Kechara Forest Retreat’s Vajra Yogini
Vajra Yogini statues are all created and painted in-house in Kechara
Kechara Forest Retreat is designed to be a direct portal to Vajra Yogini’s heaven and the more meritorious activities we conduct on this holy land that connects with her, the more people will benefit.
Recently I was thinking of ways for people to make a strong connection with the Sublime Queen, Vajra Yogini and collect merits along the way. The Buddha Vajra Yogini’s practice belongs to the highest yoga tantra and it is the most effective for people of this time according to His Holiness Pabongka Dorjechang. Therefore I would like very much for as many people as possible to ‘meet’ her and gain her practice in this lifetime or to have strong seeds planted in them to eventually receive her practice in future lifetimes.
So I came up with the idea of making real gold-paint offerings to Vajra Yogini in KFR for Kecharians and visitors. In some Buddhist countries like Thailand, it is common for people to make gold leaf offerings to the face and body of the Buddha. Like that, we will make gold paint offerings to Vajra Yogini, except instead of using gold leaf we will offer liquid gold painted on to Vajra Yogini’s holy face, body and limbs.
Tsem Rinpoche’s New Idea – (Offering Gold to Vajra Yogini in KFR)
Making offerings to the Buddhas are acts of generosity and therefore highly meritorious. Tsem Rinpoche is perpetually looking for new, innovative and creative ways for Kecharians, visitors and guests to Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) to collect merits. And earlier today (Thursday, 1 October 2015), Rinpoche conceptualized another exciting and powerful way for people to make offerings and accrue merits that is: Offering gold on to the body of a Vajra Yogini statue (the gold refers to real gold in tablet form that will be melted and applied on the statue).
In principle it is similar to how the Thais offer gold leaf on their Buddha statues, except in this case it is 100% gold applied to the face and body of a new Vajra Yogini statue in liquid form.
The following are salient points that Rinpoche thought of and articulated. These are not yet final or comprehensive, and Rinpoche may add to the points or amend them.
This offering of gold to be painted on Vajra Yogini is intended to be a spiritual exercise that is meritorious as we adorn the divine body of an enlightened being that fully represents the Three Jewels. This is an exercise that practitioners can engage in during auspicious occasions like birthdays, weddings, thanksgiving and any other occasions they wish to commemorate in a spiritual way, or simply when they make aspirational prayers. Rinpoche said that we can start a trend in Bentong where people make meritorious gold offerings on special occasions instead of going out to party. Presently, it is not uncommon for people to release animals on their birthdays and auspicious occasions; this offering onto Vajra Yogini is another alternative form of making offerings for blessings.
Rinpoche has three (3) primary purposes for doing this:
- for as many people as possible to create an affinity with Buddha Vajra Yogini;
- for the ongoing acts of making offerings to Vajra Yogini to continuously energize the land;
- to create awareness of Vajra Yogini and increase the blessings for Vajra Yogini’s practice to become stronger here;
The statue is to be a Vajra Yogini in the same form as what we have in the KL gompa. The height and material of this statue and other details are yet to be confirmed.
Rinpoche envisions this Vajra Yogini to be placed on a terraced platform with the statue on the top level, and offerings of precious/semi-precious stones and valuables cascading beautifully downwards, filling the steps. (Note: Rinpoche spoke about some of the offering items that can be placed there and mentioned imitation turquoise. People can also make offerings of stones and so on, apart from offering gold.)
A point of note is that the statue should be of a height and placed in a manner which is easy for the appointed painter to do the painting, and yet magnificent.
The Offering ‘Process Flow’
On days or during events when this form of offering can be made, those making this gold offering to Vajra Yogini will start with prayers. For more committed practitioners, the prayers can be The King of Prayers; for more casual practitioners, Rinpoche may condense The King of Prayers into a simplified format or compose a new prayer for this purpose.
At the time of reciting the prayers, or before the actual act, the gold is melted and prepared to be painted to the face and body of Vajra Yogini.
Then as the gold is being painted / applied onto Vajra Yogini, traditional music will be played and prayers or mantras chanted.
Finally, those making offerings will make a dedications of merits.
- Rinpoche mentioned that the details of the gold offering will need to be worked out, for example, how much gold and Rinpoche explored whether there will be different ‘categories’ of offerings to the face of Vajra Yogini, her chest and body and to the legs. In addition, whether offerings to different parts of Vajra Yogini should be ‘offered’ differently because the face is more limited than the body for example. However, Rinpoche concluded that it is all the same whether we offer gold to Vajra Yogini’s face or her feet.
- One or more painters will be identified and trained to perform this task. The person will be chosen by Rinpoche.
Where Will the Statue Be Placed?
The location for this Vajra Yogini and offering exercise has not been chosen but the selected location should accommodate the safekeeping of the accompanying materials and apparatus, as well as minimize moving things into position during the preparation stages.
Some possible locations mentioned were:
- Rinpoche’s old cabin site. Although it is exposed, this can be rectified with fencing and other modifications.
- Gyenze chapel, or an extension or annex to the chapel. This location is ideal although Rinpoche wondered out loud how the image of Vajra Yogini and the image of Gyenze would match in the people’s minds. Rinpoche said that Vajra Yogini should be clothed as people may not understand her naked form.
- It was also suggested that the space to the right of the entrance of the Dream Manjushri pond could be considered.
- Rinpoche would like people to give ideas of where this Vajra Yogini statue and gold offering can be done.
(We are now in the planning stages of this Vajra Yogini statue installation project on Kechara Forest Retreat. Funds have not yet been raised and a Vajra Yogini statue has not been invited yet nor has Her abode been built. We have not started yet but very soon! This write-up is to share my ideas and plans with Kecharians and friends. Am in the process of inviting a Vajra Yogini for this purpose soon.)
May everyone be blessed, protected and nurtured by this supreme tutelary Buddha Vajra Yogini!
Some Concerns and Points:
This Vajra Yogini may or may not eventually be placed in the Tantric Park that is being planned right now. However, we can find a immediate and permanent suitable place now.
Written by Martin Chow
Update on February 2, 2016
The Vajrayogini statue has arrived! Please click here to find out more and to learn about the latest developments. If you are interested in making an offering, you can do so online via VajraSecrets.com (offer Gold or Jewels) or in person by making an appointment with Kechara House Frontdesk. Naturally, you can offer the gold yourself or you can leave it to the experts to offer it on your behalf.
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