Khensur Rinpoche receives his OAM
Last Thursday, September 24th, Khensur Rinpoche, Geshe Tashi Tsering was awarded his Order of Australia Medal, which was announced in June, from the Governor of Queensland, his Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, at Government House.
Because of the COVID-19 situation, recipients received their awards in individual ceremonies. For the same reason, you will see a big gap between Rinpoche and the Governor in the formal photos!
His Excellency the Governor was extremely gracious when Rinpoche forgot to move forward at the appropriate time (there were a lot of instructions to do with protocol and procedure!) and kindly stepped over to him instead.
Rinpoche was very pleased to finally receive the medal, and happy that he managed to address the Governor properly as “Your Excellency”, which he had been practising for weeks!
We have lots of photos and some videos which we are still sorting through, but here are a few nice ones; we have posted a video of the actual investiture ceremony to our YouTube channel here. Other pictures of the event and Rinpoche wearing his medal will go up onto on this site soon.