A Full Year With Both Happiness and Sadness

This year has been marked with several important events such as the passing away of both His Holiness Dungse Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche, and before that, Acharya Lama Dawa Chodrak Rinpoche. Since Lama Rangbar was close to both of these precious lineage teachers, Lama gave himself completely to observing the complete 49 Days Dorsem ceremonies at OCD for HH Dungse Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche, assisting Tulku Namgyal Dawa Rinpoche and the Dudjom Family at large.

His Holiness Dungse Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche

49 Days Ceremonies & Highlights

Acharya Lama Dawa Memorial Chorten

Construction and Consecration

Lama Rangbar travelled to Iowa to assist Khandro Kunzang in the construction and consecration of a Memorial Chorten (Stupa) for Acharya Lama Dawa Chodrak Rinpoche which was completed in mid-October.

Although from one perspective these are sad occasions of loss, they are also poignant markers of our own individual and community spiritual journeys. The deeper meaning is that we must embrace the precious teachings we have been given by our lineage masters and try our best to hold, develop, and bring these blessings to fruition for ourselves and future generations. It is now more evident than ever before, how important it is for Western practitioners to take up responsibilities to continue the lineage blessing streams.

Recapping Bodhivastu Activities 2018


Aligning with the Spiritual Path: The Foundations of Dharma Practice according to the Ancient Translation Tradition Instruction and Practice” Lama Rangbar Teaching in Woodstock, NY

The Use and Meaning of Vajrayana Buddhist Ritual Implements and Sacred Objects Lama Rangbar Teaching at Poughquag Center


Gutor Year-end Reversing of Negativity Ceremony at Poughquag Center

Losar Celebration at Poughquag Center

Mountain of Burnt Offering at Big Indian

Tulku Thadral Rinpoche’s (Jigme Namgyal Dorje) Visit to Bodhivastu Poughquag Center

Third Day of Losar with HH Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche and Tulku Thadral Rinpoche at Orgyen Cho Dzong (OCD)

Gathering with Tulku Thadral and Lama Rangbar at Ngadra Labrang - Poughquag Center

Samaya Education “The Great Hero of Miraculous Activity, Lord Vajrakilaya” Lama Rangbar Teaching in Brooklyn, NY


Lama Rangbar Teaching Tour in Europe; Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Lithuania and Switzerland


Parinirvana of HH Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche, participation in 49 days Puja and volunteering by Lama Rangbar and Bodhivastu members at OCD


Bodhivastu Sponsored Tsok and Food for HH Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche’s 49 Days Puja at OCD

Cremation Ceremony for HH Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche at OCD


Continued 49 Days Puja of HH Dungse Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche’s Parinirvana at OCD

Kathok Situ Rinpoche and Namgyal Dawa Rinpoche visit to Big Indian for Land blessing ceremony and blessing at Poughquag

Big Indian Guru Rinpoche Tsok and Big Indian Camp Out


Andrew Faust Hydrology survey at Big Indian

Bodhivastu Board Meeting at Poughquag Center


Phurba Mandala Commissioned in Bhutan

Freeing of Lives Ceremony in Brooklyn, NY


Phurba Retreat with Lama Rangbar in Big Indian

Lama Rangbar Teaching Tour in North Carolina and Tennessee

Lama Rangbar travels to Iowa to build Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche’s Memorial Stupa


Mariamma Annual Puja for Prosperity in Poughquag

Giving Tuesday Fundraiser raised over $13,000 for Big Indian Meditation Hall renovation

Announcement of Big Indian land deal successful conclusion

HH Dungse Shenphen Dawa Norbu Rinpoche Memorial Page launched on Bodhivastu website


Lama Rangbar Europe Teaching Tour (Switzerland, Lithuania, Spain, France, Netherlands, and Germany)