Consecration of mantras for statues in the various lineages

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Consecration of mantras for statues in the various lineages

Postby JKhedrup » Mon Apr 08, 2013 5:12 pm

Last week at our centre the two resident geshes performed a rather elaborate consecration ritual. I will see if I can upload some photos.

One of the Dutch monks prepared mantra rolls using saffron water and set them out, along with the statues, in front of the altar. There was I believe
some kind of boundary purification ritual that day.

The following morning, when I did attend, we started the ritual with the 6 Session Guru Yoga and Yamantaka Sadhana. Then there followed an elaborate ritual which incorporated a bath offering, invitation to Yamantaka to reside together with the image and the recitation of various mantras (not necessarily in that order, I was struggling to follow as many texts were used and there was a lot of back and forth.

Then, there was a ritual inviting each of the 5 dhyani Buddhas to reside as well as as invitation and request verses to a wealth deity called Nojin as well as Dzambhala and Ganapati. We then recited many times a set of a number of mantras referred to simply as "mantras of the Fathers and Mothers".

I am wondering if with the exception of Yamantaka this is a pretty standard ritual across the various schools of Tibetan Buddhism. At a certain part we all held the a string that was attached to the statues and mantras while we recited certain sanskrit syllables.
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Re: Consecration of mantras for statues in the various linea

Postby JKhedrup » Mon Apr 08, 2013 5:15 pm

While researching consecration rituals online I did come across this interesting link:
http://www.academia.edu/1507030/Downpou ... nchen_Lama
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Therefore, amongst all empowerments, the empowerment that gives me control over my mind is the best,
and I have received the most profound empowerment with this teaching.
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Re: Consecration of mantras for statues in the various linea

Postby ngodrup » Mon Apr 08, 2013 6:57 pm

This might be of interest.
I'm thinking what you're describing is the most extensive form.
A re-consecration of a treasure vase, for example, takes just one day.

http://dorzongrinpoche.org/ceremonies/ceremonies.htm

Anyway, this is how Drukpa Kagyupas consecrate a temple.
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Re: Consecration of mantras for statues in the various linea

Postby JKhedrup » Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:56 pm

Ngodrup la,

Thanks, I'll be surecto check it out.
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Therefore, amongst all empowerments, the empowerment that gives me control over my mind is the best,
and I have received the most profound empowerment with this teaching.
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Postby JKhedrup » Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:03 pm

The photos
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Re: Consecration of mantras for statues in the various linea

Postby JKhedrup » Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:04 pm

Statues with rice and photocopied mandalas in front (scroll down)
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I must obtain control over my own mind.
Therefore, amongst all empowerments, the empowerment that gives me control over my mind is the best,
and I have received the most profound empowerment with this teaching.
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Postby JKhedrup » Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:05 pm

Mantras rolled and sprinkled with saffron water
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Therefore, amongst all empowerments, the empowerment that gives me control over my mind is the best,
and I have received the most profound empowerment with this teaching.
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Postby JKhedrup » Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:07 pm

Inner offering (nang mchod)
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Re: Consecration of mantras for statues in the various linea

Postby ngodrup » Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:37 pm

What I don't see in the pics are the sok-shings,
medicine pills (dutsi), mantra pills, relics and other
precious things like money, jewels... or juniper
leaves that I usually see in the filling of statues
following Nyingma protocol. Very large statues
in fact will often even have weapons (knives, guns)
inside or in the throne (base) to represent the pacification
of aggression in various forms.
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Re: Consecration of mantras for statues in the various linea

Postby ngodrup » Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:43 pm

Building and installation of a Buddha Rupa at Larab Ling in France.

http://www.viewmagazine.org/index.php/m ... tatue.html
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