Deadline to submit names has passed: (6pm PT 1/23/21)



Geshe Ngawang Dakpa performing the Jangwa ceremony at  LMB, 2012.

Jangwa is performed annually at Land of Medicine Buddha.

*Due to the constraints associated with Covid, 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 Vens. Steve and Tsomo here at LMB remotely assisting Geshe-la with elements of the ritual. This private event will take place on Sunday, Jan 24th 2021. 9:30am-12:30pm 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 6PM,  Pacific Standard Time, on Saturday Jan 23rd 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.

To Register The Names of Your Deceased Loved Ones Please Access Our Online Form Here

  • 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.
  • Ashes are not required. Do not send ashes.

Suggested Donation: $21 – $500

Checks can be made payable to Land of Medicine Buddha, (with Jangwa in the Memo) and  mailed to 5800 Prescott Rd, Soquel, CA 95073 USA.  Alternatively, please use the registration buttons at the bottom of this page.


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 ceremony at LMB.

The tantric practice of jang.wa 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 jang.wa 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. Jang.wa 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 jang.wa, 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 pho.wa 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 ang.wa 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 jang.wa 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 jang.wa 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

Date(s): 1/24/21
Times: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Type of event:
Number of sessions: 1
Level: closed event
Participation: photos will be emailed to you after the event
Location: Other Location
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