Tsongkhapa Day 2021

9 December 2021 - 9:02pm Comments Off

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 brings us the blessings of the lineage masters to remain steadfast on the path to Enlightenment.

Celebrate Tsongkhapa Day on 29th December 2021 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


  • 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

On this auspicious day, our sangha-to-be and lay pastors will be renewing their pastorship vows. You’re welcome to witness the vow renewal ceremony which will be held in Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat at 11.00 am.

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.


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


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


18 candles to Lama Tsongkhapa
10 candles to Tsem Rinpoche’s Relic Stupa
Smoke offering to Lama Tsongkhapa
Tsongkhapa Day puja dedication


Special Lama Chopa Tsok puja
Tsem Rinpoche’s Swift Return puja
Tsok offerings
Puja dedication tablet


Candle offering – RM10
1ft incense offering – RM10
1ft dragon incense offering (set of 3) – RM38
2.5ft dragon incense offering (set of 3) – RM88
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 on 29th December to celebrate Tsongkhapa Day and take the opportunity to generate tremendous merits for yourself and others. To learn more about our Tsongkhapa Day offering service and to pre-order your package, get in touch with us at +6010 3020 999 (WhatsApp message only) or visit our online partner VajraSecrets.com. Available until 29 December, 8.30pm (GMT+8).

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