This year marks the 800th anniversary of the parinirvana of Drikung Kagyu founder Dharma Lord Jigten Sumgon. In commemoration of this event, His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche and the International Drikung Kagyu Council have announced a great celebration of teachings and rituals to take place in Dehra Dun at Jangchubling, the seat of HH Chetsang Rinpoche, from October 19th to the 25th. All Drikung Kagyu practitioners are encouraged to attend this event if possible, or alternative events that will happen around the world. We’ll do our best to keep people informed as to what is happening with this and other Drikung Kagyu events.
This year’s annual spring retreat will be from May 27th until June 4th. We are continuing to work diligently to plan this retreat and more information will follow as we confirm information and plans. We look forward to seeing everyone this Spring!
Sunday, January 22nd Khenpo Tsultrim will bestow the empowerment of the Green Tara Sadhana called “Udamvara Flower,” a portion of the teaching passed down from Marpa Lotsawa to Milarepa called the Three Special deities. The empowerment will be performed at 10AM. At 2PM, Khenpo Tsultrim will teach on the practice as well as give the oral transmission. We will then perform the practice.
Please join us for this empowerment and teaching on January 22nd!
The Winter Retreat is underway with two great days so far of teachings by Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin and an elaborate Mani Accumulation practice! Today and tomorrow we continue with teachings on the Ganges Mahamudra and more practice of Chenrezig. On Friday, we are blessed to have the opportunity to receive the Milarepa Sadhana practice from Chenga Rinpoche, and teachings on this practice in the afternoon. On Saturday, Chenga Rinpoche will graciously bestow the empowerment of Mahakala, and in the afternoon he will teach on the same.
If you can’t make it here, you can join us for the teaching sessions on our YouTube Channel: Click here!
Live streams will be available for all teaching sessions, so 10AM today and tomorrow, and 2PM Friday and Saturday. Recordings will be available online shortly thereafter each day. High resolution video will be available next week. Thanks for joining us!
TMC’s winter retreat is just around the corner, and we’re excited to finally release the final schedule! Please join us for the annual Mani Drubchen, as well as teachings by Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin on the Ganges Mahamudra instructions from Tilopa to Naropa, as well as special guest lama His Eminence the Second Chenga Rinpoche, who will teach on and give empowerments of Milarepa and Mahakala.
On Sunday, we will celebrate the Lhabab Duchen, the festival commemorating Buddha Shakyamuni’s return from the Tushita God Realms. We will also celebrate His Holiness Chungtsang Rinpoche’s birthday, with members of the local Tibetan community. Smoke offerings and so on are on the agenda, dress appropriately in case of rain! Bring a food item to share in with the community on this auspicious day!
Sunday, October 23rd Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin will bestow the empowerment of Medicine Buddha in the morning, followed by a teaching on Medicine Buddha’s aspiration vows upon attaining Buddhahood. Medicine Buddha is a bodhisattva who made the aspirations to benefit sick and dying beings through limitless Buddha activities. The practice of Medicine Buddha is not only powerful for healing illnesses and disease, but also for overcoming the sickness of attachment, hatred, and ignorance.
The empowerment ceremony will begin at 10AM, followed by a break for lunch from noon until 2PM, and a teaching by Khenpo Tsultrim until 5PM. Standard suggested donation of $45 applies, nobody is turned away for lack of funds and all are welcome.
This coming Sunday, October 9th is an auspicious day for practicing the naga puja that propitiates the local nagas. Gyalpo Rinpoche empowered and taught the TMC this special practice of Nagaraja Buddha at the request of Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin in 2015, and it is important to regularly practice on appropriate days. This Sunday is an appropriate day to join in this excellent practice.
The naga spirits are waterborn spirits said to exist in the human realms, whose king became a follower of Buddha. The practice of Nagaraja Buddha involves the evocation of the nagas, and making offerings of food and teachings of Buddhism to the nagas.
Because nagas are extremely particular, we request that anyone attending please refrain from eating any meat, eggs, or strongly pungent foods such as onions, prior to attending.
Practice will be led by Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin, who is recovered from his operation.
A Look Ahead:
On October 16th, Khenpo Tsultrim will resume his teachings on the Uttaratantra Shastra.
On October 23rd, Khenpo Tsultrim will bestow the empowerment of Medicine Buddha in the morning, and teach on Medicine Buddha’s eight aspiration vows in the afternoon.
More details will be forthcoming as the time approaches.
Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin’s artificial pacemaker placement in New Delhi was a success, and he is currently recovering in the hospital. We await news tomorrow morning regarding his plans for convalescence and eventual return to the United States after he is cleared medically for flight. Meanwhile, many monasteries and centers around the world have been performing prayers and pujas on his behalf at the request of His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche. Tibetan Meditation Center has also been engaging in White Tara practices for long life, as well as Medicine Buddha. A White Tara Mandala was established on Sunday and will remain in place until the following Sunday. TMC is open from 7AM to 7PM daily for anyone wishing to practice. Sunday’s practice will include the dissolution of the mandala.
Sunday, June 19 Khenpo Tsultrim will bestow the empowerment for the practice of Green Tara, the Tara of Enlightened Activities. Tara is the enlightened female Buddha who grants blessings in myriad forms. Green Tara in specific is associated with the fulfillment of Dharma-according wishes and benefit for the practitioner, as well as being a fully enlightened Buddha. Practitioners wishing to attend the retreat the following weekend are strongly encouraged to receive this empowerment.
Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 Khenpo Tsultrim will lead a retreat on the Four Session Mandala Practice of Tara called The Refined Drop of Immortality. Practice will begin at 10AM on both days. Those planning to attend are strongly encouraged to attend the empowerment on Sunday, June 19!
Suggested Donation: $45/day, $135 for empowerment and both days of retreat. Nobody is turned away for lack of funds.