Lama Tsongkhapa Day Puja

Monday, December 11 (Tib. 25)
  • Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga and Tsog: 7:30 pm

Lama Tsongkhapa Day (Ganden Ngam Chö) is always on the 25th day of the 10th lunar month. The calendar shows this falling on Dec 12, 2017, but we will follow Indian time and hold our puja on the previous evening, Dec 11.

In Tibetan culture, it is a festival of lights – butter lamps in the olden days and now colored electric lights, just like the Christmas lights that we see all around us here.

Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga (Ganden Lhagyama) and Tsog will be recited in Tibetan and English.

Lama Tsongkhapa, Losang Drakpa

Lama Tsongkhapa (1357-1419 C.E.) was a great scholar-monk-yogi who studied with great master of his time from all the existing schools of Buddhism of Tibet. He re-examined the texts checking things against classical Indian sources to see what was authentic and what needed to be thrown out because of errors. Through his direct communication with Manjushri, Tsongkhapa was able to clarify the intended meaning of the scriptures and commentaries on the profound topic of emptiness.

A prolific writer, he composed both poems and thick reference books which are still in active use today. If you look at how much he wrote you would think that’s all he did in his life; if you look at how much Dharma practice and retreat he did you would think that’s all he did; and if you look at his great works to benefit others, such as establishing monasteries, festivals, and holy objects, you would think that’s all he did. But in fact, he managed to fit all of these into one lifetime. The tradition he created came to be known as the Ganden Tradition, or the Gelug lineage. Our center is part of that.

Date(s): Monday, December 11 (Tib. 25)
Times: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Instructor/Leader: resident sangha
Type of event: puja
Number of sessions: 1
Level: general
Participation: open to all
Location: Main Gompa
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