Both GSTDL & the Gaden Shartse Cultural Foundation (GSCF) appreciate the continuous support while the monks continue to adhere to Stay-at-Home orders. During the past few months, many pujas and sand mandalas have been created and dedicated to those who have fallen ill, been suffering and/or succumbed, especially to the COVID-19 pandemic.
More requests and sponsorships have been made to our center to continue with prayers and sand mandalas for the next few months. We are happy to announce the upcoming White Parasol Deity Puja & Sand Mandala creation on Sep 07, 2020. For those who are interested, please join us on our Facebook Livestream. Donations are always welcome! Please Click Here to donate.
About White Umbrella Deity:
The Sanskrit name for the White Umbrella Deity is Ushnisha Sitatapatra [Tib: du kar] which can also be translated as "The Victorious White Parasol." Her parasol indicates her ability to protect sentient beings from natural catastrophes, diseases, and so forth. She is white in color, because the principal means by which she accomplishes this function is the enlightenment energy of pacification.
Ushnisha Sitatapatra is a female form of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Like him in his elaborate form, she also has a thousand eyes that watch over living beings, and a thousand arms that protect and assist them. Thus she symbolizes the power of active compassion.
Source: Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive