It is called Tashi Tcheulang Gawai Tsel and it is the very first tibetan Buddhist temple of La Runion and the Indian Ocean area. Located in Mont-vert les Hauts, he begins to greet practitioners and curious. The traditional opening ceremony takes place this Sunday, September 1, with his Eminence Tang Rinpoch, spiritual master of the king and queen of Bhutan, and who will stay The Runion until September 11. (Photos rb / www.ipreunion.com)
It is an imposing building that stands now Mont-vert les Hauts, overlooking the towns of Saint-Pierre and Tampon. Its red and sleeping walls were fully designed by practitioners in the community.
"The Tibetan tradition is that it is practitioners who build the temple, we wanted to respect this tradition," said Benot Forestier, a Buddhist practitioner and privileged interlocutor to know everything about this new temple. "Everyone's way involved, the decoration, the trnes, the screenprint also … even the flags of prayer outside," he adds. About fifty practitioners participated in the book. Hard work: a little over 3 years and a half.
The result is edifying … and color. Two "sanghas" (communities) share the temple, one monastic and the other lacquered. The Master Tulku Do Khyents Rinpoch – his full name – has always lived here. His house gave way to the temple, his new place of residence.
With him: His Eminence Tang Rinpoch of Bhutan, who will stay The Runion until September 11th. When a new temple is inaugurated, it is traditional to bring in a different teacher, who will then be the master of ceremonies during the inauguration of this temple. This one is precisely planned this Sunday 1st of September.
Tang Rinpoch explains that for this first coming La Runion, the surprise was total. "When I arrived by plane, when I saw this covered by the clouds, it was something wonderful, I felt a great joy", he explains to us via the help of a translator.
He also explains that from his first steps on the runionese soil, he felt "a real purity on the island, and a great peace in the hearts of his inhabitants", so much so that he "had the impression of returning to a familiar place ". During his visit to the island, the master of Bhutan will pray for all of The Runion, animals and humans, and bless them. He will also make "wishes" to pacify the elements.
Its wonderfully continued once in front of the temple of Mont-vert les haut, "a jewel for La Runion," he tells us. "This temple will bring benefits to all of the island."
A temple built in the purest tradition
On the side walls of the great hall are the great masters of the line, or Tibetan traditions. "Very important masters of Buddhism, a bit like protectors of our sangha," Benot Forestier testifies.
These protectors follow the cult with attention from the top of their wooden frames. "At the beginning of the cult, we" take refuge "in the three jewels, which corresponds to three prostrations," says Benot Forestier. "In the first place: the Buddha who gave the historical teachings 2600 years ago, then the Dharma is the Buddhist teachings, and finally the sangha, the community of the monks, which transmits these teachings."
According to the lunar calendar, different divinities are prayed, with the support of a tibtain practice book. Various Buddhas are also represented in the temple, through several statues installed in the heart of the room. "One can find the Buddha of knowledge with a pe that slices ignorance, then that of compassion, represented on earth by the Dala Lama.There is also the librarian, the only female Buddha, then the historical Buddha who gave the teachings … "shows Benot Forestier, statue by statue.
But what would a Tibetan Buddhist worship be without its traditional drum? In the hall trne l'anna, one of the ritual instruments used during the prayer. "We use it to set the pace, because the lyrics are a little bit crooked," says Benot Forestier, while giving us a demonstration. "We do not improvise, the teacher teaches us how to practice it because there is a real logic of rhythms and sounds."
Behind the practitioner, two trnes, reserved exclusively for the masters: "it is so that everyone can see and hear the master, and then there remains a representation of the Buddha on earth, so we must honor him as he should . "
Rinpoch is also a rigorous and demanding traditional master. During temple work he regularly checked the constituent elements of the religious building. "We can not improvise or change the colors as we want, there is a charter to respect" justifies Benot Forestier.
Thus, the slightest golden edge has benefited from several trials, to go towards ever more perfection. "It has served us too to go towards excellence, it is a form of spiritual practice when one concentrates in this way."
For him, this very first Tibetan temple of the Africa zone is an event of such importance that it compares the creation of the first Tibetan center in Tibet in the 7th century, "from all Tibet became Buddhist" says the practitioner . To say that La Runion will be, probably not, but this temple that settles Mont-vert Hauts cho cho to the origins of Buddhism according to Benot Forestier. Because setting up in a new zone gives a new breath to religion and its community.
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