Sogyal Rinpoche sitting in front of Guru Rinpoche statue
Since 2008 the lake in Lerab Ling has been graced with a beautiful and magnificient statue of Guru Rinpoche, a gift from Khenpo Namdrol. The statue symbolizes the miraculous birth of the great master in the lake Danakosha. The Sanskrit name Padmasambhava means the 'Lotus Born', as he took form on a lotus in the lake.
Not only do the 3-Year-retreatants use the statue as an object for meditation, but also Sogyal Rinpoche frequently sits in front of it to practice. Also in this picture are the two resident ducks that are said to be a sign of auspiciousness.
I was born in Hamburg/Germany in 1977. Between 1980-1984 I lived in Rio de Janeiro/Brasil. Afterwards I lived again in Hamburg, going to school and studying Tibetology and Indology at Hamburg University under the guidance of Prof. David Jackson. I met my teacher Sogyal Rinpoche in 2000 and have been following his teachings since then. In 2006 I began to study at a traditional Buddhist Scriptual College (Shedra) in Nepal as well as partially participating in a 3 Year Retreat in Lerab Ling, conducted by Sogyal Rinpoche. I aspire to become a translator for Tibetan Buddhism.