The present Ayang Rinpoche is the seventh incarnation of the founder of Ayang Monastery in Eastern Tibet (Kham), which was built more than 400 years ago as a branch of the main Drikung monastery. When Rinpoche returned to his birthplace area in the early 2000′s for the first time since leaving Tibet in 1959, he decided that the original monastery was too remote and that the nomad community and the monks would benefit from having it relocated. Rinpoche received permission from the Chinese government to relocate it on the shores of Nying-je Tso (“The Lake of Compassion”), about 3 hours west of Jyekundo (Chinese, Yushu) in Qinghai province. The new monastery has been under construction since 2003. Damaged in the great 2010 Yushu earthquake, it is now nearly complete. To see a slide show of monastery photos click here. Ayang Rinpoche will be visiting his monastery in Eastern Tibet for the consecration ceremony, August 8, 2014. To make an auspicious connection with the new monastery and the ceremonies surrounding the consecration, sponsor butterlamps, tsok, tea and bread for the monks, money offerings for the monks and lamas, or ritual offerings (statues, mandalas, bumpas, bowls, capalas, etc.).
- Konchog Gelek, Rima Clinic Administrator, inspects the new solar array
We made our goal of $25,000–and more– in only 4 weeks!
Due to the generosity of so many supporters our GlobalGiving Safe Childbirth in Rural Tibet project was fully funded in less than one month. We raised $26,151 in donations and received bonuses totaling $4,500 from GlobalGiving during the June Challenge.
We are so grateful to everyone for making it possible to pay our doctors’ and midwife’s salary for one year and to install electricity in our clinic in Tibet. The electricity will bring light and heat to the clinic, make it possible to freeze and store vaccines and other medicines safely, and to run the ultrasound and other medical equipment. The clinic serves 30-50 people per day, or nearly 15,000 patients annually.
Any additional donations can be made directly to Amitabha Foundation and will go towards further training for our new midwife, clean birthing kits (which cost approximately $50 each, and include soap and a towel for the birth attendant, clean plastic sheet for the mother to lie on, clean blade and string for cutting and tying the umbilical cord, towels to dry the newborn, hat and blanket for the baby, and a 9 month supply of prenatal vitamins.), and a 4-wheel-drive vehicle to replace the ambulance that has served the community since 2007. The vehicle and registration fees will cost approximately $20,000. Having a reliable source of transportation to hospital has already saved several mothers’ and infants’ lives in our community.
We sincerely thank the 250 people who donated and many others who spread our story through Facebook and their other social networks for helping us reach and surpass our $25,000 goal so quickly. Check out photos of the new solar electricity installation here. Because of GlobalGiving and YOU we will be able to pay the balance due for the installation, and get caught up with salaries for our clinic staff.
We are using Global Giving, an international fundraising platform for nonprofit organizations, to raise money for our clinic and safe childbirth program in Tibet. Because of everyone’s generosity, we will now be listed as a permanent partner with Global Giving. We have already raised a total of $22,194 toward our goal of $25,000. We are currently in first place among all the projects, so we have a good chance to receive an additional $5,000 in bonuses on June 30, 2014. You can check the Leaderboard to follow our progress. Make a donation online or by check or wire transfer today, to help take us to the goal!!
Make checks payable to GlobalGiving Foundation, put “Amitabha Foundation Project #17151″ in the memo line, and mail it to: GlobalGiving, 1110 Vermont Ave NW, Suite 550, Washington, DC 20005
Click here to read about our project and to help! Your donation and support through your social media network benefits the Tibetan nomads in Ayang Rinpoche’s birthplace area immediately, and also gives us access to corporate sponsorship and grants, and a broader base of donors for our public health work. Make a donation in someone’s name and they will receive a card acknowledging your gift.
This is the Year of the Horse. According to traditional Tibetan astrology it is important that special practices are done this year to ward off obstacles to our beloved Teacher’s long life and well-being.
HH Chungtsang Rinpoche, the joint Head of Rinpoche’s Drikung Kagyu lineage, has recommended the Amitayus prayer and mantra be performed for this purpose. Accordingly, between May 13 and 15, one thousand Namdroling monks are chanting the prayer, and performing a grand tsog offering daily.
As Rinpoche’s students, each of us has the precious opportunity to support this practice, and make offerings for our Master’s good health, long life and the complete success of all his enlightened activities for the benefit of all beings. The costs of having 1,000 monks practicing intensively for three days are substantial. It would be wonderful and auspicious if every one of Rinpoche’s many students could contribute towards this.
You can make an offering by credit card or Paypal through Amitabha Foundation US, or through one of Rinpoche’s other centers worldwide. You may also wire the money directly to the Drikung Charitable Account in India (see the information below). In the US, you can send a check (with “Long Life Prayers” in the memo line) to:
11 South Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14607
Each of us can also can join in the practice, chanting the Amitayus mantra, with the visualization done as in Phowa, but with Rinpoche himself receiving the blessings.
Mantra of Buddha Amitayus: Om A Ma Ra-ni Dzi-wan Ti-ye So-ha
If you do not know the Amitayus practice, you can accumulate the Guru Rinpoche 7-Line prayer, dedicating the merit to Rinpoche:
7-Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche
Hung. U Gyen Yul Gyi Nub Jang Tsham/ Ped-ma Ge Sar Dong Po La/
Hung. In the northwest country of Urgyen/ On the stamen of a blooming lotus
Ya Tshen Chog Gi Ngo Drub Nye/ Ped-ma Jung Ne Zhe Su Drag/
Having attained the most wonderful and perfect siddhi -/ You are the one renowned as the “Lotus Born.”
Khor Du Kha Dro Mang Po Kor/ Khyed Kyi Je Su Dag Drub Kyi/
Surrounded by a host of Dakinis./ I follow you and practise accordingly
Jin Gyi Lob Chyir Sheg Su Sol/ Guru Ped-ma Sid-dhi Hung/
Please come and bestow your blessings./
|Account Name||Drikung Charitable Society|
|Bank Name||Syndicate Bank, Bylakuppe -571104 Branch|
|Bank Address||Kagyudpa Monastic Institute
Swift Codes for:
- US dollars: SYNBIN BB 118 BKTRUS 33
- UK Pound: SYNBIN BB 118 BARCCB 22
- Euro: SYNBIN BB 118 DUTCH BANK-953492610
- Swiss Franc: SYNBINN BB 118 UBSWCH2H 80A
Sept 1’ 2014 Delhi to Vienna, Austria
Sept 2-4´ 2014 *Guru Drakpo Empowerment and Teachings
Sept 5-14’ 2014 *Phowa course near Graz, Austria
Sept 16’ 2014 Graz, Austria to Schmiedeberg, Germany
Sept 17-26’ 2014 Phowa course in Schmiedeberg
Sept 29’ 2014 Schmiedeberg to Berlin
Oct 1 – 5’ 2014 Teaching in Berlin
Oct 7’ 2014 Berlin to Paris
Oct 9– 14’ 2014 Teachings in Paris
Oct 16’ 2014 Paris to Rancon, France
Oct 18-27’ 2014 Phowa course
Oct 29’ 2014 Rancon to Achen
Oct 31 – Nov 4′ 2014 Teaching in Aachen
Nov 6’ 2014 Aachen-Paris
Nov 14’ 2014 Paris to Delhi
*For more information about Rinpoche’s teachings in Austria: HE Choeje Ayang Rinpoche in Austria.