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GUTOR, the Grand Mahakala Puja - 3rd February 2013

It has been long cherished custom of Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries that in the advent of New Year, a grand propitiatory Puja of Mahakala is performed in the Monasteries. This Puja usually start on 23rd of 12th Lunar month of Tibetan calendar; meaning exact a week before the New Year. This year's Tibetan New Year falls on 11th Feb 2013. So, this grand Mahakala Puja will begin on Sunday, 3th Feb 2013.

The grand Mahakala Puja is sometimes infused with a grand exorcising Puja of Tara, known as Drolma Yuldok in Tibetan. This is what happens here in Tharig Monastery. With coming back of Tharig Tulku Rinpoche and senior Master of Tharig Monastery, Lama Jamkhe, from India after receiving Dam-ngag Zod Teaching from His Eminence Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, the Vajra Masters along with offering masters and the prefects are busy in making all the required arrangements for the Puja.

This Puja, of course will be held under auspices of Venerable Tharig Tulku Rinpoche. All the monks of Tharig Monastery will take part in this Puja regardless of their age, including the young monks of Tharig Monastic School. Ten and thousands devotees will flock to pay their share of offerings and respects during this Puja.

It is believed that taking part in this grand Puja will keep oneself bay from sickness and obstacles and, it will grant one, good luck in the coming year. The final day of the Puja marks throwing of Tormas and effigies. This particular Puja is known as TOR-GYAK. Missing this Puja for Tibetans means, staying the whole coming year with full of regret and repentance for not being able to use the opportunity to clear obstacles.

 
2013 Tharig Lunar Calendar is out

Starting from year 2006, Tharig Monastery has been producing her own Wall-hanging Calendar. We are distributing the calendar to the generous donors, parents of the monks and well wishers of the Monastery living in and abroad to wish them Happy and Successful New Year.

This year's Calendar depicts a spectacular snake writhing in ocean to symbolize the sign of Year: WATER SNAKE YEAR. The art is done by Chophel Rabgyal, a monk student of Tharig Monastery who is currently studying in grade VII. The main figure photo of the Calendar is that of three senior Rinpoches of Ngorpa sub-sect of Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. (His Eminence Sharchen Luding Khenchen Rinpoche, the 75th throne holder of Ngor School is flanked by 76th Throne holder, His Eminence Luding Khenpo Jamyang Choekyi Gyaltsen and 77th Throne holder, His Eminence Thartse Khen Rinpoche Ngawang Sonam Chogdhen).

 
Rinpoche is back 27th January 2013

The Venerable Tharig Tulku Rinpoche is back home on 27th January of this instant. He had been away for almost two months. He went to Bir, Himachal Pradesh, India where Dzongsar Institute is situated. He stayed in Bir for about two months and during his stay there, he received Dam-ngag Zod Teaching from His Eminence Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. His Eminence Khondung Abhikrita Rinpoche, His Eminence Thartse Khen Rinpoche, His Eminence Khyentse Yangsid and His Eminence Dudjom Yangsid were there to receive the teaching. Rinpoche went there with his tutor, Lama Lodroe, Lama Jamkhe and his assistant Choenam.

The young monks and, especially the newly enrolled monks became very happy to have their Tulku back home. Keeping the old famous habit of the former Tharig Rinpoche, the young Tharig Tulku also make sure he has something to give to the young monks when he is back either from a long sojourn or a few hours trip out within Kathmandu town.

 
The 21st Sakya Monlam at Lumbini - 22nd November 2012

The 21st Sakya Monlam shall be held with HH's holy presence from 22nd November 2012 for the duration of 10 days at Lumbini.

 
10 Days Grand Guru Dragpo Puja - 8th to 19th October 2012

After a week-long preparation, only today (8th Oct 2012), the Ten Days Puja on Guru Dragpo was commenced in Pharping. In the first seven days, there will be intensive and exclusive Puja on Guru Dragpo. The last day of Guru Dragpo Puja will be marked by an exorcising Puja. This will be seen as Torma throwing rite (Torgyak) which will take place on 29th of the 8th month in according to Tibetan calendar – that will fall on 14th Oct, Sunday. Next day: on 15th Monday, there will be yet another Mini Torgyak (Torma throwing Puja). Following which there would be one day puja of Amitayush. And this particular Puja shall go along with a grand Yangkyab Puja (prosperity-invoking puja). The last three days (17-19) shall be marked by a grand Phagmo Nyingthik Puja. Venerable Lama Jamkhe, the most senior living disciple of the former Tharig Rinpoche and one of the direct descendent of Gurdrak lineage, is presiding over as the chief Vajra Master of this most celebrated Guru Dragpo Puja.

 
The 13th Birthday of 7th Tharig Rinpoche - 29th September 2012

The 7th Tharig Tulku Rinpoche has reached 13 years old recently on 25th of November. The Sangha member of Tharig Monastery along with enthusiast followers of Rinpoche gathered together to celebrate Tharig Rinpoche’s Birthday at Tharig Monastery. This Birthday Celebration was organized jointly by Tharig Monastic office and the administration body of Tharig School. The birthday was celebrated by conducting a two phased program: morning performing Long Llife Ritual on 9 Deities Mandala of Amitayush and evening by conducting a western style Birthday Party.

To mark the morning occasion, Tharig Rinpoche started the function by offering Long Life Mandala Offering to the Holy Throne of His Holiness Sakya Trizin, the Supreme Head of Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism. Along with Tharig Rinpoche, Khenpo Jorden, the Director of International Buddhist Academy presided over the Long life Ritual dedicated for the long life of Tharig Rinpoche. Sangsol Puja (propitiating the like-minded local Deities supporting Buddha Dharma) was performed in parallel to the Long life puja. This puja was headed by venerable Dhusang, the Mahakala Puja Master, held on roof top the main shrine.

In the evening, cake cutting ceremony kicked off somewhere around 5.0 clock. Khenpo Jorden was the chief guest under the auspices of Tharik Rinpoche, sitting on the main throne. Chanting of the Birthday song in three languages (English, Tibetan and Chinese) by junior monk students of Tharig Monastic School, enchanting, was synchronized with the cake cutting by Tharig Rinpoche himself. This was followed by humorous and hilarious games organized by school teachers under the able-guidance of Mr. Lobsang la, principal of the school. Yes, an entertaining plays of Bingo (Tamboola) with comical narration by Mr. Lobsang was yet another fanfare of the evening which was enjoyed by almost all the attendants. Other popular games like Potatoes-dance etc held the breath of partakers. The ceremony was concluded with a sumptuous dinner and the chanting of Drola Dekyit (Prevailing Peace Prayer for all beings) by the congregation.

   
 
68th Birthday of H.H. Sakya Trizin - 17th September 2012

Wednesday, 17th September was a special day for the devotees and disciples of His Holiness Sakya Trizin, the Supreme Head of Sakya Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Thousand of devotees gathered in the courtyard of Mustang Sakya Monastery in Swayambhu to celebrate the 68th Birthday of His Holiness. The celebration started with Long Life Puja performed by a large congregation of Sangha at 7.30am. The main celebration of the Birthday was held in a specially pitched Tent outside of the main shrine of Mustang Gonpa.

His Eminence Choekyi Nyima Rinpoche blessed the event by being the chief guest of the program. Other present were, Khenpo Jorden, Director of International Buddhist academy, Ven. Acharya Jigdol Lama, vice chairman of Nepal Buddhist Federation, Mr. Tamdin Dorjee, the coordinator officer for Tibetan community living in Nepal, the heads and representatives of the monasteries, school principals and high dignitaries.

The chief guest, His Eminence Choekyi Nyima Rinpoche inaugurated the function by making a Long Life Mandala Offering to His Holiness Sakya Trizin’s portrait. Ven. Khenpo Kunga Tenzin of Monthang read the message of His Holiness Sakya Trizin. Khenpo Jorden gave his introductory speeches while Acharya jigdol la, vice chairman of NBF addressed the gathering in Nepali language.

Apart from granting aid of 25.000 (twenty Five Thousands) each to a student who cannot afford his study and an old age home, Dr. Ghana Sham Gurung (gyurmet), conservative Program Director WWF Nepal, was decorated with this year’s certificate in recognition to his unprecedented contributions in the field of Ecology; Environment; Socio-religion and History.

His Eminence Choekyi Nyima Rinpoche sat throughout the event until 12.30pm and blessed the congregation with his humorous and poignant holy words. At the end of the function, Ven. Jampa Losal, on behalf of Nepal Sakya Budhdist Association gave vote of thanks speeches.

The Birthday Cake Cutting Ceremony, in the afternoon at 3.30 was conducted under auspices of Khenpo Jorden, Ven. Kyisur jamyang Trinlay Lama and Mr. Lale Gurung, Chairman of Mustang Samaj.

   
   
 
   
   
The successful completion of the Summer Retreat - 2nd August to 15th September 2012

Summer Retreat is known as Yarney in Tibetan and Barsha Puja in Sanskrit. This event started at the time of Buddha. Buddhist monasteries resided by Sangha members numbering more than four should hold a Puja called Summer Puja every year during rainy season. This Puja is held mainly for the monks to avoid walking on the road infested with insects in rainy season. Also this period is utilized as a study time for the young monks and they discuss about the faults and fallings of transgression of monastic rule they might commit during the Summer Retreat and how to confess if such is committed. Works like renovation of monastery or fixing of any broken thing in the courtyard of monastery are also done during this period.

Ever since former Tharig Rinpoche found Tharig Monastery in Boudha in 1969, one and half months’ Summer Retreat has been regular event of the monastery. As usual, this year’s Summer Retreat will commence on 15th of 6th Lunar month in accordance to Tibetan calendar which coincide this year on 2nd August. Our Vajra-master Khentse Lekdhen la will be Yarney Khenpo. The main task of the Yarney Khenpo is to read Sutra and bestow relevant teachings. Despite his busy schedule in his regular study, Tharig Tulku Rinpoche also participates to the Puja. The Sangha will wrap up the Puja on September 16 th which is 30th of seven month of lunar calendar. The night on which this puja ends will mark with night-long discussion and debate on Vinaya and Buddhist philosophy. On next day the Sangha will go for three days picnic to celebrate the successful accomplishment of the Puja.

 
Summer Retreat-Puja of Sangha Memebers - 2nd August to 15th September 2012

Summer Retreat is known as Yarney in Tibetan and Barsha Puja in Sanskrit. This event started at the time of Buddha. Buddhist monasteries resided by Sangha members numbering more than four should hold a Puja called Summer Puja every year during rainy season. This Puja is held mainly for the monks to avoid walking on the road infested with insects in rainy season. Also this period is utilized as a study time for the young monks and they discuss about the faults and fallings of transgression of monastic rule they might commit during the Summer Retreat and how to confess if such is committed. Works like renovation of monastery or fixing of any broken thing in the courtyard of monastery are also done during this period.

Ever since former Tharig Rinpoche found Tharig Monastery in Boudha in 1969, one and half months’ Summer Retreat has been regular event of the monastery. As usual, this year’s Summer Retreat will commence on 15th of 6th Lunar month in accordance to Tibetan calendar which coincide this year on 2nd August. Our Vajra-master Khentse Lekdhen la will be Yarney Khenpo. The main task of the Yarney Khenpo is to read Sutra and bestow relevant teachings. Despite his busy schedule in his regular study, Tharig Tulku Rinpoche also participates to the Puja. The Sangha will wrap up the Puja on September 16 th which is 30th of seven month of lunar calendar. The night on which this puja ends will mark with night-long discussion and debate on Vinaya and Buddhist philosophy. On next day the Sangha will go for three days picnic to celebrate the successful accomplishment of the Puja.

 
An annual He-Vajra Grand Propitiation-Ritual - 12th to 18th June 2012

An annual He-Vajra Grand puja was held at Sakya Tharig Monastery. This was one of the regular propitiatory puja held every year. A large congregation of monks participated to the Puja which was performed under auspices of Loppon Khentse Lekdhen, senior Vajramaster or Dorje Loppon. All the monks including the students of Monastic school of Tharig Monastery except for those who are still in elementary classes took part in the Puja. It was Seven – days Grand Puja for which designing of sand Mandala is imperative. Therefore, the first day, the senior monks were busy in building sand Mandala along with setting up of Puja ingredients. Tharig Rinpoche and our senior most monk, Venerable Lama Jamyang Khedup also presided over the Puja which made Puja an unprecedented success.

 
The sixteenth Anniversary of the sixth Tharig Rinpoche - 13th to 19th May 2012

We have seen sixteen autumns came and gone since the sixth Tharig Rinpoche Jamyang Damchoe Nyima entered into Nirvana in Singapore. To mark this anniversary, every year, the Sangha member of Sakya Tharig Monastery observed anniversary-day without break.

This year too, Sangha member of Sakya Tharig Monastery launched a Seven Days Grand Puja on Vairocana. The first day of this Grand Puju was spent on making Tormas and other offering substances and effigies. As the puja is divided in two main fragments, in beginning on the Sangha members were involved in the preparation phase of the puja known as TAGON. This included pleasing mundane deities such as earth deities and Yakshas so on for dispelling obstacles if any. The next day’s puja began with construction of sand Mandala followed by the performance of actual phase of the ritual. This lasted for entire six days until 19th May 2012

The Puja was presided over by Venerable Tharig Tulku Rinpoche who has now turned 14.

Lama Khyentse Lekdhen and Lama Sonam both played a vital role in this puja in their capacity as Vajramasters. Tharig Gonpa community along with Tharig centers in Taiwan and Malaysia made offerings on the occasion.

The Sangha dedicated the puja for the fulfillment of Tharig Rinpoche’s noble wishes; well being of sentient beings led by our generous sponsors; dissemination of Buddha Dharma and for the perpetual peace in the World.

 
Commemoration of an Anniversary of the sixth Tharig Rinpoche

Fifteen years had gone since the sixth Tharig Rinpoche Jamyang Dhamchoe Nyima entered into Nirvana in Singapore, on 9th May. Therefore, on May, 9. 2012, we will organize a special Puja to remember Rinpoche and the legacy that he left with us. The main highlight of the event would be; performing a grand Kunrig ( Vairocana) Puja based on a specially constructed sand Mandala. This will be a seven days long Puja attended by all the senior Sakya monks of the Sakya monasteries in Kathmandu.

 
Kagyur Reading - 23rd April - 25th April 2012

As one of the regular special Puja listed under Tharig Gonpa’s Puja Schedule, this year’s KAGYUR READING was kicked off on 3rd month of lunar Tibetan calendar. Around two hundred monks took part in the KAGYUR READING in three consecutive days. KAGYUR is the canon containing holy words of Lord Buddha which later compiled as Buddha’s teaching. This has over 100 volumes- up to the day only available in Tibetan and Chinese languages after the original volumes in Sanskrit have gone missing in India.

Now, with the benign thought of His Eminence Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, a group of translators have started their pious job to translate the KAGYUR in English language.

Keeping in view that, the peace prevails in the world; all sentient beings are happy; Buddha Dharma which is the cause of ultimate happiness for all beings flourish; and the precious Gurus to live long, this special puja were organized by Tharig Monastery.

 
MANI Dhungdrup (recitation of MANI MANTRA ten million times)

This years MANI Dhungdrup puja begun on 10th of 2nd lunar month of Tibetan calendar which fell on 2nd April 2012. The puja went through until 14th April. The ten days puja was sponsored by De-ling MANI Dhungdrup Tsokpa, an association that organizes the Puja every year which was started in year 1975 under the dynamic guidance of the sixth Tharig Rinpoche. Faithful people from different way of life attended the Puja. Tharig Gonpa hosted the Puja by making available of the regular presence of monks led by senior monks of the monastery like, Loppon Khyentse Lekdhen and loppon Sonam la. IBA’s Leadership Training Course student, Ven. Ngawang Lekpa also kindly gave teaching on the significance of MANI MANTRA and the benefit of reciting MANI. Dorjee Gurung’s (Zar, Mustang) waking up tell-tale (in his words) session, this year was especially admired by the devotees.

The last day of the puja was marked by a Long-life Empowerment bestowed by His Eminence Shabdrung Rinchen Paljor Rinpoche on special request of De-ling Mani Dhungdrup Tsokpa. The large gathering of devotees listened carefully to Rinpoche’s highly blessed empowerment and comprehensive teaching.

 
The Itinerary of His Holiness the Sakya Trizin's Programs during His visit to Kathmandu - 15th March to 25th March 2012

15th March 2012:
Arrival from Pokhara by flight No. BHA 603
Diner at Dwarika hosted by Dr. Ghanna Sham Gurung of WWF

16th, 17th and 18th March:
Zarong Dho-Ngag Thupten Choeling, Trulshig Rinpoche Monastery

19th March:
9:00am Visit to Triyana Dharma Center en route to IBA
10:00am Pilgrimage tour to Swayambhu Nath
11:00am Visit to Manang Samaj
Luncheon at Manang Samaj
1:30pm Visit to Mustang Samaj Gonpa and to bestow Chenrezig/Green Tara Empowerment

20th March:
9:00am Manjushree initiation and Dharma talk at IBA in English
2:30pm Visit to Byoma Kusuma Center, Bishal Nagar

21st March:
Long life empowerment at Gyang Guthi Gumba, organized by Tamang Samaj.
Dinner at Jamchen Lhakhang

22nd March:
Consecratin and teaching at Walung Monastery
Dinner at Sakya Tharig Gonpa

23rd March: Gurupadmasambhava/Chenrezig empowerment at Tharlam Monastery to be organized by
Nepal Sakya Buddhist Association, Kathmandu
Luncheon by Tharlam Monastery
6:30pm - Dinner to be hoisted by Nepal Sakya Buddhist Association, at Hyatt Hotel

24th March:
Rest Day/preparatin for Return-trip

25th March:
Seeing off to Delhi

 
20th Sakya Monlam in Lumbini - 1st to 10th Dec 2011

With the blessing of His Holiness, Sakya Trizin

After the political changes in Tibet, in the 1950s, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness Sakya Trizin and the leaders of other Tibetan Buddhist schools worked to establish Temples, monasteries, nunneries, and colleges out side of Tibet. Under their leadership, the Buddha’s doctrine began to flourish once again in India, and most of the Tibetan tradition was successfully re-established including the performance of the Monlam Festivals.

Venerable Dharthang Tulku, primarily of Nyingma tradition, also assisted this revival by his generosity sponsoring the prayer gathering of all four schools.

In re-establishing the prayer festivals, two important considerations were: which prayers should be recited and where to gather from year to year. The prayer to be recited at Sakya Monlam was determined by His Holiness Sakya Trizin along with other senior Sakya Lama and monks who choose 100,000 recitation of Samantabadhra prayer as the main recitation. Lumbini, Nepal, the site of the Buddha’s birth, was chosen for the first time being as the gathering place. At this sacred site, monks, nuns and lay people from all countries gather in a huge convocation. The arrangement for this great gathering is managed by the Monlam Committee.

The first Sakya Monlam outside Tibet took place in Lumbini from March 1-15. 1993.

Since then, Sakya Monlams were organized in rotation system under management of the four sub-traditions of Sakya: namely Sakya, Ngorpa, Tsarpa and Zongpa.

The 20th Sakya Monlam has begun only today (1st December 2011) at Lumbini. This time Tashi Rabten Ling Monastery of Tsarpa tradition is taking turn to organize the Monlam.

Yesterday, on 30th Nov 2011, the Lamas, Tulkus, Khenpos, monks, nuns and lay devotees gathered at Lumbini garden and welcomed His Holiness Sakya Trizin and entourage. His Eminence Asanga Rinpoche and the most venerable Tharig Tulku Rinpoche left earlier to attend Sakya Monlam. His Eminence Shabdrung Rinchen Paljor Rinpoche had been in Lumbini for past two weeks where he went to lead the Vajrayogini Grand Puja. Shabdrung Rinpche also attended a conference on Himalayan Buddhists in which the participants claimed the hands of stake holders in the development project of Lumbini.

Our monks (Tharig Gonpa) had left in group for Sakya Monlam on 28th night. This year’s Monlam will culminate with a Long life Empowerment by His Holiness Sakya Trizin to the public on 10th Dec 2011, at the special request of the organizing committee.

 
The Ten-day long Guru Drakpo Puja in Pharping - 19th to 28th Oct 2011

This year’s the Ten-day long Guru Drakpo Puja was kicked off on 22nd of eighth month in according to Tibetan lunar calendar which was 19th of October 2011. As usual, this grand Puja was held in Pharping Tharig Retreat. Tharig Tulku Rinpoche presided over the Puja which was led by senior Lama Jamyang Khedup in his capacity as Vajracharya (Dorje Loppon). As many as fifty senior monks from Tharig Monastery took part in the Puja. The first seven-days were the actual Guru Drakpo Puja which culminated on 29th of Tibetan lunar calendar. It is a long sustained practice that the last day of the puja ought to be held on 29th. The main highlight of that particular day is- to cast out figurine built in the beginning and propitiated throughout the seven-day Puja by the congregation. This act represents exorcizing of unseen or unseen obstacles created by evil spirits by knowingly or unknowingly.

This Guru Drakpo Puja lineage is a legacy passed down by one master to another master, from the time of first Tharig Rinpoche who was famed as Drupchen (highly accomplished Siddha). It is believed that the text and the religious substances that are associated with Guru Drakpo Puja were all revealed as Hidden Treasure by Tharig Drupchen. Therefore, this particular ritual is considered as a direct-entrusted treatise to Tharig Drupchen by Guru Padmasambhava who was believed to have appeared in human form.

Many sponsors who wanted to take part in this pious rite by making offering of Tea; Food and Money to Sangha had to wait in queue. They do this partly to get rid of obstacles, and partly to accumulate more merit so that all activities they engage will become a success. And the Seven-day Guru Drakpo Puja was followed by two-days Tsok offering and long life Puja to express gratitude, respectively to the sponsors and the divine beings led by Guru Padhma Sambhava. Then, finally, as usual Phagmo Nyingthig Puja was performed for the duration of three days. It is said that when Tharig Rinpoche was young, a then high Lama in Kham had prophesized that Tharig Rinpoche was destined to live only 62 years. However, with receiving empowerment and conducting retreat of Phagmo Nyingthig, he would live another twenty years. Thus, the high Lama’s prophesy had proved to be correct.

 
The Celebration of Tharig Rinpoche’s Birthday in Kathmandu

On 10th October 2011 Lamas, Tulkus, Khenpos, monks and lay devotees gathered together at premise of Tharig Monastery to celebrate the Birthday of the most Venerable Tharig Tulku Rinpoche. The day marked Tharig Tulku Rinpoche’s reaching of 13. In the early morning of 10th October, the Sangha of Tharig Monastery congregated in the main shrine to conduct Puja of Long Life Deity (Amitayush) and propitiatory Puja combining with smoke Puja and hoisting of good-luck streamers was also conducted.

The main official ceremony was held in the evening around 5pm onward. Some hundred over devotees gathered to take part in the ceremony. The main highlight of the ceremony was cake-cutting which was later distributed to all attendees to taste and enjoy. With offering Khatas and long-life-wishing Birthday-gifts, the devotees sought Rinpoche’s blessing. A light moment was also shared by the participants by engrossing in an entertaining-game of BINGO and by listening to a song dedicated to Rinpoche by Mr. Gopal, an ex-monk of Tharig Monastery. Dr. Khenpo Jorden, Director of IBA, khenpo Tashi Dorjee, Meme Surje la and representatives of the Monasteries graced the occasion.

 
His Holiness Sakya Trizin’s Birthday  

His Holiness Sakya Trizin’s 67th Birthday Celebration

The long-awaited celebration of His Holiness Sakya Trizin’s 67th Birthday was organized by Nepal Sakya Buddhist Association on 28th September 2011. Tharlam Monastery’s compound was chosen as favorite venue fro the celebration. Their Eminences Asanga Rinpoche and Khondung Ananda Rinpoche Sakya respectively were the celebration’s the chief guest and the guest of Honour.

His Eminence Shabdrung Rinchen Paljor la gave his welcoming-speech from the chair of the president of Nepal Sakya Buddhist Association and Dr. Khenpo Jorden of IBA gave his introductory speech on His Holiness’s live and the holy activities.

Jetsunmas, Dagmo Chemi La of Phuntsok Phodrang, Mustang Rajkumar Jigme Gyaltsen La, the president of Nepal Buddhist Federation, Ven. Khenpo Ngawang Tsultrim la, president of Gonpa Administration and Buddha Dharma preservation, Dr. Nyima Dorjee La, Jetsunma Niru Rana, the representatives of Gonpas, Ex-members of Tibetan Parliament, Mdm Dolma Tsomo La, Ven. Jamyang Trinlay, and www conservation Program Director, WWF Nepal and advisor to Nepal Buddhist Federation, Dr. Ghana-sham Gurung, School Principals and the heads of local administrative body were among the distinguished guests.

To kick out the program, school children from Songtsen Higher Secondary School sang the song known as Truth-prevailing Prayer. Member of NSBA, Ven Jhampa Losal read out the message of His Holiness in Tibetan, English and Nepali languages.

Live-Releasing program and granting of scholarship of 25000 Rupees to Dolpo Lama Kunga’s school for underprivileged child, an aid-envelope of 25000 Rupees to old-folks home, and Blood Donation program, the free distribution of CD (the teaching of HH and Khenchen Appey Rinpoche) were the highlights of the celebration.

On the occasion, Nepal Sakya Buddhist Association with pride, conferred its Certificate of Honour to the Most Venerable Mahayogi Shridhar Rana Rinpoche for his unprecedented contribution to Buddha Dharma in general and Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism in particular. Ven. Jamyang Paljor, IBA student successfully run the program and the volunteers of Mustang people made the celebration more lively and memorable.

 


 
The Coming Back of Tharig Rinpoche - 4th July, 2011 to 14th September, 2011

Tharig Rinpoche is now back from his two months trip to Tibet. He went there as the monks and laities of Tharig Monastery in Yushu Kham province requested repeatedly for him to visit the Monastery. His tutor, Lama Lodoe lak and Lama Dawa assisted him in the meaningful tour. They left Tharig Monastery in Nepal on 4th July and were back on 14th September. As proverb goes, “one picture speaks louder than thousand words”, some memorable picture taken during his visit are included here with well-describing captions. Let the photos speak louder and clearer!



 
Summer Retreat - 13th August to 26th September, 2011

The Yarney, (summer retreat) that we started on 15th of sixth month, in according to Tibetan Lunar calendar culminated on 30th of seventh month. Loppon Sonam led the Summer Retreat in his capacity as Sutra reader. Ven. Kunga Tashi and Norbu had performed commendable job in their capacity as Prefect (Choetrim). Some fifty monks took part in the Retreat of which 10 were Gelongs (fully ordained Bikchus). The second half of the Retreat saw the exclusive and comprehensive performance of the Grand Puja Sixteen Arhat. A huge spectacular Mandala was built which attracted hundreds of devotees. Indeed the artistic Mandala had become an eyebrow-raising sight to the fortunate devotees.

Following 45 days long a strict and rigorous practice, the retreat came to conclusion with a night-long exchange of individual views by the monk students on Yarney, in the night of the last day of 7th month of Tibetan lunar calendar. Dr. Khenpo Jorden, director of IBA chaired the sermon and gave his valuable tips on Yarney practice as well as how teachers and students can utilize their valuable time in better way. Khenpo Tashi Dorjee and Ven. Jhampa Losal also graced the sermon. Tharig Rinpoche’s heart- rendering speech on Yarney at the end was enjoyed by attendants in a pin drop silence.

As usual, the teachers of different subjects read out the result of annual exam of Tharig School and those stood first, second and third in the exam were awarded with token gift and Khata. This was given from the hands of Tharig Rinpoche. School’s administrator and Head Master Mr. Ngawang Losang took charge of the program and Ven. Tsering Tashi of Tharig School played the role of MC in a very successful way.

 
Grand Puja on He-Vajra - 23rd to 29th June, 2011

As it’s a scheduled program of monastery, the Sangha congregration of Tharig monastery started performing He-Vajra grand puja (Drup-chod) on 23rd to 29th June 2011

The grand puja was attended by over 50 senior monks and joined by young student monks that lasted for entire one week. Vajramaster Ven. Sonam and Ven Dhuesang jointly over seared the successful conduct of the puja.

The puja is divided in two persons:

One day of preparation puja and following six days actual puja. On the first day of the preparation puja expert monks spent a whole day in constructing Mandala out of coloured sand (Pulverized stone). Mandala represents celestial mansion of tutelary deities- here in this case, that of He-Vajra.

As per tradition, the attendees were rewarded with token monetary offering at the end of the puja. This was also done to enhance the accumulated merit to ensure the accomplishment of targeted objectives.

 
Parinirvana Day of the sixth Tharig Rinpoche, Jamyang Dhamchoe Nyima - 21st May 2011

21st May 2011, corresponding to 19th of 3rd month of Tibetan Lunar calendar was Parinirvana Day of the sixth Tharig Rinpoche, Jamyang Dhamchoe Nyima . To mark the anniversary of the Parinirvana Day, the Sangha of Tharig Monastery performed a week-long Grand Puja of Vairocana. The Puja was performed under the regulation of Loppon Sonam lak, because the main leading master is required to have gone through a full retreat (meditational practice) of Vairocana Mandala. The Puja was attended by over 100 senior monks and the 7th Tharig Rinpoche, Jamyang Kunga Trinley Palbar presided over the Puja to bless the congregation.




 
Lama Kunga offering clothes on behalf of Mr. Danny and members of Sakya Tharig Tsechen Ling - 18th April 2011

On 18th April, Venerable Lama Kunga of Tharig Monastery kindly performed Dana (offering) of a whole set of clothing to the entire Sangha of the monastery. Ven. Lama Kunga was able to do this due to the kind and generous contribution made by Mr. Danny and the members of Sakya Tharig Tsechen Ling Dharma center situated in Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia. There were as many as 140 senior and young monks when Ven. Lama Kunga did the Dana. The merit, in whatever amount, he had acquired from this virtuous deed is dedicated to lasting happiness and liberation of all mother sentient beings from the ravine of Samsara.