Thursday, 3 June 2010

30 May 2010 - The 49th Day of Lati Rinpoche's Passing Into Nirvana

The past Sunday 30 May, was the 49th day of HH Kyabje Lati Rinpoche's passing into Nirvana. It was an important day to offer prayers to the Three Jewels, and to request for Rinpoche's swiftest return to benefit all sentient beings.

Below are some photos from the current Abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery, Khen Rinpoche Jangchup Choeden, taken during the puja held in the monastery's main hall.

 It was attended by few hundreds of monks all gathered in the main hall.

There were mountains and mountains of offerings for the prayer ceremony - food offerings, tormas, drinks, fruits...

 .... light offerings, butter lamp offerings....

 ... water bowl offerings.... Currently, the Monastery will be starting to build Rinpoche's statue or stupa to house his holy relics.

Lati Rinpoche's personal attendant for 50 years, Sopon-la, offering khata at Rinpoche's altar.

Abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery, Khen Rinpoche Jangchup Choeden, presided over the important puja.

The puja was also graced by the presence of His Holiness Zong Rinpoche, who is Lati Rinpoche's closest disciple.

Over in Gaden Shartse Dro-Phen Ling Singapore, we also conducted the Guru puja and tsog offerings. A member/sponsor offering the mandala offering to Lati Rinpoche.

The Sangha paying respect and doing prostrations.

The Sangha offering khata to Rinpoche's throne seat. 

Each member present took turns individually to pay their respect to Rinpoche on this very important day.

It reminded me of April when Rinpoche just passed away into Parinirvana and many students members attended the 7 days of pujas to pay their last respects to him.

Many did full prostrations to Rinpoche.

After I paid my last respects to Rinpoche... as I watched the rest doing the same...  as I watched the monks tearing, I too could not help tearing a little as I still vividly remembered Lati Rinpoche sitting on that throne seat not too long ago. 

I could still feel his presence and still remember his expressions then, with his half closed eyes looking intently towards the floor, and his right palm faced down, slightly above his lap all the time. 

It was then it hit me, that I am going to miss this precious guru very much.  May Lati Rinpoche come back swiftly and to connect with us as soon as possible, in order to turn the Dharma Wheel. _/\_

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