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Doorman Lohan: Pantha the Younger

Powerful, husky and tough,

Watching with careful alertness.

With the Buddhist staff in hand.

Valiantly annihilates the evil.


According to legend, this lohan, also known as Pantha the Younger, was one of Buddha’s favourite disciples. When he went alms-begging he would bang on people’s doors. One time he did that, the old and rotten door fell apart, and he had to apologize to the owner of the house. So Buddha gave him a tin staff and told him, “When you go alms-begging, you don’t have to bang on people’s doors any more. Just tap this staff. If the people inside want to give you alms, they will come out.” The tin staff had several rings on it and made a light noise when tapped. The tin staff has become the symbol of this lohan.

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<div> —  from <i>The Three Pillars of Zen</i> by Philip Kapleau<br> </div><span>Everything is ultimately reducible to nothing.</span>
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What the miser fears, that keeps him from giving, is the very danger that comes when he doesn’t give.

-SN 1:32

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Achi Chökyi Dolma


Meaning of Achi Mantra

༄༄།། སྲིད་གསུམ་དབང་འདུས་འགྲོ་བ་མ་ལུས་སྐྱོང་།།

The Conquer of the three world and the protector of all beings,


Who held the teachings of thousand Buddhas,


Accomplishes the mind of sentient beings according to Dharma,


I praised and bow down for Achi Choki Drolma.

ཨོཾ་མ་མ་ཙཀྲ་སྭཱཧཱ། ཡར་འདུས། སརྦ་འདུས། རཱཛ་རཱཛ་འདུས། མ་མ་འདུས་ཧཱུཾ་ཕཊ་སྭཱཧཱ།

Om Mama Chakra Sovaha, Yardhue, Sarvadhue, Raja Raja Dhue, Mama Dhue Hung Phat Sovaha.

ཨོཾ་ཞེས་པ། སྐུ་གསུང་ཐུགས་སམ། རྩ་བ་གསུམ་སྟེ་བླ་མ། ཡིད་དམ། མཁའ་འགྲོ་གསུམ་མཚོན་པ་ཡིན།

Om represents body, speech and mind or the three roots of gurus the Lama, Deity and Dakini.

མ་མ་ཞེས་པ། ཡུམ་མམ་ཨ་མ་ཞེས་པའི་དོན་ལ་འཇུག་པ་དང་། དེས་ཨ་ཕྱི་ཆོས་ཀྱི་སྒྲོལ་མ་དེ་ཉིད་སེམས་ཅན་ཀུན་ལ་སྙིང་བརྩེ་བའི་མ་ལྟ་བུ་དང་། དེ་རྣམས་སྡུག་བསྔལ་ལས་སྐྱོབ་ནུས་པའི་རྩ་བ་གསུམ་གྱི་བདག་ཉིད་ཡིན་པར་མཚོན་པ་ཡིན།

Mama means mother, which means Achi Choki Dolma is like a dear mother to all sentient beings, an embodiment of three roots gurus who protect sentient beings from sufferings.

ཙཀྲ་ཞེས་པ། འཁོར་ལོ་ལ་འཇུག་པ་དང་། དེས་ཕྱི་ནང་གསང་གསུམ་གྱི་བསྲུང་བའི་འཁོར་ལོ་ཐམས་ཅད་གཅིག་ཏུ་འདུས་པར་མཚོན་ཅིང་། ཞི་རྒྱས་དབང་དྲག་འཕྲིན་ལས་བཞིའི་གོ་ནས་འགྲོ་བའི་དོན་མཛད་པར་བསྟན་པ་ཡིན།

Chakra means wheel, which represents the wheel of protection, comprising all inner, outer and secret. The four activities peaceful, extensive, powerful and wrathful for the benefit of sentient beings.

སྭཱཧཱ་ཞེས་པ། གཞིས་ཚུགས་ཤིག་ཅེས་པས། དབང་དུ་འདུས་པའི་དོན་བསྟན་པ་ཡིན།

Sovaha means to stabilise or overpowered.

ཡར་འདུས་ཞེས་པ། ཆོས་ཀྱི་སྒྲོལ་མས་འགྲོ་བ་རྣམས་འཁོར་བ་ལས་ཡར་འདྲེན་པར་མཛད་པའི་དོན་སྟོན་པ་ཡིན། དེ་ཡང་གནས་སྐབས་ལྷ་དང་མིའི་འགོ་འཕང་དང་། ཐར་ཐུག་སངས་རྒྱས་ཀྱི་སར་བགྲོད་པའི་ལམ་སྟོན་པར་མཛད་པའི་འཕྲིན་ལས་མཚོན་པ་ཡིན།

Yardhue… means the indication that Achi pulls up all sentient beings from samsara, and put into the state of temporal well being of human and god, or show the path of ultimate Buddhahood.

སརྦ་འདུས་ཞེས་པ། ཐམས་ཅད་དཀྱིལ་འཁོར་གཅིག་ཏུ་འདུས་པའི་དོན་ལ་འཇུག་པ་དང་། དེ་ཡང་ས་སྟེང་། ས་འོག ས་བླ་སྟེ་སྲིད་པ་གསུམ་གྱི་སེམས་ཅན་ཐམས་ཅད་ལ་ཉེ་རིང་མེད་པར་ཆོས་ཀྱི་སྒྲོལ་མའི་བསྲུང་བའི་དཀྱིལ་འཁོར་གཅིག་ཏུ་འདུས་པར་མཚོན།

Sarva Dhue means it includes all beings in the mandala of Achi Choki Dolma. Which means that all sentient beings of lower, above and upper of the three realms are all included in the mandala of Achi’s Protection without having any discrimination.

རཱཛརཱཛ་འདུས་ཞེས་པ། འགྲོ་བའི་དོན་བྱེད་པ་ལ་རྒྱལ་པོའི་ནང་ནས་ཀྱང་རྒྱལ་པོ་ཞེས་པའི་དོན་ཡིན། དེ་ལ་ཆོས་ཀྱི་སྒྲོལ་མས་འགྲོ་བའི་དོན་བྱེད་པ་ལ། སྟོང་འཁོར་ལོ་སྒྱུར་བའི་རྒྱལ་པོ་ལྟར་ཁམས་གསུམ་དབང་དུ་འདུས་ནུས་པའི་འཕྲིན་ལས་མཚོན་པ་ཡིན།

Raja Raja Dhue means which shows a king like activities to benefits all beings. That means Achi has a steering power like of thousand kingship of the world.

མ་མ་འདུས་ཞེས་པ། ཆོས་ཀྱི་སྒྲོལ་མའི་དཀྱིལ་འཁོར་གཅིག་ཏུ་བདག་ཉིད་ཀྱང་འདུས་པར་བསྟན་པ་ཡིན།

Mama Dhue means I am also included in the wheel of Achi’s protection.

ཧཱུཾ་ཞེས་པ། ཐུགས་ཀྱི་ས་བོན་ཏེ། དེས་ཆོས་ཀྱི་སྒྲོལ་མའི་ཐུགས་དང་། བདག་གི་ཡིད་གཉིས་གཅིག་ཏུ་འདྲེས་པས་རྟོགས་པའི་ཡོན་ཏན་མཚོན་པ་ཡིན།

Hung represents the seed syllable or heart quality of realisation, which means the union nature of one’s heart and Achi’s wisdom.

ཕཊ་ཞེས་པས་ཕྱི་ཡི་སྐྱེན་ངན་བར་ཆད་ལས་ཟློག་པ་དང་། ནང་རང་བརྒྱུད་ཀྱི་ཉོན་མོངས་པ་བདག་འཛིན་དང་བཅས་པ་རྩ་བ་ནས་སྤང་པས་ན་སྤང་པའི་ཡོན་ཏན་མཚོན་པ་ཡིན།

Phat represents the quality of abandonment, pacification of outer obstacles and inner obstacles, the ignorance from the root of one’s own mind.

སྭཱ་ཧཱ་ཞེས་པ། དེ་ལྟར་འཕྲིན་ལས་མཛོད་དུ་གསོལ་ཞེས་གསོལ་བ་འདེབས་པ་ལགས་སོ།།

Sovaha means the supplication to do the activities.

མདོར་ན། ཨ་ཕྱི་ཆོས་ཀྱི་སྒྲོལ་མ་ནི་སྲུང་མ་ཙམ་མ་ཡིན་པར། བླ་མ། ཡིད་དམ། མཁའ་འགྲོ་ཐམས་ཅད་ཀྱི་འཕྲིན་ལས་གཅིག་ཏུ་འདུས་པའི་རྩ་གསུམ་གྱི་ངོ་བོ་ས་བཅུ་ལ་གནས་པའི་བྱང་ཆུབ་སེམས་དཔའ་ཡིན་ནོ།།

In short Achi Choki Dolma is not just the protector but is an embodiment of Bodhisatva of the ten Bhumis and the root of three main gurus the Lama, Deity and Dakini.

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Wat Phra Si Sanphet in Ayutthaya. Thailand

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Do not look for bad company Or live with men who do not care. Find friends who love the truth. Drink deeply. Live in serenity and joy.

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Beware of the anger of the body. Master the body.

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Three Kinds of Intoxication

“There are, bhikkhus, these three kinds of intoxication.

What three?

Intoxication with youth,

Intoxication with health,

And intoxication with life.

An uninstructed worldling, intoxicated with youth, engages in misconduct by body, speech, and mind. With the breakup of the body, after death, he is reborn in the plane of misery, in a bad destination, in the lower world, in hell.

An uninstructed worldling, intoxicated with health, engages in misconduct by body, speech, and mind. With the breakup of the body, after death, he is reborn in the plane of misery, in a bad destination, in the lower world, in hell.

An uninstructed worldling, intoxicated with life, engages in misconduct by body, speech, and mind. With the breakup of the body, after death, he is reborn in the plane of misery, in a bad destination, in the lower world, in hell.

“Intoxicated with youth, a bhikkhu gives up the training and reverts to the lower life; or intoxicated with health, he gives up the training and reverts to the lower life; or intoxicated with life, he gives up the training and reverts to the lower life.

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Men are tied up to their families and possessions more helplessly than in a prison.

There is an occasion for the prisoner to be released, but householders entertain no desire to be relieved from the ties of family.

When a man’s passion is aroused nothing prevents him from ruining himself. Even into the jaws of a tiger will he jump.

Those who are thus drowned in the filth of passion are called the ignorant. Those who are able to overcome it are saintly Arhats.

- Gautama Buddha

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Dhahuli Teaching

Dhahuli was from a low caste family in Dhakara, who made a living by making ropes out of grass. One day, while tying the ropes, a large and painful wound appeared on his hands. A yogin came along and asked what was bothering him. In reply, the rope-maker told him what happened. The yogin then told him if he couldn’t handle such a small wound, then what he would do if reborn into an unpleasant state in the next life? At that, Dhahuli requested a method to free himself and was given the initiation which transfers spiritual strength and was given instructions to practice the path of realization.

After meditating for 12 years with faith and vigor, he obtained siddhi and became famous everywhere. For 700 years he worked for the benefit of many beings. When he departed for the realm of the Dakas, he had 500 followers who followed him.


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Prayer to Lord Jigten Sumgon

Prayer to Lord Jigten Sumgon

Precious Englightenment, the Source of Benefit and Bliss - by Mipham

OM Emanation body, embodiment of the wisdom, compassion, and ability of the buddhas and bodhisattvas

of the ten directions and the three times,

Drikungpa, protector of beings in the Land of Snows,

well-known as Ratna Shri,

please grant us the blessings of excellent virtue.

Though you have been enlightened, lord,

since beginningless time, your manifestations of

compassionate wisdom will remain

for as long as samsara exists.

You display various emanations again and again.

I bow down to you who bear the great burden

of protecting all beings.

You established, through the doors of study and practice,

the methods of the Mahayana in this Land of Snows.

The sun of your activities pervades the whole world.

I bow down to you, Lord Jigten Sumgon.

You promised to gaze, with unfailing compassion,

on whoever supplicates you with respect.

We are your followers in this degenerate age.

Who else can we rely on?

Therefore, now, when we supplicate you with devotion

from our hearts, do not forget your former great promise.

Please spontaneously accomplish the essence of our wish

to increase the number of authentic masters

and to spread the teachings.

Please pacify the disheartening circumstances

of this degenerate age.

Further increase the glory and good qualities

of the world and its inhabitants.

Please grant your blessings so that all the gathered virtues of the sacred and the secular without exception

may be expanded in this place.

The core of the thought of the victorious ones

of the three times is the path of mahamudra, the

pinnacle of the ultimate meaning.

Please establish and expand this path in all directions

and times. Please grant your blessings to increase

the good qualities of the three trainings.

In this way, may these results that we have hoped for

ripen as we have wished.

By these excellent virtues, may the glory of auspiciousness, the light of all that is marvelous,

pervade the three worlds.

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