Annual Ceremonies

Kagyed Drubchen

Mural image of Terdag LingpaBeginning the 24th day of the first lunar month, this Drubchen is a ten-day ceremony. It is based on the Kagyed De-Sheg Du Pa terma that is one of the treasure teachings discovered by the renowned Terton Nyang Ral Nyima Wozer and later revived by Terdag Lingpa. When Terdag Lingpa was about to pass into Parinirvana, it is said that he asked his disciples and sangha members not to weep but to realize the truth of impermanence. He then instructed them that if they had devotion for him and truly wanted to benefit beings they should do the Kagyed ceremony each year. This, he said, would benefit the Dharma and all sentient beings. In accordance with the instructions of this great Bodhisattva, from that time on, the Kagyed Drubchen has been held every year, and is now being performed at the Mindrolling monastery in India.

Photo: Mural detail showing Terdag Lingpa (B. Spielman)