Dear Dharma Frens,
On Sunday, 1st July, do come and join the powerful Purification Puja - Gyashi Puja. Do bring along 3 items - strings of your hair, cut fingernails & old worn clothes into a red packet to symbolise our negatitives being pacified/ remove with the Gyashi Puja.
Symbolism and Pacification of the 4 Maras
During Buddha Sakyamuni's time, the Demi-gods (Asuras) often attacked the Heaven of King Indra. With compassion, Buddha Sakyamuni taught the Gyashi practice with the request of Vajrapani to save the King. The king was freed from the Mara of the Death after he performed the Gyashi practice.
Gyashi Puja means 400 offerings puja, to pacify the 4 MARAS. All the obstacles that we had experienced were caused by them. These are Mara of the son of god, Mara of defilement, Mara of death and Mara of form which are represented by white, red, black and yellow color respectively. They symbolize the 4 types of obscurations.
Through making offerings of 100 lamps, 100 tsa tsa, 100 tormas and 100 human form figures, one would have pacified the 4 MARAS where one can be freed of the obscuration of knowledge, the five poisons, obscurations of karmic causes and the obscuration of habitual tendencies respectively.
The sutra and tantra have mentioned that when one performs the Gyashi practice, it will increase one's lifespan and merits and purify one's defilement and sufferings. This practice is performed when a person is severely sick, has a bad dream, encountering bad omen or misfortune and anticipating bad omen through prediction.
Venue : Padma Wodling Dharma Centre, 6B Lorong 7, Geylang. Contact : 9813 9462.
This centre is specially dedicated to his late Holiness Penor Rinpoche and propagate the teachings of Palyul Nyingma Tradition.