The Ka-Xiong Valley School

 We are very excited about the Ka-Xiong Valley School! It is the very first school in the valley and a testament to the determination and dreams of the Venerable Drikung Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche, who has strong ties to the area. In the past, Rinpoche's father was the last Chieftain of the Nangchen Drongme people which included all the people in the Ka-Xiong valley.  In addition, Rinpoche is the head of the local Monastery in Ka-Xiong, the Ka-Tashigon Monastery.

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Soenam and Tashi

 

tash-and-sonamAutumn, or “thun-ka” as it is called in Kham, is usually a pleasant time. The days are bright and sunny with the nighttime temperatures dipping a bit low, but without the "bite" that winter will bring. With the harvest stacked and ready for winter, and the animals grazing, it is a lazy time of year (if the Khampas can ever have what is called a "lazy season".It is during this time that that the  Kagyu monks, from nearby monasteries, gather in Nangchen Dzong to hold a “Monlam” or prayer service.

Aside from providing religious services, a Monlam is a way to connect with people you haven't seen for maybe 6 months or even a year. Everyone dresses up in their finest clothes with even the monks and nuns wearing their best robes. All these "going's on"  gives Monlam the feeling of a great festival. Since this is usually the last social event before winter sets in, everyone sets off to have a good time.

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Buddhist Relics

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Relics can take many forms, but in the Buddhist tradition, when a great master dies and is cremated, their compassion takes on a a form which we can see and feel. This is what is referred to as a relic, or "ringsal" in Tibetan. These relics, or ringsel, spontaneously spill out of their bodies during their cremation or burial rites. Ringsel of different beings or different parts of the same  Bodhisattva’s body are different colors including, but not limited to pure white, brown, copper, or different shades of grey.

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