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INTERNATIONAL LAMA TSONGKHAPA DAY

Announcement and Schedule in English and Tibetan

November 19th (Lunar 22nd) is the day of Lord Buddha Shakya Muni’s Decent from Heaven, and also the day of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s (Jetsun Lobsang Thupten Gyaltsen Palsangpo) death anniversary. On this special occasion, we, Segyu Gaden Phodrang Monastery, are going to celebrate the International Year of Lama Tsongkhapa, commemorating the 600th year of the Parnirvana of Manjushree Lama Tsongkhapa. We will perform the ritual of Long Life Lama Tsongkhapa’s thousands of offerings. Therefore, if anyone would like to join, please know you are most welcome, but most importantly is for each of us to do our best to create merit, and pray to continue faithfully and sincerely in Lama Tsongkhapa’s doctrine, this precious, unsurpassed doctrine (yuganaddha) of the conjoined union of sutra and tantra in this, and all our future lives. With much love and affection, Your monastery Segyu

༄༅། །རྒྱལ་བསྟན་སྙིང་པོ་ལྟ་སྤྱོད་ཟུང་འབྲེལ་གྱིས།    །ཁ་བ་ཅན་གྱི་མུན་རུམ་གསལ་བྱེད་མཁན། །

 རིགས་གསུམ་གཅིག་བསྡུས་བློ་བཟང་མཚན་ཅན་བསྟན། །མཁའ་སྟོང་མཚམས་ལོའི་དུས་ཁྱད་ཅན་འདི་བསུ།། ཞེས་རང་ཅག་རྣམས་ཀྱི་བསྟན་པའི་བདག་པོ་ཡབ་རྗེ་རྒྱལ་བ་གཉིས་པ་རིགས་གསུམ་གཅིག་བསྡུས་གསུམ་ལྡན་དགེ་སློང་གི་རྣམ་པར་རོལ་བ་གང་གི་མཚན་ཙམ་གྱིས་ཀྱང་སྐྱེ་འགྲོ་རྣམ་གྲོལ་ལམ་ལ་བཀོད་ནུས་པ། འཇམ་མགོན་བླ་མ་ཤར་ཙོང་ཁ་པ་རྗེ་བློ་བཟང་གྲགས་པ་ དཔལ་བཟང་པོ་མཆོག་དགོངས་པ་མྱ་ངན་ལས་འདས་པའི་ཚུལ་བསྟན་ནས་མཁའ་སྟོང་མཚམས་ཏེ་མི་ལོ་དྲུག་བརྒྱ་ཧྲིལ་པོ་འཁོར་བས་ རྗེ་བླ་མའི་བཀའ་དྲིན་རྗེས་དྲན་རྒྱལ་སྤྱི་ཙོང་ཁའི་དུས་ཆེན་ཞིག་མི་མཇེད་ཞིང་གི་མགོན་སྐྱབས་བླ་ན་མ་མཆིས་པ་རྐང་གཉིས་རྣམས་ཀྱི་ མཆོག་སྟོན་པ་ཤཱཀྱ་ཐུབ་པ་ལྷ་ལས་འབབ་པའི་དུས་ཆེན་དང་། སྙན་བརྒྱུད་བསྟན་པའི་མངའ་བདག་༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་ཟོང་རྡོ་རྗེ་འཆང་རྗེ་བཙུན་ བློ་བཟང་བརྩོན་འགྲུས་ཐུབ་བསྟན་རྒྱལ་མཚན་མཆོག་མྱ་ངན་ལས་འདས་པའི་ཚུལ་བསྟན་པ་སོགས་དུས་ཆེན་ཁྱད་པར་ཅན་གྱི་ཉིན་ཏེ་ བོད་ཟླ་ ༩ པའི་༢༢ སྤྱི་ཟླ ༡༡ ཚེས་ ༡༩ ཉིན་བལ་ཡུལ་སྲད་རྒྱུད་དགའ་ལྡན་ཕོ་བྲང་ངམ་སྲད་རྒྱུད་གྲྭ་ཚང་དུ་མཆོད་འབུལ་ཟབ་རྒྱས་ སོགས་ཀྱིས་དུས་དྲན་སྲུང་རྩིས་ཀྱི་མཛད་རིམ་རེའུ་མིག་ཟུར་གསལ་བཞིན་ཞུ་རྒྱུ་ལགས་ན་ཐུགས་འདོད་ཡོད་རིགས་རྣམས་མཉམ་ ཞུགས་གནང་བར་དགའ་བསུ་ཞུ།། དེ་བཞིན་ཚང་མས་ཚེ་རབས་ཀུན་ཏུ་མདོ་སྔགས་ཟུང་འབྲེལ་གྱི་བསྟན་པ་འདི་ལྟ་བུ་དང་མཇལ་བ་ སོགས་རང་རྒྱུད་ལ་བག་ཆགས་ཁྱད་པར་ཅན་འཇོག་ཆེད་མཆོད་འབུལ་སོགས་རྣམ་དཀར་དགེ་བའི་ལས་ལ་ཅིས་ཀྱང་འབད་པར་ཞུ།།

                                                                              སྲད་རྒྱུད་དགའ་ལྡན་ཕོ་བྲང་ནས་ཟླ་ཚེས་བཟང་པོར།།

The schedule for our International Lama Tsongkhapa’s day Pujas

  1. First session 5:30am: Lamai Naijor (Lama Chopa Guru Yoga) and reciting special Segyu Lamai Naijor Gaden Lhagyama and Lamrim Duedon (abbreviated Lamrim)
  2. Second session 9am: Lekshey Nyingpo (great treatise on two truths composed by Je Rinpoche) and Thousand Offerings of Long Life Tsongkhapa Puja
  3. 11:30am: Lunch break
  4. Third session 2pm: Conclusion of Thousand Offering Puja
  5. Forth session 3:30pm: Gyugyal Sangdu Tsagyu King Root Tantra of Guyhayasamaja and Losang Gyalwai Tendang Jyalwai Monlam (special prayers composed by Pabongkha Rinpoche to always meet teachings of Conquer Losang, followed by dinner
  6. 6pm: Hundreds of thousands light offerings with butter lamp offerings and Chanting of Migstema with kora (circumambulation) on Temple grounds

རྒྱལ་སྤྱིའི་ཙོང་ཁའི་ཉིན་གྱི་མཛད་རིམ་ཤམ་གསལ།

1  ཚོགས་ཐེང་དང་པོ། སྔ་དྲོ་ཕྱག་ཚོད་༥:༣༠ ཐུན་དྲུག་བླ་མའི་རྣལ་འབྱོར་དང་།  སྲད་རྒྱུད་ཐུན་མོང་མ་ཡིན་ པའི་བླ་མའི་རྣལ་འབྱོར་དགའ་ལྡན་ལྷ་བརྒྱ་མ་དང་འབྲེལ་བའི་གསོལ་འདེབས་རྒྱལ་པོ་དམིགས་བརྩེ་མ་གྲངས་ གསོག་དང་།   ལམ་རིམ་བསྡུས་དོན་མ་བཅས་གསུང་གནང་རྒྱུ།

2    ཚོགས་ཐེང་གཉིས་པ་ཕྱག་ཚོད་༩: ཙམ་ནས་རྗེའི་གསུངས་ལེགས་བཤད་སྙིང་པོ་ཆུང་བའམ་རྟེན་འབྲེལ་ བསྟོད་པ་དང་།   མཆོད་འབུལ་དངོས་གཞི་རྗེ་ཚེ་འཛིན་མ་དང་འབྲེལ་བའི་སྟོང་མཆོད་ཟབ་འབུལ་ཞུ་རྒྱུ།

3    ཕྱག་ཚོད་༡༡:༣༠ ལ་ཉིན་དགུང་བཞེས་ལག་ཟབ་འབུལ་ཞུ་རྒྱུ།

4    ཚོགས་ཐེང་གསུམ་པ། ཕྱག་ཚོད་ ༢ ཐོག་སྟོང་མཆོད་མཇུག་བསྡུ་གནང་རྒྱུ།

5    ཚོགས་ཐེང་བཞི་པ། ཕྱག་ཚོད་༣:༣༠ ཙམ་ནས་རྒྱུད་རྒྱལ་གསང་འདུས་རྩ་རྒྱུད་དང་།   བློ་བཟང་རྒྱལ་ བའི་བསྟན་དང་མཇལ་བའི་སྨོན་ལམ། བློ་བཟང་རྒྱལ་བསྟན་མ་བཅས་གསུང་ནས་ དགོང་མོའི་གསོལ་སྟོན་གནང་རྒྱུ།

6 དགོང་དྲོ་ཕྱག་ཚོད་༦ ཐོག་སྟོང་མཆོད་གླིང་མེ་དང་གློག་མཆོད་འབུམ་ཚར་ཕུལ་ཐོག་མར་མེ་སྨོན་ལམ་ གསུང་རྗེས་གསོལ་འདེབས་རྒྱལ་པོ་དམིགས་བརྩེ་མ་སྙན་བརྒྱུད་དབྱངས་སུ་ལེན་ཐོག་གླིང་སྐོར་གནང་རྒྱུ།།

 

 

 

 

 

SEGYU MONASTERY 2019 RAINY SEASON RETREAT SCHEDULE

Here is the complete schedule in English and Tibetan for the monastery’s 2018 Rainy Season Retreat. Though this is a monastic activity, throughout history the lay community has always been encouraged to participate by trying to reduce their daily activities and focus on spiritual activities during this time. Today, the local lay community will often attend many of the pujas or offer puja sponsorship.

 

  1. August 15th: Rainy Season Retreat begins with Monastic Confession Ceremony and preparation for 13 Yamantaka Intensive Sadhana Sessions 
  2. August 16– 18: 13 Deity Yamantaka Intensive Sadhana Sessions and Fire Puja Offering.
  3. August 19 – 20: Reading of 105 Volumes of Buddha’s texts (Kagyur).
  4. August 21- 25: Heruka Chakrasambara Intensive Sadhana Sessions with Fire Puja Offering (SDROP CHOD).
  5. August 26 – 28:  Reading of 225 volumes of translated commentaries of Buddha (Tripitaka).
  6. August 29 – 31: Simhanada Nagas Rite preparation and actual session (Sangey dar jebtsunseng gesgra’ikluchog).
  7. September 1 – 2: Tara Thread Cross Ceremony (sgrol ma g‐yulmdosgrasgrig dang dngosgzhi’ichogargyas pa)
  8. September 3 – 4: 17th chapter Guhyasamaja Tantra texts reading (dpalgsangba ‘duspa’irgyudgzhungle’u 17 rgyudphyi ma bcas).
  9. September 3 – 12: Guhyasamaja Sand Mandala preparation and construction. 
  10. September 13 – 16: Guhyasamaja Intensive Sadhana Session with Fire Puja Offering (gsangba ‘duspa’isgrubmchodsbyinsreg).September 17 – 21: Great Kangso offering to Mahakala, Kalarupa, Sridevi, and Kubera, etc.
  11. September 17 – 21: Great Kangso offering to Mahakala, Kalarupa, Seidevi, Kubera, etc.
  12. Sept 22: Death anniversary offerings day of great Master Dhulwa Zenpa Palden Sangpo.
  13. September 23: Preparation day for Vajra Yogini and White Umbrella Goddess offering pujas.
  14. September 24: Vajra Yogini waxing moon period tenth offering.
  15. September 25 – 27: White Umbrella Goddess offering for averting epidemics (gdugs dkar bzlog chen).
  16. September 28: Last day of Rainy Season Retreat. Confession Ceremony and start of monks’ holiday (dga gdbye) for 7 days.
  1. ༄༅། །དཔལ་ལྡན་སྲད་རྒྱུད་གྲྭ་ཚང་གི་སྤྱི་ལོ་༢༠༡༩་ལོའི་དབྱར་གནས་རེའུ་མིག་བཞུགས་སོ།།
  2. བོད་ཟླ ༦ ཚེས ༡༥ གསོ་སྦྱོང་དབྱར་ཞལ་བཞེས་དང་སྒྲུབ་མཆོད་གྲ་སྒྲིག །
  3. བོད་ཟླ ༦པའི་༡༦་ནས་༡༨་བར་དཔལ་རྡོ་རྗེ་འཇིགས་བྱེད་ལྷ་བཅུ་གསུམ་མའི་སྒྲུབ་མཆོད་སྦྱིན་སྲེག་བཅས།
  4. བོད་ཟླ་༦པའི་ཚེས་༡༩་ནས་༢༠་རྒྱལ་བའི་བཀའ་འགྱུར་གསུང་སྒྲོག །
  5. བོད་ཟླ་༦པའི་ཚེས་༢༡་ནས་༢༥བར་བདེ་མཆོག་ལཱུཨི་པའི་ལུགས་ཀྱི་སྒྲུབ་མཆོད་སྦྱིན་སྲེག་བཅས།
  6. བོད་ཟླ་༦པའི་ཚེས་༢༦་ནས་༢༨་བར་བསྟན་འགྱུར་གསུང་སྒྲོག །
  7. བོད་ཟླ་༦་ཚེས་༢༩་ཉིན་ཟླ་བསྐང་དང་ཀླུ་ཆོག་གྲ་སྒྲིག །
  8. བོད་ཟླ་༦པའི་༣༠་ནས་༧པའི་༡་བར་དུས་དྲན་གསོ་སྦྱོང་དང་སེངྒེ་སྒྲའི་ཀླུ་ཆོག་དངོས་གཞི།
  9. བོད་ཟླ་༧པའི་ཚེས་༢་དང་༣་ཉིན་དཔལ་ལྡན་སྲད་རྒྱུད་པའི་ཕྱག་བཞེས་བཞིན་སྒྲོལ་མ་གཡུལ་མདོས།
  10. བོད་ཟླ་༧པའི་ཚེས་༤ དང་༥ ཉིན་དཔལ་གསང་བ་འདུས་པའི་རྩ་རྒྱུད་ལེའུ་བཅུ་བདུན་ཅན་གསུང་རྒྱུ།
  11. བོད་ཟླ་༧པའི་༦ ནས་༡༣ བར་དཔལ་གསང་བ་འདུས་པ་མི་བསྐྱོད་རྡོ་རྗེའི་ལྷ་སོ་གཉིས་ཀྱི་དཀྱིལ་འཁོར་ས་ཆོག །
  12. བོད་ཟླ་༧པའི་ཚེས་༡༤ནས་༡༧ བར་དཔལ་གསང་བ་འདུས་པ་མི་བསྐྱོད་རྡོ་རྗེའི་ལྷ་སོ་གཉིས་ཀྱི་དཀྱིལ་འཁོར་སྒྲུབ་མཆོད་ རབ་གནས་དགེ་ལེགས་ཆར་འབེབས། སྦྱིན་སྲེག་བཅས།
  13. བོད་ཟླ་༧པའི་ཚེས་༡༩་ནས་༢༢་བར་བསྐང་གསོ་ཆེན་མོ།
  14. བོད་ཟླ་༧པའི་ཚེས་༢༣་ཉིན་རྗེ་འདུལ་བ་འཛིན་པ་དཔལ་ལྡན་བཟང་པོ་དགོངས་རྫོགས་མཆོད་འབུལ།
  15. བོད་ཟླ་༧པའི་ཚེས་༢༥་ཉིན་རྗེ་བཙུན་རྡོ་རྗེ་རྣལ་འབྱོར་མའི་ཚེ་བཅུ་ཟབ་རྒྱས།
  16. བོད་ཟླ་༧་ཚེས་༢༦་ནས་༢༩་སྲད་རྒྱུད་ཕྱག་བཞེས་བཞིན་གདུགས་དཀར་གཏོར་བཟློག །
  17. བོད་ཟླ་༧་ཚེས་༣༠་ཉིན་གསོ་སྦྱོང་དང་ལྗོངས་རྒྱུ་དགག་དབྱེ།

HISTORY OF RAINY SEASON RETREATS (VASSAVASA)

“When the rainy season has come and it is raining, many living beings are originated and many seed just spring up. … Knowing this one should not wander from village to village, but remain during the rainy season in one place.” — Acaranga Sutra, Jaina Sutras I, p.136 by H. Jacobi

This passage refers to the Jain mendicants’ practice during the Buddha’s time in India, from whom the custom of rains-retreat was developed in Buddhism. During the rainy season the Jain mendicants developed the notion of non-injury (ahimsa) and paused their wandering habits. Respecting this as well, the Buddha ordered his followers to pass the rainy season in settled dwellings.

The term vassavasa means ‘residence during rains’; also known as rains-retreat. Well

. known in the historical story, the Buddha preached his first sermon to the five ascetics at Sarnath. In those times, his preaching tour was reduced by the three-month period spent in vassavasa. However, as this practice was not yet a formal discipline, many monks continued to wander here and there. Two considerations worth mentioning about this rainy period are 1) the difficulties of travel in historical India, and 2) the potential harm to living species.

Paths were muddy, roads were covered with water, rivers overflowed—thereby restricting the movements of travelers. Secondly, when monks traveled during the rainy season, they potentially injured all forms of life including plants and creatures that surfaced with the rains. People criticized the monks for this and thus the Buddha laid down the precept and enjoined the monks to enter a rains-retreat in a fixed location. The specific dates of the rains-retreat period vary somewhat. 
During the rains-retreat, the monastic Saṅgha was advised to settle where alms-food and other requisites would be available without extensive travel, neither too far from a village nor too near, suitable for coming and going, accessible for people whenever they want, not crowded by day, having little noise at night, little sound, without folk’s breath, haunts of privacy, suitable for seclusion.

For rains-retreat, two types of settlements were generally indicated in Buddhist monastic code: avasas and aramas in Pali; viharas in Sanskrit, The avasas were constructed by monks themselves as a monastic dwelling place made with natural boundaries such as a mountain, rock, tree and so on, and that no one infringed upon another. These were temporary places set-up and at the end of the rains-retreat removed by monks.

In contrast to the rather temporary avasas, the dwelling place of viharas, were more permanent in nature, where a number of monks would dwell together. The word Sangharama indicates a dwelling for the Buddhist Sangha and it is a monks’ private property donated by lay devotees. Several donations of these viharas are mentioned in the Tipitaka; one notable example being King Bimbisara’s donation of Veluvana in Rajagriha. Symbolically, this gesture represented the first offering of its kind to the Buddhist Saṅgha. . With the ascendancy of the powerful Mauryan king Ashoka (3rd century BC), who admired and followed the Buddha’s teachings, these viharas flourished throughout northeast India. Later developments of the viharas became known as monasteries, or Buddhist temples, where large numbers of monks resided. The viharas are the institutional precursors of the great Buddhist monastic centers of South and Southeast Asia and India

The significance and impact of the rains-retreat evolved from the early temporary locations called avasas. The viharas, or more permanent dwellings, influenced the Buddhist Saṅgha in such a way that longer-term communities began to form and a collective life emerged with numbers of monks living together in one place permanently. This idea was seeded originally with the institutionalization of rains-retreat. Additional structures like meeting halls, storerooms, bathrooms, and kitchens were later added for the Buddhist Saṅgha to meet their community needs. Rules and regulations for the management and administration of these communities developed as well. What began simply as a 3-month pause in the practice routines of itinerant monks became an institutional development that would greatly influence lay and monastic cooperation. Additionally, the formalized rains-retreat would impact the monastic rules for practice and development of spiritual life.

Often in present day, the rains-retreat practice is not limited within the Buddhist Saṅgha, but lay followers can be found observing the period. During rains-retreat, lay followers take certain vows and observe the precepts rigorously, engaging in activities such as: providing alms food to monastic Sangha, giving up certain activities such as smoking and intoxicants, observing the eight precepts, practicing meditation, chanting Buddhist Sutras and listening to Dharma talks. It is well documented in the texts that during the rains-retreat, many monks and nuns achieved spiritual goals. The rains-retreat affirms that both the monastic and lay community has developed over time in mutual co-operation and observance of the Buddha’s teachings

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR RAINY SEASON RETREAT PUJAS

As always, we try to offer auspicious opportunities to all of our friends who are not here to accumulate vast merits. Sponsoring pujas or caring for a monastic community is always beneficial, but greatly increased during this retreat season. When you sponsor any part of a puja you can give us your dedications or special prayer request wishes for yourself, your family and/or friends, people who have passed, or any challenge or difficulty you might be facing. These dedications and requests are read during each puja. Though we are always praying for all living beings, this is extremely gratifying for us to be able to extend these opportunities to our friends to be a part of these special events in which the merits are multiplied and strengthen your connection to this precious monastery. Below is a list of ways to sponsor.

If you would like to sponsor any of the following, please send us a message through our CONTACT page and make your offering here:

                                                                 

Tea 2500npr (23.5 USD)
Bread 2500npr (23.5 USD)
Lunch 8000npr (72.5 USD)
One whole day food 10000npr (90.5 USD)
Monks alms 80 monks you may offer as wishes any amount for per monk,
Any amount general pujas offering will grateful
Butter lamp 100npr (1 USD) small 500npr (4.5 USD) large
Robes small 1800npr (16.5 USD) large 3000 (27.5 USD)

SPONSORING SUBSTANCES:
Any of the Fire Pujas 6000npr (55 USD)
13 Deity Yamantaka Intensive Sadhana Session with Great Consecration Ceremony and Fire Puja
Offering. 5000npr (46 USD)
Tara Thread Cross Ceremony (sgrol ma g‐yulmdosgrasgrig dang dngosgzhi’ichogargyas pa).
5000npr (46 USD)
Guhyasamaja Intensive Sadhana Session with Fire Puja Offering (gsangba
‘duspa’isgrubmchodsbyinsreg) 2500 npr (23.5 USD)
Simhanada Nagas Rite preparation and actual session (Sangey dar jebtsun seng gesgra’ikluchog)
2000 npr (18 USD)
Heruka Chakrasambara Intensive Sadhana Session with Fire Puja Offering (Drup Cho)
5000npr (46 USD)
Great Kangso offering to Mahakala, Kalarupa, Sridevi, and Kubera, etc. 5000npr (46 USD)
Death anniversary offerings day of great Master Dhulwa Zenpa Palden Sangpo 3000npr (27.5
USD)
Vajra Yogini waxing moon period tenth offering.2500npr (23.5 USD)

White Umbrella Goddess offering for averting epidemics (Dukkar Lok Chen) 5000npr (46 USD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAKA DAWA SCHEDULE JUNE 16 – JUNE 18 2019

(TIBETAN 16/04/2146 – 18/04/2146)

Segyu Gaden Phodrang Monastery invite you to join us for our annual Saka Dawa Avaloketishvara fasting ritual

June 16

4:30am: Eight Mahayana Precepts followed by start of 1000 Arms Avaloketishvara with extensive prostration and mantra recitation in 3 sessions  4:30am-8am, 9am-11:30am, 2:30pm-4:30pm

June 17 (Full Moon Day and most important) this day is fasting and silence

4:30am: Eight Mahayana Precepts followed by start of 1000 Arms Avaloketishvara with extensive prostration and mantra recitation in 3 sessions    4:30am-8am, 9am-11:30am, 2:30pm-4:30pm

June 18

4:30am: Receiving Blessing of Vase Water and breaking fast with thin porridge followed by conclusion of 1000 Arms Avaloketishvara puja

You are welcome to attend all or any of the sessions but we encourage you to take the vows of the Eight Mahayana Precepts. If you have received before you can do in front of statue or image if unable to attend 4am session. If you have not received precepts before then please inform us and we will arrange for you to receive transmission. Without taking vows fasting is just suffering

Clarification on fasting.  If doing a full fast: Lunch on the 16th will be last meal until breaking fast on the morning of the 18th. Water can be taken on 16th, but no water, food, or talking on the 17th. If you are observing the full moon day fast (17th) you will have only lunch meal on that day; no food, water or talking until breaking fast on morning of the 18th

 

If you would like to join or want more information you can contact us by phone:  +977981018962 for Tibetan or Nepali +9779862277804 for English   

Or email us at sedgyued@gmail.com

What is Saka Dawa ?

Saka Dawa (Dawa means “month” in Tibetan and the term Saka, comes from Tibetan astrology, and the Saka star which is associated with the full moon of the fourth lunar month) is the most sacred of Tibetan Buddhist holidays, We celebrate the birth (actually entry into mother’s womb), enlightenment and parinirvana (word commonly used to refer to nirvana-after-death, which occurs upon the death of the body of someone who has attained nirvana during his or her lifetime) of the Buddha Shakyamuni.
The Saka Dawa month observations begin on the 1st day of the fourth Tibetan month, which in 2019 begins today, June 4th. Most holy of all is the full moon day of Saka Dawa, the 15th day of the month, which is the date most commonly associated with not only Buddha’s birth but also his enlightenment and parinirvana. In 2019, the 15th day of the fourth Tibetan month is June 17th.
The merit of any good deeds that you perform during this month are considered to be multiplied many times over — by as much as one hundred million times — so it is an excellent time to dedicate ourselves to all kinds of spiritually positive actions.
Some good actions that are commonly taken to accumulate merit during Saka Dawa, especially on the 15th day, are:
*Refraining from eating meat
*Offering donations to monasteries or nunneries, or to individual monks or nuns
*Praying and reciting mantras (such as the refuge prayer, the Om Mani Padme Hum mantra, or the Buddha Shakyamuni’s mantra Om Muni Muni Maha Muniye Soha
*Making prostrations around holy sites
*Giving money to beggars
*Lighting butter lamps
*Making pilgrimages to holy places
*Buying all kinds of animals that are going to be killed and releasing them. (Fish, for example)
*Circumambulating around stupas or other holy places. (Basically, this means walking clockwise around a holy site while praying or reciting mantras.)

It is very common to take the eight Mahayana precepts for twenty-four, forty eight or seventy two hours during Saka Dawa, especially on either the full moon day or new moon day – the 15th day or the 30th day of Saka Dawa. The full moon day is considered to be more powerful for the accumulation of merit. Some monks and practitioners choose to observe these precepts for the entire month. The eight Mahayana precepts are:
1. Avoid killing, directly or indirectly
2. Avoid stealing and taking things without the permission of their owner.
3. Avoid sexual contact.
4. Avoid lying and deceiving others.
5. Avoid intoxicants: alcohol, tobacco and recreational drugs.
6. Avoid eating more than one meal that day.
7. Avoid sitting on a high, expensive bed or seat with pride. Also avoid sitting on animal skins.
8. Avoid wearing jewelry, perfume, and make-up. Avoid singing, dancing or playing music with attachment.

By refraining from food and drink and taking the suffering of hunger and thirst, we think “by this may I purify all negative created to be born as a hungry ghost and may the karma of those living as hungry ghosts now be swiftly purified.” Some practitioners will not even swallow during this 24 hour period and keep a jar to spit in. We also observe silence and we think “by this may I purify all negative karma of speech that I have created to be born in lower realms, and may the karma of those living in lower realms now be swiftly purified.” We make extensive prostrations this day and think “by this may I purify all negative actions created by body, speech and mind that will cause rebirth in lower realms, and may the karma of those living in lower realms now be swiftly purified.”
Done with good motivation, wishing for liberation for yourselves and others will create vast amounts of merit.
If anyone would like to make offerings during this month the common offering for butterlamps during Saka Dawa is $3.00 for small, $5 for medium, and $10 for very large. Using the donate link below you can include any dedications or special request you would like read during the pujas in the comment box 




 

by Kyabje Daknak Dorje Chang

                                                                             Announcement of Dharma Teachings. 

Due to the humble requests of the generous benefactors of the Teachings, the family of Ama Dolkar la: The Treasure Holder of the instructions of the Gaden Oral tradition, whose kindness to us is greater than all of the Buddhas of the three times, the great master His Holiness Daknak Dorje Chang, will return to Palden Segyu Gaden Phodrang Monastery’s temple in Nepal for the sake of bestowing dharma teachings and increasing the blessings of the Year of the Earth Pig 2146 (2019).

These Dharma Teachings will begin in the afternoon of February 22nd, 2019, starting with preparations for the empowerment of Chakrasamvara Five Deities, according to the Ghantapa tradition, followed by the actual empowerment.

Next will be the blessing empowerment of Vajrayogini followed by practical instructions on the practice of Vajrayogini drawn from teachings of Master Ngulchu Dharmabhadra.

After these teachings, there will also be an empowerment for the practice of Chod (Cutting Through the Ego), named ‘Opening the Sky Door’, along with the oral transmission of its collected activities.

Then  Rinpoche will bestow the permission empowerment of the combined three aspects of Je Tsongkhapa.

As humble requested by  ShiTse Ama Dolkar la and family Rinpoche will bestow the empowerment of Long Life Lama Tsongkhapa.

As humble requested by ShiTse Ama Dolkar la and family, Rinpoche will give teaching of Lojong Tseg Gyadma,  Eight Verses of Training the Mind, and White Tara initiation at Nyanang Shedup Gaden Phelgye Ling Monastery.

Upon hearing the sincere requests from those at Segyu Monastery who are seeking to obtain a deep understanding of the profound and holy Dharma, and due to his kindness and care, Daknak Rinpoche has agreed to grant these unsurpassed, profound Dharma Teachings, as well as bestow the vows of Getsul (Novice monk vows) to the new monastery students.

2019 Schedule of Dharma Teachings and Empowerments

Feb.22nd:: Preliminaries for the empowerment of Chakrasamvara Five Deities, according to the Ghantapa tradition,

Feb. 23rd: The actual empowerment of Chakrasamvara Five Deities.

Feb. 24th: Blessing empowerment of Vajrayogini.

Feb. 25th to March of 4th: The practical instructions on the practice of Vajrayogini drawn from teachings of Master Ngulchu Dharmabhadra

March 5th: Rinpoche will bestow the permission empowerment of the combined three aspects of Je Tsongkhapa.

March 6th : Empowerment for the practice of Chod (Cutting Through the Ego), named ‘Opening the Sky Door’,

March7th and 8th: Rinpoche will give Oral transmission of Chod (Cutting Through the Ego), named ‘Opening the Sky Door’, collected activities

March 9th: Break, no teachings that day

March 10th: Continuation of Oral transmission of Chod (Cutting Through the Ego), named ‘Opening the Sky Door’, collected activities

March 11th: Rinpoche will bestow the empowerment of Long Life Lama Tsongkhapa.

March 12th: Rinpoche will give teaching of Lojong TsegGyadma,  Eight Verses of Training the Mind

March13th:  Initiation of White tara at Nyanang Shedup Gaden Phelgye Ling Monastery.

March 14th and 15th: Break, no teachings those days

March 16th : Long Life Offering Puja to Venerable Kyabje Dorje Chang  at Segyu Monastery

March 18th:  Rinpoche will bestow the vows of Getsul (Novice monk vows) to the monastery’s newest students

To all those seeking to obtain a deep understanding of the profound and holy Dharma,

His Holiness Kyabje Daknak Rinpoche will grant these unsurpassed, profound Dharma Teachings

 

 

 

Opening of the Segyu Monastery Sumati D Charitable Cafe and Unique Shop

On Thursday November 22nd, 2018 the Abbot of Segyu Gaden Phodrang Monastery, Khen Rinpoche Jampa Tsundu, officially opened the doors of the monastery’s Sumati D Charitable Cafe and Unique Shop for the first time. Joining us in our opening ceremony were monks from not only Segyu Monastery but also some monks from Shar Gaden Monastery and members of the local community. Led by Abbot Jampa Tsundu, the group performed prayers and blessings to dispel all obstacles and request all things be auspicious for the good fortune and success of the new shop, and for all the guests that we will have the pleasure of serving.

The shop will sell coffee and tea and various Dharma items such as Dharma books in English, CD’s, stick and powdered incense, essential oils, decorative shawls, and other Buddhism-related items, including a few precious antiques. All purchases are offerings that will go directly to monastery for the Health, Education and Well Being of our monks, as well as improvements of the monastery. We offer free WiFi at the shop and street access.

Please stop by if you’re in the area for a coffee, tea, or chat. We look forward to seeing you.

 

Segyu Gaden Phodrang’s Rainy Season Retreat of 2018


Here is the complete schedule for the monastery’s 2018 Rainy Season Retreat. Though this is a monastic activity, throughout history the lay community has always been encouraged to participate by trying to reduce their daily activities and focus on spiritual activities during this time. Today, the local lay community will often attend many of the pujas or offer puja sponsorship.

 

1. July 27th: Rainy Season Retreat begins with Monastic Confession Ceremony
and 17th chapter Guhyasamaja Tantra texts reading
(dpalgsangba ‘duspa’irgyudgzhungle’u 17 rgyudphyi ma bcas)
2. July 29th to August 1st: 13 Deity Yamantaka Intensive Sadhana Session with
Great Consecration Ceremony and Fire Puja Offering.
3. August 2nd to 3rd: Tara Thread Cross Ceremony
(sgrol ma g‐yulmdosgrasgrig dang dngosgzhi’ichogargyas pa).
4. August 4th to 8th: Guhyasamaja Intensive Sadhana Session with Fire
Puja Offering (gsangba ‘duspa’isgrubmchodsbyinsreg).
5. August 9th to 11th: Simhanada Nagas Rite preparation and actual
session
(Sangey dar jebtsunseng gesgra’ikluchog).
6. August 12th to 18th: Heruka Chakrasambara Sand Mandala preparation and
construction.
7. August 19th to 21st: Heruka Chakrasambara Intensive Sadhana Session
with Fire Puja Offering (SDROP CHOD) .
8. August 22nd to 23rd: Reading of 105 Volumes of texts (Kagyur) of Buddha’s
Teachings and reading of 225 volumes of translated commentaries of
Buddha (Tripitaka).
9. August 24rd to 27th: Great examinations of monastery.
10. August 28th to September 2nd: Great Kangso offering to Mahakala,
Kalarupa, Sridevi, and Kubera, etc.
11. Sept 3rd: Death anniversary offerings day of great Master Dhulwa
Zenpa Palden Sangpo
12. September 4th: Preparation day for Vajra Yogini and White Umbrella
Goddess offering pujas.
13. September 5th: Vajra Yogini waxing moon period tenth offering.
14. September 6th to September 8th: White Umbrella Goddess offering for
averting epidemics (gdugs dkar bzlog chen).
15. September 9th : Last day of Rainy Season Retreat Confession
Ceremony and start of monks holiday (dga gdbye) for six days.

 

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR RAINY SEASON RETREAT PUJAS

As always, we try to offer these auspicious opportunities to all of our friends who are not here to accumulate vast merits. Sponsoring pujas or caring for a monastic community is always beneficial, but greatly increased during this retreat season. When you sponsor any part of a puja you can give us your dedications or special prayer request wishes for yourself, your family and/or friends, people who have passed, or any challenge or difficulty you might be facing. These dedications and requests are read during each puja. Though we are always praying for all living beings, this is extremely gratifying for us to be able to extend these opportunities to our friends to be a part of these special events in which the merits are multiplied and strengthen your connection to this precious monastery. Below is a list of ways to sponsor.

If you would like to sponsor any of the following, please send us a message through our CONTACT page:

Tea 2500npr (23.5 USD)
Bread 2500npr (23.5 USD)
Lunch 8000npr (72.5 USD)
One whole day food 10000npr (90.5 USD)
Monks alms 80 monks you may offer as wishes any amount for per monk,
Any amount general pujas offering will grateful
Butter lamp 100npr (1 USD) small 500npr (4.5 USD) large
Robes small 1800npr (16.5 USD) large 3000 (27.5 USD)

SPONSORING SUBSTANCES:
Any of the Fire Pujas 6000npr (55 USD)
13 Deity Yamantaka Intensive Sadhana Session with Great Consecration Ceremony and Fire Puja
Offering. 5000npr (46 USD)
Tara Thread Cross Ceremony (sgrol ma g‐yulmdosgrasgrig dang dngosgzhi’ichogargyas pa).
5000npr (46 USD)
Guhyasamaja Intensive Sadhana Session with Fire Puja Offering (gsangba
‘duspa’isgrubmchodsbyinsreg) 2500 npr (23.5 USD)
Simhanada Nagas Rite preparation and actual session (Sangey dar jebtsun seng gesgra’ikluchog)
2000 npr (18 USD)
Heruka Chakrasambara Intensive Sadhana Session with Fire Puja Offering (Drup Cho)
5000npr (46 USD)
Great Kangso offering to Mahakala, Kalarupa, Sridevi, and Kubera, etc. 5000npr (46 USD)
Death anniversary offerings day of great Master Dhulwa Zenpa Palden Sangpo 3000npr (27.5
USD)
Vajra Yogini waxing moon period tenth offering.2500npr (23.5 USD)
White Umbrella Goddess offering for averting epidemics (Dukkar Lok Chen) 5000npr (46
USD)