Tibet Foundation

Khabje Khyongla Rato Rinpoche & Khen Rinpoche Nicholas Vreeland visit the Tibetan Peace Garden

May 31, 2016

Tibet Foundation was honoured to welcome Khabje Khyongla Rato Rinpoche accompanied by Khen Rinpoche Nicholas Vreeland to the Tibetan Peace Garden, on May the 23rd 2016.

Tibet Foundation was honoured to welcome Khabje Khyongla Rato Rinpoche accompanied by Khen Rinpoche Nicholas Vreeland to the Tibetan Peace Garden, on May the 23rd 2016.

As both Rinpoche's entered the site it began to lightly rain, an auspicious sign among Tibetans.

Our guests were shown around the grounds by Director Mr Phuntsog Wangyal and new Manager Mr Jamyang Dhondup, who explained the symbolism and history of the site, which was opened in 1999 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and features a bronze Kalachakra Mandala in the centre.

Khyongla Rinpoche is considered to be the 10th incarnation of the first Khyongla, born in 1923. Later in life he became widely known for his teaching of the dharma, and he was known as the "Lama from Khyong Yul" or "Khyongla". The name Rato is a reference to Rato Monastery, (Rato Dratsang), where Khyongla Rato studied.

In 1958, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was taking the examinations for his Lharampa Geshe degree, and Khyongla Rato was asked to be one of two scholars who, during Monlam, would represent Rato Monastery as debating challengers in His Holiness' final examination at the Jokhang. Altogether there were eighty challengers from ten monasteries. As Khyongla Rato says in his autobiography, when it was his turn to debate: 
 
"For half an hour our thrilling interchange continued until the senior tutor, my good friend Ling Rinpoche, raised his hand and I returned to my place, exceedingly joyful and relieved."
 
While first in India, at the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Khyongla Rato Rinpoche helped to write texts on the grammar, literature, history and religion of Tibet; these were used in the education of the families of Tibetan exiles.
 
Khen Rinpoche Nicholas Vreeland is the abbot of Rato Dratsang Monastery, a 10th century Tibetan Buddhist monastery re-established in India. He is also a photographer and is the Director of The Tibet Center, New York. 
 
Tibet Foundation was honoured to welcome such guests to the Tibetan Peace Garden, which continues to receive ongoing blessings and guests to the site.
 
For more information about the Tibetan Peace Garden visit: http://tibet-foundation.org/page/peace_garden