Wed 20th
Geshe Ahbay Tulku Jigme Thupten Tendar Rinpoche
Tibetan Meditation & Blessings

We are honoured to welcome Geshe Ahbay Tulku Jigme Thupten Tendar Rinpoche, who is joining us all in Glastonbury for a few days so that we may spend some time meditating together. Having experienced the high vibrational resonance of Rinpoche’s presence and his spiritual practice on several occasions since 2008, we can assure you that tonight will be very special. Geshe 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 older 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, Abhay Rinpoche 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 meditation practices and rituals.

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 of Lhundup Khangsar, which 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 such as deer and monkeys would approach him, and people from all walks of life would seek his blessing.

Geshe Abhay Rinpoche now travels the globe offering his teachings and blessings.

Our evening will consist of Rinpoche offering Tibetan teachings, blessings, and knowing Rinpoche, lots of smiles and laughter.

The venue will be Abbey House, Chilkwell Street, BA6.
Doors 6.30pm for 7pm start. £7 / (£6)

We would ask you to please avoid arriving before 6.30pm and to either come on foot, bicycle, or park your vehicle in town rather than at the house. Take great care as you enter and exit the driveway, as Chilkwell Street can sometimes be busy and there is no immediate pavement.

Please attend only if you are confident that you are well and are prepared to look after by every means, our more vulnerable attendees. We wish to take care to make sure that everyone at the group feels and is safe as far as possible. Therefore we ask that each of you please take full responsibility for both yourself, your own well being and safety, and to consider others with the greatest of care.

Photo: Geshe Abhay Rinpoche, Glastonbury Inner Light / PLG, 2019 / 2022.

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