Dolanji: President Dr Lobsang Sangay, Central Tibetan Administration congratulated the 34th Kyabje Menri Trizin, spiritual head of Bon tradition at his official enthronement ceremony held today at Menri monastery.
Speaker of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile Khenpo Sonam Tenphel, Members of Tibetan Parliament representing the Bon tradition Geshe Monlam Tharchin and Tsewang Tashi Bhara and Secretary of Department of Religion and Culture, CTA were also present among the local Tibetan dignitaries and members of monastics.
The ceremony began with the arrival of the Kyabje Menri Trizin Geshe Dawa Dhargye, followed by Mandala offering by President Dr Lobsang Sangay, Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel and Secretary Tenzin Lungtok to the Bon spiritual head.
The two-day enthronement ceremony, from 6 to 7 September, is being organised by Yung Drung Bon Monastic Centre Society.
“On February 20, 2018, the anniversary of the birth of the founder of Menri Monastery, Nyamme Sherab Gyaltsen, we held a brief enthronement ceremony in which His Holiness the 34th Menri Trizin Lungtok Dawa Dhargye Rinpoche was officially enthroned on Nyamme Sherab Gyaltsen’s throne,” said the Yungdrung Bon Monastic Center Society.
“Because that ceremony was only a basic enthronement, we are now preparing to hold a more extensive enthronement ceremony at Menri Monastery.”
As told by the Bon Monastic Center, the grand enthronement also commemorated the passing of a year since the departure of the 33rd Menri Trizin.
About 34th Kyabje Menri Trizin
On January 1, 2018, Geshe Dawa Dhargye was chosen as the 34th Menri Trizin: the throne holder of Menri Monastery, and the spiritual leader of the Bon religious tradition after the passing of 33rd Menri Trizin. The traditional and authentic selection process of Tagdril involves the invocation of all the chief deities and protectors of Yungdrung Bon to “Request the Religious Protectors to Reveal the Truth”. For the selection of the 34th Menri Trizin, one hundred thousand offerings to Sipe Gyalmo were performed at the main temple of the Menri Monastery. The rigorous schedule of procedures for Tagdril began on December 21, 2017, and pursued while many prayers and offerings were carried out by Bon monastic communities across the world. The selection process concluded on the morning of Monday, 1 January when Geshe Dawa Dhargye’s name was revealed as the new Bon head.
34th Menri Trizin Dawa Dhargye Rinpoche was born on November 29th, 1972 in the Amdo region of Tibet where he became a monk in the Gamal Monastery at the age of 17. He met the 33rd Menri Trizin Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche when he was 22 years old. He received the Monk’s rules of Drangsong and his name of Dawa Darge Wangpo. After he received his first Geshe degree from the Gamal Monastery, he joined the Bon Dialectic school in Menri Monastery where he received his second Geshe degree in 2012. Prior to his appointment 34th Menri Trizin, Dawa Dhargye Rinpoche played many important roles in Menri Monastery where most recently, he served as the general secretary of the Yungdrung Bön Monastic Center Society.