8-14 April 2010
I planned to attend the famous Guru Rinpoche empowerment at Tokden Monastery for 3 consecutive years. This year I managed to go there with Yonten and On, who offered to take photos for us. It was a joy to attend the ancient ceremony with several hundreds of Tibetans in the middle of the night. The empowerment was over at around 5 am. We went outside the main shrine to feel fresh cold air. Our spirit renewed with Guru Rinpoche blessings.
Guru Rinpoche or Padmasambhava at the main shrine, Tokden Monastery
Smoke offerings to dharmapalas before the empowerment
Serious praying monks
and playing ones
Circumambulating the shrine before empowerment which took place at 3am
Tsulchen Rinpoche conducting the empowerment