Yellow Jambhala Personal Deity Practice
Preparation of shrine: In front of the image of Yellow Jambhala, set up a clean tray lined with money
and covered with a mound of rice. Place three lit incense sticks in the mound of rice before the
Start by praying for the root lineage blessing: First empty the mind. Next, visualize the Root Lineage
Guru appearing above your crown and radiating light on everyone present. Chant the Root Lineage
Guru Heart Mantra 7 times. Pray to the Root Lineage Guru to empower you so that the practice will
be auspicious. Visualize your parents, children, relatives, friends, and enemies join you in this
Wake Up Call: Clap twice, then cross hands and snap thumbs and middle fingers.
1. Recite the Purification Mantras and Earth God Mantra
2. Recite the Invocation Mantra
3. Tender the Great Homage with Visualization
4. Mandala Offering
5. Fourfold Refuge
6. Armor Protection
7. Recite the High King Avalokitesvara Sutra
8. Recite the Rebirth Mantra (7 times)
9. Recite the Root Lineage Guru Heart Mantra (108 times)
10. Mudra and Visualization
Vajra Mudra: Hold the Mudra in front of the chest.
Visualization: First empty the mind.
Chant the Emptiness Mantra:
Om, si-ba-wa, su-da, sa-er-wa, da-er-ma, si-ba-wa, su-do-hang. (3 times)
(1) Visualize the smoke given off by three incense sticks (inserted in a
tray of rice) rise and transform into a moon disc. Inside the moon
disc is the yellow Sanskrit seed syllable “jum,” emitting great
(2) The seed syllable inside the moon disc revolves and transforms into
Yellow Jambhala. His body is yellow and he sits in a half-lotus
posture. Wearing a gemstone crown and gemstone chains on his
body, Yellow Jambhala’s round face appears prosperous and
slightly fierce. His right hand holds a pear-shaped treasure object
and his left hand holds a treasure-spouting mongoose.
(3) Visualize the big toe of Yellow Jambhala’s right extended foot swelling up, causing him great
pain. At this time, chant in one’s heart “Om Ah Hum, So-Ha” 3 times to invoke the Five
Buddhas to appear in the empty space above.
(4) Visualize each of the Five Buddhas emit a beam of light to empower Yellow Jambhala. Chant
the Empowerment Mantra “Om hum jum seh ya” 3 times. The empowerment from the Five
Buddhas reduces the swelling of his right big toe until the swelling disappears. Yellow
Jambhala smiles and his mongoose opens its mouth to spew gold onto the rice platter, turning
the mound of rice into a mountain of gold.
(5) At this time, one may visualize the object of one’s desire being spewed out of the mongoose’s
11. Recite the Yellow Jambhala Heart Mantra
Visualization: Hold mala beads in front of the chest and move each bead with the thumb during
chanting. Visualize the left hand transform into a vajra bell and the right hand into a vajra scepter.
The mother bead or emblem transforms into the Many-Jewels Buddha’s Stupa and the four
“divider beads” transform into the Four Heavenly Tutelaries. The tassel transforms into a “lotus
hand” while the string threading through the beads transforms into a circle of inherent white light
of Vajrasattva. During mantra chanting, when a bead is moved, visualize Yellow Jambhala appear
inside the bead and come to the forefront.
Mantra: Om, jum-bah-lah, chan-lan chah-nah-yeh, so-ha. (108 times)
12. Entering Samadhi
(Nine Cycle Breathing, Entering of the Deity into Oneself, Release of Oneself into the Cosmic
Consciousness, Breath Counting)
Allow one’s mind to flow gently into the auspicious smoke of Yellow Jambhala and rise up to the
empty space of the northern heavenly realm of Jambhala. Rest in a state of bliss and peace.
13. Emerging from Samadhi
The prosperous Heavenly King of the North
And great dharma protector of the Buddha Path
Showers us with countless riches and treasures,
Fulfilling all wishes with prosperity abound.
Bei-fang tian-wang xian fu-zu,
Yi-qie cai-bao jiang wu-shu;
Xian-qian yi-qie jie yuan-man,
Shi-wei Fo-meng Hu-fa zhu.
14. Recite the Principal Heart Mantras
15. Recite the Buddha’s Name (3 times)
May I become a dharma protector and rise up to the Northern Heaven,
May I enter the holy realm with praise and offerings,
Attaining great wealth and eternal abundance,
Bestowing dharma treasure to help all beings.
May all who uphold the name of Amitabha Buddha
Be born together in the Pure Land of His Western Paradise.
Recompense the Fourfold Generosity from above,
And aiding those who suffer in the Three Paths below.
Upon seeing the Buddha,
May I be liberated from the cycle of birth and death,
And may I develop the qualities of Buddhahood,
And thus free all who suffer.
I, ________ (your name), dedicate the merits of this practice to the Root Lineage Guru. May the
Root Lineage Guru always be healthy, remain in samsara, never enter nirvana, and forever turn
the dharma wheel. May everyone be healthy, free of hindrances, strong in cultivation, and may
all circumstances become auspicious.
May all supplications be completely fulfilled.
May all hindrances be removed. Wun!
17. Recite the Hundred Syllable Mantra (3 times)
18. Tender the Great Homage with Visualization
19. Recite the Completion Mantra
Om, Bu Lin. (3 times)
Om Mani Padme Hum.
Dismissal: Clap twice, then cross hands and snap thumbs and middle fingers.
End of Practice: May all endeavors be auspicious.
Xiu-fa yuan-man, ru-yi ji-xiang.