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live strong
and happily

Thangkar
Monastic Institute

Inaugurated in December 2017, THANGKAR DECHEN CHOLING MONASTIC INSTITUTE, named after an old monastery in Tibet where many great scholars had come to study, is located on a small mountain in a suburb of Kathmandu, Nepal.

Thangkar Monastic Institute has become home for those seeking to understand and practice Buddhist studies and meditation.

About
Khangser Rinpoche

The highly venerated Tenzin Tsultrim Palden also known as Khangser Rinpoche (which means yellow house) was born in 1975.
Khangser Rinpoche presently serves as a spiritual teacher of Thangkar Dechen Choling Monastery and Dipankara Organization. Rinpoche previously served as a spiritual teacher at Sera Jey Monastic University, one of the three great Monastic Universities affiliated with the Gelugpa tradition which follows the rich culture and knowledge of the ancient Nalanda University, established in Tibet in 15th century.

Thangkar School

Thangkar school was established in March 2018, following the license granted by Nepal Ministry of Education. The School and the Guesthouse form part of the Thangkar Monastic Institute.

The school offers a wide range of major subjects such as math, science, social study, languages (Nepalese, English, Tibetan) and Buddhism.

Guest house

The Guesthouse forms part of the Thangkar Monastic Institute and goes into operations in Jan 2020.

It features a complex of fully equipped rooms for stay with restaurant and coffee shop looking over the suburbs of Kathmandu city.

The Guesthouse was built in order to provide accommodation for those who wishes to pursue retreat and meditation in the Monastery, where guidance for Buddhism practice and meditation will be provided

Dharma courses

The monastic institute will serve to benefit human beings from all walks of life and thus make the world a better place for every being. Basing this as the singular mission of this upcoming organization, the monastic institute is planning to offer various curriculum in Buddhism for the ordained community (Buddhist monks) as well as the non-ordained (lay). All study programs, whether short term, diploma or degrees, will be affiliated with recognized universities.

News & events

Khangser Rinpoche was welcomed by the students at the airport in Taiwan

Khangser Rinpoche was welcomed on November 30, 2022 by the students at the airport in Taiwan.

 

The ceremony of the Thai Royal King’s Temple was offering Buddha’s relics to Khangser Rinpoche in Bangkok, Thailand

The ceremony of the Thai Royal King’s Temple (Wat Bovoranives Vihara) was offering Buddha’s relics to Khangser Rinpoche in Bangkok, Thailand on Nov. 27, 2022.

Khangser Rinpoche trao giấy chứng nhận cho các học sinh tham gia lớp Phật học trực tuyến bằng tiếng Nepal

Khangser Rinpoche trao giấy chứng nhận cho các học sinh tham gia lớp Phật học trực tuyến bằng tiếng Nepal ngày 12 tháng 11 năm 2022 tại Tu viện Thangkar Dechen Choling tại Kathmandu, Nepal.

Khangser Rinpoche gave a speech on the topic of Vajrayana at the Buddhist Institute in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Khangser Rinpoche gave a speech on the topic of Vajrayana at the Buddhist Institute in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on November 4, 2022.

 

Khangser Rinpoche and disciples were walking with concentration at Dong Nai, Vietnam

Khangser Rinpoche and disciples were walking with concentration at Dong Nai, Vietnam on November 6, 2022.

 

Trích Đoạn Bài Giảng Của Tôn Sư Khangser Rinpoche

Sự hiểu biết kỹ lưỡng về nghiệp chướng mang đến cho chúng ta rất nhiều cách để giải quyết những vấn đề của cuộc sống. Khoảng tám năm trước tôi bị đau bụng kinh, và bác sĩ nói với tôi rằng điều trị sẽ cần uống thuốc trong chín tháng, và tốt nhất là nên nghỉ ngơi trong hai tháng mà không cần dạy học. Hóa ra, sau một tuần nghỉ ngơi, tôi lại tiếp tục giảng dạy tại Tu viện Sera. Tôi cho rằng bệnh tật của tôi có thể là kết quả của một điều gì đó tôi đã làm sai trong một kiếp trước, nhưng không đổ lỗi cho người khác hay kiếp trước của tôi.

~Khangser Rinpoche~

Khangser Rinpoche was having lunch with a lunch box made by the Dipkar Food For The Poor (DFP)

Khangser Rinpoche was having lunch with a lunch box made by the Dipkar Food For The Poor (DFP) program in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on October 30, 2022. Initiated in November 2016 by Rinpoche, as of today DFP has distributed 303,660 free vegetarian lunch boxes for poor people.

 

Khangser Rinpoche bestowed the Tara initiation at Hanoi, Vietnam.

Khangser Rinpoche bestowed the Tara initiation on October 23, 2022 at Hanoi, Vietnam.

 

The Excerpt From Khangser Rinpoche’s Teaching

Following the tradition established by the Buddha, every two weeks Buddhist monks assemble to recite the monastic code and deal with any breaches of discipline; it’s essentially a time for sharing and discussion. In family life, we also need to know how to communicate and care for one another. Also, the way we care for adult relatives is not the same as the way we care for our children or friends. In addition, to properly care for someone, we have to understand his problems and point of view.

~Khangser Rinpoche~

Khangser Rinpoche gave two-days teaching on mind training at Hanoi, Vietnam

Khangser Rinpoche giảng dạy hai ngày về rèn luyện tư duy với các buổi hỏi đáp tại Hà Nội, Việt Nam vào ngày 22 tháng 10 năm 2022.

Khangser Rinpoche’s Voa interview on September 16, 2022 at Washington DC in USA.

Khangser Rinpoche’s Voa interview on September 16, 2022 at Washington DC in USA.

 

Meditation practice with Khangser Rinpoche at Hanoi, Vietnam on October 19, 2022.

Meditation practice with Khangser Rinpoche at Hanoi, Vietnam on October 19, 2022.

Khangser Rinpoche’s two-days retreat with the Dipkar students at Yen Tu Mountain in Vietnam

Khangser Rinpoche’s two-days retreat with the Dipkar students at Yen Tu Mountain in Vietnam on October 15, 2022.

Khangser Rinpoche recited the Eight Thousand Verses of Prajnaparamita

Khangser Rinpoche recited the Eight Thousand Verses of Prajnaparamita to pray for the sick people in the flight departing from Kathmandu on October 12, 2022.

 

The Excerpt From Khangser Rinpoche’s Teaching

Living diligently begins with gaining a clear understanding that life has both suffering and joy!

~Khangser Rinpoche~

Chief of the Sri Lanka Temple Association, offered Buddha relics to Khangser Rinpoche

The Thero, Chief of the Sri Lanka Temple Association, offered Buddha relics to Khangser Rinpoche at Thangkar Dechen Choling Monastery with the presence of Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Nepal and their high consulate on October 4, 2022.

Casual talks among Khangser Rinpoche and monks at Thangkar Dechen Choling Monastery

Casual talks among Khangser Rinpoche and monks at Thangkar Dechen Choling Monastery in Nepal on October 2, 2022.

The Excerpt From Khangser Rinpoche’s Teaching

How can we live strong and happy? The first step is to accept suffering whenever it arises. We need to understand that life is a mixture of suffering and joy, which are two sides of the same coin. It would be foolish to think that life can be all joy and no suffering, for that’s impossible.

~Khangser Rinpoche ~

 

The Excerpt From Khangser Rinpoche’s Teaching

Thời nay chúng ta chỉ luôn bận tâm lo nghĩ cho bản thân mình, đã đến lúc chúng ta cần bắt đầu lo nghĩ cho người khác, đặc biệt là những người thân cận ta. Một châm ngôn Tây Tạng nói rằng “Tốt hơn hết hãy lo ngại đến kẻ thù gần thay vì bạn bè xa”. Nếu bạn đã đang làm được, hãy tiếp tục phát huy; nếu chưa, đây là lúc nên bắt đầu thử. Việc quan tâm chân thành đến người khác sẽ mang lại những thay đổi kỳ diệu trong cuộc sống ta. Đừng cho rằng đó chỉ là việc của Đức Phật, phép màu thật sự trong cuộc sống – sự thay đổi bản thân – nằm ngay trong lòng tay ta. Hãy thử xem.

~Khangser Rinpoche~

The Excerpt From Khangser Rinpoche’s Teaching

Some people assume that I’m always smiling and laughing because I’ve never really suffered. They see my joyful countenance and say, “I wish I could be as happy as you are; it’s just that, unlike you, I have so many difficulties to face!” In fact, I do face lots of difficulties, but I always actively seek effective ways to deal with them. And effectively dealing with problems makes the mind tranquil, happy, and energized. This is a great source of joy.

~Khangser Rinpoche~

The Excerpt From Khangser Rinpoche’s Teaching

The benefit of supplicating the Buddha or merit field is that it diverts our attention away from whatever destructive emotion has arisen. That’s also why, when we’re dwelling on some unhappy incident, people tell us something like “you’re thinking too much!” or “stop thinking about it!” In fact, it’s not that easy, and we usually keep on thinking about it. So we need an effective way of shifting our attention. Whenever a negative emotion has arisen, instead of trying to simply stop thinking about it, it’s more effective to shift your attention to supplicating the Buddha or merit field, since doing so diverts your attention away from the negative emotion.

~Khangser Rinpoche~

The Excerpt From Khangser Rinpoche’s Teaching

he Buddha taught the four noble truths, beginning with suffering and the cause of suffering. These four noble truths are something to be applied to our own experience. When we encounter some difficulty, we have to first consider the nature of the difficulty, and then determine its cause. But most people simply react to difficulties by complaining and protesting. The second noble truth is the cause of suffering, not the cause of happiness. Some people try to alleviate their troubles by drinking alcohol or going to night clubs, but such approaches are only a way of temporarily ignoring the problem, and once the effects of the alcohol wear off, the problem is still there. To effectively deal with a problem, you have to determine its cause. Thus, you could say that “Find the source of suffering” is the first and most effective mantra the Buddha gave us

~Khangser Rinpoche~

Khangser Rinpoche gave a talk on September 11, 2022 in Nashville, USA.

Khangser Rinpoche gave a talk on the topic of living in the present on September 11, 2022 in Nashville, USA.

Khangser Rinpoche prayed for dolphins in Texas on September 9, 2022.

Khangser Rinpoche prayed for dolphins in Texas on September 9, 2022.

 

The general meeting of Nepal Buddhist Association was held in Thangkar Dechen Choling Monastery on September 3, 2022.

The general meeting of Nepal Buddhist Association was held in Thangkar Dechen Choling Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal on September 3, 2022.

 

 

Khangser Rinpoche visited the Nepal Culture Center in Dallas, Texas, USA on September 2, 2022

Khangser Rinpoche visited the Nepal Culture Center which was under construction and prayed for it in Dallas, Texas, USA on September 2, 2022.

 

Khangser Rinpoche was at the movie studio in California, USA on August 27, 2022.

Khangser Rinpoche was at the movie studio in California, USA on August 27, 2022.

Khangser Rinpoche gave the teaching in South California on August 27, 2022.

Khangser Rinpoche gave the teaching on the topic of seven points mind training in South California on August 27, 2022.

The Excerpt From Khangser Rinpoche’s Teaching

One of the fundamental laws of physics states that for every action there is a reaction. This also applies to our behavior: wholesome actions bring wholesome results, and vice versa.

~Khangser Rinpoche~

Khangser Rinpoche gave the teaching on August 20 and 21, 2022 in California, USA.

Khangser Rinpoche gave the teaching of Six Yoga of Naropa and bestowed the Vajrapani initiation on August 20 and 21, 2022 in California, USA.

Khangser Rinpoche was at the Oakland Zoo in USA on August 16, 2022.

Khangser Rinpoche recited 8000 verses of Prajnaparamita Sutra to bless animals at the Oakland Zoo in USA on August 16, 2022.

 

Khangser Rinpoche’s Public Teachings Schedule In The U.S.

Khangser Rinpoche’s public teachings schedule in the U.S.

  1. Sacramento, CA

Aug 19th 2022- Guru devotion

Aug 20th 2022, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Six Yogas of Naropa

Aug 21st 2022, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Public Service followed by Initiation for the Six Yogas of Naropa

  1. South California:

Aug 26th 2022: 7 point of mind training

Aug 27th 2022: 7 point of mind training

Aug 28th 2022: 7 point of mind training

Aug 30th 2022: 7 point of mind training

  1. Texas:

Sep 3th 2022: Dipkar Vajrayana institute Volunteers Retreat

Sep 4th 2022: Dipkar Vajrayana institute Volunteers Retreat

  1. Nashville, TN

Sep 10th 2022: Nothing can Harm You as much as Your Own Unguarded Thoughts

Sep 11th 2022: Empowerment of the Wisdom Buddha, Manjushri

  1. NYC

Sep 15th to Sep 22nd 2022: Public teachings to be announced.

Contact for more information (646) 389-6735

Khangser Rinpoche Had A Lunch With Pari Rinpoche

Khangser Rinpoche had a lunch with Pari Rinpoche, nephew of 7th Khangser Rinpoche on August 10, 2022 in New York.

The Excerpt From Khangser Rinpoche’s Teaching

Buddhists regard the mind as being very important. We can also see that the mind possesses a great deal of power. For example, sometimes when the energy and power of the mind arise, there can be a huge effect on the body. Whether you believe in Buddhism or not, we can all see that when the mind is happy and healthy, the body also benefits while if the mind is unhappy, the body also suffers and gets sick more often. This is where the aspect of Buddhist practice comes in, where we start to ask how do we actually make the mind happy? In the Buddhist view, we see that the mind is the basis of happiness and that on the basis of training the mind, we can accomplish and transform many things. In terms of actual practice, we look at how we actually go about training the mind.

~ Khangser Rinpoche ~

The Excerpt From Khangser Rinpoche’s Teaching

The mind of self-cherishing is the mind that regards oneself as being more important than others. When the attitude of self-cherishing is very strong, your mind is totally filled with self-centered thoughts. All you can think about is yourself. Therefore, it is important to constantly check up on your mind and look at what your self-cherishing mind is saying and doing.

~ Khangser Rinpoche ~

Khangser Rinpoche Gave Prizes To The Students

Khangser Rinpoche gave prizes to the students who performed well on the exams on July 17th, 2022.

The Excerpt From Khangser Rinpoche’s Teaching

What are the benefits of compassion that are taught in the dharma? One of the major benefits is that through cultivating the attitude of compassion towards those who you are usually competing against is that the attitude of competition with others is immediately diminished. Together with a competitive attitude comes jealousy which causes great mental suffering. When you are overcome with jealousy, you are incapable of seeing the successes of others. In fact, when you hear of others’ successes, you feel nothing but unhappiness. Actually, it is not their success which makes you suffer; it is your own mind that is producing this unhappiness.

~ Khangser Rinpoche ~

The Excerpt From Khangser Rinpoche’s Teaching

Happiness for ourselves is very much dependent upon the happiness of others. We need to respect and pay attention to the well-being of others if we want to have happiness ourselves. If we don’t think about this, but only want to have parties and go to movies, then our minds are very sensitive. One small change in the environment and we’re unhappy; another small change and then we’re happy again. Your mind becomes very unstable.

~ Khangser Rinpoche ~

The Excerpt From Khangser Rinpoche’s Teaching

When you think about it, everyone encounters quite a few misfortunes over a lifetime, and most of our aspirations remain unfulfilled. So from a certain perspective the doctrine of karma can be used to explain why things often don’t go the way we want them to; this has become a popular notion, but it’s certainly not the only way of understanding misfortune. In fact, for lots of people it’s a habitual way of thinking, and habits are very hard to change.

~ Khangser Rinpoche ~

Khangser Rinpoche Lead Emptiness Meditation In The Thangkar Dechen Choling Monastery

Khangser Rinpoche lead emptiness meditation in the Thangkar Dechen Choling Monastery on 25th June, 2022.

 

 

Khangser Rinpoche Gave A Talk At K.J. Somaiya Institute In Mumbai, India

Khangser Rinpoche gave a talk at K.J. Somaiya Institute in Mumbai, India on June 15, 2022.

 

Khangser Rinpoche Discussed About Free Buddhist Education In India

Khangser Rinpoche discussed about free Buddhist education in India with the Delhi State Culture and Social Welfare Minister, Rajendra Gautam at his residence on June 11, 2022.

 

Khangser Rinpoche Performed The Smoke Offering Puja

Khangser Rinpoche performed the Smoke Offering puja on the top of mountains in Himachal, India on June 7, 2022.

Khangser Rinpoche performed the Smoke Offering puja on the top of mountains in Himachal, India on June 7, 2022.

Khangser Rinpoche Visited Sri Lanka Embassy In Nepal

Khangser Rinpoche visited Sri Lanka Embassy in Nepal to provide the financial support on behalf of the Dipkar Foundation for the recent economic difficulties in Sri Lanka on June 2, 2022. Khangser Rinpoche discussed with the ambassador of Sri Lanka to Nepal and prayed for the peace, harmony and prosperity of the whole world, especially Sri Lanka.

The Excerpt From Khangser Rinpoche’s Teaching

Happiness has nothing to do with religion. When people ask me about the meaning of life, I always tell them, “The meaning of life is to be happy.” In my opinion, happiness is our birthright; we need not ask someone else if we should be happy. As human beings, the most important thing in life is to live happily. Religion is a highly personal matter, and whatever religion you follow, if you don’t live happily, then you aren’t a very good follower. As a Tibetan Buddhist monk, if I don’t live a happy life, then I’m a very foolish monk.

~ Khangser Rinpoche ~

Khangser Rinpoche Gave The Teaching On The Topic Of Religion And Ethics

Khangser Rinpoche gave the teaching on the topic of religion and ethics at the Tibetan College in Bangalore, India on May 17, 2022.

 

Khangser Rinpoche Gave The Teaching On The Topic Of Awaking Clear Light Consciousness

Khangser Rinpoche gave the teaching on the topic of awaking clear light consciousness on May 15, 2022 in Bangalore, India.

The Excerpt From Khangser Rinpoche’s Teaching

One way to dispel fear is by reminding ourselves that, as Tibetans say, “Life and death are a matter of karma.” Fear doesn’t help us deal with whatever is causing us to be afraid. If while traveling you are afraid of getting into a traffic accident, this is unnecessary, and doesn’t make you any safer. So when fear arises, entrust your wellbeing to the Buddha and merit field; if your faith is strong, this will help to reduce or even eliminate your fear.

~ Khangser Rinpoche ~

The Excerpt From Khangser Rinpoche’s Teaching

These days, most people enjoy themselves by listening to music and watching films. But in my experience, the Dharma provides a kind of joy which is far superior. I’ve never used a smart phone, and my daily expenses are minimal, and I’m perfectly happy like that. But with most people, if they had to go a day without a smart phone, who can say how they might react?

~ Khangser Rinpoche ~

The Excerpt From Khangser Rinpoche’s Teaching

It is important to recognize self-attachment as soon as it arises. Try it out at the dinner table when you go home today. When all the dishes are set out, don’t fall into the habit of only being concerned with what you want to eat. The more you are concerned with others, the happier you will be. When we are concerned about others and solicitous about their needs, they respond in kind, and this makes us happy; it’s just that simple. You can see that it’s the same with your dog; if you treat him well, he becomes your best friend.

~ Khangser Rinpoche ~

 

The Excerpt From Khangser Rinpoche’s Teaching

Consumerism knows no bounds; it’s a type of desire rooted in self-attachment. You can see this when you walk past a department store and are attracted to something in the display window; what attracts you is something you want for yourself, not for your mother or siblings. The same thing happens when you go to a restaurant and survey the table filled with all sorts of tasty dishes. Self-attachment is suffering, because it generates greed, hatred, and delusion. We usually only think about what we want, and not what others want, and this makes it hard to get along with others.

~ Khangser Rinpoche ~

The Excerpt From Khangser Rinpoche’s Teaching

Fear is a strange thing; it results from doubt, which is of two types: necessary doubt, and unnecessary doubt. Fear results from the latter type of doubt. Unnecessary doubt arises from excessive thinking, and over time fear can turn into a habit. As to what will happen in the future, only the Buddha knows for sure. So if we are always thinking about what might happen in the future, a sense of trepidation naturally arises.

~Khangser Rinpoche ~

The Excerpt From Khangser Rinpoche’s Teaching

Frequently remind yourself that peace and happiness are to be experienced in the here and now. And, by all means, don’t think that tranquility and happiness can only be experienced in the future.

~Khangser Rinpoche~

 

The Excerpt From Khangser Rinpoche’s Teaching

You could also say that life is like water, which has no shape of its own. If you pour it into a round container, it takes on a round shape; if you pour it into a square container, it takes on a square shape.

~Khangser Rinpoche~

The Excerpt From Khangser Rinpoche’s Teaching

One mantra I often teach is “Live strong and happy.” Remember this mantra, keep it in mind; you don’t have to be a buddha or a Buddhist to do this. By installing this mantra in your brain, happiness will be in the palm of your hands.

~Khangser Rinpoche~

Senior Children Monks Visited Lumbini

Senior children monks of Thangkar Dechen Choling Monastery visited Lumbini, the Buddha’s birth place, on November 4, 2021.

Buddhist Practice and Meditation Training Program

Thangkar Dechen Choling Monastery is to offer a Buddhist Practice and Meditation Training Program to those who are interested in Buddhist study and practice. The purpose of the program is to make Buddhist practice more accessible to all kinds of learners, in a systematic manner. Upon graduation from the program, students will have a good understanding of Buddhist practice as a whole, and will be able to apply methods in Buddhism to pursue a happy and meaningful life. The program spans 6 years, focuses on the essential points of both sutrayana and vajrayana, and covers a wide range of Buddhist concepts, practical advice, analytical and single-pointed meditation techniques, deity yoga practice and rituals. Engaged and committed students will get direct instructions along the path.

Classes will run online, one session per week. Teachers include Khangser Rinpoche and other senior masters and geshe lharampa (Ph.D in Buddhism). The program opens for new enrollments on a yearly basis.

Below is the overview structure of the program. More details about the program and registration will be announced.

OVERVIEW OF THE PROGRAM STRUCTURE

Year

ContentsNotes
1Overview of Buddhist practice and meditation (Lamrim)

Text: “Liberation in The Palm of Your Hand” by Pabongka Rinpoche

Focus: Preparatory practices, Practices that shared with people in Small Scope, Medium Scope, and Great Scope

2
3Teachings on Mind Training

Text: Seven-Point Mind Training or Introduction to the Bodhisattva’s Ways of Life

4Stages of Tantric Practices (basic)

Focus: Action Tantra and Performance Tantra

(Avalokiteshvara and Amitabha practices)

5

Stages of Tantric Practices (advanced)

Focus: Generation stage and Completion stage of Highest Yoga Tantra (secret Yamantaka practice)

6

Basic meditation practice & retreat

●     150 hours of mediation (25 hours per month during 6 months); AND

●     7-14 days meditation retreat at Thangkar monastery.

Advanced meditation practice & retreat

●     150 hours of mediation (25 hours per month during 6 months); AND

●     14-21 days meditation retreat at Thangkar monastery.

The Monks in Thangkar Dechen Monastic Institute

The monks in Thangkar Dechen Monastic Institute have become multi-tasked students who have learnt to handle daily work as well as the maintenance of the Monastery.

Prayer Session

On the 15th of every Lunar month, the monks at Thangkar Dechen Choling Monastery had a prayer session to dedicate for the well being of everyone around the world.

The Excerpt From Khangser Rinpoche’s Teaching

One week of national holiday in Nepal

On 23 October, the monk students in Monastery has started their one week of national holiday in Nepal. The week starts with many sport and competition activities for all students’ well being and team spirit.

Newsletter – Issue 1/2020

EMPTINESS RETREAT

Thangkar Dechen Choling Monastic Institute has recently hosted over 140 participants from different countries who came to attend the Emptiness Retreat for the period from 27-31 Jan 2020, guided by Khangser Rinpoche.  During this period, participants received teaching on Emptiness and how to practice Emptiness meditation.  On the last day of the retreat, there was a puja of luck increasing performed by Khangser Rinpoche at the Thangkar Dechen Choling Monastic Institute for the benefit of all sentient beings.

Khangser Rinpoche Self-Retreat

During the coronavirus outbreak, Khangser Rinpoche spent 10 days self-retreat in March in order to pray to Buddha and Deity for the coronavirus outbreak to be under control. Rinpoche also had a number of collective Prayer and Talking sessions with his students during this time.

Mid-term Exam

March is also the exam time for all the monks at Thangkar School. The study is on-going and has progressed well as planned.

A visit to Theravada Temple in Kathmandu

Khangser Rinpoche paid a visit to a Theravada Temple in Kathmandu earlier this year. The visit resulted in a future Student Exchange Program between the Temple and Thangkar Dechen Choling Monastic Institute when the monks can learn more about both Theravada and Mahayana Buddhist traditions.

A special visit of Cuckoo bird to Monastery

Towards the end of March and into April, Thangkar Institute welcomed beautiful singing of Cuckoo bird many times during the day, particularly in the morning and continuously for almost 2 weeks.  According to Tibetan traditions, it is very special and auspicious when Cuckoo birds sing.

A story was told that Khangser Rinpoche had a dream in that he met with his Master who sat on the bed and Rinpoche was down on the floor and keep saying “I pay homage”, “I pay homage”, “I pay homage”.  When awake the next morning, he immediately heard the songs of Cuckoo bird for the first time after first hearing it 15 years ago and these singing lasted for almost 2 weeks continuously.

A visit to Nagarjun Cave in Nepal

Khangser Rinpoche paid a visit to an auspicious Nagarjun cave in Kathmandu where it is believed that Nagarjun Bodhisattva came to practice dharma during his time.

 

Performed The Puja Of Luck Increasing

Khangser Rinpoche performed the puja of luck increasing on last day of retreat, January 31, 2019 at Thangkar Dechen Choling Monastic Institute in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Emptiness Retreat

Thangkar Dechen Choling Monastic Institute has recently hosted over 140 participants from different countries who came to attend the Emptiness Retreat for the period from 27-31 Jan 2020, guided by Khangser Rinpoche. During this period, participants received teaching on Emptiness and how to practice Emptiness meditation.  On the last day of the retreat, there was a puja of luck increasing performed by Khangser Rinpoche at the Thangkar Dechen Choling Monastic Institute for the benefit of all sentient beings.

Emptiness Retreat (27 – 30 Jan 2020)

Emptiness Retreat in Thangkar Dechen Choling Monastic Institute (27 – 30 Jan 2020)

Schedule for emptiness retreat

 

Note: During break time, participants can choose to visit the Café of the Monastic Institute

The Excerpt From Khangser Rinpoche’s Teaching

When we talk about love and compassion, you can see that it is a feeling that is needed even in the animal kingdom. Animals have no religion, nor do they require faith, but they still need love and compassion. So it’s love and compassion, rather than religion that is necessary for animals. Generally speaking, all of us are not born with religious beliefs either. When we are born, we don’t arrive in this world knowing anything about religion, but what we do come with is the need for love and consideration from others.

By Khangser Rinpoche

Wisdom & Compassion Conference

Khangser Rinpoche joined the Conference on Wisdom and Compassion in Tibetan Buddhism in New York, USA on November 30 and December 1, 2019.

The Excerpt From Khangser Rinpoche’s Teaching

Compassion is one of the essential practices that help us reduce all negative emotions because these can bring a lot of trouble to ourselves, and they tend to ruin our joy and happiness.

By Khangser Rinpoche

Memorizing Competition

Competition of memorizing Buddhist text in Thangkar Dechen Choling Monastic Institute on November 15, 2019.

The Excerpt From Khangser Rinpoche’s Teaching

There are two verses:

“Let us pray for all the beings of the parents in the six paths to be happy, and pray that all the sentient beings of the six paths are liberated from suffering.”

Think about those two verses. On the way, when you encounter any person suffering, any animal suffering or any being suffering, then pray for them to escape the pains and pray for those beings to be happy, to be at peace. The ultimate goal of practicing compassion is not to understand how others feel, but to be able to feel what others are feeling.

By Khangser Rinpoche

Blanket Giving Out

Khangser Rinpoche gave blankets to the monksteachers and staff at Thangkar Dechen Choling Monastery on November 24, 2019 since the winter is approaching.

The Excerpt From Khangser Rinpoche’s Teaching

If we want to care for others, we have to start by understanding their point of view. Lots of newcomers to Buddhism instantly find the idea of compassion quite appealing, but if the object of compassion is far removed from our everyday lives, then it’s not genuine compassion. Under Buddhism teaching, compassion starts with your own family, and it’s said that “Charity starts at home.” Only after understanding someone’s problems and perspective first, is it possible to be truly helpful and caring. So if someone says, “I’m very concerned about you,” you should ask, “But do you understand me?” Indeed, caring without understanding is ineffectual.
By Khangser Rinpoche

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