For many years it has been a tradition that between Christmas and New Year in Benchen Phuntsok Ling the medium-long ritual of Mahakala Dorje Bernagchen is performed to remove obstacles for the coming year.
This is generally done in all four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism (Nyingma, Sakya, Gelug, Kagyu). For Vajrayana practitioners, as long as one has not attained enlightenment, it is essential to invoke the protection of lamas, yidams, and protectors to remove obstacles on the path to enlightenment.
Mahakala belongs to the protective deities (Skrt. Dharmapalas, Tibet. Chökyong) that protect the lineage as well as provide protection and help to practitioners. In Tibet, the "five great Mahakalas" are the best known. One of them is Dorje Bernagchen ("Protector with the black coat"). He is the protector of the Karmapas and the Karma Kagyu lineage.
It is a nice opportunity to meet again with the Benchen Sangha after the summer course.
Lama Ngawang Tsultrim will give explanations and guide the practice.
Prerequisite: Mahakala Empowerment
|Begin:||Tue.||Dec, 26||at 2:30 PM|
|End of Puja:||Fri.||Dec, 29||after the burning of the tormas|
|Riwo Sangchö Ritual||Sat.||Dec, 30||at 9:30 AM|