Rinpoche will teach his Phowa Course in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, March 14-23. He will also give the Amitabha Empowerment and teachings in Dong Thap, Binh Duong, and Ha Noi . Please see the Vietnam Schedule for details.
The annual Guru Dragpo puja at Ayang Rinpoche’s monastery in Bylakuppe, South India, begins February 22 and continues for 7 days through February 28. Guru Drakpo is practiced at the end of the year to dispel obstacles and purify any remaining negativities in order to usher in happiness and prosperity for the New Year (Losar).
You may participate at home by reciting the Guru Dragpo short mantra:
OM AH HUNG ATSIK NIRTSIK NAMO BHAGAWATE HUNG HUNG AH HUNG HUNG PHAT//
You may also participate by reciting the Guru Rinpoche mantra (see below) or the Seven-Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche. Click here for Ayang Rinpoche’s teaching on the Seven-Line Prayer, and the prayer in Tibetan and English.
OM AH HUNG VAJRA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG//
Ayang Rinpoche has said that anyone sponsoring Dharma activities gains the same merit as the practitioners. If you would like to make a US tax-deductible contribution to the Guru Dragpo puja using PayPal or your credit card, please select the amount of your donation below. The full cost of the puja for 280 monks, nuns, khenpos and lamas is $21,650. Here are some suggestions, but your donation of any amount will be appreciated and will be like a drop of water mixed in an ocean of merit.
You may also send a check made out to Amitabha Foundation to: 11 South Goodman Street Rochester, New York 14607.
For donors outside the United States, here is the link to make offerings directly to the monastery’s account through the Drikung Charitable Society.
Zambhala statue at Amitabha Foundation Retreat Center, Nepal
Offerings for monks and nuns $50
Tea and meals for participants $200
Ayang Rinpoche will be giving teachings and empowerments in Sydney, Taipei and Hong Kong in November, December and January.
SYDNEY (firstname.lastname@example.org or +02 9487 7404)
Nov 15 – Public talk, “Introducing the True Nature of the Mind”
Nov 16 – Guru Drakpo empowerment
Nov 17 – Guru Drakpo teaching and practice
Nov 18 – Introduction to the True Nature of the Mind
Nov 19 – Short Vajrasattva teaching and Guru Drakpo tsok offering
TAIPEI (email@example.com, 886-920384368)
Dec 8 Vajrasattva empowerment
Dec 9 – 11 Vajrasattva teaching and practice
Dec 12 Vajrasattva tsog offering puja
Dec 13 Achi Chökyi Drolma empowerment
Dec 17 Phowa Practice
HONG KONG (firstname.lastname@example.org, 852-2882-1032)
Dec 20 – 30 Phowa course
Jan 1 Phowa Practice
Jan 3 Achi empowerment
Jan 4 Achi Teaching and short practice
Ayang Rinpoche’s monastery in Bylakuppe is holding the annual Yarne retreat until the 5th September. Yarne is the 6-week annual summer rains retreat, observed by most monasteries. It is primarily for getsuls and gelongs. There are vows at the beginning and the releasing of vows at the end. Some of these vows include not leaving the monastery property (observed by all monks), AM and PM pujas daily, all meals taken in the temple, no meat or eggs, no food after 12 noon (except for health reasons), Sojong (confession) twice a month and mid-way through, and increased time for study and practice.
Beginning soon, they will also hold the annual Vajrayogini Drupchen. Your sponsorship is welcome.