Relics Tour & Events

Awakening Vajra International

Awakening Vajra is an international non-profit organization founded in 2010 by Venerable Geshe Gyalten in order to fulfill the dreams of His Eminence Choden Rinpoche to teach and preserve the Five Branches of study from the Nalanda spiritual tradition. Its ultimate goal is to awaken the roots of compassion, love and wisdom in the hearts of students for the benefit and welfare of all beings. The Five Branches of Study are: Buddhadharma Linguistics Healing Arts Fine Arts Astrology and Feng Shui
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Here is the latest AVI newsletter if you missed it in your email. Note the Skype connection details for Geshe Gyalten's classes.


Hello Everyone,

It’s amazing how quickly the time goes when you’re having fun!!!

March was a ‘fun’ month for the Holy Relics of H.E Choden Rinpoche but also a busy one.
Initially, I thought, we’re not off to a good start as we were a little behind time as we made our way to San Francisco Airport. The traffic on the road in the morning was really busy and I was in the backseat of the car ‘asking’ or more like praying to get to the airport before 8.30am for our 9.15 flight to New York.

Tashi, who drove us to the airport, did a wonderful job weaving in and out of the traffic to get us to the airport on time. We arrived at 8.50, a little too late for my liking, and Geshe Gyalten, Dechen and myself raced inside without saying goodbye to Tashi. Dechen ran to the Attendant waiting at the Gate and asked if we are too late. The Attendant said ‘The flight has been cancelled’.
Music to my ears. I was so relieved. We were assisted in getting onto the next flight later in the day and all my worries disappeared. I think “someone” was looking after us!!!!

Our flight to New York was mid-afternoon and we arrived in New York close to midnight.
We were picked up by Jamerry and Shaun and taken to Sera Je Centre, where we were staying and hosted by Geshe Ngawang Jangchup.

We stayed in New York for a week and what a great city it is. We visited the Empire State Building, Times Square and the Rubin Museum where they specialise in Himalayan Art.

While at Sera Je New York, we met Geshe Rigya who was 83 years old and still very healthy. He had been the ‘Chant Master’ at Sera Je Monastery in India for over 23 years and also Sera Me. He was a student H.E Choden Rinpoche. It’s a wonderful experience meeting the older Tibetan lamas.

While in New York, the Holy relics of H.E Choden Rinpoche were hosted by Tibet House.
If you’re in New York one day and would like to go somewhere new, give Tibet House a go. It’s a great place supporting the Tibetan culture with historical Tibetan Art.
The exhibit was held on Friday night and Saturday. Friday night, Geshe Gyalten gave a talk on the ‘Significance of Relics’ and Saturday morning was the opening of the Relic Exhibition. Geshela gave a talk on H.E Choden Rinpoche’s Life and offered blessings.

It was very well received by all those who attended and in the afternoon Geshela gave a talk on the ‘Practice of Tara’. This really got the crowd involved as they asked many questions afterwards and many of them were asking when Geshela was leading a Tara Retreat next.
The next Tara Retreat, I am not too sure of, but we made many new connections with people.

On Thursday 9th March, Geshe Gyalten, Dechen and myself drove to Kurukulla Center in Medford, just outside the city of Boston. We were warmly greeted by the resident teacher, Geshe Tenley, the Center’s Director, Sean, Kimber and other members of the community. Kurukulla Center is a really ‘cool’ Center. It’s a great Center and Geshe Gyalten and Geshe Tenley had a great time together. They studied together at Sera Je Monastery and H.E Choden Rinpoche taught at Kurukulla Center many times. They are also one of the only Centers that have a very strong Tibetan influence as the local Tibetan community spend a lot of time there.

The Holy Relics exhibition of H.E Choden Rinpoche opened on the Saturday morning and Geshe Gyalten gave a talk on H.E Choden Rinpoche’s life.

It was really good as Geshe Tenley led Geshe Gyalten down the stairs to the Gompa with traditional Tibetan music. They were both laughing as they walked down. They were like two school kids joking around. It was really nice to see. They were both very relaxed and they made everyone else feel comfortable as well.

On Sunday, we performed Lama Chopa led by Geshe Tenley together with the Tibetan community as well as other students of Kurukulla in front of the Holy relics of H.E Choden Rinpoche. The ‘energy’ in the Gompa was quite strong and everyone enjoyed it immensely.

On Monday, Geshe Tenley took us to Harvard University and MIT then to the ‘Top of the Hub’ Restaurant in Boston for lunch. The view of Boston from the 52nd floor is quite amazing.
Later in the day as the snow started to increase, the two Geshes both put on their ‘winter’ clothes and started cleaning the snow off the property. It was funny to see the two of them getting ‘stuck’ into it. From my side, I was watching from the porch, laughing, ensuring though they did not see me otherwise I would have been asked to help.
No way!!!! It was freezing!!!!

We were due to fly out on the Tuesday morning but due to the snow storm, our flight was cancelled and we had to stay until Wednesday afternoon which was fine by us as we really enjoyed being at Kurukulla Center.
We were very well looked after by Geshe Tenley, Kimber, Sean and the team of Kurukulla and it was very much appreciated.


Dream Yoga Teachings

Last Sunday, Geshe Gyalten taught the first part of a two part teaching on Dream Yoga or Sleep Yoga at Ananda Dharma Centre. It was nice to see some new students as well as some older students of Geshela’s. Class started at 10am and finishes at 12pm. We then had Tara Puja from 3pm -4.30pm. It was a nice way to finish off the week.
This Sunday, 2 April, Geshela will finish his teaching on Dream Yoga.
Class starts at 10am and finishes at 12.00pm.
We then have Tara Puja from 3.00pm.
If you are able to attend, that would be great otherwise refer to the Skype Link below to watch it live.

Joyful Path to Awakening Teachings

Geshe Gyalten will continue with his Sunday teachings on the Joyful Path to Awakening on 9, 16 & 23 of April.

Refer to the Skype Links below.

Cancellation: Please note that Geshe Gyalten will not be teaching on 30 April as initially stated in February’s ENews as Geshe Gyalten and the Holy Relic of H.E Choden Rinpoche are being hosted at the Gyuto Wheel of Dharma Monastery in Minneapolis and the following week, 6th & 7th May, at Phat An Vietnamese Temple in Roseville, Minnesota.

An update on Geshela’s schedule when he returns, with Skype Links, will be advised in April’s ENews.

If you would like further information relating to H.E. Choden Rinpoche’s Holy Relics Tour and Geshe Gyalten’s teaching schedule, please refer to Awakening Vajra International’s Facebook page or to Geshe Gyalten’s Facebook page.

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Rock On

Venerable Dondrup
(Geshe Gyalten’s Assistant)


Dream Yoga

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Joyful Path to Awakening

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16 April 2017

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23 April 2017

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