Dehradun: The President of Central Tibetan Administration Dr. Lobsang Sangay attended the opening ceremony of the commemoration of the 800th Maha Parinirvana of Lord Jigden Sumgon yesterday at the Drikung Kagyu Institute in Dehradun. The ceremony that began yesterday will be held until 25 October.
The ceremony was also graced by 37th Drikyung Kyabgon Chetsang and Governor of Uttarkhand, Dr. Krishan Kant Paul.
Choje Ayang Rinpoche delivered the welcome speech followed by a brief introduction of the legacy of Lord Jigten Sumgon, founder of the Drikung Kagyu lineage.
His Excellency the Governor of Uttarkhand, Dr. Krishan Kant Paul said he is honored to be a part of this holy occasion which also coincides with the Deepavali festival. He expressed that he has been a a good friend of Drikung Kyabgon who came to Dehradun in 1985 and iterated how the Drikung Kyagu Institute has continued to grow since then.
He said the Songsten Library is the centre for the highly erudite and thus strengthening the academy will positively impact the discourse on religious studies. “I would like to welcome International guests to Uttarkhand for to engage in religious academic pursuit.’’
In his opening remarks, President of CTA, Dr Lobsang Sangay said, “On behalf of the Central Tibetan Administration, I would like to extend my heartfelt greetings to guests and devotees who have come from all over the world. Dr Sangay talked briefly about Lord Jigten Sumgon, who was one of the eight main disciples of Phagmodrupa Dorje Gyalpo and the founder of the Drikung Kagyu tradition.
Tapping into the history of how Buddhism came from Nalanda University, which lasted for 1000 years and how comparatively Drikung Kagyu has existed for 800 years, almost as same as Nalanda University, Dr Sangay commended the institution’s remarkable achievement and contribution to the world peace and humanity.
“I pray that Drikung Kagyu Institute will remain for another 800 years to come… also pray for the successful continuation of Drikung Kyabgon both inside Tibet and outside on behalf of Kashag and myself and may peace prevail around the world,” he said.
Honoring Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, Dr Sangay said that the “Drikung Kgyabgon Chetsang has established Drikung Monastery, nunnery, health centre and Songsten Library in Dehradun and he has been a true mentor.”
Drikung Kyabgon spoke about Lord Jigten Sumgon and Kagyu tradition. He also emphasised on the importance of being humane while considering even birds and ants as same sentient beings. Drikung Kyabgon along with Dr. Lobsang Sangay consecrated The Great Pillar of the 800th Years Commemoration.
His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa sent a video message which was screened at the ceremony.
The ceremony is organized by International vDrikung Kagyu Council where 10,000 devotees with 2500 international guests from 181 Dharma Centers from 80 countries had gathered to attend the seven day ceremony of the commemoration.
-Filed by Correspondent Tenzin Jigme-