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Posted on 05 November 2017

Last updated 15 October 2017

International Drikung Kagyu Council
Honoured to organise the 800th Commemoration of Lord Jigten Sumong's Maha Parinirvana.

Rules and Regulations of the 800th Commemoration Grand Offering Ceremony

Reception for His Holiness

First day as arranged according to event plan.

On subsequent days:

The following people must go to welcome His Holiness:

1. HE Thritsab Gyabra Rinpoche

2. HE Lhochen Rinpoche

3. HE Nyidzong Drichen Rinpoche

4. Director of the Seat of the Drikung Kagyu

5. President of the International Drikung Kagyu Council

During the Assembly, when His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgön is present, for lay or ordained, taking pictures is strictly prohibited. 

Before His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgön arrives, Tulkus, Khenpos, Drubpön, Lobpön, and all other monks and nuns in order of seniority are required to have found their seats.

2) During the Assembly

a. Those present should seat themselves in order of seniority.

b. Whether His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgön is present or not, except for those who have specific responsibilities and those who are infirm, everyone is required to attend the Assembly.

3) During the Teaching

a. Use of cell phone, Internet, and so forth is not permitted.

b. During the teachings, except for supervisors and people with special responsibilities, everyone must remain seated.

4) General Conduct

a. During the Grand Ceremony, except for photographers, reporters, and those with special permits, nobody is permitted to take photos.

b. Except for personnel and staff, photographers, reporters, and those with special permits, nobody is permitted on the main stage.

c. During the ceremony all monks and nuns must shave their head completely and wear their clothes in the traditional way and bring their ga-she (traditional tea cup) to the assembly. 

d. During the meal and during the assembly ordained should behave in a way that instills vivid faith in devotees and in a way which can become an object for the field of accumulation for those making offerings.   Around the Dharma events they must refrain from being noisy or engaging in sport-like activities.  Laypeople should practice virtuous activities and conduct; criticizing the ordained or wasting time in gambling, bad behavior, and non-meritorious activity that would cause others to lose faith is strictly prohibited.

e. The health and welfare of all sentient beings is dependent on their environment. Please keep your environment clean. If you see trash or litter, please deposit it into a waste bin. Keeping the environment clean is the responsibility of all beings.

f. Generally all in attendance regardless of status are required to follow these rules and regulations in the same manner and conduct themselves in the same way.

g. In the area around the Dharma events, restaurants are strictly prohibited from selling meat or alcohol or hosting gambling.

5) In March 2017, the central and regional branches of the International Drikung Kagyu Council met with administrative representatives from monasteries and senior teachers living abroad, and unanimously decided that with the exception of the actual day of the Long Life Ceremony, with the exception of Vajra Masters, everybody should sit on the same level.

6) At the time of seating, supervisors, administrators of various branches, and members of the International Drikung Kagyu Council are obligated to come supervise.

7) Except for tulkus recognized by either Drikung Kyabgön, none are permitted to sit in the tulku seating area.