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Mahakala Practice, Gutor

From February 14 to 18, 2015, the Vajra Vidya Institute will hold its annual Mahakala Puja, Gutor.


mahakalaBefore the Tibetan New Year, Kagyu monasteries engage in days of protector practice, focused mainly on Mahakala and his retinue. Given offerings and praise, they are requested to guard the teachings, protect the sangha, and keep the world safe from obstacles and whatever is inauspicious, such as wars, sickness, and the disturbances of the four elements. Eliminating all of these is the responsibility of Mahakala, who is the main protector for the Kagyu teachings.

It is said that the lama is the source of blessings; the yidam deities are the source of siddhis; and the protectors are the source of awakened activity. Mahakala is the main deity to supplicate for the success of the Buddha’s activity, the spread of his teachings, and the benefit and protection of living beings. He is not a wordy, but a wisdom protector, a bodhisattva placed under oath by the Buddha to protect the teachings.

Bodhisattvas appear in forms that are peaceful, fierce, and sometimes a combination of the two. Whatever their appearance may be, the essence of the protectors is that of a bodhisattva. It is this wisdom deity and bodhisattva who is the focus of the practices during Gutor.

Everyone is welcome to attend the puja. To make tea, meal, or other offerings during gutor, please contacts the Vajra Vidya office.

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Located behind Deer Park in Sarnath, India, where Shakyamuni Buddha gave his first teaching, Vajra Vidya Institute is a monastic college offering training in higher Buddhist philosophy. It was established by the Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche to preserve the Karma Kagyu lineage of scripture and realization.
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