Ogyen Lhamo passes

Ayang Rinpoche Carries Out Phowa Ceremony for Ogyen Lhamo

Ogyen Lhamo, the mother of Ayang Rinpoche’s wife True Lhamo, passed away on August 11, Friday at 8:15 am in Bylakuppe, South India. She was 86.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Left) Ogyen Lhamo and (Right) Ogyen Lhamo with Lama Kalsang Rinpoche, Truelha’s father and founder of Kagyu Nalanda Monastery, India

A Jinsek (fire offering) cremation ceremony for Ogyen Lhamo was performed yesterday in Bylakuppe, South India, by five different monasteries: Namdroling, presided by Lama Sonam Gyamtso; Drukpa Kagyu, presided by Khenpo Nyedon; Karma Kagyu, presided by Terton Samten Lingpa; Sakya, presided by Lama Kunga Lobsang; and Drikung Kagyu, presided by Ayang Rinpoche.

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If you would like to make an offering to Ayang Rinpoche’s monastery in memory of Ogyen Lhamo, please do so below, or send a check made out to Amitabha Foundation to Post Office Box 2572, Aptos, California 95001. Donations made through the Amitabha Foundation US are tax deductible in the US. Rinpoche has indicated that all donations made in her name will be used for the 49 days prayer rituals and to build a memorial stupa for her.


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Bodhgaya 2018 Phowa Course Dates Set

 

Phowa Course with Ayang Rinpoche in 2017, Bodhgaya, India

Every year Ayang Rinpoche offers his 10-day Phowa Course in the holy city of Bodhgaya, where the Buddha became enlightened. Next year, Ayang Rinpoche will hold his Annual Phowa Course in Bodhgaya, India, January 5-14, 2018.

Ayang Rinpoche is a world-renowned master of Phowa (transference of consciousness at the time of death). Rinpoche says, “My Phowa teaching is for a joyful end to one’s life. While you are alive, don’t forget about preparing for your death, as we don’t know when or how our life will end.” Read more about Phowa here.

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


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Registration for the course is not required, but since Bodhgaya is extremely crowded that time of year, please plan ahead to make arrangements to attend. Here is some Bodhgaya Logistics and Travel Information. The nearest airport is GAYA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT and the train station is GAYA RAILWAY STATION.  If people require taxis to be arranged, they can do so through agents in Bodhgaya. Accommodation need to be arranged on your own.

Here is a map to the site where the Phowa Course will be held:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tibet Healthcare Update

In Honor of Mother’s Day in the US — Save a Mother’s Life!

New Roof, Ayang Clinic in Rima Village, Eastern Tibet

The Amitabha Foundation has been involved in promoting health and education in Eastern Tibet since 2004. Our focus is Safe Home Childbirth, but while we have been improving birth outcomes, we have also been supporting the general health of all the nomads in the Rima Village and surrounding township areas. In 2016 we were able to accomplish so much! Read our Trip Report from the visit to Rima in July, 2016. We will return to the area in August 2017 and need your help. This is what we accomplished last year; see below for our new plans:

  • Clinic roof replacement, exterior painting, and repair of interior water damage ($17,275)
  • 51 meter well at the clinic ($3,050)
  • New training program for three barefoot doctors apprenticing with clinic doctor
  • Training at Yushu County Hospital for two midwives
  • 100 Clean Birthing Kits ($4,000)
  • Stable infant vaccination program
  • 5-Year evaluation of Community Health Educator program

Villagers watch drilling in the clinic courtyard

Finding water at 51 meters

Clean Birthing Kit

Midwife Vaccinates a Baby at the Clinic

This year we need to raise $15,000 to pay salaries for 2 doctors, 3 medical trainees, 1 midwife and a new midwife trainee, and the head Community Health Educator. In addition, it will cost $6,000 for 150 birthing kits. The clinic staff has also asked us to raise funds to purchase grinding and rolling machines to make their own traditional Tibetan medicines. This is an excellent business idea to bring in much-needed income to the clinic and make it sustainable into the future. The head doctor has all the necessary knowledge and can train his apprentices to identify and harvest herbal compounds for the medicines. He has estimated it will cost $25-30,000 in initial start-up costs.

Many people and organizations have contributed to support our work in Tibet for the past 14 years. You can make a difference in the lives of these nomad families. A small investment can have a big impact on saving the lives of mothers and infants, and on the overall health of an entire community.

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Shitro Empowerment in Hong Kong August 26-29

Torma for the 42 Peaceful Deities and Shitro Shrine, Garrison, New York (2009)

Ayang Rinpoche will bestow the Karma Lingpa Shitro (100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities) empowerment and give related teachings in Hong Kong, August 26-29, 2017. Read more about the empowerment and the significance of the 100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities practice here. Please contact Amitabha Foundation Hong Kong for more information and to register.

Flat A, 13/F Waldorf Mansion No 2-6 Causeway Road
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong PRC
tel: 852-2882-1032
email: info@amitabhafoundation.hk
web:  http://amitabhafoundation.hk

Updated May 31, 2017:

It is Amitabha Foundation Hong Kong’s pleasure and great honour to host the Hundred Wrathful and Peaceful Deities Empowerment to be bestowed by His Eminence Choeje Ayang Rinpoche to Hong Kong. Through the great compassion of His Eminence Choeje Ayang Rinpoche, such a supreme empowerment will be held in Hong Kong from 26-29 August 2017.  The Amitabha Foundation Hong Kong will be hosting the event at the International Trade & Exhibition Center at Kowloon Bay where the magnificent Hundred Deities Mandala will be installed.

 

Commonly known as the Hundred Deities, they include forty-two peaceful Deities and fifty-eight wrathful deities that one encounters during the bardo stage. If one has received the empowerment and blessing, and having seen their pictures in the past, one will recognise these deities as the reflections of the nature of Dharmadhatu and attain instantaneous liberation in the bardo stage.

 

At the spacious venue we have booked for the empowerment, we will be erecting a magnificent Hundred Deities Mandala with the help of lamas specially selected and sent by His Eminence.

 

Amitabha Foundation Hong Kong sincerely invite you to join us in this supreme empowerment. Bring along all your family, friends, loved ones, sangha, dharma brothers and sisters and everyone you come across between now and then.  The empowerment is free of charge to anyone who wishes to join.  We will not be able to arrange for meals & accommodation.

 

Registration for the empowerment: http://bit.ly/2nk3WPZ

If further assistance is needed,please do not hesitate to contact registration team at100deities@gmail.com, or call +852 6032 0599

 

Regards,
Amitabha Foundation Hong Kong

 

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100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities (Shitro) Puja for the New Year

 

Peaceful Deities Thangka AR Wrathful Deities Thangka AR
Mandala of 42 Peaceful Deities Mandala of 58 Wrathful Deities

From March 6-12, 2017, Ayang Rinpoche’s monastery in Bylakuppe, South India will hold the annual Shitro (100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities) Puja to welcome in Losar (Tibetan New Year, February 27) and celebrate Chötrul Düchen (March 12). Chötrul Düchen is one of the four holy Buddhist festivals commemorating significant events in the life of the Buddha. During the first fifteen days of the new year, the Buddha displayed miracles for his disciples to increase their devotion. During this time, it is believed that the effects of positive actions are multiplied ten million times.

Ayang Rinpoche said about the 100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities practice, “It 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 excerpt of this teaching from Ayang Rinpoche’s 2009 Karma Lingpa Shitro empowerment in Garrison, New York.

“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 [Shitro] is the best opportunity.”  If you would like to make offerings to support the 100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities Puja 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 (living or deceased) for whom you are requesting prayers. Names must be received by March 9, 2017 to be included in the prayer list for the monastery, but offerings are welcome at any time. Donations sent through the Amitabha Foundation are tax deductible in the US.

Support the 2017 Shitro puja with butterlamps, tsok, or money offerings and tea/meals for the monks and lamas with an online donation using PayPal or your credit card:


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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

 

Click here to see a list of all the annual pujas at Ayang Rinpoche’s monastery, with the lunar calendar dates. The Western calendar dates will be posted as soon as they are announced.