Geshe Lharam Ngagi Wangchuk- Richen Ngudup

When was Buddha born?

Tibetan, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand and rest of the Buddhist celebrate Buddha’s birth date on different dates.

Christian Easter date had the same situation before 325ad. However, in 325ad, the first ecumenical council of the Christian church was held in ancient Nicaea (today Iznik, Turkey). It was attended by more than 300 Bishops of Christendom and consensus Easter date was reached.

Various positions of stars, moon, sun and Jupitar were recorded as told by the Buddha when he attained Moksa(Enlightenment) at BodhGaya, India. No external force like humans can change the position of constellations. They move according to natural laws for eons. Ngagi Wangchuk did not find such alignment of constellation within the next 90,000 years since the Buddha’s Moksa.

Here is the alignment of Constellations when Buddha attained Moksa. It was May, 3rd, 583bc, Sunday morning, at 4am, 44mn, 44sec, BodhGaya time; sun was about to rise within the next half hour in the horizon. It was Buddhist Spring (3rd month) or Saka Dawa (Present Saka Dawa as per Tibetan Astro Medical Institution(TMAI) is missing some figure; Sidereal year and Sun year are two different calculation). Moon was sitting on head of Scorpion; it was full eclipse. Sun was sitting on OX constellation; it was 15th day (lunar) of the post spring equinox month. Jupitar was in Crab Constellation and is aligned with Star Asellus Australis.

Such precise date puts Buddha’s Birth date on April, 29, 618bc, Monday (Gregorian calendar). Lunar calendar is 15th day and full moon..

Buddha died in 538bc, May, 15, post Spring equinox month, full moon-again. It was Thursday.

For detail, please read Geshe's work below in pdf in Tibetan language.

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Guru Padmasambhawa received Phurba and AtiYoga or dZokpaChenpo from Nalanda

A research work of a seraJe Geshe lharam Ngagi Wangchuk “Rinchen Ngudup” while going through the famous ancient document of 797ad called “Dunhuang manuscript (DM)” found that it is documented in the DM that Guru PadmaSambhava indeed went to Nalanda to received most sacred teachings such as Phurba and AtiYoga from Nalanda masters.

He hired two potters, Sakya Ur and Esi, from Nepal and went to Nalanda. After receiving teachings from Nalanda he came back to Nepal with 12 volumes. He meditated in Asura Cave, Nepal, and realized VajraKilaya (རྡོ་རྗེ་གཞོན་ནུ-Vajra Purpa). He gave the teachings to Nepali Serpo, Ani Tathagata, and Pravasila who also did meditation and gained realization.

PadmaSambhava taught these teachings to Bero Tsana and Tse Nyanabinga. Later he taught the same teachings to Dre Tathagata and, BonaAh who went to Dragmar Samye cave for meditation and gained realization.

Asura Cave is here 27°36'47.7"N 85°15'37.0"E in Nepal.

Here is the original text by the Gheshe Ngagi Wangchuk.

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Lharampa Geshe Degree vs Ngagi Wangchuk Geshe Degree(ངག་གི་དབང་ཕྱུག)

Geshe Degree is given to those who complete all five major core subjects of Philosophy of Mahayana Buddhism. It takes 14 years to learn the subjects and another 6 years to complete Lharmapa Geshe examinations.

Ngagi Wangchuk title was reserved for the layman but in 2004 it was decided to give it to those Lharampa who does extra dissertation academic work. I n 2004 Lharampa Rinchen Ngudup was the first Biksu who achieved all above qualification and hence he earned Lharampa Ngagi Wangchuk. However, since 2012 all Lharampa were given this title.