Tsa tsas are clay or plaster representations of the three jewels. The making of tsa tsas is often considered a practice in itself, however tsa tsas are also placed on shrines or carried in amulets as a support for practice.
These extremely rare tsa tsas are made at Mindroling Monastery in Dehradun, India. Mindroling is one of the six major monasteries of the Nyingma school in Tibet. It was founded by Rigzin Terdak Lingpa in 1676. Known for its strict adherence with tradition, lineage, and the vinaya, Mindroling is still regarded as one of the major centers for the study and practice of the authentic Dharma.
Since its founding in the 17th century, Mindroling has accumulated a variety of relics. Under the direct supervision of Dzogchen Tulku Pegyal Rinpoche, an incarnation of the treasure revealer Pema Dechen Lingpa (himself incarnation of the great translator Vairotsana), the monks of Mindroling crafted these extraordinarily precious tsa tsas using their own store of relics.
Ingredients of the “Fully Accomplished Blessed Nectar Medicine of Liberation from Suffering” Tsa Tsas, according to Mindroling:
(A) Embalming salt of Yerje Ugyen Lingpa, Tersay Pema Gurme Gyatso, and Rigdzin Jigme Lingpa.
(B) Face pills of Mahasiddha Galo; various holy substances from ancient consecrated images received during renovation of Rasatulnang Tsulakang; embalming salt of the Tenth Karmapa, Choying Dorje; embalming salt of the Fifth through Thirteenth Dalai Lama; embalming salt of First to present Panchen Rinpoche, Gedun Chokyi Nyima; dress of the mahasiddha Melong Dorje, and of Surje Choying Rangdol, Meling Terchen Yapsay, Jetsun Mingyur Palkyi Doma, Dzongchen Khenchen Pema Vajra; cloth from Dorje Lingpa; dress of Nyang Nyima Oser; the inner image of Kathok; dress of Kathok Khenchen Ngawang Palsang; vase water blessed within the Avalokiteshvara mandala; and many rare substances and reliable substances of the inner images of Kathok are included.
(C) Life blessing accomplishment of many siddhas and scholars like Thangtong Gyalpo; embalming salt of Rishi Kaydun; life substance of Derge’s great monastery blessed by the siddha Thangtong Gyalpo; many rare life essences are included here, like the three hundred types of life substances collected from Ayur Dakini; the pills of amrita of princess Mandarava revealed by Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche from the rocky mountain of Rongashel; amrita pills discovered in Urgyen Sangdzong by the mahasiddha Tilopa; pills of embalming salt of the “five self-born”; padma rakta pill of Yeshe Tsogyal; five hundred life essences from Padmasambhava, Vimalamitra, the mahasiddha Thangtong Gyalpo, and also many life essences of great masters of India and Tibet are included herein. There are also numerous treasure substances of the two Jamgons (Khyentse and Kongtrul) and Chokgyur Lingpa, and many rare substances that were personally revealed by the mahasiddha Thangtong Gyalpo are included here. A piece of the tooth relic of Buddha Shakyamuni, the real bone and cremation coals of Kunkhyen Longchenpa, the dress of Kunkhyen Longchenpa, the actual hair of Kunkhyen Longchenpa received from the inner image of Lhalung, the real embalming salt of Yarje Urgyen Lingpa, the treasure hair of Guru Rinpoche, the real dress of King Trisong Deusten, the hair and cloth of Thangtong Gyalpo, embalming salt of the mahasiddha Thangtong Gyalpo’s personal deity Vajrabhairava; the dress of Terchen Nuden Dorje, the hair and forehead of Jetsun Drakpa Gyalsten, and the hair of Yeshe Tsogyal revealed by Ratna Lingpa. The bone, hair and dress of Khyentse Dongak Lingpa (Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo); the face-washed pill of the siddha Chenmo Ma; the dress of Sera Khandro and Karma Chakme; the embalming salt of Jangchup O; the embalming salt of Minling Terchen; a piece of cloth of Lochen Dharmashri; the bone of the six tusked elephant that was a manifestation of Buddha Shakyamuni; the robe of the mahasiddha Amoghavajra; a pill of the embalming salt of Jangdak Tashi Topgyal; one main pill of Kaydun treasure revealed by Rigzin Gomdemchen; a cloth piece of Patrul Jigme Chokyi Wangpo; the hari, nail and dress of Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye; the dress of Tsarchen Rinpoche; the hair and accomplished nectar medicine of Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro; the dress of Marpa and Dedar Dorje; the actual cloth of Milarepa; washed body pills of Jowo Rinpoche; the meditation belt and dress Gyalchog Sanwo Dorje; a piece of cloth of Kyabgon Sapkar Chenpo Rinpoche; the embalming salt of Urgyen Ratna Lingpa; pills of vase water of the two Jamgons (Khyentse and Kongtrul); the real embalming salt of Atisha received from the image box of Jamgon Lodro Thaye; self-arisen longevity water hidden by Padmasambhava and later revealed as a treasure by Guru Chowang. Besides these, it includes all the blessed substances of Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche, mani pills and nectar medicine accomplished by Kyapje Chatral Rinpoche through the practice of the Nyingtik, a yellow scroll from Sangye Lingpa, the forehead and shoe of Kadampa Deshek, the hair of Khyentse Yeshe Dorje, the hair of Tsangnyon Heruka, the body thread of Getse Mahapandita, and the embalming salt of Sindhi Chojung and Karmapa Khakyab Dorje.
(D) Mani pills and nectar medicine accomplished by the Fourteenth Dalai Lama; Gyado pills of Sakya; nectar medicine of Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Chatral Rinpoche and Taklung Tsetul Rinpoche; and pills produced upon the completion of three times one billion recitations of the mantra of Avalokiteshvara, Padmasambhava and Amitabha under the supervision of Sengda Rinpoche. It includes many more blessed substances. These are but a few of the ingredients to mention. It also includes nectar medicine produced under the supervision of Dzogchen Tulku Pegyal Rinpoche.