Cittamani Tara

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Cittamani Tara with forms of Tara at the chakras (Painted by Lama Thubten Yeshe; Photo by Dionne Wilson)

Dear Friends,

Cittamani Tara is one of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s three main practices that was conferred upon H. E. Tsem Rinpoche in Thubten Dhargye Ling in 1984. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche mainly practiced Heruka Cakrasamvara, Vajrayogini and Cittamani Tara intensely throughout his life and this is therefore one of his heart practices. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was great master of both Sutra and Tantra of course.

Recently, Tsem Rinpoche had requested me to write about Cittamani Tara and so I did a bit of research to learn more, in particular the origins of Tara and the background of this practice. To my knowledge, the Gelug lineage is founded on the premise of scholarship, logic and reasoning as well as tracing all teachings and practices back to a valid source that is usually from the enlightened Indian masters or Buddha Himself. Therefore, Cittamani Tara is a unique tantra because it was originally derived from the visionary experience of a Gelug yogi, Takpu Gargyi Wangpo. This goes to show the efficacy of the Gelug tradition to develop highly attained masters that are capable of pure visions of deities and astral travel to pure lands. This Cittamani Tara tantra originally received from Tara herself to Takpu Gargyi Wangpo directly is very widespread within the Gelug tradition. There is the inner, outer and secret initiations of this practice. Tsem Rinpoche recalled Kyabje Zong Rinpoche saying most monks in Sera, Gaden and Drepung have the inner and outer initiations of this special Tara, but those with the secret initiation of Cittamani Tara is rare. This Cittamani Tara is the highest yoga form (Maha-annutara) of Tara which can confer enlightenment within one lifetime. It belongs to the mother tantra class. Zong Rinpoche also said that an image of Tara is so holy, that no blessings are required. Once a Tibetan man brought a small Tara tsatsa (clay image) to Zong Rinpoche to bless. Zong Rinpoche refused to do so saying as long as it’s Tara’s image, it is automatically very holy without any consecration necessary. The image of mother Tara is extremely blessed for anyone to view, contemplate and meditate on. 

Within this article, I explore the unique qualities of Cittamani Tantra, the origins of Mother Tara, the biographical details of the great yogi and founder of the Cittamani Tara cycle and a very thought-provoking and exciting Question & Answer section that you should not miss which draws parallels with a ‘controversial’ practice and deity. This Question & Answer section will be very thought provoking for you. I think it is educational for all of us to learn about this unique cycle of Tara’s practice that is within our lineage. I hope you enjoy reading and learning up on this practice. I myself learned much more in the process of research and grateful for the opportunity to do so. I present this all to you and with great appreciation towards my fellow research comrades Pastor Niral, Martin Chow, Joy Kam and Pastor Jean Ai who contributed much help. 

I dedicate this post to the long life of all great masters of all lineages, the growth of the general Buddha Dharma, my parents, Kecharians, Zamkar,  all practitioners of sacred Tara and last but not least my spiritual mentor Tsem Rinpoche. 

Pastor David Lai

www.davidlai.me

 


 

Brief Introduction

A beautiful statue of the Buddha Tara. Click to enlarge.

The Cittamani Tara cycle of teachings in the Gelug tradition is a unique lineage of Tara’s practice that is based on the pure vision of the great Tara-siddha Takpu Gargyi Chokyi Wangchuk. This great master had pure visions of Tara and received the initiation and commentary of the practice directly from her.

Within the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism, there are many lineages and practices relating to Tara but a great majority of them belong to the lower Kriya Tantra class, which is a powerful preparation for higher tantric practices but does not bring one directly to enlightenment.

On the other hand, the Cittamani cycle of Tara teachings belongs to the Highest Yoga Tantra class, which is also known as Maha Annuttara Yoga Tantra class. This means that the teachings consist of the generation and completion stages together with the accompanying empowerments. In simple terms, Cittamani Tara’s practice is able to bring a practitioner directly to enlightenment.

In brief, the generation stage or Kyerim in Tibetan is a realization of creative yoga just before attaining the actual completion stage. This is done by mentally generating oneself as the deity Tara (in the case of the Cittamani Tara cycle) and one’s immediate surroundings as the deity’s mandala. In contrast, the completion stage or Dzogrim in Tibetan is the realizations developed via the manipulation of the psychic winds and by entering, abiding, and dissolving within the central channel through the force of meditation and thereby achieving Tantric attainments and enlightenment itself.

Therefore, the Cittamani Tara cycle contains all the necessary elements of highest yoga tantra that can propel one directly to enlightenment itself. This practice has since been widely diffused within the Gelug tradition by great lineage holders.

 

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An image depicting the 21 Taras. These various forms of Tara are commonly prayed to in the Tibetan Tradition.


Origins of Tara Tantras

The Golden Rosary, the origin of the Tara Tantras by Taranatha gives an account of a previous incarnation of Tara as a Bodhisattva on the verge of Buddhahood. She lived countless eons ago in another world system called ‘Manifold Light’. In that world, there was a Buddha by the name of ‘Dundubhisvara’ who manifested full enlightenment and turned the wheel of Dharma to fortunate disciples.

At the same time, there was also a ruling monarch living in the world system that had a virtuous daughter by the name of Yeshe Dawa, who developed great faith in that Buddha’s teachings. She made countless offerings to the Buddha along with his retinue of disciples and generated great merit for a long time. Consequently, she generated Bodhichitta, the mind of enlightenment. On one occasion, the Buddha’s disciples told her, “ You should use this merit and pray that you will be transformed into a man in a future life in accordance to the teachings as it is more befitting.”

Yeshe Dawa replied, “In the ultimate sense, there is no distinction between male and female. The attachment to the label of male and female is meaningless…”

Then, she vowed, “Therefore, there are many who wish for enlightenment in the form of a man but none who work to accomplish the welfare of living beings in the form of a woman. Therefore, I shall work for the welfare of all beings in the body of a woman until all samsara is emptied.” Then, it was said that Yeshe Dawa redoubled her efforts and entered concentration meditation and attained the state where ‘Dharma is Unproduced’ and then achieved the state of ‘Liberating All’. She became fully awakened and was henceforth became known as Tara, the Savioress.

Also in the eon of Bishudha or Nyampar Gyalwa in Tibetan, Tara had sworn before the Buddha Amoghasiddhi that she would protect all beings from fear, specifically the 8 Fears and so forth. Then, she entered a deep concentration called ‘Destroying Demons’ and liberated countless beings and subdued innumerable hordes of demons.

Then, in the eon called ‘Unobstructed’, all the Buddhas in the ten directions issued forth rays of light on the ordained monk by the name of ‘Radiance of Stainless Light’ and he was the incarnation of Arya Avalokiteshvara. Then, Tara was said to have arisen from the heart of Avalokiteshvara. It is said that Avalokiteshvara and Tara resided on the Potala Mountain in the southern direction. Therefore, there was this close connection between Avalokiteshvara and Tara since that time.

Henceforth, many scholars and siddhas of the India and Tibet, specifically the old Kadampa and Gelug masters came under her care. Throughout history, there have been many tantras and sadhanas that emerged and from these sacred texts, the great Indian master Nagarjuna and other scholars and siddhas of India and Tibet composed even more cycle of sadhanas, ritual texts, praises and so forth. From this ocean of texts on Tara, the most profound teachings on Tara were directly bestowed by Mother Tara upon the great siddha, Takpu Kelsang Gargyi Wangpo which came to be known as ‘Cittamani’.

 

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Takpu Kelsang Garwang Chokyi Wangchuk

Takpu Kelsang Garwang Chokyi Wangchuk (1765-1792) is also known as Takpu Gargyi Wangpo. He is known to be an emanation of Arya Holder of the Lotus, Avalokiteshvara. Unfortunately, very few biographical material of this great lama survives.

However, his spiritual legacy is still very much alive and is widely practiced by many High Lamas, Geshes and ordinary monks throughout the Gelug tradition. According to a source, a list of his teachers includes the famous Longdol Lama, the Second Jamyang Zhepa and the Fifth On Gyalse Rinpoche. The Takpu incarnation also has another identity based on his extraordinary visionary experiences and goes known by the name Gargyi Wangpo.

This lama’s collected works is still in print and spans five volumes of written works. However, the most famous and widely circulated is one volume that is bound by the ‘seal of secrecy’ and called the Thirteen Pure Visions of Takpu. It contains his visionary teachings including sadhanas and writings on the Five-deity Amitayus, Hayagriva, Gyalwa Gyatso, Cittamani Tara and so forth. The Takpu line of incarnations is famous for their visionary experiences and ability to astral travel to pure lands in order to receive teachings.

In particular, the Takpu incarnations are known to have pure visions of Tara and receive direct teachings from her. In a previous incarnation as Lobsang Tenpai Gyeltsen (1714-1762), he painted an image of Tara and henceforth, he was never without a vision of Tara and was not only able to perceive her golden face but was able to receive advice, teachings and complete oral instructions and transmissions.

The immediate incarnations after Takpu Gargyi Wangchuk were relatively low key, and it would be his later incarnation as Takpu Pemavajra or Jampel Tenpai Ngodrub (1876 – 1935) who would achieve remarkable and super-extraordinary feats that would influence the Gelug lineage significantly until today. Takpu Pemavajra also had visions of Tara and was particularly known for his ability to astral travel to pure lands. He received the lineage of Cittamani Tara and become its primary lineage holder, disseminating it to Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche and Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche.

Of particular note regarding this incarnation is an important incident regarding the practice of Dorje Shugden. It was also this great master, Takpu Pemavajra who on the request of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, entered deep meditation and astral-travelled to Tushita. This was done in order to receive the initiation and commentary on the practice of Dorje Shugden from Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen by way of Lama Tsongkhapa. This great lama received the complete practice of Dorje Shugden in Tushita pure land. This practice was then passed to Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche who composed commentaries and it became the mainstay of the Dorje Shugden practice and pujas available and widespread today. Dorje Shugden’s lineage, practice and meditations stem from this Takpu Rinpoche as well as the Cittamani Tara cycle of teachings widespread today. 

Ngawang Lobsang Jampal Tempe Ngudrop (a.k.a Takpu Pemavajra)


Lineage Gurus of the Cittamani Tara Practice:

  1. Tag-pu-wa, Gar-gyi Wangpo (a.k.a Takpu Kelsang Gargyi Wangpo)
  2. Ra-la, Lobsang Tenpe Ngudrop
  3. Yong-dzin Yeshe Gyatso
  4. Shar-tse, Ngawang Tsultrim
  5. Je-drung, Lobsang Tenzin
  6. Zhap-drung, Ngawang Gelek Tempe Gyaltsen
  7. Tag-pu, Ngawang Lobsang Jampal Tempe Ngudrop (a.k.a Takpu Pemavajra)
  8. Je Pa-bong-ka, Jampa Tenzin Tinley Gyatso
  9. Kyab-je Song Rinpoche, Losang Tsöndru

 

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Cittamani Tara

A depiction of Cittamani Tara. Click to enlarge.

The Takpu line of incarnations had an uncommon and extraordinary relationship with the Goddess Tara. In the initiation text, it states that in the morning of the 15th day of Saka Dawa, the master and siddha, Takpu Gargyi Wangchuk entered deep concentration and astral traveled to Potala and had audience with Arya Tara. The master first supplicated the venerable mother with an offering of the inner, outer and secret mandalas. In accepting the offering, the Venerable Mother bestowed the profound teachings and initiation of what would become known as Cittamani cycle of teachings. He later took down notes and this became the lineage of the commentary of Cittamani Tara.

Takpu Gargyi Wangchuk later incarnation was Takpu Pemavajra Jampel Tenpai Ngodrub who was also a lineage holder of the Cittamani teachings, and also the teacher of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. Pabongka Rinpoche received the Cittamani practice from his teacher and further wrote notes, which combined with the commentary of his teacher on the practice became the basis of a whole tradition of Cittamani Tara practice. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche had also classified Cittamani Tara as Mother Tantra.

According to the Gelug tradition, Anuttarayoga Tantra is divided into two divisions – father tantra or pagyud in Tibetan and mother tantra or magyud in Tibetan. Father Tantric practices involves primarily on the manipulation of the psychic winds in order to arise in a subtle form known as illusory body and this is the immediate cause for achieving the Buddha’s body. On the other hand, mother tantric practices focuses on the practices to attain clear light mental state while focusing on the blissful awareness of emptiness. This is also the immediate cause for achieving a Buddha’s mind or Dharmakaya.

Some examples of father tantra are the Guhyasamaja and Vajrabhairava, which is also known as the Yamantaka tantra. Some examples of mother tantra are the Chakrasamvara, Hevajra, Kalachakra and Vajrayogini. On its own, the blessing initiation of Cittamani Tara is not enough for a practitioner to engage in the practice. As a prerequisite, a practitioner should receive another highest yoga tantric initiation beforehand, preferably from the same Mother Tantra class as Cittamani Tara.

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Conclusion

Yellow Tara, another form of Tara. Click to enlarge.

In writing this article, I learned a lot on Cittamani Tara and how unique this cycle of Tara’s practice is amongst other traditions. It has also led me to appreciate that it is uniquely a highest yoga tantric practice just like Vajrayogini. What is unusual is that it has a very short lineage that nevertheless is undoubted in its efficacy as the highest tantric training that incredibly began with a siddha’s vision of Tara. An equivalent and later collaboration between the Takpu siddha and another enlightened deity would forge the lineage of Dorje Shugden that was descended from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen in Tushita. Hence, it seems that many practices within our tradition have divine origins and yet they are effective as any other older and more established lineages and practices.

PS – Thank you very much to Pastor Niral, Martin Chow, Joy Kam and Pastor Jean Ai

 

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Questions & Answers – Parallels with Dorje Shugden

His Holiness the Dalai Lama gives Cittamani Tara initiation. Click to enlarge.

In researching about Cittamani Tara, I have come to realize that the lineage holders of this practice also taught and proliferated Dorje Shugden as well. In fact, the incarnation of Takpu Gargyi Wangpo, Takpu Pemavajra on the behest of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche astral traveled to Tushita to receive the initiation and teachings on the cycle of Dorje Shugden’s practice. This connection has manifold implications and the following Questions and Answers serve to present these implications in an orderly manner so people understand them and would be properly empowered come to their own valid and educated conclusions, specifically on the legitimacy of the Dorje Shugden practice. I did not have the initial intention to connect Cittamani Tara and Dorje Shugden when I wrote this article. I have only discovered the connection after doing some research. I hope this section will shed light on this issue for many people.

1. In tantric practices, what are the most essential elements that must be present for the practice to be considered authentic, and for the transmission of the practice to be blessed and effective?

Within tantra, a practice must have a lineage and we should be able to trace the teachings back to a valid source, which is an originating deity or Buddha via a line of qualified masters of the tradition/school. If the tantric practice today has a lineage, then it is considered a qualified practice to be passed on.

This Cittamani Tara practice was taught by Tara herself to Takpu Gargyi Wangpo. The practice was then passed through the safe hands of a line of qualified masters who are propitiated at the beginning of the daily sadhana. This component of daily sadhana practice is held in common throughout all Highest Tantra Yoga practices. The blessings to gain attainments from engaging in the practice is passed from the deity through these masters. Therefore it is necessary to have complete faith and conviction in these lamas for our practice to be successful.

If a practice that is transmitted does not have a lineage, it is not valid. This is because all Buddhist practices must trace back to an enlightened being. Enlightened beings taught their practices and their blessings are carried through the uninterrupted lineage of authentic practitioners, who necessarily have to have their refuge in the Three Jewels intact. If a particular practice does not have a genuine lineage, then despite the most strident effort of the practitioner, the practice would not be effective in gaining any attainment, let alone enlightenment. Practicing something that would not give any results is useless as there would be no progress in our spiritual path. Therefore, knowing that the lineage of any teaching or practice goes back to a correct and valid source is of paramount importance for faith and confidence in our practice.

 

2. In an authentic tantric practice with a lineage, how can the practice be invalidated and the blessings of the deity and lineage masters become void?

The foundation of all Buddhist practices, is the keeping of one’s Refuge Vows made to the Three Jewels. It is through the keeping of this set of vows by both the lineage masters and the practitioners that the blessings of the deity and lineage masters continue to flow.

All Buddhist practices, including tantric practices are built on and depend on the keeping of one’s refuge vows, which includes abstaining from seeking refuge in unenlightened beings. This is because the effectiveness and power of all practices comes from keeping refuge in enlightened beings. If a lineage holder through whom the blessings of the lineage flows was to break his refuge vows, for example, by taking refuge in unenlightened beings, then the practices he or she passes on are negated and void of the power needed for the practice to be successful.

Therefore for the Cittamani Tara practice to be so treasured today and regarded as a precious gem of the Gelug tradition and for many to have received the transmission and practiced successfully, it is an indication that the lineage master’s vows are intact and the blessings continue to flow.

 

3. According to some people Dorje Shugden is not an emanation of Manjushri but a demon. If that is true, what are the consequences of propitiating a ‘demon’ for a Buddhist practitioner?

If Dorje Shugden is a demon then he is not an appropriate being to take refuge in according to the Buddhist path. Therefore those who propitiate Dorje Shugden and take refuge in him have broken the very fundamental tenet of taking refuge in the Three Jewels. In other words, they have also negated all Buddhist practices that are based on refuge, including tantric practices.

In addition, masters who have broken their refuge vows will not be able to transmit any other tantric lineages or Buddhist practices because once refuge in the Three Jewels is negated, all practices including tantric ones are invalidated. Following this logic, since a person’s practice has been invalidated, they cannot pass a legitimate practice with the authority of the lineage on to another person. Even if they go through the prayers, practices and rituals of empowerments, the lineage of the particular practice would be void and the practice ineffective regardless of how much effort a practitioner applies. That means the practitioner is going against the core of the Buddha’s teachings and no longer a Buddhist.

 

4. In recent times, those who oppose Dorje Shugden have accused the deity to be a demon. Seeing that Takpu Pemavajra is a key component of the Dorje Shugden lineage and practice, how does this impact on the validity of the Cittamani Tara?

Lama Zopa gives Cittamani Tara initiation. Click to enlarge.

According to the history of Dorje Shugden practice it was Takpu Pemavajra who astral-travelled to Tushita and received the practice of Dorje Shugden via Lama Tsongkhapa and Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen. At the same time, Takpu Pemavajra is also an important lama within the lineage of Cittamani Tara practice, through whom the sole Cittamani Tara practice as it is transmitted in the Gelugpa tradition, is traced.

If those who oppose Dorje Shugden were to claim that its practitioners have broken their refuge and therefore invalidated all their practices, then by the same logic, Takpu Pemavajra would have also broke his refuge. If that is so, then the practice of Cittamani Tara he transmitted and is practiced today within the Gelug tradition, is an invalid practice that does not carry the blessings of Tara at all. It cannot lead a person to enlightenment as the lineage itself was broken when Takpu Pemavajra started practicing Dorje Shugden.

By extension of the same logic, if the Cittamani Tara lineage passed by Takpu Pemavajra to Pabongka Rinpoche is invalid, then all the lineage practices passed by Pabongka Rinpoche to Trijang Rinpoche and from Trijang Rinpoche to all his students are similarly invalid.

Why then would anyone in the modern era want to receive the Cittamani Tara from any lama including His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama who would then have received an invalidated practice from his teacher?

Conversely, if someone of Takpu Pemavajra’s caliber and attainment can directly perceive Tara and receive teachings from her, then surely he can differentiate between a Buddha and a demon and would know if Dorje Shugden was in fact a demon. Takpu Pemavajra cannot have selective omniscience that applies when it comes to the Cittamani Tara and suddenly lapses when it comes to Dorje Shugden.

On the other hand, if such an attained lama had made a mistake about Dorje Shugden, he could have been mistaken about Cittamani Tara as well. The room for doubt would have no end. Therefore, we either believe that Takpu Pemavajra did travel to Tushita to receive the initiation and teachings on Dorje Shugden and his previous incarnation did receive Cittamani teachings from a pure vision of Tara herself or we believe that Cittamani Tara and Dorje Shugden are invalid and mistaken practices. In the end, we choose to believe that Dorje Shugden and Cittamani Tara are valid and authentic practices that have tremendous blessings. That is why the Dalai Lama himself and Lama Zopa continue to give Cittamani Tara initiations and teachings.

 

5. Why do people still accept and practice the Cittamani Tara which they regard as sacred, if it has been transmitted via lineal masters who were also prominent Dorje Shugden lamas? Why regard the practice as effective, powerful and holy when it is supposed to have come through the passage of unholy lamas which broken refuge vows, if accusations against Dorje Shugden are to be believed?

The lineage lamas of the Cittamani Tara beginning with Takpu Pemavajra, to Pabongka Rinpoche, and then Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche all practiced Dorje Shugden. Doesn’t that mean that the Cittamani practice they passed on since are all invalidated?

Following the above logic, since the practice of Cittamani Tara has passed through the lineage lamas who are also lineage lamas of Dorje Shugden’s practice, it is invalid. Takpu Pemavajra passed both lineages to Pabongka Rinpoche, who in turn passed them to Trijang Rinpoche, who in turn passed them to Zong Rinpoche. It is through either Trijang Rinpoche or Zong Rinpoche that the practice was transmitted to the current masters of the Gelug lineage. Since the time of Takpu Pemavajra, through the aforementioned lamas, the practice must be considered to be invalid due to their practice of Dorje Shugden. Logically, one therefore reaches the conclusion that the practice as it exists today is completely annulled so those who continue to practice Cittamani Tara would not gain any result from their practice. Since the Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa continue to give initiation, it must be that the practice is effective. Since Cittamani Tara practice is effective and beneficial, it must also mean that Dorje Shugden’s practice is effective and beneficial as well. This is because both lineages are taught and proliferated by the same lineage holders. This fact becomes clear when one examines the fact that Cittamani Tara is widely accepted and proliferated throughout the Gelug tradition on those who accept Dorje Shugden as Manjushri and those who do not.

 

6. Given the fact His Holiness the Dalai Lama is both a practitioner of Cittamani Tara and has given Cittamani initiations, what does this in effect say about the Cittamani Tara lineage masters who are also the lineage masters of Dorje Shugden’s practice?

In propagating the Cittamani Tara practice, the Dalai Lama is in fact endorsing the validity of the lineage and the lineage masters from Takpu Pemavajra to Pabongka Rinpoche to Trijang Rinpoche to His Holiness the Dalai Lama himself. The Dalai Lama is saying that there masters have kept their refuge and all other vows intact and that is why the lineage blessings and power for the Cittamani continue to flow through them.

It is therefore surprising that they would accuse Dorje Shugden as being a demonic and refuge-destroying practice seeing that it also come through the same lineage lamas. It must mean that the Dalai Lama does not actually see these lineage lamas as having made a mistake or wrong about Dorje Shugden. In the end, the false accusations against Dorje Shugden is completely negated by the Dalai Lama’s endorsement of the Cittamani Tara.

 

7. If a lineage lama is said to practice and propagate a demonic practice and hence is said to have broken his refuge vows, would this invalidate all the practices, lineages and transmissions he has bestowed to others?

Yes. If a particular lama is accused of having broken his refuge vows by practicing a demonic practice such as Dorje Shugden is wrongly said to be, then all sutric and tantric practices which the lama has passed on becomes annulled. That means that by virtue of their Dorje Shugden practice, all the practices that Pabongka Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche propagated also are also invalid. Any tantric practice that came through a set of lineage masters which includes any Dorje Shugden lama are accordingly invalid. There are no exceptions and certain lineage lamas cannot simply be removed and for the lineage to still continue. If a bridge across a river has been removed, how can anything pass?

Therefore the attack on Dorje Shugden claiming it to be a demon and lamas practicing Dorje Shugden to be lamas with broken refuges is in fact an assault on the entire Gelug tradition. If the accusations are to be upheld then all practices and lineages transmitted by Shugden lamas are similarly invalid. One cannot just pick and choose that one practice is invalid and mistaken while another is authentic and beneficial. Thus, the false charges against the Dorje Shugden practice is not an attack on a single protector practice but on the legitimacy of the entire Gelug lineage in the modern era.

 

8. Why would Tara bestow her practice to someone who would become a refuge vow breaker and contaminate her holy practice?

Tara, a fully enlightened and therefore she is an omniscient being who operates from ultimate compassion for all sentient beings, following simple logic would not bestow such a profound practice on someone who would later break their refuge in a later incarnation. Takpu Gargyi Wangpo who received the practice of Cittamani Tara, and Takpu Pemavajra who received the practice of Dorje Shugden are of the same mindstream. It does not make sense that Tara would knowingly bestow such an important practice to someone who would later invalidate the practice. Following this logic, those who claim Dorje Shugden is a demon and his practice breaks one’s refuge, are indirectly also calling into question the enlightened nature of the glorious mother Tara. This is another important point and therefore, it would seem that Mother Tara herself is indirectly validating Dorje Shugden’s practice because she would have the clairvoyance to see that the incarnation of the lama she is revealing the practice to would one day propagate Dorje Shugden.

 

9. What are the possible conclusions we can draw from this obvious contradiction – that Cittamani Tara is regarded as good and Dorje Shugden bad even though both practices come through the same lineage lamas.

Logically, we can only conclude as follows:

(i) If we accept that Takpu Pemavajra is a ‘defiled’ lama with broken refuge, both the Cittamani Tara and Dorje Shugden practices are bad and not valid. It would mean that many other tantric lineages and teachings associated with other Dorje Shugden lamas like Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and many others are invalid and wrong as well. If this is the case, then why does His Holiness the Dalai Lama transmit and pass on practices that have been invalidated due to reasons defined by the Dalai Lama himself. This view would jeopardize the entire Gelug lineage and is therefore highly unlikely.

(ii) If we take the view that the Cittamani Tara remains a valid and powerful practice with a pure and unbroken lineage, it means that Takpu Pemavajra is faultless. If this is so, then how can the Dorje Shugden practice be bad? It must be that Dorje Shugden is a beneficial and authentic practice just like that of Cittamani Tara practice because these both lineages share the same lineage holders who definitely perceived the benefit that can be derived from these practices. And if it is not bad, then the accusations made against the Protector must be lies.

For us, we believe in option (ii) and that Dorje Shugden and Cittamani Tara are both authentic and extremely beneficial practices. There is no doubt about that if we examine the facts that is presented by the questions and answers

 

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Commentaries

WARNING: Do not recite, read or practice any of the prayers and commentaries in this blog post unless you have receive the initiation of Cittamani Tara. The materials here are presented ONLY for your information and knowledge, so that you have an understanding of the depth and breadth of Cittamani Tara’s practice.

His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s Commentary

His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was born in 1905 in Nangsang, Kham, Tibet. His root Guru was His Holiness Trijang Dorje Chang, who was the junior tutor of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Zong Rinpoche was a highly realised Gelug Lama, erudite scholar, accomplished meditator and practitioner. He completed his Geshe examinations with the highest honours of a Geshe Lharampa degree followed by his examinations at the Gyutö Tantric College with outstanding results. He was known to be a master in philosophical debate and a sharp analyst.

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche served as the Abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery for nine years till 1946. Under his guidance, Gaden Shartse reached new exemplary standards of monastic discipline and scholarship, and there was a great increase in interest in Tantra and rituals. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche entered into clear light in 1984.

 

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His Eminence Gelek Rinpoche was born in 1939 in Lhasa, Tibet. He was recognised as a reincarnate lama at the age of 4 and was subsequently educated in Drepung Monastery. Gelek Rinpoche is well known for his powers of memory, intellectual judgment and penetrating insight. He was director of Tibet House in Delhi, India and conducted over 1000 interviews in compiling an oral history of the fall of Tibet. He later edited and printed over 170 volumes of rare Tibetan manuscripts that would have otherwise been lost to humanity.

In the late 1970s, Gelek Rinpoche was requested by his teachers to teach Western students. Since then, he has taught Buddhist practitioners around the world. In 1988, Kyabje Gelek Rinpoche created Jewel Heart, a Tibetan Buddhist Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan (United States) where he continues to teach until today.

 

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Lama Yeshe was born in 1935 in Tibet and entered Sera Monastery at the age of six. During his time there, he received teachings from many illustrious lamas such as Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, Kyabje Ling Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He co-founded Kopan Monastery in 1969 and later founded the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) in 1975. Lama Yeshe passed into clear light in 1984. He is credited with being one of the lamas to proliferate Buddhism in the West at a time when very few other Tibetan Buddhist monks thought it possible.

 

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His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche’s Writings

His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche was born in 1901 in Tsel Gungtang, Central Tibet. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche met His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche when he was young and became Pabongka Rinpoche’s closest disciple. In 1919, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche received the Geshe Lharampa degree from His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama.

An erudite scholar and prolific author, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche composed a great number of texts and prayers that continue to be used by Gelug practitioners all over the world today. He is especially famous for compiling and editing the seminal text “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand”, based on notes taken during Pabongka Rinpoche’s 24-day teachings on the Lamrim. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche taught tirelessly throughout his life, his most famous student inarguably His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama for whom he was the junior tutor. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche was appointed into this position in 1953.

As a master who was considered the “teacher of teachers”, you would be hard-pressed to find a senior Gelug lama today who has not been touched by Trijang Rinpoche’s kindness and teachings. This great master considered to be an emanation of Vajrayogini passed into clear light in 1981.

Sgrol Ma’i Chos Skor (Tara’s Cycle of Teachings)

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His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche’s Self-Initiation of Chittamani Tara entitled: A new moon destroying faults, downfalls and obscurations

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Sadhanas

H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche’s Handwritten Transliteration of the Cittamani Tara Prayers

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His Eminence Zasep Jamseng Rinpoche was born in 1948 in Kham, Tibet. He was recognised by His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama as the 13th incarnation of Lama Konchog Tenzin of Muru Monastery. In 1975, Zasep Rinpoche left India to study in Thailand where he joined the monks of a forest monastery, living and studying with them for 18 months. He then travelled to Australia, translating for Tibetan-speaking lamas for many years. Since that time, Zasep Rinpoche has been opening, developing and teaching in Dharma centers all around the world. In 1999, Venerable Zasep Rinpoche created the Gaden for the West organisation. These days, Zasep Rinpoche is primarily based in Nelson, BC (Canada).

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sgrol ma cittamaṇi la brten pa’i thun mong ma yin pa’i la ma’i rnal ‘byor thar par bgrod pa’i them skas zhes bya ba bzhug so (Stairways Towards liberation: Extraordinary Cittamani Tara Guru Yoga Tantra)

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Additional Prayers to Tara

The prayers in this section do not require initiation into the practice of Tara in order for the practitioner to recite them.

  1. A Gem to Increase Life and Wisdom, A Praise of White Tara (PDF)
  2. A Song of Longing for Tara (PDF)
  3. Praises to the 21 Taras (PDF)
  4. The Sadhana of the Heroic Red Tara (PDF)

 

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  1. Anne Ong on Dec 17, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Thank you very much Rinpoche,Pastor David,Martin,Pastor Jean Ai,Pastor Niral and Joy Kam for sharing this wonderful research and write up on Cittamani Tara lineage and practice. I always feel very blessed to see Mother Tara for many personal reasons. I hope to have the merits to receive the Cittamani Tara practice to benefit others in the future. _/\_

  2. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 15, 2016 at 3:17 am

    Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa, Tibet

    Over 400 years ago a great and learned lama Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was famed in Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal and China for being very saintly and compassionate. He resided in his residence (Zimkhang Gongma Ladrang) in Drepung Monastery. His root guru was H.H. the Omniscient 4th Panchen Lama and his close dharma brother was the 5th Dalai Lama.

    The 5th Dalai Lama and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen had a very close and dharmic relationship and often went to receive teachings together from the 4th Panchen Lama. They were close in age. They both became very learned and well known. During this time, the Dalai Lama was enthroned as a Dharma King of Tibet. But more people went to see Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen for teachings, initiations and divinations. This made the attendants of the 5th Dalai Lama feel threatened that Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s fame might usurp the power of the 5th Dalai Lama. So they had a khata forced down his throat. At that moment, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen dissolved his psychic winds and generated the wish to be a great guardian of Buddha and Tsongkapa’s teachings. As his consciousness dissolved, he entered ‘bardo’ as a dharma protector of the highest order (jikten depey sungma). Many signs were seen throughout Lhasa at this time and the earth was said to have shaken in Lhasa. This event was already predicted to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s previous incarnation when he was one of the 8 main disciples of Lord Tsongkapa the Supreme Master and he served Tsongkapa directly by building Gaden Monastery.

    When the 5th Dalai Lama heard what his scheming and power-hungry attendants had done, he was very distressed. He was very sorry Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was murdered and dishonored as he was a great dharma master. The 5th Dalai Lama composed an apology to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. In Lhasa, tens of thousands gathered for the cremation of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s holy body. During the cremation, the 5th Dalai Lama’s apology was read out at which flames spontaneously arose from the body of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen commencing the cremation. From the body, during cremation, a powerful whirlwind of smoke tunneled into the sky for all to see as this was an indication Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s consciousness has arisen as the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. The Dharma Protector Setrap immediately recognized this new protector Dorje Shugden and ‘enthroned’ him as a powerful Dharma Protector in the realm of the Buddhas. From this, Setrap and Dorje Shugden are closely connected and very close working hand in hand always. After the cremation, the great 5th Dalai Lama built a Dorje Shugden chapel on the spot the cremation took place and named it Trode Khangsar. The 5th Dalai Lama commissioned the statue of Dorje Shugden in this chapel and had monks installed in the chapel to do continuous propitiations to Dorje Shugden. Trode Khangsar Chapel was a commemoration to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who was wronged and also a celebration of his consciousness arising as the World Peace Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    This Trode Khangsar Chapel still exists now in Lhasa where many make pilgrimages there. It is in good condition and was recently renovated. It is over 400 years old and a testimony to the respect the Great 5th Dalai Lama had to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who arose as Dorje Shugden.

    I have visited this holy chapel in Lhasa years back. I’ve never heard of it till I was in Lhasa and by chance, I was told about it which I was happy to visit. I could not find the place but strangely a bunch of pilgrims from Amdo told me they would show me how to get there in Lhasa.

    This short video is a short clip of this holy Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa today commemorating Dorje Shugden, built by the great 5th Dalai Lama. The great 5th Dalai Lama even composed a prayer to Dorje Shugden which is still available today and we can recite to invoke the blessings, protection, and assistance of World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    Tsem Rinpoche


    Read more: Trode Khangsar – A 400-year-old Dorje Shugden Chapel in Lhasa
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/trode-khangsar-%E2%80%93-a-400-year-old-dorje-shugden-chapel-in-lhasa.html

    Short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTybDwTeLAM

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    The 5th Dalai Lama’s Prayer to Dorje Shugden

    HUM
    Though unmoving from the sphere of primordial spontaneity,
    With wrathful turbulent power, swifter than lightning,
    Endowed with heroic courage to judge good and bad,
    I invite you with faith, please come to this place!

    Robes of a monk, crown adorned with rhinoceros leather hat,
    Right hand holds ornate club, left holds a human heart,
    Riding various mounts such as nagas and garudas,
    Who subdues the mamos of the charnel grounds, praise to you!

    Samaya substances, offerings and torma, outer, inner and secret,
    Favourite visual offerings and various objects are arranged.
    Although, previously, my wishes were a bit dense,
    Do not stop your powerful apparitions, I reveal and confess!

    Now respectfully praising with body, speech, and mind,
    For us, the masters, disciples, benefactors and entourages,
    Provide the good and avert the bad!
    Bring increase like the waxing moon in spiritual and temporal realms!

    Moreover, swiftly accomplishing all wishes,
    According to our prayers, bestow the supreme effortlessly!
    And like the jewel that bestows all wishes,
    Always protect us with the Three Jewels!

    From: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/the-5th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden

    Tibetan prayer from: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-14th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html

  3. Brad Penney on Sep 9, 2016 at 2:30 am

    Thanks for posting the article – always interested in hearing about Tara.

  4. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 30, 2016 at 1:51 am

    We are indeed blessed to have come across the teachings of Cittamani Tara. We are blessed to even hear about such a practice, this is due to the kindness of Tsem Rinpoche who allowed the blog to mention about such a holy and effacacious practice.

    I like the fact that from Takpu Pemavajra, the Dorje Shugden practice was brought back to be disseminated by Je Pabongka and Takpu Pemavajra was also a key lineage holder of Cittamani Tara. The logic presented in this article is flawless, A realised master who astral travels, cannot in one instance bring back enlightened practices next moment he brings back practices that are in the nature demonic.

  5. Doreen Teoh on Jun 20, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    In this blog, it has been clearly stated the teachings of Cittamani Tara has been passed down by great masters and Guru who has hold their refuge vows and as such the practice of Cittamani Tara is a pure lineage. As such, the Cittamani Tara lineage of masters who practices is the same as Dorje Shugden’s masters. Conclusion is that the dispute that Dorje Shugden is a spirit is NOT A VALID fact at all.

    Thank you Pastor David and team for this research and publishing of this blog, and hope it will clear the wrong accusation of the Dorje Shugden’s practise as a spirit practice.

  6. graceleong on Jun 20, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    I have been a student of Tsem Rinpoche for six years now. Throughout the journey there are endless of surprises that leaves me in awe as to how highly attained my Guru is and how rare and precious is the lineage I belong to. I humbly apologize for my immense ignorance before. I am certain I am still ignorant on many matters but whatever my kind Guru has taught and shared I will treasure with all my heart and work hard on gaining merits to be able to put them into practice to propel my faith and ability to be of help to others.

    ** CITTAMANI TARA is the highest yoga form (Maha-annutara) of Tara which can confer enlightenment within one lifetime. This practice was conferred upon H. E. Tsem Rinpoche in Thubten Dhargye Ling in 1984.

    ** VAJRAYOGINI is a representation of complete Buddhahood in female form, whose practices are associated with the Chakrasamvara Cycle of Anuttarayoga Tantra. The practice of Vajrayogini is only for the very fortunate and if practiced correctly can lead to Buddhahood in this very lifetime. This practice was first conferred to Rinpoche when he was 14 years old by Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche,at Howell, New Jersey and again by H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, who had received it from His Guru, H.H.Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, who in turn received it from H.H. Kyabje Pabongkha Rinpoche !!

    ** DORJE SHUGDEN Protector practice is the most suitable protector practice in these degenerate times; just like that of Vajrayogini practice is the best practice in these times to rid our desires and delusions. Takpu Pemavajra on the behest of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche astral traveled to Tushita to receive the initiation and teachings on the cycle of Dorje Shugden’s practice, the same Takpu lineage that received the Cittamani Tara tantra practice taught directly by TARA herself. Dorje Shugden practice was also conferred to Rinpoche by H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.
    Another very important point to note is that this practice of Dorje Shugden is authentic and beneficial as it comes from the same line as Cittamani Tara and Vajrayogini practices. There is no possiblity of it being a demon practice !!

    I have only very briefly listed down the potent and precious teachings which my Guru have received from his Gurus which in other words we as students have the opportunity to receive too, if we practice correctly.
    If this is not the most precious rebirth which is ???
    Thank you Rinpoche !!

  7. yikming on Jun 20, 2016 at 1:04 am

    This article is eye opening for me especially in depth on the origin of Cittamani Tara and its relationship to the great masters and to Dorje Shugden. One of the primary Lineage Holder of Cittamani Tara, Takpu Pemavajra had initiation and practice of Dorje Shugden from Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen, which i believe has clairvoyance and would be able to serve him to evaluate if Dorje Shugden practice is right. This research was detail to indicate the origin of Cittamani Tara from Tara (Enlighten) all the way to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and to Tsem Rinpoche; unbroken. Also amazing and powerful that Cittamani Tara practice can gain enlightenment within one lifetime. Thanks for the indepth research and sharing.

  8. Shane Jayasuriya on Jun 20, 2016 at 12:11 am

    Dear Pastor David, Thank you for this article about Cittamani Tara. Really excited to learn and practice in this precious life time this precious teachings. _/\_

  9. Sofi on Jun 19, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Beautiful and holy Tara is from another world system called “Manifold Light”. How amazing is that! Many times I have hear of the possibility of other world system and now Mother Tara is the confirmation. I love her view
    “In the ultimate sense, there is no distinction between male and female. The attachment to the label of male and female is meaningless…”. To me it simply shows that she has gone beyond the distinction of duality. Irregardless of whether its male or female, a mind in practise needs both essence, Wisdom and Boddhicitta.

    H.H. Zong Rinpoche says any images of Tara is automatically blessed which to me shows the level of Tara’s compassion towards us and her closeness with us. She has made it easy for us to access her help and care.

    Tara herself had given The Cittamani Tara practise to Takpu Kelsang Gargyi Wangpo. Cittamani Tara practise is the highest tantric practise known as Maha-annutara yoga. His incarnation of the same mindstream, Tagpu Pemavajra passed the practise to Pabongka Dechen Nyingpo who passed it to Trijang Dorje Chang who in turn passed to the 14th Dalai Lama. This is the same Cittamani Tara practise that the Dalai Lama has given to many many people over the years. For this practise to be effective, it is important to receive blessings from the whole line of lineage Gurus.

    Therefore when the Dalai Lama ban the Protector Dorje Shugden calling him a “Spirit”, he is effectively dismissing the lineage masters. It was at the request of Pabongka Dechen Nyingpo that his Guru Tagpu Pemavajra astral travelled to Tushita Pure Land to receive the whole complete practise of Dorje Shugden from Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen, one of Lama Tsongkhapa’s main disciples and also one of the previous lives of Dorje Shugden. If Dorje Shugden was a “Spirit” then the attainment quality of Tagpu Pemavajra will be questionable, as well as the attainments of Pabongka Dechen Nyingpo and Trijang Dorje Chang.

    In other words, the qualities of these attained masters are questionable in regards to Dorje Shugden practise and yet impeccable when it comes the highest tantric practise Cittamani Tara yoga. Does that make any sense? One minute the Guru is wrong and the next he is enlightened. If Dorje Shugden is a “Spirit” then the Dalai Lama in giving the Cittamani Tara practises to the thousands of people over the years until today had giving a practise without any blessings from the lineage Gurus. Or if he gives the practises believing there are still blessings from the lineage Gurus, then Dorje Shugden too is not a spirit and he should lift the ban which was created on no proven basis.

    With folded hands, the Dalai Lama please manifest your true Buddha nature now and lift the ban on Dorje Shugden without creating more damage to the pure names of the enlightened lineage Masters that had brought us such precious practises to help us out of samsara.

  10. Jennifer Yuen on Jun 19, 2016 at 12:21 am

    Thank you Pastor David and team for this clear explanation on Cittamani Tara. This practice is indeed very precious in the Gelug Lineage as the great master Takpu Gargyi Chokyi Wangchuk received it directly from Tara herself and this practice can lead one to enlightenment within one lifetime. But what caught more of my attention while reading the article was the fact that the reincarnation of this great Gelug master, Takpu Pemavajra being the lineage holder of the Cittamani teachings, also astral travelled to Tushita and received Dorje Shugden practice. If this being the case, the conclusion can only be that Dorje Shugden is enlightened. For one to claim Dorje Shugden is a demon, Takpu Pemavajra would have broken his refuge vows which is the basis of all Buddhist practices and hence would not have passed this treasured practice on to Pabongka Rinpoche successfully. The flow of blessings from the Lineage Gurus which is important for tantric practice would not have continued. Why would the Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa be giving initiation of this practice then?

  11. Choong on Jun 18, 2016 at 3:13 am

    The strength of a chain is its weakest link.

    By calling Dorje Shugden a demon, HH Dalai Lama has instantly demolished the core of the Gelug lineage.

    There is no more lineage, the lineage is broken, the apples have rot.

    There is no point practising, no point getting transmissions and empowerment from Gelug lineage masters because the lineage line has been breached by a demon.

  12. Samantha on Jun 18, 2016 at 12:38 am

    I am truly excited to learn all these information on all these valuable teachings which came from our lineage. This has further affirmed my conviction that all the things that i have learned have truly been very beneficial despite all the call on the ban on Dorje Shugden. This has also further motivates me to try and put what i learnt into practice as much as i could.

  13. CK Leong on Jun 18, 2016 at 12:26 am

    Thank you Pastor David and team that did the research. Tara being an alien from different dimensions really expand my thought. Pabongka and Trijang Rinpoche practices Cittamani Tara and DS. The fact that Dalai Lama propagate Cittamani but ban DS is very conflicting. It does not reflect well and the basis taken to ban DS is questionable.

    • Martin on Jun 18, 2016 at 2:14 am

      Ck,

      You touched on a very vital point. The fact that His Holiness the Dalai Lama as well as Lama Zopa, who have both renounced Dorje Shugden and by default, the lamas who believed in and practiced Dorje Shugden, AND YET give initiations on the Cittamani Tara, does not make any sense. The lineage gurus of the Cittamani Tara are the very same ones as that of Dorje Shugden.

      So how can the lineage blessings for the Cittamnai Tara still flow though Tagpu Pemavajra and indeed Pabongka Dechen Nyingpo and Trijang Dorje Chang, if they are supposed to have broken their Refuge Vows as the result of their worship of a ‘demon’ (as Shugden is accused to be).

      IF Dorje Shugden is truly a demon, then the lineage of Dorje Shugden is corrupted and defunct and no blessings of the Gelug lineage lamas can come through them. That would also mean that the Cittamani Tara and Vajrayogini tantras have no power any longer because of the Shugden ‘corruption’ of the lineage.

      Both His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa’s continuing propagation of the Cittamani Tara confirms their trust in the purity of the lineage lama, which is the lineage of Dorje Shugden.

      You cannot insist that a glass is broken for water and yet unbroken for tea. It just doesn’t add up. But then again, the Dorje Shugden ban never many any spiritual sense, only political ones.

  14. Fong on Jun 18, 2016 at 12:13 am

    Thank you, Pastor David for the comprehensive article, as always.

    I like the tracing of the lineage from Takpu Kelsang Gargyi Wangpo also known as Takpu Gargyi Wangpo who from the Takpu line of incarnation. From this same line of incarnation, Tag-pu, Ngawang Lobsang Jampal Tempe Ngudrop (a.k.a Takpu Pemavajra) also gave us Dorje Shugden practice. All this is channelled into the vessel, Pabongka Rinpoche a great and attained master who taught the Lamrim.

    The other interesting point is that the deities themselves gave the practice, that is, Cittamani Tara practice was given by Tara herself to Takpu Kelsang Gargyi Wangpo and Dorje Shugden practice was given by Dorje Shugden himself to Takpu Pemavajra. So, both practice came from the same line of incarnation which means it is from the same mindstream.

    And, to have this practices given through Pabongka Rinpoche only enhances it. So, we cannot say the masters made a mistake with one and was fantastic with the other. If Cittamani Tara practice is a very efficacious, then one cannot say the other practice which is Dorje Shugden is demonic. This definitely strengthens my faith in my practice.

  15. Wei Theng on Jun 15, 2016 at 7:01 am

    Thank you Pastor David for sharing this detailed sharing on Cittamani.

    I am clearer that It is not logical to say Dorje Shugden is a demon if Cittamani practice is recognised as a sacred practice especially in the Gelug lineage.

    If DS is a demon,
    i. then all high lama who practice it, including Takpu Pemavajra (a lineage master of Cittamani practice), have broken their refuge vows.
    ii. if Takpu Pemavajra has broken his refuge vows, then the Cittamani practice would be invalidated too.
    iii. Why would Tara who are enlightened would pass the sacred practice of Cittamani to Takpu Gargyi Wangpo who is the same mind stream with Takpu Pemavajra if Takpu Pemavajra will be “tainting” the Cittamani practice by doing Dorje Shugden practice if Dorje Shugden is a demon? Not logical for an enlightened being like Tara that she cannot foresee that right?
    iv. If Cittamani practice is invalidated, all the practices from Takpu Pemavajra to Pabongka Rinpoche to Trajang Rinpoche and to all his students including HH Dalai Lama will be invalidated too. Then we can also say 90% or all of Gelug lineage and practices are invalid too. How would this possible?

    Following the above logic thinking, I can see that Dorje Shugden is not a demon and we can practice it. Or else, Cittamani practice and the whole Gelug lineage is also not valid any more. Scary right?

  16. Cynthia Lee on Jun 7, 2016 at 5:21 am

    Thank you Pastor David for the extensive research and write-up on Cittamani Tara.

    Cittamani Tara is indeed an important practice to preserve as a means to one’s enlightenment. If what Dalai Lama says is really really TRUE, that Dorje Shugden is indeed a demon, then it jeopardise the Cittamani Tara practice and the whole gelug lineage.

    There’s just way too many cons in relations to believing DS is a demon.
    1. To believe DS is a demon, all the lineage lamas who practiced DS since Tagpu Pemavajra has broken their refuge vows and is not qualified to pass on any Buddhist practice. They are not even monks.
    2. To believe DS is a demon, the whole Gelug lineage is invalid. There is no blessings in one’s practice and brings NO RESULTS.
    3. To believe DS is a demon, the Cittamani Tara practice which His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other lamas like Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave has no blessings.
    4. To believe DS is a demon, one is indirectly challenging Tara’s clairvoyance because Tara chose to bestowed teachings, advice and oral transmission to a “refuge vow breaker” and “demon worshipper”

    In conclusion, for Cittamani Tara to be effective, one must believe there is a bigger picture and Dorje Shugden is NOT a demon. Otherwise, why would Dalai Lama give teachings and empowerment of a practice which came from a lama who taught both Cittamani Tara and Dorje Shugden?

  17. Pastor Yek Yee(月谊讲法师) on Jun 5, 2016 at 3:10 am

    Many people feel very proud or pride when they are received initiation, however they forgot the real meaning after the ceremony. Many didn’t continue their practice because they cannot continuous the practice or feel bored about it? After few months everyone will focus on diving and also neglected and can just simple like this.

    I remembered Rinpoche said that if we joined in the initiation ceremony, if we are appreciated it and thought it is so precious and will follow accordingly Guru said. Then it is considered a real initiation ceremony. If in your mind, you thinking this is only a normal ceremony then it will be a ceremony and nothing special.

    And another key point is if we are practice tantra, the only way to achieve high attainment is we have a strong and pure Guru devotion. In many different teachings, Rinpoche too mentioned about high attainment resulted from strong Guru Devotion. Only your Guru can bring you go to enlightenment no matter how smart or how intelligent you are…if you maintain good relationship with our Guru, we will gain high attainment in spiritual path very easily.

    After I read through “Cittamani Tara”post from H.E.The 25th Tsem Rinpoche, I went to check out few Rinpoche teaching which talked a tantra and Guru Devotion, one of the teaching is “Advice to a Yamataka initiation” (http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/advice-to-a-yamantaka-initiation.html), Rinpoche repeated emphasize the importance of Guru devotion. Rinpoche’s teaching really sprinkled my mind very strongly. I am appreciated all the hard word from Rinpoche and writers who made this blog grow, I received a lot of Dharma knowledge from the post.

    Thank you!

  18. Cynthia Ng on Jun 4, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    感谢Pastor David的分享。

    在此文章中我了解到Cittamani 法门是属于最高瑜伽密续法,它有三个灌顶,分别为内、外和秘密持修。这是大成就者Takpu Gargyi Wangpo穿梭到净土从度母中直接接受灌顶与持修法,这位大师也是闻名于度母大成就者。因此,这个加持力是非常强大的因为这是直接从度母接受的修持法。Cittamani 的来源源自于度母本身,持修法门可以带领我们到证悟。至尊宋仁波切说任何度母的佛像都具有加持力,不需要特别被加持。

    最高瑜伽密续法门需要拥有强烈的上师依止心,这也是我们达到大成就的最基础,因为当我们有强大的上师依止心的时候,我们就会得到来自于上师与整个传承的加持力。

    Cittamani的持修法被Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche 和Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche成功的在传授,而这两位转世高僧都是多杰雄登修持者。为何其他非多杰雄登格鲁派传承上师还继续持修Cittamani法门呢?至到今天我们可以看到达赖喇嘛和索巴喇嘛仍在传授cittamani这意味着这个修持法是有效的。这也意味着,多杰雄登实践必须是有效益的因为这也是来自于同一个传承。

    Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche请求Tagpu进入禅定穿梭去到Tushita去找Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen接受多杰雄登的灌顶与修持法门,Cittamani塔拉的传承来自Takpu Pemavajra,所以和多杰雄登的传承是一样的。在此说明此修持法是很纯正和加持力也很大。如果说多杰雄登是邪灵的话,那么Cittamani 修持法门也不纯正,这是不可能也不合逻辑的。

    这清楚地表明,多杰雄登是不是所谓的邪灵??肯定不是,现实上,多杰雄登是文殊菩萨的化身。

  19. Elisha Lynn Tang Sue Ming on Jun 4, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Thank you for writing such a good article. Appreciate it a lot.

  20. sweekeong on Jun 3, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Thank you Pastor David for your research on Cittamani Tara. It is heartwarming and cool, if I may say so, that Tara has become enlightened in her world system and emanate herself in this world system. I have heard that she is considered an ‘alien’ to our world, now I understand why it is stated so.

    What is interesting though is the Q&A you have written. The fact that Takpo reincarnations can have visions and astral travel to learn and transmit the special teachings and practices to his students. Both Dorje Shugden and Cittamani Tara practices where taught by him and he became the lineage holders. The fact is Takpo Pemavajra (Jampel Tenpai Ngodrub) practice Cittamani Tara and gain results. Otherwise the blessings wouldn’t be transmitted to his disciples.

    Then he must gain results from practicing Dorje Shugden too. Otherwise how can one have results from one practice and none from another practice?

    If both Cittamani Tara and Dorje Shugden are at the opposite ends, one beneficial vs one non-beneficial, how can he obtained any results from such contradiction? It is like killing and saving done together. It is like holding vows and breaking vows together. Can he do both at the same time? Therefore it is either both practices are beneficial or both practices are non-beneficial. Thus I concluded from my discussion with others.

  21. Wah Ying on Jun 3, 2016 at 1:38 am

    Dear Pastor David,

    Thanks for the extensive research and clear presentation of facts and Q&A for this article. This is an article worth reading by many practitioners especially who are pro or against Dorje Shugden practice. Some of the points that stood up for me are:

    *It’s quite impossible for Tara who has clairvoyance to confer Cittamani Tara practice to a lineage master who will in his future incarnation breaks his refuge vows and take refuge in a demon practice. If this would happen, the Cittamani Tara will not last.

    *For one to denounce Dorje Shugden as demon practice, but Cittamani Tara as good and powerful, is ilogical, since both practices were passed down by the same lineage masters. Either one accepts both are good or both are bad. No selective. We are not able to skip some lineage lamas to keep the lineage blessing alive, it’s just like impossible to keep having internet connection connected but with in between the optic fiber there are some main missing links.

    *The logic presented on arguing the fallacy people have on Cittamani Tara and Dorje Shugden practices are clear. Many would make understood by these, unless one choose to keep being selective and remain close on the discussion. I believe HH Dalai Lama would not not able to know these logic.

    *Therefore, HH Dalai Lama as an emanation of Cherenzig must believe that Dorje Shugden and Cittamani Tara are valid and authentic practices that have tremendous blessings. There His Holinesshimself and Lama Zopa continue to give Cittamani Tara initiations and teachings.

    Thank you.

  22. Lew on Jun 2, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Dear Pastor David,

    Thank you for sharing this articles about Cittamani Tara. This is indeed quite special because it is based on pure vision which is not so common in Gelug lineage.

    I would like to share a bit about what I heard from Rinpoche about difference between Lower and Higher tantra. Rinpoche said that lower is not because the practice is not powerful or less effective. Lower tantra is focus more on the body, therefore it would seem to be more “strict”, as to what you cannot do, etc, for example abstain from meat, etc. Lower tantra is to prepare the practitioners to receive Higher tantras, which is focusing on the mind. I hope this very brief sharing can help some to understand the difference.

    To me, the “bonus” of reading this article is seeing the hardwriting of Tsem Rinpoche about the Tara practice 🙂

  23. CindyH on Jun 2, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    Thank you Pastor David and team for such an informative article. It has not only educated me on the origins and intricacies of the Cittamani Tara practice but also highlights yet again, the hollowness of the claim that Dorje Shugden is an unenlightened spirit or demon. Taking into account the source and lineage of both teachings as well as the circumstances of the selective propitiation of one (Cittamani Tara) over the discrimination of another (Dorje Shugden), it is illogical for such cherry-picking of practice by the Dalai Lama. In particular, if Dorje Shugden really is a demon, then the high Lamas of past and present who has propitiated or still is propitiating Dorje Shugden would have broken their refuge vows and if those high Lamas have indeed broken their refuge vow, the sutric and tantric practices which such Lamas have passed on would accordingly be invalid and the lineage blessings would be broken. There just is no two ways about it. The implication then goes beyond smearing the name of a single protector practice but bringing upon the entire Gelug lineage into disrepute.

  24. bengkooi on Jun 2, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Pastor David,
    This is a very significant article which I hope many people will read. In particular, you did a great job in the Q&A section to explain clearly and logically –

    1. why there is a fundamental conflict in criticizing the lineage lamas for practicing Dorje Shugden and at the same time calling upon their blessings in Cittamani Tara or other practices.

    2. why it is counter intuitive to think that Tara would invalidate her lineage by passing on the Cittamani Tara practice to a lama who would destroy it later in another incarnation.

    3. why according to the lineal rules it is not possible for Dorje Shugden to be a worldly spirit without shaking the foundations of the entire Gelug lineage

    4. why it is illogical to say our lineage lamas are wrong about Dorje Shugden yet trust every other practice they pass on

    5. Most interestingly, to me, is how your point about how His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is actively transmitting the teachings that he received from His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche while at the same time condemning Dorje Shugden to be a demon. Given that Trijang Rinpoche was an active proponent of Dorje Shugden’s practice, and now that we understand clearly how the lineal blessings work, it is improbable to believe that the Dalai Lama does not see that Dorje Shugden being a demon would invalidate nearly 100% of the Gelug teachings and lineages. Thus, for him to still label Dorje Shugden a demon signifies to me that there is something else afoot and that the Dalai Lama does not truly believe Dorje Shugden to be a demon as he claims. This is one of the standout points for me.

    In any case, the above combined with your explanations on how the blessings of the lineage are transmitted and of how the refuge vows are the root of all other attainments and vows will equip open-minded readers with the knowledge and tools to understand how they are drawing upon the blessings of past lineage masters when they do their sadhanas daily, and to assess the Dorje Shugden controversy through the eyes of logic and wisdom.

    I truly hope that everyone who comes to read this article, whether you are for or against Dorje Shugden, digests the information here carefully, verifies it, checks it, researches it and then comes to a justifiable and logical conclusion of the current Dorje Shugden issue. If you are in agreement, please share your thoughts here. If you are NOT in agreement, please also share your reasoning here so that we may have open, civil and knowledge-based dialogue.

    Thank you

  25. tong sun sun on Jun 2, 2016 at 1:16 am

    感恩仁波切和Pastor David 分享如意摩尼度母的事故与修持法。
    在开始学习佛法的初始只知道度母是观音的化身,观音的眼泪化现而来。除此还有21度母和21 度母赞。殊不知如意摩尼度母有如此殊圣修持,而且还是许多高僧所修持的密续对象。如果精进修持,坚守对上师的依止心,坚守门派的传承,我们是可以在这一世里努力修持而得到怔悟。但并不是所有的度母修持都可以达到怔悟. 唯独如意摩尼度母。
    在追溯格鲁的传承里当年Takpu Gargyi Wangchuk 是在一个Saka Dawa的日子进入了深层禅定而到了观音净土从而得到了度母的加持教诲和灌顶从而展开了格鲁派里高密续修持至今。
    Takpo PelmaVajra 入定到兜率天祈请多杰雄登和宗喀巴大师给予祈愿文并和度母灌顶教诲传授至尊嘉杰帕绷喀仁波切,而尊嘉杰帕绷喀仁波切把这两法门发扬光大。直至今日还有许多高僧传授灌顶这法门,那如果说多杰雄登的修持是错的那为何如意摩尼度母法门还可以继续传授而这法门和多杰雄登法门是同相连的??

  26. Pastor Tat Ming on Jun 1, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    Dorje Shugden definitely is NOT a spirit as alleged by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama (HHDL) !

    If Dorje Shugden is a spirit as alleged, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche would have broken his refuge vows for propitiating Dorje Shugden. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche’s broken refuge vows would have rendered all his other teachings passed to HHDL as invalid. This includes the treasured Chittamani Tara practice which is still being transmitted widely by HHDL and other non-Dorje Shugden Gelug Lineage lamas today. Many practise Chittamani Tara successfully and have received its transmission from Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche who are devoted and strong Dorje Shugden practitioners.

    Why would HHDL and other non-Dorje Shugden Gelug Lineage lamas continue to practise Chittamani Tara if this practice had lost its blessing from Buddha Tara and invalidated by Dorje Shugden lineage masters?

    This indicates that the Chittamani Tara lineage masters’ refuge vows are intact and blessings of the practice continues to flow. In that case, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche who is both the Chittamani Tara and Dorje Shugden lineage holders has not broken his refuge vows. This clearly indicate that Dorje Shugden is not a spirit as alleged. In reality, Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Buddha Manjushri.

    • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jun 2, 2016 at 4:19 am

      Pastor Tat Ming, when you say this – “Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche’s broken refuge vows would have rendered all his other teachings passed to HHDL as invalid.” – you bring up a very important point. Not only is are the lineages for the teachings broken, but also the lineage for vows too since refuge vows are the basis for all other vows.

      Some people accuse Dorje Shugden practitioners of breaking their samaya by maintaining the practice and not giving it up. If their accusations are to be believed, it means that Trijang Rinpoche broke his refuge vows by relying on Dorje Shugden. Since he broke his refuge vows, he also broke his ordination vows because refuge vows are the foundation of all other vows.

      This means that when Trijang Rinpoche gave the Dalai Lama his ordination vows in 1942 and 1954, Trijang Rinpoche wasn’t even a Buddhist (let alone a monk) in order to give the ordination vows. Which means the Dalai Lama did not actually receive ordination vows and so for the last 74 years, the Dalai Lama wasn’t actually a monk (IF those people’s accusations are to be believed).

      This ALSO means that since the Dalai Lama was never a monk, every monk he himself ordained did not actually receive ordination vows because he never had the monk vows to begin with.

      So are Gaden, Sera and Drepung filled with people playing dress-up in monks robes?

      I wish anti-Shugden people would understand that once they start accusing Shugden practitioners of breaking refuge vows and samaya because we won’t give up the practice, they start down a very slippery and dangerous slope of debasing the entire Gelug tradition because the core which is our sangha are essentially without blessings.

  27. Jill Yam on Jun 1, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    What I understand from this post is that the Cittamani Tara practice was taught by Tara herself to the great Siddha Takpu Gargyi Wangpo. And this practice is passed down from Deity to great Masters.

    1)Takpu Gargyi Wangpo then passed to his incarnation Takpu Pemavajra who astral travel to Tushita to receive the teachings of Cittamani Tara and also Dorje Shugden via Lama Tsongkhapa and Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen. If Takpu Pemavajra passed the lineage of Cittamani Tara to Kyabje Pabongka is valid then the practice of Dorje Shugden should be valid too.

    2) If someone like Takpu Pemavajra of high attainment can directly perceive Tara and receive teachings from Her, surely He can differentiate between a Buddha and a Demon.

    3) If Takpu Pemavajra had made a mistake about Dorje Shugden then he can also make a mistake on Cittamani Tara as well.

    4) The lineage Lamas of Cittamani Tara practice begins with Takpu Gargyi Wangpo to Takpu Pemavajra to Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche to Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and also Dalai Lama.
    All these highly attained Lamas practiced Dorje Shugden as well.

    5) Till today you can see that The Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa are still giving Cittamani Tara initiation which means this practice is effective.  This also meant that the practice of Dorje Shugden must be effective and beneficial as well as it comes from the same lineage.

    6) The Dalai Lama practicing of Cittamani Tara is actually endorsing the validity of the lineage and lineage Masters starting from Takpu Pemavajra.

    7) Both practices are passed from Guru to disciples shows strong Guru Devotion.

    8) Guru devotion is the foundation of all realisation and the blessings for the practices comes when we have strong Guru Devotion which otherwise is not valid.

    Therefore I strongly believe that Dorje Shugden is an Enlightened Being from the above mentioned post and His practice is from a pure lineage.

    Thank you.

  28. Chong Pee Bee on Jun 1, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Dear Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai,

    My further understand of on this article after reading through the Q & A session.

    The Cittamani Tara practice is so treasured today and is regarded as a precious gem of the Gelug tradition and many have received the transmission and practiced successfully. This has indicated that the lineage master’s vows are intact and the blessings continue to flow

    For a Tantra practice, the most essential elements that must be presence for the practise to be authentic, is that the lineage must be able to be tracked back to the source of the enlightenment being and the 3 Jewels refuge vow must be intact and unbroken.

    Cittamani Tara lineage passed by Takpu Pemavajra to Pabongka Rinpoche, from Pabongka Rinpoche to Trijang Rinpoche and from Trijang Rinpoche to all his students, same does the Dorje Shugden practice, it is passed by Takpu Remavajra to Pabongka Rinpoche, and so on until Trijang Rinpoche and all his students.

    If Cittamani Tara is valid and endorsed, why not Dorje Shugden practise?
    If Dorje Shugden is a demon, then lineage masters would be taken refuge to the the spirit and have broken their 3 Jewels refuge vows. Therefore, their Cittamani Tara practise will be void and invalid. However, Why Cittamani Tara has been treasured and successfully practised?

    For me. 
Cittamani Tara is effective and successfully practised because the lineage masters did not broke their vows while practising Dorje Shugden. This is because Dorje Shugden is not a Demon but is an enlightening beings

    Thank you
    Pee Bee Chong

  29. Chris Chong on Jun 1, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Dear Pastor David,

    Thank you for this article about this sacred Cittamani Tara lineage and practice. It is very informative .

    This is what I had learnt.

    1. Cittamani Tara tantra is the highest yoga tantra which can bring us to enlightenment in one life time only. There are many other Tara tantra out there but this is the most powerful one.

    2. The source of Cittamani Tara comes from Arya Tara herself. Tagpu Gargyi Wangpo astral travelled to Potala pure land and received this practice from Arya Tara. Hence, the blessings of this practice is extremely powerful which is directly from the deity.

    3. Another Tagpu incarnation also did similar deed which is Tagpu Pemavajra. Upon the request of his student Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, he astral travelled to Tushita Heaven to receive the practice of Dorje Shugden from Dulzin Drakpa Gyletsen himself. Hence, this blessings of Dorje Shugden practice is also very pure and strong.

    4. Tantric practice emphasise on Guru Devotion alot. In fact, it is the primary factor that one’s practice succeeds or fails. Without Guru Devotion, all efforts of practising will become void.

    5. Both Cittamani Tara and Dorje Shugden practices came from Tagpu lineages. If Dorje Shugden is a demon, then the whole lineage will be deemed as demon practitioners. Naturally, the validity of Cittamani Tara practice will have doubt as well. But why all high lamas still practising Cittamani Tara while they condemn Dorje Shugden. It is illogical. Hence, Dorje Shugden is not a demon.

    Chris

  30. Frederick Law on Jun 1, 2016 at 2:54 am

    It was through Kyabje Pabongkha Rinpoche who request his Guru Takpu Pemavajra who then entered deep meditation and astral travel to Tushita Heaven in quest to receive receive the initiation and commentary on the practice of Dorje Shugden from Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen, who refer to His own Guru Lama Tsongkhapa, this show the humility of this great attain Master and who has great Guru Devotion.

    Tagpu Pemavajra received complete practice of Dorje Shugden, hence it was passed down to Kyabje Pabongkha Rinpoche and from whom Dorje Shugden commentaries, Pujas and practice flourished and wide spread over the world.

    From this article we can clearly see the uniqueness of Cittamani Tara tantra where Siddha Tagpu line of reincarnation has pure vision of Tara and the ability to astral travel to pure land to receive teaching. It was through Tagpu Pemavajra Rinpoche we are blessed with Dorje Shugden practice.

    By understanding this, we can see that Cittamani Tara is a High Yoga Tantra Practice which is special to Gelugpa Tradition which was passed down by Tagpu Rinpoche line of reincarnation. Since Tagpu Rinpoche received Dorje Shudgen practice directly from Lama Tsongkhapa, how could Dorje Shugden practice be wrong? if it was wrong, that means the practice of Cittamani Tara is wrong and invalid.

    But this isn’t the case, as this practice has valid source and lineage. what is more important is that no matter if it is Cittamani Tara tantric Practice or even Dorje Shugden practice, Guru Devotion and good Samaya with out Guru is utmost importance, because the attainment stems from our Guru blessing.

  31. Callista on Jun 1, 2016 at 12:41 am

    Thank you everyone for the effort.

    From what I read, may it be the article, Q&A section and comments.
    I’m pretty sure that I am on the right track to know and learn more about the great Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden.

  32. Chong Pee Bee on May 31, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai,

    Here is my understanding on the article :

    Cittamani Tara is one of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s three main practices (Heruka Cakrasamvara, Vajrayogini and Cittamani Tara) that was conferred upon H. E. Tsem Rinpoche in Thubten Dhargye Ling in 1984.

    Cittamani Tara is a unique tantra because it was originally derived from the visionary experience of a Gelug yogi, Takpu Gargyi Wangpo. This great master had pure visions of Tara and received the initiation and commentary of the practice directly from Tara

    Cittamani Tara is rare and it is the highest yoga form (Maha-annutara) of Tara which can confer enlightenment within one lifetime

    The later incarnation of Takpu Gargyi, Takpu Pemavajra also had visions of Tara and was particularly known for his ability to astral travel to pure lands the Gelug lineage significantly until today. He received the lineage of Cittamani Tara and become its primary lineage holder, disseminating it to Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche and Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche.

    Under the request of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, Takpu Pemavajra entered deep meditation and astral-travelled to Toshiba in order to receive the initiative practise and commentary on the practise of Dorje Shugden from Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen by way of Lama Tsongkhapa.

    Takpu Pemavajra received the complete practice of Dorje Shugden in Tushita pure land. This practice was then passed to Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche who composed commentaries and it became the mainstay of the Dorje Shugden practice and pujas available and widespread today.

    Thank you
    Pee Bee

  33. Uncle Lai on May 30, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Thank you Pastor David for publishing the article on Cittamani Tara. It is very interesting to note that every practice there is an origin and can be traced back to the origin which is passed down from Guru to student and is considered authentic.

    So is also the practice of Dorje Shugden which is taught by our Guru to us and we cannot give up the practice of Dorje Shugden because it is like disobey our Guru and how can we get result like this?

  34. Victoria Lam on May 30, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Thank you Pastor David for the interesting article of Cittramani Tara. It’s very important for us to learn and understand of the Tantric practice from Gelug Lineage. Hence, the first lineage master who is Takpu Kelsang Garwayu Chokyi Wangchuk (1765-1792) received the Tantra practice directly from Tara. Therefore, he continuously pass on to 7th Guru of the Gelug Lineage, Takpu Pemavajra who is Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s Guru.

    Thank you to all attained High Lamas and Tsem Tulku Rinpoche for the teachings and benefits us with Dorje Shugden practice with the same Lineage practices. May all sentient being benefits and fall in Faiths with practices.

    Humbly bow down with folded hands
    Victoria.

  35. Kien Wong on May 30, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful write up on Cittamani Tara. It is always so important to know the background of the practice and and where the lineage are. Because we need to invoke the blessing of the lineage master and to get the results from the practice. As H.H. Dalai Lama ban Dorje shugden practice, at the same time it’s come from the same lineage of Cittamani Tara practice. In this condition, how to invoke the blessing from the lineage master. Since H.H. Dalai Lama teachers are Dorje Shugden practioners which is in the ban list. So, question is how to invoke the blessing from the lineage master and get the results? Thank you

  36. Hank Ng on May 30, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    First time heard about Cittamani Tara and I found it very difficult to fully understand this great sharing by just look at the superficial information on the first page, lately I get to know more about it through blog chat session together with other KSDS teachers at Kechara house, I will spent more time to look into those interest topic which induce much curiosity. Thank you Pastor Adeline and Tsem Rinpoche for your none stop sharing. For those Chinese group student, just to let you know the Mandarin name for Cittamani Tara is actually 如意摩尼度母。

  37. Lin Mun on May 30, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Thank you Pastor David for sharing the Cittamani Tara in detailed.

    My understanding from this article is as follows :

    1) Cittamani Tara is a one of the tantric practice.
    2) A tantric practice is a transmission of a pure lineage and with guru devotion.
    3) All Buddhist practices, including tantric practices are built on and depend on the keeping of one’s refuge vows.
    4) I do not agree on the accusation that Dorje Shugden is a demon. It is a practice that is transmitted from the a pure lineage, so how can it be wrong. It does not make sense that all high lamas that practice Dorje Shugden is wrong because it is being transmitted from their Guru.

    I hope more people will understanding that the ban on Dorje Shugden is not right and the accusation is wrong.

  38. Stella Cheang on May 30, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Cittamani Tara is an important practice, not because of the mere status of the teaching that belongs to the highest yoga tantra, but also because of the lineage masters. In order for Cittamani Tara’s tantric practice to lead to attainments, practitioner has to invoke the blessing of all the lineage Gurus. But since some of the lineage Gurus practice the teaching of Dorje Shugden, who had been nullified by HHDL and the Tibetan in Exile leadership, then the Cittamani Tara lineage teaching will not be valid. If the teaching of Cittamani Tara is invalid, then why would HHDL and high lamas Gelugpa School went around the world to give initiation of Cittamani Tara? This is something serious for us to ponder on.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this rich article; it is thought provoking when we draw parallel with Dorje Shugden practice.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  39. Ray Thing on May 30, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Hi pastor David Lai,
    From the share above, i just reliaise if we don’t have the correct teaching or lineage from the origin guru (Cittamani tara) no matter how hard we learn, also will get wrong.

  40. Alice Tay on May 18, 2016 at 12:37 am

    感谢仁波切和Pastor David分享此篇关于一位女性终究成为救度众生的证悟者,Cittamani Tara。在此分享关于此篇博文的想法:

    1. 如果一个修持法没有纯正的传承,尽管修持者付出多么的努力,也是不能达到任何成就。

    2. Cittamani Tara的法门是可以帮助修持者直接通往达到证悟。据说,此法门其中重要的传承人之一是Takpu Pemavajra。而Takpu Pemavajra也是负责前往兜率天,从宗喀巴大师和杜津扎巴坚赞那里得到多杰雄登的传授法。之后,Takpu Pemavajra将这两法门传授于至尊嘉杰帕绷喀仁波切,然后嘉杰赤江仁波切。如果现在说持修多杰雄登是错的,那么持修Cittamani Tara也应该是错的。但是,达赖尊者还是继续给Cittamani Tara的灌顶和教法。这不是自相矛盾吗?

    希望有缘看到此篇博文的人可以深思熟虑,看看目前多杰雄登的争议是不是到时候要停止了。

  41. Tara fan on May 2, 2016 at 12:06 am

    Hello,
    Tara was widely popularized to Tibet by the The Great Atisha,mother Tara appeared many times reminding the great Atisha on attaining swift enlightenment through practising bodhicitta, through the kadhampa lineage , praises to the 21 Tara was composed in Sakya, Kagyu, Gelugpa , and Nyingma lineages. The Sakya lineage prayers to tara always begin with invocation of the lord of sutra and Tantra-The Great Atisha, Dipamkara Atisha. The story of Atisha relying upon Tara can be found in Liberation in The Palm of your hand by Pabongkha Rinpoche.

  42. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Apr 24, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Thank you Pastor David Lai, Pastor Niral, Martin Chow, Joy Kam and Pastor Jean Ai for spending much time and energies to carry out the research and shared the informative article of Cittamani Tara. We are truly fortunate and blessed to learn the Dharma from an authentic and unbroken lineage through our kind Guru. From the Questions and Answers section, it is clearly proven that all the lineage masters who had passed on the Cittamani Tara practice, were also practicing Dorje Shugden throughout their entire lifetime. Hence, Cittamani Tara practice cannot contradict with Dorje Shugden practice as both practices were being practiced and passed on through the authentic qualified high masters in Gelugpa lineage. I sincerely pray that everyone will think and speak logically to end the ban of Dorje Shugden practice so that all buddhists can be united as one to spread the Buddha Dharma to the ten directions for the benefits of all sentient beings.

    Thank you with folded hands,
    kin hoe

  43. Khoo Hou Haw on Apr 22, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    Thank you Pastor David Lai for such a wonderful and detailed article about Cittamani Tara.

    Personally I feel that the Questions and Answers section is a part that everyome shouldn’t missed. It provides a lot of information and answered a lot of my doubts in the validity of the lineage of Dorje Shugden.

    Thanks to all the attained High Lama including His Holiness Dalai Lama who has been propitiating the practice of Cittamani Tara, which came from the exact same lineage holders of the practice of Dorje Shugden. This made me have a even stronger faith that the practice of Dorje Shugden is indeed a validated and qualified practice that will bring benefits to the practitioners.

  44. Li Kheng on Apr 22, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    Thank you for this beautiful post. The feminine dignity and strength depicted by Tara is totally awesome! on a very superficial level, it is most empowering to identify that strength, wisdom, spiritual prowess in a feminine form. Recently, I was gifted the book “Cave in the Snow” by Rinpoche. I read Tenzin Palmo’s journey that was spotted with varied and many obstacles simply because she was a women. I felt a stab in the heart when I read the parts where the monks sincerely believed that the female form is an inferior one and that all female practitioner should aspire and dedicate all their merits to taking rebirth as a male. Hence, seeing a delicate figure like Tara exude strength, determination, immovable commitment to gain enlightenment in a female form is most encouraging and liberating.

    On another level, I am very grateful to the lineage masters who go through thick and thin to bring us the pure dharma. Not only do they ensure they obtain the teacings from the highest source, i.e. the Buddha or deity themselves, they have to ensure that the channel through which the teachings are passed down (i.e the lineage masters) remain intact and pure. It reminds me to always cherish the teachings I receive as they are the fruits of the greatest compassion and wisdom.

    At a deeper level, the continued dissemination of the Cittamani Tara practice by both His Holiness and Lama Zopa reflects their faith in the power of the teaching that will bestow attainments. It is confusing to witness these two condemner of Dorje Shugden practitioners propitiate and propagate the Citamani Tara lineage that is passed down by Takpu Rinpoche, a renowned Dorje Shugden practitioner. If the source is bad, how can SOME practices he teach is good and others bad? The double standard contradicts Buddha’s teachings.

    Furthermore, accusations of Dorje Shugden being a devil and evil spirit would invalidate the entire Gelupga lineage because it would mean that Takpu Rinpoche, Pabongkha Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche who practiced Dorje Shugden till their passing broke their fundamental refuge vows. By this, every vow and teaching disseminated and expounded by either of these Gurus have no power and cannot grant attainments. In fact, every monk who took refuge and ordination vows from them are not real monks because how can these masters bestow the blessing of these pure vows when they themselves failed to keep their vows pure and intact.

    This is a wonderful read that brings many levels of clarity from the awesomeness of the practice to the impossibility of the CTA’s claims to justify a ban on Dorje Shugden. Again thank you and may this article benefit many others to shed light and bring blessings.

  45. Pammie Yap on Apr 22, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Thank you Pastor David for such an informative post!!

    I love this post very much!! I especially like the Q&A section.
    If Takpu Gargyi Wangchuk astral travelled to Potala to receive teachings and initiations directly from Arya Tara is right which is still being practiced till today then why did his later incarnation, Takpu Pemavajra Jampel Tenpai Ngodrub who received teachings and initiations directly from Dorje Shugden is wrong??
    Why the selectiveness?? Doesn’t make sense.

    How can 1 incarnation lineage be correct but the other incarnation’s lineage is wrong?
    Until today, there are many high lamas who give Cittamani Tara initiations to hundreds of people BUT since it is of the same lineage then how can Dorje Shugden’s practice be wrong at the same time?

    So, if it is wrong, then what attainments will there be from practicing? Since the lineages were passed on to ‘valid’ high lamas, wouldn’t they know whether the the practices are correct or not? Whether there will be attainments or not?

    It’s just ‘weird’ that people choose what they want to believe instead of understanding the facts that are present.

    I really really do hope that people will get to understand more from this post and all the other posts about Dorje Shugden’s lineage and practice.

  46. Pastor Moh Mei on Apr 22, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Tibetan Buddhism emphasizes a lot on the source and purity of lineage. One of the important aspect of tracing a Lama’s incarnation line is to strengthen the faith of people that this same mind in life after life has proven to uphold the same virtues and continue to benefit countless sentient beings. Credentials that are not build in only one lifetime but over many lifetimes.

    It is said that what have been attained through our spiritual practice is retained life after life. As it was recorded in Takpu Gargyi Wangpo’s case, his ability to astral travel to a pure lands to obtain direct teachings was witnessed not only in one lifetime.

    Takpu Gargyi Wangpo went to Potala and received the practice of Cittamani Tara. A few lifetime later, his incarnation Takpu Pemavajra went to Tushita to receive the initiation and teachings on the cycle of Dorje Shugden’s practice. When we believe in karma and reincarnation and hence the incarnation lineage of highly attained Lamas such as His Holiness The Dalai Lama himself and many other great Tibetan Lamas, this belief logically extend to their teachings and practices taught by these Lamas. By the same principle, it is illogical to accept Cittamani Tara practice while rejecting Dorje Shugden practice.

    Of course we can and we do often as human choose only to pick and practice what we like and reject what we dislike. But from the point of the practices that were passed down by the Takpu Gargyi Wangpo’s incarnation line, the validity and purity of both practices are the same.

    This is a very interesting article indeed that helps provide a very logical insight into how practices originate from and the validity and purity of these practices. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this on the blog and Pastor David & co for the research and write up.

  47. Pastor Chia on Apr 22, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Cittamani Tara article is very interesting and informative.Thank for the Pastor David research and hard working with others writers to put up this article sharing at the blog.

    Personally like the question and answer part about origin of Cittamani Tara and lineage holder of this Tantra sharing the same lineage line of Dorje Shugden practitioner from Takpu Kelsang Gargyi Wangpo to Takpu Pemavajra to Je Pabongka to Kyabje Song Rinpoche. Both lineage lama has a vision directly from the Deity itself and pass down the practice until now. But why Cittamani Tara tantra get promoted personally by H.H.Dalai Lama but Dorje Shugden practice get ban because he is devil? What type of logic to explain to people modern world now.It is the lineage lama make a mistake to pass down the practice or something else.By reading this article by Pastor David has given logical point, we should trust the lineage lama and follow both practice has passed down until today.

  48. Mingwen on Apr 22, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche.
    Thank you to Pastor David and team for putting efforts to make this article and the blog extremely informative and beneficial to all.

    May all sentient beings able to get in touch with Cittamani Tara and Dorje Shugden.

    May all sentient beings receive dharma and free from all sufferings.

    May the Dorje Shugden’s Ban be lifted.

  49. Julia Tan on Apr 22, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Thank you Pastor David and the team who are contributed to this article. It is so special because it was originally derived from the visionary experience of Gelug Yogi, Takpu Gargyi Wangpo. And He received from Tara herself.

    Many holy masters and mahasidhas received teachings directly from the Buddha and Deities due to their pureness, all these masters achieved high attainments and special power that brought countless people to Dharma. They already achieved Buddhahood. Today Cittamani Tara Tantra teachings, one of the most sacred tantra received directly from Tara herself, passed to Takpu Pemavajra, to Pabongka Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and then to our Guru H.E. The 25th Tsem Rinpoche. These holy masters have been giving initiation to countless students. Even until today HHDL and Lama Zopa still giving Cittamani Tara Tantra initiation to many people all over the world.

    As we all know for our lineage which is Pabongka Rinpoche to Trijang Rinpoche, to HHDL and Zong Rinpoche and Lama Zopa, to Tsem Rinpoche, when trace all the way back, Pabongka Rinpoche received this from Takpu Pemavajra that also received Dorje Shugden Practice from Dulzin in Tushita Heaven. This is also the practice that we and many other DS practitioners doing all over the world but banned by HHDL because we were told by HHDL this practice is a demon practice.

    Well, we are extremely fortunate to have H.E. Tsem Rinpoche as my Guru, who always told us that whatever practices your Guru gives you, first we need to check the lineage, if it is pure. If any of these lineage gurus broke the vows that means whatever this guru has been initiated to the students will achieve no result. Many people do not know about this consequence.

    Hence both Cittamani Tara and Dorje Shugden Practice came from the same master, Takpu Pemavajra. And until today HHDL and Lama Zopa still giving Cittamani Tara initiation, that also mean Cittamani Tara Tantra practice is valid, that also assured me, Dorje Shugden Practice is also valid.

  50. Pastor Henry Ooi on Apr 22, 2016 at 7:48 am

    This is a well researched and informative article. Interestingly, Cittamani practice is well accepted within the Gelugpa school but Dorje Shugden practice is not. Yet both practices were taught by the same lama. I find it strange that practitioners of Cittamani Tara who are against the practice of Dorje Shugden find it alright to engage in Cittamani practice. Also The Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa and other lamas are conferring the initiation on Cittamani Tara. But the Dalai Lama has enforced the ban on Dorje Shugden practice. Lama Zopa dharma centers have notices saying Dorje Shugden practitioners are not allowed to enter their premises for dharma teaching. They even have the notice printed on their entry forms for the public. But both practices originated from the same teacher, Takpu Pemavajra . I wonder why the selectiveness.

  51. nicholas on Apr 22, 2016 at 12:05 am

    It’s a wonderful article of Cittamani Tara practice. It’s really interesting to know Yeshe Dawa vowed to work for the welfare of all beings in the body of a woman until all samsara is emptied since many people wish for enlightenment in the form of a man but none who work to accomplish the welfare of living beings in the form of a woman. With such compassion heart this is how she come about as Tara.300

    In this post it also point out the important of lineage for a practice. One will gain attainment from their practice from the true lineage. This is a blessing from the lineage and that is why the great Lama has been giving the initiation to many people.

    Cittamani Tara practice has a clear lineage that even HH the 14th Dalai Lama acknowledge it else how can he confer the practice to others. But looking at the lineage masters that passes down Cittamani Tara practice they are also the Dorje Shugden Lamas that get the practice from he same lineage. So if isn’t that if everyone agree and acknowledge the lineage master of Cittamani Tara practice  is authentic it should be the same as Dorje Shugden practice? So in this case why there are people saying Dorje Shugden practice is wrong or demon?

    It doesn’t make sense. How can we be selective in what we want to belief from the same lineage? Blessing from the lineage master is consistent and doesn’t goes by differential of practice base on our preference.

    Here, I believe in the benefit of Cittamani Tara practice which has the great blessing from the great lineage masters and at the same time I also believe on Dorje Shugden practice is beneficial as it’s also passed down by the same lineage master.

  52. June Kang on Apr 21, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    This is a very informative article, thank you very much Pastor David Lai.

    Cittamani Tara linage is so pure and powerful that can lead to be enlightenment in one short life and many high lamas such like The Holiness Dalai Lama , Lama Zopa disseminate the Cittamani Tara teaching and it is the same Guru (Pemavajra) who also received Dorje Shugden practice from Dorje Shugden himself. So if Dorje Shugden is bad and Cittamani Tara is good, how can a lama give two conflicting practices??

    By logic and refuge vows, the Cittamani Tara do not have anymore blessing and effective if DS is bad. Therefore how can high lama made mistake. I believe that high lama can not make mistake. They are doing it for the higher purpose to benefit peoples.

  53. chris chong on Apr 18, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Dear Pastor David,

    Thank you for you and the team’s effort to come up with this astounding post.

    It is very informative and i had learnt alot from this. What stood out to me more is that this linage of the teachings comes directly from the divine deity herself, in this case Mother Tara. Teachings like this are extremely rare and very blessed because the blessings are directly from the deity herself. Another similar example of such teachings is Dorje Shugden practice. The practice is given to Mahasiddha Tagphu Pemavajra by Dorje Shugden himself in Tushita heaven. This signifies the immense blessings and authenticity of the practice and linage.

    I am truly blessed to be able to meet with Dorje Shugden lineage in Kechara.

    Humbly,
    Chris

  54. Yeo Kwai Gin on Apr 17, 2016 at 4:41 am

    非常的感谢仁波切,Pastor David Lai和寻找资讯完成这文章的朋友 !

    Cittamani Tara的持修法门是那么殊胜,几位高成就的大师如帕绷喀仁波切,宗仁波切还有特别是达赖喇嘛尊者,也大力推广持修Cittamani Tara和给予灌顶。而且,Cittamani Tara 的祈愿文是那么的直接的由Takpo Gargyi Wangpo 入定到期净土从度母处亲自抄写回来。就如Takpo PelmaVajra 入定到兜率天祈请多杰雄登和宗喀巴大师给予祈愿文。Takpo Pelma Vajra 乃是Takpo Gargyi Wangpo 的转世,可想他的修行非常的高成就。

    持修这崇高的法门,最重要的重点是;

    1、传承的重要。
    为什么呢?因为如果没有传承的连续追寻,这法门是否定的。我们需要追寻每一位大师和给予灌顶的大师,就如詹杜固仁波切是由祂的根本上师宗仁波切传授,而宗仁波切是由帕绷喀仁波切传授,帕绷喀仁波切也是由Takpo Pelma Vajra所授持的。

    2、皈依戒的重要。
    皈依戒,为所有戒律的根本,皈依戒破了,所有戒律如菩萨戒,密续戒也就破了,而且,所有的密续修持是必须严守戒律,如果没有了戒律,那么修行上也不会有成就。

    在这,就用多杰雄登禁令来思考 !!!

    达赖尊者大力的推广Cittamani Tara法门与灌顶,但此法门是由Takpo Gargyi Wangpo(Takpo PalmeVajra的前一个转世)所带来的,多杰雄登法门也是Takpo PelmaVajra从兜率天带来的,为何会大力推广一个法门而禁一个法门呢?
    大家不妨想想,那是不成立的 !

    愿,多杰雄登禁令尽早解除,受苦的人民可以离苦得乐 !

    OM BENZA WIKKI BITTANA SOHA

    With Folded Hand
    YEO KWAI GIN

  55. Uncle Eddie on Apr 16, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Thanks to Pastor David Lai and the hard working team for providing removal of doubts to the Dorje Shugden controversy in this beautiful, explanatory and thought-provoking write-up! The Q&A were expertedly created to provide and help people to think clearly and overcome their ignorance on the issue, so that twisted and falsely conjured facts could be dedected to disburse all unwarranted accusation. This beautiful well-researched article is indeed an eye-opener for all. May the Lamp of Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings always remain, dispelling the darkness of ignorance of all beings! Om Benza Wiki Bitana Soha.

  56. Jason on Apr 15, 2016 at 3:57 am

    Thanks Rinpoche ,Pastor David and teams to come out with such a good and
    informative write up. Cittamani Tara practice is being found by a Gelug yogi ,Takpu Garyi Wangpo.Beside that, his incarnation Takpu Pemavajra is the person astral send to Tushita to receive the Dorje Shugden (DS)initiation and practice via Lama Tsongkhapa and Dulzin Trakpa Gelytsen .
    Did Takpu break his vows if DS really a sipirit or demons?if yes, then all the lineages start from Takpu Pemavajra were wrong. But in fact DS is an emanation of manjushri and he is enlightened protector. Dalai Lama still giving initiation on Cittamani Tara practice which means the lineage from Takpu Pemavajra is correct and this practice can benefits sentient beings.
    Thanks again Pastor David to have a Q &A session and help me easy understand on Cittamani Tara and DS .

    Jason

  57. Pastor Antoinette Kass on Apr 15, 2016 at 12:51 am

    Dear Pastor David and team,

    This is a beautiful post on the practice of Cittamani Tara. I rejoice for those having the merits to receive this powerful and most precious practice. And I rejoice for this article to be published and benefit many people all over the world.

    Indeed, the question and answer part of the article is thought-provoking. We cannot choose by saying the Cittamani Tara practice is correct and the Dorje Shugden practice, coming from the same lineage lamas is wrong. This is against all logic.

    Both practices have been passed down from Takpu Pemavajra to Pabongkha Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche to Tsem Rinpoche. Tara is faultless, she is a Buddha and would never pass her practice to the wrong person. As seen, even the Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa practice Cittamani Tara. Dorje Shugden, an emanation of Manjushri, Buddha of Wisdom, is coming from the same line of lineage lamas. It is another clear indicator that the accusations towards Dorje Shugden and the ban inflicted on him are wrong and without any basis.

    May the ban on Dorje Shugden soon be released.
    Thank you,
    Pastor Antoinette

  58. Bradley Kassian on Apr 14, 2016 at 6:50 am

    Thank you Pastor David for your extensive research on Cittamani Tara. <3 I hope one day to be able to practice this in depth, but until then I'll make offerings and prayers.

  59. Vinnie Tan on Apr 14, 2016 at 6:24 am

    This is just such a powerful and educational article. How Tara has became enlightened and said that there is no distinction between male an female in the ultimate sense is just so powerful. It reiterates the fact that everything that has a label on it is all false and projections that we have on different things. Yet, what should be practiced is to let go of that strong projections that we have on things. The way that she became enlightened is as though strong feminism power depicted in the history.

    The Q&A is really thought provoking. It is indeed true that if we do not recognise the Dorje Shugden practice, we should not be doing Cittamani Tara practices as well.

    How will it be alright to say that the lineage masters is wrong about a certain practice and be tainted because of that, yet the practice that is being passed down from the lineage lamas is still correct? There is only one lineage of the Cittamani Tara practice. How will it be that it is alright for us to do the practice when the masters that have passed down the practice is tainted? If we disregard them as a teacher, how will we be getting the full attainments to the practice. It is impossible as we will no longer be able to get the blessings from all the masters that will lead back to Tara herself.

    With lamas that disregard Dorje Shudgen practice like H.H. Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa, why are they still giving Cittamani Tara initiation? If they truly disregard Dorje Shugden practice, they will know that the lamas that are being passed down will not have the full attainments as the practice of Cittamani Tara is tainted as well since the first lineage master for both the Cittamani Tara practice and Dorje Shugden practice is both Takpu Pemavajra. So does that mean that Tara is wrong to give the practice to someone that is “tainted”?

    It does not make any sense that as lay people, we will know better then enlightened beings like Tara and the lineage lamas. Telling others that one practice is correct and another practice is wrong.

    Thank you so much Pastor David and the team for this beautiful article. It has made me understand so much more and believe that everything that is going on now with regards to the ban is all part of a divine play.

  60. Joy on Apr 14, 2016 at 6:09 am

    I love Tara and all her glory from the first time Rinpoche told me about Her right up till now. She is my Mother and that’s how I view Her. Thank you Rinpoche for getting Pastor David to write this blog post. It certainly was a big project as we try to research and find out which Tagpu Dorje Chang, guru of Pabongkha that received this Cittamani Tara practice directly from Mother Tara herself. Now we know and it is Amazing as this is the same Guru (mindstream) who also received Dorje Shugden practice from DS himself wow! So how can He be accurate with one practice – Cittamani Tara yet mistaken for another – Dorje Shugden? This makes no sense!

    I like this Cittamani Tara practice because the unique lineage blessing is so short, making Her blessing more direct and potent for those who fortunate enough to receive Her initiation.

    I love Her stories of how She basically chose to always appear in a female form to break the concept of “male” superiority because in reality there is no such thing as male & female. I’ve always told friend who pray and love “Kuan Yin” (Avalokiteshvara) that when you pray to “Kuan Yin”, you’re also indirectly praying to Tara because it could be Tara who comes to help you as she’s made a vow to assist Kuan Yin in saving/helping all sentient beings so she is very close to us always.

    I really liked the Q&A section which we’ve created to help people THINK instead of being selected, biased and ignorant. It sure gave me further conviction that Dorje Shugden’s practice is definitely 100% authentic. And whatever lies, stories or twisted facts the CTA says about DS is really just BS. As Rinpopche always tells us knowledge is power, and with that our faith becomes rock solid, unshakable! Thank you!

  61. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Apr 14, 2016 at 3:45 am

    Pastor David,

    Thank you for your extensive research. One thing that I have always liked about Tara is the vow she made to achieve enlightenment as a female and to take rebirth “in the body of a woman until all samsara is emptied”. This matches what Rinpoche previously said about the tantric vows, one of which is not to disparage women. Through her example, Tara herself showed that there is no reason to disparage women because women are every bit as capable of achieving enlightenment as men since on an ultimate level, there is no difference between male and female since the mind has no gender or sex. Our mind will take reincarnation over and over again in male bodies, female bodies, male bodies, female bodies…our gender is a manmade and fluid concept, and our sex is impermanent from lifetime to lifetime.

    Seriously though, Tara was THE original feminist! Instead of just talking about how unfair the patriarchy is, she proved her point by becoming enlightened. You look at her sitting there all gentle and smiling but underneath, to use a 2015 slang, giiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiirl – you was FIERCE.

    And instead of snubbing men and floating off to Potala Heaven and just chilling there (how could she, she was enlightened!), she came back to teach her tantric practices to men, specifically to Tagphu Pemavajra. How can someone like Tagphu Pemavajra have been attained enough to receive visions of Tara, but wrong enough to be mistaken about Dorje Shugden?

    How did the great masters after Tagphu Pemavajra rely on Cittamani Tara and gain attainments from the practice, but not have the attainments to see Dorje Shugden’s nature as a so-called demon?

    How was it that Cittamani Tara’s practice was deemed fit and genuine by thousands of practitioners, but somehow a so-called demon practice like Dorje Shugden was able to slip under the radar and NO ONE for 400 years realised what was going on until His Holiness the Dalai Lama said something?

    It boggles the mind. Either Tara AND Dorje Shugden are good, or Tara AND Dorje Shugden are bad. It can’t be that Tara is good and Dorje Shugden is bad, because the source is the same. If the source is good enough for one (Tara), it must definitely be good enough for the other (Dorje Shugden).

    • Sharon Ong on Apr 14, 2016 at 3:01 pm

      Dear Pastor David and everyone who worked on this post,

      Thank you for this well written and thought provoking write-up. I like the Q & A part very much as it helped with my thought processes. Here are the 2 things that stood out the most to me:-

      1) Like Pastor Jean Ai, I love how Tara proved that ANYONE can gain enlightenment. True, a little feminist of me here but it gives us girls hope to gain enlightenment and not just wanting to be reborn as a man so that we can gain enlightenment. After all, at the end of it all, man or woman is just a label.

      2) Like his previous incarnation, Takpu Gargyi Chokyi Wangchuk, Takpu Pemavajra too astral-travelled to Tushita and received the practice of Dorje Shugden via Lama Tsongkhapa and Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen. If Dorje Shugden is a demon, it does not make any sense to have “demon teachings” passed from enlightened beings residing in Tushita to be disseminated to us, right? Surely enlightened beings would only pass teachings that are beneficial to us, to help us gain our own enlightenment.

      Through this article, I learnt about Cittamani’s beneficial practice and gained even more faith in my protector.

      With folded hands, thank you!

  62. Pastor Loh Seng Piow on Apr 14, 2016 at 2:29 am

    Thank you Pastor David for your extensive research. This is yet another evidence in support of Dorje Shugden’s practice, the lineage of Cittamani Tara came from Takpu Pemavajra, so is the lineage of Dorje Shugden, so how can Takpu Pemavajra be so right about this Cittamani Tara practice that so many prominent lamas in the world including Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa are practising and spreading it, and yet the same Takpu Pemavajra be so wrong about Dorje Shugden practice that the same lamas including Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa are banning and shunning it? How can such accomplished and attained lama Takpu Pemavajra be spreading Buddha’s practice and Demon’s practice at the same time?

    All the false accusations against Dorje Shugden can only convince the unlearned who simply follow with blind faith, as Trijang Rinpoche aptly predicted “A mountain of absurd consequences, previously non-existent distorted ideas, would have to be accepted.” This Cittamani practice and its relation to Dorje Shugden’s practice is yet another irrefutable proof that Dorje Shugden is indeed a Buddha.

  63. Pastor Adeline on Apr 14, 2016 at 12:41 am

    Thank you Pastor David and everyone who has helped with the research and back-end works in order for such important and powerful article to be written and published for our benefits. Below are few points I find interesting and happy to have learned from the post:

    1) The history of Tara and her vow to attain enlightenment in a female form – This shows how strong the patriarchal system was (is) to the extent of seeing the female form as inferior. One of the Tibetan word for female is “GyeMen”, meaning “lower birth” shows how the system influenced the Tibet society as well. It is good though that tantra is classified in father and mother category which proves that enlightenment is genderless and female can have spiritual attainments as well.

    2) The sacred relationship between Avalokiteshvara and Tara – The commonly heard version is that Tara was a teardrop of Avalokiteshvara while in this post it is said to have arisen from the heart of Avalokiteshvara. Either way, both bodhisattvas are closely connected and are compassionate beings emanated for the benefits of all sentient beings.

    3) The lineage masters of the Cittamani Tara – There is only one lineage of this practice and the lineage masters consist of Dorje Shugden practitioners, including Takpu Pemavajra who has received the Dorje Shugden practice from Dulzin Drakpa Gyeltsen in Tushita heaven. This means if we deny the Dorje Shugden practice, there is no way we receive attainment from this tantra practice because we deny the lineage masters to whom we seek for blessings on a daily basis in tantric practices.

    4) The method the lineage masters received teachings – Takpu Gargyi Wangchuk and Takpu Pemavajra both received the Cittamani Tara and Dorje Shugden practice respectively through deep meditation and astral travel to the respective pure lands to receive the teachings from the deity directly. This show how highly attained they are, so by calling Dorje Shugden a demon we deny the masters’ attainments and their teachings directly.

    5) The seriousness of the Dorje Shugden ban – This ban is not merely stopping a practice per se, but the Gelug lineage as a whole. The lineage has been passed on for centuries untainted from Lama Tsongkhapa to the lineage masters. If one or many of them are wrong about Dorje Shugden, and if it is true that Dorje Shugden is a demon, then all these masters have broken their refuge vow by worshipping spirit. Refuge vow is the basis for all vow. In another word, the ordained are no longer ordained, and all their practices and commitments are invalid. There should be no Gelug lineage anymore.

    There are many more points we can learn from this post and it is definitely worth our while to read and learn. Thank you again for all your efforts.

    • Pastor David Lai on Apr 14, 2016 at 1:19 am

      Dear P Adeline,
      Thank you for your extensive and well-thought out comment. I appreciate it very much. Your explanations about the etymological meaning of the Tibetan word for female is rather interesting. Although it seems sexist but Tibetan society in general is quite matriarchal in comparison to other asian societies.

      Also, as I wrote in the article, mother and father classifications of higher tantra actually has got nothing to do with gender. Mother tantra class belongs to practices that focusses on practices that emphasises clear light and father tantra emphasises illusory body. Just thought I point it out to you.

      • Pastor Adeline on Apr 14, 2016 at 5:49 am

        Thank you Pastor David for this. Appreciate your reply very much.

  64. Pastor Shin on Apr 14, 2016 at 12:26 am

    Thank you Pastor David and the team for this comprehensive post on Cittamani Tara, and all the rare reference materials on this Highest Yoga Tantra class of Cittamani cycle of Tara teachings.

    Tara is one of the most popular deities worshiped in a majority of Tibetan Buddhist communities throughout the world today, and Tara as a tantric practice remains an important part of Vajrayana Buddhism today.

    I have learnt more about the Tara Tantras, including the info that the Takpu incarnations are known to have pure visions of Tara and receive direct teachings from her.

    The questions & answers section helped me to understand more about authenticity and validity of a lineage and practice. Not only the lineage of Cittamani Tara, but the sadhanas of Vajrayogini, Heruka, Yamantaka and Guhyasamaja that are taught and practiced within the Gelug school today, all were transmitted and included Pabongka Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche as the lineage lamas. Hence, all these sadhanas are invalidated due to the fact that the lineage lamas are Dorje Shugden practitioners who have ‘broken their vows’. It’s either these lamas are ‘defiled’ or they are not, and if they are, then Cittamani Tara and many Tantra in the Gelug lineage would be invalidated.

    I pray that the CTA would end the Dorje Shugden ban that doesn’t make sense, as if we invalidate the lineage masters due to their practice of Dorje Shugden, then all the teachings/ commentaries/ practices given or taught by current Gelug masters, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama who has received most of his teachings/commentaries/ practices from his (Gelug) tutors Kyabje Trijang & Ling Rinpoche, would also considered ‘defiled’ and hence should not be relied on or practised.

  65. Li Kheng on Apr 13, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    It is such an honor to belong to a lineage of great masters whose works were of great contribution to the Gelugpa and Tibetan school of Buddhism and continue to benefit sentient beings up to this day. There is something so very mystical about Takpu Gargyi Wangchuk Rinpoche simply on the basis that he received 2 extremely sacred practices directly from the divine beings in heaven. It is a true and rare blessings to receive a practice that come from such a pure source so recently.

    It baffles me that there are people who would want to jeopardize the sanctity of this lineage with no solid proof. As we enter the degenerate age of Kaliyuga as predicted by Buddha Shakyamuni, we should put effort into protecting and preserving the pure dharma and not destroy it. I truly appreciate the Questions and Answers section because it respects the intelligence and genuine heart to learn of the spiritual public. The interactive list of powerful questions and clear, precise and logical answers gave me a clear understanding of how it is impossible that Dorje Shugden is a demon practice, that the entire Gelugpa lineage from the time of Takpu Rinpoche is invalid due to their broke refuge vows. The questions and answer also reveal clearly how His Holiness’ subtle actions to continue teachings the Dharma and giving initiations he received from Trijang Rinpoche as a sign that he still has unwavering faith in his lineage Gurus who were well known for their practice and propagation of Dorje Shugden.

    I thank RInpoche, Pastor David and the team responsible for making available this extensive information about Cittamani Tara practice. Also deep appreciation for the precious answers to logical questions that empower us to remain faithful to the Dalai Lama and all our lineage Gurus as well as the teachings they took with them when they escaped Tibet and expounded with the sincerest of motivation to benefit and liberate sentient beings.

  66. Beatrix Ooi on Apr 13, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    This is a very powerful article, it is short and sweet yet very educational. I really like the Q&A section, it was very well thought out and written, they are all valid arguments.

    Both practises of Cittamani Tara and Dorje Shugden stems from the same lineage master, Takpu Pemavajra. If Dorje Shugden’s practise is impure and stained, how is Cittamani Tara’s lineage ‘valid’ then? It doesn’t make sense to me or anyone, but sadly this is how His Holiness’s camp think. They are trying to ignore the fact that both lineages come from the same master to avoid questions and confrontation. To them, it’s totally ‘logical’ to critise Dorje Shugden practise who was passed down by the very same master that founded the Cittamani Tara practise. Aren’t they directly criticising Tagpu Pemavajra for creating this ‘demonic’ practise? If so, why do they are they still doing Cittamani practise then?

    No matter how they debate, they can’t win because it makes no sense and therefore they can only keep brainwashing themselves that it’s fine to think this way. It’s pretty sad in a way because they chose not to see the truth.

  67. Kb thapa on Apr 13, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Thank you pastor David for the complete precious article about Cittamani Tara, as i learned the highest yoga tantra form of Tara, em-powers us to reach enlightenment within this very body, this very life. may many people get benefit from her practice.

  68. Pastor Niral Patel on Apr 13, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    This post just goes to the show the extent that Cittamani Tara is practiced within the Gelugpa tradition. Pastor David’s explanation of the practice, and it’s history is concise yet encompassing. Added to this is the incredible amount of practices and commentaries. One that really stands out is Trijang Rinpoche’s Sgrol Ma’i Chos Skor (Tara’s Cycle of Teachings), with over 26 different pujas and practices. This is more than enough evidence that Cittamani Tara’s practice is outstanding, let alone when taken together with the other commentaries buy other eminent masters.

    Given that Cittamani Tara’s practice is so important, Pastor David has managed to get this across very well indeed. In light of this as explained by Pastor David in the Q&A section, if there is such emphasis on this practice, then there is clearly something wrong with the claim that Dorje Shugden practice is incorrect. This cannot be because both practices have come down to us from the same source. If we discredit one, then the other is negated if following simple Buddhist logic. But since one is accepted and actively promoted, and the other is being maligned by some people, this doesn’t really jive together. Really interesting, eye opening and though provoking writing. Thank you Pastor David.

  69. Valentina Suhendra on Apr 13, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Dear Pastor David Lai and friends

    Thank you for making this precious article available for readers around the world. I like the article very much, especially the questions and answers section. if the lineage masters of Cittamani Tara are the same as the lineage masters of Dorje Shugden, then how can one practice (Dorje Shugden) is deemed bad and the other (Cittamani Tara) is considered good?

    For the opponent of Shugden but they themselves are the practitioners of Cittamani Tara, as they have claimed the Shugden lineage lama and the cittamani tara, then they have condemn their lineage masters. What practice can produce results without lineages.

    Then, we have to remember that the incarnation of Dorje Shugden lineage masters have come back to resume their work to benefit others. We know the consequences of demon worship is you will be reborn in the lower realm. So if Dorje Shugden is a demon, why the DS lamas came back in perfect human forms?

    Just my thought

    Valentina

  70. Choong on Apr 13, 2016 at 6:14 am

    Thank you Pastor David and all the collaborators for this article. I have a question to ask… Why is Cittamani Tara leaning to her right whilst being classified as Mother Tantra? I’ve not any initiation hence have not read any of the commentaries. Thank you.

    • Pastor David Lai on Apr 13, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      Hi Choong,
      Thank you for commenting. There is only one Cittamani Tara thangka drawn by Lama Yeshe and she like all traditional depictions of Green Tara, lean towards the left. I do no see any that lean to the right. Remember, the thangka and Tara is facing us and so her left is our right. Furthermore, the iconographical detail is symbolic in nature.

      • Choong on Apr 13, 2016 at 7:48 pm

        Thank you Pastor David. I read your reply and revisited. Father Tantra deities such as Yamantaka and Guhyasamaja lean to their left, our right. Mother Tantra deities such as Cittamani Tara, Heruka Chakrasamvara, Kalachakra, lean to their right, our left.

        I guess I was this morning thinking of Vajrayogini as a comparison to Cittamani Tara, the former who is also Mother Tantra but leaning/looking up to her left. Now this is my new question – Why is Vajrayogini leaning to her left while other Mother Tantras, right?

        • Pastor David Lai on Apr 14, 2016 at 1:06 am

          Choong,
          I am including pictures of Mother Tantra deities for your reference here. Heruka, Kalacakra and Vajrayogini. You will see that they all lean to their left, which is our right. I believe this answers your question.

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          • Choong on Apr 14, 2016 at 1:17 am

            Thank you. That clears it up.

        • Joy on Apr 14, 2016 at 5:20 am

          Because she is beyond all concepts as she has conquered them all… no left nor right just is (?) 🙂

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  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Jan 23. 2017 09:46 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this contest to create awareness on the plight of our dinner, before they ended up on our plate. The meat that ended up on our dinner plates are not some chemically produced lifeless “thing”. They are animals who have feelings, can feel pain and suffer a great deal under unhygienic environment, probably able to feel more than us for that matter. This is a fact. We should not ignore it and blindfold our conscious by pretending that the meat we are consuming led a happy life and died peacefully before they ended up on our plate. Do our part by contributing to less suffering for the animals. Go vegetarian.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/win-a-manjushri-statue.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Jan 23. 2017 09:23 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Jan 23. 2017 05:52 PM
    The Tibetan government in exile in North India (CTA) has in their laws and charters that if you practice Dorje Shugden as your spiritual path:

    1. You are not allowed in Tibetan hospitals.
    2. Your children are not allowed in Tibetan schools.
    3. You may not join in community events in the refugee communities throughout India.
    4. You may not work in any jobs provided by Tibetan govt even if you are qualified within India.
    5. You are not allowed to attend any public talks by the Dalai Lama even secular in nature. You are checked for ID at the door claiming it’s for security.
    6. They restrict your travel by taking extra lengths to complicate issuing you proper papers.
    7. During public speeches, they denigrade the deity Dorje Shugden in order to have public opinion turned against those who practice Dorje Shugden.
    8. They create videos, documentaries and books ‘advertising’ Dorje Shugden as a bad deity. But they call this ‘advice’ only. They allocate much needed funds towards materials with ‘evidence’ that Dorje Shugden is harmful. What kind of government fund campaigns against a particular religion?
    9. They bar/expel you from from entering monasteries based on the fact you practice Dorje Shugden.
    10. Because they have received international pressure and was embarassed, they do not directly restrict you from the practice of Dorje Shugden but produce materials to speak against this faith isolating individuals who continue from the community.
    11. They have smear campaigns funded by the CTA’s Dept of Information & International Relations on social media to destroy the reputation of certain Tibetan teachers who continue to practice Dorje Shugden.
    12. They villify Dorje Shugden practitoners as people who are against Tibetan freedom, Tibetan culture and conveniently called them China spies and violent. This is part of their campaign. Why would China pay anyone to pray to Dorje Shugden? I do not know about others, but I receive no payment for my spiritual practice of Dorje Shugden from any individual, organization or government. I am accused of this as a smear campaign to silence me. But prove clearly that I receive payment from any govt or organization for my practice of Dorje Shugden. If you cannot prove it but continue to say so, then it’s an organized smear campaign from the Dept of Information & International Relations of the CTA in Dharamsala for what they see as defiance when it’s really religious freedom.
    13. Tibetan government in exile has been known to encourage the crowd to harm Dorje Shugden practitioners by posting ‘wanted’ posters of well known and defiant Dorje Shugden practitoners in the 24 refugee communities throughout India.
    14. Whatever donations, gifts, items, help given to the Tibetan govt, their hospitals, Monasteries, schools, individuals by Dorje Shugden practitioners prior to the ban against Dorje Shugden in 1996 has not been refunded or returned. Many Dorje Shugden practitioners including myself have made substantial donations to many sectors of the Tibetan refugee communities and monasteries and all items and monies have not been returned. If Dorje Shugden practitioners are bad, why keep their donations and gifts but restrict their presence?

    I have nothing against Tibet, Tibetans or His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In fact I wish His Holiness long life and health always. I have never said in speech or print any negative word against His Holiness the Dalai Lama. But this ban against Dorje Shugden practitioners is unfair, undemocratic and against human rights. It must be addressed, revoked and removed. It is creating a huge rift within Tibetan communities where we need to be united to preserve our culture, religion and way of life around the world. Whether an individual wishes to practice Dorje Shugden or not is up to the individual, but there should be no restrictions or prejudice created by CTA for engaging in this practice. Now in the 21st century, only in the Tibetan communities lead by CTA, there is heavy religious discrimination. But some find it hard to believe because it does not match the reputation of the Dalai Lama in which the CTA is under. If there is no ban and systematic controlled and funded tyranny against Dorje Shugden practitioners like myself, why should I speak up or say these things? I have no gains to speak up if it was not true. There are thousands of other individuals who can attest to all I have said and much proof to find even on the internet. This systematic tyranny against the fundamental human right of religious choice to practice Dorje Shugden must stop before it creates more damage to individuals and groups and at the same time bringing down the reputation of the CTA or Tibetan govt in exile headquartered in Dharamsala, North India as backward and tyrannical.

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    sonny tan on Jan 23, 2017 at 1:33 pm
    Hello jeff Weegee, you came here to insult our guru and claimed that he gets monetary support from China without any documentary,evidential, bullet proof and solid evidence. In the eyes of the learned criminal court judges this statement itself is very defamatory and you can be sued for character assasination and defamation. However, you are not very smart enough thinking that by coming here and abusing our kind guru’s nature and forgiving heart with such nonsensical unproven lies he will not institute further action. It only means that you wantonly and deliberately wants to hurt my guru’s good name thinking that by saying the above he will not retaliate but I beg to differ as you will never know what his students have in store for people of loose characters. We may not be as forgiving as our guru because you intentionally wants to ruin my guru’s reputation and that itself is an urgent call for us to defend him when viciously attacked. We will vehemently pursue such unproven accusations without repose and put to rest all these once and for all and eventually let justice prevails
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 22. 2017 06:05 PM
    Yes it is time to worry for sure if we are not doing anything to protect our earth , environment and animals .There’s the threat that climate change will do more harm.One recent study found that as temperatures rise over the next century.Marine life of dolphins , leatherback sea turtles and so forth are affected .Sooner or later they will be extnct due to global warming. .Scientists discovered environmental pollution can cause human fertility.
    Human activity, including over fishing, unsustainable agriculture, a dramatic loss in natural habitats, and—of course—climate change are to be blamed. Hence it is indeed a time to worry and put in more effort to protect our environment and earth.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this informative article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/is-it-time-to-worry.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 22. 2017 03:27 PM
    The global warming has become alarming and at risks. Arctic drilling could speed up global warming and harm endangered wildlife in the Arctic. Its good that former US President Obama ban offshore drilling untill 2022. Even though this ban only last for five years it is at least protected. With the new President Trump ,i do hope he won’t withdrew global effort to reduce fossil fuel emission and hoping that more people are aware of what happening to the arctic .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article and videos too.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/offshore-drilling-in-arctic-banned.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Jan 21. 2017 08:47 PM
    It is very sad that the effect of pollution and rubbish is getting worse. All of us are living in this world and have the responsibilities to take care of our environment. We can stop all this by starting from our self. Always be mindful, throw rubbish in the right place and use more recycle items.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/plastic-pollution-in-deep-sea-is-alarming.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Jan 21. 2017 08:33 PM
    Kaizen practise is a good method to start training our mind to push ourselves and do something new everyday for 1 minute. Because it start with 1 minute, we would not have reason to not do it. Once we started to learn something new and continuously doing it, we will get use to and improve it further.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-one-minute-method-for-overcoming-laziness.html
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 10:38 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness and compassion and also the support team to have this short prayer translated into Tibetan language. This is great to let more people from different countries and races to read this wonderful prayer to Dorje Shugden.

    May everyone be blessed by Dorje Shugden and able to meet a qualified guru to learn and practice dharma for the benefit of others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/a-short-prayer-to-dorje-shugden-tibetan.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 08:33 PM
    Beautiful, inspiring and so touching story…. of Alvaro Munera a former bullfighter. He is a real hero who learned his lesson through reason and thinking.That is really great of him and even campaigning against bullfighting.He accepted his faith and realized that animals do have feelings too.Not to harm them but to protect them.
    Thank you Rinpoche foe sharing such a touching story
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/do-not-miss-this-so-touching.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 07:50 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing Its alarming that plastic pollution has already reached deep oceans which has negatively affecting deep sea animals.The researchers found inside the deep sea animals were polyester, nylon and acrylic.That is bad enough causing ingestion in deep sea animals, such as sea cucumbers, hermit crabs and squat lobsters .Sooner or later they are becoming extinct due to all these plastic pollution. Deep sea animals have the freedom to live too. Do hope all of us take responsibility to care for the environment. Attitude and educating ourselves and sharing with others on the best and safest ways of disposal of rubbish will be wonderful.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/plastic-pollution-in-deep-sea-is-alarming.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 04:33 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. It is so sad to learn about the negative impact of our human lifestyle and usage on the animals living in deep sea. Nothing on this Earth can escape our influence because we are a member and a crucial one for all intent and purposes, of this big ecosystem call Earth. I hope through these discoveries and learning, it will awaken our conscious to do something to preserve Earth.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/plastic-pollution-in-deep-sea-is-alarming.html#comments
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 04:21 PM
    It is wonderful to learn about the Yayasan Kechara Indonesia team’s effort in fundraising by conquering Mt Rinjani. It is also very meaningful to find out the members of this hike overcome personal and physical limitation to reach the peak. “…thinking Instead of just letting life throw random challenges at me, I should go ahead and provide myself with truly meaningful challenges.” Rejoice and well done! Thank you for this sharing, Valentina.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/guess-what-we-did-on-mt-rijani.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 12:28 AM
    Taking baby steps to train up our consistency and persistency is really a cool innovation from the traditional “cold turkey” approach. Since this is a trust and proven method, we should give it a try and conquer one of our limitation. Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-one-minute-method-for-overcoming-laziness.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 12:22 AM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. Great to be informed of this alternative that deters insects and rodents from getting too intimate with us. The smell of mint is really nice and it has many benefits to our human body too. Hence, it will be a good idea to add mint leaves into our grocery shopping list.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/try-this-to-repel-insects-in-your-house.html

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The Unknown

The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

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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
1 week 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 weeks ago
Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
3 weeks ago
Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
3 weeks ago
Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
4 weeks ago
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
4 weeks 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
1 month 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
1 month ago
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
1 month 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
2 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
2 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.
2 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.
2 months ago
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
2 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
2 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
2 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?
3 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
3 months ago
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
3 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
4 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
4 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...
4 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
4 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.
4 months ago
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
4 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
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
 ~Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
4 months ago
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
4 months ago
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
4 months ago
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
4 months ago
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
                         This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
4 months ago
This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
4 months ago
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
4 months ago
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
4 months ago
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
4 months ago
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
Left to right:

His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
4 months ago
Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
 It\'s nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
4 months ago
It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
4 months ago
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
Don\'t wait for the perfect group. Don\'t wait for the perfect person. Don\'t wait for the perfect situation. Don\'t expect yourself to be perfect. Don\'t even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It\'s between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Don't wait for the perfect group. Don't wait for the perfect person. Don't wait for the perfect situation. Don't expect yourself to be perfect. Don't even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It's between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Don\'t you love her bag? She\'s stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Don't you love her bag? She's stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
5 months ago
Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
Sent from Samsung tablet.
5 months ago
Sent from Samsung tablet.
We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it\'s traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it's traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
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  • You will Never be Ready
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    You will Never be Ready
    Dear friends, watch this video and ready, if we keep waiting till we are ready, that day will never come. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Stop asking for Easy
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    Must Watch this Video!
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    Kyabje Denma Gonsa Rinpoche on Samaya
    ཁྱེད་ཀྱི་བཀའ་སློབ་དོན་སྙིང་དེ།།གང་གི་རྣ་བར་བདུད་རྩི་མོད།།འོན་ཀྱང་འགའ་ཡི་རྣ་ལམ་དུ།། བྲག་ཆ་བཞིན་དུ་འགྱུར་སྲིད་མོད།། ཚང་མས་ཚར་རེ་གཟིགས་རོགས།། Kyabje Denma Gonsa Rinpoche telling people that it is important to have guru samaya. It use to be that way in the great monasteries. We should not create problems and schisms. If we want to practice a protector, then do so, if not it's okay, but don't make trouble. One should just practice the Buddha Dharma well. To do good practice. If you have faith in Dorje Shugden and trust all the way, he will definitely help you. But most important is to practice the dharma. This is his advice in short here. It's good to let more Tibetans hear this holy speech and appeal by this very senior Rinpoche. TR
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    His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Propitiating Protectors & Oracles
    This was on FB and I came across it. His Holiness said in Tibetan institutions there is a lot of propitiating protector/oracles and this is not what Buddhism is about. So they are putting Nechung/Tema oracles within the video to say what is he talking about when he does it himself. This is confusing is the message to his people. TR
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    Flying the flag proudly
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