1 It is believed that when Choden Rinpoche was meditating in the mountains above Lhasa, this statue of Tara rose in his meditation cave. 2 The canine tooth relic represents the piercing power of all the buddhas’ wisdom. 3 It is said the Kurukulle deity appeared on Rinpoche’s hand drum.
THE relics of renowned Tibetan Buddhist master Choden Rinpoche will be exhibited on May 28 and 29 at the Nanyang Press Multipurpose Hall in Singapore.
The exhibition has been organised to commemorate Rinpoche’s efforts in spreading Buddhist teachings in Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Europe.
Rinpoche was born in 1933 in Eastern Tibet and was recognised at three years old as an important incarnate lama, and ordained by Pabongka Rinpoche at the age of six.
He entered Sera Je Monastery when he was 15, where he mastered all the philosophical teachings required for the highest monastic title of Geshe Lharampa.
In 1985, he left Tibet for India and has taught thousands of students at Sera Je monastery in South India and in Dharma centres around the world. He died on Sept 11 last year.
It is believed that anyone who sees, hears of, touches or even thinks of relics receives blessings from these enlightened beings directly.
The organiser, Awakening Vajra Kuala Lumpur Dharma Centre, hopes both Buddhists and non-Buddhists will be inspired to uphold loving kindness and encourage respect in the communities they live in through viewing the relics.
The holy relics will be displayed from 10am to 7pm.
Other displays include Rinpoche’s personal items such as the Talking Tara Statue, ritual implements and personal prayer texts.