Hearing loss: Prevention and Treatment - Sunday, October 28, 11:15 am

posted Oct 15, 2018, 11:33 AM by NWTCA President

Please join us for a public talk by Dr. Tenzin Ngodup la on 
Hearing Loss: Prevention and Treatment at Bodkhang on Sunday, October 28, 2018 from 11:15 am - 12:15 pm.

Hearing loss has a negative impact on the quality of life. Many adults and teenagers within the Tibetan community have hearing disorders such as hearing loss and tinnitus. Hearing loss has many causes but a major cause is exposure to loud noise for a prolonged period. This talk will focus on how loud noise damages hearing, how to protect our hearing and when to seek help.

About the Speaker
Dr. Tenzin Ngodup is a neuroscientist at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). He is interested in understanding the neuronal basis for hearing loss and tinnitus. He has earned his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University at Buffalo, SUNY, NY. He did his under graduation from Punjab University and University of Delhi, India.

Silver Jubilee - October 20, 2018

posted Oct 1, 2018, 8:46 AM by NWTCA President   [ updated Oct 15, 2018, 2:53 PM ]

This year marks the 25 years since NWTCA was officially registered as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. We will be celebrating this important milestone along with the Congressional Gold Medal award to His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 6-12 am. 

Programs include:
  • Speech by Kungo Donchod Ngodup Tsering la from the Office of Tibet in Washington, DC
  • Speech by NA Chitue Tsewang Rigzin la from Minnesota
  • Thank you to all the former Board of Directors
  • Thank you to all the non-Tibetan supporters of NWTCA over the years including Chiktong sponsors.
  • Performances by 
    • Jamyang Choden from Switzerland
    • Lharik Dakpa and Tsering Dolker from Seattle
    • Tenzin Younden and Tenzin Chodon from Boston
    • Sunday School Students
    • Adults
  • Sumptuous dinner by Trisong group
  • Gorshey
  • Gelek Gadhong
  • Dawa  Tsering
  • Dickyi  Lhamo
  • Dr.  Kalsang  Phuntshog
  • Karma  Phuntsok / Pema  Tsomo
  • Lobsang  Kheyab Chea
  • Lobsang  Tenzin  Dashi
  • Tashi Tsundu / Tenzin Dolkar
  • Nyima  Chog / Norbu Sangpo
  • Penpa  Chhakpa
  • Rabgyal    Moenbook
  • Samten Gorab / Yeshi
  • Sonam  Dolma  Genchenpa
  • Sonam  Penpa  Ganub
  • Tashi  Tsetan / Mingyur
  • Tenzin  Chungratsang
  • Tenzin  Kelsang  Choephel
  • Tenzin  Phuntsok  Moenbook
  • Tsering Dolma Choephel 
  • Tsering  Namgyal
  • Tsering  Topgyal
  • Tsondu  Kunga
  • Yangchen Dolker /Yeshi Tharchen
  • Yeshi Choedon / Yang Metok

Please checking this page as we add more details. 

Tibet Our Country with Ven. Thubten Chodron la - October 14th, 9:15 AM

posted Sep 25, 2018, 3:17 PM by NWTCA President   [ updated Oct 1, 2018, 8:37 AM ]

བོད་ལྗོངས་ང་ཚོའི་ཕ་ཡུལ།   Tibet Our Country:

Talk by Venerable Thubten Chodron la

Venerable Thubten Chodron la is an author, teacher, and the founder of Sravasti Abbey; one of the first Tibetan Buddhist training monasteries for Western nuns and monks in the US. She graduated from UCLA and did graduate work in education at USC. Ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun in 1977, she has studied extensively with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tsenzhap Serkong Rinpoche and Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche. She received full ordination as a bhikshini in 1986.

Ven. Chodron teaches worldwide and is known for her practical explanations of how to apply Buddhist teaching in daily life. She has published many books on Buddhist philosophy and meditation and is currently co-authoring with His Holiness the Dalai Lama a multi-volume series of teachings on the Buddhist path, The Library of Wisdom and Compassion. The second volume, The Foundation of Buddhist Practice, was published May 2018. Visit for a media library of her teachings and to learn more about Sravasti Abbey.

When: October 14th, 2018

Time: 9:15 AM – 10 AM

During Morning Prayer and Assembly

Topic: “How to Live a Meaningful Life”

College and High School students are recommended to come. Ani la will be speaking in English.

Talks by Gen Tenzing Chimey Nuba - Sunday, October 7, 2018

posted Sep 17, 2018, 3:55 PM by NWTCA President   [ updated Oct 8, 2018, 1:11 PM ]

Please join us for talks by Gen Tenzing Chimey Nuba on Sunday, October 7, 2018
Morning Session: 10 AM – 12 PM
ཞོགས་པ་ཚོགས་དུས། ༡༠ ནས ༡༢

Topic: Educational Psychology and Preservation of Tibetan Language
བརྗོད་གཞི། སེམས་ཁམས་རིག་པ་དང་བོད་ཡིག་བོད་སྐད་གཅེས་སྲུང་གནང་ཕྱོགས།

Focus Group: General Public and Future Parents
ཚོགས་བཅར་བ། མི་དམངས་སྤྱི་དང་ཡང་སྒོས་འབྱུང་འགྱུར་ཕ་མ་རྣམས
Afternoon Session: 2: 30 - 3:30 PM 
ཉིན་རྒྱབ་ཚོགས་དུས། ༢ - ༣༠ ནས ༣ - ༣༠

Topic: First Language Acquisition Theories

Focus Group: Sunday School teachers and parents
ཚོགས་བཅར་བ། གཟའ་འཇུག་སློབ་གྲྭའི་དགེ་རྒན་དང་ཕ་མ་ཚོར་ཟབ་སྦྱོང་།

Mentsekhang Visit - October 9-14, 2018

posted Sep 13, 2018, 3:26 PM by Pema Choephel   [ updated Oct 11, 2018, 8:02 AM by NWTCA President ]

A four-member team from Tibetan Medical & Astro-Science Insitutue (Mentsekhang), Dharamsala led by astrologer Monlsam Yeshi la will be at Bodkhang from October 12th through 14th. 

Saturday, October 14th, 4-5pm: Talk by Amji Yangdon on Cancer according to Tibetan Medicine

Consulting hours with Mentsekhang doctor Tenzin Yangdon la and astrologer Monlam Yeshi:
  • Friday, October 12th, 1pm - 5pm
  • Saturday, October 13th, 10am - 4pm
  • Sunday, October 14th, 10am - 5pm

Sera Mey Medicine Buddha Practice - October 13-14, 2018

posted Sep 10, 2018, 3:53 PM by NWTCA President   [ updated Oct 5, 2018, 8:44 AM ]

 Sera Mey presents their unique tradition of Medicine Buddha Practice and introductory Buddhism for two days. Programs will include recitation of the Medicine Buddha sutra ritual and practice, teaching on mind training and dedication for the long life of H.H. the Dalai Lama. The most venerable XIV Siling Tongkhor Rinpoche will preside over the practice. 

WHEN: The weekend of October 13, 14, 2018

WHERE: Bodkhang (4401 NE 122nd Ave., Portland, OR 97230)

The Sera Mey Group will also be available for special prayers and rituals at home on October 9-12 and 15-17.

Please call/text Tashi Namgyal la at (503) 206-9465 to:
  • Sponsor lunch on Saturday, 10/13 and/or Sunday, 10/14; and/or
  • Invite Rinpoche and monks for house blessings, rituals, or prayers. 
All proceeds from their activities will benefit Sera Mey Monastery in South India.


October 09th – 12th

8:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.: Mandala construction by monks (viewing by the general public is welcome) 

Day One Oct 13, 2018 

9:00 A.M. The image of His Holiness the Dalai Lama that liberates through being seen will be brought into the meeting hall and installed on the Dharma throne. The chanting master will start the mandala offering prayer, along with offering representations of the Buddha’s body, speech, and mind. 

Following this, tea and sweet rice will be offered and Sera Mey Administrator Geshe Ngawang Tsoknyi will make an address describing the purpose and aim of the event to the audience. 

10:30 A.M. In conjunction with the Medicine Buddha mandala, a “Permission Ceremony” (T: jes gnang) will be conferred by H.E. the 14th Siling Tongkhor Rinpoche on the attendees. 

12:00 P.M. Lunch break 

1:30 P.M. Rinpoche will give a Dharma discourse on the history of the Medicine Buddha tradition, along with an explanation of the benefits and meaning of reciting the Medicine Buddha mantra. A Q&A session will follow. 

2:30 P.M. Recitation of the Medicine Buddha Sutra Ritual in the Unique Chanting Style of Sera Mey 

4:00 P.M. Tea break 

4:30 P.M. Recitation of the Short Praise to Medicine Buddha by HH 14th Dalai Lama followed by mantra recitation and Concluding recitation of aspirational prayer and dedication of virtue 

Day Two Oct 14, 2018 

10:15 A.M. Recitation of the Short Medicine Buddha Sutra Ritual 

11:30 A.M. Rinpoche will speak about the faults of anger and the benefits of practicing forbearance. A Q&A session will follow. 

12:30 P.M. Lunch break 

1:30 P.M. Performing a Purification ritual for the deceased 

3:30 P.M. Tea break and mandala viewing for the general assembly 

4:30 P.M. Dissolution of the mandala by the sangha while the general assembly and chanting master recite mantras until the sangha returns 

5:00 P.M. Concluding address of appreciation given by Geshe Ngawang Tsoknyi to all who attended the event. A recitation of an aspirational prayer, dedication of virtue, and auspicious verses will follow. 


Disclaimer: This is not an NWTCA event and is provided here for informational purposes only.

Dechen Shingdrub 2018 - September 22

posted Sep 10, 2018, 9:14 AM by NWTCA President   [ updated Sep 26, 2018, 5:52 AM ]

Mt. Adams Zen Buddhist Temple's address:
46 Stoller Rd, Trout Lake, WA 98650
Please join us for the Eleventh Annual Dechen Shingdrub and Teaching with Ven. Khenpo Karten Rinpoche.

On site at Bodkhang

Day 1: Saturday, September 22nd 
Day 2: Sunday, September 23th 
Day 3: Monday, September 24th

Offsite at Mt. Adams Zen Buddhist Center in Trout Lake, WA

Day 4: Friday, September 28th 
Day 5: Saturday, September 29th and 
Day 6: Sunday, September 30th 

Cost of lodging is $25 (minimum) per person per night. Upgrades are available. 

Daily Schedule:
07:00 AM:    Sojong Dompa (གསོ་སྦྱོང་ངམ་བསྙེན་གནས་ཡན་ལག་བརྒྱད་ཀྱི་སྡོམ་པ།
07:30 AM:    Breakfast 
08:15 AM:    Dechen Shingdrub (བདེ་ཆེན་ཞིང་སྒྲུབས།)
10:00 AM:    Tea Break 
10:20 AM:    Dechen Shingdrub 
12:00 PM:    Lunch (vegetarian) 
01:00 PM:    Teaching & Meditation
02:30 PM:    Tea Break 
02:40 PM:    Teaching & Meditation
04:00 PM:    Q&A

Afternoon teaching will be based on ཐར་རྒྱན་རྣམ་གྲོལ་ལམ་བཟང། (Excellent Path of Freedom: The Jewel Ornament of Liberation) by Gampopa. 

Please contact Gelek Gyatso la or Pema Choephel la if you wish to sponsor a meal (breakfast $75, lunch $150), Rinpoche's air ticket ($405) or volunteer in the kitchen during Dechen Shingdrub at Bodkhang.

HE Ling Rinpoche Programs - September 7, 8 and 9

posted Aug 17, 2018, 9:16 AM by Pema Choephel   [ updated Aug 24, 2018, 6:46 PM by NWTCA President ]

Gala for Tibet: An Evening with HE Kyabje Yonzin Ling Rinpoche
Fundraiser for Sunday Tibetan School
Friday, September 7th  |  6 - 10 PM
NWTCA Lemelson Auditorium
Limited seating. Purchase your tickets online at

Public Talk: Kindness & Compassion
Target Audience: Youth
Saturday, September 8th  |  10:30 AM - 12 Noon
Maitripa College
Free but pre-registration required. 

Spirituality and Humanity: An Interfaith Conversation on Creating Harmonious Community and Healthy Leadership
Saturday, September 8th  |  2 - 4 PM
University of Portland
Free and open to all. Pre-registration required.

Dolkar Tsewang: White Tara Long Life Empowerment
Sunday, September 9th  |  9:30 AM - 12 Noon
NWTCA Lemelson Auditorium

Lojong: 8 Verses of Mind Training
Sunday, September 9th  |  2 - 4 PM
NWTCA Lemelson Auditorium

Suggested donation for Empowerment and Mind Training on September 9th: $25 payable at the gate. The community center will open at 8 am. Everyone must be seated by 9 am.  Address is 4401 NE 122nd Ave., Portland, OR 97230.

Phurpay Wang and Phowa by H.H. Sakya Trichen - Wednesday, August 15th

posted Jul 18, 2018, 2:33 PM by NWTCA President   [ updated Aug 5, 2018, 4:37 PM ]

We are honored and delighted to host His Holiness Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche (the 41st Sakya Trizin) for a full-day half-day teaching at Bodkhang on Wednesday, August 15, 2018.

Time གསུང་ཆོས་ Teaching
 09:30 am
- 12 Noon
ཕུར་པའི་དབང་དང་འཕོ་བ་ Vajrakilaya Empowerment and Transference of Consciousness
12:00 pm ཞལ་ལག་བར་སེང་ Lunch Break (a simple lunch will be available for purchase)
 02:00 pm  འཕོ་བ་ Transference of Consciousness

Suggested Donation: $25 for ages 19 and over. 

Notice of Change:
Please note that there is a slight change in the teaching schedule of H.H. Sakya Trichen Rinpoche.  His Holiness will bestow both Phurpay Wang and Phowa (Vajrakilaya Empowerment and Transference of Consciousness) in the Morning only on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 from 9:30 am - 12 Noon.  There will be no program in the afternoon. Rinpoche has been advised by his doctor to significantly reduce his public engagements.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused due to this change.

Summer Camp Closing Ceremony - Saturday, August 11, 5:30 PM

posted Jul 18, 2018, 2:18 PM by NWTCA President   [ updated Aug 7, 2018, 2:03 PM ]

Please join us for the closing ceremony of Summer Camp at Bodkhang on Saturday, August 11th. Doors will open at 5:30 PM. Dinner will be served. Suggested donation - $10. Kids free. 

This year summer camp will be from August 5-11, 2018; participation is open for any children from ages 5-16, kindergarten thru 10th grades. Summer camp program is made possible by NWTCA through many hours of volunteer efforts from BoD, Education Council, Camp Counselor, Teachers, Parents, and kind hearted individuals, oriented to make a difference in the life of a young child. Traditional Tibetan culture and identity is emphasized during this week-long Tibetan immersion camp from 9am-4pm; lunch and two snacks are provided.

Fees are kept minimal with efforts to maximize opportunity for every child to participate.

Please pay attention to the terms and condition of registration deadline, fees, and terms of agreement and waiver.

This is second year we applied and received a grant of $2,500 from Tibet Fund.

Following are classes and events that will take place:

  • Tibetan language, Conversation and History: Professor Tsepak Rigzin la (Emory University, GA)
  • Tibetan Buddhism and benefits of mind training: Drupa Rinpoche Lobsang Yeshi La (Resident Teacher at Khachoeling Center, MN)
  • Tibetan Medicine: by Amji Kalsang La
  • Tibetan Dance & Music: by Gen Lobsang Tsering la/Gen Tashi Dhundup la/Gen Tenzin Phuntsol la
  • Shrine Offerings and Buddhist Symbolism: By Ani choeying la & Gen Tseten la
  • Yoga Fitness: by Erika Tseten la
  • Tibetan Calligraphy: By Tamding Tseten la
  • Butter Sculptor:by Gen Dorjee Tseten la
  • Jr.Tibetan Language: Gen Dorjee La / Tenzin Yangchen La/ Wangchuk Tsering la
  • Lhakar and Structure of CTA: Gen Yangki Dongchung la
  • Cooking Class: How to make Momo? - Gelek Ghadong la
  • Art and Craft – By Tenzin Lhamo la
  • Leadership & Quiz & activity– By Gen KP la
  • Science Project & Kin Activities – By TenSang la and Yangla.
  • Field Trip: Mt Hood/Truillium Lake and Maitripa visit – Gen KP La
  • Fun Time: Swim day, Sports day - Tenzin Gyurmey la
Please see the attached program details (If goes per plan) and if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Education Director Nawang Kelsang at 360-2139284 or

Professor Tsepak Rigzin:

Tsepak Rigzin received his B.A. and M.A. from Punjab University, B.Ed. from Annamalai University, India, and traditional Buddhist training from the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics. He is the author and co-author of numerous books and articles on Tibetan Buddhism and he has extensive experience in written and oral translation.

From 1980 to 1993, Rigzin led the Research and Translation Bureau at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala, India, producing numerous articles and books, and attending international seminars, workshops and conferences. During the ten year period from 1993 to 2003, he held high ranking positions as Rector, Principal and Education Officer with Central Tibetan Schools. For two consecutive years, he served as translator and spokesperson for Mystical Arts of Tibet, touring with the monks throughout North America and Europe.

Rigzin began teaching Tibetan language courses at Emory in August 2009. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at the university, he served as Scholar in Residence and official translator for Drepung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta, where he dedicated his time to outreach programs and also teaching the Tibetan language.

Drupa Rinpoche Lobsang Yeshi:

Drupa Rinpoche Lobsang Yeshi, who is 7th in the lineage of Drupa Rinpoches, is the founder and head of Drupa monastery in Kham, Eastern Tibet. The present Drupa Rinpoche was born in India and recognized by HH the 14th Dalai Lama in the year of 1988 as the reincarnation of 6th Drupa Rinpoche Shedrup Tenpai Gyaltsen.

Drupa Rinpoche joined Drepung Loselling Monastery in the year 1988 and has successfully completed his studies and received his Geshe degree in 2005. Rinpoche also holds a Bachelor's (Hons) degree in Psychology from HELP University in Malaysia and a Master of Science in Positive Psychology (MSPP) from Life University, Marietta, GA. Currently, Rinpoche serves as a resident teacher at Khachoeling Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Rinpoche's interests include helping spread the teachings of the Buddha and work with youth and young adults to optimize their potential.

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