2022 Dharma Protector Pujas in Bylakuppe

Wrathful  Dharma Protector Achi Choekyi Drolma

The annual 100,000 Offering Prayer Accumulation Puja for the Dharma Protectors Achi Choekyi Dolma, Choechung Tsimar and Mahakala started April 25 at Ayang Rinpoche’s monastery in Bylakuppe, India. The monks are accumulating 100,000  offering prayers (Solka) for each dharma protector.

Protector Mahakala Protector Choechung Tsimar


You are welcome to join the Dharma Protector Offerings by reciting Achi Choekyi Dolma mantras during this time:



Those who would like to make an auspicious connection with the Dharma Protectors and the annual puja may send a check to the Amitabha Foundation, P.O. Box 2572, Aptos, California 95001, or donate online below.

Here is an edited excerpt of a short biography of Achi Chokyi Dolma, given by Ayang Rinpoche in Sydney, Australia in 2004:

Achi Chokyi Drolma is an emanation of Vajra Yogini and Tara. She was born in the central area of Tibet. Beginning at a young age she was very special. She had great compassion and always practiced Tara, and she taught the Tara prayer for everyone in the village. When she grew older she prophesized that in the future there would be a new Buddhadharma lineage, and that she would be that lineage’s Dharma protector, whereupon she wrote protector offering prayers. Several generations later, her great grandson Jigten Sumgon started the Drikung lineage and she did become the main lineage Dharma protector.

She moved to Eastern Tibet, married and had 4 sons. Her most holy practice place is in East Tibet. At her death she attained the Great Rainbow Body. Her entire body become rainbows and light, leaving only her hair and nails. Like this, with no need to change this physical body, she went to the Pure Land.

On the relative level Achi was like the Dharma protector. But on the ultimate level, Achi had already attained the 10th Bhumi of a Bodhisattva. In this way, Achi was already enlightened. Achi’s activity in Tibet is very famous. All the Tibetan people, especially the older generation people, know very well about her great activity, how it is so helpful because it is very fast. In Tibet, some great masters say that Achi is exactly the same as the Buddha, and if we pray to Achi, then by our Achi practice we will achieve enlightenment, or we will attain the Pure Land at our death moment.


Here are some photos of the ongoing 100,000 Dharma Protector Prayer Offering Puja in Bylakuppe.


Liberation of Dead Beings Ceremony and Shitro

100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities Mandala 2021

100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities (Shitro) Puja 2021

100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities Shrine 2021


Ayang Rinpoche’s monastery in Bylakuppe, South India will be holding its annual Shitro (100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities) Puja to celebrate the beginning of the lunar new year. The puja will begin on March 10 and will conclude on the Great Wheel Full Moon day, March 18th. On that day, they will also hold the Ceremony to Liberate Dead Beings.

The hundred deities are the attributes and activities of the five Buddhas and their female counterparts. They are the manifestations from the pure nature of our minds, and remain within us in the form of five faculties, five elements and twelve sources of perception, and so on. By relying on the practice of the hundred deities, or even by just hearing the mantra and seeing the mandala and picture of the hundred deities, one may either instantly or gradually realize that the nature of one’s mind is inseparable from the perfect wisdom of the hundred deities.

During the performance of the puja, the hundred deities are invoked and the various types of offerings are made to them. The merits accumulated from these offerings are dedicated to the deceased to help them in their purification and liberation. The prayer itself is also an offering of assistance to those in the intermediate or Bardo state to show them the path to liberation.

At the end of puja, paper tablets of the deceased’s names are burnt away. The fire used in the burning symbolizes the wisdom of the hundred deities; the burning of the names symbolizes the cutting of the attachment of the deceased to a “self”, which is the cause of their suffering. Through the prayer and the ritual performed, the consciousnesses of the deceased are merged and become inseparable from the wisdom of the hundred deities, and thus are liberated.


Ayang Rinpoche says the Ceremony to Liberate Dead Beings is the best time to dedicate prayers for the departed beings. Anyone who would like to make offerings and dedicate prayers to family members, friends, loved ones, pets or anyone who has passed, please make your offering and send in names of the deceased by Thursday, March 16th at noon (Pacific time) to be included in the prayer list for the Liberation Ceremony.


To make offerings, use the link below or send a check made out to Amitabha Foundation to P.O. Box 2572, Aptos, California 95001. If you send a check, please email the names of the deceased for whom you are sponsoring to info@amitabhafoundation.us, or to your local Amitabha Foundation. Donations sent through the Amitabha Foundation US are tax deductible in the US.

Those interested, may offer at one of the suggested levels below, or $350 for a day’s meals for all the monks, or $1,050 per day for an offering to the monks and lamas, or as much as you can for a shrine offering or tea sponsorship.

Puja sponsor
Names for prayers:


You may also send your donation directly to the monastery’s bank account using the information here.



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.


Shitro Puja 2021

Shitro Mandala 2021

Shitro Main Deity Tormas 2021

Shitro Shrine 2021

Peaceful and Wrathful Deities Tormas 2021

Shitro Mandala 2021

Clear Away Obstacles Before the New Year – Guru Dragpo


Guru Dragpo Puja and Gutor Ceremony

February 23 – March 1, 2022


At the end of each lunar year, it is a Tibetan Buddhist tradition to make offerings and perform wrathful pujas, such as Guru Dragpo, a wrathful form of Guru Rinpoche. This clears away negativity and obstacles on both physical and spiritual levels, to prepare for a New Year of opportunity, abundance and good fortune.

The annual Guru Dragpo puja at Ayang Rinpoche’s monastery in Bylakuppe, India, begins February 23 and continues through March 1, 2022. Tibetan New Year (Losar), is March 3rd this year, the first day of the Water Tiger Year, according to the Tibetan calendar.

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

Guru Dragpo short mantra


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

Vajra Guru mantra


Ayang Rinpoche reminds us of Milarepa’s saying 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. The cost of one day of meals is $412 and monks offering is $927, not including extras for Rinpoches, Khenpos, Disciplinarian, Chanting Master and Shrine Master.

Here are some suggested donation amounts, but your offering 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. The deadline to submit names of loved ones for the prayer list is Sunday, February 27th at 5 pm PST, but donations to help cover the cost of the puja will bring merit and benefit any 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. Mail the names for your 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.




2020 Guru Dragpo Puja and Tsok Offering in Bylakuppe, India






Happy New Year of the Water Tiger

Happy Lunar New Year!
Year of the Water Tiger – 2022
In many cultures, the tiger has come to embody courage, strength, and determination. This tiger year, I hope we can all be strong and courageous in standing up for what is right, and determined in all our endeavors in life and in our practice of the dharma. Wishing everyone a healthy and joyous year ahead!
H.E. Ayang Rinpoche
Support Ayang Rinpoche’s Projects to Benefit Beings for Generations

2021 Year-End Donation, Prayer List, Video

Ayang Rinpoche Making a Light Offering at his Monastery in Bylakuppe, India


As you plan your Holiday gifts for family and friends, take a moment to remember how much you appreciate your kind root lama and how he or she embodies the loving kindness, compassion and wisdom you have come to treasure as a result of being introduced to the Buddhadharma.


H.E. Chöje Ayang Rinpoche has brought the undeceiving truth of Dharma to thousands of fortunate practitioners, primarily through the practice of Phowa, the transference of consciousness to the enlightened state at the time of death.


Click on this image to see a documentary video made in 1997 about
Ayang Rinpoche and the Phowa teachings in Bodhgaya.


Today, Rinpoche has ongoing projects to build temples and retreat centers in Bodhgaya and Bylakuppe, India. He is responsible for nearly 400 monks, several monasteries in Tibet and India, a Retreat Center in Nepal, and a safe-childbirth program and clinic in Tibet.


All of these projects require considerable funding. Rinpoche has not been able to travel around the world for nearly two years–a time when he would ordinarily have received donations from his grateful students for bringing them precious Dharma teachings.


We encourage you to make a Year-End donation now so Rinpoche will have the funds he needs to support the monks, facilities and humanitarian projects for which he is responsible.


With your Year-End donation, you may send in names for dedication. Names of donors and loved ones will be sent to the monastery to be included on a prayer list for the first 2022 puja in Bylakuppe.
Donors may send in their contributions through Amitabha Foundation in their own country, directly to the monastery’s account, or by donating online.


The Amitabha Foundation USA must receive offerings (online or by check) by December 31 at midnight (Pacific Time) to count as a tax-deductible donation in 2021. Donations are welcome any time.