Phowa Course in Nepal

Opak Kyilkhor Chöling

Amitabha Foundation Retreat Center, Nepal

 

His Eminence Choje Ayang Rinpoche has been conducting Phowa courses all over the world for over four decades. Rinpoche had plans to teach Phowa in Nepal too when the Amitabha Temple was completed. Unfortunately, it could not happen as planned, due to the Nepal earthquake in 2015 that damaged the newly constructed Amitabha Temple in Kopan. When the renovation of the temple was complete, the Covid-19 pandemic followed soon thereafter. This affected the whole world and travel and public gatherings were restricted.

 

To fulfill the longtime requests and the fervent wish of many local devotees of Vajrayana followers, Rinpoche has now decided to bestow both the Nyingma and Drikung Lineage Phowa teachings at the Amitabha Foundation Retreat Center, Kopan, Buddanilkantha Nagarpalika Ward-11, Kathmandu Nepal.

 

For a description, download the flyer in English, Tibetan and Nepali.  To register and find information about accommodations, meals, local transportation and other details please visit this website. At this time, translation will be available in Cantonese, Nepali, and Russian. Rinpoche often teaches in English, but this hasn’t been confirmed yet. Please bring an AM/FM portable radio with a headset.

 

Please note that there are commitments to taking the Phowa course. If you take the Phowa course for the first time, Rinpoche asks that you attend all sessions. According to Rinpoche’s instructions, those who have completed the Ngondro (Preliminary Practices with 100,000 accumulations) can attend the course without taking a commitment in order to receive the teachings. For other interested people (including those who are currently doing the Ngondro) you can either promise to finish the Ngondro within 3 years, or accumulate 150,000 recitations of the Vajrasattva long (100 Syllable) mantra with visualization and 150,000 recitations of the Buddha Amitabha mantra (OM AMI DEWA HRI) with visualization within 3 years. Both Vajrasattva and Buddha Amitabha practices as required for these commitments are taught during the Phowa course. Most students can complete their commitments easily with approximately one hour a day of practice over the 3 years.

 

Students must commit to do the Phowa practice daily for 10 days after the course, and to purchase or make either a Buddha Amitabha statue or a Buddha Amitabha Pure Land thangka, as a support for their practice. Rinpoche strongly advises everyone to do the complete practice (approximately 2 hours) at least twice a month after the course, preferably on the full moon and new moon, for the rest of their lives.

 

If Rinpoche offers the Introduction to the True Nature of the Mind, this will probably be after not before the Phowa course. However this has not been confirmed.

2022 Year-End Appeal

Ayang Rinpoche Making A Summoning Mudra  
(Photo courtesy of Amitabha Foundation Hong Kong)

 

As you enjoy Holiday gift giving and time with family and friends, take a moment to remember how much you appreciate our most kind lama and how he embodies the loving kindness, compassion and wisdom you have come to treasure as a result of being introduced to the Buddha dharma. 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.

 

Ayang Rinpoche has abandoned all selfish and personal aims to devote his life only to benefit others. Today, Rinpoche is responsible for nearly 400 monks, several monasteries in Tibet and India, the Amitabha Retreat Center in Nepal, a safe-childbirth program and clinic in Tibet, and ongoing projects to build temples and retreat centers in India.

 

All of these projects require considerable funding. Rinpoche has not been able to travel around the world for nearly three years–a time when he would ordinarily have received donations from his grateful students for bringing them precious Dharma teachings. By assisting a great Bodhisattva achieve his or her aims, we ourselves acquire great merit: a storehouse of goodness that will bless us in this and future lives.

 

We urge you at this time to do all you can to help Rinpoche complete the visionary Amitabha Temple Project in Bodhgaya. This temple is designed for one purpose alone: to provide a range of practical benefits, deep solace and powerful inspiration to all people – regardless of religious faith – who visit or see it. This is the best time for all his students to show their appreciation for Rinpoche’s extraordinary kindness and to support his vision for this Temple Project.

 

 

We encourage you to make a Year-End donation now so Rinpoche will have the funds he needs to complete this project.

 

 

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 2023 puja in Bylakuppe.

 

You may send your contribution through the Amitabha Foundation in your own country, directly to the monastery’s account, or by donating online.

 

The Amitabha Foundation USA must receive offerings (online or by check to P.O. Box 2572, Aptos, California 95001) by December 31 at midnight (Pacific Time) to count as a tax-deductible donation in 2022. Donations are welcome any time.

NOTICE: HE Ayang Rinpoche December 2022 True Nature of Mind Teachings POSTPONED

 

This notice comes from HE Ayang Rinpoche and from Amitabha Foundation, Inc., Ayang Rinpoche’s charitable corporation in the US.

HE Ayang Rinpoche’s True Nature of Mind teachings and associated Vajrasattva empowerment and teachings originally scheduled to be given in San Jose, CA in mid-December 2022 have been postponed.   Although Rinpoche’s intent is to offer these teachings instead at an alternate time in the future, no future date has been scheduled at this time.  Once a new date is scheduled the information will be posted well in advance on the Amitabha Foundation website at https://amitabhafoundation.us.

 

The teachings originally scheduled for December 2022 were not being organized by the Amitabha Foundation and neither HE Ayang Rinpoche nor the Amitabha Foundation has access to the list or contact information of those who may have registered with the private party organizing the event.  We are posting this announcement in an effort to ensure that those who may have registered are notified of this change as soon as possible.

HE Ayang Rinpoche regrets that he is unable to offer the teachings in December 2022 as planned.

Following earlier discussion, Ayang Rinpoche notified the private event organizer on October 25th 2022 that he would not be able to offer the teachings scheduled for December in San Jose and requested that the organizer notify those who may have already registered as soon as possible. For those who may not receive notification of this postponement from the private organizer or who may receive information from the private organizer seeming to indicate that the teachings will go forward as planned, Ayang Rinpoche wishes to clearly emphasize that he will NOT be offering True Nature of Mind teachings or associated Vajrasattva empowerment and teachings in San Jose, CA in December 2022.

https://amitabhafoundation.us/6204-2/

Vajrakilaya Annual Drupcho Ceremony

Vajrakilaya (Dorje Phurba) Drubchoe, October 21-25, 2022

Dedications for the Prayer List due by Noon (Pacific) Monday, October 24 (Offerings welcome anytime).

At Ayang Rinpoche’s monastery in South India they are holding their annual Vajrakilaya Drupchoe Puja, October 21-25, 2022. Vajrakilaya (Dorje Phurba) is one of the most effective yidam practices, which are the root of spiritual accomplishment. It is known in the Tibetan Buddhist world as the most powerful means of destroying the forces counteracting compassion and of purifying obscurations and negativity.  The phurba, or wisdom dagger, is a symbol of our unchangeable true nature of mind. “Vajrakilaya is the best practice to clear away any kind of obstacles.”

All the monastery’s lamas, monks, nuns and associated lay people in the community will do elaborate offering prayers and chant the Vajrakilaya mantra for five full days. There will be no official count of the mantras, but everyone is encouraged to participate by chanting the mantra at home.

OM BENZA KILI KILIYA SARWA BIGHANEN BAM HUNG PHAT

The total cost of the Drubchoe is approximately $22,000. People who wish to dedicate prayers for their loved ones living or dead and would like to sponsor or donate towards meals, butter lamp, Tsog,  tea, altar, offerings for monks and nuns, management expenses, may send in their contributions through Amitabha Foundation in their own country or directly to the monastery’s account (see the information below). For a US-tax-deductible donation, you may also send a check in USD to Amitabha Foundation USA, P.O. Box 2572, Aptos, California 95001, or use the PayPal button below. Dedications must be received by October 24 at noon Pacific Time to be sent to the monastery in time. Offerings may be made at any time.


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