Francois (L) and Marion (R), who will be ordained by the Dalai Lama in India, and me (Tenpa Rabgye), with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the background.A long cherished wish is coming to a closer fulfilment this week when I leave Lerab Ling and France for 5 weeks in Dharamsala, India.
Ever since I was ordained by Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche in Nepal in 2006, I have deeply wished and aspired to receive full ordination within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
During the last 4 years, life as a monk in the pure land of Lerab Ling, Southern France has been a tremendous blessing and life-changing experience. With Buddhist monasticism truly taking root in the western hemisphere, I experience it as a very fortunate situation to be able to contribute, even in a small way, to the establishment of the Buddhist sangha here in the West.
For a few years now His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been ordaining Western Dharma students. Anyone who wishes to receive ordination with His Holiness must first formally apply and, after having received approval, participate in a pre-ordination course for 4 weeks, which is held in Tushita in Dharamsala. At the end of the course His Holiness will bestow the ordination ceremony.
I was advised to come with a very open and flexible mind because ordination will happen only when it happens. I pray, then, that all circumstances may be extremely favorable for His Holiness to bestow the ordination.
The fortunate Lerab Ling residents, Marion who is French, and Francois, who is Swiss, will join in this adventure. They will leave their lay identity behind and will embrace the monastic lifestyle.
This will be the first time that students of Sogyal Rinpoche’s students will have received ordination from His Holiness. In this regard it will be an historic event. I pray that as a result, many, many, many more will have the karma and the good fortune in the future to receive ordination with His Holiness and receive, train and uphold the authentic Buddha-Dharma for generations to come.
This is my first post about this upcoming event and I will post more to keep you informed and linked to this wonderful happening.