Guide to the great Monkey year teaching 2016-ladakh

Monkey year teaching

The Drikung Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism has a spiritual  tradition where each monk year in Tibetan lunar  calendar is make by grand teaching attended by hundred of people and The Great Drikung Phowa (Transferance of Consciousness) teaching by H.H Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche is well known through out Tibet,ladakh,Himalaya and beyond. The next year, according to Tibetan lunar calendar, is dedicated to the monkey. In August 2016, an intense teaching programme has been planned to mark the Monkey year. 

The Monkey year teachings are dedicated to the sacred place of Tsari, an important meditation center for the Drikung Kagyu order. It is also believed that Guru Padmasambhava, a revered Buddhist God, appeared here seated on the blossom of a lotus flower. His appearance happened in the seventh month of the monkey year of the Tibetan Lunar calendar. The teaching is also held in memory of the birth anniversary of Lord Jigetn Sumgaon, the founder of the Drikung Kagyu tradition. 

From Aug 5 to Aug 12, 2016, the Shachukul Monastery Teaching Committe will organize the teachings in order to commomerate the Monkey year. Conducted by H.H Drikung Skyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, the teachings will be held at the Shachkul monastery in Ladakh, India. It is only the second time that the teaching is held here. A large number of devotees and high Lamas of the Drikung Kagyu lineage are expected to attend the teachings.

Below is the detailed teaching schedule:

August 5: Inauguration ceremony; Ritual consecration of the newly made silk borcade Thangka

August 6: Birthday celebration of H.H Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche; Teaching and Empowerment of Buddha Shakyamuni

August 7: ‘Go Green Go Organic’ Project Committee’s programme and cultural show

August 8 – 10: The Drikung Great Bodhichitta (The mindset of full awakening) teaching and transmission

August 11: The Great Drikung Phowa (Transferance of Consciousness) teaching

August 12: Empowerment of Guru Padma Lingpa; Long life offering to H.H Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche

We will  be organising special tour to attend the great monkey year teaching in Shachukul near Pangong lake, ladakh and write to us at

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2 Responses

  1. Robert FIncati

    Hello, Can you please provide me with information including the tour itinerary and cost on your special tour to attend the monkey year teachings by H.H Chetsang Rinpoche from August 5 to August 12, 2016 at the Shachukul Monestery in Ladakh. I will be travelling from Canada to Dehli and will adjust my arrival and departure dates accordingly.

  2. Virginie Saurel

    Hi Sir,
    We are french buddhists. Our drikung Kagyu Master is His Holiness Choje Ayang Rinpoche. Will he attend the teachings in Shachukul Monastery this summer ? Thank you for your kind answer.

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