In the year 2006, His Holiness the 37th Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang had directed Ven. Bargyal Tsang Konchok Norbu with a written letter to produce prints of all the thangka paintings of the Glorious Drikung Kagyu Lineage. With the kind blessings from both of His Holinesses, he traveled extensively to Tibet twice, once to Lemi, thrice to Ladakh. H.E. Togden Rinpoche and the staff members of Phiyang Monastery in Ladakh had given him full support during his visit to Ladakh. The result of his invaluable efforts have now resulted in more than 300 scanned precious thangkas of the Drikung Kagyu Tradition, including a number of invaluable ancient paintings from Tibet which escaped the destructions during the time of the Cultural Revolution.
As advised by His Holiness, Bargyal Tsang Konchok Norbu was able to make prints of most of the precious thangkas of the Golden Garland of the Drikung Throne Holders and the Guru Lineage Thangkas painted up to the 19th throne holder of the lineage, and also some important paintings of the mandalas. He also tried to find sponsors to restore those thangkas which were damaged. Through his tireless hard work and dedication, the project was fully accomplished in the year 2012.
The dedication prayers on the back side of the prints of the thangkas were written by H.H. the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, and the praises and deeds of the Eight Mahasiddhas were kindly written by H.E. Nuba Rinpoche, the Guru praises for the throne holder of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage were written by H.E. Gampo Chenga Rinpoche, and a brief life story of all the throne holders as written by Drikung Trolung Tseten.
The expenditure for this printing works and all the equipments and electronics were generously sponsored by Mrs. Huailing from Taiwan. Altogether he received 360.000 Taiwan Dollars as donation from the sponsors. We are very thankful for his pure motivation, sincerity and tireless effort to preserve and protect these precious and rare artworks of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage. There are 42 different thangkas and 54 mandala paintings. 500 copies of each thangka were printed on a special paper and all together there are now 25,500 Thankas. To all the Drikung Kagyu Monasteries we will offer 31 thangkas, 54 mandala paintings, and the rest of the smaller size thangkas will be sent to other Monasteries and Centers.
Whoever wishes to have the thangkas please contact the addresses below:
US and Canada: Lama Konchok Nyima, Boston Katsel Drikung Center.
Europe: Drupon Kunzang Rinpoche. Drikung Kagyu Dorje Ling.
Malaysia and Singapore: Lama Dawa Dondup, Om Center Singapore.
Taiwan: Contact to each Drikung Kagyu Center.
Nepal and India: Jangchubling Monastery, Dehradun India.
For more information contact: Drikung Bargyal Tsang Konchok Norbu