Rinchen Terdzo

Namkha Drimed Rinpoche Entering

December 26th, 2008 by Walker Blaine

Thotrengtsal Mantra

December 26th, 2008 by Walker Blaine

Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Pema Thotrengtsal Vajra Samaya Jah Siddhi Phala Hum Ah.

This is a famous mantra or verbalized essence of Padmasambhava. We sing it at the end of the day when the procession of teachers brings the various vases, icons, tormas and so on through the many rows of us gathered for the abhishekas.

thotrengtsal-mantra-of-padmasambhava

Running to Breakfast

December 26th, 2008 by Walker Blaine

Leaving for Tea Break

December 24th, 2008 by Walker Blaine


Here is a photo of the temple steps as people take advantage of the short break after tea.

Padmasambhava Statue

December 24th, 2008 by Walker Blaine

Snow Lion and Yogi

December 24th, 2008 by Walker Blaine

One Of My Favorite Faces

December 22nd, 2008 by Walker Blaine


Yeshe Tsogyal was the principle student and consort of Padmasambhava. Her statue peeps over the back the throne of the Dalai Lama.

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche Waving from Shrine Room

December 21st, 2008 by Walker Blaine


This is a photo of the Sakyong as waved to to me and the camera after lunch, just before we started the first abhisheka of the day, the Ridzin Dupa from the Longchen Nyingtik.

Cheerful Chubas

December 21st, 2008 by Walker Blaine

Friday From Where I Sit

December 20th, 2008 by Walker Blaine

Here is a photo of the shrine room from my seat on Friday. As you can see, His Eminence is reading aloud a section of the text. I think it was the history of a particular transmission. This comes at the start of every abhisheka. To his right you can see Jigme Rinpoche. Behind Jigme Rinpoche are many members of the Ripa family.

To His Eminence’s right one can see Lhuntrul Rinpoche and his sister, Khandro Tseyang. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is unfortunately behind the column, but you can see the back of his low seat. You can also see the some of the implements the choppons are using. They are tied to the column: white scarves used to carry implements back and forth from the shrine and the dignified yellow hat worn by an ordained choppon when wafting incense. The red curtains can be pulled along strings to conceal or reveal the shrine mandala during the ceremonies.

In front of the column you can see a standing black Bose speaker. The sound system here is incredibly good and especially intense if Namkha Drimed Rinpoche is playing a bell next to the dual microphone set-up. Those of you from Halifax may recognize the hair of Anky Aarts on the bottom left.