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Annual Great Tsechu Cham Performed at the Mindrolling Monastery

Written by: Mindrolling International News Staff
Published on: 3 April 2010

On the 25th of March, the Mindrolling sangha, representatives of various schools and monasteries as well as many other dignitaries joined a large public audience in the viewing of the sacred ritual dances on the auspicious occasion of this year's Tsechu Chenmo. These beautiful and very sacred dances have been performed at Mindrolling every year since the time of Terdag Lingpa. In Tibet, they were traditionally performed on the tenth day of the fifth lunar month in honor of Guru Padmasambhava. It is now observed on the tenth day of the second lunar month since the extreme heat of Indian summers does not allow the dancers to perform in full costume in the fifth month. Even though temperatures at Mindrolling Monastery around this time of the year are usually already very high, this year’s Tsechu was blessed with a cool breeze, which allowed for a particularly joyful celebration.  The entire sangha felt blessed by the profound ritual ceremony and dances and rejoiced that this sacred ceremony continues to be performed in an unbroken lineage up to the current generation.

View of the sacred ritual dances

Photo Credit: ©2010 Lama Riga

View of the sacred ritual dances

Photo Credit: ©2010 Lama Riga

View of the sacred ritual dances

Photo Credit: ©2010 Lama Riga