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ATTENTION: ASSIGNMENT EDITORS - June 2009 press release

The year 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910 – 1991), one of the most remarkable spiritual teachers of all time. On this occasion we would like to celebrate his life and pay tribute to the great benefit he accomplished while he was in his physical form and later through the continuation of his enlightened activities.

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s reincarnation, Urgyen Jigme Tenzin Lhundrup, was born in 1993 and enthroned at Shechen Monastery in 1997, where he currently continues his studies and training. In his centenary year, the Yangsi of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche will formally begin his undertaking to carry on the activities of benefitting others through teachings, presiding over major ceremonies and
inspiring dharma activities throughout the world.

Lotus Speech Canada, under the auspices of Changling Rinpoche, is honored to host the centennial celebration and welcome H. H. Khyentse Yangsi to Vancouver on his first visit to North America. The four-day Vancouver program will be held August 20-23, 2010 at the UBC First Nations Longhouse. The program will include:
• a welcoming ceremony;
• empowerment and teachings by H.H. Khyentse Yangsi and Rabjam Rinpoche;
• a sacred relics exhibit;
• the premiere of a film about Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche; and,
• a life release ceremony.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Meadows 778-960-4066
More information is available on the Lotus Speech Canada website at www.lotusspeech.ca

BACKGROUNDER

The year 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910 – 1991), one of the most remarkable spiritual teachers of all times. On this occasion we would like to celebrate his life and pay tribute to the great benefit he accomplished while he was in his physical form and later through the continuation of his enlightened activities.

The enlightened wisdom, compassion and extraordinary presence of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche profoundly affected the lives of countless beings. Many others who did not have the good fortune to meet him in person have nevertheless been deeply inspired by his teachings, by seeing photographs and films of him, by reading his life story and meeting his close disciples who are carrying on his legacy. Thus the stream of inspiration and blessing that he set in motion flows as powerfully as ever.

As custodians of the main seat of Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche since the Cultural Revolution, the aim of Shechen Monastery and its branches is to fulfil the wishes and vision of Khyentse Rinpoche as its sole purpose and motivation. Thus we continually strive to fulfil not only the wishes that Rinpoche clearly expressed during his life, but also his broader enlightened vision and activities.

Since his passing eighteen years ago we have managed to fulfil many of Khyentse Rinpoche’s wishes according to his last instructions, including; the establishment of Philosophical Colleges and Retreat Centres in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, the building of Shechen Monastery in Bodhgaya, the construction of Eight Stupas Commemorating Lord Buddha’s Life at the sacred sites of the Buddha in India and Nepal, the publication of Khyentse Rinpoche’s 25 volume Collected Works and many other new publications of important teachings such as the Five Treasuries of Jamgon Kongtrul the Great.

Through Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s own kindness, his wondrous unmistaken incarnation was easily found and unanimously accepted. Khyentse Rinpoche’s incarnation, ‘Khyentse Yangsi’ Urgyen Jigme Tenzin Lhundrup was born in 1993 and enthroned at Shechen Monastery in 1997.

He has continued since then to concentrate on his studies and training in Nepal and Bhutan. In order to celebrate Khyentse Rinpoche’s unique contribution to our world and to dedicate the various undertakings that have been achieved in his name, in the centenary year Yangsi Rinpoche will formally begin his undertaking to carry on Khyentse Rinpoche’s activities of benefitting others through teachings, presiding over major ceremonies and inspiring dharma activities in various parts of the world.

In this spirit, Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche will visit a number of countries where his predecessor lived and taught, such as Tibet, France, the United States, Canada, Taiwan and Hong Kong, where he had numerous disciples. He will also preside over the centenary ceremonies in Nepal, Bhutan and India and consecrate the Eight Stupas for Peace project which have been built at holy sites of the Buddha in India and Nepal.

We hope that the visit of Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche and the various events planned for the 2010 commemoration year will contribute to the continuation of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s enlightened activities, to revive and strengthen the devotion and confidence of his disciples and inspire many others to enter the path of authentic dharma for the benefit of all sentient beings.

We would like to invite all of our dharma friends to join together in celebrating this joyful occasion!

More information is available on the Lotus Speech Canada website at www.lotusspeech.ca