December 1, 2008|
The five Ngagyur Nyingma College annual examinations began on December 4th. Due to the Rinchen Terdzo Lung and Wang conducted during the day, the exams were held in the evenings. The exam dates were:
August 22, 2008
Primary School Extended to the 9th Grade
- 1st exam – December 4th
- 2nd exam – December 11th
- 3rd exam – December 18th
- 4th exam – December 25th
- 5th exam – January 1st
H.E. Khochhen Rinpoche, Lama Gyurtod, Lama Tenchab and H.E. Khenchen Rinpoche, discussed and finalized the decision to upgrade the Primary School for younger monks by extending it one more grade. Until now, the Primary School has taught monks through the 8th grade and now will add 9th grade students. The curriculum has been revised and reformatted for all of the grades. The curriculum for the 9th grade will include ritual study and memorization. One of the main rituals to be studied is the Thugje Chenpo (Red Chenrezig) ritual.
July 20, 2008
Torma Manual Distributed
The Torma Manual has been published. It was distributed to the monks in Mindrolling this month.
May 13, 2008
College Examination Results
The annual results examination of 2007 were distributed to the College monks on May 13th. Below are the monks who scored first and second in their respected classes (1 to 9).
May 12, 2008
Examination Results for Primary School
H.E. Khenchen Rinpoche passed out the annual exam results from the 2007 school year to the young monks of the Primary school at Mindrolling monastery.
May 6, 2008
The Shedra resumed following the annual holiday.
April 29, 2008
Umdze Jamphel Sheyen Begins Three-year Retreat
We are pleased to announce that Umdze Jamphel Sheyen departed for a three-year retreat at H.E. Dzongsar Khyentse's retreat centre in Bhutan. While at Mindrolling, he has made commendable achievements through his selfless contributions that will continue to benefit the dharma for all sentient beings. We will miss his daily dedicated efforts and would welcome his return to Mindrolling at the completion of this phase of his course of development.
Mindrolling Rituals Manual
For the very first time in Mindrolling History, the Mindrolling Compositional and Editorial committee will be printing a complete manual of seven volumes on Mindrolling Rituals. It will include Minling Dorsem (Vajrasattva), Kagyed Drubchen, Yamantaka Drupchen, Phurpa (Vajrakilaya) Drupchen, She Tro by Lochen Dharmashiri, Tsog Chen Dhupa, Mindrolling Protector (Ngodrub Roltso), Rigzin Thug Thig, Thugje Chenpo, and Nara Dongtru as well as several shorter pujas. A complete Torma manual with very precise details and high resolution photos to illustrate the specific colors of each torma will replace the current instructional publication.
|Umdze Tsultrim |
|Umdze Jamphel Sheyen
This manual has been made possible after two years of careful guidance by Mindrolling’s two main Umdzes (chant leaders), Umdze Jampel Sheyen and Umdze Tsultrim. The new edition is based on the old handwritten manual. It will explain how to perform the rituals, how to make the offerings, where each of the offerings should be placed, as well as which musical instruments should be used when and where for a particular ritual (puja). The seven-volume manual will be offered to the monks for the ease of performing complete Mindrolling rituals properly.
In early 2008, H.E. Khenchen Rinpoche, with a group of monks, visited Nalanda University, an ancient university in Bihar, India. It is one of the first great universities in recorded history. You may enjoy more photos in the Photo Gallery.
January 9-18, 2008
Nyingma Mönlam Chenmo in Bodhgaya
The 2008 Nyingma Monlam Chenmo (World Peace Prayers’ event) in Bodhgaya has ended its annual 10-day practice. Everything went smoothly again this year. It was a joy to see so many new faces of Teachers and Lamas from various areas who also attended. In addition, High Teachers like H.H. Penor Rinpoche and H.E Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche participated in the Monlam as well as many other Teachers of different lineages.
Although H.E. Khenchen Rinpoche sponsored this year’s event, he says it would not have been such a wonderful success without the many kind donations already received. To all of his donors, Khenchen Rinpoche would like to take this opportunity to send a very heartfelt message...
“Thank You for your generous contributions.
May your wishes be fulfilled.
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College Events - Prior to 2008
December 29, 2007
College Annual Examination
The annual examination for the monks of Ngagyur Nyingma College has completed. Many monks will now prepare to depart for the annual Nyingmapa World Peace Prayer (Monlam Chenmo
) being held in Bodhgaya. The event will last for 10 days.
May 2, 2007
Ngagyur Nyingma College Graduation
Twenty-three students graduated as Lopons from the Shedra
. The graduation certificates were given to the students by H.E. Trulshig Rinpoche.
H.E. Khenchen Rinpoche, H.E. Trulshig Rinpoche, H.E. Khochen Rinpoche
The Lopon is a degree given after nine years of rigorous studies which includes the studies of Vinaya (monastic disciplines), Abhidharma (metaphysics), Sutra (discourses) and Mantrayana with each of these having its introductory, intermediate and advance levels. After completing the nine years, monks have to take up three years of voluntary teaching, management or research work at the Institute. Following that, only outstanding monks are awarded with the title of Khenpo. This year thirty-four new monks were admitted in the Shedra after their entrance examination.
Khenpo Tsegyal In Charge of New Delhi Branch
Since the inaugration of Mindrolling's branch monastery in the north of New Delhi in 2005, Khenpos from the Shedra have been in charge (head). Khenpo Tsegyal is currently head of the monastery. The first to be in charge of the monastery was Khenpo Wangchuck who stayed there for seven months, then Khenpo Lhatse was in charge. While staying at the branch monastery, those who are in charge give teachings, hold ceremonies and also take care of administrative affairs. There are seven other monks who also stay at the monastery
Lay Buddhists’ Assoc. ROC Organize Teachings
Recently in Taiwan, H.E. Khenchen Rinpoche conducted a series of teaching activities and Buddhist exchanges with a number of Mahayanist groups. Lay Buddhists' Association Republic of China (Lay Buddhists’ Association ROC) was the main organizer in Taiwan for this trip.
Lay Buddhists’ Association ROC was founded in 1968 and has been officially representing Taiwan at many international Buddhist conferences. Its members place a large emphasis on Dharma teaching to the general public in order to fulfill the goal of Humanistic Buddhism.
H.E. Khenchen Rinpoche was appointed as the Advisor of Vajrayana Buddhism for Lay Buddhists’ Association ROC by the President, Dr. Steven Huang. On this trip to Taiwan in September 2008, Khenchen Rinpoche congratulated Lay Buddhists’ Association ROC on its 40th Anniversary and thanked its members for their kind assistance in organizing the teaching activities in Taiwan.
H.E. Khenchen Rinpoche is very pleased that the member organizations of Lay Buddhists’ Association ROC have been committing themselves to many types of charitable activities, i.e.:
- promoting health services
- helping the underprivileged African school children
- setting up Dharma centers in Africa
- sponsoring Sangha members who offer Dharma teaching in Africa
- assisting many of China’s monasteries in their construction and refurbishment of temples
- offering help during the May 2008 Earthquake disaster relief, etc.
In addition, Khenchen Rinpoche was very touched because the Eastern Sun Group
, originally founded by H.E. Khenchen Rinpoche to provide the structure for his numerous projects, and Lay Buddhists’ Association ROC are sharing the common goal to transmit Buddhism by promoting the “Construction Program for the Buddhist Library” and aiding the disadvantaged. Therefore on this trip, the Eastern Sun Group of Taiwan happily joined as a member organization of Lay Buddhists’ Association, with Khenchen Rinpoche's wish that we all will continue to strive for our best in order to enrich Buddhism internationally.
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Teachings & Travels - Prior to 2008
October 5, 2007
Guyagarbha Tantra Commentry
H.E. Khenchen Rinpoche gave the 2-day annual oral transmission on Guyagarbha Tantra Commentary by Lochen Dharmashiri
, the second Minling Khenchen, to the Shedra monks.
July 8-15, 2007
Long Life Ceremony for His Holiness the Dalai Lama
H.E. Trulshig Rinpoche, H.E. Khochen Rinpoche, H.E. Khenchen Rinpoche and 35 monks went to Dharmsala to represent Mindrolling for the Long Life Ceremony for His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
It was held in the palace of His Holiness. It began on July 8th and ended on July 15th. On the final day of the ceremony, all of the main high Nyingma Teachers, H.H. Penor Rinpoche, H.H. Dhujom Rinpoche, H.H. Khenste Rinpoche, H.E. Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche and many others came to offer the Long Life Offerings to His Holiness.
Travel to Bhutan
H.E. Khenchen Rinpooche traveled to Bhutan to evaluate the progress of the Retreat Center project. He gave teachings while he was there.
While in Thimpu, Bhutan, H.E. Khenchen Rinpoche gave the Long Life empowerment and later that evening, the community organized a cultural dance for him. H.E. Khenchen Rinpoche gave the Chenrize empowerment and later gave teachings on the Four Noble Truths at the National Hall. He said that Bhutan is truely the land blessed by Guru Rinpoche (other than Tibet) and that the Bhutanese are so dedicated to Dharma.
Terchen Kabum Oral Transmission
H.E. Khenchen Rinpooche gave the Terchen Kabum oral transmission to several monks from Kham, in Eastern Tibet. Terchen Kabum is Terdak Lingpa's collection of teachings, which has his termas and numerous other precious teachings that were on the brink of being lost. The teachings contain expositions for the branches of studies of Tibetan Buddhism in 16 volumes of 300-400 pages each.
H.E. Khenchen Rinpoche made a one week visit to Switzerland for puja.
New Issue of the Annual College Magazine
The Annual Magazine of the Ngagyur Nyingma College was published.
Nyingma Monlam Chenmo
All the senior monks of Mindrolling attended the Nyingma Monlam Chenmo in Bodh Gaya again this year starting on the 28th of January. The Nyingma Monlam is an annual gathering of thousands of monks, nuns, and lay people from all over the world. The majority are from the Nyingma monasteries of India, Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan. This very sacred gathering offers ten days of prayers for World Peace and the liberation of all sentient beings.
The Nyingma Monlam Chenmo is also known as the Great World Peace Prayer Meeting and has been held annually since 1989 in Bodh Gaya, the place where Shakyamuni Buddha attained enlightenment. It is the most sacred and holy place of pilgrimage for all Buddhists. Food and accommodation is provided to all by the Monlam Chenmo Organization, which is run on donations
received from the public.
H.E. Khenchen Rinpoche, as Vice President of Monlam Chenmo Organization, will sponsor the Prayers in 2008, 2010, and 2011. H.H. Penor Rinpoche has sponsored these World Peace Prayers for the past three years of 2005, 2006, and 2007. In prior years, H.E. Dharthang Rinpoche from California has been the sponsor.