The Snake Year teachings started at 9:30 am on June 19 at the Teaching Ground below Lamayuru Monastery. His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang began his teachings with a clear and precise account of the life story of Buddha Shakyamuni.
In the afternoon His Holiness gave the Marpa-tradition empowerment of Ushnishavijaya (one of the three deities of long life).
During the morning sessions of June 20 to 22, His Holiness gave extensive teachings on the first sermon of the Buddha at Isipatana (modern Sarnath) on the Four Noble Truth (the truth of suffering, the truth of the cause of suffering, the truth of cessation of suffering, and the truth of path leading to the cessation of suffering).
In the afternoons, H. E. Togden Rinpoche gave the great empowerment of Avalokiteshvara in the Songtsen Gampo tradition for two days, and on third afternoon, H. E. gave teachings on the Bardo (intermediate state).
On June 23, before the morning session started, His Holiness blessed the enthronement for one Khenpo and one Drupon of Lamayuru Monastery. H. E. Togden Rinpoche introduced them and His Holiness offered certificates and khataks to Dr. Konchok Rigzin as Khenpo and Drupon Dawa Norbu.
Thereafter the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang gave Mahayana teachings on loving kindness, compassion, and bodhicitta. His Holiness explained everything in a very simple way so that all the people could understand. Ven. Khenpo Tamphel translated his teachings into English and most Ven. Rigyal Rinpoche into Ladakhi, while there was also a translation for a group of Vietnamese participants.
After lunch the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang gave the transmission of the Drikung Phowa Chenmo, the Great Transference of Consciousness. On that day more than ten thousand people gathered for the Drikung Phowa Chenmo. Some senior officials were also present, such as a former member of the Ladakhi Parliament, the former Hill Councillor, and the former Indian Ambassador to Nepal.
On June 24, the last day of the teachings, all the monks and nuns gathered and prepared for the long life prayers early morning. At 8:00 am His Holiness prostrated three times to the throne and sat on the throne. At the beginning of the long life prayers, a ransom effigy ritual was performed in which figurines of both the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang and the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang were sent off in order to pacify obstacle of both Holiness’. The vajra master Ven. Yeshe Jamyang and senior monks of Lamayuru Monastery led the Tenshug (long life prayer offerings).
There were long lines of representatives of the Ladakh Buddhist Association and Gonpa Association, other representatives of Drikung Kagyu Monasteries and villages, and many other participants gathered and offered a Long Life Mandala.
In the afternoon, the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang gave the long life empowerment of Drubgyalma, which Rechungpa Dorje Dragpa brought from India and presented to Milarepa. In the beginning, the middle and the end of the Snake Year Teachings, there were traditional and cultural performance from different regions of the upper and lower parts of Ladakh, and also army musicians performed contemporary music.
There were eight kitchens for breakfast, lunch and dinner for all the public participants at the teachings and two kitchens for the monks and nuns prepared by Lamayuru Monastery. His Holiness expressed his happiness that the Great Drikung Kagyu Snake Year Teachings were successfully completed for the first time in Lamayuru, Ladakh. Holiness gave advice in Ladakhki language and offered Kathaks and thanks to all the organizers. It was because of their good cooperation and hard work, that all the people were happy.