White Umbrella Puja
December 30 – January 1
Annual White Umbrella (Sitatapatra or Dukkarmo) Puja from The Seven Cycles of Profundity at Do-Ngak Ling Monastery in Nepal. Over the course of three days our monks will practice the puja of White Umbrella and make daily torma offerings which is a method for exorcising all negative spirits and evil forces.
White Umbrella (Sitatapatra in Sanskrit and Dukkarmo in Tibetan) 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 practiced to this day to avert negativities of all kinds: disease, obstacles, black magic, evil spells, and all oppressing forces. The practice is said to be so powerful, that even if enemies would practice it, they would become invincible.
About Do-Ngak Ling Monastery
Do-Ngak 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 the late 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.