International Drikung Kagyu Council
Honoured to organise the 800th Commemoration of Lord Jigten Sumong's Maha Parinirvana.
Following the invitation by most Ven. Bumang Rinpoche and his center, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang visited Taipei, Taiwan for a 10 day program. On December 24th, 2014, His Holiness accompanied by most Ven. Rigyal Rinpoche and Drupon Konchok Tenzin, was welcomed at the airport by most Ven. Bumang Rinpoche, most Ven. Singe Rinpoche, most Ven. Namkha Rinpoche, most Ven. Chomphel Rinpoche, most Ven. Rabsang Rinpoche, lamas, teachers, and many center members, followers, and representatives of all the Drikung Kagyu centers in Taiwan who offered auspicious scarfs and flowers as a sign of joy and hearty welcome for His Holiness.
Upon the request by Chendiu on the 26th His Holiness gave teachings on the importance of Bodhichitta and gave the empowerment of Tseringma to the Rinpoches, lamas, and devoted followers from various Buddhist traditions. After the empowerment, Holiness gave advice on how to keep good health and live happily with each other in this modern age when a lot of unhealthy food is available.
His Holiness had lunch with several known actors from Taipei and upon their request, His Holiness gave valuable advice on how to be happy and lead a healthy life in their career being actors and actresses.
On the 27th His Holiness kindly blessed gave the empowerment of Ngaden Torwang which has been passed down to this time as a treasure of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage. His Holiness explained that this is the main practice of all followers of Drikungpa, since it is said: “Cultivate one’s mind of great compassion for all suffering beings, meditate one’s body as the form of Avaloketeshvara, and visualise one’s root guru on top of one’s head, extend the session of meditational practise, and in the end seal it with the dedication. You should understand thus and practice Dharma.” This is the five-fold path of Mahamudra practised by all great masters and enlightened beings of the past, and still now we have this unbroken lineage to practise here. Therefore while we are all fortunate to have this teaching, we should keep on practising it and rejoice over this opportunity.
On the 28th His Holiness lead the practice of the Hundred Million Mani Mantra recitation, and explained the importance of being born as a precious human being and have the chance to recite the Mani Mantra which is the essence of the body, speech, and mind of all buddhas. Holiness further added that it is the easiest and best way which can be practiced by everyone at any time and anywhere, even a child is able to recite it. Yet this teaching includes all teachings of the Buddha. Since we have this wonderful teaching and practice, we should not miss this opportunity and dedicate it to all our beloved sentient beings.
On the 31st, upon the request by the Tibetan Buddhist Research Centre in Taipei, His Holiness visited there and gave advice, emphasizing that we should not only focus on doing research and writing books, but also need to put this into practise. The teachings should not remain only in books, but also should be in our heart and practice.
On the 1st of January 2015, His Holiness had dinner and celebrated the New Year with many disciples and followers of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage in Taiwan. His Holiness said “I am very happy to be here in Taipei, on this special occasion with all of you followers of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage, I wish you all, and all the Drikung Kagyu followers around the world, a Happy New Year 2015, and may the new year bring you all peace, success, and prosperity." There were also some very good performances and interesting speeches that pleased everyone.
On the 3rd and 4th of January His Holiness compassionately blessed the teachings of the Ganges Mahamudra and explained them word by word. Finally the teachings were successfully completed by some questions and answers.
On the 5th of January His Holiness met with the members of the Saravasti Project in Taipai, Taiwan.