Friday, February 26, 2010

back in hong kong

hi girls, i am back in hk. last nite. i am quite happy to be back to luxury and comfort this time.

let me share more with you about the H.H dilgo khyentse rinpoche 3 day centenary celebrations (20-22feb) at shechen monastery! i volunteered at the art shop booth and donation booth to help the foreign guests who came to attend the ceremony. kunga from bodhgaya in charge of donation and chime (our pink monk, his fav colour is pink! haha) in charge of art shop booth. we had a great time laughing when there was no crowd. sometimes the monks jokes really makes me confused.. sometimes i duno if i should cry or laugh. like me here. haha.. give you an eg. of one which is really cute. one day i was sick so i didnt go to school, one monk asked kim where i am. kim told him i am sick. then he said 'no, she is not sick. she is in my pocket!' and then he pretended to hold a tiny 'me' with his thumb and index fingers (like pinching me from his pocket). hahaha.. monks love hip hop.
but very serious when there is work. here, i am pretending to work here with dechen. but actually i am learning tibetan from them but my tibetan made them laugh so much! haha.. its so easy to learn this way. i find i remember much better like this. then i decide to go in during the afternoon break to find my classmates. they were put in charge of security haha.. very important job. i had a staff card so i was able to walk around freely (without really doing anything). hehe.. so many people outside trying to get into the monastery. many important rinpoches and lamas were at the ceremony. i got a beautiful photo of H.H.Trulshik Rinpoche who is one of the main teachers of HH the 14th Dalai Lama, under the orange leaves. i love the colours..

this is sogyal rinpoche, who is the author of the best-selling book 'The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying'. so many people trying to to take a photo with matthieu ricard, our school famous french monk. his tibetan is so good the monks told me, better than some tibetans themselves. he is a monk for 30 over years. i also took one with matthieu la (la is added as a respect in tibetan), after the celebration at the art shop with drolma. hee.. milk tea is always served during pujas or ceremony, also biscuits. ladies in colourful chubas. poor yangzom, my teacher as security. standing here whole day for 3 days in heels. her job is to make sure that only invited guests are allowed to take seats. sometimes it can get quite rowdy. then as i was standing there 'working' as security, i am more people watching. richard gere couldnt make it (sorry rachel, so no photos for you). and jet li too (only his producer or assistant came i was told). but then i saw manose instead! haha cant believe it! manose, the nepalese bansuri player who travels and plays with deva premal (i went to their concert in london last may). haha... he couldnt believe we actually met in nepal too with me in a chuba! he grew up in boudha (where my school is) and haha.. finally i got a photo with him. the last nite of the celebration concluded with light offering. mandalas are all around us again tonite. my candle has two flames. hm.. so sweet.
with this, i wish you girls a very good sleep with sweet dreams tonite. see you tomorrow.


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