HE Choeje Ayang Rinpoche


Earthquake damages Amitabha Temple in Nepal

There was a magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Nepal today, which was centered about 50 miles northeast of Kathmandu. The earthquake caused damage to the Amitabha Retreat Center (Opak Kyilkhor Chöling). True Lhamo wrote today:

The monks were too afraid to go inside the temple. They are all sleeping outside in the open air as there were around 18 frequent tremors that lasted more than an hour.

We will continue to post more information and photos as we learn more.






Tenshug (Long Life Ceremony) for Ayang Rinpoche April 30-May 3

Ayang Rinpoche in Lumbini 2004

Ayang Rinpoche in Lumbini 2004

Tenshug (Long Life) Ceremony for H. E. Chöje Ayang Rinpoche

At Thupten Shedrub Jangchub Ling Monastery in Bylakuppe, April 30 to May 3 2015


A Tenshug is a special ritual offered to high lamas to create the necessary merits and conditions for them to extend their lives. When a Master is manifesting illness or uncertainty in living, students should arrange a tenshug offering done in all its completeness. When the Master lives long, the Buddha Dharma will grow and benefit beings. The Buddha Dharma’s growth is dependent on Masters.

H.E Choeje Ayang Rinpoche is the Founder and Director of all Amitabha Foundation organizations around the world, the Drikung Charitable Society, Thupten Shedrub Jangchub Ling Monastery in Bylakuppe, Dechen Choeku Ling Monastery in Mundgod, Serlung Monastery in Kollegal, Amitabha Meditation Center in Kalimpong and Bodhgaya in India and the Amitabha Foundation Retreat Center in Nepal. Following the advice and instruction of HH the XVI th Gyalwang Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, Ayang Rinpoche travelled abroa in the early seventies to teach and is one of the foremost Tibetan Buddhist masters who introduced Buddha Dharma to the West.  He is also the first Drikung Master instrumental in introducing the Drikung Lineage to the West.

Many high lamas had recommended a Tenshug (long life offering) for H.E Choje Ayang Rinpoche last year in 2014, when it was the obstacle year for Rinpoche according to Tibetan calendar, the horse year in which Rinpoche was born. At that time we did extensive White Tara and Amitayus tsok offering prayers. Following the advice of the masters, Rinpoche has now accepted the Tenshug offering. H.E Choeje Togden Rinpoche, the spiritual Dharma Master and leader of Drikung Kagyu Lineage in Ladakh will be the Vajra Master of the ceremony and offer the Tenshug to Ayang Rinpoche.

The Tenshug (long Life offering) will commence with an elaborate Tsedrup (long life puja/ritual prayer) dedicated to the long life of H.E Ayang Rinpoche that will last for 4 consecutive days from April 30 to  May 3’2015. The extensive prayers, with chanting lasting from morning until night, will be conducted at the Thupten Shedrub Janchubling Monastery of Ayang Rinpoche in Bylakuppe, by Tulkus, Khenpos and monks, including others attending the ceremony from outside.  It will culminate in a grand long life Tenshug offering to HE Ayang Rinpoche on the auspicious full moon day of 3 May 2015, the day of Buddha Amitabha, with meditation, recitation of Sutras and taking Eight Mahayana Precepts. It is considered an auspicious day in the Tibetan Calendar with positive deeds performed at this time being especially potent for Buddha Dharma in general and for the flourishing of the enlightened activities of Rinpoche.

For those students who wish to attend the ceremony, kindly confirm by sending an email to amitabhafoundation@yahoo.co.in and a copy to drikungcharitablesociety@yahoo.com. Alternately, you may call the monastery at +91 8223 254220.  For those who are not able to attend this special occasion, we suggest you dedicate your practice and prayers for Rinpoche’s long life.

Kindly send any donations towards the Tenshug expenses to the bank details mentioned below, or for those desiring to make small donations by PayPal or credit card, or to receive a US tax-deduction for their donation, please send your check made out to Amitabha Foundation and mail it to Post Office Box 2572, Aptos, California 95001, or click below to donate online.


Beneficiary Name: Drikung Charitable Society, P.O Bylakuppe-571104, Mysore District, Karnataka State, India.

Beneficiary Account No:17082200011214

Bank Name and address:  Syndicate Bank, B M Road, P.O.Bylakuppe- 571104, Mysore District, Karnataka State, India

IFS Code: SYNB0001708

Swift Code: SYNBINBB118

Amitabha Drupchen April 4-18, 2015

Every year at Ayang Rinpoche’s Dechen Choeku Ling Monastery in Mundgod, South India, they perform a Drupchen (Great Accomplishment ceremony), focusing on the Dharmakaya Amitabha, Sambhogakaya Avaloketeshvara or Nirmanakaya Guru Padmasambhava, alternating each year. This year they will do Amitabha puja.

Rinpoche welcomes everyone to participate by reciting the Amitabha mantra while visualizing the Amitabha Pure Land.  Send your accumulations made between April 4-17 daily to NY@amitabhafoundation.


Support the Drupchen with a contribution toward butterlamps, tsok, meals and tea for the monks, nuns, khenpos and tulkus, or for a money offering to monks and other participants. You may include the names of loved ones you would like added to the prayer list. 


Amitabha Drupchen sponsor
Names for prayers:

Losar Tashi Delek from Ayang Rinpoche

Ayang Rinpoche Rigdzin Suisse

Dear Dharma brothers and sisters,

My heartfelt Losar greetings to all of you for the Wood Sheep Year.

I pray that your Dharma practices and worldly activities are inspired by pure motivation for all beings. I pray we will all reach Buddha Amitabha’s Pure Land of Sukhavati. Please pray that all of Amitabha Foundation’s projects to benefit the Dharma and all beings, are successfully completed.

May the current world situations motivate all of us to deepen our commitment to practice to help all beings.

All my doctors advised me to preserve my health by working less and resting more. Therefore I will only be teaching a few courses this year.  It is my deepest wish to complete all my Dharma activities in my life time. To accomplish this, I am requesting your support.

As you enjoy the New Year Day, please remember we all one year closer to death and the Pure Land. Warm regards,

His Eminence Chöje Ayang Rinpoche

February 2015


2015 Losar greeting

Guru Dragpo and 100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities Pujas

Guru Dragpo

The Guru Dragpo (Wrathful Guru Rinpoche) puja, held annually before Losar (February 19) to clear away obstacles for the new year, is taking place at Thupten Shedrub Jangchub Ling February 11-18, 2015.  Everyone is welcome to make an auspicious connection with this practice by sponsoring meals and tea for the monks and lamas, tsok, butterlamps, and money offerings for the monks. Click here to make a donation. In 2012 the full cost of the puja, including offering substances and all meals for 280 monks, lamas, nuns and khenpos over 7 days was $21,650.  Please help us support these precious activities, while dedicating the merit to your loved ones and all sentient beings!

Listen to H.E. Chöje Ayang Rinpoche chant the Guru Dragpo mantra.

Shitro Peaceful Deities Torma

Shitro Peaceful Deities Torma

To usher in an auspicious New Year, everyone at Rinpoche monastery will practice Shitro, also known as the 100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities, February 27 through March 5.

“This teaching of the Peaceful and Wrathful Deities is…. the essence of the 6,400,000 Dzogchen tantras, and merely hearing this teaching cuts through birth in the lower realms; merely understanding it causes one to travel to the ground of great bliss (mahasukha); bringing its meaning to mind causes one to accomplish the irreversible state of the spontaneously arisen awareness holder.  For everyone who connects with this teaching there will be great purpose and meaning.”  (H.E. Ayang Rinpoche, 2009 Karma Lingpa Shitro Empowerment at Garrison, NY, Translated by Tyler Dewar)  Read a short teaching

“Any one who has family members, friends or loved ones who have died and would like to make donations and dedicate it to them, it is the best opportunity.    (True Lhamo on behalf of H. E. Chöje Ayang Rinpoche)  Make a donation and submit your names for prayers here.

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HE Choeje Ayang Rinpoche

Considered the world's living Phowa master – a lineage-holder of both the Nyingma and Drikung Phowa he continues the unbroken line of Drikung Phowa lamas from Buddha Vajradhara.

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