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The Perfection of Merit: A Day of Dharma Activity – 2021

11/07/2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Merit Day 2021

Because of heightened covid rates in the area, this event is closed to the public. Please see details below for how you can still share in the merit!


Buddhahood is the state in which one spontaneously and effortlessly benefits oneself and all beings without exception. In order to attain this state, we must perfect the accumulations of merit and wisdom. Through the perfection of the two accumulations, we purify our notions of self and other and realize the true nature of mind.

Below is a schedule of the days events, many of which you can participate in remotely. For information on how to join us via ZOOM, please click here.

9:30 am | Lighting of 500 butterlamps  (no Zoom)
10:00 am| Blessing of Shrine – flowers, fruit, e-candles
11:00 am| Chanting of Chenrezig and Green Tara sadhanas
Chenrezig is the deity who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas. Green Tara, often referred to as “The Mother of Liberation,” is known for her swift activity in dispelling fears, obstacles and illness.
Noon| Lunch
1:30 pm| Animal Liberation through Fish Release (no Zoom)
2:30 pm| Sür, Evening Fire Offering Ceremony
Sür (evening fire offering ceremony) is an offering to the 4 guests: the Buddhas & Bodhisattvas; Protectors; sentient beings; and those with whom we have karmic debts. It averts obstacles and sickness and is dedicated to those who are dying, beings in the Bardo, and to beings with whom we have karmic debts.
Dusk | Lighting of 500 butter lamps and chanting of Butterlamp Aspiration prayer (no Zoom)


Although the monastery is closed to the public, there are many ways to share in the merit of these activities through the offering of butter lamps, sponsoring the chanting, the tea served during the chanting, lunch and the fire ceremony. You may also sponsor the saving of life (animal liberation) through fish release for family or friends for their good health and long life.

You may also simply mail your tax-deductible contribution to:

Palpung Thubten Chöling
Attn: Office
245 Sheafe Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.

Please make checks payable to Palpung Thubten Choling or PTC. For credit card payments, fax your credit card number (VISA or MasterCard only), along with the expiration date and signature and the amount you would like to charge to (845) 297-5761. For your protection, please do not email your credit card information.

Please send your prayer request and sponsorship information 48 hours before the first day of chanting to guarantee that we receive it in time to announce your prayer. If you are not able to do that, please leave a short but clear message of your prayer on  845-297-2500  and we will do our best to have your prayer announced.


Palpung Thubten Chöling
245 Sheafe Road
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 United States
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(845) 297- 2500
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