Invocation to Namkar Barzin
As one of the younger Dharma Protectors in the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon, Namkar Barzin was a Mongolian geshe who suffered a traumatic death and, about 70 years ago, was subdued by the great Domo Geshe Rinpoche who installed him in the entourage of Dorje Shugden to serve the King himself as an assistant. Domo Geshe Rinpoche, a great 20th century Mahasiddha, was recognised by His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama as an emanation of Lama Tsongkhapa himself.
Namkar Barzin sits astride the mythical qilin, an animal resembling a goat with scales of a fish for skin. In Buddhist mythology, the qilin is considered a harbinger of luck and good fortune, who becomes especially fearsome when a virtuous practitioner is threatened by those with malicious intent. Namkar Barzin’s practice is especially recommended for providing protection against robberies, and for pacifying fighting, crime and violence.
This praise to Namkar Barzin was composed by H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, whose previous life as Kentrul Thubten Lamsang performed great Dharma deeds in Phari, the same region where Domo Geshe Rinpoche resided.
This praise of Namkar Barzin can be recited by anyone on a daily basis to invoke his assistance and does not require special permission or initiation. Recitation of this praise can be accompanied by offerings of water, incense or tea.
Invocation to Namkar Barzin
Composed by H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, follower of the Duldzin lineage
With great faith I take refuge in Lord Shakyamuni Buddha
Who with great self sacrifice perseverance achieved fully,
The peerless Enlightenment under the Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya,
And with profound compassion turned the wheel of Dharma.
With great reverence I pay heartfelt homage to Lord Tsongkhapa,
Who as an emanation of the Lord of Speech Manjushri,
Took rebirth during the times that Shakyamuni’s teachings
Were on the decline and enacted the deeds of enlightened activities.
I bow to the Great Geshe of Dromo of Phari, who in dependence upon
Hearing, contemplation and meditation relied on the preliminaries
Of Tsongkhapa retreat and the secret Mother Queen Vajra Yogini,
Achieved great siddhis and was a tremendous benefit to others.
Great Mongolian Geshe who was diligent and caught in storm returning,
Taunted and made fun of were the causes for you to manifest
‘Compassionate’ anger to take on a form of a supreme Dharmapala,
I invoke your swift presence to this place now by the power of my refuge.
You who take on the form of a fully ordained monk holding sword which
Cuts the bonds of our temporal sufferings and difficulties,
Who holds a white skull cup representing that you have mastered Tantra,
And who rides on a mystical qilin as a mount, showing your Tantric masteries.
Who rides amid psychic wind, fire and smoke with great speed,
And who has three eyes on the lookout for those in need of protection.
Since the great Mahasiddha of Phari, Dromo Geshe places confidence in you,
So I one with faith but little merit do also.
Please calm down the disturbances, fighting, violence, crime, in this
Region in which you are invoked. Many here are suffering unnecessarily.
Please calm the violence and hostilities here. Protect those without
Help and assistance. Let disturbing violence in this area stop.
Let the population have peace, harmony, prosperity and growth.
I invoke you and request you to be the Protector of this region and
Keep a close eye on those who may be the object of crime and thievery.
Please calm the local guardians for they can come under your subjugation.
Have pity and great compassion to the one who is invoking you through
This prayer of request. Although our spiritual attainments are none, we have
Great faith in Lord Buddha and the holy Dharma, so with respect I remind you of the
Oath you have taken with the great Mahasiddha of Phari, Dromo Geshe Rinpoche.
I offer you milk, teas, cakes, biscuits, yoghurt, incense, lights, and various other
Offerings as to make a link with you. Please out of your great compassion, accept
And make this whole area at peace, prosperous and calm. Use your quick powerful
Actions and show immediate protection that is ongoing.
OM BIYADA-PAR DHAMA-DHARA SOHA
(Recite as many times as possible)
Please manifest signs to all that are clear and evident of your much needed presence,
Show clear and swift results in helping the suffering of this area.
I invoke you and request you from my heart. You, great Mongol Geshe Namkar Barzin,
Protect, protect and show your swift actions for all to witness.
Great Mongol Geshe whose mystical powers have been proven,
Who is known to be swift as wind and extremely fierce, gnawing your lower lip,
Whose reputation to guard the property and wealth of those who place faith in you is famed,
Show special favour to me that I may gain inner and outer accomplishments.
On a personal basis, be my guardian, friend and Protector.
Grant me my needs and necessities and may they come easily.
May I gain wealth, prosperity and freedom from obstructers, human and non-human.
Make the situations arise that I may practice the Dharma in-depth.
Remain as my Dharma Protector and calm interferences. May I be blessed by the
Faultless Shakyamuni, Tsongkhapa and Dromo Geshe in this life and all future lives.
Where there is unhappiness and sufferings, may it quell and be calmed. May I be of
Tremendous benefit to others and a fully enlightened being.
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Stella CheangPosted on July 9, 2016 #1 Author
I like the story about Namkar Barzin. He arose as Dharmapala only 70 years ago, which is very recent in the pantheon of Buddhist Deity. His story is very interesting because it demonstrated once again the importance and power of practice at the moment of death. Death meditation is the prime of our practice.
FongPosted on July 15, 2017 #2 Author
The attainments of Domo Geshe Rinpoche was such that he could subdue one who was in the spirit realm due to his traumatic death. So, as a spirit Namkar Barzin was subdued and bound to serve in the entourage of Dorje Shugden. How wonderful that this geshe and monk’s life was not wasted even though at the point of his death, he was going to the lower realm but instead was bound to serve to protect the dharma.
So, the only “spirit” that cannot be subdued is an enlightened one. A very good illustration of the power of attained beings.
Alice TayPosted on July 25, 2017 #3 Author
Namkar Barzin is similar to Kache Marpo serves as one of the main ministers of Dorje Shugden. He is helping Dorje Shugden, helping Dharma practitioners, protecting the monasteries that enthroned by
Kyabje Dome Geshe Rinpoche. Although Namkar Barzin is part of Dorje Shugden’s entourage, he is also a Dharma Protector in his own right and the people of Phari do his practice very strongly until today.
Thank you for sharing this wonderful prayer to Namkar Barzin.