The puja Melodious Drum Victorious in all Directions consists of five parts: Praise to Manjushri, the Guru yoga of Je Tsongkhapa, Self-generation as Buddha Heruka, the Fulfilling and Restoring Ritual of the General Protectors, and the Fulfilling an Restoring Ritual of the Great King Dorje Shugden. Of these, the last is the principal practice.
A Dharma Protector is an emanation of a Buddha or a Bodhisattva whose main functions are to avert the inner and outer obstacles that prevent practitioners from gaining spiritual realizations, and to arrange all the necessary conditions for their practice. Beings in this present time have a strong karmic link with Dorje Shugden, and so he is the Dharma Protector who is most able to help them. Therefore it is said that, “Now is the time to rely upon Dorje Shugden”. Dorje Shugden always helps, guides, and protects pure and faithful practitioners by granting blessings, increasing their wisdom, fulfilling their wishes, and bestowing success on all their virtuous activities.
This is the extensive sadhana of Dorje Shugden, called Kangso in Tibetan. It is usually performed once a month in Kadampa Buddhist Centers for fulfilling our commitment to rely on the Dharma Protector and to practice Lamrim, Lojong, and Mahamudra, as well as for restoring any degenerate or broken commitments.
For a more extensive explanation on the Guru yoga of Je Tsongkhapa and on Dorje Shugden, see the book Heart Jewel and for further information on self-generation as Buddha Heruka, see the book Essence of Vajrayana.
This puja uses the prayer booklets Melodious Drum Victorious in all Directions and Prayers for the Long Life of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.