2014 was a very significant year for Shar Gaden Monastery’s abbot, Khen Rinpoche Geshe Lobsang Jinpa. This was the year Khen Rinpoche, accompanied by his entourage, made an offering of tenshug to His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche at Trijang Buddhist Institute in Vermont, USA.
Tenshug is a long-life ceremonial offering to the spiritual guide who has chosen a human rebirth, requesting him to live long for the benefit of all sentient beings. Tenshug offerings are very necessary for our lineage lamas to live long and continue their enlightened activities.
In order for a tenshug to be effective, the spiritual guide to whom it is being offered must formally accept the tenshug ritual. This particular offering was requested and offered not only by Khen Rinpoche but by the 700 monks of Shar Gaden Monastery.
Shar Gaden Monastery had previously made several sincere requests for Kyabje Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche to accept a tenshug from the monastery but to no avail. Thus, this time, by accepting the tenshug from Shar Gaden Monastery, Kyabje Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche blesses the monastery with increase and growth.
The tenshug ceremony was also the first time Khen Rinpoche, in his new capacity as abbot, had an audience with Kyabje Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche. In fact, the previous incarnation of Kyabje Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang, was Khen Rinpoche’s root guru who bestowed upon him many precious teachings and empowerments.
Khen Rinpoche Geshe Lobsang Jinpa is primarily based in Taiwan, where he works to spread the Dharma and garner support for Shar Gaden Monastery.
Today, Khen Rinpoche tirelessly continues his work for the preservation of Lama Tsongkapa’s pure lineage. It is due to the efforts of both His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende (Abbot Emeritus of Shar Gaden Monastery) and Khen Rinpoche Geshe Lobsang Jinpa that Shar Gaden Monastery has grown into a full-fledged monastery.
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