Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Dhardo Rinpoche on "Preserving Tibetan Culture" at the Portsmouth Library

On Fri, 6 March, 2015 - 02:23
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Dhardo Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist monk and tulku, will give a talk at the Portsmouth Public Library on “Preserving Tibetan Culture” on Friday March 13 at 12:30 PM in the Levenson Room.

He will give a talk on the ITBCI (Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Cultural Institute), a school and orphanage founded by his predecessor, the 13th Dhardo Rinpoche. Providing a basic education to poor Tibetan refugees and preserving the Tibetan language, culture and religion, the ITBCI is located in the tiny town of Kalimpong, in northern India near the Himalayas. The ITBCI was funded in part by the Dalai Lama and the Triratna Buddhist Order. Dhardo Rinpoche dearly loved his pupils and gave them the message of “Cherish the Doctrine, Live United, and Radiate Love.” The school is the oldest Tibetan refugee school still running, with about 300 students of diverse backgrounds.

The 14th Dhardo Rinpoche will also be open to questions about the school, Tibetan culture and his own experience and studies.

The 14th Dhardo Rinpoche was born Tenzin Legshad Wangdi in 1991, in Kalimpong, India, to a Bhutanese father and a Tibetan mother. The previous Dhardo Rinpoche had died in 1990 and this present Dhardo Rinpoche was recognized at age 3 as the next holder of the lineage, or the incarnation of the 13th Dhardo Rinpoche. In 1995, he received the final blessings of the Dalai Lama and at the age of 10 he went to Dreping Loseling Monastery in southern India, where he is still studying. On this second visit to the United States, he will be dedicating a stupa (a structure which contains the ashes and relics of the late Dhardo Rinpoche) recently built at Aryaloka Buddhist Center in Newmarket, NH.

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