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24April2018

Silent Mind, Spacious Heart 2018

A GRAND LONG LIFE CEREMONY FOR
HIS HOLINESS THE GYALWANG DRUKPA AND HIS MOTHER
23-25 Feb 2018

This special Grand Long Life Ceremony for His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa and his mother, Mayumla, comes after the sad loss of the beloved father of His Holiness, His Eminence Zhichen Bairo Rinpoche, who passed into Parinirvana this past September. His Eminence Zhichen Bairo Rinpoche was an enlightened being, beloved by all for his kindness, and he was one of the most respected hidden Treasure Revealers of this age. His passing was a sobering reminder of impermanence, and the preciousness of the time we have with our Gurus. This has inspired many around the world to pray from the depths of our hearts, that His Holiness and Mayumla may remain with us as long as possible.

In our tradition, Long Life Ceremonies can help boost our Gurus’ well-being and longevity in this world. Not only is this profound way to express our deep gratitude to our teachers, it is an opportunity for students to purify their mistakes and grow a deeper bond with their Gurus, whose blessings can then strengthen and extend throughout time. When done with devotion and in harmony with other Dharma students and participants, these prayers will fortify Samaya connections, and are even known to prolong one’s own life.

This Grand Long Life Ceremony, on 23-25 February 2018, will coincide with His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa’s birthday, marking a special time for coming together as a community, and expressing our sincere and positive wishes. After this three-day ceremony, there will be a four-day retreat program at Druk Amitabha Mountain, Kathmandu, Nepal.

SILENT MIND, SPACIOUS HEART
A Retreat with His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa
26 Feb-1 Mar 2018

Following the Parinirvana of Zhichen Bairo Rinpoche, His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa’s father, there will not be any birthday celebration for His Holiness in 2018, in its place a spiritual retreat for mind training and development of spacious heart will be organized at Druk Amitabha Mountain in Kathmandu, Nepal. Program details to be furnished in due course.

EVENING PRACTICE OF SENGEY TSEWA

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).

Program will be live webcast at Drukpa Channel.

Registration Deadline: 10th February 2018

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.