In June this year we went to make an offering, on behalf of the Foundation, to the three-year retreatants at Dzogchen college, Tokden Monastery in Ngawa. The monks recited a chod text for us. It was an inspirational sight and a truly special experience. The pictures show dharmaru ‘hand drum’ and kangtong ‘trumpet made of human thigh bone’, two important instruments for this practice.
The Chinese name of Ngawa is Aba. It is located in southern Amdo in present-day Sichuan Province. Every three years 10 new monks from various places in Tibet come to stay in a retreat here. For more information on this monastery, see Yontan’s blog.