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Kalon Ven. Tsering Phuntsok at Kagyud Monastery's Convocation at Tashi Jong

November 13, 2009

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
November 12, 2009

Dharamshala -- Venerable Tsering Phuntsok, Kalon
for the Department for Religion and Culture,
presided over the convocation ceremony of Khampa
Gardrug Dharmakara Institute of Kagyud Monastery
at Tashi Jong near Dharamsala on Monday.

Senior officials of the monastery, including
Shedrup Nyima Rinpoche, Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche,
Drubwang Dozong Rinpoche were present at the
congregation of over 500 monks and lay community.

Following a customary prayer session, Drubwang
Dozong Rinpoche spoke on the objectives of the
monastic institute, while dwelling on the origins
of Tibetan Buddhism in general and Durkpa Kagyud lineage in particular.

In his address, Kalon Ven. Tsering Phuntsok
underlined the need for concerted efforts to
preserve Buddhism, which he said is passing through a critical phase in Tibet.

Both the lay and monastic communities should use
the art of contemplation and meditation in
learning Buddhism as advised by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, he said.

During the ceremony, two teachers of the
institute, Ven Jampa Yonten and Ven Ngawang, were
honoured with titles of abbot.

Kalon Ven. Tsering Phuntsok and senior monastic
officials conferred honourary degrees to students
who excelled in Buddhist philosophy.

Drukpa Kagyud tradition is one of the eight
lesser subsects under Kagyud school of Tibetan
Buddhism. The Kagyud school was founded in the
eleventh century by the Greater Translator Marpa,
travelled to India and studied under Naropa, one
of the most accomplished Indian Vajrayana masters of the time.

Marpa brought these lineages to Tibet, passing
them on to his foremost disciple Milarepa
(1040-1123), the most celebrated and accomplished
of Tibet's tantric yogis, who achieved the
ultimate goal of enlightenment in one lifetime.

The Drukpa Kagyud founded by Choje Gyare Yeshe
Dorjey also known as Ling Repa (1128-1189), is
headed by His Eminence Drukchen Rinpoche, who has
re-established his monastery in Darjeeling, India.

-- Based on report filed by Department of Religion and Culture
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