Shinjey Drubchen. (Yamantaka Sadhana) 28th Jan - 3rd Feb, 2019

29 Jan , 2019

The rich and supreme traditions of Mindrolling include Drubchens (Sadhana/accomplishment) held annually as per the precious instruction of Terdak Lingpa, Mindrolling Sangha has again assembled in the right place and time to initiate the Drubchen of Shinjey for many significant purposes that it has stood for eversince its first kind. This year the drubchen will be held from 28th of Jan and will end on 3rd of Feb. Shinjey/Yamantaka is the lord of death and often considered to be the wrathful expression of Manjusri by the Buddhists.

Yamantaka is a Sanskrit name that can be broken down into two primary elements: Yama, the name of the god of death; and antaka, making an end. Thus, Yamantaka means “Destroyer of Death” or “Conqueror of Death”.

Within Buddhism, “terminating death” is a quality of all buddhas as they have stopped the cycle of rebirth, samsara. Yamantaka, then, represents the goal of the Mahayana practitioner’s journey to enlightenment, or the journey itself: in awakening, one adopts the practice of Yamantaka, the practice of terminating death.