Upcoming event in vihara


July 21-23

Ili needs to be completed before this ritual. Generally accepted age is 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13 year old. The first day of the ceremony starts with a usual puja conducted either by the eldest woman of the lineage or the priest.  A doll representing the bahra Khaya, the cave ghost, is prepared and put at one corner of the room. Limit space contact prajwal





“Drops of Advice From My Heart”
by Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche
July 25, 26, 27, 6:30 – 9:00pm

Chamtrul Rinpoche Lobsang Gyatso is the recognized incarnation of the Second Chamtrul Rinpoche, Pema Nangsel. He was extremely close to Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche, the founder of Larung Gar, who personally supervised his education in the traditional fields of a Buddhist scholar. Chamtrul Rinpoche went on to become one of Larung Gar’s most eminent ‘Khenpos’ – equivalent to ‘Doctor of Buddhist Philosophy’.
Drops of Advice from My Heart by Kyabjé Jigmé Phuntsok
Rinpoche is an extensive teaching condensed in a spiritual song,
which summarizes the entire path of enlightenment in 23 stanzas. Chamtrul Rinpoche is uniquely qualified to unpack this very dense jewel of dharma, having studied with Phuntsok Rinpoche for many years. This is a precious opportunity to connect with the heart essence of the founder of Larung Gar. You may read the text at: http://bit.ly/2taHpWf
Cost: This is a dana-only teaching. Donations are gratefully
received but are not mandatory. Please register, so that we can have an idea of how many are attending,
and so we can keep in touch as the date approaches.
Register at: http://bit.ly/2u92Dnx
Please email any questions to: ChamtrulRinpochePDX@gmail.com



July 31st 7:30pm

suggested donation $15-20



5 to 12 years old
Every Sunday 4-5pm




August 5th

10:30am – 1pm
1st Saturday of each Month


August 26
Last Saturday of each Month

~Dance Mandal~

Foundation for Sacred Buddhist Arts of Nepal

Prajwal dancing Singha Mukha, the Lion-Faced Dakini
photo by Andre Elbing

The Dance Mandal troupe practices a sacred Buddhist dance form that for hundreds of years has be virtually unknown outside the circles of those who perform it. This ancient ritual dance dates back over more than 1000 years and is a religious discipline of the priests of Kathmandu, who perform the dance as part of their esoteric meditation practices, ceremonies, and rituals.

Dance Mandal, Foundation for Sacred Buddhist Arts of Nepal, established by Prajwal Ratna Vajracharya in Kathmandu, is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Charya Nritya and the related traditions of instrumental and vocal music, choreography, and the crafts of making the masks, costumes, and jewelry used in the dances. Since its inception in 1996, Dance Mandal has performed in Asia, Europe and North America. Classes and workshops are also offered on this sacred art form. Now based in Portland, Oregon, Westerners can learn the dance as a spiritual practice as well as a sacred performance art.


~Nritya Mandala Mahavihara~

Portland Buddhist Temple, Study Center & Home of Dance Mandal

Open for meditation practice!
weekdays 8:00-9:00 a.m. , Saturday and Sunday 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Please see ‘Events’ on this site for classes and workshops offered at the Vihara!





Attachments_2017113Lookking inside the Temple from the Temple Gates.     Photos by Suva Shakya

Portland, Oregon is home of the first Nepalese Temple in the West. The lineage holder of Newar Vajrayana Buddhism, Prajwal Vajracharya, and his dance center, Dance Mandal, along with co-founder, Helen Appell celebrated the completion of Nritya Mandala Mahavihara in 2009. The Mahavihara is a study center which includes the new temple and focuses on movement, sacred arts, meditation and teachings for anyone interested in devoting practice to reveal their inner nature.

The center serves as a major step in the preservation, expansion and exploration of all Newar meditative arts, while concurrently welcoming all those interested in inner practice to share the environment.