International Drikung Kagyu Council
Honoured to organise the 800th Commemoration of Lord Jigten Sumong's Maha Parinirvana.
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.
On the second day, His Holiness granted Drikung Phowa Chenmo and Amitayus Empowerment according to Thantong Gyalpo's tradition .
On the third and the fourth day, Garchen Rinpoche bestowed Mahakala Empowerment and Drikung Kagyu Guru Yoga Teachings. In the evening of the fourth day, it was the book launch session of the German edition of His Holiness's book, The History of Tibetan Empire. His Holiness talked about this book. Many people were fortunate to receive the signature of the author - His Holiness Drikung Kaybgon Chetsang - on their personal copies.
On the fifth and sixth day, Most Ven. Lho Ontul Rinpoche granted the Green Tara Empowerment and a teaching on The Seven Protectresses – Supplication to Baghavati Tara by Lord Jigten Sumgon.
On the seventh and eighth day, His Holiness granted Hevajra/Nairatmya Empowerment and teachings. Each day, representatives of Sangha from different countries offered mandala, flowers and monetary offerings as a token of thanks for teachings. Throughout the teaching, participants were served with vegetarian food, sweet tea and snacks were served for 24 hours. The teaching was concluded with Tenshug (བརྟན་བཞུགས།）ceremony for His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and H.E. Garchen Rinpoche. This wonderful event brought together Drikung Kagyu disciples from over the world and served as a place to share achievements and make future plans for the development of Drikung Kagyu tradition in the West. H.E. Garchen Rinpoche offered the long-life blessing pills for His Holiness.