Ven. Tenzin Tsultrim partakes in a souvenir photo session with two Tibetan mastiffs beside Yamdrok Lake, en route to Shigatse, Tibet, June 2017. Photo courtesy of Ven. Tenzin Tsultrim.

Ven. Tenzin Tsulrim, a long-time member and student at FPMT Center Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore, shares a video she made in 2017 about her practice of circumambulation around holy objects:

Since receiving ordination from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in March 2009, I have served ABC in various ways, including as media editor and video producer. Currently, I lead the on-going Medicine Buddha, Tara, and Guru pujas at ABC, and am a student in the FPMT Basic Program.

Ven. Tenzin Tsultrim outside of Lama Tsongkhapa's retreat hermitage above Reting Monastery where he composed Lamrim Chenmo, Tibet, June 2017. Photo courtesy of Ven. Tenzin Tsultrim.

Ven. Tenzin Tsultrim outside of Lama Tsongkhapa’s retreat hermitage above Reting Monastery where he composed Lamrim Chenmo, Tibet, June 2017. Photo courtesy of Ven. Tenzin Tsultrim.

By watching this video, made using a pocket-sized video camera over an eight-month period, you can follow me as I traverse several sacred Buddhist sites across Asia in footsteps that pay homage to the Buddhist practice of circumambulation and its significance for enabling all sentient beings to accumulate merit. From one degree north of the equator in Singapore, to the high altitudes of Tibet, my path traces a circle inspired by unity and hope.

Ven. Tenzin Tsultrim at the inner courtyard of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, June 2017. Photo courtesy of Ven. Tenzin Tsultrim.

Ven. Tenzin Tsultrim at the inner courtyard of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, June 2017. Photo courtesy of Ven. Tenzin Tsultrim.

Creating the video was as much an exploratory journey for me as the actual pilgrimages I made to the holy places and doing the circumambulations. I hope by watching this video many people will be inspired to visit these precious places, and create their own circles of merit!


Watch Ven. Tenzin Tsultrim’s video on circumambulation here:
https://youtu.be/5JUjEhcBsqg

Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Advice on Circumambulation, compiled by Ven. Sarah Thresher, is available for download through the FPMT Foundation Store:
https://shop.fpmt.org/Circumambulation–Lama-Zopa-Rinpoches-Advice-PDF_p_2149.html

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