HE Choeje Ayang Rinpoche


Rinpoche to teach in the US and Canada Fall 2015

Buddha Amitabha’s Pure Land (courtesy of Rubin Museum)

H.E. Choje Ayang Rinpoche will teach in the US and Canada August-September 2015.

Toronto August 8-12, Amitabha 10-Levels Teaching; August 13-15, Introduction to True Nature of Mind interviews and teaching; and August 16, Achi empowerment. Please contact Ivy Zhu at info@termafoundation.org for details and to register. Download the 2015 Toronto Schedule and more information.

Vancouver August 22-26, Vajrasattva Outer, Inner and Secret Teachings. Please contact Amitabha Foundation Vancouver at 604-726-5106 or amitabhafoundation.vancouver@gmail.com for details and to register.

The Toronto and Vancouver schedules will be posted as soon as they are available.

San Jose, California September 1-11, Phowa Course. For the daily teaching and practice schedule, please see the Revised San Jose 2015 Phowa schedule. Rinpoche strongly advises participants to attend the full course. Additional activities with Rinpoche, including a fundraiser to support earthquake relief efforts and repair of the Amitabha Retreat Center in Nepal, are being planned for September 12 and 13. Click here for the registration form. Contact Silvie at 408-923-8888 or tq222015@att.net to register or for more information. We want to give everyone as much notice as possible so they can plan their vacation and travel schedules, but please be advised that we are still waiting for Ayang Rinpoche’s USA visa to be renewed.

Long Life Ceremony (Tenshug) Underway

The Tenshug (Long Life) Ceremony for H. E. Chöje Ayang Rinpoche at Thupten Shedrub Jangchub Ling Monastery in Bylakuppe continues April 30 to May 3 2015.

Read more about the Tenshug ceremony.  For additional photos visit H.E. Choeje Ayang Rinpoche on Facebook. Offerings to support the ceremony are welcome.

Tenshug shrine

Long Life Shrine (photo by Ani Samten)

H.E. Togden Rinpoche Arrives for Tenshug in Bylakuppe

Togden Rinpoche in Bylakuppe

H.E. Togden Rinpoche, Dorje Lopon for Ayang Rinpoche’s Tenshug (photo by Ani Samten)

H.E. Ayang Rinpoche welcoming H.E. Togden Rinpoche to his monastery in Bylakuppe, India

H.E. Ayang Rinpoche Supervises the Preparations for the Tenshug

Effigy for Tenshug in Bylakuppe

Effigy of Ayang Rinpoche for his Tenshug (photo by Ani Samten)



Nepal Earthquake Prayers and Support

Ayang Rinpoche advises all our sangha members to chant as many Buddha Amitabha mantras and the Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche as possible for the people affected by the earthquake in Nepal.

Rinpoche has arranged that donations can be made for humanitarian earthquake relief as well as for repair of the Amitabha Foundation Retreat Center temple. Please scroll down to find the links.

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You may send your donations directly to the Amitabha Foundation Nepal account (see below; indicate either “Nepal relief” or “temple repair”), or make a US tax-deductible donation by credit card or PayPal for Humanitarian Relief or Temple Repair. You may also send a check in USD to Amitabha Foundation, P. O. Box 2572, Aptos, California 95001. Please indicate on your check either “Nepal relief” or “temple repair”, or how you would like the funds divided.

For direct wire transfer to Amitabha Foundation Nepal:

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 : 3990, Nepal


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

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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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