MAHA GURU BHUMTSOK ANNOUNCEMENT
MAHA GURU BHUMTSOK SCHEDULE
October 9 - 16, 2016
Tibetan Association of
Northern California (TANC) http://www.tanc.org/
Daily schedule for Guru
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
a short amount of this blessing
is boundless, so please come as your schedule
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
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.
also dedicates this great prayer gathering for the
-for 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 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