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Senior Tibetan Lama blesses the Tibetan Peace Garden in London

Oct 6, 2006

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Senior Tibetan Lama blesses the Tibetan Peace Garden in London

Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, a senior Tibetan Lama in the Kagyu tradition, this afternoon blessed and said special prayers at the Tibetan Peace Garden, which is situated next to the Imperial War Museum in London. He was accompanied by Venerable Lama Wangyal, resident teacher at Thrangu House Buddhist Centre in Oxford, Venerable Lama Yeshe Losal of The Holy Island Project and Samye Ling Monastery in Scotland, Lama Zangmo of Kagyu Samye Dzong in London, and several monks and nuns.

The Tibetan Peace Garden, commissioned by Tibet Foundation, was officially opened on 13th May 1999 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the patron of the Foundation. The Peace Garden honours one of the principal teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama - the need to create understanding between different cultures and to establish places of peace and harmony in the world. It is hoped that it will create a deeper awareness of His Holiness’s thoughts and words.

At the same time the Garden also serves to create a greater awareness of Buddhist culture. At its heart is the Kalachakra Mandala associated with world peace. Merely to gaze on this Mandala is said to confer something of its blessing and power to transform. The Mandala, cast for the first time in bronze, rests as the central focus for the garden.

Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche is a personal tutor to His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. The visiting Tibetan Buddhist master was on a tour of the UK from 30th September to 7th October. Rinpoche was giving teachings from ‘Pointing Out the Dharmakaya’, a concise but profound meditation manual by the 9th Karmapa, Wangchug Dorje (1556 - 1603) at the Thrangu House Buddhist Centre in Oxford, which he founded in 1981. These teachings are from a Mahamudra text, a Buddhist system of meditation on the nature of the mind.

On the final stage of his UK trip, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche was giving teaching on "The Five Buddha Families and the Five Wisdoms" at the Kagyu Samye Dzong in London, a branch of Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery in Scotland, a Buddhist Centre which was established in 1967 by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Dr. Akong Tulku Rinpoche.

Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche leaves for Germany on the 7th where he will give further teachings on Tibetan Buddhism.

Tibet Foundation is a UK registered charity (no.292400), founded in 1985, which works towards creating greater awareness of all aspects of Tibetan culture and the needs of the Tibetan people. The Foundation is also supporting Buddhist projects in Mongolia towards the revival of their Buddhist tradition.
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