Apology to the Naga Realm

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Dear friends around the world,

Nagas are powerful beings belonging to the animal realm but they have subtle bodies that humans cannot ordinarily perceive. They are considered one of the Eight Classes of Spirits known as ‘Lu’ in Tibetan. Nagas are ruled by Eight Naga Kings and are usually depicted as serpentine beings, or as beings with the upper body of a human and the lower body of a serpent. They can also appear as large snakes, frogs and as fish. As they are sentient beings within samsara, who have their own karma, perception and tendencies, Nagas are not enlightened beings. Hence as Buddhists we do not take refuge in them.

These beings abide in areas where there is water, such as in streams, springs, ponds, rivers, lakes and the oceans. To a lesser extent they also abide in woodland areas, such as forests and jungles. As these places are their homes, Nagas become extremely displeased when someone pollutes their environment (especially waterways), clears the natural flora and fauna, does any form of destructive earthworks or constructs buildings on their land. They are also displeased when people living on their land or near them are disharmonious and quarrelsome.

Being extremely clean beings, they also abhor negative actions including the killing of animals, and the smell of meat disgusts them. They also cannot stand the smell of alcohol or other intoxicants, and are offended when people break their samaya with their gurus.

If we have offended Nagas in any way, they can afflict us if we have a karmic connection with them from previous lives. Such signs that the Nagas are offended includes:

  • dreams of snakes attacking us
  • accidents
  • skin diseases, especially leprosy
  • cancer
  • kidney problems
  • disharmony within our lives
  • in extreme cases, can lead to possession and even death.

As powerful beings that can control the weather, they can also cause severe drought, or floods if they are displeased.

There are many ways we can appease these beings, including giving them offerings and reciting certain prayers. For example, you can sponsor a Naga Puja to appease them. When they are happy, Nagas can actually grant conducive weather conditions, for example by calling for or holding off the rain. Nagas who are pleased can also result in improvements in one’s wealth, fame and health. Peace and harmony can increase, and various obstacles and sicknesses in life can be removed. Being sensitive beings however, it is generally not recommended that we propitiate Nagas unless we are under the guidance of a qualified lama.

Making offerings and reciting prayers to the Nagas is more than just appeasing them. It is also to pacify any injury we have caused them due our carelessness, since we have caused them harm by altering their environment. Another method is to recite the sutra below. This can be recited on Naga days or whenever possible. It is good to do this repeatedly when engaging in construction work or any work that disturbs the land, or could cause unintentional pollution to the land and waterways. This sutra can be recited by anyone with good samaya with their lama, and who holds their vows and commitments well. Also, one should observe a strict vegetarian diet one day prior to the recitation and on the actual day of the recitation as well, in order to cleanse yourself since Nagas are adverse even to the smell of meat and alcohol.

Accompanying this recitation, you can burn Naga incense. This incense is made with natural herbs, the scent of which is said to appease Nagas and it is free from any kind of animal products. You can also leave other offerings out near waterways and on your land, such as milk and other foods that do not contain any trace of animal products, as this will serve to anger them more.

Nagas are not generally a type of being who go out of their way to harm us, but due to our carelessness they can be hurt and offended. When they are, they can have a very negative impact on our lives. As such it is wise to be mindful of the natural environment and reduce pollution. For those who are afflicted or could be afflicted due to their work, the sutra recitation presented below will be very useful.

Tsem Rinpoche.

 


 

Apology to the Naga Realm

Aug 13 2016

We are very pleased to offer a translation of a very important Naga text from the Zung-Due (collection of Mahayana Sutras). This text, called the ‘Lu’i Pang Kong’ is is an extensive apology and amendment to the realm of Nagas, and is commonly recited when someone has been stricken with a naga-related disease or misfortune. One would commission Lamas to recite this Sutra as many times as one’s age, or recite it oneself.

This text includes the U-chen script, a line of phonetics and an English translation. It outlines the realms of nagas, names their legion of Kings; it describes all the manner in which we knowlingly or unknowlingly harm the Nagas through the impact we make on the environment. It includes lists of the kinds of offerings the Nagas prefer and the specific kinds of medicine they need to heal. By reading this text, you will come to know all about the realm of Nagas and how interconnected we are with them.

Read this Sutra on special Naga days or when making other Naga offerings.

Many thanks to Lama Pema Chophel for recognizing the importance of this text, and making the effort to translate it for the benefit of all.

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  1. Vivian Ong on Jan 16, 2017 at 12:48 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting article. Guess I learn something from this article, that is, do not simply harm and land or water area as there are beings residing such as the Naga. We wouldn’t want to make them angry and get ourselves into trouble. So, to be on the safe side, it is always better to offer a prayer to the Nagas before doing anything related to the ground and water.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  2. Michelle on Jan 11, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching. Your explanation clear my doubts of why some worship Serpent and how our negative which emitted from our body which can upset the Naga.

  3. Anne Ong on Jan 2, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this important information on Naga. It’s very important to know because the consequences of offending Nagas are very serious and life threatening.I now understand more about Nagas. This article is also very important and beneficial to share with others.

  4. jgarcia on Jan 2, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Hello hi

  5. paul yap on Dec 27, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    I felt that there are lots of similarity between the Naga and King Neptune, which described by the western society. I also found that there are lots of common between Kuan Yin and Mother Mary. I believe that the spiritual beings, Gods and Buddha have manifested in different shape and form, which could appear simultaneously in different dimension and location. Both Naga and Neptune has a upper body of a human, and a lower body of a snake, both of them live in a water place and has the power to control the weather and many other things. What i like about Tibetan Buddhism the most is they have the vast knowledge and skills in explaining everything logically, and not threaten anyone by just throwing “faith” into the picture.

  6. Chu Li Min on Nov 1, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Thank you Tesm Rimpoche for sharing this article.

  7. Samfoonheei on Sep 12, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Interesting article…to know more about it. Well many of us do not know these beings do exist ,its important to be mindful,respect always when we are in jungles,rivers and so forth especially very quiet and lonely place.All these places are homes of the Nagas. Be aware of our environment and care for nature.May more people are aware of the Nagas do exist and not to destroy any environment without doing offering and apology to them.
    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing for us to understand better.

  8. Vinnie Tan on Sep 11, 2016 at 3:10 am

    This is a definitely must read for everyone that wants to know more about Nagas. Through the article it has made me realise there are beings that exist that we are not able to see that possess qualities that are very powerful. Sometimes through our carelessness, we will offend these beings and we do not even know that we have done so. Through this it actually tells us that it is basic respect that we should have towards everything that is around us.

    When we have the awareness to live in harmonious ways and not kill or harm, having a pure heart we will be able to live a life that is good as there is no intention to cause harm in anyway. It shows that true kindness is something that is what we should all work towards and it is appreciated by all.

  9. Sharon Ong on Sep 10, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    This is a really good article for those who are curious about Nagas. From this write-up. I learnt that although Nagas are powerful creatures that can bestow wealth, good health and good weather, we should not take refuge in them as they are not enlightened. However, we should respect them and their abode as they can show displeasure by inflicting diseases, bring bad weather and accidents. As they dwell in places like lakes, rivers, forests and jungles, we should always be very mindful when we are at these places.

    Thank you for this interesting post, Rinpoche. I now understand more about Nagas, something that has fascinated me since I was young.

  10. Wan Wai Meng on Sep 10, 2016 at 1:57 am

    This is so beneficial for human kind, who sometimes inadvertently end up offending nagas in one way or another. And I suppose most are not even aware such beings exist at all amongst them. I would think people who live closer to nature have the opportunity to encounter nagas, I suppose if we respect nature and its inhabitants we will be alright.

  11. Alice Tay on Sep 10, 2016 at 12:38 am

    龙族是众生之一,祂们并不是证悟者,因此我们不应该皈依于祂们。

    龙族常出现的地方包括池塘、河流、湖、大海以及其他有水的地方。龙族也会出现在森林。祂们可以现身为一条大蛇、青蛙甚至是鱼。除此,龙族会感到不愉快当人类污染或破坏环境或是发生不和谐和争议在祂们居住的范围里。

    另一个重点是,龙族是不能忍受酒精以及动物杀害的味道。还有,龙族也会对付那些没有遵守与上师的三味耶。

    感谢仁波切分享这篇与龙族有关的博文。

  12. Pastor Antoinette on Sep 9, 2016 at 9:41 am

    I have never heard about Nagas before my stay in Malaysia. It is very important to learn about these beings as they are in our environment and we can offend them by our ignorance and carelessness. They can create a lot of sickness in our life and we want them to be happy for sure.

    Thank you for this clarifying article.
    Pastor Antoinette

  13. Pastor Chia on Sep 9, 2016 at 2:06 am

    Is interesting to know about the background and nature of nagas. Nagas is type of being born in animal realm. They can be dangerous and harmful if we offended them causing us have skin diseases, especially leprosy
    cancer,kidney problems,disharmony within our lives. In extreme cases, can lead to possession and even death.

    Personally had wittiness few case of people possesses by nagas due to their karmic connection. I had saw how H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche helped these people has disturbed by the nagas and get well. In Kechara Forest Retreat land,Rinpoche always advised us be kind and not hurting animals. Respect our nature environment because they have different kind of sentient being like nagas living around us. In serves occasion, in the middle process of building at the retreat land. If we need to cutting trees, we have to make offering to nagas first before cutting trees so we are not offend by nagas by destroy the nature. Rinpoche always remind us time to time make incense offering to the nagas and land deity in the retreat land.

  14. Eric kksiow on Sep 8, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Personally I don’t have any experience on Naga ( offending ) , and I always heard from Pastors ( Pastor Chia and Pastor Henry ) regarding about how customers from KP outlet offended Naga by talking nonsense and polluted they ( Naga ) environment ( seaside, waterfalls and rivers ) . And of course the victim has their Karmic connection with the Naga ( Killed snake from previous lifetimes or this lifetime and eating seafood).

    My point : this is the article that I can share with customers in Kechara Paradise outlets, not to kill and one of reason to become a vegetarian. If the customer has a dreams of snakes attacking, skin diseases, disharmony in lives or possession by Spirits. I will refer the case to any of one to our Kechara Pastor.

    Thank You
    Eric kksiow

  15. June Kang on Sep 8, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    This article is ready taught us on more mindful and care to our nature and environment. Our carelessness and inproper conduct in nature will cause the Naga suffering and If we have offended Nagas in any way, they can afflict us if we have a karmic connection with them from previous lives. Therefore everyone of us should be mindful of our conduct in nature and everyware.

    And I read somewhere saying that The bodhisattva Manjushri, in wrathful form, can appear as Nagaraksha . So Naga can be also very compassionate .

  16. Khoo Hou Haw on Sep 8, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    Thank you for this article. I think it is very important for people to know this that we have to always be aware of our enviromment and not simply destroy and pollute the nature. As we know now destroying the environment does not only bring harm to ourselve but also the other beings staying around. We should always respect the nature.

  17. nicholas on Sep 8, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    It’s interesting to know the nature of Naga and what they are capable of. Naga is a very sensitive being and they are every where especially in the forest and places that have water. We may easily offended them if we don’t watch our action and if we don’t know their nature. So it’s important to learn up so we know how to not offend them or if we did we know what to do.

    I have heard some true story of how people offended the Naga how they being affected. It’s can be very serious up to loosing your life. We are lucky that we have our Guru to advice us what to do and understand the nature of the Naga so we can prevent from disturbing them by watching our action.

  18. Mingwen on Sep 8, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    I would like to share an interesting sharing from Pastor Chia which has shared with a group of us, during the Naga Puja, we’ll have different types of traditional medicines to offer to the Nagas because Nagas themselves are suffering from diseases, hence, by offering them medicines, they are able to heal from diseases and feel pleased.

    Personally, I think it’s easy and simple to not disturb by and not to disturb the Nagas. We will just need to respect them, which mean be aware and responsible on whatever we are doing. For instance, littering, deforestation, polluting the naturals and more of what human beings are now doing. We all share the same space, just because we are not able to see them physically and we thought that we, human beings, own the earth and we can do whatever we want, such a selfish thought. May more people able to realise the mistakes we are making and stop doing it or else it’ll be too late to apologise.

  19. Pastor Henry Ooi on Sep 8, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    I remember a young man who had two nagas following him after an outing with his friends to a river. He admitted he and his friends were drinking and throwing empty cans into the river, swearing and shouting obscenities, and littering the area. That was many years ago. He visited Kechara seeking help when Rinpoche was giving a dharma teaching in Kechara House. Out of compassion Rinpoche advised him what to do including engaging in a retreat, to chant a specific manta, and to observe a strict vegetarian diet. Initially the young man did as told but unfortunately he succumbed to his desire by eating fried chicken (he was seen partaking of the chicken by a Kecharian) and he did not complete the retreat. To make matters worse he went to Kechara House and accused everyone that the retreat he was engaging in was of no help to him. He stopped doing the retreat and ever since I have seen nor heard of him. I hope he is well.

    In Kechara Forest Retreat, Rinpoche always advises us to make puja offerings to the nagas and local land deities before any tree was cut, any earth work was carried out, any conduction work starts. Hence all construction works were carried out with no serious injuries to the workers on site.

  20. Albert on Sep 8, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    Just the same like human, Nagas also has emotions and attachments, likes and dislikes, that’s why when we are in the nature, we should not do anything that offend them, cause they will take revenge when we offended them.

    All this time, I thought nagas are in the god realm, because of his “superpower” and ability, thanks to this article, it is kind of hard to believe that nagas are in animal realm, because they are so different compare to the other animals we usually sees, and after reading this article, it also answered my many years curious / questions.

    this is very useful to the people who has offended the Nagas, there is a complete apology text we can recite to apologize and make offerings to the nagas.

  21. pammie yap on Sep 8, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    In Chinese tradition, it is always advised by the older generation, that we do not disturb the nature without ‘informing’ and apologizing first. I never really understood the reason for it, but now I know it’s because of the nagas and spirits that may reside in those places.

    We should always be careful and mindful of our surroundings when we are outdoor. We will never know what or who we will accidentally offend.
    This post is very useful especially for those like me, so that we can learn and understand.

  22. Jace Chong on Sep 8, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this important information on Naga. It’s very important to know because the consequences of offending Naga are very serious and life threatening.

    After discussion with my Dharma brothers and sisters, the sharing on cases who offended Naga are very scary. One of the case is in this video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3G6g6F5jDR0

    It’s very important to have a kind and compassionate heart to all sentient beings including those we can’t see. May those who offended Naga can find a solution to cure, so understand and promote this important information is very important.

    Thank you.

  23. Pastor Moh Mei on Sep 8, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    I tend to automatically associate naga with dragon even though the dragon depicted in the western folklore and mythology seems nothing like what is described here in this article about naga.

    It’s interesting that naga belongs to the animal realm because I think the general assumption is that beings in the animal realm are the real life animals we see eg cats, dogs, cows, chicken, etc. The article mentioned that nagas have subtle bodies that humans cannot ordinarily perceive.

    Our written and spoken history strongly imply that naga must exist and there are those who have seen them. If nagas are one type of “unseen” being in the animal realms, what are the chances that there are many more. Would Bigfoot also fall under this same category, hence many seems to have encountered them but yet there are no solid evidence.

    Don’t talk abaout us beling alone in the universe. We are not even “alone” on Earth. It seems that among us are countless other beings that we cannot see. Maybe these beings are the causes of the many unexplained phenomena we have encountered.

    If only we all believe in nagas, then maybe we would be more respectful towards nature and environment, be more responsible with pollution, deforestation and development and live more harmoniously.

  24. Datuk May on Sep 4, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Due to our lack of mindfulness, it is often that we may have disturbed the Nagas by being disrespectful to their environments. One of the common mistake that we make is when we urinate in places that have disturbed the Nagas and the consequences of bodily harm are beyond medical assistance.

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving us such a detail manner whereby we can make amends to overcome our mistakes and the consequences of our lack of mindfulness. The information on this post will be useful to us at all times.

  25. Uncle Eddie on Sep 3, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Nagas are serpent-like in form, and live primarily in water bodies and to a lesser extent are associated with earth and trees. Though powerful beings, they are said to have abilities which include controlling of the weather, bring good fortune and wealth and enhancing fertility and positivity. Conversely, Nagas can also invict disease, obstacles and natural diasasters when displeased or angersome! Naga Puja is mainly performed to appease Nagas that one may have offended or please Nagas that are active in areas where one wishes to live, work or conduct business for a living! Sponsors of Naga pujas should observe strict vegetarianism one day before and on the day of the puja as said to cleanse themselves, as Nagas are said to detest meat and alcohol! If puja is done correctly, it is said that one’s presence, wealth, fame, health, merits will improve, good weather, resources, peace and prosperity are said to be abound, obstacles and sicknesses will be eliminated and one’s practice and wishes are said to be easily accomplished!

  26. CindyH on Sep 2, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for such a comprehensive article. Not only are we exposed to the nature, significance and temperaments of the Nagas, we are also reminded on the necessity to be mindful and respectful to Nagas (and all other sentient beings for that matter) whom we are sharing this space with. The consequences of offending the Nagas can be very severe regardless of whether it was done intentionally or unknowingly and thus, it is very helpful to know what are the symptoms to look out for. In addition, the relevant prayer is also included for our benefit so we would know how to appease them if the situation requires us to do so.

  27. graceleong on Sep 1, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    This is a very useful and practical piece of sharing as many people are ignorant of the existence of Nagas or even if they know of them have very little knowledge on them and their likes and dislikes. Whilst we are living in samsara it’s better we know who are our “neighbours” as we may unknowingly harm or disturb them resulting in us getting harmed or ill. Looking at the list of the negative consequences, they are very common illnesses and conditions which can happen to anyone of us. For some we cannot find the reason and it’s good we know now that they can come about from Nagas as well. If such things happen we are also given a solution here – the prayers to appease and apologise to the Nagas.

    One more point to note is that the Nagas are highly respected by the Buddha. They were assigned to protect the precious teachings of the Madhamyka , teachings of the Middle way to realise Emptiness, which is one of the key gateway to achieving Enlightment. This is clearly explained in the story of Nagarjuna.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting article.

  28. Pastor KH Ng on Aug 31, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Wow! Naga are such powerful beings!!

    In Eastern cultures especially the Chinese, the Nagas or Dragons or “Lungs” has always been part of the culture. So much so that the Chinese has always been regarding themselves as the “descendants of the dragons”. What this means, I am not exactly sure but Nagas are definitely closely linked to Chinese culture.

    In South East Asia, the 9 Dragon Kings are widely propitiated for health, peace and wealth and it is consistent that followers need to observe a strict vegetarian diet especially during the “9 Dragon Kings” festival from the 1st to the 9th on the 9th Lunar month. And during these nine days of the festival, there will be heavy rain.
    Strange but true…about the rain.

  29. JASON on Aug 31, 2016 at 1:44 am

    This write up really make me gain more knowledge on Naga Realm.In Buddhism, compassion to every sentient beings(seen or unseen) is the key element for us to achieve higher attainment.

    Prayers or Puja to be done to appease Naga which we might offended them unintentionally.Besides that, the Puja also appease others beings also.

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this informative write up to benefit us.

    With folded hands
    Jason

  30. Chris Chong on Aug 29, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this with us. Naga is known to be very easily offended if we not careful with our actions. They are powerful unseen beings that can cause actual harm to us.

    Choji-la had performed a Naga Puja during his stay in Kechara Forest Retreat and I am fortunate enough to be there. Choji-la also gave us an oral transmission of the mantra of Chenrezig Simhanada.

    Humbly,
    Chris Chong

  31. Lum Kok Luen on Aug 29, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you very much for sharing and caring for so many of us who are ignorant about the existence of other beings and that we must respect other beings’ dwelling.

    I can now share with friends, family members and associates when land clearing works, or any construction works that disturbs the geology of land we must appease nagas and make offerings so as not to offend their abode.

    Thank you very much Your Emminence.

    Humbly yours,
    Lum Kok Luen

  32. Choong on Aug 29, 2016 at 12:43 am

    I found the thangkha depicting the palace where the King of Nagas recide very interesting and thought-provoking. It has none other than Bodhisattva Simhanada on the top floor.

    Nagas have always been closely related to the Wisdom of Emptiness or “Sunyata” as taught by Buddha Shakyamuni to the Nagas, of which Dorje Shugden is now its main protector.

    The Nagas kept the teachings in the form of the Prajnaparamita Sutras until Acharya Nagarjuna, who travelled to the Naga Kingdom to teach, and in turn retrieved the Prajnaparamita Sutras from the Nagas.

    Acharya Nagarjuna is of course “the” exponent-teacher of the Wisdom lineage after which his students Buddhapalita and Chandrakirti continued propogating the lineage through extensive commenteries on Nagarjuna’s body of writings including the Mulamadhyamakakarika.

    A long time later and after the practice of the Dharma had degenerated, it was Je Tsongkhapa who, after having direct confirmation from Bodhisattva Manjushri the Bodhisattva of Wisdom himself, studied and took especially Buddhapalita’s commentaries and very successfully revived the stainless teachings from the Prajnaparamita Sutras.

    Tsongkhapa’s teacher Dondrub Rinchen had also encouraged him to study the five texts of Maitreya, especially the Abhisamayālaṅkāra or “Ornament of/for Realizations” which is also a summary of the Prajnaparamita Sutras.

    Now, Bodhisattva Simhanada is an emanation of Avalokiteshvara. The Srimaladevi Simhanada Sutra also teaches and clarifies the Tathagatagarbha Sutras’ view of “Sunyata”. No wonder he resides on the top floor of the palace!

    Now I know why Je Tsongkhapa is both an emanation of Manjushri and Avalokiteshvara (plus Vajrapani). Both are champions of elucidating the Wisdom of Emptiness. Indeed it is said that Bodhisattva Simhanada and Je Tsongkhapa are of the same mindstream!

    I also remember the story about Kumbum Monastery which was built near Tsongkha, Tsongkhapa’s birthplace. Tsongkhapa’s father had taken his placenta and buried it where Kumbum Monastery now stands and a sandalwood tree had grown on that same spot.

    This tree became known as the “Tree of Great Merit” and the the leaves and the bark of this tree were reputed to bear impressions of the Buddha’s face and various mystic syllables including Simhanada.

  33. Valentina Suhendra on Aug 28, 2016 at 4:15 am

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you for this interesting and useful post about apology to the Naga. I have been interested in the Naga since I read about the story of Nagarjuna; how the Naga princes attended his teachings and eventually invited him to the Naga realm to give Dharma talk.

    If the Nagas are appreciative of the Dharma they sure have some degree of wisdom and compassion. I found it interesting that they are offended when students break samaya with their teacher.

    Valentina

  34. Wah YIng on Aug 27, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this blog article on Naga. I learn more than the close connection of Naga with our environment, how the actions we did, especially damage or destroy the environment can have impact on Naga and ourselves. Many might have read about the stories about Naga rules the ocean, control the weather in some Chinese stories like Journey to the West..and from this teaching on Naga, it proved that drought or flood or natural disasters which always mentioned as signs of Naga is not pleased, is not something make up of.

    By knowing some of the consequences of such as natural disasters, accidents or illness are caused by our ignorance, after we did some destructive actions to the environment or live in disharmony; one can avoid repeating the harmful actions, thus to avoid bringing further harm to ourself in future. Knowing the root of problem is therefore important, and having the solution to remend the situation is even more important. Thus, by translating and providing the important prayer of ‘‘Lu’i Pang Kong’ to make apology and amendment to Naga realm is very compassionate, for us to do the prayer when neccessary. Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching and prayer text.

  35. Pastor Han Nee on Aug 25, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this post on the Nagas and for the translation of the prayer “Apology to the Naga Realm”.

    The Nagas and their abodes and dwelling places need to be respected . If there is construction being carried out, we need to be very careful and mindful. Nagas will only react and retaliate when their waterways are polluted and the flora and fauna of their abode and environment are destroyed in woodlands and forests. They have tremendous powers to hurt and harm those who are karmically linked to them. They can control the weather, and when displeased they can cause severe droughts or floods.

    They can cause disharmony too. THey can also cause accidents,skin disease(especially leprosy) and cancer when they are offended, especially to those with karmic connections from past lives.
    Hence it is good to make offerings and prayers of apology to appease them.

    They are disgusted with humans who eat meat as it involves killing of animals. They consider these humans to be unclean. There is a story of how two Naga princes who visited Nagarjuna ( the great philospher who gave us the Middle View of Emptiness) in the human realm, had to anoint themselves with sandlewood as they were revolted by the scent of humans. Hence the Nagas are very clean. Furthermore, they cannot stand the smell of alcohol or other intoxicants, and are offended when people break their samaya with their gurus.

    Thus we should learn to be careful and not to harm or offend them or disturb or destroy their environment and abodes..Creating negative karma with them doesn’t end with this life.

  36. gary foo on Aug 25, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this precious teaching. In Malaysia many a time when constructions are being done and lands cleared mysterious illness will either befall the workers or machineries abruptly fail. This is timely so Buddhist will know how to first recognise then use the required antidote prescribed by Rinpoche. For the Hindus they pray the goddess Mariamman for protection which you also can see Nagas hovering above her crown. Indeed we are blessed to know what to do and what sutras to recite due to Rinpoche’s kindness. With folded hands.

  37. Dolma on Aug 24, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    thank you rinopoché. Naga’s of Tibet, are they not feeling disturbed, ill, maybe angry and other words about what happens to their rivers and land. Even to the population and yaks! I did read 100.000 killed.

  38. Lew on Aug 24, 2016 at 12:33 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this prayer for us to do if we need to appease Nagas if we have accidentally offended them. When I grow up, I have always heard the elders said don’t simply throw things in the jungle/forest, and also don’t simply pee. I think I grow up with a culture of making peace with nagas.

    What I like about Buddhism is the nature of accepting and compassion. Nagas are samsara beings with their own karma, and they are too suffering like us. We have our problems, and so have they. We are all sharing the same world, and therefore, it is better to get along well. I have heard about other religions that they will do rituals to get rid of beings which disturbed us (the human).

  39. Wei Theng on Aug 23, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for teaching on Nagas, the beings that belongs to the animal realms with subtle bodies & very potent. They like water, clean and do not like meat. They are very fond of Cherenzig (Kuan Yin) and it is good for us to recite Cherenzig Mantra (Om Mani Padme Hung) for them. They were very powerful as they can control weather, cause skin diseases/ cancers or causing disharmony within our lives or even death.

    When we are building Kechara Forest Retreat, there are Naga Pujas done on the land in order to appease the nagas and for the smooth construction work. What I learn from here is the Buddhist compassion way to make peace with beings already reside in a place. We do not take refuge to them nor harm them, but respect them while sending puja and compassion thoughts for them.

    Last year, in KFR, I have the blessings to be involved and attended the Lutor Lusang (Naga) Pujas done by the 7th Panglung Oracle (Chojela). There are a lot of preparation works to do the LuKhang (Naga’s abode), torma and offerings for the puja. During the process, we also need to be vegetarian before and after the puja and also be very clean in our preparation work. The puja is about 3.5 hours with Chenrezig Singahananda prayer too. The best part is we also received the oral transmission of Chenrezig Singahananda Mantra (OM AH HRIH SING HANANDA HUM PHAT) from Chojela. If you would like to know more about the Naga puja, you may look at the photo album by Vajrasecrets FB : https://www.facebook.com/139469509441445/photos/?tab=album&album_id=836353709753018

    Attached are some of the pictures:
    1. LuKhang & the offerings
    2. A sneak peek of the interior of the Naga’s abode.
    3. Chenrezig Singhananda, also known as Lion’s Roar Avalokiteshvara, he is the activity manifestation of Chenrezig. His Puja can cure Naga caused diseases and purify negative emotions as a result of negative karmic activities and deeds.
    4. Chojela was doing puja & offerings

    NagaPuja-LuKhang-1

    NagaPuja-LuKhang-4

    NagaPuja-Singhananda

    NagaPuja-LuKhang-3

  40. Wylfred Ng on Aug 23, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing on Naga.

    This blog post remind us to always be mindful, not to pollute the environment when we go to nature places such as waterfall and riverside.

    And although Naga is not a sentient being that we should take refuge in, but as a Buddhist we should respect and be compassionate to everyone including Naga.

    Last year we are so fortunate to have the 7th Panglung Kuten to perform a Naga puja at Kechara Forest Retreat. The building of Kechara Forest Retreat involved new land development, thus the offering to Naga through puja is necessary because we might affect their land.

    Again thank you Rinpoche for sharing out the Puja text so that we can do the puja when necessary.

    Thank you

  41. Sock Wan on Aug 23, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the Naga prayer with us. Sometimes we might accidentally offend the Nagas without realising because we are not able to see them. It is good to know that Nagas are not aggressive beings, unless we offended them, otherwise they will not harm us. If we are going to have construction works on a land, it is hight advisable to recite this prayer. Rinpoche explained before that there are beings who have resided in a place long before we come, we should show our respect to them by doing puja to appease them or to ‘inform’ them of what we are going to do in their ‘house’. It is a courtesy, no one walks into someone’s house without informing.

  42. Jacinta Goh on Aug 23, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Have read what Rinpoche has written. Would very much like to read it because I like to know their realms, their legions or their Kings and how they are connected to us. However, certain things must be observed such as having strict vegetarian diet even one day prior to recitation. Just like the Naga puja that I’ve attended last year in KFR. Perhaps I can do it during my retreat? As I was reading this, I was somehow a bit relief as this Sutra does not have any restrictions like those tantra text (such as Guhyasamaja. )

  43. Stella Cheang on Aug 23, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the explanation on Naga realms; i.e. who they are, in what form they exist, how do we co-exist with them in the same space, and the remedy should we, due to our carelessness, have caused harm or pain on them and now suffering the consequences. Naga dwells in areas where there is abundance of water, they are protective towards the flora and fauna that enrich their surroundings, and they are very particular about cleanliness and vegetarianism. Now that we understand the habit of Naga, and since we share the same dwelling with them, it is only polite to extend the respect and mindfulness that they deserve as another sentient being. Thank you Rinpoche for this teaching.

  44. Fong on Aug 23, 2016 at 12:34 am

    At the end of the day, we just have to bear in mind the basic teachings of kindness, awareness, mindfulness, patience and generosity and gratitude.

    We have to be mindful and aware of our actions when in other’s territory and to land where we think belongs to no one. We are just not aware and mindful that we humans beings are not the only beings on this earth. Just as in the human realms, we can have really nice neighbors or some really sensitive ones.

    So, the list of symptoms will help us realise whether we have offended a Naga and what remedy we can take to rectify the situation.

    Thank you, Rinpoche for showing us the way to recognise and remedy this particular situation.

    May Rinpoche have stable health and long life. May Rinpoche’s wishes manifest smoothly and swiftly.

  45. Sofi on Aug 23, 2016 at 12:28 am

    This is an interesting article on Nagas and their character. It is amazing how closely we are integrated with the Nagas as they live very closely to us. They could affect us physically if unpleased and give us the riches if they are happy. However it is difficult for us as we can’t really see them nor have the clairvoyance of knowing if we had offended them. As I learn more of the Nagas, I would say we will need to apply more mindfulness of our actions, especially not to pollute the natural environment nor eat meat or seafood.
    Chojela was very kind to give us the Chenrezig mantra transmission to appease the Nagas. Nagas seem to have an affinity for the Dharma and especially to Buddha Chenrezig’s prayers. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this eye opening article on the Nagas.

  46. William Chua on Aug 22, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    Wherever we are, we will need to be aware of what we do and not simply do anything to disturb the Naga, if any. Now we know that the Naga does not like messiness or pollute the environment. Once the Naga is disturbed, then the consequences may be very bad that may cause unexplained death because the Nagas can be quite petty and unforgiving.

    A Naga puja was performed in Kechara Forest Retreat last year by Chojila. The puja was done to appease the Nagas in Kechara Forest Retreat and because we are currently building and clearing the land, so that our projects will go on smoothly.

    • Pastor David Lai on Aug 22, 2016 at 10:38 pm

      You remembered that Chojela performed the Naga pujas. I recall it to be a Lutor and Lusang. Lutor is the puja principly relying on Chenrezig Singatra and making torma offerings to the 9 naga kings. This is done by constructing a portable naga palace made of leaves and flowers. There are the 9 pictures of the naga kings within and tormas are offered to them.

      At the end of the puja, the naga palace is carried and left near a body of water. In our case, it was near the Chamang waterfall. Lusang is a special offering of incense to appease the nagas. The incense has to be a specific incense that does not contain any animal products. By the way, on top of the oral transmissions of various mantras by Rinpoche, Chojela himself gave us the Chenrezig Singatra mantra transmission as well.

  47. justin on Aug 22, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article to us. I do remember that there was once one of our friends who was possessed by a Naga spirit many years ago and it took him many months to just show some improvement from his purification practice to appease the Naga spirit but when he was about to show improvement then he went to eat meat and his condition went from bad to worse and that was the last we saw of him. I still remember the incident until these days and until now i am always trying to be careful wherever i go to especially places mentioned above where Nagas always resides. From this article also we got to know that we should always maintain cleanliness in our surroundings so that we don’t incur Nagas’ anger and cause unnecessary harm to ourselves.

  48. Carmen Koo on Aug 22, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Nagas are particularly closely related to Chenrezig. As a kid, Rinpoche used to do a lot of Chenrezig mantra at Turkey Swamp, by the lake, and later on, we found out from a nun during a work trip to USA that in that lake, where Rinpoche did the mantra and visualisation of Chenrezig coming out of the waters, lived a naga. We found it so amazing, that as a kid, no one told Rinpoche, but instinctively Rinpoche just did loads and loads of Chenresig mantra there. Here is an account of Rinpoche’s visualisation by the lake at Turkey Swamp:

    “From the centre of the lake in my imaginations, a Four Armed Avalokiteshvara (Lokeshvara) would be under the water sitting on a lotus calmly. I would chant Om Mani Peme Hung and ‘call’ to Him. He would hear me and very slowly rise out of the water. It was a gentle rising. As He rose, the waters would slowly cascade off of Him and he would be dry. His holy face would be facing down with four arms as He rose… His left hand held a mala (from our side), right hand a lotus and two hands folded at his heart with a wishfulfilling jewel. His majestic black hair would cascade down his shoulders and the other half tied up on his head bejewelled. He would wear princely silken clothes covering partially the upper portion of His body and a silk skirt the bottom. He would be sitting in full lotus posture on top of a gentle large brilliant pink lotus. His body was white like yoghurt/snow and shiny and brilliant. Millions of light rays would shine out from His holy body suffusing the area and me.. I would do this visualization and hold it. I would recite His mantra furiously and pray to be in communion with Him. To be blessed and one with Him. As I did this, I would visualize His face very very slowly looking up and then facing me. His face was like a polished mirror with the sun reflecting from it….it was so bright that I could hardly look into it. When he faced me from the middle of the lake and I saw His holy face directly gentle, calm and perfect, I would be filled with happiness, tingles all over my body, joy, forgiveness and I had no problems. I would ‘feel’ lights from His face shining directly towards me and filling my body and I would tingle all over. I would sometimes be in tears as I ‘communed’ with the Arya Lokeshvara, the Mahasattva of Great Compassion in this way… I wanted to be like Him, full of love, compassion, forgiveness, courage and acceptance. As the light shone from His holy visage to me, I would chant His mantra and hold this visualization as long as I can. I was around 11-12 years old at the time I think…”

    From:
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/avalokiteshvara-turkey-swamp-marc-me.html

  49. KarenC on Aug 22, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    I heard some stories related to Naga from a Lama that:

    1. It’s said that whether one is affected by Nagas or not depends on one’s “luck”. For example, if two people are walking through the forest and one of them offends a Naga, the Naga may not be able to see the offending person if their luck is good, hence the Naga may exact revenge on the other person whose luck is bad.

    2. Nagas are also prone to fear. For example two people going through the forest, one of them has an axe and the other does not. If the person with the axe cuts down a tree and offends a Naga in the process, the Naga may attack the other person (who does not have an axe) because it is afraid of the person with the axe.

    3. Nagas’ characters are miserliness and pettiness. There was once when Naga took trance on the lay person and was giving out blessed rice, the Naga broke the a grain of rice into 4 parts and gave away, this shows the characters of Naga.

  50. Su Ming on Aug 22, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    This is an interesting article to read.

    I remembered when we first acquired the land for Kechara Forest Retreat. There was a lot of pujas done for the nagas who resides in the land before any construction done. Even after that, the naga puja continues to appease them so no mishaps in the land.

    I remembered there was a case, there was a young man who suspected was possess. He came to see Rinpoche many years ago. When I saw him the first time, I was really frightened as his face was extremely not normal and extremely fidgety. Plus he had very bad skin problems. Rinpoche immediately told him that he has offended a naga and asked him whether he visited a waterfall recently. The boy admitted he visited a waterfall. Rinpoche prescribed him to do some retreat and the most important to stay away from meat and seafood. He followed initially and was getting better but after awhile later, his close friend reported to us that he started to eat seafood and meat again and the problem got worst. There are also cases where Rinpoche has prescribed retreat for students or friends who has offended nagas and they have the above symptoms as written in the article, these people followed and they were “cured” . As I am typing this, there is a close friend who was one of them and she is sitting opposite me now.

    Thank you for the above article.

  51. Soon Huat on Aug 22, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing this information. There are a lot of spirits or local deities around us (living together with us). We should not disturb or harm them, however, a lot of us (including me) disturbed or offended them without realizing due to ignorance. For instance, I think a lot of fishermen might worship the Naga with meat. It could be offending the Naga.

    In general (regardless of Naga),we need to save to world by taking less meat and be green. Our world pollution is up to intolerable level. I wish more people can be more alert and be more friendly to the world; help others and help us. Save the mother earth.

    Thank You Rinpoche.

    Cheers,
    Soon Huat

  52. sonny tan on Aug 22, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this highlight on Nagas, I would like to share some experiences on this. Many years ago I was following a guru, she use to come to Malaysia very often and during one of her many visit the guru decided to purchase a piece of uncultivated land on top of a hill in the west coast of Penang.
    She wanted to turn this land into a meditation center, we were informed to help clear this land and we constantly travelled to Penang almost every weekend to complete the assigned task. We did not do any prayers before clearing the land to appease the unseen spirits residing within that environment because we do not have any ideas on how to go about it. What was taught to us is just meditation however many things happened. On one occasion I was stung by a bee right below my eyelid when clearing the land, trees were felled without supervision, there was constant disagreement and anger thrown at each other. There was frequent cars breakdown without reason, on one occasion while travelling back from Penang after our duties while in the car I had a very heated argument with a fellow truth seeker whom I was very close with and it happened over some very trivial matter. Our friendship ended that day and neither of us try to resolve the matter or mend the friendship.
    My relationship with my girlfriend turned sour and finally dissolved because of my constant travelling to the land, not long after that one of the the member passed away, another member’s death followed not long after that and it shocked us because this guy is young and very healthy as he works in a construction site. Very spooky and unbelievable to say the least but I believe that nagas, spirits and entities are found in these places and respect need to be accorded when visiting their domain.

    • Choong on Aug 22, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      Thanks for sharing Sonny Tan. I wouldn’t have know better either but at least now we do.

  53. Tommy Hawksblood on Aug 22, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    That is amazing. Fear of a entity. That Is why I deal with GOD. Sadly the world is in serious trouble which you just might see in the next few months. It will not be from a Nagas. Everyone has their level of food and what they will eat. It has nothing to do with karma as Moses created many laws on what you can eat. Now Jesus said it is not what you put into your body but what comes out. Praying to a little god for what? Every single person will die within 125 years and many won’t make it past 80. There is a reason for that. No matter how hard you pray you will still die. What I find interesting why people want to live in Hell and stay in it. Reincarnation is not a gift, it is a curse. For people that don’t know the higher realms beyond the astral world are incredible. The Bardo is not where you have to go. But people follow programs and that will lead many people that way.
    Then if you don’t believe in a real God guess you are under the laws of the lesser deities. The first recognized race with a religion was from India which sent people to Tibet. Then again they changed the deities they worshiped. Do people want the truth I truly don’t think so. They want to hide from the truth and dream their way to LaLa land.
    You would think after 400,000 years you might see some spiritual people on planet earth yet you do not. OH right many people think they are and say they are. Now like Buddha Boy. Telling the world about nature and animals. Really the Native people did they and they were cut from 50 million to less then one million right now. The same as Tibet now taken over by Tibet. If that was my truth is would die by it as well as many killed themselves for the D. Lama living every where else other then with His people. I know he will be killed. Jesus could have run but He did not. But he also proved reincarnation is not the only way.

    123as1

    • Choong on Aug 22, 2016 at 4:17 pm

      Sorry Tommy, I don’t get what you are trying to say.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 04:15 PM
    Very clear explanation of what is Vajrayogini’s left foot stepping on. Each time when i have a look at the beautiful statue of Vajrayogini this question will comes back to me. i am glad came across these blog by chance, i saw and read to understand better.A clear explanation ..stampling left and right foot significant of desire ,hatred and ignorance that cause us to be in samsara and she she able to control.Vajrayogni’s practices is so powerful in heliping us and that is the reason Rinpoche always ask us to start now.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these short explanation in the video and the interesting story of Mahadeva.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/facebook-question-what-is-vajra-yoginis-left-foot-stepping-on.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:44 PM
    Rejoice to all the families who had setup a Buddhist altar at home and conducted a house blessing puja. There are diverse benefits of conducting the house blessing puja, which ranges from bringing well-being on all levels – in one’s health, relationships, business, and family – to purifying the home. The puja ceremonies will purify the environment which helps the people who live there and people who are visiting there to experience general well-being. The puja can be personalised based on the request or need of the individual. Thank you for sharing with us the many photos of the beautiful altar of these families, it is very heartwarming to know that they will always be blessed by the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:24 PM
    Thank you for sharing this mindfully planned itinerary for everyone who is interested in visiting Kechara Forest Retreat. Kechara Forest Retreat has different facets that showcase different elements of spirituality and Tibetan Buddhism in this wholesale venue. One can enjoy the flora and fauna of Mother Nature, or embrace the contemporary architectures that feature many magnificent Buddha statues and authentic Himalayan decorations. Not forgetting to mention, in Kechara Forest Retreat sits the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world! This is a holy place we must never miss to pay homage for blessings from the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 01:07 PM
    金泽“财王”护法殿

    在禅修林的入口处的左边有一间小佛堂,是全天候二十四小时开放给大众的。这间佛堂的一砖一瓦都是由不同善心人士捐增的。也因为他们过后发了一笔小财,所以在大马文东,金泽护法一般被简称为“财王“。

    根据佛陀教诲,五蕴是组成众生的五个方面,分别是色、受、想、行、识。证悟者如多杰雄登能将五蕴分别化现成不同的本尊。金泽是多杰雄登“受”蕴的化现,作用是协助我们增长世俗和修行上的财富。“受”蕴是我们对愉悦或不悦感受的认知。我们执着于愉悦,避免不悦,而这正是导致我们受困和造下各种业,继而产生痛苦的因(此段原文: http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_6d7edf5f0102x1n6.html)

    来到这里,我们首先要上香。做生意的朋友可要趁此机会拜拜,供养一个大的莲花蜡烛,上三根大香,祈求今年一帆风顺哦。

    摘自“GO BENTONG!与菩萨有约”
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  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 11:02 PM
    Can’t imagine that a priest actually stabbed Pope John Paul. How can he do this when he as a priest is suppose to be compassion and love everyone but kill the religion leader. he should remember that he carries the name priest and hence must show good example and behaviour to others but instead took another person’s life.

    I respected Pope John who continued his trip even though he was injured. That shows the determination he had to teach so it can benefit others. Always put others first more than our own needs.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/pope-john-paul-stabbed-by-priest.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 08:13 PM
    It is admirable for Sine Lindholm & Mads Ulrik Husum to place their design as open source for everyone to download and copy to manufacture. This shows how farsighted they are in propelling self-sustainability. The first step is always the hardest, and I believe what Sine and Mads had done is towards the right direction. In this way, people from all the around the world who genuinely are passionate and interested in growing own vegetables will be able to start on their own. Without needing to rely on middleman or manufacturer who might end up making the brilliant idea a commercial white elephant. Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 10:05 PM
    Many companies especially in overseas are very considerate and allow their employees to bring their dogs to work. I personally think that this is a very good practice where the employees no longer have to worry about leaving pets at home alone. The work environments that cultivate loving kindness, caring and compassion create a much more positive and productive place to work. Besides, it may influence everyone especially those who do not have pet to be more kind to the animals.

    Nevertheless, the employer and employees may have to work together to maintain the safe and cleanliness work place such as reduce odour, provide clean air and many others.

    Thank you for this interesting article as a reminder to us to love and be kind to animals no matter where we are.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/inside-the-worlds-most-dog-friendly-office.html
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 07:06 PM
    Superb idea and very creative. Home farming in the cities ! Appreciate all the hardwork and ideas to produce Growroom. It’s just like putting a big puzzle and making the whole process so much easier to plant in cities where we always have limited spaces.

    We should support more people to come up with such ideas so we can eat our own food and cultivate self sustainability.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:40 PM
    When on the hospital bed nearing our last breath, nothing matters except for the practice and transformation we have done in dharma in our lifetime.

    Our money, wishes, houses, clothes, jewelry, reputation, spouses, desires, dreams, greed, anger, possessions, explanations will be of no use at all. It will in fact even be a hindrance scratching at our mind’s energy to let go and we cannot.

    Since they are no use at that momentous event, we should continue that thought now and understand what we should truly cultivate now. This thought must translate into action not just scholastic thoughts and meanderings of the mind for self deception or imitation spiritual satisfaction. This is what I think daily and everyday as part of my meditations on death and impermanence according to first chapter of Lam Rim.
    ~H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche

    Learn more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-dying-process.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 12:11 PM
    Amazing and very creative architecture designed space for our home grown foods.It is a good idea for those living in the cities.The Growroom is beautifully produced made it convenience which enables people to connect with nature surrounding with plants. The smell of herbs and plants makes cities dwellers to live in happiness and healthy.
    Its takes alot of effort and determination for anyone to build a growroom.Well they can do it,if they have the will power….hoping someday KFR will have one too.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:39 AM
    Lazynnes ,negative karma!and mends samajas …ITS very very , inderdependent motivations lewwels of awareness Teacher’Quality &sangha quantity ,first when samajas ARE pure Empowerment full blessings later?so give less Empowerment ITS OK.ccTR IS Wise.
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  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:32 AM
    http://www.aikidosydneycity.com/interview-with-takeda-shihan-by-aikikai-hombu-dojo/ yes yes sumikiri!i m sure HE practice martial arts in many previous lives AS well AS have family’karma conected with ai!ki flow,,,so NEUTRAL his re:for attacks ARE.,above normal fighter skills!___and i m skull in maya astro,fine and wanth share:#####paranormalTSEMsection on:::: antarctica aliens& JFK ,Peru as egg skulls.________________have a good day&nice PRactICE.____THE LIGHT be?or just show options that can be used.
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  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:23 AM
    For example B_LOCK can be neutral karma ,butRE_PLAY reactions can make diferent results in second person?
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  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:22 AM
    NEUTRAL karma not make good ,not bad result!but ITS STill karma so IS not done from lewwels of acomplishment where IS NO NEW karma acumulations.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
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More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
4 weeks ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
4 weeks ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
2 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
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Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
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Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
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Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
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A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
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Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
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The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
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Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
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Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
4 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
5 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
6 months ago
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
6 months ago
It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
6 months ago
Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
6 months ago
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
6 months ago
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
6 months ago
High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
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༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
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Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
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  • March 27, 2017 04:19
    Dongho asked: I have been reading on the tunes of certain sects and would like to ask on this. From what I've read, there are certain tunes to each sect and school of certain chants. Exactly where can I find the sheet music for these percussion and horns with the chants, such as to the one for invoking Kache Marpo or Dorje Shugden? Would it be possible to use school instruments for this?
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  • March 26, 2017 02:14
    Kunga asked: Does the Gelug have Begtse a protector? If so, could you please provide a sadhana for him here?
    pastor answered: Dear Kunga, Yes the Dharma protector Begtse exists within the Gelug tradition. He is also known as Chamsing. Begtse’s practice stems from India and was introduced to Tibet and therefore Tibetan Buddhism by the translator Nyen Lotsawa. Marpa Lotsawa also practiced Begtse, and so the practice exists in the Kagyu traditions. This practice was eventually transmitted to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first of the five patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, who were the founding fathers of that tradition. Over time the practice of Begtse was incorporated into the Gelug tradition, founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, and was notably practiced by the 1st and 2nd Dalai Lamas. Over time the practice gained popularity within the lineage, especially when it spread to Mongolia. There the practice became an important one within the lineage as upheld there. Begtse is also affectionately known as the Dharma protector of Mongolia, because his practice is so popular there. If I am not mistaken, there is an oracle of Begtse in Mongolia as well. There is a mistaken account that the practice originated around the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama, with the subjugation of a Mongolian war god, but Begtse was definitely practiced before that time in the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya traditions. While the practice of Begtse is very effective, I have not come across the practice of Begtse in my personal practice, therefore I do not have access to the Begtse sadhana to provide to you. Instead Begtse is propitiated in prayers that incorporate many other Dharma protectors, and Begtse is also considered one of the nine protectors of the Hayagriva (Tamdrin) cycle of tantric teachings. Therefore Begtse is included in the Dharma protector sections of the Hayagriva tantras. Surrounding Begtse are his sister, Sing Ma, and his main minister, Le Khan Mar Po. His inner retinue comprises of eight butchers who wield copper swords in their right hands and skull-cups full of blood in their left hands. They are portrayed as naked and are very ugly. His outer retinue comprises a further twenty-one butchers, who hold copper swords in their right hands, and this time, the entrails of butchered enemies. They wear the skins humans and oxen as clothes, with ornaments made from human bone. While this may seem violent, Begtse is actually a very powerful and beneficial protector, who helps practitioners clear their obstacles and create conducive conditions for their spiritual evolution. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 24, 2017 20:12
    Azair asked: Venerable Rinpoche, I am doing a study in Kalachakra Tantra and I've heard from most of the lama's too that if you practice the Kalachakra Tantra, you'll be able to take control of your next rebirth. Ofcourse, it has been said that we will get our rebirth according to our Karma and desires but whether those dreams will get fulfilled will depend upon the actions that we take in this life. Thus, practicing the Kalachakra(till the end) after initiation will give you the opportunity to take rebirth anywhere you desire regardless of your Karma. My question is that, is there some truth in this statement.? Does this statement hold true for other tantra practices, such as Vajrayogini Tantra, Ghuyasamaja Tantra, Heruka Tantra, etc. I would really really like to know. Thankyou in anticipation, regards, Azair
    pastor answered: Dear Azair, Thank you for your question. Yes there is truth to this statement, both from a scriptural perspective and also by example, as the great masters have shown us. This is a unique feature of all Anuttarayoga Tantras or Highest Yoga Tantras, which Kalachakra, Vajrayogini, Guhyasama and Heruka are all examples of. This category of tantric practice can actually lead a practitioner to full enlightenment in this very lifetime. Even if enlightenment is not reached, very high levels of attainment can be reached nonetheless. This includes the ability to take control over your next rebirth. This is primarily engaged in so that the practitioner is born in an environment where they can eventually pick up their practice and further their spiritual path to enlightenment, or in order to be born in a place where they can benefit sentient beings the most, as part of the spiritual journey over many lifetimes. One of the reasons such an ability is very necessary on the spiritual path, is that usual death and rebirth occurs at the mercy of ones karma, specifically what is known as the ‘throwing karma’ or the karma that dictates what sort of rebirth a person is going to take. This opens up at the time of ordinary death, which most people have no control over. During the death process, many of our disturbing emotions will arise. Whichever of these is the strongest at the point of death triggers open a latent karmic potential, which becomes the ‘throwing karma’ and dictates where we are going to take rebirth and if that life will generally be full of suffering or not. Within Anuttarayoga Tantra, one of the key points of practice is to prepare for one’s death. This is done by simulating the dying process during one’s meditations, so that one becomes familiar with it. At the most pivotal part of this process, one practices achieving either the rainbow body or great bliss (in the case of the father tantras); or clear light (in the case of mother tantras). The tantras themselves are not defined in terms of the gender of the central deity, but by the method used to gain enlightenment. This is either the rainbow body/great bliss (classified as male, therefore labelled ‘father’) or clear light (classified as female, therefore labelled ‘mother’). Non-dual tantras such as the Kalachakra tantra can employ either of the two methods, a mixture of both, or alternate methods. In the case of superior practitioners, due to the power of their practice, they can achieve either of these two methods in their current body. Since they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, and a particular method of practice, they can also achieve enlightenment during their physical death. The great Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have achieved enlightenment at the moment of physical death, using the second of these. For other practitioners, they may not be able to achieve this either in their meditations while they are alive, or during the death process. However because they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, they remain in complete concentration at the time of death, not allowing any disturbing emotions to arise. Due to this level of concentration, meditation and awareness during the dying process, they are able to control where they next take rebirth. This is evident in the tantric scriptures themselves, and the life stories of many masters, who can state exactly where, when and to whom they will take their next rebirth, as they are in full control of the dying and rebirth process. There is a type of meditation called ‘thukdam’ which has been translated into ‘death meditation’. This is a final meditation some masters choose to engage in. During this meditation, the master themselves consciously begin the physical dying process themselves, engage in the meditation of dissolving the winds into the heart centre and remain in the most pivotal part of the death process, the mind of clear light of death. During this point they engage in meditations, either the methods of the father or mother tantras as mentioned previously, and or consciously choose where they are to next take rebirth. They can remain in this death meditation for long periods of time, days at an end, in which their consciousness has not yet left their body, although for all intents and purposes they are dead according to medical science, e.g. they have no heartbeat. At the end of their meditation, a drop of blood will be emitted from their nostril, and their head will slump over a little. Masters who engage in this meditation usually sit in full meditation posture, and their body remain supple and soft even though they have passed away from a medical point of view. I hope this brief explanation helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2017 23:01
    Brad asked: What is the significance of offering the Seven precious emblems of royalty to the Buddhas and enlightened Dharma Protectors? What are we symbolically offering up?
    pastor answered: Dear Brad, Thank you for your question. The ‘saptaratna’ or seven precious emblems represent on the one hand the ultimate state of temporal power, and on the other hand the ultimate spiritual attainments that we can achieve. By offering these to the Buddhas, we are actually creating the causes to achieve what they represent. Therefore it is good to know the meaning of each, so we can understand what we are creating the causes for by offering them up: Please see below for an explanation of the seven royal emblems: 1. The Precious Wheel: a thousand spoked wheel, representing the universal power of the Buddhas, as well as the teachings of the thousand Buddhas of our aeon. It is represented by the Dharmachakra, symbolising the ‘turning of the wheel’ or teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, especially that of our own mind, thoughts, delusions and afflictions. 2. The Precious Jewel: an eight sided wish-granting gem, which fulfils all the needs of a universal emperor. This jewel has eight special qualities: it illuminates the night sky for hundreds of leagues; it is cooling when the temperature is hot and warming when the temperature is cold; it makes manifest whatever the holder wants; when thirsty it causes a fresh-water spring to appear; it has the ability to control the nagas, and other supernatural beings, as well as preventing natural disasters such as storms, floods, etc.; it gives off multi-coloured lighted which heals the various mental and emotional afflictions; it cures all illnesses; and it ensures that one dies a natural death, not an untimely one. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, or perfect discrimination, so one knows what to abandon and what to keep in the mindstream during the spiritual journey to enlightenment. 3. The Precious Queen: the most beautiful and virtuous of all women. She is described as a goddess who is the epitome of someone: with devotion; without jealousy; who is the embodiment of fertility; who works for the welfare of all beings; who possess feminine wisdom; speaks the truth; not attract to sensual pleasures or material possessions; and does not have false views. She is adored by all. She also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect effort. This is necessary to keep meditating until one gains spiritual attainments. 4. The Precious Minister: who has sharp intelligence, patience, and the ability to give wise counsel to the emperor. He is so attuned to the emperor that even before the emperor has spoken, the minister is already carrying out his command. He only wishes to support the Dharma, help sentient beings, and is an excellent strategist. He also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect joy. This is also akin to the attainment of the first bodhisattva level, because you have come to an understanding of your own mind, which is like pouring ice-cold water into boiling water. The water stops boiling, as does the thoughts, projections, and delusions in the mind. He represents the path of the bodhisattva. 5. The Precious Elephant: who has the strength of a thousand normal elephants. He is white, with the perfect features that an elephant could have. He is majestic, graceful, and gentle, but in battle is fearsome, fearless and unyielding. He communicates with the emperor through a telepathic link. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect adaptability. This is important, as one needs to be able to adapt to the various mental afflictions as they arise, and suitably counter them. 6. The Precious Horse: who has all the marks of a celestial horse. Known as wind-horse, he is able to travel extremely fast, and can circumambulate the entire universe three time in just a single day. He is never fearful or startled, never makes a sound when galloping, and has extremely soft hairs on his body. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is single-pointed concentration. This is important because without this form of concentration, once cannot engage in the analytical meditations that lead to an understanding of emptiness, and therefore enlightenment. 7. The Precious General: who has mastered the arts of war and always wins in battle. He wears battle armour and holds many different weapons. He tries to avoid battle, but when necessary fights, and never gives up until he has won. He is fearless, and courageous in carrying out the emperors commands and ensures the emperors army carries out their duties. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect equanimity. This is because he overcomes all warfare, which is akin to the battle between things were are attached to and things we have an aversion for in our minds. In short, what you are offering up is the highest of all temporal treasures and abilities, as well as the entire path of the Dharma. Doing so creates the causes for you to receive all of this on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 20, 2017 10:16
    Grigoris asked: Excuse me, but I would like to ask, what does the prayer to Shangmo Dorje Putri say exactly? I can't read Tibetan, but would like to see the description that the prayer gives. I am not planning to say the prayer or make interaction(as it would be very dangerous), but would like to see what it actually says from the Tibetan text. Here's the link: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/shangmo-dorje-putri-the-bamo-of-sakya.html
    pastor answered: Dear Grigoris, Thank you for your question. Shangmo Dorje Putri is indeed a fascinating unenlightened Dharma protector. Unfortunately at the moment, we do not have a translated copy of the text in English that we can provide. The usual format for such texts, would include an invocation, making offerings to appease them, and then exhortations for them to perform their activities, possibly followed by thanking them for their help. One thing is for certain, due to the nature of Shangmo Dorje Putri her prayer is sure to include violent imagery, just like many other Dharma protectors, such as Achi Chokyi Drolma (who even though has a peaceful appearance, has a lot of violent imagery in her prayers). The reason behind the violent imagery is explained in the post about Achi Chokyi Drolma here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/achi-chokyi-drolma-chief-protectress-of-the-drikung-kagyu.html
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