This Jangwa ceremony will be a closed event, held 11/12/21
Deadline to submit names: (9pm PT 11/10/21)
*See directions on how to register your loved ones below
Jangwa is performed annually at Land of Medicine Buddha.
*Due to the constraints associated with Covid-19, this year’s Jangwa will be conducted privately (as a closed event). Geshe Ngawang Dakpa will conduct the ritual from a location in San Francisco, with Ven. Steve and Ven. Tsomo here at LMB remotely assisting Geshe-la with elements of the ritual. This private event will take place on Friday, November 12th, 2021. 9:30am to approximately 12:00 noon in San Francisco & Soquel, CA.*
Although we are not able to invite guests to attend this year, we warmly invite you to send in name(s) and (if desired) photos of deceased family and friends. Simply follow the instructions on the form below, for inclusion in the ritual. The deadline for form submission is 9PM, Pacific Standard Time, on Wednesday Nov. 10th, 2021. We will email registrants photographs of elements of the ritual afterwards.
This Jangwa ritual, based on the Medicine Buddha, is beneficial both for those who were recently deceased, and also for those who passed away several years ago.
HOW TO REGISTER YOUR LOVED ONES:
- REGISTER THE NAME – Register the names of your deceased loved ones by accessing and filling out our online form: Here
- EMAIL A PHOTO – As stated on the registration form, if desired, an emailed passport size photo of the deceased may be emailed to us for the ceremony. Please only send a solo picture of the deceased, not a group image. It is not obligatory to email a photo. Names are sufficient. Do not mail original photos, the photo is non-returnable.
- DO NOT SEND ASHES – Ashes are not required
- NOTE – Although the ceremony will be closed to the public, each registrant will receive photos via email of the ceremony.
HOW TO MAKE A DONATION:
Suggested Donation: $21 – $500
See also: Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s advice on Essential Practices for the Time of Death.
More on the Jangwa Ritual
See this photo album of a past Jangwa ceremonies at LMB.
The tantric practice of Jangwa is used when somebody has died. Even if the person is in the intermediate state on the way to the lower realms, you can still do Jangwa and change the direction of the person’s reincarnation. You can cause the person to reincarnate in a pure land or in a deva or human realm. Jangwa is a skill tantric practice of purification, due to the power of mantra, the power of concentration and the power of the Buddha’s words of truth.
Within the practice of Jangwa, there are different means of purification, but recitation of these powerful purification mantras is one of the main ones. You use the mantras to bless the mustard seeds. Through meditation, you hook the (consciousness of the) people who have died, and then you throw the blessed mustard seeds over them to purify them. Finally, you do Phowa to transfer their consciousness to a pure land. After that, if you don’t have ashes or parts of the body, you burn the photograph of the deceased person or the piece of paper with the deceased person’s name written on it while meditating on emptiness.
This particular practice of Jangwa associated with the Medicine Buddha is especially accessible. We ordinary people can perform this highly beneficial practice using this version without risking the possibility of creating further interferences for ourselves or for the deceased. Other Jangwa practices associated with other specific deities require a high level of skill on the part of those doing the practice – skill in visualization, in self-generation, in ritual accuracy – in order to perform the practice correctly without creating hindrances and interferences. The practice of Jangwa in association with the Medicine Buddha is highly effective and yet can be practiced by those of us who are not advanced practitioners.
Compiled from the advice and teachings of Lama Zopa Rinpoche & Geshe Lama Konchog
|Times:||9:30 am - 12:00 pm|
|Instructor/Leader:||Geshe Ngawang Dakpa|
|Type of event:||Special Event|
|Number of sessions:||1|
|Participation:||Photos will be emailed to you after the event|
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