Report on 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. 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.

Below is an index to teachings from this event which have been published on our website. You can also read an introduction to the report by EEC1 director Nicholas Ribush below.

Lama Yeshe, His Holiness Zong Rinpoche and Lama Zopa Rinpoche at EEC1, Dharamsala, India, 1982.
Teachings by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche at EEC1
  • 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.
  • EEC1 Report. The 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