龙舟节(端午节):古老与现代文化的结合

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Dragon figureheads on the bows of boats used during the festival

用来赛龙舟的船只上龙头装饰

我在马来西亚住了二十多年了。在这二十多年里,我对马来西亚的文化习俗产生了极大的兴趣并为之着迷。因此每每有机会,我都很愿意跟别人分享马来西亚文化的点点滴滴。

今天我想跟大家介绍一下马来西亚的龙舟节。龙舟节起源于中国,但在漫长的文化交融中,已经完全融入了马来西亚的本土文化。它的的本土化反映出马来西亚人口的多民族特点,而这种对不同民族文化的巨大包容,恰恰成就了马来西亚如此丰富多彩的文化。

在接下来的文章里,我将为您介绍龙舟节及其起源,它如何融入马来西亚文化中,以及当地人庆祝该节日的方式。除此之外,文章还会谈到龙舟节特有的食物,比如粽子和糯米饭团。

詹杜固仁波切

 


 

龙舟节的起源

The Dragon Boat Race

赛龙舟

龙舟节也称端阳节、端午节或者忠孝节,据说是为了庆祝忠于国家和孝顺长辈的美好品德。由于龙舟节落在中国传统农历的五月初五,所以每年节日的公历日期会略有变化。

龙舟节也被马来西亚华裔、新加坡人和台湾人叫做“五月节”或“粽子节”。在印尼语中,这个节日还有一个特别的名称——“Peh Cun”(“扒船”),据说是由中国福建一带的方言翻译而来。

关于龙舟节的由来有三个不同版本的民间传说,但是他们不约而同都以悲剧收尾,都给人以道德上的深刻反思。

 

版本一: 屈原(西元前340-278年)的传说——仁慈的贵族

An artists portrayal of Qu Yuan

屈原画像

纪念屈原说是流传最广、最为人熟知的版本。根据司马迁史记记载,屈原是中国古代楚国的一名贵族,早年间深受楚怀王(西元前328-299年在位)器重在朝廷中任大臣。因为遭到奸臣诽谤,屈原被楚怀王流放到汉北流域。后来慢慢官复原职,并受命代表楚国去和邻国齐国建立外交关系。

楚怀王逝世后顷襄王继位。屈原远见卓识,早已料到秦国有朝一日会攻打楚国,便极力主张联齐抗秦。但是这个主张受到了令尹(相当于宰相)子兰的反对。子兰联合其他人向顷襄王进言,使得顷襄王日渐疏远屈原。最终屈原再次遭受流放,被驱逐到了长江以南的沅湘流域。

在流放期间,屈原大部分时间都在搜集整理民间故事传说,同时也进行了大量的诗歌创作。他的作品字里行间流露出他对国家深沉的爱。时至今日,屈原的诗歌被公认为中国文学史上最美诗篇,屈原本人也成为了一位名垂青史的伟大爱国诗人。

屈原在当地村民的心中是一个有智慧且仁慈的人,然而屈原时刻忧心祖国最终积郁成疾。

General Bai Qi from the state of Qin

秦国大将——白起

西元前278年,屈原一直以来的担忧终究成为了现实。秦国大将白起率领秦军一举攻下当时楚国的首都郢城。闻此噩耗屈原当即写下“哀郢”一诗,随即抱石投汨罗江(现中国湖南省境内)自尽。当地村民闻讯,纷纷赶来汨罗江想要救起屈原。他们奋力划船打着鼓极力搜救,一直行至洞庭湖也不见屈原身影。这场声势浩大的搜救便慢慢演变成了今天的龙舟竞赛。

在搜寻屈原的时候,百姓们从家里取来米团投入江中,以免河里的鱼或恶灵吃掉屈原的尸体。某天晚上,屈原的友人梦见屈原,屈子在梦里向他述说了自己投江的前因后果,并请这位友人用丝绸把米团包裹成三角形投入汨罗江中用以安抚水中的一条巨龙。屈原的朋友们四处散播这个消息,人们听闻后纷纷效仿,在农历五月初五这一天将米团裹成三角形投入江中祭祀巨龙。到了今天,这种用叶子裹起来的三角形米团就是人们俗称的“粽子”了。

 

An artist's portrayal of Wu Zixu, Duke of Shen

伍子胥画像

版本二:伍子胥(不详-西元前484年)——被主上嫌弃的贵族

伍子胥,据司马迁《史记》记载曾受封于申地,故此也称申胥,是吴王阖庐的信臣。伍子胥无视一个叫伯嚭的人道德败坏,大力举荐他给吴王,伯嚭得以在吴国任太宰。阖庐死后夫差继位成为新一任吴王,但是伍子胥不为其所喜。夫差即位后大败越国,越王投降。伍子胥预见到越王勾践的野心,坚信勾践有朝一日必会死灰复燃攻打吴国,便向夫差进言主张一举消灭越国以绝后患。然而夫差为伯嚭所谗,不但不信伍子胥,还听信伯嚭之言决定与越国和平共处,但他们却不知道伯嚭早已被勾践收买成为了叛徒。

King Fuchai of Wu

吴王夫差

伍子胥恳求吴王夫差听从自己的建议,但这反而激怒了吴王,还赐他一剑命他自尽。伍子胥临死前留下遗言,要人在自己死后把眼睛挖出来悬挂于吴京东门之上,他要亲眼看到越国灭吴的那一天。夫差闻言怒极,命人将伍子胥的尸体于五月初五丢入大江之中。伍子胥死后约十年,他的预言应验了:越王勾践趁着吴齐两国交战之际带兵偷袭吴国,吴国大败。吴王夫差在绝望中自刎而死,死前命人将其双眼蒙住,因为自觉九泉下无颜面对伍子胥。极具讽刺意味的是,深受夫差生前宠信的伯嚭不仅收受了勾践的贿赂,还和其他诸国勾结导致吴国亡国。时至今日,人们将龙舟节这一天作为祭奠忠臣伍子胥的节日,这个故事在吴越故地(今中国东部沿海省份)广为流传。

 

版本三:曹娥(西元130-143年)——丧父孝女

An artist's portrayal of Cao E

曹娥画像

曹娥为巫祝曹盱之女。曹盱在五月初五祭祀伍子胥的活动中溺于舜江。曹娥悲痛欲绝,沿江寻找数日不见父亲尸体便投江自尽。五日后,曹娥和父亲曹盱的尸身一起被人们从江里捞了上来。

八年之后,当地居民感念曹娥的孝顺,在上虞修建了曹娥庙纪念这名孝女。舜江也更名为曹娥江。因此龙舟节也说是为了纪念曹娥,这种说法在中国浙江东北一带颇为盛行。

另外,也有观点认为这些传说不过是古代儒家学者为了提升自己在当时中国的影响力而塑造的,并不可信。根据上世纪中国著名学者闻一多教授考究,龙舟节实际上起源于对龙的图腾崇拜。赛龙舟是由祭祀仪式中参拜神龙的行为演变而来,同时也象征着强壮的男性力量,而粽子就是供奉龙王的祭品。由于中国古代劳动人民高度依赖农业生产,天气在农业中有着至关重要的作用。龙在中国传说中具有操控天气的能力,因此直接影响了农业生产力的高低。人们通过祭祀活动使龙王满意愉悦,龙王反过来让人间风调雨顺,百姓获得丰收。龙图腾在长江中下游的吴越之地尤为盛行。闻一多教授认为,端午节最有可能是吴越两地独特的风俗,后来才慢慢在全中国流行开来。

无论传说的缘起是什么,龙舟节最终还是在中国发展壮大延续至今。

 

龙舟节是如何融入马来西亚的

Malaysia is a multi-ethnic country that embraces its diverse cultural identity

马来西亚是一个包容多元文化的多元民族国家

中国人无论走到哪里(无论是经商还是其他原因)都会把他们的文化传统带到各个地方。据马来西亚统计局数据,2014至2016年期间华裔人口达到了马来西亚总人口数的23.4%,占据了马来西亚总人口的近四分之一。由此可见,龙舟节在马来西亚各华人社区流行也就不足为奇了。

马来西亚政府将龙舟节视为促进民族和谐的一项重要活动。马来西亚旅游文化局旗下的马来西亚旅游促进局也已经将赛龙舟列入了“马来西亚节日活动名录”。马来西亚旅游促进局将赛龙舟描述为:

“……(赛龙舟)是一项团队运动,它有效地促进了团队的纪律、队员之间的协同以及队员个人体能和心理的坚韧……(也是)一项促进民族和谐的运动。”

 

节日活动

Traditional Chinese families gather together every year to make zongzi

传统的华人家庭每年会齐聚一堂,一起包粽子

煮、吃糯米饭团

每年的端午节,传统的华人家庭会聚在一起包粽子。除了举行、参加和观看划龙舟比赛之外,马来西亚华裔还会通过包粽子和吃粽子来庆祝节日。这个传统是纪念中国古代人民把饭团投入江里安抚巨龙和其他动物以免他们伤害屈原尸体的善举。

随着粽子的普及,它已经从一个简单的竹叶包饭团发展成了有多种馅料的美食。在过去,人们只有在端午节才能吃到粽子;如今,只要有华人聚居的地方整年都可以见到粽子的踪影。粽子在不同的地区也有不同的形状,但是最常见的还是三角形。在典型的传统华人家庭中,包粽子是全家齐动员的活动,每个家庭成员都要参与其中。竹叶是最常用的粽子皮,但其他的叶子比如玉米叶,芭蕉叶和香兰叶都可以用来包粽子。每一种叶子都能赋予粽子不同的风味。

Zongzi wrapped in banana leaves

香蕉叶包的粽子

One of the secrets to a good zongzi is wrapping it well enough so that the contents stay intact after the boiling process

好粽子的秘诀之一就是把粽子包扎实,让它在蒸煮过程中不至于散开,保证馅料的完整。

粽子馅因个人偏好不同而各有差异,但大多数粽子都是用糯米包成的。包粽子本身就是一门艺术:只有在蒸煮过程中保持完好的粽子才是厨师们引以为傲的成功作品。粽子的配料和包粽子的手艺大多是各家各户一代代传承下来的,是每个家庭名副其实的传家宝。

端午节前夕,传统华人家庭在享用粽子前,会先以粽子拜祭祖先,以示尊重。

Bak Chang

肉粽

在马来西亚粽子常被叫作“Chang”。以下为马拉西亚常见的几种粽子:

  • 肉粽(Bak Chang):肉粽通常用猪肉、咸蛋黄、栗子、干虾和香菇依个人喜好制成。米通常呈棕褐色。
  • 咸甜粽(娘惹粽):这种粽子被视为马来西亚华人的特色粽子,通常用碎猪肉、冬瓜和五香粉拌着胡椒制成。
  • 碱水粽:由纯糯米和碱水制成。一般当作甜点蘸着白糖或糖浆吃。
Kiam Tee Chang

咸甜粽(娘惹粽)

Kee Chang

碱水粽

如果你家里没有每年包粽子的习惯,你一样可在市场上买到美味的粽子。下面是口碑最好的几家粽子店:

何玉记

这个家族经营的摊位位于吉隆坡的茨厂街,从上世纪60年代开始就经营至今。

地址:
No. 327 Jalan Hang Lekir
50000 Kuala Lumpur

营业时间:7:00 – 22:00

玉桃苑

这家家庭式餐厅位于白沙罗上城(Damansara Uptown),以粤菜见长。大小规格的广东粽子均有出售。最大的粽子单个甚至重达1公斤。

地址:
13 Jalan SS 21/37
Damansara Utama
Petaling Jaya
47400 Selangor

营业时间:10:30 – 15:00 & 18:00 – 23:00

燕美巴刹

燕美市场里有一个摊位,靠三姐妹经营多年。她们这里售卖广东粽子、碱水粽和娘惹粽。

地址:
12, 6, Jalan Kampung
Pudu
55100 Kuala Lumpur

营业时间:6:30 – 12:00

大阳城酒家

这里销售优质材料制成的高档粽子,原料包含香菇、灵芝等珍贵食材。

地址:
1st Floor The Plaza at Jaya 33
1 Jalan Semangat, Seksyen 14
Petaling Jaya
46100 Selangor

营业时间:11:00-15:00 & 18:00 – 23:00

Yook Tho Yin and Ho Yoke Kee

玉桃苑和何玉记

Noble Mansion Restaurant in Petaling Jaya

位于八打灵的大阳城酒家

 

参与赛龙舟

Preparations for Penang Dragon Boat Festival

为槟城龙舟节做准备

根据2016马来西亚节日活动名录,2016年龙舟比赛在以下地方举行:

  • 马六甲——马六甲河国际嘉年华(2016年5月25日-6月4日);马六甲国际龙舟赛(2016年6月11日)
  • 槟城——槟城国际龙舟节(2016年5月28-29日)
  • 沙巴——沙巴FCAS国际龙舟赛(2016年6月21-22日)
  • 布城——马来西亚国际龙舟赛节目之一(2016年9月25-26日)
  • 砂拉越——砂拉越国际龙舟赛(2016年11月11-13日)

赛龙舟从发展至今已逐渐演变成一项专业的体育运动,不再局限于每年的农历五月初五举行。有些马来西亚的龙舟比赛组织机构,比如2016砂拉越国际龙舟赛,也声明他们举办的比赛都严格遵守国际龙舟联合会(IDBF)以及亚洲龙舟联合会(ADBF)的相关规则条例。马来西亚龙舟协会也早在1991年通过了国际龙舟联合会的审核成为其中一员。

 

布城龙舟赛——2016年22人组300米决赛

http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/DragonBoatRace.flv

Or view the video on the server at:
http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/DragonBoatRace.flv

 

为龙舟赛做准备

个人准备

Endurance training is important to prepare the athletes' body for the race

耐力训练对运动员尤为重要

龙舟比赛对肌肉力量和肺活量有很高的要求。参加比赛的运动员都被建议进行大量的力量和耐力训练以便他们的身体能更好地适应比赛,防止受伤。

团队准备

世界龙舟赛程网建议:在比赛之前,队员们应该着重团队训练而非个人训练,因为尽管每个队伍均有各自的比赛策略,但是基本的技能如团队划桨的协调才是取胜的先决条件。

“认真的龙舟赛运动员一年四季都要接受严格的训练,哪怕是在寒冷的冬季。”

http://www.dragonboatcalendar.com/training.htm

参赛费用、注册以及奖项设置

以下参赛费用是2016年的数据,随时都可能进行调整:报名费为每人150-300令吉。奖品可为奖杯、奖牌或现金奖励。

参赛者的住宿

龙舟赛赛程通常持续四至五天,期间包括登记注册、团队会议和培训,比赛本身通常只有两天,另一天则用于组织参赛人员在当地旅行观光。大多数情况下,活动组织者会为参赛者安排住宿。

比赛服装

在训练和参赛期间,运动员最好是穿防水的衣服,比如速干和Coolmax面料。衣服最好是紧身的,因为宽松的衣服很容易在比赛中吸水拖拽。

 

到马来西亚旅行

 

马来西亚入境所需证件

Dragon016

计划到马来西亚旅行的访客需在入境前确认护照至少还有六个月有效期。东盟国家(即汶莱、柬埔寨、印尼、老挝、缅甸、菲律宾、新加坡、泰国和越南)的公民可以免签在马来西亚境内逗留30天。

其他国家的访客可以在入境时支付330令吉申请落地签证(VOA),也可以在本国提前向马来西亚领事馆申请签证。旅游签证有效期为90天。出行前建议您和就近的马来西亚大使馆或上网确认签证要求。中国、印度、孟加拉和尼泊尔的公民现在可以申请电子签证。

 

在马拉西亚的着装

马来西亚是一个热带国家,所以当地人普遍穿着轻薄透气的衣服。建议您带几件轻便的上衣长裤,太阳镜,遮阳帽,汗衫和至少一条围巾或披肩,以及及膝短裤和短裙。您也可以带上平底鞋和其他休闲鞋。

 

马来西亚的交通

Rail transport in Malaysia

马来西亚的铁路交通

您可以包租一辆按小时计费的长途出租车;在大城市的话,您还可以选择更实惠的公共交通。若您身在吉隆坡,还可以选择轻快铁(LRT)或者单轨火车。

想前往马六甲或槟城乔治市的游客,还可以体验一下传统的三轮车出行。

 

在马来西亚的住宿

在马来西亚找到一个住处是相对容易的。这里有很多酒店、民宿、旅馆可供选择。您可以上网先看评论再预订。

 

槟城的酒店推荐:

乔治市湾景酒店

地址:
Lebuh Farquhar
George Town
10200 George Town
Pulau Pinang
Malaysia

电话: +60 4-263 3161

东方大酒店

地址:
Lebuh Farquhar
George Town
10200 George Town
Pulau Pinang
Malaysia

电话: +60 4-222 2000

槟城G酒店

地址:
168A, Persiaran Gurney
Pulau Tikus
10250 George Town
Pulau Pinang
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  1. Alice Tay on Mar 17, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    感谢仁波切分享这篇相信在马来西亚让人期待的端午节。在这特别的日子里,就像博文里所提到的有几个地方会举行龙舟比赛。而最令人鼓舞的是马来西亚旅游文化局旗下的马来西亚旅游促进局已经将赛龙舟列入了“马来西亚节日活动名录”,以便吸引更多游客尤其是那些对马来西亚的多元文化深感兴趣。

    除了龙舟比赛,这个特别日子里也是一个很好的机会让传统的华人家庭会促进关系,并聚在一起包粽子。但是,因为环保的关系,不能再像以前那样将饭团投进江里。

    现在吃素的人与日俱增,如果想吃素粽子已不像以前那么困难了。在此与大家分享制作素棕子的做法:
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  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Apr 29. 2017 03:09 PM
    Interesting info and article about werewolves. I never knew about its origins and the various wolves existence until I read this. I have thus far know about werewolves only from the movies and the famous twilight show. But one thing I noticed from the articles is the gruesome manner in killing the person (or suspected werewolves). Some were cursed to be a werewolves. There just so much anger, violence and killing in the whole process, which probably the reason why werewolves are known to kill and hurt human and other animals.

    Anyway, whether we believe the existence of werewolf is true or not, I believe that there are other forms of beings in world. And we should not handle or deal with other beings with violence and anger.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html#comment-744320
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 04:00 PM
    Everything we offer to Buddha is a form of mind transformation and practise our mind to be focus even when doing water offering. When pouring the water into the bowl we have to recite Om Ah Hum (3 times), think positively and pouring it slowly so it does not spill and leaving the space of a grain of rice before reaching the top. After offering we also have to clean the bowls properly without leaving stain. All this is to train our mind.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the many benefits and water offering in a simple to understand article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/making-water-offerings-to-the-buddhas.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 03:38 PM
    Trolls are assiociates as beings of Scandinavian folklore.A large number of different mythological creatures continue to live on in Scandinavian folklore.They have different shapes,habitat and filthy features . There are also numerous tales of trolls told and retold.Trolls are also believed to have the magigal powers, which were folktales ,posses capabilities that are beyond human .What ever it was a remnant of a long-lost reality for sure. I do believe that there’s a very high chance trolls had existed in the past.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing ,i do enjoyed all the stories in these article even though it just folk tales.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/the-hidden-nature-of-trolls.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 11:54 PM
    People always expect return on some contribution being done especially in charity events. When the return was under their expectations then they will feel sad or unhappy.
    As Rinpoche said, Dharma is a teachings to transform our mind to become bodicitta or selfless to benefit others without condition. Once we practiced selfless mind, our mind will not be affected by others people reaction.
    What will be my legacy? I think this is not really important to me anymore once I know Dharma teachings from Rinpoche.
    Thanks Datuk May for sharing to benefit more people.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/what-will-be-your-legacy.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 08:56 PM
    Amazing miracles true story …of how Rinpoche helped. With Rinpoche blessing during the children baptismal ceremony,this little boy who had not spoken since 9 years old was able to speake again.Incredible….
    Chef Au truly believes been a vegetarian has help him to collects merits for his son.Rinpoche’s care and compassion has benefited many more people.Through these stories hope more people will be inspired to achieve the state of compassion and attainments.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for this sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-4.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 07:51 PM
    Having fully trust and faith in Rinpoche ,Fat monk’s mother was well again, after been diagnosed with cancerious tumour at the liver.
    Following instructions given by Rinpoche, his mother recited mantras and Fat monk did a series of pujas as told,his mother recovered then.
    Amazing……Miracles do happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-3.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:27 PM
    We are no strangers to the creatures called Werewolves. They are often depicted as the Jekyll-and-Hyde-like monsters in movies who are unable to control their animal instincts when they shift from human form to a wolf-like creature, usually during the full moon. Together with the Vampires who can transform into bats, are my childhood imagery villains, who triggered my curiosity on mythical creatures during younger days. They still do, lol.

    It is gruesome to learn that real life werewolves are actually brutal even when they are in human forms. It is a far depict from the movies and fictions, where they are civil and level headed when in human form. I hope one day science or technology can provide more proves the existence of werewolves, and debunk the reason of this mystical shapeshifter.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:07 PM
    The miraculous power of Protectors’ practice can heal and shield us from negative karma from ripening. Through the blessings of our Guru, coupled with strong faith and trust, the practices will take effect swiftly and effectively. Rejoice to Steven Lee. May he be guided by the Three Jewels always. Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow for sharing the true story with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-10.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:57 PM
    This is a very touching article. I totally agree that dog is a man’s best friend. They are always so loyal to the owner. However it is sad that not all pet owners are such. Some will only treat them literally as an animal and therefore do not take good care of them. Dogs or any other animals are beings that have feeling. There should not be neglected and be abused by us. This article reminds us to always care for all beings and respect them.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 02:21 PM
    Its a heartfelt touching article of this faithful dog.Cannot imagine this ,such a wonderful relationship between that dog and the deceased owner.The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that we will not come back for them That i noticed from observing from my pet poodle.In this case this faithful dog knew his owner won’t be back.
    Dogs are loyal, patient, fearless, forgiving, capable of pure love and have feelings too.He must have missed the owner badly that he wanted to accompany the owner all the way to the resting place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. May that faithful dog ,continue to serve and well taken, love by the other family members.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:46 PM
    Werewolves are known to be mythical creatures found in fiction instead of lurking in the dark woods,In various parts of the world there were few cases who have gone down in history as real life werewolves Interesting to read it from these post..How far it was true or just legends.,no one really know . Many myths and legends surrounding werewolves .To become a werewolf, it is necessary to be bitten by a werewolf in their form at the time of the full moon. Thats what all of us knew from the movies and from fiction told. Reports of werewolf sightings continued even till this century but mostly in between 1428 and 1447 .The most recent sighting of werewolf sightings in 1972. was in Ohio .but eventually subsided .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article which i do enjoyed reading it,
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
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    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:11 PM
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    Twenty-Four Holy Places & Eight Great Charnel Grounds part 2 – (focus topic: Eight Great Charnel Grounds)

    At one time there was a god by the name of Rudra who was originally part of Mahadeva’s retinue. He was a very fierce being who also had many of his own consorts. Together with his consorts he began to oppress sentient beings, and promoted violence and unethical behaviour. At that time, Heruka once again arose, and in a dance of great compassionate wrath, liberated Rudra and his consorts from their physical bodies, sending their minds to pure lands. The places where Rudra’s body parts fell became charnel grounds. …read more by clicking the following link:

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/twenty-four-holy-places-eight-great-charnel-grounds.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:07 AM
    This year Wesak Day fall on 10 of May. This day is very special and meaningful to me because I will visit Kechara Forest Retreat(KFR) to join some meritorious event there.
    For me, Wesak is a day to commemorate Buddha Sakyamuni in three aspect( Birth , Enlightened, Nirwana).
    While we celebrate Wesak, we must remind ourselves to learn from Buddha teachings and practice it in order to gain attainment.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for sharing in order to create more understanding on Wesak Day.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/wesak-day-special-on-rtm-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:10 PM
    OMG! This is very touching. To see a doggie who never left go of his owner in spite of death. Way more powerful than many who proclaimed “till death do us part.” Just like the human, not all doggies are as loyal as this tear-jerking pet, but I truly believe almost all doggies offer unconditional love to the person who feeds and cares for them. Even when they are stray animals. There was a stray dog who will run two streets from the entrance of the “Taman” until the car stops in front of the house, just to greet me. You can imagine the warm and conviction in my heart that these beings are more than capable of loving than many of us, human! Thank you for this lovely sharing. I miss my doggie, Sherab.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:00 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for this amazing sharing. There is no doubt about the ability of our Guru, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. His incarnations have been compassionate and taken rebirth to return and spread the dharma so that sentient beings can benefit and learn some dharma in our short life.

    We shall never doubt our Guru; but must see that He is one with our Yidam and Protector, an attained being. Even if our Guru does not demonstrate clairvoyance abilities, we must never contest our Guru, for he holds the key (dharma) that can liberate us from eternal suffering in samsara.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html

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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
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.
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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.
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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
1 month ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
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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
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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Children as long as 2 years old are ready to learn up skills and attitude that will help them shape their life. When else will be best to instil them with good Dharma values if not since young? Stella, KSDS
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Children as long as 2 years old are ready to learn up skills and attitude that will help them shape their life. When else will be best to instil them with good Dharma values if not since young? Stella, KSDS
Senior students of the children class of Kechara Sunday Dharma School had their class in the ghompa every Sunday. Stella, KSDS
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Senior students of the children class of Kechara Sunday Dharma School had their class in the ghompa every Sunday. Stella, KSDS
Besides young Karlson and Ern Ern, there are new faces in Kechara Sunday Dharma School 2-4 years old. Stella, KSDS
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Besides young Karlson and Ern Ern, there are new faces in Kechara Sunday Dharma School 2-4 years old. Stella, KSDS
Kechara Sunday Dharma School students 5-6 years old making prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa at the beginning of the class every Sunday. Stella,KSDS
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School students 5-6 years old making prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa at the beginning of the class every Sunday. Stella,KSDS
@KecharaHouse tonite, 48 puja attendees filled the air with a loud chorus of prayer n mantra 2 Dorje Shugden n Setrap!  PHNee
5 days ago
@KecharaHouse tonite, 48 puja attendees filled the air with a loud chorus of prayer n mantra 2 Dorje Shugden n Setrap! PHNee
A big Thank You to the kind volunteers and to Jace Chong!
5 days ago
A big Thank You to the kind volunteers and to Jace Chong!
Make your weekend meaningful! Contact Jace Chong to volunteer in Kechara Forest Retreat for the aviaries.
5 days ago
Make your weekend meaningful! Contact Jace Chong to volunteer in Kechara Forest Retreat for the aviaries.
Thank you to our young volunteer to improve the life of the birds in our aviary!
5 days ago
Thank you to our young volunteer to improve the life of the birds in our aviary!
English Level 2 Dharma Class, Pastor Han Nee started the Day 5 Lamrim, which is the Seven-Limbed Prayer with Homage and Prostration( 35 Confessional Buddha )  was extensively covered. -  Yew Seng
5 days ago
English Level 2 Dharma Class, Pastor Han Nee started the Day 5 Lamrim, which is the Seven-Limbed Prayer with Homage and Prostration( 35 Confessional Buddha ) was extensively covered. - Yew Seng
Sunday Dharma class kids learning to take refuge with teacher Alice. Lucy Yap
5 days ago
Sunday Dharma class kids learning to take refuge with teacher Alice. Lucy Yap
One of the outdoor activities for KSDS students is to exercise the drawing that near to the nature. Alice Tay, KSDS
7 days ago
One of the outdoor activities for KSDS students is to exercise the drawing that near to the nature. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Jesvin explained the camp rules and regulations to the camper. Alice Tay, KSDS
7 days ago
Teacher Jesvin explained the camp rules and regulations to the camper. Alice Tay, KSDS
KSDS teachers and the young participants of WOAH  Camp played & have fun together for this game, Self defense and attack. Alice Tay, KSDS
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KSDS teachers and the young participants of WOAH Camp played & have fun together for this game, Self defense and attack. Alice Tay, KSDS
The younger group of KSDS were happy because they're given chance to feel,touch and play the slime. Alice Tay, KSDS
7 days ago
The younger group of KSDS were happy because they're given chance to feel,touch and play the slime. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Laura guided the students do meditation. Alice Tay, KSDS
7 days ago
Teacher Laura guided the students do meditation. Alice Tay, KSDS
Day break at Kechara Forest Retreat! Sunrise meditation during Inner Reflection Retreat, April 2017
1 week ago
Day break at Kechara Forest Retreat! Sunrise meditation during Inner Reflection Retreat, April 2017
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