Nyamed Sherab Gyaltsen 661st Birthday Celebration


English Language Ceremony

Sunday, March 5, 2017     7:00am – 3:00pm

Bon Shen Ling Temple, Woodside, Queens, New York City

Advance registration and admission fee required. Deadline for registration March 1, 2017.

Registration is now closed for this event.

Happy New Year of the Fire Garuda. We welcome you to celebrate the 2017 Tibetan New Year and 661st Birthday Ceremony for Nyamed Sherab Gyaltsen at the Bon Shen Ling Temple.


Nyamed Sherab Gyaltsen is the second Tonpa of Bon and the founder of Menri Monastery. Tonpa means “founder of the religion” in Tibetan. Menri has been the central monastery for Bon monastic life in Tibet for over 600 years. On the fifth day of the Tibetan lunar calendar, Bon practitioners across the world hold a birthday ceremony in his honor.


Lung Ta (Wind Horse) Prayer

Gathered together in a group circle, each of us will hold up a Lung Ta prayer flag with our left hand and hold a pinch of Tsampa in our right hand. Three times, we raise our right hand holding the Tsampa and say “SO”. Then, we will say “Ki Ki So So Lha Gyal Lo”, and throw Tsampa towards the sky. We each will touch our foreheads lightly and say “Happy New Year” several times loudly.

Fortune (Sang Sol) Prayer

Sang Sol is a smoke fortune prayer. We shall gather and pray for the good fortune of all sentient begins.

Prayer of Nyamed Sherab Gyaltsen

This traditional Bon prayer connects us to Nyamed Sherab Gyaltsen to receive his blessings. We believe that during this prayer he manifests himself as a bird in our visions.

Food Prayer (Tsok) and Prayer Book Reading

Tsok is a merit accumulating prayer. We will offer food to the Three Jewels and transform it into nectar to nourish our bodies through chanting.

Birthday Wishes Offering

A traditional Tibetan white scarf (kata) is offered to the Nyamed Sherab Gyaltsen statue, His Holiness, Chongtul Rinpoche and two assistant lamas. Traditionally, students form a line holding their scarves and one-by-one present a khata and an envelope containing a donation first to the statue, and then to each lama. Rinpoche will give each person a blessing along with precious herbs and a red protection cord. The donation amount is according to your wishes and is a part of generosity practice. After everyone has completed the blessing line, you may retrieve your khata from the statue of Nyamed Sherab Gyaltsen if you wish.

Event Details: A delicious complimentary Tibetan lunch will be served, and tea and snacks will be provided throughout the day. Friends and families with children accompanied by an adult are welcome. Please complete the registration form and PayPal button below and your name will be placed on the ceremony guest list. Children under the age of 13 are not required to register or submit the entrance fee. Entry to the ceremony may only be granted to preregistered participants. 

Admission: $50 Nonmember; $47.50 Supporting Member; $45 Sustaining Member. Please note there will be no door registration or registrations accepted after the March 1, 2017 deadline. Thank you for your cooperation.

Schedule: 7am -11am Prayer and Rituals in the Temple
11am – 3pm Ceremony, Lunch and Celebration
All are welcome to attend the early morning prayer session. If you are not able to attend the early session, you may arrive for the ceremony beginning at 11am.

What to bring: Donation dana are welcomed for the temple shrine, His Holiness, Chongtul Rinpoche, Khenpo Tenzin Dhargye and Tsa Tsa Lama. Please bring five khatas and five envelopes for the blessing offering at the conclusion of the ceremony. If you have Tibetan ceremonial dress, we welcome you to wear it at the temple.

Address & Travel Directions: 65-55 Maurice Avenue, Woodside (Queens), NY. Click here for temple driving and public transportation directions. There is free street parking in the neighborhood, and the temple is accessible by subway and bus.

Contact: Sophie, Bon Shen Ling Administrator (917) 300-9254 call/text; email: info@bonshenling.org

Looking forward to seeing everyone and Happy Losar!