Tsongkhapa Day 2020

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Auspicious Prayers & Light Offerings to Honour the Second Buddha of Our Time

Tsongkhapa Day or Ganden Ngamchoe commemorates the Enlightenment and parinirvana of Lama Tsongkhapa, the 14th century Buddhist scholar and saint who founded the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism. Also known as the Butter Lamp Festival, it falls on the 25th day of the 10th Tibetan month.

On this special day, both lay and ordained devotees typically make extensive offerings and engage in Guru puja practices. As all merits accumulated on this significant day are multiplied 100,000 times, gathering in prayer together strengthens the quality of our spiritual practice and is a reminder for all of us to seek the blessings of the lineage masters and to remain steadfast on the path to Enlightenment.

Celebrate Tsongkhapa Day this 10th December 2020 with an evening of auspicious prayer and fellowship in Kechara Forest Retreat (and on Facebook live stream). The highlight of the event is a Special Lama Chopa Puja performed in traditional Tibetan style complete with ritual music and sacred melodies. Listening to or reciting these profound holy verses will generate a vast amount of merit and positive energy for auspiciousness and blessings. This year, our celebration is extra special as we will combine the Lama Chopa Tsok prayer with Tsem Rinpoche’s Swift Return puja.


Event Details

  • Date: 10 December 2020 (Thursday)
  • Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat


Programme

  • 6.30 pm – Doors Open
  • 6.45 pm – Body, Speech & Mind Offering
  • 7.00 pm – Lama Chopa Tsok Puja
  • 8.30 pm – Tsem Rinpoche’s Swift Return Puja
  • 9.30 pm – Candle Lighting Ceremony
  • 10.00 pm – Goodbye


Tsongkhapa Day Offerings

Take the opportunity to make abundant light offerings to the holy statue of Lama Tsongkhapa in ‘long life form’ at Kechara Forest Retreat. Our Tsongkhapa Day offering packages also include light offerings to Tsem Rinpoche’s Indoor Relic Stupa to receive the potent blessings of the lineage masters.


CLARITY LIGHT OFFERING – RM99

  • 7 candles to Lama Tsongkhapa
  • 3 candles to Tsem Rinpoche’s Relic Stupa

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COMPASSION LIGHT OFFERING – RM180

  • 9 candles to Lama Tsongkhapa
  • 9 candles to Tsem Rinpoche’s Relic Stupa
  • Smoke offering to Lama Tsongkhapa

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WISDOM LIGHT OFFERING – RM300

  • 18 candles to Lama Tsongkhapa
  • 10 candles to Tsem Rinpoche’s Relic Stupa
  • Smoke offering to Lama Tsongkhapa
  • Puja dedication

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TSONGKHAPA DAY PUJA SPONSORSHIP – RM108

  • Special Lama Chopa puja
  • Tsok offerings
  • Puja dedication

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A LA CARTE OFFERINGS

  • Candle offering – RM10
  • 1ft incense offering – RM10
  • 2.5ft incense offering – RM38
  • Puja contribution – any amount


The stunning Lama Tsongkhapa shrine at Kechara Forest Retreat


Who is Lama Tsongkhapa?

Lama Tsongkhapa (1357-1419), the patron saint of the Gelug lineage, is widely known for his scholarly prowess, unwaveringly strong guru devotion and many great deeds. Of these, some of the most well-known include the founding of the Three Pillars of the Gelugpa tradition – Gaden, Sera and Drepung Monasteries, establishing the Great Prayer Festival (Monlam Chenmo) in 1409, and composing the Lamrim Chenmo – ‘The Great Exposition of the Stages of the Path’.

Known as the Second Buddha of our fortunate time, this great saint led a life of the highest ethics, held his vows perfectly and was instrumental in the revival of the Buddha’s teachings that were deteriorating during that period of time. At the age of 63, Lama Tsongkhapa entered into Samadhi meditation, made extensive inner offerings and then stopped his breath. Many witnessed his body transform to that of a 16-year-old with rainbow lights emitting from it. These signs are all hallmarks of an extraordinary being’s parinirvana.

So join us this coming 10th December to celebrate Tsongkhapa Day and don’t forget to take the opportunity to generate tremendous merits for yourself and others. For enquiries and sponsorships, please get in touch with us at 09 221 5600, 03 7803 3908, 012 987 3908 or care@kechara.com. Offering packages can be invited on the day or pre-ordered from our online partner at vajrasecrets.com.

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