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U N D E R T H E D I R E C T I O N O F H I S E M I N E N C E S H Y A L P A T E N Z I N R I N P O C H E
At the end of the inaugural celebration, Rinpoche enthroned the new Khenpo of Mipham Institute. Khenpo Ogyen Tsering travelled a long way from his hometown to lead the Dharmic education of monks and nuns. Attendees showed devotion and respect for the Khenpo with offerings and white scarves, and joyfully welcomed the newest member of this large spiritual family.
Recitation continued through November 17 when the target of 100 million mantras was accomplished. It was an auspicious time, the full moon day according to Tibetan calendar. The Pema Sangtig feast puja was performed for the deceased, those who otherwise would have no support to reach liberation. At the close of these wonderful events in Kathmandu, Rinpoche graciously distributed over 1,000 beautiful prints of a Guru Rinpoche Thangka sponsored by the Beijing sangha.
On November 15, the Mipham Institute officially opened its doors. His Excellency Madhav Prasad Paudel, the Minister of Education of Nepal, was present, along with a famous Nepali architect and educator, Dr. Shrestha. With His Eminence Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche, they cut the ribbon, commemorating the completion of this three-year construction project and the commencement of a new era at Shyalpa Monastery—higher education and Buddhist training for children of the Himalayan region.
After three months of careful planning and preparation, the Shyalpa Monastery Education Complex and Mipham Institute opened its doors to over one thousand devotees from around the world for a month of celebrations, prayers, and feasts. On November 5, busloads of devotees from Kathmandu valley began to arrive at Shyalpa Monastery, filling the prayer halls at Mipham Institute.
At 8:30 am, His Holiness Drubchen Rinpoche entered the main hall with a formal procession that marked the official beginning of the puja. A series of prayers were read to invite Guru Rinpoche and his blessings. Recitation continued throughout the day with breaks for tea and lunch. Each day of the puja various patrons would make offerings to participants with generosity and best wishes. Participants all had one common goal: To collectively reach 100 million recitations of the Vajra Guru mantra.