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We have been fortunate to be able to organize and offer yearly « Drumchos » at Riwoche Temple in Toronto to the Buddhist community. There generally consist of three week long programs: Dechen Shingdrup, Guru Bhum Tsok and Vajrilaya as well as a two day program of Namgyal Tong Cho. These programs offer participants and sponsors an excellent opportunity to creat merit and purify negativity to assist in progressing along the Buddhist path towards enlightenment.

The scheduling of these programs provides convenience to participants in navigating the business of life, starting at 10:00 am and ending around 4:00pm.

Vajrakilaya

Vajrakilaya is the wrathful form of Vajrasattva. This practice is famous for being the most powerful in removing obstacles, destroying the forces hostile to compassion, and for purification.

In the Riwoche lineage, Vajrakilaya is very important. Traditionally, on the 12th month of the Tibetan calendar, the Riwoche monastery in Tibet holds a Vajrakilaya drupchen for three weeks. Drupchen is a form of intensive group practice drawing together the entire range of its skillful methods — mystical, ritual, and artistic. The practices include: creation of the mandala house; the complete sadhana practice with visualization, mudra, chant, and music; continuous day and night practice of mantra; the creation of tormas and offerings with sacred substances and precious relics; the tsok feast; the sacred dance of Cham; and the construction of a sand mandala. The accomplishments of the Vajrakilaya practice in Riwoche monastery have been seen in the dancing of the phurbas to the spontaneous chanting of the Vajrakilaya mantra from the mandala.

Attendance for the full week is not required. A simple vegetarian lunch will be served daily to all practitioners. We do require all practitioners attending to notify in advance of their participation to help kitchen staff. People attending will need to bring their own plate, cup, and utensils. We are making an effort to be more environmentally responsible and to reduce the amount of waste produced.

Guru Rinpoche Tsok Bhum or Guru Rinpoche 100,000 tsok offering

Namgyal Tong Cho – Thousand-fold Offerings of Namgyalma

Namgyalma is the deity of longevity and purification. Namgyalma practice is effective and powerful in removing obstacles and cleansing negative karma that hinders good health and long life. According to scripture, Her mantra has infinite benefits and blessings. It is said to be so powerful that anybody who hears it will never again be reborn in the lower realms.
During the puja, one thousand sets of torma, lamp, incense, water bowl, and other offerings will be meticulously prepared and respectfully offered for the accumulation of merit, purification, longevity, and accomplishment.

The benefits of Namgyal Tong Cho, according to scripture:
a) Helps to purify all of your defilements.
b) Helps to pacify all of your obstacles, at present and for the future.
c) Helps to grow and increase your life span, fortune, wisdom, and other good qualities.
d) After this life, you will be reborn in the Pure Land of Bliss.
e) Assists you to swiftly attain the Great Enlightenment.

Each morning precepts will be taken, therefore participation for the full day on any day attended is mandatory. The Eight Precepts must be observed for twenty-four hours. Please do not eat breakfast prior to coming to the Temple; coffee or tea is acceptable.

The Eight Precepts are:
1) Refrain from harming living beings.
2) Refrain from taking that which is not given.
3) Refrain from sexual activity.
4) Refrain from incorrect speech.
5) Refrain from taking intoxicants which lead to loss of mindfulness.
6) Refrain from eating at the forbidden time (the one meal a day will be served at the temple).
7) Refrain from dancing, singing, music, shows and wearing garlands, using perfumes and beautifying with cosmetics.
8) Refrain from the use of high and luxurious seats and beds.

A simple vegetarian lunch will be served daily to all practitioners. People attending will need to bring their own plate, cup, and utensils. We are making an effort to be more environmentally responsible and to reduce the amount of waste produced.

Amitabha Buddha Practice – Dechen Shin Drup

Ven. Khenpo Sonam Rinpoche has offered to give teachings on Amitabha Buddha, the Buddha of Boundless Light and his Pureland. In conjunction with the teachings, Rinpoche will conduct a daily practice of Amitabha Buddha.

Each morning precepts will be taken, therefore participation for the full day on any day attended is mandatory. The Eight Precepts must be observed for twenty-four hours. Please do not eat breakfast prior to coming to the Temple; coffee or tea is acceptable.

The Eight Precepts are:
1) Refrain from harming living beings.
2) Refrain from taking that which is not given.
3) Refrain from sexual activity.
4) Refrain from incorrect speech.
5) Refrain from taking intoxicants which lead to loss of mindfulness.
6) Refrain from eating at the forbidden time (the one meal a day will be served at the temple).
7) Refrain from dancing, singing, music, shows and wearing garlands, using perfumes and beautifying with cosmetics.
8) Refrain from the use of high and luxurious seats and beds.


Attendance for the full week is not required. You may choose the days on which you can attend. A simple vegetarian lunch will be served daily to all practitioners. We ask all practitioners who will be attending for the full week to please notify us in advance to assist the kitchen staff.

People attending will need to bring their own plate, cup, and utensils. We are making an effort to be more environmentally responsible and to reduce the amount of waste produced.

If you cannot attend and would like to offer a donation to help defray the cost of daily food and tea for all practitioners, it would be greatly appreciated. Please email donations@riwoche.com.

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