1 Billion White Tara Mantra Project
For the Long Life of
Garchen Rinpoche & World Peace
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1 Billion Amitayus Mantra Accumulation Project
For the Long Life of Garchen Rinpoche
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Medicine Buddha Practice

 

Medicine Buddha is a Buddhist deity associated with health and well-being. During this practice, we make heartfelt prayers that everyone, including ourselves, our loved ones, and all sentient beings, will be healed of all sickness and will become free of all suffering.

 

Medicine Buddha is one of many Buddhas who have attained the state of perfect enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings. Sangye Menla, who is sky-blue in color, has attained the enlightened mind free of all negativity, a mind that has perfected all positive qualities.

 

His beautiful blue body signifies omniscient wisdom and compassion as vast as limitless space, and he is particularly associated with healing both mental and physical suffering.

Making a connection with him, practicing meditation, reciting his mantra or even just saying his name helps us achieve our potential for ultimate healing.

 
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White Tara Practice

 

H.E Garchen Rinpoche has taught extensively on the benefits of White Tara practice.

 

White Tara offers peace, prosperity, health and long life through her enlightened activities. She is depicted with a female body that is the brilliant white of a thousand autumn moons. Her third eye, in her forehead, symbolizes her vision of the unity of ultimate reality, while she simultaneously sees the relative and dualistic world with her other two eyes.

 

Her hands and feet also have eyes, showing that all her actions are governed by her ultimate wisdom and compassion. She is the protective, helpful and comforting mother who shows limitless kindness, generosity and protection towards those who are tossed in the ocean of suffering, and if we recite her mantra and make a connection to her, we draw closer to developing her enlightened qualities in ourselves.

 

 
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Four-Armed Chenrezig Practice

 

“Chenrezig” (Avalokitesvara in Sanskrit) is the Tibetan name for the embodiment of pure enlightened compassion.

 

This Buddha has a pure white body. We all know the Chenrezig mantra OM MANI PADME HUM, which is said to contain all of the Buddha's teachings in compressed form.

 

Mindful recitation of this mantra has the power to purify our mind's obscurations. We develop the enlightened quality of compassion through Chenrezig practice and mantra recitation, as well as by compassionate conduct towards all beings.

 

To perform this practice perfectly, we read through the sadhana, which includes prayers and specific instructions.

 
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Drikung Kagyu Dharma Protectors Practice

 

In Vajrayana Buddhism, we learn to relate to various aspects of enlightened mind, including the wrathful manifestations that protect our lives, our practices, and our traditions.

 

Two protectors who are especially important to the Drikung Kagyu tradition are Four-Armed Mahakala and Achi Chokyi Drolma.

 

Mahakala, a protector of all Buddhist teachings, is also known as the chief “dharmapala” - a Buddha who undertakes to remove obstructions from the paths of practitioners. Mahakala removes any obstructions impeding our practice, and he also encourages exertion and devotion while also discouraging wrongdoing. Blessings will be bestowed and obstacles will be removed if one prays earnestly to Mahakala.

 

Achi Chokyi Drolma, an enlightened protectress, was, historically, the great grandmother of Lord Jigten Sumgon, the founder of the Drikung Kagyu lineage. At the time of her death, Achi Chokyi Drolma did not pass away in an ordinary manner but rode off into the sky on a blue horse. As a protectress, Achi Chokyi Drolma is visualized on a blue wisdom horse to symbolize the swiftness of her enlightened activities, and she holds a wish-fulfilling jewel to symbolize her ability to bestow everything needed and desired when asked. Achi Chokyi Drolma protects the Drikung Kagyu lineage; all those who practice her meditation and recite her mantra are sure to be protected from obstacles and hindrances.

 

It is advisable for participants to receive oral transmission from our resident teacher Ven. Dorzin Dhondrup Rinpoche before practicing this sadhana. Please feel free to contact the centre for more details.

 

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