International Drikung Kagyu Council
Honoured to organise the 800th Commemoration of Lord Jigten Sumong's Maha Parinirvana.
His Holiness and entourages were received with warm welcome at the Pekanbaru airport, Indonesia by Mr. Anirudha the main organizer of this Dharma tour, and hundreds of Dharma brothers and sisters with traditional white scarf (Khatak) at the airport on 20th March 2016.
In the evening HH visited oldest temple in Pekanbaru and gave Dharma talk about loving kindness and compassion. As His Holiness has long awaited wishes to visit the great holy land of the great master Atisha.
On the 21st of March Holiness visited the great holy place of Atisha at Sumatra with his disciples. There HH made circumambulations around the Stupas. Afterwards, he offered cleansing and consecration prayers to the Stupas and also offered many butter lamps, incense, flowers and fruits around the Stupa.
After the ceremony, on the request of the devotees, His Holiness shared some Dharma Teachings about enlightened-mind and also bestowed Buddhisattva Vows. During the Vow Ceremony it began to have drizzle as a blessing and everyone felt fully blessed by His Holiness. At the end of the day's programme all recited King of Samantabhadra prayers and trip was accomplished joyfully.
On the 23rd and 24th of March, HH visited the great Holy place, Borobudur, which is one of the biggest Stupas in the world. He also visited the Tara Temple and other Stupas which are situated around the city. Borobudur, or Barabudur, is a 9th century Mahayana Buddhist Temple in Magelang Central Java, Indonesia. The Monument consists of nine stacked platforms, six square and three circular, topped by a central dome. The Temple is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha Statues. The central dome is surrounded by 72 Buddha Statues, each seated inside a perforated Stupa. It is the world's largest Buddhist Temple, as well as one of the greatest Buddhist Monuments on earth. During the visit to these Holy places, His Holiness offered incenses and prayed for all mother sentient beings. His Holiness also shared teachings on meditation with the international gathering of his disciples and meditated with them and everyone felt very blessed. The one week Dharma tour in Indonesia completed successfully and left for the Kingdom Of Cambodia.
In the morning of March, 27th, His Holiness visited the King's Palace and Silver Temple in Phnom Penh city. His Holiness and his entourage took the afternoon flight to Siem Reap city where there is very old temple called Angkor Wat temple. On the morning of 28th HH visited the temple complex of Angkor Wat In Siem Reap city. His Holiness showed tremendous interest in the architectural design and it's historical backgrounds. Angkor Wat (Khmer: or "Capital Temple") is a temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world, with site measuring 162.6 hectares (1,626,000 sq meters).It was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman in the early 12th century in Yaśodharapura (Khmer: present-day Angkor), the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state temple and eventual mausoleum. Breaking from the Shaiva tradition of previous kings, Angkor Wat was instead dedicated to Vishnu. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious center since its foundation. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors.
On 30th of March, HH along with his international disciples visited the National Museum of Cambodia. He was deeply impressed by the variety of artwork displayed which include many Hevajra statues. After that HH visited Wat Phnom, one of the oldest temples in the country, which was built in 1373 before the founding of the capital city Phnom Phenh. In the evening, His Holiness, Most Ven. Bumang Rinpoche, and other members joined together for a delicious dinner on a boat overlooking the Mekong River. HH and everyone made many good wishes for H.E. Bumang Rinpoche on this great occasion of his birthday.
Next morning HH visited one of the high-ranking Buddhist masters of Cambodia, Venerable Samdhet Sumethādhipati Noun Nget at his monastery, Wat Botumvatei. There HH paid homage to the Lord Buddha statue at the temple, he met the Venerable and they both had a meaningful talk which lasted for almost an hour. His Holiness offered Venerable, who is 90 years old, a Buddha Amitayus statue representing longivity. Venerable then invited His Holiness to plant trees in Cambodia in the future since tree-planting is one of His Holiness’ most important projects. At around 9am His Holiness then visited Wat Unnālom, where he was received by the senior monks. He payed homage to the Lord Buddha statue there, after which he was invited to the reception room where he met the highest-ranking master of Cambodian Buddhism, His Holiness Samdet Preah Aggamahāsangharājādhipati Tep Vong. They had a long discussion about the importance of unity among the different religious traditions. HH offered His Holiness Tep Vong a Lord Buddha statue and in return received a sandalwood Buddha statue. Next day H.H. and group left for Vietnam in order to continue the tour of South-East Asia.
In the evening of the 1st of April, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Thinley Lhundup together with his entoourage arrived safely at the Hanoi International airport in Vietnam. Directly upon his arrival, His Holiness was received by the main organizing committee An Lac Dharma group and many other dharma brothers and sisters who come from other parts of Vietnam cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh and Da Nang. One of the main perpose of the Holiness visit to Vietnam is to plant trees in various cities. Therefore, the organizing committee arranged different ways to plant hundreds of big trees at different locations. The day before yesterday, His Holiness was invited to plant trees on "Trees planting ceremony for Green - Clean - Beautiful environment and the world peace" was organised by Hanoi Union of Friendship Organizations with many ambassadors from different countries participated in the event. Yesterday His Holiness also planted many trees at Binh Son Stupa in Song Lo District and at the General Hospital in Vinh Phuc province. His Holiness will be planting more trees in the next few days in order to encourage environmental sustainability. During the last few days, His Holiness The Drikung Kyabgon Thinley Lhundhup, visited Da Lat and Hochimin City where he experienced wonderful events and met many important Government people. His Holiness also met Venerable Masters from different schools. Finally, the South-East Asia tour successfully completed.