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.
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.
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.
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.
To all Drikung Kagyu followers,
Recently, in order to express their faith and enthusiasm for their lineage and their root teacher, members of our lineage have had statues made of their lamas and created new thanka formats. However, this is not customary over the 837 years of Drikung Kagyu tradition. Kyopa Jigten Gönpo taught: "Until you have reached the state of Vajradhara, don't have your disciples meditate on anyone except the previous lineage masters, do not let your circle meditate on you."
Dear learned and accomplished Sangha members and members of Drikung Kagyu Dharma Centres,
In the 21st century, the natural environment that sustains all the creatures of the earth has undergone and continues to undergo incredible devastations to previously unheard of degree. It has become an issue that demands the attention of all of us.
As we all know that, the second election of members of the International Drikung Kagyu Council was successfully carried out and has been already announced through webpage. The International Drikung Kagyu Council is the main body to provide rules & guidelines for the Glorious Drikung Kagyu Lineage. All the centres which carry the Drikung Kagyu name and its followers should join their effort with the International Drikung Kagyu Council and its activities.
We are pleased to announce that, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang will be leading Lord Jigten Sumgon’s Anniversary prayer ceremony, Long Life prayers, Buddha Ritual Cleansing ceremony and presiding over a very special program with the traditional Sacred Tantric Lama Dances and prayers for World Peace on , at Drikung Kyobpa Choling Monastery in Escondido, California.
All interested Dharma friends and followers are most welcome to attend this auspicious teachings.
More details are below:
This is to inform all Drikung Kagyu Dharma Centres and followers around the world that we are now in the process of updating the addresses of Drikung Kagyu World Wide Centre. Kindly let us know If there have been any changes on your address and need to update on our website www.drikung.org