Ceremony for blessing healing medicine
9 December 2012 – 2 January 2013
In 1987 Triten Norbutse Bon Monastery was established in Kathmandu, Nepal by H.E. Yongdzin Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche with the purpose of preserving and propagating the teachings and cultural heritage of Yungdrung Bon.
On this the 25th anniversary of the founding of the monastery it is with great pleasure that I invite you to participate in the festivities that will be held at the monastery from December 9th 2012 until January 2, 2013.
The festivities will include a number of academic presentations by eminent scholars and a program of spiritual teachings.
The main event of the festivities will be the sixteen-day medicine blessing ritual (sman sgrub) called bdud rtsi ‘od zer ‘khyil ba (The Radiating Light-Rays of Healing Nectar).
The ritual is based on the Peaceful and Wrathful Tantras of the spyi spungs cycle. The main deity of this practice is gtso mchog ‘kha’ ‘gying (The Supreme Lord Poised with Majestic Splendor in Space). Through the ritual abundant types of raw medicinal ingredients are transformed into a healing nectar.
It is traditionally considered that to participate in such a rare and important ceremony is a great opportunity bringing many rewards such as spiritual benefits and creating harmonious conditions among living beings and in the environment. It is of particular benefit to those who are suffering from ill health. The ritual has several stages during which a number of tantric initiations will be given by H.E. Yongdzin Lopon Rinpoche and we hope also by H.H. Menri Tridzin Rinpoche.
Running concurrently with the main ritual, a small group of monks will perform the propitiation practice of Trowo, the Wrathful deity, the main monk body will carry out the hundred thousand ganapuja offering of Drenpa Namkha and a group of Bon Ngagpa (lay practitioners) will perform a propitiation practice of Dranpa Namkha.
We sincerely hope you will be able to participate and I look forward to see you in Kathmandu.
Khenpo Tenpa Yungdrung from Triten Norbutse Monastery
The program as it stands at the moment is as follows:
9-11 DEC , 2012
Introductory ceremony, academic presentations about Bon and teachings related to Mendrub.
12-13 DEC , 2012
Preparation for the rituals and purification and obstacle removal rituals.
14-28 DEC , 2012
Main medicine blessing ceremony including the following tantric initiations:
Initiations of Namdak and Longye on Dec. 14th and 16th.
Preliminary Initiation of Peaceful and Wrathful deities on Dec. 17th.
Main initiations of Peaceful and Wrathful deities, long life initiation of wrathful deity and initiation of medicine deity on the Dec. 28th.
29 DEC – 1 JAN , 2013
Main geshe graduation ceremony.
2 JAN , 2013