Friday, September 26, 2008

Kalu Rinpoche Birthday Celebration

On September 17 we visited Kalu Rinpoche's monastery in Sonada, near Darjeeling. The occasion marked Rinpoche's 19th birthday and his successful completion of the three-year retreat at Bokar monastery.

Lama Tsang Tsing from Eugene, Oregon also attended and I caught a picture of him offering a kata to Rinpoche.

Hundreds, if not thousands, of people attended this event; many of them local people who patiently waited outside held back by a phalanx of the larger monks. It was the longest line of people offering katas that I've ever seen. I could never have remained as patient as Rinpoche, accepting each kata and blessing the person offering it.

After a nice lunch which was delayed until about 2:30 due to the large kata line, we returned to Mirik, missing the cake cutting at 6:30 pm; but I did get a picture of some parts of the cake before we left. When constructed, the cake read, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY RINPOCHE".

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hello friends,
I like your way of celebrating the birthday party in a spiritual manner.