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By Heidi Oehler
Jangtse Chöje Lobsang Tenzin Rinpoche, second in line for the Ganden throne (Ganden Tripa), arrived at Vajrapani Institute near Boulder Creek, California, for the first time June 11, 2013. It had been over two years since Lama Zopa Rinpoche acted on our behalf and presented the initial request for Jangtse Chöje to teach here and for the conditions to manifest his actual arrival. It was well worth the wait!
While welcoming Jangtse Chöje to our center over tea and sweet rice in the gompa, he commented to our staff that the most important thing for us to remember is study. Study, he said, is more important than center work, and while of course we need to make sure the center functions, we need to also remember study.
The day after Rinpoche’s arrival, almost the entire staff along with 40 others attended Rinpoche’s teachings on the 37 practices of the bodhisattvas. Rinpoche’s teachings were very clear, precise and illuminated the essential meaning of each topic he spoke on. His teachings continued through June 20 and covered not only teachings on the general path and bodhichitta, but a Yamantaka initiation and commentary as well.
We even had a surprise visit from Ven. René Feusi who graced us with reviews and meditations on the Yamantaka practice, helping students to immediately put Rinpoche’s teachings into practice and demystify its complicated aspects. This all combined with the dedication and enthusiasm of the students helped to make this retreat a great success. Students left inspired to carry on or start their practice and Rinpoche manifested genuine enjoyment at his time here on the land. For us, this is what keeps us motivated to carry out our mission to provide conducive conditions where minds can be transformed and the Dharma can flourish.
Jangtse Chöje is truly a great Tibetan Buddhist master with all the qualities of a great teacher. We feel so fortunate to Lama Zopa Rinpoche for requesting him to come teach us and pray that Jangtse Chöje will live long and will return again soon to teach us for many more years to come.
To learn more on Vajrapani Institute’s programs and activities, visit Vajrapani’s website.
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