Naga Puja Teachings

Teaching on Naga Puja

by Resident Lama Khenpo Dorjee Gyaltsen

 28 July 2012 – Post Tara talk 11.30 am – 12 noon

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Please check web site home page for announcement of Naga Puja schedule.

General

Khenpo Dorjee introduced the importance of Naga puja and its benefits.  Through this introduction, he wishes more members to participate in the monthly Naga puja conducted at Sakya Tenphel Ling to benefit from it.

What is Naga?

Naga belongs to animal realm. There are 2 types of animals, one type is capable of harming us while the other is not capable of harming us back when agitated. Domestic animals like cow, chicken are the second type. Naga belongs to the first type. If we accidentally or intentionally harm the Naga, it will cause us sickness and creates obstacles.

If human digs the earth, canal or well, we may accidentally hurt the Nagas. This may cause us sickness. The Naga who is harmed is sick and we also in turn become sick. Unless the Naga gets well, otherwise we will remain sick and even seeing doctor may not cure.

When Naga harms us, we should not return with harm but we should return Nagas with loving kindness and offer them torma, milk and other offerings. This is aligned to Buddhist teaching of loving kindness and generating universal compassion to all beings, especially those in hell, animal or hungry ghost realm, we should generate loving kindness and compassion towards them.

There are 8 kinds of naga Kings: i) Galwo  ii) Nyegalwo iii) Kun Galwo iv) Tsuna Richen v) Taye vi) Dhung Kyong vii) Norgye viii) Zichen. These eight are powerful Naga kings. The other types of Nagas are snakes, tortoise, fish, frogs which are also considered a form of Naga.

Naga has two races white and black. Black is fiercest and won’t help us. The white Naga will help us whether we offer to them or not.

Where do Naga reside ?

They stay in sea, under sea, water fall, lake, underground, clouds and trees. In animal realm, one type stays on ground while Naga stays underwater. The Naga King’s upper body looks like Deva and lower half is the look of snake.

When should we offer to Naga?

We do Naga Puja to make offerings to Nagas. This ritual should be done on “Naga days.” Naga days fall on once or twice a month. If Naga Puja is not done on the “Naga days,” it will not bring benefits.

What do we do in a Naga Puja?

When we offer to Nagas, we have the intention to cure the Naga and we also regret the harm or disturbances we created for them. We offer flowers, five-colored cloth, in turn we also gain wealth, we look brighter and we also gain results and siddhis.

Naga can cause lots of sickness and obstacles. Normally we will know when we dream of snake or through prediction.

In Tibet, there are Naga places where devotees pray and offer. Tara can also pacify Nagas’ sickness. But Naga Puja is special. There are 3 types of Naga puja:

1) Lutor : Torma,  food offering Ritual for Naga

2) Chaptor : water offering Ritual for Naga

3)  Lusang: Incense offering Ritual for Naga.

If there is serious Naga sickness, you need to perform Singhanada “lions roar ritual.”  It involves making the Naga a celestial mansion and offer to Naga in the sea. And request them to go away and not create harm to sentient beings.

When to do Naga Puja?

The following months are the activities of the Nagas:

1st month is Naga dharma month. They listen to Dharma.

2nd month is when all Nagas gain wisdom. If we make offerings, they become our helper.

3rd month is Naga gathering or meeting day. If we make offerings, the offerings will become nectar and we gain siddhis wish fulfilled.

4th month, the Nagas keep discipline and regulations. By offering during this month, the place where ritual is performed. It will bring peace and harmony.

5th month, it is rainy month. The Nagas stay at habitat and practice. If we offer during this month, we will gain siddhis.

6th month, the Nagas collect fruits. Those who make offerings to Nagas during this month will fulfill their wishes. Those need children, they will have children. Those need wealth will gain wealth.

7th month is the month the Nagas collect essence of food. By offering during this month, we will not born in place of hunger.

8th month is the month the Nagas dress up. If we offer during this month, we will gain wealth and auspicious siddhi.

9th month is the month they collect essence from the trees, if we pray to Nagas during this month, we will get wealth.

10th month is the month Nagas spend the time sleeping, so no need to perform Naga Puja as there is no benefit.

11th month is the winter working month. We get peace, happiness and harmony if we offer during this month.

12th month, Naga guards the wealth. If we offer to Nagas, we can keep our wealth safely.

Conclusion

We can make offerings and generate loving kindness to the Nagas but we cannot take refuge in them, because they are also ordinary beings. They belong to animal realm. Individually if we offer them, we can gain tremendous merit. If we make offerings through love and compassion even the place will have happiness and prosperity. Rain in time is free from sickness and full of happiness. For example; when we do in Singapore, it will bloom with flowers, fruits and prosperity.


Please check web site home page for announcement of Naga Puja schedule.

View pictures of Naga Puja on 18 Aug 2012, 10am to 12noon at sea

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HE Khondoong Ratna Vajra Sakya Rinpoche, Resident Monk Khenpo Dorje Gyaltsen and the other Sakya Monks performing the Naga Offering Ritual at Changi sea. 

Click here for more photos on Naga Puja on 18 Aug 2012.

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