His Eminence Ling Rinpoche and Lama Zopa Rinpoche visiting Root Institute and its projects, Maitreya School and Shakyamuni Buddha Community Health Care Clinic, India, January 12, 2018. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.

During Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s stay at Root Institute, he was joined there by many important lamas. On January 12-13, His Eminence Ling Rinpoche visited Root Institute and gave teachings, which were attended by Lama Zopa Rinpoche and many Sangha members and lay students.

While at Root, Ling Rinpoche also visited Maitreya School, where he gave a short talk. The students recited “Praises to the Twenty-One Taras” in Sanskrit as an offering. He then visited Shakyamuni Buddha Community Health Care Clinic, another project of Root Institute, and spoke to the staff and doctors there.


Ling Rinpoche at Maitreya School giving a talk with Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Principal Pema Tsering, Bodhgaya, India, January 12, 2018. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.


Maitreya students chanting for Ling Rinpoche, Bodhgaya, India, January 12, 2018. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.

During Ling Rinpoche’s visit to Root, he praised Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s activities and spoke about how kind he was for helping the children with education and helping sick people with the health clinic. Ling Rinpoche commented on how clear the vision for Root Institute has been and on how much has been accomplished.

Teachings with His Holiness the Dalai Lama resumed on January 14. Then on the following day, Root Institute celebrated its thirtieth anniversary after His Holiness’s teaching for the day.


Ling Rinpoche speaking during the thirtieth anniversary celebration at Root Institute, India, January 2015, 2018. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.

Ling Rinpoche, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Khadro-la, Dagri Rinpoche, Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche, Ribur Rinpoche’s reincarnation, Geshe Sengye’s reincarnation, Richard Gere, and many others attended the joyous event.

Ven. Tenzin Paldron, the center director of Root, gave a short speech to the gathered crowd. Ling Rinpoche, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and others also spoke briefly about the center. Lama Zopa Rinpoche thanked everyone who had made it possible, including the sweepers and the secretary of the center. Then they all watched a seventeen-minute video of Root Institute’s history.


Hollywood actor Richard Gere speaking at Root Institute’s thirtieth anniversary celebration, India, January 15, 2018. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.

On January 17, Lama Zopa Rinpoche offered the Sixteen Arhats puja for the long life of Khyongla Rato Rinpoche. Since Khyongla Rato Rinpoche is a teacher of many lamas, the offering was attended by a number of high lamas, abbots, and former abbots.


The Sixteen Arhats puja offered for the long life of Khyongla Rato Rinpoche by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Root Institute, January 17, 2018. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.


Lama Zopa Rinpoche offering body, speech, and mind mandala to Khyongla Rato Rinpoche, Root Institute, India, January 17, 2018. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.

In between all of these activities, Lama Zopa Rinpoche had non-stop meetings with many lamas and geshes. Also during his time in Bodhgaya, Rinpoche made several visits to the Mahabodhi Stupa, which marks the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment.

At the stupa, Rinpoche would recite the mantras for circumambulation and then lead people around the stupa, explaining the mantras and what to think while circumambulating. Rinpoche also made many flower offerings to the stupa with extensive offering prayers.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a Tibetan Buddhist organization dedicated to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation, and community service.

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