Friday, November 30, 2018

Ekajati (Aum Kangchima)

I was longing to have an image of Ekajati for some time as I daily offer Serkyem to her. But I couldn’t get one.

Today my friend Agay Pasa blessed me with a Kupar of Ekajati. Thank you so much.

Chapsuchey, I have placed it at my altar and offered a butter lamp welcoming her.

Ekajati, is an important deity.

It must be noted that Guru Rinpoche on reaching Paro Taktshang made a statue of Ekajata, thereafter, all existing demons, harmful spirits and evils residing in Tibet and neighboring Himalayan were eliminated.

Therefore, all people living in Tibet, Bhutan, Sikkim and Ladakh must appease this important deity.

A short prayer by Mipham Rinpoche is given below.

Please recite daily, it will not only protect you but also bring richness and keep all evil spirits at bay.

Brief Offering Prayer to Ekajaṭī

by Mipham Rinpoche

ཧཱུྂ། ཀུན་ཏུ་བཟང་མོ་ཡེ་ཤེས་ཁྲོས་པའི་རྩལ།
hung, kuntuzangmo yeshe tröpé tsal
Hūṃ! Samantabhadrī’s wrathful wisdom emanation,

ying kyi gyalmo ekadzati ma
Mother Ekajaṭī, Queen of Space,

yeshe lé dang jikten mamö tsok
And the hosts of maternal spirits—of wisdom, with special karma and the worldly:

sol lo chö do cholwé trinlé dzö
We supplicate you! We make this offering to you! Carry out the activities we request!

Pho Dong (male face) and Mo Dong (female face)

You must have noticed astrologer put these images on the Doth (ritual effigy). After performing certain ritual, it is than put away (outside) as per the day’s auspicious direction.

You may wonder what does these images represent?

Well these are drawings of man and woman. It is mounted on slender sticks that is stuck into the soft dough, and offered to the malevolent spirits as substitutes for all the men and women whose lives they threaten.

After discarding it should not be brought back. Ironically, some people collect back for reuse defeating the very purpose of performing this rituals. 

Next time please ensure  it is not brought back. 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Great Sutra revealed by Buddha.

(This sutra is not known in Tibetan Buddhism and Bhutanese in general are not familiar with it. I wonder how it got misplaced. By worshipping and reciting Cundhi's mantra, one can liberate easily from the ocean of Samsara. Please read carefully understand it and than practice. Rest left to Great Bodhisattva Cundhi).

Buddha Pronounces the Sūtra of the Great Cundī Dhāraṇī
The Heart of the Mother of Seven Koṭi Buddhas

Translated from Sanskrit into Chinese in the Tang Dynasty by The Tripiṭaka Master Divākara from India

At one time the Buddha was dwelling in the Anāthapiṇḍika Garden of Jetavana Park in the city kingdom of Śrāvastī. The World-Honored One meditated, observing sentient beings of the future. Feeling sympathy with them, He expounded the Dharma of the Cundī Dhāraṇī, the heart of the mother of seven koṭi Buddhas.

The Buddha then pronounced the dhāraṇī mantra: 

“Namaḥ Saptānāṁ Samyak-Saṁbuddha Koṭināṁ, Tadyathā: Oṁ Cale Cule Cundi Svāhā”

1. “If, among bhikṣus, bhikṣuṇīs, upāsakas, and upāsikās, there are those who uphold this dhāraṇī and recite it 800,000 times, their sins, such as the five rebellious sins accumulated over innumerable kalpas, will all be expunged. They will be reborn at places where they will meet Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. They will have all the material goods they wish. They can choose to renounce family life in successive future lives, and they will be able to observe the pure Bodhisattva precepts completely. They will be reborn either in the human world or in heaven, having ended forever the evil life-journeys. Gods will always protect them. If there are good laymen and laywomen who keep reciting this dhāraṇī, their homes will not be ravaged by catastrophes or diseases. Their work will be smooth and harmonious, and others will believe and accept what they say.

2. “If one has recited this dhāraṇī mantra 100,000 times, one will see in one’s dreams Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, voice-hearers, or Pratyekabuddhas, and see oneself vomit black things. For graver sins, one should recite the mantra 200,000 times. Then one will also see in one’s dreams Buddhas and Bodhisattvas as well as oneself vomit black things. If one is unable to get such good dreams because of having committed any of the five rebellious sins, one should further recite the mantra 700,000 times. Then one should have these good dreams and even see oneself vomit white things, such as creamy rice. These are signs of purification, indicating that this person’s sins have been expunged.

3. “Next, I will now explain the procedure for using this great dhāraṇī. In front of a Buddha image or a pagoda, smear the ground of a clean area with cow dung, making a large or small square maṇḍala. According to your ability, decorate it with offerings of flowers, incense, banners, canopies, food, drink, lamps, and candles. To mark the boundary, recite the mantra to perfumed water in a vessel and sprinkle it in all four directions, also up and down. Then place a vessel of perfumed water in the center and in each of the four corners of the maṇḍala. You, the mantra reciter, staying inside the maṇḍala, should face east, kneel on your right knee, and recite the mantra 1,080 times. Afterward, the vessels of perfumed water should swivel by themselves. Next, hold a bunch of flowers in both hands, recite the mantra 1,080 times, and scatter them all on the face of a mirror. Looking straight into the mirror in front of you, recite the mantra 1,080 times. Then you should see images of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in the mirror. Again, recite the mantra 108 times to another bunch of flowers and scatter them around as offerings to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Then you should receive answers to any questions you ask.

4. “To treat illness caused by a ghost, brush the patient with kuśa grass to which you have recited the mantra. Then he should be cured. For a child possessed by a ghost, have a young maiden twist five threads of different colors into a string. Recite the mantra once each time you tie a knot in the string as you tie twenty-one knots. Tie the knotted string around the neck of the child. Recite the mantra seven times to a few mustard seeds and sprinkle them at his face. Then the condition should be removed.

5. “Another dharma is to draw a picture of the patient on a piece of paper. Strike it in front of the patient with a willow branch to which you have recited the mantra. This should also remove the condition. 
6. “Another dharma is for a possessed patient who lives far away. Recite the mantra seven times to a willow branch. Send the willow branch to someone to strike the picture of the patient in his presence. This should also remove the condition.

7. “Another dharma is to recite the mantra as you travel. Then you should be free from fear of bandits and ferocious animals.

8. “Another dharma is to keep reciting this mantra in order that you will win any disputes or lawsuits. In crossing a river or an ocean, continuous recitation of the mantra will keep you safe from aquatic animals. 
9. “Another dharma is for a person who is in shackles or in prison. If he keeps reciting the mantra, he will be freed.

10.  “Another dharma is for a country troubled by flood, drought, or ongoing epidemics. You should mix some butter, sesame seeds, and white rice. Take a pinch of the mixture with three fingers, recite the mantra once to it, and throw it in the fire. Repeat this procedure continuously day and night in the six periods for seven days and seven nights. All catastrophes or epidemics should thus be eliminated.

11. “Another dharma is to imprint with a stamp on riverbanks or sandy beaches the image of a pagoda. Recite the mantra 600,000 times, imprinting a pagoda each time. You will then see Avalokiteśvara Bodhisattva, Tara Bodhisattva, or Vajrapāṇi Bodhisattva. Any one of them can fulfill your wishes, give you divine medicine, or bestow upon you the prophecy of future enlightenment.

12. “Another dharma is to circle the picture of the bodhi tree clockwise as you recite the mantra 10,000,000 times. You should then have a vision of a [holy] Bodhisattva teaching you the Dharma, and you may choose to follow him.

13. “Another dharma is to recite the mantra as you beg for food. Then you will not be harmed or harassed by villains, vicious dogs, or the like.

14. “Another dharma is to recite the mantra 300,000 times in front of a pagoda, a Buddha image, or a pagoda containing holy relics. Furthermore, on the fifteenth day of a waxing moon, make a large offering and recite the mantra mindfully without eating food for one day and one night. You will even be able to see Vajrapāṇi Bodhisattva, and he can take you to his palace.

15. “Another dharma is to go to the pagoda where the Buddha first turned the Dharma wheel, the pagoda at the Buddha’s birthplace, or the pagoda where the Buddha descended the jeweled steps from Trayastriṁśa Heaven, or a pagoda containing holy relics. If you recite the mantra as you circle the pagoda clockwise, then you should see Aparājitā Bodhisattva and Hāritī Bodhisattva. They can grant your wishes, give you divine medicine if you need it, and show you the Bodhisattva Way by teaching you the Dharma. Whoever recites this dhāraṇī, though he is not yet in a bodhimaṇḍa, will have all Bodhisattvas as his beneficent friends. 

“Moreover, this Great Cundī Dhāraṇī, the great illumination mantra, was pronounced by all Buddhas of the past, will be pronounced by all Buddhas of the future, and is pronounced by all Buddhas of the present.

Śākyamuni Buddha said:  "I also now speak it thusly to benefit all sentient beings, causing them to attain Anuttarā Samyaksaṃbodhi (Unsurpassed bodhi). If there are sentient beings with little merit, who lack the roots of goodness, natural ability (without the right capacity), and the [Seven] Factors of Bodhi (without the [Seven] Bodhi factors), if they obtain hearing of this Dhāraṇī method (If they are so fortunate as to hear the Dharma of this Cundī Dhāraṇī), they will quickly realize the attainment of Anuttarā Samyaksaṃbodhi. If there are people who are always able to remember, recite, and maintain this dhāraṇī, they will all obtain immeasurable roots of goodness."

As the Buddha was expounding this Dharma of the Great Cundī Dhāraṇī, innumerable sentient beings shunned dust and filth [their afflictions], and gained the virtue of the Great Cundī Dhāraṇī, the great illumination mantra. They were able to see Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and other holy beings [in worlds] in the ten directions. [The listeners] made obeisance to the Buddha and departed.

Happy enlightenment

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The Physical Representation of Guru Rinpoche Revealed by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo

"This kutshab (physical representation) of Guru Rinpoche was discovered by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and is his central terma (treasure teaching). Although it is simple in appearance, this statue is one of the great treasures of the Khyentse lineage.
When Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820-1892) was in lifelong retreat in Dzongsar Monastery, he had repeated visions of a treasure teaching, but he couldn’t break his retreat to retrieve it. He had a second set of visions of a great terton (treasure revealer) coming to Dzongsar and told his attendants to expect this master imminently. 
He waited by the window overlooking the courtyard (which still exists today), but no one came. After waiting many long days, he summoned the monks and asked if anyone had arrived. They told him that the only visitor in all this time was a homely yak herder.
Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo requested them to bring this herder to him immediately. With great joy, he instantly recognized that this was the person he had been waiting for.
Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo told the yak herder that he had a favor to ask: There was an item he needed to retrieve but because he was in lifelong retreat he needed someone to go in his behalf. He gave explicit instructions about where to go, what kind of horse to take, where to spend the night along the way, and even what to eat.
The yak herder headed out, crossing mountains and valleys and spending many nights under the stars. Finally, from the top of a tall mountain, he saw in the far distance a Guru Rinpoche statue the size of a mountain. As he approached, the statue became smaller and smaller. When he reached out to touch it, it became so small that it fit in the palm of his hand.
The yak herder brought the kutshab back to Dzongsar and gave it to Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, who was so thrilled that he made a great throne and crowned the herder as Chogyur Lingpa.
From the dakini script at the bottom of the kutshab came many volumes of teachings such as Sampa Lhundrup, Fulfiller of All Aspirations, and many other Guru Rinpoche practices of the Khyentse lineage."
Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo wrote a history of the creation and significance of this kutshab that explains how it came to be.
Toward the end of Guru Rinpoche’s time in Tibet, Mutri Tsenpo, the son of King Trison Deutsen, was king. Because Guru Rinpoche had achieved vajra body at Maratika, he had outlived many of his disciples, including King Trison Deutsen himself. He told Mutri Tsenpo that it was time for him to leave Tibet to tame the rakshasas. With a heavy heart the king accompanied Guru Rinpoche for some distance to bid him farewell. As they parted, he began to cry like a child. Guru Rinpoche consoled him, saying
“When you meditate, that meditative state is my mind,
When you read the scriptures that is my speech”.
Then he scooped up some earth in his fist and said
“With this you have my body
So you have my body speech and mind forever and we are never apart”.
Mutri Tsenpo immediately realized the significance of this spontaneous statue and hid it for safekeeping. The bond between Guru Rinpoche and Mutri Tsenpo lasted through lifetimes until they met again in the bodies of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and the yak herder who became Chogyur Lingpa.
This most important terma of the Khyentse Lineage is kept in the Khyentse labrang in Bir. It is taken out every time Rinpoche gives an important empowerment. Many were blessed by it at the Dam Nyak Dzo empowerments and the recent wangs in Takila and the drupchen in Bumthang. It is said that once someone is blessed by this statue he or she is guaranteed enlightenment within 7 lifetimes.
Every 12 years, in the year of the monkey, the custodian of the kutshab is entitled to make more kutshabs. Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, the current holder, made such statues three times last year, taking great care with every aspect of the ceremony, from the preparation of the mud to setting the atmosphere to the actual creation.
May you all liberate by seeing this sacred Guru Kutshab.

Cultivate Generous Thought and practice giving gifts to the Sanghas.

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