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  • Chötrul Düchen -- also known as Chonga Choepa or the Butter Lamp Festival

    Chötrul Düchen, also known as Chonga Choepa or the Butter Lamp Festival, is one of the four Buddhist festivals commemorating four events in the life of the Buddha, according to Tibetan traditions. This is one of the four important days under Buddha Shakya. This is the day when the Buddha demonstrates his religious power in the city of Sravasti and celebrates the defeat of the six Tirthik (non-Buddhist) saints. This festival is celebrated with a grand decoration of large worship mat Read More »

  • WHAT IS A BUDDHIST KATA | KHADA?

    It is a greeting scarf that is given to family, friends or guests which show gratitude and wishes of happiness and prosperity. You will find this traditional scarf being offered in a number of ways, but it can be broken down to these two categories:    Gratitude: When being welcomed into a home, leaving for a journey etc. you can find many Buddhist giving a kata to others or even placing them over statues, thangkas, and altar spaces as a form of respect.    You will Read More »

  • Buddhist Prayer Flag

    A Tibetan prayer flag is a colorful rectangular cloth, often found strung along trails and peaks high in the Himalayas. They are used to bless the surrounding countryside and for other purposes. Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. The flags do not carry prayers to gods, which is a common misconception; rather, the buddhist believe the prayers and mantras will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion into all pervading spac Read More »

  • TORMA, A RITUAL OFFERING CAKE

    Torma — a ritual cake, usually hand-moulded from butter and roasted barley flour and coloured with dyes, which can symbolize a deity, a mandala, an offering, or even a weapon. Tormas are used in tantric rituals as offerings to the Buddhas and guardians of the Dharma. They are also given to subjugate the elemental forces. As for the term ‘torma’, Guru Rinpoche said: ‘tor’ means to give without attachment, and ‘ma’ means Read More »

  • What is Serkyem? What is its purpose? Why is it performed?

    The Serkyem or Golden Drink offering, is part of Dharma Protector’s practice like that of Setrap Chen’s practice. In Tibetan,Ser means ‘golden’ and Kyem means ‘beverage’. Serkyem remains largely a unique aspect of the Dharma Protector practice. Lamas of the past developed this practice as an offering to the Dharma Protectors to request for swift assistance with obstacles, problems and dire needs. Hence, the Serkyem offering has become popular among modern pr Read More »

  • Historical "DEN" of Mother Tiger and Her Five Childs

    Where is Namo Buddha?   Namo Buddha ( Takmo Lujin ), a beautiful religious place which is located at Kavre district and about 40 km southeast from Kathmadu Valley.   How to reach Namo Buddha?   If you are going in a group we can hire a micro bus. It will cost around five thousand for two way trip. Or you can also opt for public vehicle from Ratnapark to Banepa. From Banepa you have to change the local bus which passes through Namo Buddha. You can also organize a nice Read More »

  • CHUMIG JANGCHUB | DAMAN

    Chumig Jangchub “ Daman “    “Chumig Jangchub” also known as ‘The spring of Enlightenment”, is one of the holy and sacred places of Guru Padmasambhava. It is located in Daman Village (4 hours drive from Kathmandu), a village in the central part of Nepal, at an altitude of 2320 metres, in the district of Makwanpur, 100 kilometres southwest of Kathmandu. He is also know as second buddha and very famous for his tantric buddhism. He is also the fou Read More »

  • The story of YARINAK, TEMAL

    Temal i.e. Ter Mal, according to Buddhist Mythology is a place of Treasures. Temal is a blessed and gifted place of Guru Rinpoche. It is also the home of the "Buddha Chitta Mala" (prayer mantra wood-bead garland). Many decades back, Temal used to be a place of demons. There was a demon/ monster named "Yaksha Nagpo", whose whole body used to be a 'human body'; except his head was of 'snake'. The monster used to worry and fear the whole villagers by eating the Read More »

  • Element Combinations Description

    Earth-Earth: Auspicious.  The double encounter of earth brings power together. Power lets all wishes be achieved.   Water-Water: Auspicious.  The double encounter of water brings nectar together. Nectar increases life‘s force.   Earth-Water: Auspicious.  The encounter of earth with water brings youth together. Youth brings great happiness.   Fire-Fire: Auspicious.  The double encounter of fire brings increase together. This will incr Read More »

  • Eight Manifestation of Guru Rinpoche

    Eight Manifestation of Guru Rinpoche   ▪ Also known as the second Buddha ▪ Born from a Lotus ▪ Tantric Master ▪ Founder of the Nyingma Tradition   According to the Buddha’s prophecy, when Guru Rinpoche was born/arose from the heart of the lotus, he was already eight-years-old at the time and king Indrabhudi of Odiyana then adopted him as his son with the hope of handing over to him the golden throne to rule the Odiyana kingdom in future. At this time he wa Read More »