The divine manifests in many different forms, to bless, heal and protect those seeking guidance and a more harmonious way of life. One of the ways that divinity manifests is as the World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.
Celestial and supreme, the Great Wisdom Being Dorje Shugden rides upon a mythical snow lion, adorned with the robes of a holy monk and brandishing a wisdom sword above his head to cut asunder the darkness of ignorance. In his left hand he carries a heart, a symbol of his unending compassion to heal the pain and suffering of all beings in existence. The heart also represents the completion of his assistance to you, the devotee. For like a body ceases to function without the heart, relying on this transcendent being will eliminate the root of our problems, so they may never arise again.
Relying on Dorje Shugden could not be easier. In a place which is comfortable and calming, sit before an image of the World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden. Have some simple offerings laid out before you – lights, a bowl of water, a cup of tea, some fruit or fragrant incense are customary but the choice of offerings is certainly not limited to these. In reality, seeing no faults in existence, Dorje Shugden will accept anything we offer him but as part of our spiritual practice, offering the best we can with sincerity will propel us on the path of developing meditative concentration, patience, joyous effort, generosity and of course, happiness.
As an Enlightened Being, Dorje Shugden does not need any offerings to come to our assistance but making offerings generates a stronger, deeper bond with him that will clear the path for us to receive his blessings. It is always easier to tap into the energies of the divine when we emulate the qualities of divinity, and one of the qualities of divinity we can develop is generosity. Setting out offerings for this Protector nurtures this quality within us.
Sit before your altar and take a moment to centre yourself. Focusing strongly on Dorje Shugden’s illustrious form, you may now generate a feeling of unshakeable devotion and great faith that this Enlightened Being will assist you.
As you recite your requests to him, visualise your body being filled with healing white light, expelling all negativities, impurities and obstacles in the form of black smoke. Then recite the daily request below for wealth, peace and protection
As you complete your recitation, visualise that your body is like clear crystal, light and luminous. Have faith and trust that your aspirations will be fulfilled, and you will become a source of love, harmony and peace for others. Peace is a universal language understood by all beings regardless of race, religion and culture and in this way, peace is the language of the divine. And if our world is a product of our thoughts and our being, then generating inner peace will result in outer peace and eventually, world peace.
Aim to do this prayer of blessings every day, to strengthen your connection with this supramundane being whose practice grants us light, healing and the wisdom to discern right from wrong, and light from dark. With wisdom comes clarity, and wisdom helps us to make the best choices so we can take our first steps in realising our spiritual potential.
Composed by H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche
In the heavens4 there are myriad manifestations of the divine. All those manifestations specifically show us different aspects of divinity5 in order to be of benefit to all living beings. All the rupakaya6 forms of the divine have compassion, skillful means and wisdom. We invoke upon them whether we are happy, sad, down, lost, fulfilled, confused, empty, and during the whole range of emotions we constantly experience due to an untrained mind.
Understanding our nature, Great Wisdom Being Dorje Shugden, therefore all the more so, please hold us close to your bosom as an only child to a parent.
Though the manifestations of the divine need no offerings and gifts from us, we offer you supreme Manjushri7 Dorje Shugden a libation of tea, incense and mantras, in order to ask you to bless us, to be a part of our lives, to abide in our dwellings and to give us signs, omens and portents of both good and bad. When the negative arises, quell them immediately. Please increase the positive for my weary and worn mind as I lay my hopes in you.
When difficulties, problems and confusion arise, we ask you, who is but the culmination of all that is powerful, holy and omniscient to bless myself, family, loved ones, environment and even my pets. May I see wisdom, find hope, and be at peace.
I request you, O Divine Bhagavan8 Dorje Shugden, who wears a round dome hat and the three robes of a saffroned bhikshu9, who wields a sword of liberty, justice and wisdom and clutches a wish-fulfilling jewel, who rides on a supreme lion of subjugation of all that is negative, to fulfill my wishes. I understand my wishes may not be the best, so I surrender to your wisdom for the outcome though it may not be what I have in mind. Please bless myself and everyone that we may enter into the supreme city of liberation.
Great Bhagavan Dorje Shugden, I request you sincerely from my heart to be a part of my life, bless my home, and grant me wisdom, solace and comfort, that I might be of service to others without agenda, and that I may focus out onto others and not be fixated on myself, creating more problems for all that I hold dear.
Bless me to become kinder, wiser, more compassionate, tolerant and very forgiving to all those who hurt and love me. In order to become close to you, Dorje Shugden, we must surrender the banal. We must abandon fixed views, projections and rigidity. Lastly, in my final moment when I leave this plane of existence, only the positive actions I have done will matter as everything and everyone will be left behind. Let me realise this and act upon this now! At this crucial moment, please may I have a vision of yourself, the powerful and merciful Dorje Shugden, to take me to where I may course in the sky10 to continue my journey of spiritual waxing.
Mantra of fulfillment, peace and wisdom:
OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA
(It is good to recite this mantra one rosary or more per day. Occasionally, engage in retreats where you recite the mantra 100,000 times or more per year, every year. Consistency brings results!)
I dedicate this supreme heartfelt prayer to the all-knowing Celestial and Supreme Protector Dorje Shugden, that I may quickly become a being of light, compassion, love and enlightenment.
4 Various realms manifested from enlightenment
5 A superior being who has the six paramitas. In Tibetan and Sanskrit, these are: (1) Jinpa (dana, “generosity”), (2) Tsultrim (shila, “ethics”), (3) Zopa (kshanti, “forbearance, acceptance, patience, forgiveness”), (4) Tsondru (virya, “joyful endeavour, diligence, zeal”), (5) Samten (dyana, “meditative concentration”), and (6) Sherab (prajna, “discriminating wisdom-awareness, insight”).
6 Avatars / emanations / tulkus
7 An Arya Bodhisattva who is the culmination of all the enlightened beings’ wisdom
8 An epithet for God, In Buddhism’s Pali scriptures, the term is used with Gautama Buddha, referring to him as Bhagavān Buddha (translated with the phrase ‘Lord Buddha’ or ‘The Blessed One’) The term Bhagavān is also found in other Theravadin, Mahayana and Tantric Buddhist texts. Bhagavān is generally translated as Lord or God.
9 Fully ordained monk
10 Positive future rebirths in existence and/or a pure land of an enlightened being
11 Common attainments that bring mental quiescence and extraordinary abilities such as removing obstacles, bringing/stopping rain, subjugating negative invisible beings, bringing resources, higher clairvoyance, etc.
12 Correct view of our existence; emptiness
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