Nyungney with Khenpo Jampa la - June 3 and 4

posted May 22, 2017, 9:05 AM by NWTCA ORWA   [ updated May 22, 2017, 9:11 AM ]

Please join us in the profound practice of Nyungney (fasting retreat) for two days with Ven. Khenpo Jampa Tenphel la from Seattle on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4, 2017. 

 Nyungney Day 1 Schedule (tentative)
 6:00 AM  Session 1
 9:30 AM  Breakfast will be served by Phuntsok and Dolma family.
 10:00 AM  Session 2
 Noon  Lunch will be served by Tenzin Lode and Karma Yangchen family.
 1:30 PM  Session 3
 3:00 PM  Restroom Break
3:15 PM Health Maintenance Talk by Jetsun Emchi        
 4:15 PM  Session 4       
 5:00 PM  Dismiss        

Absolutely no eating and drinking on day 2 (Sunday, June 4). 

About Nyungney:

The founder of the Nyungney lineage, Bhikshuni Lakshmi (Tib. Gelongma Palmo), was a princess of the kingdom of Oddiyana (probably located in the Swat Valley area of present-day Afghanistan and Pakistan) during the tenth or eleventh century. Due to her exceptional spiritual accomplishment over many lifetimes, even as a girl she felt the shortcomings of the householder lifestyle. She decided to give up the life of a princess to become a nun. She studied under many great masters of the time and became very learned. She was known to be extremely disciplined and diligent.

However, due to some past-life karmic residue, she contracted the debilitating condition of leprosy. In those days it was considered an incurable disease. Since it was contagious, society cast out such people. Gelongma Palmo was forced to live in isolation.

Lepers were known to accidentally lose their limbs due to lack of sensation. This happened to Gelongma Palmo, and she lost her hands. Without the use of her hands, she had to eat like an animal. She suffered physically and mentally very much.

Since prayer is the only refuge, Gelongma Palmo certainly must have prayed intensely and with a great deal of sincerity during this time. Her prayers were answered one night in the form of a dream in which King Indrabodhi blessed her and prophesied that, if she genuinely practiced and prayed to Thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara, she would achieve supreme siddhi (accomplishment) in this life. The next morning, feeling mentally peaceful, she began to recite OM MANI PADME HUNG during the daytime and the long dharani during the night.

One day, she had a vision of Manjushri. He told her to go to a place called Lakala where there was a temple with a statue of Avalokiteshvara. When she approached the temple, the guard refused to let her inside as she was suffering from leprosy. She went to the back of the temple and started practicing Nyene (can drink and eat breakfast and lunch) alternating with Nyungne (whole day fasting, not even a drop of water). She vowed never to move from the seat until she gained realization. 

After a long time, on a full moon day, Gelongma Palmo finally had the realization of the Thousand-Armed Avalokiteshvara, who appeared before her. Gelongma Palmo said to him “I have been practicing for so long and it is only now, after all these years, that I can see you. Why didn’t you come earlier?”

Avalokiteshvara replied “It is not true. I was with you from day one. You were not able to see me because of your negative karma and obscuration. Now after you have done practices, layers of karma and obscurations have been removed. Because of that, you can now see me. If you do not believe me, you can look at the clothes that I am wearing; they are now carrying puss and blood from your leprosy disease.” Gelongma Palmo’s body instantly turned into a color like golden light, and she achieved the qualities of a 10th level Bodhisattva. Her illnesses disappeared and her body fully restored.

Thus healed, Gelongma Palmo composed the Praise to Avalokiteshvara, which is recited during Nyungney prostration. Gelongma Palmo not only gave us this profound practice but her story continues to inspire everyone in their spiritual quest.

Nyungney is a two-day meditation, fasting and purification retreat based on the practice of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig. It is a profound practice involving all three vehicles: Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. The foundation of one’s practice is maintaining the eight precepts of the Hinayana vehicle. In addition, one generates the enlightened attitude or Bodhichitta according to Mahayana vehicle. Finally, there are Vajrayana practices of visualization, recitation, supplication, and Sadhana.

Please join with us in this profound practice.

About Ven. Khenpo Jampa Tenphel:

Venerable Khenpo Jampa Tenphel la was ordained at the age of five and received his Gelong vows from H.E. Luding Khen Rinpoche in 1988. He received his Shastri and Acharya degrees from Dzongsar Institute in India and was then appointed the Abbot of the Institute in 2004. His root lamas include H.H. Sakya Trizin, H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche and H.E. Luding Khen Rinpoche. He has been the Abbot of Sakya Monastery, Seattle, since October 2009. 

༡ སྙུང་གནས་ཀྱི་ལོ་རྒྱུས་ནི། དགེ་སློང་མ་དཔལ་མོའི་ལུགས་ཀྱི་སྒོ་ནས་འཕགས་པ་སྤྱན་རས་གཟིགས་ཡི་དམ་དུ་བསྟེན་ཅིང་ལུས་ངག་ཡིད་གསུམ་དཀའ་ཐུབ་ཀྱི་སྒོ་ནས་ངན་སོང་གསུམ་གྱི་སྒོ་བཅོད་པའི་ཐབས་ལམ་ཁྱད་པར་ཅན་ཞིག་ཡིན།

༢ སྙུང་གནས་ཞེས་པའི་སྒྲ་དོན་ནི། སྙུང་ཞེས་པ་ནི་བརྡ་རྙིང་ཡིན་པས་དོན་ཉུང་དུ་གཏངས་བ་ཞིག་ལ་གོ་དགོས། གང་ཉུང་དུ་གཏོང་དགོས་ཟེར་ན་ལུས་ངག་ཡིད་གསུམ་གྱི་མི་དགེ་བ་རྣམས་ཉུང་དུ་གཏོང་བ་ལ་གོ་དགོས།

༣ སྙུང་གནས་ཀྱི་ཕན་ཡོན་ནི། སྙུང་གནས་དཀར་པོ་ཆ་བརྒྱད་ཀྱིས་ངན་སོང་གི་སྐྱེ་སྒོ་ཆོད་ཅེས་ཀོང་སྤྲུལ་ཡོན་ཏན་རྒྱ་མཚོའི་སྙུང་གནས་ཀྱི་ཕན་ཡོན་གསེར་སྡོང་གཡུ་ཕྲ་ལས་གསལ་པོར་གསུངས་ཡོད།

༤ སྙུང་གནས་སྲུང་མཁན་གྱི་ཁྱད་པར་ནི། གུ་རུ་པདྨ་འབྱུང་གནས་ཀྱིས། གསོ་སྦྱོང་འདོད་སྤྱོད་ལྷ་ལུས་ཡིད་འོང་བ།། སྐྱེས་པ་བུད་མེད་རྣམས་ལ་སྩལ་བར་བགྱི།། ཞེས་གསུངས་པ་ལྟར་སོ་སྐྱེ་ཁྱིམ་པ་ཕོ་མོ་རྣམས་ལ་ཆེད་དུ་སྩལ་བའི་ཆོས་བསྐལ་ཡིན།

༥ སྙུང་གནས་སྲུང་བའི་དུས་ཚིག་ནི། རྟ་ཟླ་བ་འབུམ་འགྱུར་གྱི་ཟླ་བ་དང་། ས་ག་ཟླ་བ་དུས་ཆེན་སུམ་འཛོམས་ཁྱད་པར་ཅན་གྱི་ཟླ་བ་གཞན་ཉ་སྟོང་ཚེས་བརྒྱད་སོགས་ལ་ཡིན།

གོང་གི་སྙུང་གནས་ཀྱི་ལོ་རྒྱུས་དང་། སྒྲ་དོན། རྒྱུ་མཚན། ཕན་ཡོན་སོགས་ལ་དགོངས་ནས་ནུབ་བྱང་བོད་ཀྱི་རིག་གཞུང་ཚོགས་པས་ས་ག་ཟླ་བའི་ཚེས་པ་ ༡༣ དང་ ༡༤ ཉིན་གཉིས་ཀྱི་རིང་མཁན་པོ་བྱམས་པ་བསྟན་འཕེལ་ལགས་ཀྱི་མདུན་ནས་སྙུང་གནས་ཆ་གཅིག་ཞུ་རྒྱུ་གོ་སྒྲིག་ཞུས་ཡོད་པས་ཕྱི་མའི་ཐར་པ་དོན་གཉེར་བྱེད་མཁན་དད་ལྡན་རྣམས་གང་མང་ཕེབས་རོགས་ཞེས་གསལ་བསྒྲགས་སུ།།

Saga Dawa Programs: May 26 - June 11

posted May 17, 2017, 9:37 AM by NWTCA ORWA   [ updated May 22, 2017, 9:03 PM ]




Friday, May 26

6:45 PM - 7:45 PM

3rd Bod Jong Nga Tsoe Phayul

1 - 8

May 26 - June 2

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Daily Kangyur Tengyur Reading


Saturday, June 3
6:00 AM - 3:15 PM

Nyung-Ney Day 1 with Khenpo Jampa la from Seattle

Breakfast and lunch will be served.

1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Sunday School to serve meal at Portland Rescue Mission

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Health Maintenance Talk by Tibetan Medicine doctor Jetsun Emchi


Sunday, June 4

6:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Nyung-Ney Day 2 with Khenpo Jampa la from Seattle
Fasting. No eating, drinking and talking.

11 - 14

June 5 - 8

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

  • Kangyur Tengyur Reading with Sermey Khen Rinpoche Ngawang Jorden la and his two attendants.

  • KT Reading will be interspersed with a series of teachings by Sermey Khen Rinpoche:

    • Dhenpa Shi (The Four Noble Truth)

    • Yenlak Dhunpa (The Seven Preliminaries for Carrying Out Dharma Practices)

    • Lodhok Namshi (The Four Principles of Thought Transformation).

    • Dolma Tsachik (21 Praises to Taras)

Wednesday, June 7

6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

An Evening with Tenzin Choegyal from Australia

  • Screening of The Road  

  • Live Performances by Tenzin Choegyal

  • Admission $10


Friday, June 9

  • 9:30 am - Teachings by Sermey Khen Rinpoche:

    • Jataka Tales (Stories of the Buddha's Previous Lives)

    • Inspiring stories and anecdotes from the lives of the Seventeen Great Panditas

  • 4:00 pm - Earthworm Liberation

  • 6:00 pm - Lama Choepay Sontsok


Saturday, June 10

Portland Grand Floral Parade


Sunday, June 11

10:00 AM

Medicine Buddha Empowerment by Sermey Khen Rinpoche

About Sermey Khen Rinpoche Ngawang Jorden la:

Khen Rinpoche Ngawang Jorden la was born into a family of nomads in the village of Tsangwa-Day near Shigatse. He spent his early childhood in Gangtok, Sikkim after escaping from Tibet at very young age. Rinpoche and his family finally moved to Bylakuppe, South India where he joined the Sera Mey Monastery. He obtained his Geshe Lharampa degree in 1991.

He served as the khenpo (abbot) of the Gyutoe Tantric Monastery from 1999 to 2005 and as the Khenpo of the Sed-gyued Monastery from 2009 to 2011. In 2011, H.H. the Dalai Lama appointed him as the Khenpo of the Sera Mey Monastic University.

Khen Rinpoche and his team are currently touring the United States to raise fund for construction of a new Choera (debate hall and classrooms) at the Sera Mey Monastic University.

They will be available for individual shabten, rabney, etc. throughout their weeklong stay in Portland. If you wish to invite them, please contact any NWTCA Board member.

Click here for more information about their Choera project.

Bod Jong Nga Tsoe Phayul - Friday, May 26, 6:45pm

posted May 17, 2017, 9:35 AM by NWTCA ORWA

Please join us for another episode of Bod Jong Nga Tsoe Phayul at Bodkhang on Friday, May 26, 2017.

Presenter: Anthropology Professor
Admission: Free
Time: 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm
Focus Age Group: all Children (8-18 Years)
Young and adults are welcome as well.
Snacks will be provided.

Teaching & Cleaning - Sunday, May 21st

posted May 16, 2017, 1:16 PM by NWTCA ORWA   [ updated May 17, 2017, 9:41 AM ]

10:00 AM - NOON Teaching by Ven. Khangser Rinpoche on "Understanding the Noble Truth of Suffering and Generating Renunciation"
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Pre Saga Dawa Bodkhang cleaning and weeding. Everyone is requested to lend a helping hand. Please bring with you gloves, garden tools and brooms if you can.

Mother's Day - Sunday, May 14th

posted May 2, 2017, 10:41 PM by NWTCA ORWA

Please save the date for Mother's Day Celebration at Bodkhang on Sunday, May 14th. Details to follow. 

College Preparation - Sunday, May 14th

posted May 2, 2017, 10:36 PM by NWTCA ORWA   [ updated May 2, 2017, 10:40 PM ]

Thinking about College?

Learn how to prepare for life after high school, and get advice from local Tibetan college graduates.

Join us at Bodkhang on Sunday, May 14, 2017 from 1:00 - 2:30 PM.

Jhamtse Preschool Opening Ceremony - Sunday, May 7th, 9:45 am

posted May 2, 2017, 10:35 PM by NWTCA ORWA   [ updated May 3, 2017, 8:46 AM ]

Please join us for the opening ceremony of our Jhamtse Preschool for children aged 2-4 on Sunday, May 7th, 2017,
9:45 am. 

Shabrim on Tsepa-Chonga - Wed, May 10th

posted May 2, 2017, 10:29 PM by NWTCA ORWA   [ updated May 5, 2017, 11:16 PM ]

Please join us for Shabrim prayers as requested by the CTA Choerig Lenkhang at Bodkhang on Tsepa-Chonga (Wednesday, May 10th). Prayers will begin at 6:00 pm. 

A simple dinner will be served by Tashi Tsetan and Mingyur family. 

Prayers to be recited are:

ཇོ་བོ༑ སྐྱོན་གྱི་མ་གོས་སྐུ་མདོག་དཀར། །རྫོགས་སངས་རྒྱས་ཀྱི་དབུ་ལ་བརྒྱན།།

ཐུགས་རྗེའི་སྤྱན་གྱིས་འགྲོ་ལ་གཟིགས། །སྤྱན་རས་གཟིགས་ལ་ཕྱག་འཚལ་ལོ།།

།གང་གི་ཐུགས་བརྩེས་ཉེར་བཟུང་ནས། །ལྟ་བ་ཐམས་ཅད་སྤང་བའི་ཕྱིར། 
།དམ་པའི་ཆོས་ནི་སྟོན་མཛད་པ། །གོ་ཏམ་དེ་ལ་ཕྱག་འཚལ་ལོ།


Panchen Lama Birthday Tournament - Saturday, April 22nd

posted Apr 21, 2017, 9:13 AM by NWTCA ORWA

Tashi Delek! To celebrate the Panchen Lama's birthday, NWTCA is hosting basketball, soccer and bowling events this Saturday, April 22nd.
  • Basketball at 10:30 AM @ 15707 SW Walker Road, Beaverton, OR 97006
  • Soccer 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ 3905 SE 91st Avenue, Portland, OR 97226
  • Bowling 11:00 PM - 1:00 AM @ 3550 SE 92nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97226 - $10/person
If you're interested in knowing more about any of the events, kindly contact Dorjee Palden la at (503) 568-4309.

Presentation by Tibet Lobby Day Participants - Sunday, April 16, 10am

posted Apr 12, 2017, 10:11 AM by NWTCA ORWA

WHAT: Presentation by Tsultrim Tsomo, 
Tenzin Choedhan  Tenzin Metok and Tsewang Dolma who represented NWTCA at the Tibet Lobby Day in Washington, DC this year

WHEN: Sunday, April 16, 2017, 10:00 A.M 

WHERE: Bodkhang

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