Today, May 12th, 2016, on this auspicious day of the fourth month (Saga Dawa) in the Tibetan calendar, His holiness the twelfth Chamgon Kenting Tai Situ Rinpoche arrived at Vancouver. He was received by the sangha of Thrangu Monastery Canada, lead by the ninth Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, for a welcoming ceremony upon his morning arrival, and gave a teaching in the evening to an audience of more than three hundred students.
The topic of tonight’s teaching was “Compassion, Meditation, and Dealing with our Emotions”. With great humour, Situ Rinpoche taught the concepts of Bodhicitta (an altruistic mind), meditation, and selflessness with an even greater insight. Students present have express gratitude reaping immense benefits from his wisdom. We pray His Holiness dwells long to return often and guide students abroad.
Below is the welcome speech as given by the abbot of Thrangu Monastery Canada, Dungsey Lama Pema, during this memorable welcoming ceremony.
On behalf of everyone assembled in here at Thrangu Monastery Canada, founded by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, I would like to offer with my deepest, faith, respect, and joy a very warm welcome to Chamgön Dorje Chang Kenting Tai Situ Rinpoche for coming to visit our temple on this day, the 12th of May, 2016.
Chamgön Tai Situ Rinpoche is a very special lama, a protector for us in this and future lives, for all the followers of the Karma Kamtsang and for the lamas and disciples of Thrangu Monastery in Tibet and abroad in particular. Thus all of us disciples have long held in our hearts the wish that he could come here, and it happening is a meaningful result of vast amounts of merit gathered and good aspirations made for many lifetimes.
In terms of history, the 8th Tai Situ Chökyi Jungne recognized the sixth Thrangu Tulku Kunkhyap Nyima as the reincarnation of the previous, 5th Thrangu Tulku, and through the the blessings of his aspirations, Thrangu Kunkhyap Nyima reached the pinnacle of learnedness, venerability, and goodness, becoming widely influential. Likewise, Situ Rinpoche came to Thrangu Monastery, wrote its codes of conduct, and granted his blessings in many ways, because of which the teachings of scripture and realization flourished at Thrangu Tashi Chöling in Tibet. The 4th Traleg Rinpoche Trinley Nyima also received many empowerments, transmissions, and pith instructions from Situ Rinpoche and also took full ordination as a bhikshu from him. In particular, it is primarily due to Situ Rinpoche’s blessings that pujas of the mandala practices of Hevajra in the Ngok lineage, Mahamaya, Chatupitha, and Gyalwa Gyatso were instituted at Thrangu Monastery. These are a few of the innumerable ways he showed his kindness to Thrangu Monastery.
Likewise, the 8th Thrangu Rinpoche Karma Tenzin Trinley Rabgye was recognized by both the 10th Situ Rinpoche Pema Kunsang and Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye. Our own glorious master, the 9th Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche was also recognized by both the Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje and the 11th Chamgön Tai Situ Rinpoche Pema Wangchok Gyalpo, who also came to Thrangu Monastery and gave empowerments, transmissions, and instructions.
In particular, the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje in his foresight made the prayer and prophecy that he would meet the 12th Chamgön Tai Situ Rinpoche Pema Donyö Druppa again in his verse:
The activity of the Lord Chamgön Tai Situ
Is like the sun and moon in the sky.
I pray that he remain continuously
And that I meet him over and over again.
Accordingly, when the teachings of the Practice Lineage of the Karma Kamtsang were at their lowest ebb, Situ Rinpoche recognized unmistakably the Karmapa’s reincarnation, the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje. Our great fortune to hear the nectar of His Holiness’ speech is one aspect of Rinpoche’s incomparably great activity that has left an indelible imprint on the precious teachings of the Kagyu in general. In particular, you have shown Khenchen Vajradhara Thrangu Rinpoche great consideration and come to his seat abroad, the Vajra Vidya Institute, to give the Hevajra empowerment, laying the foundation for the annual Hevajra pujas. In this and other ways you have been very kind to the Thrangu Monasteries in Tibet and abroad.
Now as well, even though you have many activities on behalf of Buddhism and sentient beings and are extremely busy, you have given us the opportunity to host you here at Thrangu Monastery Canada. Thus I would like to express my deepest, most heartfelt gratitude for showing us such immeasurable and priceless kindness in coming here. I would also like to request that you remember us disciples in the future and return frequently to grant us the feast of profound and vast Dharma. I pray that you, our protector, will consider the benefit for the beings and teachings and continue to live for many years. Thank you.