The two-day weekend Grand Puja of Vajrakilaya and Empowerment, followed by Lama Dance, was organised by Mindrolling Buddhist Association Ipoh, Perak.
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.
Led by Kyabje Ugyen Choephel Rinpoche, this stop in Ipoh was part of a nationwide tour this August and September.
Kyabje Ugyen Choephel Rinpoche is one of the most well-known Tulku among the young Tulkus of Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.
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.
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.
The highlight of the programme, where there were three sessions daily, was the lama dance at the end of the session.
It attracted a lot of interests among devotees and the public as this Vajrakilaya lama dance was a rare performance in Ipoh.
Known in Tibetan as Cham, lama dance refers to a specific dance genre performed in context of meditative rituals and ceremonies in monasteries.
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.
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.
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
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