Archive of 2017 News & Events
Tibetan New Year of the Fire Bird
Monday, February 27th — 10am
Lha Sang Puja & Guru Padmasambhava Tsok with a potluck lunch following at noon.
Day of Buddha Shakyamuni's Great Miracles
Sunday, March 12th — 10 am
Full Moon (15th) Day of the 1st lunar month Avalokitesvara (Chenrezig) meditation practice & OM MANI PADME HUNG mantra accumulation dedicated to the long life of HH the Dalai Lama.
A potluck lunch will follow at noon.
The temple kitchen renovation that began in March, 2015 was completed this year. It is an exquisite "dream" kitchen that serves as a living/dining room and is spacious enough for a dozen people to work during events. We thank everyone who gave to this effort! In particular, we offer our heartfelt gratitude to one extraordinary individual who committed his financial support from the start and contributed until the project was done!
Fire Monkey Year
This is the Fire Monkey Year (2/9/16–2/26/17) and the 10th day of the 5th lunar month in the Monkey Year is very special to Nechung Monastery. For this occasion, there are ceremonies associated with Guru Padmasambhava and trances of the Nechung State Oracle & other Oracles. At the Nechung Monastery's request, His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave teachings on "The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones", a text written by Patrul Rinpoche. This year, these events took place at Rewalsar in Northern India.
Tiapala Returns to India
Tiapala (Lobsang Toldan) moved back to India in early October. He lived at the temple since 1984 and was loved by many people. At 81 years old, his health is in a good balance, except for arthritic knees which causes mobility issues. He is enjoying being with the monastic community.
Nechung Dharmapala Center
After a year-long wait, Geshe Wangchuk, a monk from Nechung Monastery, finally arrived at Nechung Dharmapala Center (our affiliate center) in Los Angeles. He will lead prayer sessions, guided meditations and give Buddhist teachings. NDC is a peaceful oasis in the city dedicated to Tibetan Buddhism and Culture. Two beautiful guest rooms are available for friends and visitors to the area. You can visit them on the web at www.nechungla.org.