(March 7, 2012)
A few years ago, a group of students gathered at the old KH2* (now Kechara Discovery) to perform many wonderful pujas. Now we have our pujas done at the Puja House. Due to the kindness of the monks from Gaden Monastery who came to train up the puja team, Kechara House is now able to perform various types of pujas. They are exactly the same as those done at Gaden Monastery. We have highly trained Kecharians who have learned the traditional pujas including the making of tormas (ritual cakes). So the pujas will be effective for the well being of the patron. Besides Dukkar pujas we have heart sutra puja, Tara puja, Medicine Buddha puja, Manjushri Puja, Dzambala pujas, and so on…
One of the pujas that is done at the Puja House is Dukkar puja. Dukkar’s practice is very good if we encounter harmful spirits and black magic. She bestows upon us great blessings and protection. Below is an article about Dukkar extracted from kechara.com. She is very helpful for spirit disturbances, certain types of harms, supernatural disturbances, wrongful court cases and general well being. She is a powerful practice and powerful puja that all family should do from time to time. It is very important. This pujas restores harmony, protection and safety from supernatural interferences. Great safety and release from fear.
Read up the article below to know more about Dukkar… do you think you need her practice?
Goddess of the White Umbrella
Dukkar or Sitatapatra is regarded as a female counterpart to Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Like him, Sitatapatra manifests in many elaborate forms: having a thousand faces, arms and legs, or simply as a feminine deity of great beauty.
Known foremost for her “white parasol”, Sitatapatra emerged from the crown protrusion of Shakyamuni Buddha’s head when he was in Trayastrimsa heaven. The white parasol represents the Buddha’s universal mantle of protective power. The Buddha announced her role to “cut asunder completely all malignant demons, to cut asunder all the spells of others…to turn aside all enemies and dangers and hatred.“ Her benign and beautiful form belies her ferocity as she is a “fierce, terrifying goddess, garlanded by flames, a pulverizer of enemies and demons.“ Her sutra and mantra emanate from the Buddha’s unisha (top most part of Buddha’s head), rather than through His speech.
Dukkar’s special activity is pacifying black spells. Her practice brings great blessings and protection. It cures illness and pacifies harmful don (evil spirits which cause harm to living beings) and black magic. It stops all evil forces, and is very effective for purifying the karma for being wrongly accused such as in arguments or legal cases. All these threats are eliminated by her power, which is like a diamond sword. Dukkar protects practitioners and helps them avoid obstacles. It is very good to print out a picture of Dukkar and have it consecrated to hang in your house, office or area of disturbance. Dukkar is a fully enlightened Buddha.
A Special Request Puja
On the 7th of June 2009, Kechara House conducted a Dukkar Puja complete with 108 water bowl offerings for an anonymous benefactor.
The Puja group of Kechara House came in full support to complete the required mantra count of 110,000. Total number of Dukkar’s mantra achieved was 118,400.
We dedicate all merits from the puja back to the sponsor so that all obstacles be removed quickly.
Comments from Attendees
Kechara House pujas continue to command good attendance from old and new members. The benefits are clearly felt.
“The Umze did a good job explaining the mental visualization part at the beginning. I will most definitely attend more pujas in future, especially when we conduct them on behalf of a benefactor, because it is a good way for us to practice compassion and selflessness when we focus on someone else while invoking the Buddhas to remove their obstacles. The collective energy could be felt during the puja which also benefits our own practice.”
“This is the first time I’ve attended a Kechara House puja, though I’ve done mantra recitation before. I found the whole experience very spiritual and uplifting. I could understand and follow the whole prayer. I feel very happy to be able to participate especially as it benefits the person requesting for the puja. I felt peace and solace while reciting the mantra. I’m happy to connect to Dukkar and am looking forward to attending another puja here.”
Dukkar can be in Her 1,000 armed form or simply in her one face and two armed form. Both are the same.
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