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An Interview with HE Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

Monday, 24 August 2015 09:01 Published in Interviews

"So likewise, any kind of pilgrimage such as the pilgrimage to the stupa here is supposed to remind us of awareness, compassion, the hero and the examples of compassion and kindness that are Buddhas and the bodhisattvas."

An interview with His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa

Wednesday, 08 July 2015 05:40 Published in Interviews

“Without appreciation, our life is like plastic. Not only do we have to remove the non-biodegradable rubbish from our external environment, we have to clear that from our mind too!”

Since arriving in India from Tibet in 2000, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, has emerged as one of the most dynamic thought leaders of our time. As head of a major school of Tibetan Buddhism, the Karmapa plays a key role in preserving Tibetan religion and culture. Yet his call to create a more compassionate future is addressed directly to 21st-century global society, and has inspired millions of people worldwide. During the twelve years that the Karmapa has lived in India as a refugee, he has often called for action on environmental and women’s issues.A committed vegetarian, he has also spoken out against cruelty to animals.

The Very Ven. 9th Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

Thursday, 30 May 2013 08:53 Published in Interviews

The 9th Thrangu Rinpoche was born in Tibet in 1933 on the 10th day of the 10th Tibetan month which is one of the most special Guru Rinpoche days. When he was three years old he was identified by HH Karmapa and HE Tai Situpa Rinpoche as being the 9th Thrangu Rinpoche. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche is one of the foremost teachers of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. As well as being the senior scholar of the lineage he was given the degree of Geshe Rabjam, the highest scholastic degree, by the Dalai Lama. He is also an acknowledged master of Mahamudra meditation. Thrangu Rinpoche is the ninth reincarnation of the Thrangu lineage.

The 7th Karmapa recognized the first Thrangu Glossary Link tulku as the emanation of Palgyi Sengay, one of the twentyfive disciples of Guru Rinpoche. Given the name, Thrangu Rinpoche, he was then established by the Karmapa in his own monastery, Pal Thrangu Tashi Choling, in the eastern region of Tibet know as Kham. The monastic college for higher Buddhist studies there became one of the great seats of learning in Tibet. The famous master Mipham Rinpoche stayed there for some time as well as Khenpo Gangshar.Thrangu Rinpoche escaped from Tibet after the Chinese invasion, finally reaching Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim where the l6th Karmapa had settled. The Karmapa appointed him Chief Abbott of Rumtek Monastery and the Nalanda Monastic College. Thrangu Rinpoche is presently the main teacher of the 17th Karmapa, Orgyen Thinley and was teacher of the four regents of the Kagyu lineage and many of the Kagyu tulkus while at Rumtek.

Thrangu Rinpoche’s main residence and administrative center is Thrangu Tashi Choling Monastery which he established in Boudha, Nepal by the great Stupa of Boudha. Rinpoche lives mainly while in Nepal in Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery at Namo Buddha where he has his own monastic college. There are several other monasteries under Rinpoche in the northern areas of Manang, Nar, Nubri and Tatopani and also in Lumbini .Rinpoche also founded Thrangu Tara Abbey, a nunnery near Kathmandu, a school for children of Tibetan and Himalayan cultures in Boudha and The Vajra Vidya Institute for Buddhist Studies in Sarnath, India, where the Buddha gave the first cycle of teachings. Thrangu Monastery in Tibet was devastated by an earthquake in 2010 and is being rebuilt. Thrangu Rinpoche is also founder of many Buddhist centers and foundations in the West, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

An Interview With Dr. Sanduk Ruit “God of Sight”

Thursday, 11 October 2012 11:27 Published in Interviews

Dr. Sanduk Ruit’s mission is to bring eyesight to anyone who needs it, regardless of his or her ability to pay with pre- and post-operative care that rivals the highest quality health care throughout the world. Dr. Ruit developed a suture less form of cataract surgery, a technique allowing safe, high-volume, low-budget operations. A masterful surgeon, he performs dozens of flawless cataract operations at eye camps over a 12-hour day. Working tirelessly at the operating table he says “the surgical chair is the most comfortable place on Earth I have.”

Dr. Ruit helped found the Tilganga Eye Centre in 1994. Tilganga treats 2,500 patients a week and surgery fees are waived for the needy. Because many of the poor and blind cannot make it to Kathmandu, Dr. Ruit reaches out to them by trekking into remote parts of Nepal and throughout the Himalayas. Dr. Ruit and colleagues from Tilganga have worked as far afield as North Korea, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Ethiopia and Ghana.

sandukSanduk Ruit was born in Olangchungola, Nepal, a remote village in Eastern Nepal. The nearest school was a week’s walk away. There were no health posts. Ruit’s sister died of tuberculosis when he was 17. This experience led him to become a doctor. Ruit completed a three-year ophthalmology residency at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi, India. He returned to Nepal. In 1980, while working on a Nepal Blindness Survey, he met Fred Hollows who became his mentor. Fred helped make his life goal clear: the restoration of eyesight to people who were unnecessarily blind. In 1986, Sanduk Ruit studied with Hollows for 14 months at Sydney’s Prince of Wales Hospital in Australia.

Hollows and Ruit held the conviction that all people with treatable blindness have the right to restored eyesight; and that people in developing countries deserve access to the same quality of care and technology as people in the developed world. They also shared an ambitious vision: the elimination of avoidable blindness in the Himalayan region.

In Australia, Sanduk Ruit learned the latest cataract micro-surgery technique using implanted intraocular lenses. He took his knowledge to the poorest of the poor. Today he continues to trek through the most remote regions of Nepal conducting eye camps and restoring sight to thousands of the blind.

Dr. Ruit has received many awards in recognition of his work. He was awarded with the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2006 and Thailand’s Prince Mahidol Award in 2007. In 2010, he received one of Nepal’s greatest honours – the Ujjwol Kirtimaya Rashtra Deep award for his medical contributions to the country.

His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin

Tuesday, 31 January 2012 06:34 Published in Interviews

Considered second only to His Holiness Dalai Lama in the spiritual hierarchy of Tibetan Buddhism, His Holiness the Sakya Trizin is the revered 41st Patriarch of the unbroken lineage of Khon and the head of the Sakya tradition, one of the four main traditions of Tibetan Buddhism dating back to 1073. ‘Sakya Trizin’ means ‘Throne Holder of the Sakya’. The Sakya teachings are held to be especially strong and powerful because the family holds the Emanation of Manjushri within itself. At the core of these teachings, along with the Lam Dre, is the lineage of the 13 Golden Dharmas. Born in 1945 in Tibet, His Holiness was formally enthroned at the age of 14. His Holiness moved to India in year 1959, establishing the Sakya Guru monastery in Darjeeling. Since year 1959, His Holiness has worked tirelessly, teaching extensively and establishing over thirty monasteries in India and Nepal. He has also overseen the founding of Sakya centers all around the world.

Tribute to Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche

Friday, 27 January 2012 10:21 Published in Articles

H.H. Trulshik Rinpoche Has Passed Away

His Holiness Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche passed into parinirvana at the age 88, on 2nd September 2011, due to deteriorating health. His Holiness was one of the most accomplished modern masters of the Nyingma lineage. A lineage holder of many dharma lineages and a teacher of many of the present day Tibetan masters including the H.H. Dalai Lama, the 16th Karmapa Dilgo Khyentse, and Glossary Link Tulku Ugyen. He had also been involved in the recognition of the reincarnations of some well‐known Rinpoches; Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse, amongst others. It is said that thirty of His Holiness’s previous incarnations have been in India, one of which was Ananda, the disciple of the Buddha who persuaded the Buddha to allow women to take ordination. Seventeen of his previous incarnations were in Tibet. His knowledge is said to be extensive in Vajrayana, Mahayana, and Hinayana Buddhism. He is seen as the highest Vajra guru and the recognized reincarnation of Terton Dongak Lingpa and other major masters of Tibet and India.

Tribute to Lama Lhundrup La

Tuesday, 27 September 2011 11:32 Published in Articles

Mother, Father, Teacher, Friend:
The Incomparable Kindness of Kopan’s
Treasured Khensur Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup Rigsel 

Monastic Schools in Boudha

Friday, 29 July 2011 10:24 Published in Articles

Tibetan Buddhism is also called Lamaism, after the monks or lamas. This indicates the important place of the monastic world in the religious concept. Today, there are four major orders in Tibetan Buddhism: Nyingmapa, Kagyupa, Sakyapa and Gelugpa, each with a number of sub-sects:

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