Rigon Thupten Mindrolling Monastery Inauguration will take place in Orissa, India from January 10th – 15th 2010. This historical event will mark the formal opening of the recently constructed Ripa Lineage Tibetan Buddhist monastery located in Orissa, India.
Saturday Night January 9th, 2010 – Arrive in Bhubaneshwar and stay overnight for early morning departure to monastery on the 10th.
Sunday January 10th, 2010 - we will all depart by bus from Bhubaneshwar and travel to the monastery. We will be departing by 7:30 AM we will likely arrive at the Monastery by 4:30 pm. (It takes roughly 6-8 hours to travel by bus from Bhubaneshwar to the monastery depending on the number of stops made.)
Monday January 11th, 2010 – His Holiness will arriving on Monday January 11th, 2010. There will be a large welcoming ceremony on this day, starting at the stupa and concluding at the Monastery.
Tuesday January 12th – Thursday January 14th, 2010 - The formal inauguration ceremonies at the monastery will begin on Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 and will conclude on Thursday, January 14th, 2010.
Friday January 15th, 2010 – If you are staying for this first week of inauguration ceremonies ONLY then you will depart back to Bhubaneshwar by bus on January 15th, 2010, leaving around 10am and arriving in Bhubaneshwar around 6pm. If you are staying for the 2nd week retreat, then this will be an open day.
The week following the Monastery Opening, (January 16th-22nd 2010) there will be a retreat held at the monastery. The retreat topic has still not been fully decided upon. Additionally, who exactly will be teaching the retreat has not been fully finalized. Due to the number of high lama’s and Rinpoches which are believed may be in attendance of the monastery inauguration, this week of retreat following the opening ceremonies could provide an opportunity to receive many different teachings from many different teachers. At a minimum, both His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rinpoche and Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche will be teaching.
The schedule for the retreat will be as follows.
Friday January 15th, 2010 – For anyone who is already at the Monastery, this day will be left open to just relax. For anyone that is only staying for the Monastery Inauguration, you will be departing the Monastery by 10am and be arriving in Bhubaneshwar by 6pm. You will be dropped off at the airport by 6pm and will be able to catch any flight departing after 6:30pm or stay the night in Bhubaneshwar at a hotel of your choice and depart the next day.
Saturday January 16th, 2010 - The formal retreat will begin on the evening of Saturday January 16th, 2010 and will last for 5 days ending on the morning of Friday 22nd, 2010. For anyone who is only able to attend the retreat, then this would be the day that you would travel from Bhubaneshwar to the Monastery. You would likely leave by 7:30am and arrive at the monastery by 4pm.
Friday Morning January 22nd, 2010 – This will be the final day of the retreat. In order for people to be back in the west in time for Monday January 25th, 2010, we will be departing by 10am on Friday January 22nd, 2010. This will get you back to Bhubaneshwar by 6pm so that you can catch a flight after 6:30pm or stay the night in Bhubaneshwar at a hotel of your choice and catch a flight the next morning.