(English) Drigung Phowa

amitabhaThe  year 2013 marks the Tibetan year of the snake, and for the Buddhists  of Himalayan Region it is a particularly an auspicious time. As it was in this year that one of the most renowned religious ceremony in Tibet, known as The Great  Drigung Phowa Chenmo, was held at Drigung Thil in central Tibet for over 700 years as a part of the Snake Year Teachings series. However, this sacred tradition could not be kept during the last few decades due to stringent restrictions imposed by the Chinese Communist regime against any form of major religious gatherings in Tibet. Therefore, it is our great fortune that His Holiness the Drigung Kyabgon Chetsang, the supreme head of the Dagpo Kagyud lineage, has very compassionately accepted our request to conduct and bless us, with the whole gamut of profound Transmissions and empowerment of the

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His Holiness Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche & Phowa Chenmo

The Drikung Kagyu have also become famous throughout Tibet for their transmission and teachings on the transference of consciousness (Phowa), a Buddhist meditation practice aimed at preparing one’s mind for a higher rebirth and ultimately liberation at the time of death. This powerful practice has been transmitted from the time of Lord Jigten Sumgon through the successive line of the Drikung Kagyu lineage holders till today. They are known as the Chetsang and Chungtsang Rinpoches. His Holiness, the current Chetsang Rinpoche and head of the Drikung Kagyu lineage, has mastered the profound tantric practice of Phowa.He is traditionally the only religious figure able to confer the empowerment during the Drikung Phowa Chenmo ceremony, apart from His Holiness Chungtsang Rinpoche, who is currently residing in Tibet and thus unable to confer the teachings for this year. This circumstance makes it an especially precious occasion for Ladakh to be able to host this empowerment and teachings in the auspicious year of the snake  

 

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