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MAHA GURU BHUMTSOK ANNOUNCEMENT 

MAHA GURU BHUMTSOK SCHEDULE

October 9 - 16, 2016

 

Venue:  

Tibetan Association of Northern California (TANC) http://www.tanc.org/

5200 Huntington Ave

Richmond, CA 94804

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Daily schedule for Guru Bhumtsok

 

10:00 AM to 12:30 PM (1st Session )

  1:00 PM Lunch

  1:00 PM to 2:15 PM Lunch Break

  2:15 PM to 4:00 PM  (2nd  Session)

  4:00 PM to 4:45 PM Break

  4:45 PM to 6:30 PM (3rd Session)

  6:30 PM to 7:00 PM Break

  7:00 PM to 8:00 PM ( 4th Session)

  8:15 PM Dinner

 

Please note, Though the entire Bhumtsok is 4 sessions long, it it not mandatory that one attend the entire time. Interested people are welcome to attend the Bhumtsok as their schedule allow.  The benefit of attending even 

a short amount of this blessing is boundless, so please come as your schedule allows.  

 

The Bhumtsok text is available in Tibetan and English. 

 

Sponsor: Any amount of donation is welcome and appreciated. This is a week long Guru Bhumtsok. Tea, lunch and dinner will be served to all participants during the Bhumtsok. We are expecting hundreds of people to join the Bhumtsok.  

 

Points of contact:

Ven. Ngawang Khenrab (510) 604-4538
Rinchen Gelek 510-295-7654
Tsering Gyurmey 510-390-6771

What is Bhumtsok and Guru Bhumtsok?

Bhumtsok is the Great Prayer and Feast Offering Ritual Practice based on the Vajrayana Tradition. Participating in it is an exceptional way to accumulate merit, purify negative mental states and karma to achieve Enlightenment or the State of Buddhahood for the sake of all sentient beings.  The offering itself will be accumulated over a hundred thousand times, which usually lasts for a few days. 

This particular traditional ritual practice, which the Nechung monks will perform, is called  , which means 'The Sadhana of the Lineage of Vidhyadharas" , and is dedicated to Guru Rinpoche and Tibet.  The Great Fifth Dalai Lama took special interest in this practice for the benefit of the Tibetan people during his time in Tibet. Because of this, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama revived and officially instituted this practice at his monastery in Dharamsala.  The Tibetan Religious Administration in Exile organizes this Guru Bhumtsok every year at the main Temple (Tsuglangkhng) in Dharamsala, India. 

This tradition belongs to the Jang-Ter, Northern Treasure of Nyingma Tibetan Buddhist Order, in which Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche is the main lineage holder. The monks of Nechung Monastery have been practicing this tradition for many generations. 

How and When

Traditionally, Maha Guru Bhumtsok is done with a large number of people gathering, hundreds and thousands of monks, nuns and is led by qualified monks, nuns and high Lamas. This ritual practice also includes the special preparation of Torma, the  ritual cake offerings and butter sculpture as well as the Sadhana, or ritual text, which has to be performed orderly with the accuracy and understanding of deep meditation. 

NBC requested the Ven. Thupten Ngodup, the Medium of Tibet's Chief State Oracle, and the Nechung Monastery in India to give us their insight and guidance as well as to lead the Guru Bhumtsok. They have kindly and formally accepted our request, so we have invited Ven. Thupten Ngodup and eight monks from the Nechung Monastery, Dharamsala, India, to lead this landmark Guru Bumtsok.

NBC is organizing this Great Prayer and Feast Offering Ritual Practice to Guru Rinpoche for His Holiness' Long Life, to remove obstacles in his life and fulfill his wishes, as well as for the longevity of all great upholders of the sublime Dharma.  We are expecting a great number of both Tibetans and non-Tibetans from Bay Area and other parts of the US to participate in this great event.

NBC also dedicates this great prayer gathering for the following causes: 

-for peace in this troubling world, which at present has an abundance of man-made sufferings.

-to the people in Nepal struggling to survive after the massive earthquake and destruction and    other natural calamity-hit nations.

- for all Tibetans inside Tibet and especially those who self-immolated themselves for the cause of the holy Dharma and Tibet.

- to overcome the natural disasters brought by the drought, floods, and fires in California and elsewhere

 

 



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