Six Dharmas of Naropa: Monks carry sticks to encourage all laypersons and spectators to exit the interior of the monastery without misbehaving or acting like an excited mob. They will be locked out until sunrise when the final procession is performed around the exterior of the monastery. After midnight, the rear-entrance to Palpung Monastery is locked and young monks peak through the cracks of the doors to revel in the spectacle of the crowd growing behind the heavy doors. During the ensuing six hours leading up to sunrise, young men and a few women, will try to break through the doors and enter the walls of the monastery. The reenactment of laypersons beating open the doors to see the monks, represents ancient traditions where monks retreated to the mountains to find respite and to meditate away from the public. Later, after the Chinese occupation, the monks would retreat to the mountains and be barricaded into caves to avoid Chinese kings and lords. At the end of the three year, three month, three day retreat, locals would return to the monk’s cave, remove the barricades to allow them to exit. On the 15th day and first full moon of the Lunar New Year, the Six Dharmas of Naropa ceremony is performed at Palpung Monastery located in the eastern region of the Tibetan Plateau. Historically this day coincides with the eve of Chunga Choepa (the Butter Lamp Festival) that celebrates the victory of Sakyamuni Buddha over his opponents in a religious debate. This ceremony signifies the end of the “Practitioner of Six Dharmas of Tummo”; a three-year, three-month, three-day monastic retreat performed by the monks of the monastery. The monks conclude the retreat by exiting their dormitories in the mountains to return to the monastery where they will continue their studies and practice.