Only a few weeks after the Summer course, we had the honour of listening to even more deep and advanced Buddhist teachings. Khenpo Tsering Sambdrub visited the EC for a few days, elaborating on the “Treatise on Buddha Nature” by a Master of Mahamudra, the 3rd Karmapa Rangjung Dorje in four consecutive lectures in the Diamond Room.
Khenpo Tsering was born and raised in India. His family descends from Kham in Eastern Tibet. Khenpo Tsering studied at Karma Shri Nalanda Institute for Advanced Buddhist Studies in Rumtek Monastery under the guidance of Khenpo Chodrak Tenphel Rinpoche. Since 2007 he is the main instructor at K.I.B.I. (Karmapa International Buddhist Institute), appointed to this position by Shamar Rinpoche. He is also responsible for the Shri Diwakar Vihara Buddhist Institute in Kalimpong. At the beginning of the 90s, Hannah Nydahl invited Khenpo Tsering to teach in the Diamond Way Centers around the world. Currently he resides in the United States.
We were impressed with Khenpo’s way of transmitting his deep knowledge to us. He gave his teachings in excellent English, combined with humour and practical examples applicable in our modern world. Coinciding with the beginning of the meditation retreat and Lama Ole’s arrival, the atmosphere at the EC was very family-like and joyful: no matter where you looked in the houses, there were small groups of friends meditating together in the breaks and exchanging about the teachings during the mealtimes.
As a small token of our appreciation, we offered Khenpo a small statue of the Wisdom Bodhisattva Manjushri. Khenpo praised the beauty of our Europe Center and since he indicated this, we are pretty sure that he will be back to give more teachings – hopefully soon!