10th Annual Chenrezig Drubchen for Peace

We are delighted to announce our 10th Annual Chenrezig Drubchen, especially auspicious because this will be the first Drubchen performed at our new US Jokhang Temple in Danvers, MA. Emaho!

 

We will be joyfully led by our precious lamas: Venerable Lama Konchok Sonam, Venerable Khenpo Choephel Rinpoche, and Venerable Lama Kalsang Rinpoche.

Drubchen Schedule

Empowerment is required for Drubchen attendance. If you have not already received a Chenrezig empowerment, be sure to attend the empowerment on Friday evening. Practice sessions will continue throughout the weekend, beginning each morning at 9:00am. Saturday will include three night sessions, as detailed in the schedule below. The Drubchen concludes Sunday around 5pm with a “tsok” offering, which celebrates the positive energies generated in our practice. The final dedication shares this blessing with all beings.
 

Friday Night, June 17th:

 

Chenrezig Empowerment:

6:30pm - 9:00pm
  *attendance required*

                                           

Saturday, June 18th:  

 

Day Sessions:

9:00am - 12:00pm

   Lunch Break

1:30pm - 5:00pm

   Dinner Break

Night Sessions:

8:30pm - 12:00am

12:00am - 3:30am

3:30am - 7:00am

   Breakfast Break

 

Sunday, June 19th:

 

9:00am - 12:00pm

   Lunch Break

1:30pm - 5:00pm (tsok)

All times listed are Boston time (EST). To see how this translates to your time zone, click here.

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Ven. Lama Konchok Sonam is the Spiritual Director here at the Drikung Meditation Center. He is originally from Katsel near Lhasa, Tibet and has been at our center since 2003.  His main teacher is the Most Venerable Nyedak Rinpoche, master of the ancient Katsel monastery. Ven. Lama Sonam works tirelessly, and has created a permanent home for the  sacred Jowo Rinpoche Statue, and established the first US Jokhang Temple.

Ven. Khenpo Choephel is the Director of the Three Rivers Dharma Center in Pittsburgh, PA. He is a master in the ritual traditions of Drikung Thil monastery and has also received training in debate and philosophy.  We are overjoyed to have Khenpo lead us in the precious mantra changing. These melodies are unique to retreat practice and specifically support our efforts during the Drubchen.

Ven. Lama Kalsang is resident teacher at the Three Rivers Dharma Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Ordained at Drikung Thil monastery, he also received his Shastri degree in several high ritual arts at Jungchub Ling monastery. Lama Kalsang is an accomplished artist in traditional Tibetan ritual arts.

Drubchen Support

We welcome and thank you very much for any donations, which will go directly to support the costs and expenses associated with this year's Chenrezig Drubchen for Peace.

The word "Drubchen" literally means "great accomplishment" in Tibetan, and is one of the most precious forms of Vajrayana Buddhist practice. A Drubchen is a rare opportunity to practice what the Buddha taught: to concentrate body, speech, and mind in spiritual application, resulting in tremendous benefit to oneself and others, in this and future lives. Participating in a Drubchen is said to generate merit and potential realization equal to one year of retreat or to seven years of practice. Dedicating it to all sentient beings extends this benefit to the world.  Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche has said that "it is really good to participate in a drubchen as a Vajrayana practitioner again and again. It is believed that just going to one drubchen will take care of all samaya breakages instantly. "

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To wish happiness for others,

even those who want to do us harm,

is the source of consummate happiness.

-Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Tsok Feast

The Drubchen will conclude on Sunday afternoon with a tsok - an offering feast of celebration.

If you would like to participate in the tsok from home, here is a list of ideal types of food to offer. Please refrain from eggs or garlic.

  • finger sandwiches

  • cheese platter

  • vegetarian sushi

  • crusty bread to dip in olive oil

  • chips and salsa/guacamole

  • juice and fizzy water

  • nuts/trail mix

  • fruit, like grapes or sliced apples or oranges etc.

  • soup or salad

  • bagels, muffins, granola bars

Your at-home-tsok need not be elaborate, but should be lovingly arranged on clean plates. Your tsok food should be fresh, from unopened packaging.

You will make a plate for the Buddhas & Bodhisattvas, which you place on your shrine. You'll make a plate for yourself and whoever may be with you.

And finally, you'll have an empty plate for the "remainders" - you'll some of your tsok food on the remainder plate (like a cookie, or a few grapes) and that plate will go outside for the beings who are hungry and in need.
It will be made clear when this is about to happen.

Dedications

If you would like to submit a dedication to the Mandala of the Drubchen, please click the dedication button below. You'll be taken to PayPal, where you can make an offering of as little as $1. You can list your dedications in the text field below the amount. Just click  "+ Your Aspiration, or Names for Dedication", and type in your dedication. (You may need to click "next" to see this.)