Background & History

​This page will be updated in the future. 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).



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

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  through Gyalwang Rinchen Puntsok – 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.

Published 24th of July 2017: Compiled and edited by Carl 鍾 Djung, and proff-read and edited by Jeff Rosenfeld (Könchok Palzang Jangsem), 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​