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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. NoOcassion    Dates
1The anniversary of the longest prayer festival performed by Je-Tsonkhapa in Tibet in 15th century.19th–22nd February 08’
2The anniversary of Buddha’s Birth, Enlightenment and parinirvana3rd–19th June 08’
3The anniversary of Buddha’s first teaching.3rd–6th August 08’
4The local festival when animals are scarificed.5th-10th October 08’
5The anniversary of Shakyamuni’s descent from the Tushita heaven.17th–20th November 08’
6Anniversary of Je-Tsongkhapa20th-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 for re-confirmation and further information before you actually head for the Nyungne practice.

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After Earthquake

Respected all the magnanimous sponsors and donors.

Since after the establishment of the “Wochen Thukje Choeling Monastery” which is situated on a Manjushri Hill, Swoyambhu, Kathmandu, Nepal. It imparts the precious Tibetan Heritage of quality and sacred education of Buddhist Philosophy along with modern education for very poor background and remote region’s children are given facilities of boarding, food, stationary, medicine and further studies in various reputable institutes and monastic universities in India. In the monastery a seven long YANGDRUB, tantric ritual that calls for fortune eliminates, famine, poverty and disease in the country is observed. YANGDRUBis widely practiced now by many of late Rinpoche’s disciples and now well over a thousand families have this good fortune not only to the practitioners but to all beings as a whole.

Even after the Rinpoche passed away, the continuation of virous pujas are being performed by the monks at the request of at people of all walks of life. The pujas and prayers are performed for the wellbeing of the people and world peace at large.

And the monastery also provides an opportunity for people of all walks of life regardless of caste, creed, nationality, and religion are welcome to take part in the NYUNGNE practice are given all assistance as it required to make themselves comfortable throughout teaching and accommodation during their stay in the monastery.

Every year there are six NYUNGNE practices are observed in the monastery and the longest of sixteen days NYUNGNE is observed during the Tibetan Calender monts of SAKADAWA to mark the anniversary of the Buddha’s Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana and four day NYUNGNE is conducted on local festival when hundreds and thousands of animals are sacrificed during Nepali greatest festival called DASAI. Four more other NYUNGNE practices are being observed on auspicious occasion respectively in the monastery along with entire monks and the very NYUNGNE puja has benefitted lots of people in their life too.

So this year we couldn’t able to congregate this very NYUNGNE PUJA in the prayer hall but outside of the monastery lawn because of the recent inundate natural calamity earthquake that caused huge damages to the monastery and its periphery.

Thus, all the generous sponsors and donors are earnestly urged to lend your all the possibilities help in providing financial assistance and support for the renovation of the monastery.

Thanking you.

Your Sincerely.

Namgyal Lama




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TEL: 4242530 (250)

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Thahity, GPO Box: 3869,
Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel:+977-1- 4259066
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