We received the empowerment in the shrine room at Shechen Monastery where Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche used to regularly teach and confer empowerments. I have been in this room several times during this Shedra period and I am moved to tears every time by the tangible presence of Rinpoche that pervades. Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche sits directly in front of the larger than life looks-like-me statue of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and shares stories about his grandfather and teacher which further enhances our heartfelt gratitude to be seated in the shrine room at that very moment to receive this Rigdzin Düpa empowerment.
I have never received an empowerment like this before, the interdependencies so apparent, profound yet cosy with sangha who I have really developed a very close connection with over these past three months and crucially in view of the teachings we have received. The teachings enabled me to receive this empowerment with a context that I never had before, it was perfect in every sense.
Rinpoche also gave us the lung for Rigdzin Düpa and blessed our ritual objects and then rejoined the Tsokchen Düpa drupchen which was taking place in the Tsuklakhang downstairs. The next day a fellow student said to me, if she could have made a choice over which lama to receive this empowerment from, she would have chosen Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche. I wholeheartedly agree.