Due to the efforts and teachings of the great Mahaguru Padmasambhava, Buddhism flourished in Tibet beginning in the 8th century. Of the four main schools that developed, the oldest is the Nyingma or the Old Translation School. The Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug lineages comprise the Sarma or New Translation School.The essence of the Nyingma lineage is the precious Dzogchen teachings, the most ancient, powerful and direct teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. For today’s troubled world, these teachings are the clearest and most effective way to realize one’s full potential as a human being. The Nyingmapa or Nyingma School has six main monasteries of learning and practice. Of the six, Mindrolling is one of the largest and most important practice and study centers in Central Tibet.
Since its establishment in 1676 by the great Dharma King Chogyal Terdag Lingpa, Mindrolling has attracted monks from the length and breadth of Tibet. Mindrolling is considered by all the great masters of Tibetan Buddhism, and especially by all the teachers of the Nyingma lineage as an inspiring example of practicing the pure and profound Dharma of Vajrayana Buddhism. An unbroken lineage of great masters continues up to this day and Mindrolling is known throughout the Dharma world, both as the lineage and monastery dedicated completely to Dharma activities and as a main center for maintaining the precious secret Vajrayana Doctrined.
WHEN CAN YOU VISIT BUDDHA TEMPLE AND STUPA
8am to 12:00 noon.
12:00 noon to 2:00 pm (Lunch Break, area is opened but the Shrine Rooms are closed)
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12:00 noon to 2:30 pm (Lunch Break, area is opened but the Shrine Rooms are closed)
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29th Annual Ngagyur Nyingma Monlam Chenmo at Bodhgaya will begin from 17th Jan, 2018 for ten days. This year is the second year of HIs Eminence Minlling Khenchen Rinpoche’s responsibility as a President of Ngagyur Nyingma Monlam Chenmo International Foundation.
Summer Retreat 2018 successfully Ended
Yarney (Summer Retreat.)
Monks undertake Summer Retreat in order to purify and strengthen their precepts. It is held every year for a month and half starting from 15th of 6th month of Tibetan calendar till the end of 7th month. It is held so that the monks can minimize the chances of harming creatures and even humans knowingly or unknowingly. Staying in summer retreat also help monks accomplish virtues and wholesome tasks easily and minimize tragedies that occur to them when going outside. They are left with less activities whereby providing them plenty of time to study and practice. It also acts as a bridge to connect to much more precepts of a monk that they should follow.
Gagyey (Ceremony of lifting the restrictions set during summer retreat.)
As the name suggest, it is a ceremony that monks undergo right after summer retreat where they are lifted away from those extra restrictions that were imposed on them to follow while in the retreat. It is somewhat like a reward for staying in the retreat.
Rinpoches visit at Taiwan
His Holiness Minlling Khenchen Rinpoche attended the Grand Annual World Peace ceremony at Taipei, organised by Chung Hwa International Buddhist Association and Sangha Offering Group on 2nd Sept, 2018.
Along with the religious head from Buddhist Countries like Great China, Veitnam, Myanmar, Singapore and so on, His Holiness led the prayers as and ceremonies as requested by organisers.
The ceremony dedicated for the peace and prosperity of the world began with prayers in the morning with all the Sangha and Lay practitioners.
Rinpoche led the liberating rituals as per the liturgy of "THUKJE CHENPO DUK-NGA RANGDROL" (avaloketeshvara natural freedom from five poison) in the afternoon.
May Buddha Dharma florish forever.
His Eminence Minlling Khenchen Rinpoche Graced Taiwan Ngagyur Nyingma Monlam
The Taiwan Ngagyur Nyingma Monlam Ceremony which was held on 18thAugust 2018. His Eminence 9th Minlling Khenchen Rinpoche along with 7thsuprem head of Ngagyur Nyingmapa, His Holiness Kathok Getse Rinpoche and His Eminence Muksang Kuchen Rinpoche graced the prayer along with hundreds of Sangha and thousands of devotees.
The prayer is conducted for the peace and prosperity of people at Taiwan and for the whole sentient beings as the main practice of Buddha’s heart teachings. In the short speech, Rinpoche mentioned about how the great merit and opportunity that this ceremony has brought all together in the history of Taiwan Buddhist. And that all gathered are for the purpose of accomplishing two accumulations. Rinpoche expressed his heartfelt gratitude to everyone for this grand ceremony.
May Buddha Dharma reach the highest of all for all sentient beings
Speech delivered by Chairman of NNC, Ven. Khenpo Karma Thrinly during the Inauguration of New Shrine hall cum Library
We are all gathered here solely because of our faith and devotion towards Buddha and to his marvellous teaching. The main objective of college is to educate students with the teachings of Sutra and Tantra and ways to put them into practice. Moreover, to fulfil the aims and views of His Eminence Minlling Khenchen Rinpoche, from simple way of living to positive thinking and emphasis on developing good and compassionate heart and particularly looking more ways to propagate Buddha’s teaching to help appease this turbulent world. His Eminence MinllingKhenchen Rinpoche has, therefore, taken up great responsibility with intense hardship to bring this into reality and many devoted sponsors has supported him wholeheartedly.
Today you all witness the completion of NgagyurNyingma College’s new Shrine Hall and library with necessary facilities. With great determination and hardship, Rinpoche has managed to complete it in couple of years. Since from 1988 April 26th, NgagyurNyingma college has given 700 Buddhist students, 200 graduates and 43 khanpos. At present most of the khenpos and graduates are giving their teaching service in the different monasteries in different parts of Bhutan, Nepal and India as required. This year alone,our Teachers and Khenpos are serving in 24 different Monasteries beyond the borders. And looking into future how best we can benefit all sentient beings through our little ways.
Finally I conclude by thanking His Eminence MinllingKhenchen Rinpoche for his tremendous effort and all the sponsors for their dedicated support.
Lay Buddhist’s Association, Republic of China Invites Minlling Khenchen Rinpoche as Instructor of Tibetan Buddhism
Lay Buddhist’s Association was founded in 1968 with its ambition to help the communities in the fields of health and education, awareness of healthy life and support to those youths who are under influence of drugs abuse around the globe. It also functions as a major forum of discussion about Buddhist principles and values of Mahayana Buddhism.
The lay Buddhist associations now have more than 5000 participants including members and staff from Great China.
It’s an opportunity to serve the Buddha Dharma and indeed a great pride to Mindrolling lineage for choosing His Holiness the 9th Minlling Khenchen Rinpoche as an instructor for this grand association. May the Buddha Dharma grow to its highest possible dimension and may all sentient beings get benefit.
The Inauguration of New Shrine Hall and Library of NNC
The 4th day of 6th month in lunar calendar, the first Sermon of Lord Buddha. The victorious Tibetan year of 2145. Corresponding to the 16th of July 2018 is the chosen day for inauguration of New Shrine hall and library for Ngagyur Nyingma College, Mindrolling monastery which is an important day in the history of Great Mindrolling Lineage in India.
The Shrine hall has been successfully completed under the strict personal guidance of HE Minlling Khenchen Rinpoche. It’s perfect mixture of traditional culture and modern art where by the whole look is simple, vast and perfect. Not only the outer structures, but also the inner figures like statues, paintings and portraits were installed only according to the pure vision of Rinpoche.
The 6ft tall Buddha Sakyamuni Statue and its entire attire is being copied from Buddha’s Statue at Maha Boddhi temple at Bodhgaya. We can proudly say that this is the first time in history of Tibetan Buddhism. The gigantic hall will be used as a prayer Hall where monks from Shedra will perform religious activities like, expounding, debate and so on. The Holy rainy retreat will be observed in the hall. The upper part will be used as a Library hall where sacred and important text will be kept. It has Vajrasattava made up of pure copper painted in gold as the main statue. Open and free with maximum space is what makes this perfect place for the monks to study, practice and do open debate.
During the inauguration day, His Eminence Kyabjey Khochen Rinpoche was especially invited to grace the event. Taiwan based Chung-Hwa international merit society of Buddha and Sangha offering paid a visit for the event. Vietnam Mindrolling Sangha event attained the event beginning from the preparation.
The most auspicious moment of the day was, when the Holy Wisdom Message from His Holiness the 12th Minlling Thrichen Gyurmey Kuenzang Jigmey Rinpoche was heard. Rinpoche sends all his blessings and greetings from land of Snow to his retinue in Noble India with touching and beautiful poem.
Mindrolling Shedra, Ngagyur Nyingma College has 165 students, 25 teachers and 15 khenpos in total taking part in daily activities regularly.
The success of such a wonderful event is all because of hardwork and dedication from all the monks, Khenpos, teachers and hearty sponsors.
Ngagyur Nyingma College
Ngagyur Nyingma College, an Institute of Higher Buddhist Philosophy and Research looks forward in acquiring wholesome education and unity among different sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
In a recent days, we the Sangha of NNC are very pleased to have this great soul with us.
A Literature Professor Beri Jigmey Wangyal laa to share his best knowledge of Tibetan Poetry. Best known in Tibetan literary circles for being the only romantic poet who has a Geshe degree, Beri Jigme Wangyal has published over 20 books on a wide variety of subjects and teaches at the Central University of Tibetan Studies in Varanasi, India. He has said that he hopes that his books, “have the potential to change people’s soul.” We the Students of NNC are lucky to have him for second time, first in 2014 and this year as well to learn and study with him.
Lharam Gashey Jamyang Trashi Laa. Born and brought up at Ladag, studied Buddhist Philosophies extensively for 21 years at Serajey Monastery. In 2011; after passing out with first division at the grand final Geshay Examination, and continued to study for Gashey Ngakrampa at Sangchen Toejued Dratsang for 3 years. After 2014, as per His Holiness Dalai Lama’s suggestion, taking responsibility in introducing Buddhist philosophy at Ladag Communities. Until now, serving Buddha Dharma around the world in whichever way possible.
We the students are lucky enough to have Gashey Laa here to teach us and impart a wisdom for all times to come.
Trel-Dha Tsechu at MIndrolling 2018
5th month of Lunar calendar is known to the Buddhist world as Trel-Dha, a month of Monkey among 12 months. This was the month in which Guru Rinpoche, the Tantic Buddha was born. 10th of this month is very special.
Annually, three days of Lama Sangdu Ritual is performed at Mindroling Monastery which began today.
Attended by 100s of monks including Trulkus senior and junior. The Chant Master Umze Trulku Ngawang Jigdrel Kuenga leads the Ritual as always.
May the Buddha Dharma Remain Firm.
Ngagyur Nyingma College
Ngagyur Nyingma College, an Institute of higher Buddhist studies and research under Mindrolling Monastery is commemorating the Maha Per-Nirvana of Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche.
The coordinators of Mipham Maha pernirvana this year are very much lucky and blessed to have the presence of His Eminence Minlling Khenchen Rinpoche . The coordinators are,
Trulku Ugyen Rinzin,
Lopon Thubten Namgyal,
Lopon Jinpa Namgyal and
A day-long ceremony is conducted to remember the great fullness of the Master for his works and teachings specially the those Buddhist who study the Buddha Dharma intellectually.
“Mipham Rinpoche was born in the region of Derge in eastern Tibet. At the age of fifteen he undertook eighteen months of intensive retreat on Manjushri. He later confided to some of his students that from then on he had always been able to understand any text he read. Patrul Rinpoche taught him on the famous ninth chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara, ‘Wisdom’, and himself confirmed that after just five days’ teaching, Mipham Rinpoche had completely mastered both the words and meaning of the text. Mipham Rinpoche also received and mastered innumerable teachings and transmissions from Jamyang Khyentsé Wangpo and Jamgön Kongtrul, as well as from masters of all traditions throughout Tibet. He always took to heart Je Tsongkhapa’s famous advice that the teachings should be regarded first and foremost as practical guidance for life rather than merely as intellectual speculations. Mipham Rinpoche had an enormous impact in re-awakening a deep reverence and interest in the Nyingma and Dzogchen teachings. His contribution to the Rimé movement is inestimable.
Shortly before he passed away, he told his attendant Lama Ösel:
Nowadays, if you speak the truth, there is nobody to listen; if you speak lies everyone thinks it is true. I have never said this before: I am not an ordinary person; I am a bodhisattva who has taken rebirth through aspiration. The suffering experienced in this body is just the residue of karma; but from now on I will never again have to experience karmic obscuration. … Now, in this final age, the barbarians beyond the frontier are close to undermining the teaching. there is no point whatsoever in my taking rebirth here…I have no reason to take birth in impure realms ever again” thus the master left us all 106 years ago.
THE ANNUAL LIFE RELEASING PROGRAM OF NGAGYUR NYINGMA COLLEGE
Today, on the auspecious 15th day of 4th month of tibetan calendar which is withnessed as the day of buddha’s 5 sacred acts falling in one same day, we the Sangha of Ngagyur Nyingma College, Mindrolling Monastery carried out the virtuous act of releasing lives of thousands of fishes as an annual life releasing Ceremony.
The co-ordinator of the program and the whole Sangha of the monastery would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those generous people for their contributions without which, the program would not have taken its shape and also to those who have put in great amount of time and effort so that the program went swiftly and leave smiles on the faces of everyone of us at the end of a busy and exhausting day.
May the wishes and aspirations of all of you be fulfilled and may the Dharma and all those great beings that holds and spread dharma towards all directions live long.
Thank You and SARWA MANGALAM!!!
Ngagyur Nyingma College Resumes for its new Academic Year
Ngagyur Nyingma College, an Institute of Higher Buddhist Philosophy and research under Wogmin Ogyen Mindrolling Monastery in India resumes for its new Academic year.
At the annual award day, along with results and certificates, recruiting new Administrator and exchange of other responsibility holders were also done.
Khenpo Karma Thrinly is new president followed by khenpo Sonam Rabten as deputy Chair Person. Lopon Tshering Phuntsho as secretary, Khenpo Jurmey Phelgyed and lopon Tashi Paljor as Cashier. Khenpo Sherab Gyatso, lopon Ngawang Theckchok and lopon Ugyen Tshering as Examiner which makes the complete administration team for a year.
Ngagyur Nyingma College is proud to have 14 of our students graduated after nine consecutive years. They will now serve as teachers in various monasteries in India, Nepal, Bhutan and rest of the world. We offer our warm Greetings and prayers.
Big congratulations and TRASHI DELEK to those academic toppers and to all others.
The Sacred Dance Manifest
Lama Sangdü. བླ་མ་གསང་འདུས་ is a revelation of Guru Chöwang (1212-1270), a speech incarnation of King Trisong Detsen. Lama Sangdü is the main lama practice in the Rinchen Terdzö and the Döjo Bumzang. It is practised by all schools of Tibetan Buddhism, especially on the 10th day of the Tibetan month and the anniversary of the birth of Guru Rinpoche. And Mindrolling monastery has become the central icon among the Nyingma tradition in Tibet after great dharma king, Terdag Lingpa revive the treasure. In the same way, Mindrolling monastery in India has also become the central icon among the Nyingma monasteries in exile. The three days ceremony which begins from 8th of 2nd lunar month is part of annual grand ceremony in the monastery.
The sacred dance of eight manifestation of Guru padma Sambhava are being performed.
The sequence of dances are as follows:
Tsangpa And Ja
10 Days Long Kagyed Drupchen Ended
The Great Accomplishments on KAGYED DESHEK DUEPA came to an end successfully on 20/3/2018.
This ten days great Sadhana is performed every year as a part of monastery’s annual function.
It is performed in accordance with the instructions of the great master, Chögyal Terdag Lingpa, and to commemorate the anniversary of his parinirvana.
On the 9th day of the first lunar month (the 10 of March 2018), this wondrous ten-day ceremony began in the Great Stupa at Mindrolling Monastery in India. This sacred drubchen is based on the Kagyed De-Sheg Du Pa terma, one of the treasure teachings discovered by the renowned, Tertön 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 grieve 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. From that time on, the Kagyed drubchen has been held every year at Mindrolling to commemorate the passing of this peerless guru and founder of Mindrolling.
It is a precious time when everyone at Mindrolling Monastery and the Dhondup Ling Tibetan Colony comes together to receive the blessings and enjoy the spectacular Cham (ritual dance) performed by the monks each evening of the Kagyed drubchen.
Nearing to Complete Accomplishments of Mantra
New library cum Shrine hall is nearing its completion. Trulkus, Khenpos and senior monks presided over the
Zungdrup ceremony (accomplishments of Mantras) for the Buddha and Vajrasattva Statue.
The Mantra will soon be inserted and finalised.
His Eminence Minlling Khenchen Rinpoche’s annual Dharma Visit to Vietnam
Rinpoche accompanied by a group of Sangha from Ngagyur Nyingma College visited Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam and then to Hochiminh City which is in the south of Vietnam. Rinphce’s Teachings for the lay persons are simple and easy to follow for the beginners.
We are all very lucky to have this very Human life which has a capable of doing good deeds as wel as bad. If we compare with the other living beings, Human beings are very less because its very difficult to get. We need lots of virtue and positive karma to have this very precious jewel of human life.
Once we have this very precious Human life, one sad thing again is, it is impermanent, we don’t know what will happen next moment. So, it is important to use this life as a divice to perform a good deeds and create a positive karma, practice and dedicate for good purpose. When I say, practice I doesn’t mean ONLY praying, meditating and visiting Temples every day. Practice i mean is making and watching of your motivation. Motivation is one single important in which ever practice we perform.
We have uncountable customs and rituals like reciting, chanting and reading on different deities like Tara, Guru Rinpoche, Buddha and many more, what ever may be, if your motivation is to have a good and healthy life, good income, have lots of wealth and so on, your motivation is too small because its self centered one. It’s little thing. If you are doing the practice with the big vision of benifeting the countless sentient beings, for the peace and prosperity of all sentient beings, then it is really called as pure motivation and Compassion. We recite and chant mantra not for Buddha or Guru Rinpoche, Buddha and Guru Rinpoche does not need any mantra for the self’s.
I saw in some of your homes, you have very attractive alter with expensive paintings and arts and we say we get blessings form them, but just hanging it on the alter will less help you. How do we get blessing? Having or not having an expensive statue and painting is not so important, we have, it’s good. And it’s okay if we don’t have also, but following their teachings is what is more important. If you have very expensive alter and your activities are just opostie to what the Buddha’s teachings are, you are creating and bad karma which is more heavy then normal bad karma. We Asian Buddhist have habit of liking too much of recieving the emportant only. Practice is more important then recieving. Recieving so many empowerments and not practicing is just like expecting and fruits without the seed. Get one empowerments and practice on one dieties. Nothing magical will happen, even Buddha himself has worked hard to get enlightenment and shown us the path, we need to have good motive and dedication to our own self. Don’t expect something miracle will happen like in farry tales reading story books.
Keeping Buddhas statue and having an attractive alters are only the Branch of what I mean by practice. The main key of the practice is moulding your mind and watching your activities of Body, speech and mind. Reflect to your own mind and learn your self weather you are good human beings or bad human beings. Feel shame on yourself if you are not going on the path asper the teachings.
One more important thing is, If you are non vegiterrian, keep a perticular time in a year as vegiterrian so that it will help reduce killing many sentient beings, depending of your diet, health and other status, dedicate on eating less non vegetable
The visit was for two weeks and on 13th of march, the group returned to Monastery in Derhadun.