HE Choeje Ayang Rinpoche


Volunteer health professional needed

 Monks brushing

Ayang Rinpoche’s monastery in Bylakuppe, South India need a new medical professional to replace the current nurse, who is leaving the country.

The monastery prefers an experienced, retired male; but will consider an experienced retired/of retirement age female without family obligations. The minimum commitment is one year. A Protected Area Permit (PAP) is required, and the monastery will help with that. There is no fee, just form-filling and waiting. It takes 3-4 months for the PAP to be approved. There is a small, basic dispensary with desk, patient bed, and shelves and cupboard for medicine storage. There is running water but no electricity. A general job description includes:

  1. Available as needed by the monks and monastery; no fixed number of hours each day/week
  2. Works as a team member with teachers and with teaching and working monks
    1. Has leadership abilities (organizing meetings, motivating teaching and working monks, etc.)
    2. Takes direction well
    3. Gives and receives feedback easily
  3. Develops rapport with all 150 monks (especially teaching and working monks)
  4. Daily teaching and supervising of personal health and hygiene (hair washing, hand washing before meals, showers) for 100 school monks ages 5-19
  5. Multiple times daily dispensing/applying of medicines
  6. Quarterly (every three months) ordering and shopping for medicines
  7. Anything else the monastery requests Desirable traits that are beneficial (not necessarily in this order):
    1. Respectful of cultural differences (Indian, Tibetan, monastic)
    2. Compassionate and works from the heart
    3. Flexible
    4. Patient
    5. Sense of humour
    6. Perseverant
    7. Humble

In exchange for services, the monastery provides a room in the guesthouse and three meals/day plus afternoon tea. The personal and professional experiences are countless and invaluable. Interested persons should email their resume to Ani Samten. They are also welcome to email with questions or concerns.

Thank you in advance for anything you can do.


2015 Bodhgaya Phowa: Schedule and Sponsorship

Bodhgaya Phowa

Shakyamuni Statue at the Mahabodhi Stupa in Bodhgaya

Ayang Rinpoche’s 21st Annual Phowa Course begins next week. For those of you planning to attend, please see the Daily Schedule below, or download the PDF. Even if you are not able to attend this year, please consider making an offering to support the course, which is given free of charge to all participants. Your donation will help provide tsok, tea, texts, and travel expenses for Rinpoche and his attendants.

Thank you, and may all beings benefit!


Jan 8/2015 Thur

9.00 am Short Introductory teaching on Phowa *

2.00 pm Buddha Amitabha Empowerment *

Jan 9/2015 Fri

7.00 am Full Day-Detailed Phowa Teaching

Jan 10/2015 Sat

7.00 am Nyingma Phowa Oral Transmission Blessing *

1.00 pm Nyingma Phowa Practice

4.30 pm Vajrasattva Teaching

Jan 11/2015 Sun

7.00 am Nyingma Phowa Practice

1.00 pm Drikung Phowa Teaching

4.30 pm Pureland Long Aspiration Prayer under the Bodhi Tree and Circumambulation *+

Jan 12/2015 Mon

7.00 am Drikung Phowa Oral Transmission Blessing with Practice

1.00 pm Three Excellences Teaching *

4.30 pm Pureland Long Aspiration Prayer under the Bodhi Tree and Circumambulation *+

Jan 13/2015 Tue

7.00 am Buddha Amitabha Meditation Teaching *

1.00 pm Drikung Phowa Practice

4.30 pm Pureland Long Aspiration Prayer under the Bodhi Tree and Circumambulation *+

Jan 14/2015 Wed

7.00 am Drikung Phowa Practice

1.00 pm Jetsun Milarepa Guru Yoga Tsog Offering Prayer *

4.30 pm Pureland Long Aspiration Prayer under the Bodhi Tree and Circumambulation *+

Jan 15/2015 Thur

7.00 am Short Drikung Phowa Practice and Short Amitabha Sadhana Practice

1.00 pm Teaching on doing phowa for others at the moment of death

4.30 pm Pureland Long Aspiration Prayer under the Bodhi Tree and Circumambulation *+

Jan 16/2015 Fri

7.00 am Teaching on doing phowa for oneself at the moment of death and instruction on how to practice Phowa after the course

1.00 pm Short Nyingma Phowa Practice

4.30 pm Pureland Long Aspiration Prayer under the Bodhi Tree and Circumambulation *+

Jan 17/2015 Sat

8.00 am Buddha Amitabha Tsog Offering Prayer *+

*Indicates- Open to Public

+ Rinpoche prefers all students to go to the Bodhi Tree and circumambulate every evening. He also prefers students to stay until the end of Buddha Amitabha Tsog, which ends about 10:30 pm.

AFTER THE COURSE: Rinpoche recommends all students practice Phowa daily for two weeks after the course, whether or not they have received a Phowa sign during the course. Daily Phowa practice sessions are offered every morning at the Phowa site for two weeks following the course. They are several hours long, and end before lunch.

Annual Dzambhala (wealth deity) prayers


The annual Dzambhala puja at Ayang Rinpoche’s monastery in Bylakuppe will be held this year from November 18-24. Dzambhala is an emanation of Ratnasambhava, one of the five buddha families, whose enlightened activity is increasing and whose essence is generosity. Some people practice Dzambhala to achieve spiritual prosperity, although this deity is also associated with wealth and prosperity in the material world. Dzambhala practice is said to bring wealth, prosperity, success, good fortune and luck, long life and wisdom. He is depicted holding a mongoose spouting jewels.

Ayang Rinpoche has said that anyone sponsoring Dharma activities gains the same merit as the practitioners. The full cost of the puja for 280 monks, nuns, khenpos and lamas is $21,650. Your donation of any amount will be appreciated and be like a drop of water mixed with an ocean of merit.

Dzambhala puja sponsor
Names for prayers:

You may also send a check made out to Amitabha Foundation to:

11 South Goodman Street
Rochester, New York 14607

For those who want to chant the Dzambhala mantra: OM DZAMBHALA DJARDIN DJAYA SOHA.

May all beings benefit!

Schedule Change for Phowa, Amitabha 10-Levels and Achi in Australia

Achi Chökyi Dolma

Achi Chökyi Dolma

Please see the revised schedule for Rinpoche’s upcoming teachings and empowerments in Australia, or download the full description here: Sydney Teachings 2014.

Phowa, Achi and 10-Levels Buddha Amitabha Teachings and Empowerments in Australia

Ayang Rinpoche in Sydney 2011

Teachings will be given in English and translated into Vietnamese. For full brochure and contact information: Sydney Teachings 2014

Fri Nov 28 Rinpoche arrives in Sydney.
Sun Nov 30    2pm Public Talk: Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on Death and Dying.Vietnamese Community Cultural Centre

6/8 Bibbys Place, Bonnyrigg NSW 2177.


Dec 1 – 10   8am-7pm


Phowa Course.St Joseph’s Retreat Centre

30 Tyson Rd., Bringelly. NSW 2556

Residential, meals provided, airport pickup available.

Registration essential and is at www.amitabhafoundation.org.au

Friday Dec 12   6pm Fund-raising Dinner, Entertainment and Auction with Sydney Vietnamese Community.Liberty Plaza

Level 2, 256-278 Chapel Rd, Bankstown.

Tickets $50 per person.

Thurs Dec 18   10am-6pm Achi Chokyi Drolma empowerment, teaching and practice.Amitabha Foundation

79 Edgeworth David Ave.,Waitara.

Dec 19 – 23   10am-6pm Amitabha 10-Levels empowerment, teaching and practice.Amitabha Foundation

79 Edgeworth David Ave., Waitara.

Sun Dec 28 Rinpoche leaves Sydney.

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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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