1,000-armed Manjushri!!!

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Dear all,

A few months ago, one of my students sent me a very interesting image of a 1000-armed Manjushri!!! I have never seen this form of Manjushri before, and instantly fell in love with Him!! I quickly got JJ to help me find more information on this beautiful form of Manjushri… and thought that I should share whatever was found with all of my blog readers. 

This form of Manjushri is mainly found across China and Taiwan… Manjushri has always been one of my favorite Buddhas… I don’t know why, but I feel very close to Manjushri… I like any Buddha that can increase our wisdom and intelligence. To fully understand the Dharma, not just intellectually, but to understand it to the point where we can apply it and have some realizations, we need wisdom and intelligence… Do read the beautiful sutra translated from Mandarin Chinese by JJ. 

I love this Manjushri emanation so much that I had JJ help make one for me… and beautiful 1000-arm Manjushri just arrived at my Ladrang a few weeks ago! Do look at the pictures below… Manjushri is stunning!!

Tsem Rinpoche

 

My beautiful 1000-Arm Manjushri in the Ladrang. This picture was taken a few days after He was invited into my room!!

 

A few days later, I had Joy and helpers painted Him. Real gold was offered onto Manjushri’s face.

When we paint a statue we should never view it as beautification for our viewing pleasure, but as an offering to the Buddhas. It’s best to offer as much gold and jewels as you can onto the Buddha statue…

 

Joy painting in the waterline of Manjushri’s eyes…

 

Painting the many Buddha Shakyamuni’s that Manjushri holds!!

 

Two of Manjushri’s arms being painted black and gold.

 

More arms being painted!

 

Lots and lots of arms being painted!!

 

Mantras that are specifically placed inside the statue at the stomach area.

 

Holy relics are sealed tightly with a ziplock bag and wrapped in a yellow cloth. Other items that are placed inside the statue are potpourri and mothballs.

 

Everything is kept in place with a yellow cloth, and then a wooden base is hammered on.

 

Lastly, a red velvet cloth is placed under the lotus base.

 

The different parts of the 1000-arm Manjushri statue coming together.

 

Manjushri with His gold face and features painted in.

 

Lord Manjushri looking very regal!

 

Wonderful well done job… Manjushri looks spectacular!

 

Joy is a talented artist that has been with me for many years now. She does the paintings on most of my personal statues.

 

This statue of 1000-arm Manjushri is truly one-of-a-kind.

 

A close-up view of Manjushri.

 

Stunning…

 

I love all forms of Manjushri… anything Manjushri…

 

The very first 1000-arm Manjushri statue in Kechara!

 

What a perfect Buddha… He has now been invited into the Ladrang.

 

Each of Manjushri’s hand has a Buddha Shakyamuni statue.

 


Excerpt of the Mahayana Yoga Vajratta Sagara Manjusri Sahasrabhuja Sahasrapatra Mahasasanaraja sutra:

Translated by JJ

Thus have I heard, at one time Buddha Shakyamuni was in Maheshvara Heaven in the palace of Vinangkamuni. The Buddha was on his many jeweled throne together with the Buddha Vairochana in the assembly of Vajra Sagara speaking of this Sutra. Present were many Devas and Brahmas and an assembly of Bodhisattvas and Mahasattvas.

In the assembly there was a Maha Arya Bodhisattva Manjushri who has a golden body. From his body emanated a thousand arms, with a thousand hands, each holding an alms bowl. From within these alms bowls comes forth a thousand Shakyamuni Buddhas. The thousand Buddhas continue to manifest limitless emanations.

Seated on his treasure throne in the midst of the great assembly, the Buddha told Samantabhadra, the great sixteen Bodhisattvas and assembly of Bodhisattvas Mahasattvas: “Listen carefully! I will now expound the blessings of Vairochana which enables all the Bodhisattvas of the Dharmadatu attain the state of Manjushri”

At that time, Vairochana Buddha told the thousand emanations of Buddha Shakyamuni: “In the past I have practiced the most secret Vajra practices, and from those practices, Manjushri is my teacher. After many eons of this Guru-disciple relationship, I have achieved the stainless pinnacle of Vairochana. With this attainment, I have become a cause for sentient beings to achieve enlightenment. I have become the source of immense Buddhahood. “

In the past, from the pure heart of Vairochana Buddha emanates the golden body of the Great Arya Manjushri Sahasra Bhuja Bodhisattva. Manjushri also manifested the secret mantra means of attaining this state of enlightenment. Buddha Vairochana spoke about the:

  1. Visualization of the syllable AH, leads us into the Deathless State is the embodiment of Tathagatha Vairochana.
  2. Visualization of the syllable RA, leads us into the nature of Emptiness free from defilements is the embodiment of Tathagatha Akshokbya.
  3. Visualization of the syllable PA, leads us into the insight that all Dharmas have been “Expounded in the ultimate sense, the embodiment of Ratnasambhava”.
  4. Visualization of the syllable TSA, leads us into the insight that the arising and ceasing of things cannot be apprehended because in reality there is no arising or ceasing, the embodiment of the Tathagatha Avalokita.
  5. Visualization of the syllable NA, leads us into the insight that all things are void of true nature, the embodiment of Tathagatha Amogasiddhi.

[Source: Mahayana yoga vajratta sagara manjusri sahasrabhuja sahasrapatra mahasasanaraja sutra from the Chinese Tripitaka Cannon]

 


Manjushri Mantra to increase memory

[Source: Chinese Tripitaka Cannon – Tang Dynasty – Amoghavajra’s translation] 

 


1000 Arm Manjushri Mantra

 


1000 Arm Manjushri Puja

 


Description of 1000 Arm Manjushri

From the 1st and 5th chapter of the Thousand Arm Manjushri sutra, there’s a detailed description of how Manjushri manifested himself in this particular form. His full name the Exalted One 5 peaks 5 wisdoms 1000 arms, 1000 hands, 1000 alms bowls, 1000 Buddha Shakyamuni Manjushri Bodhisattva.

The name for this form of Manjushri comes from the fact that he has 1000 arms and each hand carries a monk’s bowl. In the Dunhuang Caves of 1000 Buddhas, there are two depictions of this form of Manjushri. Found in the 6th cave, Manjushri is depicted sitting or standing atop a lotus flower as big as mount Sumeru. He has 5 hair knots, a Buddha adorns his crown and he wears precious jewels and garments on his body.

The first two hands is held at the level of his chest, the left hand holds an alms bowl with a Buddha Shakyamuni inside. The right hand is held upright with both thumb and index finger touching each other.

The second set of hands is held at the level of the waist in meditation mudra holding an alm’s bowl with a Buddha inside the bowl.

 

(Source: 大乘瑜伽金刚性海曼殊室利千臂千钵大教王经卷一、卷五、Pelliot:LesGrottesdeTouen-Houang,I,Ⅱ)p743)

 

The remainder 1000 hands is divided by 6 levels, each level . There are 200 main hands which are found in the 72 cave. He wears the 5 Buddha crown and hands are stretched open forming a full moon. These wall paintings are from the Soong Dynasty and are part of the murals from the 1000 Buddha Caves in Dun Huang.

From the 6th Cave in Dunhuang

 

 


 

Monasteries with 1000 Arm Manjushri

 

1) Manju Buddha Monastery (曼殊佛寺)

(Source: http://www.chiefsun.org.tw/family/01_about/01_detail.php?Md=35&Id=2&Id=66)

Based in Taidong, Taiwan; this monastery holds the duplicated form of the Thousand Arm Manjushri statue from Chong San Monastery, Tai Yuan City, China.

 1000-armed Manjushri

 

 This is a beautiful duplicate of a Ming Dynasty 1000-armed Manjushri statue…

 

 Close up of the statue…

 

Each arm holds a begging bowl… 

 

 A Buddha inside each bowl…

 

… there are 1,000 bowls! 

 

The full frontal view of the 1000-armed Manjushri statue. 

 

 Manju Buddha Monastery.

 


2) Chong San Monastery (崇善寺)

(Source: http://baike.baidu.com/view/67859.htm )

Chong San Monastery is located in Tai Yuan City, China. It was originally named Bai Ma Monastery (also known as White Horse Monastery). During the early Ming dynasty (1383’s), the monastery was renamed to the name we know of today. The 1000 Arm Manjushri statue is located in the Compassion Hall of Chong San Monastery, along side with the 11 faced Thousand Arm Chenrezig and Samantabhadra. All 3 statues stand at 8.5 meter high. 

 

 Chong San Monastery.

 

 Beautiful 1000-armed Manjushri on the altar.

 

 An antique image of the 1000-armed Manjushri in Chong San monastery.

 

 The state stands at 8.5 metres tall!

 

 The altar in Chong San Monastery.

 

Entrance of Chong San Monastery.

 

 Beautiful altar, so many offerings placed in front of the Buddhas!

 

You can tell from the roof that this monastery is very old… 

 

 8.5 m Samantabhadra statue.

 

 Three statues lined side by side…

 

 


3) Mogao Cave 

Mogao Cave, also known as the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas have over 492 temples, located 25 km southeast of the center of Dunhuang which is strategically located on the Silk Road in Gansu province, China. The earliest cave that was identified is cave no. 361 in the mid fourth century and the biggest cave is no. 99. The Thousand Arm Manjushri murals are found in caves no. 14 and  no. 114. There are over 16 wall paintings in these two caves. At the crown of Manjushri, he wears a Buddha crown. Wearing a heavenly clothes with 4 arms in front of the chest holding two bowls with a Buddha inside, and one thousand arms around the body. The arms that layer closer to Manjushri’s holy body contains Buddhas inside the bowls, while the arms at the outer layer contains no Buddha images inside the bowls. Above Manjushri’s body is a parasol with sun and moon on both sides. Images of Boddhisattvas and protectors surrounds Manjushri, with 2 naga kings below Manjushri. 

 

1000-armed Manjushri painting in Cave No. 14

 

Larger view of the painting in Cave No. 14…

 

Close up of the 1000-armed Manjushri in Cave No. 114

 

[Source: http://www.travel-silkroad.com/chinese/silkroad/lishi/dunhuang/xia1802.htm; http://enweb.dha.ac.cn/0025/index.htm; http://wangshiqi.lofter.com/post/bd8c2_180d38]

 


4) Xiantong Monastery (五台山千臂文殊菩萨)

 Xiantong Monastery is located in Shanxi province, China. It was built in the Qing dynasty, and during this time, a beautiful 1000 Arm Manjushri was built in the Thousand Bowl Manjushri Hall. It stands at 5.4 meters. 

The 1000 Arm Manjushri here is depicted as having five heads and ridding on a lion. He has as a golden body, wearing heavenly clothes, jewels and the 7 Buddha crowns. Two of his arms hold Shakyamuni Buddha on the crown of Manjushri’s head, two arms on the cheeks while holding 2 bells, another two arms on the chest with the left holding a bell and right hand holding a bell; and 1000 arms surrounding His holy body, with each arm holding a bowl with a Buddha seated inside.

 

Entrance of Xiang Tong Monastery.

 

 1000-armed Manjushri on the altar.

 

 A very unusual, but beautiful form….

 

[Source: http://zifengling1049.blog.sohu.com/187251864.html; http://news.chiculture.net/article/62/1400.html; http://www.wu-tai-shan.com/bbs/thread-211-1-1.html]

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  1. Zhen Kit on Dec 31, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Rarely seen such a beautiful Manjushri statute…indeed auspicious.May Manjushri bless all sentient beings with wisdom to get through challenges in life…Om Ara Ba Tza Na Dhih

  2. Candice Loke on Oct 26, 2016 at 1:28 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing such beautiful form of Manjushri. I’m in total awe when browsing through picture to picture, simply magnificent!
    This form of Majushri has 1000 arms and each hand carries a monk’s bowl, with Buddha Shakyamuni – and i can’t help but thinking about the beautiful phrase from The King of Prayers
    On every atom is found a Buddha
    Sitting amongst countless Buddha sons,
    I look with eyes of faith to the victorious ones
    Thus filling the entire Dharmadhatu.
    One of the best depictions on how a Buddha can manifest infinite in number to help sentient beings, just like the 1,000-armed Manjushri!
    Great work also from Joy and the team of in-house artists, rejoice for all to have such great merits to paint rare Buddha statue!

    I pray that in this and future lives I’ll get closer and never be separated from Manjushri, pray that I’ll be able to gain penetrative insight and to understand and realise the ultimate truth.

    Thank you Rinpoche!

    With much love,
    Candice 🙂

  3. BT Tay on Sep 24, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Dear Tsem Tulku ,

    Yes Lhasa Kangyur Volume 91 roman pecha page (the numbers occur at the right top corner) 167 line 4 to 168 line 7 – the dharani of the 1000 armed manjusri although this is not mentioned in the tibetan text.
    There is no dharani given on pecha page 190 line 7 Volume 91 Lhasa Kangyur except for pecha page 194 line 1 om vAk ye dam na ma svA hA.

    I have done my homework already.

  4. BT Tay on Sep 24, 2016 at 1:26 am

    Dear Tsem Tulku ,

    The dharani for the 1000 arm Manjusri is in the Tibetan Kanjur ,
    in the text about the 108 names (tshen gyatsa gyed)of manjusri .But it is not mentioned that the dharani is that of the 1000 armed manjusri.

    Wutai shan is supposed to have an image of the 1000 armed Manjusri.

    I wonder if there is a 1000armed Maha Vajrabhairava?

  5. samfoonheei on Jun 22, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche sharing all those beautiful images of 1,000-armed Manjushri .May all of us be blessed by these glorious forms of Manjushri. All these beautiful forms of Manjushri is indeed very unique.I do hope i could one day visit the very first 1000-arm Manjushri statue in Kechara!
    Thanks Rinpoche and the hard working team who did a wonderful job fixing
    and painting of the beautiful Manjushri at Kechara.

    .

  6. chris chong on Apr 19, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this holy form of Manjushri. Manjushri is such an important buddha because without relying on him, we could not acheive enlightenment. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the long mantra of this form of manjushri as well.

    Humbly,
    Chris

  7. sandra on Mar 12, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Oh my word, stunning would be an understatement. I feel like prostrating to these glorious forms of Manjushri. They just have such a magnificence to them. May I and every being be blessed by the glorious Manjushri to practice the dharma too. Appreciate the effort by the Kecharians who assembled and installed the great buddha statue. How very meritorious. Also, to remember and recite the long mantra of the 1000 armed Manjushri seems hard but I am sure some diligent practitioners do it.

  8. firefly on Nov 16, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Hi, I am interested to know how to translate the dharanis from Chinese characters to Sanskrit, can anyone who knows how please share it with me. You can email to me directly or write here. Gassho!!!

  9. Edwin Tan on Nov 9, 2014 at 4:19 am

    Lovely painting by Joy and team for Rinpoche’s Ladrang 1000 arm Manjushri.

    Thank you PJJ for the info and translation on 1000 arm MAnjushri.

    The 1000 arm Manjushri is indeed beautiful and rarely seen in temples.

    Thank you for sharing, Rinpoche.

  10. Davide Tan on Nov 2, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Dear admin, I am writing in representation of the original artist and owner of the last three pictures under the section of Description of 1000 Arm Manjushri (the digital arts version). He firmly requests that his pictures and the relevant descriptions be taken down the soonest.

  11. Wan Wai Meng on Mar 20, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    A really amazing 1000 armed Manjushri, not a very common type of Wisdom Buddha. With wisdom the Buddha can employ many types of skilful means to save sentient beings. May more and more of this imagery be replicated around the world and bless all beings.

  12. tenzinkhenchen on Feb 1, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    These are wonderful images of the glorious Buddha Manjushri. This form of Manjushri is very unique and beautiful. Manjushri’s practice is perfect for students like me.

  13. Alice Tay on Jan 23, 2014 at 12:25 am

    感谢仁波切在此分享那么难得的千手文殊菩萨。

    其实,我也很喜欢文殊菩萨。。。因为就如仁波切所说的 ,文殊菩萨可以帮助我们增加智慧,远离无明。。。

    我们是需要有智慧和清澈的想法来解决所面对的问题。。。善巧的运用智慧来解决问题,更能够达到利益众生的目的。。。

  14. Shelly tai on Jan 15, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this stunning thousand arms Manjushri so bless to look at him. I must said Joy and Andrew do a good job so nicely paint and so much hard work.

  15. benji on Jan 14, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    So awe-inspiring! Thank you very much, Rinpoche.

  16. Sharon Ong on Jan 14, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    That masterpiece is a labour of love. Such stunning work. Would love to get a view of it up close.

  17. AdelineTan on Jan 13, 2014 at 12:51 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing all these amazing magnificent 1,000-armed Manjushri, this is really an eye opener for me and visual blessing as well!

  18. freon on Jan 12, 2014 at 12:18 am

    Oh My Buddha, the 1000 arms Manjushri was so beautifully paint! I felt so blessed to see this forms of Manjushri. TQ Rinpoche for sharing

  19. LT Loo on Jan 11, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Holy cow! Joy and Andrew really did transformed the bare statue into a real piece of art! The rest of the blog contents,the sutra in Chinese was too much for me, the category of people whose mental capacity like Chuda Pandaka. But I’ll be back to read more to understand them later.

  20. Steven on Jan 11, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    These statues are lovely.
    So is this sadhana, Do you have a .pdf of it for easier printing?
    Thank you so much for all you do.

  21. Yeo (Kuantan) on Jan 11, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    尊贵的詹仁波切,你好!谢谢您分享,因为这是我第一次看到的千手文殊菩萨的法相!千手文殊菩萨真好庄严和殊圣!我所知道,每位菩萨在不同的环境和道界会呈现不同的法相!
    千手文殊菩萨的法相与我们所看到的文殊菩萨的法相有何分别呢?文殊菩萨帮助我们提高智慧和消除障碍,他呈现千手,是代表什么呢?
    在此,希望仁波切长寿,吉祥如意!

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    Sunday, Apr 30. 2017 07:03 AM
    and stopped animal sacrifice at these temples. http://www.drukpa.com/about-us/our-yogis/the-three-divine-madmen 99%ppl focus on jab jum DrukpaKunley…
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  • Alice Tay
    Sunday, Apr 30. 2017 12:16 AM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this and I was touched by this story very much. I personally think that this faithful dog must has very close karmic connection with its owner and it know that the owner is died. Furthermore, animals are very sensitive to our energies and mind states. So, if we are loving kindness and compassion, they can feel our love and care.

    As such, we must treat the animals like humans too. Not to harm them because humans can be reborn as animals and animals can be reborn as humans. We have to accept that humans and animals are interconnected and just like a family.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Apr 29. 2017 11:49 PM
    Spiritual practice is definitely much more than doing good for others. When we practice “spirituality” without religion and from our own understanding, how sure are we that we are on the right track? When we practice spiritual with the guide of religion, we will certain progress and much easily to attain higher levels. Thank you, Rinpoche for this teaching.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/can-we-just-be-spiritual-but-not-religious.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Apr 29. 2017 10:56 PM
    When we truly love and care for another being like a family, whether this other being is a dog or cat, a child or a stranger, it will break our heart when it is gone. Many people may not be capable of this emotion towards a pet but as we evolved, we will realize we are capable to develop such feelings for animals. It is common in the west to have pets cemetery because of this reason. Thank you for this article, Rinpoche.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/why-losing-a-dog-can-be-harder-than-losing-a-relative-or-friend.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Apr 29. 2017 03:09 PM
    Interesting info and article about werewolves. I never knew about its origins and the various wolves existence until I read this. I have thus far know about werewolves only from the movies and the famous twilight show. But one thing I noticed from the articles is the gruesome manner in killing the person (or suspected werewolves). Some were cursed to be a werewolves. There just so much anger, violence and killing in the whole process, which probably the reason why werewolves are known to kill and hurt human and other animals.

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

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

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/making-water-offerings-to-the-buddhas.html
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    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

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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.
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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
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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
1 month ago
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.
1 month ago
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!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 month ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
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
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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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