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Tibetan Lama on Blessing Tour of Antarctica


A high Tibetan Buddhist teacher, who earlier blessed South Africa is on a blessing tour of Antarctica.

The Venerable Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche, a highly regarded Tibetan teacher, is undertaking a blessing tour of Antarctica at the request of his Western disciples.

Last month he visited and blessed South Africa.

A secretary who has been traveling with the Buddhist teacher, Amy Miller, says his blessing had a positive influence on the people of South Africa. She says his blessing will also have a positive environmental influence when he visits the icy continent.

"The cruise will be there in January for 11 days," she said. "And he does a lot of blessings of waters, land, lakes, mountains, streams, and we found that there are a lot of positive environmental changes after Rinpoche rituals, puja, blessing. It is significant. So there was some encouragement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and Rinpoche is traveling with very blessed waters from various great lamas all over the world."

The tour has the approval of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other Tibetan teachers.

"There was some encouragement from the Dalai Lama and Rinpoche is traveling with very very blessed water from various lamas from all over the world, great teachers. And he will be traveling with these various regions," added Ms. Miller. "So it is basically to help create positive change and have positive environmental significance in the world."

The Venerable Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche will be the first Tibetan to travel to Antarctica.

A few years ago, the Buddhist teacher blessed the U.S. state of Alaska. In an interview, the Tibetan Lama told VOA that photographers found much better and positive photos of places when they are blessed than when they are not.

He has traveled different parts of the world, including Australia, New Zealand, United States, and Singapore, to give Buddhist teachings.