Drikung Chintamani is an aromatherapeutic incense based on a formula developed by Drikung Tsewang Tenpa (1631-ca. 1700). He was a student of Vidhyadhara Chokyi Drakpa (1595-1659, the First Kyabgon Chungtsang of Drikung Kagyu Order) who is famous for having founded a unique lineage of medical practice. Tsewang Tempa himself is one of Tibet’s foremost scholar-physicians and author of 13 medical treatises. His most famous work on pharmacology is the “Compendium of the Essence of Beneficence & Well-Being” (gChes bsDuds Phan bDe’i sNying po).
Although this incense may be used for various purposes such as an offering to the deities, to support meditation practice, to cleanse the air of stale or noxious odors, Tsewang Tenpa specifically formulated this incense to correct psycho-physiological problems known in Tibet’s spiritually-based medical tradition as “lhoong/lung” (rLung) imbalances or disruptions. Symptoms of lhoong/lung imbalances include insomnia, high-blood pressure, frequent sighing, depression, dizziness, ringing in the ears, irritability, muscular stiffness, pain in waist, hip-bones and joints. [NOTE: This product makes NO medical claims as understood by and practiced in contemporary, allopathic medicine and it should NOT be used for treating such medical conditions). This formulation is similar in function to Agar 31.
Manufactured by expert of Tibetan pharmacology, Mr. Jigme Tsarong of Tsarong Enterprises (Kalimpong, India) exclusively for Urban Dharma North Carolina. Only 700 boxes were produced for this batch and over 1 kilogram of agarwood/agaru was used for this special batch. From Wikipedia: “Agarwood, also known as oud, oodh, agar, aloeswood or lign-aloes, is a dark resinous heartwood that forms in Aquilaria and Gyrinops trees (large evergreens native to southeast Asia) when they become infected with a type of mould. Prior to infection, the heartwood is odourless, relatively light and pale coloured; however, as the infection progresses, the tree produces a dark aromatic resin in response to the attack, which results in a very dense, dark, resin embedded heartwood. The resin embedded wood is commonly called gaharu, jinko, aloeswood, agarwood, or oud (not to be confused with bukhoor) and is valued in many cultures for its distinctive fragrance, and thus is used for incense and perfumes.”
Each packet consists of 24 sticks that burn for approximately 90 minutes per stick.