Religion: His Eminence Drupwang Sangay Nyenpa Rinpoche will administer an oral transmission (Jaklung) of Prajnaparamita, the ‘Perfection of Wisdom’ from March 1 to 7 in Paro town.

Prajnaparamita is the teachings of Lord Buddha, which is believed to have been revealed by the great Buddhist philosopher, Nagarjuna from the Naga world (Lu yul).

Prajnaparamita in Tibetan is called ‘Bhum,’ which literally means one hundred thousands pages of sutra. The 12-volume Prajnaparamita consists of one hundred thousand pages of the Buddha’s teachings on the essence of emptiness and the perfected way of seeing the nature of reality.

Prajnaparamita is the extensive version while the medium is called Nyethri or twenty thousand pages, and the briefest version is the Gyatongpa or eight thousand pages.

From two aspects of Buddha’s teaching: Tantra and sutra, Prajanaparamita is the sutra aspect of teachings that explains the state beyond duality and ignorance.

Zhenphen Jangsem Tshogpa will be organising the transmission near Paro town where the annual Moenlam Chhenmo is organised.

Rinzing Wangmo Dukpa, a member of the tshogpa said that receiving the oral transmission of Prajnaparamita allows one to connect to the lineage of the practitioner of Prajanapramita and that it would also enable the actualisation of the practice.

In the afternoon, the rinpoche will preside over the oral transmission of the Thirty Seven Practices of the Bodhisattvas (Gyalsey Laglen), which is a set of instructions on how to follow the Bodhisattva path.

Gyalse Tokme Zangpo, a highly learned scholar and a writer, wrote the Thirty Seven Practices of the Bodhisattvas.

On March 7, His Eminence Sangay Nyenpa Rinpoche will give an empowerment on the Karling Zhethro, which is a practice of a hundred deities that represent purified elements of the body and mind.

Revealed by Terton Karma Lingpa, the Karling Zhethro text talks about 42 peaceful (Zhe) and 52 wrathful (Thro) deities, who are believed to manifest to those who have passed away and are in the intermediate state (Bardo).

If practiced well, these deities would appear and one will be able to mingle with them and ultimately be freed from the Bardo state said Rinzing Wangmo Dukpa.

His Eminence Drukwang Sangay Nyenpa Rinpoche was born in 1964 near Paro Taktsang and was recognised as the 10th Sangay Nyenpa Rinpoche by the 16th Karmapa His Holiness Rangjung Rigpe Dorje.

His first reincarnation was Sangay Nyempa, Tashi Paljor who was a disciple of the 7th Karmapa Choedak Gyatsho and the teacher of the 8th Karmapa Mikyo Dorje.

Rinpoche studied philosophy, tantrayana, sutrayana, liturgy and meditation for eighteen years at the Nalanda Institute in Rumtek under the spiritual guidance of the 12th Karmapa and obtained the title of Acharya. He is also a student of His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

Among many dharma projects that Rinpoche initiated he has restored his traditional seat in Kham, Tibet and founded a shedra in Pharping near Kathmandu in Nepal.

Today Rinpoche often travels to countries in Asia and Europe to give teachings.

The oral transmission and empowerment programme is aimed at commemorating the first Birth Anniversary of The Gyalsey and His Majesty The King’s Birth Anniversary today, and to bring harmony and prosperity to the nation, and Buddha Dharma.

Tenzin Namgyel