July & August
Ling Rinpoche visited Mongolia for the first time from July 19th to August 4th.
A press conference for the news media was held at the Corporate Hotel upon
his arrival in Ulaanbaatar. He began his visit at Gaden Theckchen Monastery,
Mongolia’s largest and principal monastery. He gave teachings and a commentary
there on the “Foundation of All Good Qualities”, visited the 102nd Ganden Tipa,
Rizong Rinpoche, and paid respects to the embalmed body of the 9th Khaka Jetsun Rinpoche.
Rinpoche also visited Pethup Monastery and was offered a mandala by
Bakula Rinpoche, Khensur Jado Rinpoche, its Abbot and assembly of monks.
Other activities during his visit in Ulaanbaatar included Rinpoche being received
by Mongolia’s President Batttulga, giving an introduction to Buddhism teaching,
and an Amitayus Long Life initiation for the people of Mongolia. He gave a public
talk at FPMT’s Do Ngag Shedrup Ling Center, blessed Penchen Woetul Rinpoche’s Dharma Centre, and was offered a performance by the internationally recognized
National Song and Dance Academic Ensemble of Mongolia, which preserves
traditional music and dance.
Ling Rinpoche also visited Sukhbaatar province. He was offered a Long Life ceremony at Erdene Manal Monastery and gave teachings there on the “Three Principle Aspects of the Path”. Rinpoche visited nomad communities in the province, blessed an area that has not received rain for a long time, and performed an animal liberation by releasing horses and sheep.
Daniel Aitken of Wisdom Publications visited Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala
to present him with a copy of “The Life of My Teacher”, a biography
of the 6th Kyabje Ling Rinpoche. It was written in the traditional style
of a Tibetan spiritual biography by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and translated into
English by Gavin Kilty for the Wisdom Publications edition, which was published
this month. This biography, the only one the Dalai Lama has written himself,
tells the story of his Senior Tutor he describes as the “greatest influence of my life”.
Ling Rinpoche consulted with the Nechung Oracle in trance and made offerings
to the monks at Nechung Monastery in Dharamsala.
On June 17th Ling Rinpoche gave a teaching on the Eight Verses of Thought
Transformation at the Tushita Meditation Centre in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala, India
Ling Rinpoche enrolled at Gyuto Tantric Monastery in Dharamsala, India
on April 9th to begin the traditional year of tantric studies after the completion
of a Geshe degree. He received a warm welcome from the Abbot, Disciplinarian,
Chanting Master, Administrators, Khangtsen Heads and assembly of monks.
The Ling Rinpoche lineage has a strong connection to Gyuto Monastery
with the 4th, 5th, and 6th incarnations serving as the Monastery’s Abbot.
Rinpoche participated in a debate in the presence of the Abbot and was later joined
by other Geshes. A traditional tea and rice ceremony and extensive Heruka Puja were performed.
Ling Rinpoche joined His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other Buddhist leaders at the 3-day International Buddhist Conference in Ragjir, Bihar, India. The Indian Government Ministry of Culture and the Nava Nalanda Mahavihara organized the conference on the relevance of Buddhism in the 21st Century. Participants came from many countries, including Japan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Burma, Cambodia and others. Rinpoche offered prayers at the holy sites of Nalanda and Bodhgaya during his visit to Bihar.
Ling Rinpoche visited Israel for the first time. He gave a public talk in Tel Aviv
on how to have a peaceful mind in a turbulent world. A two-day teaching on the
“8 Verses on Thought Transformation” was given at Neve Shalom. Rinpoche also
gave a three-day teaching on Tsongkhapa’s “Songs of Experience” at the Kibbutz
Yehiam, which was followed by Manjushri and Green Tara initiations on Chotrul
Duchen, the auspicious holy “Day of Miracles”.
Rinpoche enjoyed visiting the old city of Jerusalem and offered prayers at the
holy sites, including the “Wailing Wall”. During an interview on Israel’s Channel 1
he spoke of love, compassion and peace in this part of the world.
Rinpoche also visited the Dead Sea, the canyons in the Judean desert
surrounding Masada and Qasar El Yahud, the holy place of Jesus’ Baptism that’s
in the south of Israel near the Jordan border.