From January 22–30, 2020, Triten Norbutse Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Yungdrung Bön Academy of Higher Studies. Among the many special events and activities planned is a January 27 Thenshug, a mandala offering for the long life of Bön’s most senior teacher and lineage holder, His Eminence Yongdzin Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, as we celebrate his 95th birthday.
Thenshug literally means to “stay everlasting,” and is a ritual performed to support and extend the lifespan of an important master or practitioner. The Thenshug is also an occasion for the students to express their devotion toward their master, who keeps the Buddha’s teaching and spreads it untiringly, and to fulfill all his wishes.
The Thenshug will take place at the Triten Norbutse, on January 27, 2020. Since so many Western students have a heart connection with Yongdzin Rinpoche but are not able to travel to Nepal, Ligmincha International is organizing a series of activities online and at our centers around the world.
Please Accumulate Long Life Mantras
Beginning now, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche encourages all practitioners to accumulate recitations of the Long Life Mantra for Yongdzin Rinpoche: SO DRUM A KAR MU LA TING NAM Ö DU MU YE TSE NI DZA. Our accumulated mantras will be offered to His Eminence by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche (who will be in California) on the day of the Thenshug ceremony. Our hope is that we can offer at least 10 million Long Life Mantras to Yongdzin Rinpoche.
On January 26, 2020, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and Ligmincha International will host several events as a way of celebrating Yongdzin Rinpoche’s life and work. We will also be organizing local in-person and online activities. Please see your local Ligmincha chapter’s social media accounts or website for information about specific events in your area or language. All events will be streamed on Facebook Live, Zoom (free download required) or both.
Current Schedule for January 26, 2020
Mandala Offering and Long-Life Practice with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
When: 10–11:00 a.m. Eastern time
Where: Live on Zoom and Facebook (details to be provided)
Description: Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche will lead us in offering a mandala, reciting Yongdzin Rinpoche’s Long Life Prayer, and reciting the Long Life Mantra.
Devotion to the Masters and Stories by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
When: 1–2:15 p.m. Eastern time
Where: Ligmincha International Facebook page
Description: Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche will teach on the importance of devotion and will tell stories about his teachers and the great masters of Yungdrung Bön.
Local and National Long-Life Mantra Recitation
When: 3–4 p.m. Eastern time
Where: Via Zoom and Ligmincha Facebook Pages (details to be provided)
Description: Ligmincha International organizations and local chapters will host group practices for the accumulation of the long-life mantra on behalf of Yongdzin Rinpoche. These mantras will be added to the total number of mantras accumulated previously.