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Celebrating Vesak…

Vesak is the anniversary of the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana according to the Theravada tradition. It is one of the most holy days in the Buddhist calendar, celebrated by Buddhists throughout the world but especially in South East Asia.

On this day, lay Buddhists offer alms to the monastic community, to practice generosity and accumulate merit. The ordained Sangha are revered as holy objects of Refuge and their presence ensures the unbroken continuity of the Buddha’s teachings in our world.

The ordained sangha of Lerab Ling, are not able to go begging for alms according to the tradition established during the life of the Buddha—this is why they are taking their begging bowl on-line!

To commemorate this holy day with an act of generosity, you can make a donation online.

This year Vesak falls on 5 May, but alms will be gratefully received throughout the whole month of May.

As is traditional for a monastic community, they will offer prayers of dedication to their sponsors and the names of all donors will be included in our practice. In addition, they will send all donors a protection cord blessed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness Sakya Trizin, and many other masters, as a gesture of thanks.

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Kyabjé Trulshik Rinpoche: 1923-2011

Kyabjé Trulshik Rinpoche, the head of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism, passed away on September 2 at his monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Trulshik Rinpoche was one of the seniormost masters of the Tibetan tradition. He was considered as the heart son of both Kyabjé Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Kyabjé Dudjom Rinpoche, and was one of the teachers of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

He was much loved by the Rigpa sangha, and gave teachings and empowerments on several occasions in the United States, France and Germany. He provided guidance and advice throughout the construction of the temple at Lerab Ling, visiting in 2003 to bless the site, and returning in 2005 to give empowerments and transmissions at what was the first major event in the temple.

Trulshik Rinpoche lived in the Solu Khumbu region of north-eastern Nepal. Thubten Chöling, the monastery that he founded there, is renowned as one of the foremost centres for the monastic traditions of the Nyingma school.

After leaving Tibet in 1959, Rinpoche ordained nearly 10,000 monks and nuns, including members of Rigpa’s monastic community.

Trulshik Rinpoche became the head of the Nyingma school in 2010. He became a teacher to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as well as many of the younger generation of Nyingma lamas.

You can read more here.

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Aerial Views of Lerab Ling

This year it has been 20 years since the land was purchased on the beautiful Larzac Plateau in the Herault region of Southern France. Since opening in 1992, Lerab Ling has been blessed by visits from numerous great masters of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, most notably by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on two occasions, in 2000 and 2008.

The Lerab Ling temple, completed in 2006 and according to certain Tibetan masters, the largest and most authentic of its type in Europe was inaugurated in August 2008 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
thanks to Jan Pieters for braving the perfectly blue skies in a micro gyrocopter

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