Vesak Day

The Great Thekchen Vesak Monlam

About Monlam
A Monlam is a grand traditional prayer festival organized by Tibetan monasteries during auspicious days. This year, we have chosen to hold The Great Thekchen Monlam to coincide with the Vesak Day Celebrations from 2nd May to 26th May 2019.  By coming together in prayer, the efficacy is amplified through our collective effort, all obstacles shall be overcome, and auspicious conditions generated for us all to lead meaningful lives guided by the teachings of the Buddha. We shall dedicate the merits of this festival to the long and healthy life of all our spiritual teachers and for the continuous peace and prosperity of our nation and the world; and may all auspicious conditions arise for the benefit of all sentient beings.

About Namgyalma Practice
It is said in the sutras that the practice of Namgyalma (also known as Ushnisa Vijaya) was taught by Buddha Shakyamuni to a celestial being on the brink of death, and successfully extended his lifespan. Namgyalma is thus one of the 3 deities of long life (together White Tara and Amitayus), traditionally relied upon to give good health, long life and protection against untimely death. The practice of Namgyalma is also a very powerful practice to purify obstacles and negative karma we have accumulated from countless lives. It is said that any animal which hears the Namgyalma mantra would have lived its last life in the lower realms. The practice of Namgyalma prevents us from falling into unfavourable rebirths. It is even powerful enough to liberate someone who has committed the five uninterrupted negative karma and from the lowest, inexhaustible hot hells.
Lead by H.E. Kyabje Jhado Rinpoche, Abbot Emeritus of Namgyal Monastery, Dharamsala, India.

Vesak Registration Starts now!

Click here for the Vesak Brochure for details of the program and  Vesak Registration Form. Register now at the temple’s frontdesk counter.

The Great Thekchen Vesak Monlam Program

1) 02/05/2019 (Thurs)
7.30pm – Namgyalma Initiation

This is for Buddhists only. Non-Buddhists will be required to take refuge in the Triple Gem during the initiation. Participants are recommended to be on pure vegetarian diet (no black foods).

*There will be a live webcast of this initiation and Rinpoche has agreed that anyone who follows the prerequisites, and attends the entire session throughout will receive the initiation.
*subjected to change

Commitments for Initiation to be decided on a later date.

2) 03/05/2019 (Fri) – 16/5/2019 (Thurs)
Namgyalma Retreat

Latest change in timing:
08.00am – 10.30am: 1st Session
10.30am – 11.00am: Break
11.00am – 01.30pm: 2nd Session
1.30pm – 3.30pm: Lunch
3.30pm – 6.00pm: 3rd Session
6.00pm – 6.40pm: Serkym & Sang Offering
6.40pm – 7.00pm: Break
7.00pm – 7.30pm: Dharma Teaching

Participants do not need to have received Namgyalma Initiation. Participants are recommended to be on pure vegetarian diet(No black food).

3) 16/05/2019 (Thurs)
5.30pm – Namgyal Tongchoe Puja (Grand Thousand Offerings to Namgyalma)

4) 17/05/2019 (Fri)
7.30pm – The Great Namgyalma Fire Puja

5) 18/05/2019 (Sat)
7.30pm – Movie night “The Biography of Shakyamuni Buddha”

6) 19/05/2019 (Sun)- Vesak Day Celebrations
7.30am – Shakyamuni Buddha & the 16 Arhats Puja
9.00am – Carnival Begins
9.15am – Arrival of Guest of Honor
9.30am – Invitation of the Holy Relics
10.00am – Unveiling of the Giant Wish Fulfilling Thangka
10.30am – Presentation of Bursary by Guest of Honor
11.00am – Food offering before Buddhas and Bodhisattvas
1.00pm – Refuge Ceremony & Dharma Teaching
4.00pm – Completion

7) Experiential Commentary on Guru Puja
21/05/2019 (Tues) – 24/05/2019(Fri), 7.00pm – 10.00pm,
25/05/2019 (Sat), 4pm – 6pm,
26/05/2019 (Sun) – 10.00am – 12.00nn & 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Participants must have received any Highest Yoga Tantra Initiation.

Lifelong daily recitation of the Guru Puja Text.

All Are Welcome!

Merit Accumulations

Monlam Merit Accumulations

1. Namgyalma Divine Tablet of Protection

a) $20 (Per Name)
b) $128 (Per Name/Family/Company)

Date of offering: 2/5/19 – 16/5/19

2. Namgyalma Longevity Light Offering (Limited Sets)

$888 (Per Name/Family/Company)

Date of offering: 2/5/19 – 16/5/19

3. Retreat Offering

a) $38 (Per Name)
b) $188 (Per Family/Company)

Date of offering will be allocated by the temple.

4. Namgyal Banner (Limited sets)

$168 (Per Name/Family/Company)

Date of offering: 2/5/19 – 2/1/20

5. Namgyal Tongchoe Offering (Grand Thousand Offerings to Namgyalma)

$38 (Per Name/Family/Company )

Date of offering:  16/5/19

6. The Great Namgyalma Fire Puja

$20 (Per Name)

Date of offering:  17/5/19

7. Meal Offering to Buddha and Sangha

$30 (Per Name/Family/Company)

Date of offering will be allocated by the temple.

8. Buddha’s Day Offering

$38 (Per Name/Family/Company)

Date of offering:  12/5/19

Vesak Day Merit Accumulations:

1. Grand Offering to Lord Shakyamuni Buddha

$3,388 (1 set only)*

2. Grand Offering to 18 Arhats (Tibetan style)

$3,288 (2 sets only – each set is for 9 Arhats)*

3. Grand Offering to 8 bodhisattvas

$2,888 (8 sets only)*

4. Grand Offering to 4 Heavenly Kings

$1,688 (4 set only)*

5. Grand Offering to Yellow Dzambala

$2,988 (1 set only)*

6. Grand Offering to White Dzambala

$2,988 (1 set only)*

*Date of offering:  19/5/19
Please call to inquire if you do need any further assistance.


7. Lotus Light

$10 (Per Name/Family/Company)

Date of offering will be allocated by the temple.

8. Auspicious Dragon Candle

$98 (Per Name/Family/Company)

Date of offering will be allocated by the temple.

9. Daily Tea and Auspicious Offering

$12 (Per Name/Family/Company)

Date of offering will be allocated by the temple.

10. Family Carnival Coupon

$100 Per Booklet of 10 Coupon

11. Manjushri Yearly Deity Light

$100 per light per year (Per Name/Family/Company)

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