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Ngak-so "Ocean of Amrita" Puja
July 14, 2013
suggested donation € 40.-
In Tibetan, Ngak-so refers to Vajrayana tantric mending and purification of broken commitments or samaya. Therefore, the morning sessions of this melodious and enchanting sadhana practice which includes Guru Rinpoche, his 12 Manifestations, Avalokiteshvara, Amitabha, and the Peaceful and Wrathful Deities, is followed in the afternoon by very touching and profound confession and tantric purification practices as well as empowerments and a special feast-offering.
The Ngakso Puja, also known as the "Ocean of Amrita", was arranged by Terchen Chokgyur Lingpa [1829-1870] in accordance with instructions he personally received from Guru Padmasambhava. Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, the great-grandson of Chokgyur Lingpa, was one of the chief lineage-holders of the Chokling Tersar and thus revived the tradition of performing the Ngakso Puja.
It is performed at least once a month at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Boudhanath and at our Nagi Gompa Hermitage. Often additional pujas are sponsored for the benefit of a deceased relative. Once a year the Ngakso Drubchen is performed in both monasteries, an uninterrupted nine-day assembly sadhana. Ngakso pujas have also been performed at our Dharma Centres in Europe and America.
The very purpose of this puja is to unveil and celebrate each participant's own exalted inner nature. The colorful murals around the main temple walls are not meant merely to portray enlightened beings in strange remote pure lands, but to mirror a reflection of one's own buddha-like divinity. Though the disciplinarian quietly paces the length of the shrine hall keeping a watchful eye on the decorum, even the youngest monks are enthralled with the lively and colorful rituals of the puja and will happily sit for hours drinking in the entertaining and sometimes awesome display.
As we re-enact this resplendent and powerful puja at Gomde, everyone is most welcome to either participate in the full-day puja itself, or to simply observe the intricate yet beautiful Tibetan Buddhist ceremonies and enjoy the day of traditional chants and prayer.
For those wishing to join the chanting, the practice text will be provided in English and German. If you have, please bring your own copy!
Begins: 9:00 am Sunday, 14 July