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Varanasi, India — January 22, 2011
From Ven. Roger Kunsang:
6,000 nuns and monks attended His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teachings and each day the number seemed to increase. Of course there were many, many lay people as well. After His Holiness taught there was a three day conference on the Vinaya attended by a delegation of monks from Burma, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Taiwan and Tibet. In the opening speech His Holiness mentioned how this was the first time to have all traditions of Buddhism together for discussion! His Holiness said for the past 30 years he has been having dialogue with different religions but this was the first time to have all the Buddhist traditions together. A very historic occasion!
The meetings went very well and we hope to soon have video and audio of the discussions. Many areas concerning the vows (the Bhiksuni ordination, etc.) were discussed.
Rinpoche was keen to make the audio and video available to FPMT sangha.
During the teachings, Rinpoche invited the incarnation of Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche and family to dinner (the incarnation is about 17 years old now). There was Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche’s daughter, Chime Wangmo; her daughter Tara, who left school to concentrate on practice; and Chime Wangmo’s son, Rabjam Rinpoche, who himself is the incarnation of Dilgo Khentse ‘s guru. It was a very nice dinner…not due to the food, but the company.
During this time Rinpoche did mos [observations] for Lama Lhundrup’s health and advised him to go to hospital in Singapore where he was diagnosed with stomach cancer. Now Lama Lhundrup is returning to Kopan, at Rinpoche’s advice, to undergo treatment with the best Tibetan doctors. Khadro-la will also help with her own healing techniques.
Now the teachings are over and we are staying a few days at Valentino’s school in Sarnath. The school is doing very well, Valentino has built a Tara temple and has now offered that to Kopan. About 15 of the Kopan nuns live here. The nuns do continuous recitation of the Tara mantra through the night and the children attending the school take turns to have the mantra going throughout the day. So Tara mantras and prayers are recited continuously without break 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year for as many years as possible into the future! Nice…don’t you think!?
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