Kagyu Samye Ling Celebrates Karmapa 900, Installs Dusum Khyenpa Thangka Commissioned by HH16
(August 12, 2011, Eskdalemuir, Scotland) Samye Ling in Scotland dedicated its annual Guru Rinpoche Drubcho to celebrating the 900th Anniversary of the birth of Dusum Khyenpa the First Karmapa. With Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche, Drupon Rinpoche, Tulku Ogyen Nyima, Lama Kating and Lama Zangmo all in attendance, and led by the Venerable Gyamtso Tashi, over a hundred people including including monks, nuns and laypeople who had completed 4-year retreats all participated in the prayers.
Samye Ling’s celebration traces its history to the 1970s, when His Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa visited Samye Ling and commissioned our Master Artist, Sherab Palden Beru, to paint a thangka of the First Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa. Now, during this year commemorating Karmapa 900, the thangka has been placed in the very room used by the 16th Karmapa, which has been kept exactly as it was while he was here. On 12th August 2011, the final day of the Drubcho, this precious room was inaugurated as a dedicated Dusum Khyenpa Shrine Room.