Kangso-Melodious Drum Long Protector Puja
These are extensive prayers to help us gain good fortune, remove negativity from our mind & gain positive energy. During the prayers we make offerings of food (tsog) to our Spiritual Guide as someone who protects our progress on the spiritual path.
These are set out very beautifully on plates on a table in front of the shrine before the prayers start. The purpose of making food offerings is to improve our mind of giving. You are welcome to bring your own offerings.
After food offerings we make prayers to remove any obstacles that may arise on our spiritual path & to protect us from losing the positive states of mind we have already attained.
After the prayers some food is set aside to give to others and then we share the rest over a drink & chat. This is an opportunity for people attending classes to spend relaxed time with each other, share experiences of applying Buddha’s teachings in busy daily life, and to go home renewed, inspired and refreshed.
The prayers take approx 3.5 hours with a tea break of 10 minutes in the middle.
This practice consists of five parts: Praise to Manjushri, the Guru Yoga of Je Tsongkhapa, Self-generation as Heruka, the Fulfilling and Restoring Ritual of the General Protectors, and the Fulfilling and Restoring Ritual of the Great King Dorje Shugdän. Of these, the last is the principal practice.
A Dharma Protector is an emanation of a Buddha or a Bodhisattva whose main functions are to avert the inner and outer obstacles that prevent practitioners from gaining spiritual realizations, and to arrange all the necessary conditions for their practice. Beings in this present time have a strong karmic link with Dorje Shugdän, and so he is the Dharma Protector who is most able to help them.
Therefore it is said that, Now is the time to rely upon Dorje Shugdän. Dorje Shugdän always helps, guides, and protects pure and faithful practitioners by granting blessings, increasing their wisdom, fulfilling their wishes, and bestowing success on all their virtuous activities.
During this puja we make extensive offerings and perform other practices:
To fulfil our heart commitment to rely upon the Protector sincerely, regarding him as inseparable from the Guru and Yidam, and to practise the pure Dharma of Lamrim, Lojong, and Mahamudra.