Drupchen (Tib. གྲུབ་ཆེན་, Wyl. sgrub chen) - literally "vast accomplishment," is a form of intensive group practice that epitomizes the depth, power, and precision of the Vajrayana, drawing together the entire range of its skilful methods-mystical, ritual, and artistic-and including: the creation of the mandala house; the complete sadhana practice with visualization, mudra, chant, and music; continuous day and night practice of mantra; the creation of tormas and offerings, with sacred substances and precious relics; the tsok feast; the sacred dance of cham; as well as the construction of the sand mandala. All blend to create the transcendent environment of the pure realm of the deity and awaken, for all those taking part, the pure perception of this world as a sacred realm.
So it is said that several days participating in a drupchen can yield the same results as years of solitary retreat, and great contemporary masters such as Kyabjé Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche have made a point of encouraging and reviving the practice of drupchen, because of its power of transformation in this degenerate age.
The meaning of drupchen is to purify, to tame our body, speech and mind in order to become authentic and beneficial says Patrul Rinpoche.
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche says: "A drubpa chenpo, a drupchen, requires all kinds of details. For example, you have to do six sessions, you must have a certain number of yogis and yoginis and the sound of the mantra must never be interrupted. If there's any drupchen happening, one must try to participate. Just as we should participate in tsok offerings again and again, it is really good to participate in a drupchen as a Vajrayana practitioner again and again. It is believed that just going to one drupchen will take care of all samaya breakages instantly. Where there is no drupchen, one should try to organize one. "
Drubchod Konchog Chidu
Three simple vegetarian meals. Special dietary requests regretfully can not be accommodated.e.
We will practice together for example from 6:00 a.m. to 18:00 p.m. in sessions.
One session 2-3 hours.
All participants must have adequate experience in long sitting practice and be able to assess realistically, whether they can sit without great physical or mental discomfort for 10 hours a day (a chair can be used).
Once you have chosen your place, you must keep it throughout the Drubchen.
Because of the demanding nature of the Drubchen, we are asking people with already existing health problems which worsen with stress to refrain from participating.
Equally, this practice is not a substitute for medical or psycho-therapeutic treatment. We therefore advise people with serious mental problems -even if they are in the past- not to take part.
We are asking participants to bring enough of their own medication!
We can not take any liability for the health of the participants!
The importance of the following conditions and preparations :
- a good understanding of Buddhist teachings/tradition and especially of the law of cause and effect
- regular meditation practice
- a firm decision to solve and dissolve all disturbances, obstacles and group-dynamics that might occur during the drubchen in the spirit of the 37 Bodhisattva Practices
- a clear and constant awareness that even one single moment of negative emotions (especially anger) destroys the merit of the whole group and of the whole drubchen
- psychic stability
- right motivation: "I will practice the Mandala of drubchen in order
... to relieve the suffering of the countless sentient beings,
... to avert all obstacles of those to be protected,
... to promote the Buddha Dharma,
... for the long life of our teachers"
- knowledge of the importance of the commitment to practice (samaya) and the willingness to take on this practice commitment.