Tsok at the Labrang

It was the 25th day of the Tibetan month on Saturday, so Khyentse Rinpoche finished the day’s Dam Ngak Dzö transmissions at lunchtime and performed a reasonably elaborate tsok in his Library during the afternoon. Rinpoche invited both Yangsis, OT Rinpoche and Spiti Tulku, about twenty monks, a couple of westerners, and a relatively liberal smattering of Bhutanese and Tibetans. It was beautiful day and the sun flooded into the room all afternoon, so none of us were cold. There was an air of something very ordinary yet rare, even historic about the whole thing.

Once it was all over, I met Lama Sonam Phuntsok outside on the terrace; he looked absolutely radiant. It was the first time in two and half years (basically since his kidney transplant) that he’d taken part in such a practice and not felt overwhelmed or exhausted—an auspicious sign if ever I saw one!

All these pictures were taken from the same spot—it really wasn’t the kind of situation one felt comfortable getting up and wandering around in—so please forgive the bizarre angles, other-worldly colours and fuzzy bits.



6 thoughts on “Tsok at the Labrang

  1. Thank you Janine for connecting us to the tsok at the Labrang– which made my one-plate tsok practice today really multiply… Cangioli

  2. Thank you so much, Janine, for sharing this with us. Goosebumps all over. So precious. So happy for all who were part of it.

  3. inspiring post and photos as ever. thank you. Now, Janine, where are you? 🙂 You are missed! Have you survived to 2013? I do hope so!

    Wish you and all your readers the happiest possible new year, with more new years coming soon. Are you well? So I wish, and if not, soon better. How are the empowerments going? How is Rinpoche? Hallo? 🙂

    But of course, if it’s better for you to be quiet, please do that for yourself.

  4. Happy New Year to you too! I’ll be posting in a week or so, it’s just a bit too busy right now. Rinpoche is very well and the transmissions are all but over. Sweet of you to write!

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