Welcome! Please join in!
We are so happy you can be with us for our 5th annual Mani Drubchen event at the Drikung Meditation Center. We will be chanting the Om Mani Padme Hung mantra all weekend. We are led joyfully by our precious lamas: Lama Konchok Sonam and Venerable Khenpo Choephel.
Lama Konchok Sonam is the Spiritual Director at the Drikung Meditation Center. He is originally from Lhasa, Tibet and has been at our center since 2003. His main teacher is the Most Venerable Prachung Rinpoche, retreat master at Drikung Thil monastery. Lama Sonam works tirelessly to build a permanent home for the Jowo Statue in our shrine room.
Venerable Khenpo Choephel is the Director of Three Rivers Dharma in Pittsburgh, PA. He is a master in the ritual traditions of Drikung Thil monastery and has also received training in debate and philosphy. 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.
Chanting continues throughout the weekend each day from 7:30am to 6:30pm. 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. More detailed schedule information below:
Friday Night, October 27th:
Chenrezig Empowerment 7pm (required attendance).
Please come 15-30 minutes early if possible.
Saturday, October 28th:
Chanting Om Mani Padme Hung: 7:30am-6:30pm
Sunday, October 29th:
Chanting: 7:30am-6:30pm with Tsok Offering at 5pm
We rely on all participants to help out with support.
We always need an extra hand to keep the wheels turning. Please be open-minded if asked to help out with a small task here and there.
If you would like to bring tsok offering or share food, or sponsor a meal, this is ideal and really appreciated. Please try to bring items that are easily portioned, that don't rely on much prep, and can be easily stored. We are 100% vegetarian at the DMC. Please no eggs or garlic.
Ideas of types of food to offer and/or share:
crusty bread to dip in olive oil
chips and salsa/guacamole
juice and fizzy water
fruit: cut at home, or naturally apportioned
soup or salad (prepared at home)
bagels, muffins, granola bars
We have designated Team Captains (with a fancy clipboard) who are facilitating the program in 4-hour shifts. They can answer questions and solve problems. Don't hesitate to ask a question or offer to help. Please follow food waste signs in the kitchen. If you brought your own cup and bowl, please wash and dry immediately. If you use a paper cup, please rinse and reuse. Thank you!
"If there’s any drupchen happening, one must try to participate. Just as we should participate in tsok offerings again and again, it is really good to participate in a drupchen as a Vajrayana practitioner again and again. It is believed that just going to one drupchen will take care of all samaya breakages instantly. Where there is no drupchen, one should try to organize one. "
- Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
Mani Drubchen Donation
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 Mani Drubchen.
To wish happiness for others,
even those who want to do us harm,
is the source of consummate happiness.
-Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche