Thursday, November 10, 2011

Vajrakilaya Sand Mandala Puja

Puja is the name given to the worship service. (I have heard it used by Hindu's also.)This week there is an 11 day Puja to the deity Vajrakilaya (Sanskrit name). He shows his wrathful face to us to destroy our own evil behavior and he also removes the obstacles and bad omens of life. His face is 3 sided, blue for extreme power, white sided for peace and red is a mixture therefore all reflecting the human condition.
But deep within he is kind and compassionate - a Buddha. Phurpa is his Tibetan name.

The puja also is the biggest exam for students who are learning the entire text of prayers. Each day there is a different leader.
The daily puja goes from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM with only one hour break for lunch.

Cymbals, 2 Types - Rolmo and Sil Nyen
and Drums Abound

Dungchen Trumpets

Our Dearest Dkakpa Gyatso with Rolmo

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