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H.H.Drikung Kyabgon Thinley Lhundup

The Hevajra / Nairatmya Project in the Marpa Ngok Tradition

His Holiness has officially announced that the Milarepa Retreat Center in Germany is the place where the Hevajra Tradition will be revived and the teachings on the Mar-Ngok-Hevajra-Tantra will be a most prominent project. Thus he has set up a program according to which – starting 2021 - every year there will be a Hevajra- and Nairatmya- Drubchen from the Hevajra -Mandala. In 2020 there will be no Hevajra Drubchen. His Holiness wants to complete the teachings on the most profound Hevajra Root Text, the basis of our practice in the years to come. Every day His Holiness will also guide a short Hevajra practice Marpa travelled three times to India to receive empowerments and teachings and to practice there. A great many of Marpa`s transmissions go directly back to Naropa. Hevajra from the 13th Mother Tantra was Marpas`s main Yidam. It is the wish and vision of His Holiness to reestablish the importance and position of Marpa in the Kagyu tradition. Furthermore he wants to revive the transmission given by Marpa to his disciple Ngog Chöku Dorje – especially the Hevajra Mandala with 9 deities and the Nairatmyia Mandala with 15 deities. This was in danger to get lost and extinct and shall now be preserved for future generations.
For further information, please visit: www.mar-ngok.org

The Program of the Hevajra / Nairatmya – Project since 2016

September: During the Monkey Year Teaching at Milarepa Retreat Center His Holiness conferred the Nairatmya Empowerment.

Announcement of the big Marpa Ngok Hevajra / Nairamtya Project.

August: Completion of the first Hevajra Drubchen in Europe at the Milarepa Retreat Center.
His Holiness conferred the great Hevajra Empowerment and gave teachings on the history and the revival of the Hevajra Marpa Ngok Tradition, on the empowerment, the sadhana, chapter 2 of the Hevajra Tantra and on related commentaries.

May: The first Nairatmya Drubchen takes place.
His Holiness conferred the Great Nairatmya Empowerment and gave teachings on the Sadhana. His Holiness gave us an insight in Marpa’s commentary „ Bum-Chung Nyima“ ( First Part, First Chapter)

September: His Holiness will give the short Hevajra-Empowerment and teach extensively on the Hevajratantra, using the commentary of Marpa Lotsawa. Practice sessions in the evening. The Hevajratantra has two parts (tib.: tak nyi). Every part has around 10 to 12 Chapters. H.H. has the intention to teach the whole text.

October: His Holiness will lead the Hevajra Drubchen.




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A message from H.E. Garchen Rinpoche to the world regarding the rise of environmental challenges in the world (25.06.2015).

This is a message to all the Buddhists in the world.

In general, anyone who practices a religion, any religion, needs love and compassion. This love and compassion is to be directed towards all sentient beings: “May all sentient beings have happiness and may they be free from suffering.” Therefore, when people anywhere suffer from heat and cold, you should pray to the one in whom you take refuge. Pray for the benefit of all countries in the world, for example, “May those without rain have rain;may those without water have water; may the fire that injures some be extinguished,” and so forth. You should make prayers that accord with your own tradition. As Buddhists we can recite the Prayer for World Peace or single-pointedly supplicate to Tara. This is the responsibility of every religious practitioner, even if you are the only one in the house. Such prayers will surely be of benefit. Even if only one or two people pray, it will surely bring benefit. We should all pray together for the well-being of all countries. This will also benefit us. If we close ourselves up and only care about our own well-being, then of course, that will not be of much benefit. But if you pray with the intention to benefit the entire world, that will actually benefit yourself the most, and it will also benefit the world. This is called “accomplishing the benefit of others and oneself.” So everyone should supplicate his or her own source of refuge. Buddhists, for example, can supplicate Jetsun Tara, Chenrezig, and so forth; recite Mani mantras; perform purification rituals before stupas, or even small statues; be generous to animals, and so forth. All these practices will benefit the world. Otherwise, hatred and jealousy will increase in this world, and love will decline. This will lead to an increase of heat in the world, and in the end the world will go up in flames. Thus, it would be good if everyone would consider this. We should all pray and take this to heart with great concern. If we remain unconcerned about the suffering of others as long as it doesn't affect us personally, we are just paying lip service to our prayer, “May all sentient beings have happiness and may they be free from suffering.” 

The single cause of all the misery in this world, such as floods on the outer level and conflicts on the inner level, is the ill will arising from the hatred and jealousy of the people inhabiting this planet. Instead of helping one another, people harm each other: countries go to war, people and religious groups fight with each other. In brief, love—the harmony of the inner elements—affects the harmony of the outer elements. The five mental afflictions and the five outer elements are profoundly related. Therefore, our efforts to give rise to love and compassion will be fruitful by virtue of three powers: first, the power of one's own pure intention—one's own good heart ;second, the power of the Tatagathas—all the buddhas of the three times have made aspiration prayers, but in addition, we must supplicate them. Just as with a wish-fulfilling jewel, unless one expresses the wish, it will not be fulfilled. If we supplicate, then we will receive the power of all the buddhas; this is the power of the Tataghatas. And third, the power of Dharmadhatu—samsara and nirvana have a single basis. The duality of samsara and nirvana is only a temporary appearance due to various karma and afflictions. 

As a result of actions committed with an afflicted mind, we now witness a lot of suffering in this world. So how can we purify these afflictions? All afflictions arise from self-grasping, and the antidote to self-grasping is the altruistic mind. Altruism will benefit one in all circumstances: in this life, in the next life, and in the bardo. Everyone needs altruism. Even a tiny creature will experience happiness relative to the level of its altruism. Thus we pray, “May beings possess happiness and the causes of happiness.” The cause of happiness is love. And, “May beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering.” The cause of suffering is self-grasping. There is no other Dharma than that. The heart-essence of the Dharma is love and compassion. Apart from love and compassion, no other Dharma exists. What we call “the Buddha” is the wisdom-mind, the perfection of wisdom. The subtle wisdom of buddha-nature is the underlying basis of samsara and nirvana. Therefore, if one has love and compassion, wisdom will increase. If you understand this, you will discover the method to bring about happiness and liberation from suffering. Thus, we should engender excellent aspirations.

Since the world is currently in such a perilous state, I request everyone to pray well. 

Garchen Dharma Institute, Taiwan.
Audio recording from Garchen Rinpoche:https://goo.gl/BHJDVo


Love is the sunlight of the mind.



The Drikung Kagyu Tradition

lineagetreeThe founder of the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism was the Mahāsiddha Tilopa (988-1069), who lived in Northern India. He is considered having received a direct transmission from the primordial Buddha Vajradhara. He passed the teachings to his disciple, the Mahāsiddha Nāropa (1016–1100), who in turn transmitted his knowledge to Marpa Chökyi Lodrö (1012–1097), who brought the teachings to Tibet.

Marpa's most important disciple was Jetsun Milarepa (1040-1123). He became one of Tibet's great yogis. One of the main disciples of Milarepa was Gampopa (1079-1153). It is from Gampopa that the first Kagyu schools originated.

Phagmodrupa Dorje Gyalpo (1110–1170) was one of Gampopa’s most important disciples. Phagmodrupa’s Heart Son was Kyobpa Jigten Sumgön (1143-1217) (“Protector of the Three Worlds”). He took over the throne of Phagdru at Densa Thil Monastery for three years after his teacher’s death (1177-1179). In accordance with a prediction of Phagmodrupa he then established his own lineage with the foundation of Drikung Thil Monastery in 1179 in the area of Drikung, the principal monastery of the lineage.

When the Karmapa Düsum Khyenpa (1110–1193), the founder of the Karma Kagyu lineage, came to Drikung Thil, he recognized the entire area as the mandala of Chakrasamvara and saw Jigten Sumgön as the Buddha, and his two main disciples as Shāriputra and Maudgalyāyana, the two main disciples of the Buddha.

Jigten Sumgön attained great fame and people flocked from all parts of the country to receive initiations and teachings from him. He laid particular emphasis on meditative practice. When he was 70 years old, he sent practitioners to three particularly sacred places, in three phases: to Mount Kailash (Gangri Tise), to Mount Lapchi, and to Mount Tsari.

The order grew and spread in the course of time, and Drikung monasteries arose even far away from the main monastery, many of them near Mt. Kailash and over to Ladakh, in Kongpo and above all, in Kham, the founder’s homeland. Jigten Sumgön’s great-grandmother, Achi Chökyi Dolma, had come from Drikung. She had married a yogi from the Kyura Clan in Kham, and had been elevated to the mythical protectress of the order. As was the custom in many schools of Tibetan Buddhism, Jigten Sumgön chose his successor from among his relatives. Thus, initially all but three Drikung Kagyu throne holders came from the Kyura Clan, although there were no set guidelines for the succession among the family members.

Chögyal Rinchen Phuntsog’s (1547-1602) two youngest sons, Gyalwang Konchog Rinchen (1590–1654) and Kunkhyen Rigzin Chödrak (1595–1659) became the last heirs to the throne of Drikung; the Kyura Clan died out with them. Upon the death of Konchog Rinchen the Drikungpa began to seek the reincarnations of their throne holders in the country as a whole. A system of two lineage holders was established, that of the elder (Chetsang) and the younger (Chungtsang) brother. In the Drikung chronology Konchog Rinchen is considered as the first Chetsang and Rigzin Chödrak as the first Chungtsang.

Until the present there were 37 successive lineage holders. The current lineage holders are Tenzin Chökyi Nangwa, the 8th Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang, and Tenzin Thrinle Lhundrüp, the 7th Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. While the Dirkung Kyabgon Chetsang has led the Drikung Kagyu lineage to a new flourishing in the West from the lineage’s seat-in-exile in Dehradun, India, the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang leads the lineage from Lhasa in Tibet.

Read more comprehensive information about the development of the lineage and about the lineage founder Jigten Sumgön on the Official Website of the Drikung Kagyu Order.

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His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche

The Practice of Mahamudra at the Mountain Kailash

In his vision to transfer the three Holy Mountains of Tibet to the western world, H.H. Drikung Kyabgon Thinley Lhundup connected the Milarepa Retreat Center to the Holy Mount Kailash. H.E.Garchen Rinpoche announced that the practice of Mahamudra should become here a main target and should be tought and practiced continously. Thus he gave to the center the auspicious Tibetan name Drikung Kagyu Gangri Chagchen Dargye Ling – Kailash, the place where Mahamudra shall flourish.

Since the inauguration of the center in 2012 a regular program of teachings, retreats and drubchens is being offered for the practice of Mahamudra, led by high Tibetan masters and also by western teachers. There is also a seperate, protected area where disciples have the opportunity to withdraw for a longer period, for long-term retreat, and to study and practice in a traditionel Three-Years-Retreat intensively the key-points of the tantric path, to carry out the practice of the five-fold path of Mahamudra along with the profound path of the six Dharmas of Naropa.


Garchen Rinpoche

GR 004Garchen Rinpoche was born in 1936 in Nangchen Kham, Eastern Tibet. He was recognized and enthroned in by the former Drikung Kyabgon Shiwe Lodrö. Garchen Rinpoche is considered one of the most important masters of the Drikung Kagyu tradition. His lineage of incarnations can be traced back to Gardampa Chödingpa, a heart-disciple of Kyobpa Jigten Sumgön, the founder of the Drikung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. In ancient India, he had been 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.

When he was seven, he was brought to Lho Miyalgön Monastery, where he received the official ceremonial robes. He pointed at an image of the Drikung lineage founder Jigten Sumgön saying: “He is my Guru.” This strengthened the confidence in the people that he was the true reincarnation of the Gar Rinpoche.

Studying and practicing under the direction of the Siddha Chime Dorje, Garchen Rinpoche received vast and profound instructions on the preliminary practices, the fivefold practice of Mahamudra and the Six Yogas of Naropa.

Then, at the age of 22, after completing a two and a half year retreat, he was imprisoned for 20 years during the political turmoil of China's Cultural Revolution.

While in the labor camp, he received meditation instruction from his root lama, the Nyingma master Khenpo Münsel. Khenpo Münsel was astonished by Rinpoches progress and praised him with the words: “Gar Rinpoche is the emanation of a bodhisattva.”

Since his release from prison in 1979, Garchen Rinpoche has made great effort to rebuild the Gar Monastery as well as 27 other Drikung Kagyu monasteries in Eastern Tibet. At the same time he has devoted himself wholeheartedly to the task of passing on the teachings of the lineage.
In 1997 Rinpoche first visited the West and founded many Drikung Garchen centers in the USA and in Europe. He travels tirelessly to the various centers and monasteries in Asia, America, and Europe.

Download a longer biography of H. E. Garchen Rinpoche here.

A message from H.E. Garchen Rinpoche to the world regarding the rise of environmental challenges in the worldA message from H.E. Garchen Rinpoche to the world regarding the rise of environmental challenges in the world

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 Six Major Careers of H.H. Drikung Kyabgon Thinle Lhundup


Drikung Lights Foundation

Love all Beings. Be Friends With Mother Earth




Six Major Careers
  1. Organize annual international rain retreats (versa) for 108 monastics in Shravasti, India.

  2. Invite 1.500 - 2.000 lay devotees from the Himalayan to attend free dharma instruction and cultural events hosted in Shravasti, India annualy.

  3. Implement the ecological greening project Go Green Go Organic.

  4. Promote the making of Ice Stupa/Artificial Glacier Project as part of the solution to global warming.

  5. Songtsen Academic Institution

  6. Initiate the winter rescue mission for animal across the Himalayan mountain region with Forage Planting Project


A.  Bank Information:

Bank Name: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Account Name: Drikung Lights Foundation
Account Number: 7197290377
Routing Number: 122000247
ABA: 121000248
International Wire Swift (or BIC) Code:
1. for US Dollars: WFBIUS6S
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Bank Address: 420 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94104

B.  Check Donations:

Mailing Address: Drikung Lights Foundation,
1601 Sheridan Place, Escondido, CA 92027-1082, USA
Recipient: Ani Chodron

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Please mail us your contact information, including name, phone number, address and the donation amount, to foundation e-mail. It will greatly expedite our process for sending out receipt. Thanks for your support.

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 The International Great Shravasti Cultural Festival 2020


A  Project of H.H. Drikung Kybagon Thinley Lhundup


The International Great Shravasti Cultural Festival 2020

In September 2020 The International Great Shravasti Buddhist Cultural Festival will be held in Kuala Lumpur.

Buddhists from 10-15 countries are expected to take part. This is an event for all Buddhists, especially young Buddhists to promote world peace and basic Buddha’s teachings.

Why the event is named after Shravasti? Primarily, Sharavasti is of great significance in Buddhist history. The Lord Buddha spent twenty-five rainy seasons in Shravasti after He attained enlightenment. It is the place where Buddha lived the longest amount of time, and it is the place where he gave the largest amount of discourses and instructions. Woodward states that, of the four Nikayas, 871 sutras are said to have been preached in Shravasti. However, Shravasti is less known to the Buddhist community compared to other holy sites such as Bodhigaya (site of Buddha's enlightenment), Lumbini (site of Buddha's birth) and Sarnath (site of his first teaching) which are all very well-known and popular destinations among pilgrims from around the world.

Volunteers are needed. Soon there will be more information!







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H.H. Drikung Kyabgon Thinley Lhundup on the Corona Virus (Sars-CoV-2)
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 We are happy to inform you, that H.E.Garchen Rinpoche and all Lamas at GBI have been vaccinated.


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Message from H.E.Garchen Rinpoche on October 10, 2020



It doesn’t matter whether one calls oneself a Buddhist or not a Buddhist. The Dharma is love.

When you see how your love touches others, it will become your happiness to give your happiness away.

Love is the only cause of happiness. Its nature is all-pervasive like space.

Love is the sunlight of the mind.

H.E.Garchen Rinpoche has finished his retreat and sends us this message:



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