Shar Gaden Monastery has begun the annual Taktse Drupcho ritual. Drupcho in general means ‘accomplishment/offering ritual’. This particular practice was established by the great master and founder of the Gelug lineage, Je Tsongkhapa, and has been performed annually since the very first years of Gaden Monastery in Tibet. The Taktse Drupcho ritual is an extensive group ritual that is based on the tantric deity Yamantaka. This ceremony is performed in order to avert three kinds of obstacles: worldly, inner and secret obstacles; conditions which prevent us from achieving our worldly and spiritual goals. The monks leading this ritual will utilize various mudras (sacred hand gestures) and ritual implements for these elaborate ceremonies. At the beginning of each session, the monks visualize themselves as the deity Yamantaka and perform a series of ‘self-empowerments’, as a method of restoring tantric commitments and receiving blessings. Prayers are then dedicated to the peace and welfare of all sentient beings.
A finely detailed sand mandala is also created for this event and this will serve as the visualized abode for Yamantaka during these sessions.The Taktse Drupcho ritual will conclude on day four with a fire puja performed by the senior monks, geshes, and rinpoches of our monastery.