Before we returned home, we visited Tharig Gompa, a Sakya monastery, not far from Ka-Nying Shedrup Ling. Incidentally we met another little lama there. This is not according to our plan. Kunga Sangbo Rinpoche told me that Tharig Tulku lives there. But I have no idea that he’s very young only 9 years of age. He is the seventh reincarnation of the Very Venerable Tharig Rinpoche.
His mentor told us about him and his monastery in eastern Tibet. His parents are Tibetan refugees in Bir, India, where he was born. The little tulku was successfully identified according to His Holiness Sakya Trizin’s predictions. On July 31, 2006 he was formally enthroned at Tharig Monastery. The ceremony was presided over by His Holiness Sakya Trizin.
When asked what you do each day, the little lama replies in a cheerful spirit:
“I got up, wash my face, brush my teeth, study a little, have breakfast, study more, have lunch, take an afternoon nap if there is no place to go or no one to see, study and have dinner.”
Among the subjects he is learning are Tibetan, Chinese and English. When asked whether he found his lessons difficult, he said some of them, particularly long sutras.
It was a special joy for me to visit this little lama, who is full of fun and intellect. It’s great to see how a young tulku is trained so that he can be a great master in the future and serve sentient beings to the best of his ability.
The story of this and other reincarnated tulkus will be broadcast on Thai TV scheduled for early January 2009 (Channel 7, Ruang Jing Phan Jor, Thursday 10.30-11.30 pm).