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Birthday Celebration 2016


At the request of many students and friends, His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa will be speaking about the modern day issues and problems commonly encountered. While almost everyone looks for a successful and happy life, most do not have a solution nor a glimpse of how this is possible. His Holiness often reminds that "Happiness and success should the path and not the goal. This is achievable if we have selfless wisdom." As the world faces uncertainties, increasing insecurity and diminishing comfort due to environmental issues, terrorism and a decline in moral responsibility, Hs Holiness decides to use his birthday celebration as an opportunity to share his thoughts and to impart the skilful method passed down from Lord Buddha and great masters to attain success and happiness amidst challenges we face today. This 6-day gathering, on the rooftop of the world, together with tens of thousands of spiritual practitioners and like-minded Dharma friends, the answers will unfold gradually.


Prajna Paramita literally means "Perfection of Wisdom", a central concept in Mahayana Buddhism and its practice and understanding are taken to be indispensable elements of the Bodhisattva path. It was expounded by Lord Buddha during the Second Turning of Dharma.

Sengey Tsewa is a particular practice of Prajna Paramita (the practice of Wisdom). Dakini Machig Labdron offered the teaching of Sengey Tsewa (The Revelry with the Lion) to the Great Omniscient Kunkhyen Pema Karpo (the Fourth Gyalwang Drukpa 1527-1592) through his master Awa Dhutipa. Ever since then, it has been the main practice of many historical yogis of Vajrayana Buddhism.

The benefit of the Sengey Tsewa practice can be catagorized into two parts:

  • Through the practice of non-attachment towards one's own body, one will be able to free oneself from sufferings such as diseases, unwanted incidences and accumulate merits to eventually attain the form of Buddha (Rupakaya).
  • Through the practice of non-attachment (Shunyata) towards one's own conceptual thoughts, one will be liberated from the mental distractions and eventually attain the full realization of (Dharmakaya) the complete omniscience (Wisdom of Buddha).
  • The forthcoming program to be held at Naro Photang in Shey, Ladakh, led by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa, will also include explanation and transmission of Chod practice.

    In view of unreliable internet connection in Ladakh, video recording of Birthday Celebration and "Exploring Prajna Paramita & Sengey Tsewa Retreat" will be uploaded after the program on Drukpa Channel. Only the teaching will be shared; the sessions on empowerment and visualization will NOT be uploaded, due to the Tantric nature of the Sengey Tsewa practice.


    17th February 2016

    Birthday celebration of His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa

    18th-22nd February 2016

    Exploring Prajna Paramita and Sengey Tsewa

    Registration Deadline: 15th January 2016

    Preparation Practice

    His Holiness has advised that each registrant should accumulate recitation of 10,000 Vajra Guru Mantra prior to joining the retreat. Recitation of 10,000 Vajra Guru Mantra is a commitment for each registrant. If you can recite more, it would be an encouragement to all the masters leading the teaching retreat. We thank you in advance. Submit your mantra count at the beginning of the teaching retreat. A monk/nun will be going around getting the count from you. We have prepared a mantra counting sheet to assist all registrants in recording the recitation count. Please click the above button to download counting sheet. Below is the recommended sequence of practice for each session of mantra recitation.