Dear Sangha Friends:
As the colophon to the beautiful aspiration prayer for Lama Sang’s rebirth composed by Hung Kar Dorje Rinpoche states, and as I witnessed, Lama Sang entered his final meditation of this lifetime at 9:00 a.m. on the second day of the Tibetan New Year, in February 2009.
Accordingly, Rinpoche and the other Tulkus, Khenpos and Lamas of our Lung Ngon Monastery have decided that the commemorative service marking the one year anniversary of this sacred display will begin precisely on the second day of Lo Sar this year, which is February 15, 2010. The service will continue for three to five days. The principal sadhana to be practiced in assembly in the Samye Temple is Minling Dorsem, the same practice we did last year during the ‘dung chod,’ leading up to the cremation and revelation of relics.
I write to you on Rinpoche’s behalf, so that everyone will have the same information and recommendations. We have all been requested to conjoin our own practice and observation of this memorial with the ceremonies and rituals in the monastery. We each can begin either when the monastery does (that is 8 p.m. on Lo Sar day, February 14, in New York, or 5 p.m. in California), or on our own February 15, as we prefer. We are all asked to practice for 3 days, accumulating as many Vajrasattva mantra repetitions as possible, building upon what many of us have been doing throughout the winter.
It would be good to add whichever Guru Yoga practices you know, and to conclude the memorial period with a group feast practice if you can. Here at Blazing Wisdom, for example, we intend to practice on Lo Sar day in the afternoon and evening, as this is a Sunday and the easiest day for people to come together. Please forward or convey the information in this letter to as many dharma brothers and sisters as possible.