grand puja of Vajrakilaya

1. Kyabje Ugyen Choephel Rinpoche returns the Kata to a devotee that was offered to him, by placing it around her neck

The two-day weekend Grand Puja of Vajrakilaya and Empowerment, followed by Lama Dance, was organised by Mindrolling Buddhist Association Ipoh, Perak.

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2. Kyabje Ugyen Choephel Rinpoche and his lamas participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony

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3. altar of Dharma Protector Vajrakilaya

This auspicious event was aimed at helping participants remove negative karma of body, speech and mind, as well as to bestow longevity, prosperity, health and good fortune on them.

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4. altar of Dharma Protector Mahakala

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5. altar of Lord Buddha and bodhisattvas

Led by Kyabje Ugyen Choephel Rinpoche, this stop in Ipoh was part of a nationwide tour this August and September.

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6. Kyabje Ugyen Choephel Rinpoche pays homage to Dharma Protector Vajrakilaya

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7. Kyabje Ugyen Choephel Rinpoche lighting oil lamps as a tribute to victims of MH 370 and MH17

Kyabje Ugyen Choephel Rinpoche is one of the most well-known Tulku among the young Tulkus of Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

grand puja of Vajrakilaya

8. Jang Chog puja for victims of MH370 & MH17

grand puja of Vajrakilaya

9. Kyabje Ugyen Choephel Rinpoche on his spiritual throne

Born in the eastern part of India, at the age of seven, Rinpoche was recognised as the reincarnation of Terchen Drimey Lingpa by His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche; Dungsey Thinly Norbu Rinpoche and Lhadang Rinpoche.

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10. reciting the lamp offering prayers

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11. mandala offering to Rinpoche

Opened to non-Muslims only, Rinpoche lighted oil lamps for victims of two Malaysia Airlines air disasters this year, MH370 and MH17. These victims were included in the Vajrasattva Jang Chog puja, to help the deceased in their purification and liberation.

grand puja of Vajrakilaya

12. mandala offering to Rinpoche

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13. chanting of prayers by Rinpoche and his lamas

The highlight of the programme, where there were three sessions daily, was the lama dance at the end of the session.

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14. altar of Vajrasattva

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15. Vajrasattva Jang Chog puja for the deceased

It attracted a lot of interests among devotees and the public as this Vajrakilaya lama dance was a rare performance in Ipoh.

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16. Vajrasattva Jang Chog puja for wandering spirits, karmic debtors and deceased babies

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17. accumulating merit through the offering of lamps

Known in Tibetan as Cham, lama dance refers to a specific dance genre performed in context of meditative rituals and ceremonies in monasteries.

grand puja of Vajrakilaya

18. prayers at the beginning of the lama dance

grand puja of Vajrakilaya

19. lama dance

Generally, these dances represent an enactment of certain sacred rites pertaining to the countering of obstructive forces that hinder the life and well-being of the community.

grand puja of Vajrakilaya

20. Rinpoche leads devotees around the altars at the end of the dance

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21. devotees queue up to receive blessings from Rinpoche

Wearing colourful masks and elaborate costumes, depicting great masters of the past and/or meditational deities, dancers perform intricate moves in tandem with the beating of cymbals and drums, as associated mantras are chanted.

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22. a young devotee receives blessings from Rinpoche

Videos (below): Lama dance Parts 1 & 2

For this Vajrakilaya dance, also known as The Liberation of Sight, those who watched it with pure devotion can be cleared of negative and obstructive forces, bringing auspiciousness and joy instead.

Mindrolling Buddhist Association Ipoh, Perak
(Persatuan Penganut Ugama Buddha Mindrolling Ipoh, Perak)
Add: 43B, Tingkat 2, Jalan Bendahara, 31650 Ipoh, Perak.
Tel: 016-5231012 / 016-4154580 / 012-5678911 / 012-5754050

Event: Grand Puja of Vajrakilaya & Empowerment / Lama Dance
Venue: Dewan Leong Wan Chin, Ipoh
Date: 16th Aug, 2014
Time: 8pm

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