BOB ABERNETHY, anchor: Last weekend, Tibetan Buddhists celebrated their New Year, called Losar, with traditional services of prayer and purification, sending positive energy into the world, they hope, to help bring about peace.
I wish that all Tibetans would actually keep on celebrating this Losar in a traditional way.
Coming here, doing it all together provides an opportunity for the Tibetans to celebrate this in a spiritual way with their family and pass on the tradition to a new generation.
At about this same time, a new university, the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, opened in Varanasi, India.
Maintaining a balance between theoretical understanding and the practice of meditation, Khenpo Rinpoche began a three-year retreat in 1978 under the guidance of the enlightened master Khyunga Rinpoche. In 1985, Khenchen Rinpoche traveled to the main seat of the Drikung Kagyu lineage, Drikung Thel, in Tibet. For different reasons, Khenchen Rinpoche and the Tibetan Meditation Center moved to Frederick, Maryland in November 1991. The Great Kagyu Masters is a translation of a 13th Century text which puts the life stories of the great masters together in one volume.


Today, Drupon Ningpo tirelessly serves the dharma community from his home at the Tibetan Meditation Center in Frederick, Maryland. In 1985, after liberalizing reforms permitted some religious practice in Tibet, Khenpo Sherab Ozer took refuge vows from Daktrul Thubten Shedrub. In Summer of 2003, Khenpo came to Sky Heart Retreat Center to lead an Achi Chogi Drolma retreat.
At the Tibetan Meditation Center, in 2008 and 2009, Rinpoche taught on the Vinaya vows and practices for the ordained sangha.
We visited the Tibetan Meditation Center in Frederick, Maryland, where Kalden Lodoe was our guide.
He has established centers throughout the US and in Chile, and he frequently visits in Europe, especially Germany and Austria, as well as Southeast Asia. In 1988, Drupon Ningpo went on a pilgrimage to the sacred places of Western Tibet and took advantage of a fortuitous opportunity to escape to India through an arduous and perilous two-month journey on foot across the Himalayas.
In 1959, because of the political situation in Tibet, Khenpo Rinpoche fled to India with his family.


He then began a nine-year course of study that included Madhyamika, Abhidharma, Vinaya, the Abhisamayalankara, and the Uttaratantra, as well as history, logic, and Tibetan grammar.
In September 1984, and again in 1987, the young Center was blessed with personal visits and teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. With the financial assistance of the Tibetan Meditation Center's Text Project, Rinpoche arranged for 1,200 copies of the text to be printed, and then distributed them to monks, nuns and monasteries in India, Nepal and Tibet. Through Khenchen Rinpoche's and the Center's efforts, Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche visited later in 1987, and people in several states were able to receive benefit from his teachings and presence.
Now that Western students are becoming interested in long term retreat practice, plans are being made to establish a residential retreat center nearby.




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