The benefits of offering light

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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. 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. 🙂

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. […] 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。 […]

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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/

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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 […]

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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。

  21. 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。

  22. 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 .

  23. 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.

  24. 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…

  25. 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.

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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. 🙂

  29. 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.

  30. 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

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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

  36. 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.

  37. 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!

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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

  41. 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!

  42. 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…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/chef-turned-hero.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 06:42 PM
    According to the Buddhist teachings, we all have a unique blend of karma that determines where we are born, the circumstances of our birth and the quality of our life. Naturally, this is due to the actions that we performed in previous lives. Karma also dictates our characteristics and traits that determine how we act throughout our lives, which in turn leads to certain outcomes in this life and a determination of where we will take rebirth in the future.

    Karma, however, is not set in stone. We can change our circumstances through our own efforts – purification of karma and accumulation of merit. Tibetan astrology, based on these Buddhist principles, provides us the methods to ensure success in this life and a good rebirth in the future. Tibetan astrology can also predict what will happen to us in this life and our next rebirth based on the time of our birth.

    Discover your traits according to the Mewa, or Magical Square system of Tibetan astrology below, and find out how to purify your negative karma to improve your life!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 05:24 PM
    Very interesting:


    Radin explained in his book: “For a Western-trained academic, the mere existence of, say, telepathy would be considered supernormal and thus wildly extraordinary. But for an experienced yogi, it’s just a boringly normal minor siddhi [a Sanskrit term for a meditation attainment, or power]. A skeptical scientist, not having the benefit of thousands of hours of practice in yoga and meditation, would require repeatable, rigorously obtained experimental data showing odds against chance of a gazillion to one. The yogi merely requires his own experience.”


    Very interesting read: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2157904-supernormal-abilities-developed-through-meditation-dr-dean-radin-discusses/?sidebar=morein
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:45 PM
    Its indeed a beautiful place …..away from the city hectic life to visit and could stay over night too.Just to get away from work to relax ,get some fresh air ,do meditation and so forth .At Kechara Forest RetreatI,Bentong is where the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world situated and we can receive blessing,make offering to the Buddhas as well as enjoy the tranquility of the beautiful gardens.I have recomended my friends and relatives to visit such a beautiful place at Bentong.
    Thank you Paul Yap for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:15 PM
    Well…all pendants are beautifully designed,hand crafted to match each and every sacred images on it to suit all occasion for the wearer.I can see a lot of hard work for those involed in desgning and making of it.
    All pendants are very unique, modern, timeless and also sacred ,thats all i could describe it.Hope more people will be wearing these beautiful pendants to get connected with the Buddhas.Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and Kechara’s Louise Lee for creating Dharma art in in the form of jewelry
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/timeless-and-sacred.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:41 PM
    This Mahasiddha is Kukkuripa (the dog lover). He loved dogs so much. When he meditated in the cave he had his doggie with him. She had kept him company for years in his cave. They shared bedding, food, water and company. When he gained high attainments, the Dakinis came to take him to Kechara Paradise. He was hesitant to go but the Dakinis insisted and he went with them.

    He arrived at Kechara (Paradise/Buddha abode of Heruka and Vajra Yogini) and enjoyed teachings and feasts up there and they asked him to stay longer if not forever…. But he kept thinking about his doggie left alone in the cave. He felt guilty and missed her. Kukkuripa would use his psychic powers to see his poor doggie alone and hungry waiting for him at the cave while enjoying the attention of the Dakinis and feasts. The cave was dark and had no food. The doggie had to go out and find small tiny scraps of food and was getting skinny. Kukkuripa saw this and it pained him. Worried she was not getting enough food. He use to share the offerings of food he would get from people with her. Doggie and him would delightfully eat the food together. Kukkuripa had no attachments to ‘clean’ or ‘dirty’ in regards to sharing food with his dog. He had overcome this in his meditations. In ancient India, people would not co-habitate with a dog. It was considered unclean and filthy, but Kukkuripa had cast away those notions and loved his dog as she loved him. But he felt guilty to leave her alone while he was ‘enjoying’ himself in Kechara and could not stop thinking about his beloved dirty smelly dog in his cave alone…so he left Kechara Paradise and all it’s ‘delights’ for his doggie. He couldn’t abandon her. The Dakinis implored him to stay, but he was firm to return. The Dakinis said you will give up this paradise here for a mere dog???!! You can advance further in your meditations if you stay in Kechara and then help the dog later they attempted to persuade him. But Kukkuripa would not stay, he was loyal to his little dog as she had kept him company for many years in the lonely dark cave. She was loyal to him and how can he abandon her now. He couldn’t and he wouldn’t listen to the Dakinis. He left to join doggie. He never forget her companionship and loyalty. All the wonderful things in Kechara could not tempt him against his loyal friend the little doggie. He left everything for her.

    So he finally left Kechara to the Dakinis dismay and went back to his cave to be with his dog so she won’t be alone. Doggie was delighted to see her master and wagged her tail so much!! She licked him and he hugged her! She was skinnier for not eating well these few days he noticed. He fed her and hugged her and loved his doggie…He went back to his routine of meditation, receiving food offerings and sharing his food with doggie. They were happy together. One day, when he was scratching her in her favorite place and she licked him so his eyes were closed, when he opened his eyes she had suddenly turned into a Dakini shimmering with lights! The brilliance of the lights lit up the whole cave in front of Kukkuripa!! Kukkuripa was astonished to behold the splendourous lady in front of him! Of course this Dakini must be the Queen Herself he realized, as Vajra Yogini which was Kukkuripa’s main Yidam he had meditated on her for years in the cave. And She said to Kukkuripa, “Well done, you gave up paradise to be with just a dog..it shows you have given up attachements and projections of pleasant and unpleasant, now your Dakini will give you the final paradise (enlightenment)!”

    Kukkuripa attained full enlightenment blessed by Vajra Yogini by releasing the final subtle attachment to the non-existent self! After enlightenment his fame and name grew and many came to see him and he gave teachings to countless and benefitted many before he finally ascended to Kechara the second and final time. He was forever known as Kukkuripa the dog lover.

    I love him so much!!! This is one of my favorite Mahasiddhas along with Badrapa, Shantideva, Ghantapa and a few others. I wanted to share this story with you. I wanted you to know that there are many great true stories like this one about Kukkuripa that are true and can be applied to our lives. To inspire us.

    Tsem Rinpoche
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:29 PM
    The great and illustrious master Sonam Tsemo at the end of his life was described by an old woman who witnessed Sonam Tsemo depart. Standing on a rock at the holy spring near Sakya area known as Chumik Dzingka, his body ascended gracefully into the sky, still holding his dog. He loved his dog very much. Even today the footprints of Loppon Sonam Tsemo and the dog can be clearly seen in the rock, left for the benefit of living beings as a field from which to accumulate merit. It is a sign of a holy being when they can leave their footprints in stone for future generations to witness and make offerings on that spot to collect merits. This holy site was decorated by the great master Mantradhara Ngawang Kunga Rinchen later on. Other accounts say that he ascended from Gorum Library near Chumik Dzingka spring. A stupa containing his holy relics was erected there. Sonam Tsemo was a powerful practitioner of the Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini and at the end of his short life he ascended with his very body to Kechara paradise. He was 40 years old. Kechara is the sanksrit name of the special abode of Vajra Yogini. Those who practice Vajra Yogini to the highest level can ascend her paradise with their very bodies. Sonam Tsemo the great master of sutra and tantra was seen by an old woman flying off holding his beloved dog to ascend Kechara paradise. No one every found his body and his room was empty.
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:27 PM
    Congratulations to Mitra for his first dharma teaching in Nepali to the expats. So glad that Dorje Shugden practise can reach out to many in various languages and to different people. Mitra has done a good job in introducing Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and guided them on the benefit and iconography of Dorje Shugden.

    May Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and Dorje Shugden practise continue to grow and benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mitra-teaches-bhagwan-dorje-shugden-in-nepali.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
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This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
3 days ago
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
3 days 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.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
1 week 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.
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
1 month ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
1 month ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
2 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
2 months ago
This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
2 months ago
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
2 months ago
Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
3 months ago
Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
3 months ago
Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
3 months ago
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
3 months ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
4 months ago
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
4 months ago
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
4 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
4 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
4 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
4 months ago
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
4 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
4 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
5 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
5 months ago
Sir Edmund Hillary
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  • March 28, 2017 09:11
    Lia asked: If the ushnisha is actually supposed to be a bump, then do we change the visualization of the top knot and replace it with a bump covered in hair or do we keep the ushnisha as the thangkas show?
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  • March 27, 2017 04:19
    Dongho asked: I have been reading on the tunes of certain sects and would like to ask on this. From what I've read, there are certain tunes to each sect and school of certain chants. Exactly where can I find the sheet music for these percussion and horns with the chants, such as to the one for invoking Kache Marpo or Dorje Shugden? Would it be possible to use school instruments for this?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your question, it is good to see you back and asking more questions. Yes you are right, there are differences in the tunes and chants between the lineages. The differences can vary significantly between the traditions, for example the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism is known for its extremely deep throat singing which is very powerful and is characterised by a low, booming voice, in contrast to the other traditions. Even within a particular tradition, there can be slight variations as to the manner in which the chants and tunes are performed. For example those monasteries are which are affiliated with Gyume will have one way of throat singing, where those affiliated with Gyuto will have another. As far as I am aware there is no professional sheet music for the rituals, most probably because the music is actually an integral part of the ritual itself. Therefore the music, tunes, and chants are all taught at the same time the ritual and prayers are. The tunes, and use of the instruments all have specific meanings, because they are considered to be offerings to the deities in the form of sound. The monasteries would not have copies of sheet music either, because sheet music is western practice. The use of ritual music within Tibetan Buddhism is more of one based on memory. In the Kechara organisation, the puja team was trained in such ritual instruments at the same time they learnt the particular ritual from monks from the monastery, such as the puja of Dorje Shugden. From what I saw of the training, the musical tunes, and use of instruments was not written down but taught experientially at the same time as the chanting. I have not come across any other instruments being used in pujas apart from the traditional ritual instruments, because even the instruments themselves have a specific meaning. That is not say that school instruments cannot be used. This is because, as long as the offering is sincere, the Buddhas and enlightened deities will accept it, and in turn you will generate great amounts of merit. Offerings should be made to the best of our ability, therefore if you do not have access to the ritual instruments, or do not know how to play them, but you know how to play other instruments, and use these instruments as offerings to the Buddhas during pujas, the amount of merit you generate will be the same. This is because you are sincere with your offering. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 26, 2017 02:14
    Kunga asked: Does the Gelug have Begtse a protector? If so, could you please provide a sadhana for him here?
    pastor answered: Dear Kunga, Yes the Dharma protector Begtse exists within the Gelug tradition. He is also known as Chamsing. Begtse’s practice stems from India and was introduced to Tibet and therefore Tibetan Buddhism by the translator Nyen Lotsawa. Marpa Lotsawa also practiced Begtse, and so the practice exists in the Kagyu traditions. This practice was eventually transmitted to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first of the five patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, who were the founding fathers of that tradition. Over time the practice of Begtse was incorporated into the Gelug tradition, founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, and was notably practiced by the 1st and 2nd Dalai Lamas. Over time the practice gained popularity within the lineage, especially when it spread to Mongolia. There the practice became an important one within the lineage as upheld there. Begtse is also affectionately known as the Dharma protector of Mongolia, because his practice is so popular there. If I am not mistaken, there is an oracle of Begtse in Mongolia as well. There is a mistaken account that the practice originated around the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama, with the subjugation of a Mongolian war god, but Begtse was definitely practiced before that time in the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya traditions. While the practice of Begtse is very effective, I have not come across the practice of Begtse in my personal practice, therefore I do not have access to the Begtse sadhana to provide to you. Instead Begtse is propitiated in prayers that incorporate many other Dharma protectors, and Begtse is also considered one of the nine protectors of the Hayagriva (Tamdrin) cycle of tantric teachings. Therefore Begtse is included in the Dharma protector sections of the Hayagriva tantras. Surrounding Begtse are his sister, Sing Ma, and his main minister, Le Khan Mar Po. His inner retinue comprises of eight butchers who wield copper swords in their right hands and skull-cups full of blood in their left hands. They are portrayed as naked and are very ugly. His outer retinue comprises a further twenty-one butchers, who hold copper swords in their right hands, and this time, the entrails of butchered enemies. They wear the skins humans and oxen as clothes, with ornaments made from human bone. While this may seem violent, Begtse is actually a very powerful and beneficial protector, who helps practitioners clear their obstacles and create conducive conditions for their spiritual evolution. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 24, 2017 20:12
    Azair asked: Venerable Rinpoche, I am doing a study in Kalachakra Tantra and I've heard from most of the lama's too that if you practice the Kalachakra Tantra, you'll be able to take control of your next rebirth. Ofcourse, it has been said that we will get our rebirth according to our Karma and desires but whether those dreams will get fulfilled will depend upon the actions that we take in this life. Thus, practicing the Kalachakra(till the end) after initiation will give you the opportunity to take rebirth anywhere you desire regardless of your Karma. My question is that, is there some truth in this statement.? Does this statement hold true for other tantra practices, such as Vajrayogini Tantra, Ghuyasamaja Tantra, Heruka Tantra, etc. I would really really like to know. Thankyou in anticipation, regards, Azair
    pastor answered: Dear Azair, Thank you for your question. Yes there is truth to this statement, both from a scriptural perspective and also by example, as the great masters have shown us. This is a unique feature of all Anuttarayoga Tantras or Highest Yoga Tantras, which Kalachakra, Vajrayogini, Guhyasama and Heruka are all examples of. This category of tantric practice can actually lead a practitioner to full enlightenment in this very lifetime. Even if enlightenment is not reached, very high levels of attainment can be reached nonetheless. This includes the ability to take control over your next rebirth. This is primarily engaged in so that the practitioner is born in an environment where they can eventually pick up their practice and further their spiritual path to enlightenment, or in order to be born in a place where they can benefit sentient beings the most, as part of the spiritual journey over many lifetimes. One of the reasons such an ability is very necessary on the spiritual path, is that usual death and rebirth occurs at the mercy of ones karma, specifically what is known as the ‘throwing karma’ or the karma that dictates what sort of rebirth a person is going to take. This opens up at the time of ordinary death, which most people have no control over. During the death process, many of our disturbing emotions will arise. Whichever of these is the strongest at the point of death triggers open a latent karmic potential, which becomes the ‘throwing karma’ and dictates where we are going to take rebirth and if that life will generally be full of suffering or not. Within Anuttarayoga Tantra, one of the key points of practice is to prepare for one’s death. This is done by simulating the dying process during one’s meditations, so that one becomes familiar with it. At the most pivotal part of this process, one practices achieving either the rainbow body or great bliss (in the case of the father tantras); or clear light (in the case of mother tantras). The tantras themselves are not defined in terms of the gender of the central deity, but by the method used to gain enlightenment. This is either the rainbow body/great bliss (classified as male, therefore labelled ‘father’) or clear light (classified as female, therefore labelled ‘mother’). Non-dual tantras such as the Kalachakra tantra can employ either of the two methods, a mixture of both, or alternate methods. In the case of superior practitioners, due to the power of their practice, they can achieve either of these two methods in their current body. Since they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, and a particular method of practice, they can also achieve enlightenment during their physical death. The great Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have achieved enlightenment at the moment of physical death, using the second of these. For other practitioners, they may not be able to achieve this either in their meditations while they are alive, or during the death process. However because they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, they remain in complete concentration at the time of death, not allowing any disturbing emotions to arise. Due to this level of concentration, meditation and awareness during the dying process, they are able to control where they next take rebirth. This is evident in the tantric scriptures themselves, and the life stories of many masters, who can state exactly where, when and to whom they will take their next rebirth, as they are in full control of the dying and rebirth process. There is a type of meditation called ‘thukdam’ which has been translated into ‘death meditation’. This is a final meditation some masters choose to engage in. During this meditation, the master themselves consciously begin the physical dying process themselves, engage in the meditation of dissolving the winds into the heart centre and remain in the most pivotal part of the death process, the mind of clear light of death. During this point they engage in meditations, either the methods of the father or mother tantras as mentioned previously, and or consciously choose where they are to next take rebirth. They can remain in this death meditation for long periods of time, days at an end, in which their consciousness has not yet left their body, although for all intents and purposes they are dead according to medical science, e.g. they have no heartbeat. At the end of their meditation, a drop of blood will be emitted from their nostril, and their head will slump over a little. Masters who engage in this meditation usually sit in full meditation posture, and their body remain supple and soft even though they have passed away from a medical point of view. I hope this brief explanation helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2017 23:01
    Brad asked: What is the significance of offering the Seven precious emblems of royalty to the Buddhas and enlightened Dharma Protectors? What are we symbolically offering up?
    pastor answered: Dear Brad, Thank you for your question. The ‘saptaratna’ or seven precious emblems represent on the one hand the ultimate state of temporal power, and on the other hand the ultimate spiritual attainments that we can achieve. By offering these to the Buddhas, we are actually creating the causes to achieve what they represent. Therefore it is good to know the meaning of each, so we can understand what we are creating the causes for by offering them up: Please see below for an explanation of the seven royal emblems: 1. The Precious Wheel: a thousand spoked wheel, representing the universal power of the Buddhas, as well as the teachings of the thousand Buddhas of our aeon. It is represented by the Dharmachakra, symbolising the ‘turning of the wheel’ or teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, especially that of our own mind, thoughts, delusions and afflictions. 2. The Precious Jewel: an eight sided wish-granting gem, which fulfils all the needs of a universal emperor. This jewel has eight special qualities: it illuminates the night sky for hundreds of leagues; it is cooling when the temperature is hot and warming when the temperature is cold; it makes manifest whatever the holder wants; when thirsty it causes a fresh-water spring to appear; it has the ability to control the nagas, and other supernatural beings, as well as preventing natural disasters such as storms, floods, etc.; it gives off multi-coloured lighted which heals the various mental and emotional afflictions; it cures all illnesses; and it ensures that one dies a natural death, not an untimely one. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, or perfect discrimination, so one knows what to abandon and what to keep in the mindstream during the spiritual journey to enlightenment. 3. The Precious Queen: the most beautiful and virtuous of all women. She is described as a goddess who is the epitome of someone: with devotion; without jealousy; who is the embodiment of fertility; who works for the welfare of all beings; who possess feminine wisdom; speaks the truth; not attract to sensual pleasures or material possessions; and does not have false views. She is adored by all. She also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect effort. This is necessary to keep meditating until one gains spiritual attainments. 4. The Precious Minister: who has sharp intelligence, patience, and the ability to give wise counsel to the emperor. He is so attuned to the emperor that even before the emperor has spoken, the minister is already carrying out his command. He only wishes to support the Dharma, help sentient beings, and is an excellent strategist. He also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect joy. This is also akin to the attainment of the first bodhisattva level, because you have come to an understanding of your own mind, which is like pouring ice-cold water into boiling water. The water stops boiling, as does the thoughts, projections, and delusions in the mind. He represents the path of the bodhisattva. 5. The Precious Elephant: who has the strength of a thousand normal elephants. He is white, with the perfect features that an elephant could have. He is majestic, graceful, and gentle, but in battle is fearsome, fearless and unyielding. He communicates with the emperor through a telepathic link. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect adaptability. This is important, as one needs to be able to adapt to the various mental afflictions as they arise, and suitably counter them. 6. The Precious Horse: who has all the marks of a celestial horse. Known as wind-horse, he is able to travel extremely fast, and can circumambulate the entire universe three time in just a single day. He is never fearful or startled, never makes a sound when galloping, and has extremely soft hairs on his body. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is single-pointed concentration. This is important because without this form of concentration, once cannot engage in the analytical meditations that lead to an understanding of emptiness, and therefore enlightenment. 7. The Precious General: who has mastered the arts of war and always wins in battle. He wears battle armour and holds many different weapons. He tries to avoid battle, but when necessary fights, and never gives up until he has won. He is fearless, and courageous in carrying out the emperors commands and ensures the emperors army carries out their duties. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect equanimity. This is because he overcomes all warfare, which is akin to the battle between things were are attached to and things we have an aversion for in our minds. In short, what you are offering up is the highest of all temporal treasures and abilities, as well as the entire path of the Dharma. Doing so creates the causes for you to receive all of this on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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