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 prayers. Names 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),
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.