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The Woechen Thuk-Je Choeling Monastery

After the death of Par-Kyang Bajra Lama, the caretaker of the "Dharmachakra Monastery at Swayambhu, the monastery was much neglected and had reached a deteriorated state. Hence in 1962, Rinpoche was requested to take charge of the monastery by Par-Kyang Bajra Lama’s second wife, Ani Choe Gyalmo and her son Rizin Dorjee. Rinpoche accepted their request and assured them that he will try his best not only to take care of it but to make it a source of spiritual benefit to as many beings as possible.

Being a simple monk yet a strict practitioner, words about Rinpoche’s profound wisdom and his unique ability to heal people with different ailments soon reached the ears of many devotees who were in need of a true spiritual guidance. Gradually, more and more people came to seek his blessing and guidance. Seeing the devotion of the people and their genuine enthusiasm in practicing Dharma, In 1966, after his fourth year in Nepal, Rinpoche started the practices of "Nyungney" at the Wochen Thuk-je Choeling monastery at Swayambhu, Kathmandu.

However, the “Dharmachakra Monastery” was not big enough to accommodate the practitioners whose number kept ever increasing. Therefore, with the kind donation from various sources, Rinpoche established a new Monastery nearby which came to be known as” Woechen Thuk-Je Choeling Monastery”. It’s situated on the hill opposite to “Swoyambhunath Stupa”. In the neighborhood below these two monasteries are Manjushri temple, enshrining “Manjushri’s throne” and a stupa dedicated of Kasyapa Buddha.

Nyungney is a simple religious observance carried out with fasting on every alternative day of the course. A day of fasting followed by a day of non-fasting combines to make a pair of days (chha) of the "Nyungney". The duration or the number of such paired days depends on the importance of the "Nyungney". Altogether six "Nyungney" practices are observed in a year.

On the day of the fasting, the devotee is subjected to self-penance where he or she is not to eat, drink, speak, or even swallow one's own saliva and will follow a very particular routine for the day. These practices of the "Nyungney" have always been carried out under the personal direction of the Rinpoche even till today.

" I have been conducting and practicing "Nyungney" all these decades for the restoration of a harmonious human society and for the well being of every sentient being in this world, and I shall always continue to do so".

Nyungne Dates for 2008 :

S. No Ocassion     Dates
1 The anniversary of the longest prayer festival performed by Je-Tsonkhapa in Tibet in 15th century. 19th–22nd February 08’
2 The anniversary of Buddha’s Birth, Enlightenment and parinirvana 3rd–19th June 08’
3 The anniversary of Buddha’s first teaching. 3rd–6th August 08’
4 The local festival when animals are scarificed. 5th-10th October 08’
5 The anniversary of Shakyamuni’s descent from the Tushita heaven. 17th–20th November 08’
6 Anniversary of Je-Tsongkhapa 20th-23rd December 08’

Note: The dates given above are subject to change based on prevailing factors around the time of Nyugne, therefore you are advised to contact at whitelotushere@yahoo.com for re-confirmation and further information before you actually head for the Nyungne practice.