The main practice of the seventh week of Rinpoche’s Parinirvana Puja, the Hevajra practice, begins.

July 16, according to the instructions of His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa, the Venerable Tulku Damcho led the Sangha of Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery to conduct the first day of the Hevajra practice for the seventh week of the Venerable Kyabje Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche’s Parinirvana Puja. The Hevajra Tantra belongs to the highest yoga tantra, one of the thirteen tantras of Marpa Lotsawa. In accordance with the text, the monastics of Thrangu Monastery prepared the offerings and mandala of Hevajra at the main shrine hall.

Last night, under the guidance of Dorje Lopon Lama Dawa Phurba, more than 15 monks worked till late to set up the mandala for the Hevjara puja. Beneath a picture of Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche sits an elaborate sand mandala of Hevajra. Nine vases and nine red tormas lie above the mandala. Surrounding these are a kapala and symbols representing the five Dhyani Buddhas. Outside of this are nine sets of incense and flowers. Below this top tier are nine sets of five offerings: flowers, incense, scented water, tormas, and butter lamps. On the lowest tier are the seven offerings.

Before Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche’s Kudung, the Venerable Lodro Nyima Rinpoche led a group of monastics to conduct the The Embodiment of the Three Jewels (Konchok Chidu) practice for the entire day.

In addition, 13 parents of Nyeshang monks and nuns came to pay respects and made offerings to the Sangha. 50 students and staff from the Rangjung Yeshe Institute of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery, 2 lamas from Boudha, Sherpa devotees, and a devotee from Estonia came came to pay respects at Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery, Namo Buddha.

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