Vajravarahi Caves in China

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Vajrayogini is well known to have emanated within the Himalayan regions of Nepal, Tibet, Mongolia and even China. According to Buddha Shakyamuni, as years progressively become more distant from the time when the Buddha was alive, the “effectiveness” of the Tantras will diminish as the merits to uphold these teachings decrease. But for the Heruka and Vajrayogini tantras, it is the opposite. As we get further away from the time of the Buddha, our desires increase. Thus, the effectiveness of the Heruka and Vajrayogini tantras also increase as they use our desire as a tool to bring us to Enlightenment.

The Vajravarahi/Yogini Cave (Dorje Phagmo Cave) is located within the boundaries of Vajravarahi Hill (亥母山) in Liangzhou in Gansu Province, China. The origins of this cave dates back to the year 1004 AD. According to records, on the 25th day of the 1st lunar month, Vajravarahi reincarnated in human form together with her four other dakinis. These dakinis began to make tsog offerings and perform tantric rituals at the age of five in this sacred cave every 10th and 25th of the lunar month until they reached the age of eight. At that age, on the 25th day of the 12th lunar month, they ascended to Kechara Heaven. 

Vajravarahi statue made by Drukpa Rangmo

Throughout the centuries, many high lamas of the Tibetan Buddhist order have visited this cave. For instance, in 1244, the great Tibetan sage, Sakya Pandita went to Liangzhou for a meeting with the officials of China and brought with him his younger sister, Drukpa Rangmo and his nephew, Chogyal Phagpa. At this sacred site of Vajravarahi, the entourage made extensive offerings and performed tsog. It was during this time that Drukpa Rangmo made a Dorje Phagmo statue from clay and enshrined the statue in this very cave. On another occasion, the 6th Dalai Lama on his way home from a pilgrimage to Wutaishan stayed in this cave for a long duration in retreat and prayer. To mark this occasion and also the sacred space of Vajravarahi, the 6th Dalai Lama erected a stupa made of clay in the cave.

Stupa made by the 6th Dalai Lama

A temple stands at the mouth of the cave, said to be one of the last temples built during the Western Xia or Tangut Empire. During this period, the Sutra and Tantra teachings of Lord Buddha were very much practiced and, according to Chinese sources, many practitioners would go to this cave to do extensive retreats on Vajravarahi. Today, a huge entrance marks the location of the cave and butterlamps are offered inside daily.

Entrance to the Vajravarahi Cave


Butterlamps are offered inside the Vajrayogini cave daily by devotees

A group of Chinese devotees decided to take responsibility for this cave in 2004 and with the help of the Chinese government, rebuilt the temple complexes. Today, Chinese representations of Vajravarahi can be seen in this new temple. The central figure of Vajravarahi is wearing the royal clothes of a Chinese princess. This is a very special form of Vajravarahi as it is not found in any of her scriptures prior to this. Vajravarahi must have manifested in this manner in China to suit the people of that time and culture. Thus, it is clear that her lineage also has close ties to China and has become part of Chinese culture in this part of the Dragon Kingdom. The temple also has statues of five other dakinis which represent the five directions, each holding a damaru in their right hands. The wall mural behind these dakinis depicts the lineage masters and also Tibetan representations of Vajrayogini herself.

Entrance of the Vajravarahi temple

The central Vajravarahi statue. On the wall painting behind her is Naro Kachö Vajrayogini (top left) and Sukhasiddhi (top right)


Vajravarahi's attendant dakinis (click image to enlarge)

 

The Western Xia Empire

Western Xia, also known as the Tangut Empire is located in the northwestern Chinese provinces of Ningxia, Gansu, eastern Qinghai, northern Shaanxi, northeastern Xinjiang, southwest Inner Mongolia, and southernmost Outer Mongolia. As it is geographically part of the Silk Road, the country was very much influenced by Buddhism. Many of the cave murals are those of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas which are still preserved until today.

The Tibetans refer to the Tangut Empire as Minyak, which existed from 1038 to 1227. The entire empire is very advanced as it has received a lot of influence from earlier dynasties Tang and Ming. They have their own language and script which is similar to Chinese characters. As Buddhism is very widespread in Western Xia, the monks and monasteries had used 50 years to translate the entire Kangyur (words of the Buddha) from Sanskrit into the Tangut language. This is remarkable because it is about the same duration taken by the Tang Dynasty to translate the Kangyur into Chinese. The Tanguts did it with less resource with the same faith to the Three Jewels.

Buddhism practiced during that time was predominantly Chinese Mahayana with focus on the Vinaya. The monastic system was very strict with the government imposing strict rules according to the Vinaya. It was recorded that any religious master who was caught fortune-telling would be arrested as this was prohibited within the Vinaya.

Tangut Buddhism was strongly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism, especially from both the Kagyu and Sakya lineages. Like the Vajravarahi cave, there were many pilgrimage and retreat sites for predominantly Kagyu and Sakya practitioners. This is clearly written in texts on Tangut Buddhism. For instance, the book “Latter Days of the Law” states that murals of Heruka Chakrasamvara and Vajrayogini were present in the caves of Western Xia.

In summary, the people of Western Xia had the necessary foundation of Buddhist study and practice to be able to receive higher teachings such as Vajravarahi. Through their study and practice of the Tripitaka, and the stringent adherence to the Vinaya, they were in general fit vessels for higher trainings. To increase their faith in the deities and the lineage, Vajravarahi also emanated in this cave, a testament for those who would enter her path that it will lead them to inner and secret Kechara.

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  1. Anne Ong on Mar 23, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful and educational post about Vajrayogini in China. It’s so blessed even just to see the picture of the statues and caves. It is heartwarming to learn that the ancient civilization of China already embraced Vajrayogini lineage even at a time where Mahayana Buddhism was prevalent.

  2. Wei Theng on Sep 24, 2016 at 4:55 am

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful and educational post about Vajrayogini in China. It’s so blessed even just to see the picture of the statues and caves.
    First time to learn about Vajrayogini in China and in this form.
    May I have the chance to visit this holy place and do offering to the sacred lady one day.

  3. Samfoonheei on Jun 24, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    it’s amazing to know that Vijra Yogini do exist long time in China and they do practice much earlier. I do enjoy reading it …it’s so interesting to know the history .even though I have,nt got a chance to visit it but I do consider that I am lucky to see some of those beautiful images posted here.Tibetian Buddhism and Chinese Buddhism is more or less similar though the deity defer by appearence.May more people be blessed with the practice.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this informative and interesting post.
    With folded hands

  4. Wan Wai Meng on May 5, 2016 at 12:25 am

    China has been influenced heavily by Mahayana Buddhism, somewhat less affected by Hinayana Buddhism, today it is called Theravadan one of the sub schools of Hinayana that is still left. As I learn more from the blog I find that tantric practices also pervaded China and Chinese thinking, not via the influences from the Manchu Emperors.

    May Vajrayogini lineage and practices spread once more amongst Chinese citizens.

  5. Alice Tay on Dec 20, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    离佛陀时期太远的我们,现在可以被称为处身于末法时代。现今的人们只为了短载的快乐、无明的追求物质上的满足还有不相信因果等等。这些已造就了我们对生活上的执着而引起了本来不必要的痛苦。

    不过,很感恩的是因为可以更多的接触与了解佛法尤其是跟随上师尊贵的詹杜固仁波切的教诲,以前的执着已经开始慢慢的减少了。也因为上师的关系,让我们有机会的接触与了解此佛母~金刚瑜伽母。因为上师的慈悲,不想再看到我们这些众生继续轮回于此娑婆世界,所以就带给我们有关持修金刚瑜伽母的好处、建造金刚瑜伽母的佛像于克切拉佛教中心和金刚瑜伽母的佛塔于克切拉禅修林,好让我们可以种下善因以便将来可修此法门。

    感谢仁波切此博文的分享。虽然不知道有没有机会到此地一游,不过最起码当有人问起的时候,可以将此资讯分享于他人。

  6. italyciampatogme on Dec 19, 2015 at 1:20 am

    Great researrch on Vajravarahi in China.tnx.

  7. Pastor Lim Han Nee on Dec 2, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Amazing information and knowledge indeed! First w elearn that there there is the existence of a Vajavarahi Cave in China, visited by great Tibetan Buddhist Lamas including Sakya Pandita, whose sister made a Dorje Pagmo statue, which is enshrined in the cave! The cave has been a place for prayers, offerings and long retreats. The Sixth Dalai Lama visited it and did a long retreat there. He had a stupa erected there also.

    Then we learn that there is the temple at the mouth built during the time of the Tangut Empire. Amazing too is the information that there was a Tangut Empire in existence around 1038 AD to 1227 AD. The Tangut Empire was a very advanced Empire. The Tangut Buddhist monastic community observed the Vinaya code strictly. Monks and the monastic community had translated the Kangyur into their Tangut language! They thus had the foundation for higher practice like the Vajrayogini practice! Hence their presence in the Vajravarahi Cave in the form of a temple at the mouth of the cave.

    Amazing wonderful information and knowledge to show that the Vajrayogini practice had its beginnings in China as far back as 1004 AD when the cave was probably built.

    As this age moves further away from the time of Lord Buddha, our desires have increased. Thus the effectiveness of the Heruka and Vajrayogini tantras for this age’s beings will increase as they use desire as a tool to bring us to Enlightenment.Hence the spotight is now on the practice of Vajrayogini to attain her Pure Land of Kechara.

  8. freon on Dec 2, 2015 at 1:04 am

    It is very auspicious for Vajravarahi to emanate in China, especially with the Dakinis. Boddhisattvas will always manifest according to the local culture, to suit the people there. It is a good knowledge to know about Vajravarahi in China.

  9. Stella Cheang on Nov 30, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    It is heartwarming to learn that the ancient civilization of China already embraced Vajrayogini lineage even at a time where Mahayana Buddhism was prevalent. It also goes to show that enlightened beings (like Buddha Vojayogini) do not discriminate against any particular race or culture. It is my aspiration to pay homage personally at Vajrayogini cave one day and to perform retreat and prayer.

    Thank you very much Rinpoche for sharing this blogpost with us.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  10. Pastor Shin on Nov 30, 2015 at 2:57 am

    Rejoice to know that a very special form of Vajravarahi was found in China. Before this, I did not know about Vajrayogini/ Vajravarahi in China.

    This reminded me of the Naro Kacho lineage revealed to Kyabje Pabongkha directly by Vajrayogini herself, that Buddhas are kind to manifest in different forms, according to the karmic connection of the people of that time

    I’m also surprised to know that the monks and monasteries would spent up to 50 years to translate the entire Kangyur from Sanskrit into the Tangut language. This shows how important Buddhism was in their culture.

    As many high lamas of the Tibetan Buddhist order have visited this cave, this also goes to show that this is a very important pilgrimage site as travelling was not easy in the past.

    Many high lamas, yogis and accomplished Mahasiddhas have explained that the tantra of Vajrayogini is an excellent antidote against the damages brought about by an excess of desire and greed. There has been many cases of Vajrayogini practitioners showing miraculous signs at the time of death. She is the secret practice of Lama Tsongkapa himself.

  11. Paul Yap on Nov 21, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Thank you for posting this amazing information and pictures of Vajravarahi. There is a long history of Vajrayogini’s teachings and practice which takes root in China. These teachings will grows as the time is more degenerated. I have just googled and found out that the local people and governments have work together in taking care this previous cave.

    http://www.haimudong.com/xinwen/default.html

    I noticed that the locals have made Vajravarahi statue suit into their local culture, her facial expression, body proportion, dress etc, is very similar to a Chinese lady.
    I hope that i can follow the foot steps of the High lamas who have done so many retreats in this cave, making statue and build stupa in this holy site.

  12. Li Kheng on Nov 20, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Wow, it is so amazing to see Vajrayogini is such a unique image. The Buddhas are always kind to manifest in ways and forms that will make it easy for us to accept and practice the Dharma.

    It is exciting to know that the practice of Vajrayogini is so deep rooted in China because China is a rising nation and their ways of life will surely influence people around the world more and more. If they embrace the practice of Vajrayogini which is perfect for this degenerate age, then the connection to the 3 Jewels will remain open as we go deeper into the kaliyuga age! Besides Vajrayogini, China is also a strong advocate of Dorje Shugden with their consistent support to monastic communities who uphold this practice.

    Thank you for this short and fun post on our “power lady” of the 21st century – Vajrayogini

  13. Duldzin on Nov 19, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Here is a great video on Vajrayogini practitioner who left relics… From the documentary “Remains of Vajrayana Buddhism in Tibet”, an extract – from Looking for Ancient Tibet, =part of the documentary, after minute 3.49 … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHf7uPo-V2o

    • Duldzin on Nov 19, 2015 at 7:44 pm

      Also at 1h26 in this video same relics left behind , ringsel and – heart, tongue, eyes , by Lati Rinpoche, great Gelugpa Master.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12NMqA-f6Js

      • Tsem Rinpoche on Nov 19, 2015 at 7:49 pm

        Very nice. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche

      • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Nov 20, 2015 at 5:17 pm

        What struck me about the second video was the great reverence shown to Kyabje Lati Rinpoche’s remains. The respect for the lama continues after his physical body no longer remains.

        What is so great about a body’s ability to produce holy relics after it is cremated? It is not that this is some kind of accomplishment we should strive for but rather, the fact it CAN happen shows that there are results in deeper Dharma practice.

        This harkens back to a teaching Rinpoche previously gave about siddhis like tummo, fast walking, clairvoyance, etc. Rinpoche said that it is not that those are attainments to strive for as an end goal but that they are aids to our meditational practices, and they are signs our practice is successful.

        Tummo allows practitioners to meditate in remote places free from fear of extreme temperature like the cold, while fast walking allows practitioners to put great distances between themselves and the adoring crowd so they can remain in isolation to continue their meditations. And well, even ghosts have some degree of clairvoyance so it’s no big deal.

        The attainment we should ACTUALLY wish to achieve is control of our rebirth so that we can ensure we return in our next life to meet the Dharma at a young age and to resume our practice from where we left off.

        Actually, on typing this, I’ve just come to another thought – it is not literally control of our rebirths from life to life that is the ultimate attainment, but rather ultimate control of our rebirths which is actually freedom from samsara.

        Also, thank you Duldzin for sharing this video. Kensur Lati Rinpoche was the lama who instructed our Rinpoche to come to Malaysia to raise funds for the monastery. Without Kensur Rinpoche’s instruction we would never have met our Rinpoche and Kechara would not have come into existence. So the fact I have a lama and a home today is thanks to Kensur Rinpoche’s kindness _/|\_

        For those who are interested, you can read more about Kensur Lati Rinpoche’s funeral here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/his-eminence-kyabje-lati-rinpoche-enters-clear-light.html

      • Pastor Henry Ooi on Nov 29, 2015 at 11:27 am

        I was present to represent H.E. Tsem Rinpoche and Kechara when the holy body of Kyabje Lati Rinpoche was escorted and enshrined in the cremation stupa. Many high lamas from monasteries performed the pujas before the stupa was lit. But I did not stay for the extraction of the holy relics. This video sort of ‘complete’ it. Thank you, Duldzin.

    • Tsem Rinpoche on Nov 19, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      Thanks for sharing. Tsem Rinpoche

    • Lew on Nov 19, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      Thank you for sharing this. I have watched it and it is very interesting. Just like the video in this article: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/amongst-white-clouds-amazing.html there are indeed many yogis still practicing the teachings with lineage intact. It is indeed good to watch such video!

    • Joy on Nov 19, 2015 at 10:00 pm

      Wow these are indeed very precious footage especially the funeral of H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche whom I had the great fortune to have met when Rinpoche organised for a group of us visit Gaden Monastery in 2004/05.

      This just goes to show and proves that there are attained enlightened beings and if we practice the Vajra Yogini tantras well, one would be able to gain these types of spiritual attainments – being able to have control of one’s rebirth is possible.

      It is also a really eye opening to see the relics they discovered after the cremation. Thank you for sharing this video Duldzin.

    • Toh Cheng See on Nov 19, 2015 at 10:09 pm

      Thank you for sharing Duldzin . Very interesting video.

    • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Nov 20, 2015 at 5:03 pm

      Thank you Duldzin for sharing the videos. I’ve just watched the first video, and it was extremely interesting. First of all, that the tradition of yogis continues to exist is very inspirational in an age when such deep commitment to spiritual practice has become rare.

      Compared to the conditions these yogis practise in, we are extremely fortunate to have such comfortable surroundings and yet, it is never good enough. When it’s a little bit too hot, we can’t focus or concentrate and fidget on our meditation cushions. When it’s a little too cold, we have to put on extra layers.

      So even when we practise, our minds are centred on the physicalities of the body. However, instead of focusing on the discomforts and trying to counter them, the experience can be used as a meditation tool. We can use it to remind ourselves that the fact we are never comfortable for long is a reflection of the state of samsara – dissatisfaction and impermanence. What is comfortable does not remain comfortable so don’t cling on to it, try to maintain it and try to prolong it.

  14. Datuk May on Nov 19, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    I have always thought that the Mahayana Buddhism practice in China is very different from Vajrayana Buddhism from Tibet.Obviously that is due to lack of research to realise that it is very similar although the names of deities may differ quite greatly.

    As a student of Vajrayana Buddhism, I am happy to note that China a big newly influential world power also permits the Vajrayogini practice.

    Thank you Pastor JJ.

  15. Chris Chong on Nov 19, 2015 at 12:07 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you Pastor Jay Jae for sharing this amazing post.

    Through this post i have learnt :

    1. This is the proof of Vajrayana Buddhism long time ago.

    2. Vajrayogini’s tantra will only increase in effectiveness in this degenerated age because it uses attachment for us to gain enlightenment.

    3. Buddha can emanate in several different forms to connect with the local people of that certain time. ( eg. this form of Vajravarahi is wearing chinese-like clothes )

    4. During the time in Tangut Empire, the Buddhist focused on Vinaya and very strict on monastic system. This made them suitable vessel to hold higher trainings, which leads to the emanation of Vajravarahi appearing.

    5. Vinaya is undeniably one of the most important foundation in Buddhist teaching, we need to practise it earnestly for us to gain higher attainments.

  16. Pastor David Lai on Nov 18, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    I love this information and it is one of those rare connections of a Vajrayana/Tantric deity like Vajrayogini with China. I remember hearing of a cave in Wu Tai Shan area where it was narrow and likened to be the womb or secret organ of Vajrayogini. It was a place sanctified by many pilgrims and meditators who entered the cave to engage in Vajrayogini practice. It is indeed wonderful to heard about such power places. May I and all beings have to good fortune to come across Vajrayogini and be cared for by her always in all future lifetimes.

  17. Han on Nov 18, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful post, its beneficial and increase knowledge about Sacred Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini i

    Through this post, I learned that,

    1) Long History of Buddhism in China and Buddhism practiced during that time was predominantly Chinese Mahayana with focus on the Vinaya

    2) The great power of Vajra yogini. As we get further away from the time of the Buddha, our desires increase. Thus, the effectiveness of the Heruka and Vajrayogini tantras also increase as they use our desire as a tool to bring us to Enlightenment.

    3) The faith towards Three Jewels is very strong at that time in China, so many high Lamas and pilgrims visited these holy caves.

    May many more people able to reduce sufferings through connect with sacred Vajra Yogini ,

    Again, Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jay Jae Chong for sharing this great post !

  18. Nicholas on Nov 16, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    It’s interesting to know that there is Vajrayogini practice in China with such a long history. Buddha manifested at different time, different places at different environment and culture is to get closer to benefit human being at that particular area. At this era desire is one of the main poison that bring so much suffering to us. Thus this practice uses our desire as a tool to bring us to enlightement, what a great practice!

    May more people have the great merit to practice this beneficial practice at this time.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jay Jae for sharing such a great post.

  19. Joy on Nov 16, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    Wow I never knew Vajra Yogini was practised in China let alone she manifested there! China really has a strong spiritual connection and heritage. It is wonderful to see this sacred cave is well preserved and an eye opener to see Vajra Yogini and her dakinis depicted here like Chinese princess/maidens. Goes to show that Buddhas are all compassionate and manifest in forms that will suit people’s mind so that they can bring the Dharma to them. Amazing… thank you Pastor JJ for this post!

  20. Sofi on Nov 16, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    It is interesting to read of another sacred place where Lady Vajrayogini was born and ascended Kechara Paradise. Also amazing to me is the fact that the great sage, Sakya Pandita visited with his younger sister and nephew. The strong link with Buddha Vajra Yogini carried forward to current times and may we all be blessed with her practises to overcome our strong delusions and samsaric attachments. Thank you for sharing this article.

  21. Sarah on Nov 15, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    This article provides interesting information on the type of Buddhism practised during the time of the Western Xia Empire in China. It was a mixture of Tibetan and Chinese Mahayana Buddhism. Influence from Chinese culture can be seen in the depiction of Vajravarahi in the form of a Chinese princess. In this form, the Chinese people can easily relate to Vajravarahi. In a way, by presenting her in Chinese clothes, they have made her their own. Thank you for this interesting post.

  22. Andrew Hibberd on Nov 15, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    I enjoy these teaching so much
    as I enjoy the teachings of jesus
    of mohammed and of the hindu gurus
    any way that is not important
    whats important now is what you
    are doing to save our future can you
    #canyou
    #slowtrack

  23. Wong Suet Moi on Nov 14, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    This is a great sharing. Wish to visit this sacred place in near future. Thank you.

  24. tsemtulku on Nov 14, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    This is indeed a lovely, educational and inspiring post. Any information on Sacred Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini is so beneficial to read, hear and understand. I thank you for this. Tsem Rinpoche

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  • 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
  • Valentina
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:11 PM
    Join our blog chat session this Saturday 11AM – 12PM (GMT +8) on the topic of:

    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
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 05:50 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for the illustrated miracle story on how Rinpoche guided Cynthia and Marici away from danger through protector’s practice. The unseen exist, whether we like it or not. Some of them are malicious and have the affinity or karma with some of us. Hence they can cause harm and disturbance. By engaging in Protectors’ practice like Dorje Shugden and Setrap that have been practiced by the high lamas of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, we are protected and guarded against harm.

    Rinpoche is compassionate and only want the best for us. His teachings are not meant to show off the power of the divines but offer us a way out from our desperate samsara conundrum that binds us from engaging in deeper spiritual practice. Rinpoche always teaches us to focus on mind transformation and Tsongkhapa practice. How fortunate we are to have met Rinpoche in this lifetime. We must not let this rare and precious opportunity go to waste.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-12.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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
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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.
1 month ago
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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.
1 month ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 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!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 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
1 month ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
2 months ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
3 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
3 months ago
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
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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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