Tso-pema, Rewalsar, Himachal Pradesh, India, 14 July 2016 - Celebrations of Guru Padmasambhava’s birth, which is observed on the 10th of the 5th month of the Tibetan calendar, began at 4 am this morning at the Orgyen Herukai Nyingma Monastery in the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Booming horns announced the start of a ganachakra or tsog offering based on the Rigzing Dungdrub cycle. This was followed, after a brief interval nearly three hours later, by an invocation of oracles, commemorating the occasion in the 8th century CE when the Great Abbot Shantarakshita, Acharya Padmasambhava and Dharma King Trisong Detsen bound the Dharmapala Pehar by oath to protect Tibet’s spiritual and temporal traditions.
|The State Oracle Nechung invoked as part of celebrations of Guru Padmasambhava's birth at Orgyen Herukai Nyingma Monastery at Tso Pema, Rewalsar, HP, India on July 14, 2016. Photo/Tenzin Phuntsok/OHHDL|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking to over 10,000 gathered at the teaching ground at Tso Pema, Rewalsar, HP, India on July 14, 2016. Photo/Tenzin Phuntsok/OHHDL|
|Some of the over 10,000 attending His Holiness the Dalai Lama's teaching at Tso Pema, Rewalsar, HP, India on July 14, 2016. Photo/Tenzin Phuntsok/OHHDL|
|Parliament Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenpe and Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay tossing flowers into the mandala as part of the Rigzin Dungdrub empowerment at Tso Pema, Rewalsar, HP, India on July 14, 2016. Photo/Tenzin Phuntsok/OHHDL|