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His Holiness Activities - February, 2007

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February 16, 2007

Tibetan New Year commenced on February 18, 2007. Prior to the New Year, His Holiness presided over the Mahakala Puja on 29th day of the last month of the previous year (Guthor) according to the Tibetan lunar calendar, or February 16, 2007. The ceremony was held in His Holiness's personal quarters at Gyutoe Monastery in Himachal Pradesh. This puja is performed just before the new year (Losar) to create an auspicious connection and preclude obstacles and bad omen in the coming year. His Holiness led the Puja of Mahakala (the protector of Kagyu Lineage), for all sentient beings. (text continues below slideshow)

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February 18, 2007

His Holiness presided over the early morning puja at Gyuto'¦s main shrine hall. The gompa was filled with monks and enthusiastic Tibetan people who gathered for the audience of His Holiness. Tibetans consider it very auspicious to be with the guru on Losar, believing that one then will have guru's blessings for the entire coming year. Chief Abbot Khen Rinpoche of Gyutoe offered the initial mandala offering to His Holiness, and was succeeded by another abbot.The first day of Losar ceremony concluded with hearty gestures of good will and exchanges of auspicious greetings.

February 19, 2007

The day followiing Losar, His Holiness arrived at the new Trilokpur Nunnery Drubten Pemo Jalpay Gatsal in the morning. All the nuns welcomed His Holiness with a serbang, showing their utmost respect. They were followed by numerous international followers. A welcome ceremony was held in the main temple. The head of the Trilokpur Nunnery offered a mandala, after which Tibetan tea and sweet rice was served to all. Concluding the morning ceremony, a lovely message was provided by the sponsor of the project. In the aternoon, His Holiness gave public audience.

February 20, 2007

His Holiness made a short pilgrimage to Tilopa's cave in the morning, accompanied by Gyaton Tulku from Sherabling. Later in the day were International Cultural performances, including Tibetan and Indian performers presented there traditional dance and songs.

February 21, 2007

His Holiness started the day with an insightful teaching on the life of Great Yogi Tilopa. Afterwards he conferred a long life empowerment and bodhisattva vows. An abundant gathering of international devotees, as well as numerous monks and nuns were in attendance. His Holiness performed a small Gya-lha puja on roof top at sunset. Afterwards, fire crackers lit the night sky.

February 22-24, 2007

On February 22, His Holiness began teaching on the Thirty Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva, from the famous text written by Thogme Zangpo. The teaching on the 37 Practices continued until the 24th.

February 25, 2007

His Holiness changed the program and performed Karma Pakshi Tsog offering during the morning puja. According to Tibetan calendar, this date marked His Eminence XII Tai Situ Rinpoche's birthday. Headed by His Holiness, the celebration commenced at the main shrine hall of new Karma Drubgyu Thargay Ling. Cakes were distributed with joyous songs of Birthday to His Eminence Tai Situ Rinpoche, His Holiness adverted to the magnitude of the importance of His Eminence to the Kagyu lineage, as well as to His Holiness personally, and concluded the celebration with greetings to His Eminence. Earlier in the day His Holiness gave the Tara empowerment as requested by the nuns.

- Tashi Paljor