Tuesday, 2 October 2012

An end and a beginning ...

Sunday marked the end of the series of summer retreats here at Lerab Ling and the whole summer has been an incredibly precious and inspiring time. Not only have we received empowerments from Yangthang Rinpoche, and teachings from Samdhong Rinpoche, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, Orgyen Topgyal Rinpoche, and Khenpo Pema Sherab but for many of us the highlight of the whole summer was the presence of our own very dear teacher Sogyal Rinpoche. Now the summer is at an end but the programme of events here at Lerab Ling continues with teachings by Phakchok Rinpoche in October and a Kurukulla Drupchen in November presided over by Neten Chokling Rinpoche, Orgyen Topgyal Rinpoche, Sogyal Rinpoche and monks from Chokling Monastery in Bir, India, with the possible presence of other masters as well.
At the moment work is continuing on the commemorative stupa for Khandro Tsering Chödrön so Tulku Rigdzin Pema Rinpoche is back with us again to oversee and conduct the necessary ceremonies. In fact, Monday, the day after the end of the summer retreats, saw the filling of the next level of the stupa with, amongst other precious items, the whole of the Kangyur, the actual words of the Buddha, and the Tengyur, the treatises composed by the learned and accomplished masters of India and also Tibet―in other words the whole of the Tibetan Buddhist Canon.
On a personal level, the summer has been an opportunity for us nuns and monks to spend time together again which not only nourishes us and gives us joy but very much reminds us of the purpose of a monastic sangha―more on this later as it warrants a post of its own! In the meanwhile enjoy the photos of some very happy nuns taken on Monday when we had an afternoon free of duties and could just relax in the sunshine in our garden.
The Temple and the stupa are in the background of many of these photos. How extremely fortunate we are to live in this sacred realm .....

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