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Here under ‘activity’, we will try to make information available about activities going on, all over the world, concerning the Marpa-Ngok tradition, as well as specifically the two practises of the Hevajra 9 deity mandala and the Nairatmya 15 deity mandala, as they are giving in the Marpa-Ngok tradition.

We will not in any way be able to give a complete picture of what is going on all over the world, but we will share was has come to our attention and is somehow connected to the focus of this website. May it be of benefit. Sarwa Mangalam.

IN GENERAL: The Marpa Ngok practises have spread to most Kagyu lineages. First through activity and commentaries of the Ngok lineageholders (approx. 1070-1450). And later especially with the work of the Great Kongtryl Lodro Thaye (1813-1899), manifested in the ‘Kagyu Mantra Treasure’ (Kagyu Ngagdzö). But already in the 19th century they were only few who really practised them, and the living transmission of these practises, as well as commentaries on them, seemed only to live in such collections as f.inst. Kagyu Ngagdzö.

SPECIFICALLY: The Hevajra and Nairatmya practises have been upheld in some traditions. Most known is the tibetan buddhist Sakya tradition. The Kagyu tradition had a strong focus on Hevajra and Nairatmya during the time of Marpa (1012-1097), and the Ngok lineage (from around 1050 to 1450), but later it was less emphasised and was overshaded by the focus on Chakrasamvara and Vajrayogini. Also the Drikung lineage had focus on the Hevajra for some time, and the first Chungtsang (1595-1659) wrote texts for a ‘Co-emergent Hevajra’ which still today is passed on in The Drikung Lineage.

The special transmission of practises on Hevajra (Yab-ka) and Nairatmya (Yum-ka), that was compiled from 2006 to 2011 and also after that by HH Drikung Kyabgön Thrinley Lhundrup, is tracking back to Marpa. Many of the newly compiled practise texts are based on texts that re-surfaced from 1999-2006 from Drepung Monastary and other places, thus reviling special things as texts with notes of Marpa himself. It is possible to see the different features of the Hevajra practise, in the different lineages, even revealing differences withing the Kagyu-lineages. Besides the special features of the practise texts, then the living transmission of these specific Hevajra practises of the Mar-Ngok transmission goes through great Karma Kagyu Masters as 4th Shamar (1453-1524), 8th Situpa (1700-1774) and Kongtryl Lodro Thaye (1813-1899), and great Drikung Masters as 1st Chetsang (1590-1654) and 1st Chungtsang (1595-1659), and 6th Chetsang (1886-1943) and Regent Thritsab Gyabra (1924-1979).  

General Ongoing Activity

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Phyang Monastery, Ladakh

Hevajra Drubchen

Every year since 2013

Mention of Phyang Monastery by the official Drikung website. Mention of inauguration july 2013 of Hevajra Temple, by HH Drikung Kyabgön Thrinley Lhundrup and several of the highest Drikung Rinpoches and Drubpöns.

Drubgyu Monastery, East Tibet, in front of Driri Mountain near Jekundo (Kyigudo) in Kham. Built in 1668.

Invocation 

the 13 Jidams of Marpa (Kagyu Ngag Dzo).

Every year

The 13 mandalas of Marpa is celebrated each year with sand mandala, including Hevajra 9 deity. The Monastery is described on the Drikung official website here in more detail.

Milarepa Retreat Zentrum, Germany

Hevajra Drub-Chö

Every Autumn from 2018

For information and registration In 2018 it will be from friday 17th of August to Saturday 25th of August: Wang, explanation and 5 day Drub-chö/Drub-chen.

Milarepa Retreat Zentrum, Germany

Nairatmya Drub-Chö

Every spring from 2019

Not yet sceduled

Future Activity

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Milarepa Retreat Zentrum, Germany

Hevajra Drub-Chö

17th to 25th of August 2018

Given by HH Drikung Kyabgön Thrinley Lhundrub: Hevajra Wang & explanation. Thereafter 5 days Hevajra Drub-Chö, with concluding Tsog. For information and registration. PLEASE NOTICE: There has been several dates mentioned. This is the latest as of 2nd October 2017. No new updates are available.

Milarepa Retreat Zentrum, Germany

Nairatmya Drub-Chö

Spring 2019

by H.H. Drikung Kyabgön Thrinley Lhundrub. Not yet sceduled

Past Activity

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Milarepa Retreat Zentrum, Germany

Announcement of future Drub-Chö´s in Milarepa Retreat Zentrum, Germany

July 9th 2017

H.H. Drikung Kyabgön Thrinley Lhundrub announces that Milarepa Retreat Zentrum, Germany, in the future will perform Hevajra and Nairatmya Drub-Chö´s every year from 2018 and henceforth.

Milarepa Retreat Zentrum, Germany

Nairatmya Empowerment by H.H. Drikung Kyabgön Thrinley Lhundrub

September 2016

In connection with Monkey Year event 2016 at Milarepa Retreat Zentrum.

Jangchub Ling, Dehra Dun, India

Hevajra Empowerment by H.H. Drikung Kyabgön Thrinley Lhundrub

February 16th – 18th 2016

In connection with Monkey Year Event 2016 at Jangchub Ling.

Phyang Monestary, Ladakh

Inauguration of Hevajra Temple, by HH Drikung Kyabgön Thrinley Lhundrup

August 2013

Mention of Phyang Monastery by the official Drikung website. Mention of inauguration 2013

Drikung Tibetan Meditation Center

Nairatmya Great Empowerment & Retreat by H.H. Drikung Kyabgön Thrinley Lhundrub

August 14th – 21th 2010

Facebook page of Drikung Tibetan Meditation Center

Drikung Garchen Institute, Munich

Nairatmya Empowerment, Teachings & Retreat by H.H. Drikung Kyabgön Thrinley Lhundrub

January 7th – 17th 2009

Drikung Kagyü Germany

Jangchub Ling, Dehra Dun, India

Transmission of Hevajra Teachings & Empowerment by H.H. Drikung Kyabgön Thrinley Lhundrub

2006

Transmission of Hevajra teachings including teachings about the Hevajra Tantra to 40 Rinpoches, Khenpos and Drubpöns.

Other Kagyu activities concerning Hevajra and Nairatmya, not specifically Mar-Ngok transmission

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Hong Kong. Khyenkong Tharjay Charitable Foundation 

2 Day Grand Empowerment on Hevajra and Puja. Lineage unknown: maybe Karma Kagyu/Kagyu Ngagdzö/Lodro Thaye (1813-1899), or Sakya

4th to 6th August 2017

Given by father and son: HE Beru Khyentse Rinpoche and HE Jamgon Kongtryl Rinpoche. Link

Place unknown.

Hevajra Puja, 2 days with HH 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje

22nd to 23rd July 2014

Preceeded by HH 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje.

Drikung Chicago Ratna Shri

2 days of teachings on co-emergent Hevajra

June 3rd – 4th 2017

Annual Saga Dawa Teachings Facebook Announcement

Drikung Namgyal Ling, Tucson, Arizona, USA

Teachings on co-emergent Hevajra by 1st Chungtsang Rinpoche

July 1st – 2nd 2017

Teachings given by Drubpön Thinley Nyingpo in Tucson, Arizona

Drikung Namgyal Ling, Tucson, Arizona, USA

Co-emergent Hevajra Empowerment by HH Chetsang Rinpoche

May 21th – 22th 2016

Announcement by the official Drikung website

Vajra Vidya Institute, Varanasi, India/Karma Kagyu

Since 2003, annual Hevajra Puja, as part of holding alive the 13 mandalas of Marpa, set in motion by HH 17th Karmapa Urgyen Thrinley in 2002. Link to 2006 announcement. Link to 2010 announcement.

Every year since 2003. Last the 1st to 7th January 2017

Puja at the Vajra Vidya Institute, mostly preceeded by Ven. Thrangu Rinpoche. Short video sequence.

Background & History

​This page will be updated in the near future (July 12th 2017).

Mar-Ngok.org was launched in the blessing of the fullmoon day 9th of July 2017 (Tibetan calender: 15th day, 5th month) by the wish of H.H. Drikung Kyabgön Thrinley Lhundrub. 

The motivation of H.H. Drikung Kyabgön Thrinley Lhundrub is:

1) establishing Marpa in his proper place within the Kagyu Lineage, thus using the force of history.

2) as well as revitalizing the transmissions passed from Marpa to his pupil Ngog Chöku Dorje, especially with focus on 2 of the Ngok mandalas: the Hevajra (9 deity) and Nairatmya (15 deity).

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The VISION & MISSION regarding MAR-LUG HEVAJRA/NAIRATMYA.

One of many activities of H.H. Drikung Kyabgön Thrinley Lhundrup

• Revive this original tradition and re-establish it in all Drikung monasteries,

• Return Marpa to his proper place of honor in the lineage,

• Bring awareness by taking the force of history into account that, originating with Marpa, the Kagyu tradition has used the Hevajra Tantra for working with the generation stage and, as is done today, has used the Six Yogas of Naropa for completion stage.

Manifesting 2 of “THE 7 MANDALAS OF NGOK” in this world FOR THE NEW MILLENIUM with the transmission that has mainly been carried through the NGOK family and the DRIKUNG KAGYU LINEAGE – as well as carried by Lamas from other lineages, like 4th Shamarpa (1453-1524), 8th Tai Situpa (1700-1774), and Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thayé (1813-1899), and today is being passed on to sentient beings by H.H. the 37th Drikung Kyabgön, the 7th Chetsang Rinpoche, Könchog Tenzin Kunzang Trinley Lhundrup:

Nairatmya 15-deity [mandala] (Wyl. bdag med lha mo bco lnga)

Hevajra[-Nairatmya] 9-deity [mandala] (Wyl. kye’i rdo rje’i lha gu’i)

Since the practice of the Hevajra deity itself is elaborate and time consuming, H.H. Drikung Kyabgön Thrinely Lhundrup chose (in 2009, 2010, and 2016) to bestow the empowerment and transmission of the mandala of Vajra Nairatmya, the consort of Hevajra (i.e. the practice of Nairatmya 15-deity [mandala]) to disciples in the Western world.

Per January 2017, perhaps H.H. will compile and give a 16-armed Hevajra with 8 yogini-practice in the future.

Per 9th of July 2017, H.H. announced this publically at the Milarepa Retreat Zentrum, Germany.

This will be given Friday, 17th August to Saturday 25th August 2018, at Milarepa Retreat Zentrum: Wang, explanation and a 5 day retreat with Drub-chö on Hevajra 9 deity practise.

Since 2009, His Holiness has bestowed the Great Empowerment of Nairatmya 15-deity [mandala], as well as the Great Empowerment of Hevajra[-Nairatmya] 9-deity [mandala], with both empowerment texts compiled based on the Marpa-Ngok Tradition.

In August 2018 H.H. Drikung Kyabgön Thrinley Lhundrub will bestow the Wang and explain the practise of Hevajra 9 Deity practise at Milarepa Retreat Zentrum, Germany.

ABOUT THE TEACHINGS ON THE TANTRA (She.gyud):Until recently, both of Marpa’s commentaries on the Hevajra Tantra & Vajrapanjara Tantra were rarely taught, as their contents were considered too precious to be openly disclosed. But in the interest of reviving the Hevajra-Nairatmya practice within the Drikung Kagyu, H.H. is now compassionately and skillfully revealing the contents of the two commentaries as he deems fit.

ABOUT THE MEDITATION ON NAIRATMYA 15 DEITY PRACTISE (Yum-ka):Furthermore, in The Life-tree of the Vajrapanjara (Wyl. gur gyi srog shing) —Marpa’s commentary on the Vajrapanjara Tantra; an exclusive explanatory tantra of the Hevajra Tantra — it is stated that the sadhana of Nairatmya is an exceptionally swift method for attaining the siddhis. Hence H.H. compiled the generation stage Nairatmya sadhana based on the 4th chapter of the Vajrapanjara Tantra, and also drew from the Ngok tradition and supplemental parts from the Kagyu Ngak Dzöd (Wyl. bka’ brgyud sngags mdzod), the Kagyu Treasury of Tantric Instructions compiled by Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thayé (1813-1899).

ABOUT THE MEDITATION ON HEVAJRA 9 DEITY PRACTISE (Yab-ka):From 2006 to 2012 HH Drikung Kyabgön Thrinley Lhundrup several texts connected to the Yab-ka [The teachings on the male-part]: i.e. 2 short daily practises, a middle-long one for one practise, and a long on for Drub-chens in larger gatherings.

The transmission from HH Drikung Kyabgön runs back through Jamgon Kongtryl Lodro Thaye the Great (1813-1899). It is worth while mentioning that the practising texts of the Kagyu Ngagdzö are more aligned with the wording from the 4th Shamar (1453-1524). The practising texts that are compiled by HH Drikung Kyabgön Thrinley Lhundrup are more aligned with the words of Marpa, as they are based on the recently re-surfaced texts, from 1999-2006, which contain original manuscrips dating back to Marpa.

Note: There is another Hevajra transmission within the Drikung Kagyu lineage through the 1st Chungtsang Rigdzin Chödrak which is called the Co-Emergent Hevajra.

Publized 24th of July 2017: Compiled and edited by Jeff Rosenfeld (Könchok Palzang Jangsem) from Lions Roar Translation and Carl Djung (Karma Könchog Dorje), January – June 2017. Sources:(A) Biography: “From the Heart of Tibet”;(B) Recordings from teachings given by H.H. Chetsang Rinpoche in Germany: Münich 2009 and (C) Schneverdingen 2016;(D) personal interviews Feb & Sept 2016 as well as June and July 2017.(E) Offizial announcement 9th of July 2017 at the Milarepa Retreat Zentrum, Germany​

Text & Study (25th Aug 2017: update on 5 topics, see below)

Under this topic ‘Text-study’ there will – in the not so far future (written 12th of July 2017) – be possible to find descriptions, links, articles about more in depth background information connected to the Mar-Ngok lineage generally, and the specific TWO MANDALAS of the Ngok tradition. The Ngok tradition is sometimes described by the ‘The 7 Mandalas of Ngok’). And sometimes there is a mentioning of 13 mandala of Marpa. The SPECIFIC TWO MANDALAS of the Mar-Ngok tradition, that is delt with here is the Hevajra 9 deity mandala, and the Nairatmya 15 deity mandala.

The general information about the Mar-Ngok lineage will be articles on f.inst. Marpa, writen as a university master in Tibetology by Cecile Ducher from France. It could also be university articles about Ngoks-lineage like Marco Walthers article about the Ngok Kagyu from the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München, 2016. It could also be a Ph.D. about the Ngok tradition.

More specifically this sub-page will also adress the texts specially connected to the compilations made by H.H. Drikung Kyabgön Thrinley Lhundrub during 2006 to 2011 and also later. Some of these texts are translated to english, some also to german. There are translations on the way in french and taiwanese. Here will also be able to follow ongoing translations-works-in progress.

Written by Jeff Rosenfeld and Carl Djung, 12th of July 2017

For now (25th of August 2017), you will be able to find some information under these 5 headlines. Enjoy! Sarwa Mangalam.

Schemata over PRACTISES of the Mar-Ngok-tradition (shorter, middle, long): Hevajra and NairatmyaSchemata over DIFFERENCES between Mar-Lugs and other transmissions like Kagyu Ngagdzö, Sakya etc.Texts by Ngok Masters since 1100Texts by Drikung Masters since 1500Texts by Karmapas of the Karma Kagyu since 1100

Publized 25th of August 2017: Compiled and edited by Carl Djung (Karma Könchog Dorje), based on memory. I excuse all imprecisions and mistakes. It is written with the wish that it may inspire.