Dear Friends in the Dhamma,
Tana Monastery will be offering a set of robes to the Sangha members on 26th February, 2017, eve of Losar (Tibetan New Year), a brand new set of robes, slippers and towel will be offered to the lamas. The robes can be sponsored at RM180/set. If you wish to undertake this meritorious deed, please indicate the same in your remittance. You can sponsor any number of sets of robes. The young lamas will wear these new robes on Losar day to welcome the New Year.
VARJAKILAYA GRAND FIRE PUJA & DORJE DROLOD GRAND FIRE PUJA
To remove obstacles and welcome the New Year, the monks of Tana Monastery India will be conducting the year-end pujas over a period of 6 days; the dates of the pujas are as follows:
(1) Vajrakilaya Puja – 24, 25 & 26 January, 2017 (Note: Chinese New Year 28-29 January 2017)
(2) Dorje Drolo Puja – 23, 24, & 25 February, 2017
Dorje Drolo Puja amount. You may bank-in your contributions to:
Tana Dharma Society – Hong Leong Bank account no: 045 0100 3887 or
Leong Poh Chwee – Maybank account no: 0143-5650-6977 (if it is more convenient for you to use Maybank)
Kindly email your remittance advice to Sis Kathryn at email@example.com and Sis Poh Chwee at firstname.lastname@example.org after you have remitted your contribution to enable them to track 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 15 January, 2017.
Here is a brief 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.
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.
Both the pujas help 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 and we would like to wish you all a very spiritually fulfilling New Year. May 2017 be spiritually enlightening, better, brighter and more prosperous year.
Yours in the Dharma,
Kathryn Leong / Leong Poh Chwee,
Tana Dharma Society
Tel: 03-56326103/012-2016485 (Kathryn)