The Singapore Buddha Sasana Society (Sakya Tenphel Ling)

DOLMA YULDHOG RITUAL

Dolma Yuldhog (literally Drol-ma – the liberator (Sanskrit Tara), Yul-war or hostility, Dhog – act of negating) or simply put it Obstacle-dispelling Tara ritual – should be performed on an auspicious day, by at best, a group of fully ordained monks, if not then by a group of novice monks or at least by a group of ordained lay persons for the purpose that will be related below.
It has two principal purposes;
1)      To dispel the unwanted obstacles and
2)      To realize what one wishes for.
The first one i.e., dispelling the unwanted obstacles includes getting trapped in evil spell, caught by Naga related diseases, harms done by worldly gods, harms done by evils, getting affected by curse, misfortunes, caught by serious disease, caught by epidemics, caught in the legal cases or conflicts, five boundless actions like killing one’s own father etc., transgression of vows, instant occurrence of different epidemics, dreadful consequences of conflict between worldly gods and evils etc. can be best negated with this Dolma Yuldhog rituals. It is said that in the bygone era Indian Pundits like Acarya Nagarjuna, Acarya Dharma Shri etc had resorted to Dolma Yuldhog rituals and successfully managed in negating all the obstacles.

How does it help in fulfilling one’s wishes? It has two benefits – temporary and lasting ones. The temporary benefits include spread of king’s empire & prosperity and masses well being and happiness, defeat of the might of evils and be protected by the Dharma protectors, prospering of lineage with sons and grand-sons, prosperity of country shuns warfare and drought, will help in getting rid of poverty and reach the state affluence.
The lasting benefit as described in this great text of Dolma Yuldhog – with the blessings of Arya Tara one will gradually develop the qualities of Love, Compassion, Impermanence, Renunciation, Boddhicitta to finally reach the coveted assembly of Arya Tara’s retinue.

Many stories were told about the efficacy of this ritual when performed by a qualified Lama and below are some testimonies: –

1) Once, there was a king in ancient India called Deva, who indulged in many non-virtuous deeds and disparaging the Dharma. It was believed that the stench of his misdeeds was so great that it angered the local spirits and deities to cause plagues, sickness and unrest upon all subjects in his kingdom. The turmoil went on till the King and all his subjects sought the help of Guru Rinpoche, who performed the Drolma Yul-dog ritual. Through this ritual Guru Rinpoche successfully pacified the local spirits and cleared the air of the all the misfortune that befell them. Seeing this, the king became a Buddhist and mended his old ways. Thereafter the king and subjects enjoyed prosperity and peace.
Another occasion where Guru Rinpoche performed this prayer was to help save a town inflicted with an epidemic that took the lives of thousands.

2) Once, a thief stole a tiger skin, which was an offering by villagers to appease local spirits. The local spirits were angered by this action and due to their own unenlightened nature caused the whole village to suffer insanity. Just at that time the great pundit Dharma Shri was staying at a nearby village. Out of compassion for these villagers he performed the 
Drolma Yul-dhog ritual and soon the people regained their sanity. The residual blessings from the ritual were so great that it brought prosperity to the village.

3) Once a king inflicted enormous suffering to the subject by burning up the images of Buddhas, religious texts and Stupas.  However out of great compassion Acharya Nagarjuna (c. 150 – 250 CE) the Indian philosopher and founder of the Madhyamaka (Middle Path) school ofMahāyāna Buddhism performed the 
Drolma Yul-dhog. And the efficacy of this ritual was so great that the king was immediately subdued and converted into a religious person. Not only was the Dharma re-established but spread far and wide. Hence, this puja is also best for subduing opponents who hold wrong views and also to pacify enemies of the Dharma.

4) Again in the south of Kapila, a king named Bhadra Shri indulged in all sorts of unrighteous deeds and as a result of this, the town suffered huge hailstorms, epidemics and warfare. Acharya Nagarjuna once again performed 
Drolma Yul-dhog and cleansed the town of all the diseases and warfare. After which the town flourished with all the citizens blessed with timely rain and rich crops.

(Source: Sakya College with elaboration by Corey Khoo)