Three Months Retreat in Nepal, 2007

In 2007, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche commanded Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche take a retreat from May to July together with H.H. himself. The 3-month long retreat took place on the holy mountain at Lapchi, where Yogi Jetsun Milarepa had meditated. On completion of the retreat, His Holiness bestowed upon Rinpoche a new Dharma name, “Rinchen Dorjee.” “Rinchen” means “the most precious treasure” and “Dorjee” means “diamond”. This exceptional Dharma name symbolizes that Rinpoche has adopted the sublime teachings of Lord Jigten Sumgon, the founder of Drikung Kagyu.

The retreat was held in Lapchi Snow Mountain, a holy place where Yogi Jetsun Milarepa had done retreat. It was a sparsely-populated area without utilities or any public constructions. At an altitude of 4,500 meters, the mountainous area snows and hails even in summer, leaving the grounds frozen all the time., An ordinary practitioner would never be capable of having a retreat in such a place of extremes, not to mention the fact that the 3-month long retreat had to be taken under the strict rules of Drikung Kagyu.

H.H. had been making arrangements ever since four years prior to the retreat, including the construction of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s retreat room beside H.H.’s. During the retreat, H.H. had his attendant prepare meals for both of them. Moreover, H.H. specifically required Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to take the same approach of Hevajra as he did during the retreat himself. All the planing has shown H.H.’s utmost care and attention to Rinpoche.

In August,2006, His Holiness had said the following in India:

“I trust that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s dharma activities will benefit a lot of beings. Being together all the time, we can benefit a great many sentient beings on the path to Buddhahood.”

By having a retreat together with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, H.H. has again approved the great accomplishments and virtues of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, as well as the heart communion between them, showing a great example of the intimate relationship between a disciple and his lama.

His Holiness presided as the vajra master at the 3-day fire puja completing Rinchen Dorjee’s approach. Upon perfection of the puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did full prostrations right on the muddy ground before H.H. to demonstrate his most sincere gratitude.

Updated on July 24, 2008