Gem of Wisdom for Daily Reflection: 

Ngagyur Kama Transmission at Bodhgaya

The first Kama Transmission organised by The Association for the Preservation of Ngagyur Kama Tradition was successfully completed on the 25th January in Bodhgaya, India at the Lhakhang (temple) of the Nyingma Dharmashala, which is a building complex funded by the Nyingma Monlam Chenmo International Foundation, to provide accommodation to the 10,000 plus participants of the Nyingma monastic sangha during the annual Nyingma Monlam Chenmo.

The Association for the Preservation of Ngagyur Kama Tradition, of which Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche is a member of the organising committee, was formed during the 19th Nyingma Monlam Chenmo Prayer Festival in 2008, with the sole objective of preserving rare and precious empowerments, oral transmissions and pith instructions of the Kama and Terma teachings of the Nyingma School of Buddhism existing in Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim and other parts of India.

Over the course of fifteen days this January, the highly respected Khenchen Pema Sherab gave teachings and commentaries on two important Nyingma texts, the Vimalamitra's Commentary to Manjushrinamasangiti - Chanting the Names of Manjusri and Paltrul Rinpoche’s Thog Tha Bar Sum Du Ge Wai Tam - The Instruction that is Virtuous in the Beginning, Virtuous in the Middle and Virtuous in the End.

The first teaching, Manjushrinamasangiti is a Tantric text comprising 160 verses and some mantras. It is customerly recited during the annual Nyingma Monlam Chenmo for the purpose of generating favourable condition for world peace. The second teaching, Paltrul Rinpoche’s Thog Tha Bar Sum Du Ge Wai Tam, was written in the format of a poem comprising eighty-two verses. It describes the entire Buddhist path from the arising of motivation to the ultimate direct experience of absolute reality.

Participants of the first inaugural event of The Association for the Preservation of Ngagyur Kama Tradition included Lamas, Tulkus, Khenpos, Lopens and senior students from all six mother monasteries of the Nyingma traditions of Dorje Drag, Mindroling, Shechen, Dzogchen, Kathok and Palyul. Teaching was given in Tibetan with translation of English and Chinese available on site. In view of the favourable responses, the organising committee has decided the next teaching for the year 2010 will be extended to the length of one month and is set to commence straight after the conclusion of the annual Nyingma Monlam Chenmo. We are happy to reveal here that one of the principal teachers next year will be the Venerable Yangthang Rinpoche who is the incarnation of Terton Dorje Dechen Lingpa of Dhomang Monastery in Tibet and a principle lineage holder of the Nyingmapa Lineage.