Chenrezig Ngesung Kundrol

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Dear everyone, students, members and friends,

I have been thinking of this for quite a while, and from all aspects. An initiation whether it is lower tantra or higher tantra, specifically plants the seed of enlightenment in the disciple’s mind-stream, so that when they do their practice, hold on to their vows, and keep on to their samaya, it will actualize its seeds in this or future lives. Actualize means to obtain the qualities of the deity of which they are being initiated into.

Therefore, I would say 99% of the people are not ready for something like that, because for actual initiation, for actual initiate, for the actual initiation to be received by the initiate, one needs very strong guru devotion, and the guru devotion must be that, whatever the Lama or Guru tells you to do, you actually do it with no excuses, with no ramifications, and no justifications, or not escaping and you do it, and not only you do it because you have been told, you do it happily, because you trust and you believe that the Lama is giving you something to benefit you. And that’s one. And the second thing is that if we can take refuge in the Lama, and we can take refuge in the Lama’s deity, and take vows from the Lama, we basically surrender our death and our future lives and our mind and our soul to the Lama.

So if we can surrender something so big, and we can offer up something so huge to the Lama, something smaller such as doing certain types of work, having or not having a relationship, doing this type of practice or that type of practice, one shouldn’t have any doubt, so if the Lama give you assignments, many types, one shouldn’t have any type of doubt and restraints, and one should do it happily all the way, believing and trusting. Therefore if we can surrender, if we can give up our souls to the Lama for something so big, something smaller we should definitely be able to do, unless we don’t have full confidence in future lives, and therefore surrendering it up is not really a big deal for us. And that would be a wrong way of viewing things.

Anyways, in order to be able to achieve the blessing or the seed that has been planted in our mind-stream by the Lama, one has to have a very strong guru devotion, one has to hold one’s vows, the samaya correctly, vows or promises or commitments to keep during the initiation. Samaya is the relationship we keep with our Lamas, and the other people who receive initiation with us, and to also do the actual practice. Those three are very very important for us to receive initiation. And if we have been in Dharma for more than three four years, we should be able to do that. If we are still not able to do that, carry out the instructions of the teacher, directly or indirectly, or we are wishy washy in our practice, or we are always thinking of quitting or not doing, or doing, or running, or going here, or going there, then something like this is not good for us to receive.

I weighed the pros and cons, and I would like to confer the initiation of Avalokiteshvara, or in Tibetan Chenrezig Ngesung Kundrol Tsokor Sum, which is the initiation that I have received from His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche in the United States many many decades ago, and I have kept up the practice all these years.

This Chenrezig is one face, two arms, sitting in a posture of ease, with one hand on the back holding himself up, and one hand on the front holding a mala gently over his knee, and he has two assistants, one is the black powerful obstacle destroyer Goddess Ekajati, and the other one is the Buddha or the Goddess of Great Activities Green Tara herself, so this is called Chenrezig Ngesung Kundrol Tsokor Sum, which Tso is the main yidam Chenrezig, Kor is entourage means Ekajati and Tara, Sum means all three.

So this practice once we receive it we have to study the Bodhisattva vows, the 50 verses of Guru Devotion we have to study that very very well, before we receive this and after we receive this we have to hold that up very well, we have to have very strong guru devotion, and everyday, right upon waking, we need to recite Om Mani Padme Hum, one round on our rosary, every single day for life.

And the beautiful thing about this practice according to His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is that if we have strong guru devotion which means we stick with our guru, we don’t run, we are very stable, we keep our mind still, and we hold on to our vows, we do the Om Mani Padme Hum, then whatever negativities we have committed, even if we are supposed to fall into the three lower realms, we will not fall into the three lower realms. It is impossible for us to go to the three lower realms. So for one lifetime, we are delayed to go to some place negative, and we are blessed to take rebirth in another good situation in our next life, in order that we can practise Dharma and delay and purify, giving ourselves another chance, delaying in going to the three lower realms for one lifetime. And that is like if you are supposed to go to jail, you don’t go to jail, you are given another chance to do good works, in order not to go to jail. So that is very very powerful.

In fact, Chenrezig is Avalokiteshvara or Kuan Yin, Ngesung is the three lower realms, Kundrol means something that takes you out of the three lower realms. So Chenrezig specifically emanated for people to not go to the three lower realms, if we do this practice very very well. And this practice is suitable for people who have, I list in order but not chronological order: committed a lot of negative karma, people who have killed, people who have created heinous crimes, people who have broken their samayas, people who have broken their vows, people who are too old to do intensive practice, for physical and mental reasons, people who are unable to do intensive or deep practice for whatever positive good reasons for example mental impairment or accidents or sickness, people who are dying or people who have very fatal diseases which are incurable, it is very good for people (no offence intended) who are not able to do very in-depth practices due to limited mental faculties, and it is good for people who are fearful of their next lives, it is very good for people basically maybe met Dharma too late, or people whose habituation and negativities are way way too strong for them to turn around and change, this can be old or young, but it will be dependent on those kind of factors that this practice will be very good for.

I would like to confer this initiation and whoever attends this initiation must have my direct permission because it is an initiation, and I am very strict with things like that. And I will assign the person in which they can go through in order to receive the permission to attend. Some will be invited automatically, and some must request to attend. And when you attend, you should not eat meat, you should not engage in alcohol or strong drinks, one should wear very clean clothes, one should not wear ornaments or makeup, one should come very simple and clean, and with the good motivation that for all sentient beings that you will become a fully enlightened being, you will gain the highest attainment through Avalokiteshvara Chenrezig practice in order to benefit others. And therefore once one has received this practice, guru devotion is utmost. Holding the vows of Bodhisattva. There is no Tantric vows, this is Bodhisattva vows and is utmost. Number three is to do Om Mani Padme Hum every single day.

For those who have more time and they prefer, there is a short sadhana, about 1½ – 2 pages, that is very short, that one can do every day to this deity to make a connection. And I have given this initiation twice before in Malaysia to people. One time it was to a group and another time it was to a nun, a Hinayana nun in Seremban who was being afflicted by spirits, and she can hear the spirits at night opening her door, closing her door, disturbing her and she’s done a lot of practices in her centre, she’s done a lot of ritual and couldn’t get rid of it. The divination came out this initiation is necessary. So when she received it, I heard that she started to practice and all the interferences had stopped. So I have given this initiation twice in Malaysia.

Before receiving this initiation I will assign people to give a class on the vows of a Bodhisattva and to act, and to understand and to know it very well, to familiarize and also the 50 verses of Guru Devotion must be very familiar and be able to hold it, otherwise no point. If you receive this initiation, you do Om Mani Padme Hum, a year later, two years later, three years later, you run away, you lose faith in your teacher, you don’t want to co-operate, you make excuses, then it is better not to receive this initiation now. Stability of the mind is most important for tantric practice because breaking the vows, breaking one’s commitments, instead of receiving the benefits, we receive the opposite which is rebirth in the lower realms and that is not a threat but that is what it says according to Shakyamuni in the tantric teachings.

The date, place and time of the initiation I will let people know because I have to prepare myself also and who can come I will let them know. And whoever is chosen to receive this initiation I request you not to run around telling people you are going to receive it, I request you not to tell people you are going to get it, you are going to go for it, don’t create unhappiness in people’s minds who cannot come, that is not Dharma. And for those of us who are not chosen, if you feel jealousy, or you feel lack of confidence or you feel angry or unhappy towards your teacher that is the very reason why you cannot receive it. So if you check your mind and you feel like that then you are not able to receive it.

But if you check your mind and say “oh I’m not chosen but Rinpoche must have his reasons, therefore I’m going to aspire to receive it in the future and I’m going to work harder, I’m going to do Dharma more, I’m going to be stable”, if you think like that you create the causes to receive it. That’s a good way of checking your mind.

So after the initiation I will give a commentary on the practice of this deity, in short forms, to people who are fortunate to receive it, fortunate because this is a great practice. These are my thoughts and I will request someone to write all this out when I’m taping, in just written English, not edited, but just the way I spoke, so this will be directly from me. Most likely I will post this on the KH Website and also my blog and I’ll have it spread around.

So therefore let me repeat this initiation is of Avalokiteshvara together with his assisting deities of Ekajati and Green Tara. And you must have very strong guru devotion, stable, firm, you must hold on to the Bodhisattva vows, strong, firm, and when you break them sometimes you must do the purification practice clearly, and you must do Om Mani Padme Hum minimal of one mala per day upon waking, so when you wake up you do it immediately. Om Mani Padme Hum , you think about Chenrezig and your Guru is one and do Om Mani Padme Hum immediately. And then whatever you want to do for the rest of the day that is fine. If you have time, you can do the sadhana, if not just one round Om Mani Padme Hum, that will be very good.

My motivation for giving this initiation is to be of benefit to my students and friends and special people who I would like to prevent them from entering into a lower realm or to have difficulties in their future life and also by reciting Om Mani Padme Hum to receive the benefits of planting the seeds of attaining great love, supreme compassion and ultimately Bodhichitta, or the selfless wish to benefit others. And Chenrezig’s practice is specifically to destroy selfishness and self grasping, self absorption and everything related to me, me, me, and the self, and the reason for that is all of our problems, insecurities, all of our failures, and all of us being not able to achieve more is due to our selfish mind, the mind that always grasp to itself. And the reason we’re not able to think more, or achieve more, or to be able to comprehend more again it is because of our narrow thinking, our fix thinking, our fixated thinking, our projected thinking and our thinking that is specifically related to our environmental upbringing which we are not able to let go and we are stuck on it and we replay it in our mind over and over and over again like a tape recorder, and therefore we act out of that and we create a lot of problems and sufferings for ourselves.

So Chenrezig is a very good opponent to that because Chenrezig teaches us to let go, Chenrezig asks us and blesses us, and plants the seed for us to have a bigger view and to surrender the selfish mind and to achieve a mind of peace, equanimity, and great compassion. And when we have equanimity from letting go of projections and we have peace from letting go of habituation due to selfishness, and when we have great compassion which is we forgive, then we feel a great sense of peace and happiness, and that is very important for inner peace and that is important for of course outer peace, because outer peace is dependent on inner peace. Therefore Chenrezig is a very good practice which can help us to achieve that.

My motivation is I hope people can achieve that, two fold, is to prevent rebirth into lower realm which most of us will be going, and to develop a great compassionate mind that can ultimately have great Bodhichitta. And that is my motivation for this and I will let the liaisons know about this first and I will disseminate it through the departments, and I will disseminate it through KH organization.

I wish everybody luck and I wish everybody happiness and I sincerely wish people to practise Dharma because the essence of life is not to eat, sleep, drink, procreate and have fun but the essence of life is to not waste the precious time which passes by so quickly and anytime our life can be taken away, anytime, by any causes, in any situation and it is beyond our control. So at the time of death, the most important is Dharma.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

尊敬的各位同修,克切拉成员以及朋友们:

关于这件事,我从各个方面都考虑了很久。大家知道,所谓密法灌顶,不论是下续部还是上续部,都能在受法者的心识中种下证悟的种子。所以当他们修法、持戒并护持三昧耶,这颗种子都能在他们此生或来世得以成熟。所谓成熟,就是成就了本尊的圆满证量。

但是,我敢说百分之九十九的人都不具备接受灌顶的资格。因为对真正的灌顶来说,接受灌顶的人必须对其上师具有相当强烈的信心。这种信心是指无论你的喇嘛或是上师交待你做什么,你都不能有任何借口、任何理由、任何托辞,必须是依教照做。并且不能像只为了要完成任务似的,而是要带着欢喜心去做,因为你知道上师让你做的,必然是对你有益的。这是其一。其二呢,就是只要我们皈依了上师,皈依了上师所修的本尊,且从上师处受了戒,那就可以说我们基本上已经将生死、来世和身心托付给了他。

既然我们能把这么重要的都托付给上师,供养给上师,那么对于那些所谓的小事——诸如上师让你做某些事,或是告诉你怎样处理某段感情,让你修这个或是那个法——我们就无需有丝毫怀疑了。上师分派给你的无论何种任务,你都必须带着信心欢欢喜喜地去做,不能顾这顾那、犹豫不决。既然我们能把自己的心都交给了上师,那么还有什么是不能做的呢?除非是我们不太相信因果、来世,不把为上师托付身心当一回事,这就是邪见。

总而言之,要想得到加持或是想要上师在我们心识中种下证悟之种,我们就必须对上师具有坚定不移的信心,还必须严守戒律及三昧耶以及遵守灌顶时的戒律和誓言。所谓三昧耶,就是我们与上师,乃至与同时受法者之间的誓约,同时还有保证按仪轨实修的誓言。以上三点,对我们接受灌顶来说都至关重要。如果我们已经学佛三四年以上,就应该不难做到这些。但如果还是做不到,仍然不能直接或间接地践行上师的教言,仍然在修持上缺乏精进,总是犹豫不决想逃避,三心二意想放弃,那么这样的灌顶将不利于我们来接受。

经过我权衡利弊之后呢,决定给大家传授观音菩萨的灌顶,在藏语里我们称作Chenrezig Ngesung Kundrol Tsokor Sum。很多年前,我在美国于尊贵的宋仁波切处求得此法,并且这些年来我也一直在修持此法。

此法观音一面二臂,安详而坐,左手安放于身后并下抵月座,右臂持念珠安置于右膝。随侍为威猛有力、能摧破一切魔障的一髻佛母,和一切事业总集之绿度母。所以此尊称为Chenrezig Ngesung Kundrol Tsokor Sum,Tso代表主尊观音,Kor为眷属一髻佛母和绿度母,Sum就是指这三尊。

一旦要接受这个灌顶,我们就必须学习菩萨戒和《事师五十颂》 。不仅要学,还要好好地依法修持、严守戒律,受法前这样,受法后也要如此。同时,必须对上师有强烈的信心,每天一睁开眼睛,就要念诵一串念珠的Om Mani Padme Hum六字大明咒,于此生中每天如此。
尊贵的宋仁波切说过,只要我们对上师坚定信心,也就是忠贞不二地追随上师,且坚定不移,严持戒律,持诵明咒,那么不管我们造何种恶业,哪怕是理应堕入三恶道的业,我们都不会堕入三恶道,不可能堕入三恶道,这就是本法的殊胜之处。所以,于下一世我们暂缓堕恶道,藉由本法之加持于下一世投生善处,以便有机会修持佛法、净业与转业。就好比你本该坐牢,但你现在不用了,你被赋予再一次机会去做善事,以免除牢狱之灾。所以说此法殊胜无比。

实际上,Chenrezig就是梵语的Avalokiteshvara或是汉语的观音, Ngesung是指三恶道,Kundrol代表让你免堕三恶道的方法。所以说,只要我们精进修持此法,观音菩萨都会特别显现于世,使众生免堕三恶道。这个法特别适合下面这些人。哪些人呢?下面我一一列出但不按前后顺序:曾经造很多恶业、杀生或无间罪之人;破坏三昧耶、破坏誓言、破戒之人;由于年纪太大无法进行较大强度修行之人;因为身体或是心理原因,比如意外事故、疾病或者精神障碍而无法深入修行之人;处于临终或是患不治之症之人;由于智力缺陷而无法深入修行之人(此处并无任何冒犯之意);担心来世堕三恶道或是烦恼习气难以转化之人等等。所以无论老少,此法门在这些方面对他们都会很有帮助。

任何要参加此灌顶的,都必须有我的直接开许。因为它不是别的,是密法灌顶,我对这类事一向都非常严格的。我将会委托一个人来负责灌顶名单。有些会被主动邀请,有些则要祈请才能参加。参加灌顶时,必须戒肉食,禁饮酒精及烈性饮料,需穿着整洁,不佩戴首饰或化妆,朴素清净,发如是心:我愿通过修习此观音法门来证得圆满正觉之果,以利益一切有情众生。一旦接受此法,事师是最重要的,这是信心方面;戒律方面,由于此处不涉及密乘戒,所以受持菩萨戒就是最重要的了;此外,每天必须念诵Om Mani Padme Hum六字大明咒。

至于那些时间比较充裕的,如果他们愿意的话,可以持诵一个短轨,大概一页半到两页,非常短,可以每天念诵,以期达到与本尊相应。此前我在马来西亚传过此法两次。一次是给一组人,另外一次是给一位来自芙蓉(马来西亚城市)的尼师。这位尼师被灵体所困,她在晚上能听到那些灵体开门关门,并且一直干扰她。尽管她在她的佛教中心修了不少法,做了很多场法事,但却不怎么见成效。然后就找到我为她占卜,结果是必须以此法对治。我就给了她灌顶。后来我听说她修持此法之后,所有灵体困扰都停止了。这就是我之前在马来西亚给过的两次灌顶。

在传授灌顶之前呢,我也会安排人来教授菩萨戒的课程,所有参加者必须对其熟悉、理解、彻底了解进而能够践行。同时还有《事师五十颂》。做不到这些,灌顶将毫无意义。如果你现在接受了灌顶,每天也持诵六字大明咒,一年、两年、三年之后,突然放弃了,对上师也失去了信心,不听上师的教导,找这样那样的借口,如果这样的话,还不如不灌顶。要修持密法,坚定自心是相当重要的,因为一旦破戒、一旦自破誓言了,不但得不到利益,相反地还会堕入恶道。不是我在吓唬你们,释尊清清楚楚地在密续中那样说的。
灌顶的日期、地点、具体时间我再行通知,因为我自己也要时间准备。至于哪些人能参加,我也会通知的。那些能够参加的人,我希望你们也不要到处说,那样会在其他人心中造成不悦,这不符合佛法的精神。如果有些人因为未被选中而不能参加就生嫉妒嗔怒心、对自己失去信心或对上师不满,如果这样的话,那这恰恰就是你不能参加的原因。好好反观自心,你会发现你确实不具备资格。

但你如果能够想到:哦,我没被选中,仁波切肯定是有他自己的理由的,那这样的话我就发愿以后一定要求得此法,我一定要精进修行,努力护持佛法,更加坚定信心。如果能够这样思维,那就创造了日后可以接受灌顶的因。这不乏为一种好的观察内心的方式。
传授灌顶之后,我会为非常幸运有机会修持这个法门的人针对此法做一个简短的密续解释,他们非常幸运,因为此法门确实殊胜无比。以上这些都是我的一些想法,我到时会安排人在我录音的时候把它们记录下来,用英语,不做任何修改,照原话记录下来,因为这些都是我亲口说的。我还很有可能将这些都上传到克切拉佛教中心网站和我的博客上,让大家都能够了解到。

我现在再重新强调一下,此法灌顶为观音菩萨的灌顶,其眷属为一髻佛母和绿度母。修习此法,必须对上师有强烈且坚定的信心,还要护戒如目般地守持菩萨戒。如果犯戒了,还必须做清净业障的修持,然后每天至少念一串念珠的六字大明咒,当你一醒来就马上念诵。念诵的时候,观想观音菩萨和你的上师融为一体。然后在接下来的时间里,就可以放心去做你想做的事情了。如果时间充裕,可以按照仪轨来修持,但如果办不到的话,仅仅是一串念珠的六字大明咒也是非常好的。

我之所以想给大家灌这个顶,就是希望利益我的弟子、朋友以及某些特定的人,希望此法能让你们免堕恶道,也希望能够给那些来世果报将不会很好的人带来利益。同时,透过六字大明咒的修持,在你们心识中种下种子,种下能够证得慈悲心、无我利他之心以及究竟菩提心的种子。而观音法门就是专门对治自私自利、我执我爱以及一切与我执我爱相关的习气的。自私自利之心是一切问题的根源,是失败的罪魁祸首,它使我们没了安全感。由于这颗自私、我执之心,我们的修行也没有了长进。也正是由于我们险隘、僵化的思维以及自己自以为是的假设和因为成长背景而养成的思维模式,使我们过于执着,无法放下。这些思维和看法就像放映机一样,在我们大脑里过了一遍又一遍。如此一来,我们为人处事就会根据这些想法,进而给自己制造了一系列的烦恼与痛苦。

所以说,观音法门就是对治这些问题的良方。为什么呢?因为观音菩萨加持我们,告诉我们要放下,同时在我们心中种下了种子,让我们的见地更加全面深刻,让我们舍弃自私自利之心,长养宁静、无量心和慈悲之心。当我们培养了无量心,放下了投射,断除了自私自利的习气,就能得到内心的宁静;心怀宽恕众生的慈悲心,就能得到快乐。做到这些对于我们内心的安乐和外在的安乐都很重要,因为因为外在的安乐是依赖于内心的。这样说来,观音法门无疑是能够让我们获得这种安乐的殊胜法门。

总之,我传授此法的目的就是为了能让大家得到这些利益,同时让我们免于投生恶趣,更重要的是使我们培养了最终能够发大菩提心的慈悲心。关于以上所有的这些呢,我都会告知协调助理们,然后通过克切拉佛教中心及各部门宣传开来。

最后,我祝愿大家吉祥如意、法喜充满。也衷心地希望大家能够好好修持佛法,因为生命的意义不在于吃喝玩乐、生儿育女,我们不要把短暂无常的宝贵人生浪费掉了。要知道,人生无常,世事难料,生死之事,全不由人。所以,要解决生死大事,唯有佛法才是最重要的。

詹杜固仁波切
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  1. Freon on Dec 8, 2016 at 4:50 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I understand more better about the important of Guru Devotion after reading this post. Not only Guru Devotion is important for our own spirituality grow, it is essential because it is a relationship bound between the Guru and students for many lifetimes. As the initiation given to a student is for the student’s path to enlightenment. By holding vows, it is also a way to train our mind to be stabile and to generate Bodhichitta.
    Rinpoche also give a method not to feel jealous if we are not chosen for any initiation. If we have strong Guru devotion, we will think that our Guru know us very well, it is our doing that the Guru do not give us the initiation, and we must work more and pushes ourself more, and not blame the guru that we do not get the initiation. We have make ourself not ready for it. Not the Guru.
    And if we get the initiation, it is important to do the assignment daily and real. Thus, it is good to start with my daily sadhana now, do it sincerely and consistent.

    Thank you Rinpoche for advise.

    With folded palm, love
    Freon

  2. DavidFong on Nov 20, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    大家好

  3. Wei Theng on Nov 8, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us the preciousness of having Chenrezig Ngesung Kundrol initiations and also what we should to prepare ourselves before & after initiations.
    I will always keep your advice to heart “Devotion, practice and consistency are important” & practice that!
    With folded hands….

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  6. mitra on Dec 18, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving such a detailed write up on this initiation of Avalokiteshvara.

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  8. Ash ng on Jul 5, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Tenzin Thokpa sincerely rejoice for those qualify to receive this wonderful initiation from Rinpoche who have truly developed the supreme Bodhichitta. I wish those who would be receiving it great success in attaining great attainments in this very life n arousing the innate compassion from within n eventually developing the precious Bodhichitta equal to as of His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche’s. May my prayers for the above comes true ~~~

  9. Yoke Fui on Jun 22, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I remember few years ago when Rinpoche gave the teachings on Guru Devotion – One Lama One Centre, he said something very frightening.

    Rinpoche’s root Guru had been giving initiations to many during his lifetime. Most of them were quite certainly could not have kept clean semaya. Rinpoche then asked his Guru why he gave initiation to these people since breaking semaya is the direct cause to the three lower realms? Zong Rinpoche thought for a while, then replied that these people would most certainly go to the three lower realms whether they received initiation or not. By giving them the initiation now , the seed of spirituality or enlightenment would be planted in their mind streams and when their negative karma is exhausted, hopefully the seed will germinate.

    It is out of great compassion that Gurus give initiation to people iin general. It is said that when a student breaks his semaya or his tantric vows , his Guru will have to suffer the consequences too.

    How kind is the Guru that for the sake of planting the seed of hope, he willingly take on the sufferings of others !

  10. Jack Ng on Jun 2, 2012 at 2:46 am

    Dear Tsem Tulku Rinpoche,

    Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to purify our negativities and to practice devotedly with great compassion, it has been for a very long time now, I’ve been with my main yidam Avalokiteshvara.

    Its shocking that I’ve always visualize Avalokiteshvara, and to grow up with my main yidam, that I’ve not known its vows and teachings. Hence, I would love to know more about its teachings and one day be able to receive this initiation and practice it for the greater good.

    I wish also to learn more about the 50 verses of Guru Devotion and the Bodhisattva Vows. I will plant seed for that. Sadhu…

    Sincerely,
    Jack Ng

  11. Irene Lim on May 25, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    It will be a great fortune to be able to receive this initiation from Rinpoche! I pray many people will have the merits to receive this initiation from Rinpoche. OM MANI PADME HUM

  12. June Kang on May 24, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing. Now I have more understanding about why initiation is needed. And I think Guru devotion and Bodhisattva vows is powerful to us because both also remind us not to create negative karma, at the same time to create more good karma and collecting merits. This is wonderful. I am starting today to recite the mantra and get myself to understand more about the guru devotion.

  13. Uncle Lai on May 20, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, Thank you for explaining tha Chenrezig Ngeseomg Kundrol initiation and practice. I think every Buddhist would like to receive this initiation and practice. As explained we will be born in a good place with dharma and near a guru so that we can continue to learn and practise. Thank you again Rinpoche for sharing this valuable information with us and hope many will be able to receive this initiation. Om Mani Padme Hum

  14. Wendy Loh on May 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for giving us a chance to take better rebirths in the future and to motivate us to drop our own negativity. I learn that no matter how powerful and effective an initiation is, unless we are ready and committed to follow through with dedication and responsibly, it is as good as not having received one in the first place and because we break our promises, we pay a heavy price for that too. Rinpoche (with folded hands) is always kind and loving towards us but are we worthy of this love and care? This is just not a philosophical talk that I feel like contemplating whenever I want to. But it is something that must be put into action and I actively and sincerely create the causes for it.

    With folded hands,
    Wendy

  15. Sharon Saw on May 17, 2012 at 3:15 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this invaluable teaching on how to create the causes for and prepare for the Chenrezig Ngesung Kundrol initiation. Rinpoche has always said that Rinpoche would not give initiations easily not because it is some exclusive club but that because Rinpoche would not give it if the recipient was not ready, and to me, that is pure compassion. Rinpoche would never give us something which we will not be able to do and inadvertently create negative results for ourselves. May i create the causes to receive initiations from Rinpoche by keeping good samaya.

    With folded hands,
    Sharon

  16. Helena on May 16, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for always thinking of us. You have done so much that make sure we are ok. No matter who is going to receive the initiation. I thank you from the bottom of my heart with folded hand.
    Thank you for sharing Rinpoche.

  17. freon on May 15, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Rinpoche always so compassion and skillful to save as many people as H.E can. To save people as fast as possible. H.E is fighting against time to benefit as much people as possible, using a lots of methods/ ways, e.g: gives talks, build Stupas, build Chamang, having Kechara that organised pujas, Kechara Paradise which is like a small temple in shopping centers. H.E is like Chenrezig, very skillful and compassion.

    With folded hand I prostrate and say Thank you.
    Again and again, reminded me about keeping promises, stable mindset,not giving up, not running away when facing difficulties and Keeping Strong Guru Devotion. May I learn, remember and hold my daily prayer dearly to my heart. May my Guru Devotion always strong life after life.

    Thank you Guru _/\_

  18. wong yuen foo on May 15, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    woh, this is a wonderful & powerful practice ! Whoever my dharma brothers & sisters have the merits to receive this initiation of Chenrezig Ngesung Kundrol Toskol sum from Rinpoche, I congratulate them from the bottom of my heart…

    I wish someday my family members & i too have the merit to receive this sacred practice from our Guru.

    Thank you, Rinpoche…. wish you good health always !

  19. Thierry Janssens on May 15, 2012 at 11:51 am

    I was reading the Bodhisattva vows recently and the commentaries by Dagpo Lama Rinpoche.

    These vows are amazing, they take us on another level, one in which we can’t even “hide” behind our vows, they make us more intelligent, they “force” us to break complaisance-ness.
    They are really made to make us think deeper and not “parade” as “good guys”, but engage in the real deal and WALK THE PATH – nor more “PRETENDING” the path, this even if it makes us look silly, even if we loose face, even if we face awkward situations.

    I bet a lot of us (and me) do enjoy when someone comes and say: “Oh you are so kind, you are so good, you are so knowledgeable, etc…” and then our ego becomes Ego and EGO and EEGGOO and EEEGGGOOOOOOO, and even though we might look like an angel, we’re turning into a monster.

    Guru devotion.
    50 stanzas.
    Bodhisattva’s vows.
    Definitely, an essential ground for higher practices such as Chenrezig Ngesung Kundrol.
    Gosh, I am not ready… Gosh not.
    But I do aspire to it, just like the Christians say: “God, I am not worthy of your name, but just say a word…”

  20. Pastor Susan on May 15, 2012 at 1:56 am

    For some of you who may be curious to learn a little more about what Guru Devotion is, I’d like to share this short video with you which may be of interest. entitled “What is Guru Devotion” It is hosted by Jamie Khoo with Rinpoche explaining about Guru Devotion. http://youtu.be/lQ7fsKT5jtY

    If you like the above video you might want to check out this link http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/creative-videos-promo-by-kechara-books.html as there are 10 such videos in this blog site. These videos all came from Rinpoche’s teachings Gurus for Hire, Enlightenement for Sale.

    I hope you will enjoy at the same time learn a little more about Guru Devotion from watching these specially edited videos for you.

  21. wei theng on May 15, 2012 at 1:34 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing on initiation of Chenrezig Ngesung Kundrol Toskol sum – Chenrezig + Ekajati and Green Tara. I understand now about Chenrezig Ngesung Kundrol Tsokol Sum, their qualities. We need to be someone that has integrity and clean Guru samaya to receive this initiation.

    Although i am not familiar with Chenrezig in the male form for tibetan buddhism, but since young, i have a strong connection with Guan Yin. My mum used to bring me to a buddhist temple and we will chant the name of Guan Yin and i have faith that i can always count on her on situation that i’m in danger or fearful, or i need to need to get something done. She is very compassionate and will just come and help any beings that call for her help.

    Currently i am reciting one mala of “Om Mani Padme Hum” daily. May i have the quality of Chenrezig – great compassionate and boddhicitta to support and help whoever in needs.

  22. Adrian Cho on May 14, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Thank you rinpoche for sharing this knowledge to us and we can learn this teaching and know more about Chenrezig Ngesung Kundrol..

  23. Grace Leong on May 14, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Rinpoche is always tirelessly thinking of ways to benefit people . This teaching and plans to give Chenrezig Ngesung Kundrol initiation to people who are “ready” will “save” so many from going to the lower realms in their next life . If the practice and samaya with the Guru stays strong and pure , those initiated will be guaranteed a good rebirth in the lands of the Buddhas for them to have another opportunity to do Dharma ! Marvelous !! Rinpoche , you are really very very kind ! Thank you dear Rinpoche . It is now our duty to “deliver” our side of the promise so that we become suitable vessels to receive these initiations and teachings and from then move on to more transformations to benefit all !! OM MANI PADME HUNG !!!

  24. Victor Phang on May 14, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Dear Rinpoche:
    Thanks for the detailed teaching about Chenrezig Ngesung Kundrol’s initiation and the importance of guru devotion and commitment in order to receive this initiation. I fully agreed one must be readied especially the mind-readiness with right motivation to benefit others before being invited for the initiation.

    This is the initiation of compassion besides holding vows and recite mantra, one must translate compassion into action therefore his/her motivation must be pure, sincere and correct else how could he/she practice selflessness in order to achieve the quality of Chenrezig? Honestly that is no meaning to receive this initiation if we still carry even 1% of selfishness in us.

    Thank you very much for the teaching.
    Take good care.
    With love,
    VP

  25. Jay Jae on May 14, 2012 at 9:40 am

    普度三途观音大士法门是宗喀巴大师传承里最殊胜的普度法门之一。这个法是格鲁派的不共法门。其修持的对象是大慈大悲的观世音菩萨,施行满愿的绿救度佛母以及忿怒除障的一髻佛母。仰仗此三尊佛菩萨的力量,再加上传承祖师的加持力,修学此法门的行者可以摆脱三恶道之苦难。

    除了佛菩萨殊胜的加持力,传承祖师们因知道现代社会人们修行的困难而特别传下这份精短的仪轨,使我们能够每天在短短的时间里头圆满免除三恶道痛苦的愿望。

  26. Sock Wan on May 13, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for posting this explaining to us what Chenrezig Negesung Kundrol initiation is and in general what is an initiation. It is a very powerful practice because it can prevent the practitioner from going to the three lower realms so that they may continue to purify and collect merits to support their spiritual progress.

    However, Guru Devotion is still the key as far as spiritual practice is concerned, whether we have initiation or not. With Guru Devotion, we can gain attainments, see results in the fastest time. Without Guru Devotion, our spiritual practice will not gain results at all, we will be going round and round in the 6 realms.

    There are so many great masters, if we examine carefully, all of them practise Guru Devotion, there is no exception.

    Therefore, it is important that we start our practice with Guru Devotion before anything else. Follow our guru’s instruction, without questions, without doubts, do it happily.

  27. Lim Han Nee on May 13, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for presenting again this article on Chenrezig Ngesung Kundrol initiation and practice. For most of us, who cannot let go of our self-cherishing mind to achieve a mind of peace, equanimity and great compassion, it will be blessed for us to receive this initiation.

    However, strong Guru devotion is key to receiving this initiation. The main reason is that only through Guru Devotion can we cut our ego and self-cherishing effectively.

  28. choisheem on May 13, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for your article, teaching us on Chenrezig Ngesung Kundrol initiation. I understand that for most initiation to be most effective is not the chanting, meditation or prayers but keeping our samaya clean, have good guru devotion and to follow our Guru’s instructions without any doubts. You are most kind to us to save us from going to the three lower realms for one more lifetime. May I be able to use every opportunity I have to benefit others.

  29. lewkwanleng on May 13, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I have heard You mentioned many times that Guru devotion (follow instruction, persevere, do not run away, etc) is very important to any initiations, otherwise it will not be beneficial or both the Lama and the students.

    I know it is not appropriate to request for initiation here, as such, I will write on officially to request for this initiation. I have problem doing deep practice because my mind is never calm, of course, along with many other problems.

    I have one question though. I am now doing my daily Namgyalma Sadhana. If I am fortunate enough to receive this initiation, do I continue to do Namgyalma Sadhana and add the Chenrezig into the Sadhana?

    With folded hands,
    lew

    • Pastor Susan on May 15, 2012 at 1:28 am

      Dear Lew

      We have many problems and Rinpoche knows them more than we do ourselves..Thus, Rinpoche is able to prescribe practices for us to tap into enlightened energies and invoke such qualities in our mindstream. Therefore, whatever practices Rinpoche has given is to be continued because it is what we need…and further practices received, if we are fortunate enough is added to what you have received.

  30. hecelus tan on May 13, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Dear His Eminence Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
    Thank you Rinpoche that sharing us such great initiation and I wish to make request for receive Chenrezig initiation if I have the opportunities and be able to receive. Thank you !

  31. So Kin Hoe on May 13, 2012 at 10:23 am

    This is another precious teaching i have received from Rinpoche. i am very fortunate to have learnt about Guru Devotion as it is the very first step to start and work on as a solid foundation before we move on with any initiation. We have to put our 100% trust in our Guru’s instruction like how we listen to a doctor when we are sick and require medical treatment. Thank you Rinpoche.

  32. Valentina Suhendra on May 13, 2012 at 10:22 am

    My Dear Lama

    I will work hard to be worthy of this initiation or any initiation that you will bestow upon me in the future.

    Much love and care

    Valentina

  33. Yoke Fui on May 13, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Guru devotion is a powerful method to help us change our habituation from samsaric centered to spiritual centered. Leave it to ourselves , all our actions are tainted with worldly concerns.Following the Guru’s instructions without any question or doubt help us to shift from worldly to spiritual in the quickest possible way.

    It is said in the Lamrim that following the Guru’s instruction is the source of all virtues and merits because his actions of body, speech & mind arise from pure and sincere motivation.

  34. Yvonne on May 13, 2012 at 3:02 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the important things about Chenrezig Ngesung Kundrol. What is the benefit for an initiation, and what we have to do, like hold our vow,we will not fall into the three lower realm.
    Like Rinpoche said , we have to keep a very strong guru devotion,do our sadhana , follow Rinpoche instruction.
    I better recite Om Mani Padme Hum everyday , to plants the seed.

    Thank you Rinpoche

  35. gary foo on May 13, 2012 at 2:03 am

    Dear Rinpoche
    Thank you for blessing the people who are ready with this initiation and a even bigger thank you for explaning and emphasising the consitency and stability of mind before one can be initiated. I used to wonder ‘how nice’ when I hear my frens telling me thay receieved this initiation from that lama or some kinda emporwerment from that lama and I also wanted to join that bandwagon. In a way I am glad I wasn’t in a position to do so as when I examine myself, stability is not yet there, not all bodhisattva vows are practiced daily, purification practices at only beginning stage.I would have created even more negative karma. As my base is not yet stable and strong. Still, I hope within next few years after letting go of this negative habits and being diligent in guru yoga practice, perform the preliminaries and incorporating dharma in our daily lives, I shall be a worthy student. With folded hands.

  36. Han on May 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Rinpoche reminded us many many times, “the essence of life is not to eat, sleep, drink, procreate and have fun ….. at the time of death, the most important is Dharma.”

    How fortunate I am to meet Rinpoche and may I continue to work hard for dharma and have a strong motivation that I would receive this Chenrezig Ngesung Kundrol initiation to prevent myself to go into lower realm and continue to practice & serving dharma.
    May many more people receive this initiation from Rinpoche in near future.

  37. andrew hibberd on May 12, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    wow spiritual intellect beyond any human imagination one arm two arms one thousand arms of campassion beyond any western mind but here he is , i think he need be in holly wood maybe someday someone will make a movie about this maybe it will be bigger than seven years in the mountains

  38. patsy on May 12, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Many years ago, Rinpoche gave this initiation to a group of people Now this is another opportunity for people to receive this initiation and be prevented from going to the lower realms.

    May many people have the merits and be the fortunate ones to receive this initiation from Rinpoche.

  39. skyong on Dec 6, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I saw this 3 deities and wondered their names when I was in KP not long ago.

    Very good advice! Doing 1 mala of Om Mani Padme Hung every single morning to make it a habit. 🙂 Also think why we are reciting the mantra every day.

  40. Uncle Eddie on Sep 15, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Our Guru Tsem Rinpoche’s motivation for giving this initiation seems to be of twofold:- 1) To prevent people like us from entering into the lower realm or to have difficulties in future lives. 2) By consistent recitation of the mantra “Om mani padme hum” will receive the benefits of planting the seeds to attaining great love, supreme compassion and ultimately boddhicitta (or the selfless wish to benefit others). What a great and compassionate Mahasiddha our guru is! His main concern is to help and guide us by whatever means which will be most beneficial and with the most concern and care only for our ultimate liberation! H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche has chosen a rebirth to be amongst the most difficult circumstances to be closed to those who would desperately need him the most. Tsem rinpoche has been recognised and regarded as a real-life Boddhisatva by his teachers and students alike. How blessed we are to have such a great, generous and compassionate Boddhisattva to be our Guru!! “OM MANI PADME HUM”.

  41. Anila on Aug 19, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    As far as I can remember Rinpoche has only given one time on this particular Initiation at one of his friend’s house in Petaling Jaya. There was much preparations to do. Rinpoche directed the setting up for the Initiation. It was very lavish. There was a big crowd that came especially old people. There were lots of young people who were allowed to take the Initiation also. Rinpoche did not put any restrictions to participate. Reason why this time is more strict is people do not keep the commitments that was given to them thus making them break Guru Samaya. In the past Initiation Rinpoche only gave a commitment of one mala of OM MA NI PADME HUM to do daily. Most people don’t do it causing them to create bad karma for themselves with broken samaya.

  42. May Ong on Jul 10, 2010 at 1:15 am

    It is interesting to note that Shakyamuni or Tsongkapa had to go through all the 6 realms again taking rebirth, leave and the process repeats until their karmas are extinguished. Being ignorant, I assumed Shakyamuni became an enlightened Buddha in one lifetime but it wasn’t so. Before Shakyamuni was reborn as a prince, he was previously reborn as an animal, a farmer, in hell and so on. It sounds like a deep cleansing process that we have to get rid of our negative energy before we receive positive energy in us.
    So before we receive any initiations at all, it would be logical that we create the cause to receive it in the future by following the vows loyally. I had better start laying down the ground work for this now.

  43. Justin Ripley on Jul 9, 2010 at 5:17 am

    So much effort went into learning up the pujas for this initiation from our visiting monks Kating Rinpoche and Gen-la a few months back in preparation for when Rinpoche feels the initiates are ready.
    I like how Rinpoche gives us clear examples to help us check our minds to see if we really are ready to hold vows, whether we have what it takes internally to take the vows seriously. I was caught out the other day with such a simple thing as speaking out. Sure I may not have an answer to a question posed but to keep quiet when I could say something anything is better than saying nothing at all. And hence I broke one of my vows. Rinpoche kindly let me know… seeeee you broke your vows! And you say you want to take vows… please!?@!
    Yes Rinpoche was using the situation to teach me where I am at, but it was a very good lesson, so simple that it shows how easy it is to break vows throughout our day continually, so that no matter what practice we’re given we will most likely break a few vows if not all in the space of 24hrs. I’m glad that Rinpoche is serious about vows, when we’re ready Rinpoche is soo full of initiations to share with us.

  44. Irene Lim on Jul 8, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    I am very happy that Rinpoche will confer the initiation of Chenrezi Ngesung Kundrol to chosen Kecharians in the near future. I rejoice for the chosen ones.
    May everyone have the fortune to receive the initiation of Chenrezi Negesung Kundrol. May everyone be able to hold their vows. May everyone have strong guru devotion. May everyone be able to complete the spiritual path to enlightenment. May every one have good health and long life. May everyone be happy and well. May everyone be free from suffering. May everyone quickly develop bohdicitta and sunyata. May there be world peace here and now and forever.

  45. Peter on Jul 8, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Terima Kasih Rinpoche!
    O Chenrezig! Avalokitesvara! Guan Yin Pu Sa! Kannon Bosatsu!
    Om Mani Padme Hum!
    If not for Thee, where would I be?
    All those years of sitting in my mind
    No matter what belies,
    You were always on my mind!
    Om Mani Padme Hum!
    When I was a Christian, You sat in my mind
    Now as a Buddhist, You sat in my heart
    Such is that which chimes
    Ringing, take Him to heart
    Om Mani Padme Hum!
    O Great Thousand Handed One
    O Great Thousand Eyed One
    Help me see which is the One
    And finally I bow to the One!
    Om Mani Padme Hum!

  46. Jean Mei on Jul 8, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Hello,
    I really like how you explain to everyone your thought process on why you chose the Chenrezig tantric initiation and how you clearly explained what an initiation is, the benefits and the significance of it.
    After reading about this, I feel really worried for those people who have received initiation but have either regretted or through laziness stopped holding onto their vows or merely forgot about them.
    I think that those who have received the Chenrezig initiation from you (and from other high lamas) are extremely lucky. Although it might seem hard to hold the specified vows, to be able to hold them and in effect become and remain a good person seems like a win-win situation to me.
    It seems like a good training course to prepare you for death (oh dear, sounding a bit morbid here!). Sometimes when I go to bed I think about what it would be like to die there and then. I try to think about how the senses will slowly dissolve and think about how I would feel if when I’m doing that, that really is it. Would I feel scared? What’s the last thing I’ll think about? Will my mind be all over the place from fear and anxiety?
    As written above, if one was to receive the Chenrezig initiation and therefore think about Chenrezig upon waking up, followed by reciting her mantra, what a good way of training yourself so that when the time comes your mind is not everywhere!
    Doing it everyday must leave such strong imprints that could be carried on onto the next life. How awesome 🙂
    I hope that one day, when I am ready, I can receive the initiation…one dayyyy 🙂

  47. Wasukamol on Jul 8, 2010 at 5:31 am

    Thank you rinpoche for written very clear and details on how we can prepare ourself to get ready to another step of spiritual path which is to receive the initiation. Many people might ask why there are so many things or conditions require? Because it bring great benefit for us ie not go to lower reams, control next rebirth etc.. I just could not stop thinking about people who receive this initiation how they can be benefit to other and themself from vows that they hold. They will inspire other to want to be like them from their actions.
    Guru samaya (relationship between student and guru) is very importance, we must have a clean or good relation with the teacher. Then the Refuge vows, bodhisattva vows and tantric vows are help us to stop our negative habitual and then how the virtue actions arise. If one hold vows very well, one will collect merit and one will not go down to 3 lower reams. Its very important to never give up in our vows.

  48. Paris on Jul 7, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    “Guru devotion is key to receiving initiations. Is it a trap and a prison? Yes it is a trap! It is a trap to keep our inner maras under control, and a prison for our negative habituations to not act up.”
    Susan, I like this a lot! Rinpoche often calls us “slaves to our ego” which is really how it is. We’ve already put ourselves into a kind of “prison” of our attachments, so the commitments of taking vows and initiations is actually nothing new to us. We already have very great “commitments” to all kinds of things – relationships, money, reputation, fame.
    Rinpoche recently kindly gave us an explanation of the Bodhisattva Vows which was just so enriching and enlightening – the way he explained each and every single one of the main and auxilliary vows showed us clearly how the vows actually free us from the prison we have already created for ourselves.
    Actually, the vows bring us back to who we really are, which is the real freedom – a mind of clarity, generosity, altruism. If we truly follow all that is contained within these vows, we “have no choice” but to do great things for ourselves and others. We are literally being “forced” towards wonderful things!!
    After hearing this, we looked upon ourselves and realised really, how stupid we have been to have fear of these vows. We’re like a frog in the well, thinking we’ve seen the whole world through that tiny round orb of sky we spy from below. Someone lifts us out and puts us beside in a big lake but we croak and grumble, “But the lake is so difficult to navigate; what if my hind legs get tangled as I jump across the weeds? What if I get lost?” Stupid frog!

  49. Paris on Jul 7, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Dear Josh,
    I would like to offer some of my thoughts regarding the lower realms. (This is not meant to override what Rinpoche has already written in the post below, but stands as an understanding from a student/practitioner)
    To talk about rebirth into the lower realms is not meant to be a threatening, controlling method, as is employed in certain religions. In the Buddhist context, when we contemplate deeply upon karma, cause&effect, we will realise that most of our actions up until this point have not really been very good. Mostly, we act out of selfishness, we hurt people unknowingly or we chase after negative things that bring unhappiness to ourselves and the people around us. We react out of anger, jealousy, hatred, desire and attachment…
    If you read the Dharma texts about karma, and how these kinds of actions lead to certain effects (see The Wheel of Sharp Weapons), we can see clearly how we are already creating “hell on earth” for ourselves right here right now. We don’t need to go to the three lower realms to experience terrible suffering right where we are in the lifetime. Look at people who suffer terrible diseases and need to go into hospitals and surgeries constantly; people who suffer such terrible depression & mental health problems that they kill themselves! the physical abuse that children have to suffer by their own parents; drug abuse, addictions, wars, poverty around the world… the list is endless. We have these “hells” right where we are.
    When we talk about the three lower realms, it is to urge us to contemplate the sufferings that we are creating for ourselves, the extremes of which are shown clearly to us in the states of existence in these realms.
    We can never be 100% sure if we are going to be reborn as a toad, or as a spirit or in the worst of hells. Even if someone came and told us “oh you’re going to be reborn a pig in your next life” our naturally doubting minds will probably still question this and not believe 100%. But we can believe in suffering right here and now.
    To talk about the suffering of the 3 lower realms is not meant to be depressive, scary or chase us away from practice. It is to motivate us to do something more positive, beneficial (for ourselves and others) and, by thinking strongly of karma, to create the causes for much happier circumstances.
    I hope this has been of some help!

  50. margaretlee on Jul 7, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving such a detailed write up on this initiation of Avalokiteshvara. We should all know what we need to prepare ourselves towards if we would want to be the right receptors for such initiation. Rinpoche is even compassionate enough to tell us how we should deal with our feelings of jealousy and anger that may arise when we are not invited for this initiation. It is exactly because we feel that way which show our minds are still not ready at all.
    We should all encourage each other to work towards receiving this initiation, because our guru is tyring all kinds of ways and methods to free us from sufferings. So as dharma brothers and sisters, we do have a responsibility towards each other.
    I pray that all of us will have the good fortune to receive this holy scared Avalokiteshvara from Rinpoche one day.

  51. susan on Jul 6, 2010 at 5:25 am

    As Rinpoche mentioned, Guru devotion is key to receiving initiations. Is it a trap and a prison? Yes it is a trap! It is a trap to keep our inner maras under control, and a prison for our negative habituations to not act up.
    The 50 verses, the bodhisattva vows, the refuge vows all are guidelines to counter our natural negative habituation…that in time and through practice of holding these vows, our natural tendencies becomes purified resulting in achieving attainments. Rinpoche has said in the past that he is not one to just give initiations out of people’s fancies…but Rinpoche’s wish is that we understand what we have received, the reasons why and to practice to gain the benefits.
    Rinpoche, thank you for giving this initiation.May I be amongst the fortunate ones to be receiving this initiation when Rinpoche offers it to us.

  52. Shirley Tan on Jul 6, 2010 at 5:22 am

    : I must admit if I were still the same person 3 years ago, I would have run the other way instead of challenging myself to go for this initiation. Of course, this does not mean that Rinpoche would confer this initiation on me either. I am sure Rinpoche also seriously doubts that I am ready for this. I used to doubt very much that I was ready for anything truly spiritual. Rinpoche is right, of course – 99% of us are not ready. However since the talk Rinpoche gave last night on Guru Samaya, I realized that if I keep telling myself I am not ready, I will never be ready. And if I keep holding onto that belief, then my transformation will never begin. Without those vows, my negative karma will continue, whether I like it or not. And I do realize that it is my negative karma that makes me perpetuate my cycle of failures, quitting, running away and losing. Nothing good can ever come out of this. Nothing good has ever come out of it. So, I do have a choice – I can continue avoiding this and take the risk of falling into the lower realms which seems certain as of now, or I will make a conscious and committed effort to break that cycle. I know I may not deserve those vows, but I do need them desperately. I do not want to continue in my self destructive path anymore. Hence, I decided that I will challenge myself and go all the way. I want to destroy every negative habituation that resides in me. I want to be a REAL winner, life after life. I seriously do not want to come back life after life, not retaining or achieving any spiritual progress at all.

  53. Bei Dawei on Jun 15, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    I am interested in receiving this (or at least, preparing myself to receive it in the future). Chenrezig seems to capture the essence of Buddhism. Of course, so do the other Buddhas and bodhisattvas, but for a house-holder of middling capacity like me, Chenrezig seems a safe choice.
    However, I do not live in Malaysia, and would have to plan in advance in order to attend. I’m not sure how that would work with your organization.

  54. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Jun 2, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Dear Josh,
    We have taken hundreds of thousands of rebirths within the 6 realms. Hence in each realm we have created karma to return again and again to that place. Until we are liberated from the self cherishing mind, we will have to go to all the 6 realms again and again. It is different than the Christians completely where in their theory, once you get there, you never get out. In Buddhist hells, it is a place to take rebirth, leave, take rebirth, leave, take rebirth until all karmas are extinquished like Shakyamuni or Tsongkapa.
    Tsem Tulku

    • Ron F. Doucet on Oct 11, 2011 at 5:31 pm

      I asked a question below about samaya breakage and Chenrezig Ngesung Kundrol. In a nutshell, the question is: if one receives Tantric teachings and CONSCIOUSLY AND WITHOUT REMORSE breakes their samaya and degenerates their committments/guru relationship can the Chenrezig initiation/practices safeguard even THEM from a lower rebirth? -Ron D.

  55. Josh A. on Jun 2, 2010 at 7:55 am

    H.E. Tsem Rinpoche:
    yes I am also curious (and motivated) by the statement “rebirth into lower realm which most of us will be going”
    whether this is to motivate, or to simply speak the truth I am curious. That sounds a lot like Christians saying everyone is always going to hell. Could you elaborate on this statement?

  56. MY on Jun 1, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thanks for sharing the knowledge.
    Just a quick question, in reference to “rebirth into lower realm which most of us will be going” could you elaborate it a little more?
    (Or should I direct the question to Wai Meng?) 🙂

  57. Rubykhong on May 30, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    There is so much one can learn by just reading Rinpoche’s blog. So so much teachings. It feels like a condensed Lamrim. I pray that many will have the merits to receive this initiation from Rinpoche.

  58. ck liew on May 30, 2010 at 1:58 am

    Yes Rinpoche ,
    Noted , agreed & understood. Will follow without fail ! Cant wait till KWPC manifest. Yippie ! ! !

  59. John Colquhoun on May 30, 2010 at 1:43 am

    Wonderfull!

  60. Ivy on May 29, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Beautiful !
    You are a great benefit to so many people 🙂
    May all obstacles be cleared and may all of Kechara’s goals be reached.
    Lots of love,
    Ivy

  61. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on May 29, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    I will give this initiation again and again, perhaps yearly. Perhaps more than once a year. So if anyone not chosen, lighten up and practice,learn and involve yourself more for the next time or the time after that. You must be prepared and do your homework before recieving this. If you do this practice well, I will consider you for maha anuttara tantric practices in the future in KWPC.
    Sometimes ppl are not chosen because it would be less ‘burden’ for them if they recieve at a later time.
    Tsem Tulku

  62. ck liew on May 29, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Dear Rinpoche ,
    We are all very blessed , we are all indeed very very lucky to have you as our guru . When i read this postings on this initiation i am really really happy that you will be giving this “most precious gift” to the Kecharians or our friends.
    Such initiation will be extremely good for this degeneration time in our lifetime. I am glad and honoured to have you as my lama , my guru. I wish you all the best in your selection , may you select the most worthy.
    We all loves & cherish you very much from the bottom of our heart.
    May you have good health and all your wish fulfills.
    Say Hi ! to mumu. : )
    Yours truly.
    ck liew.

    • James Long on May 21, 2012 at 1:45 am

      Yes CK Liew, we are so lucky to have met Rinpoche in Malaysia. There are so many people in the outlets asked how to meet Rinpoche in person and to receive his teaching.

      I wish we all can receive this initiation together, it is also to train us up to have discipline and prepare for future higher practice. If we can hold the Bodhisattva vows and by the time we receive it, will be second nature to us.

  63. thomas on May 29, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    this blogs you’ve post sound so real the compassion Is important in our time, I love Tchenrezie, I’ve same feeling with Tara and Manjushri they both greats in the help of all beings, we need all this help sometimes to see the reality of our mind

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

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

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

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

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

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

    摘自“GO BENTONG!与菩萨有约”
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120808
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 11:02 PM
    Can’t imagine that a priest actually stabbed Pope John Paul. How can he do this when he as a priest is suppose to be compassion and love everyone but kill the religion leader. he should remember that he carries the name priest and hence must show good example and behaviour to others but instead took another person’s life.

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

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Learn more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-dying-process.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 12:11 PM
    Amazing and very creative architecture designed space for our home grown foods.It is a good idea for those living in the cities.The Growroom is beautifully produced made it convenience which enables people to connect with nature surrounding with plants. The smell of herbs and plants makes cities dwellers to live in happiness and healthy.
    Its takes alot of effort and determination for anyone to build a growroom.Well they can do it,if they have the will power….hoping someday KFR will have one too.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:39 AM
    Lazynnes ,negative karma!and mends samajas …ITS very very , inderdependent motivations lewwels of awareness Teacher’Quality &sangha quantity ,first when samajas ARE pure Empowerment full blessings later?so give less Empowerment ITS OK.ccTR IS Wise.
    [no sender]
  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:32 AM
    http://www.aikidosydneycity.com/interview-with-takeda-shihan-by-aikikai-hombu-dojo/ yes yes sumikiri!i m sure HE practice martial arts in many previous lives AS well AS have family’karma conected with ai!ki flow,,,so NEUTRAL his re:for attacks ARE.,above normal fighter skills!___and i m skull in maya astro,fine and wanth share:#####paranormalTSEMsection on:::: antarctica aliens& JFK ,Peru as egg skulls.________________have a good day&nice PRactICE.____THE LIGHT be?or just show options that can be used.
    [no sender]
  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:23 AM
    For example B_LOCK can be neutral karma ,butRE_PLAY reactions can make diferent results in second person?
    [no sender]
  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:22 AM
    NEUTRAL karma not make good ,not bad result!but ITS STill karma so IS not done from lewwels of acomplishment where IS NO NEW karma acumulations.
    [no sender]
  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:16 AM

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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
1 week 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
4 weeks ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
4 weeks ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
2 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
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Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
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Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

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