The Vajra Kilaya ritual (Phurbi Tordok) ended in the late afternoon, February, 28th2014. It was the second of two Tordoks in Chokyi Gyatsho Institute this winter, the other of which was the Jamphel Shenye Tordok (wrathful manifestation of Manjushree ritual) which was performed earlier in February 2014. The rituals are usually scheduled at the beginning of each year.
It is believed that there are many external evil forces that are influence one’s life, causing sickness, death and other misfortunes. These rituals are performed to protect all sentient beings from those evil powers, and to defend from misfortune and sickness. This ritual is carried out at the beginning of the year to bring well-being, peace and harmony to the Institute, the community, the country and the world at large. Lopen Dechen, one of the senior teachers at CGI, said ”This ritual will also help protect and propagate Buddhadharma.” He added ”Our activities will go according to our wishes and our aspirations will be successful.”
The residents of Dewathang, Bangtsho and Rekhey came to pay their respects and to wish for good fortune in the coming year. The ritual was presided over by Khenpo Sangay Jamtsho and Lama Choeda and performed by hundreds of other lamas, lopens and monks