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Spiritual healing from Buddhist monks

The Tibetan Monks of Nechung Monastery and Khen Rinpoche will be at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center holding Medicine Buddha Puja (prayers) at 7 p.m. on Aug. 12.
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Medicine Buddha is the healing Buddha.

It is said that just to see an image of him or to hear his name can bring about unimaginable benefits. Viewing illness as a result of the three poisons — ignorance, desire and anger — Medicine Buddha has the power to see the root cause of disease and then, with compassion and wisdom, to treat the underlying condition.

It is believed that by doing the practices of Medicine Buddha, we will benefit ourselves and all sentient beings through awakening of healing energy. Medicine Buddha brings about the healing of body and mind for all sentient beings.

It is suggested that those attending may bring photographs or names written on paper of family and friends who are suffering from illness or disease. The papers will be collected in a bowl and placed on stage with the monks. Please note the photographs will not be returned.

You do not have to be Buddhist to receive this blessing.

The Nechung Monastery

Nechung Monastery has an important place in Tibetan history as the seat of Nechung, the State Oracle of Tibet. The original Nechung Monastery is located four miles west of Lhasa, the nation’s capital.

Since the construction was completed in 1683, the monastery was institute as the official residence of the State Oracle of Tibet. Moreover, when Great Fifth Dalai Lama became both the spiritual and temporal ruler of Tibet in 1642, the Dalai Lama designated the Nechung Oracle as the chief protector of the Tibetan Government, responsible for peace and harmony on earth.

Unfortunately, the monastery was destroyed by the communist Chinese during disastrous “Cultural Revolution” (1966-1976). The 14th Dalai Lama was forced to flee his country in 1959, and by the mid 1960s, 100,000 Tibetans had followed him into exile in India, Nepal and Bhutan.

Led by the previous Nechung Kuten (the medium), five senior Nechung monks were able to escape from Tibet and resettled temporarily at Buxa in West Bengal, then Dalhousie, and eventually established a modest monastery in an old colonial bungalow in Dharamsala, North India.

Under the guidance of the Dalai Lama, and with support from friends and well wishers worldwide, various monasteries have been re-established in exile. The exiled Tibetan Administration gave land for the Nechung monks to reconstruct their monastery. The monks began their building work in 1977 and the new monastery was completed in 1984.

The monastery was officially inaugurated and consecrated by the Fourteenth Dalai Lama on March 31, 1985.

Currently, the monastery has about 93 monks headed by Ven. Nechung Kuten Thupten Ngodup and Ven. Nechung Choktrul Rinpoche Tenzin Losel. The monks study various subjects: Buddhist philosophy, psychology, the sutra and tantra texts of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as traditional rituals, creation of sand mandalas, English and computer.

Nechung Rinpoche

The 14th Dalai Lama and the Nechung Oracle mutually recognized the reincarnation of the present Nechung Rinpoche in 1993. He was born in Lhasa on May 20, 1985. He went to school in Tibet for some years, and in September 1993 was literally smuggled to India with the help of his students.

After reaching Dharamsala, he began his formal studies in earnest at the monastery there.

On March 15, 1995 he was officially enthroned.

He successfully completed the study of the traditional ritual texts unique to Nechung and also to the Nechung Rinpoche, and went onto his first seven years of higher Buddhist studies at the monastery, completing successfully the class of Prajnaparamita.

Rinpoche is known to be endowed with all the qualities of a Tulku and has completed and graduated from all sutra and tantra studies. Rinpoche finished his nine year study course at the Mindrolling Shedra (College) last year.

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