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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  • Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia); Malaysia Events & Festivals 2016; December 2015
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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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  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 04:15 PM
    Very clear explanation of what is Vajrayogini’s left foot stepping on. Each time when i have a look at the beautiful statue of Vajrayogini this question will comes back to me. i am glad came across these blog by chance, i saw and read to understand better.A clear explanation ..stampling left and right foot significant of desire ,hatred and ignorance that cause us to be in samsara and she she able to control.Vajrayogni’s practices is so powerful in heliping us and that is the reason Rinpoche always ask us to start now.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these short explanation in the video and the interesting story of Mahadeva.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/facebook-question-what-is-vajra-yoginis-left-foot-stepping-on.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:44 PM
    Rejoice to all the families who had setup a Buddhist altar at home and conducted a house blessing puja. There are diverse benefits of conducting the house blessing puja, which ranges from bringing well-being on all levels – in one’s health, relationships, business, and family – to purifying the home. The puja ceremonies will purify the environment which helps the people who live there and people who are visiting there to experience general well-being. The puja can be personalised based on the request or need of the individual. Thank you for sharing with us the many photos of the beautiful altar of these families, it is very heartwarming to know that they will always be blessed by the Three Jewels.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Learn more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-dying-process.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 12:11 PM
    Amazing and very creative architecture designed space for our home grown foods.It is a good idea for those living in the cities.The Growroom is beautifully produced made it convenience which enables people to connect with nature surrounding with plants. The smell of herbs and plants makes cities dwellers to live in happiness and healthy.
    Its takes alot of effort and determination for anyone to build a growroom.Well they can do it,if they have the will power….hoping someday KFR will have one too.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:39 AM
    Lazynnes ,negative karma!and mends samajas …ITS very very , inderdependent motivations lewwels of awareness Teacher’Quality &sangha quantity ,first when samajas ARE pure Empowerment full blessings later?so give less Empowerment ITS OK.ccTR IS Wise.
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  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:32 AM
    http://www.aikidosydneycity.com/interview-with-takeda-shihan-by-aikikai-hombu-dojo/ yes yes sumikiri!i m sure HE practice martial arts in many previous lives AS well AS have family’karma conected with ai!ki flow,,,so NEUTRAL his re:for attacks ARE.,above normal fighter skills!___and i m skull in maya astro,fine and wanth share:#####paranormalTSEMsection on:::: antarctica aliens& JFK ,Peru as egg skulls.________________have a good day&nice PRactICE.____THE LIGHT be?or just show options that can be used.
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  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:23 AM
    For example B_LOCK can be neutral karma ,butRE_PLAY reactions can make diferent results in second person?
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  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:22 AM
    NEUTRAL karma not make good ,not bad result!but ITS STill karma so IS not done from lewwels of acomplishment where IS NO NEW karma acumulations.
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  • nut
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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
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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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
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
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My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
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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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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
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Message to Tibetans in English
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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
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A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
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The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
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Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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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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Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
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It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
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Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
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Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
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  • March 27, 2017 04:19
    Dongho asked: I have been reading on the tunes of certain sects and would like to ask on this. From what I've read, there are certain tunes to each sect and school of certain chants. Exactly where can I find the sheet music for these percussion and horns with the chants, such as to the one for invoking Kache Marpo or Dorje Shugden? Would it be possible to use school instruments for this?
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  • March 26, 2017 02:14
    Kunga asked: Does the Gelug have Begtse a protector? If so, could you please provide a sadhana for him here?
    pastor answered: Dear Kunga, Yes the Dharma protector Begtse exists within the Gelug tradition. He is also known as Chamsing. Begtse’s practice stems from India and was introduced to Tibet and therefore Tibetan Buddhism by the translator Nyen Lotsawa. Marpa Lotsawa also practiced Begtse, and so the practice exists in the Kagyu traditions. This practice was eventually transmitted to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first of the five patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, who were the founding fathers of that tradition. Over time the practice of Begtse was incorporated into the Gelug tradition, founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, and was notably practiced by the 1st and 2nd Dalai Lamas. Over time the practice gained popularity within the lineage, especially when it spread to Mongolia. There the practice became an important one within the lineage as upheld there. Begtse is also affectionately known as the Dharma protector of Mongolia, because his practice is so popular there. If I am not mistaken, there is an oracle of Begtse in Mongolia as well. There is a mistaken account that the practice originated around the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama, with the subjugation of a Mongolian war god, but Begtse was definitely practiced before that time in the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya traditions. While the practice of Begtse is very effective, I have not come across the practice of Begtse in my personal practice, therefore I do not have access to the Begtse sadhana to provide to you. Instead Begtse is propitiated in prayers that incorporate many other Dharma protectors, and Begtse is also considered one of the nine protectors of the Hayagriva (Tamdrin) cycle of tantric teachings. Therefore Begtse is included in the Dharma protector sections of the Hayagriva tantras. Surrounding Begtse are his sister, Sing Ma, and his main minister, Le Khan Mar Po. His inner retinue comprises of eight butchers who wield copper swords in their right hands and skull-cups full of blood in their left hands. They are portrayed as naked and are very ugly. His outer retinue comprises a further twenty-one butchers, who hold copper swords in their right hands, and this time, the entrails of butchered enemies. They wear the skins humans and oxen as clothes, with ornaments made from human bone. While this may seem violent, Begtse is actually a very powerful and beneficial protector, who helps practitioners clear their obstacles and create conducive conditions for their spiritual evolution. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 24, 2017 20:12
    Azair asked: Venerable Rinpoche, I am doing a study in Kalachakra Tantra and I've heard from most of the lama's too that if you practice the Kalachakra Tantra, you'll be able to take control of your next rebirth. Ofcourse, it has been said that we will get our rebirth according to our Karma and desires but whether those dreams will get fulfilled will depend upon the actions that we take in this life. Thus, practicing the Kalachakra(till the end) after initiation will give you the opportunity to take rebirth anywhere you desire regardless of your Karma. My question is that, is there some truth in this statement.? Does this statement hold true for other tantra practices, such as Vajrayogini Tantra, Ghuyasamaja Tantra, Heruka Tantra, etc. I would really really like to know. Thankyou in anticipation, regards, Azair
    pastor answered: Dear Azair, Thank you for your question. Yes there is truth to this statement, both from a scriptural perspective and also by example, as the great masters have shown us. This is a unique feature of all Anuttarayoga Tantras or Highest Yoga Tantras, which Kalachakra, Vajrayogini, Guhyasama and Heruka are all examples of. This category of tantric practice can actually lead a practitioner to full enlightenment in this very lifetime. Even if enlightenment is not reached, very high levels of attainment can be reached nonetheless. This includes the ability to take control over your next rebirth. This is primarily engaged in so that the practitioner is born in an environment where they can eventually pick up their practice and further their spiritual path to enlightenment, or in order to be born in a place where they can benefit sentient beings the most, as part of the spiritual journey over many lifetimes. One of the reasons such an ability is very necessary on the spiritual path, is that usual death and rebirth occurs at the mercy of ones karma, specifically what is known as the ‘throwing karma’ or the karma that dictates what sort of rebirth a person is going to take. This opens up at the time of ordinary death, which most people have no control over. During the death process, many of our disturbing emotions will arise. Whichever of these is the strongest at the point of death triggers open a latent karmic potential, which becomes the ‘throwing karma’ and dictates where we are going to take rebirth and if that life will generally be full of suffering or not. Within Anuttarayoga Tantra, one of the key points of practice is to prepare for one’s death. This is done by simulating the dying process during one’s meditations, so that one becomes familiar with it. At the most pivotal part of this process, one practices achieving either the rainbow body or great bliss (in the case of the father tantras); or clear light (in the case of mother tantras). The tantras themselves are not defined in terms of the gender of the central deity, but by the method used to gain enlightenment. This is either the rainbow body/great bliss (classified as male, therefore labelled ‘father’) or clear light (classified as female, therefore labelled ‘mother’). Non-dual tantras such as the Kalachakra tantra can employ either of the two methods, a mixture of both, or alternate methods. In the case of superior practitioners, due to the power of their practice, they can achieve either of these two methods in their current body. Since they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, and a particular method of practice, they can also achieve enlightenment during their physical death. The great Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have achieved enlightenment at the moment of physical death, using the second of these. For other practitioners, they may not be able to achieve this either in their meditations while they are alive, or during the death process. However because they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, they remain in complete concentration at the time of death, not allowing any disturbing emotions to arise. Due to this level of concentration, meditation and awareness during the dying process, they are able to control where they next take rebirth. This is evident in the tantric scriptures themselves, and the life stories of many masters, who can state exactly where, when and to whom they will take their next rebirth, as they are in full control of the dying and rebirth process. There is a type of meditation called ‘thukdam’ which has been translated into ‘death meditation’. This is a final meditation some masters choose to engage in. During this meditation, the master themselves consciously begin the physical dying process themselves, engage in the meditation of dissolving the winds into the heart centre and remain in the most pivotal part of the death process, the mind of clear light of death. During this point they engage in meditations, either the methods of the father or mother tantras as mentioned previously, and or consciously choose where they are to next take rebirth. They can remain in this death meditation for long periods of time, days at an end, in which their consciousness has not yet left their body, although for all intents and purposes they are dead according to medical science, e.g. they have no heartbeat. At the end of their meditation, a drop of blood will be emitted from their nostril, and their head will slump over a little. Masters who engage in this meditation usually sit in full meditation posture, and their body remain supple and soft even though they have passed away from a medical point of view. I hope this brief explanation helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2017 23:01
    Brad asked: What is the significance of offering the Seven precious emblems of royalty to the Buddhas and enlightened Dharma Protectors? What are we symbolically offering up?
    pastor answered: Dear Brad, Thank you for your question. The ‘saptaratna’ or seven precious emblems represent on the one hand the ultimate state of temporal power, and on the other hand the ultimate spiritual attainments that we can achieve. By offering these to the Buddhas, we are actually creating the causes to achieve what they represent. Therefore it is good to know the meaning of each, so we can understand what we are creating the causes for by offering them up: Please see below for an explanation of the seven royal emblems: 1. The Precious Wheel: a thousand spoked wheel, representing the universal power of the Buddhas, as well as the teachings of the thousand Buddhas of our aeon. It is represented by the Dharmachakra, symbolising the ‘turning of the wheel’ or teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, especially that of our own mind, thoughts, delusions and afflictions. 2. The Precious Jewel: an eight sided wish-granting gem, which fulfils all the needs of a universal emperor. This jewel has eight special qualities: it illuminates the night sky for hundreds of leagues; it is cooling when the temperature is hot and warming when the temperature is cold; it makes manifest whatever the holder wants; when thirsty it causes a fresh-water spring to appear; it has the ability to control the nagas, and other supernatural beings, as well as preventing natural disasters such as storms, floods, etc.; it gives off multi-coloured lighted which heals the various mental and emotional afflictions; it cures all illnesses; and it ensures that one dies a natural death, not an untimely one. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, or perfect discrimination, so one knows what to abandon and what to keep in the mindstream during the spiritual journey to enlightenment. 3. The Precious Queen: the most beautiful and virtuous of all women. She is described as a goddess who is the epitome of someone: with devotion; without jealousy; who is the embodiment of fertility; who works for the welfare of all beings; who possess feminine wisdom; speaks the truth; not attract to sensual pleasures or material possessions; and does not have false views. She is adored by all. She also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect effort. This is necessary to keep meditating until one gains spiritual attainments. 4. The Precious Minister: who has sharp intelligence, patience, and the ability to give wise counsel to the emperor. He is so attuned to the emperor that even before the emperor has spoken, the minister is already carrying out his command. He only wishes to support the Dharma, help sentient beings, and is an excellent strategist. He also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect joy. This is also akin to the attainment of the first bodhisattva level, because you have come to an understanding of your own mind, which is like pouring ice-cold water into boiling water. The water stops boiling, as does the thoughts, projections, and delusions in the mind. He represents the path of the bodhisattva. 5. The Precious Elephant: who has the strength of a thousand normal elephants. He is white, with the perfect features that an elephant could have. He is majestic, graceful, and gentle, but in battle is fearsome, fearless and unyielding. He communicates with the emperor through a telepathic link. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect adaptability. This is important, as one needs to be able to adapt to the various mental afflictions as they arise, and suitably counter them. 6. The Precious Horse: who has all the marks of a celestial horse. Known as wind-horse, he is able to travel extremely fast, and can circumambulate the entire universe three time in just a single day. He is never fearful or startled, never makes a sound when galloping, and has extremely soft hairs on his body. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is single-pointed concentration. This is important because without this form of concentration, once cannot engage in the analytical meditations that lead to an understanding of emptiness, and therefore enlightenment. 7. The Precious General: who has mastered the arts of war and always wins in battle. He wears battle armour and holds many different weapons. He tries to avoid battle, but when necessary fights, and never gives up until he has won. He is fearless, and courageous in carrying out the emperors commands and ensures the emperors army carries out their duties. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect equanimity. This is because he overcomes all warfare, which is akin to the battle between things were are attached to and things we have an aversion for in our minds. In short, what you are offering up is the highest of all temporal treasures and abilities, as well as the entire path of the Dharma. Doing so creates the causes for you to receive all of this on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 20, 2017 10:16
    Grigoris asked: Excuse me, but I would like to ask, what does the prayer to Shangmo Dorje Putri say exactly? I can't read Tibetan, but would like to see the description that the prayer gives. I am not planning to say the prayer or make interaction(as it would be very dangerous), but would like to see what it actually says from the Tibetan text. Here's the link: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/shangmo-dorje-putri-the-bamo-of-sakya.html
    pastor answered: Dear Grigoris, Thank you for your question. Shangmo Dorje Putri is indeed a fascinating unenlightened Dharma protector. Unfortunately at the moment, we do not have a translated copy of the text in English that we can provide. The usual format for such texts, would include an invocation, making offerings to appease them, and then exhortations for them to perform their activities, possibly followed by thanking them for their help. One thing is for certain, due to the nature of Shangmo Dorje Putri her prayer is sure to include violent imagery, just like many other Dharma protectors, such as Achi Chokyi Drolma (who even though has a peaceful appearance, has a lot of violent imagery in her prayers). The reason behind the violent imagery is explained in the post about Achi Chokyi Drolma here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/achi-chokyi-drolma-chief-protectress-of-the-drikung-kagyu.html
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DORJE SHUGDEN STATUE, 2.75 INCHES, more info about this beautiful Statue, pls visit http://www.vajrasecrets.com. YEO KWAI GIN ( KKSG )
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