The Namchu Wangden, or The Ten-fold Powerful One, is a symbol of great protection within the Yungdrung Bön religious tradition. It contains the seed syllables for seven hundred and twenty deities.
According to an explanation written by the 23rd Menri Trizin Nyima Tenzin Rinpoche:
“From the tantra, The Cycle of the Elements and Time, found within the 100,000 glorious scriptures of the indestructible, great vehicle, is this ten columns and nine letters of the Namchu Wangden, which contains the seed syllables of Enlightened Mind. AH is the seed syllable for Yungdrung Yéwang Gyalpo, the earth deities, their body color is golden. YANG is the seed syllable for Kündrol Yingjuk, the wind deities, and they are green in color. RAM is the seed syllable for Künrik Barwa, the fire deities, and they are red in color. MANG is the seed syllable for Künjom Gyalpo, the water deities, and they are blue in color. KHAM is the seed syllable for Kündü Chenpo, the iron deities, and they are white in color. DRUM is the seed syllable for the immeasurable tent of protection, and the four nyémjé ma, and they are golden in color. HUNG is the seed syllable for the queens of the four times at the inner door. At the middle door, are the four guardians. At the outer door, are four fierce ones who are dark-blue in color. OM on the right,* is the seed syllable for the grandfather of primordial, phenomenal existence, Sangpo Bumtri and the Four Families, and they are white in color. DU on the left,* is the seed syllable for the four mothers of cause and the eight shen, and they are golden-red in color. In brief, this symbol includes the seed syllables for the seven hundred and twenty deities of the Five Families. It is said that the Namchu Wangden destroys all fear!”
*Right and left are according to the point of view of the object not the subject.
Displaying this image protects from destruction by the five elements, as well as protects the life-force, health, personal power and lungta. It gives protection from the eight classes of beings, as well as from astrologically negative events. Traditionally, this image is placed at the entrance to the home as a means of protection. In modern times, the Namchu Wangden protection amulet is commonly placed in cars as well.
Tibetan Translation Raven Cypress Wood©2018
Thank you, Raven. Very important teaching. Where can one find a Namchu Wangden amulet? Best, Gabriel
Often the Ligmincha International Tibet Shop has them. However, I see that their online store is currently down. You could call them and ask. Otherwise, lamas often have them for sale. Raven
Thank you again and again for sharing all this information with us.
A question: the symbol of Namchu Wangden seems very much the Buddhist symbol of Kalachakra. Do they have something in common indeed? The same function or the same history or?
The Yungdrung Bon Namchu Wangden and the Buddhist Kalachakra are similar in function but also different. The Yungdrung Bon Namchu Wangden greatly predates the Buddhist kalachakra. It has a different source and different deities, but similar in purpose.