Interview with His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche 75th Head of the Ngor sub-sect of the Sakya Tradition At Kyegu Buddhist Institute, Sydney Australia. Monday 26 April 2004Q: Your Eminence, can you please elaborate on the relationshipbetween the Ngor Monastery and the Kyegu Monastery?A: Kyegu Monastery in Tibet is like a branch monastery of the mainmonastery – the Ngor Monastery. Ngor is the main monastery andmonks from Kyegu, for example, go to Ngor for ordination. There aremany monasteries in Eastern Tibet; all monasteries have a relationwith Ngor. Especially Kyegu Monastery is one of the biggest Ngormonasteries in Eastern Tibet. This is the reason that many NgorAbbotts visit Kyegu and make residents. There is another monasterycalled Gonchen in Dege that has the same status like Kyegu.Q: We understand Your Eminence has visited Kyegu Monastery?Could you please elaborate on that?A: in 1943 I visited Kyegu for the first time, the second time was1983 and the third was 1993. In 1943 Phende Khenpo NgawangKhedup Gyatso Rinpoche was giving the Collection of Tantras and Iwent there to receive it and attend the many ceremonies. It was then Ithink I met the 10th Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche. In 1983 I visitedKyegu to give teachings and initiations and I ordained many monks,both fully-fledged and novice monks. In 1993 I travelled there toteach Lamdre.Q: What was Your Eminence’s impressions about Tibet post-invasion?A: In 1983 the people were very poor and wherever you go you couldfind destroyed monasteries and villages. In 1993 it was very different,the people were better off but still I saw the destructions were notrepaired.
Q: Your Eminence mentioned that you think you have met the 10 thAenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche (the current, our Spiritual Director, is the11th Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche).A: They are the same Aenpo Kyabgon! (laughs) A little bit differentbecause time has changed. Same height and also very intelligent. The10th Aenpo Kyabgon was the brother of Phende Shabdrung whoresides in Paris.Q: What does Your Eminence think of the future of Buddhism inTibet?A: I don’t know about the future but right now it is really good. Ithink if the situation we had in the past does not repeat again thenthere is a great chance of reviving Buddhism in Tibet.Q: What does Your Eminence think about the spread of Buddhismaround the world?A: From my experience, Tibetan Buddhism has found its root all overthe world.Q: What does Your Eminence think the biggest obstacle in the Westis?A: I think the main problem is to do with the sincerity of the faith.Westerners are always looking for something new, and then they giveit up and follow something else. The most important thing one shouldhave is great faith and sincerity in practice. One should try to practiceBuddhism as much as one is able to do. One should not expect quickresults from practising Dharma – if you don’t get the result thisgenerates the frustration and one gives up practice. When you plant aflower seed this time then next season you get the flower, you can’thave the result instantly.
When you try to transform yourself into the deity it is a long processand hard work and one must have great patience.Q: Your Eminence, this is your first visit to Australia. What do youthink of our country?A: Australia is a really beautiful country. The people are well-mannered, well-disciplined and very caring.Q: Your Eminence has visited Tsechen Samdrup Ling [KyeguBuddhist Institute] and kindly blessed the Centre. Would YourEminence please elaborate on Dharma centres in Australia?A: In general Dharma centres in Australia doing really good and thestudents are very devoted – Tsechen Samdrup Ling is no exception.There is a great future room for growth at Tsechen Samdrup Ling.Q: Could Your Eminence please offer advice to the students?A: Generally students at Tsechen Samdrup Ling are very devoted topractice and are especially friendly to each other. My advice is tocarry on and practice Dharma diligently. In general, whether it is anorganisation or a family, a friendly atmosphere is very important. Soif there is a friendly atmosphere among students then any activitieswill succeed.Q: What main practices can Your Eminence advise for students?A: It would be good to do both uncommon and common practices(uncommon means for those who have taken a major initiation).For the common practice, Tara Puja can be done daily and theSadhana of Avalokiteshvara can be done occasionally. Ngon dropractices can also be done. For the uncommon practice, Vajrapanipractice can be done but it can only be done by those who havereceived initiation.Q: Your Eminence what advice do you have for older students?
A: Older students should practice the Hevajra Sadhana. Once a weekfor a group practice and individually for daily practice.Thank you Your Eminence.