5 December 2016

H.H. Yangthang Rinpoche's Cremation



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8 November 2016

H.H. Yangthang Rinpoche's return to Yuksom


Today under a clear blue sky, thousands of followers and well-wishers have received in Yuksom, West Sikkim, the body of His Holiness Yangthang Rinpoche coming from Pemayangtse. The funeral will take place on 2nd December 2016. A day, which has been declared state holiday by the Sikkim Government to allow people to mourn his demise and attend his funeral.




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1 November 2016

Happy Diwali 2016


Much light to all of you, here are some images of the Diwali festival celebration at Khordong Byangter Monastery - India



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19 September 2016

Overview and summary of Tulku Ugen visit in Europe

Hello everyone....

You will find below a brief and incomplete summary in images of Tulku Ugen's successful visit to Europe.





It was a great pleasure for Tulku Ugen to finally be able to honor those various invitations received in the past few years and to meet with all of you once again.

The journey started in Darnkov for a few days just before the start of the Vajrakilaya Drubchen.
First Tulku Ugen could meet in a private meeting together with Tulku Choekyi Gyaltsen to discuss about the future of the Khordong Byangter lineage.

Then the next days it was followed by a happy family gathering. An occasion for Tulku Migmed, Tulku Ugen, Nise and Norzin to meet together for the first time in Darnkov and celebrate. A time also for Tulku Ugen to meet the people of Darnkov and those visiting from Germany and elsewhere.

From Darnkov came the time to travel to Szczecin to lead a retreat with a rather intense program including the Dorje Drollo initiation as well as the Dharma protectors initiation. It was a nice occasion for Tulku Ugen to spend some time with the people of Szczecin together with John Myrdhin Reynolds. Unfortunately during this time Tulku Ugen's health was not good. No specific sickness but numerous body pains arised. Thanks to the treatment of traditional doctor Shirmenbaatar Shiinen from Mongolia Tulku Ugen's health got better and allowed him to go visit Poznan.

In Poznan the group of dharma practitioners were awaiting Tulku Ugen with an equally challenging program for their retreat. It all went fine and Tulku Ugen even had some time to go around and make some visit to the city.

From Poznan it was time to return to Warsaw over night to catch a flight to Estonia the next morning in order to reach the Khordong Dharma center of Ubumsi on time to celebrate and lead its inauguration after 14 years of long and dedicated work from the team in Estonia. A celebration which had to be postponed numerous times and which could take place this year on the auspicious 10th day of the 8th lunar month, being the 11th September on the western calendar.

This was a great day, establishing the blessing of the Khordong Byangter lineage on Estonian ground.
After much preparations the consecration happened, the Big Rigdzin was performed together with a group of 15 new people showing interest in the teachings and finally Tulku Ugen gave Padmasambhava initiation. 

This establishes a new center from which with all the good wishes and blessings of this memorable day the teachings and the lineage of Terchen Tulku Nuden Dorje Drophan Lingpa shall flourish.

After few days it was already time to fly back to Warsaw, where Tulku Ugen could meet with Julita Oginsky whose health deteriorated gravely recently as most of you know already.

From Warsaw, a few days in Vienna and off again to fly back to India. 

During all this time the life at Khordong Byangter Gompa continued thanks to the care of Shashila and Lopon Gonpo Tsering. Everyone is now eagerly waiting Tulku Ugen's return.

Many many thanks to all of you who could make this visit possible. Thank you to all the organisers and coordinators for all your efforts and dedication. Thank you to all of you who made the time to gather around Tulku Ugen. It is the association of all this goodwill which makes a tradition strive and flourish. 

May your wishes of seeing Tulku Ugen again soon to practice together with him and receive initiations and blessings be fulfilled!!!

Sarwa Mangalam,

NB: If you have more photos of Tulku Ugen's visit this year, please share with us at chhimedrigdzinsociety@gmail.com and we will be delighted to update the slide show with more.

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3 September 2016

Tulku Ugen Chencho's Programme in Europe: Aug. 18th- Sep. 22nd


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28 August 2016

A Brief History of Khordong 1

Welcoming Chhimed Rigdzin Rinpoche at His monatery, May 1990

The name of my monastery is "Khordong Gompa".
 It means "one small house in a mountain's corner". In general, people don't know who made this monastery, but we understand that its founder was Nubchen Sangye Yeshe (one of the twenty-five disciples of Padmasambhava), who was a practicionner of Yamantaka.

Nubchen Sangye Yeshe built on the ground a huge Yamantaka mantra's prayer wheel (not in the air, as in general). Due to the ice, in winter times, we can hear it sounding, "grrr, grrr, grrr".

Where is this monastery located?
Generally, we can say that all Tibet is a place of Avalokiteshvara (i.e. his teaching place). But in particular, Padmasambhava (Tsokye Dorje) came to this place, and blessed it. His blessings are very powerful.
In the country called "Drolma Zalma Gang", there is a valley called "Nyikog" where the Nyetshe River flows. There are many great forests, flowers, many various medicine plants, waterfalls, many different kinds of birds, games (like tigers) and mountain animals like dears, etc.
   
In the upper part, there are plenty of animals producing milk - yaks, sheep, goats, etc. - and therefore there are lots of butter, cheese and milk.
In the lower part, many people are involved with agriculture work, and therefore the crops are consequent. Thus this is a very valuable place.

Concerning the religious aspect, each village has a monastery, as well as a lonely retreat place. Representatives of Shakya, Gelug, Kagyu and Nyingma are many.

Khordong monastery in Kham, in particular, is a Holy Place ("Ba yer Ga wa Long"). There is a Padmasambhava cave, where many dakinis gather, self existing mantras, etc. If you practice in this place, the diseases and obstacles of this life will be extinguished, you will gain the long life power, you will possibly get rich, and you will gain there enlightenment. It is thus near this very place that, in the eight century, Nubchen Sangye Yeshe made this prayer wheel, and for that reason the place has been called "Khor Lo Dong".
Padmasambhava himself recognized the eight auspicious signs self appearing on the mountains valley.

 The original Tibetan text has been written by Chhimed Rigdzin Rinpoche, who himself brought it to his monastery of Khordong in Kham (Tibet), in 1990. Marie-Neige Lefevbre brought it back from Tibet in 1997. Chhimed Rigdzin Rinpoche dictated its summarized translation to Nadia Maati and Nathalie Koralnik during the Butterlamp Retreat held on the monastery land, at Dhansara village, Siliguri, in January 1998). Typed in English by Nathalie Koralnik

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27 August 2016

A Brief History of Khordong 2

Khordong dancing

High Lamas of Khordong


Very high sages lived in the surroundings of Khordong monastery in Kham, and many people where therefore attracted to this place.

Among these sages, the first to settle there, in the twelfth century (the 7th Rabjiung, according to Tibetan system), was the tantric sage Ringa Changwa Amgon. He was contemporaneous with the First Dalai Lama and Rigdzin Logden Dorje (one of the twenty-five persons in Rigdzin Godem's lineage).
Ringa Changwa Amgon practiced Vajrakilaya during his entire life. He penetrated one rock with his phurba, and got many symbols. He fully dedicated his life to Dharma practice and benefited sentient beings. He died at the age of one hundred-and-ten. At that time, there was only one house on that mountain's corner, that is, "Khor Lo Dong".

The 2nd Lama was a woman named Rinchen Tsul Dror, who did dakini practice until the age of thirty-nine. Then she died, and her body was burnt. At that time, the skull bone appeared, bearing the inscription BAM HA RI NI SA. This was the sign that a wisdom dakini had manifested in a human body.

Later on came many lamas, who practiced there and gave many different teachings. They also built seven houses of about 19,136 square yards (16 m2). One would practice, cook and sleep there.

The 3rd lama who came there was the high lama Sangye Dorje.
 He had spent time at Bane monastery, where high lama Shakya Gyaltsen became his root guru. He became a good scholar, as well as a sage. He was able to go directly through mountains and rocks (it was not necessary for him to walk).
He built a big gompa in that place, which was then named "De Chen Sang Ga Khor Lo Dong". Sangye Dorje lived until the age of one hundred-and-seven. Along with him, many people came to that place: male dakas, female dakinis, all sages

The fourth lama to settle there was Je Wang Rinchen Puntsog. He practiced during all his life, and when hail storms were occuring, he just had to point his finger and the hail stones would fall on a small rock mountain instead of falling on the fields. He died at the age of seventy-three.

The fifth lama was called Lha Wang. He once showed his power to soften iron in his hands in softening a horseshoe. He died at the age of seventy-two.
   
The sixth lama, Sangye Tendzin. During a puja's ritual for a dead person, the picture of this person must be burned. During one of this pujas Sangye Tendzin burned it with his wisdom fire (there was no need for him to use any outer tool to light fire). He died at the age of sixty-seven.

The seventh lama, Lama Karma Lhawang showed a very bright intelligence since his early childhood. During a long life Puja for the village officer, Uchenora (there he was considered just as a "king"), and his family, Lama Karma Lhawang miraculously extended the long life banner. He made a Kriya Tantra (3 Ayus statues): Amitayus (Tsepagme), White Tara, Vijaya Devi. He developed the monastery, and died at the age of eighty-four. Chhimed Rigdzin Rinpoche himself saw those statues, unluckily broken at that time.

The eight lama was Sonam Sherab. At the time of his birth, light was seen, and his body was covered with small feathers, like a bird. He was a great Mahayana sage, and died at the age of seventy-four.

The nineth lama was the great sage Sangye Dorje's incarnation, Padma Kunsang Yeshe, who got the name Sherab Mebar in Dorje Drag monastery, because he was able to memorize a thick book at once.
Sangye Dorje only practiced Rigdzin Godem's terma (the Byang gTer). He became a monk of the seventh Dalai Lama (Kalzang Gyamtso). He went to gTsang (a branch monastery of Dorje Drag), where he got all Byangter lineage transmission from the head lama, Padma Shenyen, a very great sage.
Then he settled and practiced in the area of Dergye Dzogchen. Because of some obstacles, there was a thunderstorm. He took it away, collecting it all in a piece of cloth. Everything around him was burning, the forest, the mountain was blazing, but for him there was no trouble at all. He was able to teach the entire Northern Treasure by memory. He displayed many miracles, and his life was only a benefit for sentient beings.
He went to Do village (near Dodrubchen Rinpoche's monastery), and the village officer there gave him the monastery nearby. So that monastery, which was a Sakya's system monastery, became a Byangter's system monastery. Sherab Mebar introduced [in Khordong monastery] Tse-Bchö (a Padmasambhava's practice), lama dancing, as well as music and painting.
He died at the age of eighty. His substitute was Kalzang Gyamtso, a monk from Gyarong village.

The tenth guru was the great treasure finder, Padma Nudan Dorje Drophan Lingpa. He discovered many hidden treasures, and practiced Byangter. Through his very great compassion and the power of his blessing, people from different villages, as well as animals and even insects got enlightment by the mere fact of seeing him. He died at the age of seventy-three.

The eleventh lama was the great sage Sangdzin Gonpo Wangyal ("Sangdzin" means "great sage"). According to popular idea, his father was Abo Dorten. But naturally, Mahakala is his father. Gonpo Dong Ri is a Mahakala mountain - he was Mahakala's baby.
Many lamas said that he is very great, that he wrote many things, but actually he did not write. Among his gurus were Nudan Dorje, Ugyen Punzog from Bane monastery and Kunzan Niendrag (Sherab Mebar's incarnation) from Chugchong Monastery. He himself was very great, he gave many initiations, and died at the age of seventy-three.

The twelfth guru was Nudan Dorje's son, Padma Donsal. He was the incarnation of Chusang Namkha Yongya, a lama of Dorje Drag's monastery. He was a very great monk. He died at the age of ninety-three.

The thirteenth lama was Nudan Dorje's incarnation, Dorje Gyaltsen, i.e. Kalden Lingpa. He self studied, practiced, and gave teachings. He died at the age of thirty-seven. Many lamas say he was a great terton. But indeed, he didn't take out many things, only one Sengdongma text and two other volumes.

The fourteenth guru was Tulku Tsurlo (the incarnation of Vasumbindo, one of Buddha's disciples), he was in charge of Chug Chong monastery.
His younger brother, Gyurme Dorje, was in charge of Khordong monastery.
 Their father was Gonpo Wangyal and their mother, Nudan Dorje's daughter, Zhiwam Tso.
Tulku Tsurlo was himself also a great scholar and a great sage.
 He used to stay in Khordong monastery, where he did Yamantaka practice. He had recognized Nudan Dorje's incarnation, Chhimed Rigdzin, who stayed in Khordong monastery until he reached the age of nineteen. Tulku Tsurlo died at the age of seventy-three.

The 15th lama was Tulku Tsurlo's younger brother, Gyurme Dorje.
Once he got a beating from a great sage who was named as Vajradhara, Gyaje Tubthub, and he understood all Dharmadhatu and natural idea. He went from Eastern Tibet to Central Tibet, then to Tashiding, in Sikkim. He came back to Tibet and died after having completed all necessary deeds, at the age of seventy-eight.

Then, due to his own karma and reasons, Chhimed Rigdzin went to Nepal and India, following the advice of his guru Tulku Tsurlo. He travelled also to Ladak, Bhutan, Sikkim, Sri Lanka, Japan, Corea, China, England, France, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Poland, Austria, Australia, United States, Island, Sweden, Denmark, Scotland, etc.

In Tibet, he visited the various places of gTsang, Wee, Tshang Tang, Dergye, Dza Ko, Nyi Ko, Serta, Do Kog, Amdo, Dzeka, Gyarong, Trango, Lyiko, Namchan, Sokpo Kompo Pema Ko, Yarlong Sertö, Serma, Nemzog, Gorcheng, Jagtal, Guenta, Tseurma, Chechen, Raktom, rNyi Zog, rMewa, etc. He visited the very high holy places of Zang Zang Lharta, Samye, Samye Chimpu, Tak Yerwa, Tashiding in Sikkim, Gye Chen, Manka Sengye Yarzo, Sergye Gompo Yorö, Thorchang Tugche Tsempo, Tsö Nae, Dong Sag, Pogöj, Pani, Palhar Gang , Gyengang , Zahor Puni, Tsari, Khani (Kailash), Tso Pema, Sarnath and in Nepal Swayambhu, Namo Buddha, Asura Cave, Parping, Mara Zhikra, etc.

Since this monastery has started, about five hundred years have passed. And during that time, many many sages have dwelled in the monastery, whose names and lifes have not been mentioned in the above lines, like for example Tendzin Dorje, whose left thumb was half trimmed down by moving his mala's beeds while reciting mantras. He had the power of healing mad people by the mere fact of looking at them...

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