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Guru Rinpoche Trungkar Tsechu -- Sikkim observes patron saint’s birth anniversary

July 23, 2010

Voice of Sikkim (India)
Jul 21, 2010

GANGTOK, July 20 -- Monks and devotees including
students from different schools in and around
Gangtok took out a huge procession in the streets
of Gangtok early this morning amid the chanting
of ‘Om Ah Hung Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hung Rhi’
marking the birth anniversary of the patron saint of Sikkim.

The devotees also carried a sculpted life size
statue of Guru Padmasambhava, made and
consecrated by Kyabji Dodrupchen Rinpoche from
Do-drul Chorten Gompa in a solemn procession.
Scores of monks lugged the sacred Guru Terzoet
scriptures on their shoulders along with musical
offerings of cymbals and clarinets.

Organised by Sikkim Buddhist Duechen Organization
and Sikkim Buddhist Association under the
patronage of Kyabji Dodrupchen Rinpoche, the
procession started at 9:30 am from Chorten Gompa
and took a round of the National Highway before departing to the monastery.

During a brief halt at the White Memorial Hall
premise in Gangtok, Chief Minister Pawan Chamling
along with other dignitaries offered khadas and
prayers on the statue of Guru Rinpoche.

Guru Padmasambhava is adored in Sikkim as the
patron saint and is referred as Guru Rinpoche,
the precious one known to have consecrated Sikkim
as one of the most holy spots. He is the founder
of Vajrayana Buddhism in Tibet and the source of
the Terma tradition of the Nyingmapa.

He is also regarded as the second Buddha as rays
of letter ‘hrhi’ descended from the heart of
Buddha Amitabha into the north-western land of
Oddiyana and onto the Dhanakosha Lake from which
Guru Rinpoche was born in a lotus flower. Guru
Rinpoche turned the wheel of sacred Vajrayana
teachings. The Dakinis called out to him from
their hearts forming the Vajra Guru Mantra – Om
Ah Hung Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hung (I invoke
you, the Vajra Guru Padmasambhava, by your
blessings may you grant us ordinary and supreme spiritual fulfilment).

Followers believe that he is still in the same
body in Zangdogpalri, a manifested pure land in
the center of the Camara sub-continent, and that
he can be seen by realized people.

The Guru Rinpoche Trungkar Tsechu was also
celebrated at other parts of Sikkim including Kartok Monastery, near Pakyong.
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