The Singapore Buddha Sasana Society (Sakya Tenphel Ling)

The Akshobhya (Mitupa) Changchog

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This is a Vajrayana Ritual for benefiting the deceased. We time the ritual near Chinese New Year so that one may remember one's past kin and engage in a meaningful activity.

The Vajrayana skilful means literally invoke the non-dualistic nature of our mind in the form of deities to bless and purify the deceased consciousness from sufferings then liberate them to the pure-land by skilful ways through chanting, visualization, mudras and activities. The ritual master is very important and must be well qualified through retreats to perform the ritual so that it becomes very effective.
Changchog ritual is the best alternate way serve our deceased kins. Especially during the three occasions each year when families traditionally organize memorial activities to remember them, Changchog ritual has becomes the ‘best gift’ we can ever offer to the deceased for their purification and liberation, who now only existed in our memories without the slightest notion how we can connect them in the most beneficial way.
We encourage those who know the benefit of Changchog and how it can bestows benefit effectively to the deceased through the merit of a well qualified ritual master to spread the good news so that more people can benefit from this ritual.

Process
Mitupa Dharje (Preparation): Blessing of Offerings.Taking Refuge, Bodhicitta, Emptiness Mantra etc)
Mitupa mandala: Creating the mandala- Celestial mansion and deity Mitupa (self creation)
Mitupa Bumba (Vase): Initiation and invoking and gathering of Deities into the victorious vase

> Dissolve and blessed them into the nature of nectar for purification
> This nectar are given to all including the Ritual master. Participating lamas and all lay participants.
> Later during the Main Changchog ritual for the deceased, the blessed nectar will be given to all deceased ones through pouring it on the mirror purification.

Changchog Main Ritual
Charksum: Every Puja has Charksum where the mandala are covered and Lamas chant all the deities prayers including protectors etc, propitiating them with their mudras and requesting them to honour their pledges of bodhicitta to all beings especially the specific object of dedication that is the deceased, so as to free them from the suffering of lower rebirths. Dedicating Torma to all worldly deities so that they can assist to enhanced the dharma activities and to bring peace and happiness. Dedicating torma to all evil or negative beings so that they can be cast far away.

Changchog: Self initiation and initiation of the deceased : - Water purification: pour nectar water over the mirror to blessed and purify their act of giving, moral conduct etc the activities of the 6 perfections; the three poisons of ignorance, attachment and anger, the 4 elements
Smoke purification to remove sicknesses and obstacles

Sur Offering of 5 foods as:
Mirror with vajra Ting sak Holy water Champa food Cloth
Prostration: Participation by all attendees with lama leading ( about from 4.30 – 5.00pm)
Purification of Deceased consciousness with Mingjang (Name purification paper) burning (about 5.30pm, the last day of the Changchog)

Mitupa Dharje (conclusion)
The Dorje Lobpon then show the deceased consciousness the way to the Pureland through chanting and bell ringing.
Thanksgiving offering to the deities of the Mandala followed by praises and invocation of auspicious conditions conclude the ritual.