Yangdrup, Wealth Vase Puja Nov. 22nd-27th, 2020

This year’s annual Yangdrup/Wealth Vase Puja was performed at Thuckche Choling Monastery, November 22nd-27th. Dzambhala, the Tibetan name for the God of Wealth, grants financial stability and prosperity…he is also a Bodhisattva of material and spiritual wealth. The word Yangdrup consists of two parts: ‘Yang’, prosperity and‘drup’, accumulation. 

Dzambhala is a member of the Jewel Family and is one of the four mighty directional kings. He is the King of the North, here he is holding a jewel spitting mongoose in his left hand, a victory banner in his right and sitting on his lion. 

In Sanskrit he is known as Kubera, the Lord of Wealth and in Hindu culture he’s alsoknown as the god-king of the semi-divine Yakshas. He is regarded as the king of the North and protector of the world… 

Dzambhala, the guardian of the Northern direction and wealth of the world, this ishis palace. During this ritual, in the early morning Yamantaka, the wrathful aspect of Manjushri,is propitiated to remove all obstacles. Then various wealth deities are called upon and innumerable mantras are recited. 

From the palace, Dzambhala is looking out to all beings, sending blessings to all.

On the first morning of the Wealth Vase Puja I offered a golden lamp…first I offeredto Diedre Bainbridge, this day was a year since she passed away…may all who have passed away please take a perfect human rebirth… 

Dzambhala, may you radiate positive energy to all, not only for the prosperity of material wealth but also for the prosperity of spiritual wealth, good health, happiness and success in whatever one does! Three days later I offered anothergolden lamp for the benefit of all…and then on the last day, too.

For this puja beautiful tormas are made… 

In the afternoon protectors are called upon to remove all obstacles that that plague beings and create the cause for all to have material means to survive comfortably.

On the third day of this ritual I arranged our offerings for the puja and the monks. That day was the Tibetan 10th, so tsok offerings were made in the afternoon. My Nepali granddaughter, Punya Tara and I first prostrated in front of His Holiness,the Dalai Lama’s photo… 

first she offered a khata and offering to him…

then to Dhrubthop Rinpoche

next we made an offering to Dzambala…his palace is in front of Chenrezic, the Lord of Compassion’s mandala…

Punya Tara made an offering to Geshi Lobsang Sonam for the sake of all… 

Namgyal, the main monk of all of Dhruthop Rinpoche’s monasteries

then to each of the monks…

how happy Punya Tara was to be able to give these offerings…

two young monks are playing the traditional gya ling (shawms)…

at the end we went to the office and gave offerings to Khedrup, the manager of the monastery…also to the second manager, the chefs and several others who do work for the monastery….

Jampa Tsering read the dedication to the offerers…I prepared four papers to be read…I wrote the names of those who made offerings, those who I know are sick and all I know who have passed away…

the wealth arrow attracts wealth and prosperity from all directions and from every corner of the world…

When certain wealth prayers are being recited, the Golden drink, Serkym, is made with milk, tea, alcohol and tsampa…this is offered to the Buddhas and all beings.After pouring some of the liquids into the small bowls the master then turns the arrow slowly, inviting wealth from all directions.

A small amount of this Golden drink is offered to all…it is a blessing for the increaseof wealth, merits and realization…

after making the offerings to the monks…Punya Tara made butter lamp offeringsfor the sake and benefit of all beings…

In the afternoon at 2, it being the Tibetan 10th, a Tsok Puja began. This puja is an offering and purification practice which is always done on the Tibetan 10th and 25th…it is also performed on other special days. This practice closes the door to lower rebirths and it is said that diseases, famine and warfares are pacified, plus all the practitioners’ wishes will be fulfilled without the slightest obstacle.

the young monks are make the first offering to Geshi Lobsang Sonam they sang a wonderful prayer to him:
O you who have followed the footsteps of all the Buddhas of the three times,You have freed yourself from all superstitious conceptions,We invite you to continually enjoy this circle of tsok…A-la-la-ho

then Geshi and all of us respond:
OM, I visualize myself as a Guru-YidamAH, this nectar of uncontaminated pristine awarenessHUM, without moving from a state of bodhicitta,I play with in order to satisfy the deities residing within my body…A-ho-ma-ha-sukha(then everyone tastes the Tsok they are offering…)

Everyone has received the offerings…

At a certain time during this puja special tormas and lamps are offered, Geshi-la requests the obstructers in the spirit realm to not create mischief or obstructions that can disrupt the puja proceedings…the tormas and lamps are then taken out  for the purpose of removing all these obstacles… 

During another part of this puja, young monks walk around the monastery blowing conch shells to invite the presence of all Buddhas and Protectors…

they hold the wealth arrow to attract wealth and abundance from all the enlightened beings…

while they are circulating the monastery special prayers are being made to Dzambala…they offer incense, play a Damaru, hand drum, and blow a conch shell…

in front of the main teacher they return…

Many people related to the monastery have precious wealth vases they bring eachyear to be re-energized by the prayers and mantras of this puja…on the last day all the wealth vases were taken out…

and placed on our altar…in front of all the statues. Five-colored strings are placed on all wealth vases for the purpose to keep them energized. 

on the last day of this puja, in the afternoon an initiation is given…Dhrupthop Rinpoche’s incarnation, Ngawang Yeshi came…

just before sitting on his throne he was happy to sit and have his picture taken with his attendant, Dhundrup…

From his thrown Rinpoche kindly looked over all!

the chant leader Ghen Lobsang… 

The Golden drink, Serkym, is being made for all… 

then tsok offerings were offered…

Geshi-la is beginning the initiation…all women are to manifest as Basundhara, the goddess of prosperity and the men, Dzambhala…may they bless all with material and spiritual wealth

he gave a teaching about the essence of the puja and the initiation…

the eight auspicious offerings were made…here is the conch shell, itrepresents the beautiful, deep, melodious and pervasive sound of the dharma. It awakens disciples from the deep slumber of ignorance and urges them to accomplish their own welfare and the welfare of others.

The Windhorse is considered to carry prayers from the earth to the heavenly godsusing the strength and speed of the wind. This symbol is thought to possesspowerful energy…an energy that carries colossal power to the lives of all beings.

By these offerings may all be blessed with spiritual and material wealth. 

at the end of the initiation everyone began to give offerings to His Holiness, Rinpoche,Geshi-la and all the monks…

one of Rinpoche’s old disciples Jampa-la was so happy to receive blessings from his guru’s new incarnation…

Luke was also so happy to get a blessing from Rinpoche…

so was Punya Tara…what a wonderful young Rinpoche he is!

Two days after the puja ended…Dzambala’s palace was returned to it’s home… 

By the power of Dzambhala’s prayers and mantras and all the other gods and goddesses of wealth, may they shower their blessings on all…bestowing the prosperity of wealth, health and happiness! 

Two days after the the puja ended I invited the Ghen Jampa to come to my house and make prayers where I place my wealth vase, TaraDhatu’s and my Nepali son’s plus a new photo of a vase from a friendin America.

After Ghen Jampa finished the last blessings to our vases, the doors to their home was closed…they will only be opened next year when its time to take them out and have them re-charged in the puja again…
During this puja I made prayers that everyone’s life be filled with happiness, good health and success in everything one does!!! 

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