Sunday, October 16, 2005

Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse and Khamtrul Rinpoche in Gangtok

This picture is on of the earliest photos taken after Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse left Tibet. He is seated with Khamtrul Tenpey Nyima, the head of the Drukpa Kagyu monastery that was to be built in Tashi Jong, Himachal Pradesh, on his left left. I was told that it was taken in Gangtok, after the passing of his Dzongsar Khyentse Chokyi Lodro, one of his two principal gurus.


Anonymous said...

what practise is being done here? Also, why are rituals done when great masters and meditators die, they don't need anyones help.


Erik Pema Kunsang said...

You are perfectly right and this is a very good question. Here is an answer I have heard. A great master or meditator does not necessarily need a ritual performed to ensure their spiritual progress, in the conventional sense. But then again, what is their real purpose? A great bodhisattva’s aim in life, as in the case of Dzongsar Khyentse Chokyi Lodro, was dedicated exclusively to upholding the lineages of the Buddhadharma and to promote peace and happiness for sentient beings, in numerous ways. The ceremony the disciples perform after a great master’s passing is therefore known as a gongdzog – fulfillment of wishes – a variety of ways to create merit and dedicating them to fulfilling the wishes of their master. It also helps strengthening their own aspirations towards enlightenment and moving closer to emulating their master’s activities.

Anonymous said...

Hello thanks for the great picture.
May I clearify that H.E. Khamtrul Rinpoche in the Picture is the 8th Khamtrul Dongyud Nyima and not Tenpey Nyima who was the sixth Khamtrul!