Grand Kalacakra Duchen, 29th April 2018, Tibet, India, Nepal, Hong Kong…..

Yesterday, 29th April 2018, several Tibetan Buddhist monasteries who practise Kalacakra in the Jonang and Kagyu tradition, organised grand Kalacakra sadhanas and events to commemorate the day Shakyamuni Buddha taught the Kalacakra Tantra.

I was fortunate to be able to attend the commemoration at the Jonang monastery in Nepal and offered the Lama and Khenpos there my newly published English translations, includin the Four Mandala Tara Offering that is regularly practised in the Jonang monasteries. I was generously offered a khatag, incense and a newly published Tibetan pecha text of the Kalacakra Nine Deity Sadhana.

Offering newly published English translations of Jonang texts to Lama Yonten Gyamtso and Khenpos at Jonang Monastery, Nepal, 28th April 2018.
Offering given to me by Khenpo la on 29th April 2018, newly published Tibetan pecha text of The Glorious Kalacakra Nine Deity Extensive Sadhana

Tsangchen Monastery, Dzamthang, Tibet

See more photos here.

In attendance, Jigme Dorjee Rinpoche.

Jonang Buddhist Institute and Monastery, Pharping, Nepal

In attendance Lama Yonten Gyamtso.

Jonang Takten Chophel Monastery, Mongolia

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In attendance Kyabje Rinpoche.

Jonang Jamda Kalacakra Centre, Hong Kong

Two Kagyu monasteries in India also made extensive pujas and preparations for the special day:

Bokar Monastery, Mirik, India

Rumtek Monastery, Sikkim, India

For photos and information click on the links.

May the Kalacakra teachings flourish and remain long! May all sentient beings attain full awakening.

Kalacakra Mandalas in India and Nepal constructed for the Kalacakra Duchen on 29th April

Major Kalacakra pujas are underway in Bokar Monastery Mirik and Rumtek Monastery, Sikkim in India and the Jonang monastery in Pharping, Nepal is also making preparations for the Kalacakra duchen this Sunday, 29th April. The full moon of the third lunar month is traditionally commemorated as the day Shakyamuni Buddha taught the Kalacakra Tantra.

According to the Kālacakra tantra, the Buddha taught the first Kālacakra root tantra in Dharanikota (near modern Amaravathi) in 5th century B.C. of southeastern India, supposedly bilocating (appearing in two places at once) at the same time as he was also delivering the Prajñāpāramitā sutras at Griddhraj Parvat in Bihar. Along with King Suchandra, ninety-six minor kings and emissaries from Shambhala were also said to have received the teachings. The Kālacakra thus passed directly to Shambhala, where it was held exclusively for hundreds of years. Later Kings of Shambhala, Mañjushrīkīrti and Pundarika, are said to have condensed and simplified the teachings into the Śri Kālacakra or Laghutantra and its main commentary, the Vimalaprabha, which remain extant today as the heart of the Kālacakra literature. Fragments of the original tantra have survived; the most significant fragment, the Sekkodesha, was commented upon by Naropa. (For more information see (

Here are some of the beautiful photos shared on Facebook. Bokar Yangsi is currently in Nepal on pilgrimage.

Bokar Monastery Mirik


Rumtek Monastery Sikkim



Parinirvana Anniversary of Jonang Master Lama Yonten Zangpo – Commemoration in Tibet and Supplication Prayer

Today is the anniversary of the parinirvana (passing away) of Lama Ngawang Yonten Zangpo, (1928-2002), Jonang master and also root Lama of Khenpo Chokyi Nangwa Rinpoche.  Here are some pictures taken of the commemorations at the main Jonang Dzamthang Tsangwa monastery in Tibet as well as the Supplication Prayer Tibetans recite for him, with English translation.

Supplication Prayer to Khenchen Ngawang Yonten Zangpo


Heart of the ultimate Lama, mind of abiding reality;

A treasure ocean of great qualities, all-pervasive Dharmakaya;

Bestower of excellent deeds residing in the nature of samsara and nirvana;

I supplicate in the presence of  inconceivable, self-luminous awareness.

Translated by Adele Tomlin, 19 April 2018.

Khenpo Chokyi Nangwa Rinpoche with root Lama Ngawang Yonten Gyatso


Commemorations at the Tsangwa Monastery in Tibet



Aspiration Prayer for Khenzur Chokyi Nangwa Rinpoche by HH 14th Dalai Lama

I am delighted to announce to fellow students of Chokyi Nangwa Rinpoche, that HH the 14th Dalai Lama composed an aspiration prayer last month, at the request of Rinpoche’s students.

I have translated the aspiration prayer into English for the benefit of myself and Chokyi Nangwa Rinpoche’s students. May the Jonang teachings remain long steadfast!

Original Tibetan of the Aspiration Prayer from the Office of HH Dalai Lama

Aspiration Prayer for Khensur Chokyi Nangwa

by the 14th Dalai Lama


ten chog nyam me don kun drub pel

The glorious, incomparable, supreme Teacher[1] who accomplished all aims,



ten pai sel je pan drub chu dun zhab

The Venerable Seventeen Panditas[2] who clearly explained the teachings,



kun khyen dol bu tshe yi lha tshog kyi

The assembly of long-life deities of Omnisicent Dolpopa,



deng dir ge leg gya tsho char du nyil

Please rain down, here and now, a great ocean of virtuous excellence.



do ngag zhung la mag du thö pa yi

By listening[3] to many Sutras and Tantras;



zhi dul chö pe kel den gyen du gyur

Peaceful, tamed conduct became an ornament for those with good fortune.



ma me she rab chö kyi nang wa ngö

Supreme wisdom embodiment, ‘Illumination of Dharma’ (Chokyi Nangwa),



jo nang ten pai pel du ten gyur chig

May the magnificent Jonang teachings[4] steadfastly remain.

This Aspiration Prayer for the Long Life of Khensur Chokyi Nangwa of the main monastery of the Jonang in exile, was composed at the urging of his students by the Dalai Lama, propounder of the Dharma of the Renunciate Shakya, on the 22nd day of the first month in the 17th year of the Earth Dog ; the 8th March 2018.

Translated and compiled by Adele Tomlin Zangmo, 9th April 2018.

[1] This is referring to the Shakyamuni Buddha.

[2] Seventeen great Indian panditas who were associated with Nalanda monastery. Nagarjuna, Aryadeva, Buddhapalita, Bhavaviveka, Chandrakirti, Shantideva, Shantarakshita, Kamalashila, Asanga, Vasubandhu, Dignaga, Dharmakirti, Arya Vimuktisena, Haribhadra, Gunaprabha, Shakyaprabha, Atisha.

[3] Here the Tibetan word is ‘listen’ (thos). ‘Listening’ is the first of the three activities one should engage in when studying and practicing Dharma. After ‘listening’ one should then ‘contemplate’ (bsam) and then meditate (sgom) on what one has listened to.

[4] Here the Tibetan word is ‘teachings’ (bstan pa). Teachings are of two types: the teachings of scripture (āgama, lung), such as the Sūtra, Vinaya and Abhidharma; and the teachings of realization (adhigama, rtogs pa), such as oral instructions on the Kalacakra six yogas and so on. Here the word refers to both kinds of teachings. “The teaching of the Buddha has two aspects: The elements of scripture and realisation. These are maintained only through teaching and through practice.” – Vasubandhu, Abhidharmakosa

With thanks to Geshe Gyaltsen Tsering and Gen Kalsang Nyima for their generous explanation of the Tibetan.

P.S. Although, I am no great scholar or practitioner, I composed a long-life prayer ( Manifestation of Unchanging Bliss ) for Chokyi Nangwa Rinpoche last year, as an unenlightened laywoman’s act of pure and simple devotion, and also because at that time, there was no long-life prayer for him available. So it is particularly delightful to me that this gaping hole has now been properly filled by HH Dalai Lama’s beautiful and blessed composition.

Upcoming Jonang teachings and Kalacakra empowerments in Taiwan, Europe and USA

Khenpo Chokyi Nangwa Rinpoche, April 10th until 24th May

Khenpo Chokyi Nangwa Rinpoche of the Kalacakra Monastery, Dharamsala, India arrived in Taiwan yesterday for a seven week schedule of teachings on the Taranatha text entitled: The Essence of Nectar: An Instruction Text on the Oral Instructions of the Three Types of Followers of Those Entering the Path of the Victor’s Teachings (rgyal ba’i bstan pa la ‘jug pa’i rim pa skyes bu gsum gi man ngag gi khrid yig bdud rtsi’i nying khu).

He will be teaching on Tuesdays and Thursdays only between 7-9pm at the Dekyi bookshop in Taipei. And for two days (May 13 and 14) on the Kalacakra Preliminary Practise of Bodhicitta.

The text in Tibetan and Chinese (translated by Lama Tenzin Dorjee) can be accessed here:


Khenpo Chokyi Nangwa Rinpoche arriving at the airport yesterday and greeted by students.


Khentrul Jamphel Lodro Rinpoche,  Kalacakra Teachings and Empowerments in North America and Europe, June-November 2018

Khentrul Jamphel Lodro Rinpoche of the Rime Buddhist Institute has announced on his website Kalacakra teachings and empowerments in North America and Europe between June and October. He will visit eight countries and give Kalacakra empowerments in Los Angeles, London and Rome.

The full schedule is as follows:


Teachings in Moscow
Ripa Centre Moscow, Moscow : Jun 20 – Jun 24

Teachings in Toronto
Terma Foundation, Markham : Aug 09 – Aug 12

Teachings in New York City
New York City, New York : Aug 15 – Aug 19

Teachings in Washington D.C.
Drikung Dharma Surya Center, Fairfax : Aug 23 – Aug 26

Teachings in Houston
Drepung Loseling Insitute of Texas, Houston : Aug 30 – Sep 02

Kalachakra Empowerment in Los Angeles
Los Angeles, : Sep 05 – Sep 11

Three Isolations Meditation Retreat
San Francisco, : Sep 14 – Sep 22

Kalachakra Empowerment in London
The Study Society, Hammersmith : Sep 26 – Sep 30

Innate Kalachakra Retreat in Wales
The Old Rectory, Tintern : Oct 04 – Oct 07

Teachings in Holland
Holland, : Oct 11 – Oct 14

Teachings in Vienna
Dharma Sangha Österreich, Wien : Oct 18 – Oct 21

Kalachakra Empowerment in Rome
Italy, : Oct 24 – Oct 30

Teachings in Soren
Thupten Jamtse Ling, Sorens : Nov 02 – Nov 04