Tara Mandala seeks donations for first drubchen in new Tara temple

Tara Mandala will host its first Drubchen in the new Tara temple at the end of August. “Drubchen,” Tibetan for “great accomplishment,” is an intensive group ceremonial practice that includes sadhana practice, mantra recitation with visualization, daily feast offerings (tsog), and Lama dancing. Drubchen is an extremely swift and profound method for accumulating merit and wisdom, and for purifying the emotional afflictions and concepts that obscure mind’s essential nature and its qualities of compassion and wisdom. According to Mipham Rinpoche, one Drubchen carries the merit and blessings of seven years of solitary retreat.

Tara Mandala is excited to be initiating the first in what will be a series of annual Drubchens. This year they will hold the White Dakini Drubchen, from Do Khyentse’s Dzinpa Rangdröl, a practice combining Yeshe Tsogyel, Machig Lapdrön, and Mandarava and the other four Dakinis. A total of eleven lamas and over 150 participants will create the mandala for this transformational event from August 23-31. As well as four sessions a day, the mantra chain will be held continuously throughout the day and night for the entire nine days and Chöd, Troma and Tsog are done daily, during which time no one leaves the land. The energetic container is held tightly to preserve the blessings of the practice.

This is the first time a White Dakini Drubchen is being offered in the United States.

They would like to invite you to contribute to the success of this year’s Drubchen. Through a financial donation, you can create an interdependent link to the merit and blessings of our practice. Please consider giving in this way; Tara Mandala needs and appreciates your support in any amount.

They are seeking support for the following categories.

Lama Travel
Tara Mandala is hosting 10 Lamas, including: Tulku Sangngag Rinpoche (Vajra Master for the Drubchen, holder of Dzinpa Rangdröl lineage from Dilgo Khyentse, direct lineage holder from Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje, the terton of Dzinpa Rangdröl), Jigme Rinpoche (son of Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche), Chagdud Khandro (consort of Chagdud Rinpoche), Lama Wangdu Rinpoche (one of the Lamas who recognized Lama Tsultrim as an emanation of Machig Labdrön whose main lineage is Chöd), Lama Pema Gyatso (from Amrita Dharma Center in Seattle, one of Chagdud Tulku’s American Lamas), Lama Jigme (trained by Dudjom Rinpoche and Khetsun Zangpo Rinpoche), Lama Sonam (head Lama after Lama Tharchin at Pema Oseling), Khenpo Urgyen Wangchuk (Bhutanese Khenpo expert in Dzinpa Rangdrol), Khenpo Sonam (Bhutanese Khenpo who has done a lot of the translating for the Dzinpa Rangdröl) our Lama Tsultrim, as well as our extraordinarily skillful translator Erik Drew.

Tara Mandala’s travel costs associated with the Lamas exceeds $6000. You can sponsor a particular Lama with whom you feel a connection, or make a general contribution of any amount towards these costs.

Tsog, one of the most effective methods for the accumulation of merit and the unfolding of timeless awareness, involves the offering of food, alcohol, butterlamps, flowers, and other substances.  You can sponsor one of the large daily tsogs, in someone’s name or a specific cause such as world peace, for $500. The first tsog is already sponsored in honor of Marian Ford, our beloved sangha member who recently passed away. The second tsog has also been sponsored and is dedicated to H.E. Chagdud Rinpoche.

The names of all tsog sponsors will be read everyday. If you are inspired, you can sponsor a large daily tsog for $500, or offer any smaller amount towards general tsog expenses.

Butter Lamps
Hundreds of butterlamps will be lit daily. Part of the Drubchen ritual is a daily ‘increase’ in the quantity and quality of food, flowers and butterlamps. Butterlamps can be dedicated to loved ones and offered for $1 each.
The names of butterlamp sponsors, and their dedications, will be read to the whole assembly everyday. They ask for a minimum donation of $10 towards butterlamps.

Lama Dana
Traditionally, during an event of this magnitude, Tara Mandala will offer a gift of dana to each of the Lamas who are giving their vast expertise, knowledge, and wisdom for the benefit of our mandala and all beings. They welcome your contribution to this gift.

General Donations
They are always grateful for the support of our sangha and rely on your generosity to bring dharma activities and teachings to fruition. They welcome donations of any amount towards general expenses associated with the Drubchen.

How to Donate
You can make a donation online, by phone, or by mail. They take credit cards on our secure online donation form at https://www.taramandala.org/donate_online.php. Please use the ‘notes’ field to write in the category of your donation. If you have any questions or would like to make a donation by phone, you can reach me, Lizzy Hoke, at (970) 731-3711 x101, or by email at info@taramandala.org. To contribute by mail, send a check or money order to: Tara Mandala, Attn: Lizzy, PO Box 3040, Pagosa Springs, CO, 81147.

During the Drubchen
The Tara Mandala office will not be available to respond to phone calls or emails during the Drubchen, except in case of emergency.

Please visit the Tara Mandala event page for more details.