News from Mindrolling Monastery

Prepared by: Mindrolling International News Staff
Published: 12 March 2012


Thugje Chenpo Drubchen

On the 2nd of March through the 8th of March the monks performed the Thugje Chenpo Drubchen or the Mahakarunika (Red Chenrezig) sadhana. The Thugje Chenpo drubchen will be performed every year in the first month of the Tibetan year to commemorate the parinirvana of Kyabje Mindrolling Trichen. The Minling Dorsem drubchö usually held at this time of the year has now been moved to the fourth Tibetan month of Saga Dawa.

Thugje Chenpo Drubchen with the mandala


Mindrolling monks during the Thugje Chenpo drubchen in the Guru Rinpoche shrine room.

Just as Terdag Lingpa instructed his disciples to perform the Kagyed Desheg Düpa drubchen at his passing, Kyabje Mindrolling Trichen had also instructed that the best way to commemorate one's guru is by being able to hold a drubchen. Therefore, we at Mindrolling feel especially fortunate to be able to at last revive the Thugje Chenpo drubchen here at Mindrolling after so many years and to be able to dedicate it to our peerless Guru. The entire drubchen was sponsored by the Mindrolling Ladrang.

HE Penam Rinpoche presiding as dorje lopon.


Ven. Tulku Ngawang Jigdral Kunga - Umze of Mindrolling Monastery.


Thugje Chenpo Desheg Kündü, the Great Compassionate One as The Universal Gathering of the Sugatas, is one of the most important termas of Chögyal Terdag Lingpa and is considered to be of immense importance for the Mindrolling lineage. Discovered by Terdag Lingpa at Sha'ug Tago in 1680 at the age of thirty-five, it is one of the most renowned and profound transmissions within the Nyingma school.

Western practitioners during the drubchen.


The drubchen was an incredibly auspicious event and all who were in attendance felt remarkably blessed by the occasion. His Eminence Penam Rinpoche presided as the Dorje Lopön with many Mindrolling tulkus also in attendance. Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche was present throughout the practice along with the nuns of Samten Tse and many western students. Practitioners from France also arrived at Mindrolling to participate in the sadhana practice. Sangyum Kushog and Jetsun Kushog also blessed the practitioners with their presence on several occasions as did Their Eminences Dudjom Rinpoche and Khenchen Rinpoche.

The monks to the left of the mandala remain with the practice and visualization 24hours a day during a drubchen, in constant recitation of the mantras.


The practice was held in the Guru Rinpoche shrine room of the great World Peace Stupa. The western sangha from Lotus Garden and France organized tea and offerings to all rinpoches, tulkus, khenpos, monks and nuns for two days. On the last day of the drubchen the Mindrolling Ladrang made vast offerings, a fire puja was held and the entire mandala was dismantled, followed by the Ngodrub Lenchö (receiving of the siddhis of the drubchen) in which Ven. Tulku Lhundrub Tengay led the distribution of the final blessings to all the assembled practitioners and local members of the Tibetan community who also gathered in the stupa on the last day. It felt like a true downpour of blessings of the gurus of the lineage to be able to once again hold this drubchen in Mindrolling so that it benefits all beings in the three realms and the reverberations of this profound sadhana resound throughout the ten directions.


More Photos

The mandala of the Thugje Chenpo.


The monks descending from the upper floor of the stupa for the gar-cham.


Gar-cham during the drubchen.


The grace and beauty of the gar-cham was magnificent to witness.


Monks during the drubchen.


Ven. Tulku Jurme Tsultrim Dorje and monks whose skill at the ritual instruments inspired many.


Ven. Tulku Ngawang Paljor, Ven. Tulku Jurme Nyedhun Nyima, Ven. Tulku
Jurme Rigzin Jigme, Ven. Tulku Jurme Pema Tenzin, Ven. Tulku Jurme
Thinley Namgyal—some of the young Mindrolling Tulkus.


Lama Rigala making offerings during the drubchen.


Ven. Tulku Lhundrub Tengay bestowing the blessings of the drubchen.



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