Annual Ceremonies


Ceremonies - 1st 6 Lunar Months
Continued...
Gutor/Shinjey Drekjom. The Great Yamantaka Sadhana.

Mindroing in India has never failed in upholding its tradition of carrying out all Drupchens (Great Accomplishment Ceremonies) just as in Great Mindroing in Tibet. Gutor/Shinjey is one of them. It is always carried out at the supper end of the year and the Idyllic Yamantaka furies Mask (ZOR) will be burned on 29 th of 12 th . It is indeed the annual ritual to help our negative KARMA and all related bad omens burns before the start of New Year (LOSAR).



The present on-going Gutor/Shinjey Sandhana is presided over by His Eminence Tulku Pema Namgyal Rinpoche as (Dorji Lopon) Vajracharya and Tulku Ngawang Jigdrel Kunga, our unsurpassable Chant Master (Umze) and other ven. Tulkus and monks. The seven days long ceremony started its preliminary preparations from 15/02/2017 and the real puja began from 19/02/2017 corresponding to 23rf of 12 th month of Fire Monkey year.




Never think that your small virtuous actions are useless, Many drops of water will make a mighty ocean. Never think your small negative action will not be effective, Even a tiny spark of fire will burn huge mountain.



It would be difficult for individuals to perform such a great Sadhanas but if we offer our mind, body and speech whole-heartedly, there is no doubt that we benefit with the same advantages as it is said that when we rejoice on others good merit with pure heart, we share the same merit.



Not only that, if one participate in such accomplishment physically, financially or by any means, you all are most Well-Come!




10th day of 1st Lunar Month - 7 Days
Vajrasattva Drubchen

The Vajrasattva Drubchen is a seven-day ceremony based on the Minling Dorsem or Mindrolling Vajrasattva ritual. Minling Dorsem is part of the Vajrasattva cycle of teachings discovered by Chögyal Terdag Lingpa. The Drubchen is held every year for seven days beginning on the 10th day of the first lunar month.


This grand ceremony is performed to purify the negativities of all sentient beings, particularly of the deceased. On the 15th day of the first lunar month (the sixth day of the Drubchen), the entire sangha gathers to perform a special ceremony for those who have died within the previous year.





24th day of 1st Lunar Month - 10 Days
Kagyed Drubchen

Beginning 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, now being performed at the Mindrolling monastery in India.



The final day of the ceremony is on the 2nd day of the 2nd lunar month, which is the Parinirvana Day of Terdag Lingpa. There are lama dances in the evenings of each day's ceremony. The drubchen ends in the evening of the 3rd day of the 2nd lunar month with the ritual of Ngödrub Lenchog , the Receiving of Siddhis Ceremony and Marme Monlam (butter lamp ceremony). These are open to the public.




8th Day of 2nd Lunar Month - 3 Days
Tsechu Drubchen

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 Drubchen is held for three days beginning on the 8th day of the 2nd lunar month. The Tsechu Drubchen 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 would bestow 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 Drubchen 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.

15th day of 4th Lunar Month
Saga Dawa Drubchen

This Drubchen held on the 15th day of the 4th lunar month marks the birth, enlightenment and mahaparinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha, one of the most important occasions throughout the Buddhist world. Special prayers, rituals and butter lamp offerings are made during this ceremony.


10th day of 5th Lunar Month
Tel-da Tse Chu

This auspicious ceremony marks the birth of the great Mahaguru Padmasambhava. This Drubchen is performed for three days in accordance with the Lama Sangdu text from the 8th to the 10th day of the 5th lunar month. During the Drubchen, special feast practices are done and the tsog (feast offering) is distributed to the general community.


Ceremonies - Last 6 Lunar Months


15th Day of 6th Lunar Month to 30th Day of the 7th Lunar Month
Yarne, the Summer Retreat

This is the rain retreat for one and a half months from the 15th day of the 6th lunar month to the 30th day of the 7th lunar month. The retreat is held in accordance with the instructions of the Buddha in the Vinaya Sutra directing all monks to observe certain restrictions and engage themselves in meditation and practices for the period. Khenpos and Lonpons gave teachings each day and ‘Sojong’ or confessions are offered by the sangha during this retreat. Many butter lamps are offered and pujas are done during the retreat. On the evening of the 30th, the last day of the retreat, selected monks give teachings and expound the Dharma to the community. The retreat is usually followed by a 3-5 day holiday break for the monks.


27th of Seventh Lunar Month - 3 Days
Drubchen for the Nine Dharmapalas
This Drubchen is held for three days beginning from the 27th of the seventh lunar month. During this ceremony, prayers and various offerings are offered to the nine Dharmapalas and other protectors in order to dispel the obstacles to the Dharma and sangha.


13th day of 9th Lunar Month (1), 17th Day of 9th Lunar Month (5)
Kamei Tsogchen Dupa Drubchen

One of the most sacred Lama Dances, the Kamei Tsa Cham, is performed on the 13th day of the 9th lunar month. It is a full day of ritual dances wherein the dancers depict the pacifying of the land and building the mandala for the ceremony. Thereafter, the main Drubchen is held for five days beginning from the 17th day of the 9th lunar month. This ceremony is held in accordance with the Dupa Do in the Kama or oral tradition from the Lochen Kabum and represents the entire mandala of peaceful and wrathful deities in accordance with the Anuyoga tantra.


6th Day of 10th Lunar Month - 6 Days
Tsimar Kangsol

This special puja is performed for six days from the 6th day of the 10th lunar month. It is held to dispel obstacles to the Dharma and sangha by offering prayers to Tsimar who is one of the main protectors within the Nyingma school.


27th Day of the 10th Lunar Month - 3 Days
Vajrakilaya Tordok

This ceremony is performed from the 27th day of the 10th lunar month for three days in order to dispel the obstacles of all sentient beings. It is done in accordance with the Vajrakilaya ritual of Yang Sang Pudi, which is a terma, discovered by the great treasure master Guru Chöwang and later revived by Terdag Lingpa.



27th Day of 11th Lunar Month - 3 Days
Guru Drakpo Tordok

This ceremony is held for three days from the 27th day of the 11th lunar month as a special ritual to dispel the different obstacles caused by the eight classes of spirits and other adversities such as war, famine and epidemic. It is performed in accordance with the ritual of Minling Gudrak from the Guru Drakpo terma discovered by Chögyal Terdag Lingpa.



23rd Day of 12th Lunar Month to Last Day of the Year
Yamantaka Tordok

This important Drubchen is held from the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month to the last day of the year. It is performed in accordance with the ritual of Yamantaka of the Shinje Dregjom terma discovered by Chögyal Terdag Lingpa in order to dispel all the obstacles for the coming year.



This ceremony is considered a very special ritual for the peace and welfare of all the sentient beings. Witnessing the lama dances performed on the 28th and 29th days during the ceremony is said to avert the obstacles of the coming new year.












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