The Rinchen Terdzod Empowerments

For A New Generation: Empowerments 2008-09

It was the wish of Kyabje Mindrolling Trichen Rinpoche that the Rinchen Terdzöd be bestowed, once again, for the new generation of teachers and students of Tibetan Buddhism and for the continuation and flourishing of Tibetan Buddhism in general, and of the Nyingma School, the Sublime Tradition of the Ancient Translations, in particular. In accordance with the wishes of Kyabje Mindrolling Trichen, her root guru and father, Her Eminence Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche is sponsoring the entire event. In the past too, Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche had sponsored the Kama empowerments in 1997-98 bestowed by Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche and the entire Minling Chökhor (transmissions and empowerments particular to the Mindrolling lineage) in 2007 bestowed by Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche in accordance with the wishes of Kyabje Mindrolling Trichen.

Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche pays his respects to the kudung of His Holiness Mindrolling Trichen Rinpoche

Photo Credit: Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche pays his respects to the kudung of His Holiness Mindrolling Trichen Rinpoche ©2009 Mindrolling International

In the face of repeated heartfelt supplications to Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche by the sangha of Mindrolling to bestow the Rinchen Terdzöd for the benefit of all practitioners of the Buddhadharma, to the great good fortune and joy of everyone at Mindrolling, Rinpoche most graciously agreed.

Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche bestowing the empowerments

Photo Credit: Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche bestowing the Rinchen Terdzöd empowerments ©2009 Mindrolling International

On the 7th of November the entire sangha of those gathered to receive the Rinchen Terdzöd joined together to welcome Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche to Mindrolling. A long procession of rinpoches, khenpos, monks, nuns and lay practitioners from all over the world stood along the road leading into Mindrolling to joyously receive Kyabje Tsetrul Rinpoche.

Eminent rinpoches receiving the empowerments

Photo Credit: Eminent rinpoches receiving the Rinchen Terdzöd empowerment ©2009 Mindrolling International

From the beginning of the month of November, thousands had begun to gather in Mindrolling to receive the Rinchen Terdzöd. The gathered assembly includes many pre-eminent masters of Tibetan Buddhism including His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, His Holiness Khamtrul Rinpoche, His Eminence Yangsi Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, His Eminence Lhatul Rinpoche, His Eminence Chögön Rinpoche, His Eminence Tsoknyi Rinpoche and His Eminence Nechung Kuten Rinpoche.

Rinpoches and tulkus gather to receive the empowerments

Photo Credit: Large gathering of eminent rinpoches and tulkus gathered to receive the Rinchen Terdzöd empowerment ©2009 Mindrolling International

In addition, 170 tulkus, 50 khenpos, and more than 3,000 monks and nuns from the various schools and lineages of Tibetan Buddhism are gathered along with the Mindrolling sangha to receive the empowerments. There are also hundreds of Tibetan lay practitioners and students from all around the world.

Large gathering of people bear the the cold  to receive the Rinchen Terdzöd empowerments

Photo Credit: Large gathering of people bear the the cold to receive the Rinchen Terdzöd empowerments ©2009 Mindrolling International

All rinpoches, khenpos, monks, and nuns are being offered housing and meals at the Mindrolling monastery.

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