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The Sanskrit name for the White Umbrella deity is Ushnisha Sitatapatra which can also be translated as "The Victorious White Parasol." Her parasol indicates her ability to protect sentient beings from natural catastrophes, diseases, black magic and so forth. She is white in color because the principal means by which she accomplishes this function is the enlightenment energy of pacification.
Ushnisha Sitatapatra is a female form of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Like this Bodhisattva in an elaborate form, she also has a thousand eyes that watch over living beings, and a thousand arms that protect and assist them. Thus she symbolizes the power of active compassion.
One serious result of the tsunami that hit Japan in March was the damage to several nuclear reactors. Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave a list of advice for those concerned about the effects of radiation:
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