We just had the Dagpo Rinpoche dropping by for a weekend of teaching, and it's been a really interesting event. The Buddhist centre was packed, he is the spiritual leader of a few hundred Tibetans and Dutch people who live in the area, and for them it was a really big deal. It was a social event too, many people reforming connections.
The main programme though was a series of mandala's and songs from a songbook, some rituals around that, and then of course the teaching of the text "the comfortable path to enlightenment" by Lozang Chökyi Gyaltsen. All things said and done I probably enjoyed the chanting and the energy of the sangha most of all, it was gentle and quite strong.
I wanted to ask people what your experiences were like of Buddhist teacher visits... lots of ceremony, or rather very casual?