The Drikung Kagyu Order was founded in 1179 by Kyobpa Jigten Sumgön. It is headed by the two Kyabgon Rinpoches, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang. While Chungtsang Rinpoche resides in Lhasa, Chetsang Rinpoche has established the Drikung Kagyu seat in exile in Dehra Dun, in the northeast of India.
His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang attended the Third World Mountain Forum, from October 17th to 20th 2016, in Mbale, Uganda under the theme “Mountains for Our Future”. The forum is jointedly hosted by ARCOS and the Uganda government. SDC and other organizations also offered technical support and funding for the forum.
His Holiness represented the forum as the Mountain Partnership Ambassador. The Mountain Partnership is a United Nations voluntary alliance dedicated to improving the lives of mountain peoples and protecting mountain environments around the world. H.H. was formally appointed as a United Nations Mountain Partnership Ambassador by Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) on 6th May, 2015.
On Sep. 16, 2016, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang arrived Milarepa Retreat Centre, Germany for the traditional Drikung Monkey Year Teaching which took place in Scheneverdingen, Germany. His Holiness, H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and lamas performed the inauguration ceremony for a stupa of the Centre. The teachings were kindly granted by the most prominent teachers of Drikung Kagyu lineage – His Holiness Drikung Kaybgon Chetsang, His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche and Most Venerable Lho Ontrul Rinpoche. The audience were blessed to receive empowerments and teachings from these great teachers. Western Khenpos and Lamas had made a beautiful Hevajra sand mandala. Its beauty and details amazed everyone. His Holiness started the teaching with the Guru Rinpoche Empowerment according to Pema Lingpa's trandition.
His Holiness and entourages arrived the Moscow airport on, His Holiness was received with warm welcome by the Drikung Sangha and escorted to the Drikung Kagyu center, where H.H. and all had tea and sweet rice organised by the sangha and sponsors. His Holiness shared that it is his second time to visit to Moscow. Then, he told the public about his activities for culture and environmental projects. After the speech, a lunch was served and everyone went for rest.
On , right after the breakfast His Holiness went for a sightseeing tour in Moscow. He visited the biggest Orthodox church in Moscow – the church of Christ the Saviour, which was recently reconstructed. It is now richly decorated with paintings and golden ornaments, and thereafter he visited the Roerich Museum.
On 20th July, 2016 His Holiness Gyalwang Drikungpa arrived safely in Ladakh after his Dharma tour to Singapore and Malaysia. H.H. was received with a grand reception at the Leh airport by the thousands of devotees from different monasteries and villages.
As invited by the Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre, on 24th July, 2016, His Holiness visited MIMC and had meeting with many religious scholars. After that His Holiness led the celebration for 125th birth anniversary of Dr. BR Ambedkar at Centre Institute of Buddhist Studies, Choglamser, Leh-Ladakh, India.
On 26th His Holiness led the Workshop of the International Nature Restoration Action Association in Phyang Monastery, Leh-Ladakh. The workshop was well attended by students, farmers and many associations.
Premier Drikung Kagyu Monkey Year Grand Puja in Taiwan.
In this auspicious monkey year that occurs only once every 12 years, Taipei Pal Me Buddhist Association is honored to organize the premier "Drikung Kagyu Monkey Year Grand Puja" in Taiwan by inviting His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to bestow Drikung Phowa Teachings (transference of consciousness) to the sangha and lay disciples. The Drikung Phowa (Jaktshukma) is known for its ultimately pure blessing power, which has been passed on with continuity in the lineage. It is one of the most profound and unique dharma doctrines of Drikung Kagyu. In this auspicious monkey year, blessed by Holiness’ compassion, it is a perfect initiative that we will receive this precious teaching in Taiwan.
As invited by the Drigar Thupten Dargye Ling Centre in Singapore, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang arrived Changi Airport, on June 29, 2016 at 7 am in the morning. H.H. and entourages were received with warm welcome by H.E. Grachen Rinpoche, Dorzin Konchok Dondup, the members of the Drikung Kagyu Centers and all the followers of the Drikung Kagyu lineage in Singapore. Thereafter H.H. was invited to the Marina Bay Sands for the welcoming tea session and rest. In the evening His Holiness blessed the great empowerment of the Buddha Amitabha to all the people and began the 6th 100 Million Amidewa Retreat at the Marina Bay Sands. H.H. said that with this empowerment we were linked with the Buddha Amitabha and we will have a possibility of having born in the Pure Land in the near future.
July 4th, 2016, His Holiness Tinle Lhundup arrived at Penang, Malaysia. He was received with a grand reception at the airport by devotees from various Drikung Kagyu centers in Malaysia. The Butterworth Buddhist Association has been established by Lho Kunsang Rinpoche from the Palme Gonpa Monastery of Eastern Tibet in 2000. Three years ago, His Holiness decided to host the Namgyalma (Ushnisha Vijaya) Thousand Offering Puja annually in Malaysia during every Malaysian new year. He agreed to personally lead the puja every other year and was present during the first Puja. In July, His Holiness arrived at Penang Malaysia to host the third Thousand Offering Thousand Blessing Puja, which was organized jointly by the Butterworth Palme Gon Life Education Center and the Butterworth Buddhist Association.
On the invitation of Ladakh Buddhist Association His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang, the 37th throne holder of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage arrived at the Leh airport. His holiness was accorded a grand reception at the airport by H.E Thuksay Rinpochey, H.E.Tokdan Rinpochey, H.E.Stakna Rinpochey, H.E.Tsamtrul Rinpoche, Tsewang thinless President LBA, Rinchen Namgyal President LBA youth, Tsewang Dolma President LBA women wing, LAHDC headed by Dr.Sonam Dawa CEC, Head of all gompas along with lamas around Ladakh, Ex-MP and MLCs and head of different religious communities.
The cavalcade was received by sertang from different gompas, phoks kalchor from different parts of ladakh and school students and general public were all lined up from airport to chowkhang vihara and Chowkhang Vihara to Phayang Gonpa.
Dear brothers and sisters,
His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Thinley Lhundup asked everyone to advocate for the designation of Bears Ears as a national monument to protect these lands for Native Americans and the whole world.
Utah’s Bears Ears is a sacred region to many Native Americans and home to more than 100,000 archaeological sites. However, it is not protected. As a result, yet looting, grave robbing, oil drilling, mining and many other activities are jeopardizing the integrity of this sacred cultural landscape.
In order to advocate for the protection of the Bears Ears, the Inter-Tribal Coalition that consists of five sovereign Native American Tribes-Hopi, Navajo, Uintah and Ouray Ute, Ute Mountain Ute, and Zuni-submitted a proposal to ask President Obama to establish the 1.9-million-acre region as a national monument.
On April 11, 2016, as scheduled His Holiness visited New York City for three days meeting with the Department of the United Nation. H.H. was hosted warmly by Dr. Andrew Taber and member of The Mountain Institute and the meetings were successfully done.
His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang visited San Fransisco on April 14, 2016. H.H. and his entourage were welcomed at the airport by Drikung Kagyu devotees and the organizer of the teachings and then escorted to San Jose.
On April 16, His Holiness gave an empowerment on Shitro Yangzab to the Vietnamese community and other people in San Jose. He also offered the teachings related to this special empowerment, adding that the meaning of an empowerment is to dispel our ego-clinging and ignorance and to fulfil our inner qualities with wisdom knowledge and blessings.
Dear Sangha and laypeople who are under the same teacher and lineage. The rays of the sun radiate on the unpolluted pure samaya of disciples, like drops of milk that have merged into an ocean of milk. Here is an important announcement for your kind attention. Thus, it was mentioned in the Sutra of Complete Increasing Wisdom:
“In the north snowy mountain range, a great being will appear by the name of Ratnashri. This supreme man will be renown in the world, he will greatly serve my teaching.”
His Holiness and entourages were received with warm welcome at the Pekanbaru airport, Indonesia by Mr. Anirudha the main organizer of this Dharma tour, and hundreds of Dharma brothers and sisters with traditional white scarf (Khatak) at the airport on 20th March 2016.
In the evening HH visited oldest temple in Pekanbaru and gave Dharma talk about loving kindness and compassion. As His Holiness has long awaited wishes to visit the great holy land of the great master Atisha.