A short prayer to Dorje Shugden

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Originally published on March 6, 2015

A Daily Request for Wealth1, Peace2 and Protection3

Composed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche

In the heavens4 there are myriad manifestations of the divine. All those manifestations specifically show us different aspects of divinity5 in order to be of benefit to all living beings. All the rupakaya6 forms of the divine have compassion, skillful means and wisdom. We invoke upon them whether we are happy, sad, down, lost, fulfilled, confused, empty, and during the whole range of emotions we constantly experience due to an untrained mind.

Understanding our nature, Great Wisdom Being Dorje Shugden, therefore all the more so, please hold us close to your bosom as an only child to a parent.

Though the manifestations of the divine need no offerings and gifts from us, we offer you supreme Manjushri7 Dorje Shugden a libation of tea, incense and mantras, in order to ask you to bless us, to be a part of our lives, to abide in our dwellings and to give us signs, omens and portents of both good and bad. When the negative arises, quell them immediately. Please increase the positive for my weary and worn mind as I lay my hopes in you.

When difficulties, problems and confusion arise, we ask you, who is but the culmination of all that is powerful, holy and omniscient to bless myself, family, loved ones, environment and even my pets. May I see wisdom, find hope, and be at peace.

I request you, O Divine Bhagavān8 Dorje Shugden, who wears a round dome hat and the three robes of a saffroned bhikshu9, who wields a sword of liberty, justice and wisdom and clutches a wish-fulfilling jewel, who rides on a supreme lion of subjugation of all that is negative, to fulfill my wishes. I understand my wishes may not be the best, so I surrender to your wisdom for the outcome though it may not be what I have in mind. Please bless myself and everyone that we may enter into the supreme city of liberation.

Great Bhagavān Dorje Shugden, I request you sincerely from my heart to be a part of my life, bless my home, and grant me wisdom, solace and comfort, that I might be of service to others without agenda, and that I may focus out onto others and not be fixated on myself, creating more problems for all that I hold dear.

Bless me to become kinder, wiser, more compassionate, tolerant and very forgiving to all those who hurt and love me. In order to become close to you, Dorje Shugden, we must surrender the banal. We must abandon fixed views, projections and rigidity. Lastly, in my final moment when I leave this plane of existence, only the positive actions I have done will matter as everything and everyone will be left behind. Let me realise this and act upon this now! At this crucial moment, please may I have a vision of yourself, the powerful and merciful Dorje Shugden, to take me to where I may course in the sky10 to continue my journey of spiritual waxing.

I offer you saffron-coloured tea and my faith to fulfill my prayers and gain siddhis11. By reciting your mantra, may healing, peace, love, long life, protection and perfect view of sunyata12 arise.

Mantra of fulfillment, peace and wisdom: OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA

(It is good to recite this mantra one rosary or more per day. Occasionally, engage in retreats where you recite the mantra 100,000 times or more per year, every year. Consistency brings results!)

I dedicate this supreme heartfelt prayer to the all-knowing Celestial and Supreme Protector Dorje Shugden, that I may quickly become a being of light, compassion, love and enlightenment.

 

This daily prayer to Dorje Shugden was composed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche on Thursday, 26 February 2015 at 2:03am for Datin MJ. There are many rituals, texts, prayers and rites on Dorje Shugden. But for a person who has many responsibilities and may not have the time, this might suit them better. I have composed this with the motivation to make it simple for Datin. This prayer can be used by anyone at any time. After all, words are just an expression of the universal hopes and wishes we all have. It is needless to be focused on words, but we do need them as they verbalise our aspirations. May this short and concise prayer be of benefit to Datin, and I will have this available for many. Anyone may engage in this prayer without specific permission, regardless of faith. Dorje Shugden helps all beings without labels of religion, race, creed or background. Datin was my inspiration for composing this. The many people who will use this to ‘contact’ World Peace Buddha and Protector Dorje Shugden have Datin to thank. I offer my best wishes. Sarva Mangalam!

1 Sampatti

2 Śānti

3 Surakṣā

4 Various realms manifested from enlightenment

5 A superior being who has the six paramitas. In Tibetan and Sanskrit, these are: (1) Jinpa (dana, “generosity”), (2) Tsultrim (shila, “ethics”), (3) Zopa (kshanti, “forbearance, acceptance, patience, forgiveness”), (4) Tsondru (virya, “joyful endeavour, diligence, zeal”), (5) Samten (dyana, “meditative concentration”), and (6) Sherab (prajna, “discriminating wisdom-awareness, insight”).

6 Avatars / emanations / tulkus

7 An Arya Bodhisattva who is the culmination of all the enlightened beings’ wisdom.

8An epithet for God, In Buddhism’s Pali scriptures, the term is used with Gautama Buddha, referring to him as Bhagavān Buddha (translated with the phrase ‘Lord Buddha’ or ‘The Blessed One’) The term Bhagavān is also found in other Theravadin, Mahayana and Tantric Buddhist texts. Bhagavān is generally translated as Lord or God.

9 Fully ordained monk

10 Positive future rebirths in existence and/or a pure land of an enlightened being

11 Common attainments that bring mental quiescence and extraordinary abilities such as removing obstacles, bringing/stopping rain, subjugating negative invisible beings, bringing resources, higher clairvoyance, etc.

12 Correct view of our existence; emptiness

 


 

多杰雄登短祈愿文
祈求财富、详和与庇佑之日常祈愿

此多杰雄登日常祈愿文乃由尊贵的第廿五世詹杜固仁波切撰于2015年2月26日凌晨2时03分。

为利有情,诸佛示现种种殊胜化身。诸佛色身,皆为悲、智、力之圆满体现。众生心识未驯,势必经历情绪高低起伏;然而,无论面对快乐、悲伤、失落、满足、困惑或空虚,我们皆祈请诸佛降临护佑。

伟大的智慧化身多杰雄登,既然您已经看透了我等之本质,请将我等紧拥入怀,视为独子般守护。

尽管诸佛化身并不希求我们的供养和赠馈,请让我们为至高无上的文殊多杰雄登您献上一坛热茶、熏香和心咒,祈求您给予我等加持,成为我等生命中的一部分,常伴随我等左右。

无论吉凶祸福,请为我等显示各种征兆、提示和迹象。恶事降临时,立刻将之平息。我将希望托付于您,请为我疲惫和伤痕累累的心增添正面能量。

在面对困境、难题和困惑时,我们祈求集一切威力、殊胜和遍知于一身的您,恩赐我、家庭、亲人、环境,甚至宠物予殊胜的加持。愿我获得智慧、找到希望并安住于详和。

我祈求您——头戴圆顶帽,身穿藏红三法衣的殊胜护法多杰雄登;请您一手挥舞解脱、正义和智慧之宝剑,一手捧握如意宝,骑着那能征服一切违缘的至尊雪狮,前来成就我的心愿。我知己所求并非圆满,故愿意臣服于您智慧的决定,即便它不尽符合我所愿。请加持我等一切众生,让我们等登无上解脱之城。

伟大的护法多杰雄登,我真诚祈求您成为我生命中的一部分,护佑我的家庭,赐予我智慧、安适和慰藉,好让我可以不求回报地奉献他人,从此重视他人而不再只顾自己而为自己所爱的人制造更多问题。

请给予我加持,让我变得更仁慈,富有智慧、慈悲和宽容,能包容一切伤害我和爱我的人。为了更贴近您,多杰雄登,我等必须放下平庸,摒弃固有看法、投射和停止固步自封。在我离开人世的那一刻,唯有曾经的善行才是重要的,一切的人、事、物终究都必须放下。愿我对此有所觉悟,当下就展开行动!在这关键时刻,请让我亲睹您,强大和仁慈的多杰雄登;请引领我迈向该前往的方向,延续光明的修行道路。

让我为您献上藏红色的茶和虔敬之心,请圆满我的祈愿,赐予我悉地。透过持诵您的心咒,祈愿疗愈、详和、爱、长寿、庇佑和空性正见皆得以生起。

满愿、详和与智慧心咒:
嗡班杂维基毗札那娑哈
(以上心咒每天最好能持诵至少108遍。偶尔参加闭关,每年累积持诵至少十万遍心咒。)

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  1. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 1:31 am

    This is such a wonderful change. People who take the time to research and think logically about the Dorje Shugden issue can easily see past the prejudice. I am seeing more and more of this shift away from blind hatred of an ancient and holy practice that has been maligned. Very happy for Suzy.

    Here’s the link to Suzy’s comment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4&t=11s

    Suzy

  2. Alice Tay on Jan 31, 2017 at 12:03 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this powerful short prayer to Dorje Shugden.

    Some of the people said Dorje Shugden is a demon/devil and therefore if we practice Dorje Shugden, it is equivalent to the worship of demon. Nevertheless, if Dorje Shugden is really a demon, this short prayer to Dorje Shugden may not has the phrases to bless everyone to enter into the supreme city of liberation and ask for the blessing to become kinder, wiser, more compassionate and many more other good qualities.

    May Manjushri and Dorje Shugden bless everyone to illuminate their ignorance and increase wisdom to see the truth.

  3. Samfoonheei on Jan 16, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Beautiful and powerful short prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Rinpoche. This prayer is short yet very powerful and easy to understand, visualize suitable for all us and for those who are new to Tibetan Buddhism.Thank you Rinpoche for this beautiful and powerful prayer.May Rinpoche always healthy to continue teachings and guiding us all.

  4. Stella Cheang on Jan 16, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us this very beautifully composed prayer to Dorje Shugden. The prayer abridge the complete path to enlightenment complete with the powerful holy mantra Om Benza Wiki Bitana Soha. May Datin MJ and everyone who recites this daily be blessed on their spiritual journey and their faith in Dorje Shugden grow forever more.

  5. Harold Musetescu on Jan 15, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Hello Rinpoche

    This link will take you to a thangka of Dorje Shugden and Vajrapani.

    https://dorjeshugdenimagelibrary.wordpress.com/photo-gallery/buddha-vajrapani-and-dorje-shugden/

  6. Harold Musetescu on Jan 13, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Hello Rinpoche

    If we can now see Dorje Shugden as Buddha Vajrapani as per the Sera Monastery tradition what does that mean?

    It appears to mean that we can now see the wrathful emanation of “Trakze” in a new and different light. Trakze is seen as wrathful Dorje Shugden riding on a “Garuda”. Can Trakze now be seen as “Buddha Vajrapani Dorje Shugden” riding of “Buddha Vajrapani Black Garuda”?

    You have given teachings on Lama Zopa’s ” Fire Sword of Black Garuda” practice.
    Please google “PDF Black Garuda FPMT” to see the actual practice. It starts with “NAMO GURU VAJRAPANIYI” which is “Homage to Guru Vajrapani”. It states in this practice “(Look at Black Garuda with the understanding and devotion that this is actually Buddha)……”. This indicates that this practice is to be seen as a “Buddha Vajrapani” practice.

    If you wish to see Dorje Shugden as “Buddha Manjushri” that is perfectly fine. You can also now see Dorje Shugden as “Buddha Vajrapani” as per the 18th century Sera Monastery tradition that was followed by the 2nd Reting Rinpoche, Serkong Dorje Chang and the monks of Sera Monastery.

    With that in mind you can now practice “Trakze” as “Buddha Vajrapani Dorje Shugden” riding on “Buddha Vajrapani Black Garuda”. You can now see “Trakze” as two “Buddha Vajrapani’s” in one.

    What do you think of all of this Tsem Tulku?

    Can “Trakze” now be seen as two “Buddha Vajrapani’s” combined into one?

  7. Harold Musetescu on Jan 13, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Hello Rinpoche

    This is further to my reply about Dorje Shugden is an emanation Buddha Vajrapani.

    Please google “PDF His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche – Dorje Shugden”.

    On page 3 below the wrathful photo of Dorje Shugden you will read,”Part of a praise written by Serkong Dorje Chang says:….YOU ARE VAJRAPANI, DORJE SHUGDEN I CONSECRATE YOU, THE POWERFUL ONE LIKE VAJRAPANI,THE PROTECTOR OF TSONGKAHAPS’S TEACHINGS”.

    This is further proof of the Sera Monastery tradition of the 18th century the holds that Dorje Shugden is Vajrapani.

    I hope you find this interesting.

  8. Pastor Han Nee on Jan 9, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    This beautiful prayer is simple at first glance but is full of depth and profundity. We invoke the wisdom, compassion and skillful means of Dorje Shugden to help us whose minds are untrained and full of confusion. We request his blessings for wealth,peace and protection.
    As we pray for his blessings and help, we also surrender to his wisdom “for the outcome though it may not be what we have in mind”.

    We ask that we may “see wisdom, find hope and be at peace”, and that we may “become kinder, wiser, more compassionate, tolerant and very forgiving to all those who hurt and love us”. We ask most importantly that in our final moments that the powerful and merciful Dorje Shugden will take us to where we may continue our spiritual journey toward peace and enlightenment.

    Reciting the sacred and powerful Mantra of Dorje Shugden -Om Benza Wiki Bitana Soha – will bring us ultimate fulfilment, peace and healing, love, long life, protection and wisdom.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this beautiful and powerful prayer.

  9. Echeah on Jan 8, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this lovely prayer to Dorje Shugden. We remind ourselves that the range of emotions we feel everyday is due to our untrained mind. Our praises and offerings to Dorje Shugden is not that he needs them but out of compassion, he allows us to create merit. We usually present a list of requirements and wishes for things that we think will make us happy, but we remind ourselves that we should instead have a higher purpose as those things will have no use for us when we eventually pass. It would be more worthwhile to request help to cultivate our minds and develop attainments. May this be our daily prayer. _/\_

  10. Harold Musetescu on Jan 6, 2017 at 2:45 am

    Hello Rinpoche

    Were you aware that His Holiness Serkong Dorje Chang, Sera Monastery and the 2nd Reting Rinpoche (1759-1815) considered Dorje Shugden and emanation of the Buddha Vajrapani?

    Yes that’s correct, starting in the 18th century Dorje Shugden was worshipped as an emanation of Vajrapani. Long, long, before our contemporary times were he is considered an emanation of Manjushri.

    To find out more please google “Varjapani and Dorje Shugden” or go to http://www.dorjeshugdenhistory.com/among-shugden-texts-summary.html or http://www.dorjeshugdenhistory.com/among-shugden-texts-1759.html.

    Or you also can check with the 7th Panglung Kuten whom you have so kindly given a permanent home to. While he is in trance Kache Marpo can tell you if H.H. Serkong Dorje Chang, the 2nd Reting Rinpoche and Sera Monastery believed Dorje Shugden to be an emanation of Buddha Vajrapani.

    Here are some quotes from dorjeshugdenhistory.com. “Reting Rinpoche asked Dragri Gyatso Thaye to write the FIRST Gelug Long Ritual (Kangso) for Dorje Shugden….The Sera (Monastery) tradition of recognizing Dorje Shugden as Vajrapani continued through the Rituals of the Sera Tantric College….Finally Serkong Dorje Chang of Ganden Monastery seems to have written his Kangso in view of the tradition recognizing him as Vajrapani…..Not only was Dorje Shugden recognized as Avalokiteshvara and Vajrapani but he was recognized as Manjushri as well. This tradition is the most popular in contemporary times….”.

    Why does the 14th Dalai Lama and the CTA continue with their lies that Dorje Shugden is and “Unenlightened Being”? Since the 18th century there is documented evidence to show that Dorje Shugden was considered the recognized emanation of Buddha Vajrapani.

    For over 400 years Dorje Shugden has been seen by great Buddhist Tulku’s as being either the emanation of Avalokiteshvara, Vajrapani and most recently as Manjushri. All are Buddhas from whom Dorje Shugden is an emanation except in the eyes of the Dalai Lama and the CTA who continue to deny what their own history books show.

    Dalai Lama STOP LYING. CTA STOP LYING.

    I think your world wide readership would find this a excellent full article from you and you staff.

    Have a happy 2017 Rinpoche.

    From Harold and the Tengyeling Oracle

  11. graceleong on Jan 5, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    ** I understand my wishes may not be the best, so I surrender to your wisdom for the outcome though it may not be what I have in mind **

    This is so true. The mind plays tricks and coupled with all the perceptions it’s almost impossible to know what is “right ” for us. Having faith and propitiating Dorje Shugden”s guidance and help will lead us to a higher goal, something our current state of mind may not sense regularly.

    Thank you Rinpoche for your wisdom and compassion. With folded hands .

  12. Wei Theng on Jan 4, 2017 at 12:32 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for composing this powerful short prayer that suit the modern people who may not understand the wrathful visualization of tantric imagery and offerings in other prayers.

    Although this prayer is short, it contains the Three Principle Paths and completion of the path which are put in modern terms and language so that it is easier for us, especially the new practitioners, to understand, visualize and set our motivation properly.

    I am extremely happy that the Chinese version is also available! This would be very good for those who does not understand English!

    Thank you so much Rinpoche for finding all ways for many people to be connected with Lord Shugden, the emanation of Buddha of Wisdom. Thank you to Datin MJ too.

  13. Anne Ong on Oct 27, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for composing this very blessed,powerful and beautiful Dorje Shugden prayer to benefit everyone. It is very suitable and convenient for people who are extremely busy. Really wonderful. _/\_

  14. Lin Mun on Sep 23, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this powerful and beautiful prayers to Dorje Shugden. It is because of your kindness that we get to know this great Dharma protector.

    May more people are able to practise Dorje Shugden and that the discrimination on the practitioners be stop.

  15. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 15, 2016 at 12:36 am

    Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa, Tibet

    Over 400 years ago a great and learned lama Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was famed in Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal and China for being very saintly and compassionate. He resided in his residence (Zimkhang Gongma Ladrang) in Drepung Monastery. His root guru was H.H. the Omniscient 4th Panchen Lama and his close dharma brother was the 5th Dalai Lama.

    The 5th Dalai Lama and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen had a very close and dharmic relationship and often went to receive teachings together from the 4th Panchen Lama. They were close in age. They both became very learned and well known. During this time, the Dalai Lama was enthroned as a Dharma King of Tibet. But more people went to see Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen for teachings, initiations and divinations. This made the attendants of the 5th Dalai Lama feel threatened that Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s fame might usurp the power of the 5th Dalai Lama. So they had a khata forced down his throat. At that moment, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen dissolved his psychic winds and generated the wish to be a great guardian of Buddha and Tsongkapa’s teachings. As his consciousness dissolved, he entered ‘bardo’ as a dharma protector of the highest order (jikten depey sungma). Many signs were seen throughout Lhasa at this time and the earth was said to have shaken in Lhasa. This event was already predicted to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s previous incarnation when he was one of the 8 main disciples of Lord Tsongkapa the Supreme Master and he served Tsongkapa directly by building Gaden Monastery.

    When the 5th Dalai Lama heard what his scheming and power-hungry attendants had done, he was very distressed. He was very sorry Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was murdered and dishonored as he was a great dharma master. The 5th Dalai Lama composed an apology to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. In Lhasa, tens of thousands gathered for the cremation of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s holy body. During the cremation, the 5th Dalai Lama’s apology was read out at which flames spontaneously arose from the body of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen commencing the cremation. From the body, during cremation, a powerful whirlwind of smoke tunneled into the sky for all to see as this was an indication Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s consciousness has arisen as the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. The Dharma Protector Setrap immediately recognized this new protector Dorje Shugden and ‘enthroned’ him as a powerful Dharma Protector in the realm of the Buddhas. From this, Setrap and Dorje Shugden are closely connected and very close working hand in hand always. After the cremation, the great 5th Dalai Lama built a Dorje Shugden chapel on the spot the cremation took place and named it Trode Khangsar. The 5th Dalai Lama commissioned the statue of Dorje Shugden in this chapel and had monks installed in the chapel to do continuous propitiations to Dorje Shugden. Trode Khangsar Chapel was a commemoration to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who was wronged and also a celebration of his consciousness arising as the World Peace Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    This Trode Khangsar Chapel still exists now in Lhasa where many make pilgrimages there. It is in good condition and was recently renovated. It is over 400 years old and a testimony to the respect the Great 5th Dalai Lama had to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who arose as Dorje Shugden.

    I have visited this holy chapel in Lhasa years back. I’ve never heard of it till I was in Lhasa and by chance, I was told about it which I was happy to visit. I could not find the place but strangely a bunch of pilgrims from Amdo told me they would show me how to get there in Lhasa.

    This short video is a short clip of this holy Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa today commemorating Dorje Shugden, built by the great 5th Dalai Lama. The great 5th Dalai Lama even composed a prayer to Dorje Shugden which is still available today and we can recite to invoke the blessings, protection, and assistance of World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    Tsem Rinpoche


    Read more: Trode Khangsar – A 400-year-old Dorje Shugden Chapel in Lhasa
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/trode-khangsar-%E2%80%93-a-400-year-old-dorje-shugden-chapel-in-lhasa.html

    Short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTybDwTeLAM

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    The 5th Dalai Lama’s Prayer to Dorje Shugden

    HUM
    Though unmoving from the sphere of primordial spontaneity,
    With wrathful turbulent power, swifter than lightning,
    Endowed with heroic courage to judge good and bad,
    I invite you with faith, please come to this place!

    Robes of a monk, crown adorned with rhinoceros leather hat,
    Right hand holds ornate club, left holds a human heart,
    Riding various mounts such as nagas and garudas,
    Who subdues the mamos of the charnel grounds, praise to you!

    Samaya substances, offerings and torma, outer, inner and secret,
    Favourite visual offerings and various objects are arranged.
    Although, previously, my wishes were a bit dense,
    Do not stop your powerful apparitions, I reveal and confess!

    Now respectfully praising with body, speech, and mind,
    For us, the masters, disciples, benefactors and entourages,
    Provide the good and avert the bad!
    Bring increase like the waxing moon in spiritual and temporal realms!

    Moreover, swiftly accomplishing all wishes,
    According to our prayers, bestow the supreme effortlessly!
    And like the jewel that bestows all wishes,
    Always protect us with the Three Jewels!

    From: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/the-5th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden

    Tibetan prayer from: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-14th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html

  16. Cynthia Ng on Jul 2, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you Rinpoche composed this beautiful and meaningful short Protector Dorje Shugden Prayer for everyone.

    It is flexible and convenient for everyone to do Dorje Shugden prayer with their busy hour. At the same time still have the opportunity to connect to powerful Dorje Shugden.

    Thank you Rinpoche always spread dharma to suit people needs and benefits every sentient beings in this modern day.

  17. timmi wally on Feb 16, 2016 at 6:36 am

    a very beautiful and special prayer to the wonderful protector Bhagawan Dorje Shugden

  18. shane jayasuriya on Jan 23, 2016 at 12:05 am

    Beautiful Prayer..Thank you Rinpoche. May you be happy peaceful and well..May you have long life to turn the wheel of the dharma in this world.._/\_

  19. mima on Sep 15, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Beautiful practical prayer Thank you so much Rinpoche!

  20. chhimi on Sep 7, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    I want in tibetan the serkim soelkha for Dorji Shukden and from where to acquire a statue of Dorji Shukden. My phone No. 00 975 17 62 19 14. Thanks.

  21. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 11, 2015 at 4:32 am

    Rinpoche always helps people to practice the dharma, and for the more busy people Rinpoche makes adjustment and creates prayers and practices that suit those with very busy lifestyles. I rejoice for everyone who will be benefitted from Rinpoche’s works.

  22. yikming on Apr 20, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Guru,

    Thank you for this short prayer in times of our sometimes hectic samsaric activities. Thanks you for your teaching & guidance and i will not forget my promise to you.

    regards,
    yikming

  23. Kevin W on Apr 4, 2015 at 4:13 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for composing this personal Dorje Shugden prayer.

    Everyday, I do 2 Dorje Shugden’s prayers.

    Rinpoche’s composed version and immediately after that, the whole Dorje Shugden’s Puja from the book with tea offerings.

    Rinpoche’s composed version feels more natural and has the personal feel when the prayers are said to Bhagawan Dorje Shugden.

    Thank you Rinpoche.

  24. Li Kheng on Mar 20, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    This is such a beautiful prayer, which is a manifestation of the kindness and patience of our Guru who “personalizes” the practice to our daily life and routine. Although the prayer has been condensed, it is still complete and potent with all the blessings of the 3 Jewels. This reiterates the great importance of a Guru because only he has the wisdom and skill to adapt the teachings of Lord Buddha to the 21st century needs.

    I hope the busy spiritual seekers of this era would grab this opportunity and begin their practice with this concise prayer and experience the vast benefits of Dorje Shugden’s practice both on a secular and spiritual level.

  25. Ron Wong on Mar 20, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this short but complete prayer to Dorje Shugden. I will download it for my daughter to recite daily.

    With folded hands.

  26. Pastor Chia on Mar 19, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Read through this beautiful praise to lord Dorje Shugden, make it easy for many people get understand him better,gain faith and aspiring by hisdivine ability to developing generosity,ethics,patience,good morality,meditative concentration, and wisdom. Thank you rinpoche kindness to compose this praise to lord Dorje Shugden.

  27. antoinette on Mar 18, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank You for composing this prayer and sharing it with all of us.

    Our untrained mind and all the unbalanced emotions bring us to states where we don’t focus out to benefit others. We need Dorje Shugden’s wisdom to increase the positive.

    We can rely fully on Dorje Shugden as He will guide us to the supreme, to liberation.

    Only the positive will matter when we leave this plane of existence. This is something to remember everyday. Everything else we will leave behind and is empty.

    With folded hands

  28. Khoo on Mar 18, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for composing this beautiful short prayer to Dorje Shugden. This is definitely easier for us beginners to engage in the practise of Dorje Shugden. The additional explanations also make us easy to understand the meaning of the prayer easier.

    Thank you Rinpoche,

    Khoo

  29. Pastor Gim Lee on Mar 18, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    This short prayer to Dorje Shugden by Rinpoche contains all the Dharma teachings we need for our spiritual path and it is written so beautifully!

    It is very suitable for busy modern people. I have shared it with our new people so that they too can be connected and be protected by World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    Thank you Rinpoche for your great compassion to compose this prayer and for always thinking of our benefits.

    With folded hands,
    Pastor Gim Lee

  30. Pastor Henry Ooi on Mar 18, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    A beautifully composed prayer for people who don’t or can’t ‘find’ time. It’s short and handy yet complete for people on the go or those who travel a lot and for those who are new. Thank you, Rinpoche.

    • Pastor Henry Ooi on Jan 3, 2017 at 8:26 am

      May Buddha Lord Shugden protect us and grant us our wishes 🙏 _()_

  31. DR on Mar 18, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    When we recite the prayer of praise to Dorje Shugden, we know that we are addressing Manjushri’s immense qualities and thus develop and increase our faith and confidence in him by calling him to mind. It is very beneficial and meaningful. This is the most precious devotional prayer to our Dharma Protector for us because it was composed by our Root Teacher and due to our close affinity to our teacher, it is more efficacious. Thank you Rinpoche for composing this prayers for us.

  32. nicholas on Mar 18, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for composing such great prayer. This concise prayer will benefits a lot of new people as it’s straight forward and easy to understand. At this time due to our delusion and negative karma some may not even have the chance to meet this great protector but with Rinpoche’s blog, Rinpoche make the protector prayer simpler and concise for many people to be able to connect to Dorje Shugden easier.

    Thank you Rinpoche again for this precious prayer and may more people able to connect with Dorje Shugden and bring them great assistant towards their dharma practice.

  33. pammie yap on Mar 18, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, such a beautiful prayer to Bhagwan Dorje Shugden! Thank you Rinpoche!
    I especially love this part of the prayer.

    “When difficulties, problems and confusion arise, we ask you, who is but the culmination of all that is powerful, holy and omniscient to bless myself, family, loved ones, environment and even my pets. May I see wisdom, find hope, and be at peace.”

    May all who recite this beautiful prayers and His mantras be like the above.

  34. wijaya on Mar 17, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Do you know Khenpo Tsutrim Namdak Rinpoche ?

  35. Oya on Mar 17, 2015 at 7:46 am

    “We invoke upon them whether we are happy, sad, down, lost, fulfilled, confused, empty, and during the whole range of emotions we constantly experience due to an untrained mind.” Thank you Rinpoche ~ outstanding ~ and so beneficial for so many

  36. Julia Tan on Mar 17, 2015 at 1:04 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for composing such a beautiful prayer. In the prayer, every request to Lord Dorje Shugden covers everything we need to again enlightenment. All these are definitely what we need everyday. This is not only a prayer but a teaching too. This prayer reminded whoever that read it, have to contemplate on the root of our own problems. a Simple yet profound prayer. I love this prayer so much.

    Thank you Rinpoche. may millions read this prayer and make it as their daily sadhana.

  37. Keng nam on Mar 15, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this composition. For one who claims to be ‘short’ of time, this is a welcomed tool for daily protection and progress in the spiritual path

  38. Tek Lee on Mar 13, 2015 at 2:35 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the Dorje Shugden prayer. This prayer is very beautiful. May them who pratice, be blessed and be benefited. With folded hands and deep from my heart, thank you Rinpoche.

  39. Shelly Tai on Mar 11, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Dear Rinpoche thank you for this beautiful prayer I love it no doubt it is short but very meaningful after reading it feel bless and very happy.

  40. Pastor Han Nee on Mar 11, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for this lovely and short and perfect prayer to Dorje Shugden. There is such depth behind each word of prayer, request and aspiration here. It trains us to focus outward, to surrender all our wishes and our problems to the wisdom of Manjushri Dorje Shugden, and to abide in faith in the Three Jewels and in love , kindness and care for all.

    I have downloaded and started to recite this prayer and have urged others to do likewise.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, from the depths of my heart.

  41. Phng Keng Boon on Mar 10, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    A very, simple yet beautiful prayer for DS 🙂

    Thank you for sharing this, Rinpoche.

  42. Joolee on Mar 10, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche.

  43. Candice Loke on Mar 9, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Dear Tsem Rinpoche,

    Thank you so much for taking up your precious time to compose this daily DS prayer!
    May DS practice spread to ten direction and benefits many sentient beings.
    With folded hands, I wish you long life with good health, may all your good wishes come true, may Kechara grow bigger to benefit as many beings as possible!

    Thank you thank you thank you!

  44. Lourdes Metz on Mar 9, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    In reference the practice of Dorje Shugden, would I need a direct transmission and/or initiation?

    I feel the need to cleanse my home from negative energies and misfortunes that we’ve been having lately.

    We have neighbors who I may call energy vampires. They take away everything we do in our home to keep it cleansed from impurities and negativity, however, these neighbors are very negative, noise makers, and always fighting with each other causing loudness around and close to us. We can’t move because our lease will not expire until August of this year.

    I have received initiation and transmission directly from HH Sakya Trizin on Vajrayogini and my question is, whom from them, Dorje Shugden and Vajrayogini, would be more powerful in guiding me and removing all these obstacles that we have at the moment?

    Please advise.

    In the Dharma,
    Lourdes Metz
    (Kunga Chodrin – name given to me by HH Sakya Trizin)

  45. Edwin Tan on Mar 9, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    The prayers is so beautiful. As Rinpoche mentioned, it does not have the graphic imagery of wrathful offerings or visualisation..so this prayers makes it easier to understanding without explanations.

    Rinpoche’s love to Dorje Shugden and to Datin MJ can be seen in this wonderful short prayers.

    Thank you for sharing with us.

  46. Mark O'Neil on Mar 9, 2015 at 3:17 am

    Thank you Rinpoche! Such an inspiring prayer! In the NKT we are taught that Dorje Shugden is The Wisdom Buddha. Can you substitute Wisdom Buddha for unfamiliar terms like ‘Bhagavan’ when you recite this prayer?

    • tsemtulku on Mar 9, 2015 at 5:59 am

      Dear Mark O’Neil,

      What you are taught in NKT is absolutely correct. Dorje Shugden is a Wisdom Buddha for sure.

      All the great lamas of the past including Nyingma, Sakya and Gelug Lamas have all said Dorje Shugden is emanation of Avalokitesvara or Vajrapani and Manjushri. The point is he is all as he is enlightened. But all these great masters conclude he is one Buddha or another Buddha, which one does not matter in the end.

      Many of our mantras, prayers, sadhanas are from the Sanskrit language directly or indirectly. The names of the Buddhas are also in Sanskrit for example Vajra Yogini. In this ancient Indian script Bhagawan would mean something supreme or supremely divine beings (An epithet for God, In Buddhism’s Pali scriptures, the term is used with Gautama Buddha, referring to him as Bhagavān Buddha (translated with the phrase ‘Lord Buddha’ or ‘The Blessed One’) The term Bhagavān is also found in other Theravadin, Mahayana and Tantric Buddhist texts. Bhagavān is generally translated as Lord or God. But not in a Judeo-Christian sense of God). Addressing Dorje Shugden as Bhagawan would mean he is a supremely high being (Buddha) and the highest of the high. It is honorific. Therefore it is an honorific title to Dorje Shugden from deep respect.

      If you wish to substitute it with Wisdom Buddha, of course you may. Prayers are from the sincere heart and Dorje Shugden listens to sincerity more than words. 🙂

      I wish you well. Tsem Rinpoche

  47. Patsy on Mar 8, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for your care and kindness to compose this short yet powerful prayers of Dorje Shugden. It is very useful for the many to come to recite this prayer and connect to Dorje Shugden. May all those who recite this prayer receive great blessings.

  48. Datuk May on Mar 8, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    A beautiful prayer, may Datin MJ be blessed by Dorje Shugden and whoever that will recite this beautiful words.

    May the world be able now to say prayers to Dorje Shugden which is short, beautiful and meaningful.

  49. Sofi on Mar 8, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Thank you so much Rinpoche for this prayer. As I read thru the words, it seems to resonate with what I currently need so much, at this very moment. It helped calm my mind n settle my thoughts. I am going to incorporate this prayer in my sadhana in a few minutes. May this prayer reach the masses to bring blessings of peace n understanding. Thank you _/\_

  50. So Kin Hoe (Ipoh) on Mar 7, 2015 at 12:48 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness and compassion by composing and sharing the short, precise and powerful prayer to Dorje Shugden. May those who are stuck within the hectic life, be blessed and given protection by Dorje Shugden upon reciting the prayer and mantra of Dorje Shugden. I pray for all sentient beings to be awaken from ignorance through the wisdom granted by Dorje Shugden, who is the emanation of Manjushri.

  51. Lum kok Luen on Mar 7, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Thank you Rinpoche. This is really beautifull. Thank you again

  52. Lum kok Luen on Mar 6, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    thank you Rinpoche. Thank you for the kindness for sharing this wonderful prayer.

  53. Low KHJB on Mar 6, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for your compassion in sharing the holy short prayer to Dorje Shugden with us.
    May all those who have a chance to recite this holy prayer be blessed and protected by Dorje Shugden. “OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA “

  54. Pema Thinley on Mar 6, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    when i recite it i could feel the strong positive energy in my heart and whole body, it is so powerful and touching prayer you composed for us Rinpoche, Thank you so much and i dedicate all the merits for your long live Rinpoche _/\_

  55. Christine Shanghai on Mar 6, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing the short prayer to DS. I have saved it in my Kindle and printed out one copy for my office. Will pray daily.

    I have a DS tsa tsa in office besides the Green Tara statue which was one of Rinpoche’s personal collection I invited a few years ago in KL. Everyday in office, I prepare a cup of black tea for DS and recite the mantra of DS and Green Tara. Many colleagues said my office is very cosy and comfortable. I believe it’s the positive energy DS and Tara brought in.

    In daily work, we all have to face all kinds of situations, problem, good and bad. It doesn’t mean as long as I have put these Buddha statues in the office, there won’t be any trouble but only good news. That’s not true. But, whenever challenging situation comes, I pray that I can make the decision for the benefit for more people and for the long term. Even a current “bad” news could be the beginning of a good path in the near future. And so far all things worked out pretty good. I believe as long as we hold the right faith, DS and other Buddha will guide us and protect us and bring us the success that we need to benefit more people.

    All these years we pray DS at home, things are only getting better. We have changed a lot and we are becoming better person every day. How can DS be evil? I believe my Guru and my Guru’s Guru…all these great masters. Isn’t that quite naive / silly to deny their practise / belief? Let’s be logical.

    _()_
    Christine

  56. Calvin Thum (Penang) on Mar 6, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for composing this daily prayer for Datin MJ in order for it to be shared around the world. May all be benefits from this.

    Cheers.

    • Jacinta Goh on Mar 6, 2015 at 1:40 pm

      Yes, Calvin …. Due to the request by Datin, we have this prayer of Lord Dorje Shugden which is easier to comprehend and excellent for those who are busy. Thank you so much.

      I have recited this prayer as well when I was reading this for the very first time just now. May this prayer benefits many beings and may it be a cause for Rinpoche to have long life and stable health. Thank you Rinpoche.

  57. Kenny Wong Kwok Jing on Mar 6, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I will disseminate this precious prayers to people I come across who is interested in DS… thank you for sharing.

  58. Uncle Eddie on Mar 6, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    On behalf of all Dorje Shugden practioners, may I express my heartfelt thanks for your wonderful and precious composition of this beautiful short prayer for Dorje Shugden. You have not only so rightfully expressed our thoughts, but brillantly took the words out of our mouth! Being with Rinpoche, we should know by now that Rinpoche has and will never forget any kindnesses he has ever received from anyone, especially our Dharma protectors, and is ever determined to pay-back by becoming highly spiritually evolved to be of service to benefit others. May Rinpoche be blessed with a healthy long life to continously focus his desire in benefitting all living beings. With folded hands, I gratefully thank you once again, Rinpoche. Om mani Padme Hung.

  59. [email protected] on Mar 6, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Great Prayer Rinpoche thank You.
    Laghen Champa Togme Claudio. Cipullo

  60. Choo Weng Loong on Mar 6, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this short & easy prayer that will benefit lots of working people who are short of time

  61. Sharon Ong on Mar 6, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Rinpoche’s compassion and concern for our spiritual well being are some of the things that I love and am truly grateful for. Thank you with folded and gratitude in my heart for this prayer. It is excellent for busy people and the modern language is easy to understand.

  62. Lily Tan on Mar 6, 2015 at 7:20 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for allowing this holy prayer to be readily available to the masses. May all who recites this prayer receive its incredible blessings.

  63. sandra on Mar 6, 2015 at 5:42 am

    Thank you Rinpoche as always. Manjushri is a must for me I figure. It is like what you have said before that, Manjushri is more important than food. I will incorporate this prayer in my prayers.

  64. tsemtulku on Mar 6, 2015 at 5:28 am

    Dear sincere practitioners,

    This is a recent composition I have done which is a daily short prayer to Dorje Shugden. It contains the Three Principle Paths and completion of the path but in modern terms and language. This prayer will not have the graphic imagery of wrathful offerings, wrathful sensory offerings and wrathful visualization as many new people may not understand. Tantric imagery and offerings require explanation. This prayer is necessary for today’s time and mode of thinking.

    I hope we can get this into Chinese language very soon as there are many Chinese speaking people here in our region.

    This prayer is something you can offer all new comers to recite daily combined with Black Tea (serkym) and mantra. Just this prayer and mantra would be effective too.

    I hope this will benefit many. My motivation is to plant the seeds of Manjushri for now and the future to as many beings karmically ready as I can.

    Tsem Rinpoche

    • Cheng See on Mar 6, 2015 at 9:06 am

      Thank you Rinpoche for composing and sharing this meaningful and beautiful prayer. The words in this prayer somewhat magically makes me feel peaceful and happy. Thank Rinpoche with folded hands.

    • ines afonso on Mar 6, 2015 at 9:26 pm

      thanks , thanks ,thanks !!!!

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  • Alice Tay
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 10:01 PM
    This is really great news for having SFS campaign to help the stray dogs. Other than to urge and educate the public to treat the stray dogs with compassionately, SFS campaign encourages for all quarters to work together to spay or neuter stray animals which is an effective method to control the amount of stray dogs. Indirectly, this may reduce the suffering of stray dogs from being abused or die because of starvation.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/stray-free-selangor.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 10:00 PM
    Good news finally Selangor becaome the first state free from stray dogs. With the support of the royalties and the Selangor Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) organised the campaign to make
    the state free of stray dogs and create the awareness of compassionate love towards stray animals.They are working work towards a radical change,thats a worderful news.
    Well ,do hope more states will follow Selangor to replace the inhumane way of dealing with stray animals too.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful news.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/stray-free-selangor.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 05:29 PM
    These iconographically correct Buddha images set in precious gemstones are one of its kind and unique in every sense of the word. And the designs are versatile to suit any apparels and occasions, redefining the Buddhist sense of fashion in a big way. Thank you, Rinpoche and Louise for this sharing. I hope the pendants will bring protections to the wearer and connections to the Buddha to those who admire it by sight.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/timeless-and-sacred.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 03:29 PM
    Very inspiring true story of a monk…Master Xuyun after going through many hardships and illness to pursue what he wanted to be. What he did was amazing travelling in harsh conditions to so many places just to preach chinese buddhism from one country to another. Master Xuyun has spent his entired life devoted to the Dharma,During the war many monasteries and holy sites was destroyed but somehow Master Xuyun managed to restore once again.Because of him ,those monasteries and holy sites were till today. He was a household name at that time and have inspired many modern spiritual seeker to strive along the path towards enlightenment.
    Thank you Pastor Adeline Woon for such an interesting and inspiring article.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/empty-cloud.html#tabs-7
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 11:47 AM
    It is ironic that Dalai Lama would have given a remarks to discourage country such as Germany to accept refugees and that refugees should return to homeland and to build the country. I think this is really a callous statement to be mentioned. Dalai Lama being the Tibetan Buddhist leader should portray compassion and extending help to those in need. All these refugees are running away for their life because their own country is not safe to stay anymore. Just like what Tibetan has encountered in the late 1950s.

    This kind of contrary statement is also very obvious in the Dorje Shugden ban. Dorje Shugden have been practised by many high lamas since 400 years ago and also by Dalai Lama’s Guru but it is ban by Tibetan leadership.

    Dalai Lama is a high lama and is believed to be the emanation of Chenrezig. Although his statements were contrary sometimes but I believe he would have the reason that we may not understand yet. Hopefully all the issues would be resolve in peace.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/dalai-lama-says-too-many-refugees-in-europe.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 12:34 AM
    Wonderful good news to learn about this first of its kind progressive campaign to help the stray animals in Malaysia by the Sultan and Permaisuri of Selangor. While stray animals can be a nuisance to the public at large but bear in mind, the strays do not have a choice, and we have a role to play. Neutering strays is a humane and compassionate ways of resolving the program of stray animals in the long run because it largely reduces the numbers of strays on the streets. Neutering and proving proper shelters to strays can prevent thousands of animals from being born, only to suffer and struggle to survive on the streets, be abused by cruel or neglectful people, or be euthanized inhumanely. I have read somewhere that says spaying and neutering makes a big difference: Just one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce an incredible 370,000 kittens!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/stray-free-selangor.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 12:15 AM
    Humans and animals, as well as other sentient beings within the six realms of samsara, are subjected to the law of cyclic of existence. Karma or generally known as the law of cause and effect will determine where we take our next rebirth. It is extremely rare for sentient beings to take the form of a human body and in perfect condition. Hence we must not let this precious lifetime go to waste by indulging in silly actions and harmful ways. If we are born in the animals realms or lower, there is close to zero way for us to collect merits and get out of that realm.

    From the stories above, I find the story about Dalawong most unusual because he seemed to be able to determine the destination of his next rebirth after he was being killed as a snake. After he had taken rebirth in human form, he continued to remember the incident in his past life. Amazing!

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing these researches with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/do-animals-reincarnate-back-as-humans.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 09:42 PM
    If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 03:50 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article about tsa tsa. Didn’t know there are many steps and holy materials used in making a tsa tsa. In addition, the maker of tsa tsa would need to do prayer in the morning depending of what tsa tsa they are making on the day, for example, the maker will do Dorje Shugden practise before making Dorje Shugden tsa tsa.

    Only by knowing the process, we will appreciate the items more. Tsa tsa is a precious item.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/tsa-tsas-are-nice.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 09:28 AM
    Dalawong: A Child Recalls a Past Life as a Cobra in Thailand

    This case was actually researched by the late Francis Story, a British citizen who was fascinated with Buddhism and spent many years in Asia. He was also very interested in the topic of reincarnation and assisted Dr. Stevenson in investigating a number of very important reincarnation cases in Burma and Sri Lanka. Francis interviewed the subject of this case, a Thai boy named Dalowong, along with his father, mother and sister. He also had access to a pamphlet that was previously published regarding the case, which was also summarized in an article in the Bangkok Times.

    Dalawong actually claimed two past animal incarnations. He recalled a past lifetime as a deer, which he said was killed by a hunter. Subsequently, he stated he was reincarnated as a snake, more specifically, as a cobra.

    As the snake, Dalawong remembered that he was in a cave when two dogs entered and attacked him. A ferocious struggle ensued between the cobra and the dogs. The owner of the dogs then entered the cave and killed the snake. Apparently, the snake was able to bite the human invader on the shoulder, prior to succumbing to death.

    The human took the cobra’s body back home, where the snake was cooked for a meal. This man shared the snake meat with an acquaintance, who would become Dalawong’s father in the near future. The man who killed the cobra had the name Mr. Hiew.

    Read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/do-animals-reincarnate-back-as-humans.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 08:40 PM
    谢谢Paul Yap 为我们介绍马来西亚彭亨州文东必定参观的地方之一~克切拉禅修林。就如照片显示,克切拉禅修林的确是一个环境清幽、山明水秀以及令人有宁静舒适的感觉。

    如果有机会到马来西亚游玩,千万不要错过由Paul Yap介绍克切拉禅修林里的几个优美与神圣的地方,包括:
    1. 金泽”财王”
    2. 金刚瑜伽母佛塔
    3. 绿度母石雕像
    4. 药师佛山
    5. 梦幻文殊菩萨
    6. 詹仁波切的货柜屋
    7. 文殊山
    8. 智慧堂(释迦摩尼佛像和多杰雄登像)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 08:09 PM
    The sculpture of Kuan Yin in Macau is simple but elegant. Most importantly, this big Kuan Yin in Macau is built to bring peace, harmony and prosperity to the people.

    I remember Rinpoche mentioned before a big Buddha statue will have positive impact on the environment and plant the Buddha’s seeds in all sentient beings that not only humans but also including animals and many others. Therefore, the bigger Buddha statue the more beneficial to all sentient beings where they can see and be blessed by this big Buddha statue from far.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/kuan-yin-of-macau-city.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 03:29 PM
    Krishnan’s effort and hard work in contributing to the society is very inspiring. He is willing to let go of his high paying job to Switzerland and staying back in India to operate a soup kitchen for homeless. On top of that he is willing to accept the hardship of financial restraint every month in maintaining his service for the people living in the street. I hope his good work will bring more awareness and sponsors for him especially when CNN showed the video of his work and awarded him with top 10 CNN heroes.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/chef-turned-hero.html
  • 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

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
yesterday
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.
4 days 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
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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.
2 weeks 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
2 weeks 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
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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
2 weeks 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
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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
1 month 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!
1 month 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
2 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
2 months ago
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
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
3 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
Message to Tibetans in English
3 months ago
Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
3 months ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
4 months ago
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
4 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
4 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
4 months ago
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.
4 months ago
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
4 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
4 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
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
4 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
5 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
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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  • March 28, 2017 09:11
    Lia asked: If the ushnisha is actually supposed to be a bump, then do we change the visualization of the top knot and replace it with a bump covered in hair or do we keep the ushnisha as the thangkas show?
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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.
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