Tonpa Shenrab Miwoche 18,034th Birthday


Celebration and Candle Lighting Ceremony

Sunday, March 12, 2017  10am – 4pm

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

Advance registration and admission fee required. Deadline for registration March 8, 2017 

Registration is now closed for this event.

According to Tibetan Bon tradition, this year March 13th is the first full moon of the lunar calendar.

The first full moon (Purnima) of the year marks the birth of the founder of Bon, Tonpa Shenrab Miwoche. Commemorating this date with a special blessing ceremony has been an unbroken tradition over the past 18,000 years throughout Zhang Zhung and Tibet.

In 1970, the current Buddha of Bon, the Gyalwa Menri 33rd Abbot of Menri, held the first historical celebration of Tonpa Shenrab’s birth outside Zhang Zhung and Tibet. The ceremony took place at Menri Monastery in northern India, and this event remains a special annual tradition at Menri to this day.

Over the years, many scholars had proposed differing systems for determining the month and year of Tonpa Shenrab’s birth. Finally, the 23rd Abbot of Menri and leader of Bon, His Holiness Gyalwa Menri Trizin Khenchen Nyima Tenzin (1813-1862), officially set the date for recognizing Tonpa Shenrab’s birth as the full moon of the first month of the lunar calendar. From that time forward, the full moon ceremony for Tonpa Shenrab has been continuously celebrated at Menri Monastery in Tibet and Tibetan Bon monasteries throughout the world.

This year, the full moon day falls on March 13, 2017, however we will hold our celebration the day before, on Sunday, March 12th. Bon Shen Ling will perform the full moon or Tonpa Shenrab Miwoche birthday commemoration celebration prayer and candle lighting ceremony with a blessing at the temple in Queens, New York City.

You are welcome to participate in this ceremony, and please register for your space so as not to miss this special blessing.

Event Details:  All are welcome to participate with advance registration. Tibetan lunch, tea and snacks will be provided. Please complete the registration form and PayPal button below and your name will be placed on the ceremony guest list. Entry to the ceremony will only be granted to preregistered participants. No door registrations or registrations after the March 8, 2017 deadline may be permitted. Thank you for your cooperation.

Admission: $50 Nonmembers; $47.50 Supporting Members; $45 Sustaining Members

What to bring: Donation dana are welcomed for the temple shrine, for His Holiness, and for Chongtul Rinpoche. Please bring three khatas and three envelopes for the offering at the conclusion of the ceremony. If you have Tibetan ceremonial dress, we welcome you to wear it. Each person may also bring one electric tea light to offer for the candle lighting ceremony. If you do not have an electric tea light, we will provide them at the temple.

Directions: Click here for directions to the temple.