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group study Drikung Kagyü School of Vajrayana Buddhism

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Roots of Virtue

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Drikung Kagyu is a lineage within the Kagyu school of Vajrayana Buddhism. It was founded by the Buddha Jigten Sumgön.

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This post will be expanded to contain information about His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche and the Garchen Buddhist Institute which he oversees.

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Drikung Meditation Center in Boston currently houses the miraculous Jowo Rinpoche which is said to be a perfect replica of Shakyamuni Buddha. Here's what the Center tells about the sacred statue.

Pilgrimage to the Jowo Rinpoche​

Tibetan Buddhists make offerings to their deities that represent the absolute Buddha nature in each of us.
Jowo Rinpoche is said to be a perfect replica of Shakyamuni Buddha.
The caretakers of the Drikung Meditation Center also take great care of the sacred statue.

About the Jowo Rinpoche​

In the year 641 the wife of Dharma King Songsten Gampo, Chinese Princess Wencheng, brought the original Jowo Rinpoche to Lhasa, Tibet. This sacred image of Jowo Sakyamuni Buddha is the most venerated and beautiful image in all of Tibet.

The Jowo Rinpoche statue is a source of profound blessings -- bestowing freedom from fear and suffering to those who view it with devotion. It is called the Wish-Fulfilling Jewel for its ability to grant those who pray to it their deepest wishes.

Traditionally, Tibetans must make pilgrimage to Lhasa to view the statue at least once in their lifetime. The benefits of viewing this image include quickening the path to Enlightenment!

About the Jokhang Temple​

On May 30th 2008, a full size emanation replica of Jowo Rinpoche was installed at the Drikung Meditation Center in Arlington, MA. Standing nearly 8 feet tall, the U.S. Jowo Rinpoche is wondrous to behold and so the stream of blessings continues here in the U.S.!

The Jokhang Temple in Lhasa Tibet was created to place the statue in a context so that all of the lineages of Tibetan Buddhism can benefit from its presence. Now open as a pilgrimage site, all are welcome to visit and view the statue.

The U.S. Jowo Rinpoche is an exact replica and spiritual emanation of the original in Tibet. It is liberation by seeing statue in this intimate setting. Just looking at the statue is all one needs to start receiving its benefits. The statue is a source of blessing for practitioners of all faiths and it is a visual manifestation of innate goodness that all can respond to.

We have recently purchased a property, a new home for the Drikung Meditation Center, which will become the US Jokhang Temple - a sacred place where this holy statue will be housed.

Click Here to learn more the US Jokhang Temple.


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