Bhutan Shabten with H.E. Thuksey Rinpoche
October 2, 2009
His Holiness the XII Gyalwang Drukpa’s Shabten on 30th August 2009
On the 10th day of 7th month of Tibetan calendar (i.e The Anniversary of Guru Khading Tsal, one of Guru Padmasambha’s manifestations), Thuksey Rinpoche and the Bhutanese volunteers conducted a Shabten practice for the long life of His Holiness the XII Gyalwang Drukpa, the Drukpa masters and also for the benefit of all the sentient beings.
This time the Shabten practice was carried out at Tango Monastery. The word Tango literally means ‘Horse head’ and is derived from the deity Tandin (Hayagriva) that the head of a horse. The revered place of Hayagriva was first recognized by Guru Rinpoche in the eighth century. In 1222 A.D. Phajo Drugom Zhigpo visited the place and while he was involved in his teachings in Dodeyna, he heard the neighing of a horse approaching from the direction of Tango. On approaching the place, to his surprise he saw a cliff, alleged to be the body of the deity Tandin, engulfed in flames. The deity appeared before him in person and prophesied that Phajo would build a meditation centre at Tango, marry the Dakini, Khando Sonam Peldon and lay the foundations for the Drukpa School in Bhutan.
The practice was performed coinciding with the Yarney time (Monk’s Summer Retreat).
Yar means “Summer” and Ney means “To stay”. It is a one-and-a-half -month period where the monks take special vows and observe the strictest monastic disciplines( like not eating meal during the afternoon, not leaving the premises, and not indulging in any entertainment on days off. Dressed in their ceremonial yellow robes, the monks take their meals from the begging bowls and chant elaborate prayers before and after eating. Study and practice go on as usual, and a peaceful contemplative atmosphere pervades the monastery. Yarney is considered as one of the important practice in accumulating great merits. Lay peoples often take part by making special offerings of tea and food to the sangha during this period of time.
So the Bhutanese ADC Volunteers took this opportunity and:
Offered breakfast for 280 monks.
Conducted Tshepamey ( Long life prayer) in the Monastery.
Conducted Tsok offering Puja headed by H.E.Thuksey Rinpoche at the main sacred site of Tango, where Phajo Drugom Zhipo saw a cliff alleged to be the body of the deity Tandin engulfed in flames.
Recited Chenrizig and Guru Rinpoche’s mantra, followed by His Holiness the XII Gyalwang Drukpa’s long life prayer
And concluded with the dedication prayer.
I bow three times very respectfully at your Lotus feet.
I just make wishes from the depth of my heart for Your Long Life and to see all your activities flourished without efforts, for the benefit of all beings, and I hope to welcome you very soon in Drukpa Plouray.
Hapyy birthday Your Eminence
With all my prayers and love.
Djigme Indra Padma
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