Annual Ceremonies

Tsechu Drubchö

Since the heat in India makes it impossible for the dances in this ceremony to be performed in the 5th lunar month as they were in Tibet, this Drubchö is held for three days beginning on the 8th day of the 2nd lunar month. The Tsechu Drubchö marks the birth of Guru Padmasambhava and is done in accordance with the Terma, Lama Sangdu, which was discovered by the great treasure master Guru Chöwang and later revived by Terdag Lingpa.

On the 10th day of the 2nd lunar month, a full day’s Lama Dance is performed in accordance with the ritual of Lama Sangdu. These Lama Dances are renowned for their blessings and are the foremost examples of the Lama Dances of Tibet in their original form. Many people come from all over to receive the blessings of this great ritual. On the next day, His Holiness Mindrolling Trichen bestows a long life empowerment to the public in order to dispel the obstacles and difficulties in the coming year. This tradition has been observed down to the present day since the Tsechu Drubchö was first performed in Mindrolling. It has been an opportunity both for everyone to receive the blessings of the Mindrolling Trichen and for the coming together of the monastic and lay sangha.