Meeting the Dalai Lama
Part 2
8th June 2001 to 22nd June 2001

The Lords of Dharma in Dharamsala

HE the Jangtse Choje, Lord of Dharma of the Northern Peak, Rizong Rinpoche of Drepung Loseling Monastery, the next-in-line to the Ganden Tripa, Official Head of the holy Gelugpa Tradition. Great living master of unbridled power and compassion, accomplisher of impossible retreats in the remotest caves under the harshest conditions.

Jhado Rinpoche – Abbot of the prestigious Namgyal Monastery, the personal monastery of HH the Dalai Lama Himself. A gifted and gentle soul, student of the greatest masters of the 4 Tibetan Traditions. Polished non-sectarianism !! 

Jhado Rinpoche leading the elite monks of Namgyal Monastery in their daily prayers for peace and happiness of the world.

HE Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, the saintly retired Abbot of Ganden Monastery. Close friend and confidant of the Dalai Lama.

 Nechung Dorje Drakden – the great Protector of Tibet

Holy statue of Nechung, originally a fearful king-demonic spirit, later tamed by the great Guru Padmasambhava, becoming now the great Protector of the Dharma.

Grand Torma depicting Guru Padmasambhava and a form of Nechung

Nechung Rinpoche at the head of the holy community of monks during a puja session in Nechung Monastery – one of the most important monastery of Tibet. 

Nechung Kuten Rinpoche, gentle and kindly human receptacle of the awesome Protector.

 Holy Objects in Dharamsala

Magnificent statue of 1,000 Arm Avalokiteshvara of whom the Dalai Lama is believed to be the human embodiment.

Built at unspeakable sacrifice and cost by traumatized Tibetans who offered whatever they have managed to save in their flight to freedom in 1960.

This statue of the Buddha of Compassion exudes the very spirit of selfless love and the very essence of compassion, its thousand arms stretching forth in all directions, bringing hope and salvation to all beings from their treacherous and myriad sufferings in the pitiful and tragic pit of samsara.

Holy statue of the historical Lord Buddha Shakyamuni:

May we, like you, attain the highest state of Buddhahood, so that we may be able to liberate all sentient beings from their sufferings.

Like you, may we always take on all the sufferings of all pitiful mother beings and without reservation, completely and totally give away all our joy and happiness to all beings.

The great Guru Padmsambhava.

A gift by HH the late Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, then Head of the Nyingma Tradition, to HH the 14th Dalai Lama. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche is also one of the main Nyingma Gurus of the Dalai Lama as well as almost all other Teachers alive today.

Guru Padmasambhava, in this particular posture known as "Nangsi Zilnon" or "Complete Victorious Triumph over all Illusory Appearances", is the Father of Tibetan Buddhism, the singular, most important Master responsible for establishment of the Dharma in Tibet.

A most lovely painted scroll or "Thangka" depicting Vajradhara and Consort, the ultimate symbol of Buddhahood’s inseparability of Method and Wisdom.

Flanked at the top with Vajrakilaya and Kalachakra [ important Yidams of the Old and New Tantric Systems respectively ], Avalokiteshvara and Manjusri, at the side with Vajrapani and Vajrayogini, at the front with Hayagriva, at the lower sides with Nechung Dorje Drakden and Palden Lhamo Makzor Gyalmo [ important Protectors of the Teachings ].

In essence, the Yidams represent the exuberant, indescribable qualities of Buddhahood – accounting then for their usually wildly inspiring aspects !! .The Protectors represent the almost terrifying, unstoppable, while at the same time, compassionate activities of Buddhahood for the benefit of all beings. The dual Bodhisattvas, Avalokiteshvara and Manjusri, respectively represent Buddhahood’s absolute Compassion and omniscient Wisdom. Vajradhara, Himself, represent the Ultimate Guru, personified in our own human Teacher, quintessence of the Triple Gem, Three Roots and all positive qualities.

Peep of His Holiness's majestic temple complex.

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