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Ngakso Drubchen March 2016

Purification Practice at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery

Please take a few moments before watching or listening to this clip to settle yourself physically in an upright position. Listen to the teachings thinking, "I am extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to listen to the precious Dharma. I am doing this for the benefit of all sentient beings so that they may be free from suffering and attain complete awakening".

On March 24 a 9-day Vajrayāna Ngakso Drubchen, concluded at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Boudhanath. This is an important annual event on the monastery calendar. Please enjoy these photos from the Drubchen–and rejoice in this auspicious activity!


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The Ngakso Drubchen sādhanā was composed by the great terton, Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa (1829-1870), drawing from his own treasure revelations as well as many other tantric scriptures​. It unfolds the vast display of Guru Rinpoche.  This display includes Guru Rinpoche and his 12 Manifestations. In addition it reveals Avalokiteśvara, Amitabha, and the 100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities.

During this practice we mend and purify broken commitments,​ or samaya. It is extremely important that this is done regularly to ensure harmony in a sangha​ and to enhance one’s own practice​. Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, the great-grandson of Chokgyur Lingpa, was one of the chief lineage-holders of the Chokling Tersar. He emphasized the benefit of performing th​e​ Ngakso pūjā. Under his guidance, the practice became an annual event at the monastery.

The colorful and rich sādhanā reveals and celebrates each participant’s own innate Buddha nature. The practice comprises poetic descriptions,  images, music, chanting, and reflection. Many local residents make a point to visit the monastery during the practice. It is considered beneficial to attend, even for a brief period, in order to soak up this sacred atmosphere.

The morning sessions describe the unfolding of this awe-inspiring reality. In the afternoon sessions, we engage in profound, heartfelt confession and tantric purification practices. The practice also includes empowerments and gathering offerings (tsok).

At the monastery, practice continues 24-hours a day. Two night shifts of monks keep the mantra chain recitation unbroken. All the monks, even the youngest, recite mantras in shifts. Large crowds of lay practitioners also joyfully participate.

On the final day of the drubchen, the entire courtyard of the monastery is filled with practitioners. They arrive in the early hours of the morning to receive the blessings and purified substances that have been specially consecrated with the full energy of the group practice.

At the end of the teaching, please remember to dedicate the merit of receiving a Dharma teaching. As you go through your day, take a few moments from time to time to recall these instructions.

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March 24, 2016

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