The 4th day of the 6th Tibetan month is celebrated as 'Choekhor Duechen', the first turning of the great wheel of Dharma by Buddha Shakyamuni after his enlightenment. At the monastery, either the abbot or any of the ex-abbots teachings on Lamrim, the great treatise on the stages of the path of enlightenment. The monastery’s disciplinarian will read and explain from the constitution of the monastic law.

The monsoon retreat begins from the 15th day of the 6th Tibetan lunar month until the 30th of 7th Tibetan lunar month. During this period, monks are not allowed to go beyond the marked boundaries of the monastery, need to observe additional rules of the monsoon retreat. The ceremony of lifting of the additional restrictions is the 30th of seventh Tibetan Lunar month. There are seven days of holiday after the monsoon retreat. The purpose of this monsoon retreat is to ensure that the monks and nuns live inside their monastic premises and do their study, contemplation and meditation. Monsoon is a time when innumerable insects appear and in order that their lives are not endangered, the Buddha is said to have prescribed this retreat.

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.

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