A Long Life ceremony for Khyongla Rinpoche offered by Zopa Rinpoche

Rinpoche leaves his room below the main temple in Dharamsala

Rinpoche leaves his room below the main temple in Dharamsala

to make his way to Tushita

to make his way to Tushita

where Lama Zopa Rinpoche welcomes him

where Lama Zopa Rinpoche welcomes him

Zopa Rinpoche makes prostrations which Khyongla Rinpoche stands for

Zopa Rinpoche makes prostrations which Khyongla Rinpoche stands for

And then Zopa Rinpoche makes a mandala offering, a symbolic offering of the entire universe and part of the ceremony requesting that Rinpoche live long.

And then Zopa Rinpoche makes a mandala offering, a symbolic offering of the entire universe and part of the ceremony requesting that Rinpoche live long.

Other lamas offer their respects; Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche—the reincarnation of one of the HH the Dalai Lama’s debating partners and a teacher of Khyongla Rinpoche’s—makes offerings. Behind him is Dragri Rinpoche from who’s predecessor Khyongla Rinpoche received many teachings in Tibet.

Other lamas offer their respects; Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche—the reincarnation of one of the HH the Dalai Lama’s debating partners and a teacher of Khyongla Rinpoche’s—makes offerings. Behind him is Dragri Rinpoche from who’s predecessor Khyongla Rinpoche received many teachings in Tibet.

Monks of Rato and other monasteries then offer white khatas as a sign of the purity of their thoughts toward Rinpoche

Monks of Rato and other monasteries then offer white khatas as a sign of the purity of their thoughts toward Rinpoche

Rinpoche awaits a khata to offer to the throne of His Holiness

Rinpoche awaits a khata to offer to the throne of His Holiness

The important guests are offered a seat for the group photograph

The important guests are offered a seat for the group photograph

Zopa Rinpoche is seated

Zopa Rinpoche is seated

And then it’s over

And then it’s over

Rinpoche returns to his room where he prays for the happiness of all sentient beings before gifts he received

Rinpoche returns to his room where he prays for the happiness of all sentient beings before gifts he received

Happy Losar

Go Karna!!!

Go Karna!!!

Go Go Go!!!

Go Go Go!!!

Brahma Moos for you

Brahma Moos for you

A peek at the sea

A peek at the sea

and back to Rato

and back to Rato

where cleaning begins

where cleaning begins

sweeping

sweeping

and decorating

and decorating

to prepare for our little monks’ exams

to prepare for our little monks’ exams

they clutch their texts

they clutch their texts

peek in

peek in

and recite what they have memorized

and recite what they have memorized

Tea?

Tea?

and then its over

and then its over

A local village

A local village

welcoming

welcoming

informal

informal

elegant

elegant

and young

and young

Back to my view

Back to my view

and to our world

and to our world

where pre Losar cleaning begins

where pre Losar cleaning begins

It’s a big affair

It’s a big affair

all join in

all join in

the cooks move out

the cooks move out

and then the fun begins

and then the fun begins

Happy Tibetan New Year!!!

Happy Tibetan New Year!!!

Happy New Year from Bodhgaya!

The Mahabodhi Temple and stupas

The Mahabodhi Temple and stupas

where people come to pray

where people come to pray

some come late

some come late

others enjoy their time

others enjoy their time

many prostrate

many prostrate

and meditate

and meditate

sitting before the place where Buddha attained enlightenment

sitting before the place where Buddha attained enlightenment

many pray

many pray

or make offerings before the images of Buddha

or make offerings before the images of Buddha

This is standing meditation

This is standing meditation

and this is life around the temple

and this is life around the temple

We are well protected

We are well protected

Police are attentive

Police are attentive

Many beggars needing our our support, just as we need the opportunity to be generous

Many beggars needing our our support, just as we need the opportunity to be generous

Tea is delicious

Tea is delicious

the street is alive

the street is alive

Nearby lives the lord

Nearby lives the lord

his tiger throne

his tiger throne

and cosy bed

and cosy bed

but what brings us here

but what brings us here

is Lord Buddha

is Lord Buddha

in all aspects

in all aspects

and settings

and settings

wishing you a happy new year

wishing you a happy new year