The ceremony took place in His Holiness’ private shrine room in the Phodrang. Just before it began, His Holiness broke into a smile and said: “ I remember very clearly this moment in my own life”. When He was still a small child, His Holiness received His first lesson in the Manjushri temple of the Sakya Dolma Phodrang in Tibet from his guru Lama Ngawang Lodrö Rinchen. The ceremony began with a Manjushri initiation, following which His Holiness was taught His first four letters of the Tibetan alphabet from a gold-scripted scroll that had been used to teach successive generations of Dungseys. It then fell upon his appointed teacher to introduce Him to the second set of four letters, this time in normal black and white script.
And now, it was Jetsunma’s turn to pursue the family tradition, and the proceedings began with the reciting of the Manjushri mantra, following which His Holiness pointed to the first letters of the alphabet on a wooden board and called them by their name for Jetsunma to echo them. Present at the ceremony was Acharya Chenyang Gyatso, whose responsibility it will be to complete Jetsunma’s education in the Tibetan letters. At the conclusion, both Jetsunma and her tutor were offered khatas by members of the family including H.E. Luding Khen Rinpoche, and by the Phodrang staff, while everyone wished them auspiciousness and success in their endeavour.
His Holiness the Sakya Trizin and Khondung Gyana Vajra Rinpoche in North and South America, 2011: The 21st of May marked the beginning of a teaching tour that was to take His Holiness the Sakya Trizin, Khodug Gyana Vajra Rinpoche and Gyalyum Chenmo to centres across the U.S.A., Canada, and, for the first time, Latin America. >Click here to read the full account and see photos (PDF format).
Welcoming the New Baby Daughter: Jetsunma Ngawang Tsejin Lhamo Sakya
On Saturday the 2nd of April 2011, on Mahakala day of the first lunar month, H.E. Dagmo Sonam Palkyi, wife of Khöndung Gyana Vajra Rinpoche, gave birth to a baby girl in Wil, Switzerland. >CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ACCOUNT & FOR MORE PHOTOS (PDF FORMAT Source: Melody of Dharma Issue 7)
Celebration of H.E. Akasha Rinpoche’s First Birthday
On the 14th of April, 2011, the Sakya Centre was host to a most joyful occasion: the celebration of His Eminence Akasha Vajra Rinpoche’s first birthday.
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