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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.