Dorje Shugden Wangze for Power and Influence

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Dorje Shugden Wangze (Pema Shugden) mural on a monastery wall

Dear students and friends,

I have previously blogged the complete commentary and prayers for two of Dorje Shugden’s emanations, which are Trakze, the wrathful form and Gyenze, the increase form. Ever since then, I have been receiving many requests for teachings on the other forms of Dorje Shugden. So, it is with great pleasure that I would like to offer you this explanation and commentary to Wangze’s practice, along with a condensed prayer to this form of Dorje Shugden.

Wangze is Dorje Shugden in a control form specifically to assist us when we are facing difficult situations or dealing with difficult people. Wangze’s practice can help us exert some form of control or influence to turn situations to our favor to achieve virtuous outcomes. I have had people come back and totally enamored with this practice as they can see it really brought them wonderful results.

This Wangze’s practice was initially taught to me in Gaden Monastery by His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Jampa Yeshe. I was having some difficulties and by engaging in this practice, I was able to overcome my difficulties with flying colors. It was just myself and Kensur Rinpoche in the room and he patiently taught this practice and meditation to me as I wrote down the notes. I joyfully share with you what I was given by this great master.

Do read the commentary carefully and understand it well before engaging in Wangze’s practice. It is always more beneficial to engage in spiritual practice with full understanding and knowledge of its benefits. You do not need any special initiations, life entrustments or permission to do this practice, anyone can propitiate Wangze and derive great benefit and blessings.

I wish everyone great spiritual advancement, and with this practice, may you gain a firm footing on the spiritual path and attain the charisma to influence people positively and bring benefit to their lives.

Sarva Mangalam.

Tsem Rinpoche

His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Jampa Yeshe and Tsem Rinpoche in Mumbai. Tsem Rinpoche had taken Kensur Rinpoche for a medical check and treatment.


 

COMMENTARY ON WANGZE PRACTICE

A Practice for Power, Control and Influence

This commentary on Wangze’s practice was compiled from traditional sources by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche.
Date: 30 July 2015

[Note: This is a commentary on Wangze’s practice and can be done daily by anyone who wishes to cultivate the energies of power, control and influence in their lives. This practice does not require any initiations.]

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INTRODUCTION

In today’s materialistic and aggressively competitive society, one measure of success is the power and influence we have over others. Control over others is something people seek and is regarded as an important ‘weapon’ in samsaric pursuits. This may seem worldly but like many other aspects of Vajrayana, that which seems samsaric can be transformed into a spiritual path. What makes our actions worldly and samsaric or the opposite is the inherent intention behind them, which can be self-serving or selfless. For example, we may seek status and wealth so that we can have a good life and indulge in our attachments, or we may seek the same so that we can help others with the resources we have. Seeing that intention or motivation is the key, we can still pursue the same goals but adjust our motivation so that it trends towards spirituality or selflessness. Having an understanding of karma would make that transformation easier.

According to the Buddha, the outcome or result from any action is derived from the intent of the action and not necessarily the action itself. Since karma is determined by intent, one can sometimes act in ways that seem negative but can result in positive karma and merits due to the right intent. For example, due to the good intention of a mother who scolds and beats her child, even harshly disciplining a wayward child can actually accrue positive karma. On the other hand, a person who hides malice behind a fake smile may be collecting negative karma although their actions seem pleasant and nice.

Seeing that intention is a key determinant to the resultant karma, someone who seeks status, power and other samsaric goals may still be able to collect positive karma and merits if they shift the intent behind their actions away from just benefiting themselves, and instead towards a higher goal such as using one’s fame, power and influence to promote a charity or to influence others towards spiritual practice. In this manner, one can transform these ordinary and mundane actions into ones that resonate with spirituality. In the same way, the activity of Control is intended to correctly influence and direct ourselves and others along the Dharma path.

 

THE ACTIVITY OF CONTROL

Buddhas and Bodhisattvas manifest a range of activities to cover a spectrum of needs and afflictions in order to benefit sentient beings. The four types of activities are Pacification, Increase, Control and Wrath, and these activities are meant to increase our merits and purify our negative karma. The activity of Pacification primarily purifies and pacifies obstacles and illnesses. The activity of Increase brings about beneficial causes and conditions for an abundance in our material and spiritual wellbeing. The activity of Wrath eliminates the most dangerous and negative causes and conditions. Finally, the activity of Control exerts influence over negative circumstances and minds.

These various activities are the manifestation of the skilful means of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, based on the diverse needs and inclinations of sentient beings, in order to lead them onto the Dharmic path. Each of the aforementioned activities is embodied in each of the five forms of Dorje Shugden. That does not mean that each manifestation of Dorje Shugden is limited to one particular activity and cannot assist in other ways. The specialisation merely provides a different focus for practitioners based on their needs and mental dispositions and ultimately, any form of Dorje Shugden is complete in itself.

When we propitiate Wangze, who is also known as Pema Shugden, we invoke Dorje Shugden’s activity of control. Since Wangze is an emanation of Manjushri and a fully enlightened deity, propitiation of Wangze will firstly result in the increase of spiritual merits. Merits are the causes and energies that become the spiritual force that empowers us to transform our minds in accordance to the Dharma that we have heard and learned. Merits from propitiating Wangze cannot be exhausted in the same way good karma is used up. Instead, they are stored and dedicated towards our full enlightenment.

Wangze is also an excellent practice for subduing difficult people who create obstacles in our work place, private lives and Dharma practice. In life, we meet all manner of difficult people whether it is our family, friends or people we meet at work. They may or may not intentionally create worries, problems and difficulties for us but the practice of Wangze allows us to neutralise any harm created by these difficult people by turning their minds around, mainly through the power of our speech. When we have mastered Wangze’s practice, not only will we be able to turn difficult people around but we will also be able to influence them positively, for instance, to lead them onto the Dharma path. Essentially, in subduing difficult, angry and disturbed minds, we also release these people from the suffering created by their own angst and anger.

Through Wangze, we gain the ability to turn conflicts and difficult situations around. Even situations that seem to be without a solution can be defused. When we engage in Wangze’s practice, our words will be infused with the power of Wangze’s energy and blessings. Therefore we will be able to transform difficult situations into opportunities by influencing people positively. Essentially, if done properly and with the correct motivation, Wangze’s practice will bestow control over all beings in the Trailokya, also known as the Three Planes of Existence – Form, Formless and Desire.

The last and perhaps the most relevant aspect of Wangze’s practice is how he assists us to exert control over our own minds. In order to influence others, we must first gain a measure of control over ourselves. Wangze assists in developing this discipline so that we are not uncontrollably steered by our afflictive emotions and attachments to subjectively pleasant objects or aversion to subjectively unpleasant objects based on our five senses. When we are not governed by our attachments and aversions, we commit less negative actions and our Dharma practice becomes stronger. This is important as before we can hope to influence others positively towards the Dharma, we ourselves must be a positive example and act as a testimony for Wangze’s assured blessings and power.

For most practitioners, we only display some semblance of spirituality and only practice Dharma when the conditions are conducive and we are within our comfort zones. We only practice Dharma when we are praised and will abandon Dharma practice when our egos, perceptions and expectations are challenged. We are usually eager to practice Dharma if we receive some tangible benefit and would rather not practice when it appears we may suffer material losses. For some, we only practice Dharma if we acquire fame in the process but will neglect Dharma practice when we encounter the loss of reputation. These are collectively known as the Eight Worldly Concerns and they make our approach to spiritual practice flippant with unstable commitment.

When we are flippant in our spiritual practice, no spiritual attainments can arise. Instead of finding happiness, we actually create the causes to experience more suffering in the future. This is because our minds flip back and forth between attachment and aversion, from pleasant to unpleasant sensations. It is this attachment and aversion that makes us suffer uncontrollably because our happiness is dependent upon an external source – How can permanent happiness arise when it is based on an external and impermanent source? Therefore, through Wangze’s blessings, we can gain control over our attachments and aversions so that we can stabilise our spiritual practice which creates a firm foundation from which attainments may arise.

It is important to note that the practice of Wangze is not so that we can manipulate and influence others for our own benefit. The motivation is key and the objective of the activity of Control needs to be understood.

 

THE FIVE AGGREGATES

In this mandala of Dorje Shugden, Wangze or Pema Shugden appears behind the principal deity (center). Wangze

Human beings possess five aggregates, or skandas, that combine to make us ‘sentient’. However, our aggregates are stained and hence they become means by which we experience pleasure and pain. We will experience suffering as long as these aggregates remain contaminated and it is only by purifying these aggregates and transforming them into wisdoms that we can progress towards enlightenment. Hence each of Dorje Shugden’s purified aggregates are a ‘gateway’ to gain realisations and attainments through practice.

  • Duldzin Dorje Shugden is the Principal Form and he is the manifestation of Dorje Shugden’s aggregate of Consciousness.
  • Shize or Vairochana Shugden is the Pacifying aspect and is the manifestation of Dorje Shugden’s aggregate of Form.
  • Gyenze or Ratna Shugden is the Increase aspect and is the manifestation of Dorje Shugden’s aggregate of Feeling.
  • Wangze or Pema Shugden as the Control aspect and is the manifestation of Dorje Shugden’s aggregate of Discrimination.
  • Trakze or Karma Shugden is the Wrathful aspect and is the manifestation of Dorje Shugden’s aggregate of Compositional Factors.

The aggregate of Discrimination is the perception or cognition of sense objects like a bell, tree, friend, family and so forth. This is how we mentally fit or categorise everything we perceive to be functional, beneficial, harmful or something to be avoided. Dorje Shugden’s aggregate of Discrimination takes on the form of Wangze and he protects us from people, situations and thoughts that distract or take us away from our spiritual path.

 

WANGZE PRACTICE

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As a manifestation of the aggregate of Discrimination and a representation of the enlightened activity of Control, every aspect of Wangze’s body represents various enlightened qualities.

Standing behind the principle deity Duldzin Dorje Shugden, Wangze manifests as a handsome prince with blood-red skin. In the Dorje Shugden propitiation text, Wangze is described to be smiling flirtatiously in a wrathful manner. He wears a handsome red silk garment adorned with flowers and rides upon a turquoise dragon. The dragon mount traditionally represents the ego, thus when Wangze rides on the dragon, it represents the control and subjugation of the ego. That in turn represents selflessness and wisdom.

Wangze holds a taming vajra hook that is adorned with red silks in his right hand and a jewelled noose in his left. The vajra hook is the implement used by elephant drivers or mahouts to control or tame wild elephants. Hence, in Buddhist iconography, the vajra hook is considered an implement of control, hooking all negativities and wild, harmful minds towards liberation and out of Samsara. The vajra hook also represents the hooking in of all favourable conditions for our Dharma practice.

The jewelled noose represents the binding of all harmful beings that negatively affect our spiritual practice. On an inner level, the noose represents the ensnaring of the ego and the binding of higher wisdom. In the thangka on the stages of Shamatha meditation, a monk is depicted to be holding a vajra hook and noose to symbolise mental alertness or clear understanding. Therefore, Wangze’s practice enables us to stabilise our minds and develop mindfulness.

 

SETTING UP AN ALTAR

In order to propitiate Wangze, it would be good to have a shrine to Wangze, complete with representations of the Buddha’s Body, Speech and Mind, alongside various types of offerings. The ‘Body’ here refers to a statue, thangka or picture of Wangze alongside your root Guru or lineage Gurus. ‘Speech’ is represented by a Dharma text and ‘Mind’ is represented by a stupa.

On our shrine to Wangze, we can offer incense, water, flowers, any types of food, electric or candle lights, sensory offerings, mandalas, the Eight Auspicious Signs, the Seven Royal Emblems and so forth. As part of our practice, we should ensure that the altar is neat, clean and the offerings are changed regularly. The practice of cleaning and making offerings before engaging in Wangze’s practice is part of the preparatory rite that will ensure the success of our practice.

Altar set up:

  1. A Buddha image or statue
  2. A Wangze image or statue
  3. A Dharma text
  4. A Stupa
  5. One set of Sensory Offerings (Optional) (From left to right – Water, water, flower, incense, light, perfume, food, and a conch shell)
  1. One set of water offerings (Optional)

An altar is an important component in the practice of Buddhism because it serves as a reminder of our spiritual objectives – which is to develop qualities in ourselves so we may be able to help all sentient beings. This is the foremost benefit of having an altar. The other benefit of having an altar is that it acts as an opportunity for one to easily gain spiritual merits as offerings can be made directly to the Buddha everyday which would help fuel one’s spiritual practice even more.

An altar can be set up anywhere except inside or next to a washroom. To develop the view that the enlightened beings on the altar are present before us, it is appropriate to always show respect in front of the altar. Therefore, if an altar is set up in the bedroom, it is encouraged to cover it when engaging in activities that are private in nature.

An ideal altar would consist of all six items listed above. However, at the very least, the altar should hold an image of Wangze and one can add the remaining items whenever they are available. How complete our altar is reflects how seriously we take the practice of Wangze in order to derive the benefits of his practice. Therefore, just like anything, the amount of effort placed into the practice reflects the results of the practice.

“Extra touches” can be added to the altar. One set of water offerings with seven to eight cups can be arranged in front of the altar with pure, clean water filled up to about the length of one grain of rice from the brim. A set of wrathful offerings, which symbolizes the offering up of one’s negative karma, can be neatly arranged behind the water offerings.

 

THE PRACTICE GUIDE

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Dorje Shugden Wanze: This is my personal thangka of Wangze. Click to view the high resolution image and right click to save. This can be printed out for your altar.

 

TAKING REFUGE

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The practice begins with the recitation of the refuge formula three times. In this case, one is taking refuge in Lama Tsongkhapa – the Guru and Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha.

When reciting the refuge formula, strongly visualize Lama Tsongkhapa surrounded by his eight main disciples at eye level. If this visualisation is too difficult and advanced at the beginning, one can start by visualising just two of his main disciples, Khedrup Je Rinpoche and Gyaltsab Je Rinpoche. Envision them sitting in Gaden Heaven on their thrones that are adorned with glittering jewels. All three are smiling, happy and warmly sending down their blessings.

Lama Tsongkhapa and his two main disciples

From within Lama Tsongkhapa’s throne (seat), visualise a powerful bright red light emanating out. This light is none other than Manjushri’s mind descending from Gaden Heaven to appear in front of you.

Visualise a brilliant mass of luminous clouds and Wangze is in the midst of the clouds in the form described above. In his heart, there is a sun disc on which is a syllable letter “Hung”, red in colour. From the letter “Hung”, light emanates out into the 10 directions to invite all the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and deities, and then dissolves back into the “Hung”. The Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and deities become one with Wangze in nature and become firm in front of you. Now Wangze embodies the complete Three Jewels within his form. Therefore anything done to Wangze is the same as if you have done them to all the Three Jewels. The visualised Wangze is the samaya being and the Wangze invited from within Tsongkhapa’s throne is the wisdom being. When they combine, they become one and inseparable. Therefore you should believe that the real wisdom being Wangze is in front of you now. It is important to believe that.

Next, visualise Wangze emanating from below Lama Tsongkhapa’s throne which remains connected to Wangze. This signifies that the source of blessings are from Lama Tsongkhapa and that we are connected to Gaden Heaven.

 

THE FOUR IMMEASURABLES

The Four Immeasurables are recited to establish a good motivation that all practices that are done to benefit oneself do not harm other beings.

The premise on which The Four Immeasurables are practiced is that ‘everyone wants to be happy, but happiness cannot be achieved in isolation‘. In fact, one’s happiness depends upon the happiness of all, revealing that all life is interdependent. In order to be happy, one needs to cultivate wholesome attitudes towards others in society and towards all sentient beings.

Therefore, the best way of cultivating wholesome attitudes towards all sentient beings is through contemplative meditation on the Four Immeasurables, which cultivates loving-kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity towards an immeasurable number of sentient beings.

The practice of The Four Immeasurables is also a powerful antidote to negative mental states such as anger and pride.

 

GURU YOGA OF LAMA TSONGKHAPA

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After completing The Four Immeasurables, proceed to the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa. When reciting the Migtsema mantra (at least 21 times) according to the guided visualisation above (described at ‘Taking Refuge’), it is important to develop the thought and faith that Wangze (in 3-Dimension / 3D) is in front of you, all-powerful and efficacious. Upon completing the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa, move on to recite Dorje Shugden’s prayers.

 


 

DORJE SHUGDEN’S PRAYERS

KANGSHAG

INTRODUCTION

The Kangshag to Dorje Shugden is a very powerful practice to remove our obstacles and purify the negative karma that has caused us to be surrounded by difficult people and experience difficult situations.

The Kangshag prayers may sound very violent and rough. However this is not unique to Dorje Shugden’s practice. It is also a common feature in other Dharma Protector prayers such as Kalarupa, Palden Lhamo, Mahakala and many others. Therefore, to the ignorant or to one who does not have a qualified master to explain the significance of such wrathful manifestations in the prayers, one may wrongfully feel repelled or recite it only based on faith. While reciting the Kangshag based purely on faith is acceptable, it is much more effective when we do our practices with a certain level of awareness and understanding. Once we realise that this wrathful manifestation in the Kangshag came into existence purely from Dorje Shugden’s pure compassion for all sentient beings, we will learn to appreciate and value the practice with great devotion.

In visualising the purifying of one’s negative karma through Kangshag, we must first understand that the human figures depicted in the visualisation below are not human beings as we know. These human-like figures are without sentience and are the negative qualities that cause us to continuously create negative karma, such as jealousy, anger, ignorance, attachments and more. Because these negative qualities are not tangible, we visualise them as representative beings in human-like form in order for Wangze and his entourage to slay these negative qualities for us.

Pictured above is the wrathful flower offering made when reciting Kangshag. It is a very powerful practice that is related to “Chod”, which cuts away the attachment to the body. Some find it difficult to understand the reason behind offering such vile and “dirty” substances to the Buddhas. However, the vileness is perceived by the tainted mind. In this case, the Buddha does not have the karma to perceive harm or accept anything dirty in nature. Therefore, whatever items (be it visualized or actual) offered up to them will be transformed into pleasant, beautiful gardens and pools of delight. [This image can be printed out and offered on your altar

Kangshag Visualization

Visualise a wrathful environment which is the manifestation of our negative karma. In this space, a massive human-like figure, huge as a mountain, manifests before you. This human-like figure is all of our negative karma and negative qualities that hinder our spiritual growth.

Visualise Wangze and his entourage descending onto this human-like figure and dismembering it, forming countless complete sets of wrathful offerings.

The wrathful offerings consist of:

  1. Argham’ (tea) – visualise that all of the blood from the being is emptied into the first bowl and offered up.
  2. Phupe’ (wrathful flower) – visualise the skull overturned. The heart is placed in the skull. On the heart are the eyes, ears, tongue and nose; all symmetrically arranged.
  3. Duphe’ (incense) – visualise all the remaining bones of the body (save the thighbone) being taken out and burned. The smoke arising from this is offered to Wangze.
  4. Aloke’ (light) – visualise all the fat of the body being taken out and made into a butter lamp which is offered up to Wangze.
  5. Gyende’ (perfume) – visualise all the remaining liquids in the body such as urine, bile, pus and others, being emptied into a bowl and offered up.
  6. Newide’ (food) – visualise all the flesh of the body being cut up and offered up.
  7. Shapta’ (sound) – visualise the thighbone carved into a wind instrument as an offering to Wangze.

Upon ending the Kangshag prayer, visualise that all of these negative manifestations have been destroyed by Wangze and his entourage. The visualisation of purification is in a wrathful and gory form in order to train us to not be attached or repulsed to the pleasant and unpleasant. It is another method in which renunciation is meditated upon by seeing our bodies arising from negative karma being pulverized, smashed and destroyed as in the Chod teachings. This practice may be visual and wrathful in nature but it is all done in the spirit of Buddhist renunciation. For example, Thai monks meditate in cemeteries or in front of bones and skulls to actualise detachment from our bodies in which we have a false view of its permanence, shown by how we invest time, energy and resources towards it when in the end it fails us with death. Renunciation is an extremely powerful component in our meditations to actualise so that our Dharma practice becomes genuine. This necessity to actualise renunciation is pervasive in all three Yanas of Buddhism.   (End of visualisation)

Therefore, when making these offerings while reciting the Kangshag, we are purifying the karma that we have accumulated from many lifetimes. The Kangshag should be recited as many times as possible but as a guideline, it can be recited three, seven or 21 times during each prayer session, depending on the urgency of the situation. The Kangshag recitation coupled with visualization is a very powerful method for purifying immediate negative karma. The more Kangshags we can recite with visualization of Wangze, the more immediate the results. 100,000 Kangshag recitations are sometimes done by the assembly of monks in unison over a few days because it is so effective. No negative repercussions can ever arise from reciting Kangshag of Wangze or any other Dharma protector.

 

TORMA

After reciting Kangshag, it is beneficial to make offerings of tormas to the Dharma Protector.

Tormas are ritual cakes, made mostly from flour and butter, which are used as offerings in Tibetan Buddhist rituals. Tormas come in various shapes and sizes, depending on their purpose but they are usually in conical form. They can be dyed in different colours, depending on the practice the torma is being made for. Tormas are most commonly found in white and red. H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche mentioned it would not be practical for non-monastics to offer traditional tormas. So he said it would be fine to offer things we like to eat like cookies and biscuits. If we are travelling or are in a hotel, plane or train, we can still do the Wangze practice without any of the offerings by just the recitation and visualisation. We should make do with time, place and circumstance to the best of our abilities. Sincerity, trust and faith in our practice to Wangze will definitely bear results.

Making traditional tormas: The maker wears a mask to protect the “cleanliness” of the torma from our breath (which is considered impure)

A more simple altar set up. Practitioners who are not able to make traditional tormas can use jars filled with cookies as a replacement.

 

For regular practitioners who are not trained to make the traditional form of tormas, the tormas can be represented with a glass bottle filled with cookies. If one wishes to make torma offerings throughout the practice, the following tormas can be prepared:

  1. One large jar filled with biscuits (torma offerings to Lama Tsongkhapa)
  2. One large jar filled with biscuits (torma offerings to Wangze)
  3. One smaller jar filled with biscuits (torma offerings to Wangze’s entourage)

However, if time is limited, the torma offering can be omitted. The tormas (biscuits) are in jars simply to prevent insects from getting to them. You can offer the tormas on plates, bowls or cups and discard the tormas in a clean place at the end of the puja/prayer. You can also eat the tormas as a blessing. If you do not want to eat them, they can be wrapped in paper and then discarded in the garbage.

 

BLACK TEA OFFERING (SERKYEM)

This practice is also called Golden Drink Offering or Serkyem, which forms a central part of the Dorje Shugden Kangsol. This practice was developed as an extended offering to the Dharma Protector to request for swift assistance. Hence, the Serkyem offering has become popular and it is commonly practiced among modern practitioners to request for swift assistance; especially in times of dire need. Traditionally, tea is used as an offering. However, other beverages like milk or even carbonated drinks can be used as a replacement.

The Serkyem offering is traditionally offered by pouring the beverage into a two-tiered vessel, which consists of a taller vessel placed into a lower bowl. If the Tibetan-style Serkyem ritual item (which is normally made of brass) cannot be obtained, one can replace it by using a tall glass (such as a wine glass) placed in a glass bowl.

During the Serkyem offering, the beverage is poured from a pot or jug into the taller vessel until the liquid overflows down into the lower bowl. In Buddhism, the overflowing liquid is highly auspicious as a symbol of abundant merits, virtues, and favourable conditions.

The beverage can either be poured fully into the vessel prior to the recitation of the Serkyem verses, or it can be poured a little at a time during the recitation of relevant passages throughout the liturgy. If the latter method is chosen, pour a little of the tea into the taller vessel so that you do not present an empty vessel to the Buddhas. Before starting, consecrate the Serkyem by circling a lit incense stick three times clockwise around the Serkyem set while chanting the mantra ‘OM AH HUM‘.

While making the Serkyem offering, visualise the beverage as divine nectar that expands to fill an entire ocean which represents all the desirable things in the world that pleases the five senses.

A traditional Serkyem set

 

MANTRA RECITATION

During the mantra recitation, we are requesting Dorje Shugden for his activity of Control. Wangze’s mantra is:

OM BENZA WIKI BITANA WANGSHA GURU OM

The mantra of Wangze’s entourage is:

OM DHARMAPHALA MAHA RADZA BENDZA BEGAWAN KAMSUM NOCHO THAMCHED WASHAM GURU OM

You can recite one, three, seven or as many malas of Wangze’s mantra as you wish. It is encouraged to recite as many mantras as possible. It is also highly recommended that the practice is consistent and done daily. Upon completion of the recitation of the mantras of Wangze and entourage during each session, recite the Vajrasattva purification mantra 21 times. You can recite either the 100-syllable Vajrasattva mantra or the short mantra (OM VAJRASATTVA HUNG), depending on how much time you have.

 

AN EXPLANATION OF THE MANTRA RECITATION VISUALIZATION

Below is an explanation of the visualisation which accompanies the recitation of Wangze’s mantra to invoke his blessings:

Visualise that we are in our normal form, facing out. On our head sits a small 3-dimensional Lama Tsongkhapa, the size of a thumb. He is vibrant, alive, bright and emanating incredible amounts of light. From his heart region, many red lights radiate and go towards Gaden Heaven.

In Gaden Heaven, Lama Tsongkhapa in his actual form is sitting gloriously on a beautifully adorned eight-lion throne inside a bejewelled mansion, surrounded by his disciples and many dakinis. The light goes into the mansion, shines on Lama Tsongkhapa’s throne and from under the throne, Wangze comes forth in front of us. From Wangze’s heart, many red lights emanate out, and on the end of each, many beautiful offerings such as the sensory offerings of water, light, flowers, incense, perfume, food, and music go to all the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and deities. Visualise all the Buddhas that we know, and visualise that they are very pleased with all these offerings. As a sign of their pleasure, they manifest in the form of Wangze himself. A rain of Wangze images fall onto the actual Wangze in front of you and become one with it. Shugden Wangze, having the power of control, is sitting on a turquoise dragon, glowing red, and smiling before you.

Next, lights from Wangze go out into the 10 directions and touch all the very influential and powerful people, the leaders, people who have control, and even the gods and deities; and blesses them. From them comes forth influence, control and power in the form of red lights. The red lights come back and dissolve back into Wangze. Wangze becomes even more energised.

Simultaneously, we visualise lights from Wangze going to certain groups of people who are malicious or harmful to us and to those who are difficult, problematic or with their reasoning invalid, incorrect or unjustified and whose minds we wish to influence positively and transform. So during this time, when Wangze’s lights go out and touch all the powerful and influential people, they also touch the minds of the people we wish to influence and change. We visualise the lights going to these people and dissolving into them. Their minds change to become gentle, happy and blissful. Think very strongly that their minds are being transformed. Feel that the people whose minds we are trying to transform have transformed. We can stop the meditation at this point and recite the mantras of Wangze and entourage:

OM BENZA WIKI BITANA WANGSHA GURU OM

and

OM DHARMAPHALA MAHA RADZA BENDZA BEGAWAN KAMSUM NOCHO THAMCHED WASHAM GURU OM

If we wish to continue with the extended meditation, we can visualise a third set of lights. These red lights emit from Wangze and within the lights are actually many miniature Wangzes, many of Wangze’s implements (taming hooks and nooses), and also many of the seed syllable letter HUNG. These dissolve into us.

The millions of small Wangzes dissolving into us are the blessings of Wangze’s body so that our presence becomes charismatic; we ‘shine’, stand out, leave a strong and positive impression in the minds of others wherever we go, we attract people’s attention in a good way. The red lights containing Wangze’s implements – millions of tiny taming hooks and nooses then dissolve into us. This is the blessing of Wangze’s mind. The syllable HUNG which is the blessing of Wangze’s speech, and Wangze’s mantra OM BENZA WIKI BITANA WANGSHA GURU OM in Tibetan or English, descend upon and bless us. The millions of Wangze’s mantras dissolves into our throat and blesses our speech so that we have the power to convince and we develop charismatic speech, eloquence, presence and influence.

We should think that we have gained the power of control, charisma, speech and influence, and that we are able to turn other people’s minds to do positive things. We should think that we are able to speak in such a way that we have confidence and our speech has power, influence, prestige and the ability to change their minds.

With the above visualisation, Wangze blesses our body, speech and mind with his enlightened body, speech and mind. Lastly, at the conclusion of our meditation, Wangze himself dissolves into red light and completely dissolves into us, thereby blessing us. At this point, we visualise ourselves being protected within an egg shape or dome of red light, which is the light of Dorje Shugden Wangze’s enlightened energy, which nothing can penetrate. No harm, negative words, negative energy or weapons can penetrate through; we must have confidence and faith in this very strongly while reciting the mantra.

Wangze blesses us with the power of controlling negative situations and transforming them to become positive and we are able to influence others to do positive actions. We are blessed to have the ability to turn negative circumstances in the environment into positive ones. We should think that we are highly blessed by Wangze.

 

DOTHEY AND DEDICATION

Before bringing the session to a close it is good to recite the Dothey prayer, the request to Dorje Shugden for his enlightened activities, which was written by H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. The Dothey also contains graphic verses and exhortations to ‘kill the enemy‘ but such graphic words are only symbology and are not actually directed at sentient beings. In any Buddhist practice, no harm is inflicted on others by ritual, thought, meditation or action. The word ‘kill‘ in Dothey refers to the destruction of one’s own inner enemies which are the ego, selfishness, miserliness, anger and hatred. So ‘kill the enemy‘ in Dothey may sound quite violent but it refers to the violence that we actually create emotionally towards the people around us due to such afflictive emotions. This practice is aimed at ‘killing off‘ those negative emotions within us or at least realising that the enemy is within.

After you finish Dothey, visualise Wangze and Lama Tsongkhapa dissolving into you and recite the dissolution verses. End the session with a short dedication. It is very important to make a sincere dedication.

 

CONCLUSION

Ultimately, Dorje Shugden as Wangze is the most powerful deity to propitiate in order to develop control or exert a positive influence on ourselves and others because he is an enlightened Dharma Protector in a worldly form. As he appears in a worldly form, Wangze has greater affinity with us compared to other enlightened beings because his practice requires less merit for us to connect with him and receive the benefits of his practice. This means that compared to other enlightened beings, it will be swifter for Wangze to assist us because of this affinity. In actual fact, there is no difference between enlightened beings because they have all achieved the same state of enlightenment. The difference lies in our differing affinity with one particular enlightened being over another.

Besides that, Wangze’s strong affinity with beings of this time is because he is a relatively young and recently arisen Dharma Protector. Wangze only arose around 400 years ago as a Dharma Protector although his mind stream is the culmination of a long line of incarnations of high Lamas and Mahasiddhas of both India and Tibet. Wangze has been manifesting enlightened activities throughout many of his previous lifetimes.

Since Wangze is an emanation of Manjushri, to propitiate Wangze is to rely upon and worship Manjushri. As an enlightened being, Wangze cannot do anything that harms anybody and therefore he will not fulfil or act upon negative prayers and ill-wishes towards our perceived enemies. Wangze will only assist us if our motivation is genuine and will not harm or manipulate others for our own benefit. Hence Wangze’s practice cannot be ‘misused’.

When we propitiate Wangze, he is actualising our merits to sway and influence the people in our visualisation exercise, which we perform during the mantra recitation. It is important to remember that Wangze’s practice is, first and foremost, to assist us in developing control of our own minds by developing spiritual attainments. As a side benefit, Wangze’s practice helps us to control and influence people who are an obstacle, especially those that are an obstacle to our spiritual path.

 

DEDICATION BY TSEM RINPOCHE

The aspiration for offering this practice is so that it will benefit many people. May those who practice Dorje Shugden as Wangze or any other Dorje Shugden emanation receive his great blessings of inner and outer control, power and influence. May the stability and conditions they need to live good lives and engage in spiritual practice be bestowed by Dorje Shugden Wangze. May they have peace of mind, peaceful sleep, peaceful family, peaceful life and free of accidents. Please remember that Dorje Shugden is a World Peace Buddha emanated as a Dharma Protector and his nature is the fully enlightened Manjushri. This prayer is provided so it may be convenient and free to access to such a precious practice, especially for those that truly need it.

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  1. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 8:33 am

    This is an interesting comment by Suzy on Rinpoche’s YouTube channels that indicates clearly that people have seen through the Tibetan leadership’s negative propaganda against Dorje Shugden. Suzy’s comment is honest and she acknowledged that she harbored negative thoughts about Dorje Shugden due to the Dalai Lama’s words. And yet she felt that the Dalai Lama was in fact using skillful means to propagate the Shugden practice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4&t=11s

    Suzy

  2. Anne Ong on Dec 22, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Thank you very much Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful and beneficial practice of Wangze with us. It is amazing that Wangze practice can turn our negative speech into positive to benefit and influence others when we come in contact with difficult people in life at work,business and to practice Dharma.

  3. Samfoonheei on Dec 8, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Amazing to know what Dorje Shugden Wangze can help us.,control and exert positive influence our own minds. I am glad to understand and learned some new knowledge from this wonderful post.Wangze is an emanation of Manjushri and will only assist us if our motivation is genuine.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these teachings and the wonderful dedication for those who practice Dorje Shugden as Wangze or any other Dorje Shugden emanation.
    May Rinpoche be blessed with good health always.

  4. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 15, 2016 at 1:20 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

  5. CindyH on Jul 7, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Personally, the most appealing aspect of Wangze practice for me is how he can assist to exert control over my mind. Our thoughts are the raw materials for our attitudes. Ironically, the more I ponder upon it the more I realised that most of the time, I am not even really aware of all the thoughts swirling in my mind, yet I believe I have control over how I formulate my thoughts leading to how I deal with things. Such misleading sense of control has culminated to a mind that is totally undisciplined and unfamiliar when it comes to things beyond the cushy parameters of my comfort zones.

    Wangze is capable of helping us gain a measure of discipline over ourselves so that we are not uncontrollably steered by our afflictive emotions and attachments. Since we suffer due to our afflictive emotions and attachments, logically, by tackling these, the suffering will reduce and cease over time. Basically, when our judgements are not clouded by afflictive emotions and attachments, we are less likely to commit negative actions and our perspective of things becomes clearer and wider. Consequently, through Wangze’s blessings, our spiritual practice can continuously grow in a strong and stable manner.

    Thank you Rinpoche for your teaching on Dorje Shugden Wangze.

  6. Wan Wai Meng on May 2, 2016 at 2:29 am

    I love it that Wangze practice helps to subdue and turn our minds towards more positive actions. How can we influence to be positively motivated, if we ourselves are struggling to manifest positive motivations, it is only logical once we can control our minds to take more positive actions then only we can help others to generate the same kinds of minds.

  7. Sharon on Feb 3, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Dear Rinpoche and writers,

    Thank you with folded hands for this extremely beneficial post. I feel blessed that we now have this post to start a powerful practice to control and exert positive influence our own minds and other’s. I particularly like the clear and easy-to-understand explanation on visualisation. This is very helpful for those who are new to this practice and for seasoned practitioners to take their visualisations to the next level.

  8. Paul Yap on Dec 11, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    I have gain more understanding of Wangze practice after reading this teaching.
    This practice is very beneficial when we are facing difficult situations or dealing with difficult people. I guess everybody is facing daily challenges taking and handling difficult situation and people.

    Propitiation of Wangze will firstly result in the increase of spiritual merits, then later assists us to exert control over our own minds.

    By subduing difficult people who create obstacles in our work place, private lives and Dharma practice, we are able to turn their minds around, mainly through the power of our speech. When we turn conflicts and difficult situations around, we will be able to solve most of the problems.

  9. Sofi on Dec 3, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for your teaching on Dorje Shugden Wangze. It is wonderful to have DS Wangze to help us (with us having good motivations) as we face the obstacles in form of difficult people. I will definitely be propitiating Lord Wangze in my prayers.

  10. Pastor Shin on Dec 2, 2015 at 1:30 am

    Buddhism is famous for the practice of mindfulness meditation–where emotions and other mental events are recognised, but not reacted to. This type of practice and control leads to less disturbances and reactions to negative situations and emotions.

    In the course of his research, Ekman and Robert Levenson, PhD, a psychology professor at the University of California exposed one Tibetan Buddhist monk to a sudden sound as loud as a firecracker and monitored the participant’s blood pressure, muscle movements, heart rate and skin temperature for signs of startle. The Buddhist monk, possibly due to hours of practice regulating his emotions through meditation, registered little sign of disturbances.

    As mentioned in the article, a monk holding vajra hook and noose in the Shamatha thangka symbolise mental alertness or clear understanding, so Wangze’s implements shows that practice will lead to stabilising our minds and develop mindfulness.

    The world we experience is the result of our karma, or actions, and all our actions of body, speech, and mind originate in the mind. Hence, the practice of Wangze is supreme. With his vajra hook, he hooks all negativities and wild, harmful minds towards liberation and out of Samsara as well hooking in favourable conditions for our Dharma practice.

    May this practice of Wangze be proliferated and that many will achieve the ability to influence others towards a better state of mind, and for every practitioner to have control of their own mind.

  11. Choo Weng Loong on Nov 24, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful teaching on Wangze , looking forward to start the practise

  12. Han on Nov 21, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Very powerful and beneficial practice ! Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful post. From this detailed post, I learned a lot and understand that :

    Wangze’s practice enables us to stabilise our minds and develop mindfulness.

    Wangze is Dorje Shugden in a control form specifically to assist us when we are facing difficult situations or dealing with difficult people.

    Wangze’s practice can help us exert some form of control or influence to turn situations to our favor to achieve virtuous outcomes.

    Wangze’s practice can help to increase our spiritual merits.

    Wangze is also an excellent practice for subduing difficult people who create obstacles in our work place, private lives and Dharma practice.

    Wangze will only assist us if our motivation is genuine and will not harm or manipulate others for our own benefit. Hence Wangze’s practice cannot be ‘misused’.

    Wangze allows us to neutralise any harm created by these difficult people by turning their minds around, mainly through the power of our speech.

  13. Adrian Cho on Nov 17, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    This is such a wonderful explanation of Dorje Shugden Wangze for Power and Influence. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this teaching to us and appreciate much.

  14. MartinC on Nov 17, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    I cannot express how immensely happy I am to see Wangze’s practice being published and made public. If I have only one wish that I would like fulfilled, it is for everyone to come to know Wangze. Why Wangze? Why the control from of Dorje Shugden above everything else? Because in truth, the only thing that separates us from the highest practice and understanding of the Dharma is our mind and if we do not deal with that first and foremost, ‘Dharma practice’ becomes an academic hobby at best. Basically on our own, it is impossible to subdue our own mind and this is where Wangze comes into the picture.

    Wangze’s practice may well be to help alleviate problems and deal with difficult situations and beings and we can only do that by first recognizing how confounding and problematic our mind is. Wangze doesn’t promise us a special and secret path to control and manipulate others, but if we were to be able to subdue our own minds, then we can manage all beings of the three realms. If we can still our mind long enough to catch a glimpse of our true self and potential, we will also be able to unshackle everything we need to work out our own enlightenment.

    If our own mind is everything, our karma, our nirvana and our samsara, our suffering and the cessation of our suffering, then I cannot think of a better practice than the deity that teaches me mastery over myself. To have Wangze therefore, is to have every single intention the Buddha had when he decided to teach the Dharma.

    Wangze to me is Lojong, it is Renunciation and the path leading to Bodhhicitta and ending in the perfect understanding of Emptiness. Wangze is the readiness to understand and practice the Lamrim purely. I feel Wangze is like our own enlightened mind. If I have been able to study and practice Dharma to the extent I have, it has been due to the blessings of my Lama and with Wangze’s kind assistance.

  15. Sarah on Nov 14, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    How blessed we are to receive this teaching on the practice of Wangze. It will benefit those of us who need to control our minds, to influence difficult people and to overcome obstacles to our spiritual path. What I find most useful is the visualisation at every part of the sadhana, from beginning to end. It is difficult to visualise when we don’t know how. With Rinpoche’s detailed and clear explanation, I’ve learned how to visualise as well as appreciate the reasons behind each of the different types of visualisations. Thank you Rinpoche!

  16. Shane Jayasuriya on Nov 11, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Dear Rinpoche thank you for this wonderful article and all about Wangze practice .. I thing i will start practicing Wangze as well , and i am sure it will help me with my monkey mind to come under control.. Dorje Shugden himself is countless benefits to any one who develop faith on him..

    Thank you Rinpoche_/\_

  17. freon on Nov 11, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for giving the teaching and practice on Dorje Shugden Wangze.
    I always like Wangze because I have a thought that Wangze can help me to control my speech and chaos mind. At the same time, help people around me to come in to Dharma while they still can.

    I was not sure how Wangze could help in control my mind, because all the while I only hear that Wangze can control other people. Until I read the blog post, I am so happy that Wangze could control my mind. By control by mind, with positive mind, I can be more skillful in bring people to dharma. I can be more advance in my spiritual practice and not always have to face my flippant mind.

    We are so lucky to have Rinpoche continue to turn the Dharma wheel.

    Dharma are so powerful.

    Once again, thank you Rinpoche

    With folded palm
    Freon

  18. Natalie on Nov 11, 2015 at 12:44 am

    Dear He Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, I struggle to understand the Shugden controversy. High Lamas such as yourself say the practice is good and high Lamas like HH Dalai Lama say it is bad. If you both have clairvoyance surely you should agree? Or is there a deeper reason behind it? What does Dorje Shugden say of Hh Dalai Lama? Thank you for your teachings

    • Lew on Nov 11, 2015 at 4:00 am

      Dear Natalie,

      I can relate to how you feel. How can so many high Lamas have different and conflicting views? I am confused too until I read Tsem Rinpoche’s explanation here:

      http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/i-can-speak-up-now.html

      Quote: “If they manifest conflict or differences, then I choose to see it as divine play to tame my mind.”

      I too believe this conflict is to promote the spread of the Dorje Shugden and Lama Tsongkhapa teaching to a even higher level.

      Tsem Rinpoche has always been respectful to HH Dalai Lama. Through my years learning with Tsem Rinpoche, I have not once hear any disrespectful towards any of His teachers (HH Dalai Lama included). Tsem Rinpoche had many times told us (the students) to be respectful of HH Dalai Lama regardless of the conflict.

      I would recommend you to watch this 4-part video to better understand this conflict: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFPtxrD7Q2LxqEo6awSYHfkq-EtpQnYPY

    • Cynthia Lee on Nov 11, 2015 at 4:23 am

      Dear Natalie,

      How I personally understood the controversy is by studying all the claims in regards to Dorje Shugden being a “spirit” and harms the Tibetan cause and the Dalai Lama’s life VERSUS the Dharma Protector which has been practiced by many erudite lamas over 400 years. Are the claims logical with substantial supporting evidences? There are many arguments and logical facts along with deep contemplation which determines Dorje Shugden is indeed NOT a spirit.

      1. Dorje Shugden could not be subdued by the 5th Dalai Lama or other Lamas.
      When Tulku Dragpa Gyaltsen, the last human incarnation, manifested as the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden, many high Lamas tried to destroy Dorje Shugden with wrathful fire pujas thinking he became a spirit because he was brutally murdered. However, they were not able to and that is because he is a Buddha.

      2. Dorje Shugden has been relied upon by the highest Lamas, who themselves have been recognized as enlightened (by the Dalai Lama himself).
      Well-regarded Gelugpa practitioners of Dorje Shugden include the 5th Dalai Lama, Kelsang Thubten Jigme Gyatso 1743-1811 (a tutor to the 9th Dalai Lama), Losang Thubten Wangchuk Jigme Gyatso 1775 – 1813 (head of the Gelugpa in Mongolia), Ngulchu Dharmabadra, the Indian master Shakya Shri Bhadra, the 11th Dalai Lama 1838 – 1856 (who installed Dorje Shugden as the Protector of the Gelugpa tradition), Gyara Tulku Rinpoche, Tomo Geshe Rinpoche (regarded by the 13th Dalai Lama as an emanation of Je Tsongkhapa), Serkong Rinpoche (regarded by the 13th Dalai Lama as Vajradhara),Tagpo Kelsang Khedrub Rinpoche, Pabongkha Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, Ling Rinpoche, Khangsar Rinpoche, Tathag Rinpoche (in charge of the Tibetan Government after the death of the 13th Dalai Lama), Zong Rinpoche, Lobsang Tamdin, Ribur Rinpoche, Khen Rinpoche Losang Tharchin, Lati Rinpoche, Geshe Rabten, Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey, Khensur Rinpoche, Khechog Rinpoche, Dagyab Rinpoche, Gelek Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Yongyal Rinpoche, the 14th Dalai Lama (until he was in his forties), Dagom Rinpoche, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gangchen Rinpoche and many others.

      The later Lamas were all direct or indirect disciples of the great Pabongkha Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche. If these lamas were “wrong” to worship Dorje Shugden, but yet they have been recognized as emanations of Heruka and Amitabha respectively, and were the principal upholders of Je Tsongkhapa’s Gelug doctrine in their time, how can they be wrong? If they can be wrong, then the whole lineage is wrong.

      There are many more reasons why Dorje Shugden is not a spirit but a Buddha, however since your question is why are some lamas says this practice is good and some say it’s bad brings back to the question … is there a deeper reason behind it?

      Bodhisattvas such as HHDL who is non other than Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion exist for one purpose which is to benefit all sentient beings. If you believe HHDL is a Buddha also, then it cannot be possible for HHDL to be uncompassionate and have such deep concerns over a spirit affecting his life span.

      Boddhisattvas are known to manifest enlightened and pre-meditated activities which brings people to dharma. This we can see clearly from the result of the controversy (ban) – the Dorje Shugden practice has reached out to all parts of the world bringing some to the path of spirituality and others help.

      Here are some links which you can watch to deepen your understanding.
      1. Is Dorje Shugden a Buddha or a Demon?
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJ4KKsU13Vc&list=PLFPtxrD7Q2LyKpzzUPQ-FjIsu2TW7FRz4&index=19

      2. Thoughts On The Dorje Shugden Controversy
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZRhBgFTE5o&list=PLFPtxrD7Q2LyKpzzUPQ-FjIsu2TW7FRz4&index=24

      Hope my explanations help in clearing some confusion if not all 🙂

      Cynthia

    • Pastor Niral Patel on Nov 11, 2015 at 6:16 am

      Dear Natalie,

      You have asked a very good question and one that is pertinent to the issue that most people overlook. As per H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s teachings, both H.H Dalai Lama and other high Lamas who practice Dorje Shugden are indeed clairvoyant due to their practices and/or being physical incarnations of the enlightened Buddhas.

      There are people who believe that all practitioners of Dorje Shugden are against H.H Dalai Lama. This cannot be furthest from the truth. In fact, we at Kechara recite the Long Life Prayer for his Holiness at the end of every Puja (prayer) and daily personal practice. This is because His Holiness is one of H.E Tsem Rinpoche’s Gurus.

      Within Tibetan Buddhism, from the most basic practices to the most advanced, one of the core principles is that of Guru Devotion. H.E received the practice of Dorje Shugden from his Root Guru, H.H Zong Rinpoche. Therefore due to the commitments made, H.E Tsem Rinpoche has continued the practice and has now passed it on to his students and the Kechara organization.

      The issue arises when we see a discrepancy between advice given by the High Lamas. This can arise due to many reasons, some of which we can understand at our level and others that we cannot. Following H.E Tsem Rinpoche’s teachings I personally choose to believe that there is a deeper meaning to this happening.

      I am reminded of ancient Tibet’s policy of isolation from the rest of the world during the time before the Chinese Communist invasion of Tibet, as was advocated by the Dalai Lamas and other High Lamas who were also the temporal rulers of the country. From a point of view of economics and politics it does not make any sense. However after the events that ended with large portions of the Tibetan people relocating to India, the policy of isolation makes sense from a religious point of view.

      Buddhism, especially the Vajrayana lineages, had all but disappeared in India, the land of its birth. The policy of isolation allowed the teachings to be preserved in Tibet in its entirety. When the Tibetans left for India they took with them their religion and from India, Tibetan Buddhism had spread all over the world allowing countless people to benefit from the peace of mind and uplifting energy that these teachings are now known for. During the period of isolation, however it didn’t really make much sense.

      The same can be applied to this situation. We, however, may not have the foresight to see what the actual outcome may be. We take the clairvoyant status of High Lamas on the articles of faith based on the Buddhist way of logical reasoning. If this is the case, following this same logical reasoning, we as practitioners and not High Lamas ourselves do not have the ability to understand the workings of an enlightened mind, which by definition is always working from all-encompassing compassion and un-hindered wisdom. Therefore I truly believe there must be a deeper reason for the issue to arise, and no matter how much I can guess as to the outcome, only time will tell the intentions of the enlightened beings.

      As for H.H Dalai Lama he is definitely an enlightened being, Chenresig himself in human form. I hope this has helped a little.

      The answers and links given by Lew and Cynthia Lee are very good to learn more about this.

      Thank you.

    • Pastor Antoinette Kass on Nov 11, 2015 at 7:50 am

      Dear Nathalie,

      I agree with you. Highly attained Lamas who are emanations of Buddhas are clairvoyant and work only for the benefit of all sentient beings.
      Therefore there must be other reasons for this ban to manifest.

      The deeper reason for me is that through Dorje Shugden, Buddhism and Buddhist teachings get spread into the 10 directions and that more people get in touch with the Protector Dorje Shugden and Buddhism.

      I don’t know what Dorje Shugden says about H.H. Dalai Lama but I know that H.H. the Dalai Lama has been saved 1959 by escaping Tibet at the very last moment through the Panglung oracle taking trance of Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has guided the group around H.H. Dalai Lama all the way during their escape.
      This is for me a sign that this is a divine play and that conditions are provided for the Dharma to grow in whatever way is most beneficial and appropriate for the people at this time and age.

      Here is the link to a prayer written by the 14th Dalai Lama to Dorje Shugden:
      http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-14th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html

      Thank you for your question.
      All the Best,

      Pastor Antoinette

    • Pastor David Lai on Nov 11, 2015 at 8:57 am

      Dear Netalie,
      I see that already there are quite a number of people answering you here but I would like to add my answer to your query. High Lamas sometimes don’t agree on specific teachings and practices like Dorje Shugden for a specifically bigger reason like you suspected. First of all, you must understand that high lamas operate on a higher level of wisdom and compassion. Their actions are not necessarily understood and may be misinterpreted as conflicting and even harmful.

      Many great teachers of the past flout social norms of their day and run around drinking, having many ‘consorts’ and seemed contrary to what a great master should act. However, out of their ‘crazy wisdom’, they exorcise spirits, turn many people on the Dharma that would not normally be even spiritually-inclined and benefit innumerable beings. This is very common among many great masters of the past and accepted aspect of Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

      Hence, when you see the Dalai Lama have conflicting proclamation about Dorje Shugden with other High Lamas like Tsem Rinpoche, you are witnessing what Tibetans call a ‘divine play’. They are enacting a drama of opposing views to push Dorje Shugden practice out into the world. Although Dalai Lama is against this practice but Dorje Shugden practice is experiencing a phenomenal exposure and growth. It is the main protector of NKT, the largest Buddhist organization in the Western world. The practice itself is massive in large monasteries in Tibet and are spreading the lineage into surrounding China.

      Regarding Dorje Shugden about the Dalai Lama, Rinpoche himself told me that Dorje Shugden in trance of an oracle would always respectfully refer to the Dalai Lama as ‘Holder of the lotus’ and tell his followers to be patient and practice the Dharma. The advice and proclamations of Dorje Shugden is always steeped in Dharma. That’s the nature of Dorje Shugden and one of the many reasons why we take refuge in him.

      One last thing that I have seen online is that there are other Dorje Shugden practitioners saying that they have heard Dorje Shugden prophesying an end to this conflict very soon. Dorje Shugden oracles if you are familiar with this tradition is highly accurate with their predictions and if this prophecy is true, the you will see this unfold pretty soon. Thats is all i have to say, and i hope what i said helps answer your questions. Thank you!

    • sweekeong on Nov 11, 2015 at 9:30 am

      Dear Natalie,

      I have the same questions as you do before this. As Buddhist practitioners I follow practices and teachings given by my guru. As said in the Lamrim my guru is an emanation of Buddha returning as a spiritual guide to guide sentient beings.

      If you have many gurus, some of which do the practice and some of which don’t do the practice, you will be having a hard time following conflicting instructions. In such a case we follow our root guru’s advise. At the same time never disrespect other gurus. All gurus are beneficial to their students.

      However if one doesn’t have a guru then how to justify following both high lamas since one say Dorje Shugden is good, another say he is bad? There are some questions that need to be asked and answered logically.

      Dorje Shugden was propitiated since 400 years. Why say it is bad now? Does it mean high lamas since 400 years ago don’t have clairvoyance and they have it now? HH Dalai Lama is recognized to be highly attained, surely he must know the nature of Dorje Shugden when Dorje Shugden came to being in his previous lifes. In fact in this life HH Dalai Lama has been practicing Dorje Shugden before he banned it. His guru Kyabje Trijang Ripoche, a high lama, has given HH Dalai Lama this practice. For sure this practice has been beneficial. You can do further background reading, for example, it is Dorje Shugden through Dorje Shugden oracle advised HH Dalai Lama to leave Tibet and escape from China’s army in 1959. Furthermore many high lamas practiced Dorje Shugden, for example, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche who is well a respected, a debate master and high lama.

      Is there a deeper reason? You’re right, I do to and I believe attained being works beyond our understanding to save sentient beings. Tibetan Buddhist masters in the past have done some very contradictory actions but in the end benefited more people by bringing them to Dharma. High lamas do manifest this contradictory actions in this age I believe. One good example is Chongam Trungpa Rinpoche who was controversial in his time but now it is known as his crazy wisdom of helping very deluded beings.

      More and more people are becoming aware of Dorje Shugden as a result of the ban. Some has follow the side that Dorje Shugden is bad and furthermore condemn, and hurt those who practice it. Isn’t condemning and hurting others are negative actions according to Buddhist teachings? At this point in time one should bare the Buddha teachings in mind, that is respect others beliefs and practices even though we may not agree with it.

      Tsem Rinpoche has given very logical explanations in this video.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxC6uKHM3dY

      Do ask if you need further information or clarifications.

      Sweekeong

    • Natalie on Nov 12, 2015 at 5:44 am

      Thank you all for your replies. They were helpful.

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html

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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
18 hours ago
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
1 week ago
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 week ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 week ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 week ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 week ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
3 weeks ago
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
4 weeks ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
4 weeks ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
2 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
2 months ago
This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
2 months ago
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
2 months ago
Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

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