This was the first time a Mani Dungdrup was organized in Gasa. The Venerable Dorji Lopen of the Zhung Dratsang has been in Gasa presiding over the transmission for over a week now. It will end on the 17th of this month making it 11 days.
Hundreds of people have gathered every morning to receive transmission and recite mani mantra in Gasa. For a small dzongkhag with a very thin population (estimated about 2900, give or take a few), to be able to organize this for aging parents who are not able to travel far for such an important buddhist progression of the mind and spirit, this is a great development. Although our elders from earlier times could have appreciated this, it was difficult to mobilize resources to organize it in the past.
I was very happy to be there last week amongst them and witness the joy on their faces. People made offerings and with these offerings, both monetary and kind; a sustainable fund once established will continue to allow aging elders to enjoy this mind and spiritual enrichment ritual.