The Great Medicine Buddha Prayer on Saturday 1st Oct. 2017 (Tibetan Calendar month 2144-11-08), The eighth Demo Rinpoche Jamphel Gyatso, during his reign as the regent of Tibet, instructed that Sera Mey establish a special Medicinal Buddha Prayer. Accordingly, by keeping the rituals strictly in line with the Sutric tradition, this Medicinal Buddha Prayer was founded at Sera Mey. A complete Loelang [mentally constructed] Mandala of the eight Medicine Buddhas surrounded by all the retinues such as Boddhissatvas, Hearers, Solitary Realizers and so forth was envisioned and fulfilled through the compassionate direction of the late His Eminence Gyalrong Khensur Rinpoche Jestun Ngawang Thekchok.

Headed by Tibet’s regent Denmo Rinpoche and the abbot of Sera Mey, on the 8th day of the 8th Tibetan month, this Great Drupchen Prayer wash held by the Tulkus and the Sangha of Sera Mey. It is said that when this ritual, reminding the eight aspects of the Medicine Buddha about their own special pledges at the time of the five generations, was first established, auspicious rays filled the vicinity as a sign of blessing; from then onwards, the whole of Tibet had stability and peace, and the common populace of Tibet remained free of epidemics for a long time. From the time of its establishment until now, this Drupchen has been graciously held at Sera Mey.

The forty five days summer retreat or summer residence on Saturday 06th Aug 2017 to 19th Sept 2017 (Tibetan Calendar month 2144-Jun-14 to 2144-Jul-29), The forty five days summer retreat or summer residence in religious confinement is begins from 15th day of sixth Tibetan lunar month to 30th of seventh Tibetan lunar month. During this period monks are not allowed to go beyond the marked boundaries of the monasteries and observe additional rules and regulations to their regular routine.
The ceremony of lifting of the added restrictions is from 30th of seventh Tibetan Lunar month. There are seven days holidays for observing strong summer retreat acceptance. The three basic ritual or ceremonies of monks are 1) By-monthly restoration and confession ceremony, 2) summer or monsoon season retreat 3) The ceremony of lifting restrictions after the completion of summer retreat.

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