Event : White Dakini Drub Chen
Date : August 19 - 30
Venue : Tara Mandala, 15 miles southwest of Pagosa Srpings, Colorado
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Website : http://www.taramandala.org/PR11/drubchen.htm
The Dzinpa Rangdröl is a mind terma (rediscovered treasure) that was revealed by Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje in the early part of the 19th century. Do Khyentse was a prominent dharma figure, famously known for his wild lifestyle and extraordinary realization. He challenged the social norms of his time with his crazy behavior in order to point out the true illusionary nature of the mind and of phenomena.
During his lifetime, Do Khyentse had several prophetic visions of Machig Labdrön before the Dzinpa Rangdröl terma descended into his mind stream. The Dzinpa Rangdröl’s central focus is the feminine wisdom principle of the Great Mother Prajna Paramita and the great dakini Machig Labdrön. Beginning with ngöndro, the Dzinpa Rangdröl is a complete path to realization.
The rare White Dakini Drub Chen (Great Accomplishment Ceremony) from Do Khyentse’s Dzinpa Rangdröl (Self-Liberation from Clinging) treasure cycle will be performed. This lineage comes directly from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche to Vajra Master, Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche. The process and practice of the White Dakini mandala will include a traditional empowerment given by Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche. This practice is the union of Machig Labdrön and Yeshe Tsogyel surrounded by the dakinis of the four Buddha families. Lama Tsultrim and Khenpo Ugyen will spend the first two full days (August 20th and 21st) teaching the sadhana, mudras, and chants. Those who have previously attended a White Dakini Drub Chen may choose to arrive on August 21st. Participants will experience deep immersion into the Vajra world, including the building of a mandala, traditional music and dance, daily feasts, twenty-four hour mantra recitation, and the concluding ceremony with five simultaneous fire pujas. This strictly closed retreat requires intensive practice and an ability to hold the container. Mipham Rinpoche said, ”One Drub Chen is equal to seven years of solitary retreat.”
Dodrubchen instructed Yeshe Dorje to live the life of a lay tantrika, which he did. Although he would receive students in his encampment he would also wandering the region in the guise of a deer hunter, allegedly reviving the animals he struck down. In keeping with his status as a fully accomplished siddha he became known for other supernatural abilities as well, including flight, passing through solid objects, and the subjugation of non-human entities. He was also known to commune with a wide array of deities, including Padmasambhava, hosts of dakini, and great saints of previous eras.
Stories of Yeshe Dorje's unconventional actions are widely known. On one occasion, it is said, after killing a wild blue sheep, Yeshe Dorje asked his companions to take the meat and roast it over a fire wood, but to carefully keep the bones and skin. One of his disciples could not help but think that such behavior was strange for a great teacher. Sensing his pupil's doubts, at the end of the feast, Yeshe Dorje asked him to bring the skin and bones. When these had been gathered in front of him, Yeshe Dorje entered in deep meditation and then snapped his finger. At that very moment the sheep got up, shook himself, and walked away. However, the animal was limping a little: someone has forgotten to bring back a piece of bone from one of its legs.
In another episode, two young shepherds wanted to test whether Yeshe Dorje really had clairvoyance. One of the shepherds pretended to be dead, and the other asked the lama for prayers for the dead. Yeshe Dorje smoked three pipes, putting the ashes on the shepherd's head. The boy then found that his friend actually was dead and prayed to Yeshe Dorje to revive him. Yeshe Dorje said dza! over the body and the boy regained consciousness, expressing his sorrow over being brought back, as he had been sent to a joyful pure land. Later he became a disciple of Yeshe Dorje and an accomplished meditator.
Yeshe Dorje served as religious instructor to several kingdoms in Kham. With his guru Dodrubchen he served the Queen of Dege, who had been a disciple of Jigme Lingpa. He spent some time in Gyalmorong with local lords there. In later life he was invited by the Chakla king to Dartsedo with his disciple, the Second Dodrubchen, where he remained for some years and earned his title Do Khyentse, the Khyentse of (Dartse) Do.Do Khyentse engaged in treasure discovery, revealing several liturgies as mind treasure.
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