• gate or entrance
  • outside the palace
  • the lotus the entire palace is supported upon
  • the outer flames of wisdom
  • the inner moat of water, some say it is the symbol of the concious and unconcious itself
  • Vajra or dorje protection circle
  • stupa in the gardens of the palace
  • Palace decorations
  • Lotus petals of the 8 holy deities
  • the inner location or platform where Hevajra resides
  • Tip of the Vajra, or dorje the Thunderbolt tool - a symbol of love so strong it is unbreakable like a diamond.
  • gate
  • Master of Ceremonies assisting
  • Monk , Assisting in Ceremonies
  • Rice that was used in visualizing offerings to the deities
  • this is a specially built table - round for large sand mandalas
  • Yellow gate generally indicates the south
  • these are teeth from the meditators point of view
  • giant vajra the deities palace is founded on
  • tortoise or turtle
  • feels like outer space
  • central lotus flower

His Holiness Dagchen Rinpoche's hand holds a vajra drawing lines that close the Hevajra Mandala, after the empowerment, Tharlam Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism, Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal

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Tibetan-American lama, H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Rinpoche's hand holds a vajra drawing lines that close the Hevajra Mandala, after the empowerment, Tharlam Monastery, Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal. Now 80 years of age (as of 2009) the senior Tibetan Lama Dagchen Rinpoche co-founded The Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism, in Seattle, Washington, the first Tibetan Monastery in the United States in 1976. The original Sakya Monastery was founded by his forebearers more than 900 years ago.

H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche received the Hevajra Anuttarayoga initiation in an unbroken Khon Lineage transmission from the great founder of the Sayka School, Sachen Kunga Nyingpo (1092- 1158), through the last Sakya Throne-holder in Tibet, His Holiness Trichen Ngawang Tutop Wangchuk (1900-1950), Rinpoche’s father.

Hevajra is the most important meditational practice in the Sakya tradition. It matures disciples through planting seeds for the realization of the four bodies of the Buddha, empowers one to practice the Shri Hevarja Sadhana, and is a necessary prerequisite to receiving many other teachings such as the Vajrayogini Initiation.

This is the physical plan for the dieties' palace, just like a blueprint.

Somehow this looks like the world from outer space to me ... where the circles are in the sand mandala - vases of victory have been removed.

The additional light is coming from another person's flash which fired similtaneously; I try to avoid using flash because it is disturbing to the eyes.

Two senior lamas - monks are holding Dachen Rinpoche's hand up above the mandala so that the technical requirements of the closing are upheld.

This is a huge sand mandala, and was actually used for the intiation - those fortunate few who view this image are very blessed. He gave permission for this image to be made public. Anyone who sees this is said to be granted blessings. It was taken just as he began closing the door, so some of the holy vibration is still to be felt.

So congratulations! to you fortunate ones.

'jigs bral ngag dbang kun dga' bsod nams
sa skya phun tshogs pho brang bdag chen rdo rje 'chang ngag dbang kun dga' bsod nams

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  1. gippi52 47 months ago | reply

    Bei colori.

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  3. © Jamie Mitchell 47 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Kathmandu!, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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  6. Ginas Pics 46 months ago | reply

    Thank you for including me in the blessings! I feel very honoured and touched at the same time.

    I do own a vajra and ganta myself which I bought in a shop where monks bought their equipment in Leh

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    Gina

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  8. Wonderlane 43 months ago | reply

    Thank you for the invitation and your faves!

  9. BimalNepal 42 months ago | reply

    Great composition, Outstanding color capture, great work!

  10. Wonderlane 40 months ago | reply

    a pleasure, thank you!

  11. Wonderlane 39 months ago | reply

    300 favs - wow - so many blessings!

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  13. rnsane@prodigy.net 33 months ago | reply

    This is an unbelievable photograph! I am blessed to have chanced upon it.

  14. Wonderlane 33 months ago | reply

    I was lucky to release the shutter at the same time light flew out from the other camera!

  15. Wonderlane 32 months ago | reply

    Thank you everyone for all your favorites and posting elsewhere - I told HH Dagchen Sakya Rinpoche how everyone loves this image which makes him happy because it is his transmission of the Buddha's Dharma!

  16. Rosetta Bosco [deleted] 29 months ago | reply

    Love this picture!

  17. vytko1.618 [deleted] 6 months ago | reply

    Bless 49

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