On Saturday, 18 June a "Tenshug" long life ceremony was held for His Holiness Sakya Trizin at Tsechen Kunchab Ling in Walden, New York. Around 1,000 people attended the ceremony. Sponsored statues of the Lamdre lineage masters were offered to His Holiness. Dechen Sakya Centres sponsored two of the statues: one of His Holiness's grandfather, Dakshul Thinley Rinchen, and the other of Sachen Kunga Lodro, a dharma master famed for restoring Sakya during the 18th century.
On Sunday, 19 June the formal opening ceremony of Tsechen Kunchab Ling was held, with over 4,000 people in attendance. Auspicious prayers were recited to mark the occasion.
His Holiness will now conclude the Lamdre teachings over the next week and will then travel to Minneapolis for the next leg of His North American tour.