MEDITATION and TEACHING LIVE THROUGH ZOOM, SUNDAY, May 22, 2022 AT 10:00 AM Pacific Daylight time.

January 27, 2022 by  
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LAMA KUNGA THARTSE RINPOCHE and the EWAM CHODEN SANGHA CONGRATULATE HIS HOLINESS GYANA VAJRA RINPOCHE, newly enthroned as the 43rd SAKYA TRIZIN. We pray for His long healthy life and many profound dharma activities.

We are happy and appreciative that Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche has very kindly agreed to conduct the traditional Sunday morning compassion meditation and teaching in a live Zoom space at 10:00 am PDT on Sunday, MAY 22, 2022.

Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche at Zoom Meditation in the Ewam Choden Shrine Room

Everyone is invited to attend by following these instructions.
Please read everything.

The ZOOM address and Meeting ID are here below, but you need to get a password. Get the password by emailing Ewam Choden, here and requesting it in advance. The Chenrezig meditation sadhana used for our practice will be sent to you in the (same) email with the password if you don’t have it. PLEASE NOTE: If you’re new to the Center, you’ll be asked for some information about yourself.

You may log in 10-15 min before the scheduled start and wait. Please don’t be late. The session begins on time.

Please mute yourselves–moderator will control microphones for all. While reciting together is an aspect of the practice, the sound fidelity in this streaming format is very uneven. So we need to try to limit the audio to Rinpoche’s speaking only.

When Rinpoche arrives, he’d like to see you all, so keep the video on at first. Then, please shut off your audio and video.
This helps with bandwidth at the Center, since the broadcast in the Shrine Room is far from the WiFi.

At the end of the meditation, we will again turn on our videos for Rinpoche to see everyone again. We will unmute for recitation of the Dedication and Long Life prayers.

If Rinpoche asks for questions at the end, you can send it through the Chat tool (look for Speech bubble icon).

Donations to Lama Kunga Rinpoche and Ewam Choden may be sent through the “DONATE” button on the front page of this website. Ewam Choden Tibetan Buddhist Center is a  501 (c) (3) status nonprofit organization.

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TO Join The Zoom MEDITATION Meeting: Use the link at the time of the meeting. The link doesn’t work until that time.

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Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Chenrezig)



January 21, 2022 by  
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In the Presence of My Enemies, the fascinating autobiography of Tsipon Shuguba, the father of Lama Kunga Rinpoche, who was a minister in the Tibetan government, was published in English in 1995.

Now, the book is available in Tibetan. Contact Ewam Choden for purchase information. All proceeds from the sale of this book go to the Ewam Choden Tibetan Relief Fund Project.


Ven. Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche has demonstrated his skills in arts and crafts for many years. He has made traditional cloth mountings for thangkas, shaped sculptures of Tibetan kings, painted memories of Ngor monastery, created Wealth and Earth Treasure Vases, and much more.


PARNASHAVARI MANTRA by Lama Kunga Rinpoche

Recently, Rinpoche has been making traditional Tibetan calligraphy.
Here is a sample piece that is the mantra of Bodhisattva goddess Parnashavari, the subduer of pandemics. This is written on Tibetan rice paper, and it is 15″ x 7″, unmounted. It is signed with Rinpoche’s signature as well as stamp. (Note that the brown on the top and bottom here is the table surface.)
Because of the pandemic, Lama Kunga has done the Parnashavari mantra. He is open to accepting orders for some other mantras
, as well as other size presentations.

You may receive one of Lama Kunga Rinpoche’s calligraphy pieces with a donation of $108.
The payment is for the maintenance and support of the Ewam Choden Center.
To order, send an email to Ewam Choden. You may also pay directly on the Ewam Choden website, using the “Donate” link. Be sure to give your correct mailing address and a message about the Calligraphy.


Lama Kunga RInpoche’s paintings are also available. The donation amount varies depending on the painting. These donations are tax deductible. Send an email if you’re interested.

 Ewam Choden Tibetan Buddhist Center is a  501 (c) (3) status nonprofit organization.  Donations are tax-deductible.

Completed–SAKYA NORTH AMERICAN MONLAM 12/11 – 12/12 2021

December 9, 2021 by  
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NOTICE of the Fourth Annual Sakya North American Monlam for World Peace with H.H. Sakya Trichen  (41) and H.H. Sakya Trizin (42) . This will be live streamed on Saturday, 12/11 and Sunday, 12/12 at these Pacific times: 6:30am to 8:30am and 11am to 1pm. 
To attend, go to Each day is shown separately. 

The term Monlam means the path of aspiration and is a form of prayer..During a Monlam, the participants recite prayers with the aspiration to liberate all sentient beings from suffering and for all to achieve enlightenment.

Completed—ANNUAL MEMORIAL PRAYERS on Zoom, Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 at 6:00 pm Pacific time

November 2, 2021 by  
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Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche will conduct the annual Memorial Prayer service at Ewam Choden and we will participate through Zoom. Everyone is invited to attend.

Annually, Ewam Choden holds a gathering to offer prayers for the benefit of all of our friends, relatives and countless sentient beings who have passed on this year and in previous years. 

You may set up or hold a photo of a special person or animal that you wish to include.   You may light incense and tea lamps if you wish.

The following prayers that will be recited can be downloaded here.


The Zoom address is the same as the one for Sunday Meditation. The password is also the same.

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September 6, 2021 by  
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Ven. Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche with the Sangha and friends of Ewam Choden Tibetan Buddhist Center send prayers and wishes for the long life and good health of His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin.

May you continue to benefit countless beings in many ways.

Here is a link to His Holiness’ long life prayer.


Activity Completed–Have a rich, resourceful, and righteous New Year! LOSAR MEDITATION, TEACHING, and ACTIVITIES on ZOOM with Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche on Sunday, February 14, 2021

February 4, 2021 by  
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It’s time to welcome a new year according to the Tibetan lunar calendar. This is the year of the METAL OX, 2148.

It is said that the OX represents stability, loyalty, and trustworthiness. In some Buddhist paintings, an ox and its herder show the path to realize our Buddha nature.
After a unique year of challenging difficulty for people throughout the world, we can look for an improvement.

Although the Ewam Choden Center has to remain closed. we are all very fortunate for Lama Kunga Rinpoche’s presence at Ewam Choden and we are grateful for his kind and inspiring Sunday morning compassion meditation sessions.

We are grateful for your continued support and encourage you to maintain your membership in the Center and to please be generous with your donations. The Center is in need particularly because of the lack of large events with visiting teachers during the past year. TO DONATE: Select the DONATE button on the front page of this website.


Please go to the page for ZOOM MEDITATION on the front page of this website.


April 7, 2020 by  
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Dear Friends and Members of Ewam Choden,

This campaign has closed very successfully. The donations received from kind and generous people totaled a little over $10,000. This was sent to Ngor Monastery for the benefit of the Ling Gesar school.

Lama Kunga Rinpoche received an appeal from Ngor Thartse Khen Rinpoche at Ngor monastery in India. We needed your help, and you gave it.

Lama Kunga Rinpoche visits Ling Gesar School in 2017

As you know, Lama Kunga comes from Ngor monastery and has kept strong ties with his successor, Ngor Thartse Khen Rinpoche who, along with Luding Khen Rinpoche and other Sakya lamas of the Ngor tradition, have kept the Ngor-pa tradition strong in India and Tibet.
Thartse Khen Rinpoche was due to travel to give teachings in several countries and thus raise funds for the many projects he needs to support.

Aside from his responsibilities at Ngor Manduwala (the main monastery in India), he needs to help his Jomsom monastery in Nepal which has 35 monks and there is also the Ling Gesar School, where he sponsors 90 young students from villages bordering Ngor Manduwala monastery.
This school is managed by Khen Rinpoche’s brother Gonpo. It has been very helpful to the surrounding community, which is poor. Not only does it provide education but also basic needs to the children. 
The school had to close due to the pandemic but parents come and pick up homework once a week for their kids and return it to be corrected. This maintains the minimal continuity of education. (These families don’t have computers at home.)

Because the pandemic has restricted Thartse Khen Rinpoche’s travel, he can’t raise the necessary funds for the school.  The well being of the students at Ling Gesar school is now seriously in jeopardy.

Lama Kunga has made a personal pledge to help and we hope you can too.
You can give your tax-deductible donations by PayPal (here on the EC website) or by check to Ewam Choden. Please earmark it “School Project”. 
All funds will be sent to Ngor and any donation is appreciate

completed–SAKA DAWA—SACRED and CELEBRATORY MONTH from May 23, 2020 – Special Day is June 5, full moon day

April 1, 2020 by  
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LKR offer khatak

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The Life of the Buddha

Life of Buddha Thangka                                                                                                                               

SAKA DAWA  In Tibetan, Dawa is moon and Saka is a star that appears with the full moon at this time.  DURING SAKA DAWA, we commemorate the Birth, the Enlightenment, and the Parinirvana (death) of the Buddha. This is the fourth month of the Tibetan calendar, starting on May 23 in the year 2020.  The most holy day is the day of the full moon (15th Tibetan day), which is June 5th.  During the entire period, the merit of all good that you do or think is multiplied many times, from 100 to 100,000 times to as many as one hundred million times.  On the other hand,  your negative deeds and thought are also multiplied.  Therefore, this is a perfect time to be focused and dedicated to spiritually positive behavior.

WHAT IN PARTICULAR CAN WE DO?  Respectfully clean your shrine and make offerings to the Three Jewels and your shrine space. Practice generosity to all beings. This includes the generosity of forgiving the people and situations that upset and enrage you. Forgive yourself, too, in order to awaken your own Buddha-nature. Practice meditation, especially with compassion and without grasping.  Do any of your Buddhist practices with focus and sincerity.  Light incense and candles, place water bowls, and dedicate them.  Read biographies of the Mahasiddhas and of great Lamas.  Save and assist animals and insects. Be kind and patient with all people.  You can also make mental offerings of all kinds.  Some people take the Eight Mahayana Precepts for a day or more, especially on the full moon day, June 9th.  Eat vegetarian or vegan.  Spend a couple of days eating like an ordained person–nothing to eat after 1 pm.  Recite food offering prayers before you take food, and visualize the offering to the Three Jewels.

Here are the traditional Sakya food offering prayers used by Lama Kunga Rinpoche at Ewam Choden.


HERE are photos taken during Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche’s last trip to India.

Bodhgaya   and   Sarnath

Bodhigaya              LKR Sarnath       

Buddha statue

(Thangka photo courtesy of


March 24, 2020 by  
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The following information gives you dharma practices to help alleviate the sufferings of people and to subdue the virus epidemic.

(1) “The Prayer that Saved Sakya” transmission from His Holiness Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche can be seen here. After receiving this transmission, you are encouraged to recite this prayer.

The Prayer that Saved Sakya from Epidemics

By Mahasiddha Thangthong Gyalpo

Lamas, tutelary deities, buddhas, and bodhisattvas,
All objects of refuge in general, and especially the greatly compassionate Goddess dressed in leaves (Parṇaśabarī) and her encircling retinue, Protect all beings from illness, negativity, and misfortune!

May all the ailments which oppress the minds of beings,
The attacks of diseases, negative forces, elemental spirits and the like, Arising from karma and immediate circumstances
Never occur anywhere in the universe.

May all the painful sicknesses which snatch life away, Separating mind and body in a single instant Like an executioner dragging away his victim, Never occur anywhere in the universe.

May epidemics, temporary or chronic,
The mere sound of whose name engenders fear Like falling into the jaws of Yama, lord of death, Never harm any being.

May the eighty-thousand types of harmful obstacles, The three-hundred-sixty sudden dangers from evil spirits, The four-hundred-four types of disease and other ills, Never strike any being.

May all sufferings due to disturbances of the four elements, Which plunder the well-being of body and mind be pacified; May we have radiance, strength,
Health and happiness, and a long life free from sickness.

Through the compassion of the Teachers and Three Jewels, The ability and might of the dakinis and Dharma protectors, And the power of the unfailing law of cause and effect, May all our dedications and wishes be fulfilled.

(2) You may recite the following—Parnaśavari is a powerful mantra used for subduing epidemics.

The goddess Parṇaśavarī (or Parṇaśabarī), who is known in Tibetan as Loma Gyönma (lo ma gyon ma) or ‘Leaf-Clad’ is particularly associated with the healing of contagious disease.
Dharani of Goddess Parnaśavari

Oṃ piśaci parnaśavari sarva jvara praśamana svāhā.

The transliteration given to us by Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche is the following:

CANCELLATION OF ALL EVENTS AT EWAM CHODEN until further notice – posted on 3/13/20

March 13, 2020 by  
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Ven. Lama Kunga RInpoche wants you to know that he is sorry we have to do this.
He wants everyone to be as safe and healthy as possible.
On the other hand, we want our precious Lama to be as safe and healthy as possible.
Therefore, Sunday compassion meditation, empowerments, classes, and all other activities at Ewam Choden will not be conducted for the time being.
We’ll send an announcement of any change.

Meanwhile, you may do the (Sunday) Chenrezig meditation at home, saying prayers and mantras for the benefit of all sentient beings.

Send an email if you have any comment or question.

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