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So-Wide Space Oct 2010 - Visit of Arjia Rinpoche

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Visit of Arjia Rinpoche to OCBS

On 11th October Arjia Rinpoche visited the OCBS for a talk, and question and answer session, to introduce his new book – Surviving the Dragon. In this book he tells his life story which includes being recognized by the Panchen Lama as the 20th Arjia Danpei Gyaltsen, the reincarnation of Lama Tsong Khapa's father, Lumbum Ghe, and the throne holder and abbot of Kumbum Monastery. Also, in 1998, due to the strained political climate in Tibet, Arjia Rinpoche went into exile because he would not compromise his spiritual beliefs and practices.

Rinpoche started his talk by thanking the beautiful weather and surroundings then proceeded on to give an overview of his place within Tibetan Buddhism.  After this he shared some instruction on meditation which was both practical and illuminating. He then shared stories from various events in his life and went on to describe some of his current activities.

He spoke with disarming candour about various subjects including dreams and reincarnation. His sharing on the traditions of Tibetan Buddhism were very illuminating.  He very clearly demonstrated the beneficial effects of a lifelong practice.

There then followed some questions around the circumstances of his going into exile which he answered with great honesty.

It was very rewarding to spend time in the presence of Arjia Rinpoche and the afternoon provided some fascinating insights into various aspects of Tibetan Buddhism.


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