International Drikung Kagyu Council
Honoured to organise the 800th Commemoration of Lord Jigten Sumong's Maha Parinirvana.
The Tibetan Government in Exile, Dharamsala, India is going to make a mandala offering to His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang on 23rd January 2013,
as a sign of respect and request to remain long and to continue the Dharma activities for the sake of all sentient beings.
The Officials from Dharamsala are due to arrive at Drikung Kagyu Instiute, Dehra Dun, India on 22nd January 2013.
Meaning of Mandala Offering for Longevity
To understand why a long life Puja is essential, we must understand the value of the Guru. The Guru is our guide in this life, the Bardo, and future lives. He is immensely important. It is not a case where if we ask him to live he will, and vice-versa, but that to offer such a ceremony purifies our own broken Samayas.
For many centuries, Tibetan Buddhists have offered long life Pujas to their teachers. The long life Puja purifies the relationship between teacher and disciple, and creates the merit for the teacher to remain and guide us. Since all realizations depend on the blessing and guidance of the teacher, this ritual offering practice is extraordinarily precious.
The essential practice of creating the cause for the Guru's long life is harmony between students. These Pujas includes prayers, meditations, requests, meaningful traditional offerings, modern gifts, and money offerings.
All Drikung Kagyu Pa monasteries, institutes, centres, monks and nuns, practitioners and Dharma friends around the world contribute to these Pujas, and we invite individuals to join in this special opportunity to strengthen our connection to our teachers.