The Mala

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I lived in a family that was Mongolian and my Mongolian stepmother in Howell, New Jersey was very religious and at the same time, extremely superstitious. Every Mongolian household in Howell – and there were a couple of hundred of us – would have a Buddhist shrine room or shrine area in their homes. That means they would have a room dedicated to the Buddha where they would have shelves there, they would have images, pictures, tsa tsas, paintings, thangkas and statues of the Buddha and that’s where they would keep their blessed items, their rosaries and all that.

Just like every other Mongolian house, our house had a shrine room and the shrine room was right next to my bedroom. That shrine room was basically used for when the monks came over to do chanting and prayer occasionally. So, the shrine room was pretty much off limits to me because my mother felt that the shrine room was very sacred and that people shouldn’t just go in and out and touch it or move this and that around and defile it. That was how she used to think.

So, our shrine room had a Medicine Buddha statue on top and it was very beautiful. It was made of clay, fully painted and was about 16 inches. It was brought from the ‘old country’ where they emigrated from. There was also a Green Tara framed photo, there was a Tsongkhapa photo, there was a photo of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, there was also a Green Tara tsa tsa and a 4-armed Avalokiteshvara tsa tsa in a ghau (container box) along with our malas and offerings would be made in the front.

So, I wasn’t really allowed to go in there all the time because I was a kid and my mother was afraid that I would touch this and that and defile the place. But I used to sneak in there anyway and just hang out and look at the Buddhas and offer incense because I liked the room very much. I felt very connected. She had around five malas or rosaries which are Buddhist prayer beads. A mala has 108 beads that are used for doing mantras. So, we had five in our family. We had one red one that, I don’t really know what it was made from. It’s red, shiny and it’s beautiful and I like that one. Then, there was a bigger wooden one, a sandalwood one, and another wooden one and there was a big plastic one.

 This is the exact street I was playing in the rain and found the mala. The white house on the right is my family home where I grew up in New Jersey.

This is the exact street I was playing in the rain and found the mala. The white house on the right is my family home where I grew up in New Jersey.

And so, whenever we go to the temple, everybody would take their own mala. So, my mother would grab the mala tray from the altar and we pick the mala we want to use on that day. My father would always grab the big plastic one that was brown in colour because his hands were big and my mother would grab the little red one and if I could grab the red one myself, I would grab it myself because it was shiny and I liked it.

But I wasn’t allowed to touch those malas on non-temple days. So, on days we are not going to the temple to do prayers, I am not allowed to touch the malas. It’s a no-no because it’s sacrilegious, my mom said. I didn’t really know what that meant but that’s what she said.

I would always be in my room doing Manjushri mantras and prayers or Avalokiteshvara mantras and prayers but I didn’t have a mala. But my mother would not let me use the one in the prayer room because she felt that we shouldn’t be using that unless we are in the temple. That’s her thinking so and it was like that when I was very young.

Sometimes, it would rain outside and my mother would allow me to go outside in the rain to play. I liked to play in the rain. I liked to walk in the rain and sometimes, huge puddles or ‘mini-rivers’ would form from the rain on the sides of the road, washing the rain down the road. I liked watching the gushing of the water.

I often played on our street or ride bikes with friends. We lived on 233 West 3rd Street in Howell. I remember once, I was just playing in the rain on our street and I had an umbrella and I had my feet in the water and my mother was screaming in the window for me to come in because she heard the thunder. But I was playing and I saw something really unusual. The road was tarred black and it was kind of rough back then. There were places that were not even so water and mini puddles would gather. I saw a little area in the road right in front of my house that a little tiny puddle of water had gathered in. It was very tiny and shallow. In the puddle was a dark brown mala and it had a white string, and I walked up to it and I looked at it. I was like, “I can’t believe this!” I looked up and down the street to see if there was anybody around who might have dropped it. There was nobody around! I knew I hadn’t seen this mala the day before or the day before that because I played on the street every single day with my friends. It was just that day I was playing alone because it was raining and the little puddle was very shallow, like a quarter of an inch. The water around it was stained with a little bit of dark brown reddish water because the mala was losing some color due being soaked in rainwater.

So, I picked up the mala and I looked at it. You know, it had a 108 beads or so and a ‘head’ on it. It had a white string and I just couldn’t believe my luck! I couldn’t believe that in the middle of the street in Howell, New Jersey, I would find a mala – rosary. I was really happy and I wiped it down and a part of me was really happy but a small part of me was thinking, “Oh! I wonder who it belongs to and I wondered if somebody would claim it back.”

I remember I took the mala, cleaned it up and dried it. Then I hid it in my drawer so my mother wouldn’t see it. In next few days, I showed it to one Mongolian lady down the street who also was quite religious. Her name is Carmen and I was wondering if it belonged to her and she had lost it as she would walk up and down the same street sometimes. She said no. It didn’t belonged to her. So I was thinking I am scot-free. It is mine and I can keep it now. So, I used that mala and I kept that in my drawer for Manjushri mantras and I was doing that. It was really weird because I was doing my practice and when I needed a mala and I literally found one! Where in Howell, New Jersey you know, back in the 70s are you going to find a mala just on the street. But I found it in the middle of the street in the rain and I took it and used it. When I looked back in hindsight, I guess I had a real strong affinity to do Dharma practice because when I needed it, a mala appeared literally in the rain on the street for me to use.

Tsem Rinpoche

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  1. Piero Scalella on Mar 12, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Good morning. I wanted to know the use of the Tibetan mala and the relative esoteric significance to the fingers and hands used. Thank you

    • Pastor Shin Tan on Mar 13, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      Hi Piero Scalella,
      Welcome to tsemrinpoche.com. For those who practice father tantras, they will use the right hand. Using the left hand is permissible, but usually they use more on the right hand. Right represents father tantras, which is based on method. Left represents wisdom, which relates to the mother tantras. So if one does the mother tantra practices like Vajrayogini, Heruka or Kalachakra, then they will concentrate on the left hand.

      As for the fingers, the index finger is used to gain peaceful abilities, peaceful forms of powers and clairvoyance. For the purpose of increase, such as to increase wealth, knowledge, harmony or prosperity, with those deities you will use the second finger. If you wish to engage in controlling activities, such as controlling weather, spirits, exorcisms, then you use the third finger. For wrathful methods, you use the last finger.

      This is general information, but if you have a teacher who has given you a practice, it is best to consult your teacher on this. H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has a Youtube video explaining about the above info, as well as more about the use of a Tibetan mala here:

      All about ROSARIES (mala)
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srI1vH6bGXg

      You can also read the transcript/text here on the blog:

      All About Rosaries
      http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/all-about-rosaries.html

      I hope the above info answered your questions. Feel free to drop by again if you have more questions.

  2. Lin Mun on Mar 1, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful story. I believe miracles happened because we believe in Buddha and Protector. We may not be able to see or understand how it happens but I believe with the blessing of Buddha, it will happen. Importantly we have the right motivation and towards the benefit of others.

  3. Khushaboo on Jan 29, 2017 at 2:08 am

    Nice story…

  4. Pema Thinley on Jan 16, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you so much for sharing such beautiful and auspicious story. This clearly shows us that we need to have faith and just keep on holding the vows and have strong affinity to practice dharma, no matter what. We will always be helped by the buddhas and protectors if we are true to our guru and practice.

    _()_

  5. Joy Kam on Dec 31, 2016 at 3:52 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    This is such a beautiful story! When Rinpoche told us the other day in the room. I could visualise or imagine cos I have a vivid imagination, that a dakini came down and placed it there for young Rinpoche! Then when Rinpoche said it was like a Mahasiddha who threw his mala, and then a dakini retrieved it and told him to continue his practice… everything sort of clicked! Because that Mahasiddha who is Virupa is one of Rinpoche’s previous lives! Wow how it is all so mysteriously and beautifully connected simply amazes me!

    Sometimes in this cold, materialistic world, we easily forget and lose ourselves from the beauty of the magical, mystical, spiritual realm of divine sacred energies which we are connected to and is a part of. Sometimes we forget that miracles and spiritual beings and powers do exist and it is such stories or experiences, that we get a glimpse of this existence, and with that enhances of faith to keep at it… to keep on working hard on our practice. To keep on battling our inner maras so that we, I do not become the outer mara who ends up tormenting others and myself further.

    Thank you Rinpoche for such a mystical sacred sharing, I love stories like this as it connects us with the enlightened beings and realms.

  6. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Dec 30, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the beautiful story about the mala found in New Jersey. I understand during Rinpoche’s younger time, Rinpoche needed a mala the most in order to practice Dharma, recite prayers and mantras every day. A mala is like a vehicle helping us to reach to a destination required and if Buddhist practitioners are without the mala, we will be heading to no where and difficult for us to sustain the Dharma practice smoothly. Buddha and Protector can help us to fulfill our Dharma aspirations and wishes if we do our part to work hard consistently and diligently in our Dharma practice.

    May the story of mala shared by Rinpoche will become the inspiration to many people for treasuring and appreciating the Dharma teachings receive from their respective spiritual guides.

    With folded hands,
    kin hoe

  7. Julia Tan on Dec 30, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this very unique story. While i was reading it, a beam of light shine through the cloud in the sky direct on this dark brown mala on the street came into my mind. I believe it was sent due to Rinpoche’s wish, cause, merits and karma to have this male to pray. Is this called miracle? To many YES.

    But as a Buddhist, we know that miracles does not happen if we do not have the karma or merits to have it. Karma come from causes that we created in our lives. We may seems to have nothing in your life or things that we want to do seems impossible to achieve, but with our effort that we have done, created the causes to manifest. But we may have doubt and ask when will i see the miracle? Hang on to there, it is just right in front of us.

    Happy New Year to all, may we all go all the way to create lots of causes for our wishes in our lives to come true. May Dorje Shugden our Dharma protector lineage spread to every conner of the world. May He connect us to others and He will help whoever have seen or heard of His name.

  8. Jace Chong on Dec 30, 2016 at 1:37 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting real story!

    The strong inclination of young Rinpoche wanted to own a mala came true and the mala really appeared out of the blue. I always believe good things will come when we have good thoughts.

    I remember Rinpoche gave me a beautiful pearl mala 7 years ago. I like the mala so much, it’s a meaningful first gift that I received from Rinpoche together with a book about Dalai Lama. Unfortunately, my car window was crashed by a robber and he stole everything including my beautiful mala, that’s the lost thing that sadden me the most because it’s priceless to receive things from Rinpoche, it’s so precious.

    But when I think about it, I was wrong because the most precious thing that Rinpoche gives me is not the pearl mala, but Dharma, which no one can steal from me. Dharma is a lifetime wisdom that changes my life and others’ life. From then I let go that I have lost a mala but learn a lesson to understand what is real preciousness.

    I have a few pearl malas after that and given to some monks when I was visiting some monasteries. My friend Kien Wong know my pearl mala story and made one nice pearl mala that resembles the one I lost. The mala is still with me after so many years and I always remember Rinpoche’s kindness to teach me a lesson through this way.

    Thank you.

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  9. graceleong on Dec 30, 2016 at 12:28 am

    As always Rinpoche will choose to take the most unassuming approach in all the miracles and auspicious events that takes place in Rinpoche’s life.
    Rinpoche will always choose to be humble and potray most of the miracles as a coincidence. However, its too unusual to categorise them as mere coincidences.
    At every juncture of Rinpoche’s life, from birth until today clearly defines Rinpoche is one with the Buddha Dharma. There is no other reason for Rinpoche’s existence in this life except to teach and share the Dharma to benefit as many beings as possible. This life’s mission is only possible because Rinpoche has created the causes in past lives to have the merits to continue to do so in this life, and likely in all future lives too.
    This is a great teaching for us to realise that miracles can happen for us if we create the causes for them to manifest; create the causes with sincerity, wisdom and deep faith in the Buddha Dharma and all the neccessary conditions will appear to serve our pure motivations.

  10. Pastor Han Nee on Dec 29, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    This is a lovely story that shows us how, if we are close to the Dharma, as Rinpoche has always been even from a very young age, whatever we need for our practice will come to us somehow. When Rinpoche needed a mala badly,to recite his mantras, it just appeared! Howell, New Jersey, in the 70s, was the most unlikely place to find a mala,in a puddle of water in the rain. Yet Rinpoche found it under this most extraordinary of circumstances.

    This story also highlights a point that we should not miss.That is – what is “culturally wrong” is not necessary wrong. Rinpoche’s mother was a highly superstitious woman and many of her beliefs were merely superstition. A mala is a blessed holy item for us to use and bless further when we recite mantras and blow on them.

    Holy beings’ malas are very precious because they have been blessed many times over by this holy being. Even a bead from their frequently used malas is a powerful source of blessing and healing. Hence, for Rinpoche’s mother to forbid Rinpoche from using a mala on non-temple days means that Rinpoche had been greatly deprived of the blessings from using malas.

    Alls well that ends well though. Rinpoche found a mala!

  11. nicholas on Dec 29, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this meaningful article.

    Rinpoche has always been incline towards spiritual. Rinpoche experienced may sound miracle by how Rinpoche found the Mala but for me it’s the good cause that Rinpoche created that causes the result for Rinpoche spiritual practice.

    How the old time culture practices Buddhism doesn’t stop Rinpoche practices in fact with Rinpoche pure motivation a conducive condition manifest for Rinpoche.

    What I learn from this post is that if we have created the cause for good thing the good result for it will manifest as long as we don’t give up and continue to move on.

  12. Martin C on Dec 29, 2016 at 7:34 am

    I do not believe in mere coincidences as that would imply that things happen at random and are not in fact ‘çaused’. This is especially so when it comes to Tsem Rinpoche and the Dharma.

    It is too simplistic merely to say that Rinpoche found the mala by ‘luck’. As Louis Pasteur said so aptly, “Luck favors the prepared mind” and we see in Rinpoche’s biography that Rinpoche came into this world prepared to live a life completely in the Dharma. And in that preparedness, Rinpoche drew the Dharma and high lamas to him.

    Is it all a coincidence was born into natural parents that are so close to the Dharma? Rinpoche’s father was an ex-monk who was close to His Holiness the Dalai Lama who would end up ordaining Rinpoche. Rinpoche’s mother was a student of Guru Deva Rinpoche who would play such a vital role in Rinpoche’s life.[http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/my-recollection-of-h-e-guru-deva-rinpoche.html]

    Rinpoche just so happened to live a few streets away from a Dharma centre where such an incredibly high Dharma King, Kensur Lobsang Tharchin was [http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/my-first-guru-in-new-jersey.html], many miles away from the monasteries in India. Kensur Lobsang Tharchin was a devoted student of Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Was it a coincidence that the dots would soon join to reconnect Rinpoche with his root Guru, Zong Rinpoche [http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/kyabje-zong-rinpoche-cuts-my-hair.html] and that Rinpoche would so early on meet a student of Trijang Rinpoche with whom Rinpoche was extremely close to in Rinpoche’s previous life?

    And such ‘coincidences’ would continue in Rinpoche’s life from meeting Kyabe Ling Rinpoche to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to His Holiness the Dalai Lama visiting Howell and was a mere 10 minutes away from where Rinpoche was at [http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/requesting-ordination-in-1987.html] And let’s not forget how Rinpoche ‘accidentally’ met Gangchen Rinpoche in Nepal who would send Rinpoche on a path to resume Rinpoche previous life’s work.[http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/invocation-to-namkar-barzin.html]

    What are the odds that a small boy who was so displaced and faced resistance to his love for the Dharma would have all there great Masters go to him instead?

    It is not coincidence or luck but the force of karma that hurls us along a path and along the way, a very kind Protector seizing every kernel of karmic opportunity to create conducive conditions for us to return to the Dharma and to practice.

    Every aspect of Rinpoche’s life, even now and especially now is the expression of tremendous merits that accrues to an enlightened mind. It cannot be helped and avoided.

  13. Angel SH Ooi on Dec 29, 2016 at 1:37 am

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing Your wonderful life story about mala. 🙏

    For my knowledge and I understand that mala is a holy item and after using for many years of prayers and mantras, it will become very powerful for protection. And I noticed that mala is also been used in others religions too.

    It’s wonderful to know that since young Rinpoche is always attracted by all Dharma items.
    Pastor Henry n I were extremely blessed to have one of Rinpoche’s mala beans with us. And I will always treasure and keep it very close to me until end of my life. Thank You Rinpoche. 🙏🙏🙏❤

  14. Justin Cheah on Dec 29, 2016 at 1:13 am

    Thank you for sharing this very nice story to us Rinpoche. I echo what both Pastor Antoinette and Pastor Adeline said, Rinpoche’showing affinity with Dharma is very strong that whatever Rinpoche needed in order to benefit others, Rinpoche’s wish will just come true. This is a result of all practices and not everyone will be experiencing this. I am very confident that this was made to happen for what Rinpoche had wished for.

  15. Pastor Adeline on Dec 28, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    This story is very nice to read and it brought out the following points to me:
    1. When we have a good intention, good things will happen.
    2. Good things happen to us daily. We just need to pay more attention. Also, it happens when we least expected it.
    3. Our good wishes do come true when we pray.
    4. Miracle is logical as it follows the law of karma. If we do not have the cause for a result, it will not happen to us.
    5. Most labelled Buddhist do not understand the teaching of the Buddha. Buddhism to them is doing prayer on a certain day and having an altar with Buddhas’ images. This part of the culture is beautiful but it doesn’t bring any change in our mindstream that is very necessary for real good things to come. Being able to be connected with the Three Jewels is very precious and we should not waste the opportunity to apply the teachings and become better.

  16. Pastor Antoinette on Dec 28, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    This is such a beautiful story. Rinpoche has a very good connection to the Buddhas so that when he needed a mala for his daily practice, the mala was just lying in front of his house, where he always used to play.
    The same with Rinpoche’s teacher and the Dharma center. All that Rinpoche needed was close to Rinpoche’s home. Rejoice!

    May we create the causes to be always close to Rinpoche and the Dharma in our future lifes.

    Thank you for sharing with us.

  17. Fong on Sep 4, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    From finding a mala in a time of need, one should also think that the Buddhas will come to our time of need, should we keep our faith. Through thick and thin, in moments of faith and in moments of doubts, one has to keep at our sadhanas and propitiating the Buddhas. If one wants the dharma enough, the Protectors and Buddhas will clear the way for us, just as the mala was there for Rinpoche in the hour of need to show the way.

    Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing this. It is a touching and timeless story.

  18. Sofi on Jun 28, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    What a magically heartwarming story of Rinpoche finding a mala in the puddle at the time when Rinpoche needed it for his mantra recitation. Rinpoche’s affinity with the Buddhas is so strong that miracles happen to fulfil Rinpoche’s needs for practise. Even then, I am sure that the Protector Dorje Shugden had been close Rinpoche keeping a watchful eye to assist when needed. This goes to show that when we commit ourselves to the Dharma, we need not worry for lacking anything as the Protector will be there for us. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful story with us.

  19. Jason on Dec 20, 2015 at 2:16 am

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing .Nowadays we should invite Mala to create a cause for future use.we should invite more Mala for others to ensure that they can use for recite mantra.this is one of the way to collect merits.mala can make us focus on mantra and right way to practice dharma action.

  20. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 20, 2015 at 12:42 am

    What a nice story that Rinpoche shares with us. In the Lamrim, it is mentioned that for dharma practitioners who practice in the high mountains, dumplings will roll up to their door step to me it shows the power of Buddha dedication so that no member of his Sangha will ever starve to death.

  21. Mingwen on Oct 29, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, your precious story is amazing. It make me pays extra concentration while I’m going anywhere or walking around, maybe there are some precious malas/tools out there waiting for the right person to pick up and practice dharma. Thank you for sharing.

  22. Alice Tay on Sep 10, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    After reading this post, I have some thoughts here:

    1. If compared to previous ancient time, nowadays most of the children are very fortunate as their parents are more educated and affordability to provide the necessities to the children. But the different is the children hands now most likely is holding I Pad or Iphone or Notepad or etc and not the mala.

    2. Parents are the best example and very close to the children. If all the parents like Rinpoche’s parents have their own Buddhist shrine room, always go to temple for prayers and keep the blessed items and rosaries nicely, I believe that the children will follow their parents to do this kind of good dharma actions.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing and it reminds me that I need to take very good care for my mala as it is really important especially when we want to recite a thousand or million mantras.

  23. Joy Kam on Sep 1, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Thanks for sharing this amazing magical story Rinpoche. I am certain that the Buddhas or Dharma protector must have manifested the mala there for Rinpoche.
    I remembered when I first started learning how to do mantras, I was wishing to get a mala and not long after I received a very nice mala from FJ, and Rinpoche blessed it for me when I saw Rinpoche is Singapore. It is one of the most precious and treasured things I have in my life right now so I can imagine when Rinpoche found this mala just laying there in the puddle waiting for Rinpoche to claim it. It certainly was meant to be.

  24. Josh Akers on Jun 29, 2015 at 6:41 am

    I love that story very much… You must feel so happy to be able to send people malas right when they need them like you once did for me and my practice… Sponsoring Dharma is one of the best things you can do at any level (besides practice). Thank you for sharing Them Rinpoche! I fold my hands to you.

  25. LOW KHJB on Jun 28, 2015 at 12:46 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for your sharing on your first mala.What you said on affinity through sincere practice and wishes on dharma did happened to me once , before I met up with Kechara in the past.

    During one difficult period in my career,I did turn to taking up refuge in dharma that I did not do so in the past. At that time I did manage to get some dharma text from a Thai temple located at jalan Gasing.Amongst those text that I obtained was a book explaining the different buddhist deities and the significance of certain mantras and sutras.

    There was a few times that,when I have a deep wish to attain a certain sutra as it was mention the merits that it would bring upon reading it.I did manage to find it the following visit.Those item are normally donated out and placed in a corner for others to invite for free.

    I did remember that there was a time ,I was to return home for good and was not coming back to this temple for an unknown period.On the last visit there I manage to find a copy of Shurangama mantra that I was finding for quite sometime. It was going to rain at that time.But I did manage to run back to my car through a path in center with the least rain without shade.I took it as a good sign as my luck as changing for the better.

    I suppose my luck did change for the better as I did find a better job and most of all .It was through this job assignment I manage to meet up with Kechara…That is affinity with Dharma.

  26. Kevin W on Jun 17, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Wow…very interesting story.

    What are the chances of finding a mala in the states in the ’70s too?
    It’s like striking a lottery a million to 1 chance.

    All these must’ve been due to Rinpoche’s merits past lives.

    All obstacles to practice the dharma simply dissappears and things simply manifest for Rinpoche.

    How auspicious..

  27. Jacinta Goh on Jun 17, 2015 at 3:19 am

    Perhaps Rinpoche was under the watchful eyes of the Buddhas and Protectors. It’s an indication that if we are sincere, we will be cared for physically and financially. We will have the necessary resources to practice.

  28. Gabriela on Jun 16, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Last year one day for some reason I had a strong feeling that I would find a mala at a thrift store. I went to one I frequent every so often on my lunch break. I walked straight to the jewelry case and what do you know I found a mala. So weird how my mind told me to go and look for it and found one that day. After that I been keeping my eye out when I go to a thrift store and I havent seen any. I dont recall ever seeing one even before that. I guess it was meant for me lol. But your story is more amazing of course how it appeared in a puddle of rain. 😀

  29. Cynthia Lee on Jun 15, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    I agree, Rinpoche! When a practitioner is truly sincere in their practice … materials, resources and help is able to “magically” appear in various forms to assist them. Perhaps, it’s also the help from dharma protectors 🙂

    I have a story about my first ever mala also. (Not that I have any infinity or even met dharma back then). It was back in my teens when I visited a temple like a tourist, Chan See Shu Yuen Temple which dates back to 1906 located at the end of Petaling Street. I was walking around and when I was nearby a relatively tall Kuan Yin statue, a monk from the temple took the only mala which was hanging around the neck of the Kuan Yin statue and gave it to me. I thought it was so holy because thousands of people come to pray in this temple and Kuan Yin. So I was really happy about it. I still have this simple bone mala till this day.

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

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

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

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


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


    Very interesting read: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2157904-supernormal-abilities-developed-through-meditation-dr-dean-radin-discusses/?sidebar=morein
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:45 PM
    Its indeed a beautiful place …..away from the city hectic life to visit and could stay over night too.Just to get away from work to relax ,get some fresh air ,do meditation and so forth .At Kechara Forest RetreatI,Bentong is where the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world situated and we can receive blessing,make offering to the Buddhas as well as enjoy the tranquility of the beautiful gardens.I have recomended my friends and relatives to visit such a beautiful place at Bentong.
    Thank you Paul Yap for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:15 PM
    Well…all pendants are beautifully designed,hand crafted to match each and every sacred images on it to suit all occasion for the wearer.I can see a lot of hard work for those involed in desgning and making of it.
    All pendants are very unique, modern, timeless and also sacred ,thats all i could describe it.Hope more people will be wearing these beautiful pendants to get connected with the Buddhas.Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and Kechara’s Louise Lee for creating Dharma art in in the form of jewelry
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/timeless-and-sacred.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:41 PM
    This Mahasiddha is Kukkuripa (the dog lover). He loved dogs so much. When he meditated in the cave he had his doggie with him. She had kept him company for years in his cave. They shared bedding, food, water and company. When he gained high attainments, the Dakinis came to take him to Kechara Paradise. He was hesitant to go but the Dakinis insisted and he went with them.

    He arrived at Kechara (Paradise/Buddha abode of Heruka and Vajra Yogini) and enjoyed teachings and feasts up there and they asked him to stay longer if not forever…. But he kept thinking about his doggie left alone in the cave. He felt guilty and missed her. Kukkuripa would use his psychic powers to see his poor doggie alone and hungry waiting for him at the cave while enjoying the attention of the Dakinis and feasts. The cave was dark and had no food. The doggie had to go out and find small tiny scraps of food and was getting skinny. Kukkuripa saw this and it pained him. Worried she was not getting enough food. He use to share the offerings of food he would get from people with her. Doggie and him would delightfully eat the food together. Kukkuripa had no attachments to ‘clean’ or ‘dirty’ in regards to sharing food with his dog. He had overcome this in his meditations. In ancient India, people would not co-habitate with a dog. It was considered unclean and filthy, but Kukkuripa had cast away those notions and loved his dog as she loved him. But he felt guilty to leave her alone while he was ‘enjoying’ himself in Kechara and could not stop thinking about his beloved dirty smelly dog in his cave alone…so he left Kechara Paradise and all it’s ‘delights’ for his doggie. He couldn’t abandon her. The Dakinis implored him to stay, but he was firm to return. The Dakinis said you will give up this paradise here for a mere dog???!! You can advance further in your meditations if you stay in Kechara and then help the dog later they attempted to persuade him. But Kukkuripa would not stay, he was loyal to his little dog as she had kept him company for many years in the lonely dark cave. She was loyal to him and how can he abandon her now. He couldn’t and he wouldn’t listen to the Dakinis. He left to join doggie. He never forget her companionship and loyalty. All the wonderful things in Kechara could not tempt him against his loyal friend the little doggie. He left everything for her.

    So he finally left Kechara to the Dakinis dismay and went back to his cave to be with his dog so she won’t be alone. Doggie was delighted to see her master and wagged her tail so much!! She licked him and he hugged her! She was skinnier for not eating well these few days he noticed. He fed her and hugged her and loved his doggie…He went back to his routine of meditation, receiving food offerings and sharing his food with doggie. They were happy together. One day, when he was scratching her in her favorite place and she licked him so his eyes were closed, when he opened his eyes she had suddenly turned into a Dakini shimmering with lights! The brilliance of the lights lit up the whole cave in front of Kukkuripa!! Kukkuripa was astonished to behold the splendourous lady in front of him! Of course this Dakini must be the Queen Herself he realized, as Vajra Yogini which was Kukkuripa’s main Yidam he had meditated on her for years in the cave. And She said to Kukkuripa, “Well done, you gave up paradise to be with just a dog..it shows you have given up attachements and projections of pleasant and unpleasant, now your Dakini will give you the final paradise (enlightenment)!”

    Kukkuripa attained full enlightenment blessed by Vajra Yogini by releasing the final subtle attachment to the non-existent self! After enlightenment his fame and name grew and many came to see him and he gave teachings to countless and benefitted many before he finally ascended to Kechara the second and final time. He was forever known as Kukkuripa the dog lover.

    I love him so much!!! This is one of my favorite Mahasiddhas along with Badrapa, Shantideva, Ghantapa and a few others. I wanted to share this story with you. I wanted you to know that there are many great true stories like this one about Kukkuripa that are true and can be applied to our lives. To inspire us.

    Tsem Rinpoche
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:29 PM
    The great and illustrious master Sonam Tsemo at the end of his life was described by an old woman who witnessed Sonam Tsemo depart. Standing on a rock at the holy spring near Sakya area known as Chumik Dzingka, his body ascended gracefully into the sky, still holding his dog. He loved his dog very much. Even today the footprints of Loppon Sonam Tsemo and the dog can be clearly seen in the rock, left for the benefit of living beings as a field from which to accumulate merit. It is a sign of a holy being when they can leave their footprints in stone for future generations to witness and make offerings on that spot to collect merits. This holy site was decorated by the great master Mantradhara Ngawang Kunga Rinchen later on. Other accounts say that he ascended from Gorum Library near Chumik Dzingka spring. A stupa containing his holy relics was erected there. Sonam Tsemo was a powerful practitioner of the Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini and at the end of his short life he ascended with his very body to Kechara paradise. He was 40 years old. Kechara is the sanksrit name of the special abode of Vajra Yogini. Those who practice Vajra Yogini to the highest level can ascend her paradise with their very bodies. Sonam Tsemo the great master of sutra and tantra was seen by an old woman flying off holding his beloved dog to ascend Kechara paradise. No one every found his body and his room was empty.
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:27 PM
    Congratulations to Mitra for his first dharma teaching in Nepali to the expats. So glad that Dorje Shugden practise can reach out to many in various languages and to different people. Mitra has done a good job in introducing Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and guided them on the benefit and iconography of Dorje Shugden.

    May Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and Dorje Shugden practise continue to grow and benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mitra-teaches-bhagwan-dorje-shugden-in-nepali.html
  • 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

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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
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March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
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More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
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Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
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My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
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Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
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Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
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Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
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The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
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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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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
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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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It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
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  • March 27, 2017 04:19
    Dongho asked: I have been reading on the tunes of certain sects and would like to ask on this. From what I've read, there are certain tunes to each sect and school of certain chants. Exactly where can I find the sheet music for these percussion and horns with the chants, such as to the one for invoking Kache Marpo or Dorje Shugden? Would it be possible to use school instruments for this?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your question, it is good to see you back and asking more questions. Yes you are right, there are differences in the tunes and chants between the lineages. The differences can vary significantly between the traditions, for example the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism is known for its extremely deep throat singing which is very powerful and is characterised by a low, booming voice, in contrast to the other traditions. Even within a particular tradition, there can be slight variations as to the manner in which the chants and tunes are performed. For example those monasteries are which are affiliated with Gyume will have one way of throat singing, where those affiliated with Gyuto will have another. As far as I am aware there is no professional sheet music for the rituals, most probably because the music is actually an integral part of the ritual itself. Therefore the music, tunes, and chants are all taught at the same time the ritual and prayers are. The tunes, and use of the instruments all have specific meanings, because they are considered to be offerings to the deities in the form of sound. The monasteries would not have copies of sheet music either, because sheet music is western practice. The use of ritual music within Tibetan Buddhism is more of one based on memory. In the Kechara organisation, the puja team was trained in such ritual instruments at the same time they learnt the particular ritual from monks from the monastery, such as the puja of Dorje Shugden. From what I saw of the training, the musical tunes, and use of instruments was not written down but taught experientially at the same time as the chanting. I have not come across any other instruments being used in pujas apart from the traditional ritual instruments, because even the instruments themselves have a specific meaning. That is not say that school instruments cannot be used. This is because, as long as the offering is sincere, the Buddhas and enlightened deities will accept it, and in turn you will generate great amounts of merit. Offerings should be made to the best of our ability, therefore if you do not have access to the ritual instruments, or do not know how to play them, but you know how to play other instruments, and use these instruments as offerings to the Buddhas during pujas, the amount of merit you generate will be the same. This is because you are sincere with your offering. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 26, 2017 02:14
    Kunga asked: Does the Gelug have Begtse a protector? If so, could you please provide a sadhana for him here?
    pastor answered: Dear Kunga, Yes the Dharma protector Begtse exists within the Gelug tradition. He is also known as Chamsing. Begtse’s practice stems from India and was introduced to Tibet and therefore Tibetan Buddhism by the translator Nyen Lotsawa. Marpa Lotsawa also practiced Begtse, and so the practice exists in the Kagyu traditions. This practice was eventually transmitted to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first of the five patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, who were the founding fathers of that tradition. Over time the practice of Begtse was incorporated into the Gelug tradition, founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, and was notably practiced by the 1st and 2nd Dalai Lamas. Over time the practice gained popularity within the lineage, especially when it spread to Mongolia. There the practice became an important one within the lineage as upheld there. Begtse is also affectionately known as the Dharma protector of Mongolia, because his practice is so popular there. If I am not mistaken, there is an oracle of Begtse in Mongolia as well. There is a mistaken account that the practice originated around the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama, with the subjugation of a Mongolian war god, but Begtse was definitely practiced before that time in the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya traditions. While the practice of Begtse is very effective, I have not come across the practice of Begtse in my personal practice, therefore I do not have access to the Begtse sadhana to provide to you. Instead Begtse is propitiated in prayers that incorporate many other Dharma protectors, and Begtse is also considered one of the nine protectors of the Hayagriva (Tamdrin) cycle of tantric teachings. Therefore Begtse is included in the Dharma protector sections of the Hayagriva tantras. Surrounding Begtse are his sister, Sing Ma, and his main minister, Le Khan Mar Po. His inner retinue comprises of eight butchers who wield copper swords in their right hands and skull-cups full of blood in their left hands. They are portrayed as naked and are very ugly. His outer retinue comprises a further twenty-one butchers, who hold copper swords in their right hands, and this time, the entrails of butchered enemies. They wear the skins humans and oxen as clothes, with ornaments made from human bone. While this may seem violent, Begtse is actually a very powerful and beneficial protector, who helps practitioners clear their obstacles and create conducive conditions for their spiritual evolution. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 24, 2017 20:12
    Azair asked: Venerable Rinpoche, I am doing a study in Kalachakra Tantra and I've heard from most of the lama's too that if you practice the Kalachakra Tantra, you'll be able to take control of your next rebirth. Ofcourse, it has been said that we will get our rebirth according to our Karma and desires but whether those dreams will get fulfilled will depend upon the actions that we take in this life. Thus, practicing the Kalachakra(till the end) after initiation will give you the opportunity to take rebirth anywhere you desire regardless of your Karma. My question is that, is there some truth in this statement.? Does this statement hold true for other tantra practices, such as Vajrayogini Tantra, Ghuyasamaja Tantra, Heruka Tantra, etc. I would really really like to know. Thankyou in anticipation, regards, Azair
    pastor answered: Dear Azair, Thank you for your question. Yes there is truth to this statement, both from a scriptural perspective and also by example, as the great masters have shown us. This is a unique feature of all Anuttarayoga Tantras or Highest Yoga Tantras, which Kalachakra, Vajrayogini, Guhyasama and Heruka are all examples of. This category of tantric practice can actually lead a practitioner to full enlightenment in this very lifetime. Even if enlightenment is not reached, very high levels of attainment can be reached nonetheless. This includes the ability to take control over your next rebirth. This is primarily engaged in so that the practitioner is born in an environment where they can eventually pick up their practice and further their spiritual path to enlightenment, or in order to be born in a place where they can benefit sentient beings the most, as part of the spiritual journey over many lifetimes. One of the reasons such an ability is very necessary on the spiritual path, is that usual death and rebirth occurs at the mercy of ones karma, specifically what is known as the ‘throwing karma’ or the karma that dictates what sort of rebirth a person is going to take. This opens up at the time of ordinary death, which most people have no control over. During the death process, many of our disturbing emotions will arise. Whichever of these is the strongest at the point of death triggers open a latent karmic potential, which becomes the ‘throwing karma’ and dictates where we are going to take rebirth and if that life will generally be full of suffering or not. Within Anuttarayoga Tantra, one of the key points of practice is to prepare for one’s death. This is done by simulating the dying process during one’s meditations, so that one becomes familiar with it. At the most pivotal part of this process, one practices achieving either the rainbow body or great bliss (in the case of the father tantras); or clear light (in the case of mother tantras). The tantras themselves are not defined in terms of the gender of the central deity, but by the method used to gain enlightenment. This is either the rainbow body/great bliss (classified as male, therefore labelled ‘father’) or clear light (classified as female, therefore labelled ‘mother’). Non-dual tantras such as the Kalachakra tantra can employ either of the two methods, a mixture of both, or alternate methods. In the case of superior practitioners, due to the power of their practice, they can achieve either of these two methods in their current body. Since they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, and a particular method of practice, they can also achieve enlightenment during their physical death. The great Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have achieved enlightenment at the moment of physical death, using the second of these. For other practitioners, they may not be able to achieve this either in their meditations while they are alive, or during the death process. However because they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, they remain in complete concentration at the time of death, not allowing any disturbing emotions to arise. Due to this level of concentration, meditation and awareness during the dying process, they are able to control where they next take rebirth. This is evident in the tantric scriptures themselves, and the life stories of many masters, who can state exactly where, when and to whom they will take their next rebirth, as they are in full control of the dying and rebirth process. There is a type of meditation called ‘thukdam’ which has been translated into ‘death meditation’. This is a final meditation some masters choose to engage in. During this meditation, the master themselves consciously begin the physical dying process themselves, engage in the meditation of dissolving the winds into the heart centre and remain in the most pivotal part of the death process, the mind of clear light of death. During this point they engage in meditations, either the methods of the father or mother tantras as mentioned previously, and or consciously choose where they are to next take rebirth. They can remain in this death meditation for long periods of time, days at an end, in which their consciousness has not yet left their body, although for all intents and purposes they are dead according to medical science, e.g. they have no heartbeat. At the end of their meditation, a drop of blood will be emitted from their nostril, and their head will slump over a little. Masters who engage in this meditation usually sit in full meditation posture, and their body remain supple and soft even though they have passed away from a medical point of view. I hope this brief explanation helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2017 23:01
    Brad asked: What is the significance of offering the Seven precious emblems of royalty to the Buddhas and enlightened Dharma Protectors? What are we symbolically offering up?
    pastor answered: Dear Brad, Thank you for your question. The ‘saptaratna’ or seven precious emblems represent on the one hand the ultimate state of temporal power, and on the other hand the ultimate spiritual attainments that we can achieve. By offering these to the Buddhas, we are actually creating the causes to achieve what they represent. Therefore it is good to know the meaning of each, so we can understand what we are creating the causes for by offering them up: Please see below for an explanation of the seven royal emblems: 1. The Precious Wheel: a thousand spoked wheel, representing the universal power of the Buddhas, as well as the teachings of the thousand Buddhas of our aeon. It is represented by the Dharmachakra, symbolising the ‘turning of the wheel’ or teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, especially that of our own mind, thoughts, delusions and afflictions. 2. The Precious Jewel: an eight sided wish-granting gem, which fulfils all the needs of a universal emperor. This jewel has eight special qualities: it illuminates the night sky for hundreds of leagues; it is cooling when the temperature is hot and warming when the temperature is cold; it makes manifest whatever the holder wants; when thirsty it causes a fresh-water spring to appear; it has the ability to control the nagas, and other supernatural beings, as well as preventing natural disasters such as storms, floods, etc.; it gives off multi-coloured lighted which heals the various mental and emotional afflictions; it cures all illnesses; and it ensures that one dies a natural death, not an untimely one. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, or perfect discrimination, so one knows what to abandon and what to keep in the mindstream during the spiritual journey to enlightenment. 3. The Precious Queen: the most beautiful and virtuous of all women. She is described as a goddess who is the epitome of someone: with devotion; without jealousy; who is the embodiment of fertility; who works for the welfare of all beings; who possess feminine wisdom; speaks the truth; not attract to sensual pleasures or material possessions; and does not have false views. She is adored by all. She also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect effort. This is necessary to keep meditating until one gains spiritual attainments. 4. The Precious Minister: who has sharp intelligence, patience, and the ability to give wise counsel to the emperor. He is so attuned to the emperor that even before the emperor has spoken, the minister is already carrying out his command. He only wishes to support the Dharma, help sentient beings, and is an excellent strategist. He also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect joy. This is also akin to the attainment of the first bodhisattva level, because you have come to an understanding of your own mind, which is like pouring ice-cold water into boiling water. The water stops boiling, as does the thoughts, projections, and delusions in the mind. He represents the path of the bodhisattva. 5. The Precious Elephant: who has the strength of a thousand normal elephants. He is white, with the perfect features that an elephant could have. He is majestic, graceful, and gentle, but in battle is fearsome, fearless and unyielding. He communicates with the emperor through a telepathic link. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect adaptability. This is important, as one needs to be able to adapt to the various mental afflictions as they arise, and suitably counter them. 6. The Precious Horse: who has all the marks of a celestial horse. Known as wind-horse, he is able to travel extremely fast, and can circumambulate the entire universe three time in just a single day. He is never fearful or startled, never makes a sound when galloping, and has extremely soft hairs on his body. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is single-pointed concentration. This is important because without this form of concentration, once cannot engage in the analytical meditations that lead to an understanding of emptiness, and therefore enlightenment. 7. The Precious General: who has mastered the arts of war and always wins in battle. He wears battle armour and holds many different weapons. He tries to avoid battle, but when necessary fights, and never gives up until he has won. He is fearless, and courageous in carrying out the emperors commands and ensures the emperors army carries out their duties. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect equanimity. This is because he overcomes all warfare, which is akin to the battle between things were are attached to and things we have an aversion for in our minds. In short, what you are offering up is the highest of all temporal treasures and abilities, as well as the entire path of the Dharma. Doing so creates the causes for you to receive all of this on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • 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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