Public Event 2017
2017 MAHA GURU BHUMTSOK ANNOUNCEMENT
MAHA GURU BHUMTSOK SCHEDULE
- Aug 2, 2017 starts on Drukpa-Tseshe, the most auspicious
Tibetan Association of Northern
California (TANC) http://www.tanc.org/
Daily schedule for Guru Bhumtsok
10:00 AM to 12:30 PM (1st
PM to 2:15 PM Lunch
PM to 4:00 PM (2nd Session)
PM to 4:45 PM Break
PM to 6:30 PM (3rd Session)
PM to 7:00 PM Break
PM to 8:00 PM (
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.
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.
What is Bhumtsok and
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.
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
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.
dedicates this great prayer gathering for the following
peace in this troubling world, which at present has an
abundance of man-made sufferings.
the people in Nepal struggling to survive after the
massive earthquake and destruction and other natural
for all Tibetans inside Tibet and especially those who
self-immolated themselves for the cause of the holy
Dharma and Tibet.
overcome the natural disasters brought by the drought,
floods, and fires in California and elsewhere