We are happy to report that Khenpo Gyurme and Tulku Tashi, two of Rinpoche’s principal Lamas, visited the Yongey Buddhist Center this month. Khenpo Gyurme is the Principal of Rinpoche’s Tergar Osel Ling Monastery and has visited the Center several times. Tulku Tashi is a recent graduate of Osel Ling and visiting the United States for the first time. Both have been taking classes in Madison, Wisconsin, for the past 6 months and improving their English.
Khenpo and Tulku’s arrival was celebrated with members at a Welcome Dinner at the Mayflower Restaurant on Labor Day. Early the next morning, they journeyed up to Pal Karma Dorje Dzingpa Ling Retreat Land where they visited the Enlightenment Stupa and the new Dorje Palmo Memorial. While at the land, they helped arrange for new Thankas to be placed in the Shrine Hall.
Upon returning to the Center, Khenpo and Tulku met with members and helped prepare several Buddhist statues for consecration. Over 50,000 mantras were printed and rolled into miniature scrolls for the statues along with precious stones and incense. The four statues were completed early Sunday morning and blessed just as the members arrived to celebrate the Sayei Ningpo Bodhisattva Birthday with Sutra chanting and food offering. Tsangsar Rinpoche also came for the celebrations and met with Khenpo and Tulku.
After the chanting practice, Khenpo Gyurme and Tulku Tashi each talked on their study programs at Madison and the weekend teachings they have been giving to the local Tergar students. Following the talks, the members enjoyed a vegetarian pot luck lunch out on the patio behind the Center. In the afternoon, Tulku Tashi gave a slide presentation on the construction work at Osel Ling and future plans for the monastery.
On Tuesday, Khenpo Gyurme returned to Madison to collect his things and journey back to Kathmandu where he will be starting a new international student program at the monastery. Tulku Tashi also returned to Madison but will be staying for continued studies at the University of Wisconsin. We are extremely grateful for Khenpo Gyurme and Tulku Tashi’s time and effort in visiting the Yongey Buddhist Center and for their special guidance and teachings while here.
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