Event : Dolpo Dho Darap Festival
Date : September 10 - 22 2012
Map : http://www.myhimalayas.com/dolpo2008/im ... passes.jpg
Venue : Dolpo, Nepal
Website 1 : http://www.wildearthjourneys.com/dolpo- ... stival.htm
Website 2 : http://www.dolpo.info/
Dolpo is located in Phoksundo National park of midwestern Nepal behind the Dhaulagiri massif towards the Tibetan plateau which cut off by a series of very high passes and closed by the snow most of the year. Dolpa remains a truly isolated corner of Nepal. Time has stood still here for centuries as inhabitants of Tibetan stock continue to live, cultivate and trade the way they have done since time immemorial.
Buddha Ribo pilgrimage the area comprising Dho-Tarap to Shey-Phuksumdho national park is believed to have blessed and consecrated by Guru Rinpoche and is further blessed and consecrated by many great scholars and founding fathers of Dolpo viz; Kunkhen Dolpo-pa, Ngari Pema Wangyal, Kathok Tsewang Norbu, Shabkar Chogdruk Rangdol and Gagar Rinpoche. Embodiment of holy and symbols or relics of these great teachers and lamas can be seen and whosoever see, hear, touch can have immense of spiritual beneficial.
Out of many places Guru Rinpoche visited in Dolpo, Phoksumdho Lake is one of them and the lake was said to have blessed by him dispelling all the evil spirits surrounding the lake.The Buddha Ribo Festival is celebrated every 12 years in Dho Tarap Valley of the remote Dolpo District of Nepal. Next year 2012 Buddha Ribo festival falls on August 6th 2012 and will last up for whole year 2012. Pilgrims and visitors from neighbouring communities and districts come to participate and share their customs. It is a wonderful opportunity for them to renew old friendships and bonds. Youths get a chance to experience the rich tapestry which is their inherited culture and show off their performing skills to their elders and peers.
This 12th year’s celebration of Buddha Ribo Festival assume special significance as His Eminence Rabjam Rinpoche, the head of Shechen Monastery of the Nyingmapa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism will visit Dho-Tarap, upper Dolpo in from 12th Sept 2012 to 21st Sept' 2012. At Ribo Bhumpa Gonpa, Rinpoche will give empowerment on Kunchok Chidu and the rest Jachon podruk (teachings of Terton Rigzin Jatsön Nyingpo) to all the monk and lay followers and devotees from 14th to 18th Sept. yoga.