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Throngs of Monks and Nuns Gather in Kathmandu to Observe Annual Maha Guru Bhumtsok


During the annual Maha Guru Bhumtsok prayer festival in Kathmandu.


Kathmandu: The Office of Tibet, Nepal (Tibetan Refugee Welfare Office), in collaboration with Maha Guru Bhumtsok Organising Committee in Kathmandu, convened the annual Maha Guru Bhumtsok prayer ceremony on 26 June 2023 to coincide the concluding day with the auspicious 10th day of Tibetan calendar’s 5th month. According to traditional belief, the day is observed as the anniversary of Guru Rinpoche’s birth from a lotus, per Phugpa Lhundrup Gyatso’s chronology and astrological system.

Kyabje Shiri Chusang Rinpoche from Chusang Monastery, Abbot of the Nepal-based Shelkar Choedhey Monastery, and Khenpo Gyurme Jinpa from Shechen Tennyi Dargyeling Monastery jointly presided over the prayer festival. The inaugural of the three-day Maha Guru Bhumtsok (26 – 28 June) was also attended by a horde of monks and nuns from Shelkar Choedhey Monastery, Kopan Monastery, Kopan Khachoe Ghakyil Ling Nunnery, Shiri Chusang Samten Yangtse Monastery, Chuwar Gadhan Dophenling Monastery, Porong Pelmo Choeding Monastery, Shechen Bero Ling Monastery, Liping Monastery, Rigon Tashi Choeling Monastery, Lhundrup Choling Monastery, Jonang Monastic School, and a number of tantra practitioners and lay peoples.

Following the Maha Guru Bhumtsok, the congregation will further observe a day-long prayer for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s well-being and the continued sustenance of Buddhism on 29 June.