Ten-Zhug Ceremony for
Lama Dawa Rinpoche
On Thursday, Sept. 22, the Sangha of Saraswati Bhawan will be performing the 'Ten-Zhug' ceremony for our Guru, Lama Dawa Rinpoche.
The Ten-Zhug ceremony is a special ritual which requests the long-life of the Lineage Master. It is often performed when there are obstacles to the Lama's life and health, as a way to restore and strengthen the life force energy. Oftentimes, due to the accumulation of negative energy from 'dam-nyam', or broken samaya, the Lama's life energy becomes compromised - to the point of actually threatening their life.
As many of you know, this year is Lama Dawa Rinpoche's 'black year' or obstacle year, according to Tibetan astrology. This has made him particularly susceptible to the obstacles and negative influences of broken samaya. At this point in time, his health has become very fragile, which makes it difficult to continue his Dharma activities. There have also been inauspicious dreams and omens from different Lamas and lineage holders with regards to Lama Dawa's health. Divinations were performed which indicated the need for the Sangha to perform the Ten-Zhug in order to strengthen his life force energy.
Ten-Zhug: 'Ten-Zug' means 'to remain permanently.' Traditionally, Ten-Zhug ceremonies are offered to the major lineage holders on a regular basis as a way of preserving their life-force and keeping them here with us. It is understood that when Lamas continually give empowerments, teachings, and transmissions, there is always the risk of broken samaya accumulating over the years. This shortens the Lama's lifespan and creates many obstacles. Therefore the monasteries and large Dharma organizations perform these ceremonies regularly.
During the ceremony a series of mandala offerings are made to the Lama while request prayers are made. These offerings include precious stones, gems, gold and silver ornaments or ritual objects, the offerings of the eight auspicious symbols and other precious substances.
It is also customary for heart students to offer the Ten-Zhug to their Guru as a way of requesting them to remain. For example, Kunzang Dorje Rinpoche offered a Ten-Zhug to his Root Teacher, His Holiness Trulshik Rinpoche in 2004. Rinpoche spent a year making preparations for this. He commissioned artisans to make many kinds ritual instruments from gold and silver to offer in the ceremony. In fact, many of the gold coins that were offered to Lama Dawa for Vajra Armor teachings were given to Kunzang Dorje Rinpoche for this purpose. Rinpoche also offered all his precious personal belongings, ornaments and puja instruments.
How You Can Participate: We will be holding the ceremony at 9:30 am on Sept. 22, at the RiverView Dharma Center, in Lansing, Iowa. You are welcome to come to the event. You should bring an offering to be given during the ceremony. For Sangha members who are unable to attend in person, you can mail your personal offering to Saraswati Bhawan, and they will be offered during the ceremony. Offerings include precious stones such as turquoise, coral, etc., the three precious metals, statues, Dharma objects, brocades, or monetary offerings.
Please mail your offerings to:
300 Center St.
Lansing, IA, 52151
Be sure to include the names of the sponsors, and be sure that it arrives before Sept. 21.
You can also make monetary offerings by sending electronic donations via Saraswati Bhawan's PayPal account. Direct the payment to: firstname.lastname@example.org, and be sure to make a note that it is for the Ten-Zug. Electronic offerings will be converted into cash and offered in a lump sum amount during the ceremony.
In addition to making offerings for the Ten-Zhug, all students should recite the 100-syllable mantra of Vajrasattva, and Lama Dawa Rinpoche's Long-Life Prayer, as much as possible.