At the invitation of a group of European students, the Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo
came to the Netherlands for a short visit in September. The idea for the visit arose from a trip to Nepal last spring by some sangha members who had traveled to pay their respects and to hopefully lay the ground for future visits by the Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo. The Netherlands was chosen for its centrality and although there was no official agenda for the trip, the Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo were able to reconnect with a small group of students from all over Europe. During the visit, the Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo did a two-day puja, culminating in a Rain of Blessings feast celebrated by everyone present.
The overall atmosphere of the trip was permeated with a feeling of heartfelt supplication and revitalization of the connection between teacher and students. After concluding their time in Europe, the Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo returned to resume the cycle of personal retreats and pujas.