Few days ago, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang kindly bestowed more than 50 empowerments as have been requested by the most Ven. Warthang Chöje Rinpoche two years ago. In the meantime the time had ripened and Holiness was able to give all the transmission and empowerments. All together there were nine devotees receiving the empowerments, among them Ven. Khorchag Rinpoche from Sakya College and Drupön Gonpo Dorje from the US as well as some others from Dehradun.
During the five days of empowerments, the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang got up every morning at 4 am to prepare for the empowerment. At 8.30 am the actual empowerment was bestowed and right after this His Holiness proceeded to prepare for the next empowerment. Thus, every day His Holiness could confer eleven empowerments and some other important transmission. This way, within five days, the participants received more than fifty empowerments from His Holiness.
Just before the series of empowerments started, Ven. Drupon Gonpo Dorje from the US presented and offered to His Holiness the two volumes (Ah and Vam) of the secret precious teachings (Sangwei Zabchö Kabum) of Kyobpa Jigten Sumgön, which were printed in pure gold. Altogether there are nine volumes of Outer Teachings (Chiyi Zabchö Kabum, considered the Treasure of Jewels), three volumes of Inner Teachings (Nangi Zabchö Kabum, considered the Mala of Jewels), and two volumes of Secret Teaching (Sangwei Zabchö Kabum, considered the Ornaments of the Crown). Until now only the Outer and Inner Teachings were printed in book form and in the traditional textual form. Since the Secret Teachings were regarded as very secret and not recommended for the common public, they were not printed previously. We are very fortunate that now, after two years and three months of Drubpön Gonpo Dorje’s hard works, we have two precious volumes of Secret Teachings beautifully printed in pure gold on traditional black paper.
The text of the first volume is illustrated with fine golden images of Sakyamuni Buddha and the 35 Buddhas, the hundred deeds of the Buddha during his life as Bodhisattvas, the twelve deeds of the Buddha, and images of the sixteen Arhats, etc. The image of the eight peace Stupas and the four great kings of the four directions are shown according to the system of Sutrayana.
In the second volume (Vam) all the images are placed according to the system of Vajrayana, beginning with Vajradhara, followed by the images of the great Indian Masters, thereafter the great masters of the GoldenGarland of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage up to the present throne holder. There are also the 84 Indian Mahasiddhas, Chakrasamvara, Hevajra, Guhyasamaja, Vajravarahi and so forth, and images of deities from the Marpa Kagyu tradition, etc.
Under the close guidance of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, Drubpön Gonpo Dorje tirelessly put all his effort into the task of printing these precious texts, from input, revising, and comparing of ten different versions, till rechecking and copyediting. His Holiness was very happy to see this text published in a very high quality and he very much appreciated the excellent job done by one person’s effort. At present only limited copies of this text exist. Drubpön is now in the process of making the hard wooden covers of the text. Once this is finished, there will be board meeting and a copy of this precious text will be offered to each Drikung Kagyu Monastery around the world as the representation of Body, Speech, and Mind of all the Buddhas.
Report by Kinley Gyaltsen
The Office of H.H. the Drikung Kyagbon Chetsang