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