We wanted to share a few images taken at KSDE on Sunday September 11th as Edinburgh prepared to receive the cortège of the late Queen Elizabeth.
The day started with a volunteer clean up, followed by tea and cake in the courtyard, then the planting and blessing of an oak tree in honour and memory of Queen Elizabeth II.
Finally we watched HH 17th Karmapa’s wonderful talk about the illustrious 3rd Karmapa, which seemed particularly relevant on this meaningful full moon day.
Monday September 12th
In contrast to the modest remembrance of the Queen held in the KSDE courtyard on the previous day, Ani Rinchen was called upon to represent Samye Ling at the historic Ceremony at St Giles Cathedral.
As the Queen’s coffin was adorned wth the ancient Crown of Scotland, His Majesty King Charles III, members of the Royal family and the whole congregation sat in silent reflection. This was followed by a further Ceremony of Condolences and Tributes at the Scottish Parliament, celebrating the extraordinary legacy of the remarkable woman who has been our Queen for the last seven decades, most heartfelt of which was the tribute by her eldest son. Long Live King Charles III!
After inspiration and meditation comes the celebration! Thanks to Lama Yeshe Rinpoche for blessing this KSDE Anniversary Weekend with his wisdom, loving kindness and joyful presence. Thanks too to all the lovely volunteers that made it happen and to everyone who came and made it both meaningful and fun!
A happy throng gathered at Samye Dzong Edinburgh over the weekend of September 24th and 25th 2016 to enjoy an eventful and meaningful time with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche.
After giving Refuge and an inspiring public talk, Lama Rinpoche presided over the Official Opening Ceremony alongside Guest of Honour Sir David Steel. As they cut the ceremonial ribbon across the threshold, the jahlings, ably played by Ani Lhamo and Ani Kunzang, signalled the door to open as if by magic and piped everyone inside.
There followed a Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja lead by Tulku Urgyen and Ani Rinchen Khandro, culminating in a sacred feast enjoyed by all. And as Lama Yeshe Rinpoche left to return to Samye Ling, a beautiful rainbow appeared over Leith, surely a blessing from Guru Rinpoche himself!
The opening day was documented by ace photographer Ai-Lan, a selection of whose memorable images can be seen below.
Ringu Tulku Rinpoche delivers the first Dharma teaching of a visiting Lama in the new Centre Shrine Room. It was a most inspiring and joyful time for everyone. Rinpoche said how much he liked the new Centre, that it was a true Dzong and that he really enjoyed his stay. May this be the first of many such visits.
On the eve of Tibetan New Year Samye Dzong members create a veritable hive of activity, cleaning, polishing and sweeping the shrine and shrine room then renewing all the offerings in time for Losar, the year of the water serpent.
Ani Rinchen Khandro’s pilgrimage to Bodhgaya for the 30th Kagyu Monlams, hosted by HH Karmapa at the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment, and to the Deer Park in Sarnath where the Buddha gave his first teachings.
Click on the images to see them at full size.
Drupon Rinpoche with Sangha and students
Gesar dancers performing in front of HH Karmapa and Gyaltsap Rinpoche on the far left
HH Karmapa under the sacred bodhi tree with his Dream Flag denoting the union of heaven and earth billowing out to send forth harmonious energy
His Holiness Karmapa sitting under the sacred bodhi tree the site of Lord Buddhas enlightenment surrounded by a sea of sangha
The Shrine room at Tergar Monastery
The stage of the Tergar Monastery Pavilion where HH Karmapa gave teaching
A wee incense holder at the Mahabohi temple complex in Bodhgaya
Ani Rinchen lighting some of the 10,000 butterlamps dedicated to Uncle Sherab Palden
Bodhgaya street scene with elephant
Monks under the Bodhi tree getting warm robes on in the early morning mist
Ani Rinchen Khandro at the Dharmek Stupa
Letting a sleeping dog lie in the archeological site of a monastery in the Deer Park
The Deer Park at Sarnath near Varanasi
The Dharmek Stupa built by Ashoka on the spot where the Buddha gave his first teaching after his enlightenment