International Drikung Kagyu Council
Honoured to organise the 800th Commemoration of Lord Jigten Sumong's Maha Parinirvana.
On May 21, 2013, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang, accompanied by two officials from Tibet, began a three days visit of Kathmandu, Nepal. The news just came a day before his arrival.
The Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang was given a warm welcome reception at the airport by the representatives of Drikung Kagyu Institute, Dehradun, India, and Wogmin Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery, Rewalsar, India, and by Drikung Kagyu followers in Nepal.
Right after his arrival, His Holiness went directly to Opak Kyilkhor Chöling Retreat Center. There, a traditional ceremonial procession took place, and H.E. Ayang Rinpoche made the Mandala Offering in the presence of all the representatives. During his visit, His Holiness was hosted at Kyilkhor Chöling Retreat Center. Although Ladhak is quite far, the representatives of the monasteries Phyang, Lamayuru, and Sharchukhul could pay a visit to the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang in Nepal before his departure.
On May 22, His Holiness visited the stupas of Boudhanath and Swayambhunath and on May 23, the Drikung Chungtsang inaugurated Opak Kyilkhor Chöling Retreat Center. After the traditional ceremony, His Holiness consecrated the newly built temple and at the same time performed the enthronement of H.E. Palchen Galo Rinpoche.
On May 24 at 6:00 am, His Holiness left for Rinchen Palri Monastery. There, Drupon Sonam Jorphel Rinpoche lead all the followers at the mandala offering. After breakfast, the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang gave a teaching and transmission of the root text of the Essence of the Mahayana Teachings (Theg chen bstan pa'i snying po). He also made a tour of Rinchen Palri Monastery and blessed all the temples and the school.
At 10 am, His Holiness left for Rinchenling Monastery at Nayapati. H.E. Nupa Rinpoche led all the followers to make a mandala offering and a short long life prayer for His Holiness. At that time, the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang said that he would like to offer this long life prayers to H.H. the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and he passed the mandala onto the Drikung Chetsang’s throne next to his. At that moment, many cried tears of joy, saying how wonderful it was that both our holiness’ are so close to each other.
After lunch, His Holiness blessed all the monks and nuns, and gave this message to all the Drikung Kagyu followers: "Study and practice Buddhism well, work together harmoniously, and contribute to Buddhism in general and to the Drikung Kagyu Lineage in particular."