Eight Manifestations of Guru Rinpoche DancesThe First Month of Tibetan calendar is called “Chothrul Dawa,” the month when Lord Buddha has performed miracles. It is considered that all of our deeds positive or negative are multiplied a hundred thousand times, so it is also called “Bumgyur Dawa.”

It is the tradition started by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche at Namdroling Monastery to perform a great accomplishment ceremony called Drubchen during this month making everyone, ordained or lay, involved in the accumulation of meritorious deeds. This ceremony goes on continuously, 24 hours a day, day and night, non-stop, concluding on the evening of the 8th day so that the sangha has completed at least 100 million mantra together with several different accomplishment sadhana.

This year is the 52nd Drubchen Ceremony at Namdroling Monastery. The practices accomplished simultaneously are:

Main Temple (“Golden Temple”)

Thugdrub Yangnying Dupa from the Ratna Lingpa Dharma Treasure

Zangdok Palri Temple

Shitro (100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities)

Phurpa Temple

Phurpa

Shedra Temple

Amitayu Saddhana

Namchö Gongkhang

Namchö Dharma Protector

Nyingthik Gongkhang

Nyingthik Dharma Protector

Smoke Offering Site

Sang (Smoke Incense) Offering

Primary School

Younger monks chant prayers for the Swift Return of His
Holiness Penor Rinpoche.

 

 

Lama Dance Ground

Lay Community chants the mantra of Guru Rinpoche; Teachings
and Dharma Advice by chosen Tulkus and Khenpos for the public

Giant Thankga of Guru Rinpoche

Giant Thankga of Guru Rinpoche

There was the display of Giant Thangka of Guru Rinpoche followed by ritual Lama Dance of Eight Manifestations of Guru Rinpoche on the 10th day (Saturday, the 3rd of March).

On the fourteenth day of the Tibetan calendar, Wednesday, March 7, we have a fire puja in the afternoon.

The final day ceremony commences at 3 AM in the morning the last day of Drubchen, on the miraculous, full-moon day (Thursday, the 8th March). We display the giant Thangka of the Three Longevity Divinities at sunrise followed by performance at about 9-9:30 of the Pure-Vision Ritual Dances of Tertön Guru Chowang during the morning time lasting through lunch.

After lunch there will be a wang (empowerment) for the general public so we can all receive the siddhis and blessings. This is followed by the Lamp offering prayer ceremony (Marme Monlam) and dedication ceremony in the afternoon. At that point, our Drubchen ends.

HE Gyangkhang Rinpoche at the Eight Manifestations Dance

HE Gyangkhang Rinpoche at the Display of the Guru Rinpoche Thangka

Those who cannot physically attend the practices at the monastery can carry through whatever practice they are engaged in at home, reciting the mantras we are accumulating, then visualizing themselves present with us here at the monastery on the final day and carrying through the dedication together with us. That way at least we can make use of the time in a positive way and strengthen our connection to each other.

For more images from these ceremonies, please visit our Flickr Gallery.