July 29, 2009

7/29/09 Sakya Trizin Rinpoche

This past week His Holiness Sakya Trizin Rinpoche has been teaching at Pethub Monastery. Gyatso and the other directors invited His Holiness to come to the center to give a private teaching to 70 special guests including a member of parliament, board members, the sangha, and the staff. Besides our center security guards, the police arranged for four cadets to help with crowd control. His Holiness spoke for about an hour on Re-igniting Buddhism in Mongolia. Afterword, a few people joined His Holiness for a light meal in the Cafe's new meeting room. A very auspicious first guest.

Everyone listening intently

About 70 people filled to gompa to hear

His Holiness The Sakya Trizin Rinpoche

His Holiness Sakya Trizin Rinpoche is the head of the Sakya school and according to His Holiness the Dalai Lama one of the most important representatives of Tibetan Buddhism. He belongs to the very old, high-ranking Khoen family, whose history can be traced back to the first days of Tibet. From an early age on he gave empowerments and oral transmissions. In 1951, the Sakya Trizin made a pilgrimage to Lhasa. There, at the age of six, he was designated as the Throne Holder of the Sakya Order by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Accordingly, the next year, a preliminary enthronement ceremony was performed in which he accepted the official seals of the office of the Sakya Trizin. In 1959, at the age of fourteen, he was formally enthroned as the Sakya Trizin. In the same year he and his entourage left Tibet.

At the end of the teaching, I was one of the last to ask for his blessing. He seemed happy to find an American working at a dharma center in Mongolia.

Among the nuns, Ani Tenzin, 98, is happy to be here

Mani resting up before the big event today