International Drikung Kagyu Council
Honoured to organise the 800th Commemoration of Lord Jigten Sumong's Maha Parinirvana.
On August 2, 2013, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang visited Drikung Kagyu Sharchukhul Phuntsog Choling Monastery in Jangthang, Ladakh. His Holiness and entourage were received by a warm welcome by the people, monks and nuns of the region.
On August 4, His Holiness blessed the transmission of the Triratna Anusmriti Sutra (The Sutra of Truly Remembering the Sublime Three Jewels, Tib. Konchog Jedren - dkon mchog rjes dran) with the advices for all people who had gathered. Holiness said: “If we wish to have well being of the physical health or peace of mind, it is very important to preserve our environment. We all have to take responsibility for our surrounding, to keep it clean, starting from each individual to the family level, and then from society to town and city, and from there to the country and to the whole planet. As we all know, if our surrounding is not unsoiled, lots of physical diseases arise and also our inner mind will be disturbed. As a result we needlessly have to spend lots of time and money, and at the same time we would not be able to do good deeds. For example, we have a saying ‘Don’t grab with your hand whatever you think, and don’t eat whatever comes in your hand.’ These days on this earth we have a problem of polluting emissions from the industries, and many comestible goods containing all kinds of chemicals, and which also have an expiry date for usage. If we use these after the expiry date they may turn into poison or would not be beneficial for our health. So, we need to be careful. Meanwhile, we can engage in many activities like planting trees at our surroundings and make greeneries for other sentient beings, and moreover erecting green houses for fresh vegetables like potatoes and carrots and so on for the winter seasons which will benefit us and others. These kinds of activities are also known as the cultivation of Bodhisattva practices.”
On August 5, His Holiness visited Sharchukhul School and gave advice to all students about the importance of education. The Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang also related in brief the history on Tibetan Literature, and also pointed out some of the major grammatical mistakes often made in Tibetan language, which he had corrected through logical reason and research.
On August 6, His Holiness visited Traruk Monastery, where he was received with a warm welcome by a traditional procession. Thereafter the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang sat on the throne and had an audience with the people, monks and nuns of the region who made a Mandala Offering to His Holiness. At 11am, His Holiness visited Dratse Monastery, and did a cleansing and blessing ceremony for the temple and extensive prayers. At 2pm together with his entourage he visited Pangong Lake where he enjoyed the natural beauty of the lake and landscape and stayed an overnight there.
On August 7, His Holiness visited the Gonser Bumchen Temple which was built by Chenga Sherab Jungne, the heart disciple of the Kyobpa Jigten Sumgon, and on August 8, he gave Phowa Teachings to all the devotees of the region. At the occasion many amazing signs of Phowa were seen. His Holiness also gave advice to all regarding the importance of Mother Nature and the environment.
On August 9, the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang visited to the old retreat place and newly built retreat house for blessing, and at that place he drew the lines of Mandala on the earth.
On August 10, His Holiness visited Drikung Kagyu Samdrup Choling, where the people of the region performed cultural dances and His Holiness enjoyed himself by taking part in an archery competition.
On August 11, His Holiness and his entourage returned to Leh with a wonderful procession organized by the devotees. On the way, at Dokhul Lamdog Temple, His Holiness directed to typeset the three volumes of Panchavimshati Sahasrika Prajnaparamita Sutra (Perfection of Wisdom Sutra in Twenty-five Thousand Lines) in three languages like Tibetan, Urdu and Lantsa script, and gaven the new name of Nitri to that place.
Report by Konchok Karma