Sunday, 6 February 2011
The way of the lotsawas
Although the monsoon rains have come late this year, it is pouring when in the afternoon of July 29th, the LRZTP students, hidden under their huge umbrellas, make their way through the narrow streets of McLeod Ganj to the Green Hotel, where the holy lama Denma Lochoe Rinpoche resides. Nothing, and definitely not the heavy floods, seems to get them out of their concentration, as they have only one goal in mind: listen to and understand Rinpoche’s talk in Tibetan. This attitude of concentration and determination has become so characteristic for those ten people of the Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo Translator Program who have come here with the motivation to train in the Tibetan language until they’re fluent in it and can then move on the become interpreters of the Buddhadharma around the globe. Many have quit their jobs, some have given up their houses and sold their car in order to come to Dharamsala for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of combining a Dharma life with the thorough study of the Tibetan Language under the skilled guidance of their teachers: Gen Sherab Dhargye and Gen Teresa Bianca. And most of them live bottom end.