The First Enlightened Experience Celebration (EEC1)

By Nicholas Ribush, By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, By HH Ling Rinpoche

The first Enlightened Experience Celebration (EEC1) was held in India from January to June 1982, and was hosted by International Mahayana Institute. Click on the links to access teachings from EEC1 and other EEC1 events.

The EEC1 Report contains advice from His Holiness Ling Rinpoche, a summary of the EEC1 program and a Tara practice composed by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Read an introduction to the report by EEC1 director Nicholas Ribush.

Lama Yeshe, His Holiness Zong Rinpoche and Lama Zopa Rinpoche at EEC1, Dharamsala, India, 1982.

The EEC1 Report contains advice from His Holiness Ling Rinpoche, a summary of the EEC1 program and a Tara practice by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

A Note on this Report

At first this was going to be simply what has now become Part 2. But, inspired by the incomparable Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, I have decided to include more, to make the report both more interesting and more beneficial.

Part 1 is a talk by His Holiness Ling Rinpoche, given during the Enlightened Experience Celebration, which Lama Zopa thought particularly stimulating. Here His Holiness, as well as offering profound, quintessential instructions for personal practice, extols the virtues of spreading Dharma in the West and developing centers to facilitate this. Since that is what the FPMT and Enlightened Experience Celebrations are largely all about, His Holiness’s advice is highly relevant. At the end of his talk, His Holiness asked us to pray for success in this work.

A short time after the Celebration finished, Lama Zopa put together a practice for the benefit of all sentient beings in general and for the FPMT and its students in particular. Since this made a natural addition to the teachings of His Holiness Ling Rinpoche, it is included here, with Lama Zopa’s commentary. It would be an excellent way for centers to start the day. With this hope, it is reproduced as Part 3 of this report.

Nick Ribush
Enlightened Experience Celebration
New Delhi
July 1982

Teachings by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche at EEC1

Click on the links below to read teachings from EEC1 published on our website.

Mahamudra Q & A With Lama Yeshe: A question and answer session held at the Bhagsu Hotel in Dharamsala, India, in March 1982.

The Advantages of Monastic Life (Part I) and The Advantages of Monastic Life (Part 2) by Lama Yeshe: This talk was given over two nights in April 1982 at Tushita Retreat Centre, Dharamsala.

Lama Yeshe's Farewell Teaching at EEC1: This teaching is excerpted from Lama Yeshe's final address to students at EEC1, at Tushita Retreat Centre in Dharamsala, India, on April 28, 1982. Watch a video of this teaching on the LYWA Youtube channel.

The Kindness of the Guru: Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave this teaching to the monks and nuns of the IMI (International Mahayana Institute, the Sangha of the FPMT) at Tushita Meditation Centre, Dharamsala, India, in May 1982.

A Tara Puja and Commentary: This text was composed by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in July 1982 for the success of all FPMT centers and activities.

Other EEC1 Events and Publications
Rinjung Gyatsa

This Rinjung Gyatsa text presents a list of the oral transmissions given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Bodhgaya, India, in 1982 and at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, in 1985. The original text was compiled by Lama Taranatha (1575-1635 approx.), a member of the Jonang school of Tibetan Buddhism, in the sixteenth century. As transmitted by lineage lamas, it contains the sadhanas (means of attainment) of 305 deities from the four classes of tantra and the various Buddhist traditions, together with the methods of initiating disciples into their practice. Compiled and edited by Hermes Brandt, June 2022.

Praises to the Twenty-One Taras

As part of the Rinjung Gyatsa series of initiations at EEC1, Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave an oral transmission of the Twenty-One Taras according to the tradition of the early Indian Buddhist master, Suryagupta. This initiation was given in Bodhgaya, India, in February 1982.

Twenty-One Taras text, which includes the Praises, a commentary, a critique of the various translations, and images of the Twenty-One Taras according to both the Suryagupta and the Nagarjuna-Atisha lineages, is now available. It was compiled and edited by Hermes Brandt in April 2023. This text supersedes a previous publication that only had the images of the Suryagupta lineage.

For those who just want a daily prayer book containing the Praises and images, there are two options: The Twenty-One Taras according to the Suryagupta lineage and The Twenty-One Taras: Their praises and depictions according to the lineage of Nagarjuna and Atisha. Also now available is a PDF of the Praises in Tibetan script with images according to Suryagupta lineage.

EEC1 Videos

Click on the links below to watch videos from EEC1.

Lama Yeshe Offers Immeasurable Blessing Strings: Precious footage of Lama Yeshe offering blessing strings to the many fortunate Western students at the end of mahamudra teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama at EEC1, Dharamsala, India, March 1982. Filmed by Robyn Brentano with blessing strings sequence filmed by Roland Stutz, digitized by Ven. Bob Alcorn, edited by Megan Evart.

Long-life Puja for Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche: On the morning of April 28, 1982, two days before EEC1 ended, a long-life puja was offered to Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Tushita Retreat Centre in Dharamsala, India.

Entertainment Offering at the Enlightenment Experience Celebration: This video depicts a student performance offered to Lama Yeshe at the end of his final teaching at EEC1 on April 28, 1982. Cat Wilson on guitar and vocals sings "Don't Know Much About Emptiness" to the tune of a contemporary song, while Paula Nyingje Chichester (in black) and Mo Wilke (in red) dramatically enact aspects of the teachings. You can also download a PDF of the song lyrics.