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Parinirvana of The 8th Kyabgon Choegon Rinpoche (17th Nov., 2018)

On the 10th day of the tenth month in Tibetan lunar calendar is the parinirvana anniversary of The 8th Kyabgon Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche, which is also a special day of Guru Rinpoche.

The Drukpa Choegon Rinpoches are revered as "Tuchen Dorje Jinpa," "Dorje Jinpa of Tsari," "Dorje Jinpei Wangchuk," etc., means the 'Vajra Holder of Great Power,' 'The Great Vajra Holder of the Sacred Holy Place of Tsari,' 'The Lord of All Vajra Holders' respectively.

The 8th Tuchen Dorje Jinpa was one of the most venerated Drukpa Kargyu Golden Rosary Masters and Lineage Holder. It's owing to his foresightedness through his supreme realization and selflessness in safeguarding the lineage teachings that the enlightened essence of Drukpa Kargyu is being preserved unbrokenly until the current day.

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The precious images of The 8th Kyabgon Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche. Top: the last few photos taken before Rinpoche entered into parinirvana; Bottom left: the earlier photo taken in Tibet; Bottom Right: the hand-painted colour photo taken at the later age in the Himalayan region.

Dechen Choekhor Monastery in Tibet and India, as well as all other branch monasteries of Dechen Choekhor are conducting special puja, particularly the Guru Offering (Lama Chopa) and Confession Practices on this memorable day commemorating the passing of this eminent Drukpa Kargyu's master.

The 8th Kyabgon Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche, Thutop Chokyi Gyamtso spent his entire life, diligently and selflessly collected and preserved the teachings of the Drukpa Kargyu, and transmitted these sacred teachings and transmissions to the most remote regions of Tibet and the Himalayan. It is due to his great kindness and exertion that the Drukpa Kargyu Lineage flourishes today in Tibet, Nepal and India.

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The two heartsons of The 8th Kyabgon Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche - The 8th Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche and The 8th Kyabje Adeu Rinpoche - Root Gurus to the present Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche, the 9th.

Passing away in 1964 in his eighties in the remote region of Kinnaur, The 8th Kyabgon Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche had many disciples, among his disciples were the 11th Gyalwang Drukchen, the 7th and 8th Khamtrul Rinpoches, the 8th Adeu Rinpoche, Drubwang Shakya Shri, Pema Choegyal, Sengdak Rinpoche, H.H. Je Khenpo Kunleg of Bhutan, Apo Rinpoche, the 2nd Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Thuksey Rinpoche and almost every Drukpa master that existed around that period of time.

Today's Drukpa Kargyu Lineage Holders are mainly holding the lineage of the 8th Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche of Dechen Choekhor. Thus, He not only maintained the essence and purity of the sacred enlightened lineage, but truly an omniscience embodiment of Vajradhara.

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Top: The present 9th Kyabje Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche conferring Vajrapani Empowerment in Lippa Monastery, Kinnaur. Bottom Left: One of the residences in Lippa where the previous Choegon Rinpoche stayed and performed retreat for a couple of months. Bottom Right: The front view of Lippa Monastery.

The Powerful Blessings on the Parinirvana Anniversary of Enlightened Masters

As with the Mahaparinirvana anniversary of Lord Buddha, the parinirvana anniversary of the great enlightened masters is an especially blessful day for the practitioners to engage seriously in their practices. The master's physical body may have been gone from this world, but his blessings remain. It is said that the power of the master's blessings is most powerful at the moment he entered into parinirvana, and on all his parinirvana anniversaries. Thus, it's the best possible time for meditators and practitioners to deepen their realization. It's almost like merging your ordinary mind with the enlightened mind of the master. Practicing Guru Yoga with fervent and yearning devotion on this day is extremely beneficial.

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