Saturday, April 27, 2019

The thirteen emanation of Tara Noble is Lady Tara Yulle Gyaljed

Tara Noble Lady Tara Yulle Gyaljed, Victorious Over War and Other Obstacles with and without form.

This Tara’s name Tara Yulle Gyaljed, means “Tara who gains victory over war”. She is renowned for protecting against all the obstacles related with wars. She can reverse the march of armies or stop the war completely. 

Her protection also applies inwardly, too, as she stops hostile emotions born of conceptual thinking that disturb our awareness and wisdom and might lead us to warlike actions.
om jetsünma pakma drolma la chaktsal lo
Homage to the noble lady Tārā!
chaktsal kalpa tamé mé tar
Homage to you, seated in a blazing halo
barwé trengwé ü na né ma
Of all-consuming apocalyptic flames.
yé kyang yön kum künné kor gé
Your right leg stretched out and left bent inward,
dra yi pung ni nampar jom ma
Immersed in joy, you crush legions of foes.

She is red in color and dwells amidst garlands of wisdom fire swirling like the fire at the end of an eon. 
Her right leg is stretched out and left leg is drawn in. Sparks of firefly from the prongs of the vajra she brandishes, subduing all harmful enemies. 
She comforts them by gathering them under the vajra-tent that protects them from their own evil. With every skillful means, she turns the wheel of dharma, according to the disposition of the beings to be tamed. 
She makes them content and joyous, and subdues the malefic forces of the two obscurations. The inner meaning is that this indicates the realization that “exhausts all phenomena”. 
Just as the fire at the end of the eon consumes the world, when the primordial wisdom swirls in dharmadhatu, the outer earth and stones, the inner animate body, and the secret conceptions are also exhausted. 

So the foes of the two obscurations are subjugated, and the joy of the great tranquility of the core of inner clarity of primordial wisdom that does not dwell in the extremes of samsara and nirvana is experienced.

On the throne of a lotus and moon, in the midst of blazing wisdom flames, appears Noble Lady Tara Yulle Gyaljed, red in color, with one face and two arms. Her two legs are in the dismounting posture. Her face has three eyes, and is half- peaceful half-wrathful. Her right hand is in the mudra of supreme charity. Her left hand, in the Three Jewels mudra, holds the stem of an utpala flower blooming at her ear. On its pistil stands a vajra with its points open. 

Light and sparkling vajras radiate from it, annihilating the hosts of enemies and harm-doers. Meditate that it returns back, surrounding your-self and all others 36 with an indestructible protection tent, and recite the mantra.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Mantra that can cure your mental disorder

Here is a happy heart mantra - against heart problems, depression etc.
(Ah Ah Tsi Su Kha Sam Sam)

The healing of the sacred mantra is an extraordinary and beautiful form of holistic therapy and healing. The healing of the mantra is one of the most wonderful aspects of traditional Tibetan medicine. 
When reciting mantra, think of it as a sound therapy. It can benefit all those who suffer from physical or mental disorders that medicines and therapies cannot help. 

Jalla Lhakhang houses main deity Damchen Garwai Nagpo

Jalla Lhakhang is located in the middle of a beautiful Jalla village. It is approximately 30 km from WanguePhordrang and is accessible by vehicle.
(the beautiful Jalla Village)
The monastery is of great significance as it is the Densa (dwelling place) of sacred Jowa Jamba and Damchen Gawrai Nagpo.  The scared Jowa Jampa is a terma revealed by Terton Pema Lingpa in Bumthang that flew and came directly to Jalla Goenpa in the 15th century. Jowa Jampa in Sanskrit is known as Maitreya and is regarded as a future Buddha of this world in Buddhist eschatology. According to Buddhist tradition, Maitreya is a bodhisattva who will appear on Earth in the future, achieve complete enlightenment, and teach the pure dharma. Maitreya will be a successor to the present Buddha, Gautama Buddha (also known as Śākyamuni Buddha). The prophecy of the arrival of Maitreya refers to a time in the future when the dharma will have been forgotten by most on the terrestrial world.
(Jowo Jampa)
It is believed that the main deity of Jalla Lhakhang, Damchen Gawai Nagpo, commonly called as Ap Dolay by the local accompanied Jowa Jampa and came to Jalla. Unfortunately, Jowo Jampa is not at Jalla Lhakhang at present. 

Unlike usual fearful appearance, the Damchen Garwai Nagpo at Jalla Lhakhang is of peaceful look riding on a goat.  Damchen Garwai Nakpo, was pre-Buddhist Tibetan deity subdued by the Guru Rinpoche who was invited to Tibet by the king to introduce Esoteric Buddhism in the region. Guru Rinpoche converted Damchen Garwai Nakpo by oath as protector of the Buddhist teachings. Along with Damchen Dorje Lekpa, Damchen Garwai Nagpo were the two blacksmiths that made all Guru Rinpoche terma/ statues and weaponry artifacts. Both are very important deities worship by all 4 sects of the Tibetan Buddhism. 

Initially, both Jowa Jampa and Damchen Garwai Nagpo were housed at Jala Goenpa, which is located above the village. It is said that during those days the Jalla community grew to almost 300 strong households (today it is only 37 households). Unfortunately, over the period a deadly disease plagued the village and all habitant got wiped off. The Jalla Goenpa also caught fire and burnt down. One can still see the ruins of main Jalla Goenpa if one visit the site today.

As the village were without the dwellers after the repercussion of the deadly contagious disease, the Wangduephordang Kuzhu took the sacred Jowa Jampa to Wangduephordang Dzong and left Damchen Gawai Nagpo at the present location making small house that is enough to fit the statue. The Jowa Jamba statue was taken through Jalla-Japhu route. On reaching at Japhu village, the Jowa Jampa statue was kept on a stone when the people took some respite. On lifting the statue a drupchu miraculously emerged from the exact spot. This drupchu is known as Jalla Jampa drupchu. The Jowa Jampa statue finally was placed as one of sacred Nagten at Wangduephordang dzong. In Wangduephordang  dzong the statue was commonly addressed as Jalla Jam because of the fact that it was brought from Jalla. I had the privilege to see the sacred statue before Wangdue dzong caught fire in 2012. It is around 12”.
(With present Jalla Lam Tenzin Dorji and uncle Gyeltshen)
According to my Uncle Gup Gyeltshen, he still remembers seeing the small hut where Ap Dolay was installed.

It is believed that the deity Damchen Garwai Nagpo fulfills any aspiration if one seeks his blessing. Nevertheless he also does cast his spell if promises made are not kept.
(Damchen Garwai Nagpo in fearful appearance riding on goat)
One example could be how Sherab Lhendup from Wangdue  Baymey Chungchu Dingkha ascended to the top most post of the government, the 16th Druk Desi by seeking Damchen Garwai Nagpo’s blessing. Sonam Lhendup started his career as Tsirang Sangsum, Zhung Drongney, Trongsa Penlop and Wangdue Dzongpoen before becoming the 16th Druk Desi in 1769. Over these periods he regularly used to seek blessing from Damchen Gawai Nagpo and progressed his career. On one occasion he had promised to offer crown to Damchen Garwai Nagpo if he become Druk Desi. However, Desi Sherab Lhendup failed to visit Jalla Lhakhang after becoming the Druk Desi forget about offering the crown.
(Damchen Garwai Nagpo under concealed state)
One day he fell sick and was bed ridden for some time and could not be cured rather his health kept deteriorating badly. He summons a top astrologer who on analysis found that he had made promise somewhere and fail to fulfill it. Druk Desi immediately recollected the promise he made to Jalla Damchen Garwai Nagpo and immediately pledge to do what he has promised. Druk Desi made the crown studded with big diamond and personally placed on the statue of Damchen Garwai Nagpo at Jalla. After that Druk Desi regained his health and stayed peacefully.

People of Jalla also places Damchen Garwai Nagpo at the highest esteem as the protecting deity and always seeks his blessing.
(The consecration of Jalla Lhakhang in 2014)
Over the period, the community constructed the monastery with the recent renovation done along with the installation of serto in 2014 that was consecrated by H.E. Sakten Tulku Rinpoche.
(H.E. Sakten Tulku Rinpoche)
The main statue in the Lhakhang is the eleven headed thousand-armed Chenrigzig, Guru Rinpoche with Khandro Yeshey Thogyal and Khandro Mendarawa, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Damchen Garwai Nagpo. Damchen Garwai Nagpo is kept concealed and taken outside once every  year on 15th day of 11th lunar month during which a special ceremony is conducted that is witnessed by him. 
(Ap Dolay taken out for a special ceremony)
It is to be strongly noted that because of the presence of Damchen Garwai Nagpo at Jalla and Shaley people of Shar (Wangduephrdang) don’t consume mutton from time immemorial, as goat is the riding animal of Damchen Garwai Nagpo. However, today knowingly or unknowingly some people of Wangdue Phordang do take mutton which is against the restriction. By breaking such vows unpleasant things do happen in the villages. So people of Wangdue and any dharma practitioner that seek Damchen Garwai Nagnpo should refrain from taking goat’s meat.

As per Dasho Passang Dorji, late His Holiness Chadrel Sangye Dorje Rinpoche was very happy to learn that people of Shar don’t take mutton and proclaimed that Damchen Garwai Nagpo is their protector.
(H.H. Chadrel Sangay Dorji Rinpoche)
Jalla village was also visited by Terchen Dorje Lingpa , Khenchen Sonam Ozer, the Second Je Khenpo and Tulku Chokden Gonpo, son of Terchen Dorje Lingpa.
The Lhakhang  performs many Kurims for the wellbeing of the country and the sentient beings.

I am very happy to visit Jalla Lhakhang recently and also met all my relatives and cousin sisters.

Please visit.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

His Majesty the 13th Chogyal Wangchuk Tenzing Namgyal (དབང་ཕྱུག་བསྟན་འཛིན་རྣམ་རྒྱལ) of Sikkim

Today I am very happy and fortunate to meet His Majesty the 13th Chogyal Wangchuk Tenzing Namgyal of Sikkim. We had a very cordial discussion. I found Denjong Chogyal, a very down to earth person. He has dedicated his whole life in the dharma practices. People of Sikkim consider King Chogyal as the emanation of Chana Dorje (Vajrapani). So I am truly blessed for having come in contact with His Majesty, the emanation of Chana Dorje. I intuited he is a Bodhisattva. I have accompanied my uncle Dasho passing Dorji to meet Denjong Choyal.
He was born on 1st April 1953 at Calcutta and was the second son from the first wife (Samyo Kushoe Sangi Deki) of His Majesty Chogyal Palden Thondup Namgyal, the last sovereign King of Sikkim. He took the position of crown prince after his elder brother's death in an accident (Car crash) at Namnang, Gangtok.

He was educated at Horrow School Middlesex London and Ealing Business School University of London. He succeeded his father as Head of the Royal House of Sikkim, 19th February 1982 and formally consecrated as the 13th Chogyal at the Royal Chapel, Tsuk-La-Khang Monastery, Gangtok, on 29th January 1982.
However, His Majesty Chogyal Wangchuk Namgyal, dismissed his coronation as an "unnecessary state ceremony" telling reporters: "It is up to the people to accept and acknowledge me as the new Chogyal, and you can see the support I have been shown by the people."

Since then, he has renounced all royal trappings, and donated most of his private ancestral landholdings and personal wealth for the benefit of Sikkim and for the preservation of spiritual culture and identity.

His Majesty has created a Trust to further monastic education, and founded the "lapta" at the Tsuklakhang, the "shedra" (university) at Taktse, and a retreat centre; and he, himself, has undergone over 15 years of meditation in the mountains of Nepal, Bhutan, and Sikkim. Again he will be entering into long retreat.
Miwang Denjong Chogyal Chenpo Wangchuk Tenzing Namgyal dedicated his very life to the cause of humankind. His Majesty is the most glaring and living example of the life and teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni who renounced his princely life for the sake of sentient beings.

People of Sikkim were grateful and appreciate the activities of His Majesty, particularly his incomparable contribution and participation towards the preservation and propagation of unique dharma tradition and lineage of Guru Rinpoche and Naljoir Choe-Ji (the Four foremost Superior Yogis of 1642) in celebration of Sikkim as the Guru Bayul Dremo Djong.

Since, His Majesty will probably be the last Chogyal of Sikkim, the people of Sikkim should show great reverence and take his great advice. I am sure with his dedication to dharma practices he will come back to Sikkim as great Rinpoche in his next life to serve you better.

May Sikkim stay as the Bayyul of Guru Rinpoche forever and may Guru Rinpoche always protect him wherever he goes.

Cultivate Generous Thought and practice giving gifts to the Sanghas.

The Buddha once explained that it is a meritorious act even to throw away the water after washing one's plate with the generous thought:...