The Grand Conclusion of the Kagyu Ngagdzo Empowerments

On Sunday, 24 March 2013, the transmission of the Kagyu Ngagdzo by H.E. Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche was concluded in great style with a tshog offering ritual to Jetsun Milarepa and the Kagyu masters in the morning, thanksgiving offerings by our own Labrang as well as all other participating monasteries, and the traditional long-life empowerment for the participants and general public in the afternoon.

The event was visited by more than 6000 people, including the participants in the three weeks of transmissions, local as well as international students, as well as many local people from all walks of life who had especially come for the final big blessing. Please enjoy some of the pictures, taken as usual by Sherab Wangchuk.

But already we are planning ahead. Reminiscing about years past, Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche told us that already years ago Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche had requested him to give these major empowerments at Benchen Monastery, and how he had always kept these requests in mind. Accordingly we are happy to announce that upon the request of both the Benchen Monastery Committee as well as other monasteries, H.E. Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche has kindly agreed to give the transmission of the Damngag Dzo here at Benchen Monastery. The prospective date set for the commencement of this event is set to 28 September 2014, which corresponds to the 4th day of the eighth Tibetan month of next year.

The Damngag Dzo, like the Kagyu Ngagdzo compiled by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, contains the major teachings of the original Eight Practice Lineages that appeared in Tibet as a result of various Indian transmissions being brought to, translated and propagated there. It is from these that the present day schools evolved as we know them today. This collection is approximately twice as large as the Kagyu Ngagdzo, and its transmission will take around 50 days. We will publish more information as it becomes available. Please check back regularly.

With best wishes and looking forward to seeing you all again soon,

Benchen Monastery Committee

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