Ripa Russia Events: May – June, 2015
Inauguration of Moscow Ripa Center
Inauguration of Monastery Urgen Sangak Choiling, Kalmykia
Teaching in Russia, Moscow
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Kalmykia: Report on the Hayagriva Drupcho and the Yidam Gongdü Transmissions
His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche and members of his family – son Lhunpo Tulku, daughter Semo Pede, younger brother Karma Shedrub, and twelve monks from the monasteries in Nepal and India, safely arrived to the capital of Kalmykia on August 20, 2013.
Especially for this event there was erected a large snow-white tent, Gompa, exquisitely decorated with images of the Buddhas, thankas, statues and rugs. The opening ceremony of the cycle of teachings “Yidam Gongdgü ” was celebrated on August 23. For the first seven days we had scheduled the Hayagriva Drubchen and for the following seven days there were planned the series of initiations from the terma Taksham Nuden Dorje ” Yidam Gongdü.”
The opening ceremony was attended by the Head of the Republic of Kalmykia, Mr. Orlov, who warmly congratulated the people of Kalmykia on such important and unique event. On behalf of the city of Elista, the capital of Kalmykia, Rinpoche and his family was greeted by the city mayor Mr. Namruev VH and the world champion of MMA, Mr. Batu Hasikov.
The Hayagriva Drubchen started on the 23rd of August with the blessing of the land and installation of the Mandala, as well as the laying of the mandala ritual objects and substances for the blessing. The following day was blessed with Lama Dances and the manifestation of many auspicious signs, such as strong winds, heavy rain, etc.
The following days, from 6 am to 7 pm, were filled with the recitation of the long Hayagriva sadhana, which was especially translated for this event and printed in Russian — all 400 pages of concise text in Tibetan, with transcription and translation. Every evening was completed with the tsok offering, Tantric dance and fire offering “Dzhinseg” with the reading of the names.
August 29th, the last day of Drubchen, started at 4 am at dawn, with Hayagriva Empowerment, receiving Siddhis and the opening ceremony of the Mandala. Everyone present received Siddhis – blessing by all ritual items, precious nectar and long life pills.
At the end of the Drubchen Rinpoche gave Lungs and offered a Refuge ceremony. This was followed by the joyful celebration – people read poems, sang songs and danced!
On August 31st in the village of Trinity, next to the ongoing construction of the future Temple “Urgyen Sangak Choeling” that was blessed and given name by Namkha Rinpoche during his previous visits, Rinpoche held Gesar Sang for removing obstacles, increasing energy and summoning the Lungta of well-being. Rinpoche was rejoicing in the fact that this Temple will be solely dedicated to the Nyingma tradition, in particular the lineages of Ripa and Taksham. With great interest and pleasure Rinpoche inspected all the inner rooms of the new construction, blessed the interior of the temple and thanked everyone who is involved in the construction efforts and allocating the resources.
In the remaining seven days in September Rinpoche gave the transmission of the full cycle Yidam Gongdü initiations. The unforgettable week of transmissions was followed by the grand conclusion of the Teachings and vast cultural program.
There were so many faithful disciples present in Kalmykia during those two weeks. Our vajra brothers and sisters arrived from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Armenia, Switzerland, Germany, and even America. Russian Buddhists came from so many different cities – Moscow , St. Petersburg , Krasnodar , Stavropol , Astrakhan, Volgograd , Sochi , Rostov -on-Don , Kirov , Arkhangelsk , Murmansk, Nizhny Novgorod , Naberezhnye Chelny, Ulan -Ude , Sayan, and even Yuzhno -Sakhalinsk (just think of a distance between Elista and Yuzhno -Sakhalinsk – 9500km)!
We would like to give our heartfelt thanks mainly to the Precious Teachers who poured the Precious Dharma Nectar on Kalmyk land for the benefit of all sentient beings! Good health and long life to HE Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche and all our teachers, may we never part with them until the Enlightenment is reached!
Thanks to the government of the Republic of Kalmykia for giving us all possible assistance and support in carrying out such memorable, complicated and important event! We strongly believe it will bring immeasurable benefit not only to the land of Kalmykia, but to the whole world in general!
We would like to thank all the sponsors and benefactors for their financial assistance and support! Without your help this event would not be possible!
Deepest gratitude to all friends, visitors, pilgrims and all who were able to come to this unique program! We embrace everyone and welcome once again to visit our sunny Kalmykia!
With deepest gratitude,
August 23 — September 1, 2013
To find out more, please visit the Kalmykia website directly at: http://ripa.su/