Guru Vajradhara's 70th Birthday Celeberation and Long Life Ceremony

March 11, 2023

The Palpung Sherabling Monastic College's khenpos, acharyas, and graduates, along with the monastic seat's entire monastic community, requested to offer a long life ceremony to express their appreciation of Guru Vajradhara His Holiness the 12th Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa's immense kindness. To fulfil this aspiration, the monastic seat's community, Tibetan from Bir, and devotees from Chango village in Kinnaur and Mön in Arunachal Pradesh organized Guru Vajradhara's birthday celebration, while the monastic community performed the extensive long life sadhana for his longevity.

At 9 am on February 27, 2023, the day of Guru Vajradhara's 70th birthday, Kyabje Zurmang Gharwang Rinpoche, Kyabje Bokar Yangsi Rinpoche, tulkus, lamas, and khenpos from several other Kagyu monasteries, representative of Sakya Dolma Phodrang, Director General of International Buddhist Confederation, representatives of Rumtek Monastic Seat and other associated monasteries and organizations in India, Nepal, Bhutan, and foreign countries, along with devotees from all over the world, gathered at Palpung Sherabling Monastic College’s main temple. Guru Vajradhara was then escorted by an elaborate procession to the sacred throne.

Acting as vajra masters, Their Eminences Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and Chungpo Gyalton Rinpoche conducted the offering of longevity articles and substances based on Ratna Lingpa's "Gathering of Secrets" longevity sadhana to Guru Vajradhara through his tutor Lama Lodrö, along with invoking the power of the truth for Guru Vajradhara's long life and the flourishing of his enlightened activities. Following that, Sakya Dolma Phodrang, Rumtek Monastic Seat, and over one hundred local and international monasteries and organizations offered mandalas and sacred representations of enlightened body, speech, and mind.

In the afternoon, rinpoches and khenpos presented introductions of Guru Vajradhara's life and activities, followed by presentations and launches of sets of thangkas and mandalas of the thirteen tantras of Lord Marpa's tradition, along with their practice manuals and torma handbooks, as well as several other books. The celebration was concluded by chanting songs of realization, ganachakra offering songs, and birthday wishes, after which everyone enjoyed the birthday cake and sweets.

In the evening of the following day, Guru Vajradhara graced the celebratory dinner with tulkus, lamas, khenpos, monastics, and lay devotees, which was accompanied by a cultural performance of traditional songs and dances by Monastic Primary School’s students.

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