SAKA DAWA—SACRED and CELEBRATORY MONTH from May 31 thru June 29,2022 – Special Day is June 14, full moon day

May 31, 2022 by  
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During this period, we commemorate the Birth, the Enlightenment, and the Parinirvana (passing on) of the Buddha. 


  The most holy day is the day of the full moon (the 15th Tibetan day), which is on Tuesday, June 14. 

During this entire period, the merit of all good that you think or do 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 thoughts are also multiplied. 

Therefore, this is a perfect time to be focused on and dedicated to spiritually and ethically positive thinking and behavior.

Here are some suggestions of what we might do during Saka Dawa.

*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. 
*Recite long-life prayers for your gurus.
*Light incense and candles, place water bowls, and dedicate them to the Three Jewels. 
*Read biographies of the Mahasiddhas and of great Lamas. 
*Save and assist animals and insects.
*Be kind and patient with all people.

*Eat vegetarian or vegan. <–This is recommended by Lama Kunga RInpoche, especially on June 14th.
*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 14th.   
*Do purification practices, such as, Vajrasattva or Prostrations to the 35 Confession Buddhas.
*Spend a couple of days eating like an ordained person, which means, don’t eat after 1:00 pm. 
*Recite food offering prayers before you take food, and visualize the offering to the Three Jewels.
*With a view of emptiness, dedicate the merit of everything you do to all sentient beings.

For a copy of the Food Prayer used at Ewam Choden click HERE.

Completed–LOSAR (Tibetan New Year) ORACLE SOUP PARTY on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020, 7:00 pm, at Ewam Choden.

October 7, 2019 by  
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Welcome to the Tibetan New Year Celebrations at Ewam Choden !
༄༅།།ལོ་གསར་ལ་བཀྲ་ཤིས་བདེ་ལེགས་ཞུ།      Losar La Tashi Delek    New Year’s Greetings!   
The new year is 2147, the year of the Male Iron Rat.

FRIDAY EVENING, 2/21/19 at 7:00 pm at Ewam Choden:   ORACLE SOUP POTLUCK PARTY

Everyone is welcome to a LOSAR potluck party at Ewam Choden on Friday, February 21st at 7:00 pm.  From the Oracle Soup, you will receive a special dumpling in which your unique fortune for the new year can be found.  Join Rinpoche and Sangha friends for a delicious potluck meal.


Completed: HIS HOLINESS SAKYA TRICHEN Rinpoche teaches on –PARTING FROM THE FOUR ATTACHMENTS– MONDAY, August 6, 2018, 6:00 pm

August 5, 2018 by  
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The day and location of this teaching by His Holiness Sakya Trichen was revised from an earlier announcement.

LOCATION:  Sera Jey Foundation, 1525 Elm St, El Cerrito, CA 94530  

DATE and TIME:  Monday, 8/6/18 at 6:00 pm.

This teaching is open to all without charge, but you are asked to reserve your place by emailing:

Phone contact: (510) 944-4136


CHANGE OF DATES–EMPOWERMENTS OF 21 TARAS in SuryaGupta (Nyima Baypa) Tradition, (September 21, 22, and 23, 2018–>) NOW February 22, 23, 24, 2019

November 5, 2017 by  
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The Empowerments of the 21 Taras in the Surya Gupta tradition, will be kindly bestowed by Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche.

It became necessary to change the dates of these Empowerments.

The dates are now February 22, 23, 24, 2019.  The location is Ewam Choden.



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Cancelled for a while–Ewam Choden MEMBERS MEETING, some time later in 2018

November 2, 2017 by  
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Sorry for any inconvenience.  The Ewam Choden Board of Directors has to postpone the annual Members Meeting because we’re busy preparing for the visit of His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin in May.   Members, friends, students, and any interested people may email Ewam Choden with any questions and for more information.  We do need volunteers to help with the event.

Thank you.

completed–PRAYERS TO COMMEMORATE SACHEN KUNGA NYINGPO, Sunday, Nov. 13 at 7:00 pm

October 17, 2016 by  
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Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche and members of Ewam Choden will join the Tibetan Sakya Community for a memorial of the great Sachen Kunga Nyingpo (Tibetan: ས་ཆེན་ཀུན་དགའ་སྙིང་པོ་) on the day of his Parinirvana.    Everyone is welcome. The day is Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. The starting time 7:00 pm. The location is Ewam Choden.

Sachen Kunga Nyingpo was the first of the great five patriarchs of the Sakya lineage. The son of Khon Konchok Gyalpo, he was the 3rd Sakya Trizin. He lived from 1092 to 1158.  When he was still a youth, meditating in retreat under the guidance of Bari Lotsawa, he saw Manjushri and received from him the teaching known as,  Lojong Shenpa Shidrel or Mind Training of Parting from the Four Attachments.

If you are attached to this life, you are not a true spiritual practitioner;
If you are attached to saṃsāra, you have no renunciation;
If you are attached to your own self-interest, you have no bodhicitta;
If there is grasping, you do not have the View.



***** HAPPY 80th BIRTHDAY to VEN. LAMA KUNGA THARTSE RINPOCHE ***** Wishes for continuing long-life and good health

Ven. Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, originally from Ngor Monastery in Tibet, has kindly and generously shared his dharma wisdom with us in many ways for over forty years. We are infinitely grateful for Rinpoche’s display of patience and compassion, his profound teachings, his heartfelt empowerments, and his enduring patience.  Over the years, Rinpoche has kindly instructed students in Tibetan cooking as readily as in spoken and literary Tibetan language. We learn from him how to make tormas and treasure vases. He performs marriage ceremonies and conducts tsoks. He translates and interprets sadhanas and texts, guiding us in our understanding of them.  And especially, he imparts how and why to practice the Bodhisattva path of Vajrayana, measuring the teaching for each individual student. How fortunate we are to have such a wonderful Lama in our midst, and that we could meet him !

Rinpoche’s 80th birthday is on July 25, 2015.  Let’s honor his continuing presence and show our appreciation.

SAY LONG LIFE PRAYERS—You may find the long and short versions of Ven. LAMA KUNGA RINPOCHE’S Long Life Prayer on this website, as follows: On the front page, go to the yellow horizontal bar–Sakya School. From the pull-down menu there, stop at Prayers and move to the right for the prayer.

MAKE A DONATION TO EWAM CHODEN—Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche founded this Center and continues to lead it.  The Center is sustained by donations.  Use the PayPal link on the right side of the front page or send a check to make your special Birthday gift donation. (All donations are tax-deductible and will be acknowledged.)   This is the best birthday gift to Rinpoche (other than dharma practice).

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MEDITATION with Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche will be held on Sunday, as usual

November 3, 2014 by  
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Chenrezi compassion mediation beginning at 10:00 am is held at Ewam Choden every Sunday.

Recently, Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche has begun to give teachings after the usual Chenrezi compassion meditation on Sunday mornings.  The teaching is an in depth explanation of the Tibetan words of the sadhana.   Rinpoche’s explanations can be both colorful and profound.  Seize this opportunity by coming to the Sunday morning meditation, starting at 10:00 am and lasting until about 11:30 am.

Check the calendar (on the right side of this page) for Lama Kunga Rinpoche’s general schedule.


EWAM CHODEN MEMBERSHIP DRIVE and Thanks for your donations

March 20, 2014 by  
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Lama Kunga Rinpoche, the EC Board of Directors, members, students, and all who benefit from our center give heartfelt thanks to everyone who answered our call for “end of the year” donations, and to those who continue to be generous with their offerings.  The Center survives from the various donations and cannot exist without them.   Also, our members are important.  In the near future, there will be a Membership Drive to encourage folks to strengthen their connections to the Lama and this center by renewing membership or becoming a member.  Information about being an Ewam Choden member will be published here soon.

UPDATE about Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche’s travels

March 20, 2014 by  
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Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche is currently home in residence at Ewam Choden.  Come join him in the Sunday Chenrezi compassion meditation!

  Lama Kunga Rinpoche attended the teachings of H.H. Sakya Trizin in Walden, New York from the end of March through April. and then in Vancouver, B.C., Canada,  in early May.   Prior to attending the New York teachings, Lama Kunga Rinpoche gave empowerments and teachings to a group of students in New Jersey.  In June and early July, he was in Europe.

Please click on the CALENDAR on the right side of this page for information about Lama Kunga Rinpoche’s travels and the events at Ewam Choden.



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