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Dearest Ripa Sangha Brothers and Sisters,

Sey Dechen Dorje Rinpoche (Sepo as he is called by his close family), Lhuntrul Rinpoche’s son, was enthroned as the 6th hier to the Ripa lineage in Thupten Rigon Mindrolling monastery on the 9th day of the first month of the Year of the Water Tiger, in the presence of His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche and Dungsey Lhuntrul Rinpoche, as well as the Ripa tulkus, high representatives of the monastic Sangha, and the members of the Noble Ripa Family.

The ceremony took place under the most auspicious circumstances!

A small representation of the European Sangha and the Ripa International Center was there in the persons of Lama Tenzin Phuntsok and myself to accompany this very precious occasion and make the customary Mandala offering on behalf of all of us. It was a very humbling and emotive moment – I am happy to share a few images with you.

The whole European Sangha was very much present in Orissa, and both Lama Tenzin and myself shared your good wishes and love with all the Ripa Family.

Further, on the occasion of His Eminence’s birthday, the Ripa International Center offered His Eminence a Swiss golden coin and made the request that He may be present with us during the upcoming Summer retreat and the 10th anniversary of the Center.

Likewise, on the auspicious occasion of Guru Rinpoche Day, our friends of the Russian Sangha presented to His Eminence the offering of 900,000 long life prayers which have been accumulated by the Russian and international Sangha.

We send the precious Ripa Family our best wishes on these very auspicious occasions!

Solidarity with Ukraine
The world is going through deep turmoil. All of us feel deeply saddened by the events in Ukraine and somehow we all feel submerged by feelings of hopelessness, powerlessness, and injustice. 

However, as Khenpo Tenzin Wangdue said in one of his last messages to the Ukrainian Sangha via Whatsapp, “we should never forget that all situations are the result of causes and conditions: it would be enough that one of those conditions changes for the whole situation to change.”

The cruelty and insanity of this situation has sparked an overwhelming feeling of solidarity among our Sangha, be it through the direct offering of Sangha members’ homes to our Ukrainian friends or through the coming together to intensify our practice.

Antonio and his wife have very generously offered a whole house to Viktoria and her family, a total of six people, in a small village of the Alpujarras, in the South of Spain. Likewise, Olga and Christian Zimmerhaeckel are hosting a mother and child in Germany. And last weekend, we had the great joy of meeting Anna, Vladimir and their 6-year old, Vania, who are being hosted in Bern, near our center. They expressed their wish to come and stay here at RIC, which we would be very happy to do in the coming weeks.

Let’s join forces so that we can all together shift one of these conditions that Khenpo was referring to, and ensure that more understanding, tolerance and love may prevail in the world.

You can join the regular practice every morning at 7am (CET) in the Zoom link below:

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May the Dharma activities flourish endlessly for the benefit of all beings,
May our Precious Teachers continue to grant their teachings and blessings to us, their students, for the benefit of all sentient beings.
May the world situation pacify soon and may all beings benefit from good health and lasting happiness.Yours in the Dharma,
Begoña for the Ripa International Center