YES—MEDITATION and TEACHING LIVE THROUGH ZOOM, SUNDAY, May 26, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 12 noon, US Pacific Daylight Savings Time.

December 25, 2023 by  
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We are happy and appreciative that Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche has very kindly agreed to conduct his traditional Sunday morning Chenrezig compassion meditation and offer us his precious dharma teaching in a live Zoom space from 10:00 am to 12 noon, Pacific Daylight Savings Time on Sunday, May 26, 2024.

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, and requesting it in advance. <info@ewamchoden.org> 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 may be asked for some information about yourself.

GENERAL INFORMATION

PLEASE USE YOUR REAL NAME for the Zoom room.
You may log in shortly before the scheduled start and wait. Please don’t be late. The session begins on time.

Please mute yourselves (the moderator will control microphones for all). Although we enjoy reciting aloud together as an aspect of the practice, this sound interferes with the Zoom transmission . So we need to limit the audio to only Rinpoche’s speaking, while we recite by ourselves.

When Rinpoche arrives, he’d like to see everyone, so please keep your video on. Then, if you wish, you may close it until the dedication at the end.

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

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GET THE ZOOM application in order to be ready.

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

Log in and follow the message to wait until the room opens and you are admitted.

Join Zoom Meeting here:
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Join the Zoom Meeting by clicking the following URL.

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Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Chenrezig)

OM MANI PAD ME HUM

Completed—NEW YEAR’S EVE PRAYERS & BLESSINGS

December 25, 2023 by  
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Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche will very kindly meet with us on New Year’s Eve for prayers, recitations, and meditation for peace and for the benefit of all beings in the new year. From December 31, 2023 to January 1, 2024.

ONLY ON ZOOM from 11:00 pm to 12:00 pm, Pacific Standard time.

The Zoom link (shown below) is the same one as for the morning meditation session.

LOG IN WITH THE LINK OR WITH THE ID & PASSWORD.

https://zoom.us/j/92773242520?pwd=bzFiSXk2K3NTSEUvNU5qNkFZSHdzUT09

Meeting ID: 927 7324 2520

Passcode: 251385

VEN. LAMA KUNGA RINPOCHE SHOWN DURING THE SUNDAY MORNING MEDITATION ON ZOOM.

Completed well—ANNUAL MEMORIAL PRAYERS on Zoom, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2023 at 6:30 pm Pacific time

November 12, 2023 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 we usually recite can be downloaded here.

http://www.ewamchoden.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Happiness-Prayer.pdf

http://www.ewamchoden.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Heart-Sutra-Prayer.pdf

Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche

HOW TO ATTEND

HERE IS THE URL LINK FOR THE ZOOM ROOM:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86765902832

Meeting ID  86765902832

COMPLETED–BIRTHDAY PARTY PICNIC FOR LAMA KUNGA RINPOCHE in Arlington Park, El Cerrito, CA on SUNDAY, July 23, 2023 , 1pm to 4pm

June 29, 2023 by  
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WE ARE HAVING OUR ANNUAL POTLUCK BIRTHDAY PICNIC for VEN. LAMA KUNGA RINPOCHE’s 88th BIRTHDAY.
We will honor and celebrate Ven. Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche with offerings of food and prayers and wishes for his continued long healthy life with many dharma activities for the benefit of all beings.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME!  BRING FOOD TO SHARE. 
Reminder: Lama Kunga Rinpoche doesn’t eat anything with sugar or any sugar-type sweetener.


WHEN:  Sunday, July 23, 2023
TIME:  from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm  After Rinpoche’s Meditation-Teaching on Zoom
WHERE:  Arlington Park, 1120 Arlington Blvd.,  El Cerrito, CA 
HOW: Drive northward on Arlington Blvd. (past where you turn for Ewam Choden).  The park is on the right with plenty of street parking.
See a map Here.     At the park, we’ll be at Site 1, past the tennis courts.


LAMA KUNGA RINPOCHE LOOKS FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE.


NOTE:  If you aren’t feeling well or test positive for Covid (or any other currently circulating illness), please stay home and recover.

UPCOMING EVENTS in 2023

January 4, 2023 by  
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Summer 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.
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.

For Empowerments, please LOOK AT THE SEPARATE POST UNDER EMPOWERMENTS.

CELEBRATION OF THE BIRTHDAY OF VEN. LAMA KUNGA RINPOCHE

on Sunday, July 23, 2023 and the actual BIRTHDAY date on July 25, 2023.

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CompletedThe 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.

CompletedEMPOWERMENT OF WHITE SARASWATI on Sunday, March 19, 2023, at 2:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time, only on Zoom.

Completed –EMPOWERMENTS OF KURUKULLE AND SIMHAMUKA FROM LAMA KUNGA RINPOCHE

Completed–EMPOWERMENTS OF RIG SUM GONPO AND SINGHANATA FROM visiting H.E. THARTSE KHEN RINPOCHE.


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 https://www.ludingfoundation.org 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—H.E. NGOR THARTSE KHEN RINPOCHE came to Ewam Choden in California

July 16, 2022 by  
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We are grateful to H.E. Thartse Khen Rinpoche for his visit to Ewam Choden, and look forward to his future visits.

Thartse Khen Rinpoche will be at Ewam Choden on July 12 – 31, 2022.
He will attend the North American Sakya Monlam from July 15 through July 17.

This is an important visit as Lama Kunga Rinpoche also comes from the Ngor tradition of the Sakya lineage. Click here for more info on this connection

Lama Kunga Rinpoche and the members of Ewam Choden Tibetan Buddhist Center are looking forward to welcoming His Eminence Thartse Khen Rinpoche on his first visit to the United States. 

Ngor Thartse Khen Rinpoche is the 77th abbot of Ngor, a main branch of the Sakyapa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. The visit fulfills Lama Kunga Rinpoche’s wish to establish a lasting connectionwith the Ewam Choden Tibetan Buddhist Center, which derives from the Ngor Thartse tradition. 

Born in 1968 into a royal family in Mustang, Nepal, Rinpoche was ordained as a monk at the age of eight by His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche.  At the age of thirteen, he was recognized as Ngor Thartse Shabdrung Rinpoche by His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin.  

Rinpoche then completed extensive studies of  ritual and rites of the Ngor tradition, with close instruction from His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche, who ordained him as a bhiksu at the age of 19. After completing his formal monastic education and training, Rinpoche attended Sakya Institute to study Higher Buddhist Philosophical studies and Art. He later joined Sakya College to further study Tantra.

Thartse Khen Rinpoche travels extensively in Asia where he founded and supervises numerous monasteries and Sakya centers.
We are very grateful for his first visit to the United States.

H.E. Thartse Khen Rinpoche will kindly offer the following events.

Two-Day HEVAJRA EMPOWERMENT in person, CLICK HERE.

SIX EMPOWERMENTS and A DHARMA TALK, LIVE-STREAMED ON ZOOM, CLICK HERE

DONATION REQUEST FOR LING GESAR SCHOOL

July 7, 2022 by  
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Lama Kunga Rinpoche received an appeal from Ngor Thartse Khen Rinpoche at Ngor monastery in India.
And we need your help.

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.

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
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SPIRITUAL ARTS and BOOKS

January 21, 2022 by  
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NEW BOOK ABOUT LAMA KUNGA’S FATHER

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.

CALLIGRAPHY and PAINTINGS

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.

CALLIGRAPHY

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.

PAINTINGS

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.

PRAYERS FOR ELIMINATING EPIDEMICS

March 24, 2020 by  
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PRAYERS FOR ELIMINATING EPIDEMICS

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

།ༀ་པི་ཤཱ་ཙི་པརྣ་ཤ་བ་རི་སརྦ་ཛྭ་ར་པྲ་ཤ་ན་ཡེ་སྭཱ་ཧཱ།
Oṃ piśaci parnaśavari sarva jvara praśamana svāhā.

The transliteration given to us by Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche is the following:
OM PI SHATSE PARNA SHAWARI SARVA ZOWARA PARSHA MANAYA SVAHA

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