Great Thekchen Vesak Monlam

Celebrating Love | Celebrating Life

Vesak is the most important day celebrated by Buddhist around the world.
It commemorates the Life of the Buddha, the fully awaken one, and his unbias love for all beings.

YEAR 2019


At Thekchen Choling we prepare for the celebration by holding the Great Thekchen Monlam to coincide with Vesak Day. This prayer festival, we come together in prayer for harmony and peace. With the pure motivation of the prayers, we dedicate the merits to removing and overcoming obstacles to that peace and harmony, accumulating merits so that auspicious conditions can actualize for the continuous prosperity and peace for our nation and for the world. We also dedicate the merits to the long and healthy life of all our spiritual teachers, may all auspicious conditions arise for the benefit of all sentient beings.



It is said in Sutra , the practice of Namgyalma was taught by Buddha Shakyamuni, and this practice is known to give good health, long life and protection against untimely death. The Namgyalma Retreat will be conducted from 3th May to 16th May, and we dedicated the merit of the practice to the long and healthy life of all our spiritual teachers.



The practice of Namgyalma is a very powerful practice to purify obstacles and negative karma from countless lives, preventing unfavourable rebirth, liberating even someone who has commited the five uninterrupted negative karma and from the lowest, inexhaustible hot hells. The rare Namgyalma Fire Puja was auspiciously conducted on 17th May as a completion to the Namgyalma Retreat.



Thekchen Choling is very fortunate to have the Monlam prayers led by H.E. Kyabje Jhado Rinpoche, Abbot Emeritus of Namgyal Monastery, Dharamsala India. A Guru Bumtsog Puja will be offered by the advice of Jhado Rinpoche on 14th May, led by Jhado Rinpoche, Singha Rinpoche and disciples of Thekchen Choling.  We pray for Rinpoche long & stable life, and hope sincerely that Rinpoche will frequently come home to Thekchen Choling.


More than 800 devotees attended the 2019 carnival with more than 20 food and game stalls. Local illustrator Patrick Yee, who is behind children's book series Rosie Rabbit, launched his new book, titled Buddha, at the event. 45 bursaries worth more than $12,000 were also handed out to students from low-income families from different ethnic groups. Another highlight of the morning was the unveiling of a 13m by 9m thangka, a handcrafted silk applique image of Shakyamuni Buddha, after prayers and offerings.
For the first time this year, Thekchen Choling collaborated with four animal welfare groups - Animal Human Alliance, Cat Welfare Society, Purely Adoptions and Forget Me Not - to hold the cat and dog adoption drive.


Vesak Celebration

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