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.

Happy Saga Dawa Duchen

Mahabodhi Statue

Shakyamuni Statue at the Mahabodhi Stupa in Bodhgaya

Monday, June 17th, is Saga Dawa Duchen, the holiest day in the Buddhist calendar, marking the days when the Buddha attained enlightenment and passed into parinirvana.

 

This is an especially auspicious day to practice and to make offerings to generate wisdom and merit. It is said that the effects of positive deeds are multiplied one million times.  If you are interested in supporting any of Ayang Rinpoche’s cultural and humanitarian projects at this time, you may make a US tax-deductible offering online below or by sending a check to Amitabha Foundation, P.O. Box 2572, Aptos, CA 95001, or by donating to your local Amitabha Foundation organization.




 

Ayang Rinpoche appeals for help to repair Amitabha Retreat Center in Nepal

Opak Kyilkhor Choling, Nepal

The magnificent Buddha Amitabha temple and retreat center built in Nepal by His Eminence Ayang Rinpoche and consecrated in May 2013, was seriously damaged during the 2015 Nepal earthquakes.

Due to Rinpoche’s foresight in building to the highest engineering standards, the retreat cottages were undamaged, as was the major temple structure. However, the superb frescoes and other artwork did suffer major damage, and there was considerable cracking in the structure. [View more photographs of the damage here.]

Opak Kyilkhor Chöling

Montage2 Nepal temple

With the recent re-opening of the India-Nepal highway, work can now begin to repair the temple. We appeal to the generosity of all students and supporters of Rinpoche to assist in this great work. Even if you made an offering to support this work last year, please consider how this retreat center was created due to the great vision of H.E. Chöje Ayang Rinpoche and will benefit countless beings, not only in the present day, but for generations to come.

Donations (tax-deductible in the US) can be made online (see below) or by mailing a check to:

Amitabha Foundation

Post Office Box 2572

Aptos, California 95001


Nepal Repairs



If a US tax deduction is not necessary, please make your donations directly to the various Amitabha Foundation organizations outside the United States or directly to the Amitabha Foundation Nepal account:
Account Number 01104098701
Account Name Amitabha Foundation
Bank Name Standard Chartered Bank, Kathmandu, Nepal
Swift Code SCBLNPKA
Bank Address: Standard Chartered Bank Nepal Ltd, Naya Baneswor, Kathmandu, NepalGPO Box : 3990Fax : 977 – 1 – 4780762

Temple address: Amitabha Foundation
Kapan
Buddha Nilkantha Nagarpalika
Area No. – 12
Kathmandu, Nepal

Earthquake damages Amitabha Retreat Center in Nepal

There was a magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Nepal today, which was centered about 50 miles northeast of Kathmandu. The earthquake caused damage to the Amitabha Retreat Center (Opak Kyilkhor Chöling). True Lhamo wrote today:

The monks were too afraid to go inside the temple. They are all sleeping outside in the open air as there were around 18 frequent tremors that lasted more than an hour.

We will continue to post more information and photos as we learn more.

image_1

image_2

image_3

image_4

image