Dear Friends in the Dhamma,
We come to another year end and the monks of Tana Monastery India will be conducting the year end pujas stretched over 10 days; the Vajrakilaya Grand Fire Puja and Dorje Drolod Grand Fire Puja. These pujas are to clear obstacles, thanksgiving and to have a better year ahead – 2014. This year the Tibetan Losar (Tibetan New Year) falls on 2nd March, 2014.
The dates of the pujas are as follows:
(1) Vajrakilaya Puja – 27 to 29 January 2014 (3 days)
(2) Dorje Drolo Puja – 22 to 29 February 2014 (7 days)
It is a great opportunity to partake in these pujas, you can do so by giving your names and making a donation of any amount. Your contribution will cover both these pujas and you may bank-in your contributions to:
Tana Dharma Society – Hong Leong Bank account no: 045 0100 3887
Kindly email me at email@example.com or sister Poh Chwee at firstname.lastname@example.org after you have remitted your contribution to enable us keep track of your contributions. Please do not omit to email the names of participants and their contributions as we will be compiling them to be sent to the Monastery by 26 January, 2014.
Briefly the write-up for both the Vajrakilaya Grand Fire Puja and Dorje Drolod Grand Fire Puja for your information:
VAJRAKILAYA GRAND FIRE PUJA
A Puja is a Buddhist ceremony. Vajrakilaya is Buddha manifesting particularly the enlightened qualities of the complete reversal & utter destruction of ignorance and of negativity, which are synonymous & synchronous with the complete expansion and revelation of wisdom and compassion that is Buddha. Vajrakilaya was one of the main practices that Padmasambhava transmitted to his students. The practice of Vajrakilaya has great significance in that it is what Padmasambhava last performed in Nepal before his triumphant arrival and victorious introduction of Buddhism from India to Tibet in the 8th Century AD.
Following the example of Guru Padmasambhava and many superb lineage masters, we perform Vajrakilaya to overcome outer, inner, and secret obstacles to Dharma practice and activity as well worldly activities.
The Vajrakilaya puja performed before Tibetan New Year prevents the obstacles from the past year from carrying forward into the New Year.
DORJE DROLOD GRAND FIRE PUJA
“Crazy Wisdom Vajra”, a wrathful manifestation of Padmasambhava and a subduer of demons. Guru Padma arose in the wrathful form of Dorje Drolod in the famous Tagstang or Tiger’s Nest Cave in Bhutan to subdue the negative and demonic forces of these degenerate times. Ferocious in expression, amidst a mass of primordial wisdom fire, he stands upon the back of a pregnant tigress who is the wrathful form of his Wisdom Consort of enlightened activity, Tashi Kye Dren, whose ferocity is unpredictable and wild. Dressed in a robe of brocade, his hair is red and curly, he has an overbite and fangs and wears a garland of severed heads representing the cutting of the 52 levels of dualistic mental-events. In his right hand he holds aloft a vajra emitting lightning bolts, and in his left a kila-phurba, a three-sided ritual dagger which severs the three poisons that are the source of all suffering. The ferocious expression he wears while riding a pregnant tigress who is munching on a corpse makes for a menacing figure. His body is dark brown and surrounded by a halo of flames.
The 7 days Dorje Drolo Puja helps to prevent the obstacles from the past year from carrying forward into the New Year. It will specially protect us from powerful demons.
Thank you for your participation we would like to wish you all a very spiritually fulfilling New Year and may 2014 be a better, brighter and more prosperous year for all despite the tariff hikes.
With lots of Blessings,
Kathryn and PohChwee
Tana Dharma Society
Tel: 03-5632610/0122016485 (Kathryn)
Namaste! Warmest Greetings to all of you!
The Tana Monastery will be doing the lamp lighting and 100 Dieties Jang Chog Puja on Wesak Day (the threefold commemoration of Lord Buddha’s birth, attainment of full enlightenment and entering into Mahaparinibbana) – 24th May, 2013. It is a great opportunity to do something for the deceased and karmic debtors during this very auspicious period.
If you wish to participate in the 100 Dieties prayers on Wesak day, please remember to submit the name of the deceased or the living donor’s name for karmic debtor by informing us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. The donation for the puja is any amount.
For the lamp lighting: Individual & family is RM30, business: RM50. Please provide your name or business name as well. You may remit or bank cheques into:
Hong Leong Bank Account: 045 0100 3887
Beneficiary: Tana Dharma Society
Once you have made your remittance, please don’t forget to inform us the remittance details as well as all the donors names for the Puja. Closing date to receive all remittances: 20 May 2013.
Details of the puja
The 100 Deities are the attributes and activities of the 5 Buddhas and their female counterparts. They are the manifestations from the pure nature of our minds, and remain within us in the form of 5 faculties, 5 elements and 12 sources of perception and so on. By relying on the practice of the 100 deities or hearing the mantra, seeing the mandala and picture of the 100 Deities, one may either instantly or gradually realize the nature of one’s own mind is inseparable from the perfect wisdom of the 100 Deities.
The Puja and Benefits
During the performance of Jang Chog puja, the 100 Deities are invoked and various types of offerings are made to them. The merits accumulated from these offerings are dedicated to the deceased and karmic debtors to help them in their purification and liberation. The prayer is also an offering of assistance to those in the intermediate or Bardo state to show them the path to liberation and an accumulation of merit.
At the end of puja, the paper tablets of the deceased are burnt away. The fire used in the burning symbolizes the wisdom of the 100 Deities; the burning of the tablets symbolizes the cutting of the attachment of the deceased to a “self” which is the cause of their own suffering. Through the prayer and the ritual performed, the consciousness of the deceased are merged and become inseparable from the wisdom of the 100 Deities, thus they are liberated. By practicing the 100 Deities, like all tantric practices, one is able to purify one’s own mind’s manifestation and transform ordinary thoughts to extraordinary thoughts that leads to recognize the true natue of one self and nature of everything.
Yours in the Dharma,
Tana Dharma Society
Tel: 012-215 1886 (Kathryn), fax: 03-5632 3995
012-323 6553 (Poh Chwee)
The Monastery conducts the following pujas for the whole year in addition to the daily Green Tara and Mahakala pujas. Those who are interested to participate in any of the pujas, you are welcomed to make a donation or sponsor the whole puja. Please email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.