Transcript: Amitayus Sadhana practice

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 (March 20, 2012)

 

 

Dear sincere practitioners,

A few days ago I gave the initiation of Buddha Amitayus to a very ill young boy and group of people. I mentioned that day, those who are interested I will explain how to do the extremely short daily sadhana of Amitayus. I received some requests so last night I filmed an explanation of the short sadhana. For those who HAVE RECEIVED THE INITIATION by myself or another lama, may engage in this practice contained within the sadhana. Those without initiation and would like to practice I have explained how you may do so in the video.

For the benefit of people who are elderly and also do not have time, I did a light explanation with not too much details but enough for you to engage in a daily sadhana practice. Those of you who are in Kuala Lumpur and you are serious about the practice you may borrow the text from me. Just let my private office know. For those of you not in Kuala Lumpur you may order the text from the translator online (Dechen Ling press). I have provided the link below also.

It is my sincere wish that all of you gain the irreversible and supreme attainments of the Lord of Light Buddha Amitayus from my heart. May the virtues accumulated from my explanation further the growth of Buddha Dharma in the hearts of those karmically ready.

Much good wishes,

Tsem Rinpoche

 

 

Amitayus Practice by Tsem Rinpoche

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The altar setup

 

Amitayus initiation: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/amitayus-initiation-for-little-gabriel.html

Amitayus sadhana can be obtained here: http://www.dechenlingpress.org/main/products-page/digital-downloads/collection-of-amitayus-practices/

For those without initiation and would still like to engage in the practice, you can read the short prayer to Amitayus here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#amitayus

You can download a high resolution picture of Amitayus here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/archive/deitypics/highres/Amitayus.jpg

 


Transcript: Amitayus Practice by Tsem Rinpoche

Proofread by Antoinette Kass

A few days ago, at the request of some people, I had given the Buddha of Boundless Light Amitayus initiation. The initiation was intended as a blessing, for people but I did say that if people want to take this up as a practice, they can and I will give a short explanation and that’s what today is about. Some people have requested it and I am going to give a short explanation on the practice of Amitayus Buddha and I am going to do it without a lot of rituals because it is for common, ordinary people who perhaps don’t have the time for long rites and rituals. And also they can just focus on the meditations and the recitations.

There are many emanations of Buddha, who, if we invoke upon, meditate upon, and we do prayers to, they can eliminate problems such as obstructions to long life, disease, they definitely can help. If we have a long life free of disease, with a sound, clear mind, we can do so much to benefit others and ourselves.

When our life is constantly threatened by disease or disasters or shortness of life, it is a tremendous obstacle, to say the least, to our spiritual practice. To be born in a country that you are allowed to practice, to be near a teacher, to have heard about Buddha’s teachings, to be able to, in the comfort of your own home, practice to improve your mind, to gain awareness, to gain clarity, to gain wisdom, to gain knowledge is really, really a rare congregation of different environmental, physical causes all coming into play. Even hearing the Buddha’s name and having faith is a rare occasion.

So when we have gotten such a perfect human body, perfect – meaning, it is sound, is operable, you know we are not paralyzed or something, we have a sound mind, and slow or fast, it doesn’t matter, and we have an operable body and we are near a teacher, and we have heard the dharma, we have the opportunity to learn and expand and become better, it is really, really a rare confluence of positive merits and prayers and blessings from previous lives.

So receiving a blessing of Amitayus is wonderful. Amitayus is a Buddha. It is the form of Amitabha Buddha in the form of a Bodhisattva. Amitayus is a fully awakened enlightened Buddha who has every power, blessings and benefits of every other Buddha in existence. And to summarise Amitayus as simply as a long life Buddha would be, not beneficial to what we want to do.

On a higher level, to do any of the Buddha practices and sadhanas – sadhana is a specific meditation and rites that are associated with the Buddha to bring us to a higher and awakened state of mind to enlightenment. So any Buddha’s practice and meditation, written and is in systematic form, we called it a sadhana. A sadhana is something that transforms oneself. In Tibetan, you call it a tagye. Ta is self, gye is to grow or to expand or to increase or to transform – so to transform from ordinary person to that of an awakened being. So sadhana is actually a practice of any deity. Tara sadhana, Amitabha sadhana, Vajrayogini sadhana, Lama Tsongkhapa sadhana, short or long – the purpose of a sadhana is to bring us to an awakened state.

And each Buddha has a special energy, a special power to help us in some ways. It is based upon the vows and promises they made before they became enlightened. Amitayus can grant us great compassion, wisdom, generosity, love, patience, effort, understanding of impermanence. But a side benefit is when you do Amitayus’s practice, your diseases heal, your fear heals, your inner diseases heal, your mental diseases heal, your scars, your emotional scars heal, your impatience and your desire and grasping towards things that harm you start to lessen and minimise.

The root cause of us taking rebirth – one of the root causes is desire. The desire for food, the desire for fun, the desire for entertainment, the desire for partners, the desire for pleasure, the desire for money, the desire for abundance, the desire for acquisitions. This desire that we have and we are constantly compelled and pushed and forced to act it out is the very cause for us to take rebirth endlessly and to suffer those rebirths.

So the purified energy of desire within the Buddhas, is Amitabha or Amitayus energy. So hence their body is red in color. The red represents ‘purified desire.’ So therefore when we overcome desire for all things outer and inner and we have come to rest our minds on an aisle of liberation, an island of liberation, we can totally see what existence is all about, and existence is about grasping towards things that actually bring us more problems, more sufferings and we don’t know it.

So therefore, Amitabha is a wonderful practice to do. Amitayus is a wonderful practice, Amitabha, Amitayus, no difference – is a wonderful practice for us to do, to heal scars that are emotional from inside, damages we have experienced from previous lives and this life. It is a very powerful practice to heal sickness and disease. It is a very powerful practice to also create the causes for us to not have very dangerous diseases or, when we have diseases, to heal, and it is a wonderful practice to practice and to engage in if we are sick. It will expedite healing. And if we recite the Amitayus mantra and blow it on our medication, the medication will take on more energy, more power to heal our bodies.

And Amitabha sits in ki dug pa, means in meditation with the legs crossed, holding a long life vase at his hands, in his hands and his lap. His right hand is inside his left hand like so [Rinpoche shows position of hands], and the long life vase is being held facing towards you and phag sem ge shing, it has a wish fulfilling tree, a wish fulfilling stem growing from it or in it, and the water inside is ambrosial, a taste of this water is to heal all causes for taking rebirth in samsara and it overflows. And he is in a form of a youth, sixteen years old, wearing the six ornaments of the body, such as, the crown, armlets, bracelets, necklace, anklets, etc., and his top part of his body is bare, showing complete detachment and attachment to form, to projections and wrong view. And his hair is half-tied up in three knots and half flowing down over his shoulders and his face is blissful, smiling, peaceful, gentle and youthful, and his body sits straight and he looks straight at you with a body, like that of a ruby mountain, glowing, not flat, not hard, not stiff but glowing. So we should visualise Amitabha in that manner, and if we can, we should think that the teacher or the lama that we have taken teachings from, is one in nature with Amitabha, is one in nature with the enlightened, purified energy of desire of all the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and deities – we should think like that very strongly. And then we should have a simple altar, set up for Amitabha – Amitayus, which I will show you at this time.

(Rinpoche showing video of Amitabha / Amitayus altar)

I have a simple shrine set up that we can do in our homes, when we wish to do Amitayus practice. Let me describe to you what is necessary as part of this practice and what is extra. Now, basically we need an image, it can be a picture or a statue, whatever size you prefer – a poster, a thangka, a tsatsa of Amitayus. So you can have a tsatsa which is a small clay image. You can have a statue, how large, up to you – ten feet, ten inches, eleven inches, twenty feet, one feet – up to you. You can have a picture, you can have any representation of Amitayus – if it’s a statue, it will be very good. If you can have it filled with the proper mantras and then a Soongdruk puja and a Rabney puja done. If your statue is not hollow, then it’s fine, okay?

So you have a statue of Amitayus here, as I have here. And then you can have a statue, you can have an image of your lama or your teacher, in this case, I put His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche which is my root teacher. And then, you have a stupa and a dharma text, okay? You can have a stupa on this side, dharma text… there are different system how you set it up – I just put it on, it looks clean and neat. So you have basically, the body of a Buddha, the mind of the Buddha, and the speech of the Buddha, and the body, speech and mind – Buddha, dharma and sangha, the three representations of Buddha, dharma – Buddha’s body, speech and mind, and also where you obtain the dharma from, which is from our root teacher, from our teacher alright?

Can you have other images on your altar? Sure you can. Can you have more than one lama on your altar? Sure you can, but this is the basics. Then for this practice, you need to have one set of sensory offerings – water to drink, water to wash feet, flower, incense, light, perfume, fruit and music. And then, you need to have one torma or a sacrificial cake or a cake – that can be cookies, it can be fruit that should be changed every single day, which is shown here. And you have problems leaving cookies and snacks, I mean it can be biscuits, it can be potato chips, it can be popcorn, candy, whatever you like, and you can eat it afterwards when it’s being done. You can give it away as a blessing or eat it yourself.

As you can tell from the video, I have ate a lot of tormas, and blessings. Anyways, you can have this one here (Rinpoche pointing to tormas) and if you have a problem with infestation of ants and insects that come the minute you put the food, like we do, you can put it in a bottle alright, or you can elevate it and put water around it like a little moat. Anyways for these practices, that’s what you need. This is the basics – a Buddha image of Amitayus or any image, stupa, dharma book. If you like, your guru’s picture or you can simply visualise your guru in it, in Amitayus – the sensory offerings and the torma – so this is what you need – body, speech and mind of the Buddha, torma or the sacrificial offering and then the sensory offerings. Everything else you see here is extra. You can put extra flowers, you can put the eight auspicious signs, you can put more, more items if you like.

Let me repeat – for this particular Amitayus practice that you do every single day, an image of Amitayus, torma, t-o-r-m-a, and the sensory offerings, stupa, dharma book, any size you like. Of course, if you are not in the room, do not have your candle unattended, you should blow it out respectfully – you can recite ‘Om Ah Hum, Om Ah Hum, Om Ah Hum’ and then go like this (Rinpoche showing how to blow out the candle light) and wipe it off okay? The offerings can be set in the morning, afternoon, evening, just before you start your practice or it can be done just when you are about to start your practice. And when do you clean it?, whenever you like. Is there a timing that you should set your offerings? Not really.

Tibetans like to make offerings in the morning but you do it anytime you like okay? Because their morning is your evening, if you are in America, and if you are in America, your evening is our morning, so it doesn’t really make a difference.

So you can put the eight auspicious signs – victory banner which represents overcoming evil, the double fish which represents prosperity, the vase, the excellent vase which represents long life, the lotus that represents great compassion, spiritual attainments, the conch shell which represents fame and the growth of one’s spiritual practice, the eternal knot of happiness. Again, a banner representing royalty or overcoming mara which is, royalty meaning in this case, Buddha, overcoming mara, which is one’s inner demons and the wheel of dharma alright? Learning, obtaining, being near, being reincarnated, being born near dharma. (Rinpoche pointing to the banner).

So when you offer these eight auspicious signs and their meaning to Amitayus, you get back the results of what you have offered okay? So the basic offerings are there, this is how you should have set up everyday because you need this for your sadhana. Again, your guru’s picture, the eight auspicious signs and the flowers here are extra. You can put many more flowers. You can put many more rows of sensory offerings. You can just put maybe even rows of water offerings. You can put drinks, whatever you like. You can have bigger tormas, lesser tormas – what should you put in tormas? Anything you like except meat and alcohol for Amitayus practice. No meat and no alcohol.

Then, this is what you require on your altar, and then for this practice, I am not going to teach you how to do the varja, the bell, because I am going to make it simple for people but what you do require is an inner offering. You can have a small leak-proof container such as this (Rinpoche holding container) and it contains some tea and drops or a nectar pill. You can get a nectar pill from your lama. You can get a nectar pill from your dharma centre or you can get a nectar pill from somewhere. So what it means is that, a lama or monk or geshe or a place where they have the blessed nectar – you take a little and put in your nectar alright?

When you travel, it can be less (Rinpoche holding container) and if it dries up, you can put a little bit inside and rejuvenate it okay? You need this for your practice. If for whatever reason you are really like living far, far away from any dharma centre or any lamas, then, you just put some black tea in it and that will be good enough. And if it becomes mouldy, change it alright? If you have a blessing pill in it or a blessing nectar from another lama put inside, then what you can do is, you can take a little bit of it and put fresh tea and put a few drops in it so it’s regenerated.

If you are living in Kuala Lumpur, then I will be happy to give you some of mine to put in your inner offering. You can request one of my private office people – there’s five of them. We call them the POs alright? So you are going to need an inner offering – that’s the set up for the altar. Now let’s go back to the actual text.

The text I will be using – there are many texts of Amitayus practice but I am going to use one from Dechen Ling Press because it’s simple and short and clear translated by Mr David Gonsalez. I will provide the website for you on my blog post along with this video that shows you where you can buy this on line and then download it for your own usage.

So the text we are using here is The Life Nectar, Immortality, Self-Generation Sadhana of Amitayus in the traditional Machig Drupai Gyalmo – Dechen Ling Press. Now I want to stress again, I am not going to go heavy into the meditations, I am not going to go heavy into the practice and visualisations because this is for people who are very busy, who don’t have time or who are very elderly and I am going to make it very simple. Also in this practice I am not going to show you or teach you how to do the ritual objects, ritual items such as vajra and bell because I just want them to focus on the practice and meditation. So in this session I am making it very easy for everyone, so if you are very young, if you are elderly, you are on the go, you are busy, you have too many sadhanas or whatever, this will perfect for you.

This practice will help to heal inner, outer pains, expedite healing of disease. Can we do it for other people? Sure we can. We can dedicate it to them alright? Could we do it for animals? Perfect, perfect. Even, I can recommend that you can put a picture of the person you love or animal that you love, that is alive or dead, person and animal, put on your altar and ask Amitayus to bless them. And then it’s a wonderful mantra to recite and we can blow on animals. We can blow on ourselves. We can blow on malas, we can blow on rice to bless environments. We can even blow it on rice, dry rice to throw into water, to throw on the land, to throw into areas to bless the area alright?

Now these sadhanas page 3 – we start with taking refuge. Let’s make it very simple. Again, I am not going to be extensive okay? On your left is your mum, on your right is your dad, whether they are alive or dead, doesn’t matter. Your enemies or people who harm you are in the front. If you have no enemies, leave the front empty. Behind you are people who are close and surrounding you, are all sentient beings of the six realms, in the form of humans for auspicious reasons. And in front of you is Amitayus Buddha, surrounded by a retinue of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Deities – that’s one visualisation.

The second visualisation you can do is simply yourself and Amitayus in the front, resplendent, glorious, fully enlightened, and the embodiment of your guru and all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and Deities, up to you. If you find it difficult to visualise Amitayus, then you can just visualise or believe he is there and that’s fine, and if that’s even difficult, just look at the statue of the image you have – that’s the purpose of having a shrine alright?

Then you take… This is for yourself. If it’s for someone else, you can visualise the person in front of Amitayus, prostrate with the hands folded or respectfully sitting there, receiving blessings from Amitayus – you can do that okay? Or animal. First you recite the refuge prayers that’s says here. When you get the text, you know what I am talking about. With that visualisation, you do –

I will go for refuge to the Buddha, the dharma and the sangha for the wealth of all living beings, I shall become Amitayus. So you do –

I will always go for refuge to the Buddha, the dharma and the sangha for the wealth of all living beings, I shall become Amitayus – 3 times. Then you think, you take refuge, which you trust the Buddha, the dharma and the sangha and the purpose of you doing this practice is that you will become a Buddha which is Amitayus in this case, to benefit all sentient beings. So you are taking refuge in generating the superior altruistic mind of enlightenment, bodhicitta.

Next is – blessing of the environment. As this is a tantric practice, you will be visualising yourself as a deity. If you are doing this practice, you do not do this visualisation. I am sorry, if you have not received the initiation of this practice, then you don’t do the visualisation – as I am about teach.

OM SÖBHAWA SHUDDHA SARWA DHARMA SÖBHAWA SHUDDHO HAM

– which is the mantra of emptiness and then everything becomes emptiness. Your body, the environment, your surrounding, everything dissolves into emptiness. From that emptiness – the emptiness meaning not out of nothing, the emptiness of projections, the emptiness of wrong view, the emptiness of wrong, false, grasping at existence. From this emptiness arises the letter PAM. You don’t have to use tibetan. PAM is P-A-M, the letter PAM. From the PAM it instantly becomes a lotus. On the lotus is a letter AH, a white letter AH that turns into a moon mandala. A PAM – that sits your own mind in a red letter HRIH and then together with this, you visualise instantly from the HRIH, you arise as Amitayus Buddha – that’s right. You visualise yourself as Amitayus Buddha. In tantra, you take the result or the fruit onto the path – meaning before you become a Buddha, you visualise yourself as a Buddha, to actualise your Buddha nature alright

So I repeat – from the letter PAM, it becomes a lotus. From the PAM on top, a red letter HRIH which is your consciousness. So you don’t look from outside at the HRIH. HRIH is H-R-I-H or H-R-I – up to you. Zong Rinpoche said that it is okay to visualise it in English letter or any language you prefer – it’s alright. So you visualise a HRIH like this – on top of the moon and the lotus, and you are not looking out at it – you are ‘that letter’, looking around you. I repeat, you are ‘that letter’ sitting on a moon disc and a lotus looking around you, looking out, so that it’s you. Then from that, it instantly transform into Amitayus Buddha and then…

This completely transform and I arise as a Conqueror Amitayus with the immeasurable life and wisdom for the red color body, one face and two hands in a mudra of meditative equipoise, and which a vase brimming with nectar and immortality. I sit in a vajra posture with all the marks and signs of a complete enjoyment body. My body is adorned with precious jewels and various silken garments. At my crown is an OM, at my throat is an AH, at my heart is a HUM.

So you arise as Amitayus, you have a white OM, O-M, here (Rinpoche pointing to his forehead). It says crown so you visualise here (Rinpoche pointing to his crown). Some is here, on the forehead. A white OM is here (Rinpoche pointing to his crown) O-M. A red AH is at the throat and a blue HUM is at the heart. That represents the body, speech and mind of all the Buddhas. Then from the HUM at your heart, you visualise light going out into the western direction, inviting the actual Amitayus to you. Then you visualise Amitayus coming to you and then you dissolve him into you by reciting the mantra –

DZA HUM BAM HO, DZA HUM BAM HOnever mind the mudras,

just do the mantra – DZA HUM BAM HO.

Then DZA is him coming forth. HUM is, he is on top of you, BAM is, he dissolves into you. When you recite HO, he becomes one with you. So you and the actual Amitayus are one. Then, you should think that “…” and it says here ‘the Commitment Being’ and the Wisdom Being becomes inseparable. The Commitment Being is yourself and the wisdom being is Amitayus – become inseparable. So that’s the first page. After that, again, from your heart, is a letter HUM – light rays radiate out invoking the empowering deities in the space before me.

So the five Dhyani “…” empowering deities represents the Five Buddha Families or the Five Dhyani Buddhas: Amitabha, Akshobhya, Amogasiddhi, Ratnasambhava and Vairochana. These are the Five Buddha Families coming on top and they are similar to Amitayus, except Vairochana is white, Amitabha is red, and Amogasiddhi is green, Ratnasambhava is yellow, Akshobhya is blue. So these are Five Buddhas coming forth, holding vases and they pour nectar from the vases – same vase as Amitayus is holding and they recite this mantra, while you are reciting –

OM AH SARWA TATHAGATA ABHISHEKATA SAMAYA SHRIYE HUM

Then you should think that – they initiate you with the nectar and your whole body is Amitayus filled up, and you are filled with bliss and filled with happiness and all stains of self-grasping and desire and hatred are eliminated and then a little bit of the nectar overflows on the crown of your head, this one transform into another Amitayus adorning your head. So you are Amitayus, then you have a crown, then you have a top knot. Between the crown and the top knot sits another Amitayus and that is your guru. So you should visualise yourself as Amitayus with your guru in the form of Amitayus blessing you. Why? Without the guru, in Tantra, there is no enlightenment.

Then the next one is, we bless our inner offering. The inner offering – you do not open till you recite this mantra because there are beings around that can steal the essence – it is said. So you recite the mantra as it says in the text –

OM BENZA AMRITA KUNDALI HANA HANA HUM PHAT

OM SOBHAWA SHUDDHA SARWA DHARMA SOBHAWA SHUDDHO HAM

I repeat, you do not open it and leave it open. Sometimes assistants or people, they just leave it open like that, it is not correct. It should be closed and sealed at all times. Then when the lama is going to do the practice, he opens it himself and if your bottle is small, it is like that (Rinpoche showing the lid slightly covered) but actually if the opening is big and the cover is big, you never leave it fully exposed and opened. It should be slightly covered, but if you cannot do it, it’s okay. But usually it should be slightly covered, never open like that. So it’s only doing the mantra. I repeat, when you are reciting the mantra on page 4 here –

OM BENZA AMRITA KUNDALI HANA HANA HUM PHAT

OM SOBHAWA SHUDDHA SARWA DHARMA SOBHAWA SHUDDHO HAM

When you recite, OM BENZA AMRITA KUNDALI HANA HANA HUM PHAT, the obstacles are dispelled. Then you bless and you recite –

Everything becomes emptiness. From the sphere of emptiness, from a YAM comes a wind, from RAM comes a fire, from AH a grate of three human heads. Above this from a AH comes a broad and extensive skull cup. Inside are the five meats and five nectars. These are purified, transformed and increased by the three letters, and become a great ocean of uncontaminated nectar okay?

So I don’t know how extensive I can get into that. I think what you do is this – I think I won’t go too detail into the five meats and the nectars. I think for our purposes in this, to make it simple, we just visualise the inner offering, and we recite the verses and we think it’s blessed. There is an extensive meditation for it, which you have the five meats, you have the five nectars, such as – horse, dog, human, cow, etc and then you have the five nectars such as – urine, blood, bile, semen, etc but I think it gets too complicated.

So what you do is, you visualise your inner offering as you see it, and then you visualise OM AH HUM on top. So let’s say this is your inner offering – (Rinpoche holding the inner offering), you have the OM closest to the offering, AH next up, it’s going up, and HUM on top. Then you visualise OM AH HUM lights going out to the ten directions inviting the essence and blessings of all the Buddhas dissolve into that. Then the first time you recite OM AH HUM “…”. Actually if you want to do it extensively, OM, HUM – the letter HUM purifies all faults of colour, smell and potentiality. AH transforms it into nectar, OM multiplies and increases it. OM AH HUM, OM AH HUM, but that is going to get quite extensive. So what you do is this, I make it simple for you – you just visualise your nectar as it is, and believe it is what is said in the text, that is good enough for practitioners, for now.

And then OM AH HUM on top – you visualise from OM AH HUM, lights go out to the ten directions, comes back and dissolves, and the first time you recite OM, it falls in, then the second time you recite OM AH HUM, AH falls in, the third time you recite OM AH HUM, HUM falls in.

So the first recitation OM AH HUM – OM goes in, the second recitation – AH goes in, the third recitation of OM AH HUM – the third one goes in. So it becomes purified, clean, becomes nectar and never ending and has the power to bless and consecrate. I think that will be easier for all of us okay? Then after it has been blessed, it should be on your table, you use your left ring finger and flick it to bless your sensory offerings.

OM BENZA AMRITA KUNDALI HANA HANA HUM PHAT

I mean you don’t have to stick your whole finger and flick until you see sparks all over the place – just a very light one, just very light okay?

OM BENZA AMRITA KUNDALI HANA HANA HUM PHAT – dispelling obstacles, then you dissolve the offerings by reciting –

OM SOBHAWA SHUDDHA SARWA DHARMA SOBHAWA SHUDDHO HAM

Everything becomes emptiness. From the state of emptiness, it says here – from

KAM “…” so the eight letters of KAMcomes a vast and expansive skull cup. The skull cup why it’s not a real skull. The skull cup represents impermanence and death to do your practice well, it is a reminder. Inside is eight HUMs. So you have eight KAMs. Inside the eight KAMs “…”. You have eight cups, inside the cups, you have eight KAMS in each, K-A-M. Sorry, you have eight KAMs, from that arises the skull cups. Inside the skull cups, you have eight HUMs. From the HUMs arise water for drinking, water for bathing, water for flowers, I mean water for drinking, water for bathing, flowers, incense, lights, perfume, food and music.

So I repeat -OM BENZA AMRITA KUNDALI HANA HANA HUM PHAT.

Then you purify the obstacles and interferers.

OM SOBHAWA SHUDDHA SARWA DHARMA SOBHAWA SHUDDHO HAM

Then the eight sensory offerings dissolve. From that arises eight KAM. K-A-M. KAM turn into skull cups, within the skull cups is eight HUMs. The HUMs become the eight sensory items that are contained inside – water for drinking, water for bathing, flowers, incense, light, perfume, food and music. Then you recite –

By nature of emptiness, they have the aspect of the individual offerings substances that operate as well for the enjoyment of the six senses to bestow exalted, uncontaminated bliss. The uncontaminated bliss is that of pure emptiness, the great bliss arises from direct perception of emptiness. If you don’t know exactly what that is, just recite it, it’s okay, just recite it. Then you bless each of the eight offerings by inserting within OM AH HUM okay?

So the first one is –

OM ARGHAM AH HUM

OM PADÄM AH HUM

OM BENZA PUPE AH HUM

It is written here VAJRA – you can recite OM VAJRA or OM BENZA – up to you. Tibetans recite VAJRA as BENZA – the actual sanskrit word is VAJRA, up to you. So I do it the Tibetan way because my teacher gave it to me like that.

You blessed the eight items by reciting –

OM AHRGHAM AH HUM

OM PADÄM AH HUM

OM BENZA PUPE AH HUM

OM BENZA DHUPE AH HUM

OM BENZA DIWE AH HUM

OM BENZA GÄNDHE AH HUM

OM BENZA NEWIDE AH HUM

OM BENZA SHAPTA AH HUM

 

If you have ritual items which you don’t require, as I have said earlier, you can do the mudras – (Rinpoche doing the mudras)

OM AHRGHAM AH HUM

OM PADÄM AH HUM

OM BENZA PUPE AH HUM

OM BENZA DHUPE AH HUM

OM BENZA DIWE AH HUM

OM BENZA GÄNDHE AH HUM

OM BENZA NEWIDE AH HUM

OM BENZA SHAPTA AH HUM – that’s up to you okay?

Once you recite that, think the sensory offerings are pure, they are clean, they bestow great bliss, and it’s not just what you see in the front, they are as big as oceans like eight huge oceans of offerings. Eight huge offerings, oceans of water and perfume and light and food and fruits. You can visualise all of that okay? Then the blessings are purified.

We have taken refuge, generated the altruistic mind, dissolves ourselves into emptiness, from emptiness we arise as Amitayus, then we bless the inner offerings, after blessing the inner offerings, we bless the outer offerings. Now we are doing outer offering generation. So we recite –

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA AHRGHAM PRATITZA YE SÖHA and so on.

Now you are doing the offerings to Amitayus. By offering the sensory items to Amitayus, you gained the benefits of these offerings such as – wisdom, always having plentiful needs and food and shelter and also being able to hold ethics and morality, being able to obtain wisdom, great bliss – you get that from offering the sensory items – in short. So what we are doing is this, you recite it but you make the offerings by saying –

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA AHRGHAM PRATITZA YE SÖHA – By reciting that, you offer drinking water to Amitayus. The next one is –

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA PADÄM PRATITZA YE SÖHA

– you are offering water for bathing to Amitayus which purifies one’s obscurations.

Then the next one is –

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA PUPE PRATITZA YE SÖHA – offering beautiful flowers to Amitayus which represents getting rid of grasping towards so-called ‘pleasant’ objects which actually in nature are not pleasant. The next one is –

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA DHUPE PRATITZA YE SÖHA – Dhupe is incense and this represents being able to hold morality, ethics, one’s refuge vows, one’s Bodhisattva’s vows and Tantric vows. The vows, the roots of our attainments. By offering incense, we create merit to hold our vows very well. The next one is –

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA ALOKE PRATITZA YE SÖHA. Aloke is light. By offering light or candle, it can be electrical also – it represents illumination, wisdom, clarity, understanding. We gain those qualities in the future by offering these to the Buddha Amitayus. The next one is –

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA GÄNDHE PRATITZA YE SÖHA. Gandhe Pratitza Ye Soha is perfume. If you have a bottle of perfume, you can leave it there. You don’t have to change it everyday, you can change it once a month, once every two months, once every three months, up to you okay? Or if you don’t have perfume, you can simply put there a cup of water to represent perfume. So when you offer perfume, it’s offering tactile pleasures to Amitayus Buddha. He doesn’t need the pleasures, he doesn’t need the offering, it is for us to become detached from tactile attachments. The next one is –

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA NEWIDE PRATITZA YE SÖHA – represented by the apple in this case – offering food. So you visualise pizzas, delicious drinks and fruits and nectars and whatever you like, you visualise it filling a whole ocean, offering it to Amitayus and you visualise all the people in the world who are hungry, who don’t have food, who are suffering – may they be free from hunger. And by offering food to Amitayus which he doesn’t need, you generate the merit of always getting your needs fulfilled to do dharma practice. So whatever you need to do dharma practice, it will be fulfilled in the future, creates this kind of karma. The last thing is –

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA SHAPTA PRATITZA YE SÖHA. Shapta represents sound. The mudra is like this, like hitting a drum. If you are not doing mudra, you don’t need to do it. OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA SHAPTA PRATITZA YE SÖHA is offering sound, meaning the sound of dharma, the understanding of dharma, perpetuating dharma, learning dharma, spreading dharma okay? Then after you do that –

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA AHRGHAM – you do all that, up to the last one, then you do your inner offering. When you do your inner offering, you don’t have to lift it up. I am lifting it up so you can see. You put your ring finger inside and you flick a little, and think that it creates great bliss in Amitayus mind for you to achieve enlightenment.

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA OM AH HUM. When you say OM AH HUM, you flick it a little. Again you don’t have to dip your whole finger and like, ‘here Amitayus’ and he is like drowning in your nectar, you don’t have to do that.

So we offer the sensory offerings, then we offer the inner offerings which I just flicked and last we offer praise and it says right here –

Amitayus, Principal Guide of the world

Destroyer of all untimely death without exception

Refuge for those suffering and without a protector

To you Buddha Amitayus I prostrate

If we have our vajra bell, we can ring our bell at this time while doing this, if we don’t, we simply fold our hands. So the next one is mantra recitations. This part is very important.

Inside the vase of Amitayus at one’s crown, is a moon mandala upon which a red letter HRIH surrounded by the essence of long mantra. So remember we have our guru, who is on top who is Amitayus and he is holding a vase. Inside the vase is a letter HRIH and is surrounded by Amitayus short and long mantra. Then from the HRIH, lights emanate and make offerings to all the Buddhas. What kind of offerings? Let’s make it simple – the sensory offerings you offer up to all the Buddhas, many sensory offerings. Then at the same time, the lights from the HRIH, also go out and touches all sentient beings in the six realms, it blesses them, it purifies their karma and they arise as Amitayus. So you should think that everybody around you including people you don’t like, are Amitayus Buddhas and then the lights gather back from the Three Jewels and dissolves into a red HRIH.

Then from these light rays “…”. Again from the HRIH, sorry from the HRIH, light rays go out again and it goes out to the Lord of Death Yama, harmful spirits, and the lights come back and filled up the vase. So that means all negative energy that took away your life energy, you collect back. You are not inviting the negative energy to you. You are taking your energy back that was taken by negative energies, you draw that back. So you are not inviting negative spirits or the Lord of Death to you, you are taking your energy back from which they took – that’s your visualisation. And how do you visualise that? The long life energy returns to you in the form of long life vases and skull cups.

So you can visualise many long life vases coming back and dissolving into the mantra. You don’t have to think ‘oh, the vases are so big, come back and hit you on the head’, and you become dizzy. You just visualise it in the nature of light and it dissolves into a red HRIH okay?

Once again the essence of all the elements of life and merit of all living beings and things excellent in the three realms and blessings of body, speech and mind of all Buddhas and children are drawn back in the form of light rays and nectar and all these dissolve into the mantra HRIH. These fills the life-vase with nectar, as it overflows, the excess nectar spills over and enters through the Brahma aperture at the crown of my head filling the whole body and purifying all stains. I attain a state of immortality.

I just read the text and this is the visualisation. So this text is telling you what you need to visualise while you are doing the mantra. So it is very simple. On top of your head, you are Amitayus, on top of your head you have Amitayus, and on Amitayus, he is holding a long life vase, and in the long life vase, there’s a red letter HRIH. From the HRIH, lights go out – makes offering to all the Buddhas which generates merits, brings back the blessings in the form of lights, and the lights goes out and touches all sentient beings and all of them are purified and become Amitayus Buddhas. So everybody is Amitayus Buddha, remember that.

Then again, the lights go out to the Lord of Death, evil spirits and you draw back the energy they took from you and the lights go out to also the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and deities, and it draws back all the energy. It says Buddhas and the children. Buddhas are Buddhas, children are Bodhisattvas. Children are referred to as Bodhisattvas, and then all the lights of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas come back and dissolve into the HRIH and then it fills up the nectar, and the nectar overflows. It overflows onto your head and it comes down into your body and all the obstacles, diseases and difficulties in your body is expelled. It is pushed away.

You can visualise it leaving your anus into the ground, or you can simply visualise the white lights filling up your body. If you have a particular disease or problem, you visualise the lights going to that disease and purifying the disease. You do this visualisation strongly and with concentration while you recite the short mantra.

OM AMARANI ZEWENTEYE SÖHA, OM AMARANI ZEWENTEYE SÖHA, OM AMARANI ZEWENTEYE SÖHA

You can recite that mantra seven times, twenty-one times, one mala – up to you. Then after you finish that, if you have time, you can do the long mantra once or three times. If you don’t have time, you can skip the long mantra. The long mantra is –

OM NAMO BHAGAWATE, APARIMITA, AYUR GYANA, SUMBINI TSITA TEDZÖ RANDZAYA TATHAGATAYA, ARHATE SAMYAK SAMBUDDHAYA, TAYATHA, OM PUNAYE PUNAYE, MAHA PUNAYE, APARIMITA PUNAYE, APARIMITA PUNAYE, GYANA SAMBHA ROPATSITE, OM SARWA SAMKARA, PARISHUDHA DHARMATE, GAGANA SAMUGATE, SÖBHAWA BISHUDDHE, MAHA NAYA PARIWARE SÖHA

I repeat, the short mantra is -OM AMARANI ZEWENTEYE SÖHA, and the long mantra is –

OM NAMO BHAGAWATE, APARIMITA, AYUR GYANA, SUMBINI TSITA TEDZÖ RANDZAYA TATHAGATAYA, ARHATE SAMYAK SAMBUDDHAYA, TAYATHA, OM PUNAYE PUNAYE, MAHA PUNAYE, APARIMITA PUNAYE, APARIMITA PUNAYE, GYANA SAMBHA ROPATSITE, OM SARWA SAMKARA, PARISHUDHA DHARMATE, GAGANA SAMUGATE, SÖBHAWA BISHUDDHE, MAHA NAYA PARIWARE SÖHA

Don’t worry if you are not pronouncing the mantra perfectly. You do it to the best of your ability. I repeat, the short mantra, you should do as much as possible, everyday, especially if you are very ill. The long mantra, once or twice, three times after you finish the short mantra okay?

Then the next step is to generate more further merits for one’s attainments. You do the blessings of the torma of Amitayus. So you take your inner offerings, you don’t have to lift it up. I am lifting it up for you. You use your little finger, just a little tiny bit and you flick it. Sometimes you say, ‘oh, but I am so far away, so if I flick it, does it actually touch the item?’ It doesn’t matter, it is symbolic okay? So it doesn’t have to become some kind of ‘aiming contest’. If you hit it or not, then you take a look, did it actually touch the item – just.

OM BENZA AMRITA KUNDALI HANA HANA HUM PHAT

Offer the torma – remember the torma we have in front of Amitayus Buddha and then you recite –

OM SOBHAWA SHUDDHA SARWA DHARMA SOBHAWA SHUDDHO HAM and you recite –

Everything becomes emptiness. From the sphere of emptiness, from YAM comes a wind, from RAM comes fire, from AH a grate of three human heads. Above this from AH comes a broad and extensive skull cup. Inside are the five meats and the five nectars. These are purified, transformed and increased by the three letters, and become a great ocean of uncontaminated nectar.

Now, I am not going to go into that visualisation. As I told you, it’s quite extensive and it’s not necessary. Now you may be taken aback to say ‘oh, human heads, skull cups – don’t take it literally. The human heads are visualised, they represent the purification of body, speech and mind. The skull cup represents impermanence. They are not actual human heads, they are not actual skull cups. They are just tantric visualisations. So don’t get too concern about that. Recite that line and then say OM AH HUM, OM AH HUM, OM AH HUM, three times and believe that the torma is purified.

Then the next one is – light rays radiate and invoke Amitayus from the pure land of bliss in the space before me. So you visualise lights from your heart going out inviting Amitayus in front of you dissolving into the statue and then you visualise from Amitayus tongue is a single spoke vajra – you just visualise tongue and lights go out and draws the tormas back as you recite this mantra –

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA IDAM BALINGTA KHA KHA KHAHI KHAHI – three times

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA IDAM BALINGTA KHA KHA KHAHI KHAHI

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA IDAM BALINGTA KHA KHA KHAHI KHAHI

You don’t need to do the mudras, as I said, make it simple. Just recite the mantra three times and think that you have offered the tormas and Amitayus has received it and he is very happy and you generate the merit to increase your life and gaining medicine and nourishment and health.

The next one is offering the outer offerings, you recite –

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA AHRGHAM PRATITZA YE SÖHA

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA PADÄM PRATITZA YE SÖHA

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA PUPE PRATITZA YE SÖHA

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA DHUPE PRATITZA YE SÖHA

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA ALOKE PRATITZA YE SÖHA

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA GÄNDHE PRATITZA YE SÖHA

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA NEWIDE PRATITZA YE SÖHA

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA SHAPTA PRATITZA YE SÖHA

 

This is exactly like what we did earlier okay? So you offer that, then the inner offering –

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA OM AH HUM

 

Take a little bit of inner offering and flick it and then do the prayers –

Amitayus, Principal Guide of the world

Destroyer of all untimely death without exception

Refuge for those suffering and without a protector

To you Buddha Amitayus, I prostrate

Then, you have done with the sadhana, it’s very short and sweet, you have done with the sadhana and here, you request Amitabha and all the celestial beings to return to their own abode or you can visualise them stabilising your statue.

Then you do this mantra – OM VAJRA MU or if you do in Tibetan, OM BENZA MU. The mudra will be OM BENZA MU, requesting the enlighten beings to go back or stabilising your statue. And then you recite OM BENZA MU, the guest of the torma return to their natural abodes, and then for any mistakes that you have done or any omissions or deletions you have done by accident, you request forbearance and you think – forgive me for any mistakes, then you recite the Vajrasattva mantra one time – the long one.

OM VAJRASATTVA SAMAYA MANUPALAYA, VAJRASATTVA TVENO PATISHTA, DRIDHO ME BHAWA, SUTHOSHYO ME BHAVA, SUPOSHYO ME BHAWA, ANURAKTO ME BHAWA, SARVA SIDDHIM ME PRAYACCHA, SARVA KARMA SU CHAME, CHITTAM SHRIYAM KURU HUM, HA HA HA HA HO, BHAGAWAN BENZA SARVA, MAME MUNCHA, BENZA SARVA, MAHA SAMAYA SATTÖ AH HUM PHAT

It’s not in the text but you can easily find it. If you have a lot of problems reciting that long Vajrasattva mantra, I think recite the short one three times should be okay.

OM BENZA SATTVA HUM, OM BENZA SATTVA HUM, OM BENZA SATTVA HUM, and you are done.

You do the dedication verses here, it is very, very simple – and I read it for you.

Through the power of the blessing of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas

And my single pointed accomplishment of practice and prayers,

May we be cared for by our Lord and Master,

And may his life be as stable and limitless as Amitayus.

 

So you are wishing for your teacher and your guru to live long.

When I see the signs of untimely death

May I immediately see clearly the body of Amitayus,

And having destroyed the Lord of Death,

May I quickly become the knowledge-holder of life.

For many hundred years may I see a hundred harvests,

May there be long life free from illness with bliss and happiness,

May I definitely enter the Supreme Vehicle,

And may this auspiciousness arise now.

 

Supreme Vehicle means tantra.

May my life be clear and long like the sun that never sets,

And may my merit increase like the waxing moon.

May I be endowed with bravery as great as the stars in the sky,

And may my practice be endowed with the glory of complete bliss and happiness.

That’s the dedicationand when you have finished that, you are done with the sadhana. Today I have gone through the sadhana in a short easy form, because I have particular students in mind who would find extensive meditation, extensive explanation difficult for them for good reasons. So today I have done a very short explanation with offerings, reciting the sadhana together with you. I think that should be quite sufficient.

If you have problems doing any of the visualisations I have given, then you simply recite through the text, believe and trust in Amitayus, have altruistic thinking to benefit others, and then recite the mantra alright?

If you wish to do a short retreat, you can do the sadhana and recite the mantra up to one hundred thousand times. Actually in this tantra, it will be a hundred thousand per syllable – OM A MA RA NI ZE WEN TE YE SO HA. So actually if you are going to do a full retreat, you have to do 1.1 million because it’s one hundred thousand per syllable but let’s not get into all that, it gets complicated. I think it’s good enough to do whatever you can every single day as a daily practice. When you do this practice, if it’s for someone else, it will send energies of healing to them. If it’s for yourself, it will definitely increase your life, increase your wisdom, increase your merits and help you to overcome passions and desires that has engulfed you most of your life.

Remember when you are doing the offerings to Amitabha, when you are doing this practice to Amitabha or Amitayus Buddha, he is a fully enlightened being. He is fully enlightened. So don’t only pray to him to extend your life, pray to him for everything, it says in the dedication, which is to gain wisdom, compassion, altruistic mind, and in this life and all lives, be able to be born near the Buddha’s teachings, near a teacher, so you can practice.

This is what you do – doing your meditations every single day if you are doing Amitayus. When you are free and wandering around, when you are free and hanging around, you can also do the mantra. Can you do the mantra without the sadhana? You can, you can. Can people without the initiation do the sadhana? No. Can people without the initiation do the sadhana, no. People without this initiation just do the ‘praise’ and short mantra. Praise is –

Amitayus, Principal Guide of the world

Destroyer of all untimely death without exception

Refuge for those suffering and without a protector

To you Buddha Amitayus, I prostrate

Just recite the praise -OM AMARANI ZEWENTEYE SO HA

So for people who do not have the initiation, you may not do the sadhana because you are meditating on yourself being a Buddha and without the initiation, and planting the seeds and planting the potential in you, then it is not proper to visualise yourself as a Buddha. So for those who do not have initiation, can you invoke upon the Buddha Amitabha? Sure, you can, Amitayus. You just recite the ‘praise’ and you recite the short mantra everyday, that’s good enough.

For those who have the initiation, it’s your lucky day. You can do the whole sadhana, you should do the whole sadhana and definitely, it will benefit you in many, many ways. When you are done, you can clean up the offerings. You can take the torma, the cookies, biscuits, peanuts, crackers, whatever you put. You can eat it or you can give it to the birds but don’t flush it down the toilet or don’t throw it in unclean places okay? The water, you can put it onto plants and all that, and the candle, you can kind of put if off, if you are not going to be around. If you are around, safely you can put it there.

When you are travelling, do you need to have an altar? No, you don’t. If you are travelling, do you need to have the sensory offerings, you don’t. If you are in a hotel, it’s not convenient – you don’t. If you are travelling, you are in a hotel, then you don’t have to have the image, you don’t have to have the sensory offerings, you just do the sadhana.

Let me revised – those without initiation should not do the sadhana, just do the ‘Praise’ and the mantra. Those with initiation have the fortune to do the sadhana which is what I am holding here, and then everything else. Those without initiation can also make the offerings, it’s fine. So if you don’t have initiations, do the prayers, mantra and offerings – up to you. You don’t have to do the offerings. For those with initiation – you do the sadhana with the offerings. When you are travelling, when you are busy, you are sick, you are not well, you are ill or it’s not convenient – do you need to be in front of your altar, do you need to make offerings? No, you don’t. You do, it’s good. You do, it’s good because when you are doing the sadhana, you are offering – if there’s nothing to offer, it’s kind of strange. When you invite a friend over and say ‘have some tea, have some tea’ – there’s no tea. They are looking at you like ‘where’s the tea?’ So how can you say ‘oh you know, Mr or Mrs so and so, please have the tea.’ They are thinking, you must be bananas, there’s no tea here. Similarly, if you are doing Amitayus prayer, you are doing –

OM APARIMITA AYUR GYANA SAPARIWARA AHRGHAM

– you are saying, oh Amitabha, have some water, there’s no water – it’s quite strange. But if you are travelling, all that – you just think, never mind. Amitayus will understand, today he doesn’t get some water. He doesn’t need the water. You need to offer the water. So therefore when you are travelling, it’s not convenient, you can’t make the offerings, is it okay to do the sadhana? Sure. Whatever it is, after initiation, whatever it is, do the sadhana, do the prayer, that’s most important. Do not say, ‘oh I skip the sadhana today so I don’t have to ever do it again.’ You skip the sadhana today, you don’t have to skip it tomorrow. If you forget to eat today, which I never forget, you don’t have to forget to eat tomorrow. If you forget to do your exercises today, you don’t need to forget to do it tomorrow.

So if you forget to do your mind exercises which is Amitayus practice today, you don’t need to forget tomorrow. So don’t make that as a reason to, not do your practice because you skip the day or you forgot today okay?

I think I pretty much cover everything for the short practice. I wish everybody good luck and I wish everybody supreme attainments and may the Buddha of Infinite Light from the Western Paradise, Amitayus bless all of you, give you very long life, heal diseases, prevent future diseases from coming.

GEWADI YI NYUR DU DAK LAMA SANG GYE DRUP GYUR NA DROWA CHIK KYANG MALU PA DEYI SA LAGO PAR SHUG

Thank you very much and good luck. 

 

Teaching by Tsem Rinpoche

19 March 2012 in Tsem Ladrang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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  1. KB on Dec 2, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Dear Rinpoche thank you for the Amitayus practice video and write up.. I will be doing the retreat toady.. I am excited and happy i can learn up the practices. I will perfect the retreat and teach others.. thank you kb

  2. Thiago Albuquerque on Sep 25, 2014 at 8:17 am

    I’ve received not this particular practice initiation, but I have a High Tantra empowerment. Can I do this practice as someone who actually received this specific empowerment?

    • Admin on Sep 25, 2014 at 9:09 am

      Dear Thiago, It is required to specifically have Amitayus initiation to do the practice as if you had the empowerment. One higher tantric initiation will not cover for another practice. Hope this helps and good luck. Admin

      • Thiago Albuquerque on Sep 26, 2014 at 1:01 am

        Thak you very much!

  3. Hee TS on Aug 3, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    感谢仁波切慈悲分享无量寿佛法門之仪轨及深入淺出的开示,讓我们又認識多一殊勝法门,感恩!

  4. Ronda on Jul 14, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Usually I don’t read article on blogs, but
    I would like to say that this write-up very compelled me to check out and do so!
    Your writing taste has been surprised me. Thanks, quite nice article.

  5. Uncle Eddie on Jul 13, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Amitayus, the Buddha of infinite life and synonymous with Amitaba Buddha,is most clearly identified by the long-life Vase he holds, which is filed with the nectar of Immortality. He is noted to be most popular amongst Buddhist practioners for infinite bebefits for immediate attainments of peace and Joy! Thank you Rinpoche for the beautiful teachings.

  6. Grace Leu ( KHJB) on Jul 12, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching. The explanation are in details and make us easy to learn.we are fortunate to able to learn this precious teaching.May Rinpoche have a good health and long life, may Rinpoche always turn the wheel of Dharma..May everyone can learn this precious practice.

  7. Hee TS on Jul 10, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for enlighten us with Amitayus Buddha sadhana.

  8. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 25, 2013 at 3:12 am

    Rinpoche did not know who Gabriel and his family were yet Rinpoche enthusiastically went to confer initiation and sadhana for Gabriel and guests. For me it shows the mind of equanimity. Not favoring those we are attached to and love above strangers and those we do not appreciate.

  9. June Tang(KH JB) on Dec 16, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche sharing this video on Amitayus practise . Thank you very much for explaining the Amitayus sadhana practice.It is so beneficial for those who are sick .

  10. Grace Leu (KHJB) on Dec 16, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Thank you for Rinpoche’s Kindness to introduce such power practice to us.

  11. Patsy on Dec 14, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche for this teaching and explanation on Amitayus.

  12. Ck siah on Dec 10, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    谢谢仁波切分享无量寿佛仪轨法和开示,在这里我又学到宝贵的佛法一课,来到了克切拉佛教团体,我真真的学到很多佛法仪轨和佛法开示。真诚的感恩仁波切的教诲和开示,让我受益良多。

  13. Wylfred Ng on Dec 10, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for the sharing.

    Many people may not know who is Amitayus. But when you say Amitabha many chinese will know. Amitayus is another for of Amitabha who grant long Life.

    Suddenly i had one idea that next time i will invite one Amitayus statue for my parents because they are not that familiar with Tibetan Buddhism, but they heard about Amitabha before. So i think that will be easier for them to understand Tibetan Buddhism. In fact, most of the chinese also know Amithaba.

    Thanks again to Rinpoche for the sharing.

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  15. Jennifer Yuen on Sep 9, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. Will learn to practice it.

  16. Mercedes on Sep 6, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche

  17. henry ooi on Sep 6, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for conferring upon me the Amitayus initiation and putting me in the rertreat.

  18. jerry si to on Sep 6, 2013 at 9:59 am

    祈愿我们能透过师父的教诲与开示,来学习与修行,并转化我们的心识,让我们明白,祈求长寿并不是为了继续留在这娑婆世界里享乐,而是透过这修持法,营造一个长寿的因缘,从而能过听闻更多师父的教诲与修行佛法,并透过我们健康的身躯继续的利益与造福芸芸的娑婆众生,祈愿我们透过这修持法,回响给我们伟大的上师,祈愿师父长寿,好让我们能不断的向师父请示佛法与教诲,并跟随师父的教法与脚步

  19. leela maya darnal on Jun 19, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    HIS HOLY HIGHNESS PLEASE AMITAYS SADHANA PRACTICE ON MY FACE BOOK AS I DON’T HAVE ANY OTHER SOURCE TO LEARN.

  20. Regina De Giovanni on Jan 13, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Hi, the link to the Amatayus text does not work at the moment. Is there a problem? Thank you

  21. […] AU CHEVET DE GABRIEL POUR LUI DONNER L’INITIATION AU SADHANA D’ AMITAYUS (DETAILS ICI: http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/amitayus-sadhana-practice.html) EN COMPAGNIE DES PASTEURS ET DE PLUSIEURS ETUDIANTS QUI RECURENT AUSSI L’INITIATION A CETTE […]

  22. Uncle Lai on Mar 27, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Firstly I want to say thank you for inviting me to attend the Amitayus Sahdana practice. I feel honour and happy to attend this teaching. We have so much attachments, obstacles, fear habituation that made us selfish and unhappy.
    The beauty and power of this practice is that it can heel the scars in us that make us unhappy. It is not how much longer I can live that I am happy but how I live the rest of my life without these scars that will make me happy.
    I have got the text already and I shall watch the video again to learn up the practice.With folded palms thank you again Rinpoche for your great compassion.

  23. Uncle Lai on Mar 25, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, Thank you very much for explaining the Amitayus sadhana practice. I have got the text and I shall listen to the video again and learn up the practice. With folded palms thank you again.

  24. LilyT on Mar 22, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    How fortunate are those that had been conferred the Amitayus Initiation, for this practice not only heals illness to extend life but also increases merits, wisdom and compassion and to develop an altrustic mind.

    Thank you Rinpoche for your compassionate and detailed explaination on the Amitayus practice.

  25. James Long on Mar 21, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for recording this video on Amitayus practise and the purpose of having a healthy body and long life in Buddhism, also for us to know about Amitayus so that wee can share and explain to people in outlets.

    I’m in the mid of downloading this video and converting to MP3 so that can listen in the car as well.

    Thanks Rinpoche!

  26. David Lai on Mar 21, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    I have listened to your wonderful teaching on the Amitayus Sadhana and I will get the Sadhana and Blessed pill for inner offering for my dad to perform this wonderful practice. The meditations are simple and beautiful. Thank you so much for this!

  27. lucy yap on Mar 21, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    We have this video and sadhana of Amitayus through Rinpoche’s great compassion .May the young and old who recite the sadhana receive blessings.Thank you Rinpoche.

  28. Seng Aun on Mar 20, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    I was amazed by your great compassion and kindness for Gabriel and Tamedran Raj. It showed how much you care, not only for us but for everyone irrespective of race, creed or colour.
    May you always be healthy and may your blessed activities forever grow and increase.
    With folded hands, thank you for bringing great dharma practices to us.

  29. Siong Woan on Mar 20, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche, I will learn up and teach my mother, she is 74 and would be beneficial if she does this daily.

  30. MayOng on Mar 20, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Dear Rinpoche
    Thank you for taking so much effort to make the Amitayus video above. It is so beneficial for those of us who were not able to be at the initiation. With much prayers xoxo

  31. Don Buchwalter on Mar 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    A beautiful teaching, Rinpoche. Thank you!

  32. skyong on Mar 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for being so compassionate to explain Amitayus Buddha sadhana to us who are interested to practice in order to dedicate the merits to everyone who are sick, and not well in health be it young and old. 🙂

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  • Lin Mun
    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
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 03:38 PM
    Trolls are assiociates as beings of Scandinavian folklore.A large number of different mythological creatures continue to live on in Scandinavian folklore.They have different shapes,habitat and filthy features . There are also numerous tales of trolls told and retold.Trolls are also believed to have the magigal powers, which were folktales ,posses capabilities that are beyond human .What ever it was a remnant of a long-lost reality for sure. I do believe that there’s a very high chance trolls had existed in the past.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing ,i do enjoyed all the stories in these article even though it just folk tales.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/the-hidden-nature-of-trolls.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 11:54 PM
    People always expect return on some contribution being done especially in charity events. When the return was under their expectations then they will feel sad or unhappy.
    As Rinpoche said, Dharma is a teachings to transform our mind to become bodicitta or selfless to benefit others without condition. Once we practiced selfless mind, our mind will not be affected by others people reaction.
    What will be my legacy? I think this is not really important to me anymore once I know Dharma teachings from Rinpoche.
    Thanks Datuk May for sharing to benefit more people.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/what-will-be-your-legacy.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 08:56 PM
    Amazing miracles true story …of how Rinpoche helped. With Rinpoche blessing during the children baptismal ceremony,this little boy who had not spoken since 9 years old was able to speake again.Incredible….
    Chef Au truly believes been a vegetarian has help him to collects merits for his son.Rinpoche’s care and compassion has benefited many more people.Through these stories hope more people will be inspired to achieve the state of compassion and attainments.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for this sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-4.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 07:51 PM
    Having fully trust and faith in Rinpoche ,Fat monk’s mother was well again, after been diagnosed with cancerious tumour at the liver.
    Following instructions given by Rinpoche, his mother recited mantras and Fat monk did a series of pujas as told,his mother recovered then.
    Amazing……Miracles do happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-3.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:27 PM
    We are no strangers to the creatures called Werewolves. They are often depicted as the Jekyll-and-Hyde-like monsters in movies who are unable to control their animal instincts when they shift from human form to a wolf-like creature, usually during the full moon. Together with the Vampires who can transform into bats, are my childhood imagery villains, who triggered my curiosity on mythical creatures during younger days. They still do, lol.

    It is gruesome to learn that real life werewolves are actually brutal even when they are in human forms. It is a far depict from the movies and fictions, where they are civil and level headed when in human form. I hope one day science or technology can provide more proves the existence of werewolves, and debunk the reason of this mystical shapeshifter.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:07 PM
    The miraculous power of Protectors’ practice can heal and shield us from negative karma from ripening. Through the blessings of our Guru, coupled with strong faith and trust, the practices will take effect swiftly and effectively. Rejoice to Steven Lee. May he be guided by the Three Jewels always. Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow for sharing the true story with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-10.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:57 PM
    This is a very touching article. I totally agree that dog is a man’s best friend. They are always so loyal to the owner. However it is sad that not all pet owners are such. Some will only treat them literally as an animal and therefore do not take good care of them. Dogs or any other animals are beings that have feeling. There should not be neglected and be abused by us. This article reminds us to always care for all beings and respect them.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 02:21 PM
    Its a heartfelt touching article of this faithful dog.Cannot imagine this ,such a wonderful relationship between that dog and the deceased owner.The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that we will not come back for them That i noticed from observing from my pet poodle.In this case this faithful dog knew his owner won’t be back.
    Dogs are loyal, patient, fearless, forgiving, capable of pure love and have feelings too.He must have missed the owner badly that he wanted to accompany the owner all the way to the resting place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. May that faithful dog ,continue to serve and well taken, love by the other family members.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:46 PM
    Werewolves are known to be mythical creatures found in fiction instead of lurking in the dark woods,In various parts of the world there were few cases who have gone down in history as real life werewolves Interesting to read it from these post..How far it was true or just legends.,no one really know . Many myths and legends surrounding werewolves .To become a werewolf, it is necessary to be bitten by a werewolf in their form at the time of the full moon. Thats what all of us knew from the movies and from fiction told. Reports of werewolf sightings continued even till this century but mostly in between 1428 and 1447 .The most recent sighting of werewolf sightings in 1972. was in Ohio .but eventually subsided .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article which i do enjoyed reading it,
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Valentina
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:11 PM
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    Twenty-Four Holy Places & Eight Great Charnel Grounds part 2 – (focus topic: Eight Great Charnel Grounds)

    At one time there was a god by the name of Rudra who was originally part of Mahadeva’s retinue. He was a very fierce being who also had many of his own consorts. Together with his consorts he began to oppress sentient beings, and promoted violence and unethical behaviour. At that time, Heruka once again arose, and in a dance of great compassionate wrath, liberated Rudra and his consorts from their physical bodies, sending their minds to pure lands. The places where Rudra’s body parts fell became charnel grounds. …read more by clicking the following link:

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/twenty-four-holy-places-eight-great-charnel-grounds.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:07 AM
    This year Wesak Day fall on 10 of May. This day is very special and meaningful to me because I will visit Kechara Forest Retreat(KFR) to join some meritorious event there.
    For me, Wesak is a day to commemorate Buddha Sakyamuni in three aspect( Birth , Enlightened, Nirwana).
    While we celebrate Wesak, we must remind ourselves to learn from Buddha teachings and practice it in order to gain attainment.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for sharing in order to create more understanding on Wesak Day.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/wesak-day-special-on-rtm-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:10 PM
    OMG! This is very touching. To see a doggie who never left go of his owner in spite of death. Way more powerful than many who proclaimed “till death do us part.” Just like the human, not all doggies are as loyal as this tear-jerking pet, but I truly believe almost all doggies offer unconditional love to the person who feeds and cares for them. Even when they are stray animals. There was a stray dog who will run two streets from the entrance of the “Taman” until the car stops in front of the house, just to greet me. You can imagine the warm and conviction in my heart that these beings are more than capable of loving than many of us, human! Thank you for this lovely sharing. I miss my doggie, Sherab.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:00 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for this amazing sharing. There is no doubt about the ability of our Guru, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. His incarnations have been compassionate and taken rebirth to return and spread the dharma so that sentient beings can benefit and learn some dharma in our short life.

    We shall never doubt our Guru; but must see that He is one with our Yidam and Protector, an attained being. Even if our Guru does not demonstrate clairvoyance abilities, we must never contest our Guru, for he holds the key (dharma) that can liberate us from eternal suffering in samsara.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 05:50 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for the illustrated miracle story on how Rinpoche guided Cynthia and Marici away from danger through protector’s practice. The unseen exist, whether we like it or not. Some of them are malicious and have the affinity or karma with some of us. Hence they can cause harm and disturbance. By engaging in Protectors’ practice like Dorje Shugden and Setrap that have been practiced by the high lamas of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, we are protected and guarded against harm.

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

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

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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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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
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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.
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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.
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
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This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
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March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
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
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
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Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
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My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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A section for you to clarify your Dharma questions with Kechara’s esteemed pastors.

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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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KSDS teachers and the young participants of WOAH  Camp played & have fun together for this game, Self defense and attack. Alice Tay, KSDS
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KSDS teachers and the young participants of WOAH Camp played & have fun together for this game, Self defense and attack. Alice Tay, KSDS
The younger group of KSDS were happy because they're given chance to feel,touch and play the slime. Alice Tay, KSDS
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The younger group of KSDS were happy because they're given chance to feel,touch and play the slime. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Laura guided the students do meditation. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Teacher Laura guided the students do meditation. Alice Tay, KSDS
Day break at Kechara Forest Retreat! Sunrise meditation during Inner Reflection Retreat, April 2017
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Day break at Kechara Forest Retreat! Sunrise meditation during Inner Reflection Retreat, April 2017
Inner Reflection in April 2017 with guests from USA, Singapore, China and UK! Join our upcoming meditation programs!
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Inner Reflection in April 2017 with guests from USA, Singapore, China and UK! Join our upcoming meditation programs!
Visitors in Kechara Forest Retreat, circumambulating the holy Vajra Yogini Stupa. Picture credit Pastor Gimlee
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Visitors in Kechara Forest Retreat, circumambulating the holy Vajra Yogini Stupa. Picture credit Pastor Gimlee
Students are getting ready to do prostration in Gompa following a Teacher Kien and Teacher Zhi Yan instruction. Lin Mun KSDS
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Students are getting ready to do prostration in Gompa following a Teacher Kien and Teacher Zhi Yan instruction. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Callista & Teacher Irene were sharing with children on the topic of courage. It is good to instil dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Callista & Teacher Irene were sharing with children on the topic of courage. It is good to instil dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
Children are learning how to recite mantra from teacher Alice and teacher Laura. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children are learning how to recite mantra from teacher Alice and teacher Laura. Lin Mun KSDS
Students were all so excited listening to the process of making slime as they are going to make one themselves. Lin Mun KSDS
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Students were all so excited listening to the process of making slime as they are going to make one themselves. Lin Mun KSDS
Robey, Natalie and Lauren doing sharing on how to make slime. A great exercise for them to learn leadership & public speaking. Lin Mun KSDS
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Robey, Natalie and Lauren doing sharing on how to make slime. A great exercise for them to learn leadership & public speaking. Lin Mun KSDS
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