Tibetan-American lama, H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Rinpoche's hand holds a vajra drawing lines that close the Hevajra Mandala, after the empowerment, Tharlam Monastery, Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal. Now 80 years of age (as of 2009) the senior Tibetan Lama Dagchen Rinpoche co-founded The Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism, in Seattle, Washington, the first Tibetan Monastery in the United States in 1976. The original Sakya Monastery was founded by his forebearers more than 900 years ago.
H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche received the Hevajra Anuttarayoga initiation in an unbroken Khon Lineage transmission from the great founder of the Sayka School, Sachen Kunga Nyingpo (1092- 1158), through the last Sakya Throne-holder in Tibet, His Holiness Trichen Ngawang Tutop Wangchuk (1900-1950), Rinpoche’s father.
Hevajra is the most important meditational practice in the Sakya tradition. It matures disciples through planting seeds for the realization of the four bodies of the Buddha, empowers one to practice the Shri Hevarja Sadhana, and is a necessary prerequisite to receiving many other teachings such as the Vajrayogini Initiation.
This is the physical plan for the dieties' palace, just like a blueprint.
Somehow this looks like the world from outer space to me ... where the circles are in the sand mandala - vases of victory have been removed.
The additional light is coming from another person's flash which fired similtaneously; I try to avoid using flash because it is disturbing to the eyes.
Two senior lamas - monks are holding Dachen Rinpoche's hand up above the mandala so that the technical requirements of the closing are upheld.
This is a huge sand mandala, and was actually used for the intiation - those fortunate few who view this image are very blessed. He gave permission for this image to be made public. Anyone who sees this is said to be granted blessings. It was taken just as he began closing the door, so some of the holy vibration is still to be felt.
So congratulations! to you fortunate ones.
'jigs bral ngag dbang kun dga' bsod nams
sa skya phun tshogs pho brang bdag chen rdo rje 'chang ngag dbang kun dga' bsod nams