The Rinchen Terdzod Empowerments

Bestowing the Final Empowerment

The conclusion for the wang of the Rinchen Terdzöd came on March 14th, 2009 (19th day of the 1st lunar month) after Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche transmitted the final and 787th abhisheka to the entire fortunate sangha. Everyone in the vast gathering was greatly moved during the bestowal of the final empowerment. Many were moved to tears when Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche addressed the gathering and as a display of great humility thanked everyone in attendance and told everyone how happy he was to have been able to fully transmit the Rinchen Terdzöd to everyone present and to the next generation of great teachers. Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche asked everyone to be kind and practice daily as the samaya of the Terdzöd transmissions. Extensive prayers and dedication were done at the end of the day.

 Gathered  sangha of the Rinchen Terdzöd receives the last empowerment

Photo credit: Gathered sangha of the Rinchen Terdzöd receives the last empowerment of mnga' dbang rin chen 'bar ba'i dbang ©2009 Mindrolling International

The following morning Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche bestowed upon the entire assembly the abhishekas of The Blazing Jewel of Attainment of Mastery (mnga' dbang rin chen 'bar ba'i dbang) and The Empowerment of Textual Transmission from the Lama Gongdü cycle (pus ti'i lung gi dbang). This first transmission is a detailed empowerment through which everyone who received the Rinchen Terdzöd was formally empowered as a holder of the profound Rinchen Terdzöd transmissions. This empowerment follows the exact procedure of the enthronement of kings in the past with the bestowal to the entire gathered assembly with the attributes of a monarch. The second empowerment is the condensed essence of the entire Rinchen Terdzöd and the nine yanas contained therein. This is also known as the empowerment for the spread of the transmissions (spel ba'I dbang) meaning through the bestowal of this empowerment the entire fortunate gathering who received the Rinchen Terdzöd are empowered by the Vajra Master to hence forth spread and propagate the Rinchen Terdzöd and all of the empowerments contained within it.

Eminent Rinpoches and tulkus receiving the last empowerment of the Rinchen Terdzöd

Photo credit: His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, His Holiness Khamtrul Rinpoche, His Eminence Tsoknyi Rinpoche and other gathered tulkus receiving the last empowerment of mnga' dbang rin chen 'bar ba'i dbang ©2009 Mindrolling International

Eminent Rinpoches and tulkus receiving the last empowerment of the Rinchen Terdzöd

Photo credit: His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, His Holiness Khamtrul Rinpoche, and His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche receiving the last empowerment mnga' dbang rin chen 'bar ba'i dbang.©2009 Mindrolling International

His  Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and His Holiness Khamtrul Rinpoche receiving  the last empowerment of the Rinchen Terdzöd

Photo credit: His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and His Holiness Khamtrul Rinpoche receiving the last empowerment of mnga' dbang rin chen 'bar ba'i dbang
©2009 Mindrolling International

His  Holiness Khamtrul Rinpoche and His Eminence Tsoknyi Rinpoche receive the last empowerment of the Rinchen Terdzöd

Photo credit: His Holiness Khamtrul Rinpoche and His Eminence Tsoknyi Rinpoche receive the last empowerment of mnga' dbang rin chen 'bar ba'i dbang
©2009 Mindrolling International

The Mindrolling family receiving the last empowerment of the Rinchen Terdzöd

Photo credit: Her Eminence Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche, Mindrolling Jetsün Dechen Paldrön, and Minling Sangyum Kushog receiving the last empowerment of mnga' dbang rin chen 'bar ba'i dbang ©2009 Mindrolling International

Senior  Teachers receive the last empowerment of the Rinchen Terdzöd

Photo credit: Senior Teachers receive the last empowerment of mnga' dbang rin chen 'bar ba'i dbang ©2009 Mindrolling International

Handing out the Rinchen Terdzöd texts as an implement of the empowerment

Photo credit: Venerable Tulku Drakpa Rinpoche hands out volumes of the Terdzöd texts to the tulkus and Rinpoches as one of the implements for the final empowerment of the Rinchen Terdzöd. ©2009 Mindrolling International

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