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Question asked by Dongho

I have been reading on the tunes of certain sects and would like to ask on this. From what I've read, there are certain tunes to each sect and school of certain chants. Exactly where can I find the sheet music for these percussion and horns with the chants, such as to the one for invoking Kache Marpo or Dorje Shugden? Would it be possible to use school instruments for this?

Question asked by Kunga

Does the Gelug have Begtse a protector? If so, could you please provide a sadhana for him here?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Kunga,

    Yes the Dharma protector Begtse exists within the Gelug tradition. He is also known as Chamsing. Begtse’s practice stems from India and was introduced to Tibet and therefore Tibetan Buddhism by the translator Nyen Lotsawa. Marpa Lotsawa also practiced Begtse, and so the practice exists in the Kagyu traditions.

    This practice was eventually transmitted to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first of the five patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, who were the founding fathers of that tradition. Over time the practice of Begtse was incorporated into the Gelug tradition, founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, and was notably practiced by the 1st and 2nd Dalai Lamas.

    Over time the practice gained popularity within the lineage, especially when it spread to Mongolia. There the practice became an important one within the lineage as upheld there. Begtse is also affectionately known as the Dharma protector of Mongolia, because his practice is so popular there. If I am not mistaken, there is an oracle of Begtse in Mongolia as well.

    There is a mistaken account that the practice originated around the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama, with the subjugation of a Mongolian war god, but Begtse was definitely practiced before that time in the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya traditions. While the practice of Begtse is very effective, I have not come across the practice of Begtse in my personal practice, therefore I do not have access to the Begtse sadhana to provide to you. Instead Begtse is propitiated in prayers that incorporate many other Dharma protectors, and Begtse is also considered one of the nine protectors of the Hayagriva (Tamdrin) cycle of tantric teachings. Therefore Begtse is included in the Dharma protector sections of the Hayagriva tantras.

    Surrounding Begtse are his sister, Sing Ma, and his main minister, Le Khan Mar Po. His inner retinue comprises of eight butchers who wield copper swords in their right hands and skull-cups full of blood in their left hands. They are portrayed as naked and are very ugly. His outer retinue comprises a further twenty-one butchers, who hold copper swords in their right hands, and this time, the entrails of butchered enemies. They wear the skins humans and oxen as clothes, with ornaments made from human bone. While this may seem violent, Begtse is actually a very powerful and beneficial protector, who helps practitioners clear their obstacles and create conducive conditions for their spiritual evolution. I hope this helps. Thank you.

Question asked by Azair

Venerable Rinpoche,
I am doing a study in Kalachakra Tantra and I've heard from most of the lama's too that if you practice the Kalachakra Tantra, you'll be able to take control of your next rebirth.
Ofcourse, it has been said that we will get our rebirth according to our Karma and desires but whether those dreams will get fulfilled will depend upon the actions that we take in this life. Thus, practicing the Kalachakra(till the end) after initiation will give you the opportunity to take rebirth anywhere you desire regardless of your Karma.
My question is that, is there some truth in this statement.? Does this statement hold true for other tantra practices, such as Vajrayogini Tantra, Ghuyasamaja Tantra, Heruka Tantra, etc. I would really really like to know.

Thankyou in anticipation,
regards,
Azair

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Azair,

    Thank you for your question. Yes there is truth to this statement, both from a scriptural perspective and also by example, as the great masters have shown us. This is a unique feature of all Anuttarayoga Tantras or Highest Yoga Tantras, which Kalachakra, Vajrayogini, Guhyasama and Heruka are all examples of. This category of tantric practice can actually lead a practitioner to full enlightenment in this very lifetime.

    Even if enlightenment is not reached, very high levels of attainment can be reached nonetheless. This includes the ability to take control over your next rebirth. This is primarily engaged in so that the practitioner is born in an environment where they can eventually pick up their practice and further their spiritual path to enlightenment, or in order to be born in a place where they can benefit sentient beings the most, as part of the spiritual journey over many lifetimes.

    One of the reasons such an ability is very necessary on the spiritual path, is that usual death and rebirth occurs at the mercy of ones karma, specifically what is known as the ‘throwing karma’ or the karma that dictates what sort of rebirth a person is going to take. This opens up at the time of ordinary death, which most people have no control over. During the death process, many of our disturbing emotions will arise. Whichever of these is the strongest at the point of death triggers open a latent karmic potential, which becomes the ‘throwing karma’ and dictates where we are going to take rebirth and if that life will generally be full of suffering or not. Within Anuttarayoga Tantra, one of the key points of practice is to prepare for one’s death. This is done by simulating the dying process during one’s meditations, so that one becomes familiar with it.

    At the most pivotal part of this process, one practices achieving either the rainbow body or great bliss (in the case of the father tantras); or clear light (in the case of mother tantras). The tantras themselves are not defined in terms of the gender of the central deity, but by the method used to gain enlightenment. This is either the rainbow body/great bliss (classified as male, therefore labelled ‘father’) or clear light (classified as female, therefore labelled ‘mother’). Non-dual tantras such as the Kalachakra tantra can employ either of the two methods, a mixture of both, or alternate methods.

    In the case of superior practitioners, due to the power of their practice, they can achieve either of these two methods in their current body. Since they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, and a particular method of practice, they can also achieve enlightenment during their physical death. The great Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have achieved enlightenment at the moment of physical death, using the second of these.

    For other practitioners, they may not be able to achieve this either in their meditations while they are alive, or during the death process. However because they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, they remain in complete concentration at the time of death, not allowing any disturbing emotions to arise. Due to this level of concentration, meditation and awareness during the dying process, they are able to control where they next take rebirth. This is evident in the tantric scriptures themselves, and the life stories of many masters, who can state exactly where, when and to whom they will take their next rebirth, as they are in full control of the dying and rebirth process.

    There is a type of meditation called ‘thukdam’ which has been translated into ‘death meditation’. This is a final meditation some masters choose to engage in. During this meditation, the master themselves consciously begin the physical dying process themselves, engage in the meditation of dissolving the winds into the heart centre and remain in the most pivotal part of the death process, the mind of clear light of death.

    During this point they engage in meditations, either the methods of the father or mother tantras as mentioned previously, and or consciously choose where they are to next take rebirth. They can remain in this death meditation for long periods of time, days at an end, in which their consciousness has not yet left their body, although for all intents and purposes they are dead according to medical science, e.g. they have no heartbeat. At the end of their meditation, a drop of blood will be emitted from their nostril, and their head will slump over a little. Masters who engage in this meditation usually sit in full meditation posture, and their body remain supple and soft even though they have passed away from a medical point of view.

    I hope this brief explanation helps. Thank you.

Question asked by Brad

What is the significance of offering the Seven precious emblems of royalty to the Buddhas and enlightened Dharma Protectors? What are we symbolically offering up?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Brad,

    Thank you for your question. The ‘saptaratna’ or seven precious emblems represent on the one hand the ultimate state of temporal power, and on the other hand the ultimate spiritual attainments that we can achieve. By offering these to the Buddhas, we are actually creating the causes to achieve what they represent. Therefore it is good to know the meaning of each, so we can understand what we are creating the causes for by offering them up:

    Please see below for an explanation of the seven royal emblems:

    1. The Precious Wheel: a thousand spoked wheel, representing the universal power of the Buddhas, as well as the teachings of the thousand Buddhas of our aeon. It is represented by the Dharmachakra, symbolising the ‘turning of the wheel’ or teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, especially that of our own mind, thoughts, delusions and afflictions.

    2. The Precious Jewel: an eight sided wish-granting gem, which fulfils all the needs of a universal emperor. This jewel has eight special qualities: it illuminates the night sky for hundreds of leagues; it is cooling when the temperature is hot and warming when the temperature is cold; it makes manifest whatever the holder wants; when thirsty it causes a fresh-water spring to appear; it has the ability to control the nagas, and other supernatural beings, as well as preventing natural disasters such as storms, floods, etc.; it gives off multi-coloured lighted which heals the various mental and emotional afflictions; it cures all illnesses; and it ensures that one dies a natural death, not an untimely one. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, or perfect discrimination, so one knows what to abandon and what to keep in the mindstream during the spiritual journey to enlightenment.

    3. The Precious Queen: the most beautiful and virtuous of all women. She is described as a goddess who is the epitome of someone: with devotion; without jealousy; who is the embodiment of fertility; who works for the welfare of all beings; who possess feminine wisdom; speaks the truth; not attract to sensual pleasures or material possessions; and does not have false views. She is adored by all. She also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect effort. This is necessary to keep meditating until one gains spiritual attainments.

    4. The Precious Minister: who has sharp intelligence, patience, and the ability to give wise counsel to the emperor. He is so attuned to the emperor that even before the emperor has spoken, the minister is already carrying out his command. He only wishes to support the Dharma, help sentient beings, and is an excellent strategist. He also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect joy. This is also akin to the attainment of the first bodhisattva level, because you have come to an understanding of your own mind, which is like pouring ice-cold water into boiling water. The water stops boiling, as does the thoughts, projections, and delusions in the mind. He represents the path of the bodhisattva.

    5. The Precious Elephant: who has the strength of a thousand normal elephants. He is white, with the perfect features that an elephant could have. He is majestic, graceful, and gentle, but in battle is fearsome, fearless and unyielding. He communicates with the emperor through a telepathic link. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect adaptability. This is important, as one needs to be able to adapt to the various mental afflictions as they arise, and suitably counter them.

    6. The Precious Horse: who has all the marks of a celestial horse. Known as wind-horse, he is able to travel extremely fast, and can circumambulate the entire universe three time in just a single day. He is never fearful or startled, never makes a sound when galloping, and has extremely soft hairs on his body. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is single-pointed concentration. This is important because without this form of concentration, once cannot engage in the analytical meditations that lead to an understanding of emptiness, and therefore enlightenment.

    7. The Precious General: who has mastered the arts of war and always wins in battle. He wears battle armour and holds many different weapons. He tries to avoid battle, but when necessary fights, and never gives up until he has won. He is fearless, and courageous in carrying out the emperors commands and ensures the emperors army carries out their duties. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect equanimity. This is because he overcomes all warfare, which is akin to the battle between things were are attached to and things we have an aversion for in our minds.

    In short, what you are offering up is the highest of all temporal treasures and abilities, as well as the entire path of the Dharma. Doing so creates the causes for you to receive all of this on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment. I hope this helps. Thank you.

Question asked by Grigoris

Excuse me, but I would like to ask, what does the prayer to Shangmo Dorje Putri say exactly? I can't read Tibetan, but would like to see the description that the prayer gives. I am not planning to say the prayer or make interaction(as it would be very dangerous), but would like to see what it actually says from the Tibetan text. Here's the link:

Shangmo Dorje Putri – The Bamo of Sakya

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Grigoris,

    Thank you for your question. Shangmo Dorje Putri is indeed a fascinating unenlightened Dharma protector. Unfortunately at the moment, we do not have a translated copy of the text in English that we can provide. The usual format for such texts, would include an invocation, making offerings to appease them, and then exhortations for them to perform their activities, possibly followed by thanking them for their help. One thing is for certain, due to the nature of Shangmo Dorje Putri her prayer is sure to include violent imagery, just like many other Dharma protectors, such as Achi Chokyi Drolma (who even though has a peaceful appearance, has a lot of violent imagery in her prayers). The reason behind the violent imagery is explained in the post about Achi Chokyi Drolma here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/achi-chokyi-drolma-chief-protectress-of-the-drikung-kagyu.html

Question asked by je

hindu mantras in tibetan

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Je,

    Thank you for your question. I think you are asking if there are any Hindu mantras in Tibetan. As it exists now, the primary religion of Tibet is Buddhism. In fact, the Tibetan language was specifically created by the ancient scholar Thonmi Sambhota to translate, preserve and spread the religion in Tibet. Therefore the Tibetan language is inextricably linked to Buddhism. While there may be some Hindu practices that crossed over into Tibet and were translated into Tibetan, if they still exist, they are not prevalent. In my own personal practice, I have not across Hindu mantras in the Tibetan language before.

Question asked by Lia

I just went on a pilgrimage to Bodhgaya and have had a certain "feeling". After looking even after a picture of the Buddha at the Mahabodhi temple, I went there and had a very strong feeling that is hard to describe. Is that a sign of karma being cleansed or what exactly? Also, how did the image of the Buddha meditating with the top knot hair occur? I noticed other Buddhas like Maitreya, Amitabha, and so on had this hair style while sometimes having crowns instead. Is this top knot image what the Buddha actually look like or was it different like long wild hair with a starving body? The other Buddhas like Milarepa had a starving green body and long hair while others like Padmasambhava were fancy jewelry and robes with others like Lama Tsongkhapa in a monks robes with none of them having the top knot. As for the ages of deities in visualization, what does one do if one feels rather better off with a being around the same age as the person? I noticed Manjushri is to be 16 years old in visualization, but I don't feel comfortable with that especially the 8 year old White Manjushri. Would Yamantaka, Kalarupa, or Dorje Shugden appear at a certain age? I've noticed this with a lot of Buddhas and bodhisattvas without finding an old one.

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Lia,

    Thank you for your very interesting questions. The strong feeling you had while at Bodhgaya, could be that you have a connection to practicing the Buddhadharma from previous lives. One of the benefits of going on pilgrimage to holy sites is that sometimes this can open up imprints from previous lives. Alternatively it could be that you were actually planting a strong imprint in your mindstream simply by looking at such a holy image. This may seem farfetched, but the scriptures clearly state that when you look upon the holy image of a Buddha, you plant imprints in your mind stream, to practice the Dharma and eventually attain Buddhahood in the future.

    The top knot commonly portrayed on images of the Buddhas is not actually a top knot. Rather it is one the major marks of an enlightened being. It is a very small protrusion (bump) on the crown of their head, called an ‘ushnisha’ in Sanskrit. To portray this mark in paintings and statues, the tradition developed of portraying it as a top knot. However, in reality it is not, but an artistic portrayal of the ushnisha. When the enlightened deities are portrayed as a full Buddha, such as Shakyamuni, Amitabha, etc., they will have this crown protrusion. In the case of bodhisattvas they usually wear crowns, and in the case of the enlightened gurus, they wear their own head gear, such as Lama Tsongkhapa, who wears the yellow pandit’s hat characteristic of the Gelugpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

    In regards to the age of the Buddhas and bodhisattvas during their visualisation, the reason why they are visualised as youthful, is because in ancient times, the age was considered the prime of a person’s life. In ancient times, a person’s life span was relatively shorter, compared to what it is today. These days we have abundant resources, food, nutrition and medical care. In ancient times, they did not, therefore their live span was shorter. They would have viewed this age as the prime age of a person’s life, when they would have had the energy of childhood and the wisdom of adulthood. The reason some deities appear youthful, is because they are showing you that enlightenment is the highest, in which you are neither bound by the ignorance of childhood, and the ailments of old age. They are showing us that the state of enlightenment is the best, free from all forms of suffering. Yamantaka and Kalarupa are not portrayed entirely as human, therefore their faces for instances would not appear youthful, but their bodies would be visualised as full of power and extremely strong, depending on the practice. Dorje Shugden in his wrathful form, would not have the same youthful appearance because his wrath would mask this. Yet, Dorje Shugden in his peaceful form would definitely be youthful.

    That being said, there are some forms of the enlightened beings in which they do appear as being old. For example Palden Lhamo, Sengdongma and Ekajati are all portrayed as women who are not youthful, but older in age. Similarly, the Brahmarupa form of Four-Faced Mahakala is also portrayed as a very dark skinned man, and in certain portrayals has white hair, showing his old age. I hope this short explanation helps. Thank you.

Question asked by spring

hi, I am a female born aug 7, 1963 7:00 am cst, new Orleans, la, usa
how can I improve my wealth luck?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Spring,

    Thank you for your question and the information. Whereas astrology can definitely provide you methods for improving your wealth luck, from a Buddhist perspective, all luck and anything that happens to you in life for that matter, is based on karma. We have all accumulated vast amounts of both positive and negative karma from previous lives and this effects what we go through in this life. When the conditions are right, then the karmic potentials open up for a particular situation to manifest in our lives, either good or bad.

    From that perspective, whether we have good wealth luck or not depends on karma. If we take this view then there are two possible ways to improve our luck in life, as well as making life as smooth as possible. These are: purifying negative karma and accumulating merits, which are the reasoning behind many of the practices in Buddhism, so that we can concentrate on our spiritual path, especially when our material needs are taken care of.

    When we engage in a particular ritual or prayer, say for example a wealth ritual, this creates the energies of purifying the negative karma that one has in relation to wealth, thereby increasing the wealth in one’s life. And second, generates merits, which we can rely upon for good things to happen in our lives.

    Within Tibetan Buddhism, there are many methods to change the wealth energies in one’s life, some of which I have listed below:

    1. Invite a wealth vase: these vases are a unique speciality of Tibetan Buddhist practice, and were originally created to attract resources for the monasteries to ensure that they had enough to survive. These wealth vases attract the energies of tremendous wealth and abundance into a person’s life. They are filled and consecrated with many holy and precious items, after which extensive rituals are performed to energise them. They are not only good for improving your wealth luck, but bless the environment, and people who are near it. Traditionally kept in the monasteries and on altars, they can also be kept in your home, office or business to bring wealth as well. Apart from this, they have a many other benefits. You can read more about them and invite one, if you would like, from here: http://www.vajrasecrets.com/wealth-vases

    2. Engage in the practice of Gyenze: this practice is well known and a very powerful method for increase wealth, lengthening one’s life and accumulating merit. Gyenze is an emanation of the Dharma protector Dorje Shugden, in an increasing form. This means that his practices is all about increase: increase of wealth, increase of life, increase of all good things. When most people need to increase their wealth luck, it’s because they are suffering from financial difficulties, job problems, bills, etc. When they have to worry about such things, they can easily get overwhelmed, and not concentrate on transforming themselves as a person, because they just don’t have the time. Gyenze’s practice is very beneficial in these cases. This is one of the special benefits on Gyenze’s practice, that he helps us with outer conditions so that we can concentrate on what really matters, transforming our mind, and living a good life. You can read more about Gyenze and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html

    3. Engage in the practice of Dzambala: this practice is also very well known in Tibetan Buddhism. Dzambala’s particular energies are once again all about increasing things in our lives, and he is famous for increase one’s energies of wealth. Dzambala was a student of the Buddha, who was blessed that if any one propitiated him, they would see good things in their lives, and an increase in the energies of all types of wealth. Dzambala’s practice is also very unique, because if you practice it sincerely with a good heart, you will see your own good quality of generosity increase in your life. Dzambala is all about generosity and increase. You can find the practice of Dzambala here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#14

    4. Order a puja: which is a ritual prayer conducted on your behalf. These help to clear the obstacles that you are facing in your life. Kechara offers the following pujas which are very powerful, and can make a positive difference in your wealth luck. They are done by our trained puja team: Dorje Shugden puja (http://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund), Gyenze puja (http://www.vajrasecrets.com/gyenze-puja-fund), and Dzambala puja (http://www.vajrasecrets.com/dzambala-puja-fund-for-wealth). Many people around the world have benefited from having sponsored these pujas for themselves and their loved one.

    I hope this helps answer your question. Thank you.

Question asked by Desperate

How does one take refuge in a guru/lama exactly? I have found a guru, except he lives very faraway from me. How does one take refuge in him? Like, take if someone were to take refuge in Lama Zopa Rinpoche or Tsem Rinpoche. How does one do that is they live faraway? Not only that, but how can one find a root guru from a past life if there is in any case?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Desperate,

    There are two ways of taking refuge with a lama. The first is undergoing a short ceremony with your guru, and the second is taking refuge in you guru from your heart. In fact, even when undergoing the ceremony, the student has to accept the guru from their heart. If you would like to formally take refuge with the guru, you should contact the guru through his Dharma centre and make a formal request, together with an offering. This is the traditional procedure of formally requesting refuge.

    However, if it is not possible for you to meet the guru in person, if you take the guru to be your teacher sincerely, from the depths of your heart, this means you have taken refuge. In fact this is the real definition of having taken refuge with your guru. It is not about an external ceremony, but about an internal conviction, that this person is your guru. Once you have done this, you should follow your guru’s teachings and advice, and practice devotion to your guru. This is because for you, the guru is the Buddha and all the other enlightened beings, as he/she teaches you the Dharma which is the method to overcome samsara and therefore suffering you may be facing.

    You can formalise doing this by setting up an altar if you don’t have one already, make extensive offerings to the best of your ability, make strong aspirations for your spiritual path, and generate the strong feeling that you have taken refuge with your Guru. You can do this, and then consider that particular teacher to be your guru.

    This internal act of taking refuge however, is not one off. It should be engaged in again and again. In fact, as part of the formal refuge commitment, practitioners are supposed to take refuge at least three times during the day and three times during the night, meaning at least six times every day. When doing so, the first refuge is actually your guru. For example in the short refuge prayer: Namo Guru Beh, Namo Buddhaya, Namo Dharmaya, Namo Sanghaya, it is the guru that comes first. So every time we recite this, we should think strongly that we are takin refuge in the guru and the three jewels. In fact the three jewels themselves are embodied in your guru.

    As for finding out and meeting your root guru from a previous life, this would depend on how close of a connection you had created with your previous life’s guru. In the case that the connection was strong, and that the conditions in this life were conducive for the connection to open up, you would meet your guru again in this life. This however is rare. Another way to find out who your root guru was, if your intention is to re-connect with that guru in this life, is to consult someone with clairvoyance based on their enlightened attainments. For example through consulting a lama who is known for their clairvoyant ability, consulting a lama known for their divination practices, or even consulting a Dharma protector in trance of an oracle such as Dorje Shugden. However if the conditions are right, and the connections you made with the guru in previous lives is strong enough, one will naturally be drawn back the particular lama. I hope this short explanation helps. Thank you.

Question asked by DAN

What are the Buddhist views of the 5 planetary deities and the 28 star deities? I found out on the Sun deity, Mars deity, Mercury goddess, Venus goddess, and Jupiter deity in Buddhism and would like to know if they are allowed to be worshiped. Since my mewa said I was connected to a war deity and a powerful spirit(I do not know who), I thought the fire god would be alright to worship with his mantra of Namah Samanta Buddhanam Om Agniye Svaha.

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Dan,

    Within the Tibetan Buddhist system of astrology, it is usually divided into 2 areas of calculations. The first is called Nagtsi, or calculations based on terms of observations of the cycles of energy and time in the universe; and the second is called Kartsi, which is based on the planetary movements in the sky.

    Since Kartsi is based on the planetary movements, it does included planetary deities and star (or rather constellation) deities. These are considered to be deities in the sense that they are part of the upper echelon of the god realms. In Buddhism however, these deities are not worshiped per se. This is because Buddhists do not take refuge in unenlightened beings, even if they are of the higher god realms. Being gods, they are still within samsara, and are therefore still bound by the same emotions that you or I would be, for example, what is known as the three poisons: ignorance, desire/attachment, and hatred/jealousy. There are however rituals which are used to appease these deities and negative astrological influences, but they are not prayed to as such.

    In regards to your Mewa and your connection with a war deity and a powerful spirit, the way to keep this connection strong so that they can provide you help in this life, is to follow advice that would have been listed in your Mewa’s explanation. These beings do not need to be worshiped in any sense, but will naturally be around you as long as you live a virtuous life.

    If you do want to engage in the worship of a deity, perhaps you should choose one of the many enlightened beings, or perhaps an enlightened Dharma protector such as Dorje Shugden. If you are practicing Buddhism, this would be the best, as it would in keeping with the Buddhist precept of only going for refuge and propitiating the enlightened beings, rather than the gods, who although extremely powerful do not have the qualities of enlightened compassion and wisdom that Buddhist practitioners seek. I hope this helps. Thank you.

Question asked by Dongho

Okay, I have been finding a root guru and have been having some problems. For one, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche lives in California and will be visiting India for a whole month. However, how do I take refuge in a guru if they live faraway from an island like Hawaii? Also, can one take empowerments if the lama that provides it and the student are faraway from each other? I already felt the "cleansing water feeling" in my mind after talking to him on the phone, so I thought it was possible to take refuge through a phone. Also, if a guru is one of the heart sons of Milarepa and is a lama of the Sakya sect instead of the Kagyu, how does that work out exactly? Does the Kagyu lineage and Sakya lineage be combined together with the masters along with deities(except for mixing the sadhanas and mantras)?
As for the fortune telling, which one is correct? Is the numerology correct or the Tibetan Mewa reading? I have been getting very different past life answers as in the numerology as a tyrant and the Mewa as a red deer. I know it is of not much importance, but which is correct?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Dongho,

    Thank you for your questions. There are two ways of taking refuge with a guru, one is a short ritual ceremony and the other is you taking the teacher as your guru in your heart. In fact, we should take refuge in our guru every day, because for us, they are one and the same with the Buddha and enlightened beings.

    Most people think that the ceremony is the more important of the two, however what is also important is that the practitioner develop the inner conviction that the teacher is their guru and they feel this from their heart. For example, you can set up your altar, make offerings, and think of the person your consider as your teacher, then make the strong conviction that you have accepted this person as your teacher. This way, you take refuge with your teacher. This has been stated in many of the Buddhist texts. But this needs to be expressed in the way you think about your teacher, how you follow his/her teachings, etc.

    Since you have found a teacher that you would like to take refuge with, it is better if you contact this particular teacher and ask how to go about taking refuge with him, if you would like to undergo the short ceremony. As for empowerments, these need to be received in person, as the guru will plant the seeds of enlightenment in you. As part of the ceremony, the guru will have to perform some rituals and at certain points the practitioner would also need to be involved in the ritual to obtain the complete empowerment.

    As for the mixing of the lineages, this is not the case. Even though many Rinpoches have previous lives that belong to other lineages, in this life these Rinpoche’s practice the lineage they have been trained in. For example, if you have a Rinpoche that is from the Gelug lineage, in a previous life he/she could have been a practitioner of the Nyingma lineage. That does mean to say that this Rinpoche would be practicing both lineages in this life. The mixing of lineages is not encouraged, but each should be taught, learned and practiced separately, rather than mixing. This is because they each have their own unique and individual manner in which they teach the Dharma, and also which deities they practice.

    In the case of numerology and Tibetan astrology, both can be right. According to Buddhism we have all had countless previous lives, so it is definitely possible that both are indeed correct. Both are time-tested methods that have been used and relied upon throughout the centuries. From the Buddhist perspective, the reason why Tibetan astrology tells you what your previous life was, is to encourage you to do more practice. Because if you contemplate on the fact that you were a deer, your life most probably would not have been that good, and even in that life you would have been suffering, looking for food, surviving, etc. This should motivate you not to want to take such a rebirth again, and therefore practice the Dharma strongly in this life so that you can progress on your spiritual path and ultimately gain Buddhahood, which has no form of suffering at all. I hope this helps. Thank you.

Question asked by geronimo

Vajradhara mantra?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Geronimo,

    Thank you for your question. Vajradhara is actually Buddha Shakyamuni in tantric form, as such he is known as an Adibuddha or a primordial Buddha. It was Shakyamuni, in the form of Vajradhara that taught various tantras. Therefore when the tantric scriptures talk about the teaching stemming from Shakyamuni, it means that they were taught by Shakyamuni in this form.

    Since Vajradhara is heavily associated with tantric practice, his visualisation and practice is not usually engaged in by those who do not have higher tantric initiation. However, there is nothing wrong with praying to Vajradhara as he is Shakyamuni himself. Therefore you can pray to Vajradhara using Shakyamuni’s mantra as they are one and the same:

    TAYATHA OM MUNI MUNI MAHA MUNI SHAKYAMUNI YE SOHA

    Since it was Shakyamuni Buddha who first turned the wheel of dharma and taught Buddhism during our times, he can be considered the first guru. In tantra we need to see all the lineage lamas, from the lama who taught the tantra, all the way to our own teacher as gurus who are one and the same, and that is the nature of the deity we are practicing. Since that is the case, we can think strongly that Vajradhara and our own guru are one and the same, and thereby we can pray to Vajradhara by reciting our own guru’s name mantra if they have one as well. I hope this helps. Thank you.

Question asked by Kalki Dasa

Is it possible to acquire the original sheet of the Black Garuda practice? The one which was given on the lecture!

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Kalki Dasa,

    In regards to the Black Garuda as was explained by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in 2003 during the SARS outbreak, together with the practice of White Tara, please find below the links to the teachings:

    Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glAeITjrVSg
    Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Js2LnqfydNM
    Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbobnpa-BAU
    Part 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZTvqsZWSjc

    I hope this helps. Thank you.

Question asked by DAN

Who is Vajra Vidarana and his mantra? Who is Singhanata and what is his/her mantra? Also, who is Sagdag Wangchen, No Gyunma, the goddess of earth Tenma, and So Nyingpo?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Dan,

    Thank you for your questions. Vajra Vidarana, also known as Dorje Namjom in Tibetan, is a Buddha that is known for very powerful purification. The practice of this Buddha can purify many illnesses and negative karma, and provide very powerful protection from negative influences. The practice of this deities usually involves the blessing of water, which is either consumed or used to bless people or object to remove negative energies. The practice of this Buddha is very well known in Tibet and in the monasteries for its ability to purify the negative karma associated with the most severe of illnesses. Kechara was fortunate to have the 7th Panglung Kuten perform the Ting Tru Yul Tru puja, which calls upon the energies of Dorje Namjom in 2015. You can read more about the Panglung Kuten’s visit here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/700-meet-a-buddha.html.

    The mantra of Dorje Namjom, is very effective for purification and can be recited by anyone. The mantra is:

    NAMA ZENDA BENZA-TRODAYA HULU-HULU TITHA-TITHA BENDHA-BENDHA HANA-HANA AMRITEY HUNG PHET

    Singhanata, or Singhananda, is a form of Chenresig. This form of the Buddha of compassion is particular associated with the nagas. This is because the nagas are very much attracted to the compassionate energies of this form of Chenresig. Therefore the practice of Singhananda is very much used to help pacify disturbances caused by nagas. There is a pujas known as Naga Pujas (Lutor Lusang puja) that is specifically aimed at healing the nagas of their suffering through the compassionate energies of Chenresig Singhananda. These pujas can only be performed by those who have completed a retreat centred on the practice of Singhananda. When nagas are angry or ill, they can create illness and obstacles for people. Therefore, when they are calmed or healed, then the people they have been afflicting are also healed. The Panglung Kuten also gracious performed a Lutor Lusang puja in Kechara Forest Retreat during his aforementioned visit, you can see a video of this here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8inKykA1Goc.

    Even though commonly associated with practices surrounding nagas, Singhananda’s practice is very beneficial on many more levels. As he is a form of Chenresig, his practice is also helpful in developing compassion, purifying negative emotions (especially anger), and purifying negative karma. His mantra is very sacred and can be recite without harm:

    OM AH HRIH SING HANANDA HUM PHET

    As for Sagdag Wangchen, I have not come across this name before in my personal practice, there I cannot say for sure who this is. Perhaps you can provide me with some more information as to where you found this? From the name perhaps, it seems that this may not be a Buddha but in fact a very high level spirit, from the little Tibetan that I know.

    No Gyunma, or Norgyurma, is called Vasudhara in Sanskrit. She is actually the consort of Dzambala and is a wealth deity associated with prosperity, abundance and a bountiful harvest. Basically anything that you would need to survive well in terms of materials needs. He practice is not extremely popular in the monasteries, but he practice still exists, and she is very potent. More commonly, she is worshipped as Dzambala’s consort, so he is propitiated in some of his practices.

    The Tenma are actually a group of 12 goddesses that were subdued by Guru Rinpoche and are currently in the retinue of Palden Lhamo. They are protective deities and are said to protect practitioners due to the vows they made, and are known to protect sincere practitioners like one mother or sister would. There is currently a Tenma oracle that takes trances of these deities for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government.

    As for So Nyingpo, I have not come across this in my own personal practice either, however the name means something along the lines of ‘the earth’s heart essence’.

    I hope what I have shared helps. Thank you.

Question asked by kent

why were a pig a snake and a rooster chosen for wheel of life?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Kent,

    Thank you for your question. The three animals were chosen for the wheel of life because they represent what are known as the Three Poisons in Buddhism. These three are hatred, desire and ignorance, they are the three root causes of our suffering, and what underpins our continued existence in samsara. Once these three are overcome, we can become enlightened and reach the stage of Buddhahood, which is free from all suffering.

    It is believed that it was the Buddha himself who designed the drawing of the wheel of life, to encompass his teachings so that ordinary people could understand them in pictorial form. It is commonly painting on the outside walls of monasteries, primarily to teach those that are not studying the teachings in further detail (as the monks/nuns inside would be). However, real study of the wheel of life is very complex as it holds within it, all the major explanations about life and suffering. Understanding this, can lead us to a better understanding of our precarious state in existence and how this comes about, knowing this we can work on improving ourselves and working towards the complete elimination of all suffering – full enlightenment.

    The painting itself has many layers each with their own detailed teachings within the scriptures, but the centre of the painting are the three animals representing the Three Poisons. Hatred is represented by the snake, desire by the rooster and ignorance by pig. This is because in ancient times, these three animals were associated with these afflictions. Snakes represent hatred or anger, because they can strike at the slightest provocation, even if a person is simply walking nearby. Therefore the snake represents the qualities of hatred. The rooster represents desire because in ancient times it was believed that roosters were very attached to their partners, and that their aim in life was simply to procreate. Lastly, pigs were considered to be an ignorant animal because they would live in filth and eat whatever it could find, without thought of if it could be food or not.

    While these animals represent these qualities in art, it is not to say that that we should look down on them, it is simply that some common imagery was necessary to get the message across about the Three Poisons. In fact, as sentient beings, we should strive along the Mahayana path to gain enlightenment for them, so that we can help them overcome the sufferings that they face.

    In many depictions the pig holds the tail of the rooster, which in turn holds the tail of the snake, which holds the tail of the pig. This is to signify that all three poisons are the causes for the other two to arise. For example ignorance about the true nature of existence leads to the creation of attachment/desire for things, which in turn can lead to hatred. This is because hatred arises when we do not get what we want, or it arises due to aversion towards things that we are not attached to or desire. Both of these feed and strengthen ignorance about the true nature of existence. Hence it is a vicious cycle that we must break in order to overcome all forms of suffering. His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche has a book on this called Snakes, Roosters and Pigs, which is about overcoming these poisons and transforming our lives for the better. You can find a review of the book here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/snakes-roosters-and-pigs-by-tsem-rinpoche.html, and the book itself can be purchased online via our online shop called Vajrasecrets: http://www.vajrasecrets.com/snakes-roosters-and-pigs. I hope this short explanation helped.

    Thank you.

Question asked by David

How can one perform a Home Blessing puja?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear David,

    Thank you for your question. The home blessing pujas performed by the Kechara pastors and Puja team is quite specific and would need some training to do properly yourself. However there are some other methods you can use to bless you home, which I have listed out for your below:

    1. If you can, you can request Kechara House (if you are in Malaysia), or any qualified monk, nun or practitioner to come and perform a house blessing puja. This would be very beneficial as they would be trained in how to do this.

    2. Set up an altar to the Buddhas, with representations of the enlightened body (image/painting/picture/statue), speech (Dharma text) and mind (stupa). Once the altar is set up, during your daily prayers, you invite the holy beings to reside in the images on your altar strongly. This way, your altar itself and the images of the Buddhas on it, becomes a focal point of enlightened energy, which protects the house, and brings blessings.

    3. Put up pictures of the enlightened beings in your house. There is one picture that is very good to put up over the top of your front and back doors, and this is the Dorje Shugden Sung Kor, which you can print out from here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/gallery/buddha-images-high-resolution/dssungkhorhighres.jpg. This very special image invokes upon the energies of Dorje Shugden to protect the house from unwanted negativities.

    4. You can ‘sang’ you house on a regular basis, this is something like smudging. In this procedure you take Protector Incense, which is made of loose Juniper, and is burnt to create a lot of smoke. This is then taken around the inside of the entire house, to let the smoke permeate. It is said that the smoke and its smell gets rid of negativities in the house, making it more blessed. You should concentrate and recite the mantras of the protectors, such as Dorje Shugden, when you are doing this. You can find loose juniper to invite for this purpose here: http://www.vajrasecrets.com/tibetan-juniper-loose-incense

    5. Invite a wealth vase. Even though it is called a wealth vase, as most people only know of its ability to invite the energies of wealth into your life, wealth vases actually bless the environment they are in with positive energy. The wealth vases here: http://www.vajrasecrets.com/wealth-vases are created using the energies of Gyenze. As an emanation of Dorje Shugden, Gyenze is very good at attracting wealth energy, and at the same time removing obstacles and providing protection, like any other Dharma protector.

    I hope this helps. Thank you.

Question asked by Cc

Does human have any karmic connection with alien? Are they similar to spirits and do need help? Or can any spirits manifest as alien?can we chant and dedicate to them as well?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Cc,

    Thank you for your very interesting question. Yes humans do have a karmic connection to aliens, in as much as that they are sentient beings in Samsara, just like ourselves. All beings have some form of karmic connection to each other, because we have all had countless lives in countless worlds, and in countless forms. It is the nature of samsaric existence that we have this karmic connection with each other, but it does not necessarily manifest or open up, so that the connection is not obvious in this life.

    When were born, a certain karmic potential opened up for us to be human, and others opened up so that we were born into a certain family, in a certain place, with certain people around us. Therefore we say that the karmic connection to our family, and those around us is stronger, because (a) the karma opened us up to be in that situation and (b) because we have to interact with these people or beings, we are continuously creating karma with them.

    Aliens are not said to be spirits, because spirits do not have a physical body, whereas aliens do. There are two ways of thinking about aliens, the first is that they are part of the human realm in our universe, because they have a physical body and have higher levels of intelligence, than say an animal would do.

    The other way of explaining aliens, is that they belong to another ‘world system’. The six realms of samsara (god, demi-god, human, animal, spirit and hell reams) exist within our ‘world system.’ However, according to Buddhist belief there exist many other ‘world systems’ that each have their own six realms. Accordingly, what we can consider aliens could be of the ‘human realm’ within their own ‘world system.’

    They need help as much as any sentient being within samsara because they are suffering. Therefore it would be good to dedicate the merit of your practice for their well-being and also their spiritual progress, if you would like. But this may be hard to achieve at first, so you can first start by dedicating the merits of your practice to your loved ones, then all of humanity, and the beings of the six realms. If you can, then you can progress further to dedicate merits to the aliens as well.

    As for spirits manifesting as aliens, yes this is definitely possible. This is because if we have the karmic connection with spirits, they can take on many different forms to interact with us. If you are worried about seeing spirits or spirit disturbances, you can engage in the practice of Trakze, an emanation of the Dharma protector Dorje Shugden. This practice and explanation is available here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/trakze-to-dispel-black-magic-spirits.html. I hope this short explanation has helped.

    Thank you.

Question asked by Tim

Medicine Buddha is sometimes depicted with two bodhisattvas with him. Who are they, do they have mantras?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Tim,

    Thank you for such an interesting question. You are right that in some depictions of the Medicine Buddha he is flanked by two bodhisattvas. They are called Suryaprabha (or Suryabhaskara) bodhisattva, known as Sunlight or Rays of Sun Light in English; and Chandraprabha (or Chandrabhaskara) bodhisattva, known as Moonlight or Rays of Moon Light in English. Suryaprabha is red in colour, and holds a sun disc in his right hand and a red flower in his left. Chandraprabha is white in colour, and hold a moon disc.

    They are two bodhisattvas who aid Medicine Buddha in his enlightened works to benefit sentient beings by fulfilling the 12 vows he made before he became enlightened. These are:

    1. To spread Dharma through the radiance he emits, into the ten directions, allowing sentient beings in countless realms to achieve Buddhahood, just like he has.
    2. To awaken the minds of sentient beings onto the path of Dharma and towards Buddhahood through his Lapis Lazuli light.
    3. To provide sentient beings with anything they need in terms of material needs.
    4. To correct mistaken views and encourage sentient beings towards practicing the path of a bodhisattva.
    5. To help people hold their vows and precepts, even if they have not be able to hold them in the past.
    6. To heal those who are suffering from illness, or any other type of physical suffering.
    7. To help the poor and those who are sick.
    8. To help those who wish rebirth as a human.
    9. To help those with mental illnesses, and on a more subtle level, the delusions and wrong views that we may have.
    10. To help those who are oppressed be free from their suffering.
    11. To help those who suffer from hunger and thirst, and provide them with food and drink.
    12. To help those who are suffering from cold environments.

    There are many lineage of practice associated with Medicine Buddha. The lineages I have come across in my own practice do not include these two bodhisattvas explicitly. More commonly practiced in the Gelug lineage, is the Eight Medicine Buddhas and the Medicine Buddha together with the Medicine Goddesses.

    The Eight Medicine Buddhas are:
    1. The King of Excellent Signs
    2. King of Melodious Sound
    3. Stainless Excellent Gold
    4. Supreme Glory Free From Sorrow
    5. Melodious Ocean of Proclaimed Dharma
    6. King of Clear Knowing
    7. Medicine Buddha
    8. Buddha Shakyamuni

    The Medicine Buddha & the Medicine Goddesses are:
    1. Medicine Buddha
    2. The Goddess Actualised Wisdom
    3. The Goddess Simultaneous Wealth
    4. The Goddess Peacock’s Throat
    5. The Goddess Radiant One

    Therefore I have not come across specific mantras to these two bodhisattvas before. However as they are attendants to the Medicine Buddha, when you engage in the mantra recitation of Medicine Buddha, they would be included as well. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

Question asked by pema

Dear Rinpoche,My friend is alochol addicated and i want to stop alchol.Giving adivce also doesnt work.help him stop alchol.how can i help him

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Pema,

    Thank you for your question. I am sorry to hear that your friend is addicted to alcohol. Addiction is something that is very serious, so I would like to suggest that you find qualified medical and therapeutic help for your friend so that he can overcome this.

    Generally speaking, one of the first things you need to get medical help with is to identify if your friend actually has an alcohol addiction from a medical perspective, because drinking alcohol may also be a coping mechanism, or even just a very bad social habit. Addiction to alcohol is something altogether different, although the actions itself may look the same.

    When talking with your friend, you should be supportive in your speech. Do not be negative or hurtful, as this may make your friend not want to talk to you. When you do talk to your friend, make sure you stay calm and composed, not matter the reaction that your friend has.

    Lastly, when talking with your friend you need to listen with honesty, compassion and be sure that your friend understands that you are there to offer support and not to judge them.

    This is what you can do in the situation physically, but it is more advisable that you seek professional help, as they will be able to help your friend overcome his addiction better than you or I could.

    From a spiritual perspective, if you friend is open to it, he should engage in the practice of the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa. Lama Tsongkhapa’s practice is very beneficial for healing the mind, and can provide incredible support during difficult times, such as when a person needs to overcome addiction. You can find out more about this practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsongkapas-daily-practice-video-commentary.html. I hope this helps.

Question asked by Dongho

I have been wondering, but what are the differences in the different practices of the 4 major schools of Buddhism? I didn't quite understand how the Red Hats and the Yellow Hats did their practices differently. Exactly what are their differences(apart from the protectors and deities)? I found the Vajrasattva practices of the Sakya and the Gelug to have very different visualizations, so I wanted to know how each sect did their practices. I know Nyingma and Gelug use ritualistic workings, but what about the others?

  1. Reply by pastor

    Dear Dongho,

    Thank you for your interesting question. Even though it may seem at a cursory glance that there may not be that many differences between the four major schools of Buddhism, they each place emphasis on different parts of the path towards enlightenment.

    While the monastic lineage and the study of both sutra and tantra is shared by all four major schools, in terms of explanation of the scriptures and practice there are differences. For example the four traditions emphasise different deities of practice, and the methods in which they are practiced, such as variations in mantras, prayers and visualisations, etc.

    Even in the way that one progresses on the path has differences. For example, the Nyingma, Kagyu and Sakya schools place emphasis on the student beginning and engaging in preliminary practices at a very early stage, whereas traditionally in the Gelugpa tradition, this is engaged in only after a firm grasping of the fundamentals of Buddhist practice.

    Additionally, while all four traditions follow the explanations of emptiness as taught in the Madhyamaka teachings, the way in which this level of attainment is achieved differs from how they individually define emptiness, and how they go about achieving this state of being. This necessarily involves slight differences in its study and the various practices that lead to it achieving it.

    The way in which the Dharma is presented and taught also differ. While the Nyingma and Kagyu traditions explain the Dharma from the point of view of an already enlightened being, the Sakya present it from the perspective of a highly attained beings, and the Gelug from the point of view of an ordinary practitioner. Another interesting point of difference is that both the Nyingma and Kagyu describe the path of Dharma practice in terms of practitioners who instantly attain higher states of being, who are far and few in between, and are practitioners of the highest calibre. Whereas the Sakya and Gelug present the path of practice in graduated stages as described in the Lamdre and Lamrim teachings, respectively. I hope this helps.

    Thank you.

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Pastor Chia (sangha to be)

As a pastor, Chia will dedicate his life to befitting others through spreading the works of Tsem Rinpoche and Dharma to many people, through the use of pujas, rituals, counseling and sharing of his knowledge.

Ordained as a Pastor in 2011, Chia Song Peng has had a rich and varied Dharma career. He has held a core position with the Kechara Paradise retail outlets, served as a personal attendant to Tsem Rinpoche, embarked on various pilgrimages and received initiations into higher yoga tantric practices. He is accomplished in many pujas and has a deep understanding of the Dharma.

As a pastor, Chia has dedicated his life to befitting others through spreading the works of Tsem Rinpoche and Dharma to many people, through the use of pujas, rituals, counseling and sharing of his knowledge.

When Chia first met Tsem Rinpoche, he was asked if he wanted to become a monk, however even though this was his aspiration he informed Tsem Rinpoche that he would do so at a later date. For Chia, as he has is already in the Dharma full-time, it would be best if he became ordained. Tsem Rinpoche has reminded Chia from time to time to work towards becoming a monk and he promised that he would do so in the future.

Kechara began from nothing to become a growing Dharma organisation with major projects such as Kechara Forest Retreat, so Chia thinks that this is the perfect time to become ordained as a monk. Recently Tsem Rinpoche asked Chia again if he would like to be ordained, this time Chia said yes.

Pastor Khong Jean Ai (sangha to be)

Jean Ai wishes to become a vessel that holds the teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa to benefit future generations, inspiring others to live by the Buddha’s teachings.

Jean Ai met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche as a young child and through her parents' involvement with Kechara over the years, she has never known a life without His Eminence. Jean Ai was a regular volunteer of Tsem Ladrang during her childhood and teenage years. After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Warwick in the UK and working at the London Probation Service, she returned to Kuala Lumpur to join Tsem Ladrang's e-division. There she managed kechara.com, responsible for the weekly Kechara e-newsletter, including content generation and editing. Since then she has joined His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche’s writing team, responsible for executing Rinpoche’s personal instructions and managing his correspondence.

Having visited a nunnery in India in 2004, Jean Ai remembers noticing how happy and purposeful everyone was. She had a feeling of familiarity and the sight of the robes comforted her. Immediately, Jean Ai messaged her mother who told her to ask Rinpoche’s advice. Rinpoche told her to complete her secular education so that when she taught the Dharma her words would carry the credibility and weight of a university degree, something she completed with the motivation that some day she wanted to become a nun.

Through her ordination as a nun, Jean Ai wishes to become a vessel that holds the teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa to benefit future generations, inspiring others to live by the Buddha’s teachings. Through this she hopes to repay the kindness of her parents and her Guru. Above all she wants to abide in a state free of suffering, and she wants this for others as well.

Pastor Shin Tan (sangha to be)

For Shin, this is a great step forward to being fully committed to the cause of others and repaying others’ kindness through sharing the Dharma with others.

Before joining Kechara, Shin worked as a lecturer and provider of content and e-learning content solutions for various start-ups. Whilst providing training to educators teaching students in English for Specific Purposes (ESP) at various colleges, she was invited to attend a Dharma talk given by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche at Kechara House. This event rekindled her interest in Tibetan Buddhism, as she recalled the joy of accompanying her parents to teachings as a teenager.

Joining Kechara Media & Publications in 2006 as a volunteer, Shin assumed a full time position there as a Marketing Executive, with the aim of making His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche’s teachings available to more people around the world. Shin is now a member of the Tsem Ladrang Team, who takes care of His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche’s secular matters, enabling Rinpoche to focus on teaching the holy Dharma.

Shin states that when she decided to join Kechara full time, she had already decided to be of some benefit to others and spend the rest of her life doing only that. Working closely with His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche, seeing his tireless effort in helping others and spreading the Buddhadharma through the Gaden tradition despite tremendous challenges has made her realise that the next logical step is to become ordained as she has the opportune conditions to study with her Guru. For Shin this is also a great step forward to being fully committed to the cause of others and repaying others’ kindness through sharing the Dharma with others.

Pastor Adeline Woon (sangha to be)

Since finding her spiritual home here in Kechara, Adeline has made dharma work her life’s mission and wishes to dedicate herself fully towards the benefit of others.

Adeline stumbled across His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche's blog towards the end of 2010 and has been following his blog and Facebook page ever since. Since graduating from Dharma Drum Buddhist College Taiwan with a Masters of Arts in Religious Studies in July 2012, she returned to Malaysia and joined Kechara as a Senior Education Executive. Adeline was attracted by His Eminence’s straightforwardness and impressed at Kechara's growth under his guidance. To Adeline, His Eminence is someone who walks the talk, keeps his promises and sincerely cares for others displaying an excellent example of guru devotion, qualities that she seeks to develop herself.

Since finding her spiritual home here in Kechara, Adeline has made dharma work her life’s mission. It was in May 2013 that she officially requested His Eminence for ordination as a nun to dedicate her life fully for the dharma. According to Adeline, become ordained means that she is being true to her calling to live according to the dharma and be of benefit to others.

This however can only be achieved by meeting and studying under her root Guru. Adeline has been fortunate enough to have met with hers - His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche.

Pastor Niral Patel (sangha to be)

It is Niral’s motivation for full ordination to better himself, learn the teachings of our lineage in order to preserve them for future generations. He wishes to benefit others, just as he has benefited and is still benefiting from Tsem Rinpoche’s explanation of the Dharma.

Niral was born and raised in the UK, having graduated with a BA in Anthropology, he was working as a Financial Administrator for a Serviced Apartment & Hotel company as well as a Management Services company before stumbling across His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche’s Youtube channel, entirelyby accident. It was through His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche’s teachings that he began to understand the importance of practicing the Dharma, in order to benefit himself and others around him.

Having been in contact with one of Tsem Rinpoche’s long time students in the UK, he was encouraged to visit Kechara in late 2012 for a 10 day visit. At the end of the visit Tsem Rinpoche requested Niral to come to work at Kechara, to which he agreed.

Niral moved to Malaysia in February 2013 to work as an education coordinator at Kechara House, assisting the Education Division in the creation and implementation of the new education syllabus, teaching teenagers during the Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Ever since meeting Tsem Rinpoche, he has always been encouraged by Tsem Rinpoche to do more Dharma work and strive to better himself. It is with that in mind, that Niral has requested monastic ordination.

It is Niral’s motivation for full ordination to better himself, learn the teachings of our lineage in order to preserve them for future generations. He wishes to benefit others, just as he has benefited and is still benefiting from Tsem Rinpoche’s explanation of the Dharma.

Pastor Tan Gim Lee (sangha to be)

Gim Lee’s main focus is to guide and help anyone who steps through Kechara’s doors through Dharma sharing, counselling, performing pujas and other Buddhist services. She wishes to repay Rinpoche’s kindness by spreading Lama Tsongkhapa’s holy teachings and inspiring others on the spiritual path.

She discovered Kechara by chance in 2006 and started to participate Kechara's activities almost immediately especially the retreat to collect 10 million Migtsema recitations. In April 2006, when Gim Lee met H.E. Tsem Rinpoche and first listened to his teachings, she wept uncontrollably. Though she could not understand it at the time, she had finally found her perfect teacher. She is especially touched by Tsem Rinpoche's compassionate method of teaching by setting his own examples.

Having joined as a staff of Kechara House responsible for housekeeping in 2009, Gim Lee is now one of Kechara House's Front Desk Managers predominantly based in the retreat centre in Bentong, Pahang. She also teaches the Sunday Dharma Class and moderates Dharma discussions on Tsem Rinpoche's blog chat.

The many teachings she has received from Tsem Rinpoche have changed her priorities in life. She found answers to her questions about the purpose of life, and she has realised that the way to overcome the sufferings of pain and anger is by following the path of compassion and wisdom as taught by Lord Buddha. These realisations have led to her request to be ordained as a Sangha member.

As pastor now, and later as a Buddhist nun, Gim Lee's main focus is to guide and help anyone who steps through Kechara's doors through Dharma sharing, counselling, performing pujas and other Buddhist services. She wishes to repay Rinpoche's kindness by spreading Lama Tsongkhapa's holy teachings and inspiring others on the spiritual path.

Pastor Loh Seng Piow (sangha to be)

Loh Seng Piow developed a strong wish to help Rinpoche in spreading the Dharma to the world. With that determination, Loh Seng Piow chose not to pursue his PhD degree in Cambridge University (for which he had been offered a place), resigned from his research job, and joined Tsem Rinpoche as full-time Dharma worker, and has never looked back since.

Back in 2001, Loh Seng Piow had no inkling of just how involved in Dharma he would become. As a Masters degree-holder in Engineering, Loh Seng Piow was working as a research engineer in Singapore when he met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche. Rinpoche’s talk left a strong impression on him and after a few encounters with Rinpoche, Loh Seng Piow started developing websites for Rinpoche and Kechara.

Loh Seng Piow was trained in science, but soon realised that there were many questions that science could not answer. At the same time, he also felt that science and technology are not the solution to human problems, as humans are much better off compared to thousands years ago, yet the problems in this world are still the same, if not more, and we do not seem to be happier than our ancestors.

Loh Seng Piow soon realised that the Dharma is the ultimate solution to human problems, and that the methods used by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche are very suitable for this modern era. Loh Seng Piow developed a strong wish to help Rinpoche in spreading the Dharma to the world. With that determination, Loh Seng Piow chose not to pursue his PhD degree in Cambridge University (for which he had been offered a place), resigned from his research job, and joined Tsem Rinpoche as full-time Dharma worker, and has never looked back since.

Meeting Rinpoche was a very refreshing experience for Loh Seng Piow, as he never knew Dharma could be so unconventional yet maintain its essence. As Rinpoche’s personal attendant, Loh Seng Piow has had many incredible moments with Rinpoche and considers himself extremely fortunate because he sees real Dharma in action, both on and off the throne. It challenges him to practice Dharma 24/7. In this way, Rinpoche has blown away his old and persistent way of thinking, which was very much focused on the outer rituals of Dharma.

Having seen that Tsem Rinpoche truly embodies what he teaches, Loh Seng Piow is convinced beyond doubt that it is possible to develop our minds to a higher state, and ultimately achieving enlightenment. All these factors have propelled Loh Seng Piow to take a step further in his Dharma career to become ordained as a pastor in order to be even more effective in sharing and disseminating the Dharma to benefit others.

Pastor Antoinette Kass (sangha to be)

Having come across Rinpoche’s teachings on Youtube and finding them very helpful and meaningful, Antoinette hopes to bring the same help and benefit to others as a Pastor.

Born in Luxembourg in 1966, with four older siblings, Antoinette Kass’ father was a carpenter and her mother was very busy cooking, washing, knitting, cultivating two gardens and one vineyard for the family, on top of doing the paperwork for her father’s company.

After completing her education, Antoinette worked in her father’s company and later in a German bank in Luxembourg. However, she didn’t want to work in an office all her life and wanted to do something more meaningful. After having worked for about 14 years, Antoinette went back to school full-time and earned her degree in occupational therapy in Bruxelles. She also trained in the Feldenkrais method and accomplished the training. Antoinette then worked with visually-impaired children for two years, and then with individuals who were chronically ill in their homes for seven years.

Antoinette first came across H.E. Tsem Rinpoche through his teachings on Youtube and found them very helpful, meaningful, clear and easy to understand. After her first visit to Kechara during her holidays in December 2011, Antoinette took refuge in October 2012 and decided to join Kechara as a full-time volunteer in December 2013.

Pastor Yek Yee

Naturally an introvert, Yek Yee has transformed what was once her weakness into her strength; making what was once impossible now eminently possible.

Independence was forced upon Kok Yek Yee from the tender age of nine, when she had to juggle between work and school to make ends meet. Always the introvert, Yek Yee had few friends and had difficulty expressing herself. So it was unexpected when she chose a career in journalism.

Yek Yee excelled as an award-winning reporter with Guang Ming Daily and Nanyang Siang Pau. Her articles garnered her a fanbase, and in writing, she found an outlet for the thoughts and feelings that she could not verbalise. However, despite her success, Yek Yee was not satisfied. Temporary happiness was not what she was looking for – success, money, relationships, or fame was not the key.

In her search for happiness, Yek Yee met H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, who told her “don’t retaliate with your speech, but use your power of writing to express yourself”. This led her to join Kechara Media & Publications as a writer; subsequently she was appointed Senior Editor as well as a Liaison to His Eminence.

Yek Yee now holds a core role in Kechara Care, giving advice, tours, counseling and teachings to whoever walks through their doors. Through courage and determination, she has transformed what was once her weakness into her strength; making what was once impossible now eminently possible.

As a Pastor, her patience and open-mindedness developed through her journey with Kechara will bring comfort and solace, and her new-found ability to nurture and teach others will bring hope to many.

Pastor Lanse Chiah

Having been a Pastor for a year, Lanse wishes to continue with her integral duties by renewing her vows again.

Lanse graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Jinan University in Guangzhou, China in 1999 and became a part-time lecturer for several years, teaching western medicine in a Traditional Chinese medical college in Kuala Lumpur.

For a long time, Lanse remained an atheist, subconsciously searching for a spiritual guru as she sought answers to questions she harboured in her mind, questions that had led her into a state of depression during her time at university. As such, she would often read philosophical books in her search for answers.

Lanse first came to know of Kechara in 2007, through her friend of over 10 years, Pastor Yek Yee. She was surprised to see a complete transformation in Pastor Yek Yee, whom she had always known as a non-spiritual person. The first book by Kechara that Lanse chanced upon was the Chinese version of Be Greedy. Naturally, Lanse was skeptical at first, thus she read the book in an attempt to find mistakes with the philosophy. However, she couldn’t find any and was left impressed by how logical the explanations in the book were.

In March 2009, Lanse joined Kechara Media & Publications (KMP) part-time to carry out Chinese translation and help with transcription. The following year, she contemplated upon whether to pursue a full-time medical or a Dharma career, finally deciding on the latter. Lanse came to realise that, although both careers share the same motivation of easing people’s sufferings, she felt that her work in Dharma could lead to a greater contribution for the sake of all sentient beings in a deeper, spiritual sense.

Having been a Pastor for a year, Lanse wishes to continue with her integral duties by renewing her vows again.

Pastor Han Nee

It was not until she witnessed how Rinpoche brought peace and comfort to her dying mother, that she realised she also wanted to touch others with the Dharma.

Lim Han Nee, a mother of two, is a retired secondary school principal. She retired in December 2000 after a 30-year career in education. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Education at Leicester University in the UK, at the end of 2001.

After gaining her master’s degree, Han Nee considered further options of embarking on a doctorate in education or spending her years in retirement, travelling and visiting family. At the same time, she was also in search of her spiritual path. She had begun exploring Theravadan and Chinese Mahayana Buddhism for answers to questions she had.

In December 2004, Han Nee attended a teaching retreat on the topic of the Lamrim and White Tara held by His Eminence Gelek Rinpoche. As the retreat proceeded, she found her questions were being answered. Then in June 2005, Han Nee was introduced to Kechara by her sister, where she met her spiritual guide, His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche, who has recently told her that she must go all the way in the Dharma for the benefit of others.

Han Nee had been a school guidance counsellor for nearly twenty years. However, it was not until she witnessed how Rinpoche brought peace and comfort to her dying mother, that she realised she also wanted to touch others with the Dharma.

A member of Kechara’s Puja Team, who conduct sponsored pujas in Shabten Khang, Han Nee is also a member of the Education Division with the portfolio of Content Development. Apart from this, Han Nee is also a member of the weekly Kechara Chat Time team.

Pastor David Lai

In 2014, with a sincere wish to benefit others, David decided to be ordained as a Buddhist pastor to continue serving the spiritual needs of the organisation.

David Lai has been a student of His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche for over a decade now and was one of the founding members of Kechara. He joined Kechara as a full time staff in 2005 and has been working in various departments beginning with the Kechara Paradise outlets.

Right from the beginning, David had been advised by His Eminence to go into writing. Overcoming various hurdles, David finally began his literary career with the publication of his first book and autobiography, There’s No Way But Up in 2009. The book charts his spiritual journey from his childhood and culminates in the meeting with His Eminence.

The positive feedback from this book led him to write various other publications like Vajrayogini and Other Power Places in Nepal – a pilgrim’s guide of Nepal, Tales My Lama Told Me – a book on short stories and Conversations in Love – a book on relationships. These books continue to inspire and bring people onto the Dharma.

Besides writing, David has found his passion in sharing the Dharma since his earlier days working in the Kechara Paradise outlets. Over the years, David has received innumerable teachings from His Eminence, ranging from public teachings to personal instructions and advice. He is known to passionately share these teachings whenever he can and to whomever he meets. In 2014, with a sincere wish to benefit others, David decided to be ordained as a Buddhist pastor to continue serving the spiritual needs of the organisation.

Pastor Henry Ooi

After following Rinpoche as a Dharma student for all these years, learning and practicing the Dharma, Henry knows the importance of the pastors’ role in Kechara founded by Rinpoche. He wants to become a pastor to serve Rinpoche, to serve Kechara, and to serve the public.

Born in 1952 in Penang, Henry moved to Kuala Lumpur in search of work after he finished his Form Five studies in 1969. He worked at different types of jobs and it was when he was jobless in 1997/8 that he met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche at the house of his cousin, Ruby (now Dato’ Ruby Khong), when Rinpoche was giving a dharma teaching. At that teaching Henry was awed by how Rinpoche taught Dharma with simple yet profound explanations.

With the kind guidance, teachings and Dharma practices by Rinpoche including instruction to engage in their first spiritual retreat, Henry and his wife Angel started a small business that soon became profitable. A few years later after Kechara House Buddhist Association was founded, Rinpoche started to enrol students as liaisons and that was when Henry and Dato’ Ruby offered themselves. Later more students were elected as liaisons that saw the birth of Liaisons Council. The Liaisons Council is now known as the Board of Directors of which Henry is one of its members.

Currently Henry is the Project Director, overseeing the construction and completion of projects in the Kechara Forest Retreat. Prior to this appointment he was the Head of Department in Kechara Paradise retail outlets of which he served for about ten years. He still remains as its company director as well as director for most of the companies within Kechara. He served one term as vice president of Kechara House Buddhist Association from 2012 to 2103.

After following Rinpoche as a Dharma student for all these years, learning and practicing the Dharma, Henry knows the importance of the pastors’ role in Kechara founded by Rinpoche. He wants to become a pastor to serve Rinpoche, to serve Kechara, and to serve the public. As he aspires to be a monk as he grows older, being a pastor of Kechara will pave the way for his aspiration. Henry believes that as one gets older in life, one should have already prepared for the imminent, death. And what a beautiful death it will be, to die in Kechara Forest Retreat in a monk’s robes. This is the kind of death that Henry wants. But before the imminent death happens, Henry wants to continue working in Kechara Forest Retreat, serving the community and whoever comes into it in whatever way he can. And when he is not physically anymore to serve others, he will request instructions from Rinpoche to enter into retreats in Kechara Forest Retreat.

Pastor Ng Kok Heng

Through his efforts in Kechara House, Kok Heng hopes to share his experience in Buddhism and especially in the Gelug School of Vajrayana Buddhism with anyone willing to practice.

Born in 1963 in Kuala Lumpur to a lower middle class traditional Chinese Buddhist/Taoist family, Kok Heng was educated in Victoria Institution (1976 – 1982) and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), graduating with a Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours). Happily married since 1990 and a father of three, Kok Heng is a successful entrepreneur in the mobile communications industry and the CEO of the public-listed company, XOX Berhad.

Having always been interested in Buddhism but never really getting deeper into it, Kok Heng first met H.E. Tsem Rinpoche at a dharma talk in 2006 and was very attracted to his style and perfect English. In that first meeting, Rinpoche advised him to regularly attend the weekly Setrap Pujas, which he did. Kok Heng was facing many obstacles in his new business at the time, but through the blessings and teachings of Rinpoche, he has since found tremendous success.

The teaching that he finds most applicable and relevant is the “Eight Verses of Mind Transformation”. These teachings have helped him change his perspective in life, both in his daily worldly endeavours as well as his spiritual pursuits. Through his efforts in Kechara House, Kok Heng hopes to share his experience in Buddhism and especially in the Gelug School of Vajrayana Buddhism with anyone willing to practice.

Pastor Patsy Gooi

All that Patsy wants now is to spend the rest of her life doing dharma work, dharma practices and being of benefit to others.

Formerly a full time housewife with plenty of free time, Patsy had the great fortune to visit Gaden Monastery and meet H.E. Tsem Rinpoche almost twenty years ago. That one week stay in the monastery changed her view of life. Prior to that, she had no spiritual inclinations but meeting Rinpoche stirred something inside her, and she realised that there was more to life than just eating, sleeping, shopping and having fun. Rinpoche’s approach to dharma was logical and practical but most importantly, he stressed that we should always focus out and work towards benefitting others. Rinpoche made dharma easy to understand and his advice was and still is, to “change inwardly, not outwardly.”

In 2009, after years of practicing and applying what she had learned from Rinpoche’s teachings, Patsy decided to set up a Kechara retail outlet in Penang to share the dharma with others. She knew that Rinpoche’s teachings were very applicable to the people of our time and that his activities would benefit others just as they had benefited her. She also wanted to repay the kindness of her Guru who had constantly helped and guided her. Today, Kechara Paradise Penang is not just a dharma shop but also organises puja sessions, animal liberation and dharma talks.

In 2010, again with Rinpoche’s blessings, Patsy set up the Kechara Soup Kitchen Activity Center in Penang. Saddened to see the plight of the homeless and urban poor on the streets, Patsy decided to practice “compassion through action” as taught by Rinpoche in the most active way she knows. Today, together with her team of volunteers, Patsy feeds the homeless and urban poor four times a week and provides basic food provisions to many hardcore poor families on a monthly basis.

All that Patsy wants now is to spend the rest of her life doing dharma work and dharma practices, and that she may be of benefit to others.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 04:15 PM
    Very clear explanation of what is Vajrayogini’s left foot stepping on. Each time when i have a look at the beautiful statue of Vajrayogini this question will comes back to me. i am glad came across these blog by chance, i saw and read to understand better.A clear explanation ..stampling left and right foot significant of desire ,hatred and ignorance that cause us to be in samsara and she she able to control.Vajrayogni’s practices is so powerful in heliping us and that is the reason Rinpoche always ask us to start now.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these short explanation in the video and the interesting story of Mahadeva.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/facebook-question-what-is-vajra-yoginis-left-foot-stepping-on.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:44 PM
    Rejoice to all the families who had setup a Buddhist altar at home and conducted a house blessing puja. There are diverse benefits of conducting the house blessing puja, which ranges from bringing well-being on all levels – in one’s health, relationships, business, and family – to purifying the home. The puja ceremonies will purify the environment which helps the people who live there and people who are visiting there to experience general well-being. The puja can be personalised based on the request or need of the individual. Thank you for sharing with us the many photos of the beautiful altar of these families, it is very heartwarming to know that they will always be blessed by the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:24 PM
    Thank you for sharing this mindfully planned itinerary for everyone who is interested in visiting Kechara Forest Retreat. Kechara Forest Retreat has different facets that showcase different elements of spirituality and Tibetan Buddhism in this wholesale venue. One can enjoy the flora and fauna of Mother Nature, or embrace the contemporary architectures that feature many magnificent Buddha statues and authentic Himalayan decorations. Not forgetting to mention, in Kechara Forest Retreat sits the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world! This is a holy place we must never miss to pay homage for blessings from the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 01:07 PM
    金泽“财王”护法殿

    在禅修林的入口处的左边有一间小佛堂,是全天候二十四小时开放给大众的。这间佛堂的一砖一瓦都是由不同善心人士捐增的。也因为他们过后发了一笔小财,所以在大马文东,金泽护法一般被简称为“财王“。

    根据佛陀教诲,五蕴是组成众生的五个方面,分别是色、受、想、行、识。证悟者如多杰雄登能将五蕴分别化现成不同的本尊。金泽是多杰雄登“受”蕴的化现,作用是协助我们增长世俗和修行上的财富。“受”蕴是我们对愉悦或不悦感受的认知。我们执着于愉悦,避免不悦,而这正是导致我们受困和造下各种业,继而产生痛苦的因(此段原文: http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_6d7edf5f0102x1n6.html)

    来到这里,我们首先要上香。做生意的朋友可要趁此机会拜拜,供养一个大的莲花蜡烛,上三根大香,祈求今年一帆风顺哦。

    摘自“GO BENTONG!与菩萨有约”
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120808
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 11:02 PM
    Can’t imagine that a priest actually stabbed Pope John Paul. How can he do this when he as a priest is suppose to be compassion and love everyone but kill the religion leader. he should remember that he carries the name priest and hence must show good example and behaviour to others but instead took another person’s life.

    I respected Pope John who continued his trip even though he was injured. That shows the determination he had to teach so it can benefit others. Always put others first more than our own needs.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/pope-john-paul-stabbed-by-priest.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 08:13 PM
    It is admirable for Sine Lindholm & Mads Ulrik Husum to place their design as open source for everyone to download and copy to manufacture. This shows how farsighted they are in propelling self-sustainability. The first step is always the hardest, and I believe what Sine and Mads had done is towards the right direction. In this way, people from all the around the world who genuinely are passionate and interested in growing own vegetables will be able to start on their own. Without needing to rely on middleman or manufacturer who might end up making the brilliant idea a commercial white elephant. Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 10:05 PM
    Many companies especially in overseas are very considerate and allow their employees to bring their dogs to work. I personally think that this is a very good practice where the employees no longer have to worry about leaving pets at home alone. The work environments that cultivate loving kindness, caring and compassion create a much more positive and productive place to work. Besides, it may influence everyone especially those who do not have pet to be more kind to the animals.

    Nevertheless, the employer and employees may have to work together to maintain the safe and cleanliness work place such as reduce odour, provide clean air and many others.

    Thank you for this interesting article as a reminder to us to love and be kind to animals no matter where we are.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/inside-the-worlds-most-dog-friendly-office.html
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 07:06 PM
    Superb idea and very creative. Home farming in the cities ! Appreciate all the hardwork and ideas to produce Growroom. It’s just like putting a big puzzle and making the whole process so much easier to plant in cities where we always have limited spaces.

    We should support more people to come up with such ideas so we can eat our own food and cultivate self sustainability.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:40 PM
    When on the hospital bed nearing our last breath, nothing matters except for the practice and transformation we have done in dharma in our lifetime.

    Our money, wishes, houses, clothes, jewelry, reputation, spouses, desires, dreams, greed, anger, possessions, explanations will be of no use at all. It will in fact even be a hindrance scratching at our mind’s energy to let go and we cannot.

    Since they are no use at that momentous event, we should continue that thought now and understand what we should truly cultivate now. This thought must translate into action not just scholastic thoughts and meanderings of the mind for self deception or imitation spiritual satisfaction. This is what I think daily and everyday as part of my meditations on death and impermanence according to first chapter of Lam Rim.
    ~H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche

    Learn more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-dying-process.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 12:11 PM
    Amazing and very creative architecture designed space for our home grown foods.It is a good idea for those living in the cities.The Growroom is beautifully produced made it convenience which enables people to connect with nature surrounding with plants. The smell of herbs and plants makes cities dwellers to live in happiness and healthy.
    Its takes alot of effort and determination for anyone to build a growroom.Well they can do it,if they have the will power….hoping someday KFR will have one too.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:39 AM
    Lazynnes ,negative karma!and mends samajas …ITS very very , inderdependent motivations lewwels of awareness Teacher’Quality &sangha quantity ,first when samajas ARE pure Empowerment full blessings later?so give less Empowerment ITS OK.ccTR IS Wise.
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  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:32 AM
    http://www.aikidosydneycity.com/interview-with-takeda-shihan-by-aikikai-hombu-dojo/ yes yes sumikiri!i m sure HE practice martial arts in many previous lives AS well AS have family’karma conected with ai!ki flow,,,so NEUTRAL his re:for attacks ARE.,above normal fighter skills!___and i m skull in maya astro,fine and wanth share:#####paranormalTSEMsection on:::: antarctica aliens& JFK ,Peru as egg skulls.________________have a good day&nice PRactICE.____THE LIGHT be?or just show options that can be used.
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  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:23 AM
    For example B_LOCK can be neutral karma ,butRE_PLAY reactions can make diferent results in second person?
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    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:22 AM
    NEUTRAL karma not make good ,not bad result!but ITS STill karma so IS not done from lewwels of acomplishment where IS NO NEW karma acumulations.
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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
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because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
7 days ago
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
7 days ago
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 week ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 week ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
4 weeks ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
4 weeks ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
2 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
2 months ago
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
2 months ago
This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
2 months ago
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
2 months ago
Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
3 months ago
Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
3 months ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
3 months ago
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
4 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
4 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
4 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
4 months ago
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
4 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
4 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
5 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
5 months ago
Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
6 months ago
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
6 months ago
It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
6 months ago
Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
6 months ago
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
6 months ago
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
6 months ago
High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
6 months ago
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
6 months ago
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
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  • March 27, 2017 04:19
    Dongho asked: I have been reading on the tunes of certain sects and would like to ask on this. From what I've read, there are certain tunes to each sect and school of certain chants. Exactly where can I find the sheet music for these percussion and horns with the chants, such as to the one for invoking Kache Marpo or Dorje Shugden? Would it be possible to use school instruments for this?
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  • March 26, 2017 02:14
    Kunga asked: Does the Gelug have Begtse a protector? If so, could you please provide a sadhana for him here?
    pastor answered: Dear Kunga, Yes the Dharma protector Begtse exists within the Gelug tradition. He is also known as Chamsing. Begtse’s practice stems from India and was introduced to Tibet and therefore Tibetan Buddhism by the translator Nyen Lotsawa. Marpa Lotsawa also practiced Begtse, and so the practice exists in the Kagyu traditions. This practice was eventually transmitted to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first of the five patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, who were the founding fathers of that tradition. Over time the practice of Begtse was incorporated into the Gelug tradition, founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, and was notably practiced by the 1st and 2nd Dalai Lamas. Over time the practice gained popularity within the lineage, especially when it spread to Mongolia. There the practice became an important one within the lineage as upheld there. Begtse is also affectionately known as the Dharma protector of Mongolia, because his practice is so popular there. If I am not mistaken, there is an oracle of Begtse in Mongolia as well. There is a mistaken account that the practice originated around the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama, with the subjugation of a Mongolian war god, but Begtse was definitely practiced before that time in the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya traditions. While the practice of Begtse is very effective, I have not come across the practice of Begtse in my personal practice, therefore I do not have access to the Begtse sadhana to provide to you. Instead Begtse is propitiated in prayers that incorporate many other Dharma protectors, and Begtse is also considered one of the nine protectors of the Hayagriva (Tamdrin) cycle of tantric teachings. Therefore Begtse is included in the Dharma protector sections of the Hayagriva tantras. Surrounding Begtse are his sister, Sing Ma, and his main minister, Le Khan Mar Po. His inner retinue comprises of eight butchers who wield copper swords in their right hands and skull-cups full of blood in their left hands. They are portrayed as naked and are very ugly. His outer retinue comprises a further twenty-one butchers, who hold copper swords in their right hands, and this time, the entrails of butchered enemies. They wear the skins humans and oxen as clothes, with ornaments made from human bone. While this may seem violent, Begtse is actually a very powerful and beneficial protector, who helps practitioners clear their obstacles and create conducive conditions for their spiritual evolution. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 24, 2017 20:12
    Azair asked: Venerable Rinpoche, I am doing a study in Kalachakra Tantra and I've heard from most of the lama's too that if you practice the Kalachakra Tantra, you'll be able to take control of your next rebirth. Ofcourse, it has been said that we will get our rebirth according to our Karma and desires but whether those dreams will get fulfilled will depend upon the actions that we take in this life. Thus, practicing the Kalachakra(till the end) after initiation will give you the opportunity to take rebirth anywhere you desire regardless of your Karma. My question is that, is there some truth in this statement.? Does this statement hold true for other tantra practices, such as Vajrayogini Tantra, Ghuyasamaja Tantra, Heruka Tantra, etc. I would really really like to know. Thankyou in anticipation, regards, Azair
    pastor answered: Dear Azair, Thank you for your question. Yes there is truth to this statement, both from a scriptural perspective and also by example, as the great masters have shown us. This is a unique feature of all Anuttarayoga Tantras or Highest Yoga Tantras, which Kalachakra, Vajrayogini, Guhyasama and Heruka are all examples of. This category of tantric practice can actually lead a practitioner to full enlightenment in this very lifetime. Even if enlightenment is not reached, very high levels of attainment can be reached nonetheless. This includes the ability to take control over your next rebirth. This is primarily engaged in so that the practitioner is born in an environment where they can eventually pick up their practice and further their spiritual path to enlightenment, or in order to be born in a place where they can benefit sentient beings the most, as part of the spiritual journey over many lifetimes. One of the reasons such an ability is very necessary on the spiritual path, is that usual death and rebirth occurs at the mercy of ones karma, specifically what is known as the ‘throwing karma’ or the karma that dictates what sort of rebirth a person is going to take. This opens up at the time of ordinary death, which most people have no control over. During the death process, many of our disturbing emotions will arise. Whichever of these is the strongest at the point of death triggers open a latent karmic potential, which becomes the ‘throwing karma’ and dictates where we are going to take rebirth and if that life will generally be full of suffering or not. Within Anuttarayoga Tantra, one of the key points of practice is to prepare for one’s death. This is done by simulating the dying process during one’s meditations, so that one becomes familiar with it. At the most pivotal part of this process, one practices achieving either the rainbow body or great bliss (in the case of the father tantras); or clear light (in the case of mother tantras). The tantras themselves are not defined in terms of the gender of the central deity, but by the method used to gain enlightenment. This is either the rainbow body/great bliss (classified as male, therefore labelled ‘father’) or clear light (classified as female, therefore labelled ‘mother’). Non-dual tantras such as the Kalachakra tantra can employ either of the two methods, a mixture of both, or alternate methods. In the case of superior practitioners, due to the power of their practice, they can achieve either of these two methods in their current body. Since they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, and a particular method of practice, they can also achieve enlightenment during their physical death. The great Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have achieved enlightenment at the moment of physical death, using the second of these. For other practitioners, they may not be able to achieve this either in their meditations while they are alive, or during the death process. However because they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, they remain in complete concentration at the time of death, not allowing any disturbing emotions to arise. Due to this level of concentration, meditation and awareness during the dying process, they are able to control where they next take rebirth. This is evident in the tantric scriptures themselves, and the life stories of many masters, who can state exactly where, when and to whom they will take their next rebirth, as they are in full control of the dying and rebirth process. There is a type of meditation called ‘thukdam’ which has been translated into ‘death meditation’. This is a final meditation some masters choose to engage in. During this meditation, the master themselves consciously begin the physical dying process themselves, engage in the meditation of dissolving the winds into the heart centre and remain in the most pivotal part of the death process, the mind of clear light of death. During this point they engage in meditations, either the methods of the father or mother tantras as mentioned previously, and or consciously choose where they are to next take rebirth. They can remain in this death meditation for long periods of time, days at an end, in which their consciousness has not yet left their body, although for all intents and purposes they are dead according to medical science, e.g. they have no heartbeat. At the end of their meditation, a drop of blood will be emitted from their nostril, and their head will slump over a little. Masters who engage in this meditation usually sit in full meditation posture, and their body remain supple and soft even though they have passed away from a medical point of view. I hope this brief explanation helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2017 23:01
    Brad asked: What is the significance of offering the Seven precious emblems of royalty to the Buddhas and enlightened Dharma Protectors? What are we symbolically offering up?
    pastor answered: Dear Brad, Thank you for your question. The ‘saptaratna’ or seven precious emblems represent on the one hand the ultimate state of temporal power, and on the other hand the ultimate spiritual attainments that we can achieve. By offering these to the Buddhas, we are actually creating the causes to achieve what they represent. Therefore it is good to know the meaning of each, so we can understand what we are creating the causes for by offering them up: Please see below for an explanation of the seven royal emblems: 1. The Precious Wheel: a thousand spoked wheel, representing the universal power of the Buddhas, as well as the teachings of the thousand Buddhas of our aeon. It is represented by the Dharmachakra, symbolising the ‘turning of the wheel’ or teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, especially that of our own mind, thoughts, delusions and afflictions. 2. The Precious Jewel: an eight sided wish-granting gem, which fulfils all the needs of a universal emperor. This jewel has eight special qualities: it illuminates the night sky for hundreds of leagues; it is cooling when the temperature is hot and warming when the temperature is cold; it makes manifest whatever the holder wants; when thirsty it causes a fresh-water spring to appear; it has the ability to control the nagas, and other supernatural beings, as well as preventing natural disasters such as storms, floods, etc.; it gives off multi-coloured lighted which heals the various mental and emotional afflictions; it cures all illnesses; and it ensures that one dies a natural death, not an untimely one. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, or perfect discrimination, so one knows what to abandon and what to keep in the mindstream during the spiritual journey to enlightenment. 3. The Precious Queen: the most beautiful and virtuous of all women. She is described as a goddess who is the epitome of someone: with devotion; without jealousy; who is the embodiment of fertility; who works for the welfare of all beings; who possess feminine wisdom; speaks the truth; not attract to sensual pleasures or material possessions; and does not have false views. She is adored by all. She also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect effort. This is necessary to keep meditating until one gains spiritual attainments. 4. The Precious Minister: who has sharp intelligence, patience, and the ability to give wise counsel to the emperor. He is so attuned to the emperor that even before the emperor has spoken, the minister is already carrying out his command. He only wishes to support the Dharma, help sentient beings, and is an excellent strategist. He also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect joy. This is also akin to the attainment of the first bodhisattva level, because you have come to an understanding of your own mind, which is like pouring ice-cold water into boiling water. The water stops boiling, as does the thoughts, projections, and delusions in the mind. He represents the path of the bodhisattva. 5. The Precious Elephant: who has the strength of a thousand normal elephants. He is white, with the perfect features that an elephant could have. He is majestic, graceful, and gentle, but in battle is fearsome, fearless and unyielding. He communicates with the emperor through a telepathic link. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect adaptability. This is important, as one needs to be able to adapt to the various mental afflictions as they arise, and suitably counter them. 6. The Precious Horse: who has all the marks of a celestial horse. Known as wind-horse, he is able to travel extremely fast, and can circumambulate the entire universe three time in just a single day. He is never fearful or startled, never makes a sound when galloping, and has extremely soft hairs on his body. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is single-pointed concentration. This is important because without this form of concentration, once cannot engage in the analytical meditations that lead to an understanding of emptiness, and therefore enlightenment. 7. The Precious General: who has mastered the arts of war and always wins in battle. He wears battle armour and holds many different weapons. He tries to avoid battle, but when necessary fights, and never gives up until he has won. He is fearless, and courageous in carrying out the emperors commands and ensures the emperors army carries out their duties. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect equanimity. This is because he overcomes all warfare, which is akin to the battle between things were are attached to and things we have an aversion for in our minds. In short, what you are offering up is the highest of all temporal treasures and abilities, as well as the entire path of the Dharma. Doing so creates the causes for you to receive all of this on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 20, 2017 10:16
    Grigoris asked: Excuse me, but I would like to ask, what does the prayer to Shangmo Dorje Putri say exactly? I can't read Tibetan, but would like to see the description that the prayer gives. I am not planning to say the prayer or make interaction(as it would be very dangerous), but would like to see what it actually says from the Tibetan text. Here's the link: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/shangmo-dorje-putri-the-bamo-of-sakya.html
    pastor answered: Dear Grigoris, Thank you for your question. Shangmo Dorje Putri is indeed a fascinating unenlightened Dharma protector. Unfortunately at the moment, we do not have a translated copy of the text in English that we can provide. The usual format for such texts, would include an invocation, making offerings to appease them, and then exhortations for them to perform their activities, possibly followed by thanking them for their help. One thing is for certain, due to the nature of Shangmo Dorje Putri her prayer is sure to include violent imagery, just like many other Dharma protectors, such as Achi Chokyi Drolma (who even though has a peaceful appearance, has a lot of violent imagery in her prayers). The reason behind the violent imagery is explained in the post about Achi Chokyi Drolma here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/achi-chokyi-drolma-chief-protectress-of-the-drikung-kagyu.html
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