Praise to Setrap (Topa)

4 April 2010 - 8:18am 2 Comments

Composed by H.H. the 5th Dalai Lama

HUNG PE MA RA GAY LHUN PO TA DONG ME
LEN GYAR KYU PAY PEL TZIN SIN PO ZUG
JIG RUNG GAR GU NYAM KYI NAM ROL WA
CHO KOR KYONG WAY SUNG MA CHE LA TO

In raksha’s form, a ruby mountain glorious with a hundred-fold
Embrace of the southern ocean’s submarine fire,
Emanation in a dance of all possible fury,
Praise the great guardian Protector of the teachings!


ULA SEL TSER BAR WAY SE MOG GYON
LHAG LHAG O TONG KYUG PAG SE TRAB SOL
GA SAB CHE TZE CHANG SHE LA CHIB NE
SI SUM KE CHIG NYUL WA KYOL LA TO

Wearing brightly blazing leather helmet on your crown,
And leather mail glittering with exceedingly bright light,
Mounted on beautifully saddled, bridled wisdom horse,
Exploring the three realms in a single instant, praise to you!


MAG TSOG JE WA GYE PAY BENG CHEN CHAR
DRA GEG CHING WAY ZHAG PA TUG KAR TZIN
KE LA TAG REL ZIG SHUB REL DRI CHANG
TU DEN TSEN GO CHEN PO KYO LA TO

Raising great cudgel dispatching millions of armed hosts,
At heart holding the noose which binds enemies and obstructers
At belt hang tiger-skin quiver, leopard-skin bow case and sword
The powerful great wild ‘tsen’, praise to you!


KU SUNG TUG DANG YON TEN TRIN LE KYI
TRUL PA ZHI DANG TRO CHAG ROL GAR KEN
NAM GYUR CHIR YANG TEN PAY TU TSEL CHEN
LHA LU TSEN GO RIG GYUR NAM LA TO

Dancer who sends forth peaceful and wrathful emanations
Of body, speech and mind, qualities and activities,
With powerful ability to exhibit any appearance whatsoever
Praise to your transformations as wild ‘tsen’, devas and nagas!


BEN NGAG MON PA TAG SHAR A TSAR YA
TSEL LU JI LA TRUL NAG TRA TREU SOG
DRANG ME TRUL PA JIG RUNG KOR TSOG KYI
SA ZHI BAR NANG KYON KUN GENG HA TO

Monks, tantrikas, tribals, youths and clowns,
Cocks, cats, black snakes, apes & so forth,
Praise the numberless dreadful emanations
In your entourage which fill the expanse of earth and sky!


ZE TSANG SE KYI TEN PA RIN PO CHE
SHE DANG DRUB PE PEL WAY DU PAY DE
DE TZIN KYE BU GYU JOR JIN PAY DAG
YAR NGO DA TAR PEL ZHING GYE PAR TZO

Cause the precious teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni,
The assembly which spreads them through teaching and practice,
And the sponsors of those who uphold the teachings,
To increase and flourish like the waxing moon!


JIG TEN KUN TUN NE MUG TRUG TSO SOG
DU KYI CHE PA MA LU KUN ZHI NE
GYE TRI TSE TUB TZAM LING MI ZHIN DU
TZOG DEN SAR PAY TSE GA GO PAR TZO

In all worlds pacify interruption without exception,
Such as disease, starvation, arguments and conflict,
And, as when people live to 80,000 in Jambudvipa,
Set beings in perfection, fresh culmination of joy!


KYE PAR PA ROL CHIN DANG TSE MA SOG
GYEN DRUG CHOG NYI ZHUNG LUG TO SAM GYI
TEN LA BEB PAY DHARMA CENTERS TIDE
JE DRANG CHE KUN DAR ZHING GYE PAR TZO

Especially cause the spread and flourishing of all Dharma Centers,
Together with all its followers, those who understand
Through study, the two supreme and six ornaments’
Scriptures on the perfections, valid cognition and so forth.


DOR NA DAG CHAG GON NE MI NOR KUN
TEN SUNG CHEN PO KYO LA NYER TE NA
NYIN TSEN DU DRUG SUNG ZHING KYOB PA DANG
ZHI GYE WANG DRAG TRIN LE LHUN DRUB TZO

In brief, since we entrust to you, Great Dharmapala,
Our spiritual abode, people, property and all,
Protect us throughout day and night’s six periods,
And spontaneously exert peaceful, increasing, powerful and wrathful enlightening influence!

2 Responses to Praise to Setrap (Topa)

  1. Hi,

    My name is Roy Sung, I’m a singaporean. I read about Setrap about 1 ago from a chinese book written by Ms Guo yue Yi and got very very intrested about it.

    I wanted to chant its short mantra but from what I know, it need a official transmition before I can practise any vajayana practise. So this thoughts deter me…

    Then on 18/7/2010 I was at Kl for a business trip and happen to pass by a shop at sunway pyramid mall and happen to see Setrap statue again I got very excited and went around the shop to look for any of its teachings.

    I found a a lue bbox containing its cha cha and its biograghy and ritual. I buy instantly…and when i paid for it at the counter.. i gt this dejevu feelings and my crown chakra gt beatings…

    I went bk sg and start to read the books….i realise i dun know how to pronouse many of the tibetan invoccation .

    I’m really very very intrested to start a serious practise of setrap and hopping it will guide me into a proper dhamma path…

    I wanted to attend your dharma class or events but being living in singapore, it make me very difficult to paticipate in your events.

    I really hope to see His eminence Tsem tulku Rinpoche in person and hope to recieve direct insight from him and also learn all those proper ritual way to worship great yaksa Setrap. However I really not sure what can I do.

    Please do enlighten me.

    • Dear Roy,

      You may practice Setrap without receiving any empowerment or transmission. H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche does give the oral transmission of Setrap’s mantra from time to time, especially at major events like the recent Setrap retreat. So you may proceed to start the Setrap practice without worrying about that.

      It’s great that you also have the box set. The DVD in the box set will guide you through the Tibetan pronunciation and the mudra. If you need more guidance, you can get in touch with the Singapore study group. They are a group of Rinpoche’s students who are based in Singapore and they gather now and then to do puja together, dharma discussions and so on. You can find out more about them here http://www.kechara.com/kechara-house/study-groups/singapore/

      Hope that helps