Wednesday, February 17, 2016
From February 16-23, Ayang Rinpoche's monastery in Bylakuppe, South India will hold the Shitro (100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities) puja to welcome in Losar and celebrate Chötrul Düchen, one of the four holy Buddhist festivals commemorating significant events in the life of the Buddha. During the first fifteen days of the year, the Buddha displayed miracles for his disciples to increase their devotion. During this time, it is believed that the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied ten million times.
"It [Shitro] 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 (Trans. Tyler Dewar). Read a short teaching on the 100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities from Ayang Rinpoche's 2009 Karma Lingpa Shitro empowerment in Garrison, NY.
True Lhamo said, "Any one who has family members, friends or loved ones who have died and would like to make donations and dedicate it to them, it is the best opportunity."
Make an auspicious connection with the Shitro puja by sponsoring butterlamps, tsok, tea, meals or money offerings for the monks at Ayang Rinpoche's monastery with an online donation. Or send a check made out to Amitabha Foundation to P.O. Box 2572, Aptos, California 95001. Be sure to include the names of persons or pets for whom you are requesting prayers. Donations sent through the Amitabha Foundation are tax deductible in the US.
Thank you, and Losar Tashi Delek!
Becky Loy, Vice President
P.O. Box 2572
Aptos, California 95001
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Thank you for your offerings for the end-of-year Guru Dragpo pujas. In addition to helping people make an auspicious connection with these prayers and practices to purify and remove obstacles, we raised $7,421 to support the monastery, due to everyone's generosity.
The next puja at Ayang Rinpoche's monastery is Shitro (100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities), February 16-23, 2016. After these dates are confirmed we will send another email with details about sending in names for the prayer list and making offerings.