Young monk chanting Migtsema while making a light offering on Lama Tsongkhapa Day, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, December 2016. Photo by Laura Miller.

Every year the Sangha at Kopan Monastery celebrate Lama Tsongkhapa Day with incredible light offerings, including hundreds of thousands of strung lights encircling the buildings at the monastery and nunnery, and a special evening offering of candles.

The holy day commemorates the anniversary of the parinirvana of Lama Je Tsongkhapa (1357-1419), the founder of the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche was at Kopan during this past year’s Lama Tsongkhapa Day, which was on December 12, 2017. 

A new, short video shares scenes and sounds from 2017’s joyous celebration. Watch Rinpoche and Kopan’s monks make light offerings, chant Migtsema (a short prayer to Lama Tsongkhapa), and circumambulate Kopan’s main gompa and large stupas. 

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a Tibetan Buddhist organization dedicated to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation, and community service.