As losses mount during the global pandemic, spiritual leaders of the Tibetan Bön tradition offered their prayers and blessings for those who are sick or have died. In a live Internet broadcast from India, Nepal, and the United States, thousands of butter lamps were lit and countless prayers recited. In Tibetan language with limited translation to English and multiple other languages.

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As announced by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, there are now two prayer lists that he and his wife, Khandro Tsering Wangmo, will include in their prayers in coming weeks. To submit name(s) to the prayer lists, please use these links: Bardo prayers for those who have died | Prayers for those who are sick or ailing

Participating in the online event were:

His Holiness Lungtok Dawa Dhargyal Rinpoche, the 34th Menri Trizin and spiritual leader of the Bon tradition, from his seat at Menri Monastery in Northern India; and monks of Menri.

Khenpo Tenpa Yungdrung Rinpoche, abbot of Triten Norbutse Monastery, from his seat at the monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal; and monks of Triten Norbutse.

Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, founding spiritual director of Ligmincha International, from his home near San Francisco, California, USA.

Rob Patzig, president of Ligmincha International


Schedule & Prayers

You are welcome to join the lamas in reciting from the texts.

The session begins with an introduction by Rob Patzig, president of Ligmincha International.

His Holiness says a few words and recites the Monlam Namsum prayer. Monks at Menri Monastery light butter lamps, more prayers are offered.

After a brief introduction by Rob Patzig, Khenpo Rinpoche speaks, followed by recitation of Tséwang’s Precious Mala of Beneficial Aspiration Prayers (Tsewang Monlam prayer) and lighting of butter lamps at Triten Norbutse Monastery.

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and his family light candles. Rinpoche and his wife, Khandro Tsering Wangmo, sing the Bardo Prayer and recite the MA TRI mantra, dedicating them to the thousands of people worldwide who have died from the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.
Bardo Prayer by Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
The Precious Garland: The Prayer of the Intermediate State
MA TRI mantra