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Inauguration of the Great Stupa at
Ugyen Mindrolling Samten in Lava, Kalimpong

Prepared by: Mindrolling International News Staff
Published on: 14 May 2014

A view of the beautiful Stupa that
liberates upon seeing at Lava, Kalimpong.

It is with great joy we announce the inauguration on the auspicious day of 3 May 2014 of the recently completed Great Stupa That Liberates Upon Seeing at Ugyen Mindrolling Samten in Lava, Kalimpong.

The initial construction of the Stupa began in 2011 under the direction and guidance of HE Khochhen Rinpoche and was made possible with the generosity of kind benefactors. Many rinpoches, tulkus and hundreds of monks, nuns and lay people attended numerous ceremonies and celebrations during the ten-day event.

Ven. Lama Ngawang Shedup, built the old temple called Gompa Dara in 1968 with a vision for the Dharma to be established and to benefit the people in the area of Lava, Kalimpong. Great masters such as HH the Dalai Lama, HH Dudjom Rinpoche, HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and many others have since visited and blessed this precious and sacred place. HH Mindrolling Trichen also spent time at the old temple, blessing it and the entire land. In the early seventies, after a visit to the temple HH Dudjom Rinpoche prophesied that Dharma would flourish in this location.

HE Khochhen Rinpoche whose tireless activities and effort have blessed the entire land and established the Dharma at Ugyen Mindrol Samten Ling Monastery. It is Rinpoche's vision and efforts that has made possible the building of this great Stupa, school and hospital in Lava.

In 1994, the late Lama Ngawang Shedup offered the temple to Mindrolling and at that time it was renamed Ugyen Mindrol Samten Ling Monastery. HE Khochhen Rinpoche, through his great kindness and vast vision began the expansion from a small temple into a fully contained monastery with quarters for the growing monastic sangha, the Buddha Statue and eventually the Great Stupa That Liberates Upon Seeing. There are countless teachings and stories of the benefits of building stupas. It brings both freedom from adversities and discordant factors in this life and great merit for all future lifetimes.

Since the area is quite remote and the local people previously had no resources or access to education and health care, HE Khochhen Rinpoche also built a hospital and a school in order to benefit hundreds living in this area. Countless beings are benefitting and receiving the blessings of Rinpoche’s activities and tireless effort in boundless ways.

The ceremonies and celebrations began on the 28th of April and concluded with the official inauguration on the 3rd of May. Sadhana of Rigzin Thugtig, great offerings and ritual dances marked the celebration of the consecration. During the consecration, Mindrolling sangha and the gathered assembly, led by Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche offered a long life Tenzhug to HE Khochhen Rinpoche and made supplications for his long life and continued vast activities.

 

More photos

HE Khochhen Rinpoche, Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche and Minling Sangyum Kushog with members of the Taiwanese Sangha at Ugyen Mindrol Samten Ling Monastery in Lava, Kalimpong.

HE Khochhen Rinpoche with Ven. Lama Yonten, Lama Riga, Lama Tenkyab, Lama Choedrak Gyatso, Lama Thupten, Lopön Namdrol la, Lama Sangay Lhundrub and Pema Thegchok la at Ugyen Mindrol Samten Ling Monastery in Lava.

 

The newly completed great Stupa built at Ugyen Mindrol Samten Ling Monastery in Lava.

On the auspicious day of 28th April 2014, the protectors day, HE Khochhen Rinpoche, Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche, Sangyum Kushog and the gathered rinpoches, tulkus, khenpos, lopons, monks and nuns performed the Sang offering ceremony, starting the celebration of the inauguration of the great Stupa.

The beautiful statue of Sakyamuni in the garden of Ugyen Mindrol Samten Ling Monastery.

Sangyum Kushog, Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche, Ven. Tulku Lhundrup Tengay, Dorje Lopön Jurchod la and Lama Tenkyab la at Ugyen Mindrol Samten Ling Monastery in Lava.

The consecration ceremony.

Their Eminences Lhatrul Rinpoche, Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche, Ven. Tulku Dakpa and Ven. Tulku Shenphen during the consecration ceremonies.

HE Khunu Rinpoche, Dorje Lopön Jurchod la and Ven. Lama Yonten during the consecration ceremony.

The gathered assembly of Rinpoches, Tulkus, Khenpos, monks and nuns and guests.

Esteemed guests at the consecration ceremony.

HE Khochhen Rinpoche leading the Rabne procession around the temple and Stupa area.


HE Khochhen Rinpoche arriving for the Tenzhug ceremony.

HE Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche and Minling Sangyum Kushog leading the Tenzhug offering for HE Khochhen Rinpoche

View of the wonderful celebration of the consecration of the great Stupa.

The eight manifestation ritual dances were held on the occasion of the consecration of the great Stupa.

 

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