His Eminence Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche returned to Ladakh after completing his studies in Bhutan
By Reach Ladakh Correspondent, Friday, May 17, 2013
Shey:Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche arrived in Leh on May 15, 2013 and he was greeted at the airport by the monks of Hemis and Chemday monasteries and members of Young Drukpa Association. A grand function was organised at Naro Photang in Shey to celebrate the successful completion of his Buddhist studies and obtaining a degree in Buddhist philosophy.The nuns of Naro Photang offered mandala of long life to commence the function, and gifts were offered by Hemis and Chemday monasteries and Young Drukpa Association. Mandala offering was followed by a speech by Khenchen Tsewang Rigzin who said, “Today is a great day for people of Ladakh that His Eminence the 2nd Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche has returned to Ladakh after nine years of extensive Buddhist studies in Bhutan. The previous Thuksey Rinpoche spent many years in Ladakh and his reincarnation was born here. Therefore, we should feel blessed.” He congratulated Rinpoche on behalf of all the people of Ladakh. He said the 1st Thuksey Rinpoche did a lot of work in spreading Buddhism in Ladakh, initiating many religious activities (Mani Tyungchur) and performing miracles (spring water in Gangles and Skara).
His Eminence the 2nd Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche was born in Chushul in 1986 to father Nawang Norbu and mother Rigzin Dolma. Before the birth, many oracles, deities and high lamas told his mother that the expecting child would be a special one. Strange birds guarded Rinpoche’s house for a week, a light pleasant drizzle of rain showered upon the village and a white light shined in the room during the birth. With these auspicious signs he was born in Chushul, in eastern part of Ladakh.
In July 1987, His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama and the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa went together to Gyalwa Gotsangpa’s cave near the Hemis Monastery and meditated there for two hours. Through mediation and pure visions, both concluded that the special child born in Chushul was the real reincarnation of the late Thuksey Rinpoche who passed away in 1983. Thereafter, His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa visited Chushul to pay his respect to the reincarnation of his Guru and offered him the mandala of long life and robes for monkhood. On 30th June 1988, when Rinpoche was two and a half years’ old, he left with Gyalwang Drukpa for Druk Sangag Choeling Monastery in Darjeeling. Four months later, the young Rinpoche was formally enthroned at the monastery built by his predecessor. Prior to his departure to Darjeeling, he was enthroned in Hemis and Chemday monasteries in a small ceremony. Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche spent 9 years in Tango (Tago) Monastery in Bhutan studying the 13 great texts of written by Indian pandita and Tibetan scholars.
Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche in his address said, “It is a great joy for me to be here with you all. Thank you for your warm welcome. It is our karma relationship (tendel) that brought us together and it is very essential to maintain this relationship. As per the wish and advice of my spiritual guru, the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa I went to study in Bhutan in May 2004 and I graduated this year after 9 years of study. Under the protective guidance of Buddha and deities, prayers of monks and nuns and devotees, I could finish my studies without any obstacles. My aim now is to fulfil the wishes of my spiritual guru and to work towards promotion of Buddha’s teaching and to preserve Drukpa’s lineage.” He advised the younger generation of Ladakh not to forget and ignore their motherland, its culture and rich tradition by adopting western culture. He later said, “Ladakh is the place where I was born and it is where I wish to spend 4 to 5 months a year.” There was thunderous applause from the big crowd. At the end he said, “I alone cannot bring any development and change. I will need the support and cooperation of Ladakhi people in order to benefit others.”
Padma Tashi, President of Young Drukpa Association gave the vote of thanks by extending his appreciation to all the individuals and institutions involved in the successful organisation of the event.
Later in the afternoon, a cultural programme was organised to celebrate the occasion and entertain the guests and visitors. The Cultural Art and Tradition Society, villagers of Shey and students of Druk Padma Karpo School performed, while Dorjey Stakmo sang a song in praise of Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche.
Finally at the close of the function, hundreds of devotees lined up with traditional scarf and offerings to receive hand blessing (chagwang) from His Eminence Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche which lasted till late evening.