HE Choeje Ayang Rinpoche


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
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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.

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.

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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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