Shitro Puja and Liberation of Dead Beings Ceremony

 

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

From February 13-19, Ayang Rinpoche’s monastery in Bylakuppe, South India will hold the annual Shitro (100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities) Puja to celebrate the first fifteen days of the new year, when 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).

The Shitro puja includes the Liberation for Dead Beings ceremony. Anyone who would like to make offerings and dedicate prayers to family members, friends, loved ones or pets who have passed, this is the best opportunity. Names must be received by February 17 at 5 pm (Pacific time) to be included in the prayer list for the Liberation Ceremony, but offerings are welcome at any time.

 

To make offerings, use the link below or send a check made out to Amitabha Foundation to P.O. Box 2572, Aptos, California 95001. Donations sent through the Amitabha Foundation are tax deductible in the US.


Puja 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 Code SYNBINBB087

 

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.

Happy Year of the Earth Pig

Happy New Year of the Earth Pig

from H.E. Chöje Ayang Rinpoche, Palchen Galo Rinpoche,

and all the monks and staff of Drikung Charitable Society and Amitabha Foundation

Guru Dragpo: Clear Away Obstacles and Negativity

The annual Guru Dragpo puja at Ayang Rinpoche’s monastery in Bylakuppe, India, begins January 28, 2019 and continues for 7 days through February 3, 2019. Guru Dragpo, the wrathful form of Guru Rinpoche, is practiced at the end of the Tibetan lunar year to dispel obstacles and purify any remaining negativities in order to usher in happiness and prosperity for the New Year (Losar), which is February 5th this year.

You may participate at home by reciting the Guru Dragpo short mantra:

Guru Dragpo short mantra

OM AH HUNG ARTSIK NIRTSIK NAMO BHAGAWATE HUNG HUNG AH HUNG HUNG PHAT//

You may also participate by reciting the Guru Rinpoche mantra (see below) or the Seven-Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche. Click here for Ayang Rinpoche’s teaching on the Seven-Line Prayer, and the prayer in Tibetan and English.

Vajra Guru mantra

OM AH HUNG BENZRA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG//

Ayang Rinpoche has said that anyone sponsoring Dharma activities gains the same merit as the practitioners. If you would like to make a US tax-deductible contribution to the Guru Dragpo puja using PayPal or your credit card, please select the amount of your donation below. The full cost of the puja for 280 monks, nuns, khenpos and lamas is $21,650. Here are some suggestions, but your donation of any amount will be appreciated and will be like a drop of water mixed in an ocean of merit. You may include a dedication for your offering in the name of a loved one, including pets. All names must be submitted to the Amitabha Foundation by February 1 at 5 PM Pacific Standard Time.


Puja sponsor
Names for prayers:



You may also send a check in USD made out to Amitabha Foundation to: P.O. Box 2572, Aptos, California 95001. and send the names for dedication to info@amitabhafoundation.us.

For donors outside the United States, here is the link to make offerings directly to the monastery’s account through the Drikung Charitable Society.

 

Photos of the 2017 Guru Dragpo Puja in Bylakuppe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Year’s Greeting from Ayang Rinpoche

Download Rinpoche’s greeting here.

Safe Childbirth in Tibet – Year End Update

A New Tibetan Medicine Business to Support the Rima Clinic in Eastern Tibet


Midwife Yongzhi dispenses traditional Tibetan medicines in the clinic 

Doctor O Yul Tsering demonstrates his grinding machine, used to prepare traditional medicines

During our annual trip to Rima in August of 2018 we provided funding for salaries for the clinic staff and to purchase another year’s worth of clean Birthing Kits. We also worked with the clinic staff to develop a business plan, as they have been wanting to create a self-supporting medicine making business for several years. We were able to make significant progress this year, due to a small grant awarded by the Rowell Fund. This is helping to fulfill a promise we made in 2004 at the beginning of our Safe Childbirth project to His Holiness the Seventeen Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, who asked us to incorporate traditional medicines as we built and staffed a new clinic in this area.

Please help us continue our work providing health care and education in this rural Tibetan community, particularly to make childbirth safer for mothers and infants. Make a one-time or recurring donation today.


Safe Childbirth Donation




Safe Childbirth Sponsorship



Other ways to support the Amitabha Foundation and Ayang Rinpoche’s religious and humanitarian projects (contact info@amitabhafoundation.us for details):

(1)  Make a gift of stock.

(2)  List the Amitabha Foundation (EIN 95-4111288) as a beneficiary on your IRA, 401(k) or other retirement account, or in your will.

(3)  If you are over 70 ½ years old, request that your IRA administrator make your required minimum distribution to the Amitabha Foundation, and save on your taxes while benefitting our charitable activities.

(4) Visit our website to donate directly to Ayang Rinpoche’s monastery account.

Traditional herbal mixtures ready to grind; Finished herbal medicine; Dispensary; Clinic hallway