Today is an auspicious day that not many people may know about. It is the parinirvana date of the great scholar, master and vidhyadhara Longchen Rabjam (1308–1364). Longchenpa was a major teacher within the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism.
He is well known for compiling the essence of Buddhism within his works known as the Seven Treasures. Most know that our late Holiness Penor Rinpoche was a manifestation of Vimalamitra. He was also considered to be an emanation of Longchenpa too.
Longchen Rabjampa was born in Central Tibet. Longchenpa’s parinirvana occurred on the eighteenth day of the twelfth lunar month of the Water-Female-Hare year. This year it happens to fall on January 30th. In the eastern culture it is common to go by the lunar calender, so every year it will be different.
The Kalachakra Tantra of Holding the Qualities of the Lama teaches:
The merit accumulated by making offerings on the anniversary of one’s lama will dispel negative karma and obscurations accrued for countless eons, like the rays of the sun dispelling darkness.
Making offerings or preparing a tsok feast is one of the most meritorous actions one can do on this special occasion.
At the end of each year the major schools of Tibetan Buddhism hold a Drupchen to accumulate merit and purify the karmas of the passing year. Ayang Rinpoche is a Drikung Kagyu lama who holds both Nyingma and Drikung lineage. I received an email stating that their monastery will be performing a special Drupchen as follows:
Annual Guru Drakpo (Wrathful Guru Rinpoche) Drupchen
February 2-8, 2013
At the monastery, the wrathful practice of Guru Dragpo is performed on the final days of the year. All the negative activities, bad fortune, and undesirable circumstances of the old year are burned and cleansed, and illness and obstacles are pacified.
Through this practice, all positive circumstances increase and Dharma activities can be accomplished in the new year.
You can sponsor 1 day/full 7 days for the benefit of ourselves and the world:
Meals for 280 monks – $30/$210
Offering materials – $10/$70
108 Butterlamps – $5/$35
Tsok – $15/$105
Offerings to monks, khenpos, Loppon, Chant master – $35/$245
Full Drupchen – $95/$665
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