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Lhamo Bhuti Tribute

Changling Rinpoche’s grandmother, Lhamo Bhuti, born in 1931, in the Shap Valley, southern Tibet, passed away peacefully at the family home in Kalimpong, on May 6th 2014.

Prayers were held for six days by Changling Rinpoche and lamas from Shechen Monastery, at Gelug Monastery with Zedar Chode as well as other lamas, and at the Mindrolling and Sakya Centres.

Lhamo is survived by her two sons, Gyatso (wife Tseten), son Kalden, one daughter Dhundup Dolma, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Momo La was cremated this past Monday, May 12th at the Tashiding Monastery of the Nyingmapa order, near Yuksom, Sikkim, India.

First Year Anniversary of His Holiness Trulshik Rinpoche Parinirvana

Wednesday 22nd August 2012 marks the First year Anniversary of His Holiness Trulshik Rinpoche’s Parinirvana. Lotus Speech Australia would like to observe this occasion with Nyang Troma Practice and Tsok Offering on Wednesday 22nd August 2012 at 7.30 pm to be held at 8 Avis Court, Forest Hill 3131. We supplicate and pray for the swift rebirth of His Holiness Trulshik Rinpoche.

Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche

Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche as Supreme Head of Nyingmapa

Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche will meet with His Holiness Dalai Lama on the 4th June 2012 at 8 am in Dharamsala after which he will be officially the Supreme Head of Nyingmapa School of Tibetan Buddhism.

Lotus Speech Australia rejoices at  this wonderful news and supplicate for the long life of Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche and may all his activities prosper and flourish.

Shechen Rabjam

Rinpoche to teach progressively on Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s treasures, 2011 onwards.

Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche
Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche

After repeated requests, Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche has agreed to teach a group of committed students the complete spiritual path based on the spiritual treasures (termas) of his guru and grandfather, Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

This will be offered at the annual Shechen Seminar at Bodhgaya, India and will follow the same practice program used for the graduates of Shechen Monastic College.  The teaching series is now offered in  English to students who are interested in this practice.

This first three years of the program will focus on the preliminary practices (ngondro) according to The Spontaneously Arisen Heart Essence of Padmasambhava (Rangjung Pema Nyingtik) a mind treasure of Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.  Further details of this essential teaching series is posted by  Lotus Speech Canada.   This is a wonderful opportunity for all students.

Khenchen Pema Sherab confers the empowerment of the KarLing ShyiTro in Melbourne, Sep 2010.

Hosted under the auspices of  Lotus Speech Australia,  Khenchen Pema Sherab, conferred the empowerment of Karma Lingpa’s ShyiTro 100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities at Box Hill Town Hall, Melbourne over three days.

Khenchen la’s first visit to Australia delighted many students from dharma centres across Australia.  Khenchen la was accompanied by his excellent translator Sonam Tsewang and Ani Dawa Sherpa, all from Namdroling Monastery, India.

Over two weeks, Khenchen la taught progressively at Lotus Speech, Forest Hill, Melbourne, on Lama Mipham’s instruction The Wheel of Analysis and Meditation.   Khenchen la also taught on the practice of Lojong at Rigpa Melbourne to the delight of all present.  We certainly hope that Khenchen la returns to Australia again!

Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche at the Century of Blessings in Vancouver, Aug 2010

The Century of Blessings Celebrations continued in Canada with Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche, Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, Changling Rinpoche and Matthieu Ricard at the First Nations Longhouse at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, in August 2010, hosted under the auspicises of Lotus Speech Canada.

Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche taught on Lineage of Good Heart and conferred  the empowerment of the Rangjung Padmai Nyingthig, a treasure of his predecessor Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, on the 400 students present.

Kyabje Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche taught on  the essential practice of guruyoga.  Matthieu Ricard delighted all with his visual illumination of Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s wonderous life and activity.

What a wonderful and joyous time was had by all!

Everone present was touched by Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche’s genuine warmth, insight, compassion and humble humour.

Three representatives of Lotus Speech Australia journeyed across the Pacific to the Celebrations in Vancouver, and all came away richer for the experience.  What a delight to meet our fellow vajra brothers and sisters and receive empowerment from Kyabje Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche all together in the same mandala!

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Changling Rinpoche’s Teaching Program in the UK, Sept 2010

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Kilaya Drubchen and Celebrations, Bhutan, May 2010

As a part of the 100 year Celebrations, the Kilaya Drubchen of Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s NyakLug Phurba treasure is underway  in Thimpu,  Bhutan.

Kyabje Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche, Kyabje Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, Changling Rinpoche and many others in a great gathering have been practicing for the benefit of all to reduce and eliminate obstacles.

Thousands of Bhutanese students came to pay their respects to Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche and continue the Celebrations at Thimbu and Paro Taksang, where Kyabje Dilo Khyentse RInpoche was cremated.

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s Collected Works in English

The collected works of Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche are now available in English in a three volume set.

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Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche, Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche and Changling Rinpoche visit HH Dalai Lama in Daramsala, April 2010

Khyentse Yangsi, Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche and Changling Rinpoche visited  Bir Daramsala from 21st – 25th April, visiting 7 monasteries, 1 nunnery and 1 school for the disabled.

They met  with HH the Dalai Lama,  offering the long life sadhana for His Holiness’ long life.

See these wonderful and inspiring photos on facebook of this visit!

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Opening of the Century of Blessings in Kathmandu, Feb 2010

Lotus Speech members from Australia, Canada and Hong Kong all gathered in Kathmandu during February and March for the Opening Ceremonies of Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche’s first teaching year.

Many renowned teachers and lineage masters were present. The Ceremonies continued with a Vajrasattva Drubchen to purify the way for the rest of Yangsi Rinpoche’s current teaching tour this year.

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Lotus Speech Helps!

Rinpoche’s center in Kalimpong (near Lava) is a small quaint temple that  supports 6 monks and 2 nuns as well as a few hundred devout Sikkimese country folk.  Their senior lama, Lama Tsundro, now in his early 80’s, was a student of the previous Changling Rinpoche.

Under Lama Tsundro’s tutelage, community members have turned their minds towards the Buddhist path.  The center is an important part of their daily lives, and even during school holidays most of the student body and their parents attend week-long retreats.

Changling Rinpoche visited this center in November 2008 to bestow long-life empowerments and the transmission of Vajrayogini coming from Rechungpa.  Well over 400 pilgrims made the trek to the center; many had journeyed by foot for three days or more.

Trevor Jones, Lotus Speech Canada, had the privilege of staying in the temple compound while attending the empowerments.  After three days it became quite apparent to Trevor that the one and a half very small outbuildings that accommodated eight monastics was clearly inadequate.  There were five people, and at times more, sleeping head to toe in a 3m x 3m shed.  Seeing this, Trevor committed to helping to build better housing.

In April of this year Lotus Speech Canada gave $5,000 to initiate construction of a new dormitory and kitchen.  With progress well under way, it was determined that another $5,000 was required to see the project through to completion.  Thanks to the compassionate and generous donations made by the Lotus Speech sangha, these funds have been met.

Thanks to one generous donor the building of the Changling Rinpoche’s Monastery in Kalimpong is now complete and ready to house more Monks and Nuns to carry on the rare Rechungpa Lineage.   If you would like to contribute a one time donation or make monthly contributions to support these monks and nuns please email info@lotusspeech.ca.

This is a good example of what can be achieved throughout Lotus Speech with a generous attitude.   Nice work, Lotus Speech Canada!