Annual Pujas

Annual Pujas at Vajra Varahi Monastery

Do-ngak Nyida Zungdrel Sherab Raltri Ling Monastery is located in Chapagaon a village in the Lalitpur District, located approximately 45 minutes south of Kathmandu. Situated just opposite the sacred pilgrimage site of Vajravarahi, the monastery was built and offered to Kyabjé Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche by a devout Newari Buddhist family.

Phakchok Rinpoche took over as abbot of this monastery upon the passing of Kyabjé Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. The monastic complex also houses a school for young monks and a health care center. In recent years Kyabjé Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche began to build the Zangdok Palri temple—a representation of the heaven of Guru Rinpoche—here. This unique temple is a supreme place of liberation through seeing, and for the accumulation of merit through offerings.

Since Varjavarahi is the root of all the emanations of dakinis and the monastery is built on the grounds of a sacred Varjavarahi site vibrating with blessings, this is the perfect place for practice. Within this special and sacred environment, the monks—both senior and junior—form an excellent group of practitioners.

In this and the following years, these monks will perform the following pujas or practices on behalf of Phakchok Rinpoche and his students and benefactors. These pujas were carefully selected and thought through personally by Rinpoche. They are also the pujas that are most frequently recommended by the divinations of many great masters.

The annual pujas will auspiciously start with the dakini puja of Vajra Claw. It is followed by a Sampa Lhundrup feast offerings at Asura Cave; a Ngensong Dongdruk puja from The Guru’s Heart Practice; mantra recitations and fire pujas of the Lotus Dakini (Kurukullé or Pema Khandro); finally ending with the dakini puja of White Umbrella (Sitatapatra or Dukkarmo) from The Seven Cycles of Profundity on the dakini day of the 10th month of the Tibetan calendar.

It is considered to be extremely meritorious and beneficial for anyone to participate in these practices either directly or through offerings. Participating in and making offerings to these pujas is traditionally not only done when you or a loved one are currently facing difficult times, but also to prevent future obstacles from arising in the first place.

Thus we would like to extend our warm invitation to everyone to join us and participate in these practices and request the kind offerings of all who feel inspired by these extraordinary events.

Vajra Claw—Dorjé Dermo—Dakini Puja

from The Seven Cycles of Profundity

May 16th–18th, 2019 – Three days of puja concluding on the Full Moon Day of 3rd month of the Tibetan Calendar.

Our monks will recite the Vajra Claw practice from the Chokling Tersar and the Vajra Claw Sutra.

Vajra Claw is a wrathful female activity dakini. The Buddha originally revealed Vajra Claw to be a powerful guardian and protector. Accordingly, Vajra Claw is invoked to this day in order to protect the practitioners’ domestic space, their family, their friends and their allies and to avert any obstacles that might threaten them.

Please note, this puja has now ended and will be conducted again next year in 2020. May all be auspicious!

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One Hundred-Thousand Tsok Offerings of the Spontaneous Fulfillment of Wishes—Sampa Lhundrup—Puja

from The Guru’s Heart Practice

July 9th–11th, 2019 Three days of puja concluding on the Guru Rinpoche Day of 5th month of the Tibetan calendar.

Over a period of three days our monks will accumulate a total of 100,000 repetitions of the Sampa Lhundrup tsok offering prayer.

The special time of this puja—the 5th month of the Tibetan calendar—marks Guru Rinpoche’s miraculous birth from a lotus flower. The puja will conclude at the Asura Cave on the 10th day of the Tibetan month, the anniversary of Guru Rinpoche’s birth. Asura Cave is the single most sacred site of Guru Rinpoche outside the land of Tibet. Guru Rinpoche practiced within the cave for a long period of time, overcame all the obstacles, and gained profound realization and accomplishment.

Sampa Lhundrup is a special manifestation of Guru Rinpoche, in which the Guru appears in a standing posture—ready to act—surrounded by his thirteen emanations. In this form the Guru grants the practitioners protection from all calamities. He guards us against conflict, disease, poverty, obstacle-makers, vicious animals, disturbances of the four natural elements, robbers, sudden death, the intermediate state, clinging to reality, and the sufferings of the six classes of beings.

Offering tsok is considered to be the supreme method for accumulating merit and wisdom, restoring all breakages of samaya and fulfilling the deities, gurus, protectors, and vajra brother and sisters. Thus all unfavorable circumstances will be dispelled and all the practitioners wishes will be swiftly fulfilled. An immensely powerful way to perform the tsok is as a tsokbum, or 100,000 accumulations of the tsok offering.

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Hundredfold Puja of the Dreger of the Lower Realms’ Depths—Ngensong Dongdruk

from The Guru’s Heart Practice

August 10th–12th, 2019 – Three days of puja beginning on the Guru Rinpoche Day of the 6th month of the Tibetan calendar.

Our monks will accumulate 150 repetitions of the Ngensong Dongtruk puja, the Avalokiteshvara practice of the Thukdrup Barché Kunsel cycle.

Avalokiteshvara is the essence of the speech of all the buddhas and the embodiment of their compassion. In this very special practice, Avalokiteshvara is invoked together with the buddhas of the five families, the four manifestations of Avalokiteshvara, as well as a further seven bodhisattvas.

Ngensong Dongtruk is a powerful method for purification and especially for guiding the deceased. Through the purification of the negative karmic causes and conditions, this practice ensures a good rebirth, the fulfillment of wishes, and the accumulation of merit and wisdom.

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One Million Recitations of the Lotus Dakini—Kurukullé or Pema Khandro—Mantra and One Hundred-Thousand Fire Pujas

from The Seven Cycles of Profundity

October 17th–23rd, 2019 Seven days of puja concluding on the Dakini Day of the 8th month of the Tibetan calendar.

The seven-day puja is held in the sacred Vajravarahi forest surrounding a shrine blessed by Vajravarahi. Since the brilliant red dakini Kurukullé belongs to the family of Vajravarahi and Arya Tara, this special circumstance further enhances the power of the puja.

Kurukullé is a dakini renowned for her power to magnetize. Through her practice the practitioners magnetize all favorable circumstances: teachers, teachings, the ability to understand and engage with the teachings, wealth, prosperity, for the benefit of the Dharma and sentient beings, and ultimately the nature of mind.

Fire puja, or fire offering, is a practice of making offerings to the deity through the medium of fire. By using the fire element to accomplish enlightened action, the results are considered to come swiftly and particularly powerful. Amongst the four enlightened activities of pacifying, enriching, magnetizing, and subjugating, the fire puja Kurukullé accomplishes magnetizing activity. Thus, it is said that through the fire puja of Kurukullé, all qualities and beings of the three realms of cyclic existence are magnetized and brought under the practitioners’ control. This includes any worldly desirable qualities and glorious qualities of the Dharma path, such as meditative experience, realization and enlightened wisdom qualities.

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Nyungné Fasting Practice

November 11th & 12th, 2019 Two days of fasting which concludes on the Full Moon day of the 9th month of the Tibetan calendar.

Our monks will perform two days of this special fasting ritual combined with the practice of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion.

The founding mother of the Nyungné practice was an Indian maiden who early on in her life took ordination under the name Gelongma Palmo. As the fully ripened result of her past karma, Gelongma Palmo became very ill with an incurable disease. Preparing for her death, Gelongma Palmo entered retreat and took Avalokiteshvara as the main focus of her practice. As the result of her intense practice, Avalokiteshvara appeared to her in a dream and revealed the instructions of the Nyungné practice. Miraculously, Gelongma Palmo was healed from her disease and from then began to teach the Nyungné practice widely.

To this day thus the Nyungné practice is a very special ritual, a powerful method that cleanses and washes away all our negative karma.

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White Umbrella—Sitatapatra or Dukkarmo—Torma Offering

from The Seven Cycles of Profundity

December 19th–21st, 2019 Three days of puja concluding on the Dakini Day of the 10th month of the Tibetan calendar.

Our monks will practice a three-day puja of White Umbrella and make daily torma offerings which is a method for exorcising all negative spirits and evil forces.

Sitatapatra, Dukkarmo, or White Umbrella is named after her main emblem: a white umbrella. The Buddha revealed this deity to his followers as a powerful protection against calamities and malignant beings. Reciting her mantra averts evil influences and purifies defilements. Sitatapatra is thus practice to this day to avert negativities of all kinds: disease, obstacles, black magic, evil spells, and all oppressing forces. It is said to be so powerful, that even if enemies would practice it, they would become invincible.

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