Tibetan Buddhist Ritual

Ngakso Drubchen

Ngakso Drubchen This is an important annual event on the monastery calendar. Please enjoy these photos from the 2016 Drubchen–and rejoice in this auspicious activity!

Tsekar Drubchen

Tsekar Drubchen Dates for  Tsekar Drubchen: March 2-March 10, 2020 The Tsekar (White Amitāyus ) Drubchen is an extensive group practice from the Chokling Tersar

Sang Pūjā – A Cleansing Smoke Offering Practice

Sang pūjā aids practitioners as a purification practice.  As we perform this ritual, we focus on removing the impurities in the mindstream of the practitioners and all sentient beings. At the same time, we practice generosity by offering to all the ‘guests’.

Shrine Offerings: Accumulation of Merit and Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a popular buzz-word these days.  Yet we may be under the impression that mindfulness applies either to silent meditation on our cushions, or more “popular” versions such as mindful eating. But offering practice is an important form of mind training!

Here we present a complete explanation of shrine offerings. In the accompanying two videos, Tulku Migmar explains step-by-step both the elaborate shrine offerings and the daily water bowl offerings. Tulku-la explains that the practice is an accumulation of merit, but also a form of mind-training as we must take the opportunity to practice mindfulness when we make offerings.

Sadhana practice

The Benefits of Sadhana Practice

In this audio clip from February 2015 in Nepal, a student asks Phakchok Rinpoche about the benefits of practicing according to this type of ritual text.

Sampa Lhundrup Feast Offering and The Swift Accumulation of Merit

When we recite this text while making feast offerings it brings great benefit for ourselves and for others. This condensed text helps achieve good fortune. Additionally, it offers protection from all types of calamities, temporary and ultimate. Sampa Lhundrup guards against conflict, disease, poverty, obstacle-makers, vicious animals, disturbances of the four natural elements, robbers, sudden death, the intermediate state, clinging to reality, and the sufferings of the six classes of beings.

The Importance of Accumulating Merit

Phakchok Rinpoche shares a reminder on the two accumulations. Here he reviews methods relating to the first of the two accumulations: accumulating merit.