Important Dates and Ceremonies of Menri Monastery

(2019-2020)

1st Lunar Month (Early*)

Lunar date Date Ceremonies
1-3 5-7 Feb Losar: Tibetan New Year Celebration.
4-5 8-9 Feb Commemoration of birth anniversary of Nyamed Sherab Gyaltsen, the founder and the first Abbot of Menri Monastery.
6 10 Feb Shen-gyi Gar-cham Chen-mo: The Great Masked Dance Festival.
14-15 18-19 Feb Commemoration of birth anniversary of Lord Tonpa Shenrab Miwo, the founder of Yungdrung Bon.
21-22 25-26 Feb Sang-ngag Ma-gyud kyi Tshog-chhod: The Tshog Offering ritual of the mother Tantras, according to Shen tradition.
23-30 27 Feb-6 Mar Ma-seng Drub-ba: The Great retreat of Mawe Senge, the Wisdom deity.

 

1st Lunar Month (Later*)

Lunar date Date Ceremonies
1-30 7 Mar-5 Apr Transmission of the great texts of Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen to be given by His Eminence Menri Ponlob Thinley Nyima Rinpoche.
24-29 29 Mar-4 Apr The retreat of deity Tro-wo Lha-god Thog-pa by twelve monks
28 2 Apr The Foundation Day of Bon Dialectic School at Menri Monastery.

 

* The 1st Lunar month occurs twice this year.
2nd Lunar Month

Lunar date Date Ceremonies
23-29 27 Apr- 3 May The retreat of the wrathful and peacful deity Walse.

 

3rd Lunar Month     

Lunar date Date Ceremonies
21-24 24 -28 May Death anniversary prayer of Menri Yongzin Thuwo Sangye Tenzin.
23-29 27 Mar-2 Jun The retreat of the three principle deities of Bon (Tsa-Sum Bon-kyong).

 

4th Lunar Month     

Lunar date Date Ceremonies
14-15 16-17 Jun Reading of the Great Teachings of the Lord Tonpa Shenrab.
23-29 25 June-1 Jul The retreat of the deity Rigzin Duepa.

 

5th Lunar Month     

Lunar date Date Ceremonies
13-16 14-17 Jul Kha-long Sang-Dhoe: The Great Ritual of crossed threads.
23-29 25-31 Jul The retreat of Chamma Chenmo, the Great Loving Monther.

 

6th Lunar Month

Lunar date Date Ceremonies
8 8 Aug Commemoration of death anniversary of Nyamed Sherab Gyaltsen, the founder and the first Abbot of Menri Monastery.
10 10 Aug The Ceremony of Drubkhang, the Protector Temple.
14-15 14-15 Aug  The Tshog Offering Ritual of peaceful and wrathful Shin-gey dedicated for the dead and ritual of Nyi-zer Zhag-pai Jang-chen.
23-29 23-29 Aug The Great retreat of Shenrab Nampar Gyalwa, the Lord of complete victory.

 

7th Lunar Month

Lunar date Date Ceremonies
14-15 12-13 Sep Commemoration of death anniversary of Sherab Tenpai Gyaltsen, the Abbot of Yungdrung Ling Monastery.
23-24 22-23 Sep Commemoration of death anniversary of the root Lama, Lungtok Tenpai Nyima, the 33rd Abbot of Menri Monastery.
22-29 21-27 Sep The Great retreat of the Purity deity (Namdak Pema Longyang).
27 26 Sep Commemoration of death anniversary of Sherab Lodoe, the 32nd Abbot of Menri Monastery.

 

8th Lunar Month     

Lunar date Date Ceremonies
1-7 29 Sep-5 Oct Shen-gyi Ka-thub Chen-mo: The great Ordeal according to Shen tradition
23-29 21-27 Oct The retreat of Gekhoe Sangwa Drakchen: secret and wrathful deity of Solar Chakra.

 

9th Lunar Month     

Lunar date Date Ceremonies
2-30 29 Oct-26 Nov Yeru Chetsoe Chenmo: One month intensive teaching of Tsedma (Valid Cognition) according to Yeru tradition.
22-29 19-25 Nov The retreat of deity Takla Mebar, the fire Chakra deity.

 

10th Lunar Month   

Lunar date Date Ceremonies
23-29 19-25 Dec The retreat of deity Trowo Wangchen, the wrathful deity.
30 26 Dec Commemoration of death anniversary of Lord Tonpa Shenrab Miwo, the founder of Yungdrung Bon.

 

11th Lunar Month   

Lunar date Date Ceremonies
4 30 Dec The Tshog Offering Ritual of Magyud Gyalwa Gyatso, the ocean of Mother Tantras.
7-8 2-3 Jan 2020 Commemoration of death anniversary of Kyabgon Dawa Gyaltsen, the founder of Yungdrung Ling Monastery.
22-29 17-23 Jan The retreat of the deity, black Walphur.

 

12th Lunar Month   

Lunar date Date Ceremonies
27-29 20-22 Feb 2020 Gutor Chenmo: End of Year ritual of Trowo and Phurpa cycles for averting the negativities before the New Year.

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Note: The monks of Menri Monastery assemble on every full moon day for Confession prayer. A group of monks perform Choed-nga Chhoed-pa or Metok Chhoedpa (the flower offering prayers on every full moon day and Nyam-med La-drub (Guru Sadhana to Nyamme) on every new moon day.