Drupchen, "Vast Accomplishment" in Tibetan, is an intensive group practice that draws upon all the skilful methods of the Vajrayana teachings to tame or purify our body, speech and mind, in order to become authentic and beneficial beings. Drupchens are also called Peace Prayers in Tibetan. Engaging in them gives us the opportunity to create a cause for future well-being and happiness, for ourselves as well as every one around us and inderectly all beings.
Drupchens organised by the Zangdok Palri Institute usually last for seven days, and are preceded by three to five days of study and preparation: learning the different aspects of the practice such as the order of the prayers and their meaning, the mudras, the melodies; learning the different roles such as ritual instrument player, chant leader, or chöpön; preparing together the setting for the practice, etc.
Since 2008, Patrul Rinpoche has been leading one to three Drupchens every year.
The meaning of drupchen: to purify, to tame our body, speech and mind in order to become authentic and beneficial
The meaning of drupchen is the accomplishment of something very important through mental and physical means.
What accomplishments? The accomplishment of peaceful mind and healthy body.
How does it come through a drupchen?
When you follow the sadhana you are taming your mind, you are approaching the natural great peace. There are different approaches to the natural great peace: the near approach, very near approach, great accomplishment approach, and complete approach. This is the main purpose of the sadhana.
When we follow the sadhana, we are all the time taming our mind. To tame our mind is very important. The Buddha said: “Happiness comes from taming our mind. Taming the mind is excellent”. If we tame our mind, all happiness is in the palm of our hand and enlightenment is not very far. If we tame our mind, it is really excellent, because it becomes a source for all good things.
And not only that, when we make a drupchen, it is also a purification of the environment, inner beings, even of ourselves. When we are taming our mind with prayers, the main sadhana, the recitation of the mantras, all of them being enhanced with non-conceptual wisdom and impartial compassion.
Physically you are taming your body too. When we tame our body with the sadhana, we emphasise the meditation position, prepare the mandala, clean the main hall to make it comfortable for all the sangha, make circumambulations, it makes the body healthy, it is great fitness.
During drupchens we are also taming our voice with recitation of mantras, recitation of prayers, of the sadhana, we try to have a pleasant voice, in order to make others happy, comfortable, joyful. For example when some secretaries are on the phone, they will make the caller feel welcome, happy.
The meaning of drupchen is to purify, to tame our body, speech and mind in order to become authentic and beneficial.
Brussels, 23 February 2011, by Patrul Rinpoche