je rinpoche 01[ Anniversary of Je Tsongkhapa and Jamchen Choeje Shakya Yeshi ]

Je Tsongkhapa, the founder of Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism, an emanation of Manjushri, passed away on the 25th day of the 10th Tibetan month in the year 1419. Jamchen Choeje Yeshi, the founder of Sera Monastery and one of the main disciples of Tsongkhapa, passed away on the 24th day of the same month in the year 1443. As such, the Gaden Ngachoed and Shichoed [ Gaden here refers to the Geluk sect while Ngachoe and Shichoed mean the 25th and 24th anniversary respectively] came to be observed with great significance and prayers.

This special practice dedicated for seeking the blessing of Maitreya Buddha was introduced by Desei Sangye Gyatso, the regent of the 5th Dalai Lama. It was introduced for peace and prosperity for all in general, and specifically for the success of the great 5th Dalai Lama’s spiritual and political activities, and to enhance his longevity. Initially, the abbots, reincarnated tulkus and monks of Sera Mey were invited to perform this prayer session at Tsuklag Khang in Tibet; since then this special prayer has continued in our own monastery. Although it used to last for ten days in the past Tibet, now it has been reduced to a week in India. Starting as early as 2 a.m. or 2.30 a.m. a day’s session consists of a morning, noon and an evening session. In total, around 13 or 14 hours of a day are spent in prayer.

On the 29th of the twelfth Tibetan lunar month, a special ritual to pacify the obstacles from the past and to pave way for the success of the upcoming new year is held for several days. This ritual is associated mainly with the monastery’s protector Thawo Choegyal Chenmo. Several days of intensive prayers are done before concluding the ritual by means of throwing ritual cakes and burning of an effigy.

Prayer & Offering