Red Vajrasattva Drubchen
Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche
January 28 to February 5, 2012
When Vajrasattva is practiced as one’s chosen deity (yidam), one can make tremendous and rapid progress in the Vajrayana. A seven-day Red Vajrasattva retreat in the format of great accomplishment (drub chen) can produce benefits similar to those gained in a traditional three-year retreat. Red Vajrasattva is, therefore, a most effective way to engage in Buddhist practice and to bring benefit and happiness to living beings. It reduces afflictive mental states and repairs broken spiritual commitments, allowing positive qualities and circumstances to arise with less obstruction. Red Vajrasattva is a superb avenue to the sublime state of Buddhahood.
This profound treasure (terma) of Red Vajrasattva was concealed by Padmasambhava in the eighth century at a sacred site in Padmakod in southern Tibet. Drodul Padgyal Lingpa, an incarnation of one of Padmasambhava’s heart disciples, Nub Sang-gyay Yeshe, revealed this cycle in 1960, during a period of great upheaval and change. The cycle is known as the Union of Enlightened Intent of the Three Kayas, and the inner sadhana practice is that of Red Vajrasattva.
Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche and Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche were among the major dharma holders of Pegyal Lingpa’s treasure transmissions, and they integrated the Red Vajrasattva practice in its most elaborate form—as adrubchen—into the lineages held at Chagdud Gonpa.
Sang-ngag Rinpoche, who recently gave a thoroughly detailed teaching on the Eight Herukas at Rigdzin Ling, will serve as Vajra Master.
About Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche
Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche was recognized as the sixth incarnation of Gyalwa Gyatso, one of two incarnations of Drimed Lingpa, by Khyentse Chökyi Lödro Rinpoche. As a young boy, Sang-ngag Rinpoche studied with his father, Namchak Tashi, learning his family’s tradition of religious rituals and liturgies, as well as traditional Tibetan medicine. Imprisoned by the Communist Chinese during the Cultural Revolution, he spent his ten-year incarceration in the company of many great lamas, tulkus, and scholars, from whom he received further teachings.
Released from prison, he made his way to India and then Nepal. He spent fourteen years serving Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche at Shechen Gonpa, where he also served for seven years as vajra master and professor. The treasure revealer, Padgyal Lingpa, formally recognized him as a custodian of his hidden treasure revelations and bestowed the ripening empowerments and liberating teachings for this cycle. Many students in Chagdud Gonpa North America received the Padgyal Lingpa empowerment cycles from Sang-ngag Rinpoche and these are the basis of their Red Vajrasattva practice.