Published: Thursday November 8, 2012 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday June 3, 2013 MYT 12:09:28 AM

Abbot’s relics on tour

Devotees will be able to celebrate the love and kindness of the late Khensur Rinpoche through his legacy.

THE Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) Centres in Malaysia is organising a Relics Tour of Ven Khensur Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup Rigsel, the abbot of Kopan Monastery in Nepal, who passed away last year at 70.

He was abbot of Kopan Monastery for 41 years and lived an exemplary life dedicated to Buddhism. His wisdom and experiences touched the lives of many devotees.

The relics tour to all FPMT centres in Malaysia from Nov 10-18 is part of the celebration of Khensur Rinpoche’s love and kindness. The relics are an important aspect of Buddhism and are preserved for veneration.

FPMT spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche once said the Buddha emanated many kinds of relics to help his followers generate faith and receive blessings, purify their negativities and accumulate merit.

FPMT is a network of Buddhist centres focusing on the Gelugpa tradition of Tibet; it was founded in 1975 by Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche. It has grown to 150 teaching centres, projects and social services in 33 countries.

The relics tour will at held at Losang Dragpa Buddhist Society in Petaling Jaya, Selangor on Nov 10 and 11, Rinchen Jangsem Ling in Triang, Pahang on Nov 13 and 14, and Chokyi Gyaltsen Center, Penang on Nov 17 and 18. Viewing times are from 10am to 8pm.

FPMT spokesman M. Jayabalan says Kasih Hospice Care Society in Petaling Jaya is also participating in the tour by inviting patients and caregivers to view the relics to get blessings.

After his cremation, Khensur Rinpoche left behind many relics as a legacy of his life. Buddhists believe that such relics are only left by highly realised lamas who are pure in practice and morality.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche has advised the building of a stupa (reliquary), similar to the Mahabodhi Enlightenment Stupa in Bodhgaya, to hasten the reincarnation of Khensur Rinpoche. The proposed six-storey, 15.2m stupa will be on the Khachoe Ghakyil Nunnery grounds near Kopan Monastery and house the abbot’s relics and Nine Thousand Buddhas.

The Nine Thousand Buddhas Mahabodhi Relic Stupa of Khensur Rinpoche will be a pyramidal spire with four smaller spires at each of the four cardinal directions. Inside the stupa will be a prayer hall or gompa. A statue of the seated Amitabha Buddha together with the Twenty One Taras and a life-size statue of Khensur Rinpoche will be on the altar.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche has taught that “the most powerful merit one can accumulate in relation to holy objects of the Buddha includes making statues and stupas and making offerings to them.”

Donations are needed to realise this project, estimated to cost RM3mil for the main structure and the Buddha statues.

Jayabalan says: “The four FPMT centres in Malaysia hope to raise RM1mil from the relics tour. Construction of the stupa is expected to begin next year.”

For more information, contact: William Foong (03-7968 3278) at Losang Dragpa Buddhist Society; Vincent Yeoh (012-428 5528) at Chokyi Gyaltsen Center; or Rinchen Jangsem Ling (012-249 2550).

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