idea1.jpg 23rd January 2008 at 7pm Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), 10 Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1 Cost £15 (£10 concessions) payable on the door. No advance booking.
Sunday, 28 October 2007 00:50

Website Makeover

New SiteThe www.drukpa.org.uk website has been given a makeover. (you may have noticed). The structure is still developing, and some items are currently missing - the shop and photoalbum will re-appear soon. All the old content will be given the makeover treatment, and some new features will be added. First new feature is the event calendar, which also gives out an iCal feed. If you have a Mac or Outlook 2007 you should be able to subscribe, and new events will be automatically added to your diary.

Saturday, 06 October 2007 00:30

New Drukpa Centre open in London

We are happy to announce that Drukpa UK now has a home in central London. The Drukpa London Centre has been given the name Drukpa Kunga Peljör by His Holiness. Drubpon Nawang has given an outline for an increased practice schedule download a copy here. Directions to the centre can be downloaded here.

This year (2006) marks the 8th centenary of the founding of the Drukpa Lineage by Tsangpa Gyare Yeshe Dorje. "800 years of hard work" as the current Gyalwang Drukpa puts it! Though Tsangpa Gyare was from the area of Tsang in Tibet, he was actually of Chinese (Gya) descent - his grandfather had helped bring the famous statue of Jowo Shakyamuni to Lhasa as a present from the Chinese Emperor to King Songtsen Gampo. He studied under Ling Repa, one of the great masters of the period, a generation after Gampopa and Rechungpa. Ling Repa had taught him much in accordance with the yogic practices of Naropa and Milarepa - the "re" in "Gyare" refers to his accomplishment of the tummo practice that allowed him to wander clothed only in a cotton cloth regardless of the external conditions - a "repa" or "cotton clad one".

Tsangpa Gyare Yeshe Dorje (1161-1211)It was whilst on retreat sealed in a meditation cell at Lhodrak Kharchu, following Ling Repa’s passing that he acheived the supreme insight – his realisation of Mahamudra became vast and free. He then roamed from place to place meditating in sacred places.
Lama Zhang, founder of the Tshalpa Kagyud, requested Tsangpa Gyare to take ordination in order to benefit more beings. Tsangpa Gyare saw himself giving teachings to many monks in a dream, and dreamt that the lineage of Lord Naphuwa would be held by ordained monks. Shortly afterwards, aged 33, he was ordained as a Bhikshu by Khenchen Zopa and given the name Yeshe Dorje.

Monday, 25 May 2015 23:06

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We have been very fortunate to have His Holiness's nun Khenmo Tingdzin staying with us in London for a few months. During her stay His Holiness has requested her to teach us in detail on the various practices - mudras, visualisations, melodies etc

Khenmo will be coming to Canterbury on Sunday 1st Feb 2:30 - 5:30 to talk about Compassion and the practice of Chenrezig.

The event will be at

Concorde House Clinic,
26a Stour Street
Canterbury CT1 2NZ

A major aftershock with magnitude 6.7 just occurred less than an hour ago. Please join hands to recite "Praise to 21 Taras" for Nepal, for the victims, survivors and their families. ~ Request by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa on 26th April 2015

Listen to Praise to 21 Taras here

Saturday, 23 May 2015 22:59

Drukpa centres worldwide

 

  HIS HOLINESS GYALWANG DRUKPA www.drukpa.org
  Drukpa Publications Ltd (DPPL) www.drukpa.com
  Druk Amitabha Mountain www.drukpa-nuns.org
America    
  Drukpa Eugene/NY/NJ www.drukpafoundation.org
  Drukpa Los Angeles www.drukpala.org
  Drukpa Mexico www.drukpamexico.org
  Drukpa Peru www.drukpaperu.org
Asia    
  Drukpa Hong Kong www.drukpa-hk.org
  Drukpa Vietnam www.drukpavietnam.org
  Drukpa Kuala Lumpur www.drukpa-kl.org
  Drukpa Penang www.drukpa.org.my
Europe    
  Drukpa Plouray www.drukpa.eu
  Drukpa Paris www.drukpa-paris.org
  Drukpa Spain www.drukpaspain.org
  Drukpa Canaries www.drukpa-canaria.org
  Drukpa Germany Kassel www.drukpa-germany.org
  Drukpa Germany Hamburg www.drukpa-hamburg.org
  Drukpa Monaco www.monaco.drukpa.eu
  Drukpa Poland www.drukpa.org.pl
  Drukpa Switzerland www.drukpasuisse.ch
Saturday, 23 May 2015 22:59

Drubpon Ngawang

Drubpön Ngawang's ancestors were all excellent practitioners and some of them were even realised masters of Dzogchen in Bhutan, the country that still has the good fortune of holding the blessing of Guru Padmasambhava. In addition, his familial lineage has a great reputation of containing heroic personages in many respects. In regard to Drubpön Ngawang himself, his father was told by the late Dudjom Rinpoche that his son should be given to Thuksay Rinpoche, and I think that this was very significant in that His Holiness had foreseen that Drubpön's activities would be beneficial to many beings. As everyone can see, Drubpön Ngawang is a great helper to the Masters from whom he took teachings. This actually means that he has and is developed in his practice successfully. He has no interest to show or to talk about his realisation or anything about his own positive spiritual qualities. That in itself is a great quality according to my understanding, due to the fact that, unfortunately, we can easily be deceived by certain inauthentic masters who have many beautiful things to say about themselves. The only reliable way to judge a Drubpön is through his genuine moral practices, his Guru devotion, his simplicity of living and his skill of dealing with others. One must take time, I think, to confirm the Drubpön's qualities as being truly positive or negative.

We call Drubpön Ngawang 'Nawang Chenpo' as 'Chenpo' in Tibetan means big. I remember that even when he was around 10 years old, he was quite big. He had a tall body with a beautiful plump face as he still has today. Anyway, that is his appearance, but I think he also has an enormous space in his inside which, when he was younger, allowed him the wonderful time that he had with his Guru, the late Thuksay Rinpoche, whom he served for more than 15 years, day and night. People would not even have an inkling of how hard, emotionally and physically, it is to serve a traditional master in a genuine way, unless they have read of Marpa, Milarepa or read some other genuine Master's biography. It is very rare and only truly fortunate people can joyfully serve their Master full time without a day of rest or a fracture of a doubt as did Nawang! It is true that many of us have the fantasy of serving a Master from some romantic picture that is created in the temporal mind. However, that particular romance is hardly achievable for most common beings. I have seen many of them having a big problem in their head after having the fortune of serving their master, and subsequently, if they are smart enough, they will step back. If not, they will get burned by their impure vision of the Master and their doubt in the teachings. They will look down upon Dharma friends and sustain the special pride of being a special person. As a result of this negative impact, the activities of the Master will be disturbed and beings will not be benefited as the Master had planned.

Therefore, I would say that one has to be especially fortunate like Drubpön Ngawang to have completed such service with no difficulties in his mind at all. I can be the only witness, if you like, of his positivity of life with our Guru. His tolerance, simplicity, understanding and diligence in fulfilling the Master's wishes everyday with no questions at all really made me feel so appreciative. Not only that, he has achieved the same amount of benefit as tens of preliminary practices through his genuine service that he offered to his master. Therefore, he was one of the first and very few people to whom I taught high tantric practices. I had no doubt in teaching him whatsoever. Also, he did everything that was told to him to be done perfectly with one-pointed devotion. In fact, I was told by our great Guru, the late Thuksay Rinpoche, as one of his instructions just a few months before he passed away to take him as my student and guide him in meditation, with the additional prophecy that "Nawang will never betray you and will hopefully serve you continually like he did me," and further requested me, "Do not forget to keep him within your love." Having that in my mind, I have a great trust in his helping me and my activities in running centres and guiding my other students who are in need of spiritual support.

"This brief description of Drubpön Ngawang's life and activities was written by me for website publication and is by no means a definitive account of his life as there are countless things I could say about him from my life with him, yet I would not like to tire your eyes. What I have written is to inform people and evoke their genuine motivation to be good practitioners of the Dharma in order to benefit all beings."

The Twelfth Gyalwang Drukpa

Saturday, 23 May 2015 22:58

The Drukpa Lineage

The Drukpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism stems directly from the primordial Buddha Vajradhara (Dorje Chang in Tibetan) and descends through an unbroken line of enlightened Masters. The early founders of the lineage include the great teachers Tilopa, Naropa, Marpa, Milarepa, Gampopa, Rechungpa, Phagmo Drupa and Lingchen Repa. Lingchen Repa was the guru of the first Gyalwang Drukpa, Tsangpa Gyare. Tsangpa Gyare was recognized as the Buddha of Compassion, (Chenrezig Tib. or Avolokiteshvara Skt.), in human form, as well as an incarnation of the first Buddhist King of Tibet, Songsten Gampo, the great sage Naropa and Milarepa's son-like disciple Gampopa. The lineage spread throughout Tibet, Ladakh, Northern India and Bhutan, and is renowned for the pure qualities of its practitioners and the numerous yogis who have attained enlightenment. His Holiness Jigme Pema Wangchen, the present Gyalwang Drukpa, is the twelfth reincarnation of the supreme head of this tradition.

For more detailed information on His Holiness's family, lineage, personal Gurus and teaching programme please click on the official site of His Holiness the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa, www.drukpa.org

For teachings by His Holiness and other Drukpa masters, visit the website of www.drukpa.com

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