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Ringu Tulku met Trungpa Rinpoche in 1962 at the Young Lamas Home School in Dalhousie where Trungpa Rinpoche was the 22 year old spiritual advisor to the school, and Ringu tulku was a 10 year old student. Six years later they met again at a small gathering in Delhi where Trungpa Rinpoche bestowed an impromptu Sadhana of Mahamudra abhisheka using a plastic coke bottle as a bhumpa, or ceremonial vase. Rinpoche also gave this abhisheka at Samye Ling after returning there from India. As far as we know, these were the only Sadhana of Mahamudra empowerments that took place during Trungpa Rinpoche’s lifetime.

Listen to Ringu Tulku’s recollections of his time at the Young Lamas Home School and this spontaneous Sadhana of Mahamudra empowerment in Part Two of this 2013 interview with Ringu Tulku conducted by our friends at the Westchester Meditation Center.

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About the Instructors

Ringu Tulku was born in Kham, in east Tibet, and recognised by His Holiness the sixteenth Gyalwang Karmapa as the incarnation of one of the tulkus of Ringu monastery, a Kagyüpa monastery in his home province. In the late 1950s his family escaped ahead of the invading Chinese and eventually settled in Sikkim, India. He first met Trungpa Rinpoche at the Young Lamas School and has shared some stories from that time on the Chronicles. He was one of the first people to receive the abhiseka for The Sadhana of Mahamudra from Trungpa Rinpoche in India.

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