Yarne – Annual Summer Retreat July 24 to September 6

Monks Practicing Debating

 

Yarne, or the annual summer retreat, is a tradition that goes back to the time of Buddha. Its purpose was to allow monks to gather and shelter from the monsoon rains and to take time to reflect, pray, meditate, and listen to the dharma. It was a practical response to the monsoon weather. During Buddha’s time, the summer retreat was three months long: by staying in a single location for the duration of the rainy season, the monks avoided the increased likelihood of walking on and harming many insects and other small beings that reproduce during the rainy season.

 

The first day of the Yarne begins with the Sojong vows. Sojong is a practice for purifying and making broken vows to replenish positive virtues. “So” means “to restore” and “Jong” means “to purify”; in other words, to clear away negative karmas and harmful deeds. Apart from Sojong, monks also observe other special monastic vows and restrictions. Khenpos take turns to give short teachings on the importance of the three ground practices of the summer retreat.

 

To restore broken Pratimoksha vows, the ordained sangha members traditionally practice Sojong bi-monthly. Some lay Buddhists regularly observe this purification practice too. The “Yar-khelen” vows are taken with special vase used for purification called “chab-lug”. The wooden monastic bell called Gendi  (used only for Yarne and Sojong since the time of Buddha) is rung to call for lunch and morning prayers.

 

The monks take breakfast and lunch in the temple with the traditional monks’ begging bowl called Lhungdze. All the monks, excluding those with health issues, take a vow not to eat at night in accordance with the Vinaya tradition. Every evening, Aspiration prayers (monlam) are recited.

 

Every Saturdays, there are philosophy discussions and debate on Sundays.  Khenpos and Lopons hold question-answer sessions on particular subject, the monks choose.

 

It is during Yarne, that the monks also sit for their half-yearly examination. Hence, apart from the fixed Yarne programs, they are quite busy with their debate, commentary and essay writing tests that will count in their final scores.

 

In the evening, there are prayers, followed by the traditional ceremonial rice made with butter and dry fruits. Selected monks give dharma talks on specific subjects and display their philosophical debate skills. During the debate, one group establishes a philosophical view while the other tries to defeat them with sharp logic and quick verbal attacks. Since there are strong emotions displayed, watching them leads to lots of laughter and fun for the rest of the monks.

 

On the morning of the last day of Yarne called Gaye, the monks conclude the summer retreat by wearing their best robes and circumambulating the Amitabha and Achi Temples. Then, for the next three days, the monks have a party at the specially designated summer retreat picnic spot that is adjacent to the monastery. They get busy in all sorts of games and entertainment, appropriate for their age groups.

 

This year, Yarne will start on July 24 (full moon of the sixth month of the lunar calendar), and as usual, will be held for 45 days according to Tibetan/Vajrayana tradition, finally concluding on September 6 (new moon of the seventh month of lunar calendar).

 

Another benefit of the retreat is that it gives faithful patrons an opportunity to accumulate merit. It is considered very important for lay people to participate in these virtuous activities through actions such as making offerings for shrine expenses and sponsoring tea and special meals for the sangha.

 

Shrine offering Items : Flowers, Incense, Rice, Serkyem (Dharmapala offerings), Barley flour for Tormas, Butter lamps, etc  $ 500 for whole Yarne period.

Tea offering for monks: $ 70

Meals for monks : $ 380 for one day meal.

Sangha Offering:  No fixed amount.  Traditionally, Rinpoches, Khenpos, Lopons, chanting masters, ritual masters and disciplinarians are offered extra in addition to the offerings made to the regular monks.

 

Make US-tax-deductible donations through the Amitabha Foundation USA by check (payable to Amitabha Foundation, mailed to P.O. Box 2572, Aptos, CA 95076), or online below. Donations may also be made directly to Drikung Charitable Society or through the Amitabha Foundation branch in your own country.



 

 

Drikung Phowa Practice and Dorje Phagmo Drupchen Photos

2020 Dorje Phagmo Drupchen (see below for video and more photos)

 

H.E. Chöje Ayang Rinpoche will offer a Drikung Phowa practice by live streaming on Thursday, October 1, 2020. This practice is only for students who have already taken his 10-day Phowa Course. Please honor this samaya and do not join if you are not qualified.

These are the scheduled times for different countries (here is a Time Zone Converter):
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)
Japan – 19.30 (7:30 pm)
Sydney – 20.30 (8:30 pm)

These are the new links to connect online:
YouTube
https://youtu.be/3C7YgR0yx7M

Zoom (please reserve for students in China and other countries that cannot access YouTube)
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85713344500?pwd=SThlUTI4L3NBQTQ2a3haVGd1UlVBZz09
Meeting ID: 857 1334 4500
Passcode: 267169

 

Please consider making an offering for the monastery or one of Ayang Rinpoche’s other spiritual, cultural and humanitarian projects. Donate online and chose which project hereYou may also make your contribution to your local Amitabha Foundation or directly to the monastery through the Drikung Charitable Society.

 

We hope you enjoy this video and photos from the last day of the Dorje Phagmo (Vajra Yogini/Vajra Varahi) Puja at Ayang Rinpoche’s monastery in Bylakuppe, Thupten Shedrub Jangchub Ling.

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.

Completion of Guru Dragpo Drubchoe – Photos


Annual wrathful Guru Rinpoche (Guru Dragpo) Drupchoe

Presided over by H.E. Chöje Ayang Rinpoche at Thupten Shedrup Jangchub Ling Monastery, Bylakuppe

 

Please enjoy these photos and a short video here of the annual Guru Dragpo Drupchoe. Thank you to everyone who sponsored the event and sent in names of loved ones for dedication of merit.