In order to pacify disease, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon has urgent call up for all the Drikung Kagyu Centers around the world to chant Praise of Mother Parnashavari. It is stated in the teachings of Lord Jigten Sumgon that Parnashavari mantra is very effective and powerful to bring down the disease under control during the outbreaks of epidemic.
May all being be swiftly get free from the disease.
Venerable Traga Rinpoche was Lama Zhuravka’s Retreat Master while she was engaged in the four year retreat at the Garchen Buddhist Institute in Arizona. Traga Rinpoche is an accomplished Dzogchen and Mahamudra master. He has received profound foundational as well as the most advanced teachings from some of the greatest living masters of Tibetan Buddhism including His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche, His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche, Khenchen Jigme Phuntsog and many others. He has completed over 10 years of retreats. The great Nyingma Master Khenpo Munsel gave him the detailed Dzogchen teachings. Traga Rinpoche did retreat near Khenpo Munsel for seven years, and practiced Tregchöd, Thögal, and other advanced practices. Traga Rinpoche served as a Retreat Master at GBI until 2009, then he returned to Tibet. A trip to Ukraine will be Rinpoche’s first visit to Europe and in general his first departure from Asia since 2009.
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His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche is a Drikung Kagyu Lama who was known in the thirteenth century as the Siddha Gar Chodingpa, a heart disciple of Kyobpa Jigten Sumgon, the founder of the Drikung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. In ancient India, he had incarnated as Mahasiddha Aryadeva, the lotus-born disciple of the great Nagarjuna. In the seventh century, he was known as Lonpo Gar, the minister of the Tibetan Dharma King Songsten Gampo.
Garchen Rinpoche is known for his vast realization, as well as for his great kindness. He is greatly respected and renowned as the great yogi of the modern times.
This time Garchen Rinpoche’s teachings will be dedicated to Jetsun Milarepa. Jetsun Milarepa was a tantric master and a major figure in the history of the Kagyü schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He is said to be one of the greatest yogis who carried on Marpa’s transmission lineage of mahamudra and moreover to be the greatest poet of Tibet. His “hundred thousand songs” which express his life story as well as the tantric teachings in verses are renowned.
When Milarepa practiced black magic, he brought deaths upon many people. His teacher Marpa caused him to remove this accumulated bad karma by working hard. Only after the consequences of Milarepa’s negative deeds were removed, Marpa granted him the special tantric teachings, that he himself had received from Naropa and other masters. Milarepa’s most famous disciples were Gampopa and Rechungpa.
August 16 - 20, 2018
Garchen Ratnashri Center was officially registered in Kyiv on January 17, 2006 in order to fulfill a joint aspiration of H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and his students. The Center in Kyiv was the first officially registered Garchen Rinpoche’s Center in Eastern Europe. The Center is a part of global community of the Garchen Rinpoche’s Centers. All teachings and practices in our Center take part based on the program established and approved by Garchen Rinpoche for His students around the world. During the last ten years, Garchen Rinpoche visited Kyiv four times. In addition, every year Rinpoche’s students attend His teachings abroad. A very important event for our Center took place in October 2014. For the first time in Ukraine Garchen Rinpoche led a Vajrakilaya Drubchen. During His visit to Kyiv in 2014, Garchen Rinpoche emphasized that thanks to the Center’s activity transmissions of all the main practices of Garchen Rinpoche’s lineage are now present in Ukraine. This is a very auspicious sign and the benefit to our country will be equally great.
Many Drikung Kagyu masters and teachers has visited the Center in the past years. Among them H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, Khenchen Rinpoche, Nubpa Rinpoche, Drupon Tsering Rinpoche, Drupon Yeshe Rinpoche, Drupon Tsering Rinpoche, Lama Dawa Zang, Drupon Yeshe Zangmo, Khenpo Samdrup. We sincerely hope that the blessings of H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and the Drikung Kagyu Lineage will allow our Center to benefit beings for many years to come.
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