This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kyabjé Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. The celebrations commenced on 20 February with a three-day programme at Dilgo Khyentse’s Shechen Monastery, near the Boudha Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The festivities began with a traditional procession of lamas carrying sacred relics and personal artifacts of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. It seemed like every great master you could think of was there: Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s incarnation Khyentse Yangsi, Kyabjé Trulshik Rinpoche, Khamtrul Rinpoche, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Tenga Rinpoche, Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, all of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche’s sons (Chökyi Nyima, Tsikey Chokling, Tsoknyi and Mingyur Rinpoche), Neten Chokling Rinpoche, Tulku Urgyen Yangsi, Beru Khyentse Rinpoche, Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche, Pema Wangyal Rinpoche, Khenchen Namdrol, Khenchen Pema Sherab, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, and of course Sogyal Rinpoche, as well as many other rinpoches, lamas, khenpos and monks.
For three days, the assembly practised a Rimé Guru Yoga composed by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. On the evening of the first day, under a starry Kathmandu sky, more than a thousand people gathered in the courtyard of Shechen Monastery to watch a new and incredibly moving film about the life of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, directed by Neten Chokling Rinpoche.
All the buildings were glowing with garlands of light, adding an even more festive touch to the already electrifying atmosphere. Seeing all these amazing images of Khyentse Rinpoche and experiencing the love and devotion his students have, it felt like he was really present.
On the second day, there were performances of sacred dance and devotional songs. On the last day, offerings of body, speech and mind were made by the lamas to Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche (pictured above, and below with Sogyal Rinpoche). In the evening, Rabjam Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s grandson, led a Marmé Mönlam prayer to conclude the celebrations. It was so inspiring to see how Khyentse Rinpoche’s legacy is alive and thriving, and how his wishes are being fulfilled by Rabjam Rinpoche.
As part of this year's celebrations, Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche will visit several countries where his predecessor taught. Khyentse Yangsi and the sacred relics of Dilgo Khyentse will come to Lerab Ling this summer during the All Mandala Retreat, which begins on 14 July.
Report by Verena Pfeiffer. Photos by Jurek Schreiner.
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