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July 30, 2010

Happy Birthday to our most beloved Geshe Tenzin Zopa

July 15, 2010...It’s the day before Geshe Tenzin Zopa’s 35th birthday and it also coincide with the First Turning of The Wheel Dharma Day where karmic effects of actions performed are multiplied one hundred million times.

Like always LDC organized many dharma activities such as light offerings, pot luck gathering and oral transmission was specially arranged by our Geshe Zopa himself to benefit all it’s members.

It was 8 pm when we strolled into LDC. We were late so we missed the yummy food pot luck style party which started earlier organized by all the generous and devoted members and students of Geshe Zopa and LDC.

Another wonderful year has passed with our dearest Geshe Tenzin Zopa as LDC’s resident teacher.

Due to Geshe Zopa’s kindness, he granted us over an hour of Mantra/Prayers Oral Transmission, from the very basic daily practices to those who protect us against any harm/black magic. One’s prayers will be more “powerful” after receiving such oral transmissions. Geshe-la also spent so much time explaining on the benefit and how to recite the mantras, all to benefit the members.

Immediately after the light offerings, prayers and oral transmission, a special presentation by the young girls and boys of LDC who performed 2 songs specially written for Geshe-la. Looking at Geshe-la’s expression, one can tell he is having a great time and the feeling of joy, appreciation, humour...etc. Geshe Zopa from time to time burst out laughing at how charming and fascinating they are.

Priscilla, Kwok Yan and Angeline also creatively read a special birthday message to Geshe-la while Geshe-la listened attentively. Geshe-la was also offered 2 birthday cakes, a two tiered delicious Durian Cake and another rich chocolate cake. I didn’t get to taste the chocolate cake but the durian cake was awesome. Yummy!!!

Headed by our chant leader Edwin Wong, LDC members offered a prayer of “Calling Lama From Afar” for Geshe Tenzin Zopa, dedicating to his long and healthy life.

We ended this fascinating and meritorious evening by offering gifts and katas to our ever beloved, humble, kind and generous teacher Geshe Tenzin Zopa who’s always close to our heart. It’s a small way of showing our appreciation after all the endless support, prayers, love and care Geshe-la has rendered towards his students and members of LDC.

Geshe Zopa in returned dedicated all the generosity and kindness of the members to our root teacher Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche and the numberless Buddhas.

Happy 35th Birthday Geshe Tenzin Zopa. May you continue to live a long and healthy life and may you continue to stay with us until samsara ends. With palms together, countless thanks for another awesome year being there for us whenever we are in need of spiritual guidance.

“A simple celebration, a gathering of friends, here is wishing you great happiness,
a joy that never ends”.

On behalf of GTZ’s Blog Admin Team,
Candy Tan

Photos Courtesy of Eugene & Suzie Tan