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52 Beautiful White Taras!

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White Tara with Robins

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White Tara with Pomegranates

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White Tara with Crashing Waves

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White Tara with Birds and Islands

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White Tara with Chrysanthemums

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White Tara with Rock Formation

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White Tara with Two Cranes

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White Tara with Snow Falling

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White Tara with Birds and Blossoms

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White Tara with Good Wishes

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White Tara with Two Koi Carp

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White Tara with Koi Carp

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White Tara with Three Trees

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White Tara with Cherry Blossoms and Cave

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White Tara with Blossoms

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White Tara with Fall Leaves

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White Tara with Fallen Leaves

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White Tara with Bare Trees

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White Tara with Waves

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White Tara with Waves II

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White Tara in Front of Doorway

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White Tara in a Lotus Pond

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White Tara with Fish

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White Tara with Lotuses

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White Tara with Trees

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White Tara with Snowflakes

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White Tara with Birds

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White Tara in the Mountains

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White Tara with Eight Auspicious Symbols

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White Tara with Bees and Tea

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White Tara with Poppies

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White Tara with Great Egrets

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White Tara with Two Islands

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White Tara with Cranes by the Water

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White Tara with Clouds at Night

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White Tara by the Water

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White Tara with Purple Flowers and Mountains

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White Tara in the Garden

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White Tara in the Doorway

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White Tara with Herons

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White Tara with Cranes

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White Tara with Medicine

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White Tara in Blue

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White Tara with Owl

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White Tara with Rain

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White Tara with Rainbow

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White Tara with Mountains

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White Tara with Offerings

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White Tara with Moths

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White Tara with Whale

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White Tara with Stars

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White Tara with Purple Irises

This artist is spectacular. I wish Tsongkhapa in this style can be painted also. I wanted to share with you the beauty and the unique style of painting  by this talented artist. May the artist be blessed. Refreshingly non-traditional for a change.

Source: http://www.lashamutual.com/category/whitetara/


Dear friends,

I had the great fortune to receive the White & Green Tara empowerments from His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche back in the 80’s. Anything from Kyabje Zong Rinpoche received was and is greatly treasured. Sometimes I think to myself how come I was so lucky to meet one of the top from Tibet all the way in Los Angeles and being so young also. It’s like a dream now. One of the best times I experienced in this life was my time with His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. The events and memories forever fresh in my mind.

Tara is the Yidam of many great Masters, Mahasiddhas of both India, Mongolia, Nepal and Tibet. And now all over the world. Her practices are very well known for their effectiveness. She has 21 principal forms…each form is a complete refuge of the other 2o and all the Three Jewels in fact. If you take Tara as your Yidam (main meditational Buddha) it is complete practice unto itself…which form you take on depends on the individual…all 21 forms is complete.

White Tara is a complete synthesis of all the Three Jewels including the other 20 Taras. Each Tara is specific for a specific ailment we have. For example Black Tara can conquer negative spirits. Yellow Tara can overcome financial difficulties. Red Tara can control a certain problem in the environment in an area…and so on. Tara’s benefits are much more than for a specific ailment, but for now this would suffice.

When we take refuge in White Tara, she is a complete refuge. Her three eyes see into the past, present and future simultaneously. She perceives all knowables/phenomena directly. The third eye represents her complete state of omniscience, in other words, Buddhahood.  Only a Buddha can perceive all there is to know in existence. Her right hand is in the gesture of granting mundane and supermundane boons. These boons can be received based upon our practice of her.

Elegantly her left hand with the fourth finger and the thumb holds a lotus stem leading to an open bloom, a bud and one flower gone to fruit. Open bloom represents the current Buddha Shakyamuni. The bud is Maitreya. The flower gone to fruit is the past Buddha Krukkachanda prior to Shakyamuni. Tara symbolized by her lotus has all the dharmas of the Buddhas of the past, present and future.

Her legs in full lotus posture represents she is directly in full meditative concentration of emptiness…she abides in it and operates from it..another sign of her full enlightenment. It is also a reminder for us that practice of meditation is essential for enlightenment. She wears the five ornaments plus her own body represents the 6 paramitas which is totally necessary for our practice in the beginning, middle and for the end. Her body being resplendently beautiful is an ornament in itself…as she has the perfection of Buddhahood.

She has seven eyes representative that she sees into the 6 realms of rebirth and the 7th eye is that she sees the way out or direct cause of samsara. Seeing this direct cause of samsara she acts according to each sentient beings’ aptitude to liberate them of their inner/outer samsaras.

She is white in color as in this form she is most ‘potent’ to heal diseases (inner/outer) and its root causes. When we take on this form for our practice we can increase our life span effortlessly to further our practice, gain tremendous amounts of merit towards liberation, and increase our wisdom (7 types) exponentially.

She has blue black hair half tied up in three knots and half falling freely around her shoulders/back. The hair tied up shows us she has reached the highest goal-Nirvana. The hair falling down is, although liberated, she does not remain in Nirvana, but emanates constantly to benefit others. She returns to Samsara willingly to assist those karmically ready always. She abides in samsara without any samsara abiding in her. She is youthful and young like that of a sixteen year old maiden reminding us that  Enlightenment is permanent and does not fade. She has budding breasts filled with ambrosia like a mother ready to nurse her child. Her budding breasts signifies she is ever ready to bestow the profound 84,000 dharmas as taught by Shakyamuni like a mother giving life sustaining milk. The ‘milk’ is dharma and we if fortunate are her children..Her back rests on a full moon as she has accomplished complete bodhicitta. She also sits on a full moon as she operates from emptiness. The moon is representative of aspirational and completed emptiness. Under the moon is a lotus, being she has attained full bodhicitta.

Aeons ago, during the time of the previous Buddha (Kyabje Zong Rinpoche relayed)…there was a princess with a name of Moon…or Dawa…she was very virtuous and beloved by her father the King. She had open access to her father’s treasury. She was gentle, kind, compassionate and very spiritual in nature. Unlike other young girls, she was not interested in the meaningless affairs of youth such as games, garments, princes, foods, walks. She was an ardent follower of the then Buddha and attended his teachings, sponsored the talks, foods, resting villas, sangha and whatever needs arose. She was his student and benefactor. One day she happened upon an old, but very sincere monk who rejoiced in Moon Princess’ virtues and sponsorship. He addressed her with respect and said she should dedicate all her virtues to obtaining a body of a man as in a woman’s impure form, enlightenment was not possible. She gently folded her hands and replied to the senior monk with great respect and said that the Perfect Buddha said all can obtain liberation irregardless of being in male or female bodies. There and then, the noble Moon Princess took a vow and prayed to take rebirth as a female. And that she would when enlightened take on a female form always to liberate others…in her lifetime, she did intense practices…she gained the much treasured goal of liberation. The earth shook, animals came near, gentle winds blew, the gods blew conch shells, rainbows appeared, supernatural beings such as nagas, gods, demigods, yakshas all paid homage to this magnificent noble lady as TARA WAS BORN…

If we have the great merits, fortune and affinity for Tara to be our Buddha, we should devote all our energies into her practice. We should set up a  magnificent shrine to this Noble Lady Buddha, make vast offerings, and engage in our practices with full confidence. All the Mahasiddhas and Mahapanditas such as Nagarjuna, Atisha, Tsongkapa fully relied upon her..so we should have full confidence in this magnificent Lady…we should obtain as many as we can holy images of her and pass to people as gifts. Last year, one of the pujas for my long life/health was to make one Tara statue for each year of my life and gift it to other people. Even creating a statue of this Lady Buddha has such benefits. I did make the statues in fact…I was very happy to do so.

Many statues of Tara in Tibet, Nepal and India have spoken. For curious reasons, her statues are easier to manifest speech. I came across two very holy statues in temples that my teachers said they have spoken on a few occasions. They did not speak to me, but all the same, I made offerings to these holy statues with great reverance and joy. Many pilgrims visited these holy images monthly…

In Nepal, in the middle of Kathmandu, there is a very sacred image of White Tara around two feet in height that Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche always recommends for us to visit and make offerings. She is said to have manifested miracles in the past and is very blessed. I had the fortune to bring many freinds to visit this Tara. It is also said, if karmically you do not have the merits, it will be very hard to find the location of this image…

I have included some prayers we can do daily to Mother Tara. We can do all of it..or some of it..or one of it or however we like. No hard and fast rules. The prayers are very powerful and it includes her sacred mantra. We can recite her long mantra or her short mantra. It is up to us. What is important is to do it daily and from our hearts.

I was inspired to write and share all this when I came across the 52 SPECTACULAR paintings of Lady Buddha Tara.

I wish everyone well. I wish all of you happiness. I wish all are under the protection of this noble being called Tara.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

P.S. The three prayers I’ve included below can be done one after the other daily (that would be beautiful and most beneficial), or just two of them, or just pick one. See your time and commitments. They can be used to bless one’s car, new house, land, or before a journey. We can recite this to bless even our pendants, water, food, environments, gifts, thangkas, rosaries…etc. They can be recited if we feel uneasy or in an area/place with negative energy. They can be recited for healing, fulfilling of wishes or simply to supplicate Tara for someone we care about. Her prayers and mantras are excellent to be recited for the sick or our pets. Let the mantras be blown onto our pets…excellent. If someone is sick, we can recite these prayers (Being vegetarian is best for Tara practice. If not, if we are going to do the prayers and perhaps mantra 100,ooo times for example, we take a vow to Tara to refrain from meat and dedicate to the healing of a person or pet during that time) as much as possible. It is excellent to do these prayer for our parents whether they are living or passed. Excellent to do these prayers and dedicate to our teachers’ lives and work..It automaticaly increases our lifespan. Tara helps dharma projects or beneficial projects to manifest much faster. Her practice has so many incredible benefits

 


 

A GEM TO INCREASE LIFE AND WISDOM
A PRAISE OF WHITE TARA

By GYALWA GENDUN DRUB
The First Dalai Lama (1391 – 1474)

Homage to the Female Buddha beautiful with youth / Who sits on seats of white lotus and moon in nature / Spreading with stainless compassion and knowledge, / Who captures the radiance of snow mountains.

Homage to the Youthful One with budding breasts, / Who has one face and two arms, sits in the Vajra posture, / Is bold with grace and calm, has a full moon as backrest / And is filled with great bliss.

Homage to the Ultimately Generous One whose right hand, / Showing the mudra Supreme Giving / Easily releases boundless karmas of peace, increase, power and wrath / As well as the eight siddhis and even supreme Buddhahood.

Homage to the Spiritual Mother who gives birth to Buddhas / Past, present and future; whose left hand / Supporting a blue lotus, grants protection / From lions, elephants, fires and all eight terrors.

Homage to the Refuge of the World, who has eyes / In hands and feet gazing at the four doors of freedom / And who leads all living creatures / Toward the isle of blissful liberation.

Homage to she whose face unites / The beauty of a million autumn moons, / Whose wide eyes gaze with compassion / Whose Joyous mouth smiles equally on all.

Homage to she with head adorned by Amitayus, Boundless Life, / The mere thought of whom grants life and wisdom / Whose hand, in the contemplative mudra, / Hold a vase filled with ambrosia of immortality.

Homage to the All-Beautiful One whose crown / Steals the light of sun and moon, / Whose sapphire hair is half-knotted on top, / And half falling freely over her shoulder.

Homage to the Majestic One of precious ornament blazing, / Whose crown, earrings, necklaces, arm-bands, / Bracelets, anklets and belt so elegantly arranged / Surpass the ornaments of men and gods.

Homage to she of celestial raiment, / Whose shoulder-sash and skirt / Hug her body like rainbows / Hug the crystal mountains.

Homage to the goddess before whose lotus feet / Vishnu, Indra, Shiva, the anti-gods, spirits, / Men, semi-humans and all the world / Submit themselves in devotion.

Merely by reciting your mantra, / Those who make offering at your lotus feet / Gain immortality, wisdom and merit / And attain all desired siddhis; to you I bow down.

The knowledge, compassion and perfect actions of all Buddhas / Appear in the form of the beautiful goddess / I take refuge in you and offer you my prayers; / Pray eliminate all my obstacles and fulfil all my aims.

Quickly release your perfect action of peace, / Calming all interferences to my practices for enlightenment; / Interferences such as the eight terrors, / Sickness, demons and other harmful agents, inner and outer.

Quickly release your perfect action of increase which multiplies / All good qualities, such as life, merit, unapprehending compassion, / The stainless wisdom of learning, contemplation and meditation, / And the three higher trainings.

Quickly release your perfect action of power, / Which causes gods, men and spirits / To humbly bow before you / And which fulfils all wishes of the mind.

Quickly release your perfect action of wrath, / Which with punishments befitting the evils done / Destroys demons, interferences and hindrances / Hateful opposing Buddhadharma and its holders.

Pray, bestow quick and easy attainment of siddhis / Such as the magic sword, mystic eye-medicine, fast walking, / The food pill and the precious vase; / And even mahamudra, the highest siddhi.

In brief, from now until enlightenment / I respectfully make offering at your lotus feet. / I need seek no other refuge / Out of compassion gaze upon me and quickly grant protection.

By the meritorious energy of this practice / May the transcended, perfect Tara / Look upon me forever with pleasure / And never leave me, even for a moment.

May all sentient beings after death take rebirth / Before Amitayus in Sukhavati, Land of Pure Joy; / May they live in the ways of the great Bodhisattvas / And come to equal Avalokiteshvara, Lord of Compassion.

May I realize the oceans of Sutras and Tantras / To be able to pass them on to others; / And until samsara be emptied may I strive / To uphold the victory banner of practicing exactly as taught.

Colophon: this praise of exalted White Tara, supreme mother of all Buddhas, was written by the monk Gyalwa Gendun Drub while he was residing in the Hermitage of Great Awakening at the Tegchen Potreng.

Can recite this once a day for someone sick, for someone who has passed, an animal/pet or for ourselves followed by the mantra. Very excellent to recite this mantra and blow on our pets also or into a fish tank. We can even blow into bottled water and pour the water into lakes, streams, rivers to bless the environment. If we are moving into a new house, we can recite this prayer to bless it or even the land.

White Tara Long Mantra: OM TARE TUTTARE TORE MAMA AYUH PUNYE JANA PUTRIM KURU YE SOHA

 


 

PRAISES TO THE 21 TARAS

Recite them once and/or offer prostrations or folding ones’ hand and think like this: Praising and prostrating each time, like a spark of fire comes from another, a replica of the respective Tara manifests and sinks into you.

Prayer
CH’AK-YÄ CH’OK-JIN CH’AK-GYA-NYI / /
Let me and all who need protection
KYAP-JIN CH’AK-GYAR GY’UR-WÄI OK / /
Enter beneath Your right-hand mudra
DAK-D’ANG SUNG-J’A KÜN TS’Ü-NÄ / /
Of granting boons, the Refuge mudra,
JIK-PA KÜN-LÄ UK-YUNG-GY’UR / /
And be relieved from every fear!

From your sublime abode at the Potala
O Tara – born from the green letter TAM
Your crown adorned with Amitabha,
Action-mother of the Buddhas of the three times,
Come with your retinue, I beg you.

The gods and demi-gods bow
To your lotus feet, O Tara,
You who rescue all who are destitute
To you, Mother Tara, I pay homage.

OM JE TSUN MA PAG MA DROL MA LA CHAG TSEL LO
OM Homage to the Venerable Arya Tara

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CHAG TSEL DROL MA NYUR MA PA MO
CHEN NI KAY CHIG LHOK DANG DRA MA
JIG TEN SUM GON CHU KYE SHEL GYI
KE SAR JE WA LAY NI JUNG MA

Homage to Tara, the swift heroine,
Whose eyes are like an instant flash of lightning,
Whose water-born face arises from the blooming lotus,
Of Avalokiteshvara: Protector of The Three Worlds.

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CHAG TSEL TON KAY DA WA KUN TU
GANG WA GYA NI TSEG PAY SHEL MA
KAR MA TONG TRAG TSOG PA NAM KYI
RAB TU CHE WAY O RAB BAR MA

Homage to you, Tara, whose face is like
One hundred full autumn moons gathered together,
Blazing with the expanding light,
Of a thousand stars assembled

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CHAG TSEL SER NGO CHU NAY KYE KYI
PAY MAY CHAG NI NAM PAR GYEN MA
JIN PA TSON DRO KA TUB SHI MA
SO PA SAM TEN CHO YUL NYI MA

Homage to you, Tara, born from a golden blue lotus,
Whose hands are beautifully adorned with lotus flowers,
You, who are the embodiment of giving, joyous effort, and ascetism,
Pacification, patience, concentration and all objects of practice

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CHAG TSEL DE SHIN SHEG PAY TSUG TOR
TA YAY NAM PAR GYAL WA CHO MA
MA LU PA ROL CHIN PA TOB PAY
GYEL WAY SAY KYI SHIN TU TEN MA

Homage to you Tara, the crown pinnacle of Those Thus Gone,
Whose deeds overcome infinite evils,
Who have attained transcendent perfections without exception.,
And upon whom the sons of the Victorious Ones rely.

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CHAG TSEL TUTTARA HUM YI GE
DO DANG CHOG DANG NAM KA GANG MA
JIG TEN DUN PO SHAB KYI NEN TE
LU PA MAY PAR GUG PAR NU MA

Homage to you, Tara, who with the letters TUTTARA HUNG
Fill the realms of desire, direction and space,
Whose feet trample on the seven worlds
And who are able to draw all beings to you.

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CHAG TSEL GYA CHEN MAY LHA TSANG PA
LUNG LHA NA TSOG WANG CHUK CHO MA
JUNG PO RO LANG TI SA NAM DANG
NO JIN TSOG KYI DUN NE TO MA

Homage to you Tara, Venerated by Indra,
Agni, Brahma,Vayu, and Ishvara.
Praised by the assembly of spirits, raised corpses,
Ghandaravas and all yakshas.

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CHAG TSEL TRED CHE CHA DANG PHET KYI
PA ROL TUL KOR RAB TU JOM MA
YAY KUM YON KYANG SHAB KYI NEN TE
MAY BAR TUG PA SHIN TU BAR MA

Homage to you, Tara, whose TRAD and PHAT
Destroy entirely the magical wheels of others.
With your right leg bent and left outstretched and pressing,
You burn intensely within a whirl of fire.

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CHAG TSEL TURE JIG PA CHEN PO
DU KYI PA WO NAM PAR TOM MA
CHU KYE SHEL NI TRO NYER DEN DZE
DA WO TAM CHE MA LU SO MA

Homage to you, Tara, the great fearful one,
Whose letter TURE destroys the mighty demons completely,
Who with a wrathful expression on your water-born face
Slays all enemies without an exception.

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CHAG TSEL KON CHOG SUM TSON CHAG GYE
SOR MO TUG KAR NAM PAR GYEN MA
MA LU CHOG KYI KOR LO GYEN PAY
RANG GI O KYI TSOG NAM TRUG MA

Homage to you, Tara, whose fingers adorn your heart.
With the gesture of the Sublime Precious Three,
Adorned with a wheel striking all directions without exception
With the totality of your own rays of light.

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CHAG TSEL RAB TU GA WA JI PAY
U GYEN O KYI TRENG WA PEL MA
SHAY PA RAB SHAY TUTARA YI
DU DANG JIG TEN WANG DU DZE MA

Homage to you, Tara, whose radiant crown ornament, joyful and magnificent,
Extends a garland of light,
And who, by your laughter of TUTTARA
Conquer the demons and all of the worlds.

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CHAG TSEL SA SHI KYONG WAY TSOG NAM
TAM CHE GUG PAR NU MA NYI MA
TRO NYER YO WAY YI GE HUM KI
PONG PA TAM CHE NAM PAR DROL MA

Homage to you, Tara, who are able to
Invoke the entire assembly of local protectors,
Whose wrathful expression fiercely shakes,
Rescuing the impoverished through the letter HUNG.

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CHAG TSEL DA WAY DUM DU U GYEN
GYEN PA TAM CHE SHIN TU BAR MA
REL PAY TRO NA O PAG MAY LAY
TAG PAR SHIN TU O RAB DZE MA

Homage to you, Tara, whose crown is adorned with the crescent moon,
Wearing ornaments exceeding bright.
From your hair-knot the Buddha Amitabha
Radiates eternally with great beams of light.

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CHAG TSEL KEL PAY TA MAY MAY TAR
BAR WAY TRENG WAY U NA NE MA
YAY KANG YON KUM KUN NE KOR GAY
DRA YI PUNG NI NAM PAR JOM MA

Homage to you, Tara, who dwell within a blazing garland that resembles
The fire at the end of this world age,
Surrounded by joy, you sit with your right leg extended and left withdrawn,
Completely destroying all the enemies.

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CHAG TSEL SA SHI NGO LA CHAG GI
TIL GYI NUN CHING SHAB GYI DUNG MA
TO NYEN CHEN DZE YI GAY HUM KI
RIM PA DUN PO NAM NI GEM HA

Homage to you, Tara, with hand on the ground by your side,
Pressing your heel and stamping your foot on the earth;
With a wrathful glance from your eyes you subdue
All seven levels through the syllable HUNG.

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CHAG TSEL DE MAY GAY MA SHI MA
NYA NYEN DE SHI CHO YUL NYI MA
SOHA OM DANG YANG DAG DEN PAY
DIG PA CHEN PO JOM PA NYI MA

Homage to you, Tara, virtuous and peaceful one,
The very object of practice passed beyond sorrow.
You are completely endowed with SOHA and OM,
Overcoming completely all the great evils.

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CHAG TSEL KUN NE KOR RAB GA WAY
DRA YE LU NI NAM PAR GEM MA
YI GAY CHU PAY NGAG NI KO PAY
RIG PA HUM LAY DROL MA NYI MA

Homage to you, Tara, surround by the joyous ones,
You completely subdue the bodies of all enemies;
Your speech is adorned with the ten syllables
And you rescue all through the knowledge letter HUNG.

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CHAG TSEL TURE ZAB NI DAB PAY
HUM GI NAM PAY SA BON NYI MA
RI RAB MAN DA RA DANG BIG JE
JIG TEN SUM NAM YO WA NYI MA

Homage to you, Tara, stamping your feet and proclaiming TURE;
Your seed-syllable itself is the aspect of HUNG
Causes Meru, Mandhara and the Vindhya mountains
And all three worlds to tremble and shake.

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CHAG TSEL LHA YI TSO YI NAM PAY
RI DAG TAG CHEN CHAG NA NAM MA
TARA NYI JO PEY KYI YI GAY
DUG NAM MA LU PA NI SEL MA

Homage to you, Tara, who hold in your hand
The hare-marked moon like the celestial ocean;
By uttering TARA twice and the letter PHAT,
You dispel all poisons without exception.

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CHAG TSEL LHA YI TSOG NAM GYAL PO
LHA DANG MI AM CHI YI TEN MA
KUN NE GO CHA GA WAY JI KYI
TSO DANG MI LAM NYEN PA SEL MA< Homage to you, Tara, upon whom the kings of the assembled gods,
The gods themselves and all Kinnaras rely
Whose magnificent armour gives joy to all,
You who dispel all disputes and bad dreams.

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CHAG TSEL NYI MA DA WA GYE PAY
CHEN NYI PO LA O RAB SEL MA
HARA NYI JO TUTARA YI
SHIN TU DAG PO RIM NE SEL MA

Homage to you, Tara, whose eyes –
The sun and the moon – radiate an excellent illuminating light;
By uttering HARA twice and TUTTARA,
You dispel all violent epidemic diseases.

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CHAG TSEL DE NYI SUM NAM KO PAY
ZHI WAY TU DANG YANG DAG DEN MA
DON DANG RO LANG NO JIN TSOG NAM
JOM PA TURE RAB CHOG NYI MA

Homage to you, Tara, adorned by the three suchness
Perfectly endowed with the power of serenity,
You, who destroy the host of evil spirits, raises corpses and yakshas
O TURE, most excellent and sublime!

TSA WAY NGAG KYI TO PA DI DANG
CHAG TSEL WA NI NYI SHU TSA CHIG

Thus concludes this praise based on the root mantra and the offering of the twenty-one homages. Can recite this in Tibetan phonetics or English. It is very beneficial to recite this as much as possible if we wish to fulfill a long heartfelt wish. Those wishing a child will get one, those wishing a son will get one, those wishing a daughter will receive one…those wishing sustenance will receive or before a long journey to be safe, this 21 praises is very potent. All of our wishes can be fulfilled when we recite this with faith and diligently. When one takes refuge in Tara, all does go right.

 


 

A SONG OF LONGING FOR TARA, THE INFALLIBLE

By Lozang Tanpa Gyalts’an

Homage to Guru Arya-Tara!

1. Three Infallible Jewels of Refuge combined
In one, Divine Mother Whose nature is Compassion,
I bow to You from my heart! Till I’m enlightened,
Support me, I pray, with the hook of Your Compassion!

2. I call the Jewels as witness – from not just my mouth,
But the depth of my inmost heart and bones, I pray –
Think of me somewhat! Show me Your smiling face!
Loving One, grant me the nectar of Your Speech!

3. Others cheat us with their made-up teachings,
Selling Dharma for money that’s marked by impermanence,
Proclaiming ignorance knowledge, puffed up with pride
Through the eight worldly Dharmas, gurus great and small.

4. Since I cannot trust such Friends of degenerate times,
The principal Guru of mine is You Yourself.
Inspire me, Mother of the nature of love!
Arouse Your great power of Compassion! Think of me!

5. Relied on as Refuge, none of them will deceive us;
But, seeing the ways of this degenerate age,
Most Buddhas sink down into the bliss of Nirvana;
Some, though compassionate, have weak karmic connection.

6. Since I have no other Yidam deity,
My principal Deity is You Yourself.
Grant me siddhis, Mother of loving nature!
Arouse Your great power of compassion! Think of me!

7. Most protectors don’t show their powers and skills –
Disgusted with their practitioners, they do not act.
Others, proud of worldly fame, may be
Good for a while, but cheat us in the end.

8. Since I cannot trust protectors such as these,
My principal Protector is You Yourself.
Fulfil the Activities, Mother of loving nature!
Arouse Your great power of Compassion! Think of me!

9. Common worldly riches, the meaning like the name,
Arouse defilements and bind one in Samsara.
What jewels, except the Aryas, though they grant wishes,
Can let me take even a sesame seed when I die?

10. Since I cannot trust illusory riches,
The principal wealth I have is You Yourself.
Grant my desires, O Mother of loving nature!
Arouse Your great power of compassion! Think of me!

11. Not fit to be trusted even for one day,
Their thoughts determinedly set on misbehaviour,
Just acting friendly, these friends of no virtue
Play the friend when they wish, the enemy when they don’t.

12. Since I cannot trust these friends of degenerate times,
The principal friend of mine is You Yourself.
Be close to me, O Mother of loving nature!
Arouse Your great power of compassion! Think of me!

13. In short, my Guru, my Deity and Protector,
My Refuge, dwelling, food, wealth, friends and all-
Everything whatsoever I wish, You are;
So make me accomplish everything easily!

14. Let me stop also my present stubborn mind,
And rouse the Compassion that even on coming to give
A billion times for every being’s sake
My body and life tires not – inspire me thus!

15. The uprooter of Samsara’s maker, self-grasping,
The deep Middle Way, so hard to understand,
Avoiding all errors of the two extremes,
Pure Right View – Please inspire me to realise it!

16. Wishing, for sentient beings’ sake, to win Buddhahood,
Let me not think for a moment of my own pleasure,
But dedicating all virtues to beings and Doctrine,
Perfect my renounced Bodhi-mind – inspire me thus!

17. Rich in the Aryas’ Treasures, faith and the rest,
Let me become the best of Buddha-sons, able
To keep the smallest precept taught by the Conquerors,
Never contemptuous of it – inspire me thus!

18. In outward behaviour keeping the Hearer’s conduct,
Let me, in inward belief, revere the Profound
Vajrayana, and practice the Two-Stage Path,
So winning Enlightenment swiftly – inspire me thus!

19. Whether I’m happy or troubled, whether things
Go well or badly for me, whatever I do
You know about it, Venerable Tara, so
Think of me lovingly, my only Mother!

20. Myself and all the beings with hopes of me
I offer to You, Venerable Tara!
Make us Your own, and to the highest Pure Land
Make us go quickly, with no births intervening!

21. My mothers, who do not follow the Conquerors’ teachings,
All mother sentient beings, whoever they are –
With Your hook of compassionate skilful Means
Please transform their minds into Dharma!

22. Reciting this at morning, noon and night,
And bearing in mind Venerable Tara,
Let all sentient beings with hopes of me
Be born in whatever Pure Land they desire!

23. May every member of the Three precious Jewels,
Especially the Venerable Mother, compassionate-natured,
Look after me till I reach the point of Enlightenment
Letting me conquer quickly the four Maras’ hosts!

If we can, we can recite this prayer of the Infallible to Tara immediately upon waking, at noon and at night before sleeping. If we recite this from our hearts and the very core of our beings, it is said we will see Mother Tara’s face directly. But if anything we should recite when we can…it is beneficial.

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  1. chris chong on May 2, 2016 at 12:26 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this article. What I had learnt from the story of Mother Tara reaching enlightenment is everyone is equal and everyone can reach enlightenment if we tap into our buddha nature. It was believed that the body of a women is impure in olden times and when a senior monk told Princess Dawa to make aspirations to be reborn as male to become enlightened, she kindly refuted and instead made vow to be reborn as female until enlightened. Anyone with any gender, social status, social background, and race can become enlightened if they tap into their buddha nature. This is because the body is just a vessel while the mind is the one that matters.

    Humbly,
    Chris

  2. Cheryl on Sep 24, 2013 at 11:09 am

    It is very hard to pick a favorite. If I can only pick one, for the moment I would pick White Tara in a Garden. They are all worth studying and enjoying and worth a place of honor in someone’s home pr temple. Thank you for making them available for us to see.

  3. mitra on Sep 4, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    dear rinpoche i like white tara with purple lrises . any way all white tara art beautiful but i like with purple lrises.

  4. Carmen Lin on Sep 4, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    These pictures are beautiful and artistic. Thank you for sharing Rinpoche.

  5. Darren Kechara on Sep 3, 2013 at 11:32 am

    I like the White Tara with stars. But i like all of them and its a blessing to see a holy image of fully enlighten Buddha. Thank you so much for the sharing Rinpoche…

  6. Nathn Ng on Sep 2, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche again,I will keep in mind the master taught. In the path of Dharma, I will be more diligent efforts.

  7. Wylfred on Sep 2, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    I really like this blog post, and the teaching as well. I like Buddhas but i found that i still like White Tara the most.
    I always read this blog post after sometime to refresh my memory , and to receive the blessing from White Tara and Rinpoche continuously.
    Thanks to Rinpoche for writing this teaching .
    Om Tare Tuttare Ture Mama Ayuh Punya Jana Putrim Kuruye Soha

  8. Wylfred Ng on Mar 27, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thanks a lot for the sharing. And i love White Tara so much!!!!

    Wylfred

  9. Zac on Jan 28, 2013 at 9:17 am

    The complete 108 White Tara painting series by Lasha Mutual can now be viewed at http://LashaMutual.com – and for those with iPhones, iPads or iPod Touch devices, there’s also a 108 White Tara app: http://bit.ly/VMtctm

  10. tenzin llhamo on Dec 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    There are so many I don’t know which to choose. I would say my favorites would be White Tara by the Water and White Tara with Eight Auspicious Symbols. I have made one of them as my wallpaper. Hehe..
    Wouldn’t it be great if we have the permission to have these printed on T shirts for our Souvenir Shop in KFR…

  11. Sharon Saw on Feb 8, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful paintings! I love them all… it’s so incredibly difficult to choose a favourite. At a push, I like the White Tara with Waves and the White Tara with the rainbow.

    Thank you most of all for the spectacular teaching on Tara, her history, symbolism and prayers.

    with folded hands and gratitude,
    sharon

  12. Adelin on Jan 22, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    white tara in the garden

  13. Jace Chong on Jan 20, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I like “White Tara with birds”.
    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing the story about Tara. I always love Tara and she is very attractive to me. I used to keep a Tara picture in my wallet many years ago before I met Kechara.
    I will try to do the prayers as much as I can, as I really wish our KIM works will manifest swiftly!
    Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha

  14. Shelly tai on Jan 16, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Shelly tai on 16 Jan 2011
    Dear Rinpoche
    Is a very nice pictures I like the Tara in garden
    I think the color combination is neat.

  15. firefly on Jan 16, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Wonderful Tara, she clears all obstacles for any practitioner. I can share from my own experience that if anyone is experiencing any difficulty in any form, just pray to her with sincerity and recite her mantra. She will definitely help. And the situation will change somehow. Even if the result is not what you expected but Tara will help according to one’s karma.

    So so many inspirations received from her and my friends too.She is truly incredible and the activity of all the Buddhas! Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha

  16. henryooi on Jan 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    My favorite is White Tara in the mountains.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for posting these beautiful pictures of Mother Tara for everyone to share.

  17. Helen Oana Lascar on Jan 11, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    I like White Tara with Purple Flowers and Mountains, White Tara with stars and White Tara in the Garden. All the images are delicate and beautiful.

  18. Lasha Mutual on Jan 8, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I want to express my sincere gratitude to you for posting my paintings on your blog, and for the kind comments about my work.

    I have felt very enriched by working with White Tara both in meditation and within my paintings. My devotion deepens with each painting and my motivation for the series continues to grow!

    Reading your teaching on Tara and the prayers included is very inspirational – thank you! I will enjoy reading your blog in the future.

    With many kind wishes,

    Lasha

    • tsemtulku on Jan 8, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      Dear Lasha,
      When I came across your work, your obvious talent, imagination and creativity exploded onto my pc screen. Your devotion to Tara was beyond obvious. I wanted to share with the world how incredible your work is and how much talent you have.

      I am so happy you have noticed your work here. By you leaving a comment is like you signing one of your paintings for me and the whole world. Please continue your sacred works and to beautify our minds with these incredible works of love.

      I wish you the best and thank you so much for your devotion, good heart and generous nature.

      Tsem Rinpoche

  19. Tom Myro on Jan 8, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Eminence, Dharma Prince,

    Many years ago, when I was a market vendor, I had a “cardiac episode” while packing up for the night. I asked my Girlfriend and companion to drive home, which was a long drive, more than 100 miles.

    It became clear to me that I was going to die very shortly.

    I was not as well-educated in Dharma matters back then.

    I began to recite Tara Mantras as fast as I could, thinking all the while that, while I, myself was more than ready for the end of my life, my Mother, whom I cared for, and my Daughter, who is Autistic, and suffers from other psychological problems, both still needed me very badly.

    Thousands and thousands of Mantras I recited, keeping these thoughts in mind.

    Suddenly, I felt very calm, and I thought I was starting to actually die, but instead, I felt as if I were floating near the bottom of a cold lake… but the cold was not unpleasant… I saw little white “tiles” floating down at me from above, where there was a beautiful white light. These little tiles, in order, spelled the words “16 Ba’al”…

    Soon, I felt much better, and by the time we arrived home, I was fine.

    I did not die. White Tara in her infinite mercy examined my situation, and has extended my life for a number of years. My mother is now passed, and my daughter is growing up, and soon, she will not need me either. I think, then, I will probably die, but I am so pleased to have lived to be of help to my Mother, and was able to see my daughter through her childhood.

    What the “16 Ba’al” ever meant, I do not know… some wise people have told me that it represented the “16 strengths that counteract the 16 weaknesses of men.” In any event, I am certain to find it out one day, I think.

    This has been a good life. It is the first life in which I have encountered the Dharma, as far as I can tell. That makes it very special and precious indeed. It will not be my last human life, although I am personally hoping for rebirth in the Lapis Lazuli Pure Land, with the Medicine Buddha, so that I can practice without so much difficulty, and distraction from a defective body.

    Many thanks to Tara, and many thanks to you, Dharma Prince.

    Love,

    –Tom

  20. Paris on Jan 7, 2011 at 3:35 am

    Rinpoche, thank you for these beautiful photos. I want all of them! Am downloading some now to be put on my phone wallpaper.

    The explanations and teachings about Tara never ever boring; it’s like I’m hearing or reading them for the first time every time Rinpoche gives teachings about her. Thank you also for the prayers, so that all of us have the chance to connect to her blessings. She certainly is very special and all the luckier for us that there’s 21 of her!

  21. joey wong on Jan 7, 2011 at 12:17 am

    I love the expression and the art of White Tara with stars! She looks so compassionate and nurturing! That piece really captured Tara’s expressions!

    And thank you Rinpoche…the explanation of Tara is really beautiful! I never get bored of it….i first read her prayers in Martin Wilson’s In Praise Of Tara and it blew me away! Re-reading it here brings back so much memories of the time i first read that book and encountered Mother Tara…

  22. Raluca on Jan 6, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Very beatiful! ART IS HOLY, when done from the heart, it brings joy and uplift our state of mind.

    My favourites are: White Tara with birds, for the etheral effect, and White Tara with blossom and cave for its touchinglike very pictural quality.
    thank youuuu!

  23. Uncle Eddie on Jan 6, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    All images are equally stunning, beautiful and very original, but the one which appears most appealing to me is ” White Tara with two islands “. Thank you so much Rinpoche for these inspiring images and the teachings.

  24. Roland Yap on Jan 6, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I like the drawing of White Tara with Offerings.

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful teaching.

    Roland Yap

  25. Nicole on Jan 6, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche,

    Thank you so much for your valuable time for explaining in details regarding the Lady Buddha. The images of White Tara are stunning. I had a hard time deciding which I like. In the end, I have decided White Tara with snow falling, White Tara with Owl, White Tara in the garden and lastly White Tara with offerings and White Tara with stars. But I think I like White tara in the garden best..

    I do truly appreciate you explaining to us in details regarding Tara. It means a lot to me because that helps me a lot when I do my prayers.

    With folded hands, wishing you good health and happiness always,

    Nicole Mah

  26. Adeline Woon on Jan 6, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Lo-gsar-bde-legs!

    I like the White Tara With Waves. If you would, please let me know why does age 16 representing youthful and young like? Why not 15 or 17? Has it anything to do with puberty?

    May you live a long life to turn the wheel of dharma.

    With palms together,
    Adeline Woon

    p/s: You mentioned Datin should visualize Red Amitābha at the age of 16 in “A Special Setrap meditation – by Tsem Tulku Rinpoche” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unNeXOWwcIY&feature=related )

  27. mima on Jan 6, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Thank you for this post Rinpoche and for those precious prayers!

  28. Andrew Chiam on Jan 6, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Hi Rinpoche,

    Thanks for the great sharing. I always have affinity with Tara.
    And I enjoyed and benefit alot from the post.
    My fav will be “White Tara with Eight Auspicious Symbols”

  29. Sock on Jan 6, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    These images are very nice, I like the “Tara in the mountains”. I hope to visit Tibet and Nepal one day.

    I wish you good health and long life so that more people can benefit from your Dharma teachings.

  30. Mimi on Jan 6, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I noticed there is slight variation in text “Praises to the 21 Taras” from what posted in your website.
    http://tsemtulku.com/resources/prayers/prayers-deity-prayer/praises-to-the-21-taras/
    Is it OK to follow the one from your website or add in the missing text.

    • tsemtulku on Jan 6, 2011 at 9:54 am

      Yes, there are various translations. Please add in what you feel is missing. Thanks

  31. Lars on Jan 6, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Thank you for this post Rinpoche. Because I haven’t expressed my gratitude for all your effort in this blog earlier, I would like to thank you again. As for the picture, “White Tara with Birds” is the one I’m choosing. It’s simply beautiful.

  32. MD on Jan 6, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Dear Most Venerable Tsem Rinpoche,
    how wonderful you have composed this text about the Lady Buddha White Tara for this blog!!! All paintings are beautiful. My favourite is “White Tara by the Water”.

  33. dasa on Jan 6, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Dear Rinpoche. Thank You so much for putting this beautiful pictures of White Tara. I put some as my desk background on computer. Very inspiring for me. As well thank You for practices. Very precious.
    I can still remember when I just started with Dharma practices, seeing Tara image was first to really inspire me and still does every single day. I bow down to Her.

  34. Christoph on Jan 6, 2011 at 7:04 am

    Dear Tsem Tulku Rinpoche !!!

    Thank you for these inspiring images and words.

    I like White Tara in the Garden :-).

    Good Tara inspirations to you !!!

    Christoph

  35. Sandy on Jan 6, 2011 at 6:42 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    The images of Tara are stunning – a very talented artist indeed! The image I was most drawn to was White Tara with Chrysanthemums. It seems so full and free and vibrant and – I’m not exactly sure why – it reminds me of some works by Vincent van Gogh.

    Kind regards,
    Sandy

  36. John C on Jan 6, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Rinpoche, I like them all, particularly the ones with the snow flakes.

    Jon 🙂

  37. Ani Tsering Dolma on Jan 6, 2011 at 5:22 am

    Dear Tsem Tulku Rinpoche-La,

    my favourite pictures are White Tara with Three Trees, In the Garden and By The Water. But all of them are beautiful. Thanks for posting the blog

  38. kaner on Jan 6, 2011 at 4:44 am

    Wow, nice pics. Refreshingly untypical.

  39. tsemtulku on Jan 6, 2011 at 4:06 am

    Please let me know WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVORITE Tara painting. I am interested to see everyone’s choice. Tsem Rinpoche

    • kaner on Jan 6, 2011 at 4:47 am

      “White Tara with Birds”

    • Mimi on Jan 6, 2011 at 9:08 am

      “White Tara with Good Wishes”

    • Zla'od on Jan 6, 2011 at 10:32 am

      It’s so hard to decide! I’m torn between “Birds and Islands” (no. 4), “Snow Falling” (no. 8), and “Mountains” (no. 47), but if forced to choose just one, would pick “Birds and Islands.”

      Several of these seem to have been inspired by Shaivite iconography.

      In “Praise to the 21 Taras,” interestingly, nowhere does the text actually say that it is addressed to 21 Taras. For example, there is no description of color, etc. All of the verses could be read as if they were describing the same deity.

    • Sonia on Jan 7, 2011 at 3:45 am

      They are all beautiful. The artist is truely talented.
      I have 2 that appeals to me – Tara with offerings and Tara with Owl.

    • Andrew James Boon on Jan 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      Dearest Rinpoche,

      I am torn between two: One is the White Tara with Pomegranates… reason being these fruits are my mother’s favourite and it is not very common to find and having the connection of mother tara with my own mother was very apt. The other is the White Tara with Rain as I find it so serene and beautiful. I always loved the rain and I find this very moving for me.

      Much love… Andrew

    • patsy on Jan 7, 2011 at 10:37 pm

      It’s so difficult to choose cos everyone is spectacular and beautiful. My final decision is “White Tara by the Water” and “White Tara in the Garden” because it depicts Tara in very feminine form and I like the poise which is very graceful and the elegance of the face features.

    • ACL on Jan 8, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      they are all the same. multi-ifforusly beautiful! who did this? i would enjoy seeing them all on a wall all at once together.

    • Josh Akers on Jan 9, 2011 at 12:23 pm

      I like White Tara in the Rain.

      It looks like the rain could be the downpour of Samsara and Tara is not affected by it. Also I must like it simply because I live in Oregon where it rains a lot.

    • Sharon Ong on Feb 4, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      I like the White Tara with Whale. Very unique and she has such a gentle, beautiful face.

    • Jacinta Goh on Mar 7, 2015 at 2:00 am

      Dear Rinpoche,

      I prefer “White Tara in the mountain”. I prefer the painting in the “traditional” way…

    • Phng Keng Hwa on May 18, 2015 at 1:02 am

      “White Tara with Offerings”

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    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 12:15 AM
    Humans and animals, as well as other sentient beings within the six realms of samsara, are subjected to the law of cyclic of existence. Karma or generally known as the law of cause and effect will determine where we take our next rebirth. It is extremely rare for sentient beings to take the form of a human body and in perfect condition. Hence we must not let this precious lifetime go to waste by indulging in silly actions and harmful ways. If we are born in the animals realms or lower, there is close to zero way for us to collect merits and get out of that realm.

    From the stories above, I find the story about Dalawong most unusual because he seemed to be able to determine the destination of his next rebirth after he was being killed as a snake. After he had taken rebirth in human form, he continued to remember the incident in his past life. Amazing!

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing these researches with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/do-animals-reincarnate-back-as-humans.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 09:42 PM
    If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 03:50 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article about tsa tsa. Didn’t know there are many steps and holy materials used in making a tsa tsa. In addition, the maker of tsa tsa would need to do prayer in the morning depending of what tsa tsa they are making on the day, for example, the maker will do Dorje Shugden practise before making Dorje Shugden tsa tsa.

    Only by knowing the process, we will appreciate the items more. Tsa tsa is a precious item.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/tsa-tsas-are-nice.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 09:28 AM
    Dalawong: A Child Recalls a Past Life as a Cobra in Thailand

    This case was actually researched by the late Francis Story, a British citizen who was fascinated with Buddhism and spent many years in Asia. He was also very interested in the topic of reincarnation and assisted Dr. Stevenson in investigating a number of very important reincarnation cases in Burma and Sri Lanka. Francis interviewed the subject of this case, a Thai boy named Dalowong, along with his father, mother and sister. He also had access to a pamphlet that was previously published regarding the case, which was also summarized in an article in the Bangkok Times.

    Dalawong actually claimed two past animal incarnations. He recalled a past lifetime as a deer, which he said was killed by a hunter. Subsequently, he stated he was reincarnated as a snake, more specifically, as a cobra.

    As the snake, Dalawong remembered that he was in a cave when two dogs entered and attacked him. A ferocious struggle ensued between the cobra and the dogs. The owner of the dogs then entered the cave and killed the snake. Apparently, the snake was able to bite the human invader on the shoulder, prior to succumbing to death.

    The human took the cobra’s body back home, where the snake was cooked for a meal. This man shared the snake meat with an acquaintance, who would become Dalawong’s father in the near future. The man who killed the cobra had the name Mr. Hiew.

    Read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/do-animals-reincarnate-back-as-humans.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 08:40 PM
    谢谢Paul Yap 为我们介绍马来西亚彭亨州文东必定参观的地方之一~克切拉禅修林。就如照片显示,克切拉禅修林的确是一个环境清幽、山明水秀以及令人有宁静舒适的感觉。

    如果有机会到马来西亚游玩,千万不要错过由Paul Yap介绍克切拉禅修林里的几个优美与神圣的地方,包括:
    1. 金泽”财王”
    2. 金刚瑜伽母佛塔
    3. 绿度母石雕像
    4. 药师佛山
    5. 梦幻文殊菩萨
    6. 詹仁波切的货柜屋
    7. 文殊山
    8. 智慧堂(释迦摩尼佛像和多杰雄登像)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 08:09 PM
    The sculpture of Kuan Yin in Macau is simple but elegant. Most importantly, this big Kuan Yin in Macau is built to bring peace, harmony and prosperity to the people.

    I remember Rinpoche mentioned before a big Buddha statue will have positive impact on the environment and plant the Buddha’s seeds in all sentient beings that not only humans but also including animals and many others. Therefore, the bigger Buddha statue the more beneficial to all sentient beings where they can see and be blessed by this big Buddha statue from far.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/kuan-yin-of-macau-city.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 03:29 PM
    Krishnan’s effort and hard work in contributing to the society is very inspiring. He is willing to let go of his high paying job to Switzerland and staying back in India to operate a soup kitchen for homeless. On top of that he is willing to accept the hardship of financial restraint every month in maintaining his service for the people living in the street. I hope his good work will bring more awareness and sponsors for him especially when CNN showed the video of his work and awarded him with top 10 CNN heroes.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/chef-turned-hero.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 06:42 PM
    According to the Buddhist teachings, we all have a unique blend of karma that determines where we are born, the circumstances of our birth and the quality of our life. Naturally, this is due to the actions that we performed in previous lives. Karma also dictates our characteristics and traits that determine how we act throughout our lives, which in turn leads to certain outcomes in this life and a determination of where we will take rebirth in the future.

    Karma, however, is not set in stone. We can change our circumstances through our own efforts – purification of karma and accumulation of merit. Tibetan astrology, based on these Buddhist principles, provides us the methods to ensure success in this life and a good rebirth in the future. Tibetan astrology can also predict what will happen to us in this life and our next rebirth based on the time of our birth.

    Discover your traits according to the Mewa, or Magical Square system of Tibetan astrology below, and find out how to purify your negative karma to improve your life!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 05:24 PM
    Very interesting:


    Radin explained in his book: “For a Western-trained academic, the mere existence of, say, telepathy would be considered supernormal and thus wildly extraordinary. But for an experienced yogi, it’s just a boringly normal minor siddhi [a Sanskrit term for a meditation attainment, or power]. A skeptical scientist, not having the benefit of thousands of hours of practice in yoga and meditation, would require repeatable, rigorously obtained experimental data showing odds against chance of a gazillion to one. The yogi merely requires his own experience.”


    Very interesting read: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2157904-supernormal-abilities-developed-through-meditation-dr-dean-radin-discusses/?sidebar=morein

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Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
yesterday
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
4 days ago
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
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March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
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
3 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
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
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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
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.
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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
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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
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  • March 28, 2017 09:11
    Lia asked: If the ushnisha is actually supposed to be a bump, then do we change the visualization of the top knot and replace it with a bump covered in hair or do we keep the ushnisha as the thangkas show?
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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?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your question, it is good to see you back and asking more questions. Yes you are right, there are differences in the tunes and chants between the lineages. The differences can vary significantly between the traditions, for example the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism is known for its extremely deep throat singing which is very powerful and is characterised by a low, booming voice, in contrast to the other traditions. Even within a particular tradition, there can be slight variations as to the manner in which the chants and tunes are performed. For example those monasteries are which are affiliated with Gyume will have one way of throat singing, where those affiliated with Gyuto will have another. As far as I am aware there is no professional sheet music for the rituals, most probably because the music is actually an integral part of the ritual itself. Therefore the music, tunes, and chants are all taught at the same time the ritual and prayers are. The tunes, and use of the instruments all have specific meanings, because they are considered to be offerings to the deities in the form of sound. The monasteries would not have copies of sheet music either, because sheet music is western practice. The use of ritual music within Tibetan Buddhism is more of one based on memory. In the Kechara organisation, the puja team was trained in such ritual instruments at the same time they learnt the particular ritual from monks from the monastery, such as the puja of Dorje Shugden. From what I saw of the training, the musical tunes, and use of instruments was not written down but taught experientially at the same time as the chanting. I have not come across any other instruments being used in pujas apart from the traditional ritual instruments, because even the instruments themselves have a specific meaning. That is not say that school instruments cannot be used. This is because, as long as the offering is sincere, the Buddhas and enlightened deities will accept it, and in turn you will generate great amounts of merit. Offerings should be made to the best of our ability, therefore if you do not have access to the ritual instruments, or do not know how to play them, but you know how to play other instruments, and use these instruments as offerings to the Buddhas during pujas, the amount of merit you generate will be the same. This is because you are sincere with your offering. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • 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.
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