Dharma Protectors of Tibetan Buddhism

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Mahakala – one of the most well-known Dharma protectors within Tibetan Buddhism

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor Niral)

 

Introduction

Dear Friends,

A common question that is often asked to the Kechara Buddhist Pastors by those who are not familiar with Tibetan Buddhism relates to the practice of Dharmapalas or Dharma protectors. These are actually beings who support our practice through a number of methods. Primarily they are propitiated in order to remove obstacles and difficulties that block spiritual progress. As human beings, we encounter myriad problems on a daily basis and most of the time these problems consume a lot of our time and effort, limiting the amount of time we can spend on spiritual development. We cannot solve these problems quickly and effectively without some form of help. Dharma protectors assist us by removing such obstacles.

Linked to this is the fact that we spend most of our time during daily life working to sustain ourselves and our families. This again limits the time we can spend on spiritual development. It is in this regard that Dharma protectors also help to create the conducive conditions for practitioners and afford more time on our spiritual development. But these conducive conditions refer to much more than just resources, and include the presence of a Dharma centre, a qualified guru to teach us the path, and even meeting with people who support us in practice.

On a higher level Dharma protectors can help to remove, or create the circumstance in which we ourselves become empowered to remove inner obstacles to our spiritual path. These can include doubt, depression, laziness, anger, jealousy, thoughts of giving up and other emotional issues. Therefore in essence Dharma protectors are beings who act very compassionately like a divine friend, somewhat akin to a guardian angel, safeguarding both our physical and spiritual well-being.

Dharma protectors often arise in wrathful forms with wrathful sounding liturgies. This wrath is testament to their quality of extreme compassion which motivates them to act urgently to bless and protect, whether as emanations of enlightened beings (such as Dorje Shugden in the Gelug or Sakya traditions, or Achi Chokyi Drolma in the Drikung Kagyu tradition) or worldly oath-bound beings (such as Shangmo Dorje Putri in the Sakya tradition). The analogy most often used is that of mother angry at her child for doing something that can cause harm. This wrathful nature also includes an element of speed in helping us. This can be observed within our own worldly behaviour. For example when we are angry, we naturally move and react much quicker than usual. Therefore wrathful demeanour represents the element of speed in which the particular protector can come to our aid.

Dharma protector practice is prevalent throughout all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism and is in fact integral within tantra. I wanted to show this through sharing a brief overview of 10 Dharma protectors from different traditions. Through this I hope to share with everyone, the varied forms Dharma protectors can take. I hope you enjoy reading!

Pastor Niral

Ps. Thanks to Pastor Antoinette Kass and Martin Chow for their invaluable help and assistance.

 

Rahula

The oath-bound demi-god Za Rahula

Alternate names: Za Rahula (Sanskrit), Kyab Jug Chenpo (Tibetan).

Status: Oath-bound demi-god.

Tradition: Nyingma.

Known to protect: Dzogchen Teachings & Terma Teachings.

Description: Rahula is one in the triune of Dharma protectors within the Nyingma tradition, known as ‘Ma Za Dam Sum’ or the ‘Three Terma Protectors’, together with Ekajati and Dorje Legpa. Out of the three protectors, Rahula is considered the most wrathful, therefore his full propitiation is restricted to only those who have received the highest teachings.

Rahula is one of the nine-planets within ancient Indian belief systems. He is a king of the asura (demi-god), and swallows the other heavenly bodies causing eclipses. He was oath-bound by Guru Rinpoche to serve and protect the Dharma, especially the ‘terma’ teachings, which were hidden by Guru Rinpoche for certain practitioners to find and reveal in the future.

Though a high level worldly protector, Rahula is very wrathful and known to cause seizures and other ailments to those who misuse the Dharma or who are in danger of breaking their vows. It is said that he holds his noose around the neck of practitioners as a reminder to keep one’s vows. For those who are very sincere in their practice, it is said you can actually feel his noose around your neck at all times. Many great Nyingma lamas have relied on Rahula as a personal protector, due to his quick assistance and his wrathful form, for work dealing with healing the most serious diseases and the preparation of medicines. Through his practice one can cure naga-caused ailments and interferences as well as those caused by the spirits inhabiting the earth. He is also known as a deity capable of changing weather conditions, in order to relieve drought, stop rain, and other natural disasters.

Physical attributes: Rahula is portrayed with a serpentine lower body that is coiled and upper body with nine heads and four arms. The nine heads actually represent the nine heavenly bodies that he has eclipsed by eating them and which now appear as his heads. His actual face appears on his stomach, and is the largest and most wrathful. The crow’s head that appears at the very top of his form represents the Three Jewels and his oath to support practitioners.

His bow and arrow represents his ability to destroy those who misuse the Dharma or are enemies of the Buddhist teachings and harm practitioners. The sceptre in his upper right hand represents his ability to defeat nagas. And in his upper left hand he holds a naga that he uses as a noose. He has 1,000 eyes which appear all over his form, symbolising his ability to see everywhere at all times within samsara.

He sits on top of a triangular throne in a lake of blood, symbolising his release of worldly attachments, is usually grey in colour and surrounded by wrathful fire, symbolising his ability to burn away miseries caused by samsara. He is usually grey in colour, but his colour and slight variations of his form occur depending on the particular terma teaching he is protecting. In representations that have the correct iconography, either Guru Rinpoche or Vajrapani are portrayed above Rahula’s head, to remind practitioners that Rahula is oath-bound and to remind Rahula of the same.

Prayers:

“Arisen out of the pure Land of Fire and Infinite Ferocity,
The Lord who is created out of violent activity,
Smokey grey in colour, nine heads, four arms, one thousand flaming eyes,
Homage to the Dharma protector Kyab Jug Chenpo.”
– A Nyingma prayer

“From the palace of the triangle of swirling blood and fat,
Terma guardians, Ekajati, Rahula and Damchen, to you I pray:
Grant your blessings so that outer and inner obstacles may be pacified!”
– From the Vajrakilaya Prayer: A Rain of Accomplishments, as revealed by Gyarong Khandro and recorded by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Since Rahula is an oath-bound protector who can be very wrathful, only those who have permission from a qualified lama should engage in his full propitiation.

Za Rahula. Note that Guru Rinpoche is depicted at the top, reminding Rahula of his oath to protect the Dharma and its practitioners.

Za Rahula

Za Rahula

Za Rahula

 

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Ekajati

Ekajati – an emanation of Tara

Alternate names: Ral Chig Ma (Tibetan), Tse Chig Ma (Tibetan).

Status: Emanation of Tara.

Tradition: Nyingma.

Known to protect: Dzogchen Teachings & Terma Teachings.

Description: Ekajati is part of the ‘Ma Za Dam Sum’ or the ‘Three Terma Protectors’ that Rahula is in as we have seen. She is known as the main protector of the Dzogchen teachings and is the guardian of all ‘terma’, or revealed teachings. Her name means ‘one braid of hair.’ She is considered to be an emanation of Tara in the form of a Dharma protector.

She is known as the protector of all secret mantras, therefore her own mantra is secret and cannot be recited without the appropriate empowerment and permission from a qualified guru. As she is the keeper of these mantras, she reminds practitioners of their preciousness and the tantric commitments not to reveal them to those who are not ready to receive them.

Within the Nyingma tradition she is given great importance. There is even a portion of the Vima Nyingtik, or ‘seminal heart of Vimalamitra’ teachings dedicated to the prayers, rituals and rites to propitiate her. This is known as the Ngagsung Tromay Tantra, also known as the Tantra of Troma Ekajati. Within the Sarma traditions (Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug) she is less known and practiced, but can be found in various Mahakala practices and Tara practices. She has presence in certain Green Tara practices, where she is an attending deity within the mandala. In some traditions she is also known as the mother of Palden Lhamo.

Of special note, within the Gelugpa tradition as held by His Eminence 25th Tsem Rinpoche, she is included as one of the three deities in the Chenresig Ngesung Kundrol practice, together with Chenresig and Green Tara. Here she is not depicted in the same form as in the Nyingma tradition but in a similar form to Green Tara.

Physical attributes: Ekajati is portrayed as black or dark blue in colour. She has one braid of hair which flows upwards like a flame (after which she derives her name). She has one eye, one long and sharp tooth, which bites down over her lower lip and one breast.

In her right hand which is in a wrathful mudra, she holds a stick aloft, while pointing upwards. This stick has an impaled human corpse at the top. In her left hand she holds a human heart that is dark red. In some representations she holds this out to the side, and in other representations, she is depicted holding it to either her heart or near her mouth, as if she is eating it. This depends on which terma she is protecting. Other representations have the heart replaced with a noose.

She wears a crown made of five skulls, with a scarf of smoke around her neck and adorned with earrings, necklace, bracelets, armlets and anklets. She wears a flayed tiger skin skirt. In some representations she uses a flayed human skin as a cloak as well.

She is depicted in a dancing posture, atop a prostrate human figure, with a triangular throne. The human figure represents obstructors, obstacles and our negative karma. She is completely surrounded by wisdom fire and smoke that emanates from her body.

Prayers:

“Arisen out of the suffocating black wind at the world’s end,
Mistress of every action and understanding,
Empress of the Mamo, Queen of Existence,
Homage to the Protectress of the Tantra, Ralchigma!”
– A Nyingma prayer

“From the palace of the triangle of swirling blood and fat,
Terma guardians, Ekajati, Rahula and Damchen, to you I pray:
Grant your blessings so that outer and inner obstacles may be pacified!”
– From the Vajrakilaya Prayer: A Rain of Accomplishments, as revealed by Gyarong Khandro and recorded by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Since Ekajati’s function is to preserve the secret practices, her practice is not engaged in by those who do not have an appropriate empowerment or permission from a qualified guru.

Ekajati

A blue form of Ekajati

A form of Ekajati with the protectors Za Rahula and Dorje Legpa

 

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Dorje Legpa

The oath-bound Dorje Legpa

Alternate names: Damchen Dorje Legpa (Tibetan), Vajrasadhu (Sanskrit).

Status: Oath-bound theurang (demon).

Tradition: Nyingma.

Known to protect: Dzogchen Teachings & Terma Teachings.

Description: Dorje Legpa is the third in the ‘Ma Za Dam Sum’ or the ‘Three Terma Protectors’ trinity, together with Ekajati and Rahula. His name means ‘Excellent Vajra’ and his practice can be found in both the Nyingma and Kagyu traditions, but is mainly practiced in the former.

In oral legend in some parts of Tibet, he is considered to have been a monk from Nalanda Monastery in India. However he committed many negative actions, which led to his rebirth as a theurang spirit that came to roam Tibet. Before becoming a Dharma protector, Dorje Legpa was propitiated as a god of war and gambling, due to his immense power despite belonging to the theurang class of spirits. Guru Rinpoche is known to have bound him by oath to become a protector of the Buddhist teachings, especially the various terma or ‘revealed’ teachings.

Physical attributes: Dorje Legpa is portrayed red in colour, riding a snow lion. He brandishes a vajra made from meteoric iron in his right hand and holds a heart in his left hand. In his variant forms he is portrayed riding a goat with crossed horns instead, a typical animal mount for a theurang spirit. This type of goat is native to Tibet and is even known as the ‘oath-bound goat.’ Theurang spirits are known to delight in mischief and chaos, and can inflict illness upon people, especially children. He also wears a domed Tibetan traveling hat.

Dorje Legpa is most commonly depicted at the bottom of deity thangkas, together with Rahula and Ekajati. In singular depictions, either Guru Rinpoche or Vajrapani are portrayed above him, to remind practitioners he is a worldly and oath-bound protector and as a reminder to Dorje Legpa to remember his oaths to protector the Dharma and its practitioners.

Dorje Legpa has a vast retinue, including 360 of his own brothers. His main emanation, who serves as his chief attendant, is known as ‘Damchen Garba Nagpo’ or the ‘Oath-bound Blacksmith’. In this form he holds a vajra hammer instead of a vajra. In this form he is given an equally important protective position as Dorje Legpa, and is considered the chief Dharma protector of blacksmiths.

He is often mistaken as being Dorje Shugden due to various similarities in their iconography, such as riding a snow lion, red in colour and wearing a domed hat.

Prayers:

“Resident in the Valley of Shang in the country of Uyuk, in the burning Iron Palace,
He was born of malignant spirits and skilled in magical transformation,
Servant of the Bhagawan Vajrapani,
Homage to Dorje Legpa, Harbinger of Liberation.”
– A Nyingma Prayer

“From the palace of the triangle of swirling blood and fat,
Terma guardians, Ekajati, Rahula and Damchen, to you I pray:
Grant your blessings so that outer and inner obstacles may be pacified!”
– From the Vajrakilaya Prayer: A Rain of Accomplishments, as revealed by Gyarong Khandro and recorded by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

As an oath-bound spirit, one should only engage in Dorje Legpa’s full propitiation prayers when authorised to do so by a qualified lama.

A wrathful form of Dorje Legpa. Note he is not wearing a domed hat but his hair is loose and flowing upwards.

Dorje Legpa

Dorje Legpa

Dorje Legpa

 

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Mahakala Bernagchen

Mahakala Bernagchen – an emanation of Avalokiteshvara

Alternate names: Legden (Tibetan), Black Cloak Mahakala.

Status: Emanation of Avalokiteshvara (Tibetan: Chenresig)

Tradition: Karma Kagyu & Nyingma.

Known to protect: Personal protector of the Karmapa & protector of the Karma Kagyu.

Description: This form of Mahakala arises from a Nyingma ‘terma’ tradition but was introduced to into the Karma Kagyu tradition by the 2nd Karmapa, Karma Pakshi (1206-1283). It was in the Karma Kagyu tradition that his practiced was solidified and became widespread.

It was from the time of Karma Pakshi that Mahakala Bernagchen began a very special relationship with the Karmapas, acting as their personal protector. In fact the Karmapas are renowned for performing a Mahakala dance during the preparations for the New Year Festival. As both Mahakala Bernagchen and the line of Karmapas are considered inseparable, both are considered emanations of Avalokiteshvara.

It is said that Avalokiteshvara manifested in this wrathful form to be of more benefit to sentient beings in this degenerate age, thereby upholding his vow to not enter into the bliss of complete enlightenment until all sentient beings are enlightened. At this point all the Buddhas proclaimed that this form would have the empowerment of all the wisdom dakinis, the strength of Yama (God of Death) and have the spirits, yakshas, devils and demons as his messengers. It is also noted that he represents all the wrathful empowerments of the Body, Speech, Mind, Qualities, and Activities of all the Buddhas throughout the past, present and future.

Physical attributes: Mahakala Bernagchen is portrayed as squat in stature, his limbs are short but very powerful. He is black in colour with a fierce wrathful expression. His three eyes are wide and bulging through the fierce manifestation of his compassion. His mouth is open in a wrathful smile with bared fangs. His orange-yellow beard and hair flow upwards. The nails of both his hands and feet are long, and sharp.

In his up-raised right hand he brandishes a Kartika (Tibetan: drigug) which is curved flaying knife that has a vajra handle, symbolising the cutting away of the Three Poisons. In his left hand, he holds to his heart a skull-cup filled with blood. He wears a crown with five dried skulls, representing the Five Dhyani Buddhas, earrings and a garland of freshly severed heads. His defining feature is the heavy black cloak he wears over a green Tibetan chuba. He is surrounded by wrathful wisdom fire and smoke. He steps on a human corpse, symbolic of the death of all karma, delusions and therefore all obstacles, on the path towards complete enlightenment.

Prayer:

Prayer to Mahakala

Composed by Jetsun Mikyo Dorje, His Holiness the 8th Karmapa (1507-1554), to fulfil a request made by Rinchen Palmo.

Om! The impure world and beings are purified into emptiness.
From emptiness appears wisdom’s wind,
Fire, and hearth-stone skulls.
Upon them is a kapala containing the five meats and five amritas.
The air and fire cause the samaya-amrita to boil;
It shines with intensely bright light
That invites the jnana-amrita.
The amritas become inseparable, are blessed by OM AH HUNG,
And have an unequalled flavour and aroma.
The root and lineage gurus, the yidam deities,
The dakas, dakinis, and dharma protectors are invited.
They gather as thick clouds in space before me.
I offer to the root guru, who is the union of all the yidams;
I offer to the root guru, who is the union of the three jewels;
I offer to the root guru, who is the union of all the dharma protectors;
I offer, in particular, to the dharma protectors who wear a cloak (Mahakala)
And to Palden Lhamo Rangjung Gyalmo (Mahakali).
To this Mahakala and Mahakali, and to their entourage,
King Vaisravana, who is king of the northen direction and Ngadak,
Dorje Legpa, Singon, and Shing-Kyong,
Karnak Dorje Gyalpo, and all the others
Who protect the teachings of the Karmapas,
Receive this offering of the supreme torma
Of the immaculate five meats and amritas,
The living five amritas
With eight principal ingredients, and the liquid offering of rakta.
I make the Samantabhadra offering of the five sensory pleasures,
The secret offerings and the “thatness” offering,
With a true understanding of the actual nature of your perfection of qualities and your faultlessness,
I praise you with every single praise that can be made by body, speech and mind.
I pray to you for the fulfilment of my wishes.
Bestow upon me and all others as I sit upon this seat,
The supreme and the common siddhis.
I pray in particular for the increase of our life spans, health, prosperity, and wealth.
I pray that all I wish for in my mind will be instantly accomplished,
So that I will quickly accomplish every teaching of the Karmapas.
I pray that you grant me, in this very moment,
The powers that will enable me
To destroy into dust
All those who harm the teachings of the Karmapas.
I dedicate the positive power of my offering, praise, and faith
To all beings, who have all been my mother,
So that they will obtain the state of complete Buddhahood.

MANTRA: OM SHRI MAHAKALA YAK KHYA BETALI HUNG DZA

Mahakala Bernagchen

Mahakala Bernagchen

Mahakala Bernagchen

Mahakala Bernagchen

 

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Palden Lhamo

Palden Lhamo – an emanation of Saraswati

Alternate names: Gyelmo Magzorma (Tibetan), Ochen Barma (Tibetan), Sri Devi (Sanskrit), Remati (Sanskrit), Kalidevi (Sanskrit).

Status: Emanation of Saraswati.

Tradition: Gelug.

Known to protect: Personal Protector of the Dalai Lamas.

Description: Palden Lhamo, although found in all four traditions of Tibetan Buddhism in one form or another, is most prominent in the Gelugpa tradition due to her role as the personal protector of the line of Dalai Lamas. It was in the visions of the 1st Dalai Lama, His Holiness Gendun Drup’s visions that she vowed to protect his reincarnation lineage. Since that time she has been the personal protector of all 14 Dalai Lamas. She is propitiated in many major monasteries and is known to be very quick and effective. She is considered to be an emanation of Saraswati, the Buddha of music, literature, poetry and speech, known as Yangchenma in Tibetan. Saraswati is the consort of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom.

She is the protector of the sacred Lhamo Latso Lake in Lhokha Province, Tibet. Since the time of the 2nd Dalai Lama, high lamas have travelled to the lake to ask for guidance in finding the next incarnation of the Dalai Lama in visions while meditating there. As such the lake has become a very famous pilgrimage spot and to those who practice purely she will grant visions in the lake, foretelling the future.

Palden Lhamo was married to King Shinje, the ruler of an ancient island fortress called Lanka. When she married him she vowed that she would make him favourable towards the practice of Buddhism or put an end to his whole dynasty. Over the years the king did not change his ways and continued torturing his subjects, even killing many of them and the subjects themselves carried on their cannibalistic practices. Matters became worse as he began raising their son to become the ultimate destroyer of the Buddhist tradition. After exhausting all avenues, she gave him an ultimatum – either give up his evil ways or she would kill their son. He didn’t listen, so one day when the king was away, she killed her son and drank his blood, using his skull as a cup. To escape the king, she rode away on a horse, using her son’s flayed skin as a saddle. The king rode after her to no avail, shooting a poisonous arrow at her, however this hit the horse instead. She removed the arrow from the horse and proclaimed “May the wound of my mount become an eye large enough to watch over the twenty-four regions, and may I myself be the one to extirpate the lineage of the malignant kings of Lanka.” This is why Palden Lhamo’s mount has a third eye in its left rump.

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Physical attributes: Palden Lhamo’s form is similar to that of a female ogress. Her face is outlined by wild orange-brown hair, with nine peacock feathers floating above her head. She exposes her teeth and fangs, which are gnawing on a human corpse and has an intimidating stare with three blood-shot and bulging eyes. Her three bulging eyes represent her ability to see into the past, present and future without obstructions and her dark blue colour represents her attainment of great bliss and realisation of emptiness. Her body is smeared with ashes, fat and blood and her entire form is surrounded by flames, representing her presence in the charnel grounds.

In her right hand she holds a skull-cup full of blood, symbolic of the destruction of all obstacles. In her left hand she holds a sandalwood club topped with a vajra, a weapon used to watch over the oath-bound, ensuring their dedication and integrity in upholding the Dharma. She carries with her a bag of diseases that she collects from those who invoke her, symbolic of her ability to help cure health-related illnesses, and on the other hand release them to plague those who commit evil actions. Her legs are in a semi-relaxed posture, and a chain connects one ankle to the other. She sits on a horse or mule, who is untrainable and whose fearful shrieks sounds like thunder.

She has a sun disc at her navel and a crescent moon above her head. She wears a billowing black scarf and flayed human skin as a shawl. Her upper garments are made from black fabric, whereas her skirt is made from tiger skin, held together by a belt made of intertwined snakes. She wears a crown adorned by five skulls and various bone ornaments such as bracelets and ankles and wears a garland of freshly decapitated heads.

The reins of her horse is made of poisonous snakes, which wrap around the human skin saddle. Snakes dangling from the horse hold a pouch that contains a pair of dice used to determine karmic fate, one black and the other white, and a ball of string made up of rolled up weapons. This represents her ability to grant divinatory powers using dice to those who have received her empowerment. She also carries a red tablet used to cast spells tucked into her belt.

Prayers:

  1. Praise To The Protectoress Palden Lhamo, The Goddess Saraswati in Wrathful Form
  2. Palden Lhamo

A special Palden Lhamo statue in Lhasa, Tibet

Palden Lhamo

Palden Lhamo thangka from Rashi Gempil Ling, New Jersey

 

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Citipati

Citipati – an emanation of Heruka Chakrasamvara and Vajrayogini

Alternate names: Kinkara (Tibetan), Shri Shmashana Adhipati (Sanskrit)

Status: Emanation of Heruka Chakrasamvara and Vajrayogini.

Tradition: Sakya & Gelug.

Known to protect: Special Protectors of the Heruka Chakrasamvara and Vajrayogini tantras.

Description: Cittapati’s practice arises from the Heruka Chakrasamvara Tantras. They are a pair of skeletons, the male is considered the emanation of Heruka, whereas the female is considered an emanation of Vajrayogini. Apart from being a protector from the Heruka tantras, they are considered the special protectors of the Vajrayogini tantra stemming from the Mahasiddha Naropa. They are commonly referred to the ‘Lord and Lady of the Cemetary.’

In their role from the Heruka tantras they are propitiated primarily for wealth and conducive conditions for Dharma practice, and also for protection from thieves. As the special protector of the Vajrayogini tantra their role is two-fold. They primarily protect Vajrayogini practitioners from obstacles arising from their karma and to create conducive conditions for the practice of Vajrayogini, in order for practitioners to gain high realisations and ultimate enlightenment. The other role is to protect the teachings from being lost or abused.

Though Citipati can be found throughout most traditions, their practice is prominent in the Sakya and Gelug traditions, as these place emphasis on Naropa’s lineage of Vajrayogini practice. Citipati is also important in various Chod lineages through all traditions.

Physical attributes: Citipati are white in colour and have the form of a male and female skeleton. They have big bulging eyes, mouths open and curled tongues. In their right hands they hold up over their heads clubs made of human bones, and in their left hands they hold skull-cups filled with blood.

Their crowns are adorned with five dry skulls, and they both wear lower garments made of silk that move as they dance amidst roaring wisdom fire. In some depictions the father is seen as embracing the waist of the mother. They are depicted in a dancing posture, with one leg standing on a cowrie shell.

In variant depictions the father is seen wearing a lower garment of tiger skin rather than silk; the mother holds a stalk of grain instead of a bone club, and a treasure vase instead of a skull-cup. This is symbolic of Citipati’s ability to provide practitioners with both spiritual attainments (as symbolised by the father) and conducive conditions for the practice of the Dharma (as symbolised by the mother) such as apple food and wealth.

Prayers:

Since Citipati’s practice is closely related to Highest Yoga Tantra, as emanations of Heruka and Vajrayogini, their practice is restricted to those who have received the appropriate permissions from a qualified guru.

Citipati. Note in this depiction the Mother holds a sheaf of gain and a teasure vase.

Citipati

Citipati

 

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Six-Armed Mahakala

Six-Armed Mahakala

Alternate names: Nyingshuk (Tibetan), Gonpo Chagdrugpa (Tibetan), Shadbhuja Mahakala (Sanskrit), Swift-Acting Six-Armed Mahakala.

Status: Emanation of Avalokiteshvara (Chenresig).

Tradition: Shangpa Kagyu & Gelug.

Known to protect: Special Protector of the Shangpa Kagyu tradition, one of the three principal protectors of the Gelug tradition & protector of the Great Scope of Lam Rim.

Description: The practice of Six-armed Mahakala was brought to Tibet by Khedrup Khyungpo Naljor, who also founded the Shangpa Kagyu tradition and as such considered a special protector of the lineage and its practitioners. This form of Mahakala has become popular not only in the Shangpa Kagyu, but other Kagyu lineages, as well as the Sakya, Jonang and Gelug traditions. He is considered to be an emanation of Avalokiteshvara.

His practice was originally taught by Hayagriva, who himself is a wrathful emanation of Avalokiteshvara in the form of a tantric yidam (meditational deity). The form of this Mahakala differs according to the various traditions, including body colour, implements, addition of a consort and retinue figures. The most popular of these variations is Six-Armed White Mahakala (Tibetan: Gonpo Karpo Chagdrugpa, Sanskrit: Shadbhuja Sita Mahakala), who is popular among all traditions as a wealth deity.

Jagchen Jampa Pal (1310-1391 CE) a lineage holder of the Shangpa Kagyu passed this practice on to his student Lama Tsongkhapa (1357-1419 CE), who founded the Gelugpa tradition. In this tradition Six-Armed Mahakala came to prominence as the special protector of Great Scope of the Lam Rim (Graduated Stages on the Path to Enlightenment) teachings. Within the Gelugpa tradition he is portrayed in his most wrathful form, with legs apart in the ancient Indian warrior pose. This contrasts his form in other traditions, in which he stands up straight with both legs together.

Physical attributes: Six-Armed Mahakala is mid-night blue in colour, appearing in a very wrathful manner. His head is adorned with a crown that has five skulls, symbolic of the Five Dhyani Buddhas and therefore the transformation of the five negative afflictions into the five positive virtues. He has three eyes, symbolic of his abilities to see the past, present and future. His mouth gapes open, revealing his teeth and razor sharp fangs and his tongue is curled. His dark orange hair flows upwards.

His six arms represent the six perfections. His primary right hand holds a curved flaying knife, which not only cuts through obstacles, but also our negative karma and delusions. This is held above a blood-filled skull-cup which rests in his primary left hand. His secondary right hand holds a damaru (ritual drum). The sound from this is said to represent the primordial sound or vibration that originated existence; to rouse us from our ignorant state and practice the Dharma; and to scare away negative beings. He holds a skull rosary in his upper right hand which he counts, representing his continuous and unending activity to assist sentient beings. In his left hands he holds a trident and noose, representative of the Three Jewels and binding those who stray from or harm the Dharma respectively.

He is adorned with a necklace, bracelets, anklets and earrings. He wears the green scarf of a Bodhisattva, a loin cloth of tiger skin and flayed elephant skin as a cloak. Snakes slither across his body to form the sacred thread of the Bhramins. These represent the arising of psychic powers and instincts. By wearing them, he shows us that these should not impede our spiritual progress but we should harness them for spiritual attainments.

He stands on a prostrate white Ganesha, here representative of our animal instincts that can be extremely destructive. The sun cushion represents his achievement of emptiness and the lotus represents his achievement of compassion. He is surrounded by the roaring flames of wisdom fire, demonstrative of his powerful energy to burn away our negative karma and delusions.

Prayers:

Praise of the Six-Armed Lord

HUM!
NYUR-DZA CHAN-RA-ZIK-LA CH’AK TS’AL-LO
ZHAP-DUP-D’ANG-CHA VINAYAKA NAN
NAK-PO CH’EN-PO TAK-G’I SHAM-T’AP CHAN
CH’AK-DR’UK DRUL-GY’I GYAN-GY’I NAM-PAR GYAN

Quick-acting Avalokita, homage to you!
Wearing anklets, you trample Ganesa.
Mahakala, you wear a tiger-skin loincloth
Fully adorned with snake-ornaments on your six arms.

YA-PA DR’I-G’UK B’AR-WA TR’ENG-WA DZIN
T’A-MA DAMARU-NI DD’AK-TU TR’OL
YON-PA T’O-PA D’ANG-NI DUNG TSE-SUM
D’E-ZHIN ZHAK-PA ZUNG-NA CH’ING-WAR J’E

The (first) right holds a triku (chopping-knife), the middle a mala,
The last plays violently a damaru;
The left hold a skull-cup, and a three-pronged lance,
And likewise a noose, which serves for tying up.

DR’AK-POI ZHAL-NI CH’E-WA NAM-PAR TSIK
CHAN-SUM DR’AK-PO U’TRA GY’EN-D’U BAR
TRAL-WAR SINDHURA-YI LEK-PAR J’UK
CHI-WOR MI-KYO GYAL-POI GYA-TAP TAN

Your wrathful mouth completely bares its fangs
Your three eyes are fierce. The hair of your head blazes upward.
Your forehead is properly anointed with red lead.
On your crown, Aksobhya’s royal presence is fixed.

TR’AK-DZAK MI-GO NGA-CHUI DO-SHAL CHAN
RIN-CH’EN T’O-KAM NGA-YI U-LA GYAN
SHING-LA J’ON-NA TOR-MA LEN-DZA-PAI
PAL-DAN CH’AK-DR’UK-PA-LA CH’AK-TS’AL TO

You wear a great necklace of fifty men ‘s heads, dripping blood.
On your crown, you’re adorned with five dry, jeweled skulls.
You come from your tree and accept our torma offering,
Glorious Six-Armed – homage and praise to you!

SANG-GYA TAN-PA NYAN-PO SUNG-WA-D’ANG
KON-CH’OK U-P’ANG NYAN-PO TO-PA-D’ANG
DAK-CHAK PON-LOP K’OR-D’ANG CHA-NAM-KYI
KYEN-NGAN B’AR-CH’A T’AM-CHA ZHI-WA-D’ANG
CHI-DO NGO-DR’UP NYUR-D’U TSAL-D’U SOL!

Sternly protect the Doctrine of the Buddha!
Sternly praise the height of power of the Jewels!
For us – teachers, disciples and entourage –
Please quell all bad conditions and obstructions,
And grant us quickly whatever siddhis we wish!

MANTRA:
OM BENZA NARA TRIM TRIM HUNG HUNG PHET PHET SOHA

Six-Armed Mahakala in the form commonly practiced in the Shangpa Kagyu tradition

Six-Armed Mahakala as he is practiced in the Gelugpa tradition. Note he stands in the warrior pose compared to the Shangpa Kagyu form in which he stands straight.

Six-Armed Mahakala

Six-Armed Mahakala

Six-Armed Mahakala

 

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Kalarupa

Kalarupa – an emanation of Manjushri

Alternate names: Shinje Chogyal (Tibetan), Yama Dharmaraja (Sanskrit), Black Karma Yama.

Status: Emanation of Manjushri.

Tradition: Gelug.

Known to protect: Special Protector of the Yamantaka Tantras, one of the three principal protectors of the Gelug tradition & protector of the Small Scope of Lam Rim.

Description: Kalarupa is found throughout all the Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug traditions as a special protector associated with the Vajrabhairava Yamantaka Tantras. He is generally said to be the protector that Lama Tsongkhapa chose for the Gelugpa lineage, and as such is practiced throughout all Gelugpa monasteries and institutions, including at Kechara House. He is depicted with his consort Chamundi.

As the protector of the Small Scope of Lam Rim, Kalarupa is the protector of those who observe the law of karma, or cause and effect in their spiritual practice, as he observes both their wholesome and unwholesome actions. Similar to the roles of other Dharma protectors who guard specific teachings, Kalarupa protects Yamantaka practitioners from obstacles arising from their own karma. In addition he assists by creating conducive conditions for the practice of Yamantaka, in order for practitioners to gain high realisations and ultimately enlightenment. This role also includes to protect the teachings from being lost or abused.

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Physical attributes: Kalarupa is dark blue in colour with the fierce head of a buffalo that has very sharp horns. He has three round blood-shot eyes, and his mouth is open revealing razor sharp teeth. In his right hand he holds upraised a bone club which has a skull at the top. In his left hand he holds a lasso.

He is adorned with a crown of five skulls and bone ornaments, and a garland of fifty fleshly severed heads. He is in a wrathful warrior pose, standing on top of a bull. He is accompanied by his consort Chamundi who is also dark blue in colour. In her right hand she holds aloft a trident and in her left hand she holds a skull-cup filled with blood. She wears adornments similar to Kalarupa. Both are do not wear clothes, save for their ornaments.

The buffalo stamps on a lifeless human corpse, which signifies overcoming enemies, obstacles and delusions. This rests on a sun disc symbolising Kalarupa’s attainment of the understanding of emptiness. Kalarupa and consort are surrounded by blazing wisdom fire, which burns up obstacles caused by our karma and delusions.

Prayer:

Praise To The Dharma-King Kalarupa

HUM
Kalarupa, splendid, fierce in form!
A string of human heads, mouths dripping blood
Hangs from your shoulders; destroyer of the pride
Of irresistible Mara-hosts, I praise you!

With vajra song, making great uproar,
I offer a torma, complete in all its parts
Tea and liquor offerings, foes’ minced flesh
And fish, adorned with oceans of blood and fat.

The worst of enemies who harms the
Doctrine Of the Tathagatha, you smash to dust!
From now on, you destroy for us the yogins,
The fears of sickness, age and death – I praise you!

Showing your fangs, as dazzling white as Venus,
Your eyes, destroying enemies, dart like lightning,
As with your pores blazing like the great fire
At time’s end you burn all demon-hosts – I praise you!

Lord of all Mamos, such as Chamundi
Possessed of effulgent splendour like sunlight
When you shout “DZA” to accomplish Divine Activities
You conquer fox-like hindering demons – I praise you!

All demons keep you on their heads like a hat
Your angry, buffalo-demon’s mouth gapes open
And shakes the great earth, screaming, rattling & buzzing
Wielder of skull-club born from YA, I praise you!

Attendants mounted on buffaloes sharp of horns
And hoof, others on dusty whirlwinds, such
As Shakali and Shinje-Bebma – a retinue
Of demons of the three worlds – surround you, I praise you!

O splendid-virtued, forcefully laughing, “HA HA”!
Accept the offerings, ARGHAM and the rest,
And incessantly carry out the promise
You swore before the glorious Yamantaka!

MANTRA:
OM KALARUPA HUNG PHET

Kalarupa

Kalarupa

Kalarupa

 

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Vaishravana

Vaishravana – Buddha of Wealth & Gaurdian of the North

Alternate names: Namtose (Tibetan).

Status: Buddha of Wealth and Guardian King of the North.

Tradition: All traditions.

Known to protect: Buddha Shakyamuni’s Vinaya teachings & special protector of the Medium Scope of Lam Rim.

Description: Within the Gelug tradition, Vaishravana appears twice in the Gelug Refuge tree, but in different forms. In his standing form he appears as one of the Four Heavenly Kings. He is the guardian of the North, living on the northern slope of Mount Meru, protecting the heavens from attack from the Asuras (demi-gods). In this form he is also the King of all the Yaksha beings, with a Naga princess for a consort. As with the rest of the Four Heavenly Kings, he swore and oath to Buddha Shakyamuni to protect the Buddha, the Dharma and those who follow the Buddhist path of practice. He is also considered to be the chief of the Four Heavenly Kings and is commonly portrayed on the walls of monasteries and temples to safe guard from obstacles and interferences.

In the form where he is riding a lion, Namtose is included in the Refuge tree as a wisdom protector, demonstrating his actual enlightened nature. In this form he is both protector and a Buddha of wealth. As the protector the Medium Scope of the Lam Rim, he protects those who practice ethical purity through keeping their various types of vows, especially those who hold their Vinaya or monastic vows.

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Physical attributes: Vaishravana has one face with a very stern expression, with wide and round eyes. He has bushy eyebrows and a beard. Usually he is not shown with his mouth open, because his breath is harmful to others, therefore he keeps his mouth tightly closed. His body is a rich golden colour.

He adorned like an ancient warrior-king, wearing flowing garments, adorned with a jewelled five pronged crown, necklace, bracelets, anklets and gold earrings. The five prongs of his crown symbolise the Five Dhyani Buddhas. He wears trousers and boots similar in style to those from Mongolia. Above this he wears a golden coat of amour and the green scarf of a bodhisattva.

His right hand holds a victory banner as a symbol of his sovereignty, while his left holds a mongoose, commonly associated with good fortune in ancient India. This mongoose spits jewels symbolising his capacity as a Buddha of both spiritual and material wealth, similar to Dzambala. He rides a snow lion.

Prayers:

Praise to Vaishravana

HUM
MIG JIG SENG GEI DAN TENG NA
PHA LA JUNG WAI GON PO NI
NGAL SO GE WA TOB PO CHHE
SA GYA WANG CHHUG KHYO LA DU

Hum
The protector arisen from (the syllable) VAI
Upon a fearless lion seat
Is resting, virtuous and powerful.
I bow to you, the lord of the eight stages.

TSUN MO ZHI DANG SA ZHI DANG
KHYA PAR LA DRUB NO JIN GYA
NOR TER WA YI LU CHHEN GYA
LHA SIN DE GYA KHOR CHA LA
CHHO CHING TO DE CHHAG KYANG TSHAL
DRA GEG MA LU ZHOM PA DANG
JOR PAI LONG CHO PHHUN TSHOG SHING
DO GU YI ZHING DRUB PA DANG
ZHAN DON LHUN GYI DRUB PAR DZO

To you four princesses, four princes,
Eight harm-giving yakshas who do special tasks,
And eight great wealth-granting nagas, along with
You retinue of eight classes of gods and cannibals,
I make offering and prostration.
Destroy my enemies and hindrances without exception,
Bring about perfect enjoyment of wealth,
Fulfil my desires as I wish, and
Spontaneously achieve the welfare of others.

MANTRA:
OM VAISHRAVANA YE SOHA

Vaishravana

Vaishravana

Vaishravana

Vaishravana

 

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Pehar

The oath-bound Pehar

Alternate names: Gyalpo Pehar (Tibetan), Nechung (Tibetan), Dorje Dragden (Tibetan).

Status: Oath-bound Gyalpo spirit.

Tradition: Nyingma & Gelug.

Known to protect: Special Protector of Samye Monastery & installed as a State Protector by His Holiness the Great 5th Dalai Lama.

Description: Pehar was a non-native Gyalpo spirit who resided in Tibet when Guru Rinpoche arrived from India. Guru Rinpoche subdued Pehar, binding him by oath to protect the Dharma at its practitioners. He installed Pehar as the special protector of Samye, the first monastery established in Tibet. Guru Rinpoche also subdued many other Gyalpo spirits and put them under the control of Pehar.

During the time of His Holiness the Great 5th Dalai Lama, Pehar was installed as one of the State Protectors of the Tibetan government. Pehar will take trance in a qualified oracle (known as the Nechung Oracle) to give pronouncements, advice and blessings to the Tibetan government. Hence, Pehar is also commonly known as Nechung. Traditionally this is done on an annual basis, in front of the Dalai Lama, or as and when his assistance is needed.

Pehar actually has five main forms, of his body, speech, mind, qualities and activities. These are known as Monbu Putra, Dra Lha Kye Chigbu, Gya Jin, Shing Cha Chen and Pehar, respectively. The deity that takes trance of the Nechung Oracle is actually an emanation of Dra Lha Kye Chigbu, the speech aspect, known as Dorje Dragden.

Physical attributes: Pehar is white in colour and has three faces. His right face is blue, his central face is white and his left is red. Each face is grimacing, with mouth open baring fangs, with three round and bulging eyes. He has six arms. His primary left hand holds a bow, and his primary right hands holds an arrow drawn on the string of the bow, ready to fire. In his lower right hand he holds a sword and in his lower left hand he holds a stick. In his upper right arm he holds a stick with a taming hook and his upper left hand holds a knife. He wears a tiger skin loin cloth and a round domed traveling hat. He is adorned with various ornaments including necklace, bracelets and anklets. He sits upon a snow lion with a green mane in the middle of sea of blood. He is surrounded by blazing fire.

Prayer:

“In former times at Glorious Red Rock,
Acharya Padmasambhava, inviting the profound vast protector,
Had bound by an oath as the entrusted steward of all Dharma Establishments;
To Pehar I bow.”
– Nyingma praise.

Since Pehar is an oath-bound Dharma protector, it is not advisable to propitiate him without the appropriate permission and teachings from a qualified guru.

Pehar

Pehar

Pehar

Pehar

 

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Four Important Questions

In light of the information shared on various Dharma protectors, I would like to take the opportunity to clarify four questions commonly asked regarding the Dharma protector Dorje Shugden, who is practiced and relied on throughout the Gelug school of Buddhism and the Kechara organisation.

 

Dorje Shugden’s form is wrathful. Isn’t this proof that he is a demon or spirit?

Dorje Shugden – an emanation of Manjushri

Some people mistakenly consider Dorje Shugden to be either a demon or spirit due to his wrathful form (riding a snow lion, carrying a sword and taming hook, etc). This does not make sense when taking into consideration the majority of other Dharma protectors, who similarly have wrathful forms. For example, the wrath of Dharma protectors such as Dorje Shugden is represented in their red and bulging eyes. These protuberant eyes do not arise from anger or evil but due to an abundance of welled up compassion. From this post alone, we can even see that some are even more wrathful in form compared to Dorje Shugden. These include Rahula, who has nine heads and the serpentine body of a Naga and Palden Lhamo who gnaws on a human corpse in her mouth.

This wrath, as mentioned in the introduction, is symbolic of the quality of extreme compassion that enlightened beings have for sentient beings. The analogy mentioned is of a mother scolding her child for doing something that can cause harm, for example playing with fire. This wrathful form is therefore due to their extreme compassion to assist and benefit sentient beings.

When people label Dorje Shugden as a demon due to his form, they are (a) ignoring the form of the majority of other Dharma protectors and (b) limiting the activities of the Buddhas by imposing their own projections. Within Buddhist teachings we are taught not to let our projections, or our expectations of how we think things should be, to cloud our judgement and mind. By judging Dorje Shugden purely on his physical features, we are limiting our understanding of the compassion of the Buddhas. Manjushri, the Buddha of wisdom has indescribable compassion for sentient beings and due to this emanated as Dorje Shugden in order to benefit us. This is similar to Saraswati emanating as Palden Lhamo, Avalokiteshvara emanating as Mahakala Bernagchen, Tara emanating as Ekajati or even Vajrayogini emanating as Achi Chokyi Drolma. The enlightened beings are constantly emanating in various forms to benefit beings. This can even be applied to yidam (meditational) deities as well. For example the well-known Yamantaka is very wrathful and even has a buffalo head.

The fact is, that even though Dorje Shugden’s form can be seen as wrathful, there are many more Dharma protectors and even yidams who are wrathful. The claim is not made that they are demons or spirits, therefore it does not make sense to label Dorje Shugden as such based on his wrathful appearance.

 

Dorje Shugden has violent imagery in his prayers, doesn’t this make him evil?

As explained above, the expression of wrath or violence within Tibetan Buddhism does not necessarily denote good or evil. Rather, in the case of enlightened beings, it is an expression of the love and extreme compassion that they have for us. The practice of Dorje Shugden is just one example with an entire corpus of practices that include such violent imagery. Thus it does not make sense to label Dorje Shugden as evil in light of all other Dharma protector practices.

In fact violence within prayers is characteristic of all Dharma protector practices. It is through this very violence, if we understand its meaning, that we can see the truly compassionate nature of the enlightened beings who appear as Dharma protectors. This violence can be explained in two ways. The first is in relation to the speed in which the Dharma protectors can aid practitioners as mentioned in the introduction. The second is because of our own karma. Since the obstacles we encounter in life are due to karma which can be very heavy, we propitiate the Dharma protectors to help overcome this karma, and to do so quickly and effectively, this needs to manifest as violent in nature. For example if you are walking in the jungle but your way is covered with branches, plants and the like, you do not pick at the plants one by one to make room to pass, but you use a knife to cut away the undergrowth so that you can proceed. This is why Dharma protector practices include violence. This is also a reason why Dharma protectors manifest in wrathful forms too. For example many are seen wearing wrathful ornaments or the clothes of a general, such as Namtose. This is because protectors ‘go to war’ with our karma in order to benefit us on our spiritual journey.

The meaning of this violence within Dharma protector practice has been explained before by His Eminence 25th Tsem Rinpoche in his commentary to the Trakze Dorje Shugden practice. This practice is extremely wrathful in nature, and as such is beneficial to assist practitioners in the dire circumstances such affliction from spirit harm and black magic.

 

Why do you practice Dorje Shugden when he is sectarian? He only protects Gelug practitioners.

As seen from the information above, Dharma protectors have a specific function such as protecting a particular lineage, or certain teachings. For example Dorje Legba is only known to protect the terma teachings, not other teachings. Similarly Dorje Shugden arose to protect the teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa. This however does not make him sectarian. This is clearly evident because he is an enlightened being. As such he views all sentient beings equally with love and compassion. Anybody who prayers to Dorje Shugden will benefit from his practice.

Protectors can arise in order to protect certain lineages such as Achi Chokyi Drolma, who protects the Drikung Kagyu lineage as a whole and Mahakala Bernagchen the Karma Kagyu. They do this because the teachings within these lineages can have a very real benefit in people’s lives, lead them to high attainments and even enlightenment. In other cases protectors can arise in order to protect very specific teachings, such as Dorje Shugden protecting the teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa, Ekajati protecting the terma teachings, or Six-armed Mahakala who protects those practicing the Highest Scope of the Lam Rim. For Vajrayogini practitioners, Citipati is taken as their special protector.

The claim that Dorje Shugden is sectarian because he only protects one lineage is therefore biased and bigoted. All Dharma protectors protect something but they are not all labelled as sectarian. The very fact that these beings protect the various lineages and teachings shows that they are all equally beneficial to spiritual development. If we were to label Dorje Shugden as sectarian, logically, we would need to label all Dharma protectors as sectarian, and ignore the fact that some Dharma protectors are the emanations of the enlightened beings who have perfect equanimity for all sentient beings.

 

Dorje Shugden is wealth god. Why pray to him since praying for wealth will bind one further to samsara?

Gyenze – the increase form of Dorje Shugden

Dorje Shugden can be propitiated for wealth, especially as Gyenze who is his increase form. Gyenze can also be propitiated for much more such as the increase of life-span and merits. However, this ability is not only a part of Dorje Shugden’s practice but of all other Dharma Protectors. This ability is linked to the very function and nature of Dharma protector practice, which is (a) to eliminate obstacles and (b) to provide conducive conditions for spiritual practice.

Due to the circumstances of our human civilisation, providing conducive conditions for spiritual practice necessarily involves the accumulation of wealth to survive. Rather than focus on the actual method, which is the accumulation of wealth, we should think about the motivation behind this accumulation. It is for the furtherance of spiritual practice. Even in monasteries across all Tibetan Buddhist traditions, pujas are conducted to bring wealth and resources for the preservation and furtherance of the teachings leading to enlightenment.

This aspect is just one facet of Dharma protector practice. For example even Citipati is propitiated for the accumulation of wealth, especially in creating conducive conditions for the practice of Vajrayogini. This is even more apparent in the form of Namtose and his epithet of ‘Buddha of Wealth’. Namtose holds a jewel-spitting mongoose, clearly evidence of the fact that his practice can bestow wealth, whether this is outer (wealth) or inner (spiritual attainments).

Therefore this accumulation of wealth is for the higher purpose of spiritual development, rather the accumulation of wealth for samsaric reasons. In essence the practice of Dharma protectors, which includes Dorje Shugden, does not bind one further to samsara, but provides you with the necessary conditions and the great opportunity to practice the Dharma in order to transcend samsara altogether.

 

Conclusion

The practice of propitiating Dharma protectors exists throughout all traditions within Tibetan Buddhism. These beings, whether the holy emanations of the enlightened beings or mundane oath-bound deities, assist practitioners to create conducive conditions and eliminate obstacles facing both their worldly and spiritual lives. As we have seen, wrath plays an important roles in this as a method to overcome the negative karma that stops us from practicing the Dharma.

The claims laid against protectors, such as Dorje Shugden, must be viewed in relation to the entire pantheon of Dharma protectors, the reasons for their various forms and their practices. It is too often the case, that one can have a mistaken understanding of something. As Buddhists, who follow the logical system of analysis as expounded by the historical Buddha Shakyamuni, we shouldn’t take these claims on face value. Instead we need to analyse these claims in relations to Dharma protectors as a whole.

As we have seen, Dharma protectors, some of whom are emanations of enlightened beings can manifest in wrathful forms due to their extreme compassion. They emanate as Dharma protectors for the preservation of lineages or certain teachings which contain methods that lead practitioners out of samsara and therefore their suffering. Certain claims made against Dharma protectors must be understood from a much larger perspective in order to understand the true benefit of their practice.

May the Dharma protectors mentioned in this post, continue to protect practitioners for a long time, helping them in their spiritual journey towards enlightenment!

 

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  2. Ray Ang on Jul 28, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Thanks you Pastor Niral for the sharing!No doubt wrathful appearance of Dharma Protector are pretty scary. I still remember the 1st time when I saw the statue of Dorje Shugden stepping on a human, I was shock & think that maybe my housemate is practicing black magic or something evil..Haha!But after his explanation about Tibetan Buddhism, I begin to understand the real meaning of all these appearance actually is to help us overcome our negative karma. Now I begin to fall in love with Dharma Protector wrathful look,the more wrathful the better!

  3. Joy Kam on Jul 13, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    This is a very very CLEAR list of the popular Dharma Protectors in the Tibetan Pantheon and they are more wrathful than Dorje Shugden himself! How come no one ever calls them a demon? Of course not, they are not being banned.

    What I am amazed is that there are many westerners who have NO CLUE as to what is going on or knows anything about Tibetan Buddhism and Dharma Protectors comes along and starts making snide remarks to put us down, boy that is really so silly. Goes to show how ignorant they are to follow like whatever is said to them before checking. It is not only embarrassing for them but it shows how much people can basically be biased and not even realise that their remarks are a violation of human rights freedom of religion, yet they keep on condemning other countries of human rights abuse and violations. Sounds very illogical to me.

    Unfortunately, this is what we Shugden practitioners go through daily, we cannot even post on social media what we like and believe in freely without a negative remark. This is our reality. Fortunately, after pointing out some facts from this blog post, the person went completely quiet. I hope he/she would be smart enough to please investigate further and really please find out the truth and stop judging and discriminating others for their religious choice, and then from there be at peace. Even if they choose to not accept Dorje Shugden is a Buddha, it is fine but at least behave like a decent human being.

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  4. Sharon Ong on Jul 9, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    A good comprehensive write-up on Dharma Protectors from the different schools of Tibetan Buddhism. One of the things I like about this blog is it features articles about other schools of Tibetan Buddhism, not just the Gelug lineage. This is such a good way for us to learn, understand and respect other’s faith and practices.

    It is interesting to note that while it is accepted as a norm that unenlightened protectors are propitiated by other schools but enlightened Protector Dorje Shugden is deemed by some parties as controversial and its practitioners are being marginalised for their practice.

    Through this write-up, it is clear that all the major schools of Tibetan Buddhism rely on different protectors. Hence, I do not understand why practitioners of Dorje Shugden are singled out as sectarian.

  5. Vivian Ong on Jul 5, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Thank you Pastor Niral for sharing this article about Dharma Protectors. It is good to learn and know about the various Dharma Protectors for our own knowledge. First of the few Dharma Protectors in this article needs initiation from a qualified master. Some of the Dharma Protectors in this article is oath-bound by Guru Rinpoche. Meaning to say they are unenlightened Dharma Protectors. It is best to practice from enlightened Dharma Protectors like Dorje Shugden and Setrap. But different practitioners have different practices and needs.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  6. Pastor Antoinette on Jul 5, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Dharma Protectors are very important for our practice as we can face a lot of obstacles and difficulties. When we have a Protector things will be smoother and it will be easier for us to practice. There are Dharma Protectors in every tradition and some look quite scary.

    Dorje Shugden is the protector of the Gelug school but he will help everybody who requests his help sincerly. We even don’t need to be Buddhist to protected by Dorje Shugden. There is no doubt for me that Dorje Shugden is a fully enlightened being. I hope that everyone will be blessed by Dorje Shugden as we all need much help here in samsara. Thank you H.E. Tsem Rinpoche for giving us such a powerful practice.

    Thank you Pastor Niral for the interesting information on different protectors with their prayers.

  7. Mingwen on Jul 5, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Buddhas comes in many forms, each form suit different individuals. Hence, Dharma extremely powerful and effective to free us from sufferings.

    We have our own narrowed minds that always assume Buddha MUST be in peaceful form and the evil ones MUST be in wrathful form. Things happen for reasons, we should not be close minded and be stubborn.

    Dorje Shugden, the powerful Dharma protector is definitely an enlightened being. If we really take time to study on him, read his stories and prayers, even though it’s wrathfull which seem violence, mentioning blood, bones, internal organs, killing, it’s for the sake of us! They are all representing ours negative karma and sufferings. We should say thank you to Dorje Shugden, if not then we should keep our mouth shut, because we do not want to study more about him but only condemn him due to narrowed minds.

  8. Pastor Chia on Jul 5, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Dharma protector wrathful look it might look scary but his function to protecting dharma to grow and remove obstacle for practitioner are undenileable. Just like the parent using wrath method to protecting children to get hurt. When i come across dharma protector, i always feel their kindness to preserve dharma. For example, Enligten protector Dorje Shugden have 5 emenation, so he able to help sentient being all kind of needs, free them from obstacle, collecting merit through their practice. What move me is their vow to protecting dharma, preserve the lineage to pass down to future generation. This show how dharma protector compassion and selflessly to protect practitioner.
    Thank you for Pastor Niral to come out this article to gain more knowledge from different lineage protector.

  9. Pastor Albert on Jul 5, 2017 at 3:06 am

    This is a very informative article on Protector, it clearly stated the tradition, function and the origin of each protector. Dorje Shugden look wrathful? Seriously, among all the protectors, I felt that Dorje Shugden look the most gentle, the other protectors are even more scary than Dorje Shugden, so does that mean these 10 protectors are also devil?

    Each tradition has their own protector practice, not only that, in fact, different monasteries has their own protector lineage too, so what does sectarian mean? Different protector being practiced by different lineage, so are they sectarian too?

    I’m not sure about other protector, but before I was introduced to Dorje Shugden, I started with the practice of Setrap first, his prayer too contains violent imagery, so can we say Setrap is a Demon when everyone knows that he is the wrathful emanation of Amitabha Buddha.

    Dorje Shugden has a wealth emanation, but at the same time, he also has the healing form, control form and subdue form, this 4 qualities clearly shows that he is an enlightened protector, his this very 4 qualities are here to help the practitioners.

    If Dorje Shugden is really a demon, he will definitely not provide any aid in our spiritual practice. I trust the 10 protectors mentioned in this article, I trust Setrap and I trust Dorje Shugden, because I only see good things happened for the people who practiced them.

  10. June Kang on Jul 5, 2017 at 2:44 am

    When I started to learn Buddhism which is at that time i were learning Mahayana Buddhism and peoples will call those people who donated a big sum of money as Dharma protectors. The reason given was those people given money to support the Dharma grow. And in Mahayana, they will not strong recommendation of protector teaching or practice. Until I came to Tibetan Buddhism, I started to learn that protector practice is also important in our daily practice, protector not only protect the Dharma, he will also arrange the conditions that are most conducive for our Dharma practice. For example, Dorje Shugden will bless our minds to help us transform difficult situations into the spiritual path. If we have strong faith in Dorje Shugden protector he will open our wisdom eyes enabling us always to make the right decisions especially during the Dharma degenerate time. That is why protector practice is important also.

    Thank you for sharing this article and interesting to know others protectors also.

  11. Tek Lee on Jul 5, 2017 at 1:21 am

    Thank you Pastor Niral, Martin and Pastor Antoinette for posting this article. It is indeed very interesting to know other Dharma protector from other lineage. And which Protector is the emanation of which Buddha. Yes, can be said all of the Protectors have one thing in common, they have wrathful look. But like Pastor Niral mentioned, wrathful is swiftness. All the Protectors is to guide us, protect us, and help us swiftly. Other than this, I am always given an example, like a mother scolds her kid who always repeat the same mistake. The mother is wrathful is because she loves her kid. She doesn’t want her kid to repeat the same mistake again and again. Sames goes to all the protectors, out of compassion, of course all the Protectors love their practitioners. And because they want to guide us and don’t want us to be diligent and don’t repeat our same mistake in our spiritual path, their wrathful look is to remind us not to repeat the same mistake and be diligent. I love my Protector Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden loves us too. I believe Dorje Shugden saw that his practitioners have to go through all the hardship because of the ban, the ban will be lifted soon _/\_

    • Tek Lee on Jul 5, 2017 at 1:36 am

      Sorry, typo “…because they want to guide us and “don’t” want us to be diligent….”
      It should be “…because they want to guide us and “want” us to be diligent…”

  12. Justin Cheah on Jul 5, 2017 at 12:26 am

    It is fascinating to have article about Dharma Protectors especially the ones we do not necessarily know of. There are actually plenty more Dharma Protectors that isn’t written about in this article but I felt it is already informative enough for us to reap the benefit of reading it.

    In my honest opinion, I felt the “scary” faces we see are just projections made by our very own mind, why deities and protectors are of fierce or wrathful figurines are merely symbolism and it was “designed” to combat our negativities hence it should be viewed positively instead. This is also why I am ever comfortable to accept Tibetan Buddhism because it is all explainable and with logic.

  13. Pastor Henry Ooi on Jul 4, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    This wonderful article shows that wrath does not necessarily mean negative or evil. Research, understanding, knowledge give clarity to things we do not comprehend with our untrained mind.

    I was very fortunate to have visited Trode Khangsar during my visit to Lhasa many years ago. I was visiting Tibet with some friends and we were guided to this holy chapel by a local Tibetan where we made butter lamp offering outside the chapel. Once inside, we were shown a Dorje Shugden thangka and were told it was a very old and blessed thangka. We had to be careful not to be seen entering and leaving the compounds of the chapel. This was how bad the ban on the practice of Dorje Shugden was and still is today. We were told stories of how people who refused to give up the practice were beaten up and stabbed with knives. Stories like how a local thangka painter was stabbed when he continued to take orders to paint Dorje Shugden. Fortunately the thangka painter survived the knife attack.

  14. pammie yap on Jul 4, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    If one were to ask me to choose from the list of protectors above, I believe that I will choose Dorje Shugden as my protector. Among all, Dorje Shugden looks the most ‘normal’ and I don’t find Him wrathful nor ‘scary’ like the others. And no matter what they look like, its their wisdom and compassion to help us that makes it important. Its like judging a book by its cover. Because of the many obstacles and negative karma, I totally believe in needing them to ‘help’ me on my spiritual path.

    I believe that people who are anti Dorje Shugden and people who are misled, are just making excuses to say that Dorje Shugden is a ‘demon’. For eg. There are many of the protectors highlighted above, protect certain teachings or sect, but they are not considered as sectarian while Dorje Shugden is because He protect the Gelugs? Very illogical. Some of them are not even attained!

    Every practice and teachings comes from a lineage. From one Guru to another until our Guru and down to us. If the practice is wrong, then what about all those who have practiced it way before us. If it is bad, then how did the practice last so long and through so many attained teachers?

  15. nicholas on Jul 4, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Thanks a lot for sharing this articles. It does give a clear picture of what a protector all about and from different lineages. In a nut shell all protector has their own function and their wrathful appearance and violent imagery in their prayers are for compassionate reason. We should not judge just from what we see and feel but if we really want to know we should study it well to understand them. Generalise and being bias is not the way to learn. Dorje Shugden and other protectors have their own lineage and reason to manifest to help the people for their spiritual practice.

    Thanks again for the insightful information on various protectors. It’s really interesting to learn about them.

  16. Esther Goh on Jul 4, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Thank you Pastor Niral, Pastor Antoinette and Martin Chow for sharing this fascinating article. Now I have a clearer understanding of the different Dharma Protectors in various forms and their roles in helping us in our spiritual path. I have also learnt why Dharma Protectors appear in such wrathful forms. Tibetan Buddhism has opened my mind to so much knowledge. Every post that I read is a learning curve towards my Dharma practice.

  17. Andrea Lai on Jul 3, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    It’s really interesting reading article that is related to our practices, like studying history. It gives much useful introduction of other Dharma Protectors from other sects, as well as the prayers and lineage. Thank you, Pastor Niral for sharing this article, Pastor Antoinette and Martin Chow for assisting.

  18. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 5:26 am

    What a refreshing change! ‘Suzy in Hawaii’ who clearly can think for herself and see beyond her own old prejudice discovers the goodness and beauty of the Dorje Shugden practice. What an uplifting account from an honest and spiritual person- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4&t=11s

    Suzy

  19. Samfoonheei on Nov 12, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Thank you Pastor Niral,Martin and Pastor Antoinette for the sharing.clear and understanding post of Dharma Protectors of Tibetan Buddhism.Its good knowledge to know of the lineage of Dharma Protectors.
    Dharma protectors exists throughout all traditions within Tibetan Buddhism. Some of Dharma protectors whom are emanations of enlightened beings can manifest in wrathful forms due to their extreme compassion.
    Our protector Dorje Shugden is one of them which have benefits us a lot.
    The claims against Dorje Shugden, must be viewed and understand much larger perspective.
    May the ban on Dorje Shugden be over soon,

  20. Anne Ong on Oct 18, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    This is a very insightful and interesting article. We can see the common elements that Dharma Protectors have, which is wrathful and with fierce expression. Thank you Pastor Niral,Martin and Pastor Antoinette for the sharing this great write up on Dharma Protectors
    from different lineages.

  21. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 15, 2016 at 3:19 am

    Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa, Tibet

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Tsem Rinpoche


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

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

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    The 5th Dalai Lama’s Prayer to Dorje Shugden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Eric kksiow on Jul 4, 2017 at 11:25 pm

      First of all, i would like to Thanks to PNP, PHO, NIC and KFR team for the discussion, gain lots of knowledge.

      I always explained to customers ( from KP ), why our protector look’s so wrathful one. My explanation is : If your children naughty, would you angry? If your children like to play water under the rains, will they get sicks? If yes, what would you do? Parents of course will angry to their children, right? But the motivations of angry is good or bad? Their answers ( of course good lah ). We want our children to be good and out from sicks mah..

      So.. I told them ( KP customers ” parents ” ) same as our Protector too, Protector looks angry coz he want us to be good and not to a bad person.

  22. Wan Wai Meng on Sep 11, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Thank you Pastor Niral, for sharing with us other dharma protectors that are being propitiated outside of the Gelug Tradition. One of the thins I learnt from this article that it is not sectarian if a dharma protector arose to protect a particular lineage, type of teachings or even higher practices.

    All dharma protectors help spiritual practitioners to have conducive conditions to they can practice and focus well on their spiritual pursuits. As with the many tantric and wrathful countenance of the Tibetan Buddhist protectors and yidams, perhaps what one should consider is not to be taken in by the appearance. Example not everyone who smiles and has a beautiful face, are kind and not everyone with not so pleasant countenance is harmful. We need to penetrate deeper than what we see just with our eyes.

  23. Datuk May on Jul 11, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Dear Pastor Niral,

    It is true that in Tibetan Buddhism there is a lot of emphasis on Dharma Protectors. Most Dharma Protectors appear in wrathful forms of which you have eloquently explained why. Dharma Protectors whom each Vajrayana Buddhist choose to propitiate is the Guardian angel who helps him/her to travel his/her path with better ability to eventually reach enlightenment.

    As such I would also like to mention that in other religions too there are guardian angels who will help the practitioners. Therefore it is my opinion that protectors for religious/spiritual practitioners are wonderful and compassionate beings.

    Especially in the case of Kechara whose Protector is Dorje Shugden, a fully enlightened Buddha.

    Thank you for such an informative post and I like to share it with all my friends on facebook.

  24. Wylfred Ng on Jul 4, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Thank you Pastor Niral for the sharing on Dharma Protectors from different lineage.

    This is an interesting article. We can see the common elements that a Dharma Protectors have, which is wrathful and with fierce expression.
    Some might think that the protector practice is scar due to their expression, but if we understand buddhism further, the dharma protectors just manifested their compassion in the wrathful way. Their purpose is the same as Buddha, to assist us to achieve enlightenment and bodhicitta.

    Some might use the point that Dorje Shugden practice is not a genuine practice as the Dorje Shugden Kangsol is very wrathful. But actually all the Dharma Protectors prayers are wrathful.

    Thank you

  25. Shane Jayasuriya on Jun 19, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    very good article about dharma protectors .. Thank you Pastor Niral. _/\_

  26. CindyH on Jun 10, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    When you reflect upon it, the existence of enlightened Dharmapalas is a testament of great compassion at play. Knowing full well that we would have difficulties and distractions when it comes to Dharma practice, these enlightened beings manifest in various forms best suited to assist us. One of such is manner is by manifesting as Dharmapalas to primarily support our spiritual progress and practice. Since problems, afflictions and obstacles are a plenty to hamper spiritual progress in samsara, the Dharmapala practice allows for an avenue removal of such obstacles and also a support system to practice Dharma. It has been said to be akin to having a special friend who acts as a guardian angel to safeguard our spiritual path and our general wellbeing.

    Even the physical forms in which they take are actually meant to benefit us. The wrathfulness stems from their urgency to bless and protect us (most likely since they can see what in store for us in the future if we don’t change and embrace Dharma). The wrath of Dharmapalas is also a representation of the swiftness in which they can deliver their assistance. That being said, whilst the Dharmapalas are able to deliver swiftly, the actual speed or swiftness in which we receive such aid from our Dharma Protector depends on a few factors – the spiritual relationship we have with our Guru, the affinity we have forged with the Dharma Protector over time, and how well we keep our spiritual vows and commitments. Bottom line is the better we maintain these, the faster we are able to receive such assistance and we need to do our part in generating merits so the Dharma Protector can help us. If you examine the wrathful features of enlightened Dharmapalas, they are laden with meanings which serve as reminders to us in relation to Dharma practice.
    The wrathful form which is not conforming to general view of enlightened beings also can be said to be a form of teaching as it challenges our perceptions and prompt us to think. It reveals to us the (problematic) way we think and perceive things, whether you take things at face value or really take time to investigate and find out the real nature of things.

    Similarly, when it comes to the misconceptions about Dorje Shugden, the thing is whether to dismiss, not find out and blindly take information as gospel truth because it fits into the norm of things or do we take the time to investigate when presented with information offering an alternative explanation?

  27. NUTroll on Apr 30, 2016 at 10:36 am

    some Protective energies are very serious . Its intresting point of view: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cg_XSOQWMAAg4Az.jpg

  28. Uncle Eddie on Apr 29, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Yes, all Dharma Protectors do usually appear in a ferocious form of a wrathful demeanour, with a ferocity that knows no bound as described in some transformation. This is said to be the terrifying form of the “Buddha of wisdom personified enlightenment”, through the conquest of anger, for all “ugliness” arising from inner spiritual obstacles i,e. fear, hatred, pride and jealousy. This intensed “ugliness” and fiercefulness serve as a teaching to remind us that all the causes and effects of anger arising from ignorance are “ugly”, distorted and even so frightening! As said, in the aspect of a supramandane protector, like our Dorje Shugden, he is just like one of the many emanations of Manjushri, Yamantaka, four-faced Mahakala or Kalarupa. It is therefore, incorrect to malign the deeds of a Buddha appearing in various illusory emanations in order to subdue any evil beings! Due to his enlightened compassion, Dorje Shugden with his emanation of manjushri may also have to emanate in various other forms to help practitioners. It is also said that he can display in the forms of birds, deer, maras, rakshas, the blind or mained as shown in the sutras. The practice of Dorje Shugden has been in the Sakya lineage for over 400 years, and that Dorje Shugden is none other than Lord Manjushri, who is beneficial to all beings! So how can anyone be wrong in relying on Dorje Shugden when he is actually relying on Manjushri, a Buddha of Wisdom, when so many great learned and highly attained masters have attested to whatever is practised is true, proper and geniune!!! Thank you, Pastor Nira Patel, for your wonderful article which I have enjoyed reading so much!

  29. Alice Tay on Apr 28, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    感谢仁波切和Pastor Niral和其他幕后成员无私的收集这些护法的资料,让我们真的获益不浅。

    在藏传佛教,每一传承都有不一样的护法,但是博文里有提到一些传承也有共同的护法如:
    1. Mahakala Bernagchen – 噶玛噶举派和宁玛派传承
    2. Citipati – 萨迦派和格鲁派传承
    3. Six-Armed Mahakala – 香巴噶举派和格鲁派传承
    4. Vaishravana – 所有传承
    5. Pehar – 宁玛派和格鲁派传承

    护法除了主要护持佛法以外,还会帮助修行者,给他们创造有利的修行条件,排除来自各方面的各种障碍。而我们常见到的护法如金甲衣护法和以上所提到的护法都是愤怒相的化身。原因是护法有着无比的慈悲化现为愤怒及强大的能量来协助我们克服内在及外在的世俗障碍,好让我们在修行道路更称心。这就好像一位母亲为了避免孩子受到或造成任何伤害之前而责骂他们,比如在玩火。这愤怒的呈现,其实是因为有他们慈悲的协助而利益更多众生。

    其实相比之下多杰雄登护法和以上所提到的护法,多杰雄登护法是更容易被人们接受。因为多杰雄登护法是以一个出家人的形象和我们更靠近,而且可以更迅速的帮我们消除障碍。希望会有更多人可以有机会阅读这篇博文来了解每个护法的背景。在事情还未搞清楚之前,有时候沉默是最好的选择,因为至少不会说错话而造下恶业。

  30. Shelly tai on Apr 27, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Thank you Pastor Niral for explaining to us the benefits of Dharma protector, prior to joining Kechara I always missunderstand all these wrathful image that I come across is like someone propitiate demon very scary to even look at the statute but after understand more about all these wrathful image the benefits and why they appers to us in this wrathful form I do not see them as scary and evil anymore .

  31. Stella Cheang on Apr 27, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Dharmapalas practice is a common practice in Tibetan Buddhism, because of the function of Dharmapala. They arise to support our spiritual progress and practice through a number of methods. As human beings, we are never short of worldly problems on a daily basis and most of the time these problems consume almost all of our time and effort, technically rendering us hapless in pursue of spiritual development. Hence, we propitiate Dharmapala to help us remove obstacles and difficulties that block spiritual progress.

    Dharmapalas often arise in wrathful forms with wrathful sounding liturgies. Pastor Niral explains here that the “wrath is testament to their quality of extreme compassion which motivates them to act urgently to bless and protect”, akin to a “…mother angry at her child for doing something that can cause harm”. Dharmapalas in wrathful form also means the speed in which the particular protector can come to our aid.

    From the 10 different Dharmapalas shared here, it is apparent that each and every one of them are in wrathful form, and has violent imagery, but it does not mean that they are demon or evil. In fact, most of the Dharmapalas depicted here are emanation of enlightened beings such as Heruka & Vajrayogini, Tara, Chenrezig, Saraswati and Manjushri. Therefore it is inessential to judge a Dharmapala by his look.

    Due to the circumstances Dharmapala arose, they have a specific purpose or function; e.g. protecting a particular lineage, or certain teachings. They do this because the teachings within these lineages can have a very real benefit in people’s lives, lead them to high attainments and even enlightenment. Protecting a teaching or lineage specifically does not automatically mean it is sectarian. In fact, out of great compassion, Dharmapala such as Dorje Shugden treats all sentient beings equally with love and compassion.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Niral for this detailed article on Dharmapala.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  32. Chris Chong on Apr 24, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Dear Pastor Niral,

    Thank you for presenting this information on Rinpoche’s blog. I enjoyed reading it very much.

    Dharma protectors had been propitiated in many different lineages other than Gelug. Many of them have wrathful appearance and gore iconography. It is due to their extreme compassion that they manifested in that way. If one conclude that Dorje Shugden is a demon because he is “evil” looking with the fierce iconography and goring details, that person is clearly ignorant. Clearly they are not studied dharma and familiar with Tibetan Buddhism. How can they condemn something that they are not familiar with ?

    One might also say, Dorje Shugden practice promotes materialism because he has an increasing form, Gyenze. There are many deities in Buddhism that can grant increase in wealth when are propitiated. Example will be Yellow Dzambala and Namtose. They blessing can bring increase energy to practitioners in their outer AND inner wealth. So it not just about the money. Many of us pray to the Buddhas for a better life , better job and better financial security. Does this mean the Buddhas are promoting materialism too ?

    Dorje Shugden is a fully enlightened Dharma Protector that can benefit alot of practitioners in this age. Let’s be objective when we look at the arguments made to condemn Dorje Shugden as demon. Be fair and be neutral. Stop being ignorant.

    Chrid

    • Pastor Niral Patel on Apr 26, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      Well said Chris. Thanks for sharing your understanding. As you’ve mentioned there are many practices within Tibetan Buddhism that are known to provide practitioners with better material circumstances, and one must understand the reason for this. It is so that practitioners have the means of survival so that they can spend more time practicing the Dharma to better themselves.

      It is very sad when people denigrate Dorje Shugden’s practice as nothing more than a practice to gain wealth, and therefore samsaric in nature. This is obviously because these people are not using a logical Buddhist understanding of the practice.

      In fact many of these very same people who denigrate Dorje Shugden for this, themselves practice deities that can bring material benefit such as Dzambala or Namtose. This just shows the double-standards that people are operating by. Its a shame for sure, but as highlighted in the post, if one really looks at the situation from a logical Buddhist perspective, one comes to the understanding that Dorje Shugden’s practice is not samsaric in nature but has a great impact in our spiritual lives. This is because his practice provides us with the conducive conditions necessary for spiritual practice, leading to the ending of suffering and for others when we ourselves achieve enlightenment.

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  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Apr 20. 2018 09:57 PM
    During the papacy of Pope Leo X, a widely practiced way of fundraising was to offer salvation to people who could afford it; meaning the rich people could done all evil and gone sin-free. Much fund was needed in order to sustain the Pope’s lavish patronage in culture and arts. He practiced nepotism, which was no difference from abuse of power. It seemed that Pope Leo X was a corrupted leader, abused his authority and manipulated religious issues for his personal gain. One would wondered how a religious leader could have no discipline in his controlling his own desire and only cared about himself and his crony. It certainly cast much bad light on the religion he represented. Unfortunately, all the above traits are familiar to us because they are extremely similar to how the CTA rules today from Dharamsala. The CTA is corrupted, abuses their power and manipulates religious affairs to suit their personal gain; i.e. cover their failure and to raise fund in fake pretext. May more people see the truth behind the CTA ugly intention and step forward or step up to challenge them. Thank you for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/the-controversial-pope-leo-x.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 20. 2018 01:12 PM
    Interesting……..discovery by scientist that extra terrestrials have visited Earth for millions of years ago.. From the age of the dinosaurs to ancient Egypt, from early cave drawings to continued mass sightings in the US. They are convinced and reveals that the truth about mankind’s contact with extra terrestrial aliens long ago including historical text and photos. Hundreds of strange disks are discovered in a cave in China that appear to tell the story of an ancient extra terrestrial crash on Earth. Having discovered ancient gold mine has proven to be of hundreds thousand years old pointing to the theory and facts of an extinct civilisation of aliens on earth. Multiple cultures from different part of the world has shared experiences of alien visitation as well ,proving that ancient aliens definitely exists even before mankind.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting video and glad to know more of the discoveries .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ancient-aliens-season-1-episode-4-the-mission.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 20. 2018 01:11 PM
    So touching watching this amazing video of the leopard showing love and compassion to a different species ,a small tiny baboon. The leopard even to the extend helping the tiny baboon on to the tree. Its very rare leopard not kill other beings. Animals experience the same range of emotions as humans, and researchers have proven that some animals do feel a full range of emotions, including fear, joy, happiness, shame, embarrassment, resentment, jealousy, rage, anger, and love. Hence do not hurt and kill animals , give them a chance to live like humans. Go on vegetarian is the best choice.
    Thank you for sharing Rinpoche.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/leopard-saves-baby-baboon-must-watch.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 20. 2018 01:11 PM
    Life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer. To strive for a more impressive meaningful , purposeful in life which involves recognising and accepting our higher potential will be more rewarding. With the powerful Dharma Protector …Dorje Shugden guiding us is indeed a define success in our heart of hearts. The powerful Protector will helps us nor matter when and what race and faith when we trusted fully in it. We will become inspired, have peace of mind and be able to achieve much more in life beyond. It will change our life , doing the activities that we love and spending time with the people that we love. By cultivating the ability to help people be happy, and to relieve them of the suffering they experienced.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Stella for this beautiful article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/finding-deeper-meaning-in-life-with-dorje-shugden.html
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Apr 20. 2018 06:10 AM
    Thank you Rinpoche and the support team for all of these inspirational quotes that really make us think deeply about various aspects of life.

    A question comes to mind: ”What are we waiting for?” Do the dharma work before it is too late as death can happen at any time.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/people-for-peace.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 19. 2018 11:42 AM
    Interesting article……as I used to think that angel are associated with the Christian faith. As I see pictures of angels always adorned in white and in the light. There also appeared in the holy scriptures and graphics on walls of ancient buildings. After reading this article I concluded that I believe aliens and angels do exist as be extra-terrestrials who may be beings from different realms. In Buddhism, there are some other forms of life existing in other parts of the universe.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting video and article

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/are-angels-ancient-aliens-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 19. 2018 11:42 AM
    Beautiful poems , it’s a reminder for us all to appreciate our life as life is short and unpredictable. We could liberate our sufferings by learning , practicing dharma and doing dharma work to live our life meaningful. Free ourselves from suffering and live a life of compassion, fearlessness and joy.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful poem.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/suffering-is-my-protector.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 18. 2018 09:36 PM
    This article is beautifully presented to capture the contribution of our forefathers who brought with them development and prosperity to Bentong and also other parts of Malaysia. During those days, many immigrants from China came to Malaysia and invested their wealth and effort in this land that was rich in natural resources but otherwise raw and untouched. They made this land their home. Because of them, Bentong is now prosperous and thriving with businesses and industries that can compete in the world arena. Thank you for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/chinese-influx-to-bentong-in-the-early-days.html#comments
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 18. 2018 02:56 PM
    Wow…..amazing watching such a very rare video. We are so fortunate able to see this with a better knowledge of oracles that have existed over thousands years ago in Tibet. This is a very valuable information which provide a great insight into the world of oracles in exiled Tibet. Watching Namsel Donma the only woman oracle was fantastic, she is so strong, powerful and so as the rest of the man oracle in the video. It show us that there are other forms of spiritual beings do exist as depicted in statues and thangkas. HH Dalai Lama gave a good explanation of the incredible phenomena of oracles. I do enjoyed watching, thank you Rinpoche for sharing this rare video.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/videos/fantastic-oracle-film.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 18. 2018 02:55 PM
    The fire puja is a powerful traditional Tibetan ritual that calls upon the power of Gyenze. An emanation of Manjushri, Dorje Shugden is the Protector of the Gelug lineage who will help us regardless of race and religion. To increase wealth, prosperity, resources, life force, and blessings for anyone who fully rely and have trust. Fire puja is also one of the most effective practices available today. Its conducted by ritual masters and Tibetan Buddhist sangha. I am fortunate to have witnessed the Fire Puja at Kechara Forest Retreat. Thank you Rinpoche and those involved the preparation.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/gyenze-fire-puja-or-the-fire-puja-of-the-wealth-increasing-form-of-dorje-shugden.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Wednesday, Apr 18. 2018 02:52 AM
    “Desperation is a necessary ingredient to learning anything or creating anything. Period. If you ain’t desperate at some point, you ain’t interesting.”

    – Jim Carrey
  • Alice Tay
    Wednesday, Apr 18. 2018 01:10 AM
    Congratulations to Pastor Henry and KSK. It is not an easy task to look for sponsors, volunteers and the target of underprivileged people to be assisted. All the efforts contributed by KSK are deserved that award.

    The existence of KSK is not only benefit to the underprivileged people but also the volunteers whether they’re employees of corporate companies or individual. As per report, 99% of the activities in the organization are run by volunteers. It’s very encouraging that KSK becomes a platform in providing opportunity to the people to practice kindness, caring, loving and to build a better relationship and understand each other.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/reuters-kechara-soup-kitchen-wins-world-csr-leadership-award.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Apr 17. 2018 11:07 PM
    It is really encouraging to read about Tibetans who made it in life and became successful. One thing in common about all of them is that they are not a subject under the leadership of Dalai Lama and CTA. It is not surprising because Dalai Lama and CTA rule with fear and oppression. For example, policies that discriminate against Dorje Shugden people; which include depriving them from public school, public medical aid, and positions in public office. With so many oppression and restriction to move ahead in life, it is no wonder that the Tibetans living under the leadership of Dalai Lama and CTA can hardly make it.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/why-are-these-tibetans-successful-without-the-cta.html#comments
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 17. 2018 11:06 AM
    Congratulations Kechara Soup Kitchen been conferred the World CSR Leadership Award. It has come a long way to be recognised as one of the leading NGO’s in Malaysia. Kechara Soup Kitchen was founded by HEthe 25th Tsem Rinpoche more than 10 years ago, having experienced hunger and hardship before ,he knew how it is like without food. With the partnership with the Malaysian government Kechara Soup Kitchen has indeed help countless of homeless, hunger poverty among the communities. From Kuala Lumpur as the first place have open up more branches to Penang, Ipoh ,Johor to name a few. Wow ….can imagine serving over 1,500,000 meals and an average of 10,000 vegetarian meals been distributed every month to homeless people regardless of races and religions. Not only distributing foods, KSK have expanded other projects which include the Kechara Food Bank and outpatient medical services and medication to the homeless. With the kind assistance of medical doctors, kind generous sponsors and our dedicated volunteers , many homeless and underprivileged has benefited. Many corporate companies have taken part as their corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes which is a good approach.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Henry Ooi for sharing this wonderful news and much of KSK .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/reuters-kechara-soup-kitchen-wins-world-csr-leadership-award.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 17. 2018 11:05 AM
    Eight wonderful days, Su Ming and team worked tirelessly going from one place to another assisting Khensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende to a full medical check up. Su Ming and team are fortunate to severe a Great Lama indeed. Rejoice .We need to be more mindful of others .
    Thank you so much, Rinpoche, for sharing this loving post.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/whats-a-meaningful-pilgrimage.html

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Sculpture demigoddesses Singhini (lioness goddess) on the upper terrace in front of Nyatapola temple in Bhaktapur, Nepal.
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Sculpture demigoddesses Singhini (lioness goddess) on the upper terrace in front of Nyatapola temple in Bhaktapur, Nepal.
How fortunate I am to be sitting in my room, with a rosary in my hand reciting the mantra given to me by my compassionate guru and to meditate in developing a compassionate heart and purifying my karmas. How fortunate I am to be able to spend my time in such a meaningful manner. Tsem Rinpoche
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How fortunate I am to be sitting in my room, with a rosary in my hand reciting the mantra given to me by my compassionate guru and to meditate in developing a compassionate heart and purifying my karmas. How fortunate I am to be able to spend my time in such a meaningful manner. Tsem Rinpoche
Comic drawn by Tendor, a prominent Free Tibet activist-Every Tibetan knows that although His Holiness the Dalai Lama says he is retired from politics, he is in full control of the Tibetan government in exile. No member of the government will dare carry out any decisions without His Holiness\' approval. He is retired for the sake of the west so he does not look like a dictator.~Tenzin Damchoe
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Comic drawn by Tendor, a prominent Free Tibet activist-Every Tibetan knows that although His Holiness the Dalai Lama says he is retired from politics, he is in full control of the Tibetan government in exile. No member of the government will dare carry out any decisions without His Holiness' approval. He is retired for the sake of the west so he does not look like a dictator.~Tenzin Damchoe
It would be wonderful if everyone can recite these two mantras 100k each focusing on Shakyamuni Buddha and His powerful healing energies. Not collectively but each person 100k each of each mantra. Praise to Shakyamuni the Sage who showed us a permanent way to bliss.
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It would be wonderful if everyone can recite these two mantras 100k each focusing on Shakyamuni Buddha and His powerful healing energies. Not collectively but each person 100k each of each mantra. Praise to Shakyamuni the Sage who showed us a permanent way to bliss.
In Tibet Shannan area Riwoche Ling Monastery, devotees are putting Tsem Rinpoche\'s photo inside the cabinet together with the Buddha he loves - Dorje Shugden
在西藏山南日乌曲林寺,信徒们把詹杜固仁波切的法照和他最敬爱的多杰雄登护法像摆在一起
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In Tibet Shannan area Riwoche Ling Monastery, devotees are putting Tsem Rinpoche's photo inside the cabinet together with the Buddha he loves - Dorje Shugden 在西藏山南日乌曲林寺,信徒们把詹杜固仁波切的法照和他最敬爱的多杰雄登护法像摆在一起
Please read this..thank you.
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Please read this..thank you.
A beautiful Dorje Shugden depicted in Druid and newage style. There are many more here and free downloads in high file: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924
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A beautiful Dorje Shugden depicted in Druid and newage style. There are many more here and free downloads in high file: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924
Here, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche (left), one of the tutors of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, confers one of the many countless tantric initiations on the Dalai Lama (right). You can see a young Dalai Lama bowing in this picture with Trijang Rinpoche blessing him. Trijang Rinpoche is therefore undoubtedly the Dalai Lama’s tantric master. A great master at that. Tsem Rinpoche
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Here, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche (left), one of the tutors of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, confers one of the many countless tantric initiations on the Dalai Lama (right). You can see a young Dalai Lama bowing in this picture with Trijang Rinpoche blessing him. Trijang Rinpoche is therefore undoubtedly the Dalai Lama’s tantric master. A great master at that. Tsem Rinpoche
This is a very sacred statue of Buddha Chenresig (Avalokitesvara/Kuan Yin) that manifested many miracles in North India. Read and see more pictures and understand the background here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=153802
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This is a very sacred statue of Buddha Chenresig (Avalokitesvara/Kuan Yin) that manifested many miracles in North India. Read and see more pictures and understand the background here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=153802
Wonderful updated version of The Promise book is out! Please get your copy. Much more new information included.
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Wonderful updated version of The Promise book is out! Please get your copy. Much more new information included.
\"Bhagavani, source of all wonders, Vasudhara, Goddess of splendour and fortune, bestower of auspicious mental desires; homage to the Goddess Wish-fulfilling Wheel.\" (Sakya liturgical verse).
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"Bhagavani, source of all wonders, Vasudhara, Goddess of splendour and fortune, bestower of auspicious mental desires; homage to the Goddess Wish-fulfilling Wheel." (Sakya liturgical verse).
Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini in Pharping, Nepal. The caretaker said it was owned by the Great Marpa the translator who was the guru of Milarepa. Wow.
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Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini in Pharping, Nepal. The caretaker said it was owned by the Great Marpa the translator who was the guru of Milarepa. Wow.
In the Lankavatara Sutra, Lord Buddha says: \"For innumerable reasons, the Bodhisattva, whose nature is compassion, is not to  any meat. Thus Mahamati, whenever there is the evolution of living beings, let people cherish the thought of kinship with them, and thinking that all beings are [to be loved as if they were] and only child, let them refrain from eating meat.  Mahamati, meat is not eaten by anybody for any reason, there will be no destroyer of life. Thus, Mahamati, meat-eating I have not permitted to anyone, I do not permit, I will not permit.\"
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In the Lankavatara Sutra, Lord Buddha says: "For innumerable reasons, the Bodhisattva, whose nature is compassion, is not to any meat. Thus Mahamati, whenever there is the evolution of living beings, let people cherish the thought of kinship with them, and thinking that all beings are [to be loved as if they were] and only child, let them refrain from eating meat. Mahamati, meat is not eaten by anybody for any reason, there will be no destroyer of life. Thus, Mahamati, meat-eating I have not permitted to anyone, I do not permit, I will not permit."
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
3 months ago
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That\'s how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden\'s practice with the world.
3 months ago
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That's how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden's practice with the world.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and you are true to yourself.
3 months ago
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and you are true to yourself.
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
3 months ago
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and you are true to yourself.
3 months ago
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and you are true to yourself.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That\'s how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden\'s practice with the world.
3 months ago
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That's how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden's practice with the world.
Beautiful Buddha built in Sarnath, India. Sarnath was the place where Lord Buddha first starting teaching the sacred Dharma. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful Buddha built in Sarnath, India. Sarnath was the place where Lord Buddha first starting teaching the sacred Dharma. Tsem Rinpoche
 This is so good. I need to remember this and not allow people to do this to me anymore. Being kind is one thing, but when they are doing it and it harms, it is not a matter of kindness anymore but taking advantage.
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This is so good. I need to remember this and not allow people to do this to me anymore. Being kind is one thing, but when they are doing it and it harms, it is not a matter of kindness anymore but taking advantage.
Incredible Lama Thubten Phurbu and His Activities - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=150927
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Incredible Lama Thubten Phurbu and His Activities - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=150927
Huffington Post has just released their SECOND EXPOSÉ of the Dorje Shugden issue. You can read about it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=151328
5 months ago
Huffington Post has just released their SECOND EXPOSÉ of the Dorje Shugden issue. You can read about it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=151328
Please read what Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche says about people\'s religion.
5 months ago
Please read what Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche says about people's religion.
A gorgeous Dorje Shugden painted in traditional art style of China. Chinese art has flourished for over 5,000 years and highly sought after. This form of Dorje Shugden is sitting on a seat as you see painted in his chapel (Trode Khangsar) in Lhasa, Tibet. Dorje Shugden can be on a seat or Lion.  More downloads here.  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
5 months ago
A gorgeous Dorje Shugden painted in traditional art style of China. Chinese art has flourished for over 5,000 years and highly sought after. This form of Dorje Shugden is sitting on a seat as you see painted in his chapel (Trode Khangsar) in Lhasa, Tibet. Dorje Shugden can be on a seat or Lion. More downloads here. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
5 months ago
Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
5 months ago
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
5 months ago
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
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དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
5 months ago
བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
5 months ago
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
5 months ago
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master-
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
6 months ago
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
6 months ago
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
6 months ago
致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
6 months ago
“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
6 months ago
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
6 months ago
Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
 These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
6 months ago
These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
6 months ago
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
6 months ago
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
6 months ago
Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
6 months ago
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
6 months ago
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France.  Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
6 months ago
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France. Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa\'s tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits.

Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. 

This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.

Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche 
Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
6 months ago
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa's tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits. Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
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Families receiving their much needed surplus fresh surplus provisions right in front of their door step thanks to all the dedicated #volunteers! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Families receiving their much needed surplus fresh surplus provisions right in front of their door step thanks to all the dedicated #volunteers! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Free haircut service for Kechara Soup Kitchen clients from Silkcut Hair Studio and Glam Hair Studio.
2 days ago
Free haircut service for Kechara Soup Kitchen clients from Silkcut Hair Studio and Glam Hair Studio.
Explore the universe within.
2 days ago
Explore the universe within.
Our distribution to the Orang Asli villages in Bentong yesterday evening. Thank you to all not forgetting the local volunteers as well. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 days ago
Our distribution to the Orang Asli villages in Bentong yesterday evening. Thank you to all not forgetting the local volunteers as well. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Uncle Ng with his "No Look" pose today in the kitchen. Thanks to Wei Di, Jian King, Henry Poong who helped in the kitchen today. Justin @ KSK
2 days ago
Uncle Ng with his "No Look" pose today in the kitchen. Thanks to Wei Di, Jian King, Henry Poong who helped in the kitchen today. Justin @ KSK
Dorje Shugden Chapel in the heart of Bentong! Visit this beautiful chapel at the entrance to Kechara Paradise, 84, Jalan Ah Peng, 28700 Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia. Picture courtesy by Pastor Albert, shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 days ago
Dorje Shugden Chapel in the heart of Bentong! Visit this beautiful chapel at the entrance to Kechara Paradise, 84, Jalan Ah Peng, 28700 Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia. Picture courtesy by Pastor Albert, shared by Pastor Antoinette
当我去Zambala Room 的时候Kai Te 很开心的说“老师!!!你看我画的美丽人生”我问“哇哈!!好棒噢!你画的好好噢!这个就是你的美丽人生?”Kai Te 回我说“是的!!!这里还有美丽的屋子” 看他满足的笑容,满满的正能量,多疗愈啊!By Asyley Chia KSDS
3 days ago
当我去Zambala Room 的时候Kai Te 很开心的说“老师!!!你看我画的美丽人生”我问“哇哈!!好棒噢!你画的好好噢!这个就是你的美丽人生?”Kai Te 回我说“是的!!!这里还有美丽的屋子” 看他满足的笑容,满满的正能量,多疗愈啊!By Asyley Chia KSDS
Throw back last Sunday topic 8 freedom and 10 endowment leading by Teacher Kien and Teacher Lin Mun. Everybody paying full attention while teacher sharing.Well done children. By Asyley Chia KSDS
4 days ago
Throw back last Sunday topic 8 freedom and 10 endowment leading by Teacher Kien and Teacher Lin Mun. Everybody paying full attention while teacher sharing.Well done children. By Asyley Chia KSDS
Ready!!! Get set Throw!!!2 to 4 year old games Time.By Asyley Chia KSDS
4 days ago
Ready!!! Get set Throw!!!2 to 4 year old games Time.By Asyley Chia KSDS
Teacher Alice demonstrate full lotus sit to the Class 2 to 4 year old children.By Asyley Chia KSDS
4 days ago
Teacher Alice demonstrate full lotus sit to the Class 2 to 4 year old children.By Asyley Chia KSDS
Thank you to Calvin Chan and students from Chung Ling Butterworth High School who helped carry the heavy groceries to needy families. Great to see the younger generation spending their time serving the community. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 days ago
Thank you to Calvin Chan and students from Chung Ling Butterworth High School who helped carry the heavy groceries to needy families. Great to see the younger generation spending their time serving the community. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Team Cambridge University Press Malaysia also helped to evaluate applicants applying for our food bank assistance programme. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 days ago
Team Cambridge University Press Malaysia also helped to evaluate applicants applying for our food bank assistance programme. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
466kg of #surplusfood were redistributed to 76 needy families in PPR Beringin on Thursday with the help of these dedicated #volunteers. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 days ago
466kg of #surplusfood were redistributed to 76 needy families in PPR Beringin on Thursday with the help of these dedicated #volunteers. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
KISG has carried out prayer recitations to Mother Tara in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
5 days ago
KISG has carried out prayer recitations to Mother Tara in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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More wisdom please log on to http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
Powerful Dukkar or White Umbrella Puja  “To cut asunder completely all malignant demons, to cut asunder all the spells of others…to turn aside all enemies and dangers and hatred...”  Dukkar manifested from the crown of Buddha Shakyamuni as a personification of Buddha’s victory umbrella, and is commonly regarded as the female counterpart to Avalokiteshvara (Kuan Yin), the Buddha of Compassion. https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dukkar-puja-fund-for-legal-affairs, shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 days ago
Powerful Dukkar or White Umbrella Puja “To cut asunder completely all malignant demons, to cut asunder all the spells of others…to turn aside all enemies and dangers and hatred...” Dukkar manifested from the crown of Buddha Shakyamuni as a personification of Buddha’s victory umbrella, and is commonly regarded as the female counterpart to Avalokiteshvara (Kuan Yin), the Buddha of Compassion. https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dukkar-puja-fund-for-legal-affairs, shared by Pastor Antoinette
Teacher Kien led the students to recite Migtsema & Manjushri mantras before the class start. Alice Tay, KSDS
6 days ago
Teacher Kien led the students to recite Migtsema & Manjushri mantras before the class start. Alice Tay, KSDS
Doing prostrations to the Buddhas is another way of collecting extensive merit. Alice Tay, KSDS
6 days ago
Doing prostrations to the Buddhas is another way of collecting extensive merit. Alice Tay, KSDS
KSDS students paid respect and do prostrations to Lama Tsongkhapa. Alice Tay, KSDS
6 days ago
KSDS students paid respect and do prostrations to Lama Tsongkhapa. Alice Tay, KSDS
Welcome the new joining volunteer teacher, Yvonne, helped the class age between 2 years old and 6 years old. Alice Tay, KSDS
6 days ago
Welcome the new joining volunteer teacher, Yvonne, helped the class age between 2 years old and 6 years old. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Laura is the youngest KSDS volunteer teacher, to take care for the children mainly age between age 7 and 8. Alice Tay, KSDS
6 days ago
Teacher Laura is the youngest KSDS volunteer teacher, to take care for the children mainly age between age 7 and 8. Alice Tay, KSDS
20 birds were released this afternoon. Bird Liberation @ Kechara Penang Study Group ~ Jacinta Goh
6 days ago
20 birds were released this afternoon. Bird Liberation @ Kechara Penang Study Group ~ Jacinta Goh
Kids watched in awe. May they realise the ultimate Bodhicitta ~Jacinta Goh, Kechara Penang Study Group
6 days ago
Kids watched in awe. May they realise the ultimate Bodhicitta ~Jacinta Goh, Kechara Penang Study Group
Led by Pastor Patsy, 108 mantra seeds of Medicine Buddha were being planted and hopefully the birds will have a good rebirth in their next lives and may they meet and practice Dharma strongly ~Jacinta Goh
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Led by Pastor Patsy, 108 mantra seeds of Medicine Buddha were being planted and hopefully the birds will have a good rebirth in their next lives and may they meet and practice Dharma strongly ~Jacinta Goh
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