In Tibetan Buddhism, a kangso is performed to invite the blessings of the Dharma Protectors. ‘Kang‘ means ‘to fulfil’ and ‘so’ means ‘to offer’, hence a kangso is also known as a fulfilment ritual.
We engage in a kangso to invite the Dharma Protector into our presence, to make sincere requests and offerings, as well as to confess our negative conduct and misdeeds that destroy the very causes of our Enlightenment. In return, the Dharma Protector, through his promise of protecting practitioners on the path of Dharma, sets out to fulfil our wishes and aid our spiritual practice.
The 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro (1729-1783) composed the following Tibetan-style Dorje Shugden kangso manuscript, titled rgyal po chen po shugs ldan rtsal gyi bskang wa log ‘dren tshar gcod ces bya ba bzhugs so or རྒྱལ་པོ་ཆེན་པོ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་རྩལ་གྱི་བསྐང་བ་ལོག་འདྲེན་ཚར་གཅོད་ཅེས་བྱ་བ་བཞུགས་སོ།
This text contains the propitiation rites to invoke the blessings and protection of Dorje Shugden and has been in use by Sakya high lamas and ordinary monks since the time of Kunga Lodro to this day. From this extensive 149-page text, one can conclude that Dorje Shugden is evidently not just a minor practice but a significant Protector for Buddhists of the Sakya tradition.
The full kangso text is now available for download in the Tibetan language.
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