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.

Saturday, December 17, 2011


Ayang Rinpoche was born into a nomadic family in eastern Tibet. A delegation of high lamas, including the Sixteenth Gyalwang Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje and Yongzin Jabra Rinpoche, concluded that he was the wisdom incarnation of Terton Rigzin Choegyal Dorje.

Perhaps no Tibetan lama is more identified with the transmission of Phowa to the West than His Eminence Ayang Rinpoche.

Ayang Rinpoche is a Drikung Kagyu lama who holds both Nyingma and Drikung lineage. He continues the unbroken line of succession of the Drikung Phowa lamas from the Supreme Guru Dorje Chang to the present time. He has done extensive retreat on Phowa practice and is widely recognized as a Phowa master. He was one of the first Drikung lamas to leave Tibet.

Though he was discovered by this delegation of high lamas to be the reincarnation of Terton Rigzin Choegyal Dorje, Ayang Rinpoche wanted to find out more of his past life activities. Fortunately Terton Choegyal Dorje wrote his biography during his life and Ayang Rinpoche was able to obtain a copy of this book where he started his research into the life and activities of his previous incarnation.

In this biography, Choegyal Dorje (Ayang Rinpoche) mentioned that he was the disciple of Shakyamuni Buddha 2500 years ago. His exploits were recorded in the Exalted Sublime Golden Light Sutra in Chinese is the .

At that time he was already a Bodhisattva. This bodhisattva was named Zippi Dok (Tib) in Sanskrit, Ruchiraketu and in Chinese .

According to the Golden Light Sutra, Bodhisattva Ruchiraketu was at Vulture Peak together with congregation and he enquired about the reason for the short life span of Buddha Shakyamuni. He also recounted to Buddha Shakyamuni his dream of a golden drum and when he struck it, the sounds were that of ultimate confession and purification of past negative karma. One can download this Supreme sutra from the following site:


This sutra had been translated in English, Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Mongolian, Nepali, Portuguese, Russian, Sanskrit, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Tibetan.

In Choegyal Dorje’s biography, he mentioned that he was one of Guru Padmasambhava’s twenty-five main disciples named Langdro Lotsawa. During this life he translated the Dharma from Sanskrit to Tibetan.

In another life Choegyal Dorje was the disciple of Milarepa named Repa Shiwa O, one of Milarepa’s eight great heart sons. Short description of his history can be found on this site: http://www.dzogchenmonastery.org/repa_shiwa_o.html

Ayang Rinpoche said he naturally has devotion towards Guru Rinpoche and Milarepa and trusts the decision of his root master 16th Karmapa, but how can he be certain that he is really the reincarnation of the great Terton Choegyal Dorje?

In Choegyal Dorje’s biography contained two sentences. Half of each of the sentence was written in Tibetan but the other half was in another language, After much research, Ayang Rinpoche was able to ascertain that the second half of each sentence was written in Dakini language. So Terton Choegyal Dorje wrote his biography during his life time, embedded within it were two sentences, which seemingly made no sense in the whole context of this biography.

Ayang Rinpoche then searched for someone who has knowledge of Dakini langrage. He heard that Kamtrul Rinpoche who resides in Dharamsala has knowledge of this language. So Ayang Rinpoche went to Dharamsala to consult with Kamtrul Rinpoche. When he found Kamtrul Rinpoche, who was quite old at the time and his eye sight was fading, however he could read the two sentences and confirmed that they were written in Tibetan and Dakini languages.

This first sentence:

First half in Tibetan:

Tse Tsing Ma = Next life

Second half in Dakini Language

Ga Yu Ta Ji = Gayu is the birth place or Gaba

Ta is horse

Kamtrul Rinpoche told Ayang Rinpoche the first half sentence is quite clear stating that Terton Choegyal Dorje is predicting his next rebirth. The second half said Gayu, Ayang Rinpoche mentioned that he was born in a place called Gaba. Then Kamtrul Rinpoche enquires whether there is any thing or place near Gaba with the sound Ta. Ayang Rinpoche said there is nothing with Ta around that place but he was born in the year of the horse. Which in Tibetan is Ta. So Kamtrul Rinpoche confirmed that the first sentence said Choegyal Dorje next rebirth will be in a place called Gaba in the year of the horse.

The second sentence:

First half in Tibetan

Lam Samo = Profound path of Phowa

Second half in Dakini Language

Powin Da din jing = with great success

At that point Kamtrul Rinpoche said that, it appears the two sentences are about Ayang Rinpoche. Predicting his birth and his subsequent Dharma activities.

With these two sentences written during the lifetime of Terton Choegyal Dorje in two different languages, he predicted his next reincarnation and his future activities. Thus confirming Ayang Rinpoche without a doubt is the reincarnation of Choeje Dorje.

Through his biography starting with the birth of Buddhism 2500 years ago with Buddha Shakyamuni as the great Bodhisattva Ruchiraketu. However at that time he was already a Bodhisattva, which means he had already been engaged in Buddhist activities for incalculable number of lifetimes.

We are so very fortunate to be able to learn from such a great Bodhisattva as Ayang Rinpoche and should treasure every sentence that he teaches and every moment that we are able to be with him.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Buddha Amitabha 10 Level Practices

The Buddha Amitabha 10 Levels teachings come from the Namchoe tradition, using Tibetan texts from the 17th century treasure revealer Mingyur Dorje. These teachings encompass the complete path of Buddhist meditation practice, including calm abiding (shamata), the development stage of visualizing oneself as a deity surrounded by the Pure Land of Amitabha, the completion stage of resting in the true nature of mind (rigpa), and the union of development and completion stages together. Included are teachings on Dream Yoga and Clear Light Yoga, both components of the Six Yogas of Naropa.

Making supplication to Buddha Amitabha is tremendously beneficial because the blessing and activities of Amitabha are incomparable to any other enlightened beings. Suggested Donation: $300

October 8 – 12, 2011
Amitabha Foundation, Vancouver
4025 Triumph Street, Burnaby
V5C 1Z1

To register please email or call Patti at 604 307 6038
Please Register early for this precious teaching.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Bubbha Amitabha 10 Level practice 2011

Starting on October 8 – 12, 2011 in Vancouver.
To see detail informations please Click here.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Rochester Vajrasattva registration open

Please click here to see the infomation of Rochester Vajrasattva registration.

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Fall teaching schedule for His Eminence Ayang Rinpoche

Aug 14-18 Sydney, Australia Vajrasattva Outer, Inner, Secret, Innermost Secret
Aug 21 Sydney, Australia Introduction to True Nature of Mind
Aug 24-Sep 4 Panang, Malaysia Phowa Course
Sep 22-25 Rochester , New York, USA Vajrasattva Outer, Inner, Secret, Innermost Secret
Sep 27-Oct 5 Toronto, Canada Phowa Course
Oct 8-12 Vancouver, Canada Buddha Amitabha 10 Levels
Oct 15-18 Olympia, Washington, USA Vajrasattva Outer, Inner, Secret, Innermost Secret
Oct 20-24 Los Angeles, California, USA Buddha Amitabha 10 Levels
Oct 25-27 Los Angeles, California, USA Introduction to True Nature of Mind
Oct 30-Nov 7 Mexico City, Mexico Phowa Course
Nov 11-19 Houston, Texas, USA Phowa Course
Nov 25-27 Maui, Hawaii, USA Introduction to Phowa and Bardo; Amitabha Empowerment

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Ayang Rinpoche's letter to Japan

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Bodhgaya Phowa 2012 in Bodhgaya

The Annual Bodhgaya Phowa course which is from January 14 to 23' 2012

Friday, April 8, 2011

Nine methods of bringing the mind to rest

Hi everyone!

We have upload an e-book on our website called "Nine methods of bringing the mind to rest".  Please ckeck that out on our Lecture section.  or click here directly to read.

Guru Rinpoche Mantra Accumulation

Dear friends,

The Annual Drubchoe at Ayang Rinpoche's monasteries in South India begins April 18. Rinpoche requests that all the Buddhist practitioners and monasteries in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet and those associated with Amitabha Foundation world-wide, contribute to this practice and send us (NY@amitabhafoundation.us) their recitations of the Guru Rinpoche mantra to accumulate the 1 billion total.  Some people have already begun to send in their mantra accumulations, but please wait to accumulate until the beginning of the Drubchoe. Mantras may be accumulated and sent in between April 18 and the end of the Drubchoe, approximately 10-15 days later.

This year the prayers are dedicated especially to the people of Japan and to all of humanity, that there may be world peace, that all beings may live in harmony, and that the environment of our mother the earth may be protected from destruction.

The Guru Rinpoche (Vajra Guru) mantra is OM AH HUNG BENZA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG.  Here is an explanation of the meaning of the mantra.

Listen to Ayang Rinpoche chant the Vajra Guru mantra.
To help support the 2011 Guru Rinpoche Drubchoe prayers:

Friday, January 14, 2011

24 hours Vajrasattva retreat

Amitabha Foundation, Vancouver will be practicing the 24 hours Vajrasattva retreat again.
Date: 2nd February 2011
Time: 8:00 pm duration 24 hours
Venue: 4025 Triumph Street
Rules for the retreat
No verbal communication
No food intake
Liquid such as Water, Milk, Soy milk is allowed.
One is allowed rest period of two hours after every three hours of recitation.
Audible recitation of Vajrasattva 100 syllable long mantra during the retreat.
No registration required, just turn up and partake in this annual practice.
This will purify ours past year's negative karma so that we will start the new year afresh.
Naturally we should also include all sentient beings in our practice so that their negative karma and obscurations will also b e cleansed.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Looking at Mind

For those interested in finding out the essence of your mind check out the file "Looking at Mind" under the Lecture of this web page.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Khenpo Tenzin Rinpoche teaching on January

Dear Dharma Brothers and Sisters,
Khenpo Tenzin Rinpoche teaching Reborn Dewachen and Guru Rinpoche Long Life Empowerment on January 21st to January 23rd,2011, at Amitabha Foundation Vancouver.
Please click on this LINK.