The auspicious Founders Day, marking the establishment of the seat of Mindrolling Monastery in India was celebrated on the 7th lunar day of the 10th month of the Water-Snake Year—the 6th of January 2014. This Founders Day was particularly significant as it is the 49th year, ushering in the beginning of the Golden Jubilee—50 years of Mindrolling in India.
Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche, Penam Rinpoche, Sangyum Kushog, Jetsün Dechen Paldron, Jetsün Gautami Thrinley Choedron, Kunda Britton Bosarge, the Mindrolling tulkus and khenpos and all the monks of the monastery and the nuns of Samten Tse as well as numerous honoured guests were all in attendance for the ceremonies.
The day began with guests from many countries and residents of local Tibetan colonies arriving for the traditional rice and tea offering. Lama Tenkyabla, one of the senior managers of Mindrolling Monastery, made the welcoming address detailing the importance of the day along with the history of the early days of Mindrolling Monastery in India.
In February of 1965, HE Khochhen Rinpoche and a few monks located and secured the property that would one day become a crowning jewel of the Nyingma Lineage in India. In the early days the monks lived in a tent in what was then a wilderness with no running water, electricity or amenities of any kind. It was difficult and arduous but a few strong and determined people needed to be present to begin the construction planning. It took many years for the initial funds to be raised, buildings to be constructed and the necessary power and water lines to be brought in. During the beginning years, HH the 11th Mindrolling Trichen, remained in Kalimpong in the North Eastern part of India. There, many other great masters of the first generation after being forced into exile remained for some years, rebuilding and restructuring the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Finally in 1976 HH Mindrolling Trichen was able to set up the official monastic seat in what is now known as the Mindrolling Monastery in Dehra Dun, India.
This happy day was greatly enjoyed by all the Rinpoches, tulkus, khenpos, monks, nuns and guests. After the tea, rice and cake was served, the visitors were treated to the many talents and sporting skills of the monks. It was all delightful fun with everyone enjoying many laughs. All of the presenters were offered a traditional khatag and prize for their sportsmanship and talent. Upon the close of the program, the entire gathered assembly was treated to a delicious lunch served on the grounds of the monastery.
The Golden Jubilee year reminds us of our great gratitude and debt to HE Dzongnar Rinpoche and HE Khochhen Rinpoche and the few courageous monks who initially took on such a difficult task. Their labors and efforts were deeply inspired by the presence of the great, incomparable master of the dharma, Kyabje Mindrolling Trichen whose kindness, wisdom and generosity knew no bounds. We pray to always remember and work to the best of our abilities to serve the Three Jewels as all the rare and perfect teachers have done in the past and follow the examples of the great masters of this precious lineage.