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Message from His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rinpoche

His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rinpoche, photograph by Christoph Scheonherr

His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rinpoche, photograph by Christoph Scheonherr

This message from His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rinpoche was recently sent out by the Ripa Ladrang Foundation to their worldwide sangha. The Shambhala Times is sharing this message with permission from the Ladrang in order to update the Shambhala community on His Eminence’s activities.

Dear Sangha,

I hope this letter finds you in good health, spirits, and humour. Myself, my family and the monastic community of Orissa are all doing well. In fact this year’s annual events of the monastery, the Yidam Gongdue (Hayagriva) Drubchen followed directly by Pema Lingpa’s Shitro Drubchod went profoundly well. They were concluded by two days of Bardo Cham dance. Since some of our senior monks and lama friends passed away this year, I found it fit to have Bardo Cham dance as a tribute to them and a dedication to many others who have died.

I am now ready to leave soon for Nepal where I intend to spend some months with my family and the monastic community of Rigon Tashi Choling. Over the years I have felt that due to my frequent and often long stays abroad, I was not able to spend enough time to guide and transmit important teachings, instructions and abhishekas to fill the growing and urgent need of the Ripa Monastic Sanghas. Also, my advancing age does bring exhaustion relatively faster then it used to (physically at least). Since last year, as per my wishes my hectic schedule in the North America was significantly reduced, and I felt that perhaps it was best to visit every alternate year. Perhaps the time has come to start doing just that.

I know many of you will be disappointed and sad but this is done in the best interest of everyone in the long run. All these years I have traveled extensively and tirelessly in trying to fulfill everyone’s wishes.

I do know that living in a world full of complications and madness, one leads a life filled with pressure and uncertainties yet under those challenging circumstances you have all proved quite dedicated and devoted and hard working students. I appreciate your love and generosity in taking care of me and my projects and am sure the merit generated by your wholesome actions done with good motivation will not go wasted.

However my most precious gift to you are my teachings and my “heart advice”. Please take good care of those gifts as your most precious inheritance.

So I hope you will understand my inability to come to the U.S.A this year, but then a year can go very fast. Before long I will be back to make you all very busy again. I will however visit Europe to lead a month long retreat for Ripa international students. Those of you who can make it there, please do try to come.

With blessings and prayers,

H.E Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche

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