His Eminence the Kyapgon Sakya Gongma Trichen Rinpoche's Teaching in Winterthur, Switzerland
Winterthur: Saturday, 24th August, Swiss Tsechen Association and Dharma center Thupten Changchup Ling has organized Grand Teaching on Saturday, 24th August in Eulachhalle in Winterthur. It was estimated that many devotees including dignitaries from all over Switzerland were present at the initiation. Every individual devotee received blessing from Sakya Trichen at the end of the initiation.
Before the Teaching, long life prayer was recited for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Eminence the Sakya Trichen. His Eminence the Sakya Trichen granted the long-life initiation (Tsewang Logyama) of the Mahasiddha Thangtong Gyalpo. His holiness bestows a brief history of Druptop Thangtong Gyalpo, who said to have come into this world in the” way of Guru Padmasambava”as a united emanation of Chenrezig and his wrathful form,Tramdrin. Including Long-life initiation, devotees have received teachings on three Jewels of Buddha: Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri and Vajrapani.
His Eminence was happy to be in Switzerland and thanked the organizers and member of Switzerland for their dedication toward Community. His Holiness exhorted everyone to focus their Prayers for the benefit for all sentient beings.
His Eminence stated: In today`s world, people easily fall under the sway of anger and hatred, we need love, patience, tolerance and contentment. What brings peace of mind and what disturbs it. You may have all the physical amenities you need to be comfortable, but if you have no peace of mind, they won`t make you happy. On the other hand if you have peace of mind, you will be happy whether you have those amenities or not. The important goal is to achieve peace of mind. No matter whether he is religious or non religious, the truth is everyone in this world want to be happy and avoid suffering. To have a long life is very important and to live long, you need not only to have a kind heart but also a healthy body. Every devotee was blessed, happy and contented after the teaching.
The Sakya Lineage
The Sakya tradition is one of the four major religious traditions that existed in Tibet. It rose to play a significant role in the development and spread of the new Tantras that came to Tibet in the 11th century. During the 13th and 14th centuries, the holders of the Sakya tradition were also the principal political powers that ruled over Tibet. Although its political stature gradually declined over the centuries, emphasis on its unique religious traditions continued to be nurtured and sustained. Consequently the Sakya tradition strengthened and flourished and produced many great and distinguished practitioners, saints, and scholars. The origins of the Sakya tradition are closely connected with the ancestral lineage of the Khön family: a family which itself originated from celestial beings. Beginning with Khön Konchok Gyalpo (1034-1102), the founder of the Sakya tradition, the lineage continues to be unbroken to this day.
His Holiness the Sakya Trichen
His Holiness Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche (The Sakya Trichen) served as the 41st head of the Sakya Order of Tibetan Buddhism until March 2017, when the throneholder duties were handed over to His Holiness Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, the 42nd Sakya Trizin, formally addressed as His Holiness Kyabgon Gongma Trizin Rinpoche.
His Holiness the Sakya Trichen is a member of Tibet‘s noble Khon family, which founded the Sakya Order in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Just as His Holiness the Dalai Lama is an emanation of Avalokiteshvara, the manifestation of all the Buddha’s great compassion, His Holiness the Sakya Trichen is the manifestation of all the Buddha’s transcendent wisdom.
In addition to his leadership of the Sakya Order for over fifty years, His Holiness Sakya Trichen is renowned throughout the world for the brilliance and clarity of his teachings and his fluency and precise command of English. Receiving teachings directly from His Holiness carries a special lineage of blessings from the founders of the Sakya Order, as well as from Manjushri himself.
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