Monday, 10 January 2011

The arrival of His Holiness Dagyab Rinpoche and upcoming precious Dharma teachings

Another of my guru has arrived from Frankfurt, Germany, for 1.5 months of precious Dharma teachings and unusual empowerments. A warm welcome to His Holiness Dagyab Kyabgoen Rinpoche to Singapore!  Dagyab Rinpoche is a reincarnate high lama in his line of tradition, yet he is one of the most very, very, very, very humble teacher-guru I have ever met. His friendly and effervescent demeanor, as well as his acute knowledge and understanding of the Sutra and Tantra has earned him many students and followers from all over the world.

At the airport to welcome Rinpoche and he blesses everyone
Flower petals to welcome Rinpoche to Dro-Phen Ling
The Sangha waiting for Rinpoche's arrival
Rinpoche reaches DPL, welcomed by monks and students
According to tradition, flowers petals strewn on the path he walks on
Everyone bows and beautiful flower petals everywhere
Rinpoche offers karta to Shakyamuni Buddha
A silent prayer and prostrations to all the Buddhas
A smiling Rinpoche. Auspicious prayers followed by rice & tea
Rinpoche leaving for a rest before the teachings begin soon! 
As soon as Rinpoche arrived in Dro Phen Ling, the bright and sunny afternoon was transformed into a sudden welcome drizzle, followed by a few minutes of big drops of rain all in a mere 15 minutes and it stopped.  As we are aware, this was such an auspicious sign and blessings. 

H.H. Dagyab Rinpoche belongs to the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Rinpoche was recognized as the reincarnation of the 9th Kyabgon of Dagyab in 1945. He is the spiritual and political head or 'Kyabgon' (Lord Protector) of the Dagyab region in Eastern Tibet, like his predecessors since the 17th century. He is especially connected to Dharma Protector Setrap due to his line of reincarnation, and Protector Setrap is a manifestation of Buddha Amitabha in the wrathful form, and resides in the Western Pure Realm of Sukhavati.

Rinpoche is one of the rare living masters today who holds the most transmissions of the Gelugpa lineage, as well as a vast number of transmissions of the Sakya and Kagyu schools. Rinpoche himself received many teachings from different Tibetan Buddhist traditions, particularly from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as well as His Holiness Sakya Trizin and Kalu Rinpoche. He was also one of the closest students of the late Kyabje Trijiang Rinpoche.

In 1959 Rinpoche left Tibet together with H.H. the Dalai Lama and settled in India where he received his Geshe Lharampa degree. In 1966 Rinpoche was invited to teach at the University of Bonn in Germany. Read more about Rinpoche here.

This clip shows His Holiness Dalai Lama in a visit to Frankfurt Germany in 2009 with Dagyab Rinpoche. Tibet House Frankfurt was founded under the patronage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and under the spiritual guidance of Dagyab Kyabgoen Rinpoche.

There will be upcoming programs both at DPL and in Suntec City, conducted by Dagyab Rinpoche and 20 monks from Gaden Shartse Monastery. Here are some program highlights. Those empowerments which I personally feel are precious, rare and unusual are highlighted in red.  I would encourage anyone who are currently facing different obstacles to attend all the different types of pujas which can aid in cleansing, purification and healing. Please find the timings and complete details in Dro-Phen Ling's website and updates in their FB Page.

TEACHINGS

Jan 13,14,15,16 
Jewel Garland of Bodhisattva & Teaching on Exchanging Self & Others (by Lord Atisha)

Jan 28,29,30, Feb 10,11
Sacred Tantra Teachings (Pre-registration is required)

EMPOWERMENTS

Jan 21,22 - Hayagriva Empowerment (Pre-registration is required)
Jan 23 - Vajravarahi Empowerment (Pre-registration is required)
Feb 12- 4 Empowerments Blessings of “Sixteen Drops” of the Kadampas ***
Feb 13 - Lama Tsongkapa’s Long Life & Protector Setrap’s Initiation ***

IN-HOUSE PUJAS

Jan 15 - White Umbrella Goddess Puja
Jan 22 - Eliminating-Disease & Subduing-Demonic Forces Puja
Jan 29 - Leng Chag Torma Puja (to repay debts of past lifetimes)
Feb 12 - Four Great Mandala Offerings to Tara Goddess
Feb 26 - Ritual Offerings to Protector Setrap
Feb 13, 27 - Guru Puja & Tsog Offering

GRAND PUJA IN SUNTEC CITY

Feb 18
- Heart Sutra Obstacle-Clearing Puja
- Dorje Namjom Healing Cleansing Puja
- Initiation of Wish-Fullfilling Yellow Tara ***

Feb 19
- Powerful Tara Demon-Subduing & Debts-Repay Grand Puja
- Career Blessing and Business-Boost Grand Puja
- Initiation of the Goddess Prajnaparamita ***

Feb 20
- Namtose Wealth-Congregating Merit-Increase Grand Puja
- Obeisance & Ritual offerings to Buddha Shakyamuni & 16 Arhats
- Initiation of Buddha Shakyamuni & 16 Arhats ***  

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