International Drikung Kagyu Council
Honoured to organise the 800th Commemoration of Lord Jigten Sumong's Maha Parinirvana.
On February 22, the Tibetan New Year 2012 was celebrated at the main Temple of Jangchublling Monastery, Dehradun India. His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and all the Rinpoches, monks from Kagyu College and nuns from Samtenling Nunnery joined for the morning Pujas and function. His Holiness arrived at Jangchubling Monastery by 5 am and at 6 am the main function for the Tibetan Losar begun. First the Lama Chöpa Puja was held, followed by prayers for long life, success and prosperity for the Water Dragon Year was conducted. All the family member of His Holiness were also presented with many other guests from different places. About 500 people attended the Losar celebration. After the Puja, Khenpo Rangdol addressed the audience with an annual speech on account of Drikung Kagyu Institute. Right after the program, His Holiness returned back to Songtsen Library.
On March 3, 2012, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang came to Jangchubling Monastery to offer prizes for the students who acquired good marks and positions during the annual exams the Jangchubling Monastery School in the year 2011 – 2012. The function began at 10 am, and Ven. Pema Rigzin, the Director of Jangchubling Monastery, gave a welcome speech and presented annual reports and activities of the Jangchubling School. Thereafter Mr. Tenzin Dron Gon, teaching staff member of the Jangchubling School, read out the annual statement of the examinations. There were 28 students who obtained high grades, and among them two students obtained first position, two students second position, and three students third position. Prizes and certificates were offered to them by His Holiness in the presence of all the students.
After the prize function, His Holiness gave an advice on the importance of education in the modern world. He stressed that traditional religious education should go hand in hand with modern education. The Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang also emphasized on how to maintain our day to day life of moral ethics in society, the need to respect for the elder and care for the older and the younger ones and the use of honorific words in general for conversation. His Holiness said we need to learn from the very beginning so that in the future it may become part of our life. He also mentioned the importance of careful use of electricity and water, and not to waste even a drop of it unnecessarily. He gave an example of difficult situations in other parts of the world, like in Africa, where many areas face severe problems about the supply of water and food and so on.
After the function, the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang had tea and refreshment with all the staff members of Jangchubling Monstery School, and there after he visited the Achi Temple for a short puja before returning back to his residence at the Songtsen Library.