By Tenzin Rabga | TSO
CHAUNTRA, India, 25 November 2012
On the 83rd Birthday of Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Rinpoche, representatives of the Central Tibetan Administration and Tibetan people around Bir and Chauntra offered a long-life puja for Rinpoche in Dzongsar Chokyi Lodro Institute in Chauntra on 25 November. On the 23rd and 24th, Rinpoche bestowed Phurba Wang and Guru Wang to all the practitioners.
Kalon (minister) of Department of Religion and Culture Pema Chhinjor and Kalon of Department of Home Gyari Dolma, Central Tibetan Administration, attended the long-life puja with the Head Rinpoches, Representative of Monasteries, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Baijnath, three Settlement Officers, Representative of Schools, and Khenpo, and offered tenshug to the Rinpoche.
TCV Chauntra students performed a short version of a Tibetan opera Drowa Sangmo to celebrate this joyous occasion.
On behalf of Sakya Rinpoche, Dagmo Kusho thanked all Rinpoches, Kalons, Khenpos, monks, students and the public for offering long-life puja. She also stressed to westerners to support Tibetan cause in this critical stage in its history.
Jigdal Dagchen Rinpoche is the founder and Principal Guru of Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhist in Seattle, Washington. He is born to the Phuntsok branch of the Khon lineage in 1929 in southwest
Tibet. The Sakya website is www.sakya.org
From 17 November 2012 to 27 January 2013, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche will bestow the Dam Ngak Dzo (Treasury of Pith Instructions) the first of five treasuries compiled and structured by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye in the 1800s in Dzongsar Institute, Chauntra.
The Dam Ngak Dzo contains the most important teachings of the eight main practicing lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. In order to maintain the vitality of these lineages Jamgon Kongtrul collected the most important of their pith instructions in this Treasury.
These eight teachings are Kadampa teachings, Lamdre (the path with its result) teachings, Marpa Kagyu teachings, Shangpa Kagyu teachings, Shije (pacification) and its branch of Chod teachings, Six Branch Vajrayoga teachings (Jordruk), Three Indestructible Realities, Service and Attainment (Dorje Sumgyi Nyendrub) and other minor teachings, and Dzogchen teachings. Each set of teachings is complete within itself. More on these teachings are available at www.SiddharthasIntent.org
Around 1300 practitioners were gathered with monks, nuns, layman and around 200 foreigners from 20 different countries, who have been attending this initiation in Chauntra.