Rinpoche’s painting of Sangye Yelpa

Sangye Yelpa by Tana Dungsey Rinpoche
3′ X 4′ on cloth

This is a 3′ by 4′ painting on cloth of Sangye Yelpa, by Tana Dungsey Rinpoche (completed March 2022). The painting is kept and displayed at Tana Monastery, India on the annual anniversary days of Sangye Yelpa’s parinirvana. Sangye Yelpa founded the Yelpa Kagyu lineage in the 12th Century. Since then, transmission has been passed down through an unbroken lineage to its present holder, our Tana Dungsey Rinpoche. The parinirvana commemoration begins with Rinpoche and the monks doing a guru yoga puja. In the evening, Rinpoche gives talk about Sangye Yelpa’s life story, a senior monk offers a short dharma talk about refuge and bodhicitta, and another senior monk will talk about wisdom. This is usually followed by a discussion presented by two groups of monks about the importance of guru. The commemoration ends with a traditional debate on “pramana” or Buddhist logic. To offer your own prayers and to further connect with Sangye Yelpa (or at any other time),  click here to access two short supplication prayers to Sangye Yelpa. 


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