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Khenpo Ugyen Wangchuk

The Red Vajrasattva practice has been held at Rigzdin Ling, with daily practice and a drubchen annually each year.  This year Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche was the Vajra Master.   Khenpo Ugyen Wangchuk, a scholar accomplished in the arts of the Vajrayana, was the skilled umze and, as in years before, patiently coached our chopens, musicians and other participants with humor, skill and precision.

This year’s practice was attended by several Chagdud Gonpa lamas and  marked with exceptionally strong signs of accomplishment, as well as abundant joy and good humor.

For a short slide show of photographs from the event, click on the photo above, or this link to the Chagdud Gonpa web gallery. For the entire album of photos, click here to link to the dharmaphotos gallery. 

Here are a few photos from the annual Rigdzin Dupa retreat at Ati Ling.


(click the photo for a slide show)


for more photos of the event, click here.


Encountering the very wrathful compassionate energy of Kunt’hup Gyalmo, the queen who is equal to all.  Fearsome and energetic, her eyes bulging, she crushes to dust obstacles of broken samaya and random negative forces.

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Red Vajrasattva drubchen, Rigdzin Ling.

With Lama Padma Gyatso, Bhodi Montgomery and Lama Choyang

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with Tulku Sang-ngag, Senge Khadro, and Lama Padma Gyatso

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with Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche.

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Lama Dancing during the Red Vajrasattva Drubchen at Rigzdin Ling.

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These kids are attending a school (shedra) at Tromge Monastery in the Tromt’har Valley in Tibet,, learning Tibetan language and culture before entering the mandatory Chinese schools.  The shedra is open to all kids, boys and girls, regardless of whether they will follow a monastic or secular path.   You can contribute to the shedra through Amrita.

The Vajrakilya Drubchod is held annually to coincide with Losar, the Tibetan New Year’s.  The ten day retreat, which clears away obstacles for the coming year, includes a practice in which  negativities are symbolically burned.  After this section, called the dogpa, is competed, the participants return to the shrine room, not looking back.  This year lama dancing was performed outside the door of Tara House before participants returned freshly to the shrine room.

A slide show and album can be viewed here.

Rigzdin Ling

Every year Jigme Rinpoche holds a Vajrakilya retreat at the western New Year.  Photos of this year’s retreat are here.