Thank you, Rinpoche, for streaming Phowa practice

On May 7, Rinpoche led nearly 700 of his students who streamed from around the world in a Nyingma Phowa practice dedicated to all those who have died from the coronavirus and from natural death. At the end, Rinpoche had these words for us (rough transcript):


“As much you can, do Phowa more, not only today, for all these dead beings all over the world. It will be great helpful.


“Most countries everywhere are locked down. Everyone is staying in the home. We have a lot of time to do Phowa for dead beings. Try best everyone, all Phowa practitioners. At this time it is very much needed, Phowa for all these beings.


“By this disease everywhere is locked down. This is not so bad; is good. We have best time for the Dharma practice. Otherwise, nothing to do in the home. This time, we must take good opportunity for Dharma practice. Phowa, do more for all the dead beings. We do Phowa for other dead beings, this is our Phowa practitioner duty. For this purpose we did Phowa course. For this purpose, not only for oneself death moment going to the Pure Land, not only this, as much as we can help all the dead beings to free from suffering oceans, attain to the Amitabha Pure Land. For those dead beings to reach a Pure Land, the Phowa practice is the best method.  For this, everybody try best, not only today.”

Phowa Practice with Ayang Rinpoche

At the request of several of his students, Rinpoche has decided to do an online Nyingma Phowa Practice and long Aspiration of Sukhavati prayer with his students on May 7, 2020. The practice will be dedicated to all those who have died from the coronavirus and from natural death.

This practice is private, and only available to Rinpoche’s students who have completed his Phowa Course.  Here is the YouTube link. Please be sure you understand the samaya and do not share the link with those who have not taken Ayang Rinpoche’s Phowa Course.

This is a tentative time table on May 7, 2020 for the different countries:

USA Hawaii – 12:30 am

Canada/ USA West Coast – 3:30 am

Canada/ USA East Coast – 6:30 am

Paris – 12.30 pm

Moscow – 13.30  (1:30 pm)

India – 16.00 (4:00 pm)

Vietnam – 17.30 (5:30 pm)

Hong Kong / Taiwan – 18.30 (6:30 pm) *See also Zoom link below.

Japan – 19.30 (7:30 pm)

Sydney – 20.30 (8:30 pm)


Here is the Zoom meeting link for students in Hong Kong:
Password:  794046

Charity for South India’s poorest

The current lockdown measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have put a major strain on the livelihoods of people in our society who survive solely on daily wages. In light of the difficulties faced by the most vulnerable communities, Drikung Charitable Society, along with Bodhisattva Trust, Sakya Monastic Cultural Society, and Drukpa Kagyu Cultural Society, organized a food relief that aimed to assist 3000 households in 13 neighboring villages around Periyapatna Taluk, Karnataka. Over a period of five days, monks and volunteers from the four monasteries worked tirelessly to distribute dry ration consisting of rice (5 kgs), dal (2 kgs), sugar (1 kg), cooking oil (1 litre), and tea (250 g).

Day 1: On the first day of the food drive, we visited the following villages: Koppa, Doddahosur, Chikkasur, Thimlapura, Muddanahali, Giragur, and Moroor.


Day 2: On the second day, we visited Kurupa, a tribal village less than 15 minutes away from our monastery. Of all the villages, it had the lowest population and the least amount of access to government aid. Thus, our food donation addressed the needs of a community that would have been overlooked by most charities and government relief funds.


Day 3: Located in Periyapatna Taluk, our monks and volunteers visited Naviloor, Hakemala and Alanahalli to hand out the dry ration to the villagers.


Day 4: Our final stop was at Bettadapura and Benegal villages where people gathered in large numbers to get their packets of dry ration.


Rinpoche appreciates and dedicates the merits attained from this deed with our kind and generous supporters. Last but not the least, we would like to remind our dharma brothers and sisters to continue keeping those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in their daily prayers. ???


Please visit True Lhamo’s Facebook page for more photos.

Current Activities at Thupten Shedrub Jangchub Ling

Vajra Armor (Dorje Gotrab) – Wrathful Black Hayagriva
One of the pujas done the past few weeks at Thupten Shedrub Jangchub Ling Monastic Institute in Bylakuppe

The monastery has been on lockdown since March 18th, about a week earlier than the rest of the country. We hear that everyone in the monastery is currently well.



In March, Rinpoche presided over the annual pujas to accumulate 100,000 Tsok offerings for each of the Dharma Protectors: Achi Chökyi Drölma, Mahakala and Tsimar.


As a response to the Coronavirus pandemic, Rinpoche gave all monks the Oral Transmission Blessing (lung) for the practice of Parnashavari, the Tara emanation who protects from contagious diseases.


The monastery also practiced Vajra Armor (Dorje Gotrab). Guru Rinpoche said that those who practice this mantra will have vajra protection from all contagious and epidemic diseases, and be immune to the 404 types of illness, 80,000 obstructors and demonic forces.


Anyone who would like to support the monastery at this time is welcome to make an online donation here.

Liberation of Dead Beings and Shitro Puja

Shitro Mandala 2017 Neydren Ceremony











Beginning on March 3, Ayang Rinpoche’s monastery in Bylakuppe, South India will hold the annual Shitro (100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities) Puja to celebrate the beginning of the new year. The puja concludes on Chotrul Duchen, March 9, the celebration of the time when Buddha displayed miracles to increase his disciples’ devotion. On Great Wheel Days such as this, 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 Ceremony to Liberate Dead Beings 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 Saturday, March 7 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.