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British Empire medal

15th November 2019, London: At the Investiture ceremony this morning at The Tower of London, Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE, Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, awarded The British Empire Medal to Khen Rinpoche Geshe Tashi Tsering for services to Buddhism in the UK. The BEM dates from 1917 and is awarded […]

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Grand Prayer Festival (Monlam Chenmo)

The New Year celebration is followed by the Great Prayer Festival which celebrates the victory of Buddha Shakyamuni over demonic forces. The highlight of this festival which begins on the 8th of the 1st Tibetan is on the 15th day of the same month, the full moon day. The prayers are held at Sera Thekchenling […]

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Geshe’s Graduation Days

On the 29th and 30th of the first Tibetan month, a few candidates who are qualified for the degree of Geshe Tsongrampa would be awarded their Geshe degree. On 11th and 12th of the 3rd Tibetan month, those who are entitled for the degree of Lingse Geshe of the year would be awarded their degree. […]

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Saka Dawa

Saka Dawa (The Full Moon), four or eight deeds of Buddha Shakyamuni were considered to be of special significance and celebrated all over the world. Saka Dawa-the forth month in the Tibetan calendar- is the month in which Buddha Shakyamuni displayed the deeds of birth, enlightenment, and Parinirvana. As Indians, Chinese and Tibetans have their own […]

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Anniversary of Khedrub Tenpa Dhargye

The death anniversary of Khedrup Tenpa Dhargyal the main author of our monastery’s philosophy texts falls on the 14th day of the 5th Tibetan month. The day is celebrated with prayers and a feast offering ritual in connection with Guru Yoga at the monastery in the evening. The whole monastic compound would be filled with […]

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Summer Prayer Session: (Yarsoel Chenmo)

The 15th day of the 5th Tibetan Lunar Month is traditionally celebrated as Zamling Chisang or Universal Prayer Day to commemorate Guru Rinpoche’s subjugation of the local spirits and demonic forces as well as the founding of the Samye Monastery. On this day, monks of our monastery would perform special prayers and rituals invoking the […]

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The First Turning of the Dharma Wheel

The 4th day of the 6th Tibetan month is celebrated as ‘Choekhor Duechen’, the first turning of the great wheel of Dharma by Buddha Shakyamuni after his enlightenment. At the monastery, either the abbot or any of the ex-abbots teachings on Lamrim, the great treatise on the stages of the path of enlightenment. The monastery’s […]

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Monsoon Retreat

The monsoon retreat begins from the 15th day of the 6th Tibetan lunar month until the 30th of 7th Tibetan lunar month. During this period, monks are not allowed to go beyond the marked boundaries of the monastery, need to observe additional rules of the monsoon retreat. The ceremony of lifting of the additional restrictions […]

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Gaden Ngachoe and Shichoe

[ Anniversary of Je Tsongkhapa and Jamchen Choeje Shakya Yeshi ] Je Tsongkhapa, the founder of Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism, an emanation of Manjushri, passed away on the 25th day of the 10th Tibetan month in the year 1419. Jamchen Choeje Yeshi, the founder of Sera Monastery and one of the main disciples of […]

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