Personal Gift of Rock Crystal from Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo
On his return to the UK in July after having completed a teaching tour of the Far East and Australia, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche was greeted by the arrival of a most excellent gift of rock crystal from Jetsunma Ahkon Norbu Lhamo, founder of Kunzang Odsal Palyul Changchub Choling (KPC), a Vajrayana Buddhist Organization of the Nyingma Palyul Lineage, in Poolesville, Maryland, USA. The unexpected gift was a gesture of gratitude from Jetsunma Ahkon Norbu Lhamo in appreciation of Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche’s financial support in saving the temple of Kunzang Odsal Palyul Changchub Choling a few months earlier when the KPC was given just 5 days to find US$250,000 to pay off a bank note that was secured against the temple property.
On being informed of their predicament, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche made the prompt decision to redirect money from the Pathgate Centre Fund which was meant to pay off the outstanding mortgage owed by his own Pathgate Dharma Centre in the UK, to the KPC’s bank account in the USA so that the KPC temple property will not be lost to the bank and in doing so, preserve the Dharma activity of his root guru, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche.
The rock crystal from Jetsunma Ahkon Norbu Lhamo has now been placed in Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche’s personal shrine room amongst the many precious gifts he received from his root guru, the late Holiness Penor Rinpoche.