Friday, 29 May 2009

Paris Centre Buddha Statue Consecrated by Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche

On Saturday, the day of the birth of the Buddha, both Sogyal Rinpoche and Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche visited Rigpa's Paris Centre.

They both taught and Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche performed a consecration ceremony, or
Rabne, of the large Buddha statue in the main shrine room.

Soygal Rinpoche previously conducted a Rabne of the statue when it was installed in September 2008.

Sogyal Rinpoche taught on the importance of practising during the current month of Saga Dawa.

The fourth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar, Saga Dawa, is considered to be the most important month of the year for practice since, according to Tibetan tradition, Buddha's birth, enlightenment and parinirvana all fall within this period.

That day, known as Saga Dawa Düchen, falls next Sunday (7 June).

It was an auspicious day then for Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche's Rabne of the statue and the newly renovated centre.
The Buddha statue is a replica of the seven metre high Buddha statue in the temple at Lerab Ling, Rigpa's main retreat centre located in southern France.
These Buddha statues are made in the image of the most famous Buddha image, located at Bodhgaya in India where Buddha attained enlightenment.

Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche also taught on the practice of Tendrel Nyesel, highlighting the importance of embodying and practising the Dharma in everyday life.

(Photos courtesy of Astrid Hubert).

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