The Rinchen Terdzod Empowerments

The First Day

The Rinchen Terdzöd empowerments began on the auspicious tenth day of the ninth lunar month with Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche bestowing the Minling Dorsem empowerment to the gathered assembly. The Terdzöd began with the elaborate mandala offering and the body, speech, and mind offerings to Kyabje Tsetrul Rinpoche by Sangyum Kushog.

Sangyum Kushog offering mandala

Photo Credit: Sangyum Kushog offers the mandala at the commencement of the Terdzöd ©2009 Mindrolling International

During the empowerment, Kyabje Tsetrul Rinpoche requested His Holiness Yangsi Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche to distribute the first vase empowerment to the entire assembly. This touching gesture warmly reminded many of the previous Rinchen Terdzöd, kindly bestowed here by Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche thirty years ago at the request of the Mindrolling Monastery.

Yangsi Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche bestowing vase empowerment

Photo Credit: Yangsi Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche bestowing the vase empowerment to the assembly ©2009 Mindrolling International

Several of the gathered assembly who were fortunate enough to have been present for those transmissions so many years ago were greatly moved and remarked about such an auspicious coincidence and the wonderful tendrel at the start of these rare and precious transmissions.

Monks attending the empowerments

Photo Credit: Monks attending the empowerments
©2009 Mindrolling International

The entire assembly felt the immense blessings of the day and, particularly, of receiving such a precious transmission as the Minling Dorsem which contains the single essence of all deities. As one person said, "everyone greatly appreciated their good fortune, considering the rarity of finding this human birth, the even greater rarity of meeting the Dharma and the inconceivable rarity of being able to receive the Rinchen Terdzöd from such a great master and that there was no hardship too great to bear to receive these precious empowerments."

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