Written by Peter Cerveny
Published: 29 November 2008


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  • KHCP Stupa SwayambhuStupa SwayambhuKHCP Stupa Swayambhu
Day 1:

Immediately after our arrival our friends from the Diamondway centre picked us up at the airport.
The centre is situated directly at the base of Swayambhu, not far from Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche’s Manang gompa.
  • KHCP DW-Center in Swayambhu KathmanduDW-Center in Swayambhu/KathmanduKHCP DW-Center in Swayambhu Kathmandu


We went to see Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche the very same day. There we met him in his gompa practicing Nyungnay (*).

As Rinpoche would not be allowed to speak the next day, we met that same evening to talk about on-going projects, i.e. among other things the planned film night with his Manang people in his gompa. We already asked Rinpoche in Hungary for advice on what kind of silk to buy for Karmapa’s throne in our Europe Center. He had already arranged everything for which we thank him dearly. We’ll report on the details later.

(*) Note to Nyungnay:
Ani Tenzin has explained this fasten practice to us.
It is a meditation on the Thousand-armed Eleven-headed Chenresig. There are 16 days divided into eight parts of two days each. On the first day there is eating, talking and the singing of Puja. On the second day there is neither of these. Instead it’s meditating, accumulating mantras and lots of prostrations with Rinpoche.
  • KHCP Serving of meals in Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche Manang gompaServing of meals in Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche’s Manang gompaKHCP Serving of meals in Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche Manang gompa
  • KHCP 1000-armed Chenrezig1000-armed Chenrezig
    KHCP 1000-armed Chenrezig
Note to Diamondway centre:
Last year Anna Bach and her husband Lhakpa refurnished this very noble house with loving care. On January 27th 2009 Lama Ole is going to visit the centre. Sherab Gyaltsen has already blessed it.

Anna and Lhakpa are running numerous idealistic projects – over the last few years they have rebuilt the dilapidated gompa near Samar in the “Upper Mustang”.
They are organising young people from Europe here to teach children English at Lopön Tsechu Rinpoche’s monastery. Anyone who is interested can just contact us.

We also all know Anna Bach from her Medicine Buddha retreats.


  • KHCP Stupa BoudhaBoudha-Stupa decorated for the enthronement dayKHCP Stupa Boudha
Day 2:

It was early when we started for Boudha. Ani Tenzin was waiting for us there. Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche is invited for the enthronement of the young Urgyen Tulku Rinpoche takes place in the Nyingma monastery (founded by the 16th Karmapa).
  • KHCP Urgyen Tulku Rinpoche arrivesUrgyen Tulku Rinpoche arrivesKHCP Urgyen Tulku Rinpoche arrives


  • KHCP KathmanduThe canvas has yet to be sewnKHCP Kathmandu
Day 3:

Today we go to the Manang gompa.
In the morning there are various preparations for the big coming KHCP-film night.
  • KHCP Flower offerings with Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche on the last day of the Nyungnay fasten practice KathmanduFlower offerings with Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche on the last day of the Nyungnay fasten practiceKHCP Flower offerings with Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche on the last day of the Nyungnay fasten practice Kathmandu


1,200 Manang people joined by Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche watched the film about their Mani-Puja in February 2008 right after the flower offerings.
After that we showed another film about the building of the Stupa in Becske with Rinpoche and Lama Ole. Coincidentally our friends from Hungary were also in the gompa – they have probably brought Rinpoche’s luggage from his European tour.
Finally we showed the documentary about Rinpoche’s visit to Schwarzenberg in 2006 with Hannah. They were delighted – none of them expected so much Buddhist activity in Europe. Lama Ole’s commitment to the building of the Stupa caused a big applause. It has come to our attention that Lama Ole will be giving a lecture at the same place in January 2009.


  • KHCP Nyungnay KathmanduRinpoche and all the others...KHCP Nyungnay Kathmandu
  • KHCP Nyungnay Kathmandu Stupa in in fascination our film "Building of the Stupa in Becske"KHCP Nyungnay Kathmandu Stupa in Becske
  • KHCP Nyungnay Kathmandu blessing by Sherab Gyaltsen RinpocheAfter it all get blessing by Sherab Gyaltsen RinpocheKHCP Nyungnay Kathmandu blessing by Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche


  • KHCP Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche is welcomedSherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche is welcomedKHCP Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche is welcomed
Day 4 (by the way):

We’re going up the adjacent mountain with Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche. Rinpoche was so kind and took us with him as photographers.
Here at "Pal Nges Dön Ösel Ling" – a Nyingma/Kagyu monastery – the festivities for the enthronement of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche are proceeding. The highest Rinpoches of both lineages gathered together.
  • KHCP Pal Nges Dön Ösel Ling"Pal Nges Dön Ösel Ling" in festive garmentsKHCP Pal Nges Dön Ösel Ling


  • KHCP Sogyal Rinpoche with young Tulku and familySogyal Rinpoche with young Tulku and familyKHCP Sogyal Rinpoche with young Tulku and family
  • KHCP The young Tulku Urgyen RinpocheThe young Tulku Urgyen RinpocheKHCP The young Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
  • KHCP Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche smilesSherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche smilesKHCP Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche smiles


  • KHCP Buddha Amitabha at the stupaBuddha Amitabha at the stupaKHCP Buddha Amitabha at the stupa
Day 5:
Visit of our Mahavihar in Swayambhu – this place belongs to our KHCProject. We met the discipline master Karma Trinlay as well as Karma Lama, the headmaster of the school.
The following was agreed upon:
  • Ding hall and class room of the school will be repainted
  • a current picture of Karmapa is to be acquired
  • the first-aid kit has to be restocked
  • Pemba will take a first-aid course
  • and all are in agreement that we need an English-teacher. If interested please contact us.
  • A larger donation made it possible to hire a tailor and buy a new wardrobe for the 45 monks
  • KHCP Lopön Tsechu Rinpoche Gompa at the StupaLopön Tsechu Rinpoche´s Gompa at the StupaKHCP Lopön Tsechu Rinpoches Gompa at the Stupa
It was here that in 1968, i.e. exactly 40 years ago, Lama Ole and his wife Hannah Nydahl met the 16th Karmapa.
Congratulations and happy anniversary to 40 years of Diamondway Buddhism in the West.


  • KHCP Umze Jygdor KTM FilmUmze Jygdor - 2.nd leftKHCP Umze Jygdor KTM Film
Day 6:
As we had no electricity yesterday, we have brought our beamer today. The programme consisted of lots of Karmapa in Europe, the building of the stupa in Hungary and several of our short KHCP-films.
We had a special guest in the audience – Umze Jygdor, the 86-year old singing instructor of the 16th Karmapa. He was very pleased now to see the 17th Karmapa in action. They were also amazed about our new Europe Center, and many still remember Lama Ole.
  • KHCP Umze Jygdor KTM FilmStupa Becske/Hungary in the Mahavihar Swayambhu (by film)KHCP Umze Jygdor KTM Film


  • KHCP With Karma ThinleyWith Karma Thinley and the tailor looking for the right materialsKHCP With Karma Thinley
Day 7:
Once again to Boudha to find a suitable tailor for our monks.
We also have to go to the Tibetan pharmacy to get the desired medicine for Mayom and Mipham Rinpoche. We are also looking for a beautiful ‘Green Tara’ statue for our Diamondway retreat place in Hohwacht/ Germany.
  • KHCP Green TaraKHCP Green Tara


  • KHCP At the tailor at Boudha we met friends from FranceAt the tailor at Boudha we met friends from FranceKHCP At the tailor at Boudha we met friends from France
Day 8:
The tailor we hired is taking measure – soon there will be new robes for our 45 monks on Swayambuh. On the way we also met some friends from France. Lama Gelek came just in time to translate for us from the Tibetan.
Today, the last day of our visit to Kathmandu, a few quick things to do in preparation for the 28-hour bus drive to Bodhgaya. Ani Tenzin is so kind and organises the transport of about a cubic metre of Tibetan medicine (organised here by Anna Bach in the Diamondway centre) for our medical camp at the Kagyue Mönlam.
  • KHCP Foot offerings at the Boudha CoraFoot offerings at the Boudha CoraKHCP Foot offerings at the Boudha Cora


  • KHCP Money take over for the new warm robesMoney take over for the new, warm robesKHCP Money take over for the new warm robes
Day 9:
Departure for Bodhgaya to the Kagyue Mönlam, taking a bus.
Karmapa, Sharmapa and many Rinpoches and Lamas of our lineage will make wishes in front of the Bodhi stupa from December 1st to 7th. More in the next report.
All those who are interested in the Mönlam verses, can find a downloadable PDF-document on our DOWNLOADSITE

What is Mönlam?
Mönlam means to make good wishes for the benefit of all beings, the more the more powerful the wishes, especially under the Bodhi tree. Watch the Mönlam-video which explanes everything. Enjoy!