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