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Tharpa Choling Monastery, Kalimpong, West-Bengal, India — December 12, 2010
From Ven. Roger Kunsang:
Right now I’m at Tharpa Choling Monastery, the oldest Tibetan Monastery in India, on a rooftop high above where His Holiness the Dalai Lama is talking to the local Buddhist community. There are thousands of Nepali and Tibetan families, hundreds of school kids in their uniforms, and others arrived very early, before 6 a.m. Every possibly place is packed. Especially rooftops!
Rinpoche finished the Kopan course a little early with an all night Vajrasattva initiation. Prior to that he gave a talk and Refuge to the attendees. As soon as the Vajrasattva initiation finished, 6 a.m., Rinpoche did a short preparation and then gave Red Tara initiation. This finished at 9 a.m. and at 9.30 a.m. we rushed to the airport to fly then drive to Kalimpong.
Tharpa Choling is the monastery of the young incarnation of Domo Geshe
Rinpoche. Lama Zopa Rinpoche recently sponsored the new additions to the monastery with the kind help of students in Singapore.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is teaching here for a few days and then goes on to
It was interesting to see the Shamarpa at the Long Life Puja of His Holiness
the Dalai Lama this morning. It seems there have been some successful
negotiations. Also present is one of the incarnations of Jamgon Kontrol Rinpoche.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche will return to Kopan in a few days to continue teaching,
there are about 80 students still at Kopan doing a lam-rim retreat.
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