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Rinpoche Gyatso's sermons a major draw among tourists in Himachal

August 11, 2010

Sify (India)
August 9, 2010

Sermons on Buddhist thoughts delivered by
Rinpoche Lobsang Jamphel Jampa Gyatso at the
Dagpo Shedrupling Monastery in the scenic Kullu
valley are popular among national and
international tourists here in Himachal Pradesh.

Hundreds of foreigners have converged at the
monastery to listen to the Buddhist teachings
from Gyatso at the annual retreat held here.

Followers of Dagpo Riponche come from all over
the world from France, England, Australia,
Thailand, Canada, Germany and Indonesia.

"I have been following Riponche now for about 20
odd years..., and Riponche found this land may be
five to ten years ago or more, and...now we come
every year. We come here for a long teaching
retreat, may be two-three weeks, and this is very
special for us to be here, to be in India, which
is the birth place of Buddhism," said Rio Helmi, an Indonesian tourist.

Devotees from abroad also mentioned that they
have to intimate in advance to participate in the
sermons, often two years in advance since the
Riponche has a very busy schedule.

"I am a student of Riponche. I have been
following him for a number of years, and I had
this special teaching from Jamphel-Jampa. So, I
came specifically for this reason. I am extremely
happy to be here. This place is absolutely
wonderful and asters and teachers are extremely
good and this is the reason why I am here," said
Stephen Place, a tourist from France.

On their part, the foreign tourists are a happy
lot. They hope to get an opportunity to meet His
Holiness Dalai Lama who will be visiting the monastery on August 16.

The monastery situated at Kais village near
Naggar in picturesque Kullu Valley, with its
serene surroundings, was built to commemorate the
15th century Dagpo Monastery in Tibet.

Tibetans living in-exile in India view the new
monastery as a way of preserving their religion and culture.

At this monastery, over 200 students from various
countries study and learn the teachings of Lord Buddha.

An estimated 80,000 Tibetan arrived in India
along with the Dalai Lama after an abortive
uprising against the Chinese rule in 1959 and
over the years their numbers have increased. By Prem Thakur (ANI)
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