Beginning on May 11, 2022 and continuing for one week, Menri Monastery in India will perform the extensive ritual of One Hundred Thousand Offerings to the Queen of Existence, Sipé Gyalmo. This important ritual is performed at least once each year for the purpose of requesting the enlightened protector Sipé Gyalmo to remove obstacles and bestow her blessings. This year, the emphasis will include requesting her help in stopping the war in Ukraine and eradicating the global pandemic. Monks, nuns, and laypeople will all participate in the ritual. Especially, 100,000 small torma will be made and offered alongside the other offerings of food, flowers, butter lamps, pure water, and sweet smelling incense. The merit of supporting and/or participating in this ritual removes obstacles, increases prosperity and fortunate circumstances, and supports spiritual development and realization.
An excerpt from Menri Pönlop Yangtön Thrinley Nyima Rinpoche’s message in the newsletter for his North American Center, Khyungdzong Wodsel Ling:
“This year our Bum Tsok is a 100,000 cake offering to Sipé Gyalmo, Yeshé Walmo, and all the other protectors, including female and male protectors. Praying at Menri monastery will be all the monks, Bön children and students, and the nuns in the nunnery and tantric temple. There will also be some gatherings of local laypeople who are tantric practitioners. We will all be praying together for one week, every day we pray for world peace and a normal life. The last few years have been very difficult because of the pandemic, and now especially the war in Ukraine and Russia. So many people are suffering through a difficult life with war, hunger, losing business, and health issues. So with such a difficult life and time, this is why we do Bum Tsok, 100,000 cake offerings.
We believe all the protectors, especially Yeshé Walmo and Sipé Gyalmo, are very powerful and they can protect us from obstacles and negativity. I’m hoping that my friends, my students from the west, and USA, if you want to make an offering contribution please send it through our Khyungdzong Wodsel Ling center and we will send it to Menri Monastery. By doing this, you are praying for yourself, and praying for our world to become peaceful.
So whatever you like to donate, one dollar, one euro, it doesn’t matter. It’s from your mind, from your heart. And it is a ripple, like one drop from the sky, from the space, dropping to the ocean. So each single raindrop helps make the ocean become big. Similarly, one dollar, one euro, donated from your heart is really a virtue, and is really making a huge benefit.
And I’m daily also praying for you all to be happy and have a joyful life, and be liberated from these suffering situations and difficult times. So really I wish and thank you all and good luck,
21 April, 2022
To make a donation through Kyungdzong Wodsel Ling towards the bum tsok ritual for Sipé Gyalmo, follow this link: http://kwling.org/bon/bum-tsok-offering/ The full amount of every donation will be sent to Menri Monastery and designated for the ritual. This donation can be dedicated for those that are ill, in danger, have recently passed away, or for yourself. If you are unable to donate monetarily, by rejoicing in the donations of others and the performance of the ritual, you also receive merit. One can also participate by engaging in Sipé Gyalmo practice, mantra recitation, engaging in virtue and avoiding acts of non-virtue during the week-long ritual.
Sipé Gyalmo is an enlightened protector and also a yidam, or meditational deity. Her invocations and offerings are performed daily in Yungdrung Bön Monasteries.
From the scriptures,
“Within a burial ground ablaze with an eon-destroying fire, amidst swirling waves in an ocean of dark-colored blood, majestically sitting atop a black mule is the Queen of Existence, the single mother who brings migrating being to bliss.
Her body is the frightening color of dark-colored lapis lazuli. She has three faces and six arms. Her right face is white, her left face is red, and the face in the center is dark blue. Her blue-black hair billows upwards. The crown of her head is adorned with the perfect buddhas of the three times. Her nine overwhelming eyes blaze like an eon-destroying fire. Her six ears are perfectly curved like half-moons. The clicking sound of her tongues causes vow-breakers and evil forces to fall unconscious. The upper part of her body moves and is beautiful, and on the lower part of her body she wears a tiger skin as a skirt. She is ornamented with encircling, tamed snakes and a necklace of skulls.
The first hand on her right raises a dark-colored victory banner. The first hand on her left holds a mirror that illuminates the three realms of phenomenal existence. The middle hand on her right lifts a sharp, sword of wisdom. The middle hand on her left grasps an iron hook of method and compassion. The final hand on her right holds a sharp phurba of fierce liberation. The final hand on her left holds a human skull-cup filled with blood.
She uses a poisonous black snake as a halter for her magnificent black mule. The three upper and lower straps of her saddle are turquoise snakes. Her mount wears a crown of silk ribbons at its ears and is adorned with a necklace of gold, silver, and turquoise Bönpo flat bells.”
Having accomplished the practice of Mother Sipé Gyalmo in successive previous lifetimes,
you lovingly protect me like a mother protects her very own child.
Like the body and its shadow, you surround me with your love and affection.
Single-pointedly, I supplicate to you from my heart!
Never separated from your loving compassion,
protect me well with your four kinds of peaceful, expansive, powerful, and wrathful activities!
Unhindered, please act to accomplish whatever goal or intention that I wish for, without exception!
— Sipe Gyalmo’s Entrusted Activity composed by Shardza Rinpoche. Translated by Raven Cypress Wood
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