"FPMT.org makes available a variety of White Umbrella Deity (Sitatapatra) resource to interested students, including a pre-printed devotional card and White Umbrella Deity practices in PDF format. Students can also find a White Umbrella Deity text than can be worn as a protection amulet. Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaches that White Umbrella Deity practices protect from fear.
Sitatapatra, which can also be translated as “The White Parasol,” protects sentient beings from natural catastrophes, diseases, black magic, and so forth. She is white in color because the principal means by which she accomplishes protection is the enlightened energy of pacification.
Sitatapatra is a female counterpart of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Like Avalokiteshvara, she has a thousand eyes that watch over living beings and a thousand arms that protect and assist them.
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