Pacifying the Turmoil of the Mamos

with Shastri Thomas Berthoff

February 5th

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    Room: Tantra Shrine Room

    The “Pacifying the Turmoil of the Mamos” chant is recited each year in order to pacify the karmic cause of personal, social, and environmental chaos that accumulates at the year's end. It is an elaborate protector offering. By reciting the chant, we tune into the protector principle of awareness and reconnect with sacred outlook.  

    This year, the Sakyong has again invited all practitioners to participate in the mamo recitation practice. The last ten days before Shambhala Day (February 5 to February 14, this year) are traditionally known as the "dön season". In the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon, "döns" are a type of malevolent spirit, usually of the preta realm, who tends to cause disease – physical or psychological – due to a lack of mindfulness on the part of the practitioner.

    The Mamo Chants are intended to dispel the accumulated negativity of the previous year, so that we can start the new year with a clean slate.

    The following link is to an article written some years ago by the Dorje Loppon Lodro Dorje for the Halifax Shambhala Centre Banner -

    Protector Chants : http://shambhalanetwork.org/sandbox3/index.php?file=2013/05/ProtectorPrinciple1.pdf