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His Holiness Sakya Trizen, visited Chagdud Gonpa Dechen Ling in Cottage Grove, Oregon, and gave the oral transmission for the Red Tara practice.  His Holiness’ visit was a wonderful blessing for the center at River House, Chagdud Rinpoche’s first seat in the West.  His Holiness is the incarnation of Apong Terton, who revealed the Red Tara practice.Click on the photo for a slide show of the visit.

After blessing Dechen Ling, His Holiness went to The Village Green, in Cottage Grove, where he gave a Medicine Buddha empowerment to a large audience.
Clicking on the photos will take you to a slide show of the event.

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Losar morning began with a recitation of prayers in the Shrine Room lobby and the renewal of vows at the stupa of Chagdud Rinpoche, and followed by a lovely Red Tara tsok.


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 In the afternoon, visitors from the community joined us  for refreshments and to view the raising new prayer flags on “Meditation Hill”.

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After the flag raising, many, many butterlamps were offered.

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Lama Padma Dorje Rinpoche, Lama Padma Gyatso, Lama Tsering & Lama Norbu

This year Lama Padma Dorje Rinpoche again was Vajra Master for the Vajrakilya drubchod at Rigzdin Ling, held each year to purify accumulated past karma and to clear away obstacles for the coming year.  He was joined by Lamas Padma, Tsering, Norbu and Thubden, as well as Gatsal Lama (Lama Jamie) from Williams, who was the chant leader, umze.

After a ceremony outside on the last day, participants re-enter the shrine room, tossing tsampa (ground roasted barley flour) in the air, celebrating health and prosperity for the new year.

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Entering the Shrine Room for the New Year, after completing the ceremonies.

Vajrakilaya Drubchod is held yearly at Chagdud Gonpa Ati Ling at New Year’s. Click here, or on the picture, for a slideshow of the 2012/2013 event, which was led by Jigme Tronge Rinpoche, and attended by Lama Jigme, from Eugene, Oregon, and Tulku Max from San Francisco.

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This year’s annual Red Tara Tsog Offering in Cottage Grove was attended a host of lamas.  Jigme Tromge Rinpoche, the Vajra Master and Gatsal Lama as umze were joined by Lama Tsering  and Lama Norbu from Brazil, Lama Padma from Seattle, Lama Inge from Spokane,  Lama Trinley and Lama Dorje from Cottage Grove, Lama Thubden from Rigzdin Ling, and Lama Zangpo, ending his retreat in the Yukon. Lama Jigme from Eugene joined us, as did Lama Sonam.

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This year’s Rigzdin Dupa practice at Ati Ling eclipsed the most popular event of the weekend, the annular solar eclipse of the sun, which occured during the close of the event on Sunday.  During the three day event, 100,000 tsok offerings were made, and Jigme Rinpoche taught on Jigme Lingpa’s profound practice each morning and afternoon.  Lama Padma Dorje, Lama Padma Gyatso and Lama Thubten also participated.

For more photos, click on the picture below, or this link.
A full collection of photos can be found here.

The Red Vajrasattva practice is held at Rigzdn Ling yearly, and this year’s event was the first drubchen held in the newly remodeled shrine room, and marked the beginning of Losar events a celebrations.  Khenpo Ugyen Wangchuk tirelessly help with preparations and taught the staff many ritual practices, and was Umze for the practice. Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche was Vajra Master of this retreat that had many signs of success.

Here is a slide show (with a link to the gallery) of a few photos from the drubchen.  Click on the photo to begin.

The staff and participants worked very hard to make the drubchen a success.  Here’s a time-lapse movie of a few minutes during the final set-up for a fire ceremony on the last day of the retreat.

It’s winter at Rigzdin Ling, and, although the drubchen was largely held under clear, crisp and cold skies, a valley fog often forms along the river, and slowly changes as the sun rises and the day warms. ….

Carrying the Vajrakilaya Statue into place

During retreat at Rigzdin Ling, Tulku Sang-Ngag Rinpoche bestowed the Vajrakilaya empowerment and also consecrated the Varakilaya statue that has been in the Shrine Room for many years.

The statue was repaired, and Sangngag Rinpoche, with the assistance of Khenpo Ugyen Wangchuk and several Chagdud Gonpa lamas, reinstalled the mantras and sacred substances blessed by H.E. Chagdud Rinpoche

Months and months of intense work went into repairing, finishing and polishing the statue, before the consecration, and now Vajrakilaya once again  sits next to Red Tara on the shrine.

Click  for a slide show of the consecration.

The drubchen for the Kusum Gongdu Chenrezig practice was held again this year on Orcas Island.

Lama Padma Yontan Gyatso (Richard Baldwin) was the Vajra Master, and Chagdud Khadro and Lama Thubten also attended.

Members of the sanghas of Amrita in Seattle, Ati Ling in California, and Vajra North in the Yukon,  as well as others,  gathered together for inspiring practice, hard work and friendship.

Click here for the album, and to download pictures, or enjoy the slide show below with sound.

Akhyuk Rinpoche, one of the senior-most teachers of the Nyingma school residing in Tibet, has just passed away.
A student of Tromge Arik,  serving him for thirty-three years, he endured great hardship to be with his teacher during the Cultural Revolution.    Later, he taught widely and together with the late Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok (1933-2004), Akhyuk Rinpoche revitalized the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism in Eastern Tibet, eventually drawing tens of thousands of students from across Tibet and China to his Buddhist encampment of Yachen Gar, which is just around the corner from  Tromge Gonpa.