Bodhgaya Phowa Course venue

Ayang Rinpoche’s Phowa Course will be held at the Mahabodhi Society of India, January 13-22, 2020.

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Every year Rinpoche’s teachings in Bodhgaya are given free of charge. Help sponsor the teachings, and make an auspicious connection with the Bodhgaya Phowa Course this year with a US-tax-deductible donation.


Venue for 2020 Bodhgaya teachings

Amitabha Foundation headquarters

Amitabha Foundation Rochester NY

Amitabha Foundation Headquarters and Dharma Center

Visit our Amitabha Foundation headquarters and Rochester Dharma Center. For a practice schedule and more information, see our local practice group page.

Amitabha Foundation
11 South Goodman Street
Rochester, New York 14607
585-461-1986 / 585-261-7094

Rochester Amitabha Foundation

Amitabha Foundation Rochester NY

Amitabha Foundation Headquarters and Dharma Center

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About Us:  Our mission, as part of the Amitabha Foundation, is to preserve and promote the unique beauty of Tibetan culture. Using the analogy of the wings of a bird, we rely on the two “wings” of wisdom and compassionate activity. For wisdom, we provide an environment for disseminating and practicing the authentic teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. For compassionate activity, we support humanitarian projects worldwide, under the guidance of the Founder and Chairman, His Eminence Chöje Ayang Rinpoche. The Amitabha Foundation is a registered 501[c][3] charitable organization (Federal Entity Identification Number 95-4111288).

Our Teacher and Practices:  Our local group concentrates on practices taught by His Eminence Chöje Ayang Rinpoche. These include shamata (calming the mind), Phowa (transference of consciousness at the time of death), Buddha Vajrasattva, Buddha Amitabha, the Dharma protector Achi Chokyi Drolma, and Guru Dragpo (wrathful form of Guru Rinpoche) meditations. Find out more about Ayang Rinpoche here and about his major teachings here.

Our Local Activities:  We hold meditation practices on a weekly basis and according to the traditional Tibetan lunar calendar, and also offer instruction in beginning meditation. We sponsor visits and teachings from Ayang Rinpoche, and occasionally from other Tibetan Buddhist lamas, khenpos and teachers.

Group Meditation Practice: The Rochester Amitabha Foundation group meets on Sunday mornings 10-11 AM for Vajrasattva meditation, as taught by H.E. Choeje Ayang Rinpoche.  These practices are guided visualizations, following an audio recording of Ayang Rinpoche.

We hold group practices of the Drikung Phowa (Full Moon day) and Nyingma Phowa (New Moon day) each month. Phowa practice is open only to those who have taken Ayang Rinpoche’s Phowa Course, although anyone is welcome to sit with the group at these times.

Practice Venue: Rochester Dharma Center, 11 South Goodman Street, Rochester, New York 14607

Current Practice Schedule:

Sundays, 10-11 AM Vajrasattva Meditation
15th Lunar Day Drikung Phowa Practice
30th Lunar Day Nyingma Phowa Practice


Contact Us:
Amitabha Foundation
11 South Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14607
585-461-1986 (voice mail) / 585-451-7039

Ayang Rinpoche’s 2012 Teaching Schedule

Ayang Rinpoche will be teaching his annual Phowa Course in Bodhgaya January 2-11, 2013. Please check back later for more details. Download the detailed Bodhgaya Phowa Schedule 2012 and Bodhgaya flyer 2012. Rinpoche’s 2012 teaching schedule for the US has not yet been announced.