Tibetan dreams of making a pilgrimage to
Lhasa, especially to see the famous Jowo Rinpoche, the "Precious
Lord", the holiest statue in the whole of Tibet. This statue depicts
the Buddha as a prince at the age of twelve and is said to have been created
while the Buddha was still alive.
In 1956, Penor Rinpoche, accompanied by a large entourage,
set out for central Tibet. He was twenty-four years old. The party visited
the great power places, monasteries, temples and sanctuaries of Tibetan
Buddhism, including Samye, Dorje Drak, Mindroling, Drepung, Ganden, and
Sera monasteries. Everywhere he went, Penor Rinpoche made generous offerings.
He also visited HH the Fourteenth Dalai Lama at his winter palace, the
Potala in Lhasa. From the Dalai Lama he received an empowerment of Long
Life. The Lhasa Mönlam Chenmo was in progress, and he offered tea
and distributed money to the entire assembly of monks.