º Ocean of Amṛta (Ngakso) Drubchen at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery º
The Ocean of Amṛta (Ngakso) Drubchen is performed each year by the monks of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery on the 8th – 16th days of the 2nd month in the Tibetan calendar. In 2024, this falls on March 17th – 25th.
The Ngakso Drubchen was composed by the great terton, Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa, and was later practiced by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche (the great-grandson of Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa and father of H.E. Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche) and became one of the annual events at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery.
The main purpose of the Ngakso Drubchen is to purify negative karma, restore broken samaya (spiritual commitments), and dispel obstacles – including for those who have passed away.
It is an intensive ritual where the practices and recitation of mantras are continued without interruption for 24 hours a day, for nine days. The monks take shifts to keep this ongoing. On the last day, the Drubchen concludes with the distribution of blessings, amṛta, and tsok to all the monks, nuns, and lay people gathered at the monastery.
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During the Drubchen, all four types of Fire Pūjās are performed. The Wrathful Fire Pūjā is performed on the first day with the aspiration that all obstacles are removed. The Pacifying Fire Pūjā is performed on the third day with the aspiration that there is peace in the minds of all sentient beings. The Magnetizing Fire Pūjā is performed on the eighth day with the aspiration that all beings are happy, have independent minds, and success. This Fire Pūjā prepares the participants to obtain the Siddhis on the last day of the Drubchen. The Increasing Fire Pūjā is performed on the ninth day with the aspiration that there is enough rain at the right time, the harvest is marvelous, the five elements are balanced, and all sentient beings have long lives.
All Dharma Protector Deities are known as Mahākāla. Male Mahākāla Deities are responsible for removing outer obstacles while female Mahākāla deities help retain inner accomplishments. Mahākāla Pūjā is performed every day during the Drubchen at 2:30 pm inside the new shrine hall temple.
4 Kings’ Pūjās
The 4 Kings’ Pūjās are performed to honor each of the 4 Kings who are seated in the four directions of the monastery compound. The Pūjās are conducted simultaneously by small groups of monks daily at 1:30 pm for protection from all types of obstacles that may arise during the Drubchen.
The Cleansing Ceremony is a ritual for the purification of imperfections. It is performed by any of the Rinpoches each day during the Drubchen between 3 to 6 pm by sprinkling water on icons, books, and stupas. It is very beneficial for purifying obscurations of the six realms accumulated through negative actions of the body, speech, and mind.
Banishing Hindrances and Bringing Down Blessings
This ritual is performed to remove all obstacles and is performed three times each day at 6:30 am, 11:45 am, and 6:30 pm by the group of monks who perform the Vajrakilaya Pūjā in the Drubchen. At 6:30 pm, immediately after the conclusion of the Tashi and Mönlam Prayers, a monk wearing a black hat walks around throwing small pebbles, seeds, and other offering objects. This is followed by a smoke offering.
BRINGING DOWN BLESSING
Right after the Banishing Hindrances Ritual, the Bringing Down Blessing Ritual is performed. It is a process of inviting all of the Deities of the Supramundane Mandala to the monastery at which time this monastery becomes a palace. In this ritual, all the participants performing the Ngakso Drubchen become Deities, and all objects become the objects of offering. The Rinpoches circumambulate the Kilkhor (Mandala) for blessings, followed by prayers, chants, and the sounds of religious musical instruments.
The Vajrakilaya Pūjā of the Drubchen, which begins one day before the beginning of the Drubchen, is performed by a group of monks every day for nine days and ends on the eighth day of the Drubchen. This Pūjā removes outer (all diseases), inner (negative emotions), and secret (concepts and thoughts) obstacles and gives protection during the Drubchen. On the ninth day of the Vajakilaya Pūjā, the Poisonous Weapon Torma used in the Vajakilaya Pūjā are thrown and burnt at around 3:30 pm signifying discarding all three types of obstacles of sentient beings and practitioners. Afterwards, the Siddhi of Vajrakilaya is received and given to the participants inside the main shrine hall.