Journeying to Phyang Monastery at Ladakh, India to Participate In the Avalokiteshvara Empowerment Puja and the Opening Ceremony for Hevajra Temple on July 16, 2013

On July 16th, 2013, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led 306 disciples from the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center to Ladakh in northern India to visit Phyang Monastery. There they participated in Master Marpa’s 1001st Annual Commemorative Puja and the opening ceremony for Hevajra Temple, supported by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, as well as the Avalokiteshvara Empowerment Puja, the Great Drikung Phowa transmission, and the Amitayus Empowerment Puja, all three of which were presided over personally by His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also led the Glorious Jewel disciples to seek the audience of his Three-Grace Root Guru, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang.

In the speech given during the opening ceremony, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang praised Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche as an extremely important person, a very precious treasure. A “Rinpoche” does not necessarily have to be reincarnated. Before awarding the title “Rinpoche,” one must look at the person’s spiritual characteristics, behavior, bearing, contributions to society, and so on. The title can be awarded to anyone; the person does not necessarily have to be a reincarnated Rinpoche. In addition, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang was very thankful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, who is the main sponsor of the Phyang Monastery and has also provided support for the construction and renovation of many monasteries in India and Tibet, including the famous Drikung Thil Monastery and its gilded roofs. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has continued to support Jangchubling Monastery on an annual basis and has also prepared a large sum of money in anticipation of constructing a three-story statue of Shakyamuni Buddha at the Phagmodrupa Center and renovating a monastery in the Kham district, the birthplace of Dharma lord—Kyobpa Jigten Sumgön. Furthermore, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche are planning on building a museum and a library there. In thanking Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s total support for the Order, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang bestowed gifts to him a sacred image of Master Marpa, as well as a precious piece of wooden artwork.

Updated on July 13, 2015