25th February 2013 turned out to be a bright, sunny day. The lawn in front of Drikung Jangchubling Monastery at Dehra Dun was decked out with a large steel awning covered with light blue and grey plastic to prevent the rain from entering in the tent.
Inside were long tables with thousand torma offerings and butter lamps. Garlands of marigold were hung along the sides of the tent and flowers of all varieties were placed along the main altars at the sides of the area, where the high thrones of His Holinesses the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and Chungtsang were placed. Near the ceilings hung thangkas (scroll paintings) of the Drikung Kagyu lineage teachers.
Monks, nuns, yogis, lay practitioners, disciples, sponsors and well-wishers from all parts of the world assembled in this tent. It was an impressive gathering. For fifteen days the large monastic community had recited prayers for the long life of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang.
His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche and His Eminence Nupa Rinpoche offered the Mandala and the eulogy to Chetsang Rinpoche, which were followed by a long line of Drikung Tulkus, Khenpos, yogis, monks and nuns as well as lay disciples, who carried different offerings in their hands and in return received blessings by His Holiness. There were about six hundred and fifty members from the monastic community, a total of about one thousand people from thirteen different countries.
Everybod present at this auspicious occasion felt blessed by just being part of the Long Life Mandala Offering. This event was organized by the Ten Zhug Organizing Committee with their sincere devotion and hard work during many months. And so the Grand Long Life Mandala Offering for His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang was successfully completed and will be never forgotten.
On the 24th of February, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang attended the second session of the Puja, and in between the session the principal of the Kagyu College, Khenpo Rangdol spoke about the history and academic status of Kagyu College. At the end of the session His Holiness expressed the importance of study, practice, and meditation, and gave a speech on the history of the Shedra in the Drikung Kagyu Lineage in Tibet as well as in India and Nepal, and awarded Certificate to the the students who graduated from Kagyu College.
On the 25th His Holiness was received at the main gate of the Jangchubling Monastery. In the second session, His Eminence Nupa Rinpoche gave an extensive explanation of the Long Life Mandala Offering for His Holiness the 37th Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. Thereafter, headed by His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche as the Vajra Master of the Long Life Mandala Offering, all the Tulkus and Rinpoches, Khenpos and Drupons, and various representatives as well as members of many Drikung Kagyu Centers around the world lined up for the Grand Mandala Offering. Her Excellencies, the Senior Dagmo and the youngest Dagmo from Sakya, the representative on Sakya Center from Rajpur, the Father of His Holiness Taklung Shabdung Rinpoche, Mr. T. Ragashar as well as a representative from the Dehradun Welfare Office of the Tibetan Central Administration and representatives from various monasteries of other lineages had come to offer their prayers and wishes to His Holiness. His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche’s mother, Mrs. Yangchen Tsarong and other family members as well as His Holiness Chungtsang Rinpoche’s niece, Ms. N. Lhagyari were also present.
At the conclusion of the Long Life Mandala offering, His Holiness mentioned that a few former students of Jangchubling had expressed the wish to offer a Long Life Prayer for His Holiness and it was from this aspiration that this large gathering came about. He thanked everyone for their participation, prayers and wishes. He had not been very well the past year and he is now feeling good. He was especially happy to see the students of Jangchubling, who left to study in other colleges of different Buddhist lineages, now teaching and working in different parts of the world and returning back to their old school on this occasion. The Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang added that we are all Dharma Brothers and Sisters of the Drikung Kagyu Linage and that our emphasis should be on solidarity, taking care and cooperating with each other, and having good relationship for the better future of the Buddha Dharma in general and the Drikung Kagyu Lineage in particular. He also mentioned that we should also pray for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and teachers of other Buddhist schools and that all their wishes may be fulfilled.
The Office of H.H. the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang