We will celebrate the birthday of Nyame Sherap Gyaltsen, first abbot and founder of Tashi Menri Ling, the mother monastery of Bon in Tibet. We will also have a sangcho fire ritual, and do a fish release ritual. These are special spiritual experiences that bring blessings and merit to those who participate. Afterward we will all eat together.
Tibetans in India and Nepal do many traditional things during Losar. Families who can go to the Gompa to pay their respects to the lama, circumambulate the temple, offer prayer flags to the monastery, raise prayer flags at one’s home and spend time with family. Often Tibetans will bring offerings to the Gompa, such as flowers or butter lamps or cookies for tea with the lama, and receive blessings so that all activities of the coming year will be successful.
This day we will meet at the home of Jackie Cole in Galveston. Please contact Ligmincha Texas for Jackie’s address.
Celebration ritual offered by Geshe Denma Gyaltsen, Resident Lama
Geshe Denma Gyaltsen is the resident lama of Ligmincha Texas. He arrived in Houston in January 2016 to serve as Ligmincha Texas’s first resident lama.
Geshe Denma was born in northern Nepal. His father brought him to Menri Monastery, India, regarded as the mother Bon monastery in exile, in 1981 to begin his program of study toward the Geshe degree. He received all the Bon teachings, initiations and transmissions in sutra, tantra and dzogchen from His Holiness Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche, the 33rd Menri Trizin, and His Eminence Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche.
When he became a senior student, he was asked to teach philosophy to younger students. He successfully completed this degree program in 1996 and was awarded the Geshe certificate, which is considered equivalent to a Ph.D. in Bön Buddhist philosophy and religion.
Geshe Denma was an accomplished teacher and in 1998 was appointed, with the approval of the Tibetan government in exile, first abbot of Zhu Rishing Yungdrung Kundak-Ling Monastery, a Bon Monastery in Sikkim, India by His Holiness. He served two terms in this capacity until 2003. In addition, from the time he graduated until 2008, Geshe Denma also was active in assisting Geshe Nyima Dakpa with the Bon Children’s Home, which houses many children in Dolanji, India, providing them with food, healthcare and free education.