Kechara Combines Generosity and Wealth

29 April 2010 - 11:47am Comments Off

Following the granting of refuge vows and the lung (oral transmission) of Migtsema and Dzambala’s mantra by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche, Kechara House commenced the Dzambala retreat to accumulate 500,000 Dzambala mantras, 100,000 water offerings and 54,000 prostrations.

All of this prostrating and praying is not for any old reason. It is not to strike the lottery (though that would be nice!), for our personal businesses to grow bigger, or to increase our ability to buy a bigger car than our neighbor. It is for a purpose much greater and longer-lasting than an increase of things we cannot take with us when the moment of death arrives. It is for the manifestation of Kechara World Peace Centre (KWPC) to benefit the government and people of this region.

During his talk, Rinpoche explained that the practice of pouring water on Dzambala’s head came from Buddha Shakyamuni himself. During Shakyamuni’s time, Dzambala was a very wealthy yaksha and disciple of the Buddha. One day, Buddha’s jealous cousin Devadatta, pushed boulders down a cliff to crush the Buddha as he and his entourage were passing by. When the boulders came tumbling down, the devoted Dzambala jumped in front of Shakyamuni to block and protect him. A piece of stone broke off and hit Dzambala’s head, and he fell unconscious.

When Shakyamuni put his hand on top of Dzambala’s head, nectar flowed from his hand, thus reviving Dzambala. Dzambala then got on his knees and, with folded hands, thanked Shakyamuni for healing and saving him. Shakyamuni said that in return, in the future, all who were his students should be granted spiritual and material wealth when they poured water on Dzambala’s head – Dzambala immediately acknowledged and accepted Shakyamuni’s request.

Rinpoche explained that all samsaric beings suffer mental and material miserliness. Material miserliness is a concept many of us are familiar with; it manifests as a difficulty to share our material wealth with people, without agenda. Rinpoche elaborated that mental miserliness is no different, as it manifests as selfishness of our emotions – when we are with people, we don’t listen and close up. It can manifest as laziness and stubbornness when, in our need to be right, we find it difficult to let other people win. As a result of mental miserliness, or miserliness of the mind, people disrespect and segregate us.

Dzambala’s practice thus purifies our miserliness, both mentally and materially, to stop creating the causes that result in suffering for ourselves and those around us. When we do Dzambala’s practice, we need to apply the four opponent powers very strongly in order for the practice to be effective. Elaborating thus, Rinpoche said these were to remember and regret the negative actions we have done, especially in relation to miserliness and selfishness. This should lead to our meditation on the hurt, damage and disappointment we have caused to others as a result of our miserliness – from this should arise a determination not do it again. Finally, to break the cycle of our miserly habituation, we should engage in the opposite actions – giving and helping others, out of genuine concern and care for them.

It is with this intent of purification for Kechara World Peace Centre that more than a hundred Kechara members and friends gathered to participate in the first session of the Dzambala’s retreat for our retreat centre.

Watch this space for further updates on how the retreat is coming along!

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