Extraordinary Days with His Eminence 104th Gaden Tripa
This morning we met to say goodbye to our precious Master Gaden Tri Rinpoche, who’s leaving for Austria. Happy and touched we showed our gratitude to Rinpoche, with a prayer of a very soon return to our Institute and with the wish he may remain till the end of samsara.
It has been an honor receiving His visit and a great joy to receive His precious teachings, in particular, this year when in all the world is celebrated the 600th-anniversary of the Great Lama Tzong Khapa Paranirvana, founder of Gelugpa lineage.
We spent extraordinary days thanks to the compassion, strength, and energy transmitted by this great Master, born in Tibet.
Hundreds of people, coming from all over the world, attended the event during the last days.
We would also like to thank whoever attended and supported this event; particular gratitude has to go to Richard Gere, as with pleasure we hosted him in Pomaia during the last days.
Thanks by heart to the ILTK management, to all the staff and volunteers for their tireless work.
We remember that during the next days, from 18th to 23rd Oct at the Tibet center in Austria, our precious Master will give Yamantaka empowerment, the Vajrasattva Jenang and will give teachings on Yamantaka Sadhana.
The event information is reported here:: https://www.tibetcenter.at/en/yamantaka-initiation/
Biography of 104th Gaden Tripa Kyabje Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Palsangpo
Kyabje Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Palsangpo was born in Tibet in 1934, Rinpoche was ordained as a monk at the age of seven. Following His Holiness the Dalai Lama into exile in 1959, he entered Sera Je Monastery where he was enrolled into Tsangpa Khangtsen at the age of seventeen.
Following a rigorous study of the Buddhist philosophies, he obtained the highest honor of Geshe Lharampa degree in 1979 after debate examinations attended by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other senior Buddhist scholars.
Ater receiving the Geshe Lharampa degree, he entered Gyume Tantric University and two years later became a master of discipline. Rinpoche also studied the esoteric teachings of the Mahayana tradition extensively while he was there at Gyume Tantric University.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama has appointed Jangtse Choejey Kyabje Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Palsangpo as the 104th Gaden Tripa, the head of Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, according to information received from Ven Atuk Tseten and Ven Gowo Lobsang Phendey, members of Tibetan Parliament representing Gelug school. The appointment was announced through an official letter dated 24 June.
The appointment was necessitated by the sudden demise of 103rd Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Rinpoche who passed away on 21 April before completing his full seven year term.
The Gaden Tripa ‘Holder of the Gaden Throne’ is the title of the spiritual head of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. Je Tsongkhapa (1357–1419), who founded the Gelug school was the first Ganden Tripa. The lineage has, since, been held by the Gaden Tripas.
The Gaden Tripa is an appointed office, not a reincarnation lineage. It occurs once every seven years (completion of term) or earlier (due to unforeseen events like death). The title is bestowed alternately on one or the other of the two Chojeys – Sharpa Chojey or Jangtse Chojey. The appointment is based on academic merit which is the basis of the hierarchical progression.
Although the appointment of Gaden Tripa is automatic, it is usually confirmed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama who publicly announces the appointment or nomination at the time of changeover.