Beginning on April 18, 2021 and continuing for one week, Tashi Menri Monastery in India will be performing the extensive ritual of One Hundred Thousand Offerings to the Queen of Existence, Sipé Gyalmo. This ritual important ritual is performed at least once each year for the purpose of requesting the enlightened protector Sipé Gyalmo to remove obstacles and support the spiritual doctrine and its practitioners. This year, emphasis will also be upon requesting her help in eradicating the global pandemic that is causing so much suffering and misery. Monks, nuns, and laypeople all participate in the ritual. Especially, 100,000 small torma are made that will be offered alongside the other offerings of food, flowers, butter lamps, pure water, and sweet smelling incense. The merit of participating in this ritual removes obstacles, increases prosperity and fortunate circumstances, and supports spiritual development.
From afar, one can participate by engaging in Sipé Gyalmo practice, reciting her mantra, engaging in virtue and avoiding acts of non-virtue during the week-long ritual, or by making a monetary donation to support the vast offerings. It is possible to sponsor breakfast, tea, offering materials, the entire day of ritual activities, or simply make a donation of any amount towards the seven-day ritual. To read the message from Menri Monastery regardig this special event and/or to make a donation of any amount, follow this link to the website of Latri Khenpo Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche’s center, Yeru Bön: https://yeruboncenter.org/sidgyal-bum-tsog-at-smenri-monastery/?fbclid=IwAR1BPztJwn5kcEBZ9Y-hI41MmzI2jtMlIWrrH4tPZdGbBpgyVPyxRYQzBdA
Sipé Gyalmo is an enlightened protector and also a yidam, or meditational deity. She is one of the principal female deities, and her invocations and offerings are performed daily in Yungdrung Bön Monasteries. She protects from enemies, danger, illness, misfortune, and confusion, and supports the success, prosperity and spiritual development of Yungdrung Bön practitioners.
Sipé Gyalmo has countless manifestations and emanations. She manifests with different characteristics in order to meet the varied needs of sentient beings. She manifests riding a red mule, riding a black mule, and standing with a hundred heads and thousands of arms and legs. Her Body emanations are the Six Manifestation of Day and Night. Each of these six manifestations arise during a particular cycle of time during every twenty-four hour period. These six manifestations are White Sipé Gyalmo of Dawn, Golden Sipé Gyalmo of Sunrise, Red Sipé Gyalmo of Mid-day, Maroun Sipé Gyalmo of Sunset, Black Sipé Gyalmo of Evening, and Dark-blue Sipé Gyalmo of Midnight.
According to the Yungdrung Bön religious calendar, there are specific days set aside for the practice of Sipé Gyalmo riding a red mule. These dates are according to the lunar calendar and vary according to the month. During the 1st month of each season, which is the 12th, 3rd, 6th, and 9th lunar months, her practice day is the 8th lunar day. During the middle month of each season, which is the 1st, 4th, 7th, and 10th lunar months, her practice day is the 4th lunar day. During the final month of each season, which is the 2nd, 5th, 8th, and 11th lunar months, her practice day is the 5th lunar day.
SO MA MA DZA JO
You are the Mother of the vast expanse of the Bönku, which is primordially pure and free from elaboration.
In order to establish the Bön teachings in the Land of Snow,
merely by calling out to you Single Mother Sipé Gyalmo, wherever you are,
Great mother of space,
everywhere from this moment forward,
with a laugh of “Ha! Ha!” and showing a radiant smiling face,
establish the victory banner of the Yungdrung Bön of the white AH!
— From The Alphabetical Praise of Sipé Gyalmo. Translation by Raven Cypress Wood ©All Rights Reserved
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