Geden Phacho Bhucho Project

 I travelled to India in September 2013 and while in Dharamsala, I visited Kyabje Denma Lochoe Rinpoche and reminded him about a teaching that he had agreed to give and he said that he was willing to give this in South India. Therefore, I prepared thangkas and mandalas and so on in a very short time for this occasion and, according to plan, he gave this teaching in Drepung Loseling Monastery. This is a very important and secret teaching and traditionally can only be given to five students at a time, and only five times in one’s lifetime. I am therefore so glad that this teaching has been passed on and is now safe, and Professor Samdhong Rinpoche is also very relieved about this matter.

While I was talking to Kyabje Denma Lochoe Rinpoche, I happened to ask him if he had the oral transmission of the biography of Ja Drinnyon Dawa and he replied that he did indeed have this transmission. I couldn’t believe my ears and had to ask him to repeat his answer because I have been asking many other lamas if they had this teaching, without success, and now I had finally found it. This was wonderful news and I asked if I could be included when he gave the teaching as I very much wanted to receive it. All of the other teachings that we have requested are for their preservation in general but this particular one holds great interest for me personally. Therefore, after His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Lam Rim teaching in early January, I went to Mundgod again and Rinpoche gave this oral transmission to ten of us.
I mentioned in the last newsletter our request to H.H. Ganden Tri Rinpoche for teachings on the Heruka deity, one of the three major deities of the Gelugpa tradition. During my visit to him he said that he would be focusing on compiling Lam Rim teachings by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche at this time. I will therefore wait for the Heruka teaching to begin at a later date.
I also mentioned the kun mkhyen Jamyang Shepa(jam dhyangsbzhad pa 1648-1721, principal textbook writer for Gomang College of Drepung Monastery). These oral transmissions were also passed on in July 2013 at Gomang College over 20 days to about three hundred students. There is just one volume of this which remains to be given and I hope this will be passed on in July this year, 2014, along with the Damcha Bebum teachings. By that time we hope we will have completely collated the four different sets.
While His Holiness’s teachings were going on in Sera Monastery, South India, the Gelug International Foundation organized a conference for the lamas and tulkus at Sera Monastery Prayer Hall on 2nd January . There were about eighty tulkus at the Conference and they were discussing the creation of an International Gelugpa Tulku Association which would mainly aim to preserve teachings, empowerments and oral transmissions. The organisers requested Professor Samdhong Rinpoche to speak and, in his speech, he mentioned the Geden Phacho Bhucho Preservation Centre and also the Loseling Tulku Association. He said that they had done a good job in preserving precious teachings, particularly the GPBPC who had worked thoroughly and continuously on preserving Gelugpa teachings and had made such a difference. He said,” Now, if we are going to set up this International Gelugpa Tulku Association, I would suggest that the aims are the same as the GPBPC and it would be good if this organization would work closely with the GPBPC.” Similarly, Kyabje Jangtse Choeje mentioned the work of the GPBPC.
Hearing what the two Masters had to say moved me to speak and confirm that once the IGTA started, they would be most welcome to work with the GPBPC and that I would be more than happy to cooperate to preserve the Dharma. I am greatly inspired by those Masters’ appreciation of our work.
While I was in India I visited Kyabje Tri Rinpoche and Kyabje Togden Rinpoche, the ex Abbot of Loseling Monastery, and they both told me to discuss with the current Loseling Abbot a request to Denma Lochoe Rinpoche to give teachings on the Middle Path text by Lama Tsongkapa. Therefore, I did so and the result is that Kyabje Denma Lochoe Rinpoche will start to give these teachings in February 2014. Although I have been organizing these Middle Path teachings, Rinpoche very kindly told me it was not necessary to take responsibility for the their expense.


 In July 2013 I attended the 13th Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies in Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia and it seems that this particular one had the highest attendance to date. I gave a presentation about the Geden Phacho Bhucho Preservation Centre and it’s work, after which many people told me that they thought it was a wonderful project. I met many fascinating people there and exchanged thoughts with many of them.

During the conference the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Centre staff and the Ganden Monastery librarian and myself had discussions about how we will proceed with creating the index for teachings and scanning the texts. It seems this project will require a lot of patience to get off the ground.
The rest of my time in Ulaanbaatar was spent in hours of research and having meetings. Also, in reading many books that cannot be taken out of Mongolia, so must be read there. All in all, a very useful trip.


In December 2012 I was able to be in Mundgod for His Holiness the Dalai Lama's teachings on Lam Rim, Stages on the Path to Enlightenment by Je Tsongkapa and after these teachings, the highly respected teacher, Denma Lochoe Rinpoche, gave two days teaching to a large group of  lamas, tulkus and geshes only, over three hundred in all. There were some other teachings which were scheduled to be given by Rinpoche but he decided to give these at another time. This was an unexpected change in the schedule, but we hope that Rinpoche will see the right time to give these teachings soon.

His Holiness expressed the thought that Denma Lochoe Rinpoche could give teachings on greater texts. Therefore, the Loseling Monastery, the Loseling Tulku Association and the Geden Phacho Bhucho Preservation Centre all requested these teachings. He has now agreed to start to teach on the Middle Path later this year, date to be confirmed.

Two years ago Ganden Tri Rinpoche gave teachings on Jigje Togsum, togdun lung (from Rapod) and Wangche (major empowerments) at Tashi Lunpo monastery. This was a very deep and detailed explanation and a very inspiring teaching. Therefore, our office requested Rinpoche to give similar detailed teachings on Heruka deity, one of the three major deities of the Gelugpa tradition and Rinpoche has agreed to give these teachings some time later this year. Again, date to be confirmed.

As mentioned in the last newsletter, Gen Yonten La had been in Tibet and we were awaiting his return. He has now returned to India safely after finding the missing oral transmissions and I was able to meet with him and discuss the teachings. He has received the kun mkhyen Jamyang Shepa (‘jam dhyangsbzhad pa 1648-1721, principal textbook writer for the Gomang College of Drepung Monastery) and we have discussed with the monastery several times possible dates to pass on these oral transmissions. Now this will take place at Drepung Gomang Callege in South India. Starting date will be 27th July 2013 and it might be change to 29th July if His holiness The  Dalai Lamas’ South India schedule changes. It will go on for 25 days if all being well.

Also, Gen Yonten La was able to find a lineage and list of the teachings of Damcha Bebum. So far, we have found four different sets of these but none are complete. Therefore, we are trying to collate them as quickly as possible as Gen Yonten La is also prepared to give these oral transmissions as soon as they are ready.

During the Lam Rim teachings in December, His Holiness urged publicly that more research should be done on the Lam Rim lineage and so we, the GPBPC, took up this case and the result was a twenty-one page composition on the subject. I presented this to His Holiness when I was so fortunate as to have an audience with him in March this year. He was very happy to receive this information which I also passed to Professor Samdhong Rinpoche who was delighted about this research. We have now circulated this information to the relevant practitioners.


Ngulchu Nyngwang Dorje's Teachings Finished

On December 15th  2010 H.H. Ganden Tripa Kyabje Rizong Rinpoche has finished the lung (oral Transmissions) of Ngulchu Nyngwang Dorjes’ teachings, a small volume and also has given lung (oral Transmissions) of two volumes teachings by Wensapa Lobsang Dondrup 1505-1565 (dben sa pa blo bzang don grub). 

He is the 3rd embodiment of the Panchen Lama line and just before Panchen Lobsang Chokyi Gyaltsen the 4th Panchen Lama.

There were over 300 monks and also many lay people attended the teachings.

Towards the end, Geden Phacho Bhucho Preservation Centre and Tashi Lhunpo Monastery offered a long live ceremony to His Holiness Ganden Tripa.  There were many representatives of monasteries and organisations present.



April / May Teachings

The Geden Phacho Bhucho Preservation Centre is very pleased to announce that, as requested by Gyuto Tantric Monastery and the Geden Phacho Bhucho Preservation Centre, oral transmission of the teachings of Aku Sherab Gyatso (1803-1875), a great Gelug master from Amdo, have now been completed.. Kyabje Denma Locho Rinpoche started giving the teaching on the 15th  April 2010 and fully finished on 3rd May 2010. There were over 500 monks, including some Tulkus and Khenpos.  On the morning of 3rd May 2010 there was a TenZhug for Kyabje Rinpoche. This is a long life request ritual.
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I would like to extend my thanks to Gyuto monastery for their excellent.








November Teachings 2009 - Tashi Lunpo Monstery Southern India

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His Holiness The 102nd Ganden Tripa Kyabje Rizong Rinpoches' Teaching at Tashi Lhunpo Monastery.

From 17th to 28 November 2009 H.H. The 102nd Ganden Tripa Kyabje Rizong Rinpoche gave oral transmission on Ngulchu Yangchen Drubpai Dorjes' precious three Volumes.

Teachings took place at Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Southern India. 

His Holiness Tri Rinpoche arrived at Bylakuppe with a welcoming by the Tibetan settlement and had held a brief ceremony. All the guests offered Khatak and Tri Rinpoche gave blessings to all. Morover, on that day also in the sky appeared very positive signs like clear rainbows.  

As Geden Phacho Bhucho Preservation Centre organized these teachings Tashi Lhunpo Monastery have kindly supported them in all ways necessary. Therefore we would like to thank you the monastery and all official staff.

Due to H.H. Tri Ripoches' enthronement ceremony at Gaden Monastery we had to shorten the teaching days, therefore, Ngulchu Ngagwang Dorjees' Teaching will be given next year with teachings of dben sa pa Lo-sang-dön-drup (blo bzang don grub). 

Hope to see you at the teaching.


August 2009 Teachings

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The Geden Phacho Bhucho Preservation Centre would like to announce that the August teaching from the 7th of August till the of 9th September 2009 went well.

Venerable Gen Yontan Gyatso gave oral transmissions (Lung) on Gungthang Tenpai Donmes' (1762-1823) seven of eleven volumes at this time and will continue the remaining and Kunkyen Lama Jamyang Shepas' six volumes out of the fifteen volumes which survive the lineage (1648-1721). These written works are the text books of the Gomang College which is part of one of the largest Monasteries of Tibet and also of Labrang Tashi Kyil as well as monasteries in Mongolia.

Also we would like you to be involved in this work both financially and in your thoughts so please come forward for this precious project.





March 2009 Teachings

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In the last my e-mail I mentioned the forthcoming March teachings at Gyuto Tantric Monastic University, Dharamsala, which are named below and have now been successfully completed.

1/ Jewel Mound Explanations of The Example Teachings (dpe chos rin chen spungs pa) by Kadampa Geshe Poto Wa. 
2/ Jewel Mound Traditional Tale Teachings (gtam rgyud rin chen spungs pa)
3/ Jewel Mound Oral Instruction Teachings (man ngag rin chen spungs pa)
4/ Garland of Jewels Instruction of The Three Levels of Ordination (sdum gsum bslab bya norbu’i  'phreng ba)
5/ Transmission and Exposition of Collections of Activities of White Manjushri - including process of realization (jam dbyangs dkar po’i sgrub thabs las tshogs - bshad lung) by Jamyang Shepa
6/ Empowerment of Combined Sadhana of  Lords of the Three Families (rigs gsum spyi sgrub rjes gnang)

These were the remainder of the teachings which were started in March 2008 and were left incomplete, due to events at that time.
Over five hundred monks attended the teachings, including Sharpa Choeje Rinpoche, several other abbots and former abbots, and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.  Some young tulkus also attended.
Furthermore, Sharpa Choeje Rinpoche, gave oral transmission of 
Little pithy volume of many oral instructions on the king of mountain deities who guards the northern quarters or the god of wealth, rnam sras be'u bum.(two volumes) and Great abbot Tenpa Chophels' collected work- mkhan chen bstan pa chos 'phel 1840-1907.(two volumes)

which lasted two weeks. After each of these teachings the ceremony for longevity was performed for each lama individually. Officials and members of many monasteries in Dharamsala were present.
Gyuto Tantric Monastic University generously looked after the lamas and monks who had come from other areas, providing their accommodation, meals and the transport for the two Lamas. I am very grateful for their support.
Unfortunately I was unable to attend personally, due to the restrictions of my visa at this time, however I was able to organize matters via telephone, fax and email, and the office staff in Dharamsala coped very well in my absence.
I was very relieved that the Camellia Foundation offered their financial support, £6,400, for these teachings and I thank
the Camellia Foundation and Mr. Gordon Fox, Mr Peter Leggatt, M.B.E. very much for their generosity, I also like to thanks Geshi Thupten Jinpa la for his great help.
Although I am happy with the progress of the project so far, time is so important, as the lamas are aging all the time, and I know that with more financial help we could proceed so much more quickly and widely to secure these precious teachings.




Information on some larger donations

Early last year Venerable Lama Zopa Rinpoche said he would help out with the Geden Phacho Bhucho Preservation Centres' loan which we had from the Conference in Dharamsala in Jun 2006. Rinpoche promised to donated US$ 5000 at the time and later last year gave US$ 5000 toward to the loan. So now the loan is paid off which is a great relief.

Ven. Tashi Lhunpo Kenrinpoch donated US$ 1000 in 2008.

In December 2008 Tolotsang Dolma and family Donated Rs.100,000 toward Teachings at Tashi Lhunpo Monastery.

In January 2009 Gajang Serkong Gazi Rinpoche donated Rs.100,000 in general.

In February 2009 Camellia Foundation donated £6400 towards the March teachings.

Therefore I would like to say thank you very much to Ven. Rinpoche and FPMT.

Also Ven. Tashi Lhunpo Kenrinpoch,Ven.Gajang Serkong Gazi Rinpoche, Tolotsang Dolma and family and also the Camellia Foundation, Mr. Gordon Fox, Mr Peter Leggatt, M.B.E. and many thanks to Geshi Thupten Jinpa la.



Kyabje Jangtse Choje Rizong Rinpoche gave teachings Dec 2008 - Jan 2009

 From December 14th 2008 to 2nd January Kyabje Jangtse Choje Rizong Rinpoche gave oral transmissions on Ngulchu Yabse Sum, Khedrup Nagwang Dorje (1720-1803), Ngulchu Dharmabhadra (1772-1851), and his disciple Ngulchu Yangchen Drubpai Dorje (1809-1887).

There are ten Volumes, at this time Kyabje Rinpoche has finished Ngulchu Dharmabhadra 6 Volumes oral transmissions and will be giving Khedrup Nagwang Dorje 1 Volume, and Ngulchu Yangchen Drubpai Dorje 3 Volumes later this year.These precious volumes include many of the deities practices. If someone is practicing any of the three main Gelug pa Deity's and so on, then this is a good opportunity to receive those texts' oral transmissions (lung).

The Teaching  took place at Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in South India & the rest of the teaching will be given at the same place.

On this occasion Tashi Lhunpo Monastery helped us so much, Geden Phacho Bhucho preservation Centre would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for all your hard work.

Towards the end of the Teaching both Geden Phacho Bhucho preservation Centre and Tashi Lhunpo Monastery threw a long life ceremony for Kyabje Jangtse Choje Rizong Rinpoche.

There are some photos of this occasion hope you enjoy looking at them.

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