JOURNEY TO GADEN 2006

GADEN LACHI MAIN PRAYER HALL

In April 2006, I led a group of 63 pilgrims to Gaden Monastery, my very own monastery to make offerings of 3,000 Manjushri statues and 3,000 sets robes to the Sangha of Gaden. This trip took almost a year to prepare, involving sourcing for 3,000 Manjushri statues, getting the faces of the statues painted, inserting mantras, sewing the clothes for each of the 3,000 Manjushri statues and sourcing and cutting of maroon cloth for 3,000 sets of robes for the monks.

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Me (representing Kechara House as the sponsor of the offerings), inviting H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama (represented by H.H.’s picture) to the throne of H.H. at Gaden Lachi, the main prayer hall. A Lama Chopa puja sponsored by Kechara House was held prior to presenting the offerings of statues, robes, kuyong and food to the monks.

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Offering of food to the Sangha performing a Lama Chopa puja sponsored by Kechara House

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Me entering and making prostrations to the Sangha of Gaden

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Making a mandala offering to H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama at Gaden Lachi main prayer hall

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Offering a Manjushri statue to H.E. Sharpa Choeje Rinpoche

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Making offering of a Manjushri statue to H.E. Kensur Konchok Tsering Rinpoche

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Offering a Manjushri statue to H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche

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Gaden monks with a Manjushri statue and robes offered by Kechara House

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Representative of the monastery’s education department receiving offerings from me

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Explaining to the pilgrims the various sections of the monastery and its function

GADEN SHARTSE

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Leading the pilgrims to Gaden Shartse section of the monastery where I come from. I am an incumbent of Gaden Shartse.

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Making offerings of Body, Speech and Mind to the current incarnation of my Root Guru, H.H. Kyabje Zong Choktrul Rinpoche at Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall

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Giving a Dharma talk at Gaden Shartse’s audience room

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Lay people in Mundgod who heard that I was visiting Gaden came to greet me

ZONG LADRANG

During this trip, I led the pilgrims to have audience with the young incarnation of H.H. Zong Rinpoche at his Ladrang. I made extensive offerings to Zong Rinpoche and every pilgrim had an opportunity to receive a blessing from H.H.

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Making prostration to my root guru’s incarnation, H.H. Kyabje Zong Choktrul Rinpoche at Zong Ladrang

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Making offerings to H.H. Zong Rinpoche

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Showing H.H. Zong Rinpoche pictures of the various departments of Kechara House. Rinpoche was very interested in what I explained to him.

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Myself and pilgrims with H.H. Zong Rinpoche at Zong Ladrang

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Visiting my old room at Zong Ladrang. Although I had very little to eat at the time and was almost starving, I was very happy as I was in Gaden with my Gurus and the High Lamas. I would never exchange anything for that. It was nice to visit the room I use to live in. All the students who came along visited also.

PUKHANG KAMTSEN

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Head of Pukhang Kamtsen, the fraternity house in the monastery that I belong to, presenting a pandit’s hat to me and requesting me to live long and turn the wheel of Dharma.

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Me with the pilgrims at Pukhang Kamtsen

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Wearing the pandit’s hat presented to me by the 300 monks of Pukhang Kamtsen, Gaden Shartse Monastery. It was auspicious to do so just after they offered to me.

GESHE PUNTSOK’S HOUSE AT GADEN JANGTSE

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A senior monk, Geshe Yeshe, making offering of Body, Speech and Mind to me in his Ladrang

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