Sera Mey Monks Tour: DC Metropolitan Area Events October 2015

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We are honored that Khen Rinpoche Ngawang Jorden will be in the D.C. area from October 2nd to the 20th. He will be accompanied by Jangtse Rinpoche Tenzin Khechok and several other monks. Rinpoche is currently the abbot of Sera Mey Monastic University. The monks are fundraising to support the construction of a new debate hall and court yard for Sera Mey in India. Several organizations in the area are sponsoring special events. Here is the calendar:

Mahayana Sutra and Tantra Center 

venue: Fairfax, VA, contact Center for street address

Saturday, October 3 – teaching on Tsongkhapa’s well known prayer, Three Principle Aspects of the Path.

Sunday, October 4 – White Umbrella Blessing

Registration required: information available on the Center’s website.

Hao Ton and Do-Nhu Nguyen

Consecrating Amitabha Sand Mandala in Honoring The Vietnamese Supreme Patriarch Bhikhu Thích Tâm Châu

venue: Quan Âm Phổ Chiếu Ni Viện Buddhist Temple  7605 Good Luck Road, Lanham, Maryland 20706-3720

Thursday to Saturday, October 8 – 10 – Mandala construction

Sunday, October 11 – Mandala consecration and dissolution ceremony, Medicine Buddha fire puja.
See event flyer for details.

More information:

Hao Ton (703) 786 – 4684  or Đo-Nhu Nguyen (703) 231 – 8962

Guhyasamaja Center

venue: 10875 Main Street Unit 108, Fairfax, VA

Monday, October 12 , 7:30 – 8:30 pm – Chittamani Tara puja

Tuesday, October 13, 8:00 – 9:30 pm – Medicine Buddha puja and Protector Prayers

Pre-registration is not required

More information: Ven. Losang Dondrub (

Partners for Tibetan Education and Buddhist Study Group of Metro DC

venue: Drikung Kagyu Surya Dharma Center 5300 Ox Road, Fairfax, VA

Saturday, October 17 – White Tara Empowerment, practice instructions, Arya Tara puja

Sunday, October 18 – Chanting the Names of Manjushri: oral transmission and commentary, Practicing Buddhism in Daily Life, Medicine Buddha healing practice instructions, Medicine Buddha puja.

See event flyer for details.

Pre-registration strongly encouraged. Register here:

October 17

October 18

Please bring your own copies of the prayers, if possible (links to the FPMT pdf versions)

Download all the prayers as a zip file

For general questions, sponsorship and volunteering:

Pema Gorap:; Phone number: 571-643-4233

Khanh Trang:; Phone number: 512-239-8339


Khen Rinpoche Ngawang Jorden joined Sera Mey Monastery in 1970 and obtained the Geshe Lharampa degree in 1990. He served as abbot of Gyuto Monastery from 1999 to 2005, and as Sed-gyued Monastery abbot rom 2009 to 2011. He has been abbot of Sera Mey Monastery since Auguest 2011, when he was appointed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Jangste Rinpoche Tenzin Khechok will serve as Rinpoche’s translator.

Venerable Jangtse Rinpoche Tenzin Khechok was born in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India in 1976. He was recognized as a reincarnation of Jangtse Cheie Thupten Khetsun by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1990. To uphold his predecessor’s responsibilities, he joined Sera Mey Monastery in South India to study Buddhist philosophy. With the help of his teachers and fellow classmates, he mastered the five major texts over a course of 18 years. In 2008, he was given the Geshe Lharampa degree. Rinpoche was admitted to Gyud Mey Monastery to pursue Tantric studies in 2009, and in 2010 he received the Ngarampa degree.

Venerable Geshe Gelek Choedup was born in Shillong, Northeast India in 1975. At the age of 8, he obtained Bhikshu vows from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He was then admitted to Sera Mey Monastery on April 14th, 1995, where he would study Buddhist philosophy for 15 years. In 2015, he obtained the ‘Geshe Lingse’ degree after completing his studies. He is known for having a good moral character and has been actively engaged in many ritual activities. He has been invited by students in Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and Europe to give teachings.

Venerable Ngawang Tenpa was born in a semi nomadic family in Rawa, Tibet in 1986. He spent his childhood grazing cattle and yaks with his family. While growing up, he enrolled in his local monastery, Gedhen Sangchoe Thardoeling and was named Gelek Choedrup. In 2005, he left his family and came to India. To pursue further studies, he joined Sera Mey Monastery. He received his Bhikshu vows from his Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2013.

Shot by Jennifer A. Thompson on 6/28/14. Copyright © 2014 Jennifer A. Thompson. All rights reserved.

Shot by Jennifer A. Thompson on 6/28/14. Copyright © 2014 Jennifer A. Thompson. All rights reserved.

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