Ayang Rinpoche

Ayang Rinpoche is also the founder of two monasteries, in cluding Thupten Shedup Janchub Ling at Bylakupee, Chogyab, and Ayang Tulku, Ayang being the name of a 435-year-old monastery in Kham (eastern Tibet) which is a branch of the Drikung main monastery.Perhaps no Tibetan lama is more identified with the transmission of Phowa to the West than His Eminence Ayang Rinpoche.

Monday, May 15, 2017

This Mother's Day: Save A Mother's Life


Mother and children living at Nyingje Tso 

(Lake of Compassion), Tibet


Dear Jon,

In honor of Mother's Day, and for all motherly sentient beings, we want to remind you about our Safe Home Childbirth in Tibet project. Not only have we been improving birth outcomes since 2004, we have also been supporting the general health of all the nomads in Rima, Ayang Rinpoche's birthplace area. See pictures and read details of our visit to Rima in July, 2016. With the help of many donors we were able to accomplish so much last year! 
  • Clinic roof replacement, exterior painting, and repair of interior water damage ($17,275)
  • 51 meter well at the clinic ($3,050)
  • New training program for three barefoot doctors apprenticing with Rima Clinic's doctor
  • Training at Yushu County Hospital for two midwives
  • 100 Clean Birthing Kits ($4,000)
  • Stable infant vaccination program
  • 5-Year evaluation of Community Health Educator program
This year we need to raise $15,000 to pay salaries for 2 doctors, 3 medical trainees, 1 midwife and a new midwife trainee, and the head Community Health Educator. In addition, it will cost $6,000 for 150 birthing kits. The clinic staff has also asked us to raise funds to purchase grinding and rolling machines to make their own traditional Tibetan medicines. This is an excellent business idea to bring in much-needed income to the clinic and make it sustainable into the future. The head doctor has all the necessary knowledge and can train his apprentices to identify and harvest herbal compounds for the medicines. He has estimated it will cost $25-30,000 in initial start-up costs.

Many people and organizations have contributed to support our work in Tibet for the past 14 years. You can make a difference in the lives of these nomad families. A small investment can have a big impact on saving the lives of mothers and infants, and on the overall health of an entire community.

Support the clinic with a one-time or a recurring monthly donation by going to our website or sending a check to our address below.

May your generosity benefit all motherly sentient beings!

Becky Loy
for Ayang Rinpoche and the Amitabha Foundation







Reminder:

Ayang Rinpoche's monastery is still looking for a nurse or medical volunteer to work for 6 months or longer to serve the hygiene and minimal medical needs of over 100 monks.

Becky Loy, Treasurer
Amitabha Foundation
P.O. Box 2572
Aptos, California 95001
831-461-4381
 
www.amitabhafoundation.us

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Shitro (100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities) Puja

Dear Sangha,
From March 6-12, 2017, Ayang Rinpoche's monastery in Bylakuppe, South India will hold the annual Shitro (100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities) Puja to welcome in Losar (Tibetan New Year, February 27) and celebrate the Buddha's Miracle Days, Chötrul Düchen (March 12)During this time, 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. Read a short excerpt of this teaching.

"Anyone who has family members, friends or loved ones who have died and would like to make donations and dedicate it to them, it [Shitro] is the best opportunity."  Click here to make offerings for butterlamps, tsok, shrine tormas, or money offerings and tea/meals for the monks and lamas. Be sure to include the names of persons or pets for whom you are requesting prayersNames must be received by March 9, 2017 to be included in the prayer list for the monastery, but offerings are welcome at any time. 
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.

Wishing you Losar Tashi Delek (a Happy and Auspicious New Year),

Becky Loy
for H. E. Chöje Ayang Rinpoche and the Amitabha Foundation USA


Reminder: Ayang Rinpoche's monastery in Bylakuppe needs a volunteer nurse or someone with some medical experience to care for the daily health and hygiene needs of the young monks in South India. The minimum commitment is 6 months. For more information, download a complete job description here. To apply, send your resume to Ani Samten at the monastery.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The annual Guru Dragpo puja


The annual Guru Dragpo puja at Ayang Rinpoche's monastery in Bylakuppe, India, begins February 19, 2017 and continues for 7 days through February 25, 2017. Guru Dragpo is practiced at the end of the Tibetan lunar year to dispel obstacles and purify any remaining negativities in order to usher in happiness and prosperity for the New Year (Losar), which is February 27th this year.

You may participate at home by reciting the Guru Dragpo short mantra:


OM AH HUNG ARTSIK NIRTSIK NAMO BHAGAWATE HUNG HUNG AH HUNG HUNG PHAT//

You may also participate by reciting the Guru Rinpoche mantra (see below) or the Seven-Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche. Click here for Ayang Rinpoche's teaching on the Seven-Line Prayer, and the prayer in Tibetan and English.


OM AH HUNG BENZRA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG//

Ayang Rinpoche has said that anyone sponsoring Dharma activities gains the same merit as the practitioners. Make a US tax-deductible contribution to the Guru Dragpo puja using PayPal or your credit card by clicking here. Your donation of any amount will be appreciated and will be like a drop of water mixed in an ocean of merit. 

Monks Creating Guru Dragpo Tormas
You may include a dedication for your offering in the name of a loved one, living or deceased, including pets. All names must be submitted to the Amitabha Foundation by February 22 at 5 PM Pacific Standard Time.

You may also send a check in USD made out to Amitabha Foundation to: P.O. Box 2572, Aptos, California 95001. and send the names for dedication to info@amitabhafoundation.us.


Wishing you a Happy and Prosperous Year of the Fire Rooster!

Becky Loy
for H. E. Chöje Ayang Rinpoche and the Amitabha Foundation



Saturday, January 14, 2017

Ayang Rinpoche's Recent Phowa Course in Bodhgaya

This year Ayang Rinpoche's annual Phowa course in Bodhgaya will be January 17-26, 2017. Rinpoche teaches in both Tibetan and English. If you are attending and will need translation into another language, please bring a portable FM radio with earpiece and rechargeable batteries.

Find out more about the course and information about attending on our website.

Rinpoche invites everyone, whether or not they can make a pilgrimage to Bodhgaya this year, to make an auspicious connection by sponsoring the teachings. Rinpoche gives the teachings in Bodhgaya every year free of charge, and your US tax-deductible donation will help ensure that these teachings continue for years to come. Donate any amount online or send a check to our address below.

Wishing you all the best,

Becky Loy
For the Amitabha Foundation USA

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Bodhgaya Phowa Course January 17-26

Ayang Rinpoche is a world-renowned master of Phowa (transference of consciousness at the time of death). Rinpoche says, "My Phowa teaching is for a joyful end to one's life. While you are alive, don't forget about preparing for your death, as we don't know when or how our life will end." Read more about Phowa here. Every year Ayang Rinpoche offers his 10-day Phowa Course in the holy city of Bodhgaya, where the Buddha became enlightened. This year the course will be January 17-26, 2017.

Bodhgaya is extremely crowded this time of year, but if you would like to make last-minute arrangements to attend, you may find links to some travel arrangements and logistics and a Bodhgaya Teaching Site Map on our website. Here are direct links to the Daily Schedule and 2017 Flyer.

Rinpoche invites everyone, whether or not they can make a pilgrimage to Bodhgaya this year, to make an auspicious connection by sponsoring the teachings. Rinpoche gives the teachings in Bodhgaya every year free of charge, and your US tax-deductible donation will help ensure that these teachings continue for years to come. Donate any amount online or send a check to our address below.

Happy New Year---May all beings benefit!

Becky Loy

For the Amitabha Foundation USA

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Wealth Deity Ritual Prayers December 9-15, 2016

In this tenth lunar month, as 2016 and the Fire Monkey year are drawing to a close, Ayang Rinpoche's monastery in India will hold a wealth deity puja December 9-15, 2016. Ayang Rinpoche will be present in Bylakuppe for the Yangdrup and preside as Dorje Lopon over the ritual prayers.

A wealth deity puja, or Yangdrup, is an extensive ritual to generate "Yang", the powerful magnetizing properties associated with fortune and luck, which in turn creates all opportunities to ensure an abundance of wealth, prosperity and success in a person's personal, business and family life, as well as accomplishment in spiritual practice.

This year the annual Yangdrup will focus on Namsey, also known in Sanskrit as Vaishravana, a powerful god of wealth and fortune similar to the well-known Dzambhala. Lamas, monks and nuns at the monastery will also do Guru Rinpoche offering prayers during the Yangdrup.

The total cost of the Yangdrup is approximately $22,000. People who wish to dedicate prayers for their loved ones, including pets, living or dead, and would like to sponsor or donate towards tormas, butter lamps, tsog,  tea, meals, offerings for monks and nuns, or management and travel expenses, may send in their contributions through Amitabha Foundation in their own country or directly to the monastery's account (see the information below). For a US-tax-deductible donation you may also send a check in USD to Amitabha Foundation USA, P.O. Box 2572, Aptos, California 95001, or make offerings online. Dedications must be received by December 13 at 5 PM Pacific Time to be sent to the monastery in time.

Friday, November 4, 2016


Dorje Phurba

Dorje Phurba Drupchen November 2-8, 2016

Dear Jon,

At Ayang Rinpoche's monastery in South India they will hold their annual Vajrakilaya Drupchen (Great Accomplishment puja), November 2-8, 2016. Vajrakilaya (Dorje Phurba) is one of the most effective yidam practices, which are the root of spiritual accomplishment. It is known in the Tibetan Buddhist world as the most powerful means of destroying the forces counteracting compassion and of purifying obscurations and negativity.  The phurba, or wisdom dagger, is a symbol of our unchangeable true nature of mind. Gen Tsewang Tharchin, Ayang Rinpoche's brother and abbot of the monastery, says, "Vajrakilaya is the best practice to clear away any kind of obstacles."

All the monastery's lamas, monks, nuns and associated lay people in the community will do elaborate offering prayers and chant the Vajrakilaya mantra for seven full days. There will be no official count of the mantras, but everyone is encouraged to participate by chanting the mantra at home.

OM BENZA KILI KILIYA SARWA BIGHANEN BAM HUNG PHAT

The total cost of the Drubchen is approximately $22,000. People who wish to dedicate prayers for their loved ones living or dead and would like to sponsor or donate towards meals, butter lamp, Tsog,  tea, alter, offerings for monks and nuns, management and travel expenses, may send in their contributions through Amitabha Foundation in their own country or directly to the monastery's account (see the information below). For a US-tax-deductible donation you may also send a check in USD to Amitabha Foundation USA, P.O. Box 2572, Aptos, California 95001, or donate online. Dedications must be received by November 6 at 5 PM Pacific Time to be sent to the monastery in time.


May all beings benefit!

Becky Loy

For the Amitabha Foundation USA
Ayany Rinpoche's Worldwide Teaching Schedule 

November 1-6, 2016  Hong Kong
True Nature of Mind Teachings, Milarepa Empowerment, Achi Chokyi Drolma Empowerment and Teachings
November 18-27, 2016  Tokyo, Japan
Phowa Course
http://tibet-tcc.sakura.ne.jp
January 17-26, 2017 Bodhgaya, India