The Second Dalai Lama: His Life and Teachings by Glenn H. Mullin

The Second Dalai Lama: His Life and Teachings by Glenn H. Mullin

Author:Glenn H. Mullin
Language: eng
Format: azw3
Publisher: Snow Lion
Published: 2005-09-25T00:00:00+00:00

While residing at Tashi Lhunpo, the Second Dalai Lama made frequent visits to other holy places and monasteries in the area, teaching and giving initiations in them. Included in the list of these are Lhunpo Tsey, Sengey Tsey Chodey, Nartang, Nenying, Zhalu, Palkhor Dechen, Bodong Eh, Sinpori, Tanakpu, and Riwo Gepel.

To make clear to one and all his respect and admiration for Panchen Yeshey Tsemo, he composed a biography of him in the form of an epic poem (unfortunately I have not been able to locate a copy of it). Also, while in Tashi Lhunpo, he requested the elderly Panchen for a number of teachings and initiations that he had planned to acquire from him years earlier as a teenager but had not been able to at that time due to the problems lie had had with the Panchen's administrators. In brief, the Dalai Lama seems to have picked up with his guru near the point at which he had been cut off two decades earlier, almost as though there had never been a rift in their relationship. The Biography comments that throughout his stay at Tashi Lhunpo, he gave six or seven teaching sessions a day, generally speaking to the monks during the mornings and afternoons and to the lay people in the evenings.

Meanwhile the people hack in the Olkha region, who had worked hard and invested great sums of energy and money to build Chokhor Gyal Monastery for him, were becoming restless with his absence. A letter signed by four hundred senior monks and patrons arrived toward the end of the spring session at Tashi Lhunpo, firmly requesting him to return soon and hinting that if he were not to do so then the progress of work on Chokhor Gyal might slow down drastically. Therefore in the summer of the Water Bird Year (1513), he set off back toward Gyal.

Over the following years he was to return frequently to Tashi Lhunpo and thus continued to supervise its training program and state of development. In fact the prophecy that his efforts in this regard would cause the Tashi Lhunpo community to increase in number to nineteen hundred monks and that numerous other temples and hermitages would appear in the area quickly came to be fulfilled.


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