Can you endure this?

Jan 19, 2014 | Views: 965
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Take a moment to read this. It won’t take much of your time. After reading, visualize yourself in that space laying there daily and enduring the slow suffocation and slaughter.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


I remember touching one of the sows in those crates. She was red and big with fourteen piglets tussling off to the side. She flinched. I could feel a strange sense of horror deep inside me, but I pushed it down. I rested my hand on her back and, for one brief moment, she leaned into it and then jerked away, as if burned. She could not understand my sudden interest in touching her with gentleness, no pig in the pork industry does. Anyone who can explain the rightness of a cage has never been in one, never felt the sides of it pushing and denying access to the natural world. They have not felt the frustration of nothingness, of being restricted, of being in a barren, empty world. When her instinct drives her to make a nest for her babies, she cannot. When her preference would be to nurse her piglets in a deep bed of leaves, she cannot. When she wants to run away from the humans who abuse her, she cannot. When she wants to burrow in straw with her sister and brother, she cannot. And when she is desperate to save her piglets, when they are taken forcibly from her at 2-3 weeks of age, when the wrongness of that separation is evident in her tense muscles and strange cries, she can do nothing to stop it. Everything done to her is an attempt at removing her from instinct and desire and what she wants and needs. We know what happens to her piglets. They too will be stripped of their dignity and of their pigness. Then they will be killed and eaten by a species who does not need meat to survive. She will spend years in that cage, repeatedly artificially inseminated, repeatedly denied access to a nest and the outdoor world, repeatedly abused and repeatedly stripped of her babies. I don’t need meat to survive. You don’t either. Pigs need to be allowed to express all that makes them them. And they cannot do that on a farm or in a place that sees them as roasters and production units. Since there are so many alternatives to pork, there isn’t any reason not to start choosing a compassionate diet now. Do it today, for the millions of sows denied true motherhood and the hundred million piglets turned into pork. We must honor who they are by not reducing them to what our palates desire. Marji Beach – Animal Place Sanctuary.

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  1. Pee Bee Chong on Dec 30, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing. I feel sad to see this. I cannot image if I were the pigs, live in a cage with no freedom and waiting for my day to come. Human are cruel and selfish. They only think about themselves. Therefore we should start become vegetarian or reduce taking meat to save these animals. Thank you

  2. Vinnie Tan on Oct 29, 2014 at 6:47 am

    It is just so sad that these pigs do not even have the space to stretch themselves. The picture is just such a heart breaking site that all slaughter houses are trying to hide from the eyes of the consumers. The sows are just being used for their bodies to give birth to more pigs and to also feed the piglets. They constantly have to go through so much pain with regards to the kind of mental torture that they have to endure each time when their piglets are being separated from them. They can cry, but non from the slaughter house would care. I just cannot imagine the kind of mental and physical trauma that the pigs have to go through everyday, It is just so sad to see them this way.

    It is just heart breaking to see that the pigs do not even know what is a caring touch that is being laid on their bodies. For them to be reacting in fear as though they were being beaten.

    If only human beings can stop consuming meat products, then only these pigs and other animals do not have top endure so much pain in slaughter houses and the farms. It is only then they can be free to roam around like they should be.

  3. Hee TS on Oct 11, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    感谢仁波切的分享,這里帶出人类對於吃肉的深层省思的讯息。無有情衆生愿意被殺,吃其肉。囘想如自身親感此難,將和其恐惧痛苦。别为了满足食慾而造業了!

  4. Edwin Tan on Sep 6, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    We are all living beings on this planet…yet just because we are more intelligent, we feel that we own them, their lives belong to us.

    In the past, cave man period, eating meat was probably for survival, in this day and age where we are more exposed to varieties, we can make smart choices to go veteran and harm less to animals.

    We do not understand their language, but the pains and sufferings are the same.

    Do visualise how the meat end up on our plates before we sink our teeth into them.

  5. Wan Wai Meng on Apr 14, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    What these animals endure is hell on earth. If we do not wish to be victimised like this we also should not do it to others.

  6. Wan Wai Meng on Apr 12, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    We are one breath away from going to the lower realms that is how easy we can go to the net rebirth. IN Yonten Shigyurma our lives have been describes as a water bubble. Thats what stops us from going to our next rebirth. The root cause for being an animal is ignorance. It does not pay to be ignorant about the reality that we are in.

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  8. June Tang(KH JB) on Feb 10, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    This is so sad to see animals being slaughtered everyday ,they don’t deserve to be killed !!! There is so much other things to eat without meat .Become vegetarian is the best way to save animals life !Start NOW !!!

  9. maria on Feb 9, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Your words are so powerful , that it has jolted me to realize I must re-commit to being vegetarian ( I was for 15 years)
    I ate meat again to please a boyfriend, so lost 13 years being a meat eater again.I noticed a change in my mind and body through eating meat again. It made me aggressive and I got off my spiritual path , which was very painful , my health deteriorated and I felt out of tune with myself and life. I think eating meat harms us on many levels as well as closing our hearts to the cruelty animals suffer daily in countless numbers. Thank you for your teaching of empathy for the pigs and cows and sheep and lambs and hens and all other animals who deserve happiness of living their lives naturally and peacefully. You got to me .Bless you.

  10. Peter Tysdal on Feb 7, 2014 at 3:27 am

    Thank you for posting this paragraph. It’s true that we don’t need to eat meat to survive. Many Buddhists say that if you don’t kill an animal you still eat meat that someone else killed. To me this is letting someone else take all the bad karma so that we can selfishly enjoy eating meat that was produced from an act of extreme cruelty. All my blessings to Tsem Tulku, all my blessings to mother sow.

  11. Jutika lam on Feb 6, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Though I know how badly abused and tortured animals in the farms and slaughter houses are I never expected it to be this terrible.

    I just can’t believe that mother pigs are not even allowed to raise there own kids while they are being bred and sold to slaughter houses.

    This problem just keeps getting worse and I think that the primary reason is because though everyday a few people stop eating meat, more people eat more meat.

    I really hope that people will be more aware of this and stop eating meat.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    Love
    Jutika

  12. wansan on Feb 4, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    I cannot endure seeing these animals suffering because of those who crave for their meat. Many do not know what these animals had to go through. The pain they feel every single day, the suffering of not being able to feed and care for their babies.. all these happened behind close doors and they end up being killed, cut and sliced nicely in the plates for us who crave so much for their meat. We should really take time to think and consider where and how do all these meat come from. Think twice of that piece of meat in front of you before putting it inside your mouth.

  13. Edern Tan on Feb 3, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    I couldn’t believe what I was reading a moment ago…
    I went to sear chance if there were such things and to my horror it was real and happens to every slaughter house and a typical slaughter house kills up to 1100 pigs very hour… OMB we,like the article said, does not need meat to survive. I hope this article will be read by all humans and we will all covert to vegetarians. Giving all the animals freedom.

  14. Sharon Ong on Feb 3, 2014 at 10:51 am

    As a former ham lover, I am as guilty for all these cruelty. Hence, I am going green to try to stop any further harmful actions.

  15. Jace Chong on Feb 2, 2014 at 12:20 am

    谢谢仁波切的分享。

    肉骨茶, 烧肉, 叉烧, 猪肉粉等很美味, 但看了猪只如何受一生的苦来满足我们一刹那的食欲真的非常不值得。

    我认为大家都是地球的居民, 没有谁比谁更优越, 每个生物都有自由生活的权力。人类太自私自利了, 不止掌控这些动物的性命并残杀它们。

    我相信每个举动都有因果业障, 我们一天不停止对肉类的需求, 宰杀动物的悲歌永远唱不完。宰杀者因杀业投身为被宰杀的动物, 被宰杀的动物因嗔恨变成宰杀者, 这样的轮回众生何时才能解脱?

  16. Riyaj on Feb 1, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Namaste , I like to vote for video entitled KP02 – Tara .I would like to ask is Prince Siddhartha ( Lord Buddha ) was Indian Prince as you have mentioned in this video KMP10 – Enlightenment Series ? I am asking this question not as Nepali but as earnest seeker of truth .Thanku

  17. LT Loo on Jan 30, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    It just strikes me as I read this article that we are no better than her.The cage is Smasara that we choose to reborn into. It filthy and uncomfortable that we took as pleasure. When the Guru touch us gently with Dharma, we cringe and be skeptic. The piglets are things that we thought we own and attached to, which I’m very sure will be parted with us when the time and conditions come….

  18. Beatrix Ooi on Jan 28, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    It’s quite a sad and interesting feedback from Marji Beach, at least he was one of the many who had feelings. Animals are living beings as well, I find that sslaughtering/ abusing animals are very cruel. Only cold blooded and sick people can live under this kind of condition

  19. Wai Kee on Jan 27, 2014 at 12:24 am

    The key message is really we do not need meat for our diet to SURVIVE, its merely to satisfy our CRAVING. I cannot even bring myself to imagine to be in that situation, just like the fear of facing death during death meditation. So what’s the difference between what the pigs have to endure as compared to death. No difference – sad – please stop animal cruelty.

  20. Pastor Han Nee on Jan 25, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    All big and red, with 14 piglets around her, it must have been sheer pain and torture for her inside the cage. So used to pain, even a gentle touch scares her and she flinches from it.

    It’s always the same old adage. Why do to others what we don’t want to have done to us? Would we like it if we were put in a cage? Then what makes it different, just because it’s a pig? Even a pig has a desire for comfort and ease.

    Those who are going to eat the flesh of this sow,you may be shutting your eyes to it all. But it won’t go away. If the mother and young piglets are killed for food, shouldn’t whoever eat their flesh be equally guilty of killing?

  21. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Jan 25, 2014 at 2:26 am

    Om Mane Peme Hum…

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing, the picture above really touch our head to make us contemplate more…

    May we start less meat eater then heading to be Vegetarian as soon possible…

  22. Wei Theng on Jan 24, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    It is sad to see this. When I imagine I am one of them… Eat, sleep,, sh** give birth, die in the cage, it’s really frightening!
    This article not just reminds me to be vegetarian, but also push me to do more Dharma work while I still have the chance because I will never know when I maybe one of the sows….
    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching!

  23. Leu Chong Hin on Jan 24, 2014 at 1:28 am

    Human are using them as a tool to generate the wealth and ignore the physical body suffering that bring it to them. Hardly said then we are not part of root cause unless we are full vegetarian. We should respect each life being on this planet. All life are equally and they have their right to stay on as what human doing. Treat animals as part of our food consumption are totally wrong perception. we should change it.
    I feel shame of myself because until today not yet pledge to be full vegetarian. I should take their suffering as my so that I have no more accuses no be a vegetarian.
    Thanks for Rinpoches sharing.

  24. Andrew James Boon on Jan 23, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    And all this suffering for our own selfish want to satisfy our palate. It is not even a case of eating to survive anymore, we eat to merely fill a craving and not our stomachs…

    What has humankind evolved into? I could not be in a lift for too long let alone a cage that barely fits my body… and lets not even mention the conditions around the cage.

    As long as I am alive, I will be vegetarian and I will not take another life or be the cause for another living being to die to be the food on my table!

  25. Uncle Eddie on Jan 23, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Can anyone imagine this! Fourteen sows kept tightly in a cage with hardly any space to move, or even to breathe. Except for these poor sows, none have felt the deep frustrations of nothingness, of being restricted, of being barren, of being in an empty world, which in the end they be cruelly killed off to be eaten. In this episode, millions of sows are denied true motherhood, and hundred million of piglets are turned into roasted pork to be eaten. Let us have this situation in reversal, and form a mental image that Earth was invaded by “carnivorous aliens” that consider humans as delicious food. Thousands of human beings were captured, and being hoarded and tightly packed into pens like the above mentioned “poor sows”. Every single day tens of thousands are to be skinned alive, have their throats slit, their bodies disemembered, packaged and graded seperately for sale. Babies of few months old taken away, fried crisply and served as a delicacy (similarly to suckling pig or fried chickens). This is what humans are doing to the animals everyday, but yet, we do not see or realise anything is wrong with it, as we are on the upper hand and the winning side of things! Like the great Albert Schweitzer said, “Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages”. And also as the saying goes, “Do unto others as you others to do unto you.”
    n

  26. Jun Zhen on Jan 23, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Very touching indeed. It evokes almost the same sort of feeling when watching “Earthings”, but with the above, it is from a slightly different angle, yet makes you feel more of the same. If you are a mother yourself, you will almost be able to relate, like myself.

    Pain is the same, no matter you are a human, or an innocent animal like the pig. A mother’s love is true and deep. So, why inflict onto others when you do not wish to feel that excruciating pain which you are not even sure if you can endure yourself?

    Thanks for sharing, my dear Guru. Going meatless.
    Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu

  27. Pastor Martin on Jan 22, 2014 at 5:51 am

    Considering that pigs are intelligent beings that are sensitive to emotions, it is nothing but pure torture to be confined to such punishing conditions, repeatedly impregnated, have your off-springs forcibly taken away from you very much against your maternal instincts and eventually mercilessly slaughtered. Any one of these agonizing conditions that man inflict on these animals is sufficient on its own to “break” a human being and yet we human beings brutalize these life forms without flinching. Pictures such as the above and plenty more attest to how lowly human beings have fallen in terms of our humanity and our understanding of how all lives and all beings are connected. We cannot partake directly or even indirectly in such wickedness and not expect to create the causes to feel the same.

    What good can come out of eating flesh that is really the final product of the mutilation of a life after we have inflicted every pain and misery imaginable on it. How can being involved in any way in this chain of pain be good?

  28. Alice Tay on Jan 22, 2014 at 12:10 am

    众佛与菩萨都拥有一个共同点,那就是菩提心。。。

    当我们拥有了菩提心,我们就会希望渡化一切众生,一起登上菩提道/佛道。。。

    一切众生包括了天人道,阿修罗,人道,畜生道,地狱道以及饿鬼道,简称为六道。。。文章所提到的猪只,真好是属于畜生道。虽然它们的思想有限,不想我们人类那么复杂,但毕竟它们也是有生命,有感官,也会有痛苦的一面。。。

    除此之外,在归依五戒里,其中一戒也是最重要的一戒那就是“不杀生”。。。

    所谓,冤冤相报何时了??这一世,你杀了它和吃它的肉。下一世,你可能堕入畜生道时,相反的有可能被它杀和
    吃你的肉,何苦呢??

    还是尽早修持菩提心,得到解脱。。。

  29. Julien Roth on Jan 21, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    This is too much. Rinpoche had explained this very well. These animals who are stuck in these cages all their lives have never had any kindness whatsoever. So when someone does treat them well they are scared. This story really touched me and inspired me to take my vegetarianism more seriously. Thank you.

  30. So Kin Hoe on Jan 21, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    If we consciously ignore the suffering of animals, we are no different with the most wanted criminals in the world. It shows how selfish of being humans when we let the animals to endure all the pains and suffering while we enjoy their meat after they have lived for so long in the undesired condition before they are brutally killed without any pain killer. Are we aware that we can become animals in next lives because of our own karma?

  31. Shelly tai on Jan 21, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    This is so inhuman I really feel for these animals! If anyone who reading this please stop eating them we do not need their meat to survive we can eat green that will produce less suffering for all theses animals. Thank you Rinpiche for sharing this blog with us.

  32. Han on Jan 21, 2014 at 10:16 am

    动物都有活着的权利,动物和人一样,渴望活着,同样爱护自身的孩子,我们人类凭什么将他们当食物?
    感谢仁波切的分享!

  33. Patsy on Jan 21, 2014 at 7:31 am

    No living being would like to live in a small constraint space. Due to human greed and appetite, animals suffered so much to please our palate.

    Please reconsider the next time you order your meal. Be Vegetarian. Once the demand stops, the supply will die off eventually.

  34. Carmen K on Jan 21, 2014 at 3:12 am

    For once, think and put yourself in the situation of the animal that you see right before your eyes. Their tears tug at your heart, Their cries instinctively creates a lump at the base of your throat, most of all…their suffering makes you reconsider whether you are really that cruel and cold-hearted to be able to put an animal through this mad ordeal all to satisfy your tastebuds.

    After all that, Can you really slice open the throat of the cows, dump the chicken in hot water, roast a piglet alive..knowing very well the pain that they have to endure for you. Have some consciousness, have a heart and go vegetarian. You do not need meat.

  35. Lucy Yap on Jan 21, 2014 at 1:00 am

    It is heartbreaking to see pictures of animals being abused,tortured and killed!This sadly happens too often and it’s true that more people have the power to help and don’t just educate about the different breeds.Ways to help out would make a difference.
    Just because they are animals doesn’t mean they don’t have feelings and can be treated cruelly.More people need to change their views, and realized that animals need our help and love.

  36. Wah Ying on Jan 20, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    作者用简单的词句写出了母猪的无力感和无奈,那是年年月月日日时时刻刻的沮丧。我无法想像自己活在这样的无力感之下,这样完全连行动自由、生产自由、喂养孩子的自由,其实连呼吸一口新鲜空气的自由都被剥夺的情况下生存下来。更不堪的是,她一直一直繁衍她的孩子,再眼睁睁把孩子送上砧板,被宰杀成为别人的食物。

    如果我们没有能力给别人带来快乐,至少不要给别人带来痛苦。只要我们愿意,我都做得到。

  37. Grace Leu on Jan 20, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    This is really sad that animals were treated cruelty. Nobody wants to stay in a narrow space and forcing by all kinds of mean actions. The message needs to be passed down ” please stop eating meat” ! P

  38. AdelineTan on Jan 20, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    It is very very sad to see animals being slaughtered everyday just to satisfy the taste buds of some mankind. All animals have the right to live and be happy like what we all want. Stop eating meat now and go on a compassionate diet, go vegetarian, when there is no meat demand in consumer markets, no slaughtering of animals is needed. Stop the killings and cruelty to these poor helpless animals. Thank you for creating the awareness of the sufferings of the animals that they have to endure.

  39. Calvin Kam on Jan 20, 2014 at 9:24 am

    I can’t breath! I can’t move! I can’t feed my lovely child! I am waiting to be kill! I going to see my son get killed one by one! I am forever separated with my love one…why the world so cruel….
    Sometimes this is not just happened to the animals world, it happened to every sentient being in the samsara. To stop the karma cycle, we should try our best to be vegetarian. This is not easy, but I will keep it on, rather than waiting for more karma.

  40. Edward ooi on Jan 20, 2014 at 12:22 am

    I cannot endure especially when people torture animals. The animals never do anything to harm us except maybe the fierce animals such as crocodile and etc. Most animals have more loyalty than us. Why do we kill animals? What is the purpose and what do we gain eventually? I guess the answer is NOTHING. Whoever reads this please stop killing or torture animals, and if you don’t do this kind of things then help animals by promoting vegetarianism. Thank you

  41. tenzinkhenchen on Jan 19, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    This is so sad. I wish animals didn’t have to be killed for the selfish needs of human beings. This is very alarming. People need to know about it.

  42. Lucas Roth on Jan 19, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    wow, i HATE animal cruelty and slaughter, they don’t deserve to be killed and treated this way. Animals have lives too so humans do not have to kill and eat them, so every single time you look at that juicy piece of meat, think of the bloody corpse it came from.

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    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.
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    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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  • nut
    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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  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:16 AM

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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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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
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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.
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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
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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!
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!
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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
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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
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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
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This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
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Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
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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.
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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.
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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
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Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
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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?
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Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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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.
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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
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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
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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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