Make Offerings to Vajrayogini in Kechara Forest Retreat
Vajrayogini is a female Buddha and she is also one of the most sacred and profound of practices within H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche’s lineage. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche is one of the main lineage holders of this tradition and he had particularly recommended her practice for modern spiritual seekers.
Vajrayogini is one of the most effective practices for people today because the commitments are significantly lesser than other similar tantras. This is reflected in her simple form (of one face, two arms and two legs) and relatively short daily practice – sadhana. Vajrayogini’s mantra is so effective that one can recite it without visualization and still gain some attainments.
Of course, one must already have received her initiation from a qualified lama, maintained good and clean devotion to one’s teacher and also kept one’s vows and the commitments of her practice. The efficacy of Vajrayogini is due to the fact that her Tantra utilizes desire and transforms it as the path of practice, which is a perfect spiritual remedy in today’s world of materialism and greed. These are all embodied in the 11 yogas or special meditation practices of Vajrayogini.
Although her practice has lesser commitments, Vajrayogini is just as effective as other similar practices (practices of Highest Anuttarayoga Tantra) in purifying our negative karma, increasing our merits and realizations along with the capacity to bring us directly to Enlightenment within this lifetime. And if one is unable to attain full Enlightenment in this lifetime with her practice, Vajrayogini promises seven lifetimes (according to H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s lineage) of meeting Vajrayogini again and continuing her practice until we ascend to her pure realm of Kechara Paradise.
Hence, Rinpoche named the Buddhist organization he founded ‘Kechara’, and the logo of Kechara is the Tibetan syllable ‘BAM’. This is because people who enter the Kechara organization are implanted with the spiritual seeds of Vajrayogini that is embodied in the name Kechara, her pure realm and the syllable BAM, which embodies Vajrayogini herself in the form of sound. All of these represent Rinpoche’s aspiration of spreading Vajrayogini’s lineage here when he feels the students are spiritually ready for it.
In line with this aspiration, Rinpoche has arranged for a 2-feet statue of Vajrayogini to be placed in the old container/cabin where Rinpoche used to reside in Kechara Forest Retreat, for the public to make a sacred connection with her. The statue was made in accordance to correct scriptural iconography and is filled with mantras, holy items and consecrated according to tradition with Soongdrup and Rabney pujas. The Soongdrup puja consecrates the mantras, jewels and other insertions into the statue while the Rabney puja consecrates the filled statue by inviting the actual wisdom being of Vajrayogini to reside within the statue.
One can now offer gold onto her sacred body or make jewel offerings to her. The gold is painted onto Vajrayogini’s body in the traditional manner used in old Tibet while sacred ritual music is played as an offering of sound to please the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Pratyekabuddhas, Arhats, Dakas and Dakinis with the collection of merit. The ritual music of the traditional bellowing longhorn also sets an atmosphere of sanctity. Therefore, while making the offering, we should visualize dakas and dakinis in celestial dress appearing holding various auspicious signs and offering items, and offering them to Vajrayogini.
This traditional method of offering gold onto Buddha images involves heating pure gold dust in a solution of glue and water. The resulting gold solution is then painted on the statue. The offering of gold helps us to collect merits, spiritual attainments, gain a deeper connection to Vajrayogini, and also creates the causes to attain a Buddha’s body. The Buddha body is a culmination of our merits in achieving a type of body that is healthy, pleasant and possesses a charisma that leads others to the Dharma.
Besides gold, jewels can be offered around holy Vajrayogini. The jewels represent spiritual and material wealth and offering jewels to Vajrayogini creates the causes to achieve both of these while gaining merits and a strong connection to meet with her in her paradise.
There is actually no fixed day to make offerings to Vajrayogini but traditionally, we make offerings on our birthdays, Wesak Day, our Lama’s birthday, Gaden Ngamcho day (Lama Tsongkhapa’s Parinirvana Day) or any day of religious or personal significance. The offerings we make can be for ourselves or it can be dedicated to our Lama, family members or loved ones.
While making the offering of gold, one can make these aspirations while reciting the aspirational prayer as composed by H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche:
- To receive Vajrayogini’s sacred initiation
- To master the 11 yogas of her practice
- To become a great practitioner/mahasiddha and become immensely beneficial to sentient beings
- To eventually ascend to Kechara Paradise at the time of death
If you are interested in making an offering, you can do so online via VajraSecrets.com (click here for gold offerings and here for jewel offerings) 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.
(Click here to find out how and why this project was conceptualised.
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