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Lama Chopa & Tsok Offering with Arjia Rinpoche

Friday, November 25, 10:00 am — 3:00 pm

Arjia Rinpoche at Nechung Wood Valley Temple

Please join us for the visit of Arjia Rinpoche on the day after Thanksgiving. Arjia Rinpoche, former abbot of Kumbum Monastery, Eastern Tibet, is the Director of the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center in Bloomington and the former Abbot of Kumbum Monastery in Eastern Tibet. Lama Chopa is a Guru Yoga practice with evocative verses of offering and devotion chanted to beautiful melodies.

Please bring offerings for the Tsok and a dish for the potluck lunch. Donations requested to support the temple.

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Tibetan New Year

A Three–Day Weekend Wtih Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche

Tulke Yeshi Rinpoche at Nechung Wood Valley Temple

Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche is a Dzogchen master and the reincarnation of Dzogchen Gyaltsab Thodo Rinpoche. He was recognized by Kyabje Trulshig Rinpoche. In the summer of 2015, a well-known lama in Kham, Tenchen Sangngag Lingpa, recognized him as one the owners of the Terton’s treasure Dharma, or Choe-Dag. He received Buddhist teachings from 45 masters representing all 5 schools of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as Tibetan Medicine. Rinpoche has written 14 books in Tibetan on the subject of Tibetan Buddhism, meditation, healing and poetry. He has published 3 books in English & recorded 5 CD’s. He also writes novels, poetry for mind training, provides Tibetan astrology readings, and bestows empowerments. Currently he has built a small Dharma Center and gives Vajrayana, especially Dzogchen teachings & Tantra Yoga classes across North America.

Saturday, May 28

Rinpoche will give an explanation on the principles of Refuge, and how to cultivate the Altruistic Mind of Enlightenment (Bodhicitta), plus contemplation of the 4 Thoughts that Turn the Mind towards the spiritual path (1. Leisure & Endowment of a Precious Human Birth, 2, Transitory Nature of Life, 3. Shortcomings of Cycle Existence, 4. Karma—Cause & Effect.

Sunday, May 29 & Monday, May 30

Rinpoche will bestow a Guru Padmasambhava initiation, and give a commentary on the practice of Guru Yoga, as outlined in "Words of My Perfect Teacher", the classic text on the Preliminary Practices to Dzogchen. We will have the opportunity to do the Guru Yoga practice with him.

In addition, he will teach the practice of the Speech Blessing utilizing 9 breaths, and visualization of the vowel, consonant & interdependence mantras.

Registration &Payment: (includes lunch)

Before May 1st: $85/day
After May 1st: $100/day

Please contact the temple at 808-928-8539 or to register.

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Saturday, February 13 & Sunday, February 14

10 am – 4 pm each day

Tibetan New Year Event at Nechung Wood Valley Temple

Tibetan New Year (Losar) is on Tuesday, February 9th. It is the year of the Fire Monkey. This year, we have scheduled the 2nd annual Losar prayer weekend on Temple grounds. Dedicated to compassion and peace in the world, and happiness and well being for Tibet in particular, we will do the practice of Avalokitesvara (tib: Chenrezig), and recite the six syllable mantra (OM MANI PADME HUNG).

Our intention is to accumulate 1,000,000 mantras. We will begin over the Valentine’s Day weekend with whomever joins us at the temple. Then, individually, we each can continue to do the practice on our own until we collectively reach the million goal. The symbolic nature of the practice and its profound meaning, along with the method to keep track of our collective accumulation, will be explained.

Daily Schedule

Session One 10 am – 12 noon
Lunch 12 noon – 2 pm
Session Two 2 pm – 4 pm

Please bring a dish for a vegetarian potluck lunch

Donations requested. The Temple needs your monetary support!

We still have beautiful jewelry and a few hand–painted thangkas from the Temple Sacred Art Fundraiser. If you are interested, please visit our fundraising page.

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New Year's Day Party

Come Join Our Us On New Year's DAy

Friday, January 1, 2016

10 am

Event includes:
Guru Padmasambhava Tsok
Riwo Sang Chod Fire Ritual
Potluck Lunch

Please bring offerings for Tsok and dishes for the potluck.

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Every Sunday 10 am - 11:30 am

Four Mandala Tara Practice

This practice is cancelled when there is a teaching program.

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Events are located at the Wood Valley Temple.

Donations are greatly appreciated. May the merit of giving and receiving benefit all Beings!

Kitchen Roof & Renovation Fundraiser

The main temple kitchen has served tens of thousands of meals over the past four decades since we have been here. It was originally built in 1933 and though some minor improvements were made in 1979, nothing has been done since. While everyone who visits feels comfortable and at home in the kitchen, it is in need of a major renovation. We need to replace the roof, stabilize the foundation, modernize the interior and enlarge the space to meet current needs. The first step will be to draw up the plans and get help with the design without changing the historical appearance of the basic structure. The scope of the work to be done is listed below:

We will post progress on remodel on our Facebook album.

  • Extend the kitchen in the back while keeping the facade the same
  • Design a work space with new counters & sinks
  • Design a dining room & living room area
  • Build a pantry for storage
  • Install a new commercial floor
  • Renovate the laundry room next to the kitchen
  • Replace the roof
Kitchen Rendering Kitchen Floorplan

The temple has much of the wood necessary for the renovation and expansion. We also have marble for the floor in the work area, as well as granite for the counters. Furnishings such as dining tables, some cabinets and couches have already been donated.

We are requesting your financial assistance with this necessary project. Funds will be directed towards roofing and construction. Contributions of any amount will be very much appreciated.

Please send your donation to:

  • Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling
  • PO Box 250, Pahala, HI 96777

Donate now by credit card or with a Paypal account by using the button below.

You may also telephone: 808-928-8539 or email: Credit cards accepted. All donations are tax-deductible. Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling is a 501 (c) 3 religious organization.

Thank you for your support.

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Temple Sacred Art

Giclee Thangka

Thangka Fundraiser – Giclee

An extraordinary work of sacred art created by monks at Nechung Monastery in Dharamsala, India, this silk brocade appliqué technique is a specialty of Nechung since Tibet. In recent years the monastery has directed its focus on philosophical studies and discontinued crafting these intricate masterpieces. As a fundraising effort to support Nechung Drayang Ling in Wood Valley, Hawai’i we made this thangka into a giclée to share with Temple friends. You will receive one of these exquisite images (18”x24”) as a gift for a donation of $500. Thank you for your support and generosity!

Hand–Painted Thangkas

We also have ten beautiful, hand–painted thangkas as gifts at the following donation levels:

  • Vajrapani (power) $500
  • Amitayus (longevity) $500
  • Green Tara (accomplishment) $500
  • Guru Mandala $500
  • Samantabhadra & Consort $1,000
  • Aksobhya $750
  • Birth of Buddha $500
  • White Tara (longevity/wisdom) $500
  • Avalokitesvara (compassion) $1,000
  • Namgyalma (longevity) $250

Please support Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling in Wood Valley. Since our establishment in 1973 we have been welcoming visitors from the islands and all over the world to our programs, sanctuary, guest house and temple store. With your support, we have hosted over fifty Lamas of Major Lineages including His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We are honored to be affiliated with Nechung Monastery, the home of the Chief State Oracle of Tibet.

Please contact the temple at 808-928-8539 or if you have questions, or wish to arrange a time to see this collection.

You may also make a tax–deductible contribution directly to Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling, a 501 (c) 3 religious organization. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Thank you for your kind support of Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling in Wood Valley, Ka’u on the Big Island of Hawai’i.

Click on any image below to see more information about each piece.

  • Hand Painted Thangka - Vajrapani $500
  • Hand Painted Thangka - White Tara $500
  • Hand Painted Thangka - Green Tara $500
  • Hand Painted Thangka - Samantabhadra with Consort $1,000
  • Hand Painted Thangka - Guru Mandala $500
  • Hand Painted Thangka - Birth of Buddha $500
  • Hand Painted Thangka - Amitayus $500
  • Hand Painted Thangka - Aksobhya $750
  • Hand Painted Thangka - 1000 Arm Avalokitesvara - No Longer Available
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Jewelry Fundraiser
for the Temple Kitchen Renovation

Jewelry Fundraiser – Coral Set

The renovation and expansion of the main Temple Kitchen will begin this year. It is a project long overdue. The kitchen serves hundred of meals annually to friends and visitors during programs and events. In past visits you may have noticed rusty patched roof and the limited space for work and seating.

To raise funds for this project, a friend of the Temple has generously donated a collection of exquisite jewelry to be available for a limited period of three (3) months this summer from July 1st to October 1st. He is a jewelry designer whose creations were sold exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue and art galleries.

Jewelry Fundraiser – Pearl & Coin Set

The collection consists of earrings and necklaces made of gem-quality pearls, semi-precious stones, mother of pearl, etc. with 14 karat gold settings. Most pieces are one–of–a–kind and will be sold to temple friends at 60% discount off of the retail price. Every cent of the proceeds will go towards the kitchen renovation. This is an excellent way for you to acquire something beautiful for yourself and/or loved ones at a fraction of the price AND contribute to the Temple!

Jewelry Fundraiser – Topaz & Peridot

Please contact the temple at 808-928-8539 or if you have questions, or wish to arrange a time to see this collection.

You may also make a tax–deductible contribution directly to Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling, a 501 (c) 3 religious organization. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Thank you for your kind support of Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling in Wood Valley, Ka’u on the Big Island of Hawai’i.

Click on any image below to see more information about each piece.

  • Jewelry Fundraiser – Coral Set
  • Jewelry Fundraiser – Pearl & Coin Set
  • Jewelry Fundraiser – Coin Pearl Lei
  • Jewelry Fundraiser – Serpentine Jade Necklace
  • Jewelry Fundraiser – Labradorite Necklace
  • Jewelry Fundraiser – Chalcedony Necklace
  • Jewelry Fundraiser – Fresh Water Pearl Necklace
  • Jewelry Fundraiser – Amethyst Necklace
  • Jewelry Fundraiser – Double Strand Quartz Necklace
  • Jewelry Fundraiser – Natural Coral Necklace
  • Jewelry Fundraiser – Tourmaline Necklace
  • Jewelry Fundraiser – Chalcedony Necklace
  • Jewelry Fundraiser – Red Branch Coral Necklace
  • Jewelry Fundraiser – Mother of Pearl Necklace
  • Jewelry Fundraiser – Kyanite Necklace
  • Jewelry Fundraiser – Petal Pearl Necklace