bryandavis wrote:Here is another example of what white Dzambala is of benefit for.....
"Summoning Good Fortune,"
A short practice excerpted from the White Zhambala Sadhana.
This is the text for a traditional Tibetan ritual, where the practitioner calls upon White Zhambala to bestow his blessings--buddhahood, spiritual accomplishments, and all things positive in this life. H.E. Garchen Rinpoche asks his sangha to recite this text frequently, because it brings tremendous benefit to the whole world.
Here is a short exert from the prayer:
May I obtain the empowerment of mahamudra, which liberates from samsara's pain.
May I obtain the empowerment of self-knowing dharmakaya, which is primordially unsullied by the confused perceptions of unawareness. May I obtain the empowerment of the Great Completion, which is primordially unsullied by all phenomena of samsara and nirvana.
May I obtain the empowerment of the Great Middle Way, which naturally liberates the four extremes of permanence and annihilation. May I obtain the empowerment of the Perfection of Transcendent Knowledge, which is inexpressible through descriptions or conceptions.
May I obtain the empowerment of openness free from fixation, which naturally liberates dualistic propensities.
May I obtain the empowerment of immortal life, which is the unchanging expanse of awareness.
May I obtain the empowerment of awakening within one lifetime, which is the endless [accumulation of] merit.
Thanks for this, bryan. Very illuminating. I can personally attest to the swift power of Dzambhala to generate wealth for the purpose of Dharma study/practice. I received an empowerment of his yellow form in an effort to find funding for a trip to India/Nepal to study Tibetan, do some retreat, and attend empowerments, and even without doing the practice (listening to my lama), I wound up with a generous benefactor.
As for the OP, I'm also interested in learning about the symbolism behind the dragon mount. Only thing I know about dragons is that they're associated with thunder (which Tibetan's often call "the dragon's roar"). Anyone else have info on this, perhaps drawn from one of Robert Beer's books? I'll ask around with my thangka artist friends and see what I come up with.
"The Sutras, Tantras, and Philosophical Scriptures are great in number. However life is short, and intelligence is limited, so it's hard to cover them completely. You may know a lot, but if you don't put it into practice, it's like dying of thirst on the shore of a great lake. Likewise, it happens that a common corpse is found in the bed of a great scholar." ~ Karma Chagme དྲིན་ཆེན་རྗེ་བཙུན་བླ་མ་རཱ་ག་ཨ་སྱ་མཁྱེན་ནོ།