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The Great Tse Chu Ceremony

Prepared by: Mindrolling International News Staff
Published on: 15 April 2014

The Tenth Day Ritual Dance or the Great Tse Chu Cham was performed at Mindrolling Monastery on the 10th day of the 2nd lunar month 2143 (9th of April 2014). The performance of this ritual dance was introduced by the founder of Mindrolling Monastery, Chögyal Terdag Lingpa in the 17th century and has been performed in an unbroken lineage since that time.

The great Tse Chu Cham at Mindrolling
The great Tse Chu Cham being performed at Mindrolling

According to tradition, Guru Padmasambhava himself said that though he had left this world, he would appear again on each tenth day of the lunar month. Once a year, traditionally to mark the miraculous day when Guru Padmasambhava manifested as an 8-year-old boy in the middle of a spontaneously arisen lake (The Lotus Lake), the practice or sadhana of Lama Sangdu is accomplished.

Lama Sangdu or The Embodiment of the Guru’s Secret has a direct resemblance to the divine ritual dance performed at Zangdog Palri. The great master Guru Chöwang perceived the dance and the entire sadhana through pure appearance. The dance itself depicts the destruction of all outer, inner and secret obstacles to the path of enlightenment and in particular the Eight Manifestations of Guru Padmasambhava.

Umdzemusicians for the Tse Chu Cham
Tse Chu at Mindrolling

The entire ceremony was attended by many rinpoches and tulkus with visiting dignitaries from local government as well as hundreds of monks, nuns and practitioners from around the world and thousands of people from the local community. Mindrolling Malaysia was also in attendance as many members were on pilgrimage to Mindrolling Monastery in India during the auspicious 10th Day ceremony. The Monastery offered traditional tea and snacks to all the attendees as well as hosting a luncheon and a garden dinner party in the evening for the entire sangha of monks and hundreds of honoured guests.

The Tse Chu Cham  during the invocation of blessings.

The Tse Chu Cham at Mindrolling.

Rinpoches and honored guests of the day

Honoured guests of the day.

Malaysian and other international guests

The Mindrolling Malaysia members attend the Tse Chu at Mindrolling.

Ven. Khenpo Tenzin Samphel speaking to the gathered assembly about the history of the Tse Chu Cham and ceremony.

>Thousands attend the ceremony

Thousands of people from the local community attended the great ceremony of Tse Chu at Mindrolling

Organizers of Mindrolling International Malayasia make the traditional khatag offerings.

Members of Malaysian Sangha offering the traditional
Khatag to the eight manifestations of Padmasambhava.

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