Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche bestowed the 250th empowerment of the Rinchen Terdzöd on the 27th of December, 2008. Having completed the section of the peaceful (zhi ba) and wrathful (‘khro bo) guru empowerments, Kyabje Tsetrul Rinpoche is currently bestowing the Yidam section.
Rinpoche’s tireless effort and great thoroughness in bestowing the empowerments has been an extraordinary blessing and an inspiration to all of the fortunate assembled practitioners. While the assembly shows visible signs of tiredness near the end of the day’s empowerments, Rinpoche appears unaffected by the long hours required to bestow several empowerments each day. It is truly an incredible blessing for those who traveled from near and far to simply be in the presence of such a great teacher, to say nothing of receiving such extensive and precious empowerments from Rinpoche.
His Eminence Namkhai Nyingpo Rinpoche continues to bestow the lung of the Rinchen Terdzöd. Rinpoche’s great kindness in bestowing the lung has been a moving and inspirational experience for the assembly. His Eminence completed 30 volumes of the Rinchen Terdzöd as of 27th of December, 2008.
The rhythm of life during the empowerments has become well established for the participants. In order to accommodate more than 3,000 attendees, many changes to the Mindrolling monastery’s facilities and organization have been needed. The monastery staff has worked very joyously and with dedication to provide the best possible faciilities to all visiting monks and nuns. Any spare rooms have been converted into dormitory space. The food service has been relocated. Various crews for every area of hospitality have been set up and have worked diligently to keep the monastery clean and functioning well. Visiting attendees have happily joined in helping wherever there is an opportunity. To see such a large event with such great teachers as Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche and His Eminence Namkhai Nyingpo Rinpoche showering such extraordinary and profound blessings and seeing the sangha with such joy at its great good fortune and its desire to help in any way possible, has been truly moving and inspiring for all who have witnessed even one day of it.