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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  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Apr 29. 2017 03:09 PM
    Interesting info and article about werewolves. I never knew about its origins and the various wolves existence until I read this. I have thus far know about werewolves only from the movies and the famous twilight show. But one thing I noticed from the articles is the gruesome manner in killing the person (or suspected werewolves). Some were cursed to be a werewolves. There just so much anger, violence and killing in the whole process, which probably the reason why werewolves are known to kill and hurt human and other animals.

    Anyway, whether we believe the existence of werewolf is true or not, I believe that there are other forms of beings in world. And we should not handle or deal with other beings with violence and anger.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html#comment-744320
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 04:00 PM
    Everything we offer to Buddha is a form of mind transformation and practise our mind to be focus even when doing water offering. When pouring the water into the bowl we have to recite Om Ah Hum (3 times), think positively and pouring it slowly so it does not spill and leaving the space of a grain of rice before reaching the top. After offering we also have to clean the bowls properly without leaving stain. All this is to train our mind.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the many benefits and water offering in a simple to understand article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/making-water-offerings-to-the-buddhas.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 03:38 PM
    Trolls are assiociates as beings of Scandinavian folklore.A large number of different mythological creatures continue to live on in Scandinavian folklore.They have different shapes,habitat and filthy features . There are also numerous tales of trolls told and retold.Trolls are also believed to have the magigal powers, which were folktales ,posses capabilities that are beyond human .What ever it was a remnant of a long-lost reality for sure. I do believe that there’s a very high chance trolls had existed in the past.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing ,i do enjoyed all the stories in these article even though it just folk tales.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/the-hidden-nature-of-trolls.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 11:54 PM
    People always expect return on some contribution being done especially in charity events. When the return was under their expectations then they will feel sad or unhappy.
    As Rinpoche said, Dharma is a teachings to transform our mind to become bodicitta or selfless to benefit others without condition. Once we practiced selfless mind, our mind will not be affected by others people reaction.
    What will be my legacy? I think this is not really important to me anymore once I know Dharma teachings from Rinpoche.
    Thanks Datuk May for sharing to benefit more people.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/what-will-be-your-legacy.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 08:56 PM
    Amazing miracles true story …of how Rinpoche helped. With Rinpoche blessing during the children baptismal ceremony,this little boy who had not spoken since 9 years old was able to speake again.Incredible….
    Chef Au truly believes been a vegetarian has help him to collects merits for his son.Rinpoche’s care and compassion has benefited many more people.Through these stories hope more people will be inspired to achieve the state of compassion and attainments.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for this sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-4.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 07:51 PM
    Having fully trust and faith in Rinpoche ,Fat monk’s mother was well again, after been diagnosed with cancerious tumour at the liver.
    Following instructions given by Rinpoche, his mother recited mantras and Fat monk did a series of pujas as told,his mother recovered then.
    Amazing……Miracles do happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-3.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:27 PM
    We are no strangers to the creatures called Werewolves. They are often depicted as the Jekyll-and-Hyde-like monsters in movies who are unable to control their animal instincts when they shift from human form to a wolf-like creature, usually during the full moon. Together with the Vampires who can transform into bats, are my childhood imagery villains, who triggered my curiosity on mythical creatures during younger days. They still do, lol.

    It is gruesome to learn that real life werewolves are actually brutal even when they are in human forms. It is a far depict from the movies and fictions, where they are civil and level headed when in human form. I hope one day science or technology can provide more proves the existence of werewolves, and debunk the reason of this mystical shapeshifter.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:07 PM
    The miraculous power of Protectors’ practice can heal and shield us from negative karma from ripening. Through the blessings of our Guru, coupled with strong faith and trust, the practices will take effect swiftly and effectively. Rejoice to Steven Lee. May he be guided by the Three Jewels always. Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow for sharing the true story with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-10.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:57 PM
    This is a very touching article. I totally agree that dog is a man’s best friend. They are always so loyal to the owner. However it is sad that not all pet owners are such. Some will only treat them literally as an animal and therefore do not take good care of them. Dogs or any other animals are beings that have feeling. There should not be neglected and be abused by us. This article reminds us to always care for all beings and respect them.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 02:21 PM
    Its a heartfelt touching article of this faithful dog.Cannot imagine this ,such a wonderful relationship between that dog and the deceased owner.The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that we will not come back for them That i noticed from observing from my pet poodle.In this case this faithful dog knew his owner won’t be back.
    Dogs are loyal, patient, fearless, forgiving, capable of pure love and have feelings too.He must have missed the owner badly that he wanted to accompany the owner all the way to the resting place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. May that faithful dog ,continue to serve and well taken, love by the other family members.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:46 PM
    Werewolves are known to be mythical creatures found in fiction instead of lurking in the dark woods,In various parts of the world there were few cases who have gone down in history as real life werewolves Interesting to read it from these post..How far it was true or just legends.,no one really know . Many myths and legends surrounding werewolves .To become a werewolf, it is necessary to be bitten by a werewolf in their form at the time of the full moon. Thats what all of us knew from the movies and from fiction told. Reports of werewolf sightings continued even till this century but mostly in between 1428 and 1447 .The most recent sighting of werewolf sightings in 1972. was in Ohio .but eventually subsided .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article which i do enjoyed reading it,
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Valentina
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:11 PM
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    Twenty-Four Holy Places & Eight Great Charnel Grounds part 2 – (focus topic: Eight Great Charnel Grounds)

    At one time there was a god by the name of Rudra who was originally part of Mahadeva’s retinue. He was a very fierce being who also had many of his own consorts. Together with his consorts he began to oppress sentient beings, and promoted violence and unethical behaviour. At that time, Heruka once again arose, and in a dance of great compassionate wrath, liberated Rudra and his consorts from their physical bodies, sending their minds to pure lands. The places where Rudra’s body parts fell became charnel grounds. …read more by clicking the following link:

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/twenty-four-holy-places-eight-great-charnel-grounds.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:07 AM
    This year Wesak Day fall on 10 of May. This day is very special and meaningful to me because I will visit Kechara Forest Retreat(KFR) to join some meritorious event there.
    For me, Wesak is a day to commemorate Buddha Sakyamuni in three aspect( Birth , Enlightened, Nirwana).
    While we celebrate Wesak, we must remind ourselves to learn from Buddha teachings and practice it in order to gain attainment.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for sharing in order to create more understanding on Wesak Day.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/wesak-day-special-on-rtm-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:10 PM
    OMG! This is very touching. To see a doggie who never left go of his owner in spite of death. Way more powerful than many who proclaimed “till death do us part.” Just like the human, not all doggies are as loyal as this tear-jerking pet, but I truly believe almost all doggies offer unconditional love to the person who feeds and cares for them. Even when they are stray animals. There was a stray dog who will run two streets from the entrance of the “Taman” until the car stops in front of the house, just to greet me. You can imagine the warm and conviction in my heart that these beings are more than capable of loving than many of us, human! Thank you for this lovely sharing. I miss my doggie, Sherab.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:00 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for this amazing sharing. There is no doubt about the ability of our Guru, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. His incarnations have been compassionate and taken rebirth to return and spread the dharma so that sentient beings can benefit and learn some dharma in our short life.

    We shall never doubt our Guru; but must see that He is one with our Yidam and Protector, an attained being. Even if our Guru does not demonstrate clairvoyance abilities, we must never contest our Guru, for he holds the key (dharma) that can liberate us from eternal suffering in samsara.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html

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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
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This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
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
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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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!
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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!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
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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!
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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
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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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
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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We are at the 15th KL-PJ WEDDING FAIR from 28-30 April 2017, Mid Valley Exhibition Center. Come visit our booth for exciting promotions on vegetarian wedding banquets and registration of marriage services! ~ kecharaoasis.com ~ Guat Hee
20 hours ago
We are at the 15th KL-PJ WEDDING FAIR from 28-30 April 2017, Mid Valley Exhibition Center. Come visit our booth for exciting promotions on vegetarian wedding banquets and registration of marriage services! ~ kecharaoasis.com ~ Guat Hee
Pastor Gim Lee assisted by Kechara Puja Team, conducted a Dorje Shugden puja and blessings at a premise. Lucy Yap
2 days ago
Pastor Gim Lee assisted by Kechara Puja Team, conducted a Dorje Shugden puja and blessings at a premise. Lucy Yap
Art expression using chalks and papers is an avenue for young children to cultivate positive perspective of life and connect with their artistic or creative side. Stella, KSDS
4 days ago
Art expression using chalks and papers is an avenue for young children to cultivate positive perspective of life and connect with their artistic or creative side. Stella, KSDS
Children as long as 2 years old are ready to learn up skills and attitude that will help them shape their life. When else will be best to instil them with good Dharma values if not since young? Stella, KSDS
4 days ago
Children as long as 2 years old are ready to learn up skills and attitude that will help them shape their life. When else will be best to instil them with good Dharma values if not since young? Stella, KSDS
Senior students of the children class of Kechara Sunday Dharma School had their class in the ghompa every Sunday. Stella, KSDS
4 days ago
Senior students of the children class of Kechara Sunday Dharma School had their class in the ghompa every Sunday. Stella, KSDS
Besides young Karlson and Ern Ern, there are new faces in Kechara Sunday Dharma School 2-4 years old. Stella, KSDS
4 days ago
Besides young Karlson and Ern Ern, there are new faces in Kechara Sunday Dharma School 2-4 years old. Stella, KSDS
Kechara Sunday Dharma School students 5-6 years old making prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa at the beginning of the class every Sunday. Stella,KSDS
4 days ago
Kechara Sunday Dharma School students 5-6 years old making prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa at the beginning of the class every Sunday. Stella,KSDS
@KecharaHouse tonite, 48 puja attendees filled the air with a loud chorus of prayer n mantra 2 Dorje Shugden n Setrap!  PHNee
5 days ago
@KecharaHouse tonite, 48 puja attendees filled the air with a loud chorus of prayer n mantra 2 Dorje Shugden n Setrap! PHNee
A big Thank You to the kind volunteers and to Jace Chong!
5 days ago
A big Thank You to the kind volunteers and to Jace Chong!
Make your weekend meaningful! Contact Jace Chong to volunteer in Kechara Forest Retreat for the aviaries.
5 days ago
Make your weekend meaningful! Contact Jace Chong to volunteer in Kechara Forest Retreat for the aviaries.
Thank you to our young volunteer to improve the life of the birds in our aviary!
5 days ago
Thank you to our young volunteer to improve the life of the birds in our aviary!
English Level 2 Dharma Class, Pastor Han Nee started the Day 5 Lamrim, which is the Seven-Limbed Prayer with Homage and Prostration( 35 Confessional Buddha )  was extensively covered. -  Yew Seng
5 days ago
English Level 2 Dharma Class, Pastor Han Nee started the Day 5 Lamrim, which is the Seven-Limbed Prayer with Homage and Prostration( 35 Confessional Buddha ) was extensively covered. - Yew Seng
Sunday Dharma class kids learning to take refuge with teacher Alice. Lucy Yap
5 days ago
Sunday Dharma class kids learning to take refuge with teacher Alice. Lucy Yap
One of the outdoor activities for KSDS students is to exercise the drawing that near to the nature. Alice Tay, KSDS
7 days ago
One of the outdoor activities for KSDS students is to exercise the drawing that near to the nature. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Jesvin explained the camp rules and regulations to the camper. Alice Tay, KSDS
7 days ago
Teacher Jesvin explained the camp rules and regulations to the camper. Alice Tay, KSDS
KSDS teachers and the young participants of WOAH  Camp played & have fun together for this game, Self defense and attack. Alice Tay, KSDS
7 days ago
KSDS teachers and the young participants of WOAH Camp played & have fun together for this game, Self defense and attack. Alice Tay, KSDS
The younger group of KSDS were happy because they're given chance to feel,touch and play the slime. Alice Tay, KSDS
7 days ago
The younger group of KSDS were happy because they're given chance to feel,touch and play the slime. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Laura guided the students do meditation. Alice Tay, KSDS
7 days ago
Teacher Laura guided the students do meditation. Alice Tay, KSDS
Day break at Kechara Forest Retreat! Sunrise meditation during Inner Reflection Retreat, April 2017
1 week ago
Day break at Kechara Forest Retreat! Sunrise meditation during Inner Reflection Retreat, April 2017
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