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Archived News 2017
February 2017
Gutor/Shinjey Drekjom. The Great Yamantaka Sadhana.

Mindroing in India has never failed in upholding its tradition of carrying out all Drupchens (Great Accomplishment Ceremonies) just as in Great Mindroing in Tibet. Gutor/Shinjey is one of them. It is always carried out at the supper end of the year and the Idyllic Yamantaka furies Mask (ZOR) will be burned on 29 th of 12 th . It is indeed the annual ritual to help our negative KARMA and all related bad omens burns before the start of New Year (LOSAR). The present on-going Gutor/Shinjey Sandhana is presided over by His Eminence Tulku Pema Namgyal Rinpoche as (Dorji Lopon) Vajracharya and Tulku Ngawang Jigdrel Kunga, our unsurpassable Chant Master (Umze) and other ven. Tulkus and monks. The seven days long ceremony started its preliminary preparations from 15/02/2017 and the real puja began from 19/02/2017 corresponding to 23rf of 12 th month of Fire Monkey year. Never think that your small virtuous actions are useless, Many drops of water will make a mighty ocean. Never think your small negative action will not be effective, Even a tiny spark of fire will burn huge mountain. It would be difficult for individuals to perform such a great Sadhanas but if we offer our mind, body and speech whole-heartedly, there is no doubt that we benefit with the same advantages as it is said that when we rejoice on others good merit with pure heart, we share the same merit. Not only that, if one participate in such accomplishment physically, financially or by any means, you all are most Well-Come!

Rinpoche's annual Dharma visit to Vietnam.
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January 2017
The First Day of 28th Annual Ngagyur Nyingma Monlam.

The First Day of 28th Annual Ngagyur Nyingma Monlam. First session of first day. 28th annual Ngagyur Nyingma Monlam. Attendent by thousands of monks and nuns presided by Their Eminences, Minling Khenchen Rinpoche, Jangkhang Khentul Rinpoche, Dzongnang Yangsi Rinpoche, Kathok Getsi Rinpoche and many other venorables Khenpos and tulkus. The day began with recitation of Tri- Ratna Anus Mriti Sutra inside led by many rinpoches together. His Eminence Kyabjey Minling Khenchen Rinpoche presides over the flok of sangha in the southern side of stupa as always.

The First Day of 28th Annual Ngagyur Nyingma Monlam.
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January 2017
Monks from Shedra moves to Bodh Gaya for 28th annual Nyingma monlam Chenmo.

Monks from Shedra moves to Bodh Gaya for 28th annual Nyingma monlam Chenmo. Since its establishement, Mindroling monastery has play a vital role in main stream of annual conduct of Nyingma Grand aspration ceremony. Its all due to the grace and blessings of the succecsive masters who had come on throne. Every year its conducted on 1 st day of 12 th month in moon calender which correspounded on 28th January 2017. This year, His Eminence Minling Khenchen Rinpoche is new president of Ngagyur Nyingma Monlam Chenmo. It will continue until next 10 days.

Monks from Shedra moves to Bodh Gaya for 28th annual Nyingma monlam Chenmo.
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January 2017
27th Annual Exam For Ngagyur Nyingma College

Monks in Shedra writes their annual examinations from 10th of 11th month of moon calendar each year. This year it corresponded from 07/01/2017 till 19/01/2017. Students from 1st year to 4th year have 4 subjects each to write and student from 5th year to 9th has 5 subjects to write. Itwas of grand success this year due to the effort made by two Exam Coordinators,Lopon Sonam Rabten And Lopon Shedrup and unfailing support from the administration (Ven. Khenpo Wangchen Dendup, Lopon Sonam Darjey, Lopon Ngawang Thekchok Yeshi Wangchuk) Students were blessed by the visit of His Eminence for several times during the course of Exam.

27th Annual Exam For Ngagyur Nyingma College
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January 2017
Maha Perinirvana of His Eminence the late Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche

On official request from The Sangha of Thubten Dorji Drak, seat of His Eminence, the late Kyabjey Taklun Tsetrul Rinpoche, Rinpoche has granted to fulfill their wish. Rinpoche Consecrated the first Maha Pernirvana of His Holines Rinpoche reached at Shimla on 8/1/2017. Leaving behind the hard weather of Snowfall and severe cold Rinpoche stayed for three days until the end.

Maha Perinirvana of His Eminence the late Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche
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January 2017
Birth Day of His Eminence Minling Khenchen Rinpoche

On this day, (5th Jan) our world has received the precious gift in the form of 9th Minling Khenchen, Ngawang Khyenrab Gyatso. It's the day we should be proud of for having the unfailing master even in this devalued time and age. With due respect and utmost devotion, we would like to state few points with regard to HH Minling Khenchen Rinpoche's Birth Anniversary. Unlike what others do, Rinpoche doesn't entertain people celebrating his birth day in grand celebration. Yet to keep the tradition and teacher-student relation until the Bodhi-state, followers in and around the world has showed their own respect as per their own perception and level of devotion by posting on social media like facebook, wechat etc. So, we like to share some points which is being emphasized by Rinpoche as most important in human life, "Human life is most precious gift on this universe and at the same time very fragile and unstable. We don't know what we will see next, tomorrow or death. Therefore, to make this life meaningful by refraining from negative actions, implementing pure devotion towards root teacher and nurturing the precious Bodhi-Chita are our prime goal of life. Unconditional compassions towards helpless animals, releasing lives and becoming vegetarian are something valuable things we human being should practice. Thus, by and by, we can achieve temporal and ultimate peace in mind for one and all when at last we understand the pure state of our own mind". So, request all the devoted followers of His Eminence Minling Khenchen Rinpoche around the world to keep in mind of those points that Rinpoche shares us on this auspicious day. Many Many Happy return of the day, May you live Eons to eliminate the darkness of this contaminated world. Happy Birth Day Rinpoche.

Birth Day of His Eminence Minling Khenchen Rinpoche



January 2017
52nd Foundation of Mindroling Monastery in Exile

Mindroling monastery in the Noble land of india is 52 years old and has different story to narrate in Exile. No sooner than His Eminence 11th Minlling Thrichen Dorjichang with small group of Mindroling Monks reached India, on this day, the wish fulfilling jewel, garden of pure happiness, second Akanishta, the unfailing nest, Wogmin Ogyen Mindroling was founded in Noble Land of India by His Eminence the Late Jampal Lodroe Rinpoche and His Eminence Khochen Rinpoche. Thereafter, mindroling Sangha were lucky enough for HE Khochen Rinpoche could invite His Eminence Minling Thrichen Dorjichang & family from Kalimpong, His Holines Dungsey Dralharinpoche and His Eminence Minling Khenchen Rinpoche from Tibet. Today, 6th of Jan is the happiest moment for all individuals who have studied, worked and been part of this wonderful monastery as we gather together to remember the day as our Foundation day. This is the time where we get an opportunity to pay our gratefulness to those noble beings who have left us and those who are still alive to guid us. Happy Foundation Day To all Mindroling Sangha ...

52nd  Foundation of Mindroling Monastery in Exile
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Archived News 2016
December 2016
27th Foundation day of Ngagyur Nyingma College

The 8th of Dec, 2016 is the memorable and special day for Ngagyur Nyingma College. It is the day to remember and pay homage to those figures who relentlessly worked hard to bring up this mighty institute many years ago. We celebrate this day not to enjoy but to remember the qualities and wisdom this college has given to numbers of intellectuals. This year was extra-ordinarily blessed with the presence of His Eminence 9th Minling Khenchen Rinpoche. All Sangha including Khenpos and teacher blessed the day. May the Buddha Dharma flourish in all directions and this Institute be a contributor.

27th Foundation day of Ngagyur Nyingma College
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December 2016
Rinpoche's annual Dharma visit to Vietnam.

Rinpoche's annual Dharma visit to Vietnam. Vietnam Mindroling Center had invited His Eminence and Minling Sangha to pay avisit. Rinpoche granted their wish staying there for a month. Rinpoche wasaccompanied by two Mindroling Khenpos, tulku and few others.

Rinpoche's annual Dharma visit to Vietnam.
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Archived News 2015
June 7, 2015
Yoga at Mindrolling

Yoga sessions for the monks began this week at Mindrolling Monastery after considerable thought regarding health concerns of numerous monks getting ill, some critically. It was determined that minimal effort had been dedicated to organized exercise which stimulates healthfulness and this could be a contributing factor to rising health problems. Physical activity for the monks during the day is minimal since they are busy studying rituals or philosophies and attending ceremonies most of the time. Perhaps a prescribed level of exercise and fitness might help. A lot of thought was given as to which physical program would enhance their daily practices or studies and also result in best health benefits. Yoga and its ability to greatly support the body and mind is well known. It's fundamental and its origin suits the monks so it was chosen as a possible solution.

   
Ven. Lobsang Dondhen has been invited to be their Yoga instructor. Lama Lobsang Dhonden was born in Lhadak, Tibet in 1959. He, like many Tibetan refugees, was educated in India. He was able to study Tibetan language and literature as well as the modern subjects. Being very fortunate to gain admission to the Buddhist School of Dialectic in Dharamsala in 1977, he received the equivalent of a masters degree in Buddhist Philosophy.
Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with Hepatitis; however, that inspired him to study yoga with the great Swami Ram Dev at the Patanjali Yoga Center in Hardiwar Dehradun. He eventually achieved a confident command of his yoga practice and has taught yoga for many years in Italy. He no longer suffers from his disease and attributes his excellent health to his practice of yoga.



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June 2, 2015
Buddha Anniversary Live Release

On the anniversary of the Birth, the Enlightenment, and the Passing into Parinirvana by Shakyamuni Buddha, the College, along with lay community of clement town, released lives. This is done annually on this auspicious day where any merit we accumulate on this day is considered to multiply 100,000 times or more.
  • May all beings enjoy the happiness and the causes of happiness;
  • may all sentient beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering;
  • May all sentient beings never be separated from the happiness that knows no suffering;
  • May all sentient beings live in equanimity, free from attachment and aversion.


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May-June 2015
Drukpa Bhakhang Nunnery Offered Aid

After the Nepal Earthquake of April 25, 2015, we were requested to help Drukpa Bhakhang Nunnery situated in a very remote area at the border of Tibet and Nepal. At the time, the nunnery (now only reachable by helicopter) was accommodating about 200 nuns (anis). Unfortunately, one nun was killed during the disaster and the rest were forced to stop their retreat immediately and they have been camping in tents ever since. Emergency resources have been insufficient and foreign aid is limited.

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Under the authorization of Minling Khenchen Rinpoche, the Minling Khenchen Official Office in Taiwan (http://khenchen.pixnet.net/blog) raised NT$200,000 ($6,456.00 USD) within one week. The total funds were remitted through Lama Kalsang Drojee on May15, 2015 as financial support for the Bhakhang Nunnery.

Relief fundraising for Nepal by Rinpoche's Taiwan Office is still available. Khenchen Rinpoche thanks all who dedicated their support in aiding Nepal's relief, especially under such global economic hardship. Whatever amount is raised after June, Rinpoche will take with him to Nepal when he attends the relief work in person.


May 31, 2015
College Exam Results

H.E. Khochen Rinpoche and Minling Khenchen Rinpoche gave the annual exam results to all monks. The 2015 new semester of college began on the June 2nd.



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May 2015
Vietnam Mindrolling Aids Nepal

Vietnam Mindrolling sangha, under the guidance of Vajra Master Ngawang Lhabsum, went with aides to the remote and divested villages in Nepal.

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May 9, 2015
Mindrolling Monks Help Earthquake Relief in Nepal

Mindrolling Monks, headed by Ven. Tulku Lhundrub Tengay and Khenpo Karma, went to Sindupalchowk, a remote village in Nepal, to help the people who had lost everything during the earthquake. They distributed supplies such as food, tents, blankets, collected funds, etc.

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April 1, 2015
Annual Mountain Smoke Offering

Along with senior monks and few lay people, H.E Khochen Rinpoche, H.E. Tulku Penam Rinpoche, and Minling Khenchen Rinpoche, went to the mountains of Mussoorie for the annual evening Smoke Offering.


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March 29, 2015
Guru Rinpoche Ritual Lama Dance

The annual ritual Lama dance commemorating the Eight Manifestations of Guru Rinpoche was held at Mindrolling. Information from prior years can be found here.

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March 2015
Pilgrimage to Sri Lanka

Minling Khenchen Rinpoche, together with a group of devoted followers of Mindrolling, went for a pilgrimage to Sri Lanka. Rinpoche and the group visited locations of the original Bodhi Tree and the Tooth Relic of Buddha. Rinpoche and the group also climbed the majestic mountain of "Malaya" (a.k.a. Adam’s Peak and Sri Pada) from where the first Buddhist Tantric Tradition was derived. The mountain raises 7437m above sea level and takes 5831 steps to get to the top. Generally, it takes an average person about seven hours to get from the base of the mountain to the peak; however, due to the huge crowd and some elderly members facing problems with walking, it took about twelve hours to reach the top. The holy sight was humbly explored to its best until, finally, everybody was very happy with their successful pilgrimage.

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February 19, 2015
Losar New Year

       
Minling Khenchen Rinpoche sent out a Losar announcement with a special message of appreciation and a greeting of great wishes for all in the New Year.

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January 9-29, 2015
26th Annual Nyingma Monlam Chenmo



           
The 26th Annual Nyingma Monlam (10-day World Peace Prayer offering) began on January 19th. His Holiness Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche, the Supreme Head of Ngagyur Nyingmapa, along with other Rinpoche's presided over the annual Monlam meetings. While there, His Holiness inaugurated a new office building for the Monlam. Many people, including Lamas from different monasteries, attended the event.
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January 4-8, 2015
Mindrolling Monestary & College Jubilee Celebrations

The Golden Jubilee celebration of Mindrolling Monastery and the Silver Jubilee celebration of Ngagyur Nyingma College will be held January 4th-8th. His Holiness Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche, Supreme Head of Ngagyur Nyingmapa, graciously accepted our invitation to attend.

His Holiness Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche

Due to the blessing of His Holiness The 11th Mindrolling Tichen Rinpoche, the Mindrolling Monastery was established in Dehra Dun, India by His Eminence Dzongnang Rinpoche and His Eminence Khochen Rinpoche. Through their many hardships, His Eminences were able to build the monastery and eventually invite His Holiness The 11th Mindrolling Trichen Rinpoche from Kalimpong to the newly build monastery. Mindrolling has flourished ever since and currently approximately 400 monks study and practice the dharma here. Mindrolling consists of the Ngagur Nyingma College (where about 150 monks study under the sole guidance of His Eminence Minling Khenchen Rinpoche), the Samten Tse Nunnery (where about 40 nuns study and practice under the sole guidance of Her Eminence Minling Khandro Rinpoche), the famous World Peace stupa (which was sponsored by Master Ti Ching of Taiwan), and the Retreat Centre (build by Ven. Tulku Choephel Rinpoche). There are also libraries, restaurants and guest houses on-site.


The Golden Jubilee celebration of Mindrolling Monastery and Silver Jubilee celebration of Mindrolling Ngagyur Nyingma College in Dehra Dun, North India.

Details

January 3: His Holiness Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche arrived at Mindrolling to attend both Jubilee events. Upon his arrival, His Eminence Minling Khenchen Rinpoche offered the Body, Speech and Mind manifestations of Buddha to His Holiness. All Rinpoches, Tulkus, Khenpos, Monks and Nuns attended and paid their respects to His Holiness.

 





January 4: The Golden Jubilee celebrations began with the Tsog offerings.

January 5: The Lama Sangdu tsog offering was held in the Stupa shrine. His Holiness Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche presided over the puja. The puja was attended by H.E. Minling Khenchen Rinpoche, H.E. Zongnang Yangsi Rinpoche, H.E. Penam Rinpoche, H.E. Lhatrul Rinpoche, H.E. Sang Sang Rinpoche, Master Ti Ching, H.E. Khunu Rinpoche, Rigo Tulku Rinpoche, Ven Thamtog Rinpoche, Kalon Pema Chojor, Khenpo Sonam Tobgyal, and representatives of different monasteries along with monks, nuns and lay people.

   




January 5-Evening: Master Ti Ching presided over the butter lamp offerings that was attended by all the Rinpoches, Khenpos, monks, nuns and lay people.



   

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January 6 - Main Event: The Golden Jubilee Anniversary began with speeches, auspicious dances in Indian and Tibetan cultures, felicitations were given to all who had offered their selfless service to the monastery since its inception and mementos were given to all of the participants. In the afternoon, Mindrolling sangha offered long life prayers to H.E. Khochen Rinpoche and made supplications for his long life and continued vast activities.


   


January 7: The Silver Jubilee Anniversary of Ngagyur Nyingma College began with speeches and auspicious Tibetan dances. His Holiness Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche gave felicitations to Khenpos who had offered their selfless service to the college since its inception and certificates to all students who had graduated. In the evening college monk students had debates and all people gathered to watch. Mementos were again given to all participants.



January 8: The Long Life Initiation was bestowed by His Holiness Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche to all people who had come for the celebration.


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January 10-12: His Holiness gave the Oral Transmission of Kagyed Namshey to all participants.

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January 13, 2015
Prayer Book Distributed

The newly printed Prayer book was recited at the Annual Dordhen Monlam Chenmo. It was complied by the Eastern Sun Group of Ngagyur Nyingma College. After months of hard work and the generosity of the kind Sponsor, it was distributed to the students.


Archived News 2014
December 11-31, 2014
Kagyed Throrol Tordhog Ceremony

The annual Kagyed Throrol Tordhog ceremony began on December 11th and extended on for 20 days. Since all monks and management were busy preparing for the Golden Jubilee celebration, this ceremony was postponed for few days. Since coming to an end of the glorious year 2014, we share with you all the prayers and good wishes from His Eminence the 9th Minling Khenchen Rinpoche, on the last day of 2014.

   



December 8, 2014
Visit to Buthan

His Eminence Minling Khenchen was in Bhutan for few days on request from devotees. Rinpoche visited Pema Oseling Monastery in Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Pema Oseling Monastery is the only monastery in Bhutan with a pure Minling Tradition.
   
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November 30, 2014
Propagating the Buddha Dharma in Minling Tradition

A small celebration was held to confirm the direction amd purpose of Ngagyur Nyingma College. Exactly two and half decades ago, this College was brought up with only the intention of propagating the Buddha Dharma in general and Minling Tradition in particular. Minling Khenchen Rinpoche said in his speech "This institute was built in 1988 with the sole aim to propagate the study and practice on Buddhist views and tenets determined according to the profound realization of Six Ornaments and Two Supreme Ones in general and specially of Ngagyur Nyingma's Two Charioteers (Rongzom Maha Pandita & Longchen Rabjam), Minling Lochen Dharma Shri, Mipham Rinpoche, Khenchen Zhenga Rinpoche, etc.

Rinpoche continued, "Therefore, our aims and objectives must not go out of this primary ground." The present Chairman, Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin also gave a speech emphasizing the importance of studying, contemplating and meditating on the profound Buddha dharma. The small and brief celebration ended with a group photo session with Rinpoche and the Khenpos.


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November 26-29, 2014
Travel to Odsel Choling Godawari Monastery in Nepal

His Eminence Minling Khenchen Rinpoche visited Tsum Nele Labrang Monastery in Godavari, Nepal to inaugurate the new Shedra on request of the monastery. While there, Rinpoche initiated the Empowerment on Namche Dechen Zhing Drup by request from the Monastery and enthroned Ven Khenpo Tenzin Lhuendup as a lineage holder of the Tsum Monastery.

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November 8-19, 2014
Annual Kama Drupchen

The annual Kama Drupchen, a 7-day long Sidhi (November 8th-19th), began with the 3-day preparation ceremony (Sachog) on November 5th when monks created the Mandala (kilkhor).

On November 15th, the mandalas of five different Sidhis were dismantled and the Kama Drupchen ended on November 18th with the Fire Ritual of Four Rites. Earlier that morning, the monks were awaken to the pleasant sound of Conch blowing from the main temple reminding them that it was the last day of the annual Kama Drupchen.


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For one week beginning November 19th, hundreds of Monks lined up to view the colorized sand of the Mandala swept up in the dismantling. The vases of collected Mandala (sand) will be departed in the Holy Ganga River in Haridwar.



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September 19, 2014
H.E. Minling Khokhim on Dharma Tour

His Eminence Minling Khokhim Rinpoche is on a European Dharma tour. H.E. was invited by Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen and Minling Sangha in and around Europe.


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September 19, 2014
Meeting at the Khenchen Labrang

His Eminence Khenchen Rinpoche met with His Eminence Jigmey Khyentsi Rinpoche and Tulku Pema Wangyal Rinpoche at the Khenchen Labrang (residency) at Mindroling.


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September 17-22, 2014
Kagyed Namshed & Rangdrol Korsum Conferred

H.E. Minling Khenchen Rinpoche, conferred the Oral Transmission of Kagyed Namshed (Explanation of Eight Orders, Classic Tantric text) and Rangdrol Korsum to the college monks.

This particular text is also included as the syllabus of the Ninth Standard coursework. Students/monks have been looking forward to this rare opportunity. Rinpoche explained that he received this teaching from Ven. Khen Rinpoche Namdrol in 1980 at the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute in Mysore, South India. And also received once again from H.H. Kyabjey Dilgo Kyentsi Rinpoche in Nepal. Rinpoche was very happy to share this with all of the students with his one intention: that they would all become genuine practitioners now and for always. Earlier, on request of senior monks from NNC, Rinpoche granted the same teaching in 2010.


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The daily one and a half hour class of the Oral Transmission of Kagyed Namshed and Rangdrol Korsum continued for six days by His Eminence Minling Khenrinpoche, Ngawang Khyenrab Gyatso. At the end, the conducting class (i.e., ninth standard of this year) offered a Mandala with the long Life prayers. The students expressed wishes that Rinpoche may live as long as possible for the benefit of all sentient beings.


In conclusion: The Oral Transmission of Kagyed Namshed and Rangdrol Korsum was successfully completed. In H.E.Khenchen Rinpoche's concluding speech, he emphasied that the great past Maha Sidhas such as Arya Nagar Juna, Assangha and Vassubandu of India, and the Great Longchenpa and Mipham Rinpoche of Tibet have worked tirelessly in bringing forth treatises and books containing meaningful teachings for sentient beings. They did not do all of this to gain Name and Fame. They worked hard believing that their knowledge and wisdom would continue to be past down through generations to help countless future beings. Therefore, having received the Transmissions, it is important now to practice very seriously. Rinpoche went on to say that he received this particular transmission from His Holiness Kyabjey Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche and also from Khen Rinpoche Namdrol while studying in Mysore in 1986.

He urged each person there to be a serious practitioner now, in this current life, and today when senses and faculties are young and active. Now is the time -- once you become old, the physical body does not accommodate us well and soon it will be too late. We, as humans, have a bad habit of leaving things after doing something once or twice; this does not work with spiritual practices so we must continue that work in our daily lives as a part of living. This may seem difficult at first since nothing is easy at the beginning. However, after you get acquainted with the practice as a part of your daily routine, it becomes easier and natural.

Because everyone present now studies in the Shedra (which literally means College), the monks are no longer children. Instead they have matured enough to always consider what is good and what is bad. He encouraged everyone there to please know the importance of their human life and continue striving to do their best and what is right.

Rinpoche thanked everyone present and, with this, he concluded the session.


August 28, 2014
3rd Mahaparinirvana for Kyabje Trulshig Rinpoche

His Eminence Minling Khenchen Rinpoche presided over the Grand Puja of the 3rd Mahaparinirvana for His Holiness Kyabje Trulshig Rinpoche at Nepal's Thubten Choling in Shar-Khombu (Solo-Khombu) which is the main seat of His Holiness. Khenchen Rinpoche was accompanied by His Eminence Penam Tulku Rinpoche and His Eminence Sang Sang Rinpoche. Khenchen Rinpoche also conducted an empowerment of Long Life based on Tsedrup Yangnying Kundue at the request of Solpon Rinpoche and Sangha (Monks and Nuns) of Thubten Choling.






August 14, 2014
Buddhist Community Honors Khenchen Rinpoche

His Eminence Minling Khenchen Rinpoche had an audience with the President of Religious Organizations of Vietnam. Khenchen Rinpoche and the Minling Sangha were warmly welcomed. The President honored and thanked Khenchen Rinpoche for bringing and introducing the Glorious Trantrayana Buddhism and helping it to flourish in Vietnam. The President represented the whole Buddhist community of Vietnam in presenting a momentum honoring Khenchen Rinpoche's great wisdom and activity. By presenting an incredible momentum, President also extended his warm welcome to Rinpoche in the future!




August 14, 2014
Supreme Head of Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha

H.E. Khenchen Rinpoche visited the Supreme Head of the Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha-His Holiness Thich Pho Tue, who is 98 years old.




August 10, 2014
Yarne, the Summer Retreat

Yarne, also known as the annual rain retreat continues for one and a half months from the 15th day of the 6th lunar month to the 30th day of the 7th lunar month. The retreat is held in accordance with the instructions of the Buddha in the Vinaya Sutra directing all monks to observe certain restrictions and engage themselves in meditation and practices for the period. Khenpos and Lopons gave teachings each day and confessions are offered by the sangha during this retreat. Many butter lamps are offered and several pujas are done during the retreat. On the evening of the final day of the retreat, selected monks give teachings and expound the Dharma to the community. The retreat is followed by a 3-day holiday break for the monks.




August 10, 2014
Mindrolling Dorje Lopon Appointed in Vietnam

 
On this auspicious day, August 10th (or 15th in lunar calendar), the Mindrolling Sangha took great pleasure in appointing, Master Thich Tri Khong a.k.a. Ven. Ngawang Labsum as Dorje Lopon (Vajra Master) to represent the Mindrolling lineage and teachings in Vietnam.



Master Thich Tri Khong has been a sincere practioner of the Dharma for many years; he had the wonderful karma of learning under the guidance of the late His Holiness Trulshig Rinpoche by receiving a multitude of teachings, empowerments and transmissions. His Holiness had been deeply pleased and satisfied with his dedication and efforts in practice. Subsequently, he has also been receiving teachings from the 9th Minling Khenchen Rinpoche. He has applied the teachings and empowerments through dedicated commitment to samaya and done deeply sincere practice for years. Due to his devoted practices, his realization has been advanced and effective. The best quality, transcending his practices and knowledge, is his pure hearted kindness to all. He has rendered the kind service of translating many important teachings from the Tibetan language to his native language of Vietnamese, thus benefiting a great many people.

Especially benefiting the Mindroling sangha, he has rendered his kind service to the 9th Minling Khenchen Rinpoche by translating his teachings to Vietnamese, hence helping all the students.

Through years of dharma practice, Master Thich Tri Khong has proven to have humble and excellent qualities, to be a person acknowledging his pure heart with kindness and an ability to render spontaneous compassion to all. We wish, aspire and pray that he be of benefit to all sentient beings and be of help especially to the Vietnamese. May he fulfill the wishes of Buddha, the late His Holiness Trushig Rinpoche and Minling Khenchen Rinpoche.


August 6, 2014
Lama Jamyang Dhakpa's Funeral Today

Lama Jamyang Dhakpa took his last breath in the Lumorah Monastery of Tibet at the age of 96. He was briefly unwell and two days before his death, he did not permit his monks to get medical help to tend to him. Lama said that the time for him to pass on had come. On July 27th, he sat up straight in the meditation position of Vajrasamadhi and remained such until August 4th.

 
Audiences were not granted at this time. During those days, there were miracles in the sky, rainbows formed above the monastery every day and people could see these miraculous formations from distant villages too. His mortal remains (kudung) had a fragrant aroma.

Lama Jamyang Dhakpa (left)

Lama had instructed that after 10-12 days from his death, to listen to his instructions and will that he had left behind as an audio recording. His funeral is on August 6th.

Over the course of his lifetime, he taught various precious teachings; the teachings of Terton Terdag Lingpa (Terchen Khabum which is 18 volumes), Lochen Dharmashiri' teaching (Lochen Khabum which is 25 volumes) and Terton Rangrik Dorge's teachings. He was a very humble and unassuming meditator; never talking about his successful practice but simply striving constantly on the path of dharma.


July 31, 2014
H.H. Penor Rinpoche's Reincarnation Was Enthroned

Announcment -- On July 31, 2014 in Eastern Tibet Kham, Payul Monastery, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche's reincarnation was enthroned. What an auspicious event for all of his disciples to rejoice on this day. Here in Mindrolling Monastery, the Sangha celebrated this auspicious day by offering Body, Speech and Mind Mandala to the Photo of Yangsi Rinpoche (reincarnation of H.H. Penor Rinpoche), which was placed on the throne. All monks and many lay people attended the ceremony.


July 31, 2014
Lumorah Thupten Shedrupling Inauguration

During the Cultural Revolution in Tibet the whole campus (structure) of Lumorah Thupten Shedrupling Monastery in Ngyarong, Eastern Tibet was destroyed.

The 8th Minling Khenchen, Ngawang Khentse Norbu's disciple, Lama Chimmey, continued to maintain the lineage and started rebuilding the monastery. After the demise of Lama Chimmey, the senior Lamas and especially Lama Pema Dorje and Khenpo Lho Tsewang (right) took on the responsibilities to continue the lineage and completely rebuild the monastery.

This year, a re-construction of the shedra (college) was finished and its inauguration is scheduled for July 31, 2014 (the 4th day of the 6th month in the lunar calendar, being a very auspicious day, was selected for this event).

For this special day, Minling Khenchen congratulated Lama Pema Dorje, Khenpo Lho Tsewang and all of the senior Lamas for their persistent hard work toward the continuity of the lineage. He is very grateful to all of them and sends his wishes and prayers for their good health, long life and success in all their Dharma activities.


Many disciples of Mindroling from China and other parts of Tibet will be visiting and participating in this special occasion. His Holiness the 12th Mindroling Trichen, Dhalha Gyaltsen Rinpoche, was specially invited but due to his schedule, is unable to attend the event. After the planned seven days of ceremonies, the monks will begin their first term in the new shedra. There are three Khenpos who will be teaching nearly 380 monks. Presently, thanks to these efforts, the Lumorah Monastery consists of the main monastery, a primary school for monks and the shedra (college). Rebuilding the nunnery is their next project.

In 2012, Khenpo Lho Tsewang along with other senior Lamas of the Lumorah Thupten Shedrupling Monastery in Ngyarong, Eastern Tibet came to visit H.E. Minling Khenchen Rinpoche in Mindrolling, Dehra Dun, India. Khenpo Lho Tsewang had studied in different shedras including Serta Lharong, Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok's shedra in Eastern Tibet. During his 2012 visit to India, Minling Khenchen conferred him with the Khenpo certificate and appointed him as Khenpo of Lumorah Monastery. Minling Khenchen also gave specific advice pertaining to all the murals and statues that were to be placed in the main shrines.

History Summary

Lumorah Thupten Shedrupling Monastery was originally built in 1896 by Terton Rang Rig, who was the emanation of Terton Terdag Lingpa, founder of the Mindroling Lineage.

Lumorah Thupten Shedrupling encompasses the monastery, shedra (college), three years retreat center and a nunnery; all institutions that follow the traditions and teachings of the Mindroling Lineage. Annual teachings and empowerment ceremonies were held largely in the summer months for the monks by the Mindroling Trichens and Khenrabs. In particular, the 8th Minling Khenchen and Chung Rinpoche visited several times and stayed there for long periods of their life. At that time, the monastery housed around 700 monks.


June 2014
Annual Events - June 2014

 Annual Smoke Offering in the Mountains

 Distributing College Exam Results

 Mipham Rinpoche's Anniversary Puja



May 7, 2014
Annual Vesak Celebration in Vietnam

H.E. Minling Khenchen Rinpoche, along with other Buddhist teachers around the world, were invited to attend the annual Vesak Day (Buddha's birthday) in Hanoi, Vietnam which was organized by the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha.


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April 28-May 3, 2014
Great Stupa Inauguration in Lava, Kalimpong

The Great Stupa build by H.E. Khochen Rinpoche at Ugyen Mindrol Samtenling in Lava, Kalimpong was inaugurated on May 3rd with elaborate celebrations.

Due solely to H.E. Khochen Rinpoche's great vision and effort to establish the Dharma, this accomplishment has been possible. Words cannot express Rinpoche's kindness and his tireless effort expended in order to establish Mindrolling: first in Dehra Dun; and now in Lava, Kalimpong.


Beginning April 28th, preparation and ceremony progressed up to the actual inauguration ceremony and was attended by many people. H.E. Minling Khenchen Rinpoche, H.E. Tulku Penam Rinpoche, H.E. Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche, Sangyum Khusug along with all Rinpoches, Khenpos, Managers and most of the senior monks of Mindrolling, and other monasteries as well, attended the great day of the inauguration. The Eight Manifestations of Guru Padmasambhuva ritual dances were performed. During the consecration, the Mindrolling sangha offered long life prayer to H.E Khochen Rinpoche and made supplications for his long life and continued vast activities.



April 27, 2014
Lay Buddhist Association Held Elections

In April 2014, Lay Buddhist Association (LBA) in Taiwan conducted a re-election of directors and supervisors at their board meeting. Nearly 150 members attended and 35 of them were elected as Committee members. Eleven of those elected members (including our representative, Ms. Hsu Tan-yu) were further elected to the Executive Committee. H.E. Mindrolling Khenchen Rinpoche expressed his delight at Ms. Hsu Tan-yu's position as an executive. Through this auspicious occasion, Rinpoche hopes that both exoteric and esoteric Buddhism can effectively collaborate with each other serving as members of the Triple Gems for the benefits of all sentient beings in this rapidly changing world.

Eastern Sun Group, led by Mindrolling Khencen Rinpoche, joined the LBA membership in 2007. LBA is one of the members of the World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB) and is also the only officially recognized lay Buddhist organization on cross-strait religious exchanges. H.E. Khenchen Rinpoche once gave a talk on the Heart Sutra at LBA and has been sharing words of Dharma in the Precious Raft Quarterly of LBA from time to time. Rinpoche was also invited to participate in the WFB's World Buddhist Business Forum in December 2011 held by the Lay Buddhist Association.


April 18-20, 2014
Guru Padmasambhava Bum Tsog in Switzerland

The Tibetan community of approximately 3,500 members in Switzerland & Liechtenstein (TCSL) was created in 1973 and is the largest group of exiled Tibetans in Europe.

This year, for the first time, the Guru Padmasambhava Bum Tsog (also known as the "Hundred Thousand Ghanachakra Offering") was observed and the community invited Minling Khenchen Rinpoche to preside over the event. The 3-day puja, held April 18th through April 20th, was attended by many people.




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April 9, 2014
Guru Rinpoche Ritual Lama Dance

The annual ritual Lama dance commemorating the Eight Manifestations of Guru Rinpoche was held at Mindrolling. Information from prior years can be found here.

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March 9, 2014
Temple Inaugurated in Vietnam

H.E. Minling Khenchen Rinpoche along with five Lamas were invited by Master Thai Minh to inaugurate his temple in Vietnam. Four Lamas left earlier than the others to prepare and create the sand mandala. For the inauguration, all the masters from different traditions of Buddhist countries attended and later that evening, Rinpoche bestowed the Amitabha empowerment. During the two-week trip, Rinpoche visited other monasteries offering teachings and empowerments.



March 2, 2014
Losar New Year Celebration

This year, Tibetans throughout the world celebrated the Tibetan New Year (Losar) on March 2nd. At Mindrolling, we began the day by offering kathags to all the Teachers and after the Community Prayer at 8:00 am, donors made offerings to all the monks and all the administrators of Mindrolling.



February 27/28, 2014
Yamantaka Puja

The annual Yamantaka puja was held with a fire puja. This important Drubcho is held from the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month to the last day of the year. It is performed in accordance with the ritual of Yamantaka of the Shinje Dregjom terma discovered by Chogyal Terdag Lingpa in order to dispel all the obstacles for the coming year. This ceremony is considered a very special ritual for the peace and welfare of all the sentient beings. Witnessing the lama dances performed on the 28th and 29th days during the ceremony is said to avert the obstacles of the coming new year.


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January 19, 2014
Khenpo Sherab Wangchuk Has Passed Away

After a brief illness and being diagnosed with advanced cancer, Ven. Khenpo Sherab Wangchuk passed away. Khenpo Wangchuk was gentle, humble and very simple even after being enthroned with his high title of Khenpo.

His funeral with a fire ceremony was held three days after his death in the presence of Dorge Lopon, H.E. Minling Khenchen Rinpoche, Tulkus, Khenpos, senior lamas and many monks. His students, and all who knew him, loved and respected him profoundly. We all pray that he will be born as a great dharma practitioner again and serve all sentient beings with the benefit of his teachings, prayers and blessings.


January/February 2014
Nyingma Monlam Chenmo Silver Jubilee

The Nyingma Monlam Chenmo for World Peace at Bodh Gaya began on January 31, 2014, as its Silver Jubilee celebration. All participants gathered at the Kalachakra ground after which all High teachers, monks, nuns and lay practitioners formed a line of procession and circumambulated the stupa in the outer, inner and middle roundabout ways. Begging bowls and precious cloth offerings were made to the statue of Lord Buddha at the Great Stupa.

The celebration was followed by the unveiling of the the tablet that commemorates the successful completion of 25 years since the inception of Nyingma Monlam Chenmo International Prayer Ceremony for World Peace by His Holiness Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche, the Supreme Head of Nyingmapa. The picture of His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche's reincarnation, Yangsi Rinpoche, was placed on the throne beneath the Bodhi tree where all the great lamas from four directions made long life mandala offerings.


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On the following day, there were speeches made by the organizers and felicitations were given to all who had offered selfless service to the Nyingma Monlam Chenmo since its inception. Along with other high Rinpoches, H.H. Mindroling Trichen Rinpoche and H.E. Khochen Rinpoche received the felicitation.

On the last day, H.H. Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche bestowed a long life empowerment and in the evening was celebrated by watching the Lindgro Dechen Rolmo (Tibetan theatrical performance).

January 2014
Annual Exams Are Completed


The monks finished their annual exams in January.

January 2014
Ngagyur Nyingma College Anniversary


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The monks enjoy a small celebration for the anniversary of Mindrolling College, founded in 1986.
Archived News 2013
December 6, 2013
Khenchen Rinpoche Visited Bhutan


Khenchen Rinpoche made a 3-day trip to Bhutan.


September 20, 2013
College Construction Update



For the College construction update, please see more photos above in the Construction Photo Gallery area.


June 2013
Lt. Trolo Khenpo Tsenam



This is Lt. Trolo Khenpo Tsenam, a great Tibetan medicine teacher. Khenchen Rinpoche studied tibetan medicine under him.

June 2013
Beri Jigme Wangyal Joins Teaching Team

Beri Jigme Wangyal has been invited to teach poetry in the college this year. Specializing in the field of poetry, he is a scholar from the Central University of Tibetan Studies (CUTS) in Sarnath, India and is well known for his special way of teaching students poetry.




May 2013
Torma Manual, 2nd Edition Publication

The updated publication of the Torma Manual has been completed. It has incorporated some changes to the previous edition and now contains photos of mandalas for all of the Mindrolling rituals.

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April/May 2013
Visit to Vietnam

H.E. Minling Khenchen Rinpoche returned to Vietnam this year for a month-long visit. He visited many monasteries in Hanoi, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City providing wangs and teachings. He met with all disciples of the Mindrolling lineage who have deepened the understanding of their practices with the kind help from Ven. Ngawang Labsum. He also met with Mr. Do Muoi, religious and cultural minister for the Government’s Committee on Religion and former leader of the Vietnamese Socialist Party (1991-1997).

Mr. Do Muoi
Ven. Ngawang Labsum
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May 19, 2013
Student Annual Exam Results Ceremony

The results for the student annual exam of the college monks were presented by H.E. Minling Khenchen Rinpoche and H.E. Penam Rinpoche. Speeches were given by the Khenpos and the event, which was held in the Sutpa, Guru Lhakhang, was attended by all monks and lay people from the community.

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April 18, 2013
Publications Update

Over the last couple of years as well as several months ago, there have been a number of sacred texts published in order to protect the historial Dharma. Two books were published: "Mindrolling Torma" (2011) by the Eastern Sun Group; Dream Yoga by the 2nd Mindrolling Khenchen, Lochen Dharmashri. Volume 3 of the Mindrolling Ngagyur Nyingma College for the Eastern Sun Group in 2010 was also published.


Three ceremony manuals were designed to retain the technicality of each ritual so that they do not get lost in the future. All rituals of the Nyingma linage have generally been past on verbally to the next generations; however, the sacred rituals of Mindrolling's now have been categorized and recorded into three different volumes - Om, Aha, and Hung which are all now published.




Please view the updated Publications page.
For previous publishing information, visit the
Archived News page.
April 2, 2013
Guru Rinpoche Lama Ritual Dance


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February 27, 2013
College Construction Update

The college construction continues. New photos are of the living quarters that will accommodate two monks per room.

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February 12, 2013
Enthronement of Nine New Khenpos

On February 12, 2013 at 6:30am, the Khenpo Enthronement Ceremony for nine qualified monks began with prayers. Minling Khenchen Rinpoche presided with H.E. Khochen Rinpoche. This was the third khenpo enthronement held at the Mindrolling College in India. Other monks and lay people made offerings to the new khenpos before ending the ceremony around 2:00pm.


January 20, 2013
Monlam Chenmo 2013

Today is the final day of the Monlam Chenmo, after several days of the World Peace Prayers in Bodhgaya. Although after thousands of years the Bodhgaya stupa and surrounding monasteries are no longer physically here, beings will still hear and feel the resonation of our aspiration and prayers. In addition, it is said that some of them can still see us now.

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January 20, 2013
College Construction Update

The College Reconstruction Project continues. Here are some updated photos.

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Archived News 2012
November 18, 2012
Tibet's Head of Kathog Lineage Passed Away

His Holiness Kathog Drimed Shyentyong passed away mid-November 2012. His Holiness lived in Tibet. He was the head of the Kathog lineage, one of the oldest lineages of the Nyingma school. We all pray for his swift return for the benefit of all sentient beings.



December 2012
College Reconstruction Continues

Construction of the New Ngagyur Nyingma College at Mindrolling Monastery continues. Gracious contributions and support of 2012 made for the benefit of all sentient beings have been greatly appreciated. The photos below are as of December 30, 2012.





July 2012
Preserving Ancient Tibetan Text & Rituals

To ensure continuity of general Nyingma rituals and Mindrolling rituals and ceremonies, documentation continues to be cataloged and printed into manuals. For this project, the information which was passed down for hundreds of years is being categorized into three sections: OM, AHA, and HUNG. In total, there forty-three (43) rituals containing multiple rituals within them. Printing is complete for the OM and AHA sections; and the last HUNG is currently being printed. Each first edition print has 2000 copies. This will ensure that all Nyingma ceremonies are secured in manuals forever without fear of being changed or sections missing...pujas will forever be done properly. More books are being printed now and we will post on the website when the project is completed.

July 2012
College Reconstruction Has Begun

Over the past few years, severe cracks in the walls and leaky ceilings, combined with other expanding problems, have compounded the increasing challenge for the monk students to live and study. Former repairs have not been effective.

 

Following several discussions and meetings it was decided to demolish and reconstruct the entire college. Recently, construction of the New Ngagyur Nyingma College of Mindrolling began with the demolition phase.

College Demolition

Due to the increased number of monk students, the expanded plans accommodate a total of 87 rooms, kitchen, dining area, restrooms, etc. which should take 2-3 years to complete.

The general running and maintenance of Mindrolling, as well as all projects, are maintained by the generosity of supporters. We are deeply grateful for your continued generous support of our dharma projects and for helping with this fundraising activity for the benefit of all sentient beings.

Minling Khenchen Rinpoche, who is in-charge of the college and this reconstruction project, along with Ms. Hsu Tanyo, of Taiwan, are the only authorized fundraisers where you can offer your support for this College Reconstruction project.

Please Note: Ms. Hsu Tanyo can be reached at and The Eastern Sun Blog.


July 4, 2012
Photo of 11th & 12th Trichens

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Photo of the (late) 11th H.H. Minling Trichen Rinpoche (right) with his eldest son, the present throne holder, 12th H.H. Minling Trichen Dalha Rinpoche (left).


June 4, 2012
Saka Dawa Ceremony, Classes Begin & Animal Release

June 4th (which in the Tibetan lunar calendar is the 15th of the 4th month) marks Buddha's Day of Enlightenment and also his Parinirvana Day. In Tibetan, we say Saga Dawa (sanskrit - vesak) when it is considered that the effects of positive and negative actions are multiplied ten million times. Also, the Ngagyur Nyingma College 2012 term began this year on June 4th. Every year before the college's new term begins, the college Rinpoches, Tulkus, Khenpos, Lopons and monks go to the Holy River Ganges to release live beings from captivity (animals, fish, or birds).



May 30, 2012
2011 Annual Exam Results Ceremony

Annually, before a new college term begins, the previous year's examination results are distributed to the college and primary school monks. On this special occasion, the results were presented by H.E. Khochen Rinpoche, H.E. Khenchen Rinpoche and H.E. Penam Rinpoche. Khenchen Rinpoche honored the students with an inspiring lecture during the ceremony and awards were presented to those standing first and second in their respective classes.






April 1, 2012
Tibetan Medicine Clinic at Mindrolling Opens

On April 1st, Minling Khenchen Rinpoche, along with other dignitaries, inaugurated the new clinic of Tibetan Medicine in Mindrolling. Normally all the monks and the community must travel about half an hour to see a Tibetan doctor or receive Tibetan medicine. The fully equipped clinic will be very helpful and more convenient.



March 2-8, 2012
First Thugje Chenpo Drupchen (Red Chenrize Puja)

The Red Chenrize puja (Thugje Chenpo Drupchen) was held at Mindrolling, in India, for the very first time. The ceremony commemorated the parinirvana of His Holiness the 11th Mindrolling Trichen Rinpoche. Beginning on March 2nd, the puja lasted one week and all Rinpoches, Tulkus, monks and nuns attended.


Red Chenrize Ceremony Alter


        GarCham Lama Dancing                         Sand Mandala

This Red Chenrize is one the four termas discovered by Terdak Linpa at the age of 35 in Shaug tago. The three other ritual termas he discovered (Minling Dorsem, Rigzin thug thig, and Guru Grag-po) have been practiced for many years in India at the monastery.


March 6, 2012
New Nyingma Head-Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche

Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche will be the new Head of the Nyingma School. Following the parinirvana of Khabje Trulshig Rinpoche, his replacement as Head of the six major Nyingma monasteries was considered by representatives of the six respective traditions and two representatives of Nyingma in the Government of Tibet in exile.

Representatives visited Khabje Do-Drup Rinpoche in Sikkim on February 28th, to request that he be the head of the Nyingma School; however, Rinpoche declined due to health concerns.

On March 6th, Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, Minling Khenchen Rinpoche, Kathok Gertse Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsewang Gyatso (Representative of Payul Monastery), Khenpo Jamyang (Representative of Dzogchen Monastery) as well as Mr. Bhutuk Gyari and Khenpo Sonam Tenphel (Representatives of Nyingma in the Government of Tibet in Exile) had an audience with Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche in Shimla, H.P. India. They made the body, speech and mind offerings to Rinpoche, explained the purpose of their visit, and then requested Rinpoche to accept the position as Head of Nyingmapa. After thinking for sometime, Rinpoche responded that if His Eminence Khochhen Rinpoche assisted and if everyone worked together for the benefit of Nyingmapa, he would agree that his name be used as the Head of Nyingmapa. Therefore, on behalf of the entire Nyingma School, Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche graciously accepted. This great and heartfelt news was a joy to all and after the upcoming audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, an official announcement will be made and all the representatives will offer long live prayers to Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche.

(sitting in front) Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche
(left to right) Khenpo Jamyang, Kathok Gertse Rinpoche, Minling Khenchen Rinpoche, Mr. Bhutuk Gyari, Khenpo Tsewang Gyatso, Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche and Khenpo Sonam Tenphel.

May Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche live long and
May his activities flourish throughout the universe.


February 15, 2012
Yamantaka Tordok Puja Began

 
This important Drubcho, held from the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month to the last day of the Tibetan year, utilizes the ritual of Yamantaka of the Shinje Dregjom terma discovered by Chogyal Terdag Lingpa in order to dispel obstacles for the coming year. This ceremony is considered a very special ritual for the peace and welfare of all sentient beings. Lama dances were performed on the 28th and 29th days.


January 22-February 3, 2012
Annual Nyingma Monlam Chenmo 2012

The annual Nyingma Monlam Chenmo, attended by over 10,000 senior monks, nuns, tulkus, khenpos, and ngakpas and lay people from all over the world, was sponsored by H.E. Khenchen Rinpoche again this year.
Khenchen Rinpoche dedicated all of the merit accumulated from this year's successful Monlam Chenmo to all sentient beings in different realms -- especially to all project contributors for their continued Dharma support over the past few difficult years.



Archived News 2011
December 4, 2011
Ngagyur Nyingma College's Founders Day


December 4th marked the twenty-third Founders' Day for Ngagyur Nyingma College. During a small tea ceremony held to mark this day, Minling Khenchen Rinpoche spoke to all the student monks about the history of the college and its future plans. A larger celebration is being planned for the college's Silver Jubilee in 2013.

Additionally, the book, “Pak Sam Tri Shig” (the story of Buddha's life) published by Ngagyur Nyingma College, was launched on this day.


December 2, 2011
Retreat Centre Inauguration

Minling Khenchen Rinpoche (rt)
Venerable Tulku Ugyen Chopel (ctr)
The new Retreat Centre was inaugurated on December 2nd in Mindrolling where all of the Rinpoches, Tulkus, Khenpos and monks attended. This entire project was sponsored through the great effort and funding of Venerable Tulku Ugyen Chopel. The retreat centre has twenty-five rooms, a shrine room and many other facilities required for the retreatants.


September 17, 2011
Offering Respect to H.H. Trulshig Rinpoche


Minling Khenchen Rinpoche traveled to Nepal to pay respects to the Kudung of H.H. Trulshig Rinpoche and attend the ceremonies being held there. H.H. Trulshig Rinpoche, who was appointed Head of Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism in 2010, passed away in Kathmandu on September 2, 2011.


August 19, 2011
Annual Taiwan Teachings

Minling Khenchen Rinpoche
began his annual journey to Taiwan to
conduct ceremonies and teachings.

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June 2011
Vietnam Teachings and Initiations

Minling Khenchen Rinpoche visited Vietnam to give Sacred Buddhist Teachings and Initiations in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Hanoi.

Many participants attended the sessions.



June 2011
New Term College Classes Begin

On June 11th, the annual examination results of 2010 were distributed to the monks. Minling Khenchen Rinpoche handed out their results in the Stupa's main shrine where all the monks of Mindrolling and lay people had gathered to watch this special occasion.





As of June 15th, all monks are back to the college to begin the new term of 2011. Many new monks have joined this year.

June 15th, was also the anniversary of three important events: the Birth, the Enlightenment, and the Passing into Parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha. We consider the merit on this day because positive and negative actions are multiplied a million times.

On June 17th, Khenchen Rinpoche handed out test results to the younger monks at the primary school of the monastery.


March 28, 2011
Kagyed Drubchen and Empowerment

This annual Drubchen is a ten-day ceremony beginning on the 24th day of the first lunar month. It is based on the Kagyed De-Sheg Du Pa terma that is one of the treasure teachings discovered by the renowned Terton Nyang Ral Nyima Wozer and later revived by Terdag Lingpa. When Terdag Lingpa was about to pass into Parinirvana, it is said that he asked his disciples and sangha members not to weep but to realize the truth of impermanence. He then instructed them that if they had devotion for him and truly wanted to benefit beings, they should do the Kagyed ceremony each year. This, he said, would benefit the Dharma and all sentient beings. From that time on as in accordance with the instructions of this great Bodhisattva, the Kagyed Drubchen has been performed every year at the Mindrolling monastery in India.

The final day of the ceremony is on the 2nd day of the 2nd lunar month, which is the Parinirvana Day of Terdag Lingpa. There are lama dances in the evenings of each day's ceremony. The drubchen ends in the evening of the 3rd day of the 2nd lunar month with the ritual of Ngodrub Lenchog, the Receiving of Siddhis Ceremony, and Marme Monlam (butter lamp ceremony) which are open to the public.

Kagyed Empowerment - On March 22nd, Minling Khenchen Rinpoche bestowed the empowerment of Kagyed Drubpa to the new monks who joined the monastery last year. All participants must receive the proper initiation before being allowed to participate in any Drupchen or ceremony.


March 15, 2011
Vajrasattva Drubchen

The Vajrasattva Druchen is held every year for seven days beginning on the 10th day of the first lunar month. Minling Khenchen Rinpoche attended the ceremony which is based on the Minling Dorsem or Mindrolling Vajrasattva ritual, a part of the Vajrasattva cycle of teachings discovered by Chogyal Terdag Lingpa.


February 3, 2011
Nyingma Monlam Chenmo

The Nyingma Monlam Chenmo, also known as World Peace Prayers, is held annually in Bodhgaya, India. This year, it began on February 3rd and continued for ten days. As in past years, thousands of people from around the world attended the successful prayer event. This very sacred gathering offers 10-14 days of prayers for World Peace for the liberation of all sentient beings. Over 1600 monasteries registered and the ceremonies were attended by over 10,000 senior monks, nuns, tulkus, khenpos, and ngakpas as well as by lay people from all over the world.


January 6th, 2011
H.E. Khenchen Rinpoche Receives Awards

H.E. Minling Khenchen Rinpoche, recipient of the Bharat Jyoti Award, was honoured again when he was presented with the prestigious 'Bharat Gaurav Award' and 'Certificate of Excellence Award' for his meritorious services, outstanding performance and remarkable role. He was among many other extraordinary recipients from abroad and within India.

The award was offered jointly by Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal (Minister of Parliamentary Affairs & Water Resources Government of India) and Dr. Bhishma Narain Singh (former Union Minister & Governor of Tamilnadu) on the occasion of the National Seminar on “Global Participation in India's Economic Development” held in New Delhi to mark the Parvasi Bharatiya Divas for the year 2011. The day also marked the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's (Father of Nation) return to India from South Africa. The event is revered by Indians around the globe.
   

The award presentation was graced by numerous dignitaries including the Baroness Sandeep Verma (Minister in Waiting Govt. Of U.K), Ms. Ruby Dhalla (member of Parliament from Canada), Sardar Joginder Singh (Chairman of IIFS & Former CBI Director), and Mr. Rohit Kochhar (Chairman and MD Kochhar & Co).

The Bharat Gaurav Award translates as the “Pride of India Award.” This award is bestowed on luminous personalities in India and abroad who have glorified India with outstanding contributions in their specialized fields, such as science and technology, education, politics, social work, arts, and literature.
Archived News 2010
December 8, 2010
Kagyed NamShey Teaching

Minling Khenchen Rinpoche began his multiple-day teachings, Kagyed NamShey from the Vajrayana circle of teachings, to the monks.


December 4, 2010
Khenchen Rinpoche Received Bharat Jyoti Award

His Eminence Mindrolling Khenchen Rinpoche was offered the prestigious Bharat Jyoti Award during the conference entitled “Global Participation in India's Economic Development” held in New Delhi on December 4th, 2010. The event was organized by the India International Friendship Society and was attended by Cabinet Ministers from the Centre (New Delhi) and various States, Members of Parliament, Industrialists, Social Workers and intelligentsia. These Awards were given to a few extraordinary men and women who have specialized in various fields like the science and technology, education, industry, fine arts, politics and social work in lieu of the yeoman services rendered with excellence in their respective fields. Numerous radio, tv, and publishing news media were present to report the event to the local communities.



H.E. Minling Khenchen Rinpoche was among the few to receive this Award for his remarkable role and responsibilities at such a young age, excellence in meritorious service, and outstanding performance in various countries. Rinpoche would like to express his thanks to all members of the Mindrolling Eastern Sun Group for their kind support and continuous hard work for which he received this prestigious award. Mindrolling (in India) supported the honorable event with a celebration of the special occasion.


June 2010
Longchen Rabjam Teachings

H.E. Khenchen Rinpoche gave the oral transmission and explanation from the cycle of teachings of Longchen Rabjam in the Shedra.



October - November 2010
Minling Khenchen Rinpoche's Taiwan Visit

Minling Khenchen Rinpoche visited Taiwan for two months. This was his annual trip for Dharma teachings and empowerments. He also visited Singapore and Thailand. During this year's visit to Taiwan, The Mayor of Hsin-Chu City pressented him an Appreciation Award for his many years of continuous teaching which helped the people of Hsin-Chu City both mentally and physically.



July 25 through September 8, 2010
Yarne, Mindrolling's Annual Summer Retreat

This year's Yarne, the 45-day Summer Retreat for 2010, began on July 25th. Yarne is a principal monastic rite which has continued since Buddha's time. It is held in the summer during the rainy season and is commonly known as the "Summer" or "Rain" Retreat. The retreat is held in accordance with the instructions of the Buddha in the Vinaya Sutra directing all monks to observe certain restrictions and engage themselves in meditation and practices for this period. 'Sojong' or confessions are offered by the sangha daily during this retreat. Many butter lamps are offered and numerous pujas are performed.


Before Yarne began, H.E Khenchen Rinpoche and H.E. Khochen Rinpoche -- along with the Khenpos, Umdzes and all senior monks -- had a meeting to update the disciplines of the sangha. The next day, the meeting and its details were announced to the sangha. Approximately 256 monks received vows before the Summer Retreat.

On the last day of the retreat, selected senior monks from the Shedra (college) expounded on the Dharma by giving teachings to many lay people of the community who attended. Since the inauguration of the World Peace Stupa in 2001, the Summer Retreats have been held in the shrine of the World Peace Stupa.

At the conclusion of the Summer Retreat, the Gaye Ceremony is held. On this day, the monks were allowed to leave the monastery campus and may have meals in the evening. The following morning, the monks went to the community to bless people in waiting as the lay people stand outside their homes to receive the blessings. This officially ended the Summer Retreat for the year of 2010 and was followed by the 3-day holiday for the monks.

May 23, 2010
Shedra Reopens After the Annual Holiday

Shedra Update: This year there were 60 to 70 monks who wanted to join the shedra. To apply, the monks must have the 8th grade results of primary monk school. Only 17 monks qualified through the written exam. On May 24th of this year, 2009 annual exam results were distributed to the shedra monks and on the May 25th, 2009 annual exam results for the primary school monks in the monastery were distributed.

After successfully completing the 7th grade, the monks have earned their Sutra degree and continue through the 9th grade studying Vajrayana. Ninth (9th) grade of the shedra is the final class level. After successfully completing the 9th grade, the Vajrayana Degree is awarded and the monks have earned the title of Lopon. This year we have 6 monks who completed the 9th grade.

Khenchen Rinpoche would like to congratulate the following students who achieved first or second standing in their respective grade level, the Disciplinarians, and all who excelled in the exams.


First Grade: 1st/ Rinchen Tobgyal, 2nd/ Tulku Jurme Dorjey Gyalpo


Second Grade: 1st/ Jurme Tashi Wangchuk, 2nd/ Jurme Yeshe Gyatso


Third Grade: 1st/ Tulku Tsultrim Gyatso, 2nd/ Tulku Jurme Ogen Wangchuk


Forth Grade: 1st/ Jurmey Tsultrim Phelgey, 2nd/ Jurmey Namdol Dargey


Fifth Grade: 1st/ Jurme Shedrup Chonjor, 2nd/ Jurme Pema Sherab


Sixth Grade: 1st/ Jurme Namgyal, 2nd/ Jurme Sonam Rabten


Eighth Grade: 1st/ Tulku Jampal Wangpo, 2nd/ Jurme Ogen Tenzin


Students received gifts and their certificates in the Stupa Shrine
As others watch.

Tulku Jurme Dorjee (above) is the Disciplinarian of the Shedra.

The monks above are Disciplinarian Captains of the Monastery.
Tulshug Phelgay (left) and Ngmayal Wangchuk (right)


May 22, 2010
Khenchen Rinpoche Invited to Vietnam for Teachings

Khenchen Rinpoche made a short journey to Vietnam where he visited Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Dalat City. It was his first trip to that area. About 90% of Vietnam is Mahayana Buddhist so Rinpoche gave teachings and empowerments to the people in the mahayana temples. On the last day of his trip, they offered Long Life Prayers to him and released animals.
   

April 4, 2010
Khenpo Jamphel Tsering Passed Away

 
With great sadness we reported the passing of Khenpo Jamphel Tsering after many days of illness. He was a prominent Khenpo of the Mindrolling Ngagyur Nyingma College working tirelessly for its development. This was a big loss for the college and he is deeply missed. Minling Khenchen Rinpoche expressed his deep gratitude for the selfless contributions for which Khenpo Jamphel Tsering will be long remembered. His dedication and commitment to Buddhism is highly regarded and his endeavors will live on through all of those fortunate to have known him and his genuinely pure intentions.


Khenpo Jamphel Tsering was born in 1953 in Gashay, Tibet. After arriving in India, he became a monk at the Mindrolling Monastery where he studied and finished his education under Khenpo Rabjay, Khenpo Kunga Wangchuk and Khenpo Rinchen. His root Teachers were Kyabje Do Drubchen Rinpoche and H.E. Zonang Rinpoche. Once he became a Khenpo, he began to teach at Ngagyur Nyingma College continuing for many years until he succumbed to his illness. Many of his students have also graduated from the College as Khenpos. In addition, he traveled and taught in Europe and Asia.


Photo 1991: Khenpo Jamphel Tsering sits in 1st row, 2nd from the left.
H.E. Minling Khenchen Rinpoche sits in 1st row center (4th from the left).


The Minling Dorsem (Vajrasattuva) puja for Khenpo Jamphel Tsering continued at Mindrolling Monastery where the 1st day of prayers was presided over by H.E. Khochhen Rinpoche and H.E. Minling Khenchen Rinpoche. They also presided over Khenpo's funeral puja, held on April 7th on the campus of Ngagyur Nyingma College. Many lay people and monks paid their final respects presenting katags and supplications.



March 27, 2010
Long Life Ceremony for H.E. Khochhen Rinpoche

The Mindrolling Sangha offered a Long Life Ceremony (Tenzhug) to His Eminence Khochhen Rinpoche. According to the Tibetan calender, Rinpoche's zodiac sign is the Tiger which marks this year, 2010 – the year of Iron Tiger, as his black year. The ceremony was held in the Shrine Hall of Guru Padmasambhava at the Stupa. The ceremony was attended by H.E. Minling Khenchen Rinpoche (as Dorje Lopon).

 

 
Also attending were H.E. Penam Rinpoche, Ven. Shabdrung Lhundrup Tengay, Ogyen Tobgyal Rinpoche, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche as well as Lodi Gyari Rinpoche, Bhutuk Gyari and Sonam Tenphel (representatives of the Nyingma School of the Tibetan Parliament in-exile), Dolma Gyari (Deputy Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in-exile), and representatives from different monasteries. All monks and nuns of Mindrolling Monastery and many of the local lay community were present to pay their respects to Rinpoche.


Since the establisment of Mindrolling monastery in India by H.E. Khochhen Rinpoche and the late H.E. Jampal Lodro Rinpoche, Rinpoche has worked tirelessly for the construction and maintenance of Mindrolling Monastery. H.E. Khochhen Rinpoche's efforts and perseverance have played a major role in every improvement and expansion of the monastery through the years. The prominent Stupa of Peace was build under his guidance. Since the parinirvana of Kyabje Mindrolling Trichen Rinpoche, he is now the President of Mindrolling Monastery. May His Eminence's activities flourish without obstacles and may he have a long and healthy life.


March 21, 2010
Second Enthronement of Khenpos

Congratulations to the six new Khenpos of the Mindrolling Shedra (Ngagyur Nyingma College) have graduated and were enthroned on March 21, 2010 (6th of the 2nd month in the lunar calender).


New Khenpos, left to right:
Khenpo Ngendak, Khenpo Thechog Gyeltsen, Khenpo Yeshe Phuntsog, Khenpo Gyurme Dorje, Khenpo Kalsang Nyima, and Khenpo Palden Phuntsog.


Senior Ceremony Officiators, seated in center:
H.E. Khochhen Rinpoche, H.E. Minling Khenchen Rinpoche, H.E. Penam Rinpoche, and Venerable Tulku Lhundrup Tengay.


This is the second enthronement of Khenpos for Mindrolling Monastery in exile. In 2005, Mindrolling Monastery of India held its first enthronement of Khenpos in its history.

Above: H.E. Khochhen Rinpoche presented certificates to the new Khenpos; H.E. Minling Khenchen Rinpoche gave a speech.



February 28, 2010
New Supreme Head of Nyingma Lineage Appointed

 
It is with great happiness that we announce the joyful news that Kyabje Trulshig Rinpoche, one of most pre-eminent and respected masters of the Nyingma lineage, has accepted the committee's request to be the New Supreme Head of the Nyingma Lineage. The position has been vacant since the parinirvana of Kyabje Penor Rinpoche in March of 2009 who replaced Kyabje Minling Trichen after his parinirvana in 2008. Hereafter, Kyabje Trulshig Rinpoche is the Supreme Head of the Nyingma Lineage.
We wish Kyapje Trulshig Rinpoche a long life so that he may benefit all sentient beings prevailing in the world.

Kyabje Trulshig Rinpoche has appointed H.E. Khochhen Rinpoche as the General Secretary of Nyingmapa.
 


February 22, 2010
Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche 100th Anniversary

H.E. Khochhen Rinpoche and Minling Khenchen Rinpoche traveled to Nepal to pay tribute to Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche on his 100th Birthday Anniversary at a ceremony which had begun a few days earlier. Khyentse Rinpoche lived between 1910 and 1991.
 


February 2010
Determination for Head of Nyingma Lineage Begins

During the Nyingma Monlam Chenmo of 2010, several meetings were held in Bodhgaya regarding the appointment of the new Supreme Head of The Nyingma Lineage. The previous head was Kyabje Penor Rinpoche who has now passed into Parinirvana. The meetings were attended by senior Nyingmapa teachers including Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, Minling Khenchen Rinpoche, Khochhen Rinpoche, Rigo Tulku and other members of the organization. Please click here to read more...

Senior Nyingma Rinpoches (left to right):
Kyabje Chadral Rinpoche; Kyabje Dodrupchen Rinpoche;
Kyapje Trulshig Rinpoche; and Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche.


February 17, 2010
2nd Parinirvana Anniversary Ceremony

 
The entire Mindrolling Sangha commemorated the second anniversary of His Holiness Mindrolling Trichen Rinpoche passing into parinirvana. The Minling Dorsem (Vajrasattva) was the ceremony performed. About 100 Mindrolling monks who are still in Bodhgaya receiving the Nyingma rGyus bum teachings also observed the anniversary under the famous Bodhi tree.

H.H. Mindrolling Trichen Rinpoche is remembered as the true emanation of Guru Rinpoche. He passed into parinirvana on the 3rd day of the first month of the lunar calendar, which in the western calendar would be February 9, 2008.


January 16-25, 2010
Nyingma Monlam Chenmo

The annual Nyingma Monlam Chenmo, also known as World Peace Prayers, began January 16th and continued for ten days in Bodhgaya, India. As usual, thousands of people from around the world attended the successful prayer event. As the sponsor this year, His Eminence Khenchen Rinpoche made a special dedication of the event to our two prominent and exceptional Teachers to whom he is extremely grateful, Kyabje Minling Trichen Rinpoche and Kyabje Penor Rinpoche. Khenchen Rinpoche acknowledged that largely due to the kindness of donors, he has been able to fulfill his second term commitment and looks forward to sponsoring again in 2012. He is exceedingly grateful for each and every contribution and donation offered. You may read more Monlam information in the projects’ section.


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