LATEST NEWS FROM LELUNG RINPOCHE
Lelung Rinpoche reports on different activities and projects connected with the Lelung Dharma Trust. There have been exciting developments in a number of areas. Others still need support from sponsors. Currently, Rinpoche is preparting to travel to India in mid-November to coordinate the next round of teachings for the Geden Phacho Bhucho Project.
Geden Phacho Bhucho Project
Another set of teachings for the Geden Phacho Bhucho project has taken place in South India. The Venerable Gen Yonden gave 33 days of teaching in August at the Gomang Monastery very successfully, and although there was some concern about the Lama's eyes, we were able to overcome the problem with eyedrops and eyebaths. This finishes seven volumes of oral transmission; there are still many more to complete. Although for this set of teachings, we did not have specific sponsors, we were able to manage by using funds from the Trust (no. 3 account), and also some money from the Dharamsala office. Unfortunately, after three days in India, I became ill with flu and had to have a great deal of treatment, injections etc, and therefore was unable to attend the teachings, except for a few days. Nevertheless, the teachings went very well and I am now fully recovered.
Drepung Monastery, Mungod
I was very happy to be able to spend some time with the Lelung monks at Drepung, three of whom are now in their final two years of monastic Dharma studies. This gives me a great deal of pleasure. I am very happy with their progress, but still need to find sufficient funds for their Geshe offerings in two years time.
Lelung Literature Preservation
I also have inspiring news. After seven years of hard work at the Lelung Literature Preservation Centre in Dharamsala we now have a positive result. The first volume of the Fifth Lelung's work, his autobiography, has finally been published after many delays and difficulties. This includes an encouraging message from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, citing the importance of this volume. If you are interested in this book, please send me your full address then I will send you a copy. Please bear in mind that this volume is in Tibetan only. My friends Sue and Sarah Bloodworth from the United Kingdom have generously donated their time to assist with this book. I owe them a big thank you.
On the subject of publishing the next 39 volumes, while in Dharamsala, I had a dinner meeting with some scholars, and I explained to them that I intended to publish two volumes per year. They looked at me with shock saying: "That will take twenty years and we will probably be dead before it is finished! There won't be enough time for us to study these precious teachings!" With palms together they urged me to try to finish the volumes in three years time, so that people can study them sooner. It is true that if I went along with my original intention, I could be working on these volumes for the rest of my life.
I was greatly moved by their words. With a heavy heart I was thinking that, although they are not Lelung reincarnations, nor practitioners of the Lelung lineage, they still have great appreciation for his work. So I would like to take their advice and try to publish much more quickly. This is not an easy task without financial support, therefore, I am wondering if my friends could introduce this project to companies, foundations or individuals who might be interested in helping. One other alternative would be if I could find 39 individuals who could sponsor a volume each, then this would solve a lifelong problem. Each volume costs about Rs.150,000 to publish (approximately £2000). I already have an offer for one volume so that brings it down to 38.
If you are able to help in any way, please let me know as soon as possible. I have attached the introduction for this project and I hope this will give you a clearer idea of what is involved.
Future Teachings and Projects
On 17th November the Venerable Rizong Rinpoche is going to give the continuation of last year's teaching in South India. For more information please visit the Geden Phacho Bhucho website. I am continuing to teach Dharma at the Lelung Dharma Centre in Ruislip. We are still hoping to find permanent premises for our centre but as yet have been unsuccessful. For information on our fundraising projects, please see the Projects section.
A documentary film maker has asked to make a documentary about my life and work and this could be very useful to raise awareness generally. At the moment the trailer is called Seven Years in England. Thank you so much for your friendship and support, Lelung Tulku.