This year marks the 30th year since Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche entered parinirvana. To commemorate this occasion, the Shechen monks and nuns are performing a drupchen based on his gomter or rediscovered mind treasure, Rangjung Pema Nyingtik.
For the first time this drupchen was performed in Shechen Ngenlung Drechaling, Shechen’s nunnery for young girls in Phobjikha, a very beautiful place in the Valley of the Black-necked Cranes in Central Bhutan. The drupchen continues for 10 days, including the actual day (based on the lunar calendar) of the anniversary, September 25.
Rabjam Rinpoche and Gyalse Tulku are leading the ceremonies. Forty young nuns who live in Phobjikha are joined by thirty nuns from Shechen’s main nunnery, and sixty Shechen Shedra monks who are in Bhutan due to the lockdown. The nuns will perform the sacred dance of the Sixteen Offering Goddesses.
This is also a historic occasion as both nuns and monks together jointly participated in all aspects of the ceremonies playing musical instruments, acting as chopons, and performing the dances.
Ceremonies to commemorate the day are also being done in Shechen Monasteries in Nepal and India and by Shechen groups in New York City and around the world.