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In the last year of his life, Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche, who passed away in December 2006, was able to fulfill a long-held wish to visit Antarctica. During the extraordinary journey, Kirti Tsensab Rinpoche and his attendant, Alak Rinpoche, offered countless pujas and blessings.
Bruce Farley described the amazing Antarctic adventure in Mandala October-November 2006:
Why Antarctica? According to Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche, because it is the most southern pole of the earth, many water currents gather and disperse from Antarctica, finding their way all over the planet. Likewise, many of the world’s weather patterns stem from the southern ocean. Ninety percent of the world’s ice and seventy percent of the world’s fresh water are found in Antarctica. Rinpoche’s wish was to bless these currents with holy water containing blessings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as well as water gathered from all the oceans of the world, and from lakes, rivers, etc., visited by Rinpoche over many years. The blessed water also contained sand from many mandalas performed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and by Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche. It is believed that this mixing and unification of water coming from different origins, along with the power of various pujas, can bring about pacification of extreme weather patterns and stabilize and harmonize weather in any place, especially if the weather patterns are disturbed.
Secondly, Rinpoche wished to place a specially-made stone Buddha, carved in Bodhgaya, India, on the Antarctic ocean floor. (This was also done at the tip of South Africa where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, and in Tasman Bay, Nelson, New Zealand.) … Rinpoche says that for as long as these holy forms remain in the water they radiate the blessings of the Buddha. The water that comes in contact with these holy forms becomes blessed, and carries the blessing around the whole of the ocean. Subsequently, whatever comes in contact with that blessed water receives the blessing as well.
Thirdly, [Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche and Alak Rinpoche] wished to visit Antarctica in order to perform pujas on the actual Antarctic continent.
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