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