º Annual Raising of Prayer Flags · Lungta º
The Annual Raising of Prayer Flags (Lungta) takes place each year on the 5th day of the 2nd month in the Tibetan calendar. H.E. Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche , monastics, and lay practitioners travel to the Jamacho temple located at the top of Nagarjuna hill in the Kathmandu valley. This is an important pilgrimage site where a stupa thought to date back to the time of Kāśyapa Buddha stands. This is also where it is believed that the Buddhas of the three times, including Shakyamuni Buddha, gave, and will continue to give teachings.
Rinpoche leads rituals which includes chanting prayers, performing Sang Pūjā (smoke offering), Serkyem Offering (offerings to protector deities and guardians), and raising prayer flags (lungta). The wind blows the prayers and mantras printed on the flags far and wide, spreading the Buddhist teachings of wisdom and compassion. The merit is dedicated to the well-being of all sentient beings and world peace so that all may gain merit, cultivate compassion, and engage in virtuous deeds.