Saturday, August 6, 2016
Please note that the venue for Ayang Rinpoche's upcoming Phowa Course in San Jose has been changed. The course will begin the evening of September 9 with a public talk, "Short Introduction to Phowa (Transference of Consciousness at the moment of death)". This talk will be held at the San Jose Scottish Rite Center, 2455 Masonic Drive, San Jose, CA 95125. The remainder of the Phowa Course (September 10-18) will be held next door at the San Jose Masonic Center, 2500 Masonic Drive, San Jose, CA 95125, beginning with the Amitabha Empowerment at 6 PM September 10. Rinpoche urges everyone to attend the full course, including the tsok offering on the last day, Sunday, September 18. Download the daily schedule here.
Please note that there are many sessions that are open to the public, and we encourage all of you in the area to attend the Amitabha Empowerment, the Oral Transmission Blessings for Nyingma and Drikung Phowas, Milarepa tsok offering prayer, and the Vajrasattva and Amitabha meditation teachings during the week, if you cannot attend the full Phowa Course.
Teachings will be in English with Vietnamese translation. To register, or for more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope many of you can join us,
For the Amitabha Foundation USA
and the Phowa Course organizer
Ayang Rinpoche's Worldwide Teaching Schedule
August 16-26, 2016 Toronto, Canada
September 2-4, 2016 Vancouver, Canada
September 9-18, 2016 San Jose, California, USA
November 1-6, 2016 Hong Kong
True Nature of Mind Teachings, Milarepa Empowerment, Achi Chokyi Drolma Empowerment and Teachings
December 12-18, 2016 Taipei
Karma Lingpa Shitro (100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities) Empowerment
January 17-26, 2017 Bodhgaya, India
Thursday, July 28, 2016
We have annual Drubchens at the monasteries at Dechen Choekhor Ling in Mundgod and Thupten Shedrub Jangchub Ling in Bylakuppe. The Annual Drubchen at Bylakuppe this year is Amitabha Buddha and will begin from August 6 and last between 11-14 days depending on when the total count of 1 billion Buddha Amitabha mantra is accumulated. The Drubchen will be presided by Khenpo Konchog Tashi. All the Rinpoches, Khenpos, Monks, Nuns and Lay people will be chanting Buddha Amitabha mantras to accumulate the1 billion total during the Drubchen.
Ayang Rinpoche requests that all Buddhist practitioners and others associated with the Amitabha Foundation worldwide contribute to this practice and send their recitations of the Buddha Amitabha Mantra to accumulate the 1 billion total. Mantras may be accumulated and the totals sent in daily between August 6 to August 16. Send your mantra totals through the Amitabha Foundation in your own country, or directly to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Buddha Amitabha mantra is OM AMI DEWA HRI.
The total expenses of the Drubchen is approximately $30,000. People who wish to dedicate prayers for their loved ones living or dead and like to sponsor or donate towards meals, butter lamp, Tsog, tea, alter, offerings for monks and nuns, management and travel expenses, may kindly send in their contributions through Amitabha Foundation in your own country or directly to the monastery’s account (see the information below).
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Tomorrow, Monday, July 11, is the last day to submit names of loved ones to be included on the prayer list for the Guru Rinpoche 100,000 Tsok Offering Puja being held at Ayang Rinpoche's monastery in Bylakuppe, South India on July 13 and 14. This year is the year of the fire monkey, an extremely auspicious time, as fire monkey is the birth year of Guru Rinpoche. Click here for photos from last year's puja.
The practice of offering tsok helps remove obstacles and obscurations; accumulate merit and wisdom; and bring peace, positive circumstances, and liberation, as we dedicate the merit to all beings. To offer tsok, butter lamps, tea or money for the monks and lamas, or just to make an auspicious connection with the 100,000 Guru Rinpoche Tsok Offering Puja, and to dedicate the merit in the name of a loved one, please make a US-tax-deductible offering online using a credit card or PayPal, or send a check in USD to Amitabha Foundation, P.O. Box 2572, Aptos, California 95001. If you send a check, please email me your names by Monday, July 11 at 5 PM Pacific time.
Also, please visit our website for updated information on Rinpoche's 2016 teaching schedule.
May all beings benefit!
For H.E. Chöje Ayang Rinpoche
and everyone at the Amitabha Foundation USA
Saturday, July 9, 2016
Death, the final and inescapable event of our life. We know it is inevitable but are we prepared to deal with this event? Most of us would like to carry on with our daily activities and just sweep that morbid subject under the carpet and adopt the ostrich attitude. But when death is staring at us in our face, we will panic and become terribly fearful because of the unknown that we will go through.
Fear of the unknown, together with clinging to our past familiar surroundings and people in the face of imminent death will cause tremendous amount of distress. Because, no one, and nothing will be able to help, delay or stop you from dying. This stressful mental condition will precisely lead us to the cycle of rebirth, old age, illness and death. Just like downloading driving directions prior to setting off on our road journey, it is better to learn all we can about death and dying during our life so that when death arrives, we will face it with confidence and for some who is well prepared, with joy in anticipation of final liberation.
Joy, because for the successful and dedicated practitioners, death marks the end of suffering and the beginning of ultimate joy. Not only will one have the chance of ultimate enlightenment at the moment of our death, but also when one has the right attitude and outlook of this life, we will not waste our precious human life on frivolous mundane activities but will concentrate on activities that will benefit ourselves and all others.
His Eminence Choeje Ayang Rinpoche, will be giving us a talk on dying, death and Bardo (Intermediate state). He will inform us on the process of death and what will happen to us after death. At the same time he will tell us what can be done during our life so that we will be able to face this inevitable final event fearlessly with confidence.
In the 8th century Buddha Amitabha transmitted Phowa practice, the transference of consciousness, to Padmasambhava. Since then, this practice had been passed from Guru to
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: Executive Airport Plaza Airport Hotel
Milarepa is one of the most celebrated spiritual teachers of all time. He was not only an eminent leader of the Kagyu lineage, but also a very important teacher for all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
Redeemed from a life of evil, Milarepa became one of the most revered saints of all time. Known for his penetrating insights, wry sense of humour and ability to render any lesson into spontaneous song, Milarepa wandered the rugged terrain of eleventh century Tibet and Nepal guiding countless followers along the Buddhist path through his songs of liberation.
Ayang Rinpoche was one of Milarepa’s close disciples named Repa Shiwa O. Therefore there is a very close connection between his Guru and disciple that extends through nearly 1000 years.
Which makes it all the more poignant when Ayang Rinpoche will bestow Milarepa Empowerment to us in Vancouver. Afterall, how often would we get an opportunity to receive Milarepa Empowerment from his close disciple.
Venue : Amitabha Foundation Center
Time: 10am- 12am Empowerment
2pm - 5pm Milarepa Tsog
Guru Dragpo Empowerment
Guru Dragpo, a wrathful form of Guru Rinpoche, is a fierce protector of the Dharma and a destroyer of obstacles on the path to enlightenment. This practice is especially beneficial for removing obstacles transforming negative conditions into wisdom light.
Venue: Amitabha Foundation Center
Time: 10am – 12 am Empowerment
2pm - 5pm Teaching
Please register for the teachings and the free talk at your earliest convenience by sending email to email@example.com