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“Gaden Ngamchod: Commemorating Spiritual Legacies with Hundred Thousands Tsog Offerings”

Join us for the Profound Practice of Hundred Thousands Tsog Offerings

Commemorating Gaden Ngamchoe on December 7th, 2023 - Tsongkhapa Day

A 5-Day Event of Harmony and Tradition in Segyu Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal

As we come together to engage in the profound ritual of Hundred Thousands Lights and Tsog Offerings in commemoration of Gaden Ngamchoe on December 7th, also recognized as Tsongkhapa Day, a 5-day event has been organized to pay homage to this significant occasion. This venerable tradition was established to honor the Parinirvana days of the late Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche by the esteemed HH Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche, uniting three distinguished monasteries—Segyu Monastery, Phelgyeling Monastery, and Dagom Labrang. We invite you to join us in Katmandu, Nepal, at Segyu Monastery, for a harmonious confluence of devotion and tradition.

Ganden Ngamchoe, often referred to as “Ganden Offering of the Twenty-Fifth Day” or Lama Tsongkhapa Day, marks the celebration of the anniversary of Lama Tsongkhapa’s parinirvana. This auspicious occasion falls on the twenty-fifth day of the tenth month in the Tibetan calendar.

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According to the Tibetan Calendar, on the 25th day of the 10th month in the year 2150, Ganden Ngamchoe Paranirvana Day is observed. In the Western Calendar, this significant day aligns with December 7, 2023. Traditionally, this auspicious occasion involves the illumination of light offerings, symbolizing the profound wisdom and compassion of Lama Tsongkhapa. These lights metaphorically pierce the darkness of ignorance and suffering.

In adherence to tradition, on both Buddha and Paranirvana Days, the merit derived from your offerings, acts of charity, and meritorious deeds is believed to be multiplied by millions of times.

There are various ways to pay homage to Lama Tsongkhapa, celebrate his contributions, and accrue spiritual merits. In addition to creating light offerings, there are numerous meaningful practices in which one can participate:

As part of celebratory rituals, honoring Lama Tsongkhapa and acknowledging his contributions while accumulating spiritual merits can be achieved through a variety of meaningful practices. Beyond presenting light offerings, numerous other activities are available for participation:

  1. Reciting the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa
  2. Engaging in virtuous deeds and acts of generosity, particularly supporting Dharma activities, assisting the Sangha, and aiding those in need.
  3. Embracing the Three Principle Paths: Renunciation, Bodhichitta, and Wisdom, fostering an understanding of Shunyata.
  4. Making diverse offerings, extending beyond light offerings to include items such as torma cakes or Tsog offerings, tailored to individual traditions.

Event Schedule

Parinirvana Anniversary of Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche (3rd – 5th December)

Event: Commencing on the 3rd, the organization will conduct One Hundred Thousand Tsok offerings and Migtsema recitation puja, extending till the 5th following the 24th lunar calendar.

 

Death Anniversary of Jamchen Choejey (6th December)

Event: December 6th marks the death anniversary of Jamchen Choejey, one of Lama Tsongkhapa’s esteemed disciples, who served as an emperor’s teacher in China. And On this day, engage in One Hundred Thousand offerings to Dorje Shugden dharmapala offerings.

 

Lama Tsongkhapa Parinirvana Day (December 7th (25th lunar calendar)

Event: The actual day of Lama Tsongkhapa Parinirvana with One Hundred Thousand light and tsog offerings to commemorate Gaden Ngamchoe and also to honor Segyu Monastery’s late abbot, Khen Rinpoche Jampa Tsundu.

Together, Let’s Illuminate the Path!

Your contributions, regardless of size, are deeply appreciated and contribute to the spiritual tapestry we weave during Gaden Ngamchoe. Let your generosity be the light that brightens the journey for all. Please click on this link to make an offering

 

Our Linaege Teachers

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Lama Tsongkhapa (1357-1419)

Was a highly revered Tibetan Buddhist scholar, teacher, and founder of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. Born in Amdo, Tibet, he displayed extraordinary intelligence and spiritual inclination from a young age. Lama Tsongkhapa dedicated his life to studying Buddhist scriptures and engaging in rigorous meditation practices.

In 1409, he founded Ganden Monastery, marking the establishment of the Gelug school. Lama Tsongkhapa’s extensive writings, including philosophical treatises, poetry, and meditation manuals, continue to be studied and revered within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Lama Tsongkhapa’s legacy extends beyond his lifetime, as his teachings and the Gelug school he founded remain influential in contemporary Tibetan Buddhism. His profound impact on the spiritual landscape earned him the title of “Je Rinpoche,” signifying his stature as a precious teacher.

Jamchen Chojey (1375-1458)

Was a revered Tibetan Buddhist master and one of the closest disciples of Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug school. Born in Tibet, Jamchen Chojey displayed early signs of spiritual insight and dedication. He became one of the principal figures in the early development of the Gelug tradition.

Known for his deep understanding of Buddhist philosophy, Jamchen Chojey played a pivotal role in establishing key monastic institutions. He served as the Emperor of China’s teacher, contributing to the spread of Tibetan Buddhism beyond Tibet’s borders.

Jamchen Chojey’s teachings emphasized the integration of wisdom and compassion, echoing the principles set forth by Lama Tsongkhapa. His legacy endures through the monastic institutions he helped establish and the profound impact he had on preserving and spreading the Gelug tradition.

 

Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche is a Tibetan tulku. The best-known incarnation is the sixth incarnation, Thupten Lungtok Namgyal Thinley (1903 – 1983[1]), a Tibetan buddhist scholar and teacher.

Thupten Lungtok Namgyal Thinley, the 6th Yongzin Ling Rinpoche, was one of the most renowned, excellent and qualified masters of the 20th century. His students included masters from all four Tibetan Buddhist schools. He was very learned and an accomplished writer, poet and expert on grammar. In 1965 Ling Rinpoche was appointed the 97th Ganden Tripa and held the position as the head of the Gelug school for 19 years, longer than any other occupant of this throne.[2]

Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche was born in Tibet in 1903, not far from Lhasa in Kyisho, a place known as an abode of Cakrasamvara and his consort. After only 12 years of study at Drepung Loseling Monastic University, he received a Geshe Lharampa degree at 21 years old. Rinpoche served as Disciplinarian and Abbot of Gyuto Tantric Monastery, before serving as the 14th Dalai Lama’s Principal Tutor

Venerable Abbot Khen Rinpoche Jampa Tsundu (1938-2022)

Was born in 1938 in the village of Yago, Se region of Tibet. His family, Lama Drupkhang, traced their lineage to the esteemed master Lama Samten Reypa. 

In 1979, guided by the advice of Kyabje Trijang Dorjechang and other high Lamas, and responding to the requests of Segyu Monastery monks, Jampa Tsundu embarked on a six-year journey of teaching Dharma. In 1985, he traveled to South India to receive teachings from Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche and underwent numerous initiations from his root Lama, Kyabje Trijang Dorjechang.

Upon returning to Tibet, Jampa Tsundu tirelessly worked to rebuild the original Segyu Monastery, which had been entirely destroyed. His efforts included visits to significant sites, such as the Dulnagpa cave, where he offered Tsok and prayers, and engaging with the Chinese government to secure support for monastery reconstruction.

Venerable Abbot Khen Rinpoche Jampa Tsundu’s life was a testament to his unwavering commitment to the Dharma, resilience amidst adversity, and tireless dedication to the restoration of Segyu Monastery.

We welcome all visitors and guests to come and learn more about this precious gem of a monastery.

“Gaden Ngamchod: Commemorating Spiritual Legacies with Hundred Thousands Tsog Offerings”

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