Three Weekend | Jang Chok Ritual Teaching and Training

via Zoom & In-Person with Tempa Dukte Lama & Geshe Lama Rinchen Gyaltsen

Week 1 | Sat. July 29th – Sun. July 30th
Week 2 | Sat. August 5th – Sun. August 6th
Week 3 | Sat. August 12th – Sun. August 13th

Saturday’s Teaching Hours:

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM EST


2:00 – 4:00 PM EST

Sunday’s Teaching Hours:

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM EST

Registered participants will receive a copy of the Jang Chok manual book by mail and recordings of the teachings.

Participants outside the US, Canada and Mexico, please register promptly to receive your copy of the manual on time for the teaching (International Priority Mail takes 6-10 business days).

Training and teaching will be taught in English via zoom and in person at Olmoling. Simultaneous translation will be available in Spanish/Espanol, French/Francais, and Russian over Zoom. Please check back for updates!

The Jang Chok ritual from the Du Tri Su cycle is a powerful skillful means to guide the consciousness of the deceased and protect it from the terror of the Bardo experiences. The Bardo is the in-between state where the consciousness has left the physical body at the moment of death and has not yet taken on a new body. Through the power of the ritual and the absorption of the practitioner, the ritual closes the doors of the rebirth of each of the six realms of cyclic existence and protects the consciousness from wandering in these realms.

About the Training

This teaching is a special opportunity to learn a powerful and extensive ritual from the ancient Tibetan Bon tradition. The Du Tri Su Jang Chok ritual has been practiced for thousands of years after it was taught by the Awakened One Tonpa Shenrab to guide the deceased. The Du Tri Su cycle that the ritual is part of belongs to the outer, inner, and secret practices and rituals taught by the Awakened One to help beings clear unwholesome karmic conditioning and the resulting obstacles and challenges.

During the ritual, the consciousness of the deceased is summoned by the lama from each of the six realms and the bardo and is asked to abide in the name inscription. Through an elaborate offering the wishes of the deceased are fulfilled, helping the soul listen to the lama’s guidance with openness and willingness to move on. The wisdom of the Sur pyre that is lit by the service master clears defilements and obstacles that prevent the deceased from finding liberation or a good rebirth. Then the soul is offered guidance for traversing the stages of the path of liberation. These are the Ten Stages of Compassionate Beings plus the additional Three Unsurpassable Spheres through which the Three Bodies of the Awakened One are attained. During the post-practice, the lama offers the Du Tri Su empowerment for the deceased and all those assembled. Then the lama burns the seed syllables on the name inscription and the assembly offers the Aspiration prayers of guiding the deceased through the Ten Stages. This is followed by Powa (transference of consciousness) for the deceased and the concluding prayers.

The Jang Chok ritual demonstrates the classic structure of rituals on the Bon Path of Transformation (Tantra) with many sections that are common across various Bon ritual practices.

Participants Will Learn:

  • Preparing the Jang Chok ritual, including making the required tormas
  • The meaning and purpose of the various sections of this extended ritual
  • The Du Tri Su mandala deities and how to meditate on the mandala
  • How to conduct the ritual and chant the different ritual sections, including:

– The preliminary practices

– Making peace with the spirits of the land (Zhilong) and expelling obstructing forces (Gektrö)

– Building the Du Tri Su mandala and consecrating the vase

– Inviting the Du Tri Su deities (Nyipa Chendren)

– Freeing the entities causing death (Shetral) and summoning the consciousness of the deceased to

the name inscription

– Hymn of Praise of the deity mandala (Kutöpa)

– Offering to the worldly protectors and giving a gift to the beings of the six realms

– Dedication prayer of the six realms to guide all beings towards Buddhahood

– Ritual Service of Burnt Food Offering for the Deceased

– Aspiration prayer of the Ten Stages

– Preparing the Du Tri Su empowerment (post practice)

– Actual empowerment and distribution of the medicinal pill

– Burning the seed syllable on the name inscription

– Aspiration prayers of guiding the deceased through the Ten Stages

– Powa – transference of consciousness for the deceased

– Concluding prayers and final dedication

This teaching and training are important for Bon practitioners who would like to be able to accompany the Jang Chok ritual for the deceased at a Bon temple or center – either by chanting or the service master, for those working with the dying or anyone who would like to offer prayers for the deceased, and for anyone who would like to study Bon ritual or the Du Tri Su cycle within the Bon Path of Transformation.

Participants Will Receive the Jang Chok Manual Book written by Tempa Dukte Lama and a recording of the teaching.

The manual offers the first complete transliteration and English translation of the Du Tri Su Jang Chok liturgy (with the original Tibetan included). In the first part of the book, Tempa Dukte Lama explains the different sections of the ritual and their meaning and purpose as well as how to make the required torma offerings and prepare for the ritual. The liturgy in the second part of the book is annotated throughout and images of ritual arrangements and torma offerings are included to assist practitioners in performing the ritual.

Registration Fees

Members Receive a 10% Discount

  • Registration Fee: $180
  • Members Registration Fee: $160

This includes the complete Jang Chok manual book, listed at $32.95. The cost of the training will support ongoing work at Olmo Ling as well as Geshe Lama Rinchen Gyaltsen’s travel expenses and his work. Geshe-la will be coming from India specifically for this teaching at Olmo Ling.

Applications for scholarships are closed (Friday 7/28 at 9:30am ET).

About Geshe A Trong Lama Rinchen Gyaltsen

Geshe A Trong Lama Rinchen Gyaltsen was born in Kham, Tibet. From early childhood, he learned Bon ritual practices, medicine and poetry. In 2005 he traveled from Tibet to India to enter the Bon Dialectic School of Menri Monastery. For 15 years he deeply engaged in learning, contemplating and meditating on the Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen teachings of the Bon tradition. He also undertook general studies of logic, Tibetan language, poetry, medicine, astrology, and mandala drawing. In 2020 he received his Geshe Degree (Doctor of Philosophy).

Geshe Lama Rinchen Gyaltsen has served as librarian, webmaster for the Yungdrung Bon Monastic Center, treasurer of the Bon Dialectic School, and vice president of the Dolanji Bon settlement. He has presented at international Tibetology conferences and guest-lectured at different universities on Tibetan culture and history. He is the author of two books and is a member of the Bon Go magazine editorial board. At present, Geshe Lama Rinchen Gyaltsen serves as the national representative for Bon for the Tibetan government in exile.

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About Tempa Dukte Lama

Tempa Lama is an ordained lama of the Tibetan Bon tradition. He is the founder and spiritual director of Olmo Ling Bon Center and Institute in Pittsburgh, PA, where he works to make the ancient Bon wisdom teachings available and accessible in the West. He is an artist, poet and author of seven books. Tempa Lama studied at Menri Monastery, India, from the age of six under the close guidance of the late H.H. 33rd Menri Trizin, the worldwide spiritual head of the Bon tradition until 2017. Tempa Lama has lived in the US since 2000 and teaches internationally, helping people bring a practice of healing and happiness into their lives.

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Donations to the Translators

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