Twelve-Year Great Guru Rinpoche Celebration at the Kilung Monastery
One of the most important dates in the Tibetan Buddhist calendar comes every twelve years, and celebrates Guru Rinpoche’s birth on the 10th day of the 5th month in the Year of the Monkey. This very auspicious day was August 13th this year and was celebrated by Tibetan Buddhists throughout the world.
At the Kilung Monastery, the Guru Rinpoche celebration and tsok was held at the ancient Kilung temple.
To this date over 2000 donors from China and Taiwan have contributed to the shedra rebuilding project, and many of these donors additionally helped to sponsor the week-long celebration.
Offerings were made to the Three Jewels – the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, and prayers were made for the health and wellbeing of elders, and for the younger generation and their studies, heath and future. Money was collected to give food and clothes to the poor people in the community. Butter lamps were lit as offerings, and also to acknowledge all the donors to the shedra rebuilding.
In addition, a name list of all the shedra rebuilding donors from around the world was posted during the prayers and dedications. Their names were burned during the fire puja, an auspicious smoke offering.