Online Auction Begins December 1, Bid to Benefit Ligmincha International Programs 

necklace from TWRThis year for the first time, Ligmincha International is holding an online auction that will benefit the worldwide organization, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The auction, open to everyone, will take place from December 1–21. 

Participants can bid on a range of items, including:

  • Bone necklace donated and blessed by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
  • Bone necklace with pendant blessed and donated by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche.
  • Chöd drum from Geshe Tenzin Yangton, Serenity Ridge resident lama, used in his personal practice.
  • Shenlha Okar thangka and a set of mandala banners from the Serenity Ridge Lama House used extensively in Lama Tashi's and Geshe Yangton' s practice.
  • Two sets of offering bowls used in during Fall Retreat at Serenity Ridge for Nampar Gyalwa ritual, the most elaborated Bön ritual so far performed in the West.
  • Tséwang Rikdzin thangka, which hung in the gompa during the Serenity Ridge Fall Retreat on Longevity.
  • Framed “A” blessed by His Holiness at the last teaching he gave in the United States. It was then placed on Geshe Yangton’s crown and given to him as a part of an empowerment for Zhine.
  • Dzambhala wealth deity statue.
  • Books about Bön, mandala sets, malas, bracelets and much more! 

chod drumFollowing the close of the auction on December 21, all auction items will be blessed by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche before they are sent to the winning bidders.

Proceeds from the auction will be used to support Ligmincha International’s mission of preserving the Bön teachings and making them accessible in various ways to people all over the world. The proceeds will be used in part to fund program development for new online courses, each costing about $4,000 to create and produce. For example, an online Ngöndro (dzogchen preliminary practices) course will be available through Ligmincha Learning early in 2018. Also planned are a Sleep Yoga course and a new training program for Ligmincha practice leaders around the world.

Auction revenue also will provide initial capital for Ligmincha’s new Sacred Sky Press, which will translate and publish Yungdrung Bön works in English. The first book, Indestructible: The Longevity Practice of Lama Tséwang Rikdzin, translated and annotated by Raven Cypress Wood, became available in October. Sacred Sky Press intends to release three to four books each year that will benefit the entire Bön community. Depending on the size of the print run and the formatting, upfront cost of each publication can range from $2,000–$6,000. Capital is needed to fund the publications initially until proceeds are generated from the sale of the books.

Finally, some of the funds will be used for equipment in the new multipurpose building at Serenity Ridge, especially for kitchen and yoga studio equipment. Look for more information soon!

How to Participate

The online auction is being conducted through the BiddingForGood online auction platform. Bidding on each item will take place throughout December 1–21. Emails will be sent to anyone who has been outbid, so they can bid again—or bids can be placed on one’s behalf in increments, up to a maximum set by the bidder.

To participate, on December 1 or after, visit BiddingForGood and type the word “Ligmincha” in the search bar at the top of the page. Make sure you register and are logged in. You also must have a credit card on file to bid.

Please participate and help support Ligmincha International! As a thank-you, everyone who bids on an auction item will, shortly after the auction concludes, receive a link to a special teaching by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche.

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