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Dechen Cheokhor Grand Puja of The Three Buddhas: 11–17 April 2011

This Grand Puja of Buddha Amitayus, Tsuk-tor Namgyalma and White Tara is performs under the instruction of Rinpoche for the benefits of all beings, particularly for those who suffer in this Dark Age by wars, natural disasters and unknown diseases.

Rinpoche had several indications and signs that this puja is very much needed to be performed in this coming year to benefit and to help all his students who depends on him for Dharma. According to Rinpoche, this puja is also very important for Rinpoche himself and His Dharma activities.

Rinpoche explained that this grand puja of 'The Three Buddhas' is liken 'The Trinity of Long Life' and is very important for long life, prosperity and removal of obstacles! This Puja of the 'Trinity Buddha' is particularly very beneficial: 

  1. For sick peoples tormented by unknown sickness, incurable diseases, agonizing illnesses etc.
  2. To pacify threats that may shorten one's life such poisonous animals and animal attacks, accidents, disasters etc that may cause untimely death.   
  3. To overcome challenges such as distress cause by unfair accusation, court case, foul denunciations etc.

Those who engage in these practices are protected from the obstacles to one's life and granted the blessing of long life and prosperity.

Below are the brief introductions on the Three Buddhas given by Rinpoche to provide a deeper understanding on the upcoming grand puja:

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Buddha Amitayus

Amitayus (Tib: Tse-Pameh) - The Buddha of Long Life, Merit and Wisdom. He is the sambhogakaya aspect of Amitabha Buddha - the Buddha of Limitless Light and Life; and is the principal Buddha for overcoming the power that death and ignorance have over us. With these removed we can fulfill our true human potential - the achievement of ultimate happiness.

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Image of Amitayus Mandala of Amitayus

Brief Description:

Amitayus is depicted as holding a vase of amrita, the precious nectar of immortality which confers longevity, and the leaves of the ashoka tree, which symbolize long life without misery (shoka) of disease. His body is said to be akin to a ruby mountain, radiant like a brilliant pure jewel, eliminating the ignorant and suffering of beings.

The Merits of Buddha Amitayus Practice:

Buddha Sakyamuni has spoken about the power and the great benefit of Buddha Amitayus's mantra. According to the Sutra, it's said that the merits accumulated from offering Buddha with the most precious stones that fill the universe can be counted, but the merits of recitation the mantra of Amitayus is far too vast to be measured. Lord Buddha also given the example that reciting Amitayus mantra is liken a ninety nine millions Buddhas remain in Samadhi and chanted the mantra in one voice … thus it's extremely powerful.

Amitayus is the Buddha of long life, merit and wisdom. By engaging in Amitayus practice we can develop these qualities, which are essential for our spiritual development, and eventually attain the deathless state of enlightenment.

Sincere practice and devotion to Amitayus is said to help eliminate all obstacles to long life such as sickness and pain. The Amitayus practice is important because longevity is an essential contributing condition that allows us more time and opportunity to practice the genuine Dharma to liberate oneself from the Samsara of cyclic existences. We can also engage in this practice to remove obstacles that endanger the lives of others.

 

Tsuk-tor Namgyalma

The Victorious Hair of Crowned Mother Buddha - Tsuk-tor Namgyalma in Tibetan or Ushnisha-Vijaya in Sanskrit is one of the three deities of long life. The Namgyalma mantra is unbelievably powerful for purification and has infinite benefits.

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Image of Tsuk-tor Namgyalma Mandala of Tsuk-tor Namgyalma

Brief Description:

Namgyalma is a female bodhisattva usually depicted as white in colour, with three faces and eight arms, and Amitabha Buddha is sitting in her upper right palm, signifies that her realization is equivalent to than of Buddha Amitabha, and is bestowing the blessing of Amitabha.

Her middle face and eight arms are white, symbolizing the elimination of disasters. The yellow face on the left side symbolizes benefit and longevity and the blue face on the right side symbolizes the defeat of devils.

The Mother Buddha is holding a double dorje in one hand and a rope on the other hand at heart level. While the palm of her lower right hand is facing the front to gratify people's wishes. On the left side, her first hand is tilting upward, while her second hand is grasping a bow and her lower left hand is holding an Amrita Kalasha (pot of ambrosia) with a flower in bloom.

The Merits of Namgyalma Practice:

According to the Buddhist scriptures, the followers who practices Buddhism should regard The Victorious Hair Crowned Mother Buddha as a female Boddhisattva who rids of miseries and disasters. Practicing her Dharma can helps free oneself from the life threatening diseases, lengthen one's life span, purify their obscurations, increase their wisdom, eliminate their sins and shield them from evil omens.

The Namgyalma mantra is extremely powerful and has infinite benefits. It is the main mantra to purify and liberate beings from the lower realms, purify negative karma, and help those who are dying or have died by chanting it in their ear or placing the mantra on their body. It is said to be so powerful that anybody who hears it will never again be born from the womb. Therefore, if animals hear it, they will never again be reborn in the lower realms.

It purifies all evil paths, completely eliminating all sufferings of birth and death. It liberates all miseries and sufferings of beings in the three lower realms and transfer sentient beings onto the virtuous path.

White Tara

White Tara, also known as Drolkar (in Tibetan) or Sita-Tara (in Sanskrit), is called the "Mother of all Buddhas". Her name Tara (Drolma in Tibetan) means "The Liberator" or "The One Who Saves". White Tara represents the motherly aspect of compassion and is especially associated with longevity, healing, and the overcoming of obstacles.

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Image of White Tara Mandala of White Tara

Brief Description:

White Tara is a female enlightened beings, represents the motherly aspect of compassion. Her body is white and she sits in the full lotus posture on moon and sun discs upon a lotus flower. In her left hand, she holds the stem of the blue lotus of compassion, while her right hand makes the gesture of generosity.  

White Tara has seven eyes: one in each hand and foot, and a third eye on her face, symbolize the watchfulness of the compassionate mind and her ability to see and respond to suffering throughout the universe. Her radiant white color symbolizes her selflessness, her purity, and her compassion. She was said to born from a tear of compassion that fell from the eye of Great Compassionate Avalokiteshvara, and she vowed to appear in female form to benefit sentient beings until full enlightenment is reached.

The Merits of White Tara Practice:

As a figure that represents the mother of all living creatures, White Tara strives constantly to alleviate the sufferings of those around her.

Tara's activity is swift and profound, clearing away obstacles and dangers to those who pray to her. There are peaceful and wrathful Taras, and each manifestation of Taras has different purposes and objectives. White Tara is particularly connected to bestow good health, long life, wisdom, and good fortune. If we rely upon her with genuine faith and devotion, she will protect us from contagious diseases, naga sickness, the dangers of earth, fire, water and other disasters. It is said that living beings receive White Tara's blessings as swiftly as the wind moves because she is the manifestation of the wind element of all Buddhas. One calls on her for health, strength, and longevity.

 
  
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