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Fundraising appeal to repair Amitabha Retreat Center in Nepal Opak Kyilkhor Chöling

Opak Kyilkhor Choling, Nepal

The magnificent Buddha Amitabha temple and retreat center built in Nepal by His Eminence Ayang Rinpoche and consecrated in May 2013, was seriously damaged during the 2015 Nepal earthquakes.

Due to Rinpoche’s foresight in building to the highest engineering standards, the retreat cottages were undamaged, as was the major temple structure. However, the superb frescoes and other artwork did suffer major damage, and there was considerable cracking in the structure. [View more photographs of the damage here.]

Opak Kyilkhor Chöling

Montage2 Nepal temple


With the recent re-opening of the India-Nepal highway, work can now begin to repair the temple. We appeal to the generosity of all students and supporters of Rinpoche to assist in this great work. Even if you made an offering to support this work last year, please consider how this retreat center was created due to the great vision of H.E. Chöje Ayang Rinpoche and will benefit countless beings, not only in the present day, but for generations to come.

Donations (tax-deductible in the US) can be made online (see below) or by mailing a check to:

Amitabha Foundation

Post Office Box 2572

Aptos, California 95001


Nepal Repairs

If a US tax deduction is not necessary, please make your donations directly to the various Amitabha Foundation organizations outside the United States or directly to the Amitabha Foundation Nepal account:
Account Number 01104098701
Account Name Amitabha Foundation
Bank Name Standard Chartered Bank, Kathmandu, Nepal
Bank Address: Standard Chartered Bank Nepal Ltd, Naya Baneswor, Kathmandu, NepalGPO Box : 3990Fax : 977 – 1 – 4780762

Temple address: Amitabha Foundation
Buddha Nilkantha Nagarpalika
Area No. – 12
Kathmandu, Nepal

Rinpoche to preside over Kagyu Monlam in Paris

Paris Monlam

H.E Choeje Ayang Rinpoche has been invited by Kagyu Monlam Association France to preside over the Kagyu Monlam in Paris from July 28-31, 2016. For more information please click here.

Shitro – 100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities Puja in Bylakuppe

Chotrul Duchen, the Festival of Miracles (Image from Rigpawiki)


From February 16-23, Ayang Rinpoche’s monastery in Bylakuppe, South India will hold the Shitro (100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities) puja to welcome in Losar and celebrate Chötrul Düchen, one of the four holy Buddhist festivals commemorating significant events in the life of the Buddha. During the first fifteen days of the year, the Buddha displayed miracles for his disciples to increase their devotion. During this time, it is believed that the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied ten million times.

“It [Shitro] 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 (Trans. Tyler Dewar).  Read a short teaching on the 100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities from Ayang Rinpoche’s 2009 Karma Lingpa Shitro empowerment in Garrison, NY.

True Lhamo said, “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.

If you would like to donate online please use the link below, or send a check made out to Amitabha Foundation to P.O. Box 2572, Aptos, California 95001. Be sure to include the names of persons or pets for whom you are requesting prayers. Donations sent through the Amitabha Foundation are tax deductible in the US.


To support Ayang Rinpoche’s monastery, the Shitro puja, butterlamps, or tsok offerings:

Shitro sponsor
Names for prayers:

You may also send your donation directly to the monastery’s bank account using the information below (this will not be tax-deductible).

Account Number 17082200011214
Account Name Drikung Charitable Society
Bank Name Syndicate Bank, Bylakuppe -571104 Branch
Bank Address Kagyudpa Monastic InstituteP.O.Bylakuppe 571104, Mysore District Karnataka State, India

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

Losar Tashi Delek

Tashi Delek!

Wishing you success, good health and long life in the new year.

–H.E. Chöje Ayang Rinpoche

Schedule Change For Bodhgaya Teachings


Shakyamuni Statue at the Mahabodhi Stupa in Bodhgaya

We are sorry for the inconvenience to those who have already traveled to Bodhgaya to take Ayang Rinpoche’s 10-Levels Amitabha Teachings, but Rinpoche has changed his schedule for Bodhgaya this year. As there are many people from Nepal who wanted to practice Phowa for their loved ones who were lost during the April 2015 earthquake, Rinpoche could not disappoint them and had to change the schedule. He will now be giving his Phowa Course as well as Introducing True Nature of Mind Teachings.

December 24, 2015 – January 1, 2016 XXII Annual Phowa Course in Bodhgaya, the holy place of Shakyamuni Buddha’s enlightenment.

January 2-4, 2016 – Interviews for those wanting to take his Introducing True Nature of Mind teachings. Everyone is required to have an interview before being allowed to attend these teachings.

January 5, 2016 – Introducing True Nature of Mind teachings

January 6, 2016 – Milarepa Tsog Offering Prayer

Download the Flyer and Phowa Course Daily Schedule

This is what Rinpoche wrote regarding taking the Introducing True Nature of Mind course in Bodhgaya. 

“For those people who have not received Introducing True Nature of Mind Teaching from me before, a private interview will be scheduled from 29 December 2015 to 4 January 2016. If you have not received True Nature of Mind from me before, you are not allowed to receive the teaching without an interview. For those people who have received Introducing True Nature of Mind from me before, you can join the teaching if you want, but there is no need for an interview before the teaching.

People who need an Introducing True Nature of Mind interview must register for a particular day and time. When you reach Bodhgaya please register at the Amitabha Temple new construction site to the right of the Kalachakra ground. Please call Truelha at 09939994993 for more information.

When you register for your interview, you will receive a receipt. You must bring your receipt to your Introducing True Nature of Mind interview, and also to the teaching. Without that receipt you cannot attend the teaching.”

Please make your hotel and travel arrangements as soon as possible, as Bodhgaya is always full of pilgrims in December and January.

Bodhgaya Logistics and Travel Information and Bodhgaya teachings site map

Rinpoche invites everyone, whether or not they can make a pilgrimage to Bodhgaya this year, to make an auspicious connection by sponsoring the teachings. Rinpoche gives the teachings in Bodhgaya every year free of charge, and your tax-deductible (in the US only) donation will help ensure that these teachings continue for years to come.

Phowa Sponsorship

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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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