Shamar Rinpoche recognizes reincarnated Lama at Martha's Vineyard center
Shamar Rinpoche had recognized the child while he was in his mother womb as the reincarnation of one of the twenty-one bodhisattva abbots in the line of the Sharmapas in Yangpachen, Tibet during the 1600. This is the first time since the 19th century that a reincarnate lama was recognized in the womb, and Sunday joyous celebration of this recognition was the first ever event of it kind on the Vineyard.
Yeshe Dorje delighted the fifty or so people who had come to the initiation. He was dressed in a beautiful orange silk robe, and before the ceremony he playfully roamed about the brightly painted, sunlit meditation hall. During the ceremony, Shamar Rinpoche and other lamas including Lama Yeshe Drolma, the resident lama of the Martha Vineyard Center, recited Buddhist prayers and made offerings to the young lama. The boy sat in a specially arranged chair placed directly across from Shamar Rinpoche and the two bodhisattva lamas enjoyed the traditional tea and rice together with the rest of the community of practioners.
Yeshe Dorje is the son of Andrea Strimling and Lama Tsering Ngodup of Arlington, MA and the grandson of Phyllis and the late Gene Strimling. He is the brother of Rinchen Dorje and Dinah, and the nephew of Sharon and Mick Florio.
Lama Tsering teaches Buddhist philosophy and meditation at The Bodhi Tree in Cambridge, which is affiliated with The Bodhi Path Buddhist Centers. He has devoted over twenty years to sharing the religious and spiritual teachings of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. Andrea and Tsering have spent much time on the Vineyard, enjoying the island and working alongside the rest of Strimling family who owned and operated The Shiretown Inn in Edgartown for more than 25 years.