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23March2019

General Announcements

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HH on Drukpa Centers overtaken-by-KarmaKagyu

On the Forced Conversion of Drukpa Monasteries in Kailash Region

Dr. Geseko von Lüpke speaks with His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa on the forced conversion of Drukpa Monasteries in Kailash Region, on 12th September 2014, in Germany.

For the Gyalwang Drukpa's official statement, visit http://goo.gl/bqiGiF

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Congratulations to Khenpo Jampa Yonten & Khenpo Ngawang Zangpo

It is with great joy and pleasure to receive news from Khampagar Monastery in Tashi Jong, Himachal Pradesh that two learned teachers, Gen Jampa Yonten and Gen Ngawang Zangpo, have been conferred the title of "Khenpo", on Lhabab Duechen (the auspicious anniversary of Lord Buddha's returning from Trayastrima heaven after spending 3 months teaching his mother, Queen Mayadevi, and the beings in the gods' realm. This was held during a convocation ceremony of the monastic institute (Shedra) of Khampagar Monastery.

The event started with the Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche's short teaching on the Drukpa Lineage and the importance of studying Buddhadharma, followed by a brief discourse by Kalon Ven. Tsering Phuntsok about how to practice Buddhism in today's world and the noble characteristics of a monk.

Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche Shedrub Nyima, Kyabje Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche Chokyi Sengye, Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche, Kyabje Drubwang Tsoknyi Rinpoche and many other revered masters of the Drukpa Lineage were present at this congregation of 500 monks and lay devotees.

From the bottom of our hearts, all of us who are followers and devotees of the Drukpa Lineage wish to congratulate Khenpo Jampa Yonten and Khenpo Ngawang Zangpo. We look forward to learning from you!

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The Gyalwang Drukpa's Statement on Forceful Conversion of Drukpa Monasteries


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10th September 2014

Over the last few days I have been receiving disturbing information from Tibet regarding the forced conversion of Drukpa Lineage monasteries in the Mount Kailash region by the Karma Kagyu Lineage. My followers in Tibet tell me that nearly all of the historic Drukpa Lineage monasteries in Mount Kailash region are being forcibly occupied by the Karma Kagyu Lineage, using money, coercion and certain Chinese support. Monks of the Drukpa Lineage looking after the monasteries, are suddenly exiled from their spiritual homes by the Karma Kagyu monks.

Read more: The Gyalwang Drukpa's Statement on Forceful Conversion of Drukpa Monasteries

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Kyabje Takna Rinpoche has just left us

It is with great sadness that we announce the departure of Kyabje Takna Rinpoche, who has been one of the most precious support of the Drukpa Lineage in Ladakh and the Ladakhi people. He was the main abbot of Takna (or Stakna) Gompa and several other monasteries in Zanskar and he has been guiding many beings on their spiritual path to enlightenment and liberation. For those of who did not have the fortune to make a connection with him, we hope to do so when he returns.

Kyabje Takna Rinpoche has not been well due to old age and therefore was not able to join us in the First ADC, however he sent his close attendant to represent him. Although he has temporarily left us, we are sure that he will return soon to continue to guide all beings.

For this reason, we take this opportunity to encourage everyone who has the time and resources to make an effort to join us in the next Annual Drukpa Council, where many of our precious masters will meet and share their wisdom and love and where many of our brothers and sisters will come together to support each other.

RESPECT & APPRECIATE WITH LOVE & UNDERSTANDING, the theme of the 2nd ADC, is truly appropriate for this epoch of confusion and fear. While we have lost a very precious master in our lineage, we still have the opportunity to meet many of them who are around. Before our own impermanence prevails, let us value all the opportunities to meet precious masters, receive their teachings and practice together, in benefit of ourselves and others.

May all the activities and blessings of the Great Ones pervade beyond space and time, and may we, the beings of ignorance, never be forgotten by these Great Ones, until we become enlightened.

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Public display of Relics at Hemis Monastery for Blessing

On 30th October 2012, two very precious relics - a dancing Kila (Phurpa) of Hemis Monastery and a statue of Vajrasattva with an image of Guru Padmasambhava in its heart - from Korzok Monastery will be displayed to the public for blessing.

For more details, please contact respective committees of 4th ADC at Hemis Monastery, Ladakh.

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The Importance of the ADC

By Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

Recently I was elected to be deputy chairperson of the 2nd ADC, so I would like to say a few words about this event, and why it is important in these times. The following is just my own opinion and may not reflect the views of the Rinpoches concerned.

Historically the Drukpa Lineage was originally established in Tibet and also in many of the Himalayan border regions such as Bhutan, Ladakh, Lahaul and Kinnaur. In the past, most monasteries had been guided by their own incarnate Lamas rather than a central body.

The Dharma faces the challenge of modernisation and a generation of young people brought up on cable TV and computer internet. In addition there is the constant incursion of influences from other religions. The simple unquestioning faith in the power of the Dharma and the omniscient Lamas is now a thing of distant memory.

All schools of Buddhism are therefore facing the same basic problems: how to continue to maintain their traditions and at the same time make their teachings relevant for modern times. Within the Palden Drukpa lineage these same questions exist. In addition, since this is a tradition of practitioners and yogins, it is a lineage that historically was pervaded by a spirit of independence and non-conformity. The Drukpa Lineage Lamas and monasteries have not been inclined to see themselves as part of an overriding organisation to which they must give loyalty.

This attitude is both a strength and a weakness. There is an air of freedom and self-determination pervading the lineage. But the weakness has been a lack of unanimity or sense of common aims. As a result the Drukpa Lineage - although so important historically and still so widespread - is hardly known outside of the Himalayan regions.

Therefore it seems to me that His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa has determined to foster a feeling of common identity and purpose among the various Drukpa Lamas under the premise that united we stand, divided we fall. In order to accomplish His vision the Annual Drukpa Council was convened to bring together the various Drukpa Lineage lamas and practitioners so that they can discuss their shared aims and experience a sense of team spirit. Many participants had not met before and others had not seen each other for a long time, yet there was a feeling of mutual recognition in our common challenges and aspirations. Whatever be our individual projects and problems, we all belong to the Dongyud Pelden Drukpa lineage.

These annual meetings can give an opportunity for personal projects to be shared and a common strategy reached. In addition it is the time for many lay followers of this tradition coming from the various Himalayan regions and from abroad to gather together and listen to Dharma teachings delivered by the many eminent Lamas of the lineage and thereby share together a sense of belonging to the same tradition regardless of our various backgrounds. This reinforces a sense of solidarity and I have great hopes that these annual meetings will achieve His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa's vision for the future unity of this glorious tradition.

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Khenpo Shedrub Tenzin offered longevity prayers in Saga Dawa

Khenpo Shedrub Tenzin informed that on the 23rd May, a very auspicious day, his monastery at Swayambhunath Stupa offered longevity prayers to His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa, all the Drukpa masters and all the enlightened masters as well as all other sentient beings. Khenpo will continue to update us about the lineage's activities in Nepal. Meanwhile, here are the photos that he had sent us.

Please feel free to contact Khenpo Shedrub Tenzin at the following address and telephone number:

Shree Gautam Buddha Vihara (a Drukpa monastery)
Post box no.2703, Kathmandu, Nepal
Contact no.+9771-4278588

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"The Dragon Yogis" to be launched at ADC

The Dragon Yogis, a collection of selected biographies and teachings of the Drukpa Lineage Masters, will be launched at the First ADC.

The Drukpa or Dragon Lineage has a very long list of enlightened yogis and adepts credited to its name. Many of these enlightened masters left legacies and legendary tales that are still well-known in the far-flung Himalayas where people are naturally closer to their innate nature, yet they remain unknown to most parts of the contemporary world. Although fractions of their life experiences, spiritual songs of enlightenment and teachings from their hearts are quoted in many sacred texts of different schools of Tibetan Buddhism and translated into different languages, very few have made reference to the root of the lineage. The Dragon Yogis is probably one of the first compilations of the abridged history of the Drukpa Lineage, with selected biographies and teachings of the past and present masters of this Yogi Lineage of practice and realization.

Registrants and participatns of the First ADC will have the privilege of being the first to own this collection... and if you may be fortunate to get the books autographed by the attending Drukpa masters. For those unable to attend the First ADC, please visit Drukpa Publications' website to reserve your copy.

The book The Dragon Yogis is definitely a precious compilation of selected biographies and teachings of the enlightened masters of the Drukpa Lineage from its founder, the First Gyalwang Drukpa Tsangpa Gyare Yeshe Dorje to its contemporary masters of today. This is definitely going to be the first of many series of teachings and biographies to be published over the years. Here are excerpts of the forewords and preface included in the book:

“The lineage of the Drukpa, since the auspicious moment its founder witnessed nine dragons flying up into the sky amidst positive omens, has been practiced by many serious practitioners, who attained enlightenment within one lifetime. They left behind physical and spiritual legacies that we are still able to see and read as moral encouragement on the very lonely path of spirituality, in a time that modernization and materialism have seemingly become the driving motivation behind every external development in our society.” – Foreword by His Holiness the present Gyalwang Drukpa

“This collection of biographies and teachings of the masters of the glorious Drukpa Lineage is complete in its content and subject. I rejoice in the effort made to bring forth this book and pray that it be of great benefit to Dharma practitioners in general and followers of the Drukpa Lineage in particular.” - Foreword by His Holiness the 70th Je Khenpo

“This book briefly introduces the history of the Drukpa Lineage and biographies of some of the great Drukpa masters and shares the spiritual treasures of the lineage with excerpts from their teachings…. It is our hope that this book will serve as the key to unlocking the door of the vast spiritual treasure trove of the Drukpa Lineage and ultimately lead all sentient beings to complete enlightenment.” – Preface by Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche Jigme Pema Nyinjadh

And an introduction by Professor John A. Ardussi, a historian in Tibetan Studies based in the United States of America.

Contents of The Dragon Yogis are as follows:

  • Foreword by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa
  • Foreword by His Holiness the Je Khenpo Trulku Jigme Chhoeda
  • Preface by Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche Jigme Pema Nyinjadh
  • Introduction by Professor John A. Ardussi
  • Origin of the Lineage & Dragon Yogis of the Past
    • The Source of the Lineage
    • The Origin of the Name Drukpa
    • Founder of the Lineage
    • The Three Victorious Ones (Gyalwa Namsum)
    • The Three Divine Madmen
    • The Omniscient Fourth Gyalwang Drukpa
    • Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal
    • Drubwang Shakya Shri
  • Dragon Masters & Their Teachings
    • The First Gyalwang Drukpa Tsangpa Gyare Yeshe Dorje (Biography)
      • Heart Advice from A Yogi
      • A Short Instruction (Teaching by the Fourth Gyalwang Drukpa Kunkhyen Pema Karpo)
    • His Holiness the 68th Je Khenpo Gedun Rinchen (Biography)
      • Advice from the Heart (Teaching by His Holiness the 68th Je Khenpo)
    • His Holiness the Present Gyalwang Drukpa (Biography)
      • What Does It Mean to be A Buddhist?
      • Karma, Reincarnation & Refuge
      • Bodhicitta & Attachment
    • The 9th Kyabje Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche Chokyi Sengye (Biography)
      • Developing Bodhicitta (Teaching)
      • About Gurus
    • The 9th Kyabje Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche Ngawang Tenzin Chokyi Gyatso (Biography)
      • The Three Jewels
      • An Overview of the 37 Bodhisattva Practices
    • The 9th Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche Shedrub Nyima
      • The Nectar of Dharma
    • The 9th Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche Jigme Pema Nyinjadh
      • Reflections on the Path of Dharma
      • Philosophy of Buddhism in Daily Life
    • The 8th Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche
      • The Lineage of Tibetan Buddhist Tradition
    • The 9th Kyabje Zigar Choktrul Rinpoche
      • Karma & Bodhicitta
    • The 8th Kyabje Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche
      • How to Generate Compassion
    • The 8th Kyabje Drugu Choegyal Rinpoche
      • On Buddhism & Samaya
    • The 3rd Kyabje Drubwang Tsoknyi Rinpoche
      • Motivation & Authenticity
    • Khandro Thrinlay Chodon
      • Short Messages from the Heart
    • Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo
      • Basic Sanity in Buddhism
      • Discovering Our True Buddha Nature
  • Supplementary Readings
    • Ralung
    • Druk Sangag Choeling
    • Circling Kailash & Manasarovar
    • The Six Ornaments of Naropa
  • Acknowledgements
  • Glossary

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Welcome Back, Rinpoches

The last few years had seen two of the great yogis of our lineage leaving us. This year, the identity of one of them has just been confirmed and authenticated and the other one will be enthroned on 10th April 2010, during the 2nd ADC.

Welcome back, Kyabje Adeu Rinpoche (left) and Kyabje Sengdrak Rinpoche (right).

Kyabje Adeu Rinpoche

The previous Kyabje Adeu Rinpoche passed away in July 2007, due to deteriorating health and has returned as the youngest son of his own beloved nephew, Kyabje Satrul Rinpoche. His mother is a daughter of a revered reincarnate spiritual master from the Sakya tradition. A student of the late Kyabje Adeu Rinpoche has given us an interesting account of the child's birth.

We were told that at around the time of his birth, the government hospital in Yushu (Tib. Jyeku) was mysteriously on fire, everyone had to be evacuated from the hospital, except the mother in labor, the father (Kyabje Satrul Rinpoche) and the doctor. A young girl came into the chaotic labor room to offer flower to the new-born, saying "I am giving this flower to my brother." But no one could find the girl afterwards, she had mysteriously disappeared. The water in the offering bowl of the previous Kyabje Adeu Rinpoche's private room turned into milk. There were many other interesting accounts of the child's birth that we are not able to share with you until permission has been obtained.

The child was extremely close to his father, Kyabje Satrul Rinpoche and did not want anyone to carry him except his father. Kyabje Satrul Rinpoche was very close and dear to his uncle, the late Kyabje Adeu Rinpoche and he held the complete teaching the Drukpa Lineage passed down from his uncle.

The late Kyabje Adeu Rinpoche had left a prediction letter about his own birth before he passed away. But this carefully sealed letter could only be opened in the joint presence of the monastery's manager, Kyabje Satrul Rinpoche and Kyabje Drubwang Tsoknyi Rinpoche. This karmic condition ripened on 6th March 2010, and in the 4-page long letter, Kyabje Adeu Rinpoche told every detail about his own rebirth. All the monks and nuns and every devotee who were present at the time when the letter was read cried with joy. The baby boy was taken to his predecessor's private residence to receive well-wishes from everyone. We were told that he behaved like an adult, although he was only less than 2 years old, and he blessed people with his feet. Whoever came to him trying to move him from his throne, he refused to go and instead blessed them with his small hands.

We are presently waiting for the video and photo footages of this very special occasion. Once we receive them, we will share them with the readers.

Kyabje Sengdrak Rinpoche

The previous Kyabje Sengdrak Rinpoche passed away in the spring of 2005, due to bad health. Not long after, he returned as the child of the granddaughter of one of his most generous benefactors. When he was about to pass away at the hospital, he put the hand of His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa on his crown and requested His Holiness to take care of him. Incidentally, his future grandfather also happened to be at the same hospital together with his future parents for medical reasons.

Not long after the child's birth, His Holiness requested students of the previous Kyabje Sengdrak Rinpoche to search for a child with specific characteristics, and this child was brought to His Holiness. We were told that he dragged his grandfather to the private sitting room of His Holiness, without having anyone tell him where His Holiness was, and it was the child's first time visiting His Holiness's private residence. It was mysterious how he knew the exact location of His Holiness's private sitting room.

We were told many other amazing details about the present Kyabje Sengdrak Rinpoche, however would like to verify them prior to sharing with the public. Meanwhile we would like to thank Ngawang Sodpa for sharing the following precious photos of the present Kyabje Sengdrak Rinpoche, who will be officially enthroned on 10th April 2010, during the 2nd ADC.

Here is a short clip showing Kyabje Sengdrak Rinpoche playing harmonica with Kunga, taken recently at Druk Amitabha Mountain:

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Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuck on the First ADC

Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuck, coordinator of ADC in Bhutan and a member of Royal Family of Bhutan, talks about ADC: