We are deeply honoured to welcome our wonderful teacher and friend, Geshe Ahbay Tulku Jigme Thupten Tendar Rinpoche, joining us all in Glastonbury for a few days so that we may receive high Tibetan Teaching and Blessings. Having experienced the resonance of these Teachings and Blessings through Rinpoche’s presence on several occasions since 2008, we can assure you that tonight will be extremely special.
Lama Ahbay Tulku Jigme Thupten Tendar Rinpoche was born in Darjeeling/India. In the Tibetan calendar the day of his birth is known as ‘The Auspicious Day with Ten Good Omens’. His father and his mother have two more children, an elder brother and a younger sister.
When Abhay was 7 years old Khabche Zong Rinpoche visited the hill station of Darjeeling and gave profound instructions bringing happiness to everybody. Abhay’s father prostrated to the feet of this great master with the wish to have the possibility for one of his sons to become a monk. The venerable Geshe Khenrab Choedak of Hardong Khamtsen became young Abhay’s religious master and he began to learn to write and read Tibetan and to study Buddhist metaphysics according to the tradition.
When he was nine years old he was fully initiated into monkhood and the tutor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Khabche Ling Rinpoche gave him the name Thupten Tendar. When he was twelve, His Holiness the Dalai Lama identified him as the reincarnation of the hermit Lama Lobsang Tenzin. One year later he was enthroned as Tulku in Gaden Jangtse Monastery. There, at the age of seventeen, he was admitted to the congregational debate on the first chapter of Abhisamaya (Perfection of Wisdom), and six years later, to the congregational debate on Madhyamika (Middle Way). He studied Pharchen (Perfection of Wisdom) for six years, Uma (Middle Way) for three years.
From the age of thirteen to thirty five he studied Tibetan Philosophy, amongst which is the Abidharma (Treasure of Knowledge) which takes over three years, and the Vinaya (Disciplines). These four major Buddhist texts, together with another text called Namdrel (Valid cognition), all are called Panchaparamita (Five major texts of Buddhist studies). Abhay Rinpoche gained the title of Geshe and continued to further study Tantra at Gymed Tantra University in South India. This is a degree in the deep Tibetan meditaion practices and rituals.
Geshe Abhay Rinpoche now travels the globe offering his Teachings and Blessings.
Reincarnation. The former reincarnation of Geshe Lama Ahbay Rinpoche was the hermit Lama Lobsang Tenzin. He was born in the village known as Lunghna Shelkar in the family Lhundup Khangsar that is known to have brought forth many saints. The Hermit Lama Lobsang Tenzin lived in a cave and was famous for his supernatural powers. Animals, including the deer and monkeys would come to him and people from all walks of life would seek him out for blessing.
Please note that this evening will take place in the room at the front of the Town Hall. There are just 50 seats and these will be available on a first arrival basis. Doors will open from 7pm and the evening will begin at 7.30pm.
The evening will consist of Rinpoche offering Tibetan Teachings followed by The Healing Medicine Buddha Blessing. This will be followed by Questions & Answers and a collection towards Rinpoche’s Monastery Project where he houses and schools Tibetan Monks. Rinpoche will additionally be bringing with him a selection of beautiful malas and bracelets, incense and prayer flags.
Photo: Geshe Abhay Rinpoche, July 2019. Glastonbury PLG.