Trungram Foundation Actively Involved in Earthquake Relief

The Kathmandu Post actively praised the efforts of Rinpoche and Buddhist Relief Services in an article describing their food distribution efforts. The story was picked up by news media around the globe. Read the article here: Trungram Foundation actively involved in Barpak | Earthquake Relief   Read more

Food to the Mountaintop: Feeding Disaster Victims in Nepal

Rinpoche wrote this piece for the Huffington Post, where he is chronicling the relief efforts in Nepal. Please visit that site to read the complete article. Visit Buddhist Relief Services Facebook page to see a photo-essay of the journey. On Wednesday I went to Barpak, Nepal's largest village. The region is one of the most beautiful on earth, with the snow-covered Himalayan mountains stretching in front of you like a curtain. But when you look down on the ground, what you see ... Read more

Scenes from Nepal: The Disaster Continues

Rinpoche wrote this piece for the Huffington Post, where he is chronicling the relief efforts in Nepal. Please visit that site to read the complete post. Friday night I landed in Kathmandu. In baggage claim, an officer told me most of the dead are old people or women. I asked, ‘Why?’ Because the first earthquake was on a Saturday. Although most schools collapsed, the children weren’t in them. It happened midday, so the men were out in the fields. But in Nepal, women are ... Read more

Keeping Orphans out of Slavery

Rinpoche wrote this piece for the Huffington Post, where he is chronicling the relief efforts in Nepal. Please visit that site to read the complete post. When I was in Asia in April, I was inspired to start an educational foundation. I founded a school in Nepal 25 years ago, the Trungram International Academy, which teaches over 400 students a year, and I wanted to extend that opportunity to more children. I spoke to some people about becoming founders of this new ... Read more

It takes courage to help others

Rinpoche wrote this piece for the Huffington Post, where he is chronicling the relief efforts in Nepal. Please visit that site to read the original.    Sometimes it seems like when you are trying to do the most good, you face the most difficulties. Last Friday, Nepal had a third earthquake. This one registered 5.7 magnitude. After the first 7.8 mw earthquake, our volunteers, including monks and nuns from my monastery just outside Kathmandu, visited remote villages, bringing medical aid, food and comfort to ... Read more

Compassion & Wisdom Retreat

MAY 3, 2015. GARRISON, NEW YORK. The Garrison Institute was in the full bloom of spring as over 40 retreatants met to learn about Compassion and Wisdom: The Dual Pillars of Buddhism. Each morning began with a walking meditation through the garden overlooking the banks of the Hudson, setting the tone for a day of Rinpoche’s teachings bracketed by silent and guided meditations. The curriculum began with the tools necessary to develop a consistent daily practice, moved through techniques to create positive mental energy and let go of the attachments ... Read more

Orphaned children urgently need help

One week has passed since the 7.9 magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal, and the world’s attention is drifting on toward other international events. Yet, for the people of Nepal, this is just the beginning. The death toll continues to rise, even as rescue teams keep digging in the rubble for survivors. People continue to live in terror and, often, without help. Most heartbreaking—and most vulnerable—of these are the orphans and other disenfranchised children.   A million children are in immediate danger Rinpoche is deeply concerned about ... Read more
Meaning of Abbreviations

* The following day is a missing or a double date accroding to Tibetan calendar.
BA Amitabha Buddha Day
BD Baden: unfavourable for putting up flags
BM Medicine Buddha Day
BS Shakyamuni Buddha Day
DP Dharmapala Day
LD Ludok: unfavourable for Naga Offering
LT Luthep: favourable for Naga Offering
ME Moon Eclipse: great day for accumulation of merit
NG Ngenpa Guzom: unfavourable for new project, e.g. gathering, inauguration
NN Nyinag: unfavourable for new project, e.g. marriage, inauguration
SE Sun Eclipse: a greater day for accumulation of merit
SN Shakngen: unfavourable for new project, e.g. marriage, inauguration
TN Tashi Nyima: auspicious day in a general sense
YK Yenkong: unfavourable for new project, e.g. marriage, inauguration
ZC Zangpo Chuzom: auspicious day, good for gathering

Duchen great anniversaries, special days of Buddha Shakyamuni, etc., good for accumulating merits.
Tsezang good days for accumulating merits
Naga Powerful long-lived serpent-like beings who inhabit in water, guard great treasure. Some great protectors of the Dharma are nagas such as Eight Major Nagas.