Phowa Foundation
A Special Project of Orgyen Khamdroling

Upcoming Phowa Foundation Programs

Happier You, Happier Me. How Compassion Works.

Taking "I" out of the equation often helps us find the happiness that eludes us.

September 29, 2023
7 to 8:30pm
Brunswick, Maine - Curtis Memorial Library

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Anyen Rinpoche is a master of the Longchen Nyingthig lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He is known for his down-to-earth style, clear explanations and sense of humor, which serve to convey the genuine dharma in an accessible way. Allison Choying Zangmo is a longtime student of both Rinpoche and his root lama, Tsara Dharmakirti. She has been teaching with Rinpoche since 2017, adding her insights about practicing the dharma in the West. Together they teach the Dying With Confidence (DWC) training program for Western Buddhists. All are welcome to attend!

Introduction to Dying with Confidence - Maine 2023
with Anyen Rinpoche and Allison Choying Zangmo

September 30 and October 1, 2023
10am to 4pm
Brunswick, Maine - Curtis Memorial Library
(This program will be offered in person only)

After teaching the three-level "Dying with Confidence" program for many years, Anyen Rinpoche and Allison Choying Zangmo felt that a more formal introductory program was indispensable. Students who apply to the training program benefit more from first receiving teachings on the practice of sadhana and the Vajrayana approach to death generally before engaging in the practices of Avalokiteshvara and Phowa that are essential to the training program.

Attending an introductory program also gives the student a chance to formally meet and properly get to know Rinpoche and Allison before deciding to make a commitment to the full training program. Anyen Rinpoche follows the most traditional way of guiding students. He wants to get to know you, your background, and your experience with the Dharma. Introductory programs are always unique, engaging and challenging, as students from a variety of backgrounds come together to begin a common course of serious training.

Tuition: $225*

*Can be paid in two installments. After completing this form, you will receive an email acceptance followed by an invoice for the full amount or the option to hold your spot with $125 deposit, balance due Sept 1st) *If you would like to request financial assistance, please contact Angela Lutzenberger (

All are welcome! Please Click Here To Register.

Program contact:
Angela Lutzenberger

Tsetar Shrimp Release & “Living is Dying” Program
Online & Sarasota, FL- December 2023

Please join Anyen Rinpoche and Allison Choying Zangmo in Sarasota, Florida, this December as they perform a special life release, offer a weekend program and perform a longevity blessing.

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Longevity Blessing and Dorje Namjom Cleansing with Anyen Rinpoche
Friday 12/01, 7pm, In person Only
Historical Society/ Crocker Church, 1260 12th St, Sarasota FL

Anyen Rinpoche will offer a blessing ceremony focused on purification, longevity and healing, for all who wish to attend. This powerful Tibetan Buddhist blessing, given in the tradition of Dorje Namjom, has traditionally been used to cure ailments (especially to the nervous system)and dispel obstacles to life and health, especially by purifying underlying causes of illness and imbalances.

Attendees from all backgrounds will benefit from this healing evening with Anyen Rinpoche. Please bring your friends and family, especially the elderly and those facing any physical and mental health problems.

Dorje Namjom - also known as Vajra Vidharana or the Vajra Subduer - is one of the five purification or cleansing deities taught by Lord Buddha, and is regarded as the most important and powerful among the five - the Subduer of all negativity.

Tuition: $50 (A limited number of scholarships are available for $35 tuition. Email to request).

Weekend Program: “Living is Dying”
Saturday & Sunday (12/2 & 12/3)
Online & in person in Sarasota

Join Anyen Rinpoche and Allison Choying Zangmo for a day and a half of teachings and practice in lovely Sarasota, or streaming from afar. Moment by moment, death is approaching. Are you ready? Day by day, we are facing the sufferings of aging and illness. Are you facing it with courage and patience? Join Buddhist Master Anyen Rinpoche for teachings on how to take aging, illness and suffering to the path.

Anyen Rinpoche will also touch on the incredible merit, purification and virtuous karma that results from saving lives and performing life releases.

Tuition: $108- Online (Sat & Sunday only, does not include Friday longevity blessing) $165- In person, including tuition for Longevity Blessing Friday PM.

Supporting this years Tsetar Shrimp Release

Please make your donation by November 20th to be included in our planning.

This year's Tsetar Shrimp Release will be performed by Anyen Rinpoche and Allison Choying Zangmo by boat, before the weekend opens to the public. Last year, our generous dharma circle donated over $5,000, allowing for the release of 10,000 shrimp! This December, we will sponsor the purchase of shrimp that are caught in the Tampa area as bait. These shrimp would otherwise be used the same day as bait to catch fish, or die in the tank waiting to be sold. We will release them back into Sarasota Bay, part of their native waterway. We will pray for these creatures and dedicate the merit to beings everywhere. We Invite all, far and wide, to participate by making a donation to help us sponsor this meritorious release!

The powerful tradition of Tsetar:

The traditional practice of tsetar saves beings that would otherwise be killed, and releases them back into a safe environment where they can continue living. Among the many virtuous practices in the Vajryana tradition, this one has exceedingly great benefits and is taught to be the best of all longevity practices. In Tibet, animals sent for slaughter are often “ransomed” by Buddhist masters and practitioners who buy them from the slaughterhouse and set them free. This not only pacifies the fear of imminent death, it also frees these animals from ultimately rebirth in the lower realms, and extends the lives of those participating in the practice. This practice is traditionally done for the sick or dying, to help purify the karma of their illness through saving the lives of other beings.