Events – Saga Dawa – May 26 – June 24, 2017

Events for the holy month of

Saga Dawa

May 26 – June 24, 2017


Orgyen Chö Dzong

Greenville, New York 12083


Dorje Sempa Empowerment


Thursday June 1st – 2pm

Birth of the Buddha – Shakyamuni Tsok


Sunday June 4th – 2pm

Guru Rinpoche Tsok


Friday June 9th – 10am-12pm; 2pm-5pm

Saga Dawa Düchen: Enlightenment and Parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha


Saturday June 10th – 2 – 5pm

Dorje Sempa Empowerment


Monday June 19th – 2pm

Dakini Tsok


Friday June 23th – 2pm

Intensive Dharmapalas


Message from Dungse Shenphen Dawa Norbu

This month of Saga Dawa, which is from May 26th to June 24th, 2017 in the Western calendar, is a time when the planets and stars converge to make things especially auspicious. Therefore, it is called the ‘Bumgyur Dawa’ in Tibetan, meaning that positive merits can be multiplied 100,000 times. This is a rare and important period, so please take the opportunity to practice as much as you can during this time.

Releases of animals will be organized at various times during the month. I request all students, friends and those concerned to contribute generously. Your noble action will generate peace and prosperity for yourself and others.  Freeing lives in itself is not enough.  This action must be infused with prayers for the lives of those beings; relics need to be offered to the animals that are being freed in order to purify them, so that at the time of their death they will get a better rebirth; and the dedication must be done for all parent sentient beings.  There is no better time to prepare our karma by adopting such virtues.  This is a preparation for our next life.

During Saga Dawa I recommend students not to eat meat and to concentrate more on their practice of purification and to do as many virtuous deeds as possible.  Of course, remember to dedicate the merit for the benefit of all our parent sentient beings, infinite as space.

Finally here, it would be much appreciated if those who wish to attend inform us as soon as possible so that we can arrange the seating and make all necessary plans. Lunch will be offered at the Centre on Friday June 9th.

With all my blessings,

Dungse Shenphen Dawa  Rinpoche

Transportation & Accommodation

Please let us know if you’d like to attend so we can do our best to help organize accommodation and transportation for this. There will be some availability for people to stay at the center itself, so if you wish to lodge here for any of the events, it is best to inform us as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Also, if anyone knows they are coming by car and have any spare seats they could offer others, then again please let us know so we can coordinate this. (OCD contact details below).

Contribute to Tsok Feast Offerings

You are invited to make a contribution towards purchasing offerings for the tsoks. If you are unable to attend, this is a good way to participate in the merit of the practice. Of course, attendees can also contribute. Please send your contribution as soon as possible so that it can be included in the offering on the day.

Click here to contribute to tsok feast offerings at OCD

Request Lamp Offerings

You are also welcome to have lamp offerings made for you at Orgyen Chö Dzong, for any of these auspicious days––or at any time for any purpose you have in mind. Lamps requested by you, are offered on your behalf and dedicated according to your wishes.

Click here to request a lamp offering at OCD

Gutor/Losar 2017 – Schedule

February 21 – March 4 – Special practices and teachings

People who are interested in attending any of these sessions please make a reservation so that we know how many people to accommodate. If you have a physical need for a chair, please call and let us know.


Dakini Day Tsok

  • Tuesday,     02/21/17 at 6pm

Gutor / Reversing Practices

  • Thursday,   02/23/17 at 10am-12pm; lunch break; 2pm-6pm
  • Friday,         02/24/17 at 10am-12pm; lunch break; 2pm-6pm
  • Saturday,    02/25/17 at 10am-12pm; lunch break; 2pm-6pm

Astrological Soup – At the conclusion of the last day of the practice.

  • Saturday,    02/25/17

House cleaning day

  • Sunday,       02/26/17

Losar – The Year of the Fire Bird

  • Monday,      02/27/17

Ri Wo Sang Chö

  • Wednesday,   03/01/17 at 10am

TÄ CHA KHUNG SUM Empowerment and Teachings

  • Saturday,   03/04/2017 at 2:00 pm

Please see below for more details on these special practice days.



(Lord Heyagriva, Lord Vajrapani, Lord Garuda)


By Dungse Shenphen Dawa Norbu Rinpoche


Saturday,  03/04/2017 at 2:00 pm

This extremely important and rare empowerment of Lord Heyagriva, Lord Vajrapani, and Lord Garuda combined into one is a terma discovered by Great Terton Dudjom Lingpa.  Though not given previously, Rinpoche is now offering this auspicious and precious wang plus the teachings on the Tä Cha Khung Sum sadhana during the first week of Losar.

For more information, click here: Tä Cha Khung Sum: Empowerment and Teachings


Ri Wo Sang Chö

Wednesday,   03/01/17 at 10am  

All are invited to take part in a short Ri Wo Sang Chö Practice with Rinpoche on this day. Rinpoche will also bless prayer flags at this time.  Rinpoche strongly encourages people involved in business to raise prayer flags to increase their chances of success and prosperity. Cotton flags are preferable over synthetic and are encouraged. Only cotton flags will be raised at Orgyen Cho Dzong for those who have paid membership. There will also be a $5 donation per group of flags to have them raised.


Gutor Reversing Practices


Rinpoche explains about Gutor:

In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition the Gutor Reversing Practices work for future prosperity in general and help in removing obstacles to life in particular. Gutor is also very important for reversing bad omens, particularly for people whose birth year corresponds to the coming year. Their life is in critical danger and they may face major obstacles in the foregoing year. Therefore the reversing practices have to be done to remove those impending obstacles. There will be a lot of strong reversing mantras recited and accumulated during Gutor, as well as subjugation implements that will have to be used.


Special Items for reversing practices

For the reversing practices to be most effective, it is of course best if one can participate directly. If this is not possible you can send:

  1. An item of your own and of each of your immediate family; that is: a few strands of hair; or cuttings of nails; or a small cutting of clothing—to create a connection with the reversing torma effigy, which that will be sent away. Rinpoche emphasizes that this is especially important if your birth year is that of the Bird.

  2. In addition you can send a list of names of immediate family members only, which can be e-mailed to

We should preferably receive all of these items before the 22nd of February for ease of preparation.  Anything received after the 24th of February will unfortunately not be able to be included in the offering torma for these practices.

Please send these items as soon as possible.

Offerings for reversing practices

If you’d like to take part in the reversing practices, a monetary offering can of course be made whether or not you are able to attend.

Monetary Offerings

Offerings can be made online through or through our own website where you can click on the donate button labeled YNP, (i.e. Yeshe Nyingpo) under the contributions tab.

Alternatively you can pay by check made payable to Yeshe Nyingpo, Inc. and mailed to 19 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

Please note the words “Reversing Practices” or “Empowerment” on your offering whether by check or PayPal.

To make an offer by bank transfer please contact the Center for the necessary information.

Please send your offerings as soon as possible to enable it to be included in the practices.


There are accommodations near the center.

Please contact the center for a list of available accommodations.

Tä Cha Khung Sum: Empowerment and Teachings


(Lord Heyagriva, Lord Vajrapani, Lord Garuda)



By Dungse Shenphen Dawa Norbu Rinpoche

Saturday, March 4, 2017   2:00 pm


(see registration procedures below)


            This extremely important and rare empowerment of Lord Heyagriva, Lord Vajrapani, and Lord Garuda combined into one is a terma discovered by Great Terton Dudjom Lingpa.  Though not given previously, Rinpoche is now offering this auspicious and precious wang plus the teachings on the Tä Cha Khung Sum sadhana during the first week of Losar.

            The benefits and influences of this three deity empowerment are many.  It removes planetary obscurations, astrological obscurations, environmental obscurations and water born obscurations from the Nagas.  Ongoing practice can remove incurable diseases and any curses or spells on oneself or one’s family from ill-intentioned beings. It is extremely helpful for people with an unstable mind or who are psychologically unbalanced.  As well, the secret aspect of the Medicine Buddha—Varjrapani—is included.

            Essentially this empowerment can generate the Vajra Armor of the Buddha, whose nature has the seven qualities of the Vajra (indestructible, firm, etc.) Rinpoche strongly advises practitioners to take this empowerment if at all possible.

            Attendees will receive the sadhana which includes the main mantras of these three deities, a photo to accompany the sadhana, and a powerful amulet to wear on one’s body as protection from these deities. Upon conclusion of the empowerment, Rinpoche will explain how to practice this sadhana. Thereby, you receive the wang, the lung, and the tri (the empowerment, the oral transmission, and the teachings).

            For greater effectiveness, participants will benefit by immediately beginning the recitations and the sadhana.  The results are like beating a hot iron into shape.  However, one’s disposition influences whether one can follow through with immediate practice.

Requirements for this empowerment

1. You must have taken refuge and received some Vajrayana teachings. If you have not previously taken refuge, Rinpoche may provide an opportunity during the Gutor or Losar events (see dates below).

2. If possible, your clothing should be clean.

3. On the day of the wang, please eat vegetarian meals and avoid onion, garlic, and radish if at all possible.

4. It is preferable to shower on the day of the empowerment.

Attendance Reservation

            Fifty seats in the temple are reserved for attendees. Either call or email Yeshe Nyingpo (212-691-8523,  Seats will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Please indicate if you are physically unable to sit on a cushion so that a chair may be reserved for you. If you need to take refuge, please indicate this in your reservation request.

            Your seat is confirmed upon receipt of the fee. If paying by check, make it out to Yeshe Nyingpo and mail to 19 West 16th St, NY NY 10011. If paying with a credit card or PayPal, go to, then to Contribute, then to Yeshe Nyingpo, and then the Donate button at the bottom of that page. Please indicate “Wang Mar 4” in the special instructions section of the transaction confirmation page.

            Individuals without a confirmed reservation will be seated in the few remaining seats in the temple or will be in the hallway/staircase outside the temple. For this event, people without reserved seats will not be allowed to continually squeeze into the temple.

Summary of Gutor/Losar Schedule

Feb 23-24       Reversing Practices

Feb 25            Gutor with Astrological Soup for dinner

Feb 26            Cleaning Day

Feb 27            Losar with Long Life ceremony

Mar 1              Riwo Sang Cho and blessing of prayer flags

Letter from Dungse Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche about the tsa tsas.

Dear Sangha members,

Rinpoche has posted a letter on the website concerning the making, purification and empowerment of the tsa tsas for Sangyum Rigzin Wangmo.

You can view all of Rinpoche’s recent letters at this page: Her Holiness Sangyum Rigzin Wangmo.

Letters from Dungse Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche on the passing of Sangyum Rigzin Wangmo

Dear Sangha Members and friends:

After a very eventful 49 days of Puja since the passing into Parinirvana of Sangyum Rigzin Wangmo, His Holiness Dungse Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche posted three letters on our website that he would like to share with you.

Of the three letters: the first is one is where he gives a personal history about his mother; the second is about the 49 Days of Puja and the third is the significance of the Relics that Bring the Shower of Blessings.

We also have many photographs for you to view of the recent events and appearances as well.

We thank you all for your support and participation in the recent pujas, may it truly be for the benefit of all, and especially our parent sentient beings

Yours in the Dharma,
The Staff of Yeshe Nyingpo and Orgyen Chö Dzong

To view the letters and photos, see page: Her Holiness Sangyum Rigzin Wangmo

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