His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Thinle Lhundup, the 37th throne holder of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage and 7th reincarnation of the Chetsang Rinpoche.
His Holiness is a manifestation of Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara).
Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, Konchog Tenzin Kunsang Thrinle Lhundrup, was born in 1946 into the aristocratic family of Tsarong in Lhasa. Many prodigious signs and visions accompanied his birth.
Garchen Rinpoche is considered one of the most important masters of the Drikung Kagyu tradition.
His lineage of incarnations can be traced back to Gardampa Chodingpa, a heart-disciple of Kyobpa Jigten Sumgon, the founder of the Drikung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.
In 1997 Rinpoche first visited the West and founded many Drikung Garchen centers in the USA and in Europe. He travels tirelessly to the various centers and monasteries in Asia, America, and Europe.
In his vision to transfer the three Holy Mountains of Tibet to the western world, H.H. Drikung Kyabgon Thinley Lhundup connected the Milarepa Retreat Center to the Holy Mount Kailash. H.E.Garchen Rinpoche announced that the practice of Mahamudra should become here a main target and should be tought and practiced continously. During the inauguration in 2012, he gave to the center the auspicious Tibetan name Drikung Kagyu Gangri Chagchen Dargye Ling – Kailash, the place where Mahamudra shall flourish.
Since the inauguration of the center in 2012 a regular program of teachings, retreats and drubchens is being offered for the practice of Mahamudra, led by high Tibetan masters and also by western teachers. There is also a seperate, protected area where disciples have the opportunity to withdraw for a longer period, for long-term retreat, and to study and practice in a traditionel Three-Years-Retreat intensively the key-points of the tantric path, to carry out the practice of the five-fold path of Mahamudra along with the profound path of the six Dharmas of Naropa.
The corona virus spread worldwide. Such a sickness is the result of having collectively accumulated a lot of karma from hatred and jealousy as humanity.
Everyone should pray to a deity. There are many different deities and we are told, "Pray to this deity" or "Pray to that deity." Actually, there is no difference between the gods. You should supplicate the deity you have faith in and believe in.
"All Buddhas are one in the vastness of primordial wisdom." You should pray to the deity that you personally trust and believe in. Apply the balm of the Gianagma prayer wheel to the nose, especially in the morning and evening. He will surely protect you. Besides, wearing the bracelets will also be useful. So mainly use the balm and take more blessing pills. Four students can pray for the sick and practice together, or you can practice online, or by yourself at home. Visualize the Buddha you are practicing in the space in front of you and imagine the rays of light [emanating from this Buddha] permeating the whole world. In this way, practice divinity while meditating on immeasurable love.
→ Text "Short Green Tara Practice"
His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, Thinle Lhundrup
has invited the Mahayana Bhikshuni Sangha to return to Shravasti, India in the summer of 2023 for the first time in 2000 years. The ancient monastic ceremony of Varsa will bring together Mahayana Bhikshunis in the Dharmaguptaka and Tibetan Himalayan lineages to live harmoniously as they learn from each other and will vitalize the power of Dharma for the good of future monastics and laity. It is a rare opportunity for nuns to share knowledge and experiences from their path in the Dharma.
The Vajra Dakini-Nunnery
is organizing the retreat and our preparations are in full force as the time draws near. Above, Khenmo meets with faculty: Ven. Chang Zhai, Ven Guo Goang Fashi (who along with Ven. Thubten Chodron will be the senior abbesses) and Ven. Changwa at the Dharma Drum
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In general, in the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism as compared to other lineages, there is a stronger emphasis on meditation practice. It is therefore considered and called a practice lineage. The Drikung Kagyu Lineage in particular focuses strongly on practice. At the main Drikung Kagyu Seat of Drikung Densa Thil in Tibet, since its founding in 1179, there was and still exists a retreat center divided in a western and an eastern section.
... If one is longing for the methods of liberation, the wish not to suffer anymore is not enough; only application of the true Dharma in an authentic way can bestow lasting unchanging happiness. Therefore, engage in retreat practice without squandering precious opportunity on mundane affairs that involve great but trivial talk. Doing this is of the utmost importance.
The Meditation-Studies within the framework of the Three Year Retreat is the traditional meditation retreat in Vajrayana Buddhism where one receives and practices the entire path from beginning to end. It is a format adopted by all the lineages including the Drikung Kagyu lineage and because of the purity in which it has been practiced and passed down, it has great power and benefit.
In the Drikung Kagyu there have been several groups of non-himalayan practitioners to complete the Three Year Retreat in the traditional style under Himalayan retreat masters. Through their experience, deeper understanding of the needs of non-himalayan practitioners has come to light.
This is our second year offering this very special course to learn the practical principles behind Tibetan Yoga (trulkor) as well as the system of channels, prana and drops (tsa lung). All the necessary preparations to be able to engage properly and safely in the Tibetan Yogas will be explored extensively.
This will be an annual retreat to deepen the yidam practice of Vajrayogini. Vajrayogini is one of the main yidam deietes of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage and is espeically important in the practices of the Six Yogas of Naropa.
New students to this retreat must have an interview with the Drupon before being accepted for the retreat and there is a preparatory commitment of either attending the Vajrasattva retreat in January or accumulating 10 000 long Vajrasattva mantras prior to the retreat.
Dorje Lopon Viktorija will teach an ancient Technique of Meditation developing Mindfulness of breath, based on Anapanasati Sutta, the origin of which comes from the Buddha himself.
We are happy, that Elvira Glück will lead two weekend retreats, where she will practice with us the Hevajra/Nairatmya Sadhana.
We are delighted, that Drubpon Kunsang has time this year to give us precious Bardo Teachings.
New Program with Khenpo Tamphel
In Praise of Dharmadhātu By Nāgārjuna
Start: 27. March 2023 - afterwards weekly every Monday
The dates of the last Teachings before the summer-break are: 19.06.23 and 26.06.23.
Afterwards Khenpo Tamphel will be travelling and will start again with the teachings presumably in October 23.
Every Tuesday: 6:45-7:45
In 2023 Giorgio starts again with his classes on 10.01.2023
Yoga class finishes on June 20, 2023, then we have summer break.
We are happy to restart Giorgio’s Yoga of the Subtle Body weekly Tuesday mornings at 6:45 to 7:45.
We will explore the different aspects of body, energy and mind so that we can create a better space for meditative practice. The experience of meditation happens in the body. The practice will help to purify physical and energetic blockages with an intense, but delicate work with the breath. The breath is the main tool to work with the mind and through prana purifies the energetic system. During the year we will explore different topics for a deeper work. This work will be suitalbe for every body and all our welcome.
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Wednesday Evening: 19:00-20:15
In May and June we will go through the chakras one by one and develop them through movement, sound and visualization.
Class finishes on June 14, 2023, then we have summer break.
All are welcome to join. We look forward to seeing you soon.
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This practice group lead by Drupon Rachel is a great way to get started on your Ngondro practice. It is a closed group for a limited number of students so that each student is cared for and personally guided and their questions can be easily answered.
Ngondro class finishes on June 20, 2023
Mimi Wilflinger will lead the following Pujas:
Fr. 23.06. at 7 p.m. ⇒ read more
Fr. 04.08. at 7 p.m. ⇒ read more
Fr. 08.09. at 5:30 p.m. ⇒ read more
Fr. 06.10. at 5:30 p.m. ⇒ read more
Fr. 03.11./Fr. 10.11./Fr. 17.11./Fr. 24.11./Fr. 01.12./Fr. 08.12./Fr. 15.12.23 at 7 p.m. ⇒ read more
Sun. 04.06. at 10:00 a.m. Sagadawa Duchen – Buddha's Enlightenment: Buddha Shakyamuni Sadhana
Tue. 13.06. at 10:00 a.m. Dakini Day: Achi Practice
Sun. 18.06. at 10:00 a.m. Newmoon: Lama Chopa (Jigten Sumgon Guru Yoga)
Fri. 28.07. at 7 p.m. Lama Chopa-Tsok-Day (10th day: Lama Chopa (Jigten Sumgon Guru Yoga)
Tue. 01.08. at 7 p.m. Fullmoon: Tara Practice
Fri. 29.09. at 5:30 p.m. Fullmoon: Amitabha Practice
Tue. 07.11. at 10:00 a.m. Dakini Day: Achi Practice
Mon. 13.11. at 5 p.m. Newmoon: Lama Chopa (Jigten Sumgon Guru Yoga)
Wed. 22.11. at 10:00 a.m. Achi Tsok Day: Achi Practice
Mon. 27.11. at 5 p.m. Fullmoon: Tara Practice
Thur. 07.12. at 7 p.m. Dakini Day: Amitabha Practice
Tue. 12.12. at 5 p.m. Newmoon: Lama Chopa (Jigten Sumgon Guru Yoga)
Zoom link to the pujas:
Meeting-ID: 880 1927 5905
For participation in this Practice Group it is mandatory to have a Hevajra/Nairatmya Empowerment.
The group will practice with Elvira Glück every thursday at 19:00 in a 2 weeks turn Nairatmya and Hevajra
Heruka Vajrakilaya is the wrathful manifestation of the enlightened activities of all the Buddhas; the practice is most powerful for removing obscurations, obstacles and negative forces, hostile to compassion.
Practice group with Andrey Krasov every tuesday at 19:00
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The Milarepa Retreat Center, located in the wonderful Lüneburg Heath, rents out seminar and meditation rooms
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One of the most important projects of the Garchen Foundation is to support scientific research projects in the field of Tibetan Buddhism. The goal is mainly the promotion of text projects, i.e. the translation and printing of ancient Tibetan Buddhist teaching and prayer texts.
Under the Guidance of Khenchen Nyima Gyaltsen Rinpoche
One of the most important projects of the GARCHEN FOUNDATION is to support scientific research projects in the field of Tibetan Buddhism. The goal is mainly the promotion of text projects, i.e. the translation and printing of ancient Tibetan Buddhist teaching and prayer texts.
Khenchen Nyima Gyaltsen Rinpoche, since 2008 Dharma Teacher at the Kagyu College in Dehradun/ India, was enthroned by H.H. the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang in 2013 as Khenpo Tripa, supreme teacher of all Drikung monasteries in the exile. In the coming years Khenchen Nyima Gyaltsen Rinpoche will lead in the Milarepa Retreat Center the text projects of the Vikramashila Translation Committee and provide the necessary teachings for the understanding of these ancient writings. The focus will initially be on writings that were written by Phagmodrupa and by the founder of the Drikung Kagyu lineage, Kyobpa Jigten Sumgön, and also by his immediate disciples in the 13th Century. These texts are available so far only in the Tibetan original, but not in Western languages and therefore they are still completely unknown to most Buddhists in the western world.
More information regarding the Vikramashila Translation Project you can find in this PDF Broschure (Download) and at: www.garchen-stiftung.de