Great Shravasti Buddhist Centre Inaugurated


Shravasti Temple 1On the Auspicious Day of the Buddha Descended from Tushita Heaven the 4th Great Shravasti Buddhist Cultural Assembly and the opening ceremony of the Great Shravasti Buddhist Centre was conducted on Oct 31, 2018 at Katra, Shravasti, India. In the morning, H.H. the Pujya Chidanand Saraswati Jee and H.H. the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, along with H.E. Thritsab Rinpoche, most Ven. Nupa Rinpoche, and all the followers did consecration of the Buddha Statue at the main shrine of the Stupa.

The sacred relic was placed at the crown of the Buddha Statue by His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon.

Thereafter the consecration and blessing ceremony was successfully conducted for the stabilisation of peace and harmony around the world.shrava pic 4

The formal Inaugural function of the Great Shravasti Centre was opened at 10 am, with the lighting up of a lamp by the Chief guest H.H. the Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati Jee and H.H. the Drikung Kyabgon, followed by the welcoming speech by Shri. K.T. Gyaltsen, the executive secretary of the Great Shravasti Buddhist Cultural Assembly.

At 10:25 am Dr. Wangchuk Dorji Negi gave a brief account about the name of Shravasti and its importance, aims and objectives of the Great Shravasti Centre and hosting of the Great Shravasti Annual Buddhist Cultural Assembly.
shra pic 2At 10:35 am, a presentation of an ancient Ladakhi folk song was performed by Shri. Stakmo Dorji and Smt. Padma Dolkar from Ladakh.

At 10:45 am, H.H. the Drikung Kyabgon gave speech followed by the presentation of souvenirs to the sponsors and supporters. During his speech H.H. said that the Great Shravasti Centre will host every year the Monsoon Reatreat (Varshavas) for Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana, and cultural show in the winter. It will be the learning centre for all the people from different back ground, regions and countries.
At 11.15: am, a Tibetan song was presented by Smt. Tsering Dolma from Nepal.45117651 10156090540299773 5223790034305417216 n
At 11:30 am, a wonderful speech was given by H.H. the Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji as a Chief guest of the function. He said " Today is the auspicious day of the Buddha Descended from Tushita Heaven, on this special day His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon invited down a great heaven (Great Shravasti Centre) on earth." He said he was blessed to be here and to be a part of the Shravasti Buddhist Cultural Assembly.

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 At 12:00 noon, most Ven. Khenpo Rangdol gave a thank you speech, followed by plantation program as a part of "Go Green & Go Organic" program in Shravasti, sponsored by Drikung Kagyu Atisha Centre, Indonesia and Drikung Kagyu Foundation in U.S.A. H.H. Chidanand Saraswatiji, H.H. Drikung Kyabgon and H. E. Thritsab Rinpoche planted the trees for peace and prosperity. H.H. the Drikung Kyabgon aspires,

"༄༅། །ས་ཆུ་མེ་་རླུང་ནམ་མཁའ་དང་། །
སྨན་དང་རྩི་ཤིང་འབྲས་བུ་སོགས། །
རྟག་ཏུ་སེམས་ཅན་ཐམས་ཅད་ཀྱིས། །
དྭངས་གཙང་ཉེར་འཚོའི་དཔལ་སྤྱོད་ཤོག ། །

The earth, water, fire, wind and sky.
Medicinal herbs, grass, plants and fruits.
May all sentient beings be enjoyed,
The pure nature and glory of livelihood."    

After lunch, the Birthday of H.H. the Drikung Kyabgon Chokie Nangwa was celebrated, the Birthday Cake was shared by all. Thereafter a book commentary of the Jewel Ornament written by most Ven. Khenpo Konchok Pasang was launched by His Holiness and the auspicious long life prayers were also chanted.shrava pic 6

At 4:30pm led by His Holiness a special prayer gathering and offerings of lamp and flowers were organised at Jetvana park.
After dinner at 7 pm, the interesting cultural performance was shown for all by team Bhutan. The consecutive 5 days' Dharma teaching on Dharmapada by H.H. the Drikung Kyabgon offered in the morning for the general public, and after lunch Dr. Wangchuk Dorji Negi gave general teachings for our Indian Buddhist followers. The teachings continued until Nov 4, 2018, and program was successfully accomplished.

Bhavatu Sarvamangalam.


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Shravasti Temple 1

The Birth of Buddha
Buddha's Renunciation
In Search of Truth
Turning the Wheel of Dharma
Buddha's Parinirvana
Buddha's Teachings

The Four Noble Truth
Dharma Practice

What is the Mind?
Loving Kindness and Compassion

What is Vajrayana?
Why Practice Vajrayana?
Authentic Vajrayana
Levels of Vajrayana
Attachment and Vajrayana
What to Meditate On
Sitting in Meditation
Preparing for Meditation
The Meditation Session
A Meditation Schedule

The Kagyu Lineage
Meaning of Hung Symbol
Meaning of Drikung
Life Story of Achi
The Three Protectors