GALLERY   Sogan Rinpoche at home in Golok, 2007  (Part 1)
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Five Peak Mt. is sacred to Manjushri who is believed to frequently manifest on the mountain as ordinary pilgrims, monks or – most often – unusual, five-colored clouds
In July, 2007, to the great joy of his family and boyhood friends, Ven. Sogan Rinpoche was able to journey to Golok, his native region in Tibet for the first time in over a decade. Traveling with Rinpoche were several supporters and friends from the US, including board members of The Sogan Foundation, Rinpoche's non-profit, humanitarian foundation which had provided the funding for Kunsel Kyetsal, a new secondary school facility for Golok teenagers. Construction of Kunsel Kyetsal had recently been completed and in a few weeks the fall semester would begin. For the first time Golok's young Tibetan nomads could study a modern curriculum of subjects taught in their native language and they would attend class in a fully-equipped, spacious new structure.
It was a festive time. Natives of Golok welcomed the precious master who had been born and raised among them, and everyone celebrated the inauguration of a greatly needed educational facility. To find out more about Kunsel Kyetsal and The Sogan Foundation's other humanitarian work, visit its website.
Rinpoche & family visit Five Peak Mt. (Riwo Tsenga, Tibetan), a 2,000 year old Buddhist pilgrimage site in NE China
At a popular pilgrimage site in Golok
For countless generations Tibetan Buddhist masters have visited, given teachings and entered into solitary retreat at Five Peak Mt.
Members of the next generation with Rinpoche at their summer location
More of his young relatives visit with Rinpoche
On the grasslands of the Tibetan high plateau
A profoundly honored guest, Rinpoche visits with friends and family in his brother's house in Golok
Relaxing with family and friends in a traditional nomadic setting
Rinpoche extends a traditional greeting to his young cousin