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Sakyong Receiving Teachings in Nepal
Rinchen Terdzo Orissa 2008-2009

Rinchen Terdzo Orissa 2008-2009

by Walker Blaine

The Sakyong is in Nepal at His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rinpoche’s monastery where he has begun receiving empowerments and transmissions for the gongter, or mind treasures, of His Eminence, the majority of which focus on Gesar of Ling. The Sakyong Wangmo, Jetsun Drukmo, Jetsun Yudra, and Jetsun Dzedron are also in attendance, enabling these precious termas to be carried forward into future generations.

For more information on these profound teachings, and how we can offer support, please read further.

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche Receives His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rinpoche’s Mind Treasures

His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rinpoche is bestowing the empowerments and transmissions for the complete collection of his gongter, or mind treasures, on the Kongma Sakyong, Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche at Rigon Tashi Choeling in Pharpeng, Nepal. This is a momentous occasion for the both the Shambhala and Ripa communities. For Shambhala, this is the time that the profound treasury of Namkha Drimed Rinpoche’s trove of termas are given to the Kongma Sakyong, thus enabling these teachings—a majority of which concern Gesar of Ling—to fully arrive in Shambhala. The Sakyong Wangmo along with Jetsun Drukmo, Jetsun Yudra, and Jetsun Dzedron are also attending these important teachings and transmissions, enabling these precious termas to be carried forward into future generations.

Namkha Drimed Rinpoche is the most prolific Gesar tertön, or treasure revealer, of our era. Tertöns reveal treasure teachings, or terma, that have been hidden by previous realized beings to be uncovered in a later, appropriate time and situation. The word gongter refers to a specific type of terma, teachings that are placed in the mindstream of a realized teacher to be uncovered during a later rebirth. The Shambhala teachings discovered by the Druk Sakyong are this kind of teaching.

Gesar2The Gongter abhishekas have great significance for Shambhala because of the interwoven connections between the Shambhala terma and Gesar of Ling, and between His Eminence, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and the Druk Sakyong. The source of the Shambhala termas is the Rigdens and Gesar. Our relationship with the Rigden principle is being deeply explored through the Scorpion Seal teachings, but Gesar—both as a practice and as an ancestral sovereign—is a relatively unexplored territory in our community.

It is significant that the lhasangs by Jamgön Mipham Gyatso that the Druk Sakyong gave to our community were written specifically as companion practices to Mipham’s long Gesar epic, the first volumes of which have only recently been published in English. The epic is bursting with amazing teachings on tantra, governance, love, and all aspects of the path, along with great humor, sadness, and joy. In Gesar’s time, Ling was the manifestation of Shambhala on this earth. When we call on Gesar, we call him and the entire manifestation of the enlightened kingdom of Ling for inspiration and blessings to establish enlightened society. Namkha Drimed Rinpoche’s termas are practices that will support establishing Shambhala on this earth.

Parallel to the relationship between Shambhala and Gesar is the relationship between Namkha Drimed Rinpoche, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and the Druk Sakyong—most eloquently reflected in their relationship at the time of Gesar of Ling. In their previous lives, His Eminence was Gesar’s older brother, Gyatsa Shelkar, who was one of the most valiant warriors of Ling and unswervingly devoted to Gesar. The Druk Sakyong was Gesar’s cousin Drala, who assumed the rulership of Ling after Gesar passed from this world. And Mipham—thus the Kongma Sakyong—is identified with Denma, Gesar’s chief minister and greatest general, a warrior who was the epitome of loyalty.

His Eminence counts the Vidyadhara as one of his root teachers after having been the principal recipient of the Rinchen Terdzö from the Druk Sakyong at Yak Gompa in 1959. At that time he asked the Vidyadhara about recurring visions of a white youth clad all in white. The Druk Sakyong said this was Akar Werma, who we know as Shiwa Ökar. Later, during their escapes from Tibet, the day before they were reunited at Pema Köh, the Druk Sakyong knew of Namkha Drimed Rinpoche’s unannounced arrival through a vision of Gesar arriving surrounded by a retinue of warriors. Now, in the present era, His Eminence sees the relationship between the Sakyong and the Sakyong Wangmo as one of many signs of the profound connections between him and the amazing activity of Gesar in this world.

The Gongter will include empowerments for manifestations of Gesar related to each of the four karmas. In addition, His Eminence will bestow profound abhishekas of Guru Rinpoche, Vajrasattva, the peaceful and wrathful deities of the bardo, Dorje Trollö, Vajrakilaya, and Yeshe Tsogyal. The empowerments will conclude with pujas for the longevity of His Eminence, and it is possible that the famous Gesar Lingdro dances, which the Sakyong Wangmo has performed, will be offered in their entirety.

Those interested in offering to the Gongter may make a donation here: http://sakyonglineage.org/offering/. In addition, the Sakyong will be doing health and enrichment pujas for the Shambhala community in November. We will be sending out information about how we can participate in those ceremonies.

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8 responses to “ Sakyong Receiving Teachings in Nepal ”
  1. Christine Sloan
    Nov 11, 2015

    Thanks Walker for this and your entire blog. So helpful.

  2. Adam Arthure
    Nov 4, 2015

    This is wonderful, auspicious and magnificent!

  3. Timaree Bierle-Dodds
    Nov 4, 2015

    Thank you for the update ; it helps create a connection to all while the teachings are occurring!

  4. Graciela Marin
    Oct 23, 2015

    Excellent, excellent, David. Thank you for taking the time record this background in writing. More valuable information to understand the precious and unique relationships we’re part of.

  5. Kristine Mccutcheon
    Oct 23, 2015

    Thanks Walker

    I really love how you help put things in context.

  6. Kerry Schwartz
    Oct 12, 2015

    Thank you for this description David. Please continue to explicate these teachings’ significance in connection with Shambhala, Vajrayana Buddhism, Gesar, and our community, as they are occurring. These descriptions are extremely important for us to understand what we are doing a students and teachers.

  7. Chris Stockinger
    Oct 10, 2015

    Ki Ki So So, how amazing!

  8. Scott Forbes
    Oct 10, 2015

    Eh Ma Ho!! How auspicious indeed. To a long, connected and joyous life for all…

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