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

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

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

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

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-12.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 04:30 PM
    Miracles do happen,when we have faith and trust in our Guru.What is important is to follow Rinpoche’s advice and do as instructed by our Guru to clear the osbtacles all the way.Angie and Herry were so fortunate to have meet Rinpoche.Its because of Rinpoche ‘s compassion and caring for his student Angie’s life was saved.Infact Rinpoche has helped many people through his intervention, advice and instructions.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing miracles stories which i enjoyed reading.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 02:45 PM
    WOW….interesting a miracles true story. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.Reciting mantras by family members and doing 20 pujas done at the monastery to help the baby. These proved that pujas, which have been done for hundreds of years in the monasteries are very powerful methods for us to overcome difficulties, create huge amounts of merit and for protection, good health and long life.This show us how powerful pujas can help us when we have trust and faith in our Guru.And with Rinpoche divination,the baby was born and now a healthy boy.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 12:47 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these powerful teachings.Its a privilege
    to do Dharma work to benefits other,do it with motivation and a good attitude when engaging ourselves It will be guide line for me.When we serve others to do Dharma work together at Kechara Forest Retreat ,we will improve ourself , purify our negative karma and to benefit others too.I will be sponsoring to the healings bricks soon and i will cherish every moment in supporting KFR.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/dharma-work-attitude-tdl.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 11:06 AM
    Bigfoot is just another beings living in this world although not commonly seen and live in the deep jungle in high mountains. There were many evidences that people from many parts of the world sighted this beings. Whatever shape they are I think importantly we are all sharing this world and therefore need to have mutual respect and not intervene each others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/its-in-the-scriptures-they-exist.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:26 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline sharing this interesting post about Bodhidharma, a great master favoured meditation and introduced the Lankavatara Sutra to Chinese Buddhism.

    Here are a few points I have learned from this post:
    1. Bodhidharma had strong imprints of Dharma from the past and therefore he is interested in Buddha’s teachings and show his great wisdom. at a very young age.
    2. His strong guru devotion and determination in learning and spreading the dharma based on meditation though he confronted with difficulties such as Emperor Wu Di was not impressed by his teachings, being ostracized and rejected and lived as a beggar for many months. Notwithstanding, he continued and never give up to practice meditation in complete silence for nine years in cave wall when he was not accepted by Shaolin Monastery at the beginning .
    3. When Bodhidharma was allowed enter to the monastery, he had put a lot of efforts to help the monks in improving their physical body as well as their mind through the meditation. Then, Bodhidharma continued to develop a system of 18 dynamic tension exercises which were printed as Yi Gin Ching (Changing Muscle/Tendon Classic) in 550 CE. It is known as the Luohan (arhat) 18 Hand Movements today which serves as the basis of both Chinese Temple Boxing and the Shaolin Martial Arts.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/bodhidharma-the-founder-of-gongfu.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:10 PM
    Thank you, Grace, for sharing with us the many tips on how to care for and maintain our hair. Personal grooming is important because when we care for our appearance, we are respecting the people who have to deal with us. Caring for our hair, making sure that it is neat and clean should be something we need to take care of since young as it is part of personal grooming. The key is not to be attached to our body and outer-images, that results in spending much time and resources just to make ourselves look good.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-much-do-you-know-about-hair.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 03:00 PM
    Thank you for sharing these wonderful and significant photos showed that Kechara Pastors’ tireless efforts to bring dharma to many others and do the blessings whenever is necessary.

    Basically, the pastorship role was conceptualized by our precious guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, to preserve the Dharma and to give laypeople an opportunity to commit to benefiting others. Kechara Pastors are fully dedicated and selflessly serving others especially in spiritual growth and therefore this is good for us to support the Pastors so that they can focus and spend more of their time and effort to serve others and most importantly Buddhist teachings can be spread and shared to many others. The supports to Pastors including food, lodging, transportation, items necessary for their work, such as ritual items or spiritual gifts for those in need and many others. (If you are interested to know more about Kechara Pastors, please have a good read at http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/support-the-kechara-pastors.html)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 02:13 PM
    Its such a great blessing for all of us to hear the holy voice recordings of H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche a great master..His profound teachings ,got to take seroiusly,more as an important advice on Dorje Shugden’s practice.H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s explaination was very clear before any of the practitioner’s commitment and receive sogtae.They must keep the lineage practice and teachings no matter what ever happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us on the important advice by a great master.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-zong-rinpoches-advice-on-dorje-shugdens-practice.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 11:50 AM
    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for your sharing your thoughts and review about the book “Be Happy” written by Rinpoche. It is indeed not easy to be happy as we all have various expectation in every situation and people.

    We may think having a big house, lots of cash and good career is happiness but this is the wrong perception. Being happy is not about material and everything about ourselves. It is only when we can do more for others and focus out that we gain happiness. I never realised this until I joined Kechara. I think we have such a fixed mindset of what happiness is and when our expectation is not met, we are unhappy.

    Rinpoche has pointed out many ways for us to rectify our thoughts and methods to be happy. Now it is for us to take initiative to change and transform our mind if we want to be happy.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/be-happy.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Apr 24. 2017 12:30 PM
    Many people do not believe in reincarnation and only relates it to certain religion such as Hinduism and Buddhism. However, there were many instances and signs that proven reincarnation exist. As Buddhist we will believe in reincarnation and karma. It is by understanding that everything has its cause and effect that we should learn to live life in the correct attitude and mindset. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting articles to remind us of karma and the importance of doing dharma practise.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/interesting-signs-of-reincarnation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 08:29 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings.
    Always be generous and kind in what ever we could do even its little help.It’s the little things in life that bring the greatest happiness. Its between us and our Buddha ,so we would not bother what the receipient thinks and say of us. What ever was said ,should not deter our motivation to do Dharma work.
    (It will change people’s lives in one way or another. It will change your life for the better.)….well said by Rinpoche.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/its-not-between-you-and-the-recipient.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 07:16 PM
    Thank you Grace for this interesting articles about hair. There are just so much info which we do not know previously. Most of the time we may neglect the details, thinking as long as we clean our hair everyday it is sufficient. But there are so many things we need to know for example types of hair, scalp condition, our environment and our physical condition which may affect our hair. Great tips.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-much-do-you-know-about-hair.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
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: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
3 weeks ago
Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
4 weeks ago
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
1 month ago
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 month ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 month ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
2 months ago
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
2 months ago
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
2 months ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
2 months ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
3 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
3 months ago
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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