Sunday, 25 July 2010

Lerab Ling says goodbye to Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche

An estimated 5,000 people around the world watched the live streaming
of Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche's teaching at Lerab Ling.
Photo: Bart de Natris

Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche concluded his visit to Lerab Ling with a promise to return after taking part in six days of celebrations with Rigpa students in southern France.

Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche, who turned 17 last month, has travelled to the West for the first time to mark the centenary of the birth of his previous incarnation, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

Having begun his trip at La Sonnerie in the Dordogne, which was Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche's main seat in Europe, Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche was welcomed by Sogyal Rinpoche, Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche and 1,500 others as he arrived at Lerab Ling.

He was accomplanied by Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche's grandson and spiritual heir, and Matthieu Ricard, who spent many years as Khyentse Rinpoche's translator and attendant.

The highlight of the visit was the teaching that Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche gave in the temple as he spoke on The Lineage of Good Heart. It was watched live via a free internet stream by an estimated 5,000 people around the world, including Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche's mother in Bhutan.

Sogyal Rinpoche and Rabjam Rinpoche applaud as
Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche finishes his teaching.
Photo: Ane Damcho Drolma.

Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche granted the empowerments of Rangjung Peme Nyingtik and Pema Tseyi Nyingtik, 'mind treasures' revealed by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. He presided over a full day of practice in the temple on the anniversary of the birth of Guru Rinpoche, as well as a sang offering practice on the hilltop at Lerab Ling.

He also met teenagers from Rigpa's youth group, answering their questions on how they could apply the teachings in their lives, and gave an interview for View magazine.

Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche's visit came almost exactly 20 years after Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche gave his last major teachings in the West.

In welcoming Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche to Lerab Ling, Sogyal Rinpoche said: “At Prapoutel in 1990 I requested Khyentse Rinpoche to return and he promised that he would. We have been waiting ever since. And now today, that promise has come true. This is why it is so incredibly moving, and meaningful, Rinpoche, to welcome you here today.”

Each day was packed with opportunities to remember Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and to hear about the incredible amount he accomplished in the service of the Buddha's teachings.

Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche shared stories of the time
he spent with Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
Photo: Jens Arnoul

Rabjam Rinpoche and Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche both shared their own memories of Khyentse Rinpoche, and Matthieu Ricard showed photographs that he took during his time with Khyentse Rinpoche.

There was a screening of Brilliant Moon, the recent film made by Neten Chokling Rinpoche about Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche's life, as well as an exhibition of some of the relics and artefacts that belonged to Khyentse Rinpoche, including relics of the Buddha.

Matthieu Ricard shows a selection
of his photographs in the temple.
Photo: Jon Schmidt

Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche's travels will now take him to Portugal, Croatia, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia before the centenary celebrations conclude at Bodhgaya, India in December.

As he prepared to leave, Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche said: "I won't forget to come back again to Lerab Ling."

For more photos of the visit, click here.

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