In the Tibetan tradition, the year when one reaches 60 years of age is considered an astrologically unfavourable year, where one may encounter many obstacles. For this reason, it is considered traditionally auspicious to conduct a tenshuk, or long-life ceremony for great masters at the beginning of such years.
On 25 Feb 2013, Tulku Urgyen Yangsi Rinpoche, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, Phakchok Rinpoche, Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, together with the ordained sangha from Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery, Shechen Monastery, Nagi Gompa, Chapagaon and Riwoche monasteries, as well as our affiliated centres worldwide and sangha in Kathmandu gathered to offer a long-life ceremony for Kyabje Chokling Rinpoche.
It was an especially auspicious day, as it was also the day when we enthroned our monasteries’ first Khenpos (Professors in Buddhist Philosophy), and our latest batch of three-year retreatants returned to the monastery for the first time. Some of the retreatants have been in retreat for the past seven years, and some for six years. All present sincerely prayed from the depths of their heart for Chokling Rinpoche’s and all the great masters’ long life and good health, and fully rejoiced for the retreatants’ return and our five new Khenpos – Khenpo Karma Gyurmey, Khenpo Lodro Rabsel, Khenpo Urgyen Tenphel, Khenpo Tsondru Sangpo and Khenpo Pema Namgyal.