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Gratitude Offerings to Our Teachers

An Important Announcement from the Gratitude Tenshug Organizing Committee

To all of our worldwide Yungdrung Bön centers and practice groups:

The Gratitude Tenshug Organizing Committee, which is led by His Eminence Menri Lopon Trinley Nyima Rinpoche and His Eminence Khenpo Tenpa Yungdrung Rinpoche, would like to announce a Long Life Mandala Offering for the Two Great Masters of the Yungdrung Bön, the Crown Ornament of the Teachings of the Yungdrung Bön, His Holiness 33rd Menri Tridzin Lungtok Tenpa’i Nyima Rinpoche, and the Treasure Holder of the Teachings of Yungdrung Bön, His Eminence Menri Yongdzin, Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche.

We invite the worldwide followers of Yungdrung Bön to join us for this special occasion and unique opportunity to express our gratitude and devotion to these two great and precious masters for their inexhaustible kindness and tireless noble activity for the benefit of all sentient beings.

On April 8, 2016 there will be a Long Life Mandala Offering to His Holiness 33rd Menri Tridzin Lungtok Tenpa’i Nyima Rinpoche at Menri Monastery, the seat of the Yungdrung Bön in India. On April 21, 2016 there will be a Long Life Mandala Offering to His Eminence Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche at Triten Norbutse Monastery, the seat of the Yungdrung Bön in Nepal. Both events will also include additional days of rituals, initiations, cultural performances and traditional food. We hope that as many people as possible will be able to attend.

logoDue to events of the past, many of the Tibetan traditions were threatened. However, due to the great kindness and countless noble activities of these two great masters, the authentic condition of the Yungdrung Bön remained strong and continued to thrive for future generations. They established centers of formal study and practice in both India as Menri Monastery, and in Nepal as Triten Norbutse Monastery. Additionally, they founded the Bön Children’s Home and the Bön Children’s Welfare Center. His Holiness Menri Tridzin Rinpoche is the embodiment of Nyammé Sherap Gyaltsen, and His Eminence Yongdzin Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche is the embodiment of Lachen Drenpa Namkha. Both of these kind masters have spread the teachings throughout the world in both the East and the West. Because of their compassionate efforts, we Bön followers around the world have the opportunity to practice and benefit from this ancient wisdom.

At this time, they are both healthy and strong, and continue to work tirelessly for the benefit and joy and happiness of all beings, especially the followers of the Yungdrung Bön. They are like parents who cherish the faithful like their very own children.

Therefore the Gratitude Tenshug Organizing Committee, which includes main advisors, administrators and members, formed one year ago and began to meet and discuss a way that the worldwide sangha could express their gratitude for these two great masters. On behalf of all Bön practitioners, we presented our idea to both His Holiness Menri Tridzin Rinpoche and to His Eminence Yongdzin Lopon Rinpoche. Graciously, His Holiness and His Eminence kindly accepted our request and gave us permission to move forward and begin to make plans and preparations for this special occasion.

For this Gratitude Long Life Mandala offering, we have ordered the construction of a large gold plated statue of Nyammé Sherap Gyaltsen for His Holiness Menri Tridzin Rinpoche, 1 large gold plated statue of Lachen Drenpa Namkha for His Eminence Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, 2 large gold plated statues of Sherap Mawa’i Senge, 2 large gold plated stupas, 2 gold plated sets of the Eight Auspicious symbols, 2 gold plated mandala sets, 2 gold plated Yungdrung Bön chakshing-the hand object of Buddha Tönpa Shenrap, 2 gold plated monks bowls, 2 complete sets of brand new monk clothing, and 2 sets of the complete Kangyur including new covers.

In support of these two special events, we welcome donations from individuals or on behalf of Yungdrung Bön centers or practice groups. For those who are unable to physically attend the Long Life Mandala Offering ceremonies in India or Nepal, making a donation is a way to participate in these special ceremonies and to receive the merit and blessings of the occasion.

For any of your members that contribute a tax deductible donation of any amount, we kindly ask that you provide them with a copy of the receipt we will later send you, and forward the donations directly to the Gratitude Tenshug Organizing Committee. Donations can be forwarded either through Western Union or bank transfer. Please do not make donations through private individuals. For more information about where to send donations, please contact: yungdrungbontenshug2016@gmail.com

The Gratitude Tenshug Organizing Committee would like to thank all of the worldwide Yungdrung Bön centers and practice groups for their help and support.

Advisors:
His Eminence Menri Lopon Thrinley Nyima Rinpoche
His Eminence Khenpo Tenpa Yungdrung Rinpoche
La Tri Khenpo Nyima Drakpa Rinpoche
Geshe Tenzin Drukdak Rinpoche
Geshe Chaphur Rinpoche
28 members include many lamas and laypeople from all over the world

Khyungdzong Wodsel Ling is helping to collect donations for these mandala offering items. If you cannot attend the events in India and Nepal in April 2016 but would like to participate by way of a donation to the events, you can either go to our “Projects” page for the PayPal link, or mail a check payable to Khyungdzong Wodsel Ling to:

KWL – Dika Ryan
1977 N. New Hampshire Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

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Dolpo Clinic Update — Introducing Our Tibetan Doctor!

Ugyen and kids 2My name is Ugyen Bhuti Yangton. I was born in a very remote village called Chharka in the Upper Dolpo region of the Himalayas. My parents occupation is mostly farming. Although I am from a simple background, I received the precious opportunity to study in India. As per my father’s request, Menri Ponlob Rinpoche accepted me and two other friends from my village to study in Dholanji, Solan, India.

We came to India in 1996 with the help of Lama Tashi Gyaltsen Yangton Rinpoche, my own elder sister and many villagers. In Dholanji, both Menri Lopon Rinpoche and Geshe Tenzin Yangton provided for and looked after us as their own children. After some month we were admitted into the Bon Children’s Home, under the administration of Latri Khenpo Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche. I successfully completed 10th grade there in 2004.

The next year, knowing that I wanted to pursue Traditional Tibetan Medicine and with the guidance of Menri Lopon Rinpoche I was admitted into the Central University of Tibetan Studies, Sarnath Varanasi. For nine years I studied Tibetan Medicine, followed by a six month internship at the same institution and a six month internship at the Dekyiling Men Tsee Khang (a branch clinic of Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute of H.H The Dalai Lama).

After completing a full year of internship I returned to my native land to serve my village people. In Dolpo we have a clinic that provides both Tibetan medicine andon the road allopathy, founded by H.E. Menri Lopon Rinpoche. Fortunately I received the opportunity to return to my village with skills, medicines and positive hopes in 2015.

On July 6th I set off by foot to my village arriving on July 14th and starting my clinic duties on July 16th. This four month stay in the Chharka Health Clinic was so productive and awesome. I found that most of my village people preferred Tibetan medicine over allopathic medicine. They experienced that Tibetan medicine has no side effects and can actually root out the diseases. During my short term of four months I examined 175 patients. Among them 109 were female patients and 57 were male.

The predominant health problems of my village are 1) Gastritis; 2) Hypertension (related with lung disease); 3) Liver Disease (Hepatitis-B); 4) Arthritis. Also, when winter or cold weather comes many people get toothaches. Overall, I am happy to serve as my interest and final goal. In the future I will do my best to serve Dolpo Society and Bonpo Society where I was educated and enlightened.

ugyen at workMoreover, I will never forget the great kindness of Menri Lopon Trinley Nyima Rinpoche, Latri Khenpo Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche, Geshe Tenzin Yangton, sponsors and all those great people who have directly or indirectly helped me in my education. I will remain indebted to all my teachers who have unconditionally helped me beyond measure.