Animal Release in Dzachuka – Saving the Lives of Animals

From across the world, anyone can request that a life is saved through Kilung Monastery’s efforts. Yaks, sheep, or goats are purchased from slaughter, or through an arrangement with a family who promises not to kill the animal for life. Family arrangements are less costly than intervening at the time of slaughter. Whatever the choices, saving an animal from imminent death has the most powerful effect.


Instructions for requesting animal release

  • Calculate the amount.
  • Please email the following information to
    • Your e-mail address or phone number
    • Which animal you wish to release
    • Whether you request saving from imminent slaughter, or life-saving with a Kilung Family
    • Dedication of the life-saving
  • Make your donation HERE (please select General Donation and specify Animal Release)

If you have any questions please contact us

Kilung Monastery and community created a life release farm just for the animals in 2008. This has been enormously inspirational for Kilung community and monastery, as it supports this very common practice in the area. Animals that have been liberated are given to Kilung Monastery, who in turn give the animals to nomad families for caretaking. Life release not only saves the lives of the animals, it helps save the Tibetan nomad way of life in Dzachuka.
The animals are cared for throughout their lives by families, maintaining a profound connection essential to the nomad culture. The milk goes to students at the Kilung Shedra, and is especially important for the children at the Kilung Children’s School. Saving the life of an animal is also saving a culture in danger.

Statues of the First Kilung Rinpoche being made in Dzachuka!

Statues of Jigme Ngotsar Gyatso, the First Kilung Rinpoche, are being made in Dzachuka.

One will grace the Phagtsok Gedun Choying Temple on Whidbey Island,
and the other will be in the Kilung Shedra in Dzachuka.

If you would like to contribute to these statues
to establish an auspicious connection with the lineage,
and support the Kilung Shedra




Temple Consecration

Consecration ceremonies took place at the new temple from May 31 – June 3, in Clinton, WA on Whidbey Island, with more than 100 of Dza Kilung Rinpoche’s students present from around the world, including Taiwan, Korea, Denmark, Canada and the US.


Eight Tibetan lamas and monks
from Asia assisted Kilung Rinpoche as he led the ceremonies that formally opened this beautiful new center for Dharma practice in the Longchen Nyingtik tradition. We offer a special ‘thank you’ to the many volunteers whose hard work made the events possible.



Prayer flags and banners adorned the land. The energy of blessings and rejoicing permeated the events, and was carried on the music and chanting of the monks.


On June 9-10, the newly consecrated temple hosted the PRAYER FOR THE EARTH Tibetan Sand Mandala exhibit. More than 500 people from Whidbey Island and the region came to see the sand mandala being made and dissolved, and hear Rinpoche speak about its significance and meaning.


Kilung Foundation and Pema Kilaya are delighted to have shared these
wonderful ceremonies with all who were able to attend!

We hope that each of you will have the opportunity to visit Phagtsok Gedun Choling Temple in the future and to enjoy and benefit from its extraordinary blessings and beauty.

May all beings benefit!

Click HERE for a slideshow of photos.


Tibetan Sand Mandala and Open House

JUNE 9 – 10

with OPEN HOUSE on June 9 from 2 – 4 pm

Sunday, June 9th
10 am – 5 pm:  Mandala Creation
2 pm:  Welcome Talk by Dza Kilung Rinpoche:
Prayers for the Earth and All Beings
2 – 4 pm: Open House

Along with light refreshments and tours of the temple,
the open house will feature a demonstration and exhibit of the Tibetan Sand Mandala,
created by a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks who have traveled from Asia to help consecrate the temple.

Monday, June 10th

10 am – 3 pm:  Mandala on Exhibit
2 pm: Talk by Dza Kilung Rinpoche:
Sand Mandalas – Sacred Art of Tibet
3 pm:  Dissolution of Mandala

Parking update:

Due to a high volume of interest in the Tibetan Sand Mandala event,
parking is only available at the temple for cars with 4 or more people.
Cars with fewer people will be asked to park at the Clinton Post Office Park and Ride,
or the Humphrey Rd. ferry Park and Ride.
There will be a free shuttle going back and forth from the Park and Rides to the Temple from 11 am to 4:30 pm.

If the temple parking is full, you will be asked to take the shuttle.
Thank you for your patience with this — seeing the Tibetan Sand Mandala and the Temple is worth the effort!



Lamas and Monks coming to the Northwest for Temple Consecration and Sand Mandala Tour

Kilung Foundation & Pema Kilaya Sangha
welcome Venerable Lamas and Monks coming from Taiwan
to assist with the

Consecration and Opening of Yeshe Long Temple
Whidbey Island, Clinton, Washington
May 25 – June 3

They will also be the artisans for the
Sand Mandala Tour
June 5 – 14

Ven. Khenpo Chonyid Dontok


L to R: Ven. Karma Takpa Gurung, Ven. Soga, Ven. Karma Chhoijor Lama


L to R: Ven. Penpa Tsering, Ven. Yong Chang Kun Sang, Lama Changkel Budha

For the most up-to-date news on the Sand Mandala exhibits, click HERE.




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