LHAK-KAR and Lama Dances (garcham) at Druk Sangag Choeling Monastery, Darjeeling
Darjeeling-24 Oct, 2012
Today’s Lhak-Kar “His Holiness Dalai Lama soil day” which fall on an auspicious day of great Buddhist Mahasiddha Guru Padmasambhava “Tsechu”. Four days long Tsechu Drubpa is performed every year in the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar at Druk Sangag Choeling Monastery, Darjeeling. This Monastery is head quarter of Drukpa Lineage of Drukpa Kargyud tradition of Tibetan Buddhist which founded by first Drukpa Thuksey Rinpoche in 1973. This is biggest Monastery in North-East part of India.
On this auspicious day, Druk Sangag Choeling Monastery, Darjeeling performed the Garcham or Lama Dances. Garcham started morning at 07:00hr will last till 17:30hr. In this year Tse-chu Lama Dance is witnessed with more than 2000 thousand people from all corner of Darjeeling, Sikkim and foreign countries like Bhutan, France, Australia, Monaco, England and Nepal. This Lama dance (Cham) is very unique culture of Tibet which originated in the 17th Century. I believe performing this kind of ritual dance is great bless for every sentient being those who are follower Tantrayana.
In this context it is a tantric meditative practice adopting the form of very special dances, where the practitioners perform in full costume according to prescribed rituals, using gestures, song, music and costumes.
The Tsechu Lama dance is performed to celebrate the birth of the great Buddhist mahasiddha Guru Padmasambhava. This garcham dance was originated in the 17th century from visions of Guru Padmasambhava. They are performed publicly, in order to dispel all that harms, sickness and to increase what is positive in our life span, merit, bring peace, happiness and wisdom to this world.
In needful times Guru Padmasambhva has great power to grant blessings, both due to his vow to protect beings in this dark era and of his full accomplishment in compassion and wisdom. There are many different types of lama dances; the first day dance, the black hatdance, and the dakini dance for purifying and removing obstacles.
In Praise of Mahakala
Though the power of your great compassion,
You arise in a fierce form
To increase the happiness of all living beings
And preserve the teachings of the Victorious One.
Bodh Gyalo! Free Tibet!