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Choeje Ayang Rinpoche

[quote]”Compassionate activity is at the heart of our practice. We can’t ignore it. It is absolutely vital.” – H. E. Ayang Rinpoche[/quote]

His Eminence K.C. Choeje Ayang Rinpoche was born into a nomadic family in eastern Tibet after numerous auspicious signs appeared. He was recognised to be a reincarnate Drikung Kagyu lama by a delegation of high lama including Ayang Drubchen Tenpal Nyinpa. Melong Drubchen, Traleg Kyamgon, Chabdra Rinpoche (the tutor Of H.H. the Drikung Kyabgon), and the sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa.

Following his early education at Drikung Thil Changchub Ling, the main monastery of Drikung, he continued his studies at Nyinma Chang Ra, the Drikung philosophical college. He received all the initiations of Rinchen Ter Dzod and Kagyu Ngag Dzod from Nyinsum Tripa, a great Drikung lama. The second tutor of H.H. the Drikung Kyabgon, Ayang Thupten gave him the teachings of the Six Yoga of Naropa and Mahamudra. From Khenpo Tsense Sangpo, he received all Nyingthig initiations and teachings as well as his first Phowa teaching (this of the Nyingma tradition). He received the Upadesha from a great Nyingma Yogi, Rahor Chodra Rinpoche.

After finishing his studies and receiving many teachings he went on pilgrimage in Tibet to many of the holy places of Guru Rinpoche, doing a lengthy retreat at Phulung, where Guru Rinpoche practiced Phowa for a long time. At the end of the retreat, he performed an offering puja which was attended by many Naga, who came with offerings and circumambulated his retreat while performing mantras of Guru Rinpoche. Venerable Ayang Rinpoche felt that this was a great sign and felt it might mean that in the future he would be teaching Phowa in foreign countries.

After leaving Tibet, he received the Kalachakra initiation […]

By |February 11th, 2012|Kagyu|0 Comments|

The 18th Annual Phowa course, Bodhgaya, 2012

 

[quote]If you study Phowa, then at the time when death is approaching, you will know no despair but will be full of cheerful confidence.”- Marpa The Translator[/quote]

Right after Kalachakra, from January 14th till January 23th 2012, His Eminence Choeje Ayang Rinpoche, a holder both Nyingma and Drikung Phowa lineage, gave 18th annual Phowa teaching in Bodhgaya.Before the course Rinpoche was worried if students would get opportunity to attend the course at very “packed” time in Bodhgaya during Kalachalra so he recommended that everybody`book flights and hotels in advance. Fortunately everything went well: so many students joined the course that even the tent made especially for the Teaching couldn’t seat all people.

Ayang Rinpoche’s course shecdule was demanding as always. Sometimes course started at 7 am and finished at 9 pm. We were completely immersed in the course. “Take you tea and came back quickly” – that what we heard every day before short tea breaks. In spite of his cold Rinpoche with compassion and kindness gave us his gradual and detail teachings, talking both in English and Tibetan.

Despite the demanding schedule, or maybe because of it many people on the course had some very powerful experiences and a lot even achieved some Phowa “signs”. I personally felt very privileged to attend the course and am hoping to make it an annual event. Phowa is truly an amazing practice and Ayang Rinpoche is a true Phowa Master, therefore I would highly recommend this course to everybody both beginners and experienced Buddhist alike, just be prepared to be totally immersed in the 10 day course.

Intensive schedule of Phowa Course included:
– Teachings like Introductory teaching on Phowa, The Three Excellences, Vajrasattva practice techings, Detailed Nyingma and Drikung Phowa […]

By |February 10th, 2012|News|0 Comments|