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Footsteps of Guru Rinpoche 2012

Maratika_smallIn April 2012, H.E. Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche and Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche  accompanied by family members and around 20 students from around the world set off on a pilgrimage to numerous places of Guru Rinpoche in and around the Kathmandu valley, as well as the Indian state of Sikkim. At each major location connected to Guru Rinpoche the pilgrimage group along with both Rinpoches practiced the sadhana of Padmasambhava entitled Tukdrub Trinley Nyingpo together with a feast offering.

In Kathmandu, we visited the Asura cave, Chumi Jangchub and Maratika. To get to Maratika, we took a one-hour helicopter ride. About fifteen monks and lamas from Ka-Nying Shedrup Ling Monastery met us there and we all practiced the Sampa Lhundrub (Fulfiller of All Wishes) feast offering in one of the main caves together. While in Sikkim we visited sites such as Tashi Ding, where the terton Lhatsun Namkha Jigme established a monastery in 1646 and the great master Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro passed away in 1959 amidst miraculous signs. Khyentse Chokyi Lodro’s golden stupa is on the land and just near it we all performed a feast offering together. In Kalimpong the group paid a short visit to the Copper Colored Mountain temple constructed by Dudjom Rinpoche. At the monastery at Pema Yangtse all were shown rarely seen relics, such as a shoe of Kunkhyen Longchenpa and many terma statues.

At Khandro Sangphuk, the Secret Cave of the Dakinis, all had to squeeze through a narrow passageway to reach the main shrine of the cave. To spend time with Chokling Rinpoche and Phakchok Rinpoche each day while travelling to and practicing at such blessed places was a very memorable and important time for everyone present. All felt very grateful to be able to spend this time together and it seems everyone is looking forward to the next pilgrimage.