Prayers for Long Life and Good Health

Andrea Abinanti, one of our senior teachers and a long time resident of the Kathmandu Valley invites Tara Dhatu every year to participate in sponsoring prayers of long life based on the aspect of Tara called Ushnishavijaya (All Female Buddhas are “Taras”)

During the time of the empowerment of the deity and the prayers of long life she reads out names that are sent to her for special attention. We have made it a custom to invite our members to submit names of people who need healing or who have recently died. The offerings were generous this year so not only were we able to help sponsor the empowerment and the 1000 offerings but  Andrea and friends will also have the Swayumbu Stupa painted and decorated on new year’s day.

When the Buddha turned thirty-eight, through his clairvoyance, he saw his mother had been reborn in the Realm of the 33rd Heaven, Tushita. In order to repay her kindness, he went there to give her teachings. He stayed for the duration of the rainy season. While residing there, the god Supratistha heard a voice saying he was to die in seven days. Brahma and Indra told him they were powerless and unable to come up with a remedy. Touching their heads to the Buddha’s feet, they requested his help. The Buddha entered samadhi and perceived the mandala of Ushnisha Vijaya and the Nine Gods…the Wisdom of all the Buddhas in the form of the great Mother (Yum). Her name Vijaya means ‘Total Victory’, because no harm can happen which she is not able to dispel, especially harm that leads to death.

During this time the god Sthiramati also heard a voice not only telling him he would die in seven days, but he would take rebirth as a filthy pig. In great despair he approached the Buddha. From the Buddha’s crown, ushnisha, rays of light radiated out, lighting up countless universes. As the light rays reabsorbed into the Buddha’s crown, Ushnisha Vijaya’s mantra resounded for the duration of seven days. As a result he took a precious human rebirth…

The offerings of lights and prayers to Ushnishavijaya…

The main altar with the mandala of Chenrezic behind…

The long-life stupa and vase of the goddess used in the initiation…

Ghen Gyalpo, presiding over the ritual. He kindly came out of retreat to offer us the initiation…

Andrea reads  the names our members submitted of those who need healing and those who have recently died.

Ghen Gyalpo bestowing the initiation and Luca Corona kindly translating for us!

Ghen Gyalpo offering us the long-life pills…

Happy New Year to all!

Andrea

Tara Dhatu members contributed to the offerings and Pujas performed in Swayumbhu kathmandu arranged for us by Andrea Abinanti. She sent these pictures with commentary for us to enjoy.

May All Beings Be Blessed with Good Health and Prosperity

The Long-life Ushnishavijaya puja offered on New Year’s morning. The prayers began at 5am…May all beings be happy and have good health!

Offerings for the goddess of Long-life…

This Arya Tara statue spoke to Drubthop Rinpoche, she told him she wanted to stay here in this monastery, while the Shakyamuni statue sitting next to her said he would not stay…the next day some devotees came and told Rinpoche they were building a monastery in Boudhgaya …they requested the Buddha statue be given to them…

Chenrezic with a thousand arms…in Tibet Gelong-ma (nun) Palmo stood in front of this statue reciting prayers for the well being of all. She is the lineage holder of the Nyung-nye practice.

The first of the lamp offerings for the New Year…

The beginning of the whitewashing of Swayambhu Stupa…

Many friends gathered to offer the 1000 lamps in the monastery in front of the stupa…

May all beings be happy!

Swayambhu is famous for these monkey rascals,

Saffron garlands enhancing the beauty of the stupa!

The hanging of the new canopy…

The stupa whitewashed, decorated with yellow saffron garlands, the new canopy fluttering in the wind and prayer flags hung…may the prayers for the well being of all reach every corner of the Universe!

The lighting of the second set of 1000 lamps on Manjushri Hill…

Again dedicating the merit of all these incredibly auspicious offerings for all those who have passed on, for all those who need healing and for the rest of us, too!

The last of the offerings…hanging the final set of prayer flags…the boy just climbed down from the tree after tying two rows of flags…

the other end of the flags was attached to the tree across the way…up they went with kataks having the names of all that were submitted by Tara Dhatu members and friends…my heart was filled with an incredible feeling of lightness and well being when the flags lifted into the sky…

The alter for the Protector Palden Lhamo puja…

May all obstacles and problems be removed for the coming Year!!!

And may the New Year be filled with Joy and Happiness!!!

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