HH Drikung Kyabgon 2019 (2019)


Friday, March 22, 2019
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

DRIKUNG PHOWA CHENMO and Amitayus Longevity Empowerment
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 9:30am – 12:00pm

Jewel Heart Ann Arbor and Online

Program Details
Jewel Heart is pleased to announce that HH Drikung Kyabgon, the 37th throne holder of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, has graciously accepted our invitation to visit Jewel Heart in Ann Arbor.

Drikung Rinpoche, and the Drikung lineage itself, is famous for its phowa, also known as the transfer of consciousness. Our late teacher, Kyabje Gelek Rimpoche, had pointed out that this ritual “gives you a glimpse of what your future life could be.”


Drikung Rinpoche will teach on the Anapanasmriti Sutra, the Sutra on the Mindfulness of Breathing. Taught by the Buddha himself and carried on in all Buddhist traditions to this day, mindfulness of breath, while no doubt one of the foundational meditation techniques, is a profound practice in its own right.

Being anchored on the breath allows us to observe the state of our mind, our emotions and physical sensations on many levels. Meditation on the breath is the basis for many other meditation techniques, such as Tong Len (Giving and Taking on the Breath) and also balances the subtle energies in the body in preparation for Vajrayana practices.

THE GREAT DRIKUNG PHOWA, DRIKUNG PHOWA CHENMO, is known as the jag tshug ma or The Standing Blade of Grass. While phowa is one of the Six Yogas of Naropa, the precious pith tantric instructions of the Dhakpo Kagyu lineages, there are many special phowa instructions in the tantric teachings of the Nyingma and Sarma lineages as well. The jag tshug ma is a terma teaching of Guru Padmasambhava, and has been practiced in an unbroken Drikung Kagyu lineage until the present.

Phowa practice allows one to transfer one’s consciousness to Dewachen, the pure land of Buddha Amitabha, at death. It is a powerful practice that is considered an essential part of vajrayana practice, and is a practice that is entirely appropriate for practitioners of all levels of experience.


When Rechungpa, the heart son of the great Yogi Milarepa, traveled from Tibet to India around the 11th century, he met and practiced under the powerful 500-year old dakini Machik Drupe Gyalmo. During that time he received empowerment, transmission, and teachings for the longevity practice of Amitayus.

When Rechungpa returned to Tibet, Milarepa told him that he had indeed received profound pith instructions that had never before been disseminated in Tibet and that he wished to receive them as well. So Rechungpa offered them to Milarepa, who later passed them on to Gampopa who entrusted them to Phagmo Drupa, who then passed them to Lord Jigten Sumgon. In this way they have continued to be preserved and passed from teacher to disciple in unbroken continuity up to the present day and all of the lineage lamas who have been holders of this profound practice achieved the powers of longevity and lived a long life.

This is a very precious opportunity to receive the empowerment for this rare and very special practice, especially from an extraordinary and highly realized lama as His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche.

His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche

His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, the 37th throne holder of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage and 7th reincarnation of the Chetsang Rinpoche is a manifestation of Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara).

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