Chapter 1 : Solkar - Protectors “Swiftly Granting Accomplishment: a brief torma offering to the protectors and the Three Roots” is a daily practice composed by His Eminence the Great Terton
Chapter 1 : Solkar – Protectors
“Swiftly Granting Accomplishment: a brief torma offering to the protectors and the Three Roots” is a daily practice composed by His Eminence the Great Terton Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche, condensing in fewer words the complete meaning of the traditional Taksham protectors sadhana. It is practiced by our community in the Ripa International Center on daily basis, as well as individually by many of the Ripa students in the West.
There are two kinds of protectors, the wisdom and the worldly ones.
Regarding the wisdom protectors, it’s said: “Even they don’t waver from the blissful space of Dharmakaya, they appear as wrathful in order to protect the Dharma”. Deities such as Mahakala Lekdhen, Four-armed Mahakala, Mahakala Maning, Six-armed Mahakala, Ekatsati and many others belong to this category. As quoted before, these abide on the peaceful Dharmakaya level, but appear under the form of Dharmapalas or Protectors of the Teachings, to safeguard and uphold the Dharma and its practitioners.
Worldly protectors comprise powerful beings such as gods, nagas and local guardians who, after encountering with Buddha Shakyamuni, Vajrapani, Padmasambhava or any other forceful enlightened being, received a teaching from them and made the commitment to remain under their command and to protect the Dharma teachings.
Whenever a Dharma practitioner who keeps his or her samaya performs the ritual offering of torma and serkyem, which is a black tea or alcoholic drink libation, and praises the protectors requesting the fulfilment of beneficial activities for all the beings in general and the practitioner in particular, they are swift to carry them out. They are skillful in pacifying sickness, negative forces, obstacles and other helpful endeavours.
Lama Tenzin Phuntsok.
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