Returning to the Source: KTD Pilgrims in Tibet

Lama Tom Broadwater: Dedication of the New Thrangu Monastery in Qinghai, China

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11883830_10205002877647926_791792100058946955_o-2 Lama Kathy Wesley writes: People from around the world are rejoicing at the dedication of the new Thrangu Monastery in Qinghai. Pilgrims, including Athens KTC‘s Lama Tom Broadwater from Ohio, sent back stunning pictures from this remote Himalayan region. These photos by Lama Tom came through via WeChat. Our beloved teacher Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche attended the events and appeared relaxed and happy. May all beings benefit!


Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche and Traleg Khandro greet guests at the Monastery. (Lama Tsultrim Yeshe is seated at the far right.)


The Mani wall – full of stones marked with the compassion mantra OM MANI PEME HUNG.

August 16


The shedra (monastic college) at Thrangu Monastery in Qinghai was ceremonially opened in China August 16. Lama Tom Broadwater sent these incredible photos of the opening ceremonies, which included a folk dance created by the 8th Traleg Rinpoche. Thank you for taking us along on the trip through your photos, Lama!


 A special stupa containing relics of the previous Traleg Rinpoche, who came to the West and taught us in America.
 Folk dancing!
August 18
11225349_10205022970350231_5859446388466289388_n-2What happens when 35,000 people come to attend a blessing at a monastery in Qinghai? All the lamas available line a low roof and cast blessed rice on the crowd as they file past. It happened at Thrangu Monastery during the dedication ceremony. Such outpouring of devotion spreads the blessings far and wide.
Lama Karma Drodhul was part of the blessing team. 
Lama Losang of Gainesville KTC observes the proceedings. 
Lodro Nyima Rinpoche sits in a place of honor, preparing to bless the crowd.
People from all over came to participate. Lama Tom said the crowd was polite and that police did a good job of managing the movement of people through the blessing line.
Walking beneath blessing scarves and receiving the rice blessing in the narrow passage between monastery buildings.
Lodro Nyima Rinpoche, casting blessing rice.

August 20, an excursion into the Qinghai countryside for Lama Tom Broadwater and the pilgrims in China took them to the site of the former Thrangu Monastery, located near the epicenter of a powerful earthquake in 2010. Lama Karma Drodhul pointed out ruins of Buddhist monuments (or Stupa) toppled by the quake, then noted that only one stupa in a group of 10 built by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche nearby was damaged.

The group visit included prayer and meditation at the site of Khenpo Rinpoche’s Three-Year Retreat; Lama Tom called it the high point of his visit. May all beings connect to (and be held in the compassion of) great wisdom masters!

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The KTD pilgrims also visited Palyul Monastery. Lama Tom Broadwater writes that the shrine room was full of spectacular images. The hungry travelers also visited a restaurant with a view – quite a view, as a matter of fact, as a stair-climbing workout was needed to reach the top. Travel safely, friends!
August 30
Lama Tom Broadwater writes: Clara and Barbara are my heroes! Clara, who tells us that she is 78, maintained her pace throughout the pilgrimage with grace and courage. And Barbara, one of our nurses, kept a compassionate eye on us all.
Lama Lodro Lhamo helped us to maintain an atmosphere of devotion and prayer through the early part of our pilgrimage. We were fortunate to have her with us.
From left to right: Bonnie, Lama Losang, and Blythe, looking fresh and happy even as we approached the end of our pilgrimage.
Our pilgrimage group minus a couple of people … plus a few we picked up on the way!