Shillong, Apr 21 (ANI): Tibetans living in exile thronged the Buddhist Monastery in Upper Lumparingin in Shillong to catch a glimpse of their spiritual leader, the 41st Sakya Trizin Rinpoche.
The 41st Sakya Trizin Rinpoche is the supreme head of the Sakya school, one of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
The purpose of Rinpoche's visit is spiritual discourse, blessings and religious ceremony, in the northeastern state, which has a significant population of the Tibetans living in exile.
Speaking to the media, the spiritual leader said that people in Shillong need spiritual upliftment and blessings for peace and prosperity.
"In Tibetan Buddhism, we have four major schools. Though they are same basically, the motivations, their way of conduct and final achievements are not different. But the one difference is that the lineage is different, how the teaching originally came from India, and then passed through the translation and then continued from one guru to the next. And so, therefore, the lineage is different. Due to this, the certain emphasis somewhat slightly different," said Rinpoche.
According to the Tibetan legend, the Sakya family descended from "Gods of a Celestial Race" and the lineage remains unbroken till date.
After an abortive uprising against Chinese rule in Tibet in 1959, Sakya Trizen Rinpoche, moved to India and established the Sakya Guru Monastery in Darjeeling. (ANI)