104th Gaden Tripa Kyabje – Visit and teachings of Mahanuttarayogatantra

104° Gaden Tripa
Kyabje Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Palsangpo

3 – 13 October 2019
Guhyasamaja Empowerment and Vajrayogini Blessing-empowerment.
Transmission of Vajrayogini commentary (text by Pabongka Rinpoche)

It is with great joy that we announce the visit of His Eminence the 104th Gaden Tripa Kyabje Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Palsangpo, the highest authority of the Gelug tradition, at Lama Tzong Khapa Institute from 3 to 13 October 2019.

It is an extremely rare and precious opportunity to know and receive initiations from such a great Master, especially during this year in which, all over the world is celebrating the 600th anniversary of the Great Lama Tsongkhapa’s parinirvana, the creator of the Geluk lineage.

The last time Rinpoche taught in Pomaia was in 2013.

PROGRAM

  • 3 October
    The visit initially includes a teaching of Lam Rim as a Tantra’s introduction
    from 4:00 to 7:00 pm (with a short break)
  • from 4 to 6 October 2019
    Initiation of Guhyasamaja
    from 2:00 pm
  • 7 ottobre
    Jenang di Vajrayogini
    from 2:00 pm
  • from 8 to 13 October
    Transmission of the Commentary of Vajrayogini based on the text of Pabongka Rinpoche
    from 4:30pm to 7:00pm (with a short break)

It’s mandatory to be registered to partecipate at the teachings, without registration, the access to the teachings will be not granted. 

During your stay at the Institute there will be useful:

  • Instruments for the ritual: Bell, Dorje / Vajra, Damaru
  • It will be possible to request Sadanas from the Institute’s shop
  • A plaid / cover
  • Comfortable clothes
  • An alarm clock
  • An FM radio and earphones (compulsory for listening to the English translation. In the Meditation hall the languages ​​will be Italian and Tibetan)
  • The park surrounding the Institute is not illuminated in all areas; it is therefore recommended to bring a good torch for the night hours
  • Shoes with rubber soles or otherwise suitable for the campaign
  • Autumns in Tuscany can be rainy and therefore we suggest: a cap, a waterproof windbreaker, shoes suitable for mud, an umbrella
  • The shops in the town of Pomaia, reachable in 5 minutes on foot, are however provided with essential things. A pharmacy point opens six days a week for half-day shifts.

Biography

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has appointed Jangtse Choejey Kyabje Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Palsangpo as the 104th Gaden Tripa, the head of Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, according to information received from Ven Atuk Tseten and Ven Gowo Lobsang Phendey, members of Tibetan Parliament representing Gelug school. The appointment was announced through an official letter dated 24 June.
The appointment was necessitated by the sudden demise of 103rd Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Rinpoche who passed away on 21 April before completing his full seven year term.
The Gaden Tripa ‘Holder of the Gaden Throne’ is the title of the spiritual head of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. Je Tsongkhapa (1357–1419), who founded the Gelug school was the first Ganden Tripa. The lineage has, since, been held by the Gaden Tripas.
The Gaden Tripa is an appointed office, not a reincarnation lineage. It occurs once every seven years (completion of term) or earlier (due to unforeseen events like death). The title is bestowed alternately on one or the other of the two Chojeys – Sharpa Chojey or Jangtse Chojey. The appointment is based on academic merit which is the basis of the hierarchical progression.
Although the appointment of Gaden Tripa is automatic, it is usually confirmed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama who publicly announces the appointment or nomination at the time of changeover.

Biography of 104th Gaden Tripa Kyabje Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Palsangpo

Kyabje Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Palsangpo was born in Tibet in 1934, Rinpoche was ordained as a monk at the age of seven. Following His Holiness the Dalai Lama into exile in 1959, he entered Sera Je Monastery where he was enrolled into Tsangpa Khangtsen at the age of seventeen.
Following a rigorous study of the Buddhist philosophies, he obtained the highest honor of Geshe Lharampa degree in 1979 after debate examinations attended by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other senior Buddhist scholars.
Ater receiving the Geshe Lharampa degree, he entered Gyume Tantric University and two years later became a master of discipline. Rinpoche also studied the esoteric teachings of the Mahayana tradition extensively while he was there at Gyume Tantric University.