One of the best things about visiting Kathmandu is the auspicious presence of spiritual masters. On my recent visit, I was fortunate enough to spend time with a few of them. Here at Shechen Monastery, a drupchen was in progress…

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Ritual dance at Shechen monastery, Boudhanath

Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche, the reincarnation of the great master of the last century, presided over the complex ritual, which ended in a blessing ceremony. The final day we all received empowerment for the blessing.

Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche, giving blessings

The great yogi Khenpo Tsultrim Gyatso Rinpoche receives visitors each morning. The day I arrived there was no one else, so I had a private audience with him. He received my white kata, chanted a “Sarva Mangalam” for the benefit of all beings, and then proceeded to whack me on the head three times, (quite hard I admit) for the benefit of…I have no idea. Let’s just hope he knocked some sense into me. I think that was the point. In any case the act was so surprising that I spent the better part of our time together in hysterical laughter.

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Khenpo Tsultrim Gyatso Rinpoche, looking innocent after whacking me on the head

The best part was seeing my teacher, the Very Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche.

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The always smiling and always magical Very Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche

Published by Kim Roberts

Hi, I'm Kim Roberts. I'm a Contemplative Psychotherapist, teacher and author who shares creative practices that will transform your life. I'm also an artist. I share practical skills to train the mind, manage emotions and maintain mental health.

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