The Parinirvana Anniversary of Gyalwa Gotsangpa
On the 3rd day of the sixth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar is the parinirvana anniversary of Gyalwa Gotsangpa - one of the three main disciples of Tsangpa Gyare, whose transmission line later being known as Upper Drukpa.
Tsangpa Gyare has three main disciples: Sangye Onchen Repa, Godtsangpa Gonpo Dorje, and Lorepa Dharma Wangchuk. Following the transmission lines of these three masters, three branches of the Drukpa Kargyu Lineage came into existence based upon the location of their seats, and later being known as The Middle Drukpa Kargyu, Bar-Druk (བར་འབྲུག།) by Sanggye Onchen Repa (1177-1237) at Ralung; The Upper Drukpa Kargyu, Tod-Druk (སྟོད་འབྲུག) by Gotsangpa Gonpo Dorje (1189-1258) in West Tibet and Ladakh; and The Lower Drukpa Kargyu, Med-Druk (སྨད་འབྲུག) by Lorepa Wangchuk Tsondru (1187-1250) at Uri (དབུ་རི།) and Karpo Choe Lung (དཀར་པོ་ཆོས་ལུང་།).
From these three incomparable great masters, many precious teachings and the profound-and-vast View, Meditation, and Conduct were taught at their respective place of abode. Later, the essence teachings of the Upper and the Lower Drukpa Kargyu merged into the Middle Drukpa Kargyu, and transmitted under the banner of
Middle Drukpa Kargyu through a line of extraordinary realized golden rosary masters unbrokenly for centuries until the present day. Today’s Drukpa Kargyu is the direct continuation of the sole lineage of the Bar-Druk.
On this blessed day, Dechen Choekhor will be conducting a special Lama Chodpa (Guru Offering) - The Grand Ganachakra Feast Ritual in accordance with the Drukpa Kargyu Practice of Guru Devotion to commemorate the passing of this great master and to invoke his blessing.