This year of the Monkey is extremely auspicious because it is the year in which Guru Rinpoche manifested on this earth. Because this is such a special year, Phakchok Rinpoche will be doing four nine-day Great Accomplishment Practices, called “Drubchens” at sacred places associated with Guru Rinpoche – Bodhgaya, Tashi Ding, Bumthang and Boudhanath.
Drubchen (Great Accomplishment) is a gathering of experienced male and female practitioners, in a sacred place at an auspicious time, practicing in an auspicious mandala, led by a genuine vajra master. By practicing in this way, the result is extremely auspicious. The auspicious conditions occurring simultaneously brings about supreme accomplishment and realization – that is why such a gathering is called the Great Accomplishment.
Sangye Lingpa in Lama Gongdu taught that if one practices undistractedly in this way for seven days, the result of this practice no different than staying in retreat for seven years. Why is that? It is because of the gathering of the Five Perfections:
The Perfect Place:
Bodhgaya – where all the one thousand Buddhas has or will attain enlightenment and also where Guru Rinpoche practiced for over a century.
Bumthang – where Guru Rinpoche left his body print, and also a sacred place mentioned many times in Guru Rinpoche’s life story.
Tashi Ding – a sacred place that is inseparable from Zangdok Palri, the pure realm of Guru Rinpoche where his twenty-five main disciples also abide.
Boudha – where Guru Rinpoche in his previous life made the aspiration to remove all obstacles of the Buddhadharma.
Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche will be present throughout the drubchens. We will be inviting Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Kyabje Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche, Kyabje Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and Kyabje Neten Chokling Rinpoche to preside over the ceremonies as their schedule permits.
The Perfect Retinue
We will be accompanied by around seventy of the senior monks and nuns of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery and Nagi Gompa Nunnery, all which have completed practice in retreat.
The Perfect Teaching
We will be practicing two of Guru Rinpoche’s Heart Practices – Tukdrub Barche Kunsel (Dispeller of All Obstacles) and Tukdrub Yishin Norbu (Wish-Fulfilling Jewel). Guru Rinpoche taught that these two practices are related like mother and child. This is because when all obstacles are removed through the practice of Barche Kunsel, the common and supreme siddhis (which is like a wish-fulfilling jewel) will be attained through the practice of Yishin Norbu.
Guru Rinpoche taught that amongst all of His one million Heart Practices, the supreme is Tukdrub Barche Kunsel. There are a few versions of Tukdrub Barche Kunsel – one that was requested by King Trisong Deutsen, another requested by Yeshe Tsogyal and one requested by Prince Yeshe Rolpa Tsal. The largest collection is the version that was requested by Prince Yeshe Rolpa Tsal. Moreover, this practice cycle is considered especially auspicious as Chokgyur Lingpa revealed this treasure teaching without any obstacles, kept it secret for seven to eight years and practiced it himself over three years manifesting all the signs of accomplishment. It is said that this practice is like a royal treasury, [able to fulfill all needs].
The Perfect Time
All four Drubchens will take place in the Monkey Year when Guru Rinpoche manifested on this earth. They will take place over two months which are believed to be Guru Rinpoche’s months. We have specially arranged that the day for receiving the blessings (last day of the Drubchen) falls either on Guru Rinpoche Day or Dakini Day.
In addition, we will be bringing special relics to be placed within the mandala :
Guru kutsab – This Guru Rinpoche statue which is made by Vairotsana, the Great Translator, and one of the main disciples of Guru Rinpoche. It belonged to Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. Meeting this statue is said to be equivalent in blessing to meeting Guru Rinpoche himself.
Phurba (Ritual dagger) belonging to Nyangrang Nyima Oser
A vajra blessed by Guru Rinpoche himself
Rare right-turning conch shell
Relics of Buddha Shakyamuni and many great masters
Sheldam Nyingjang (The Heart Oral Instructions) in gold print. It is taught that wherever this extremely sacred text resides, dakinis will gather, rain of wisdom will fall, and the place is inseparable from Zangdok Palri (pure realm of Guru Rinpoche)
About Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche
Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche was born in 1981 and is a lineage holder of the Chokling New Treasures lineage of the Nyingma tradition and one of the throne-holders of the Riwoche Taklung Kagyu lineage. Phakchok Rinpoche’s primary root gurus are his grandfather, the late Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, and late Kyabje Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche. Rinpoche is from a family lineage of awareness-holders who for centuries have held an unbroken lineage of the Nyingma and Kagyu teaching.
Phakchok Rinpoche completed a traditional education from the Dzongsar Shedra (monastic university) in India, earning a Khenpo degree. He received the complete Chokling New Treasures lineage from his grandfather Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and his father Kyabje Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche and theGreat Perfection hearing lineage from Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche.
Phakchok Rinpoche said to us:
Some of you may ask why I am doing this? It is out of faith and love for Guru Rinpoche, the wish to accumulate merit for all sentient beings, and to bring about auspicious conditions to improve our practice. As we have seen, life is impermanent and we do not know whether we will see another Monkey Year again.
For those interested to contribute funds to these drubchens, Phakchok Rinpoche left this message:
Give whatever you wish out of sincere motivation to benefit all beings. These donations are not for my sake, but rather remember that it is for your own sake .
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