Archives for the month of: May, 2009

Chopen's Hand

This is the elegant hand of the main chopen (shrinekeeper) during the practices in Nepal for the cremation cermonies for Chagdud Rinpoche.

Statue at Chagdud Gonpa Tibet

This very old statue of Guru Rinpoche sits in the “Old Temple’ at Chagdud Gonpa, Tibet.   This statue is considered the equal of the famous “Looks Like Me” image of Guru Rinpoche in Central Tibet, and is an object of pilgrimage for those unable to travel to Lhasa.

During the Chinese invasion, soldiers attempted to destroy the statue, but were unable, and were frightened away by the (miraculous) sight of two tigers circling the statue in the temple.

Trinley Wangmo is the sister of Chagdud Rinpoche and aunt of Jigme Tulku Rinpoche. She lives in Tibet where she is highly respected as an unconventional woman of wisdom and compassion.  These pictures were taken in 2007.

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

Late one afternoon in Brazil, after the day’s consecration ceremonies had concluded, Rinpoche gave a teaching for the people who had assembled there.

“When we trust our creativity we encounter a supreme kind of enjoyment – an amazement at the natural unfolding of life beyond our ordinary way of looking at things.”
–Kongtrul Jigme Nambyel

Padmasambhava's Pure Land

Consecration of the Padmasambhava Pure Land temple at Khadro Ling in Brazil, 2008.

Chagdud Gonpa New Temple 2004

I’ve always enjoyed this picture of some of the monks at Chagdud Gonpa in front of the “new” temple.

Sengue Dzong at Night

Sengue Dzong (“Lion Fortress”) sits atop a mountain overlooking plains, far from the nearest small town.  This picture was taken in the middle of the night with a balance of starlight and the light of the moon.

Lama Drimed at Rigzdin Ling

Lama Drimed during the 2009  Losar Retreat at Rigzdin Ling.


…..whose hands do you think these are?

Khenpo Ngakchung

Khenpo Ngakchung, the current incarnation of Khenpo Naga, on of the greatest dzogchen masters of his time, and teacher of Tulku Arig.  Taken in his quarters in Nyoshul (Kham) in 2007.