Completed—PARNASHAVARI on Sunday, January 22, 2023 at 2pm Pacific time

January 6, 2023 by  
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DAY—Sunday, January 22, 2023
TIME– 2:00 pm Pacfic time.
LOCATION–Zoom Room only

Here is the link to the Zoom Room for the Parnashavari Empowerment.
Meeting ID  827 2609 5753

The only condition is that after receiving the empowerment, you should learn the mantra and recite it.

PLEASE PREPARE for this empowerment by downloading the document at the following link. You may use the pdf download on the right side of the document page.


Dana, (offering to the Lama), is separate

Please pay in advance by clicking the Donate button on the right side of the front page of the Ewam Choden website.
Then, you can safely use a PayPal account or a credit card, as you’ll see.  
Include a note with your payment saying that you’ll attend this empowerment. This is important.
If you have to send a check, mail it to Ewam Choden as soon as possible, and send an email saying that you’ve mailed a check.

Here is the link to the Zoom Room for the Parnashavari Empowerment.
Meeting ID  827 2609 5753

Parnashavari is a forest goddess whose practice gives power to heal and remove health obstacles, serious illnesses, and particularly pandemics. She is in touch with the natural cures of her forest.


January 4, 2023 by  
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Spring Greetings to you from Ewam Choden.

We are happy to announce the following upcoming events with Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche. We will continue to meet in the Zoom room, and not in person. The Zoom logon for events is the same as it is on Sundays (unless announced otherwise).
EMAIL notices for each event will also be sent individually with details.
Please convert the Pacific time to your time as necessary.

SUNDAY MEDITATION and TEACHING by Lama Kunga Rinpoche at 10am, Pacific time will continue weekly.



The annual Himalayan Fair will be held in Berkeley, California on May 20 & 21, 2023. It’s the 40th anniversary of this wonderful event that was started by Lama Kunga Rinpoche and Arlene Blum. (Arlene is a scientist and pioneer high mountain climber.) Check online for Himalayan Fair.

Completed–NEW YEAR’S EVE PRAYERS will be held on Saturday, December 31st, 2022, starting at 11:00 pm.

Completed–PRAYERS FOR THE 49th DAY of MOKE’S PASSING. January 2, 2023 at 6:00pm Pacific time. The Zoom logon is the same as for Sunday meditation.

Completed—EMPOWERMENT OF PARNASHAVARI on Sunday, January 22, 2023, at 2:00 pm.  
Attendees have to register and pay in advance in order to be admitted to the Zoom room. PLEASE WAIT FOR REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT TO BE POSTED WITH A LINK.

Completed—LOSAR PRAYERS and a meeting with the Oracle on Tuesday, February 21, 2023.

CompleedEMPOWERMENT OF WHITE SARASWATI on Sunday, March 19, 2023, at 2:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time, only on Zoom.
Everyone is welcome. There is no advance registration. More information to follow soon.

His Eminence Ngor Luding Khenchen Rinpoche (1931-2022)

December 30, 2022 by  
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In the early dawn of the sixth day of the 11th month of the Male Water Tiger Year of the Tibetan Calendar (Wednesday, 28 December 2022), at Bodhgaya, His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche entered into the Dharmadhatu and has since parted from his physical body.

His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche was the 75th abbot of the Ngor Ewam Choden Monastery and was head of the Ngor lineage of the Sakya tradition from 1954 to March 2000.

See for more information.

Lama Kunga Rinpoche and the sangha of our Ewam Choden Center in California pray for His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche.

The cremation of the holy body was correctly accomplished on February 16, 2023 in Manduwala, India.

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

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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(Image courtesy of Himalayan Art 72068)


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.

***** 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.

Sunday Meditation at EC is cancelled on 8/18/13 due to other event

August 7, 2013 by  
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The usual compassion meditation of  Avalokiteshvara (Chenrezi) at EC is cancelled for Sunday, Aug. 18 because Khempo Migmar Tseten will be teaching The Heart Sutra at that time. You are encouraged to practice the meditation at home if not attending the teaching.

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