During this two-day course Geshe will be teaching how to perform the Sang and Sur rituals. The Sang ritual is a smoke offering to the so called four groups of guests( enlightened beings, guardians of teachings, local spirits and samsaric entities). Bon teachings explain that thru this ritual one’s own karmic debts can paid and also one can also cleanse one self and a particular place, develop compassion and positive energy. Sur is the ritual of burning food. According to the Bon tradition thru this ritual one cane feed and placate spiritual entities that ihabit a particualr environment so they don’t work againts but rather in favor of a person performing the ritual.
Saturday: 10a.m.-1p.m. and 3p.m.-6p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m.-12 and 1.30p.m.-4p.m.
Suggested donation: 40 euro
Geshe Nyima Woser Choekhortshang was born in a village next to the Samling monastery, Dolpo, Nepal on 15th June 1976. His family is leading authority of the Tashi Namgyal monastery in their village. When he was eight years old he traveled to India and, his father and grandfather took him to India, Central School for Tibetans, in Dolanji, Himachal Pradesh, India. He received a modern education and learnt English, Hindi and Tibetan. In 1992 at the age of sixteen he took religious vows and gradually adapted to monastic life. At the same time he was admitted to the Bon Dialectic School of the Menri monastery. He studied Tibetan Bon philosophy, Astrology, Astronomy, Tibetan Literature and History, traditional Tibetan medicine, religious chanting and meditation for sixteen years. He was honored with the Geshe degree, the highest degree in the Tibetan monastic education system, in 2008. During his studies in the Menri monastery he received a special opportunity to serve as a secretary of His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizin, the spiritual head of the Bon religion, for eight years. In 2001, he was selected to be a member of the editorial committee for course books of the Bon Dialectic School. In 2002, he was elected to be the President of the Bon Dialectic School and became the chief editor of the Bon-sGo journal published annually in 2003. He then founded the Publication Centre for ancient manuscripts of Dolpo in 2005. That year he was appointed to be the treasurer of the Menri monastery, which he served treasurer three years. Taking advantage of his experience and traditional monastic education, in 1998 he began to do academic research. In 2009 he matriculated at the Institute of South and Central Asia, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic to study for PhD. degree (project: History of Dolpo: The Rulers of Ra nag Dynasty, 15th-16th century) and to teach colloquial Tibetan at the programme of Tibeto-Mongolian Studies.