The benefits of offering light

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(By Tsem Rinpoche)

The Benefits of Offering Lamps are:

1. One obtains bright, beautiful and good eyes.

2. One has proper understanding and views.

3. One will easily obtain the ‘heavenly eye’, and can see distant and subtle phenomenons.

4. One does not break precepts.

5. One’s wisdom is perfect, and will attain to nirvana. One will obtain the wisdom that discriminates between what is to be virtuous and non-virtuous.

6. One’s performance of virtue will not be hindered by difficulties or obstacles.

7. One is often able to see Buddhas and becomes the eye for all sentient beings.

8. One can take rebirth as a wheel-turning lord king, king in the Trayastrimsha Heaven, or king in the Brahma Heaven.

9. At the point of death, one will recall virtuous dharma without forgetting and all those positive deeds done while living will appear in the mind; one will have joy in the mind and recall the Buddha; the body and mind will be pure without any worries or suffering at point of death.

10. Both eyes and four limbs will always be free from defects.

11. One will be healthy and the vocal cords will be soft and flexible and one’s voice will be charming and beautiful.

12. One’s mind will be clear and bright with intelligence, not affected by stupidity.

13. One’s life will be stable and peaceful and all necessities will be sufficient, one’s mind will be free from fears.

14. One’s wealth will increase and body and mind will be free and liberated.

15. One’s body will be healthy and strong, filled with vitality.

16. One will not have verbal feuds, clashes or quarrels with others. One can travel (the world)without any worries and without creating any kleshas or disturbing emotions or give rise to ignorance.

17. One will not do anything out of a hazy and confused mind. One will not be easily misled by external factors.

18. One will not take rebirth in a dark and gloomy place.

19. One will possess great merits

20. One will not run into any mishaps while travelling or walking like stepping on unclean substances, be free from fear of dogs or wolves and their barks or howls, one will not fall and hurt oneself and not drop into pits and lose one’s life.

In Avatamsaka sutra it says, “Offering Lamps can dispel all darknesses.”

In the Treasury of Bodhisattvas Sutra, it says, “Offering 10,000 bright lamps to confess and extinguish hosts of negative karma and defilements.”

In Cakrasamvara Tantra it says, “If you wish for sublime realizations, offer hundreds of lights.” Cakrasamvara Tara includes Vajra Yogini.

In the Sutra of Giving, it says, “Those who offer lamps, will possess the pure heavenly eyes and clear wisdom in the future.”

 

[Extracted from: A Facebook post by Uwe Meyer]


 

Dear friends,

It is very important to practice the offering of butterlamps. Try to complete a minimum of 100,000. It is very good for your realization on the sutra path. It is excellent for results on the tantric path.

Tsem Rinpoche

P.S. Do not leave any burning flame left unattended.

 

 

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Transcript for “H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on the Benefits of Butter lamp Offerings”

Now, I just arrived back in Nepal about 1 day ago and our Ladrang people has been working very, very hard setting this place up and we’re gonna do something very special tonight. So I thought I’d invite a few people over so it won’t too crowded and what we’re gonna do tonight is this – In our Buddhist tradition we have a special system of 5 preliminary practices and the 5 preliminary practices are designed to transform our minds, change our minds and by changing outer circumstances. So we do the 5 preliminary practices correctly and we do it very well and we do it completely – we will see diseases heal, we will see if we’re obstructed by spirits, the spirits will be quelled or stopped. If we find that our mind is sleepy and dull and un-alert we find our mind become very, very alert – very, very sharp. If we have some depression or if we have some unhappiness or we have some kind of disturbances in our mind, or we’re not at peace, the five preliminary practices also help us to clear these kind of disturbances and give our mind some kind of peace.

As we all know, as we all know very clearly, we can pray, we can pray to the Buddhas, we can pray to God, we can pray to the deities and we can pray and pray and pray but no matter how much we pray – if we don’t change our minds, we won’t be happy. If we don’t change our perspectives, we won’t be happy. So we can pray, we can do pujas, we can do rituals, we can do offerings, we can see Lamas, we can see Gurus, we can go to temples, we can do all of those things but our minds won’t become happy. Why? We’ve been brought up to think a certain way, we’ve been brought up to perceive things a certain way, we’ve been brought up to look at things a certain way and so we’re stuck looking at our relationships, we’re stuck looking at our environment, we’re stuck looking at our friends and our house and our living lifestyle, in a certain way. So when we’re stuck looking in certain way, what happens is this – when we feel we can do nothing about it, we become unhappy.

When we’re very young and we just start out in business and we start doing work, we feel very optimistic, we feel very enthusiastic and we feel very bright. And then as the time goes on, our fixed way of looking at things, our fixed way of seeing things, our fixed way of accepting things or not accepting things slowly makes us become unhappy, bitter, maybe even angry. And so the anger builds up, the unhappiness builds up and the sense of hopelessness builds up. And no matter how much good food we eat, or how much wonderful families we have, or how much pujas we do, or how much business we do or how much wealth we collect, we still feel as sense of emptiness, unhappiness and perhaps even senselessness. Senselessness means – what’s the reason for all of this. We feel a sense of that and the reason for that is because the things…the way we look at things, the way we perceive things, the way we understand things didn’t generate happiness. The way we’ve been dealing with people, the way we’ve been looking at family, the way we’ve been doing business – is not bad, but it didn’t bring happiness.

So therefore, as we get older and older, old doesn’t mean you’re old, older means as you start doing things through wrong perception, wrong relationship, wrong attitude, our unhappiness becomes deeper and deeper and deeper. And you know, we don’t know why. Why do I say this? Here there are international people, our faces are different but inside we’re all the same. Exactly the same and that’s not cliché, that’s the truth, because I meet international people, I meet hundreds and hundreds of people every year and when I talk to them, it’s the same thing all the time.

So my point is what is – if we feel this type of senselessness or unhappiness and maybe we don’t feel it at this time but we come across many people who feel this but no matter how many pujas we do, how many mantras we do, or how much business we do or sometimes we just don’t think about it, we try to keep ourselves busy, we still feel this kind of hopelessness, senselessness and unhappiness. So therefore, in Kathmandu, you see a lot of Lamas, you see a lot of monks, you see a lot of Dharma teachers, you see a lot of temples, but we don’t really know what’s going on inside. We cannot look at the temples, we cannot look at the Lamas, we cannot look at the Pujas, from the outside. If we simply just look at the Lamas and we do the pujas from the outside, nothing on the inside changes. Pujas are important, venerating deities, showing respect to Bhagawan is very important, but it will not make us happy.

So what’s important is this is – if we listen to the Dharma, the Dharma is very important if we listen to it, whether we are Hindu, whether we are Buddhist, whether we are Christian, it doesn’t matter. Dharma means correct conduct. Dharma means correct view. Dharma means correct attitude and the cultivation of correct view and attitude, then our mind becomes very happy. So what happens is this is – Dharma is something that Buddha has spoken about that when we think about it, it makes a lot of sense, it makes a lot of logic, it makes a lot of …it makes a light come on. And when we adapt it to our lives, and we put it towards our behaviour, we start seeing other people react differently toward us, we see ourselves react differently toward others, and then we see the dynamics of people acting different towards us, we acting different towards them and then, we see things become lighter, happier and better.

You see because our lives cannot be just eating, sleeping, working, making business, making money, it cannot be just that. Those are important and we need to do that but those are not the only reasons that we are here. So hence, if we study Dharma, you don’t need to study as if you’re a monk or a nun, if you study Dharma and you understand Dharma, your attitude and your mind will change.

Now in this room everybody’s educated. Everybody has gone to school, everybody’s educated and most of us here are very exposed to the world. My point, if I simply do a Puja and I throw some flowers on you and I put a little red tika on your forehead and say you’re blessed, nothing happens to you. You see because I don’t have the power to bless you. I don’t have any power to bless you. Nobody has the power to bless you but we have the power to bless ourselves. What’s a blessing? My type of Dharma is not simply doing Pujas and then doing some blessings and then sending you off. My type of Dharma is different. I like to explain. I like to talk. I like to share and I like to give you knowledge. I don’t give you all the knowledge in one night cos it would be too much but a little bit of knowledge each time we meet. So each time we meet, I like to give you knowledge and the knowledge I give you is not to make you a Buddhist. Not to make you a Hindu. Not to make you a Christian but my knowledge that I share with you is to help you, become the person that will be happy. That will be satisfied.

You’re thinking but if I, that if I have food, I’ll be happy. If I have money, I’ll be happy. Well, if that’s the case, look at everybody who has money and food that you know. Are they happy? Or they’re distraught or they’re worried. In Kathmandu if you have money, you have food, you’re not happy but you’re comfortable and one more…In Kathmandu if we have electricity we are very happy. That’s an extra we need to add here. So if we have money and food and electricity, then we’ll be much more happier. Much more. Oh don’t get me wrong…I love Nepal. I’ve been coming to Nepal for twenty years. My father has a house here and I have wonderful friends in Nepal. I love Nepal. And if I didn’t love Nepal I wouldn’t establish a house here. Definitely not. I like it because it has everything I like, spirituality.

So getting back to the point, what I don’t like is to just do a lot of long rituals, give a lot of long initiations, give a lot of long rites and pujas and then you say ‘oh you have been blessed’, because I will feel like, maybe I’m not telling the truth. What I like to do with my friends and people, is to share Dharma knowledge, to have them ask questions, then I answer them to the best of my ability. To share this knowledge, why? Because when you have knowledge and you apply it, you will see a transformation in your mind. And when your mind transforms, when your mind changes, when you’re mind becomes better, everything around you becomes better.

Nobody in this room doesn’t have problems, including me. Nobody in this room has…doesn’t have unhappiness. Nobody. Whether you’re a Lama or whoever you are – it doesn’t matter. Everybody has some unhappiness. Everybody has something that makes them not happy and if we leave it there, it becomes stronger and stronger and stronger and stronger all the time.

See, myself, I didn’t choose to be a Dharma teacher. I was born in Taiwan. My father is Tibetan. I was born in Taiwan, because when Tibet lost its country, my father immigrated to Taiwan. So I was born in Taiwan and at the age of seven, against my will, I was adopted over to the United States. Why do I say against my will, because I didn’t want to go. So at the age of about 17/18, I met my Root Guru His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, this is the last picture on the, on the right. This is my Root Guru. This is Zong Rinpoche, that’s Zong Rinpoche’s Guru – Trijang Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche’s Guru Pabongka Rinpoche. So this is what we call a lineage Guru. So my Root Guru Zong Rinpoche came to America to give teachings, I was very young. So I lived in a Dharma centre in America and I cooked there and I cleaned there and I worked on the outside and I supported myself. So I lived there and I received a lot of teachings from His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and he’s one of the greatest Lamas within the Tibetan tradition. Greatest. So infact he was already in his mid seventies, at that time. So I learned quite a lot from him but you have to understand I was already interested.

So at the feet of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, I promised to become a Monk, I promised to take ordination and I promised to go to India to join the monastery there. And the monastery that I joined there is called Ganden Monastery and Ganden Monastery currently has 3000 monks. So I joined that monastery in Jan 1988. I arrived in India January 19… I’m sorry, in October 1987. Then 1987 October, I arrived in India, from India, I went to Dharamsala, in Dharamsala I met His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, this is 20 years ago and I received my monk vows from His Holiness directly. And then after I met His Holiness Dalai Lama I went back to Delhi, from Delhi I came to Nepal. I came to Nepal because I had to do some things and I was in Nepal for about 1 month to 2 months from November…no in December until January. That was the first time I ever came to Nepal 1987, very, very first time. And it’s funny because a lot of the shop keepers that I saw 20 years ago, are still the same people. They’re like him. Same people. That time I didn’t have any money to buy, I just come to your window, look and I go bye bye. I just leave. So what I… now I still don’t have enough money – your price very high. (laughs) Just kidding! Just kidding. So um…. I remember pilgrims book store too but I think that time you were… you were a very small budgie. Running around and looking for toys.

So anyways, I remember that time. I used to walk around and come here, and I stayed in a Monastery in Boda and… I was having some neck pains. And so I met one of my teacher’s students and this person took me back to Kathmandu Guest House. That’s the first time I ever went there. In 1987, December and gave me a message because this person’s a message therapist and gave me a wonderful massage to heal my neck. And I was very appreciative. So I remember going to Kathmandu Guest House and I thought to myself, that time, it was 20 years ago – what a nice hotel. Got heater, got water, because at the monastery there’s no heater and no water. Because we were washing outside in the wells. And so I said – what a nice hotel its got heater, its got water, its so warm and comfortable and I thought wow! So I asked my friend, not my friend but my teacher’s student – oh how much is it to stay here I can’t remember… something that time it was 10… 15-20 US dollars I can’t remember, but she gave some price and I thought – Oh, well I’ll never be able ever to stay here. Ever. I thought to myself. So I didn’t think oh no I wasn’t sad or nothing because I’m not interested in Hotels. I thought I’ll never be able to stay here. And now 20 years later, I have always been staying there in Kathmandu Guest House because my students found the place and we stayed there and it’s convenient because Kathmandu Guest House, then we walk around to all the beautiful shops and then we go to Pilgrims book store. 

So Pilgrims is one of my favourites because I like books. I study, I like to read and I like to share. So I like that. Any case, it’s funny now we’re all in one room. All the places I used to hang out. So I used to go to Boda, walk around, circumambulate, see the shops. Very, very nice. In any case, that was my first trip to Kathmandu and I said I’m gonna be back again and again and I have been. Always again and I brought many, many, many people to Kathmandu already, many, many people, because there are so many powerful spiritual places. So I decided to have a home here cos I would like to stay here more during the year and I would like to bring more of my friends here to experience the spiritual places cos there are many holy places, many, many holy places and if you know the meaning behind them, where they are, what to do there, it’s even better. You don’t go there just like a tourist and take a look. 

In any case, we have built a butter lamp house. What is a butter lamp house? A butter lamp house is a house that contains many butter lamps in order that you can complete one of your preliminary practices. And one of the preliminary practices is offering 100,000 butter lamps. 100 000. So of course we can’t offer in one day, you can buy 300, 400, 1000 and offer every single day without a break. So when you offer the butter lamp, when you offer the butter lamp, there’s a prayer to do, there’s some mediation to do, and every day you’ll prepare it and you will light it. So you do 100,000 and you’ll focus on a particular Buddha. And the reason you do this is because – in order for our minds to transform or understand the Dharma or learn the Dharma, in order for that to happen, we need to have knowledge. Hence, we either need books or a spiritual friend. A spiritual friend is translated as Guru. A spiritual friend or a Guru, whatever you want to call it. So, that spiritual friend should have knowledge. And that spiritual friend, he or she conveys the Dharma to you. 

So when you learn the Dharma, you think about it, you learn the Dharma, you think about it, the second requirement you need is the collection of merit. So people get that mixed up, people say – oh, good karma and bad karma and they leave it as that. It’s not as simple as that. Good karma and bad karma is one type, then you also have merit. Merit is something different. Example – merit is something that you do, without the selfish mind. It’s something that you do without the selfish mind, hence, when you do that action, merit is accrued. For example, if you offer a butter lamp to a Buddha and you pray to the Buddha for money, long-life, health, wealth and happiness for yourself. When you offer to the Buddha, you collect karma, good karma. When you have a butter lamp and you pray, that you can be someone of benefit to others, you can be someone that can bring happiness to others, you can be the cause of other people’s lasting happiness and you offer the butter lamp, that action becomes merit. 

Difference. The difference is when you collect good karma, the karma is stored. When you collect good merits, the merit is stored. When you collect karma, the karma remains dormant, it remains inactive, until the situation comes that triggers it to open. So when the situation comes that triggers it to open, you experience that karma. So what happens is if you offer that to the Buddha and you wish for happiness and health or business, your business goes up, you get good health but once you receive that benefit, then the karma is finished. It is extinguished. So hence, it’s almost like wasting that action. Where as if you offer a butter lamp to the Buddha and you pray for other people’s happiness, other people’s welfare, other people’s benefit and you truly mean it and it’s real, it’s not something you do for the moment, you really do it and you offer it, you collect merit. So when that merit is triggered, what happens – you will become the cause of other people’s happiness. Either you become someone that can be of benefit to them medically, physically, emotionally, financially, you’ll be of benefit to others and you will also get long life and you will also have happiness. So happiness, long-life is a given, is a given. 

So what happens is that, that action when triggered is continuous, it doesn’t finish. So in every single life-time you are born, you will always receive the benefits of offering that butter lamp. The difference like this – if you have an amount of money and you put that in the bank, that money you don’t touch the principle, you just live off the interest. Always you’ll be safe. But if you touch the principle and it runs out, you’re finished. Karma is like touching the principle. Merit is like touching the interest alone. 

So hence, when we offer butter lamps, when we have a good motivation, butter lamps when you light it, it dispels darkness. The darkness is gone. When we offer a butter lamp, to the Buddha, any Buddha, any Buddha that we like, when we offer a butter lamp to the Buddha what happens is – the Buddha doesn’t have darkness, the Buddha does not have any ignorance or any stupidity, nothing. But when we offer to the Buddha, the Buddha doesn’t need the butter lamp from us. The Buddha doesn’t need our Puja, the Buddha doesn’t need anything from us but when we offer the butter lamp to the Buddha – what happens? We create the causes for our own personal darkness to go away. Our personal darkness. What’s our personal darkness? Anger. Why is anger a darkness? Because when we show anger we’re unhappy. Other people are unhappy and then it continues. Many people can be killed because of anger. Darkness is what….jealousy, hatred, miserliness, stinginess, tricking people – those are all darknesses. Why are they called darknesses… because those are qualities in us that make us unhappy short term and make other people unhappy long term. So hence, those are called darknesses. 

By offering a butter lamp to the Buddha, the darkness does not go away, by offering a butter lamp to the Buddha we collect merit. The merit that we collect is stored in our consciousness, in our mind stream, so that when we study the Dharma, when we contemplate on the Dharma, when we think about the Dharma, the information will go in. The information will go in and our mind will change. 

So the purpose of making butter lamp offerings is for us to help transform our minds. Why? How many people do you know, do a lot of pujas, do a lot of prayers, offer flowers, in temples but they’re selfish, they’re quite greedy, they don’t change, they’re quite angry. I’m not criticizing people. I’m not criticizing…but they themselves don’t know that they are like that. They think that if they go to the temple and they make offerings of butter lamps, or money or flowers, they think that all their sins are absolved and everything is fine. But if that’s the case, if that’s the case, then we can do negative things to people all day long and just go to temple daily to absolve our sins. Doesn’t makes sense, doesn’t make sense at all. 

So my point is… what is…offering butter lamps has a few benefits. One is, the money we would have used for something negative, we can use for something positive. One. Number two, when we offer a butter lamp, it helps us to eradicate stinginess. Why? Because it’s something we would have used for something else for ourselves. So it’s a small practice to eradicate stinginess. Second, when we offer a butter lamp to a Buddha, the Buddha, any Buddha, Vajrayogini, Tsongkhapa, Shakyamuni, Amitabha, Tara, any Buddha that we offer a butter lamp to, from their side, when we offer the butter lamp we create a strong connection with them, we receive their blessing and we collect merit. We make a connection why – in the future when we mediate on them, our minds will transform. When we make a connection with them, we receive a blessing. The blessing we receive is what? What is a blessing? A blessing is when, they touch our lives and we see our minds change. The people we’re angry with, we forgive. The people that we want to hurt or get revenge with, we forgive and you know what happens, you know what happens, the people that wanna hurt us, their minds change also – because of our attitude towards them. 

Everybody in life has enemies. The best way to stop an enemy is not to confront them and hurt them, the best way to confront an enemy is through a lot of compassion. A lot of forgiveness. Forgiveness doesn’t mean let them take advantage of you. No. You see if someone…if you’re walking down the street and someone robs you, next day you forgive them. It’s done. But you don’t go the next day, waiting for other people to rob you again or walking down the same place in a stupid manner. You don’t do that, of course not. So when you offer a butter lamp, you create the causes of receiving a blessing, so that whatever you have prayed for, will come true.

The third thing. When you offer a butter lamp to the Buddha, you create the karma of opening your mind to receive more Dharma, more and more and more and more and more Dharma. Why? The purpose of light is to dispel darkness. When you offer a light in front of the Golden Buddha, in front of a Buddha, when you offer, it is symbolic of your darkness being lifted by the light of the offering you have made to a Buddha. So it’s very, very important, alright? 

Therefore, today we have – they have constructed a butter lamp house and we have purchased 1,100 butter lamps. So tonight, we’re all going to do a little prayer. I thought since we’re gonna meet, why don’t we meet and do something positive and virtuous and nice together. So therefore, after we do this light prayer together, we’re all gonna walk to the butter lamp house in the back and we gonna light 1100 butter lamps. So what I want you to think is this – we’re gonna light it principally to the Buddha Vajrayogini and we’re gonna light it that other people may be very happy. I’m gonna light it for the people who have worked here very hard to have this arranged – this house, this Ladrang arranged. I’m gonna light it for all my sponsors and patrons. I’m gonna light it for my many, many students back in Malaysia and for our different departments that are growing. You can see on the web-site. 

So we’re gonna do that offering. The first set of butter lamps I’m gonna do 100, 000. I’m gonna do 100,000 is to dedicate for all the people that have helped me in my lives. So what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna give you all a butter lamp and I want you to do the same. I want you to think about people who have been kind to you. I want you to think about people who have been gracious to you and who have helped you and today we will offer a butter lamp for them. So today’s meeting will be short and sweet and we’ll offer butter lamps to the Almighty. In order to receive their blessings. 

So what we do is we don’t simply just light it, we’re going to do a prayer. So I thought today I am going to give you a light explanation of why we do butter lamps. So …in our tradition we have 100, 000 butter lamps, 100,000 prostrations, 100,000 mandala offerings, 100,000 Guru yoga and 100,000 Vajrasattva. We do those practices in the privacy of our own altars and shrines. We do that every single day, in order to purify the negative karma that we have, that arose and we do that to invoke the blessings. So therefore, it’s much more than just going to temple and receiving some type of… offering some flowers or putting some money there. 

In my system of Dharma, I actually make us do the work. No one else can do the work, why? Happiness is experienced in our own mind, release from pressure is experienced in our own mind and unhappiness is received or experienced in our own mind. So the only way we can do that is if we transform our own mind. 

Now what we do is, today I don’t give you Dashan you will give yourselves Dashan together with me. So we will invoke and do prayers together, after that, we’ll go light 1,100 butter lamps. We will do this together tonight and we will bless each other, you will bless yourselves. Everybody has the power to bless. My type of Dharma that I teach is not you go to someone to worship. You bless yourself at home, alright? 

Everybody please sit comfortably. This mantra is very famous in Tibet. It is the lineage of the Dalai Lama. It is called Mig-tse-ma. It’s on the bottom. Five line prayer to Lama Tsongkhapa. It’s called Mig-tse-ma, short form. 

So the first line is – MIG-MEY TZE-WEY TER-CHEN CHENREZIG 

The second line is – DRI-MEY KHYEN-PI WANG-PO JAMPAL YANG 

If you look at the translation right below –

Avalokiteshvara great gold-mine of objectless compassion.

Manjushri Master of Stainless wisdom.

Vajrapani, subduer of the entire gathering of Maras (maras is evil spirits).

At your feet Tsongkhapa, crown jewel of the sages of the land of snow.

I make request that all sentient beings achieve enlightenment.

That is the meaning of the mantra you’re reciting. So hence –

Mig-mey-tze-wey ter-chen Chenerzig is Om Man Padme Hum.

Dri- mey khyen- pi-wang-po-Jampal-Yang is Om Ah Ra Pa Tsa Na Dhi.

Du- pung ma-lu jom-dzey sang-wey-dag is Om Vajra Pani Hum.

Combined, you are Tsongkhapa. So I bow my head to your feet, to your feet great master, let me become just like you. May I gain compassion, my I gain wisdom, may I gain great confidence. So, when you pray to Tsongkhapa, if you keep one statue of Tsongkhapa, all three Bodhisattvas are included into one. Hence, in Tibet, the largest statues are Tsongkhapa, the largest. The largest statues of Buddhas are many, many Tsongkhapa statues all over. 

So like that if we do this mantra every day, when we do this Puja, when we receive the mantra we just do it – 

MIG-MEY TZE-WEY TER-CHEN CHENREZIG

DRI-MEY KHYEN-PI WANG-PO JAMPAL YANG 

DU-PUNG MA-LU JOM-DZEY SANG-WEY DAG 

GANG-CHEN KE-PEY TSUG-GYEN TSONGKAPA 

LO-SANG TRAG-PEY SHAB-LA SOL-WA DEB – one time. Twenty one times a day, enough. If you have time, more. 

If you want to dedicate for your beautiful mother, which you should, if you want to dedicate for your beautiful father or if you’re worried about your children or someone or something, you can do this mantra and visualise them in Tsongkhapas’s heart. And ask Tsongkhapa to bless them. Very, very powerful. We always think how can we help people we love and care about? How? You can do it by Tsongkhapa. 

So you can visualize Lama Tsongkhapa like so – in his heart, surrounded by light and rainbows, is your mother and your father and then you do the mantra and you visualize Lama Tsongkhapa surrounding them with light and blessing and protecting them. Very powerful. So, I’m sure everybody here loves their parents. One of the best ways to repay their kindness. And if sometimes some of us are feeling down, depressed, unhappy – this mantra, very powerful to cure it. Very, very powerful. Then, this mantra when you do, Tsongkhapa when you pray, all Bodhisattvas are combined. All. So, if you do one, you get three for free. Isn’t that a good deal? 

So, if you wish to do Puja, just what we did just now, that’s all. Why? You’re busy. You have many things to do. So, if you do this everyday for 10 or 15 minutes and just the mantra, enough. You don’t need to do a lot. Not at all. Just a little.

(Student) – “We can do it in English?”

Of course you do it in English, but the mantra, try to memorize in Tibetan. Why? Because the Gurus originally recited in Tibetan, so it’s very powerful. Tibetan is not a better language than Nepali. No! But because this mantra was especially recited in Tibetan. Everything else in English, that mantra you do in Tibetan. Even if your pronunciation is off and sounds funny and different and people may laugh – Tsongkhapa will understand you. Tsongkhapa won’t laugh at your funny weird pronunciation. Repeat after me – 

MIG-MEY TZE-WEY TER-CHEN CHENREZIG 

DRI-MEY KHYEN-PI WANG-PO JAMPAL YANG 

DU-PUNG MA-LU JOM-DZEY SANG-WEY DAG 

GANG-CHEN KE-PEY TSUG-GYEN TSONGKAPA 

LO-SANG TRAG-PEY SHAB-LA SOL-WA DEB

…stayed in the Monastery in Varanasi, over a thousand years ago and he was one of the greatest Indian Buddhist Pandits alive. And he was very great because he traveled to Nepal and taught Dharma in Nepal, then he went to Tibet and stayed in Tibet for 13 years and died in Tibet. As one of the greatest living masters. So in Tibet, we worship this great Guru, we respect this great Guru from India. So this prayer is written by Atisha. Atisha from Varanasi, taught us to offer butter lamps to the Buddhas. So we’re reciting the prayer that Lord Atisha actually composed for us. Alright? So many of the prayers that we have in Tibetan come from the great Indian and Nepalese Masters. So translated into English of course it’s very, very beautiful. So you are not worshiping something Tibetan or doing something Tibetan, this is from your own wonderful, rich culture from the back. It’s just no one explained to you. OK?

So, let’s recite the prayer by Lama Atisha or Great Sri Atisha. 

E Ma Ho E Ma Ho. I offer these beautifully exalted clear and luminous lights to the thousands of Buddhas of the fortunate eon, to all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in the infinite pure lands and the ten directions, to all the gurus, Yidams, Dakinis, Dakas, Dharma Protectors, the assembly of deities from the mandala. Due to this, may my father, mother and all sentient beings in this life and all their future lives be able to see directly the actual pure lands of the complete and perfect Buddhas. May they unify with Buddha Amitabha, inseparable oneness. Please bless us that may our prayers be actualized as soon as possible due to the power of the truth of the three jewels and the assembly of deities of the 3 roots. Tayatha Om pancha criya ava bodha naya so ha (x7) The light transforms into single brilliant 5 colored wisdom. On a lotus and a moon disc the syllables Om and Dhi appear. From there 108 beautiful Goddesses of light, Marmema, appear wearing beautiful garments and precious garlands. Every Goddess holds a light in her hands and from them emanate billions of trillions replicas of light offering Goddesses. All of them make light offerings uninterruptedly to all the Buddhas’ and Bodhisattvas’ fields throughout all of space and to the peaceful and wrathful deities.

(Rinpoche Chanting)

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  1. Samfoonheei on Dec 23, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for these profound teaching on the benefits of offering butter lamps. Its such a numberless benefits and such great meritous for us when offer the butter lamps with a clear pure mind. In Buddhism, symbolic offerings are made to the Buddha and giving rise to contemplative gratitude and inspiration. All comfort, happiness and peace in this world are received by making offerings to the Buddha.

  2. Lew on Jul 14, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    I think I have watched this teaching quite sometimes ago, but watching it again just now is very refreshing to the mind.

    Although the talk is about the benefits of offering butterlamps, the concept of “good karma” vs “merits” is very well explained. It is our motivation which decides if we are going to collect good karma or merits. Rinpoche also explained why we need merits on our spiritual path (as compared to just good karma).

    I like Rinpoche’s style of Buddhism, where it is not about just doing the rituals without understanding. Instead, it is about acquiring the knowledge, practice, and eventually have mind transformation for the benefit of others.

    ** If you really have no time, you can start watching the video from 15 minutes onwards. 🙂

  3. Jacinta Goh on Dec 10, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    It’s been more than year since I’ve started candle offerings with the prayer that I’ve found from the Sadhana and Prayers section in this blog. At first, it was just a single, small candle but now I am offering seven small candles almost everyday. I wish to do the preliminary practices. Hence rather than just waiting for a right time, I’ve decided that my everyday’s life is a retreat. Sometimes when I’m not at home, I’ll try my best to offer up lights that I’ve encountered, including the rays from sun and moon! Perhaps I’ll offer longer lasting candles next time. This is just silly sharing from me but I do hope it will benefit others. Just do whatever or whenever you can rather than procrastinate. We can’t control our death though it is certain. May the lights that I’ve offered and many more in the future will dispel the ignorance of all sentient beings and may it be a cause for us all to encounter Dharma life after life.

  4. Pee Bee Chong on Nov 2, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching. I have been lighting two electric candles 24 hours. May the lights chase away all my ignorance so that I have the merits and wisdom to learn Dharma from Rinpoche all the ways without looking back.

  5. Loh Ann Leong on Jul 5, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche for the explainations and good benefits of offering lights.
    Hopefully can fulfill one of these preliminary in this very lifetime.

  6. […] 关于燃灯供佛的功德和利益,可以点此观看尊贵的詹杜固仁波切的相关开示。 […]

  7. So Kin Hoe (KH Ipoh) on Dec 19, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving us another important teaching. Light offering is simple, yet it enable us to collect a lot of merits and gain tremendous benefit when we offer light to the Buddha. i am feel i am really fortunate to have the opportunity to offer light to Lama Tsongkhapa at Kechara Forest Retreat. May all people in Malaysia and people from around the whole would have the opportunity to offer lights to Lama Tsongkhapa and gain the merits in order to have smooth Dharma journey and achieve self liberation from suffering.

  8. Adrian Cho on Dec 14, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    This is so nice and wonderful, that I can know more about the benefits, when offering light to Buddha. This explaination is very detail and meaningful.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this teaching to us.

  9. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 11, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche this a most beneficial teaching for us to know the benefits of lighting butterlamps, and this teaching reminds me what Rinpoche had said from before and that is if we cannot transform ourselves sometimes it is because there is a lack of merits. So with merits we can do a lot more and transform our minds.

  10. Julien Roth on Dec 11, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing all this with us. I have to say i didn’t know a lot of the things on the list above. But now thanks to Rinpoche’s help i now know why people do light offerings. Thank you Rinpoche, i will try to do more light offering at my altar at home.

  11. Uncle Eddie on Dec 9, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Many heartfelt thanks to Rinpoche for his ever-present enthusistic effort and wilingness to impart his interesting teaching of light-offering practice to us. Due to his complete intellectual knowledge of Dharma, coupled with his perfect means of presentation, makes understanding so clear and easy for all students, friends and enthusiastic participants. As always, our Rinpoche has deep sincerity and compassion in guiding his students, therefore,we must all with great intensive efforts, practice same with deep ernesty in appreciation for his kind and thoughtful concern!

  12. Felix Kong on Dec 9, 2013 at 1:37 am

    Thank you Rinpoche sharing and explain so details for making light offering to Buddha. Now a day customers making light offering at Kechara Paradise not only for themselves, they also dedicate to their family, friends and also all sentient beings .

    Meanwhile also encourage customers making lamp offering at Kechara Forest Retreat(KFR).http://retreat.kechara.com/

  13. wansan on Dec 8, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing the benefits of offering light. Never have I thought a simple act like offering light will bring tremendous benefits to not only myself but to so many other people.

  14. Vinnie Tan on Dec 7, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this precious teaching. I feel so blessed to be able to understand and get this teaching. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this teaching with all of us here.

  15. Alex C.J. Tan on Dec 7, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    It is so important to learn why we make light offerings, the motivation of making the offerings and expectation of making them. We either end up creating good karma or merit.

    Reading this article again made me understand better how to explain to my kids the proper intention and way to make offerings. I have been making light offerings for the last 10 years, i do feel the positive effects that Rinpoche mentioned in the teaching. Thank you Rinpoche for helping me to dispel the darkness in the mind.

  16. Cosmic Tantra | Tsem Rinpoche on Dec 6, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    […] For further information on the benefits of offering Butterlamps, click here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/butterlamps.html […]

  17. jerry_sito on Dec 6, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    感恩尊贵的仁波切您的教诲与开示

    灯是智慧、光明的表征;燃灯供佛始以佛说,是佛门中重要的供养具之一

    在佛前点燃一盏一盏的灯,仿佛是在给佛菩萨照亮,然而正真的意义是要去除我们的无明,在佛法的修行路上,我们常感到困惑,迷思,许多的佛典,许多尊贵的詹杜固仁波切给予我们宝贵的佛法开示与教诲,我们都不能明白与接受,那是无明遮挡了这一切,我们应该要在佛菩萨前不断的做灯供好去除我们的无明,好使让我能明白与听闻领受更多的佛法知识,好让我们心识转化,能迈向证悟与有能力帮助一切有情众生

    感恩尊贵的仁波切您总是给予我们教诲与开示,除了给予这宝贵的开示与教诲,尊贵的仁波切您更为我们贴切的成立了克切拉佛教中心与克切拉禅修林,提供了一个环境与能在尊贵的宗喀巴大师,殊胜的金刚瑜伽母,伟大的金甲衣护法的圣像前,让我们有这庄严的福报与善缘能供上一盏一盏的灯,让我们累积更大跟多与更好的福德资粮,去除我们的无明

    感恩您,祈愿尊贵的仁波切您长驻在世,常转法轮

  18. Tara Lama on Dec 6, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Thank you for giving us great opportunity of learning more about our dharma. I look forward reading more and learn more in future.

    Sincerely
    Tara Lama
    USA

  19. KH Ng on Dec 6, 2013 at 12:25 am

    Thank You Rinpoche for re blogging this post. I remembered this post and had the opportunity to make some light offerings to sacred Vajrayogini at the Katmandu Ladrang. I rejoice. Now we also have the merits to offer light at Kechara Forrest Retreat. May we all take this opportunity to make as many light offerings as possible at KFR.

  20. Sean Wang on Dec 5, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Thank you for sharing the benefits of offering light. Rinpoche has eloquently described the concept of Karma and Merit too. Hope Rinpoche’s teachings can benefit so many more people through the blog.

  21. Ck siah on Dec 5, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    谢谢仁波切分享,原来供灯可以带来这么多好处,我们就要赶快实行。祈愿所有供灯的善男信女可以心想事成。

  22. tong sun sun on Dec 5, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    灯是智慧、光明的表征;燃灯供佛始以佛说,是佛门中重要的供养具之一。祈望透过燃灯的说明和意义,能点燃您心中的自性灯。在佛前燃灯,是用以标帜佛的智能波罗蜜。如果我们常在佛塔、寺庙中虔诚地燃灯供佛,会有下列的果报:
      一、 双目、四肢永远完好不生缺陷。
      二、 身无病痛,嗓门柔软声音妙好。
      三、 心地清明聪慧,不为愚痴所转。
      四、 视力良好如摩尼珠能照微细物。
      五、 眼球、角膜、结膜,永好不坏。
      六、 生活安稳衣食丰足,心无所惧。
      七、 心身自在,善财善宝滚滚而来。
      八、 可获美丽的璎珞及幽美的林园。
      九、 身体健康强壮,充满生命活力。
      十、 不会与他人发生口角,打斗事。

  23. Grace Leu (KHJB) on Dec 5, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Thanks for Rinpoche’s sharing . This teaching is powerful yet in simple explanations to let us understanding the benefits of doing candle offerings.Rinpoche also pass an important message that only mind transform will lead us to happiness. not just doing puja, praying or visit temple.It also important we should think that how to benefit others instead always put ourself in 1st priority .I was blessed this teaching .

  24. Wendy Loh on Dec 5, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche.
    To offer light, water, mandala, our body, mind and speech to the Buddhas, to spread and share the Dharma and supporting the Sanghas actually benefit us the givers more than the recipients. We attract and collect good merits through giving because we are breaking away from being a “selfie” and thus we become more happy and less angry. By virtue of the law of attraction, when we are happy, we generate good thoughts and good vibes.

  25. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Dec 5, 2013 at 3:42 am

    Thanks Rinpoche for the teaching and providing us the ways to lesser down our ignorance mind hence giving us the details explanation of Karma & Merits.

    An simple offering can brings us tremendous Merits, may we able to fulfill 100K light offering as recommended by Rinpoche…

  26. Wylfred Ng on Dec 4, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for the sharing.

    I never thought that offering light can get so much benefits.

    I will do light offering more in the future.

    But regarding the 100 000 light offering, hmmmm, lets talk about that later, haha.

    Just do whatever that are within my ability.

  27. henry ooi on Dec 4, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    So many benefits can be gained from making light offerings, what more with other practices mentioned here by Rinpoche. Another meritorious practice is making water offering.

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

  28. sarahyap on Mar 1, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Such a wonderful post on the benefits of offering light to the Buddhas. When we make offerings, it is not that the Buddhas ‘need’ these offerings, but through our effort and sincerity, and offering to a higher being such as the Buddhas… much positive virtues are collected.

    Besides light offerings, there are other offerings that we can make to the Buddhas on a daily basis. Here are a few that Rinpoche has blogged about and I have found them very helpful in my Dharma practice:

    1) Water offerings: http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/making-water-offerings-to-the-buddhas.html

    2) What can we offer to the Buddhas: http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/a-note-on-offerings-by-panchen-otrul-rinpoche.html

    3) Mandala offerings: http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mandala-offering-%E2%80%93-a-powerful-method-to-accumulate-merits.html

  29. abby f on Feb 15, 2013 at 1:31 am

    It is very powerful and meaningful when we make light offering. The fire/light itself has the power to warm up people’s body, and we can heal by using the heat or fire(Chinese traditional way of healing uses fire/heat), and fire/light helps people to see in the dark. It gives safety and the feeling of secure even in our daily lives.

    When we make light offering, to me, it also symbolizes we light up the hope in the dark, we become stronger and braver when we see things. Of course in Buddhism, it symbolizes dispel the ignorance. Even the Indian during the Deepavali, they light up candles also.

    Everyone can make this offering. It is easy and affordable, we can do it anywhere and anytime. 🙂

  30. william on May 23, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the explanation of the benefits of offering lights to the Buddhas. Offering of lights are very important for us to open and transform our minds. I now understand that by offering lights we create the causes for our own personal darkness of jealousy, anger, hatred etc to be dispelled and go away.

    We also have the opportunity now to offer lights in Malaysia at our very own Kechara Forest Retreat Butterlamp house.

  31. andrew chiam on Feb 25, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Hi Rinpoche,

    Thanks again for the sharing of the benefits of lights offering.I always like making light offering to the Buddha and couple with the benefits above, I would be making even more offerings in the future.

    Rgds,

    Andrew chiam

  32. Natalie on Feb 19, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Is it ok to light a candle and offer it while you are in the room but when you go out blow it out and offer it again lit later? Or is it bad karma to blow out the Buddha’s offering? Also thank you for this teaching, at about 32 minutes in it was really helpful in learning the Lama Tsongkhapa mantra.

  33. Adeline on Feb 18, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Offer candles light on the alter is very beautiful especially at night when the lights are off, i can see the glow on the face of buddha statues come alive and it has a very warmth and peaceful feeling in the house,this makes me want to offer more lights to the buddhas after reading the benefits of offering light by Rinpoche.

  34. Uncle Lai on Feb 13, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, Thank you very much for this short precise but meaningful dharma talk of butter lamps offering. I know that each time I offer a butter lamp is to clear the darkness of ignorance.But I do not know what ignorance means. Now I know when I offer a light to the buddha I actually ask the buddha to let me know the causes that make me unhappy, angry, jealous etc.

    With folded palms I bow and say Thank you Rinpoche.

  35. Steve Tobias on Feb 13, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Thank you very much Rinpoche. I will reread this and apply the awareness when setting up my altar, lighting the butter lamp.

  36. Iwan Lindeboom on Feb 12, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Dear Tsem Rinpoche,

    OI reacted a few days before but i saw my reaction came between the traveling reactions 🙂

    Thank you very much for this clear teaching. Especially emphasising the difference between merit and good karma was very interesting. Eventually it is all about the intension we have to do things.
    Thank you very much for tagging me on the photo’s. I don’t know how my name got there but i am very happy with it.

    Sincerely,
    Iwan Lindeboom

  37. Fredrico on Feb 12, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Buddhism needs to evolve away from this kind of ritualistic, superstitious, wasteful and extravagant behavior. 100,000 candles is a lot of money (and you said not to use the cheap ones) which could have gone to charity, or some other practical purpose. Anyway light is just a symbol–100,000 candles is not better than one single candle, and even that can just be imagined. Reduced to a bunch of rituals, Buddhism is little different from Hinduism, or spirit worship.

  38. tenzin llhamo on Feb 12, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    I am glad I was offered a chance to light 100k butter lamps for a very Special and Magnificently Beautiful Queen, Vajrayogini… I will continue to light as many as I can to the Enlightened ones whenever I can for I want to have the benefits stated above (always greedy for the right reasons)…. INCREDIBLE!

  39. Springflower on Feb 12, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Butterlamp is mentioned here. May I know offering of tea-light candle equivalent to offering of butter-lamp?

    I guess except in Nepal and some special places, it may be quite impossible to have butterlamp offerings.

    Can somebody enlighten on this? Thank you.

  40. Frederick Law on Feb 12, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Thank You Rinpoche for this wonderful explanation on the benefits we can get from making light offering, the benefits from making daily light offering can be so meritorious and one could benefit so much from making just a simple light offering to the Buddha, but the benefits is so great. Thank You again Rinpoche.

  41. Victor Phang on Feb 12, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. After read your post-Cosmic Tantra, I immediately take action and start to offer extra 2 butterlamps daily. So in total I offer 3 lamps everyday :). Due to budget constraint, now still could not afford to offer many lights at one time. Along the way, if I can definitely I will do my best to increase the number of lamps from time to time. hehe!
    Thank you very much and take good care.
    With Love,
    VP

  42. Don Buchwalter on Feb 12, 2012 at 2:18 am

    Another wonderful video, Rinpoche! May I ask, though, what you would consider to be an appropriate number of lamps to use for a home practitioner with limited space? Perhaps 10 at a time?

    • Sharon Saw on Feb 19, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      Dear Don, May i suggest that you simply make whatever number of lights which you can comfortably fit in your particular space.

      It is also possible to make light offerings outside your house if you live on landed property and it is convenient. Wherever you make your offerings, always remember to be safe. Just because we are making light offerings which are very meritorious, it doesn’t mean that we do not have the negative karma to suffer a fire!

      Wishing you much success in your offerings!

  43. Plinio Tsai on Feb 11, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Really nice teachings!

    Thank you very much, Rinpoche, for dedicating your precious time and for so much effort in benefit all through Dharma teachings, a supreme form of generosity!

    May you have a long life and always teach the Dharma!

    Now it is time to reflect and meditate upon it…

  44. Han on Feb 11, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this post
    I Not only gained knowledge abt butterlamp offering, Rinpoche also gave very detail explaination of Karma & Merit
    Karma & Merit questions are the common questions that frequently asked by friends or during dharma classes, will make sure learn up, understand and explain correctly…
    thanks Rinpoche again for the precious teaching

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  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Saturday, Jun 23. 2018 04:57 AM
    Dear friends,


    For those who were available and here, around 17 of us, I was very fortunate to share a section of teachings from His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama’s teachings from the book THE PATH OF THE BODHISATTVA WARRIOR.

    The subject matter was offerings.

    I shared from the text the benefits of making offerings. The source for these teachings on offerings. The reason for offerings. What types of offerings to make. What are faultless offerings. What are incorrect offerings. What to think when making offerings. The benefits of long term offerings on our shrines. Inner and outer offerings. How offerings are an integral part of the path.The correct motivation behind offerings. How merits increase material properity and dispells obastcles. How making offerings is pivotal in gaining merits to realizing higher teachings.

    We also discussed according to Je Tsongkapa why some us may think offerings are not important and that they prefer to rely on study, meditation or practice alone is faulty. We discussed what are the faults of not making offerings.

    The text we used was easy to read, easy to understand and I recommend it very much. The attendees were focused shared they learned the benefits of offerings in a simple yet profound manner.

    Since we are going to do our 1st “Pilgrimage Day” today at Kechara Forest Retreat with the residents, I thought this teaching will help them very much.

    It was a great joy for me to share these teachings as it refreshes my own memory. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche
  • Alice Tay
    Saturday, Jun 23. 2018 04:45 AM
    I rejoice to hear that Ramesh has faith and trust in Dorje Shugden and never scared about the spirit will harm him in this holy land of Kechara Forest Retreat. This is very inspiring and it is without doubt that Dorje Shugden will bless and protect everyone because he is no different than the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri.

    Thank you for sharing this nice story of Ramesh.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/the-ghosts-on-jalan-chamang-road-in-bentong.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jun 22. 2018 04:12 PM
    Prince Charles speaks wonderfully of an advice to cut down on steaks during a visit to the US. American consumes more meat than nearly any other citizen of the world. Now, an increasing number of Americans are choosing to go vegetarian to help the planet. That’s right choice . A vegetarian diet has a much smaller eco-footprint than meat and more healthy. They have been cutting trees, clearing lands to make pasture land for cows which is bad for the environment. Reducing meat and dairy consumption is an urgent and necessary steps toward achieving a better future. Changing diets , changing farming practices and policies will definitely help to save land , water, killing of animals for meat and so forth.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/prince-charles-tells-america-to-cut-down-on-steaks-for-the-sake-of-the-world.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jun 22. 2018 04:11 PM
    Well, I am glad to come across this old post through Lin Mun’s comment. Wonderful to know of this method which I have no knowledge at all. Having feeling negative emotions is bad and never allows it to control of our life . Releasing negative emotions through the simple and easy method as mentioned is good and refocusing our attention too will surely helps.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-method-to-release-anger.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Jun 21. 2018 09:41 PM
    It’s true that we destroy our earth just to satisfy our taste bud and killing so many animals. So glad that Prince Charles warned and educate the public openly that the whole ecosystem is affected now and that the earth can’t afford to cater to the fast changing demand. All of us have responsibility to the environment and should do something about it. Stop eating meat and it will directly help the world to save water, land, weather and importantly reduce killing and suffering on animals.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/prince-charles-tells-america-to-cut-down-on-steaks-for-the-sake-of-the-world.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Thursday, Jun 21. 2018 04:11 PM
    Trode Khangsar – A 400 year old Chapel in Lhasa | 拉萨400年历史的多杰雄登护法殿—布旦康萨- https://bit.ly/2JNsyN9
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jun 21. 2018 03:24 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. A beautiful and meaningful song invoking blessings by Lama Gyalwa Kalzang Gyatso, the 7th Dalai Lama. Reading through it I do feel a sense of happiness, and peacefulness surrounding. It’s a beautiful blessing and it paints a thousand powerful , meaningful words of inspirational.
    Wow…… stunning Holy pictures for us to download . Thanks again.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tsongkhapa/easy-and-effective.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jun 21. 2018 03:23 PM
    Great teachings to catch up, I still have a lot to learn . After reading through the question and answers, I have learned quite a bit of knowledge and will read again over time to get a better understanding of Tsongkhapa. Plenty to absorb especially the names. But glad to come across this post. I am very fortunate to be able to learn and practice from all those wonderful articles online .
    Thank you Rinpoche and team with folded hands.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/exciting-information-on-tsongkapa.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Jun 20. 2018 09:19 PM
    A very easy way to release anger. It is also to shift our mind to focus on other movements instead of thinking about what makes us angry. I think the tapping will release the tense muscles on the face. Nevertheless, thank you Rinpoche for sharing this natural and easy method.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-method-to-release-anger.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jun 20. 2018 03:22 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the profound teachings. I am glad I found and read this article of how our mind works and transformation of our mind to determine in our next reincarnation. At least from now I could understand a little bit more about the true nature of our minds. Rinpoche has given a very clear teachings, explanation yet powerful knowledge for us to ponder our mind and thoughts. Through the learning and practice of
    Lama Tsongkhapa we can gain many benefits. Rinpoche’s blog online have benefited me and many others tremendously . I have bookmarked this article so I could revisit it time to time.
    Thank you again Rinpoche with folded hands .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-mind-and-lama-tsongkhapa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jun 20. 2018 03:21 PM
    Dorje Shugden is emanation of Buddha Manjushri but as claimed by the Tibetan leadership (CTA ) is an evil. With more and more people speaking up against the behaviour and aware of the Tibetan leadership (CTA ) false claims. As they realised there is no religious freedom or true democracy within their communities. We all need to respect people of different races as well as people of different faiths and religions. Responsibility and respect of others and their religious beliefs are also part of freedom.
    James Yoshida, and many more people, who does not agree with the Dalai Lama , it does not mean they are bad and they are all Chinese spies as claimed by some individual. James Yoshida wrote an interesting comment on blog speaking from his heart about facts I do agree with James Yoshida view. Human rights and individual liberties, including religious freedom, should be allow for each individual regardless of race and faith.
    The Tibetan leadership (CTA )were given many opportunities yet after all these years they still can’t make it on its own. Instead, they have spent millions on campaigns, websites, and so forth against Dorje Shugden. One example is the tibet.net’s page, how those article going against other religious faith. Everyone should be given freedom to choose what we practice and what we pray to.
    As time past by, more people are aware of the Dorje Shugden controversy and are speaking up on the unfairness , discrimination and sufferings caused by the CTA.
    May the ban against Dorje Shugden practitioners end soon .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/just-because-i-dont-agree-with-the-dalai-lama-does-not-make-me-a-bad-person.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Wednesday, Jun 20. 2018 02:47 PM
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3SC6xUBKl8

    47 List of tallest statues in the world

    47 Lord Murugan Statue 室建陀神像
    46 Kailashnath Mahadev Statue, Nepal
    45 Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri Buddha, Phuket
    44 Virgen del Socavón, Bolivia
    43 Jixiang Dafo, 雲南西雙版納吉祥大佛
    42 Nossa Senhora de Fátima, Brazil. 花地瑪聖母
    41 Statue of Liberty 自由女神
    40 Monumento a la Virgen de la Paz, Venezuela
    39 Fo Guang Big Buddha 佛光大佛
    38 Ten Directions Samantabhadra Bodhisattva峨眉山金頂十方普賢
    37 Jinding Dafo 金鼎大佛
    36 Donglin Dafo 廬山東林大佛
    35 Dai Kannon of Kamaishi 斧石大觀音
    34 Samadhi Buddha, Sri Lanka 三莫地菩薩
    33 African Renaissance Monument 非洲復興紀念碑
    32 Guerrero Chimalli (Chimalli Warrior) 奇馬利戰士
    31 Taiwan Chengte Dafo 正德大佛
    30 Sodoshima Dai-Kannon 小豆島大觀音
    29 Usami Dai-Kannon 宇佐美觀音
    28 Buddha Dordenma statue, Bhutan 舵登瑪大佛
    27 Tokyo Wan Kannon 東京灣觀音
    26 Aizu Jibo Dai-Kannon 會津慈母大觀音
    25 Zheng Chenggong Dashenxiang 鄭成功大神像
    24 Great Standing Maitreya Buddha 峨嵋湖彌勒大佛
    23 Luangpho Yai, Thailand
    22 Guan Yu of Yuncheng 山西運城關羽像
    21 Guanyin of Mount Xiqiao 西樵山觀音像
    20 Guze Jibo Daikannon 救世慈母大觀音
    19 The Motherland Monument 祖國母親紀念碑
    18 Son Tra Quan Am, Vietnam 山茶觀音菩薩像
    17 Leshan Giant Buddha 樂山大佛
    16 Confucius of Mount Ni 尼山孔夫子銅像
    15 Kaga Kannon 加賀觀音
    14 Guanyin statue in Tsz Shan Monastery 大埔慈山寺觀音
    13 Bronze statue of Dizang at Mount Jiuhua 九華山地藏王菩薩銅像
    12 Guanyin of Nanshan 海南島南山海上觀音聖像
    11 Awaji Kannon 淡路島世界平和大觀音
    10 The Motherland Calls 俄羅斯祖國母親在召喚
    9 Grand Buddha at Ling Shan 靈山大佛
    8 Yang’asha of Guizhou 貴州仰阿莎雕像
    7 Dai Kannon of Kita no Miyako park 北海道大観音
    6 Great Buddha of Thailand 泰國大佛像
    5 Sendai Daikannon 仙台大観音
    4 The sculptures of the Emperors Yan & Huang炎黄二帝巨型塑像
    3 Ushiku Daibutsu 牛久大仏
    2 Laykyun Sekkya, Myanmar 緬甸大佛
    1 Spring Temple Buddha 中原大佛
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Wednesday, Jun 20. 2018 02:19 PM
    Shugden is not sectarian. Guru Rinpoche is not sectarian. Dorje Drolod is not sectarian. Jesus is not sectarian. Krishna is not sectarian. Kali is not sectarian. God is not sectarian. Tsongkapa is not sectarian. Kuan Kong is not sectarian. From the point of view of the divinities, they help, love, care, bless and assist all those who call upon them. To Shugden, Guru Rinpoche, Dorje Drolod, Jesus, Krishna, Kali, God, Tsongkapa, Kuan Kong we are all the same and they accept us openly, lovingly, caringly and without barriers and borders. Without conditions. Without labels. Without man made barriers. We are the same in their eyes. But some humans are sectarian and ascribe sectarian views and outlook to the divinities. In each religion, in each sect and in each doctrine, you have people who are sectarian and you have people who are not. Do not put everyone into one category. Dorje Shugden is Manjushri who is a fully enlightened Buddha and He has no sectarian views, actions and results. Rise above the small views and broaden our minds to the higher view. All forms of the divine has no sectarianism. Give Peace a chance. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Jun 19. 2018 09:25 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness in giving us this precious and powerful teaching of Loma Gyonma. Rinpoche not only provide us the prayers but also the opportunity to see the beautiful statue in Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong. May those who are sick or family members who are not well start reciting her mantra and help lessen the suffering/pain.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/loma-gyonma.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jun 19. 2018 12:54 PM
    Beautiful life story of the great Buddhist master, since more than 950 years after his passing, Atisha’s life story still continues to inspire many Buddhists. He was a Buddhist Bengali religious leader and master. He was one of the major figures in the spreading of 11th-century Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism in Asia. Atisha left a legacy of precious teachings which were passed down to many generations to come. Wonderful advice from Atisha’s heart which we should ponder in our daily lives. I do enjoyed and learned some teachings and still reading this blog at time of commenting. I have booked marking so that I could read it from tIme to time and set a reminder for myself.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers team for this insight article of Atisha’s teachings, on various advice, short video of the Srivijaya Empire and Atisha in Tibet Part I & Part 2 which I truly enjoyed listening and looking at those rare beautiful images of Atisha.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/dipamkara-shrijnana-atisha-the-master-who-revived-buddhism-in-india-and-tibet.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
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Environment is stronger because when you are in a spiritual environment with other spiritual brothers and sisters, the chance to learn and transform is much higher. If we rely on our own willpower and go at it alone to practice spirituality, very small chance we can succeed. Because most of the time we don\'t have the willpower and our willpower does not sustain us. That is why we have monasteries where clusers of people live together spiritually to enhance each other and the whole for thousands of years. That is why we have spiritual communities like Findhorn and Kechara Forest Retreat so that we are in a spiritual environment and being in this type of environment encourages us to grow inwardly. It gives us strength and support and in turn we give others strength and support. Tsem Rinpoche
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Environment is stronger because when you are in a spiritual environment with other spiritual brothers and sisters, the chance to learn and transform is much higher. If we rely on our own willpower and go at it alone to practice spirituality, very small chance we can succeed. Because most of the time we don't have the willpower and our willpower does not sustain us. That is why we have monasteries where clusers of people live together spiritually to enhance each other and the whole for thousands of years. That is why we have spiritual communities like Findhorn and Kechara Forest Retreat so that we are in a spiritual environment and being in this type of environment encourages us to grow inwardly. It gives us strength and support and in turn we give others strength and support. Tsem Rinpoche
I like this White Tara image. It is very basic but has an appeal in this style of art.
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I like this White Tara image. It is very basic but has an appeal in this style of art.
He was so excited to bring this sacred statue home to install in his family shrine.......
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He was so excited to bring this sacred statue home to install in his family shrine.......
Daily do your prayers/mantra to Lord Manjushri as it\'s a powerful blessing on a daily basis. It is so important to have sharp mind, good memory and quick wisdom and Manjushri can bestow this. I have heard many tell me that Manjushri\'s practice is very effective. We must also do Manjushri\'s intensive retreats at least twice a year. It would be very beneficial. Sacred mantra of Manjushri: Om Ah-Ra Ba-za Na-Dhi
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Daily do your prayers/mantra to Lord Manjushri as it's a powerful blessing on a daily basis. It is so important to have sharp mind, good memory and quick wisdom and Manjushri can bestow this. I have heard many tell me that Manjushri's practice is very effective. We must also do Manjushri's intensive retreats at least twice a year. It would be very beneficial. Sacred mantra of Manjushri: Om Ah-Ra Ba-za Na-Dhi
It is nice to see a friend in Nepal receiving a beautiful Bhagwan Dorje Shugden gift from myself. I wish him well always. Tsem Rinpoche
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It is nice to see a friend in Nepal receiving a beautiful Bhagwan Dorje Shugden gift from myself. I wish him well always. Tsem Rinpoche
What my mom shared with me as a young boy that I carry with me till now. She was very caring and giving when she was well: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=160069
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What my mom shared with me as a young boy that I carry with me till now. She was very caring and giving when she was well: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=160069
A beautiful painting of the enlightened protector Dorje Shugden in the very rich tradition of Aztec art of South America. I wanted to commission something in this rich tradition which is filled with spiritual journeys into other worlds, magic, purification, the supernatural, astral visitations, gods and other dimensions and it has manifested. I have successfully combined the divinity of Tibet with the rich artistic tradition of the Aztecs. The artist we had is amazing. We have many more beautiful art pieces here for you to enjoy and download: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924

Remember those wonderful Carlos Castaneda books? I use to read them many years back in my room back in New Jersey as a kid. His learning journey with Don Juan was amazing! Those books inspired my commissioning of this beautiful Aztec Dorje Shugden. May you be blessed. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
A beautiful painting of the enlightened protector Dorje Shugden in the very rich tradition of Aztec art of South America. I wanted to commission something in this rich tradition which is filled with spiritual journeys into other worlds, magic, purification, the supernatural, astral visitations, gods and other dimensions and it has manifested. I have successfully combined the divinity of Tibet with the rich artistic tradition of the Aztecs. The artist we had is amazing. We have many more beautiful art pieces here for you to enjoy and download: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924 Remember those wonderful Carlos Castaneda books? I use to read them many years back in my room back in New Jersey as a kid. His learning journey with Don Juan was amazing! Those books inspired my commissioning of this beautiful Aztec Dorje Shugden. May you be blessed. Tsem Rinpoche
H.H. the Dalai Lama’s sudden change of mind about China-backed Panchen Lama is incredible and stunning. His Holiness\'s new stance will bring more harmony, peace and understanding. I thank His Holiness the Dalai Lama very much for this. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche (Please read here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=159261)
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H.H. the Dalai Lama’s sudden change of mind about China-backed Panchen Lama is incredible and stunning. His Holiness's new stance will bring more harmony, peace and understanding. I thank His Holiness the Dalai Lama very much for this. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche (Please read here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=159261)
Sculpture demigoddesses Singhini (lioness goddess) on the upper terrace in front of Nyatapola temple in Bhaktapur, Nepal.
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Sculpture demigoddesses Singhini (lioness goddess) on the upper terrace in front of Nyatapola temple in Bhaktapur, Nepal.
How fortunate I am to be sitting in my room, with a rosary in my hand reciting the mantra given to me by my compassionate guru and to meditate in developing a compassionate heart and purifying my karmas. How fortunate I am to be able to spend my time in such a meaningful manner. Tsem Rinpoche
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How fortunate I am to be sitting in my room, with a rosary in my hand reciting the mantra given to me by my compassionate guru and to meditate in developing a compassionate heart and purifying my karmas. How fortunate I am to be able to spend my time in such a meaningful manner. Tsem Rinpoche
Comic drawn by Tendor, a prominent Free Tibet activist-Every Tibetan knows that although His Holiness the Dalai Lama says he is retired from politics, he is in full control of the Tibetan government in exile. No member of the government will dare carry out any decisions without His Holiness\' approval. He is retired for the sake of the west so he does not look like a dictator.~Tenzin Damchoe
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Comic drawn by Tendor, a prominent Free Tibet activist-Every Tibetan knows that although His Holiness the Dalai Lama says he is retired from politics, he is in full control of the Tibetan government in exile. No member of the government will dare carry out any decisions without His Holiness' approval. He is retired for the sake of the west so he does not look like a dictator.~Tenzin Damchoe
It would be wonderful if everyone can recite these two mantras 100k each focusing on Shakyamuni Buddha and His powerful healing energies. Not collectively but each person 100k each of each mantra. Praise to Shakyamuni the Sage who showed us a permanent way to bliss.
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It would be wonderful if everyone can recite these two mantras 100k each focusing on Shakyamuni Buddha and His powerful healing energies. Not collectively but each person 100k each of each mantra. Praise to Shakyamuni the Sage who showed us a permanent way to bliss.
In Tibet Shannan area Riwoche Ling Monastery, devotees are putting Tsem Rinpoche\'s photo inside the cabinet together with the Buddha he loves - Dorje Shugden
在西藏山南日乌曲林寺,信徒们把詹杜固仁波切的法照和他最敬爱的多杰雄登护法像摆在一起
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In Tibet Shannan area Riwoche Ling Monastery, devotees are putting Tsem Rinpoche's photo inside the cabinet together with the Buddha he loves - Dorje Shugden 在西藏山南日乌曲林寺,信徒们把詹杜固仁波切的法照和他最敬爱的多杰雄登护法像摆在一起
Please read this..thank you.
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Please read this..thank you.
A beautiful Dorje Shugden depicted in Druid and newage style. There are many more here and free downloads in high file: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924
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A beautiful Dorje Shugden depicted in Druid and newage style. There are many more here and free downloads in high file: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924
Here, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche (left), one of the tutors of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, confers one of the many countless tantric initiations on the Dalai Lama (right). You can see a young Dalai Lama bowing in this picture with Trijang Rinpoche blessing him. Trijang Rinpoche is therefore undoubtedly the Dalai Lama’s tantric master. A great master at that. Tsem Rinpoche
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Here, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche (left), one of the tutors of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, confers one of the many countless tantric initiations on the Dalai Lama (right). You can see a young Dalai Lama bowing in this picture with Trijang Rinpoche blessing him. Trijang Rinpoche is therefore undoubtedly the Dalai Lama’s tantric master. A great master at that. Tsem Rinpoche
This is a very sacred statue of Buddha Chenresig (Avalokitesvara/Kuan Yin) that manifested many miracles in North India. Read and see more pictures and understand the background here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=153802
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This is a very sacred statue of Buddha Chenresig (Avalokitesvara/Kuan Yin) that manifested many miracles in North India. Read and see more pictures and understand the background here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=153802
Wonderful updated version of The Promise book is out! Please get your copy. Much more new information included.
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Wonderful updated version of The Promise book is out! Please get your copy. Much more new information included.
\"Bhagavani, source of all wonders, Vasudhara, Goddess of splendour and fortune, bestower of auspicious mental desires; homage to the Goddess Wish-fulfilling Wheel.\" (Sakya liturgical verse).
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"Bhagavani, source of all wonders, Vasudhara, Goddess of splendour and fortune, bestower of auspicious mental desires; homage to the Goddess Wish-fulfilling Wheel." (Sakya liturgical verse).
Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini in Pharping, Nepal. The caretaker said it was owned by the Great Marpa the translator who was the guru of Milarepa. Wow.
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Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini in Pharping, Nepal. The caretaker said it was owned by the Great Marpa the translator who was the guru of Milarepa. Wow.
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