Have arrived in Taipei, one step closer to returning to Lerab Ling. (which I have been looking forward to returning to since I left at the end of November)
I'm here to spend time with Sogyal Rinpoche's Taiwan students, a small but utterly devoted sangha, who miss seeing their root teacher - I'm just a poor substitute, but at least by me coming here, they can be reminded that Rinpoche's cares for and loves them very much.
Today I met with Khamtrul Rinpoche, who spends a few months here every year as he finds the climate and diet are very good for his health. Next weekend, he will give the empowerment of the long, brief and medium Tendrel Nyesel to an expected audience of 1000 people. He feels that as many people as possible in Taiwan should be doing the Tendrel Nyesel practice.
Tendrel Nyesel thangka commissioned by Sogyal Rinpoche, under the guidance of Trulshik Rinpoche. Painted by Salga.
For me, it's very fortunate that I can be here at this time, in order to receive these empowerments again - it's certainly a sign of 'good tendrel'. Some of the monks and nuns at Lerab Ling have received the Tendrel Nyesel empowerment from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in March, 2003 when he bestowed the wang at Sogyal Rinpoche's request to thousands of lamas, monks, nuns and lay people including the 17th Karmapa. We have also received the empowerment a number of times from Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche, and have participated in the Drupchö of Tendrel Nyesel with Trulshik Rinpoche and hundreds of monks and nuns on three ocassions in Nepal! At Lerab Ling, we are practising Tendrel Nyesel ever single day, and the Drupchö is held there annually. In fact, Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche insists that it is far more powerful for us to practice this at Lerab Ling than anywhere else, as Sogyal Rinpoche is our vajra master, and it is his predecessor, Terton Sogyal, who revealed the terma, which was deciphered with the aid of the 13th Dalai Lama.
Terton Sogyal Lerab Lingpa
How fortunate to meet with this practice, which is so suited to this time. Certainly, it's custom made by the Buddhas for this degenerate time, especially when we see so many imbalances in the external elements, and so many disturbances in the minds of beings. I wonder if my brothers and sisters at Lerab Ling (or wherever else they are in the world now) would like to share a bit on how they experience the benefits of the practice of Tendrel Nyesel.