The great boudhanath stupa on the fullmoon night last week.
On the run as usual, not much time for a post, but here's some shots from the annual Ngagso (Mending of Broken Tantric Committments) Drupchen at the White Gompa (Monastery) in Boudhanath. A Drupchen is a nine day 24-hour puja (prayer ritual), and carries great blessings.
Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, the abbot of the White Gompa, giving out ngondrup (blessed substances) to the crowd at the end of the drupchen.
Phagchog Rinpoche and Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche amidst the crowd.
Phagchog Rinpoche giving blessings and looking cool.
His Eminence the Tsikye Chokling Rinpoche.
The Vajra Master Chokling Rinpoche giving out blessings to the assembled crowd at the last day of the nine day ceremonies.
A monk from the white monastery in ritual costume, performing a small puja on the last day of the drupchen.
THE CROWD OF LAYFOLK:
The crowd of thousands at the White Monastery receiving blessings at the end of the Drupchen.
Another shot of the crowd with the White Gompa in the background. Those in attendance consisted of many Tibetans, Nepalis (Newars, Tamangs, Manangis, Nupripas, Yolmopas, Mugumpas, and many more people of the Himalayan border region with Tibet), and Westerners of all flavours.