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Thousands expected to attend Terdzö wang
January 15, 2016
Religion: The business community of Lhuentse is busy readying for the upcoming Rinchen Terdzö Wang Lung at Takila.
The six-month long wang that begins February 9 is expected to draw thousands of devotees from across the country.
Construction of more than 30 temporary rooms have been completed that will accommodate more than 300 people. About a 100 more rooms are expected to be completed soon.
The rooms are connected with electricity. At least three rooms will have to share a toilet. Some rooms have attached toilet.
“People have already started coming to ask whether we have rooms available and the number is increasing by the day,” said Jamtsho, a businessman. “We need to hurry up.”
Kuenzang Tobgay, a member of the Druk Odiyana Committee, said that the committee has provided land to four businessmen on which to construct temporary sheds for the devotees.
At least Nu 0.9 million has been spent on building the sheds. Owners will decide on rent after the completion of construction of all the sheds with required facilities.
This is the first Rinchen Terdzö Wang Lung organized at the site of the recently consecrated statue of Guru Nangsey Zilnon.
The Druk Odiyana Foundation (DOF) is organizing the Wang Lung upon the directives from Khenpo Karpo, who spearheaded the construction of the great Guru statue.
Tashi Phuntsho, Lhuentse
Announcement from Khyentse Foundation, Siddhartha’s Intent and Khyentse Labrang about Rinchen Terdzod in Bhutan
Published on 03 February 2016
To whom it may concern,
We are fully aware that the upcoming Rinchen Terdzod transmissions are precious and that many people from outside Bhutan wish to attend.
Since this is such an extensive and complicated teaching, some may think that Rinpoche will be giving these transmissions only once for the first and last time. As such, there has been some element of paranoia in people trying to go to Bhutan at this time.
Rinpoche wishes to announce that this is not the case, and that he will do these abhishekas again in India. There, the situation will be much easier in every way for those not living in Bhutan, and not only with regard to getting a visa.
Even for those able to obtain visas this time, they should know that the situation in Takila is very hazardous – cold, windy, dusty, without proper accommodations or medical facilities, and very far from amenities and even from the nearest town. As well, teachings will not be translated as there are simply no such facilities available.
It appears that some travel agencies are misleading those wanting to go by not giving accurate information on how poor the facilities in Takila are. So anyone trying to go may not get what they paid for.
For all these reasons, Rinpoche has strongly urged people wanting to go to this Rinchen Terdzod to think twice about that. In fact, Khyentse Foundation, Siddhartha’s Intent, and Khyentse Labrang cannot take any responsibility in this matter beyond making this announcement. The rest is at people’s own risk.
—Khyentse Foundation, Siddhartha’s Intent, Khyentse Labrang
Photos by Ata Sangay la.