Cosmic Tantra

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(Feb 21, 2012)

Dear friends and those who want to go serious,

You know I was watching a video on Madonna’s Sticky and Sweet Tour and also a Abba video on YouTube… and I got the idea that I want to talk on why we do preliminary practices. How preliminary practices lead to tantra. How it is connected. How Lam Rim, Three Principal Paths, four preliminary retreats support Tantra and lead to tantric attainments.

It is so important to know these preliminary practices lead to tantric attainments and how so. Without these practices being grounded in your mindstream, there is a high chance you will give up your tantric practices. Many run for higher practices and neglect the preparatory practices and that is the main ingredient to success in higher practices. So in this video I share with you how to avoid the pitfalls. Please listen carefully and let me know what you have learned in the comments below.

Just as important, I want to say if you cannot engage in the four preliminary practices based on good and honest reasons, then dharma work is even more important in your centre or place of convenience. With dharma work you can purify lots of demerits and gain merits which is essential for higher practices leading to quicker attainments..Attainments that grant you liberty from your emotional quicksands. Do your dharma work as a spiritual practice and not work.

Much Care, Tsem Rinpoche

P.S. Please watch this video twice to fully comprehend and share with others who wish to do advanced practices…

 

Cosmic Tantra

 

Cosmic Tantra (with Chinese subtitles)

 

We did this filming around 3:30 am February 9th, 2012 and finished it with rendering around 5:30 am and starting uploading so here you are…

(Please take note, the Vajra Yogini book I mentioned in the video is to be read and studied by those who have Vajra Yogini’s initiation. If you do not, you are restricted from reading and or studying. But you may keep the book on your altar as part of the objects of offering to create powerful karmic affinity with the practice. That is permissable. Many Tibetans can go and purchase the commentary in Tibetan from the Monastery anytime. They don’t read it necessarily, but leave it on the shrine as a holy object to worship. Represents the speech of all Buddhas. Since most lay Tibetans can obtain the texts, why not non-Tibetans. I recommend everyone to have a book for the future, in case it goes out of print. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche {author} received direct communications with Vajra Yogini during his lifetime. He received direct advice on Her practice from Vajra Yogini Herself. Also his commentary comes from his direct realizations as a result of intense practice on this path. So his commentary is a combination of direct advice from Lady Vajra Yogini Herself and his personal meditative attainments-SUPER POWERFUL. It is by far no ordinary commentary. It is a must have commentary for serious practitioners and would be practitioners. We are fortunate this book is translated and available. 

Furthermore, Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche highly recommended this Yidam Vajra Yogini to be very effective for beings of the current degenerate age.  Her practice due to our karmic situation will suit our temperaments and modern manifestations of the three old foes of ignorance, hatred and desire. He mentioned it would be highly appropriate to keep Vajra Yogini as our principal practice to gain enlightenment. Her practice would be more than enough and extremely appropriate for a time and place pervaded by mostly manifestations of desire during this time. Vajra Yogini is the Queen Buddha for overcoming desire as well as ignorance and hatred. We need to shop no further when we wisely adopt Vajra Yogini as our principal practice especially during the Kali Yuga degenerate age.  I wish all of you well, deep practice and to be cared for by this highly unusual yet provocative Vajra Yogini tantric system. May you become Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche)

 


 

Useful reference by Philip Yong:

Below are some links which will help if any of you are interested to do the retreats as mentioned by Rinpoche in the video.

Teaching on Prostrations
Part 1 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbMFtzTGgkE
Part 2 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Qon9lYJ_7M

Prostration and Vajrasattva Practice
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KIw9_PcwZw

The benefits of butterlamp offerings
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLpgVo1xc5Y

Mandala
(Offering Practice & Mandala Offering by Tsem Rinpoche)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFp3AvHXYxg

Guru Yoga
(Teaching on Je Tsongkhapa’s Guru Yoga (Gaden Lhagyama))
Video 1 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dd1jQnEwNv4
Video 2 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TLZeOfFqtw
Video 3 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZW5jcT4qXss

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

 


 

无边密续

致亲爱的朋友及那些想要认真修行的人们:

当我观赏着麦当娜黏蜜蜜世界巡回演唱会(Madonna’s Sticky and Sweet Tour)和ABBA合唱团在Youtube上的视频时,突然有个想法,想谈谈“为什么我们要进行前行修持?前行修持如何带领我们走入密续修持?两者之间有什么关联?《菩提道次第》、《三主要道》、《四加行闭关》如何帮助及引导我们取得密续成就?”

了解这些前行修持法如何引领我们达致密续成就是非常重要的。没有这些修持法在你的心识中作为一个基础,那么你会放弃密续修行的机率可说是非常高的。很多人一窝蜂地去修学更高阶的法门,却忽视了那些想成就更高阶法门之前所需具备的主要前行修持。因此在这个视频里我将与你分享如何避免那些易犯的错误。请仔细聆听,然后再留言让我知道你学到了什么。

同样重要的,如果你基于良好及诚实的理由无法进行四加行修持法,那么选择在你的佛教中心或任何适合你的地方投入佛法工作就显得更重要了。从事佛法工作能净化大量恶业,让你累积更多功德,这对修持高阶法门是至关重要的。修持高阶法门能引领你快速达致成就,而这些成就则有助于让你从情绪的流沙中获得解脱。将你的佛法工作视为一种灵性修行,而不是一种工作。

詹仁波切 启

 

注:请重看此视频,以完全理解其中的内容,并与那些想修持高阶法门的人们分享。

我们于2012年2月9日凌晨3时30分开始拍摄这段视频,在凌晨5时30分结束视频的拍摄和渲染工作。接着就开始上载于此。

(请注意,我在视频中提到的有关金刚瑜伽母的书籍,只有受过金刚瑜伽母灌顶的人才可以阅读和学习。如果你未经灌顶,就不要阅读。然而,你可以将这本书放在你的佛坛上作为供养,好让自己可以跟这个法门结下很深的业缘。这是被允许的。许多藏人随时都可以到寺院里购买这本藏文释义。他们不一定会阅读,只是将它放在佛坛上作为圣物来礼拜。这代表了众佛的语。既然多数藏人都能拥有这本书,非藏人又有何不可呢?为了避免将来这本书不再再版,我建议每个人都要设法取得这本书。帕绷喀仁波切(作者)在世时,能直接跟金刚瑜伽母沟通,并从祂那儿获得直接的教法。他所著述的释义也来自他精进修持这个法门后所证得的觉悟。由此可见,他的释义其实是直接来自金刚瑜伽母的法教,以及他自身精进修持的成果,因此,那是非同凡响的。这是至今最殊胜的释义。对一切正认真修持或想要修持此法门的人来说,这是不可或缺的一本书。很幸运的,市场上已经有了这本书的译本。

而且,帕绷喀仁波切高度建议现代人修持金刚瑜伽母法门,因为这个法门对身处末法时期的人们十分有效。基于我们的业力,祂的法门十分适合现代人的性情,以及贪、嗔、痴三毒在这个时代的显现方式。他说,金刚瑜伽母很适合作为我们的主要修持,让我们求得证悟。在这个处处都充斥着欲望的时代,修持这个法门不仅十分恰当,且还绰绰有余。金刚瑜伽母是能帮我们克服贪、嗔、痴的佛母。当我们凭着智慧将金刚瑜伽母奉为我们的主要修持后,就无需继续寻寻觅觅,因为这个法门对活在这个迦梨时代(黑暗时期)的人们来说最适合不过。我祝大家安好,愿你们精进修持,并得到这个既不凡又振奋人心的金刚瑜伽母密续系统的庇佑。愿你证得金刚瑜伽母佛果。詹仁波切)

 


 

一些由杨其聪提供的有用参考:

如果你有兴趣进行仁波切在视频中所提到的闭关,以下的一些网页将能够帮助你。

大礼拜
上部 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbMFtzTGgkE
下部 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Qon9lYJ_7M

大礼拜和金刚萨垛修持
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KIw9_PcwZw

供养酥油灯的好处
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLpgVo1xc5Y

曼达拉
(供养和曼达拉供养——詹杜固仁波切)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFp3AvHXYxg

上师瑜伽法
(宗喀巴上师瑜伽法)
视频 1 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dd1jQnEwNv4
视频 2 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TLZeOfFqtw
视频 3 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZW5jcT4qXss

想进一步了解供养酥油灯的好处,请点击:http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/butterlamps.html

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  1. Stella Cheang on Apr 16, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    When we embarked on our dharma journey, it does not mean that we will automatically be transformed and become an attained being. We came to dharma with all our problems (emotions, jealousy, hatred, ignorance), hence if we continue the way we are, we will not get to where we want to be. Dharma can help us, but we have to do our homework.

    The traditional homework (retreats) that prepare ourselves and our karma is:
    1. Take refuge vows – study and hold it well
    2. Prostration – do 100,000 times of full prostration with proper motivation
    3. Butter lamps offering – make 100,000 butter lamps (or candles) offerings
    4. Purification – do 100,000 times Vajrasattva or 35 Confessional Buddha purification practice
    5. Mandala offering – make 100,000 mandala offerings

    After completing these retreats, it means we have grounded ourselves to the Three Principle Paths or Lam Rim. We will be oriented towards Dharma and will not give up Dharma practice no matter what. We will also begin to develop Bodhicitta as well as an intellectual or realization of Emptiness.

    Thank you very much, Rinpoche, for this clear and concise Dharma teaching.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  2. Rena Wong on Oct 23, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for the powerful Tantra teachings that enable us to gain Enlightenment.  It is also a practice that we can  control ‘how to die’, ‘how to enter bardo’ and ‘how to take rebirth. We will have complete  control of our future life which is indeed very powerful practice. 

    We need to do a lot of purifications, preliminary practices & retreats to collect merits before we can receive the teachings. Doing Dharma work in the centre will also  helps us to collect merits.

    There is so much to learn, understand and practice. There is no easy way out and the only way is hardwork, perservarence and determination through guru devotion to transform our mind and practice to benefit others. 

    I hope one day, Rinpoche will give this powerful teaching to students who are ready to receive it. If in this lifetime we are able to receive, may we continue to purify our negative karma and collect merits to receive Tantra initiation from Rinpoche in our future life.

    Thank you Rinpoche for the profound Tantra teachings & explaination.

    With folded hands,
    Rena

  3. Lum Kok Luen on Oct 21, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Dear Rinpoche. Thank you for the very profound teaching and thought provoking video which, in my shallow understanding, is really a reality check on our own practice. I admit that I am definitely not ready to do the preliminaries (at the thought of 100,000 of each practice already overwhelms me). However, it has certainly created deep imprints in my mind that I must start this off, and it has to be fast as time is running out.

    This is really a reality check for me and I now know which direction I am going to take.

    Thank you with folded hands,
    Humbly yours.

  4. Judy Chen on Oct 20, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    This video teaching has opened up my mind on the practices and study of Buddhism and spirituality. This profound teaching gives us a very clear path on how and what a dharma practitioner should start with in order to gain enlightened.

    We have many delusions especially in the study and practice of dharma. We must start by taking refuge, keep and hold our vows and transform our mind with the vows we hold. Without full transformation of our minds, we will not be able to continue our other practices as mentioned as we may be still having obscurations.

    We must also practice the 3 principle paths; renunciations, death and impermanence, Bodhicitta, understanding Sunyata i.e. emptiness,
    study the Lamrin. These profound teachings will open our mind to be ready for higher teachings and thus be attained.

    I understand now that it is not an easy path to gain attainment but this is the only way to leave this samsaric world. We need to be very diligent. Yes, we are very diligent in samsara, trying to get rich and famous but all these are impermanent in samsara. Most of our actions in samsara are bad karma, and we will need to purify lots of these demerits by performing extra dharma works in order to gain more merits to learn higher practices which will then help to lead to attainments hopefully in the shortest possible time.

    Working towards attainment will bring happiness.

    Thank you very much Rinpoche for showing us the path to Enlightenment.

    With folded hands.
    Thank you

  5. SL Boon on Oct 20, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Thank you Rinpoche. Initially, I would think that as soon as we are into Dharma, we take refuge and we start transforming our mind, we can immediately see that our problems disappear and we are free from our problem, be it financial, career and relationships. How wrong we are to think that the suffering we are getting now, which we collected since beginning less time can be undone without great effort and sincerity.
    Knowing this, I now keep telling myself that I need to examine my motives in joining Dharma. Is it just to clear off my little worldly problem so that I could gain more problems, or to seek guidance and practise my way out of these illusion.

  6. Cheng See on Oct 19, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us this “out of the box” video teaching on higher trantic practice. I must admit each time I hear 100,000 I go wide eyed and open mouth. Am so grateful that Kechara allowed us to practice Dharma work as an equivalent to the practice. I am not a very discipline person as yet thus higher trantic practice is not for me at the moment but will work towards doing my daily sadhanas and Dharma work to purify my kharma , mind and collect merits. Thank you once again Rinpoche.

    • Cheng See on Oct 20, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      Just to add on to my own comments. …

      I like Rinpoche’s illustration on the concert. It is so true, lots of hard work is needed to contribute to the success of a concert. How true indeed that to gain enlightenment we need lots and lots and years and years of hard work. For us to experience a concert we have to actively participate or else we will just be an audience.

  7. Hee Thye Sang on Apr 30, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    感谢Rinpoche在网络上的佛法指导,譲我了解到如何分阶段性次第修持金剛乘而得成就。首先我明白到不应该只是停留在只是诵经,偶尔随衆进行法会而滿足,应升起大雄心精进向前推进。先决条件就是进行前行修持,做为心識基础,才能幫助及引导我们取得密续而不退心

  8. cnyong on Apr 30, 2014 at 10:34 am

    身在娑婆世界,当烦恼出现时,有幸能接触佛法,像是黑暗路上的一盏明灯,不会陷入无底洞。世事变幻无常,要把握因缘,修到最好,了悟生死,解脱自在。

  9. stella on Apr 28, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    As a beginner, I was unclear how one will be able to get enlightenment and why is vow important. Rinpoche’s teaching in this Youtube provides detailed & clear explanation on the significance of vows and the retreats as well as the relation to higher tantric practice / teachings. I am grateful that Rinpoche gives the teaching in a way that a beginner like me can understand. It answers the question brought up during Volunteer Class last week. After watching the youtube, I have a fairly good idea the path of enlightenment and hardwork I need to put in.

    Thank You very much, Rinpoche.

  10. PB on Apr 27, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for explaining the link between Sutras and Tantric practice. I am a beginner and had never thought of engaging in tantric practices until I watched this video. For me, it is such a big challenge to complete even 1 preliminary practice. Therefore, I have so much respect for those who have completed even one preliminary practice. It requires so much time, effort, hard work and consistency. The “hiding and comes out” session in the video may probably describe what is happening to me at the moment. I am confused…. I feel peace and happy when doing voluntarily dharma work because I don’t need to think about all the headache and issues at work. I always ask myself, am I running away from the problem by doing dharma work or vice versa? I know dharma is good but haven’t been able to transform and “hiding” away with a lot of excuses? Or I haven’t had enough merit, good karma and wisdom to fully understand the Buddha teaching?

    Deep inside my heart, I still think that dharma is good for me. Therefore, I will continue doing dharma work so that I will have wisdom to remove darkness in my mind and replace it with a soft, receptive and wisdom mind, to earn the merit to learn tantric practices in future (may be in future life) and able to share and help others in need.

  11. WK CHAN on Jan 13, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    My Dear Guru, Its very helpful of us.
    I will practice all .

    Thanks

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  13. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 13, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    A most powerful and profound talk by Rinpoche on how to start our spiritual path towards getting tantric teachings.

  14. Wylfred Ng on Dec 7, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    谢谢仁波切的分享。 其实当初我踏入克切拉的初衷是为了得到密续灌顶, 当然现在还是没有改变。

    只是通过这个视频我了解到要得到密续灌顶不是一件简单的事情。

    念了几次菩提道次第广论-掌中解脱后更是觉得难上加难。

    希望通过诚心做佛法工作可以让我累积更多功德, 希望有一天我也可以得到密续灌顶。

  15. Ck siah on Dec 7, 2013 at 10:12 am

    谢谢仁波切的教诲与开示, 看了视频后,让我更容易了解密续修持的刚要和重要性。可以说仁波切已经开了一条修佛大道给我们行走,只是我们心理准备好了吗?修佛之路不难,但我们本身的心灵心识基础扎实了没有? 或者我们还是很执着?发觉很多修行者往往都会在修行中半途而废。这是很可惜的。我会依止仁波切的教诲与开示,按部就班的走入密续修持,但是这也要看我个人的业力和机缘而定。

  16. Krzysztof Furyu Leśniak on Jun 6, 2013 at 5:55 am

    Beautifull. Direct and to the point using XXI century language and images. Repetytions strententh the message. Clear and inspiring. You are fearless to use any method to teach, to cut the cocoon of ignorant mind so common today…
    Few minutes and 35 years of my life-practice, your alive spirit renues my motivation to practice… thank you. I wish we meet some day face to face.
    love
    Furyu

  17. maria on Jun 5, 2013 at 6:21 am

    sobre el amor desdichada

  18. NESTOR FERREYRA on Jun 4, 2013 at 7:03 am

    me interesa participar de esta sabiduria que tanto bien hace a nuestro universo

  19. guillermo on Jun 3, 2013 at 1:22 am

    me interesa todo lo relativo al tantra

  20. Lester on Apr 30, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Thank you for the blessed words. The dharma is made to sound so cool. This will beat any other religion hands down. Wish more people can hear this. With metta.

  21. Joy on Mar 16, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    The Cosmic tantra teachings is really very very apt for us all now… how we hide who we are even though we are in Dharma… and well for some of us, including me, when we enter Rinpoche’s mandala..it is more like we are being subdued by the Lama/Dharma…

    Subduing the ego from the negativeness in us, the low self-esteem, the chaotic fault finding, the anger, the bs, judgmental egoistical… hence… we must always trust and follow the spiritual methods that has been customized by our Guru for us to help us cos each and everyone of us are different. How kind that someone cares enough to protect us from experiencing our horrible negative karmic results and to stop from making more of such results. And in this teaching Rinpoche explains how we can put in our effort and energy towards preparation of higher practices such as “tantra”. But before that to have our foundation strong and to purge out our negativities… and relearn new habits. The choice is really up to us at the end of the day to take the medication, to follow that path and get well, get better, or to chuck it all out of the window and go back to our ugly selves… and the choices we make we have to live with it forever. So why not choose the choices with a positive, better result later because you are worth it no? http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/its-an-instant-choice.html

  22. sarahyap on Mar 16, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    I just watched this video again lol!

    I cant express how much this video help and give direct to me when it comes to practicing the Dharma. It is one video that I will keep in mind to watch regularly especially when I feel like I’m spiraling down to samsara lolx. Why? because it is advice that is so logical and even if my negative karma had to ripen to cause me to think only ill thoughts of Dharma, I think my logical mind will kick in and say… “Hey, think logically, don’t let karma take you for a ride”.

  23. Manuel on Oct 17, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Yes , after years of studying this video opened new vistas into the importance of preliminary practices and the preparatory practices prior to further teachings . How simple, how marvelous ! MANY THANKS

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  25. Lafayette on Mar 29, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Everyday cosmik-er, or so I hope. Maybe can see Lama Gangchen this november since every november Hes so kind as to descend unto our
    wild swamps!

  26. Wan Wai Meng on Mar 22, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Thank you for this teaching that benefits so many out there who are without a spiritual or even access to a temple. The preliminaries are truly very effective for those who put real effort into their spiritual growth. Collecting merits and purification of our karma is essential for us to progress on a spiritual path.

  27. wahying on Feb 27, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    This is a simple and clear teaching. Even high being like Lama Tsongkhapa had to do one million more than the minimum requirement – there is no short cut in life and spiritual practice.

  28. bengkooi on Feb 23, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for this video. I enjoyed it very very much. This one is definitely better in video, not audio!

    I find these teachings to be extremely clear, concise and very useful for beginners to tantra and even those who are not so new. But what struck me the most from the entire teaching is how all preliminaries can be replaced with alternative activities such as Dharma work. It provides opportunities for people to reap the benefits of dharma work and being close to a guru while spreading the dharma in the ten directions.

    The other things I really like is how much sense it makes that Dharma work can replace the preliminaries. After all, the preliminaries are about collecting merit and the purification of negative karma. And its perfectly logical how dharma work can achieve the same ends.

    I remember during a teaching that rinpoche gave on prostration retreats in 2008, Rinpoche was congratulating KMP on embarking upon a 100,000 prostration retreat. And Rinpoche went on to say that all departments should engage in a prostration retreat as it would be very beneficial for both the group and the individual.

    Well, then someone asked Rinpoche whether the Ladrang team should engage in a prostration retreat as well. And Rinpoche said that, just by being available for the lama anytime, 24-7, that was better than any prostration retreat could ever be. It would purify more negative karma and accumulate more merit than prostrations!

    That completely blew my mind that night 3 years ago and I then understood what people mean when they say that the most beneficial is to be close to the lama and serving the lama. No other merit is higher than that.

  29. Ben van Ham on Feb 23, 2012 at 5:14 am

    Great video, great teacher 🙂 Live long rinpoche!!

  30. Ac17 on Feb 18, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for this video just so it is easier for us to have better understanding on how to tame our unstable mind. It is very important that we realized by doing the four preliminary retreats it’s to prepare ourselves in order to receive a tantric practices in this case ‘Vajrayogini Practice’

    It is important to have faith in our Guru, and if have found our Guru, we must not doubt our Guru and His teachings. Without any doubt and practices i believed we will transform and be able to hold our refuge vows with much firm.

  31. Angel SH Ooi on Feb 18, 2012 at 3:49 am

    Thank You Rinpoche for giving us this powerful teachings to prepare us for the future to receive higher teachings and practice of Tantra.

    In order to receive the higher teachings, we have to start with holding our refuge vows well and keep good samaya with our Guru. Follow one Guru, one Center and one Practice.

    Then following by 4/5 preliminary practice, is to purify our body karma, selfish and lazy mind and stabilize our mind and gain wisdom. Dharma work is also one of the way to purify body karma. Do Guru Yoga, Study and practice Lamrim which is the Three Principle Paths…death, bodhicitta, impermanence and realizations.

    Once we have done the above practices, we may ask our Guru for the higher teachings.

  32. Yee Ling Cheah on Feb 16, 2012 at 2:39 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    It’s silly old me again. I just finished watching your teaching on cosmic tantra. Thank you for the wonderful explanation and the emphasis on achieving the discipline needed to even be considered for higher tantric practices through the four/five preliminary practices.

    I have to admit to editing my comments several times as I realized just how many excuses I was making on why it would be difficult to do this. Total surrender and just submitting to the process is the way to go. Intellectually I get it but I still have a hard time surrendering to it. Funny how you talk about how we like to hide and then show ourselves. I felt like you were describing me – the never quite ready or steady student but always plodding along. You have clarified a lot of questions in this teaching.

    I do have one question though, why do 100,000 water offerings then? is it also one of the preliminary prerequisites?

    Humbly and with love

  33. Yvonne Yap on Feb 15, 2012 at 1:57 am

    Thank you Rinpoche, for giving us the info step by step, is easy to learn and your funny idea let people easy to remember also 😛
    We have to start practice now, practice make things prefect

  34. lucy yap on Feb 14, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Such beautiful and powerful teaching!What we need is to get out of our comfort zone and put effort in our practice.In our deluded minds we think with the little practice we do is enough!
    From this teaching,I realised I have a lot of ‘HOMEWORK’ to do.
    I have to transform and hold my refuge vows and study Lamrim and understand the Dharma deeply,besides doing prostration,light offering,purification practice mandala offering,Guru Yoga and Migtsema.Dharma work is equally important for purification.
    Thank you Rinpoche for posting this video.May we have the merits to have Rinpoche’s precious teachings for a very long time.

    With care and respect always.

  35. tsemtulku on Feb 14, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Future tense is senseless. Wishes for the future is unsure. Be what you wish now. No one controls your body, speech and mind. So you don’t need to transform your body speech and mind in the future. Fortitude and tenacity is achievable now. if you don’t achieve it-then it is a choice. Pick the right choices. In real dharma with real dharma friends and real dharma work and real dharma environment, there is no future tense. We may not even be alive tomorrow. It is now. Your body, speech and mind is controlled by you..so don’t blame a third person that is fictitious. Don’t make your teacher a liar and Buddha not real..be here and now. Have the qualities now. You are in control of yourself. Your teacher is not a liar and there is a Buddha…Sarva Mangalam….Tsem Rinpoche

  36. Sock Wan on Feb 14, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    thank you for this profound teaching. It made me realised what is the real purpose of having a Tantra practice. We do this practice because it is a very quick way to become enlightened so that we will be able to help and be of benefit to others.

    Since we are still human now I am very certain it is because we still have bad qualities in us, if we do not want to change ourselves to get rid of these bad qualities, what is the point of getting a tantra practice?

    Our Guru can only give us guidance and assignments to help us getting rid of our bad habituation, we have to follow the guidance and DO it in order to make it happens. It will take sometimes for us to transform, sometimes we get disheartened but we must not give up because our bad habituation is not going to bring us very far in our spiritual journey.

  37. Ash Ng on Feb 14, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Rinpoche, thanks for taking time making this video to demonstrate the importance of the preliminaries practises to gain much needed merits, purifies past negatives committed karmas in order to receive higher trainings and initiations. It becomes much clearer now and crucial to build a strong foundation leading to a stable mind transformation which is the fundamentalism of Dharma practises. Appreciate Your care and kind effort to explain the significance of each preliminary practise. Oh by the way, it looks as if You are making a film, Tsem Tulku style 🙂

  38. Koh Hee Peng on Feb 14, 2012 at 2:14 am

    Dear Rinpoche, the most important lesson that I have learnt from watching the video is that I should not have the wrong perception that my mind would transform within a short period of time without doing my homework / retreat – the 4 preliminary practices encompassing 100,000 times each of the following:-
    a) prostration + refuge;
    b) lamp offering (using lamps that last more than 8 to 12 hours with the motivation to open up our ignorance and to attain realisation that our mind is of the same as our yidam whom we offer the lamp offerings to);
    c) purification, either 100 syllable Vajrasattva or 35 confession Buddhas to purify our thoughts from the delusions (i.e. negative activities make us happy and dharma is a waste of time)
    d) Mandala offerings, offering everything that is precious to us, especially our attachments
    e) Guru Yoga of LAma Tsongkhapa daily and recite 100,000 times of Migtsema mantras.
    All of these preliminary practices have to be learnt and done correctly in order for the practices to bear fruits and as being advised by Rinpoche, one can choose to do certain dharma activities continuously that equate to the 4 preliminary practices with the loving, happy, smiling and compassionate mind.

    The 4 preliminary practices should be done in conjunction with practising lamrin / 3 principal path to ground ourselves with the realisation of death, impermanence, bodhicitta, and emptiness to push ourselves to do more with our lives, serving others tiredlessly, and never give up in our dharma practices, instead of indulging in the self-cherishing mind that lead us to anger, laziness, and other negative habituations.

    Only if one has done the 4 preliminary practices well, in conjunction with the practising of lamrin / 3 principal path and after being checked by one’s Guru time after time that one can then seek permission from the Guru to progress further to engage in tantric practices.

    Buddha Vajrayogini’s tantric practices is highly recommended as one who has practised very well can attain enlightenment within 1 lifetime. For those who are mediocre can attain enlightenment within 14 lifetimes and for those who practise the least would take rebirth over and over again to be near Buddha Vajrayogini’s teachings and practices.

    Thank you for sharing with us this wonderful teachings. Thank you.

  39. Roselyn on Feb 13, 2012 at 9:11 am

    OHB! Oh Holy Buddha 🙂

    Dear Rinpoche, thanks for another wonderful Tsem style dharma teaching. One thing that I learnt from tis video is that to help others, by all means and ways, as long as you are able to reach out – it doesn’t matter how you look like on the outlook. It doesn’t matter how others think of you. As it will touch many, many hearts out there. Your sincerity and care.. that I truly respect.

  40. Uncle Lai on Feb 12, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, Thank you very much for preparing and presenting the overview of tantric practice. I append below of my understanding of what I have read.
    When we want to do a concert or stage show there is a lot of preparation and organizing to do. Likewise if we want to do tantric practice there is a lot of homework and preparation to do.

    Firstly we have to stabalise the mind and purify our karma. To do this there are 4/5 preliminary traditional practices to do.

    !00K Prostration
    100K Butter lamps offering (each lasting 8 to 12 hrs.)
    100K Vajrasattva
    100K Mandala Offerings
    100K Guru Yoga & Migtzrma

    There is no short cut to this practice unless we can do sufficient dharma work equalvalent to the above.

    If we have completed these then we can look for our Yidam and do the higher tantric practice that is Vajra Yogini

  41. abby on Feb 12, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche! This teaching is very very interesting! Dharma practice is FUN and EASY to start 🙂
    Thank you for the video again. More and more young people will interested in Dharma practice after they watch this video i believe. I’ll share this video to my friends.

  42. henry ooi on Feb 12, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Rinpoche’s example of “hiding and coming out” is hilarious yet leaves a big impact as one of the ways of how to transform the mind.
    Before we can receive and practice tantra, we have to purify our negative habits/karma. But even before that, receiving and keeping the Refuge Vows are very necessary.
    The traditional retreats or dharma work equivalence are necessary before we request for the initiation and practice of tantra. Along with this, reading Lamrim and practicing the Three Principle paths with One Guru, One Centre, One Practice is required. This is the general rule in Vajrayana practice.

  43. Bean Lee on Feb 12, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Nga go-tssodh-pa thuk-je-chhe Rinnpoche

  44. Jamie Puon on Feb 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Thank you very much for the teaching, from the video I have learned we need to put in effort in order to achieve higher attainment. 100,000 practices are like climbing rocky mountains. I am attending lamrim classes and applying patience when I can, but sometimes I forgot to.

  45. Any Loke on Feb 12, 2012 at 1:51 am

    Dear Rinpoche, you’re really cute in the video and you understand so much that we need your teaching in a very in MTV type of teaching. Is so amazing that your teaching is now like Madonna transforming her music from trend to trend. Always prepared to reach the need of today’s world. Thank you so much to let us understand so much and hope there are more people benefiting themsleves

  46. Nicholas on Feb 11, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thanks for this great teaching.
    Even if we meet the great teaching, great guru it doesn’t mean we will gain attainment in split second. It’s a wrong perception. We need to practice and prepare ourself.

    It’s very important to do preliminary retreats to prepare our mind, purify our karma and create receptive mind. This retreat is also to discipline ourselves to prepare us for higher practice.
    Even Lama Tsongkhapa retreated in cave with a group of students for 6 years doing 1mil plus of each of those retreat and after he finished he had a direct vision of Manjushri.

    We can do dharma work equivalent to the 4 retreats and if we do dharma works continuously we will purify our mind and collect tremendous merits.

    After we have complete the preliminary retreat we have stabilize ourselves in the practice of the 3 principles path (summarization of Lamrim text).
    With this whatever difficulties or obstacles we face in doing Dharma we will not give up the dharma practice and this show us the sign that we have clear sign of realizing death.

    It’s important Study up and learn up then we can so we get can get the most out of our practice.

    Thanks to Phillip Yong too for providing the link for us to be able to learn more on the 4 preliminary retreats.

    Thank you Rinpoche.

  47. su an on Feb 11, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this overview on what proper Dharma practice entails. Another bell-ring-clear reminder to us that like everything else we do in life to succeed at something, we have to prepare, practice, start from the basics and work at it until we get it. The preliminary practices may sound like hard work now, but this would depend on how much and how quickly we want to achieve the end result i.e. higher practices, attainments, and ultimately… enlightenment. Coming into Dharma with the notion that it is some fantastic magic rainbow that will save us, without needing any effort on our part, with our laziness and attachments and all, will make us fall flat on our faces.

    Time to start building stamina for the 100,000 prostrations retreat =D

  48. Choi Sheem on Feb 11, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Dearest Rinpoche,
    Thank you for the teaching in words and video on preliminary practices. I have went through it once and will go through again to understand better so that I am able to share with others.

  49. Julia Tan on Feb 11, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for another fabulous teaching. I have watched the video a few times. I’m not fully understand. But this is what I get.

    The 4/5 preliminary practice are incredibly wonderful to ground our mind and to make our mind. Together with the power of retreat we will be prepared to do the higher level of practice after purifying our negative karma which had blocked our mind from doing it. To do the the sacred Vajra Yogini practice we need a very strong commitment. Before hand we need to train ourselves to have very strong perseverance. Because once we received the practice there will be no turning back or any reason to give up. We must stick to the practice until the end of our lives or many lives until we achieve enlightenment. 

    In the video Rinpoche also said that if we won’t be able to engage in the preliminary practice we could find dharma work that equivalent to it. Relevant dharma work which can also purify our negative karma, stable and ground our mind when we do it sincerely, happily and holding our vows purely. The merits that we accumulat by doing dharma work can be even more and faster. Of course it all depends on our mind, our motivation, our integrity again. 

    I remember Rinpoche told us before. Rinpoche used to refused go out of the monastery to teach. Rinpoche just wanted to find a place and do mediation to achieve attainments. But Rinpoche’s guru told Him that by raising fund, building the monastery, giving teachings and etc will be very very beneficial to countless people and hence many many times more merits will be accumulated than just doing meditation. 

    When we are doing dharma work we actually benefiting people that in touch with us. Dharma work can be in many forms and we can do it in any where any time. The 4/5 preliminary retreat are beautiful but I’ll choose to do dharma work, engage in my daily sadhana and study the Lamrim for now due to my working and family schedule. I pray and and I wish I will be able to be in dhamra full-time soon.

    Through Rinpoche’s compassion, Kechara has so many departments for students or whoever that would want to engage in dharma work, conveniently walk into any departments according what they like. Anyone can start doing dharma work in small or big scale at anytime any where. I think we should not have any excuses of not doing it. 

    Thank you.

  50. Wendy Loh on Feb 11, 2012 at 5:16 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you very much for the teachings. They are so clear, succinct, powerful and simple to understand. I guess everything in life boils down to taking action and doing it as it does require hard work, practice, commitment and dedication. To some people it may appear easy but this is not necessary so because we may not know how much this person has practiced in his / her past lives to achieve this level. For those who didn’t work that hard or did not generate enough merits to be involved in Dharma, then, it is time to work harder this life to create the causes to receive higher Tantric initiations. Understanding and intellectualizing is one thing, getting one’s act together is another. Like what Rinpoche said, we must do our homework. And in doing so, attitude is of utmost importance. We have to be responsible, keep our vows, be dedicated, committed and compassionate. And what I get from Rinpoche’s teachings is to do it now – just do it. All the tools are there i.e. the teachings on the 4 preliminaries, the Lamrim, the sacred teachings of Vajraogini and a wonderful Guru. We are totally “pampered”. So what are we waiting for? If one is serious about benefiting others, what is the best that we can offer them? Our enlightenment.

    Thank you.

    Sincerely,
    Wendy 🙂

  51. skyong on Feb 11, 2012 at 4:49 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for making it easy for me to understand. I was surprised that there is an equivalent for each of the preliminary practices. It pique my interest. The preliminary practices were in my thought when first I heard about it from Rinpoche’s previous youtube and that there exist methods to actually purify our negative karma. It is really wonderful 🙂 100,000 is a big number but the ripening effect of negative karma is much more worst, even in ‘good’ human life. It is really worth it in my view ‘bang for the buck’ as not only bad karma is purify and obstacles removed, we will have the chance to develop more good qualities which create harmony, tolerance and wisdom to helps other people.

    Also it is not obvious to me but 3 principles path is a condensation of lamrim. Wow 🙂

    I can’t fathom and appreciate how powerful Tantra is because to even understand and practice everything in Lamrim is difficult enough. I dedicate all my merits to all sentient beings to be able to hear and open their minds to Dharma and may their suffering reduce and thus for them to able to help their fellow sentient beings. 🙂

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  53. Jace Chong on Feb 10, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thanks for the precious teachings and thanks the team for the efforts to produce the video in a creative way!

    From the teachings, Rinpoche has kindly given us an overview of what we should prepare for our mind to have result. Dharma practice is not come by and listen and go home, it’s very extensive and it requires us to do our home works in order to get more result.

    We may not have the merits yet to receive higher teachings, we have too much bad karma to block us from Dharma, but this can be changed just like anything else as everything is impermanence. We ourselves need to put efforts to purify negative karma and collect merits to receive higher Dharma teachings.

    The prostrations, butterlamp offerings, vajrasattva mantra / 35 confessional buddha, and mandala offerings are the preliminaries. And along the way we need to study the Lamrim and the 3 principal paths.

    Personally, the toughest part in Dharma practice for me is the discipline to hold the commitment, which is a good thing for me as I can see where my weakness is. How strong I discipline myself to keep doing certain practice everyday shows how strong I want to have result in my practice.

    I want enlightenment so much as I want to end this repeating lifes and I can’t see people around me suffers every moment, I want to help others. The way to reach enlightenment that I can do now is the preliminary practice. Since there’s no other secular way to bring real happiness, so, I push myself to do more for others.

    I will do and continue to do whatever Rinpoche’s “prescription” for us for attainment in Dharma practice. Thank you Rinpoche so much for making the sacred Dharma easier to understand for people like me to practice.

  54. justin cheah on Feb 10, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for this simple and yet powerful teaching. Thank you for the CONSTANT CARE AND LOVE TO EVERYONE OF US.

    Just like what we need to prepare before doing bigger assignments or be successful in any of our daily activities, the preliminary practices is a platform and ground work we should start and master before getting into higher practices.

    It is crucial to have these preliminary retreats in order to prepare and discipline our mind so that we will be prepared for the higher practices. It is also the way for us to purify our negative karma in order for us to be able to receive the Dharma and Tantric practices.

    By the way, this is a very interesting video with different angles and backgrounds.

    Thank you again.

    justin cheah

  55. Uncle Eddie on Feb 10, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    It is true that without these prelimary practices being grounded in our mindstream, many will have a high chance to give up the tantric practices, as predicted by Rinpoche. Mostly, many who practiced run for higher practices neglecting the preparatory stages of practice – without realising that the preliminary stages of practice leads to the main ingredients for a successful higher practice. Just as important, if not more, Rinpoche has recommended that if one based on good and honest reasons, one cannot engage in the preliminary/preparatory practices, then all the more, doing Dharma work in your own centre is even more important. Doing Dharma work can collect lots of merits which are essential for the attainments of a quicker success. Our Guru has also emphasized to treat Dharma Work as a spiritual practice and not as mundane work. Thanks to our Guru who is always inspirational and have a heart full of compassion for sentient beings, for showing us the way on how we could reach a successful higher attainment to benefit more beings.

  56. sarahyap on Feb 10, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Dharma talk with showmanship lol! very nice idea, Rinpoche

    Rinpoche, Thank you for the teaching… thank you for paving our spiritual road by giving us knowledge which other wise would take years of study to realize (if we’re lucky…)

    We’re so lucky that Rinpoche practically light up the path of liberation right before our eyes. To ask for more before practicing these preliminaries would be like a hungry person ordering 10 bowls of noodles but refuse to eat even one…

    In this video, I have learned the preliminary practices that one must do before receiving higher practices (Tantra):
    1) 100,000 prostrations first – can be done together with refuge
    2) 100,000 butterlamp offerings – the ones that light 10-12 hours (not the tealight candles)
    3) 100,000 vajrasattvas and/or 35 confessional Buddhas
    4) 100,000 mandala offerings
    5) and depending on tradition, 100,000 guru yoga
    Generally, the reasons for doing all these preliminary practices prior to receiving higher practices is to train our minds, to get us ready for more ‘difficult’ practice. It is also to purify our negetive karma… why? because it is these negative karma that always propels us to have negative thoughts, make our mind unstable, make us lazy, not committed, have doubts, loose faith, etc… all of which, the qualities that will hinder us from gaining attainments when practice Tantra, and even harmful to our spiritual wellbeing.

    When I heard Rinpoche mentioned about ‘lowself esteem’ it made me think more. I suppose to a deluded person like me, sometimes when i see people that have lowself esteem… or even myself(sometimes i feel that way too)… we are deluded to think that perhaps the person is practicing humility or perhas just shy. However, when think about it further, it is actually our own fear of failure, it is our laziness for not wanting to work hard to be an acheiver, it is our denial and refusal to change, it is our desire to stay in our comfort zone, it is our selfishness through pushing away responsibility… and so many more.

    I want Tantric initiations… so I must practice sincerely, do more for Dharma, hold true to my vows and keep my samaya, to prepare myself for the most sacred initiation of Vajrayogini now.

    Thank you Rinpoche for teaching us… we respect our worldly teachers that give us knowledge in daily life… but to have the fortune to meet a Guru that teaches us the path to liberation… that actually practices the path to liberation as an example to the students, so that we can learn by example… is truly precious.

  57. tsemtulku on Feb 10, 2012 at 5:44 am

    : I was 18 years old in Los Angeles when I first laid my unworthy eyes upon the holy presence and form of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche….I had no doubts until today I met Heruka himself. Tsem Rinpoche

  58. tsemtulku on Feb 10, 2012 at 5:43 am

    : First incredible explosion in my life was that I met H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. The second incredible phenomena is I am still practicing 25 years on what He taught me and I kept my promises to Him. The third incredible ripening of positive karma is I was able to find Vajra Yogini and develop faith intense in Her. Tsem Rinpoche

  59. tsemtulku on Feb 10, 2012 at 5:43 am

    Ripe, red, intoxicating, powerful and yet so reachable to help us overcome our desires that bind us to a place that does not truly exist. Exquisite Diamond Lady Vajra Yogini, with my hands in tense supplication, help me to discover you who really existed inside me…Tsem Rinpoche

  60. Taras Zhukovskyi on Feb 10, 2012 at 3:56 am

    Thank you very-very much for your videos, Rinpoche! You gave me a lot of help and warm support during last two years through your videos and texts.

  61. Steve Tobias on Feb 10, 2012 at 3:40 am

    Thank you for this great teaching Rinpoche. I really like the emphasis on preliminary practices. Prostrating hurt my knees for a little but I want to start again. The concept of merit can be difficult to truly understand in the sense of automatically wanting to accumulate merit. We have to look at the times where we felt a strong impact from meritorious acts, remember that result, and trust the lama.

    Imagine completing all the preliminaries before it’s too late in life, and then being able to start them a second time. My next retreat I’d simply like to do water bowl or butter lamp offerings and study in between. When death comes one doesn’t have to spin into despair. I would like to have the full meditation down to transform it into an opportunity for enlightenment. If the death process is scary now then it certainly will also be later.

  62. Jc on Feb 10, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thankyou for the message conveyed yesterday and this amazing video teaching. It touch our heart deeply. I spend whole night explain part by part to my mother who was currently visiting us.

    This quote ” we hide, come out, then not happy and hide again… ” what happen to us ? Who create the suffering ? Our own self. Who has to transform ? Our own self. How to solve the problem, Why it happen , When i can jump out of it, Where is the solution……..
    ( The 5 W’s & 1H )~ our own self. Instantly ~ Nothing to wait, i start my retreat today, i cross my hand sincerely =) and i will do it everyday…

    Sorry, My english so-so =P
    something deep in heart after the video

    我們的心常常為眼前的事起種種波動, 有時樂, 有時苦。
    若境界較大,心就有較大的起伏, 甚至失眠、 憂鬱、 躁鬱,起起伏伏, 覺得不安。
    然而,想想過往生活中的種種喜怒哀樂,現在那些情境在那裡?

    其實過去的,就像夢境一樣,似有實無; 為何執著? 何谓执著?
    同理可知,眼前的境界也是虛妄不實,緣起緣滅, 「 境緣無好醜, 好醜由心起,
    心若不強求,妄情從何起。 」 ~ 修心

    若了知心境本來就虛妄不實,那不安的心念不也是虛妄不實?

    一燈能除千年暗; 一智能滅萬年愚; 师傅一语能解千世愁 ;

    ^-^ 千千世世,还在寻什么?

  63. Li Kheng on Feb 10, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Dearest Rinpoche, Thank you for the clear and concise teaching conveyed through a channel that is suitable for our wandering minds: a video!

    From Rinpoche’s teaching, I understand that preliminary practices are vital to train and nurture our minds so that it becomes nimble, disciplined and have a natural tendency to practice Boddhicitta. Once this foundation is laid, we begin the journey towards achieving enlightenment in the swiftness and compassion of Vajrayogini.

    Rinpoche shared a few variations on how we can implement the practice. However, an important factor that remains consistent throughout all Rinpoche’s teachings and example is GURU DEVOTION. If we follow the kind instructions of our chosen Guru by upholding the 9 attitudes of devotion to the Guru, I trust that we will successfully complete the Lamrim, preliminary retreat and tantra practice.

    With this, I thank Rinpoche again for skillfully and compassionately making Dharma so possible for your students of this degenerate age. May we have the intelligence to recognize our luck and make sincere effort to start accumulating merits to always be close to our Guru and our Yidam.

  64. Han on Feb 10, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Very powerful and interestingly filmed dharma teching by Rinpoche. Thank you Rinpoche for this incredible video.
    Tantra practice really is not something that you just show up and you will get the result
    , “YOU GOT TO GET READY FOR THE PRACTICE” this short yet profound teaching by Rinpoche gave the detail explaination of HOW TO BE READY.

    Rinpoche,this overview of Tantra practice definitely help in my future dharma journey, i will bear in mind to Study up, learn up and get the best!

    Will watch this great video again and again, thanks!

    • tsemtulku on Feb 10, 2012 at 2:08 am

      Dear Han, you understood correctly. You don’t just drop in on the teachings…YOU HAVE TO PREPARE FOR THE PRACTICE. That is the key, you have to prepare. TR

  65. Grace Leong on Feb 10, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for this PRECIOUS teaching. I understand that in order to NOT FAIL in the path, I have to strive very hard to achieve a solid foundation in my course of study and practice .Only then will I be ready to take on the ultimate practice of the Queen of Buddha ,VAJRAYOGINI !! THANK YOU RINPOCHE FOR YOUR CONSISTENT AND ENDLESS KINDNESS AND COMPASSION.
    With folded hands , Grace

  66. Adeline Woon on Feb 9, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Finding one’s Guru (qualified one) is the best and only way to understand, realise the dharma and to gain higher spiritual attainments. But, this should not be an excuse for one to procrastinate in practicing or doing dharma for oneself and the benefit of others, i.e. don’t wait until one finds the Guru, then only start practicing. Dharma is vast and deep, but one should start doing it as soon as one learns it, even if it seen undharmic by picking rubbish on the street. One can feel lost and confused at times before meeting the Guru, but it might well be the same when the Guru is being found. One should practice calming the mind and to have awareness and mindfulness with what one is doing, always. Practicing dharma is no other than working on one’s mind, whether one meets the Guru or not, this has to be done. Always remember to pray for oneself and others to meet one’s Guru as soon as possible, because one still needs the Guru to guide one on the method(s) that suits one’s mind, for this is the only guarantee for one to improve on one’s practice and to be on the correct path of dharma.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this simple yet profound teaching.

  67. Iwan Lindeboom on Feb 9, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Dear Tsem Tulku Rinpoche,

    Thank you very much for this clear and direct teaching. Discipline has always been the hardest thing in my life and therefore in my practice as well. Probably that’s why it took me 20 years to have the feeling of a little bit of progression 🙂 It’s true,there are no excuses.
    On a certain point i will die and at that moment there is nobody to listen to my excuses. And still i find myself excusing every day.
    Very important for me are your words about studying. Do not just do the practice but know exactly what you are practicing and how.

    Hope we meet one day.

    With high regards,
    Iwan Lindeboom

  68. Adeline on Feb 9, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    This teaching is to tell the future VY initiates to begin preparation for their Home Work.Take refuge vows and must hold the vows well,do the 4-5 preliminaries retreats and follow the Lamrim or the 3 principal paths,practice is not recitation it’s mind transformation as taught by Rinpoche in this video.Very well presented especially 3 out of the 5 preliminaries Rinpoche has demonstrated. I can never thank you enough for such a great teaching!

  69. tsemtulku on Feb 9, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    From Keith: Tashi Delek Rinpoche I’ve just watched your latest video teaching -Cosmic Tantra. Thank you so much for the overview. It has answered some of my questions that I had about my preliminary practice and it inspires me to receive a higher teaching in the future. From now on I will put an extra effort to continue my preliminary practice. Please take care Rinpoche.

  70. Naomi on Feb 9, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Rinpoche, can we do the preliminary practices even if we do not have a guru yet? Or should we wait?

    • tsemtulku on Feb 9, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      Dear Naomi, Very good question. SURE YOU CAN..JUST MAKE YOUR GURU BUDDHA SHAKYAMUNI OR TSONGKAPA OR TARA OR ANY ENLIGHTENED BEING..have them be the focus of your practice..that is fine.

      Good luck. Tsem Rinpoche

  71. Lourdes Metz on Feb 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Thanks for your teachings. You are an inspiration to us all. May you be blessed and continue to teach the Dharma for eons! _/|\_

  72. William on Feb 9, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the very informative and concise video on the preliminary practices before we could request for HYT. We also need to uphold our refuge vows in order for us to succeed.

    The 3 principles also needed to be practiced:
    1. Death/ Impermanence
    2. Bodhichita
    3. Understanding of emptiness

    then we can proceed to do the 4/5 preliminaries.

    Like what Rinpoche advised, it is better to do each preliminary by preliminary so as not to tax our body too much. And start with the refuge and prostration preliminary of 100,000 times.

    We must get ourself ready first before we can request for HYT. Just like we need to get our boat ready before we could set sail for a journey. The preliminary will take some time but as long as we have the determination and focused to the goal, it should not hinder us from achieving it.

    Again thank you for the teaching.
    With folded hands.

  73. Ferry on Feb 9, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this video.

  74. May on Feb 9, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I would need to ground my monkey mind down, prioritize our daily focus and make the decision to start on any of the 4 preliminary practices to eliminate the karma of laziness and negative perception of dharma to begin with and end with completing all 4 of the preliminaries before any thought of starting our next journey on any tantric practises. That is hard work but like Rinpoche said, enlightenment is not Easy either.

    A single mantra will not do the work for us to reach enlightenment. That is our own delusion if we think that. Instead enlightenment requires a lot of hard work, commitment, stable mind, Bodhichitta qualities, wisdom, understanding, studying, training and loads of patience, just like training for the Olympics.

    These qualities would need to be reflected in our dharma work as well to equal the amount of work required in the 4 preliminaries to attain the same result.

    Thank you, Rinpoche for the short and concise preview to any tantric preparation we would need for us to start practicing now.

  75. patsy on Feb 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for staying up so late and putting much effort to make these profound teachings interesting and easy to understand. In dharma, there is no short cut. We need to have a strong foundation before we can receive higher initiations. Thank you for showing us the method.

  76. Philip Yong on Feb 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for working tirelessly to create this video just so it is easier for silly us to understand and remember and to ignite the curiosity in us.

    In this video, it is very obvious that doing the preliminary retreats are important for us if we really want to receive Tantric practices especially Vajrayogini’s practice. As Rinpoche has explained before, tantric practices requires strict discipline. If we do not hold our tantric vows, it will not bear fruit. So if we are not discipline now to do the simple preliminary retreats, most likely we are not going to be discipline to hold the tantric vows in the future. We create the cause for us to either excel or fail.

    If we can do the preliminary retreats well and perfect, then it will be easier for us when we receive tantric practices.

    Rinpoche also said before the importance of having knowledge, especially of the Lamrim. This is so to stabilize our minds. When we have Dharma knowledge, we will fully understand our surroundings and not doubt our Guru or the teachings. This will lead us to further realizations of the 3 principle paths – renunciation, Bodhicitta and emptiness. Also with knowledge, we will not simply let go our sacred vows.

    In this video, I also learn that it is important to ‘surrender’ to the Dharma. Surrendering to the Dharma does not mean giving up our life literally but to give up our ego and attachments. It is when we ‘lower’ ourselves we understand the Dharma better. If we listen to the Dharma with ego and attachments, we will be selective. We will only select the teachings that suit us or we think will benefit us. When we are blinded by our ego and attachments, we do not realize that each and every teaching given to us by our Guru is of pure knowledge and of tremendous benefit.

    I also learn that Dharma work is not any ordinary ‘work’. It is instead a spiritual practice that will train us up/prepare us for future tantric practices. It is also for us to gain lots of merits to receive Vajrayogini practices in the future. How blessed are we to be able to do Dharma work!

    Thank you Rinpoche for this short but concise teaching.

    Philip Yong

    Below are some links which will help if any of you are interested to do the retreats as mentioned by Rinpoche in the video.

    Teaching on Prostrations
    Part 1 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbMFtzTGgkE&feature=related
    Part 2 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Qon9lYJ_7M&feature=related

    The benefits of butterlamp offerings
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLpgVo1xc5Y&feature=plcp&context=C344b05cUDOEgsToPDskJoDOVirbuSBiaVMWr-85PU

    Mandala
    (Offering Practice & Mandala Offering by Tsem Tulku Rinpoche)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFp3AvHXYxg&feature=plcp&context=C344b05cUDOEgsToPDskJoDOVirbuSBiaVMWr-85PU

    Guru Yoga
    (Teaching on Je Tsongkhapa’s Guru Yoga (Gaden Lhagyama))
    Part 1 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TLZeOfFqtw&feature=plcp&context=C344b05cUDOEgsToPDskJoDOVirbuSBiaVMWr-85PU
    Part 2 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZW5jcT4qXss&feature=related

    • Thierry Janssens on Feb 9, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      Thank you so much Philip for the links. Great idea!

    • tsemtulku on Feb 9, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      Dear Phil, Thank you for including the links here for everyone. It’s very kind and helpful of you to do this…always thinking of others. I will include your helpful links above in the post. You would be a great researcher for my blog work. What I need. Tsem Rinpoche

  77. Lim Han Nee on Feb 9, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for showing us, in this video(which has been so carefully designed and tailored to suit our monkey minds), why we need to do the ‘homework’ – the retreats and preliminary practices or their equivalent in Dharma work – before we are ready to receive tantric initiations and Vajryogini’s Practice.

    We can see, from this excellent overview, why we need to be grounded and trained via the Preliminary practices and the study and practice of the Lamrim or The Three Principle Aspects of the Path, to be ready for Tantra. We also see here the importance of being loyal to one’s Guru.

    Holding of Vows is also emphasized here. We need to hold our Refuge vows and later our Tanric vows(when we are ready to receive them) for progress and for results in our practice and meditation.

    Thank you Team for this great video.

  78. Thierry Janssens on Feb 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this very clear teaching, I am very fortunate to come to hear it, and I rejoice at this opportunity.
    I have tried to summarise my understanding of it here below and I have used the example of constructing a house as an image to illustrate it.

    When we come to dharma, we project that we will get powerful teachings.
    Yet, we do all the teaching and practices and then we feel no results. We don’t get immediate gratification, and we get frustrated, then we hide.
    The fact is: every teaching we must apply without being selective, every teaching and practice has a reason.
    Then, when we apply a mind of renunciation, a mind that is resilient, a mind that is constant, that persevere, we will get results, and then we come out of hiding more and more and we create a mindset for the practice of Dharma to be more powerful.

    We come to dharma and then we hide, then we expose ourselves, then we hide again, etc…
    This is because we came to Dharma with our problems and they are not going away as fast as we want, as fast as we expected. Is it the teaching that are wrong, or is it our expectations and our habituations that are wrong?

    We need to do our Dharma work seriously if we want results.
    It is like training as athletes, its takes months and months…
    Tantra has power, and many Guru have lots of realisations… but things are not as easy as saying the mantra, we must do our homework and prepare for the teachings and practices to work.

    Just as when we build a house, we must first do soil testing, then study and plan the proper foundations, and if the soil is weak, the foundation must be deeper, maybe the foundation work will be long and hard and expensive, but without it, if we build the house, the house will crack and collapse. The very house we built to be used as a refuge will fall upon us and hurt us.
    When the house is built, the foundations are not visible, and all we see is the house.
    We may see a beautiful house that someone else has built and we want the same house for ourselves, but we don’t want to build the foundations, how could this possibly work?

    We all have different soil quality, some of us have a better soil than others, we must be realistic and build the proper foundations or else efforts will be wasted and the house will be faulty and we have to start all over again, and we make the construction even more difficult to do because we did not start properly and we must make up for it.

    What are the foundations of the house:

    a. we must hold our vows, refuge vows to start with it.

    b. we must study and understand the vows deeply.

    c. we must do our retreats to prepare our mind and purify karma and create a cushion for our mind that is 100% ready to receive wisdom, just like a foundation for a house.

    4 retreats:

    PROSTRATIONS
    The first retreat to do is prostrations. 100,000 prostrations.
    We must learn how to do the prostrations properly, learn why you are doing it, why 100,000 times.

    BUTTER LAMPS
    the second retreat to do is the offering of 100.000 butter lamps.
    we should think that light illuminates the darkness (our ignorance) for us to see (wisdom). We offer this wisdom light to our yidam, to our personal affinity Buddha.
    We pray as the light illuminate darkness, may the darkness in my mind open up and may I receive the teachings that open up my mind to wisdom.

    PURIFICATION
    the third retreat is to purification practices: it can be the 35 confessional buddhas or vajrasattvas.
    the purpose is to remove all karma collected and that stops me, perverts me to think that Dharma is bad, useless, a waste of time, a social hobby.
    All this negative karma that makes me lazy, bitter, have low self-esteem I want it to be removed. When this is done properly, my mind will blossom in understanding the Dharma. And this will bring me closer to the most powerful person to the world for me: Vajrayogini.

    OFFERING THE MANDALA
    The fourth retreat is offering the mandala 100,000 times.
    The mandala contains the form, formless and desire realms of samsara and all six realms of existence, it contains everything powerful and beautiful, every thing I desire, everything I WANT, it contains every fruit, every plant, every animal, every country, buildings, superstar, businessman, cars, every gold and jewellery, every thing fabulous and precious is offered, I offer my attachment, my husband, dogs, children, house, holidays, career, I offer also the attainments I wish to gain, bodhicitta, renunciation, realisation of emptiness… I give it up for my enlightenment so that I can help others, as there is nothing more precious.

    the 4 retreats can be replaced by Dharma work as assigned by our Guru as an equivalent for modern day practitioners. Not that it is easier, because this is not correct to negotiate with the retreats and chose the easy ones, but it is more appropriate for some modern people. And what we need is the merit, not the retreat itself, the retreat is not the end, it is the merit we want.

    Just as in the old days there were a limited ways to build foundations, in our modern world there are modern ways, different but just as efficient.

    These are the 4 traditional retreats, however some traditions have 5 retreats, the additional one is the GURU YOGA.

    The retreats purify my mind so that I can see pure beings.

    Along the retreat, we must practice the lamrim, renunciation, impermanence, realisation of our personnal death. Death not as an intellectual understanding, but something that pushes us to do more for Dharma.

    I only have a limited time to build this house, I must start with the foundations today or else by the time of death for me, my house may not be ready. It is very late already.

    We must practice the 3 principal paths that sums up the lamrim: RENUNCIATION, death, impermanence, BODHICITTA and grounding of undestanding of SUNYATA.
    When we stabilise our mind with the three principal paths, then all our actions will be directed towards the Dharma and we will not give up Dharma practice.

    With grounded renunciation, bodhicitta and understanding of emptiness backed up by the 4 retreats, then one is ready to receive higher tantric teachings.

    I should not think that I am ready for tantra when I have done no preparation work. It is just like the house we want to build, we need the foundations to receive it. Sometimes we see buildings being built in the city and there are vast and deep foundations that sometimes take years, sometimes even 15 years because there are many obstacles arising during the making of them, yet, the construction continues and eventually a large building appears and the foundations are nowhere to be seen…

    We can and must continue practicing and improving the 3 principal paths in conjunction with a tantric practice.

    Tantra is not something we show up with, if we are not ready, we will get hurt because the practice is very powerful. Just like the house collapsing on us if it is not built properly.

    If we are fortunate to receive the tantra teachings, we must practice and catch up in whatever field necessary. We must or else it is like piloting an airplane without knowing how to, we lilely hurt ourselves and others, and we become a helpee instead of a helper.

    recapp:

    refuge
    prostrations
    butter lamps
    confessions
    mandala offering
    guru yoga
    tantra

    Then, when we are allowed to start the practice of Vajrayogini, we must read the “extremely secret Dakini of Naropa” written by Kyabje Pabongka. We must study it up and make the practice and we will get results. We must hold our tantric vows or else the meditation will hold no truth. We must be vigilant in our meditation and we will get enlightenment in a single life time, or in 14 lifetimes or worse, depending on how well we have applied all the above, how sincere we are at it, how consistent, how persistent and how well motivated we are.

    Just like making the foundations of a house is a dirty work, working in the mud, in the rain, it is necessary; we can’t jump immediately in the more glamorous work of decorating the house and put flowers in crystal vases with a nice background music. This must start with foundations, and before foundations, we must clear the land, cut the weed, remove any pollution on site, garbage and litter, plan, test the soil, get the right method for the foundation and get to work, dig in, make the site an apparent mess, pour concrete, put reinforcement bars, make sure drainage will divert the obstacles of rain, make sure there will be no land slide falling into the foundation ditch… And we do all this with a beautiful result in mind: the house, a refuge.

    • Andrew.Hibberd on Feb 26, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      wow the long way and the short way to happy is same distance

  79. Jan Tewi on Feb 9, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    FYI: The book you mentioned (The Extremely Secret Practice of Naropa: Vajrayogini Practice and Commentary, by Pabongkha Dechen Nyingpo, tr. David Gonsalez, Snow Lion) is a restricted text, which the publisher will only sell to those who have had a Highest Yoga Tantra empowerment (and ideally, Naro Kacho Vajrayogini empowerment, commentary, and oral transmission). If your intention is to advise your students to buy or read this book even if they have not had a HYT empowerment, please contact Snow Lion to inform them.

    • tsemtulku on Feb 9, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      (Please take note, the Vajra Yogini book I mentioned in the video is to be read and studied by those who have Vajra Yogini’s initiation. If you do not, you are restricted from reading and or studying. But you may keep the book on your altar as part of the objects of offering to create powerful karmic affinity with the practice. That is permissable. Many Tibetans can go and purchase the commentary in Tibetan from the Monastery anytime. They don’t read it necessarily, but leave it on the shrine as a holy object to worship. Represents the speech of all Buddhas. Since most lay Tibetans can obtain the texts, why not non-Tibetans. I recommend everyone to have a book for the future, in case it goes out of print. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche {author} received direct communications with Vajra Yogini during his lifetime. He received direct advice on Her practice from Vajra Yogini Herself. Also his commentary comes from his direct realizations as a result of intense practice on this path. So his commentary is a combination of direct advice from Lady Vajra Yogini Herself and his personal meditative attainments-SUPER POWERFUL. It is by far no ordinary commentary. It is a must have commentary for serious practitioners and would be practitioners. We are fortunate this book is translated and available.

      Furthermore, Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche highly recommended this Yidam Vajra Yogini to be very effective for beings of the current degenerate age. Her practice due to our karmic situation will suit our temperaments and modern manifestations of the three old foes of ignorance, hatred and desire. He mentioned it would be highly appropriate to keep Vajra Yogini as our principal practice to gain enlightenment. Her practice would be more than enough and extremely appropriate for a time and place pervaded by mostly manifestations of desire during this time. Vajra Yogini is the Queen Buddha for overcoming desire as well as ignorance and hatred. We need to shop no further when we wisely adopt Vajra Yogini as our principal practice especially during the Kali Yuga degenerate age. I wish all of you well, deep practice and to be cared for by this highly unusual yet provocative Vajra Yogini tantric system. May you become Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche)

  80. Mc on Feb 9, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for putting so much effort into making this important teaching interesting. The Practice is something we have to keep working hard on. The importance of the Preliminary Practices becomes clear as we perform them because then our commitment and readiness (or lack off) to receive higher training becomes clear to us.

  81. lewkwanleng on Feb 9, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Thank you for coming out with the video and new “shooting styles”. There are so many times I heard people run to a center to get initiation and run to another center to get initiation, yet not getting the results.

    How can we learn Pure Maths if we don’t know addition/multiplication? We must do our homework! It is so simple yet we want a shortcut out of this.

  82. elizabeth hurwitz on Feb 9, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, What a wonderful video. Thank you for your continual good efforts to share dharma with the world. A person could sense the lineage lamas throughout your talk. You gave me a very strong reminder of how incredibly lucky I am and how incredibly lucky all practitioners in this particular tradition really are. So so lucky. Gelek Rimpoche told me once that the number of people in the world who are vajrayana practitioners at any given time are less than one percent of one percent of the one percent of the world’s population. So the luck of encountering the teachings is mind boggling. The responsibility to really practice is a big responsibility. There’s a lot of vigelence involved — much more than I thought there was, say, 15 years ago.

    Recently, a few “old time”” “very senior” well admired students here have changed their minds about commitments to practice and to guru devotion. When that happens, the sangha goes through a bit of a shift as a goup. When that happens, it’s a reminder to me that I cannot take my practice for granted and think that it will just go smoothly. I can’t fool myself that I can get away with having a day that doesn’t require effort. Letting go of viewing the world in an ordinary manner is like joining AA — you work at it one day at a time, and you never underestimate the pull of samsara. The day I underestimate the power of practice and the work of practice is the day that I waste. And I can’t get that day back. And delusions use that little vacation as an opportunity to get stronger and mess with me more, Then I have to get back on the horse and work the practice the next day. And the next. Great video. Keep up the good work. With respect and warm wishes, Elizabeth Hurwitz

  83. Sonny Gardner on Feb 9, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche, Thank you (and the skilled & helpful staff) for this wonderful video introduction and over-view of preliminary practices. Very useful knowledge, very informative and presented perfectly for our modern monkey minds. I plan to re-watch and take notes! My background is with the modern Neo-Pagan Earth Religions and devotional (Bhakti) Hindu Shakta Tantra, as I’ve always been attracted to Mother Kali / Mother Tara and The Goddess (Shakti) in Her many Divine forms. Since moving to Osaka, Japan 3 yrs ago I discovered (when seeking for Her in Japanese Buddhist tradition) that Dakini exists here in a variant form (Dakini-ten) where she is in a non-fierce form, seated on or attended by a fox. Anyway, would it be appropriate to adapt these introductory teachings and practices in re-starting my sadhana (which I’ve “hidden from” because of scheduling and, to be honest, out of sheer laziness and entropy for too long). I don’t see any problem in adapting these enlightening practices as a framework for advancing my sadhana, but is it ok for Ganesha, Shiva – Kali (and all) to be a part of this? Can They “assist” on the way to Vajra-Yogini? Thank You and Namaste.

  84. Fang on Feb 9, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for yet another ‘out-of-the-box’ Dharma teaching. I love Rinpoche’s approach to sharing the most complex of teachings, and tailoring it to our level of understanding. I related to the example of months of rehearsals before a concert – all the tireless efforts for a final quality presentation and it’s all worthwhile.

    I look forward to more of Rinpoche’s dummy-proof way to Dharma. I promise to save up for a Lamrim this year and start reading it up.
    Thank you again, Rinpoche for keeping our heart, mind and eyes open from time to time.

    Much respect + care…

  85. Victor Phang on Feb 9, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Dearest Rinpoche:
    Thank you very much for the teaching and guideline. I will continue doing my preliminary retreats accordingly until I’m READY to go for higher tantra practice. It is extremely important for us to be ready spiritually in order to gain the maximum fruitful result from higher practice. It is clear that I have to complete the following practices first before going further in my spiritual path…..
    100K x Prostration
    100K x Light offering
    100K x Vajrasattva
    100K x Mandala offering
    100K x Guru Yoga & Migtsema

    Although it’s challenging for me now but I believe with diligence and positive mindset, I can reach there sooner or later!
    Thank you very much for the wonderful guideline. Take good care 🙂
    With love,
    VP

  86. Dave on Feb 9, 2012 at 10:26 am

    This is a wonderful teaching, but I feel somewhat disheartened as I feel no connection to the tantra. If I don’t want to engage in tantric practice, is my Sutra practice sufficient?

    • admin on Feb 9, 2012 at 10:34 am

      Dave, stay with your sutra practices. It is fine. You are fine. Relax and keep on your practice and gain attainments that are irreversible…Much luck to you. TR

  87. MD on Feb 9, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    brilliant Dharma practice explanation! Always I admire your teaching skills. Please, prolong your life for the benefit of all sentient beings and especially those who are ready to study and practice the Dharma right now. Thank you so much for sharing all your wisdom and knowledge with us.

  88. Hui Keng on Feb 9, 2012 at 8:56 am

    This is the most wonderful introduction to highest yoga tantra teaching I ever got in my life. It is simply marvelous! Rinpoche elucidates the teaching in the most precise, clear, easy to understand and interesting manner. It comes from his passion, love and care for every single being. We are most fortunate and it touches me deeply. A ‘THANK YOU’ is not enough but to repay Rinpoche’s kindness means we have to practise his teaching immediately!

  89. Yoke Fui on Feb 9, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for this incredible “overview” to prepare us for the higher tantric practices.

    The video is made out of your kind consideration to hold our short attention span. You always try to disseminate dharma in “fun” ways to benefit our monkey minds.

    Thank you to the Team that stayed up to produce this video !

  90. Chris Haines on Feb 9, 2012 at 8:14 am

    I would just like to say thank you Rinpoche. This teaching is excellent and gives such good background information needed by all. Thank you so much Rinpoche for your magnificent teachings. You are such a great teacher that can appeal to regular people and Dharma practitioners.

  91. Rodrigo Zuñiga on Feb 9, 2012 at 7:31 am

    I have a doubt Rimpoche-la, do I have to finish the 100000 postrations to initiate the second retreat?? and so on with the others?? or I can make the four retreats simultaneously … Great video and thank you for everything

    • tsemtulku on Feb 9, 2012 at 8:04 am

      Dear Rodrigo, You can do the four retreats simultaneously. But it would be better not to as it would overtax your body. Better to start on prostration and refuge simultaneously. The other retreats do afterwards. If you do all together, it’s not wrong or bad, just too much physical exertion for most bodies…that is all. I am so glad you will do the retreats. Let me know when you start and the progress. I will make offerings to Setrap for your success….I want you to be successful and then benefit and inspire many more people… I am very happy for you. TR

      • Konchog Yeshe on Feb 9, 2012 at 1:52 pm

        Please make offerings for me too Rinpoche. My ngondro is taking a long while and many obstacles have risen of course. Nonetheless I intend to finish before moving on to any HYT. Also I promised my Lamas I would finish my ngondro before moving to any HYT. Thank You!

  92. Liz Fields on Feb 9, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Thank you so much for this teaching, i have learned so much from these recent videos you have posted. Like how we hide and then come out (again and again). if you want results it takes months, years, determination to transform, massive amount of efforts to transform the mind. Hard work is even in the dharma, not just in samsara. For instance it takes a martial arts master years to tone their body (both physically and mentally) so why do we say that dharma is easier? In reality it is not. Dharma takes hard work, effort ect as well.

    • tsemtulku on Feb 9, 2012 at 8:06 am

      Dear Liz Fields, I saw your posting. It is more than good enough. I am glad to hear your thoughts. I am happy you are going to your centre for practice. That is music to my ears. I hope you can do more to bring dharma to many more in your region. Must be tireless in it. Absorb the problems of others by bringing dharma to them no matter how difficult it is. TR

  93. SP on Feb 9, 2012 at 7:12 am

    In the last scene of the video, Tsem Rinpoche is sitting in front of the picture of his previous life, that picture is given to Rinpoche by one of his teachers.

  94. Plinio Tsai on Feb 9, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Excelent teachings! We have misconceptions – transform over night, such afflictive bhava…. we hide, come out, then not happy and hide again… you got do the home work if you want results! Months, years, a lot of effort, determination to transform the mind! Home work behind de scenes is the secret, it is the case for martial arts, for Dharma, for anything… but specially for the Dharma!

    Tsem-la that is the most funny Dharma images I ever had ahahahahhahaa

    Please, continue to display skifull means to teach the Dharma and have a long life!!!!

    Still think it is the most funny Dharma class and same time so deep! Thank you very much ! ahahahahaa

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  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Dec 7. 2016 10:05 PM
    Thank you Dato’ Colin for sharing your journey in dharma and your method in applying dharma in a corporate world.

    I always think that it is difficult to practise dharma in corporate as everyone only have the same mindset that is to gain more profit at the fastest pace and therefore lots of greed and selfishness. But you have showed us that as long as we are perseverance and hold our principal and dharma strongly, we can apply it no matter which segment we are, be it corporate or not.

    Most importantly, is to set the right mindset and hold on to dharma principles. Continue to strive no matter how many challenges we have.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-to-grow-your-business-with-buddhist-principles.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Dec 7. 2016 09:54 PM
    Thank you Pastor Patsy for sharing your dharma journey. It is a great encouragement for many as you show that determination will surely bring result.

    It is important to practise dharma and to always focus out. When we keep practising this our mind will slowly transform to benefit others instead of feeding ourselves with all the greed, anger and selfishness.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/how-dharma-changed-my-life.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Dec 7. 2016 01:13 PM
    So happy to see the YAK – Millennials of Kechara – were learning to become an entrepreneur, be proactive and independent with good motivations. These practical experience will lay the foundation for leadership qualities, lateral thinking as well as a creative and innovative mindset. I wish to see more success for our Kechara YAK and looking forward to their upcoming activities! Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/yak.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 10:22 PM
    Good sharing and informative blogs of Kuan Yin temples in Malaysia.
    Origins of Kuan Yin been explained too. I do not know so much about it till i read these post…i only knew Kuan Yin as Goddess of Mercy.When i was young i used to follow my mother to temple to pray without knowing much..just as one one of a deity.On Guan Yin’s birthday, devotees observe a vegetarian diet in remembrance of her compassion and kindness.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these beautiful post .
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/guan-yin-day.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 09:16 PM
    This is very auspicious that 2 great masters meet together and talk about dharma works for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    I am humble to see our precious guru to pay respect and prostrate to his friend, H.E. Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche , who is a very learned scholar, master of tantra, always focused his time on teaching hundreds of students in Sera and in in-depth personal practice. This is a good example for us to follow and practice.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing attached with the beautiful photos.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/meeting-kyabje-yongyal-rinpoche-in-new-york.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 07:04 PM
    Very informative blog post that remind us.
    As human consume fish ,prawns and so forth from the sea laced with harmful chemical, toxins build up that lead to health problems in long term.Sad to know environment is so bad when some people do not care much about it.Sooner or later our oceans will be filled with rubbish,plastic if we are not doing enough to protect the environment.The plastic accounts for 15 per cent of the chick’s body weight…that is shocking.
    I do hope more people are aware of the truth behind the crisis destroying our seas.
    Thank you Rinpoche its a good sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/how-plastic-destroys-our-seas.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 06:11 PM
    It is both motivating and enriching to read sharing by successful individual who applied Dharma in their life. Thank you Dato’ Colin for this sharing. This shows us that when we applied Buddha Dharma, we will be able to achieve more in life.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-to-grow-your-business-with-buddhist-principles.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 04:00 PM
    This is the first time I read about Hecate in details. She is the goddess of magic, witchcraft, the night, moon, ghosts and necromancy, and sorcery. Yet people worship her. She was one of the main deities worshiped in Athenian households as a protective goddess and one who bestowed prosperity and daily blessings on the family. I find this juxtaposition very interesting on two level. How people will readily submit themselves to a powerful being bestowed with supernatural powers.

    On the other hand, Hecate, who is associated with dark powers are being worshipped as a protective goddess could mean she uses her power for doing good that benefits people. This goes to show that some who possesses dark power like witchcraft, necromancy and sorcery are not necessary bad and will not necessary harm. It all depends on their motivation.

    Thank you very much Rinpoche for this insightful article on Hecate.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/hecate.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Dec 5. 2016 03:58 PM
    Malaysia is so rich in its cultural identity, and the Dragon festival is one of them been celebrated in a way whereby different races too join in.It is wonderful to know,the origins of the Dragon Boat Festival and the story behind.It has now turned to a team-focused sport.which promotes discipline, racial harmony, physical fitness and mental toughness
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these very informative and interesting post.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-dragon-boat-festival-a-fusion-of-traditional-and-modern-culture.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Dec 5. 2016 03:29 PM
    After reading these blog i learned something new.The word Chaplain.
    I have not come across of it before.
    Thanks Beatrix Ooi for sharing ..an interesting blog of how this young man served as a Buddhist Chaplains in the US Arm. There is only one Buddhist chapel in the United States military. In recent years there has been a growing number of Buddhists in the US military, hence the work of Buddhist chaplains are growing too. A great way to spread Dharma to more people in the military.
    Thank you again Beatrix Ooi
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/buddhist-chaplains-in-the-us-army.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Dec 4. 2016 05:07 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the article on Dayak Festival and its community and cultures. It is very interesting to learn about the other races cultures. We in Malaysia are so fortunate that we are expose to so many differences and yet live harmoniously.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/gawai-dayak-the-celebration-of-bountiful-harvest.html
  • Yeo Kwai Gin
    Saturday, Dec 3. 2016 05:22 PM
    Wow ! 恭喜Justin与香积厨对社会的付出 !法喜 !

    感恩仁波切的付出与教导, 让在马来西亚的街头露宿者和一班家境贫困的人们在艰辛的时候得到帮助。詹杜固仁波切创立的克切拉香积厨对社会的付出是值得赞扬, 香积厨不但发放食物给街头露宿者,还提供流动医院主要在最快的时间让受伤的露宿者得到治疗, 还有FoodBank专提供食物与支援给各地需要帮忙如天灾带来的食物缺乏, 还有Imbi路的香积厨中心,提供给街头露宿者全免费的食物和饮品,免费沐浴和清洗衣服,还帮忙他们寻找工作等等。让他们体谅到社会另外拥有一班人还在关心着他们。
    愿街头露宿者得到更舒适的生活, 实现他们目标前进,社会繁荣,那么每一个人都可以安居立业,不用再在街头露宿了 !

    欲了解更多克切拉香积厨,或想参与活动,请继续游览 :
    http://www.kechara.com/soup-kitchen/what-we-do/

    感恩合十
    YEO KWAI GIN

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-soup-kitchen-ksk/kechara-won-2-awards.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Dec 3. 2016 04:42 PM
    Congratulation to Justin as well as KSK team. A well deserved recognition. You have selflessly working for those in need. Our society need more people to help those living on the street.

    May you and KSK team continue to grow and benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-soup-kitchen-ksk/kechara-won-2-awards.html
  • Alice Tay
    Saturday, Dec 3. 2016 12:53 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and the team’s effort to share these powerful qualities of Dorje Shugden in Mongolian language. Hope they are more people get to know Dorje Shugden, an emanation of Manjushri, and understand to practice Dorje Shugden will also have all the benefits related to Manjushri’s practice.

    Hope these powerful qualities of Dorje Shugden will come up with the words in other languages to benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/powerful-qualities-of-dorje-shugden-in-memes-mongolian.html
  • Alice Tay
    Saturday, Dec 3. 2016 12:49 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and the team’s effort to share these powerful qualities of Dorje Shugden in Mongolian language. Hope they are more people get to know Dorje Shugden, an emanation of Manjushri, and understand to practice Dorje Shugden will also have all the benefits related to Manjushri’s practice.

    Hope these powerful qualities of Dorje Shugden will come up with the words in other languages to benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/powerful-qualities-of-dorje-shugden-in-memes-mongolian.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
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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.
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Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
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Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
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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
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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?
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Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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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
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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
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It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
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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
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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.
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Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
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High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
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༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
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Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
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
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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
3 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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
3 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.
3 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.
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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
3 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
3 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
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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
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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
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Don't you love her bag? She's stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
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Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
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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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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
Tsem Rinpoche with holy Mt Shasta of Northern California in the background: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
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Tsem Rinpoche with holy Mt Shasta of Northern California in the background: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
We had a nice visit at Mt Shasta, a holy area in Northern California and did a good puja there: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
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We had a nice visit at Mt Shasta, a holy area in Northern California and did a good puja there: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
I get requests from all around the world to do prayers. For certain individuals it\'s really dire, so I make special candle offerings to the Buddhas for them at my private residence. These are the candles that was offered recently for a very ill young little girl. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
I get requests from all around the world to do prayers. For certain individuals it's really dire, so I make special candle offerings to the Buddhas for them at my private residence. These are the candles that was offered recently for a very ill young little girl. Tsem Rinpoche
This is powerful and true. When someone disappoints you so many times, it cannot be an accident anymore. You need to have compassion for them to not do more negative karma and not allow it anymore and we need need to have compassion for ourselves too and not let them hurt us again.. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is powerful and true. When someone disappoints you so many times, it cannot be an accident anymore. You need to have compassion for them to not do more negative karma and not allow it anymore and we need need to have compassion for ourselves too and not let them hurt us again.. Tsem Rinpoche
Ra Lotsawa\'s personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava. Said to be housed in Samye Monastery, Tibet.
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Ra Lotsawa's personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava. Said to be housed in Samye Monastery, Tibet.
Message from Tsem Rinpoche
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Message from Tsem Rinpoche
This Tara has such a beautiful face...artwork on this is nice
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This Tara has such a beautiful face...artwork on this is nice
This is the road that leads to my house in the mountains. I have a small house and a lake nearby the house and I live there on vegan foods with my pets-Mumu loves running around the meadows. I have a large outdoor Vajra Yogini statue made of stone and we make offerings of juniper leaves burned to her daily as sang. I love living in the mountains away from the senseless repeating of actions in urban life. Urban life with its various pollutions do not connect us to who we are inside. I love this walking path to my retreat home where I will live for the rest of my life and on the way home, I pluck some flowers for my shrine to offer to the Buddha...thank you for allowing me to live here. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is the road that leads to my house in the mountains. I have a small house and a lake nearby the house and I live there on vegan foods with my pets-Mumu loves running around the meadows. I have a large outdoor Vajra Yogini statue made of stone and we make offerings of juniper leaves burned to her daily as sang. I love living in the mountains away from the senseless repeating of actions in urban life. Urban life with its various pollutions do not connect us to who we are inside. I love this walking path to my retreat home where I will live for the rest of my life and on the way home, I pluck some flowers for my shrine to offer to the Buddha...thank you for allowing me to live here. Tsem Rinpoche
 Rinpoche\'s quote is on my mom\'s final resting place. It was chosen by my dad and at that time he said it is the best one for both of them. My dad would be interred next to her when his time comes in the distant future. Pastor David Lai
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Rinpoche's quote is on my mom's final resting place. It was chosen by my dad and at that time he said it is the best one for both of them. My dad would be interred next to her when his time comes in the distant future. Pastor David Lai
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  • December 6, 2016 00:34
    Sipra asked: Dear Pastors, For past 5 month or so I have been suffering from fear and anxiety. It has become difficult to live my daily life. I am mother of young child. Please help me.
    pastor answered: Dear Sipra, I'm sorry to read that you are going through this fear and anxiety, and i can understand that it has been effecting your daily life. You should seek professional help as this fear and anxiety can worsen if you don't get help and can deteriorate fast. Coupled with this, but by no means an alternative, you can engage in the daily practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden, which you can find here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden Lama Tsongkhapa's practice is very well-known to calm the mind from depression, fear and anxiety so will be very beneficial for your situation. When engaging in the practice, please concentrate and focus on the mantra of Lama Tsongkhapa. Dorje Shugden's practice on the other hand is very good for alleviating any obstacles we may be facing in life. Therefore, this may have to overcome the obstacles in life that are causing the fear and anxiety or even remove obstacles for professional help to be even more effective, so you can overcome your situation. The cause of this situation may be deeply rooted, therefore i would like to advise you to do both methods, find professional help and engage in the daily practice. Coupled together they have a better chance of solving your situation, than by themselves. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • December 3, 2016 23:25
    Fluxor asked: I am in a relationship with someone. I want to leave her, so i can give more time for social work and considering monastic life and being ordained in the future. I want to break up and do it gently, but I know she will be very mad and angry with me. Is it okay to leave her without notice? I will make a letter and arrange time to talk few days later when she is more stable emotionally. I think, it will be calmer way. Or should I talk to her first before I leave? I know this way she can be very mad and might do some abusive acts right away. But people say I need to respect her with talking to her first. I'm confused. I want to do it in a gentle and loving way that I don't want to bring her more suffering. Warmest metta, Fluxor
    pastor answered: Dear Fluxor, This is something that is a very difficult thing to do. If you have thought about this carefully and thoroughly, then you should do what feels right. However we must remember that the other person in the relationship may be reliant on you in some way. That being said, we can also hurt another person if we are not open and truthful about the situation. Instead we should go about the situation in the best possible manner to minimise harm and also to not create negative karma in the process, which is all too common when breaking up with someone, and this leads to more suffering in the future. You know the person who you are in a relationship with the best, however the method which you have mentioned may not be the most appropriate course of action. Rather than doing this, you should sit down with your partner and talk about the situation in calmer manner. This is the better approach, if you want to do this. You do need to respect her as a person with her own feelings, and in order to do the right thing in this situation, you should do so face to face and calmly. Following the method that you described may cause even more pain. If you do it calmly, respecting and honouring her as someone who has their own feelings, you are doing your best given the situation. Please remember that you don’t have to take monastic ordination in order to practice the Buddhist path. In fact within Kechara, Tsem Rinpoche has even started the tradition of lay pastors, who are lay people that have dedicated their lives to the practice of Dharma and the service of others. If you change your mind for any reason, Rinpoche has given a very good teaching on transforming a relationship to make it successful. You can find the video teaching here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/ingredients-for-a-successful-relationship.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • December 2, 2016 09:44
    Tashi asked: Dear pastors, What are the mantras and sacred syllables of the 12 Tenma Goddesses? I'm trying to find one to the bodhisattva Dorje Yudronma and goddess Tahsi Tseringma. Who is Shiptak Gyene exactly and what is his mantra and purpose? Is simply putting "Namo" and then the name of the Buddha or bodhisattva work? Also, is there a mantra for pimples or near sightedness?
    pastor answered: Dear Tashi, As Dorje Yudronma and Tashi Tseringma are not enlightened protectors but worldly deities who have been subdued to protect the Dharma, their mantras and practices are not free available to all practitioners, according to the Gelug tradition (I am unsure if they are available freely in other traditions). Usually, to engage in these practices one must have first received empowerment into a yidam or meditational deity practice, after which one can request the spiritual teacher to teach the practice. The functions of these protectors are also embodied in other protectors who are enlightened, and whose practices are readily available. As embodiments of enlightened beings, they can also help along the spiritual path to enlightenment rather than just providing material needs and removing obstacles. These include the various emanations of Dorje Shugden, for example Shize Dorje Shugden who is excellent for pacifying diseases and lengthening one’s life, just like Tashi Tseringma and the Long Life Sisters. However as an emanation of Manjushri, Shize can also grant beneficial imprints and help to overcome the inner obstacles of negative emotions and habituations that we all face in life. Shiptak Gyene is a protector specific to the Gelugpa tradition. He was a layman who lived in Lhasa during the time of Lama Tsongkhapa. Whenever Lama Tsongkhapa would travel to Lhasa, Shiptak Gyene would be there, ready to serve Lama Tsongkhapa as best as he could and receive teachings on the Dharma. He was very devoted to Lama Tsongkhapa and arose a protector to help those with material needs if they are sincere pracitioners of the Dharma. As such, he holds a bowl of jewels to represent that he can aid pracitioners in this regard. You can see a picture of Shiptak Gyene here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/archive/deitypics/highres/Shiptak_Gyene.jpg. The word ‘namo’ means ‘I prostrate’, hence when you add the word before the name of a Buddha or bodhisattva, it basically means that you are prostrating to that being. While this has tremendous effect, as you are verbalising the prostration towards an enlightened being and therefore generating some merit, it does not have the same effect as a mantra. This is because a mantra itself in the essence of that particular being, in the form of sound. If you repeat that mantra over and over again, you bring the energies associated with that particular enlightened being into your life. For example if you recite the Medicine Buddha mantra, you bring healing energies into your life. But if you only add ‘namo’ to the beginning of their name, you are simply making prostration. It would be much more beneficial to recite the proper mantra for the particular enlightenment being you are propitiating. As for pimples, I have not come across a specific mantra for this in my own practice. However two very good mantras that you could recite are Black Manjushri or Hayagriva. These two deities are very well known for curing skin diseases of all types, and therefore may help in the situation. You can find out more about Black Manjushri practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/a-black-manjushri-sadhana-self-healing-meditation-and-exercises.html. The Hayagriva (a wrathful emanation of Chenresig) mantra is recited as: HRI PEMA DATRI HAYAGRIVA HULU HULU HUNG PHET. For nearsightedness, you can engage in the practice of Migchey Chrenrezig, which is an excellent practice for those with eye problems. You can find it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/blessing-eye-problems.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • November 30, 2016 18:56
    Angela Yo asked: These past few months, I can't stop myself thinking about being ordained to be a nun. I don't know where to begin. I don't know if it suits me or not. But I really want to make this lifetime meaningful. Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Angela Yo, I rejoice to read that are thinking about become ordained as a nun. This is a very good aspiration to have and follows the example of the holy Buddha Shakyamuni. He showed us the way to make our life meaningful by becoming a Buddha to benefit others. If you have not already done so, you should join a Dharma centre and find a guru. By following the advice of a qualified guru, you can train yourself to hold the ordination vows in the future. Here at Kechara, those who have the aspiration to become members of the holy sangha, first become a Pastor, which is in between a lay practitioner and an ordained monk or nun. This way, we can train ourselves to understand and live by the vows before become ordained. As ordination is very special and holy, it is better that we are prepared before we take the vows. This way we can make the most use of holding the sacred vows on our spiritual journey to enlightenment. As you engage along this path, first you should study and understand the most basic of vows, which are the refuge vows. All other vows, whether ordination, bodhisattva or tantric vows are based on the refuge vows, and the keeping of these vows are the root cause of gaining enlightenment. In fact, all other vows are extensions of these vows. Therefore it is very important that we have a firm basis for our practice by understanding and living by these vows properly. As you progress on your practice, you can learn the teachings such as the 50 Verses of Guru Devotion, the Lam Rim and the Wheel of Sharp Weapons. All these teachings will aid you on the path to become an ordained nun in the future. If this is truly your wish, then during your daily practices you should make strong aspirational prayers that you are able to fulfil this. At the same time you should create the causes for this to occur. The way to do this is by supporting the sangha, you can do this by making any form of dana offering to them, from food, clothing, material assistance or anything else that they would need your help with. While doing this, you should generate the strong aspiration that you can become a member of the sangha. As the sangha are one of the Three Jewels, any offerings that you make to them, especially in terms of your time and effort, will generate a lot of merit because they are holding the holy vows. I hope this helps, and I make the prayer that your auspicious aspiration is fulfilled, that you make your life meaningful by holding the vows of an ordained nun. Thank you.
  • November 28, 2016 12:32
    Demian asked: Dear pastors, Just recently, I have read about concentrations and that has gotten me worried. If one worships a depiction of Saraswati without any concentrations of the depiction, does that mean that I've been praying to an empty shell? If so, does praying to Saraswati's depictions that are online work or not? Or could a simple visualization work without praying to a statue or thangka, but to a visualized form? Would the visualization in Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö's praise to Saraswati be alright along with the mantra? Or does the visualization have to use this website's prayer and mantra to Saraswati? Do the 8 offerings have to be real or can they visualized instead? For the 8th offering of music, does there have to be a bell, or can a drum, flute, violin, or even vocal replace that? What are the views of the mantra "Nam Myoho Renge Khyo"?
    pastor answered: Dear Demian, Thank you for your question. Concentration during one’s daily prayers is an important factor. Within Buddhism, we believe that there are three ways in which a person interacts with the world, these are the body, speech and mind. In order to receive the full benefit of the practice you engage in, you should ensure that all three of these are used. For the body, this is by sitting down to engage in your daily practice without getting distracted. The best posture for this is the meditation position known as the seven-point Vairochana position, this is described in detail in the text Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. For your speech, you engage in reciting the prayers and the mantra recitation. And for the mind, you concentrate in the various visualisations associated with the practice you are engaging in. Even though you have been praying without the use of concentration, it has still been effective since Saraswati is an enlightened being. She has full compassion, and will definitely bestow her energies and love to those who invoke upon her with a pure heart and good motivation. However, if you do concentrate on both your visualisation and the mantra recitation, the practice will be more effective and you will see a heightened improvement in your life. In regards to the visualisation of Saraswati according to the praise by Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro, this actually belongs to the practice of another lineage, therefore I cannot comment on its validity, as I don’t belong to the lineage to have studied its origins and how it differs from the praise presented here on Rinpoche’s blog. That being said, each lineage has its own version of the visualisation of deities, and this in inherently linked to the particular praise. Therefore if you were to recite one particular praise or practice, you should keep the visualisation to the one that corresponds with it. The 8 offerings can be placed on the altar as physical offerings, but should also be visualised. The reason why we place the actually offerings on the altar is to make a physical offering with our body, as well as a reminder that we make these offerings during our visualisations. If you are not able to make the physical offerings on your altar for whatever reason, this is ok. However you should try your best to have these offerings since it is a way for you to generate merit. The last offering of sound, is usually represented by the conch shell but can be anything that resembles sound, such as any instrument. For example, I know people who represent sound with a miniature flute or even a miniature guitar on their altars. In regards to the Nam Myoho Renge Khyo mantra, this is central to all forms of Nichiren Buddhism, which developed in Japan but is now practiced all over the world. It is said this mantra embodies the entire Lotus Sutra, which in itself explains what enlightenment is and the path to reach enlightenment, following Nichiren’s particular practice. Therefore this mantra is all encompassing, and central to the Nichiren tradition. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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