the river to be larger or smaller?
The ferryman said that he would prefer the river to be smaller. Virupa pointed his index finger to the river, which then reversed. The houses on the grassy banks of the river began to subside and upstream the river began to flood, which frightened many people. The ferryman pointed to Virupa as the cause of this.
The local people then brought many offerings of cattle, crops, gold and jewels and pleaded to Virupa to stop. Virupa snapped his fingers and immediately the river began flowing normally. All of the offerings, Virupa gave to the ferryman. The ferryman refused to accept the offerings and, feeling strong devotion, fell at Virupa's feet, pleading to be accepted as his student. Virupa then returned all the offerings to the local people and everything was back to normal. The ferryman became known as Dombi Heruka, one of two foremost disciples of Virupa.
Virupa then continued his journey to nearby Bhimesvara, in Southern India at a place called Dakinitapa, where he entered a local wine shop owned by a female publican, Karmarupasiddhi. He and his disciple Dombi ordered wine but the publican asked to be paid. Virupa said that once they were satisfied, the publican would get whatever she wished. She didn't believe him and asked again when she would be paid. Virupa drew a line on the ground and said that when the shadow reaches the line, then he would pay immediately.
Virupa had stopped the sun. He leisurely began drinking and continued to drink until all the wine in the shop was consumed. The publican again wanted to know when she would be paid, but Virupa repeated that the shadow had not yet reached the line. Virupa continued to drink until all the wine in eighteen nearby towns was drunk!!
As this occurred the king's astrologers were confused; the times of everyday routines were disrupted; people couldn't cope with the lack of sleep. There was widespread chaos. The king realised that this was caused through the miraculous power of Virupa and urgently requested that he release the sun.
Virupa explained that he didn't have the money to pay the publican. The king agreed to pay the woman and then Virupa released the sun, which immediately set. It was midnight on the third day since these events began. In this way Virupa brought many people into the Vajrayana path.
Virupa had stopped the Ganges twice and also stopped the sun, causing his fame to spread far and wide. So now he continued on to Bhimesvara.
Prostrations to prajnaparamita
On reaching Bhimesvara, Virupa went to visit a non-Buddhist temple where there were five hundred long haired saddhus. Virupa praised the king, Narapati, in Sanskrit and the king was very impressed with his scholarship and appointed Virupa as the head of the five hundred yogis.
Virupa maintained his personal practice, making offerings and prostrations to the prajnaparamita texts rather than to the worldly gods that the yogis revered. This generated some controversy as Virupa was not practising according to their tradition and this was conveyed to the king.
At first, the king didn't believe the yogis. He thought the yogis were jealous and that it was impossible for such a great Sanskrit scholar not to pay respect to their gods. So, the king ignored them. After many repeated complaints from the yogis the king began to have doubts about Virupa. The king summoned all the yogis to the temple asking each of them to prostrate to the image of the gods.
All of the yogis prostrated as expected, except for Virupa who continued to prostrate to the prajnaparamita texts. The king said that this is the highest of the gods of the desire realm and so Virupa should pay respect. The king demanded Virupa prostrate to their god but Virupa said he could not.
Then Virupa spoke to the statue of the god saying, "This sinful king forced me to prostrate to you, please show forbearance to me." Virupa then held his palms together at his forehead reciting, "Namo Buddhaya" and immediately one third of the statue cracked! Then he placed his palms at his throat reciting, "Namo Dharmaya," and immediately two thirds of the statue cracked! Then Virupa placed his palms at his heart and recited, "Namo Sangaya" and immediately the crack extended the length of the statue. Virupa continued to prostate to the four directions and as he did so the statue broke into four pieces.
The king and the entire retinue became very frightened. They fell at Virupa's feet requesting that he not continue. Virupa then collected the four pieces and the statue re-formed to how it was previously. Virupa then placed a statue of Avalokitesvara made of black stone on the head of the statue of the god and asked everyone to prostrate to and circumambulate it. Virupa advised them that if they did not pay due respect to this statue then it would not last. As a consequence of this miracle many people began placing Buddha images on the top of the heads of their own statues of worldly gods.
In this way Virupa demonstrated that prostrating to worldly gods can be more harmful than positive. Virupa was an enlightened bodhisattva on the sixth bhumi, which level overwhelms the power of the worldly gods.
Into the path of the Dharma
Virupa then continued further south. From amongst the 500 saddhus at Bhimesvara was Kanha, who followed him and was later to become Virupa's second foremost disciple, Krishnapa. Virupa had in fact gone there to meet Krishnapa and bring these saddhus into the Buddhadharma.
In Southern India there was a place with a statue made of red wood where, each day, hundreds of buffalo were killed and used as offerings to worldly gods. Virupa kicked the statue and asked the deity to go away. Immediately, the statue stood up and Virupa pulled him away. All the followers of the deity became frightened and begged Virupa to stop. Virupa said that if they stopped killing animals as sacrifices he would stop, but if they continued to kill innocent beings he would take this deity away. In this way, Virupa and his two followers, Dombi and Krishnapa, continued their journey together. They subdued many other worldly gods and brought an end to the killing of animals in many places.
Virupa gave Dombi, the ferryman, the blessing of the entire transmission of all of Virupa's realisation and so Dombi gained an understanding equal to that of Virupa. Virupa sent Dombi to the east of India where he subdued many beings and brought them into the path of the Dharma.
Krishnapa went with Virupa to Karsapani to meet Avalokitesvara where they performed many prostrations and paid great respect. Virupa explained to Avalokitesvara all he had done since becoming a monk up to that day, and offered this to Avalokitesvara for the benefit of the Buddhadharma. Avalokitesvara explained to Virupa, "You have great power and could turn Mount Sumeru into ashes! All sentient beings have various karmas that even the Buddha finds hard to subdue, so do not harm sentient beings and show them great compassion".
Virupa travelled to Saurastra in the west of India, where each day thousands of animals were being sacrificed to the deity Somanatha. Acting on advice from Avalokitesvara, Virupa stopped these sacrifices without destroying their statue. The devotees committed themselves to make offerings of rice and other harmless offerings in place of animals.
The spreading of Vajrayana
Virupa built a temple with a Buddha image and underneath this statue placed an image of himself. He developed a monastic community and asked the benefactors to make offerings firstly to the Buddha, secondly to the statue and thirdly to their own worldly gods. He said that if they did this, Virupa would not destroy their god but would leave it unharmed. The community requested that Virupa accept their offerings and remain for as long as Somanatha exists. Virupa blessed Krishnapa with the Vajra verses, bringing him to the same level of realisation as that of Virupa himself. Virupa asked Krishnapa to go to the eastern world to bring all beings through the Vajrayana path. After concluding his activities at Saurastra, Virupa temporarily stopped his activities and dissolved into the stone statue, Somanatha. Virupa is believed to be in that place today and there are many accounts of miracles occurring there.
Close to this temple there is a statue of Mahasiddha Virupa. Some say it is a statue and others say it is the real Mahasiddha Virupa. He is seated in meditative posture with a philosopher's stone in his left hand that turns ordinary metals into gold. The size varies, becoming very large if not respected so that one cannot even see the head. If it is respected and offerings are made, it becomes as small as a baby and all ones wishes are fulfilled. Through the transformation into gold many beings have been brought out of poverty.
Present day Nalanda University
There are many stories of the many miracles performed by Virupa to attract countless beings into the Vajrayana path. The Buddhadharma greatly flourished in India as a consequence and indirectly in Tibet through the activities of his disciples. Almost all of the Buddhist traditions found in Tibet can be traced through lineages that originate in Nalanda University. Amongst the many teachers and scholars to be produced by this institution, Virupa is the foremost.
In the entire history of Buddhism there has never been another master showing such fearlessness in serving the Buddhadharma. Indeed it is said that there are three foremost great masters that followed after Gautama Buddha: King Ashoka ruled the country and through his power brought peace to the land and a flourishing of the Dharma; Dharmakirti through his logic defeated many heretical views; and Virupa through his yogic discipline subdued many distorted paths and brought many beings into the Vajrayana.
HE Luding Khenpo recently travelled from Ngor Monastery to Mangtro Monastery in Ladakh for the purpose of planning and organising with the lay and monastic communities the forthcoming teaching visit of HE Dungsay Ratna Vajra Rinpoche. The teaching will take place at Mangtro Monastery from26 June to 16 July 2016.
While in Ladakh, His Eminence visited a 700-year-old ancient Mahakala Temple and the Sakya Tashi Choe Ling monastery in Kyidmang, which is currently under a restoration project sponsored by Luding Ladrang.
On 6 June His Eminence went sight-seeing a the great Pangong Lake and on 7 June His Eminence granted two initiations, which were White Tara with Six Rays and Singha Nanda, to the monastic sangha and crowds of laypeople at Mangtro Monastery.
On the 8 May, at the beginning of Vesak during the holy Saga Dawa month, Senior Lama Jamyang Kunga lead a small group of Sakya Institute of Vajrayana (SIV) scholar monks from Manduwala to begin their South East Asia tour.
From 11-18 May, the SIV monks performed Green Tara Mandala puja rituals, the Medicine Buddha pujas and Vajrayogini Tsog offerings. Additionally the SIV monks delivered Dharma teachings at the homes of benefactors in Singapore.
On 29 April 2016, His Holiness Dagchen Rinpoche of the glorious Phuntsok Phodrang of Seattle passed into Parinirvana. His Holiness the Sakya Trizin, who was at the side of His Holiness Dagchen Rinpoche when he passed into Parinirvana, immediately offered prayers and rituals and requested that all prayers are dedicated to the precious rebirth of His Holiness Dagchen Rinpoche into the Khon family.
HE Luding Khen Chen, HE Luding Khenpo and the monks of Ngor Monastery and the Sakya Institute of Vajrayana (SIV) in Manduwalla were deeply saddened by the news of the Parinirvana of His Holiness Dagchen Rinpoche, and sent there condolences to the Phuntsok family. All prayers and rituals at Ngor Monastery and the SIV in India are currently being offered for the swift rebirth of His Holiness Dagchen Rinpoche into the Khon family.
Since the sad news of the Mahaparinirvana of His Holiness Dagchen Rinpoche, all of the khenpos and monks from Ngor Monastery and the Sakya Institute of Vajrayana (SIV) have gathered together at the SIV main shrine hall to perform Guru Yoga ritual pujas.
Unable to attend the pujas were: HE Luding Khen Chen, who is currently in Delhi for his annual medical reviews; HE Luding Khenpo and HE Thartse Khenpo, who are both on teaching schedules in South East Asia; and HE Khangsar Shabdrung, who is also currently not in India.
May all the rituals and prayers be fulfilled for the swift rebirth of His Holiness Dagchen Rinpoche back into the precious Khon family.
In Taipei, HE Luding Khenpo lead the Sakya Pandita Guru Yoga puja in the morning and, in the afternoon, the Mahakala puja with Shabdrung Rinchen Paljor Rinpoche, students and disciples. The pujas were specifically performed for and dedicated towards the Mahaparinirvana of His Holiness Dagchen Rinpoche.
On 27 March 2016 His Eminence Gyana Vajra Rinpoche graced the Sakya Tsechen Ewam Choeling Centre, Taiwan with his presence and was warmly received by His Eminence Luding Khenpo Rinpoche and Sangha. HE Luding Khenpo offered the Mandala to Dungsay Kushoen Gyana Vajra Rinpoche during the Three Long Life Deity puja. All Sangha and centre members rejoiced in the auspicious occasion.
On 17 March 2016, HE Luding Khenchen, Luding Khenpo and Luding Shabdrung accompanied by Popo Gesar-La, the Sakya Insitute of Vajrayana’s Khenpo Konchog Gyaltsen and Khenpo Tsega (Palden Zangpo) and entourage travelled to the historical Buddhist site of Chaneti Stupa at Yumananagar. Offerings of khartas, fruits, biscuits and incense were made and praises and prayers to the Tathagatha and Arhats were recited in dedication for the long healthy lives of our precious Gurus, all practitioners, world peace and happiness to all benefactors.
HE Luding Khenchen, HE Luding Khenpo & Luding Shabdrung wish everyone on a Losar Tashi Delek for 2016.
HE Luding Khenchen, HE Luding Khenpo, Luding Shabdrung, HE Jetsun Kushok Chimey Luding, Sey Kushok, Sonam Paldren Luding and mother Ngawang Tsedron and Popo Gesar La together with their travelling entourage departed from Dehli to commence their pilgrimage to the holy site of Bodhgaya in Bihar to pay homage to the Tathagata - Lord Shakyamuni Buddha.
At Delhi airport, there was a wonderful and auspicious meeting with His Holiness Sakya Trizin and Gyalyum Chenmo who were returning from Nepal. His Eminence and entourage arrived at Bodhgaya in the afternoon and were warmly greeted by devotees at Gaya airport.
On the first day of Losar in the year 2143 fire Monkey (9 February 2016) morning offerings to Buddha Shakyamuni were made at the main Maha Bodhi Stupa by HE Luding Khenchen, Luding Khenpo, Luding Shabdrung, Jetsun Kushok Chimey Luding, Sey Kushok, Sonam Palden Luding with Mother Ngawang Tsedron, Popo Gesar la and all Khenpos and monks.
In the southern garden of main Stupa, HE Luding Khenchen lead the 16 Arhat Puja, with HE Luding Khenpo as the chant leader together with over 100 monks and some overseas students. The puja was performed for world peace and happiness and the dispelling of all obstacles in our world. On the second day of Losar (10 February) HE Luding Khenchen, Luding Khenpo, Luding Shabdrung, Sey Kushok with Sonam Palden Luding collected mandala offerings for the longevity and flourishing of the Buddhadharma, world peace and happiness for all living beings.
On 12 February HE Luding Khenchen granted the Amitayus Hayagriva Long-life initiation to HE Jetsun Kushok, Khenpos, monks, nuns, members of the Tibetan lay community and overseas students at his residence in Bodhgaya. Prior to the initiation, His Eminence gave the following motivation advice to the audience audience:
"It is best to do good with a good mind to help sentient beings and be helpful without too much interference. With the right motivation especially at this holy site Bodhgaya, cultivate the right intention to practice with aspiration, rather then for monks and nuns to beg or collect money, likewise for the lay people to just come here with intentions to do business for gain of money. Bodhgaya is a special site so try to do positive deeds with the right motivation. Learn to tame your mind and the ego because if you don't tame your ego it is going to block your progress to attain knowable knowledge."
On 13 February HE Luding Khenpo, Luding Shabdrung,with sister Sonam Paldren Luding and Mother Ngawang Tsedron, Yonten Tulkus, Lama Tenpa, Gen lak and Jamyang Zangpo, paid a special visit to the holy site of Varanasi.
On 18 February HE Luding Khenchen and Luding Khenpo together with over 100 Khenpos, monks, nuns and lay people recited the 16 Arhat puja at Bodhgaya’s main stupa. The recitation of the elaborate 16 Arhat puja was performed specifically for HH Jigdal Dagchen Rinpoche's health to improve so that he can continue to turn the wheel of Dharma for all beings.
On 22 February, the final day of the Losar pilgrimage, HE Luding Khenchen, Luding Khenpo, Luding Shabdrung and entourage went to the Bodhgaya stupa. All collections of prayers, mandalas, pujas, garlands of flowers and offerings to the Tathagatha Buddha Shakyamuni were dedicated to the long-life of our precious Gurus, the flourishing of the Buddhadharma and global peace and harmony.
The long-life ceremony and celebration for His Eminence Kyabje Dorje Chang Luding Khen Chen Jamyang Tenpei Nyima Rinpoche - the Supreme Vajradhara
HE Luding Khen Chen’s birthday began before dawn with the conclusion of the Mahakala, 16 Arhat and Green Tara pujas. The preparation of the final day for the elaborate 9 Deity Amitayu puja was performed and swiftly followed by HE Luding Khen Chen Rinpoche’s attendance.
Coincidentally HE Luding Khen Chen’s birthday occurred on the anniversary of 5 great Sakya Masters, making the day most auspicious.
Prior to HE Luding Khen Chen’s arrival at the Ngor Gonpa the monastery was decorated with beautiful canopies of red and gold and delightful flower garlands and chandeliers. The Ngor and SIV monks were dressed in ceremonial silk robes and headpieces and lined the entrance with parasols praying with great devotion. The morning was blessed with a light rain but as soon as the trumpets sounded for HE Luding Khen Chen’s arrival the rain stopped as if on queue.
There were approximately 5000 people in attendance and when Rinpoche arrived at the monastery entrance everyone prayed with great devotion and joy. The esteemed Khon royal family, including Gyalyum Chenmo, Dungsey Siddarth Vajra, Jetsunma Tenzin Lhamo and Dagmo Tsonam Palkyi, Jetsun Chimey Luding and Sey Kusho, Tsonam Palden Luding and Luding Shabdrung and monks of Sakya College and Sakya Centre as well as Sakya nuns came to pray and celebrate for HE Luding Khen Chen’s long life and brought a beautiful array of offerings. Joining them were the Tibetan lay communities, to name but a few, of Lindsang, Ladakh and Dehradun along with International lay devotees from Taiwan, Singapore, China and Australia. Everyone participated and rejoiced in the grand occasion and the heartfelt supplications for HE Luding Khen Chen’s long life and altruistic prayers were deeply felt by all present.
During the puja, grand mandala offerings were made by Dungsey Gyana Vajra, Dungsey Avilah, Dungsey Asanga, HE Thartse Khenpo, HE Luding Khenpo and HE Khangsar Shabdrung. Majestic and mandala offerings were also made by the Khon royal family, rinpoches and tulkus, esteemed Tibetan dignitaries, venerable khenpos, monks and nuns and the lay Tibetan and international communities. The beauty and variety of offerings were spectacular and the joy and devotion by all those presenting their gifts to HE Luding Khen Chen was immeasurable. The grand scale of the auspicious celebration resembled those documented within the great accounts of the Buddha’s life.
Following the puja was a delicious vegetarian lunch prepared by Tibetan students and all participants were catered for. Once lunch was finished everyone gathered in the monastery grounds beneath the beautiful red and gold canopy to wish HE Luding Khen Chen a happy birthday and partake in the festivities. A beautiful 7-tiered birthday cake was prepared for HE Luding Khen Chen and was shared with all. After the cake was served the local Tibetan children and international devotees sang happy birthday in both English and Mandarin. Following this was a world-class Tibetan and international cultural show, which was greatly enjoyed by all. The entertainment ranged from beautiful Tibetan folk songs and dances to classical opera and children dancing in Indian Bhangera style. Indian children from the local Lindsang Tibetan community also participated in the cultural show.
To conclude the entertainment there was a wonderful fireworks display followed by a sumptuous vegetarian dinner for all the participants.
After dinner, to conclude the 9 Deity Amitayu puja, Dungsey Gyana Vajra, Dungsey Avilah, Dungsey Asanga, HE Luding Khenpo, HE Thartse Khenpo, HE Khangsar Shabdrung and other venerable rinpoches, tulkus, khenpos and monks returned to Ngor Gonpa to dissolve the mandala. This concluded the most joyous and magnificent of occasions, the celebrating and praying for the long-life of His Eminence Kyabje Dorje Chang Luding Khen Chen Jamyang Tenpei Nyima Rinpoche - the Supreme Vajradhara.
From 20 to 26 October 2015, Ngor Ewam Choden Monastery hosted and celebrated HE Luding Khen Chen Rinpoche’s 85th birthday. To ensure the very long and healthy life of HE Luding Khen Chen, HE Luding Khenpo led a seven-day elaborate 9 Deities Amitayu Long-life puja, performed together with Dungsey Gyana Vajra, Dungsay Avilah & Dungsey Asanga, HE Thartse Khenpo, HE Khangsar Shabdrung, all the khenpos from Ngor Monastery and the Sakya Institute of Vajrayana (SIV), numerous tulkus and rinpoches and over 150 monks and participants at the main Ngor temple.
In addition to the elaborate 9 Deities Amitayu Long-life puja, venerable khenpos, monks and nuns also performed the Mahakala, 16 Arhat and Green Tara pujas for the seven days leading up to HE Luding Khen Chen’s birthday.
In the Mahakala shrine room, which is adjacent to the Ngor Monastery’s main gonpa (temple), Khenpo Lungrik Senghe, Lama Tsephel, and 50 monks performed the Mahakala pujas. In the 1,000 Shakyamuni Buddha shrine room, Khenpo Tsewang Rizin led the elaborate 16 Arhat pujas with 50 monks and in the Sakya Pandita shrine room a group of nuns performed the Green Tara pujas. Altogether there were 350 to 400 monks and nuns performing the elaborate pujas dedicated to HE Luding Khen Chen Rinpoche’s long life. May their prayers and aspirations be fulfilled.
HE Luding Khenpo paid an exceptionally special visit to the most holy historical site of importance for all Sakyapas, the Great Sakya Pandita Cremation Site, at Wuwei, Gansu province.
HE Luding Khenpo bowed down and prostrated to the holy resting place of the great Sakya Pandita. His Eminence immediately prayed and requested Sakya Pandita’s blessings for the long lives of our Lineage Gurus, to flourish the Buddhadharma and for world peace and happiness for all beings.
His Eminence expressed that the site has a strong most positive energy and, as a Sakyapa, His Eminence felt most connected with this holy site and experienced a deep sense of joy and sadness simultaneously.
In 1927 the site was severely damaged by an 8.6 scale earthquake and almost destroyed completely. The ruins were later rebuilt by the government to its original state and style.
HE Luding Khenpo and Lamas also visited the Northern Ocean Territory Temple site (the literal Chinese translation is the ‘Ocean Keep Monastery’). The temple is 19 kilometres from the Great Sakya Pandita Cremation Site.
Here at the temple His Eminence offered incense with heartfelt prayers and drew water from the well that was manifested by the miraculous power of the Great Sakya Pandita.
In ancient times the ruler of the Mongols would reside with Sakya Pandita at the palace in this territory. History has it that the Mongol king fell severely ill and many Chinese medical practitioners were summoned to cure his illness, but all without success. The Great Sakya Pandita miraculously dug a well with the invocation of Shinhanaga Pujas. When Sakya Pandita manifested the well, the Mongol king bathed in and drank the well’s water and was thus miraculously healed from his illness. The well has flowed with water even until this present day.
Sakya Pandita (Chöjé Sakya Paṇḍita Künga Gyeltsen) was a Tibetan spiritual leader and Buddhist scholar and the fourth of the Five Sakya Founding Forefathers. Born in 1182 in Sagya County, Sakya Pandita is known as a great scholar in Tibet, Mongolia, China and India and was proficient in the five great sciences of Buddhist philosophy, medicine, grammar, dialectics and sacred Sanskrit literature as well as the minor sciences of rhetoric, synonymies, poetry, dancing and astrology. He is considered to be the fourth Sakya Forefather and sixth Sakya Trizin and one of the most important figures in the Sakya lineage.
In 1244 Sakya Pandita was summoned to the court of the Mongol King where he taught and was reported to have healed the King of leprosy. The King granted Sakya Pandita temporal authority over U and Tsang in 1249, laying the groundwork for the preceptor-patron relationship that became the model for the Mongol and Tibetan relationship. Sakya Pandita passed away on 28 November 1251 at the age of seventy in Lanzhou.
On 25 September, HE Luding Khenpo payed visit to the ‘White Pagoda’ in the city of Lanzhou. The Pagoda was built by the Ming Dynasty under the reign of Zhengtong in 1448.
The White Pagoda is a remembrance site marking the border between ancient time Tibet and China. HE Luding Khenpo, Lama Tenpa and Lama Dhakpa visited this remembrance site to pray and supplicate to Sakya Pandita Gongma Rinpoche for his blessings to benefit all mother sentient beings and realise world peace.
Ngor Ewam Choedan Monastery, 18 September 2015
HE Luding Khenpo with entourage arrived on the 5th day of the 8th month of of the lunar calendar, a most auspicious day to arrive at the main seat of Sakya Pal Ngor Ewam Choedan monastery in Shigatse, Xizang province.
His Eminence was warmly welcomed by HE Pende Khenpo Rinpoche and the whole of the Ngor monastic sangha. The great reception was followed by lunch and thereafter His Eminence was taken on a tour of monastery’s surrounds, which was guided by Khenpo Pende and senior Lamas. There was construction taking place and newly planted trees around the monastery site.
His Eminence rejoiced that the monastery looked grander and in a better state than when he had first visited 20 years ago. His Eminence also visited Khangsar Lhadrang and Thartse Lhadrang, but did not visit Luding Lhadrang.
HE Luding Khenpo also visited the Pal Ngor Ewam Choedan monastery retreat centre situated above the main Gonpa. Currently there are quite a number of 3 year-long retreatants abiding in their retreat who will be concluding soon.
Pal Sakya Lhakhang Chenpo Monastery 19 Sept 2015
HE Luding Khenpo with entourage made a momentous visit to the Great Pal Sakya Lhakhang Chenpo monastery in Shigatse, Xizang. On arrival with a great warm welcoming, HE Luding Khenpo proceeded to make offerings of khartas to Thupa Zamling Yeshag, a statue of Buddha Shakyamuni, at the main shrine hall.
His Eminence explained that if you would choose between wealth of the entire world or this statue you would choose this Buddha statue as it has all the wish fulfilling jewels and all the blessings of happiness and peace in the entire world for all beings.
The item of most significant importance is the throne at Pal Sakya monastery, which was the main seat of His Holiness The Sakya Trizin Gongma Rinpoche. All the past, present and future Holiness Sakya Gongma Rinpoches occupied/will occupy this great throne at the Pal Sakya Lhakhang Chenpo monastery. HE Luding Khenpo humbly graced the second throne, directly in front of His Holiness’ throne during his visit. During his visit the monastery’s monks requested His Eminence for some teachings.
His Eminence offered khartas to Jamyang Tsodgyal Ma, Manjushri Buddha. Sakya Pandita defeated the Hindu priest Sidhu in a debate in front of this very statue of Manjushri.
All the monks requested His Eminence for teachings and some advice. His Eminence said that he had no ability to give any teachings; however that he would give a reading transmission of praises of Buddha Shakyamuni composed by Sakya Pandita and prayers to the Manjushri Bodhisattva composed by Sakya Pandita.
His Eminence gave some advice to monks on how to be good monks and stressed that unity is the source of all merits for the practice of meditation, the study of sutras and the flourishing of the Buddhadhrama.
Here at Pal Sakya Lhakhang Chenpo there are many holy precious objects, wall paintings and Thankgas, statues and precious texts, making this a most blessed site.
HE Luding Khenpo also visited the great Nalenda Institute and its main monastery. Nalenda Monastery belonged to the late Chogyi Trichin Rinpoche. HE Luding Khenpo was impressed with the beautiful scenery around the main temple. The orange-coloured temple is the new section and new Nalenda Institute. The black-coloured section is the original main temple of the Nalenda Monastery. While His Eminence was inside the original main temple he gave some oral transmissions on Sakya readings and some advice for the monks.
On 19 September HE Luding Khenpo arrived at Ngor Ewam Choden Monastery, Shigatse. This was a wonderful occasion and Rinpoche was warmly greeted by the Ngor Khenpo, Sangha and devotees. We wish and pray for the fulfillment for all practitioners in the region and may all rejoice in this wonderful reunion for the sake of Buddhadharma.
On the afternoon of 15 September, HE Luding Khenpo visited the ruins of Drogon Ghyangre Monastery, which was built by Drogon Choegyal Phagpa who was the fifth great Sakya Gongma master.
HE Luding Khenpo and lamas performed pujas at the ruin site (which is 4,400 feet above sea level and with poor road accessibility) to pray and requested for blessings from Drogon Choegyal Phagpa so that all the favourable conditions to rebuild ruin of Ghyangre Monastery would occur so as to flourish the Buddhadharma in the region again.
In ancient times the Emperor of China offered 100 Volumes of Kangyur texts of Lord Buddha to Drogon Choegyal Phagpa. Gongma Rinpoche requested the Nagas to carry all the volumes to his hometown. When Drogon Choegyal Phagpa arrived back to his hometown, all the 100 volumes of texts also arrived at the same day and time and were then presented to him. Hence the Drogon Ghyangre Monastery was built and during that period hundreds and thousands of monks would gather and visit this simple monastery.
On 14 August 2015, HE Luding Khenpo and entourage arrived at Kyegu, Qinghai, Eastern Kham, where they were warmly welcomed by a large crowd made up of the local sangha and lay community who presented Rinpoche with a most illustrious welcome mandala. This was a wonderful beginning to Rinpoche’s Easter Kham Tour.
Following Kyegu monastery, on 16 and 17 August, Rinpoche and his entourage visited three monasteries: first up was Purong monastery, which was followed by Namphu and Langchen monasteries. Large gatherings of the respective sangha and lay communities greeted Rinpoche with great warmth and devotion.
Rinpoche then visited Rinchen Ling monastery where he was greeted by the nomadic community who came on horseback in beautiful and colourful attire. Following Rinchen Ling Rinpoche visited the humble Dhongstang nunnery where the nuns and sangha greeted Rinpoche with deep warmth and devotion.
On the same day Rinpoche also visited the Dodo monastery and its sangha and lay community grandly welcomed Rinpoche to their monastery. Rinpoche then visited the Tharig, Tharlam, Dzongo and Thubten monasteries, whom all greeted Rinpoche with great respect, devotion and warmth.
En-route to visiting Samdrup monastery, Rinpoche and entourage camped out in traditional yak tents that had been assembled by the local nomadic community and sangha who also wonderfully catered for Rinpoche and his entourage.
The Eastern Kham countryside is one of great mountains and rolling hills, rivers and green meadows and is crowned by its deep blue sky; the scenery is truly breathtaking.
Rinpoche then visited the Ladrang, Pongshar, Tridu Dongtret, Tridu Kalsang and Shiu monasteries, where Rinpoche was welcomed with beautiful traditional ceremonies and dances. At Serpa Phu Monastery Rinpoche was wonderfully welcomed by the lay community who performed a folk dance in their beautiful rainbow coloured garments. Lastly at Serpa Da monastery all of the local community came and welcomed Rinpoche with utmost respect and devotion.
On 24 August, after a very busy local tour, Rinpoche returned to Kyegu monastery.
On 9 August 2015 it was the Anniversary of Lama Dampa Sonam Gyaltsen. To commemorate this most grand and special occasion HE Luding Khenchen adorned the Sakya Pandita head attire at the main Ngor Gonpa and was assisted by HE Luding Khenpo.
Lama Dampa Sonam Gyaltsen (16 May 1312 - 23 July 1375) was a ruler of Sakya. He is considered the greatest Sakya scholar of the 14th century and served as ruler for a short term in 1344-1347. While Lama Dampa's involvement with Tibetan politics was of little consequence, his cultural efforts were far more impressive.
Lama Dampa spent time and effort restoring the Samye monastery associated with the old kings during his period. Lama Dampa also wrote extensive commentaries on Pramanavarttika, Abhisamayalankara, Bodhisattvacaryavatara, and Nagarjuna's treatises. Towards the end of his life, in 1373, he was reportedly the teacher of the future Buddhist reformer Tsongkhapa. Lama Dampa passed into parinirvana as a highly respected scholar in 1375.
His Holiness’ arrival, Mangtro Monastery, Ladakh
On 25 June, HE Luding Khenpo with head Lamas of Mangtro Monastery, welcomed HH Sakya Trizin to Ladakh. Despite drizzling rain, a large crowd magnificently welcomed His Holiness, which included the leaders of the Ladakh community, their officials, the Buddhist Sangha and lay community as well as members of the local Muslim community. His Holiness’ welcome was a grand and most auspicious occasion.
His Holiness will give a series of teachings and empowerments to the monastic and lay communities in Ladakh.
Present Day Mangtro Monastery
At Present, Mangtro Sakya Monastery is looked after by our peerless kind teachers, His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche and His Eminence Luding Khen Rinpoche. Since 1968, Khenchen Rinpoche took residence at Mangtro monastery providing both outer and inner support that propagated pure monastic discipline. Khenchen Rinpoche fulfilled the wishes of both the monastic community and lay people of Mangtro and at large the devoted people of Ladakh by granting empowerments, instruction and transmissions of the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
There are currently approximately 70 monks at Mangtro monastery and under the gracious direction of the two Luding Khen Rinpoche’s many young monks of Mangtro monastery have been sent to Ngor Pal Ewam Choden, Sakya College, the Sakya Institute of Vajrayana, Dongsar Institute and Sakya Monastery in Mungod to study rituals and philosophy. Although Khenchen Rinpoche could not continue to stay in Ladakh after the establishment of Ngor Pal Ewam Choden at Manduwala, Mangtro monastery remains directly and indirectly benefitted by the blessings of the two Luding Khen Rinpoche’s with the their guidance on all major decisions.
For further information on Mangtro Monastery and His Holiness' tour of Ladakh, please click here: www.mangtromonastery.com
HE Luding Khenchen Rinpoche recently had his annual health check up in Delhi Hospital and was given good news. We continue to pray for His Eminence good health and happiness for all sentient beings.
On 17 May for five days, a group Sakya Institute of Vajrayana (SIV) scholar monks filled three thousand Buddhas with blessed substances and accomplished the consecration ritual at the Butterworth Lay Buddhist Society. The monks also performed the 16 Arhat Pujas.
Thereafter all Scholar Monks departed for Kuala Lumpur, to receive Lamdre Teaching from His Holiness Sakya Trizin.
On six June His Holiness Sakya Trizin visited the Butterworth Lay Buddhist Society for the opening ceremony of the centre and also to bless the three Thousand Buddhas statues at the same visit.
On 22 May several scholar monks from SIV attended the Lamdre Teaching from His Holiness the Sakya Trizin and helped create the sand Mandala.
On 11 May HE Luding Khenpo with an attendant travelled to Ladakh. His Eminence paid a specific visit to (Matho) Mangtro Monastery, to oversee the construction of His Holiness Sakya Trizin's residential palace, which is in the final stage of progress, as well as all the programmes for the forthcoming June teaching tour of His Holiness.
HE Luding Khenpo and Luding Shabdrung with travelling party left for pilgrimage for Sarnath, Varanasi. His Eminence especially travelled there with Luding Shabdrung for his first visit to Varanasi, a most auspicious first pilgrimage to Sarnath for young Luding Shabdrung. They visited Dhamekh Stupa in deer park, where the Tathagata Buddha after attainment of enlightenment first turned the wheel of Dharma “The Four Noble Truths” to the first group of disciples, the five ascetics.
On 26 April 2015 HE Luding Khenpo presided over the Avalokitesvara chungchok puja with four senior Lamas specifically for the loss of lives and victims of the earthquake that struck Phokara, Kathmandu Valley and other areas in Nepal, and some parts of India and China. Butter lamps were lit and prayers were dedicated to all those affected by this grave disaster.
Both Ngor Monastery and the SIV monks gathered to perform the Prajnaparamita four directions Torma throwing ritual to dispel obstacles and any further earthquakes in Nepal; ensure the safety of those evacuating; for foreign aid and relief to be readily available to the earthquake victims in Nepal; and for favourable weather conditions for the recovery phase.
The loss and destruction is unfathomable and HE Luding Khenchen requests that all general practitioners and students to pray for aid and swift relief to the affected Himalaya region. Our Monastery expresses their heartfelt condolences towards those who have lost loved ones and their homes. May our collective prayers be of comfort to everyone in Nepal.
On 18 April at Ngor Monastery, HE Luding Khenchen paid a visit to the 1,000 Buddha Shrine Room (next to the main gonpa) and then made a detour to inspect Lama Tenpa and senior Monks who were busy cleaning and washing the 1,000 Buddhas statues. The previous late Tharig Rinpoche of Tharig Monastery, Nepal sponsored this gift to Ngor Mondastery.
Over the next few days the 1,000 Buddha statues will be filled with many mantras and precious substances followed by their consecration. Once all of the preparations are completed the Buddhas will be placed in the 1,000 Buddha's Shrine Room.
On 5 April HE Luding Khenpo with Lama Tenpa and Lama Dawa left Dehra Dun for Nepal at the invitation of Tharig Monastery to join in the collection of one hundred million Om Mani Pad Me Hum mantras recitations.
On 7 April during a break from the Mani recitations, HE Luding Khenpo lead the Mahakala puja at Tharig Monastery. On 8 April, Rinpoche performed the Mahavairocanna Jhangchok puja for the deceased and gave the Chenrezig initiation for the sangha and lay community.
On 10 April, HE Luding Khenpo travelled to Tharig Retreat Centre in Pharphing at the Vajrayogini Sthan Temple. Here Rinpoche gave two initiations to retreatants. Pharphing is the holy land of Vajrayogini, Guru Rinpoche and Tara.
On 12 April HE Luding Khenpo arrived at Tharig Monastery and lead the Mahakala pujas in the Mahakala special shrine room, where the Ishwar statue is blessed by the 5th great Sakya master Drogon Chogyal Phagpa (1235-1280).
HE Luding Khenchen, Luding Khenpo and senior lamas travelled to Ngor retreat house in Mussoorie specifically to perform the Panashavari purifying ritual. This ritual is performed for the prevention of world-wide diseases and adverse catastrophes, which are currently being experienced in our world. May all goodness be accomplished to benefit our world.
The night before the party travelled to Musoorie there was a severe thunder storm at Ngor Monastery; however the weather cleared right up as soon as HE Luding Khenchen and Luding Khenpo with Lamas arrived at the retreat location to conduct the purifying ritual. May all goodness be accomplished to benefit our world.
HE Luding Khenchen, Luding Khenpo, with Luding Shabdrung and Popo Gesar La strike a radiant pose at Luding Ladrang, Manduwala. HE Luding Khen Chen recently returned from pilgrimage and HE Luding Khenpo from his Australia teaching tour.
On 18 March 2015, at the request of the Lintsang community, HE Luding Khenpo conducted the Full Set Prajnaparamita Torma Throwing Ritual at the Lintsang Society Community Hall to remove the obstacles the community has experienced over the past few months. In attendance were the SIV Khenpos, Tulkus and tutors, chant leaders and monks. In the centre of the hall is the shrine of Four Buddhas for the four directions.
We hope that this puja will dispel the current and future obstacles of the Lintsang community.
Losar Tashi Delek for the year of the Wood Sheep!
HE Luding Khen Chen and HE Luding Khenpo extend their very best wishes to all for the year of the Wood Sheep. HE Luding Khen Chen and entourage have been on pilgrimage at Bodhgaya to mark the coming of the New Year and HE Luding Khenpo has spent the last two and a half months in Australia giving a series of teachings and empowerments. The sincere bodhisattva activities of our gurus are truly wonderful and may we continue to remain in their mandalas and rejoice in their virtuous activities.
HE Luding Khen Chen’s Losar Bodhgaya Pilgrimage 19 February 2015
On 16 February HE Luding Khen Chen and Entourage embarked on pilgrimage to Bodhgaya, India. His Eminence spent a total of 3 weeks making offerings and conducting prayers and pujas at the Mahabodhi Stupa. His Eminence made offerings to Buddha Shakyamuni at the Mahabodhi Shrine and conducted the 16 Arhat puja for world peace and the benefit of all sentient beings. On 4 March HE Luding Khen Chen united with HE Luding Khenpo in Delhi as HE Luding Khenpo just returned to India from his Australia Dharma tour.
His Eminence Luding Khenpo’s Australia Tour
On 25 December 2014 HE Luding Khenpo arrived in Sydney, Australia with his attendant, Lama Tsering Wangchuk. His Eminence was warmly welcomed by Sydney’s various Sakya Rinpoches, Lamas and lay students.
While in Australia His Eminence toured through New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and Adelaide where he gave a series of teachings and empowerments including the Vajrayogini Blessing and teaching, the Hevajra Empowerment, the Chakrasambhava Empowerment, the the Three Buddha Families Empowerment and many others.
Rinpoche also conducted a series of pujas including the Mahakala Pujas and participated in fundraising activities for Sydney's Sakya Centres.
During the Tour His Eminence made time for his annual health tests, which yielded very positive results and we sincerely rejoice in Rinpoche’s good health.
In early March Rinpoche united with HE Luding Khen Chen and Entourage on their return from Bodhgaya. We pray for the long and healthy lives of our gurus and that we may remain in the prayers and activities.
We are very pleased to announce that while in Australia HE Luding Khenpo had a medical check-up for which he received positive feedback from the specialist doctor and no further health tests are required.
The doctor has indicated it is fine for Rinpoche to proceed with his teaching program and Rinpoche is enthusiastic to resume the program and continue to turn the Wheel of Dharma on his Australian Tour.
The positive feedback is wonderful news and we wish that Rinpoche continues to enjoy his radiant health.