Dearest Friends @ CAS,
We will like to share with you, some of the very precious and interesting accounts of the Yidams ( or Meditational Deities ) related to HE Luding Khen Rinpoche's programmes next week.
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This is sent so that all our friends will more fully appreciate and treasure the programmes bestowed by some of the most precious and holy Masters alive today, the organising and hosting, of course, at great sacrfice to so many !!
To come into contact with the Buddha's nectar-like, healing teachings and blessings in this Dark Degenerated Age of Ours is awfully and unbelievably precious.
The Buddha's teachings offer us a certain path out of blistering, ceaseless pain in samsara.
However, we will only seriously embark upon our Dharmic journey if only first, we are convinced of the greatness and effectiveness of the teachings right ??
Hence, we attach to all our friends here, the below, a "Who's Who" and "What's What" of Maha Vairochana, Ganapati and Manjushri, whom we hope, needs no elaborated musings.
"Namo Amituofo !!"
"Namo Shakyamuni Buddha, our Teacher, the Enlighten Lord !!"
bb & some awful friends @ CAS of Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa
The Maha Vairocana Buddha:
The Avatamsaka Sutra ( "Hua-Yen Jing" )
Perceiving the inconceivable purity of the form body of Vairocana Buddha, adorned by the marks of greatness, I experience exalted joy and serenity. Observing his array of lights, vast as the cosmos, moment to moment manifesting an infinitely varied ocean of colours, in each moment of consciousness i experience floods of great joy.
Also, seeing as many oceans of great beams of light as atoms in infinite buddha-lands emanate from each pore of Vairocana Buddha's body, each beam of light accompanied by as many oceans of light beams as atoms in infinite buddha-lands, pervading all buddha-universes and extinguishing the suffering of all beings, in each moment of consciousness i experience floods of great joy.
Also, seeing massive clouds of lights the colour of all jewels, as many as atoms in all buddha-lands, emerging from Vairocana's crown moment to moment, pervading all universes, i experience great floods of joy.......
This is the range of the ocean of means of the enlightening liberation of supernal manifestations of a moment of thought producing immense floods of joy. This liberation is infinite.... this liberation is inexhaustible.
-- Chapter 39: "Entry into the Relam of Reality"
( The Flower Ornament Scripture -
a translation of the Avatamsaka Sutra by Thomas Cleary, Shambala Pulbications )
One night, the 16th Karmapa had a dream.
It was then the hazardous days of the 1960s, the early days in-exile from the Land of Snows.
In His holy vision, His Holiness saw the mighty Elephant-Headed Protector, Ganapati, exercising His divine powers, assisting His monks in the re-estalishment of Rumtek, the Karmapa's main seat in-exile.
The Karmapa joyfully told His painter that He wanted the Powerful Lord Ganapati on the main entrance of Rumtek.
Ganapati, now, lives there ( sometimes ) and being an Enlightened Protector, He pervades phenomenon existence and manifests whenever sentient beings' karma connects.
Ganapati is also a frequent guest at the main Palyul Monastery in-exile, the Namodroling, in south India, where the few thousand Palyul monks make offerings to Him at the behest of Guru Padmasambhava'
He shows His magnificent Red Twelve Arm dancing aspect especially to the Sakyapas when they called upon Him in their most esoteric cycles of the Thirteen Golden Dharma.
Ganapati's relationship to the Sakya Masters runs deep.
The holy biographies of the Sakyapas echoed this:
Chogyal Phagpa's father, Sonam Gyaltsen, was a great practitioner who concentrated on Ganapati practice.
one point Ganapati appeared before him and lifted him up into
space to the height of a mountaintop, saying: "Look below."
But Sodnam Gyaltsen was afraid. After some time, he looked and
beheld the three provinces of
a long time Sodnam Gyaltsen had no son, and being sorely disappointed
he performed special praises to Ganapati. At length Ganapati
appeared at the dwelling of Saton Ripa and said, "Sangtsa
Sonam Gyaltsen is constantly invoking me, saying that he needs
to command the three provinces of
[ The above story from "Pal Sakya" ]
An "Aside" --
The Venerable Atisha, on His way into Tibet, passed-by what is today the greyish-coloured mountainous plains of Sakya. Atisha took out His mandala ( which He kept and took wherever He went ), offered many mandalas and prostrated many times, then informing His bewildered students that in a few hundred years whence, the holy Manjushri, the holy Chenrezig and the holy Vajrapani would each take birth in this area and would establish a holy lineage, a prime upholder of Lord Buddha's teachings and a well-spring of blessings and benefits to all beings.
The Venerable Atisha is, of course, the Founder of the Kadampa Lineage.
[ Source: HH the 14th Dalai Lama in "The Path to Enlightenment" - Snow Lion Publication ]
Students wishing to attend the Empowerment of the Red Twelve Arm Ganapati will require a prior Highest Yoga Tantra Initiation of Hevajra OR Yamantaka OR Kalachakra OR Vajrakilaya OR the like.
Sakya Pandita answers
The Ngor - Sakya Abbacy