Facebook Answered: Vajrayogini’s Sacred Initiation

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Dear Students and Friends,

I would like to share with you the transcript about a talk I did on Vajrayogini in response to the Facebook question: What are the Commitments After Receiving Vajrayogini’s Sacred Initiation.  

I hold Vajrayogini’s practice very close to my heart, which is why I have a dedicated section on Vajrayogini in my blog. I am so fortunate and humbled to have received Her practice from my Guru which is H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, who had received it from His Guru, H.H.Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, who in turn received it from H.H. Kyabje Pabongkha Rinpoche… so whatever I said here is not made up by me but based on what these great masters had taught. It was Pabongkha Rinpoche who recommended and promoted the Vajrayogini practice as a main meditational deity. Vajra Yogini is highly treasured and practiced within the Gelug tradition.

Vajrayogini is a very very sacred practice. In the past no layman could see Her, not even monks. Due to the commitments involved, the Guru does not simply give Her initiations to just any student. So it is very rare to receive Vajrayogini, but She is very powerful and relevant for the people of this age. Vajrayogini is a tantric practice, it is the swift path. It is NOT a path for those who want a shortcut because they are lazy and want the easy way out. No.

So in order to qualify to receive Vajrayogini’s practice, the first thing you need to do is to do your homework! Do you really want it?? Only students who work hard for it, are committed, keep their promises, don’t make excuses and show sincere practice through their actions may qualify to receive her practice. You cannot win a marathon if you never trained for it.  So if you want it then you should start training now… don’t give yourself excuses not to… She will bring you to Kechara Paradise within 7 lifetimes. I have briefly explained what the “warm up exercises” for Vajrayogini practice are here. You must prepare yourself ahead of time well, starting now for this practice.

If you care to receive Vajrayogini, do read carefully what I had said about the commitments in the video below… I have roughly explained what tantric initiation it involves as well. It is important for you to have some understanding about it. Read it, contemplate on it and strive towards it.  I wish you good luck. If you have received Her, then please listen to what I share with you here. Important.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

 

 


 

 


 

 

 

Facebook question: What are the Commitments After Receiving Vajra Yogini’s Sacred Initiation

 

 

This is in regards to the Facebook post on sacred Vajrayogini’s initiation, and what are the commitments afterwards.

Some people have this idea that they don’t have to ground themselves, learn up, and make themselves very stable in the preliminary practices and preliminary teachings, that they feel that tantra is the fastest path, so therefore it bypasses everything else and once they go into tantra they receive the magic initiation from the Lama on the throne and they get the sacred, secret mantra and they just go into their rooms and they recite, that everything will transform, everything will change, everything will be overnight success. Well, it doesn’t really happen that way and that’s not the way tantra was actually presented.

Unfortunately, some people throughout the world have advertised tantra the wrong way, in the first place. The wrong way is to advertise that it is the fastest path, the quickest path, and that if you just rely on tantra alone, you can achieve everything and nothing else is much needed, that it just bypasses. So as a result you get a lot of people running for initiations, running for these secret practices, running for the sacred, running for everything that is tantric in nature.

Well, there are people out there who are qualified to give tantra and they practice, they do get results, some quickly, but most of us including myself are not. So therefore what I like to elucidate is here using Vajrayogini’s tantra as an example, but it definitely applies to Kalachakra and Yamantaka, Guhyasamaja, Cittamani Tara, Heruka, Gyalwa Gyatso Chenrezig, it applies to all of those. And what happens is, during the tantric initiation, in short, I can’t explain too much for those of you who don’t have initiation, as I would be breaking my commitments, but in short, during tantric initiation, you have the preparatory initiation which is 1 day, the first day, then you have the actual initiation the next day and during the preparatory initiation you’re supposed to examine to see if any inauspicious signs or dreams or anything happened that should give you a warning that you shouldn’t get this initiation as you are not ready. From the side of the tantra or the initiation there is no fault, from the side of the receiver, sometimes you are not ready.

 

 

So therefore, the next day, the second day is the actual initiation. When you receive the initiation, you have to take certain vows, you have to take certain commitments, you have to make certain promises, and those promises and vows and commitments that you take during initiation are extremely important. They are more important for you to gain attainments, for you to get the result from the initiation. The initiation itself is to plant the seeds into your mindstream, but the actual work happens after the initiation, the actual process of gaining attainments happen after the initiation. There are cases where during initiation some people get attainments but those are far and very distant in between. Those you should not rely and hope on, because we have to look at our qualities, do we have Bodhicitta?, Do we have some realization and understanding of shunyata that is manifested in our daily activities, not just an intellectual understanding? So therefore, simply to hope that we will get some attainments from the initiation itself is the hope of a beggar, the hope of a very poor person wishing to buy a huge, big building but they have no money.

So, like that, what’s important is that whatever we have promised during initiation is much more important after initiation and after whether you meet your Lama or not, whether you’re getting special care from your Lama or not, whether your Lama has, is unfortunately passed away or is still living or not, it doesn’t matter, because during initiation, you have taken oaths and commitments and samayas and promises from your Lama as a deity. So during the initiation of Vajrayogini, you don’t visualize your Lama as a human being or a monk or a teacher, or whatever. You visualize it as taking it directly from Vajrayogini. So whether your Lama is hanging around you or is alive or has passed away, makes no difference because actually during initiation, the correct mode of receiving initiation is to think that you have received the Vajrayogini, or in the case of Yamantaka, Yamantaka.

 

 

So therefore, Yamantaka is deathless, Vajrayogini is deathless, therefore if your Lama is around or not, if they’re alive or not it doesn’t make any difference. It should not impact your practice whatsoever. So therefore, during your initiation, you have promised several things, many things in fact but let’s put it in a nutshell that’s easier. After one has received the initiation, one should not talk about the initiation to people who are not qualified, who do not know anything. The reason is because, it might give wrong understanding or misunderstanding, and is your understanding enough to share, so we have be careful about that. So not to reveal tantra to people who are not ready and to reveal tantra to people who have taken tantra but who have lost faith or who have not committed…who have…um… kind of not stuck with the Lama and went away, we’re not allowed to share the tantric practices with them anymore. That is not something I made up, this is what it says.

So therefore, everyday in fact after initiation, it is said that if we want to keep our practice very strict, we should not reveal the images of our Yidam. It should be covered away, it should be not be seen by anyone, whether it is a statue or it is a picture. Now my teacher, one of my teachers, Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, the Abbot Emeritus of Ganden Shartse told me that if we were to keep a picture of our Yidam because we just like to see the Yidam, we like to make offerings, we like to have something visual there, it is permissible that if we have one original photo, thangka, a representation fully covered and think that this is my Yidam, this is my main Yidam’s image and put it away behind something that no one can see and then have a second picture or second image that is revealed and open, so the second one can be seen by others, that’s what Rinpoche told me, then you won’t be breaking the commitments of keeping it so called secret, alright?

Then you have to do your 21 Vajrasattva mantras daily, so in the Vajrayogini long sadhana it’s already inclusive. So every single day, you must recite the Vajrasattva mantra 21 times according to the tantra that you have received. The reason is because…because we have heavy habituations, it’s very hard for us to keep our commitments totally pure. So when we do Vajrasattva daily, we stop the karma or infraction of our commitments to increase. So the infraction, the karmic consequences of infracting, or the infraction of it will not increase. Then everyday, we must do the 6 session Guru Yoga. The 6 session Guru Yoga, the short one, if we can do the long one, that is the best, the short one written by Kyabje Pabongkha Dorje Chang or Pabongkha Rinpoche is used. So after the Dalai Lama’s initiation, after initiation in Ganden, Sera, Drepung, all of Ganden, Sera, Drepung, Namgyal monastery, all of these great monasteries, all of these great sanghas, all these practitioners, they use the 6 session Guru Yoga as composed by Kyabje Pabongkha Rinpoche, Pabongkha Dechen Nyingpo in Tibetan and Pabongkha was requested to recite, to uh, compose something short for people who claim they didn’t have time to do the long one. So the short 6 session Guru Yoga you should recite 3 in the morning, 3 at night. If you find that difficult, 6 times per day as and when you like, all right.

And then you have to do tsok twice a month on the Tibetan, on the lunar 10th and 25th, you must do tsok twice a month and if you cannot make it to tsok for a very good reason, then you need to do your Yidam’s mantra, three times more than a normal commitment. So if you promised to do 3, then on tsok day if you cannot make it you do 9, all right? Then the next one is you have to do your mantra every single day, whatever mantra you commit to, if you break it you have to double it, if you break it again you have to double it, if you break it again you have to double it, so if you promise 3, if you break it you have to do 6, if you break it, you do 12, if you break it you do 24, if you break it you have to do 48. So it’s double the amount, not double from the original, okay. So 48 times 2 and so on…so on if you break it. When can you go back to the original? You can go back to the original if you get that initiation again, all right. If you get the same exact initiation again, it doesn’t need to be the same Lama in case if your Lama has passed away, if you have to get the same initiation again and when you swear in for the number, you cannot swear in the original number, you have to swear in the next number. So, if you swore in 3 originally, the next time you have to swear 6. So let me make that clear, the only way you can clear your breaking of the mantras is if you get that initiation again. If you get the initiation again, you cannot promise what you promised the first time. You have to promise double what you have promised the first time. So it’s the second time towards your Vajrayogini initiation, and the first time you promised 3, the second time you have to promise 6, all right?  That is if you are to then from henceforth, you can do the mantra 6 times everyday, and/or more. Of course you should do more, all right?

 

 

So uh, next one is, some Lamas ask you to do the short, some Lamas ask you to do the long, some Lamas ask you no mantra, uhh no sadhana, just the mantra, okay. So if you have to do the sadhana everyday of course you do it everyday but that is optional according to what the Lama gave you, but just because you don’t have the commitment, you shouldn’t say “I don’t have to do it.” Because you see, the actual commitment to do is the sadhana, the meditation, the practice, the mantra, Vajrasattva, you know and the 5 Buddha family commitments, the actual practice is the whole thing. So what Lamas are doing now is they’re condensing the commitments everyday, hoping that without the commitment to do it everyday, you will automatically do it anyway. Because if you have to do 10 to become fully enlightened, how could you do 2 every single day to replace the 10 to become enlightened? So if you are supposed to do 10 every single day, you have to do 10 every single day whether you have the commitment or not. For example, if there’s a long sadhana of Vajrayogini for you to do to become enlightened, you got to do the long one. By skipping out on the long one and just doing the short one, you’re not going to get the benefits of the long one. Then you might think why is there a short one. Well, there’s a short one just to keep up the blessings so you overcome your particular problem or obstacle, maybe you’re travelling, maybe you are sick, maybe you’re not well, maybe you have some issues, so it’s just to do for a few days and then you do the long one. Although you don’t have a commitment to do the long one, you should do the long one. If you don’t do it, you don’t break your promise, you don’t break your commitment but neither do you get faster to enlightenment. So therefore, if you are supposed to do 10 things to achieve enlightenment through Vajrayogini’s practice, Yamantaka or Heruka, then you say “Well, I only promised to do two, so I’m gonna do 2 every single day and I’m going to wish for enlightenment through that”.  Well you know, that’s not going to happen, because you promised to do…you promised to do two when you should do ten. So if you promise to do, if you didn’t promise to do 10 it doesn’t meant you shouldn’t do 10, does everybody understand that? Alright I am not being tough on this, I am trying to be very clear, very open and very pragmatic about tantric practice, and this applies to Yamantaka, Heruka, Guhyasamaja, all the other ones, so don’t think this is only for Vajrayogini, alright?

The next one is, you should, before your death, actually, this is what Zong Rinpoche told us before at our initiation, before our death we should in fact have the will and the, create the causes and circumstances and actually finish a full length Vajrayogini retreat with fire puja, with offerings and the full ritual. So before we die, we should think “I will learn up how to do that, I will do that and I will finish it” so that’s very important to do before we die. For any strange reason that we make this wish today and tomorrow we die, well, we didn’t break this commitment if our intent was there to do it. We do break our commitment, thinking “Aiyah, I’m not going to do it, I’m not going to do it, aiyah maybe later, aiyah maybe maybe maybe because you know what? You can kind of fool people around you, but you can’t fool your own karma. You can also play games with your own mind, but you can’t fool your own karma. So therefore, before you pass away, you should, you should finish a full-length Vajrayogini retreat, full mantra count, with full ritual, concluding with a fire puja, alright?

Last but not least, there is a…… there are tantric clothes, tantric ornaments and tantric instruments that everybody is supposed to carry with them, wherever they go, like a vajra and bell and damaru and all that stuff. Wherever you go you should carry that with you. Well, it’s gonna be a little heavy, and it’s going to be a lot, and there are some things like you know, bone dresses, bone ornaments, bone armlets and bone bracelets and bone skirts, I mean, where are we gonna get that today? So what happens is that there is a sheet, there’s a sheet that is available that is drawn out all the tantric ornaments, all the tantric dress and all the tantric offerings that we need is um, kinda drawn out on a sheet and um we can carry that around, alright.? We can carry that sheet around and that would be all right. If there is a big demand on that, I can actually Xerox or I can blog that piece of paper, and I can put it up on my blog site where people can download it and keep that sheet inside their book, not to be seen by others. So therefore, if that’s kept with you then you keep the tantric commitment of keeping all these items near you that are auspicious and that are necessary for your attainments, alright? So therefore if there is no request for that, you can get it from somewhere else or you have it already that is wonderful. So therefore, in short, after initiation, after initiation, post initiation is much more, much more important than the actual initiation. So we need to get a very good grounding in teachings such as the Bodhisattvacharyavatara, the Wheel of Sharp Weapons, especially the Lamrim, the Three Principle Paths, um if we can, if we can, Ornament of Clear Realization by Maitreya. We should study up on our tantric vows, that’s very important and afterwards, we have to hold our tantric vows. That is one very strong commitment. We should read our tantric vows daily or weekly till we are totally familiar with them. We should read and study up on our bodhisattva vows.  Dagpo Rinpoche in France has written a beautiful book on the Bodhisattva vows and everybody should get that and take a read and study it. It is very clear and very precise.

 

 

So therefore, uh, after initiation, we should hold our vows very strongly. We should hold our tantric and bodhisattva vows as if we protect our own eyes and if we don’t hold our vows and we do everything else, we’re not gonna get many attainments. You know, sometimes when we get angry or sometimes when we’re not happy or sometimes when we’re dissatisfied, we want to get someone back, or we want to perhaps, say something or do something and we’re satisfied from getting that…getting that person back, well you have to think, is it worth it to get this person back and sacrifice my Vajrayogini practice? Is it worth it to get this person back or get this situation back or just to win or look good or have a face, and then sacrifice my Yamantaka, Guhyasamaja or whatever practice I am doing? Because when you do that you kinda break your vows. So you’re kinda selling out on your tantric practice for that one person. Is that one person and winning over them more important than holding your vows? Because sometimes we get lost in the heat of the moment and the passion and what’s happening, and we have to always think that whatever we say and do, whether it is wrathful or peaceful or you know whatever we say or do, we gotta think it through fast, and if we cannot think it through that shows us that we’re not ready for tantra. We got to think it through fast, clean and clear, and then do what we need to do, because we know clearly what we are doing. We can’t say later “Oh I was angry, sorry I didn’t mean it that way” the deed has been done and the vow has been broken. So therefore, in order to look good over someone and not to lose face, you don’t want to admit you’re wrong, you don’t want to apologize, you don’t want to, you know, come out with the truth, you don’t want to say something that might mean something else to somebody else because you want to look good, you don’t want to lose face, is that worth it? Is that worth it over your vows and your practice? If it’s not, then let the other person win. Very simple.

So therefore, after, (I’m looking at my notes here), after tantric commitment, sorry, after tantric initiation, once you hold your vows, bodhisattva and tantric vows, once you do your Vajrasattva every single day, 21 times minimum or more, you have to do your 6 session Guru Yoga, you have to do your tsok twice a month, and if you can’t do it, you gotta do your mantra triple, you have to do your daily mantra recitation or more, and you have to do, up to you, what your Lama has given to you, your short or long sadhana. But let me repeat again. just because your Lama didn’t ask you to do it, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it because that is part of the path. That’s what we should be doing to become enlightened, otherwise why did we get the initiation in the first place, okay? And before death, we need to do a full length retreat of Vajrayogini, completed by a fire puja, sealed by a fire puja. How do we do that? If we don’t know how we can get someone to help us, okay? And we should keep our tantric instruments and if we don’t have those then we should keep those on a piece of paper drawn out, because whether they are drawn out or 3D, doesn’t specify so drawn out is fine, okay?

 

 

Remember, all these things, post initiation practice for the rest of our life is more important to gain attainments. Once you get an initiation, you don’t have to run for any other initiations. You don’t have to run for many tantric deities. Lama Tsongkhapa recommended, [Tibetan phrase] Guyhasamaja, Heruka, Yamantaka. He recommended for us as his disciples, to do all 3 tantric practices because they complement each other and for these degenerate times, they are very, very beneficial. But you know, as times become even more degenerate after hundreds of years after Lama Tsongkhapa has gone into parinirvana, well, Pabongkha Rinpoche recommended all of us to do Vajrayogini, solely and he kind of said that “Look, this is the synthesis of all the Buddhas. This one counters all the negative attachments arising from desire we have during the kaliyuga. My first teacher, Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche, Kensur Lobsang Tarchin has passed away, his incarnation is back, he is from Sera Mae Monastery and he told us, this was his exact words, when I was like 14 and we received the initiation from him at Howell, New Jersey, great master, great Tibetan master and he said “You guys are very lazy, and for lazy people like you who want big attainments, Vajrayogini is the perfect deity.” That’s what he said to all of us, okay. That’s not what Tsem Rinpoche says because Tsem Rinpoche doesn’t know much, but this is what great masters, my Gurus have said and I have full confidence in what they say so I sit here talking to you with full confidence not because I know so much, but because these came from the mouth of very learned masters, so I dare say with a lot of confidence. So therefore, Kensur Lobsang Tarchin Rinpoche said that this would be the perfect Yidam for lazy people. When he said lazy means attached, people who make excuses for not enough time, people who say they don’t have enough knowledge, they don’t have enough merits, well, this includes lazy because his meaning of lazy is very, very pervasive. He is very skillful. He is very compassionate. So therefore, I am not calling you lazy, but I am saying that we are all inundated with samsara and so if we want to combine all the deities into one, Vajrayogini would be totally perfect, totally wonderful for this day and age, all right?

 

 

So this is the kind of commitments we need to keep after Vajrayogini and I want to share that with you on this video.  I wish you good luck and I really wish that all of you would pursue the Vajrayogini path, and I wish that you would find a qualified master, not me, a qualified master and go and learn and listen. You see, I don’t see my job as being a Guru. I see my job as someone that is pushing you towards finding a Guru, pushing you towards learning the Dharma. I hope inspiring you towards doing more in your life to do Dharma wherever you are. I’m not here to become the Guru of the world, I’m not here to be the master of the world.  I am not here to be the maha teacher of the planet. I have no intention and I don’t have the qualification, and I wouldn’t want to be in that kind of position even if I was qualified but I’m kind of here to let you know that I have learnt a lot of things in the last 30 years. I’ve sat at the feet of great Lamas, I’m from Ganden, and uh, well I thought I’d share that with all of you. I thought I’d share that you should go and find your teachers. You should go and rekindle your relationship with your teachers, keep up your relationship with your teachers and be very devoted and find one practice, whether that is Vajrayogini or you know, Yamantaka or Heruka, doesn’t really matter. Find that one practice, go all the way and don’t run for a lot of initiations. After a lot of initiations, unless you are really qualified, you get confused, you’ll have more to do and you won’t understand, I’ve talked to hundreds of people who have got into that situation, alright? One Lama, one practice, one Yidam, one commitment and go all the way with it, and I wish all of you luck, I truly do and I want you to attain something great within Vajrayogini’s practice or any of your practices. Good luck, thank you.             

 

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  1. Valentina Suhendra on Jun 17, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you for this insightful post about the commitment after taking Vajrayogini’s initiation. It is definitely useful for those who aspire to take the initiation and those who have taken the initiation. I really appreciate the fact that Rinpoche always assess the students carefully prior to giving initiation and taking the extra precaution to make sure that they do not break their commitment and suffer the consequences.

    Vajrayogini is a beautiful Buddha and i am very excited to learn up more about her.

    Valentina

  2. Joy on Dec 11, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    I am glad to be fortunate enough to stumble upon this post today and to be able to read is already a precious blessing because it gives me a chance to reflect my lazy self, amend where necessary and prepare myself if I really want Vajrayogini. It is also a prefect refresher course for those who may already have the initiation. Wherever one is at, whether at the beginning, middle or a senior (already have Vajrayogini initiation) this is still a great reminder and teaching so we stay “on track”.

    The first ever Vajrayana Buddha deity I saw was Vajrayogini and when I first saw her at my sisters, I thought she was some blood sucking vampire and my sister was in a cult. Little did I know a few years later I will be the one fanatically wishing, hoping, praying that I will one day be “qualified” enough to be granted her initiation.

    One thing’s for sure is that since the day I met Rinpoche, Rinpoche’s been guiding, compassionately pushing, finding creative ways, to push us to do more and to help us eliminate our lazy self, who are very creative in making excuses. And all this is done with great hope that Rinpoche could perhaps one day give us Vajrayogini, yet we sometimes fail to see this especially in the heat of our ego moment. Let them win, let them win, let them win…. All the Buddhas’ teachings and the advices Rinpoche gives consistently is… ‘let them win, it doesn’t matter especially at the end of the day when we close our eyes.’ Is it worth it to get this person back and sacrifice my Vajrayogini practice? Certainly NOT and certainly something I need to always remember whenever something I find irritatingly wrong in my limited projections.

    Yes many people think getting HYT, they can skip the preliminaries and every else is like magic, but Rinpoche is very tradition and because of Rinpoche’s teachings, I learn to treasure and appreciate HYT even more.

    I am very surprised at how easily tantric initiations are given by other Lamas/centres to people who don’t even know the preliminaries. Some do not even know that they need to do tsok, or what are the Boddhisattva’s vows. Initially I was curious why would these Lamas give tantra so easily to so many students who are clearly not ready? But for us, our training starts from the smallest basic of things which are to be consistent and to complete our assignments from A-Z don’t matter what it is given by our Guru. Then Rinpoche explained about how different Lamas manifest differently and how their role is different, for some it is to compassionately plant seeds of enlightenment to as many mind stream as possible. This is because for some, let’s be realistic (like a lot of people I know), it is just not going to happen this life. So the Lama gives it to them knowing they will break their commitments but it is better they break it but they have the imprints, then no imprints and no chance at all in the future, hopefully that in another life time, they will practice again, perhaps more seriously then. When Rinpoche explained this, it dawn on to me how skilful and compassionate our Lama(s) are, they would think and plan that far for us.

    Hence if we have come across such kind advice and guidance, we mustn’t waste time in fooling ourselves we can run the marathon without exercising and training now. It makes perfect sense why Rinpoche keeps harping so strongly about never to break our promises, and to always do our sadhanas. Even Rinpoche does Rinpoche’s sadhana daily no matter how tired Rinpoche may be what more us, with our little thin sadhana books which we struggle to keep awake when reciting. It is the very basics to be consistent in so we will not break our vows and commitments especially when we have receive Vajrayogini or any tantric practices. Moral of the story is… do not take anything your Guru instructs you for granted, just do it and be consistent without reminders. It is all up to us, and if we want it bad enough we will create the causes. Thank you Rinpoche.

  3. Jacinta Goh on Jan 9, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    I still remember one of verses written somewhere in this blog- something big can come from something small. Keeping our daily commitments perhaps is the very first step. The commitments for Lady Vajrayogini may seems impossible for many ( me included, even to maintain daily guru yoga is a daunting task) but from the very depth of my heart, I pray that more and more will have the chances to be initiated and committed to Her practices in future! Only through this, Buddhadharma can be preserved!

  4. Mavis on Jan 6, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing, the “swiftest” path requires a lot of commitments and hard work. This post helped me to reflect the state of mind I am in or how “lazy” I am in on a scale. Being in a contemplative state won’t work until there is action…

  5. Low Khjb on Jan 4, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the valuable sharing on Vajrayogini practice.Your explanation is indeed detail and it is very clear that only those who are really committed and discipline could attain the benefit of such practice.I know I am not ready for it.But I am very thankful for a least gaining a glimpse of such a sacred practice.

  6. LT Loo on Jan 3, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    How timely this teaching appear again just as we had returned from pilgrimage trip in Nepal visiting various prominent Vajrayogini temples.
    understanding how contemporary Vajrayogini practice passed down from Tilopa to Naropa and to our own lineage master….
    This concise teaching from Rinpoche is to be taken as personal instruction to us who wish for Vajrayogini practice in future.

  7. Soon Huat (Penang) on Jan 3, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing such detail teaching of vows and commitment of getting Higher Tantric Initiation. It is not easy of holding the vows and commitment, at least for me. With advice from my Guru, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, I am willing to working hard to prepare myself for initiation of Vajrayogini Tantra, even tough, I still have doubt whether practicing Amitabha Buddha mantra to go to Western Pure Land is more promising in this life or practicing Vajrayogini Tantra to go to Kechara Pure land is more promising in this life. I just follow my Guru’s advice and teaching. I have trust in my Guru.

  8. Choongs on Jan 2, 2014 at 3:15 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for guiding us along the path to enlightenment. It may take many lifetimes and hence upholding the vows etc. for lifetimes too but as they say, a journey begins with a single step.

  9. KH Ng on Jan 2, 2014 at 12:42 am

    Thank You Rinpoche for reposting this video and transcript on the sacred Vajrayogini practice. I take it as an auspicious sign that this is reposted after my pilgrimage to the sacred sites of Vajrayogini in Nepal. As advised, we need to commit to our daily practice of the Dharma, study and familiarize/practice the Lamrim, the Boddhicharyavatara, the Boddhisattva vows, the tantric vows and others sacred texts as advised. Basically, whatever the Guru has instructed, we need to go all the way.

    I take this as personal advise. Rinpoche has time and time again been very kind to us all and keep reminding us? I rejoice and at the same time regret that You need to do this.

    I will go all the way.

    With folded hands!

  10. Lester on Apr 26, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Dear Rinpoche, your talk on Vajrayogini is indeed inspiring. Nevertheless, I realise that there is a contradictory logic in Buddhist practice which baffles me for a long time, that is, in order to receive and accomplish in the Tantra that will eradicate all our worst problems, we must sustain and complete our preliminaries. On the other hand, for sentient beings of inferior capacity like myself, the worst problems in me, such as extreme lust and anger, would have destroyed my efforts in the preliminaries before I can even half complete them! It’s like creating with one hand and destroying the creation with the other. Is Vajrayogini Tantra an ideal, meaning the efficacy of which only manifests for the accomplished, or is it real, that so long as one aspires towards practising the deity the effects will manifest?? Thanks and with metta.

    • Lester on Apr 26, 2013 at 9:10 am

      I would very much like to know the answer from either the pastors or yourself. I have been engaged in several Buddhist practices for more than two decades, but none can solve my problems. I have been practising very hard, the Buddhas are my witnesses. Gaden Lhagyama and thirty five Buddhas took away my problems away for one year, after which, everything returned. This is also the main reason why some of my friends turned to other religions because they do not believe that Buddhism is realistic and humanly possible. Your reply to my question will not only save me, an insignificant dust, but the innumerable drowning beings. Please notify me through my email, if its convenient for you, if you reply. Thanks and with my highest regards.

      • Lester on Apr 26, 2013 at 9:13 am

        Btw, it will be wonderful if this discussion page could have email notification after each reply made, because inquirers could be forgetful about where and what they have posted. Thanks.

  11. Wan Wai Meng on Jun 25, 2012 at 12:10 am

    There is so much in here, so much information and guidance from Rinpoche on tantric matters and what it will be all about when we actually have taken the initiation. Rinpoche is so kind to provide so much information to us non initiates.

  12. Andrew Chiam on May 10, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Hi Rinpoche,
    This is a very detailed explanation on the practice and commitment of the tantric path. One things thta I realized after reading is thta the initiation does not come by easy, one needs to uphold and firm on the daily commitment. The training for receiving her teaching in the future should start now. Well, it’s still a long way for me though, needs to improve on abiding by commitments and promises. Thanks Rinpoche for the constant reminder
    and never giving up hopes on us. Thanks You.

  13. wah ying on May 9, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    亲爱的仁波切,

    感谢你的循循善诱及教诲。我会紧记,修行是没有捷径的。不管是每天一般的仪轨还是高阶密续都需要持续不间断的努力和承诺。每天一般的仪轨不能做好,掉以轻心地对待,就遑论什么高阶密续了。犹如想要买大房子,一定要储蓄足够的本钱。想要获得高阶密续灌顶当下就得开始刻苦努力,实践承诺,一步一步走向目标。

    谢谢仁波切,愿仁波切身体安康。

    敬启
    华盈

  14. pat on May 7, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this lovely information which i have gained much understanding and knowledge… of the importance of holding vows & commitments and keeping promises… i will begin with discplining myself from now on to keep them well ..

  15. lanse on May 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for such a clear explanation about what we should do before and after receiving Tantric Initiation.

    After reading the whole teaching, the key messages I got are we have to do our preliminary practices well on a daily basis and to keep our commitments under whatever circumstances with no excuses. To put it another way, we have to start letting go of our attachments because if we still very much hold on to our attachments, it will be very hard for us to achieve the above.

    And, if we can’t do that, then we are not qualify to receive Vajrayogini initiation. Or even if we receive it, it may not lead us to achieve any higher attainments.

    Now I understand better why Rinpoche always stresses so much on keeping vows and commitments. Whatever Rinpoche asks us to do is to prepare us to receive higher teachings.

    Thank you.

  16. mitra on May 5, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    dear rinpoche, thank you for giving explantion about the tantric commitment. from this post i have a better understand.

  17. James Long on May 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    I thank Rinpoche for teaching and preparing us since day one for Vajrayogini. I remembered Rinpoche said before Vajrayogini practices, the commentary, only 40% of the practise is being written down, the rest of 60% has to receive from our Guru. During initiations, we are not allow to write down notes but to remember all the steps and visualization by heart. Many times Rinpoche has been training us to remember the task, or instruction without writing it down and always asked us to repeat to make sure, in fact this is also a preparation for us in the future.

    Last time when we have the new news assignment from Rinpoche, which we need to send Rinpoche 5 new news per day, and of we missed it, we need to do double the next day. It is also to train us to keep our commitment.

    I was very lucky to be given the chance to learn up how to paint statue and insert mantra to statue. Many times Rinpoche will give us chance to paint or make jewelry for his Vajrayogini statue to create the strong karmic link with Vajrayogini.

    Thank you Rinpoche.

  18. Girlie on May 5, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Many people have taken initiation without first understanding what is expected of them. They were not ready as they did not know the commitments.
    This is so useful to read again and again to prepare ourselves for what it entails.

  19. Tenzin Kyabsum on May 5, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Thank you for sharing this blessed teaching, Rinpoche. I must have done something right in my past silly lives to be able to meet the Dharma and Rinpoche in this life. This blog post is so sacred and precious! So, what I understand is: Rinpoche is tirelessly preparing us for the practice in future if we are fortunate/committed enough to receive it.
    Rinpoche mentioned that we need to be fully committed and diligent in our daily sadhana because if we can’t commit to our daily sadhana, we definitely cannot commit to the higher tantric practice. So in a way, our commitment to the daily sadhanas is like a ‘warm-up’ to prepare us for the ‘Olympics’which is the higher tantric practice if we are fortunate enough to receive it from Rinpoche. Reading back what I’ve typed thus far, I can only see commitment, commitment, and more commitments. The responsibilities shouldn’t intimidate us instead it should be a driving force to push us further and do more.
    May I stay diligent and committed in my daily sadhanas so that I will be to receive Her sacred practice in near future.
    Thank you very much Rinpoche.
    Much care,Jess

  20. tenzin llhamo on May 5, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Because of our negative habituations we have lost so much time. NOW is the time to stop it and buckle up on our laziness and selfish reasons. Start now so that we can create the causes to receive at least 1 of the initiation above if not in this life, next and so on.

    This post should be able to remind us again… Integrity!
    http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/this-is-important-to-know-for-your-life.html

    I am so fortunate to be able to know so much about tantric practices from Rinpoche here on the blog. The part where we have to carry the tantric sacred items with us all the time. Double our missed sessions. Hold our vows with much love and respect.

    May we, the LAZY ones, have the cause to receive Vajrayogini’s initiation. It may not be easy but I know we CAN!

  21. wan on May 5, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    i came across many people who want to receive higher initiation as they thought it is very special and powerful but they do not know that in order to receive initiation one have to hold vows, fulfill commitments, have consistency, integrity etc.

    With this beneficial knowledge, we will know how to prepare and work towards it to achieve the ultimate goal in our life.

  22. fang on May 4, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    dear Rinpoche,

    thank you for a very precise and concise teaching. exactly what a noob like me need. there are a lot to read and digest; i forsee going thru the post quite a few more times before grasping the details. (even that it will be with the help of more senior students and Rinpoche).

    i’ve just came back from a session of refuge briefing – there, Pastor Ngeow reminded us that keeping a vow is very important. but it should not be seen as something we ought to be fearful of. it’s a guideline, not a set of rules. with a different mindset and the right motivation, keeping to the vows will eventually become second nature. that would be my personal first step. Vajrayogini seems so far away for me right now, but without the attempt of a first step, one would never get there. so… here goes 🙂

    much respect + care,
    fang

  23. Erickksiow on May 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Thanks for the Teachings, Rinpoche.

    Yes, to holding a vows and to holding our commitment to our GURU is very important. And i am believed before we learn the highest ( Tantric Practice ), we must have our own foundation fist, Even to build a Building. Everything is start from Basic, without any foundation base we cant go Higher.

    Regards : Erickksiow

  24. abby on May 4, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    In my life there is no Tantric practice or whatever practice to get enlightened, to get rid of all the sufferings until I meet You. And now I get to know, or even have the chance to practice Tantra if I make effort or go all the way in Dharma. This is all because of Rinpoche.

    From Rinpoche’s teaching I understand the importance of holding vows and commitments. Even from a circular level, with discipline, I found that I always get a better result and achieve more! I do better under ‘pressure’ which comes from holding my commitments. This sounds stupid and I admit that never a moment in my life, I treat a commitment very seriously, I just do what I want to do or I think I must/important to do. End up Im here to practice Dharma, practice how to hold vows and commitments. I am happy for myself, as now I know how important to keep my words and not letting others down. Im happy for myself that I am a better person with awareness of this.

    To me, awareness is the first step to really transform myself. Thank you Rinpoche for tirelessly teach us about this.

    Love,
    Abby.

  25. Carmen Koo on May 4, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for this post. Whilst reading this post, what striked me was the importance of integrity and keeping promises from Rinpoche’s other post titled “This is Important To Know” (http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/this-is-important-to-know-for-your-life.html). I kept on thinking about the correlation of that to Tantric practices, because Tantric Practices requires you to keep committed to the vows on a daily basis, to do the practices everyday, to transform. And if one can’t even hold promises or have any integrity to succeed in the present, then how can one even begin to hold the vows and promises that come with tantric initiations.

    Many people run to receive initiations, thinking once received, that’s it, they’re saved. Even within my family, people tell me how many initiations they’ve been to etc, but reading this post gave me a lot of knowledge – that you don’t need that many initiations to gain attainments. IF you can’t even do ONE well, why the need to have so many and not be able to do all flawlessly? Don’t see any logic in that.

    From what I learn it is not the initiation itself that would give you the attainments, it is what you do after the initiation. The attainment and blessings comes from one holding their vows well with the yidam, who is one with the Lama. Like how one can gain blessings from a sangha member because of the power from the vows they hold daily, it shows how powerful it is when one holds their commitments especially their tantric commitments.

    Rinpoche is skilfully training and preparing us to follow instructions, to keep our commitments and promises everyday, and to be diligent and have integrity in all that we do – and all these are the qualities to build a foundation to receive tantric practices. When we are ready, it wouldn’t be so daunting, and keeping the promises would come second nature for us. Thank you Rinpoche.

    Love,
    Carmen

  26. Adrian cho on May 4, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this Vajrayogini Sacred Initiation, that I can know more deeply and gain more knowledge.
    It is so meaningful and really appreciates it much.
    We are so fortunate that we have all this explanation.
    Thank You Rinpoche 🙂

  27. yurie on May 4, 2012 at 10:43 am

    thank you for the meaningful teaching.

  28. Cynthia L on May 4, 2012 at 4:12 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for taking the time to share with us the commitments upon receiving Vajrayogini initiation. It’s very easy for us to want the initiation thinking that it’s a fast track to Enlightenment. There’s fast track to Enlightenment but there’s no shortcut to Enlightenment even if Vajrayogini practice is suitable for lazy, attached people. Starts by being lazy and attached but doesn’t mean we have to stay this way forever.

    Now I will constantly NOT only remind myself WHY I want Vajrayogini, but what is require NOW to get it and maintain it. It is true that in my mind I did think that getting Vajrayogini initiation mean that we have come to a finishing line. At least almost. Now I know it’s not. It means we have reached a starting point of something tougher.

    So it all makes sense to me is that I have to do more than what was given to me to do so that I can progress with one step more each time I do more than what is required. It’s not easy but as we do something which seem tough now, in time, we will look back and see that it’s not that tough after all. It’s good to keep that in mind to maintain positiveness.

  29. Bk on May 4, 2012 at 3:57 am

    This article is essential reading/ for anyone who is serious about their practice and is hoping to receive higher initiations and trainings. When I first came to Kechara, I had never heard of tantric initiations, let alone yamantaka or vajrayogini. Tantric practice didn’t seem difficult at all… After all, what’s so difficult about reciting a bunch of mantras? Or so I thought.

    But as I got to know Rinpoche and Buddhism better, and as I attended more classes, I began to wonder why Rinpoche hardly gave initiations to anyone. Was it really going to be that difficult for us to practice? By that time, I had started working for Kechara as one of the staff in Rinpoche’s Ladrang and I knew for a fact that Rinpoche was a lineage hood of many many initiations, in the hundreds…

    Rinpoche’s daily sadhana took hours to complete each day, and every single practice was meticulously kept up. I was even fortunate enough to meet several of Rinpoche’s gurus, who explained that Rinpoche and other similarly attained lamas were holders of many initiations so that they could transmit them to those in need, even at a moment’s notice.

    So why then not give initiations?

    This article explains it all and more. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Rinpoche doesn’t give initiations because if we are not prepared (and we are not), it would do us more harm than good. So, to prepare us for the day when we are finally ready for inittiation, Rinpoche compassionately give us assignments, dharma work, and other forms of training. And if this video is not enough, read this post on Cosmic Tantra on how we are further prepare ourselves for initiation: http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/cosmic-tantra.html

    Thank you Rinpoche for always guiding us to the swiftest path to enlightenment. I hope to be ready someday.

  30. Albert on May 4, 2012 at 2:25 am

    Many people has been thinking of how a great master can help them solving problem, in their mind is taking the initiation, we will have a kind of magic to solve whatever problem we are facing now.

    People created the problem themselves, when the problem is out of control, this is how they thought can solve it. But in fact, initiation is just a start of the practice, and the commitment we are talking about is not something temporary, it is a whole life practice, so therefore, if only our daily task that is given by our Lama we also can’t fulfill it, do we really think that we can hold this commitment?

    This is the time we need to get preparation, be ready for the vajrayogini anytime, because this will be our best gift we can get in this lifetime.

  31. So Kin Hoe on May 3, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving us this important teaching. Now I fully understand why we need to prepare ourselves well with strong preliminary practice before we go for higher initiation. This teaching is very tough for me to follow but this is the only way to set myself free from samsara and prevent myself from unfortunate rebirth in my next life.

  32. Ven. Gyalten Sangpo on May 3, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Excellent teaching Rinpoche, thank you. Je Pabongkha’s commentary ‘The Extremely Secret Dakini of Naropa’ has now been translated into English, and is published by Snow Lion. I highly recommended it to all Vajrayogini practitioners.

  33. Davin Chan on May 3, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for explaining about this so clearly and deeply. This is so informative and I am able to understand more about this Vajrayogini sacred initiation now. Vows, commitment, promises and I have a lot to work on. I hope that I am able to receive this sacred practice one day. Lets plant a a seed and create a cause in all of us.

  34. Wan Wai Meng on May 3, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving us an idea of what it will be like after taking a HYT initiation. I suppose becoming a buddha is like becoming the olympic champion of practitioners like how Pastor Ngeow would explain to us, we have to work really hard with a lot of discipline and we certainly have to hold onto the commitments and promises. As thats what is required for us to make any real progress and such methods have been tried and tested it will work if we follow them to the ‘T’.

  35. David Lai on May 3, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for that wonderful teaching and advice for all of us, Vajrayogini practitioner aspirants. It is good that all of us learn up on the commitments of receiving Higher Tantric initiation. It would be good for all of us to aspire and not be discouraged by the commitments. Vajrayogini as Rinpoche has said is for all of us attached and lazy people who have so many excuses, reason to distract ourselves.

    On top of that, she has this special way of appealing to our desires. I love the fact that we are able to go about our daily activities and yet be in total communion with Vajrayogini through one of her yogas.
    Splendid practice for us. The Buddhas and Lamas are truly skillful.

  36. Michelle on May 3, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    thank you Rinpoche. 🙂

  37. Li Kim on May 2, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    I cannot thank Rinpoche enough for this post. It is so clear and simple to understand. Like many, I have very little, close to none, knowledge about tantric practice. I only have heard many talk about it and from what I have read here and there. This teaching from Rinpoche here has put all the little puzzles together for me in my head.

    I would not dare to say now that I am ready for tantric but from here I know I can start preparing the grounds. I am blessed that at least I have achieved the first step of finding my Guru in Rinpoche. I keep up my commitments to serve Rinpoche and the Dharma , do my dharma work 100% and go all the way with it. I am creating the causes to receive Vajrayogini in the future. I love Buddhism because it gives us knowledge and power to create our path to attainments and hope for a good life and future lives. This knowledge is liberating!

  38. Uncle Eddie on May 1, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Rinpoche has in his answer in the facebook regarding vajrayogini’s initiation, compassionately revealed what we really need to know and do before, and after proceeding to the sacred practice of Vajrayogini. It has always been Rinpoche’s heartfelt wish that we could all attain something great within Vajrayogini’s practice, and would hope that “all of you pursue the Vajrayogini’s Path” find a qualified master, keep up with your teacher, be very devoted, and learn to master the teachings. Vajrayogini is a highly, treasured, sacred and tantric practice within the Gelug tradition.

  39. pastor ngeow on May 1, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Listening to this explanation just reveals how compassionate and kind Rinpoche is to make sure we will be alright now and in future lives.
    Everything I hv been learning from Rinpoche these past 7 years is his skilful means to help me prepare well to receive higher teachings and to be able to practice them.This is the same for everyone else . We should be most grateful to be handguided this way and diligently and earnestly keep clean samaya and hold our commitments and vows.Even if we lose everything to win this freedom , its worth it. We do right now and keep at it until we ascend to Kechara.Thank you so so much Rinpoche who is one with Lama Tsongkhapa and Vajrayogini .

  40. joe ang on May 1, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    thank you for sharing this teaching about Vajrayogini initiation that is passed down directly from H.H Kyabje Pabongkha Rinpoche and the commitments one have to undertake after receiving initiations, eg. the sadhana, meditation, mantras,holding our vows and being diligent in our practise.

    Once we commit to it, we have to do it seriously without giving excuses for our laziness. If not, we shouldn’t even ask for initiations as we are not prepared for it. What I understand from this video is that, it’s very auspicious and good to receive initiations from our Guru as out of great love and compassion he gives initiation to us for us to gain attainments. But if our mind is unstable and not ready to commit, and not do as promised, we not only do not gain attainments, but we create more negative Karma as we break Samaya with our Guru.

    I think that the very basic things we should have before receiving any intiations from our Guru is having deep Guru devotion and integrity with the practises which was already given. There is no shortcut to it. One Lama, one practice, one Yidam, one commitment and go all the way with it.
    Love,
    Joe.

  41. nani on May 1, 2012 at 11:20 am

    thank you guru for post.i am verry happy to see teaching.

  42. Lim KSJC on May 1, 2012 at 3:08 am

    Thanks Rinpoche for the teaching, we should focus in our commitment first as a basic. Thanks Rinpoche for remind us to built up a strong base before we receive VY sacred initiation.

  43. Helena Chin on May 1, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the clear explanation on High Tantra practice. I have more understanding now. I do wish to get closer to VY some day 🙂 I do agreed that good things never come easy. No short cutnomatter what!!

  44. Pastor Susan on May 1, 2012 at 1:56 am

    It’s quite common for people to associate and focus on the mystical side of tibetan buddhism of stopping the rain, magical powerful mantras and most of all tantra. Many people are interested in tantra and wants to practice it without any foundation. What Rinpoche taught in this post is so important… that even if a person receives tantra, without the preliminaries, and cultivation of the qualities Rinpoche mention, Tantra will not bring us closer to Buddhahood…it ain’t no shortcut but if practiced well, the result is tremendous!

  45. yenpin on May 1, 2012 at 1:14 am

    感谢仁波切,给我们珍贵的开示。

    在这开示中让我明明白灌顶的重要性,并不可视此灌顶为儿戏,我了解及清楚任何的灌顶并不能忽视所有的细节,必须要守住所承诺的誓言,持续性的去持修,希望有机能够得到珍贵的金刚瑜伽母灌顶。

  46. Karen Leu on May 1, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Thankyou Rinpoche for sharing the pre & post of VY initiation. Feel like it’s a long way to go to get VY initiation. However, we should prepare our mind & stabilize our preliminary practice & aim towards VY initiation & practice.

  47. Jeffrey Yee on May 1, 2012 at 12:30 am

    It is mind blowing to know that our worldly habituation is the only thing stopping us from receiving higher tantric practice such as Vajrayogini. Not difficult to hold vows and commitments once we have corrected our perception towards karma and life. I really look forward to get close to VY.

    Thank you for such a clear explanation on High Tantra practice Rinpoche.

  48. Phillis Chin on Apr 30, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, Thank You for the post . And now i slightly understand what Tantric is and also VY Sacred Initiation is = ) Thank You!

  49. kumar on Apr 30, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Thank you rinpoche for teachings i love rinpoche

  50. kumar on Apr 30, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Thank you rinpoche for his theachings i love rinpoche

  51. Julia Tan on Apr 30, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, 

    Thank you for the sacred teaching on tantric initiation. There’s a lot to be prepared (mentally and physically) and to be followed (our sadhana, mantra, retreat and of course tantric and bodhisattva vows) for a person to receive a tantric initiation. it makes sense totally. 

    I realized that Rinpoche already started preparing us for it. Whether how many of us is going to be qualify to receive it, it really depends on our integrity, faith and how serious we really want it. 

    So people, if you really want to gain attainment, whatever tasks that have been given my our guru, please just follow instructions and do it! Do not hesitate or stingy about our time and our commitment any more as chance like this doesn’t comes in our every lives time. 

  52. Sharon Saw on Apr 30, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche

    Thank you for this clear and practical explanation of what is required should we have the honour and privilege to receive Vajrayogini’s holy practice.

    This explanation perfectly complements Rinpoche’s post on how we prepare to receive her holy practice (http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html). It is a continuum – especially on holding vows and commitments. I was intrigued to read about the paper or cloth representation of the tantric clothes, tantric ornaments and tantric instruments. May i humbly request Rinpoche to have a copy? It would be great to have it on Rinpoche’s blog so that people can download it from wherever they are and it would also not inconvenience Rinpoche.

    Several people i have met have craved receiving tantric initiations without understanding the motivation or requirements of the practices. They are often arrogant, lack discipline and patience, yet think that they are able to undertake tantric practice. It’s very sad that they do not have teachers like Rinpoche, or that they do not wish to be a student to a teacher like Rinpoche. We are very fortunate that Rinpoche takes so much time and effort to explain to us so that we understand and therefore have more trust in Rinpoche’s instructions and guidance. Rinpoche has no agenda except that we become the best practitioners that we can be.

    Thank you for Rinpoche’s care always.

    Love,
    Sharon

  53. kwok wai on Apr 30, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche , for sharing this with us. What you shared is truly the “real deal” as good things never come easy . I guess we really have to pull our socks up and suck it in and just do it ! That is how i like it , regimented .

  54. lewkwanleng on Apr 30, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    I really like it when Rinpoche said that “some people throughout the world have advertised tantra the wrong way”. So much myth has been put on the initiations, but Rinpoche explained it in very logical way.

    Rinpoche always asked us to learn more Dharma so that we can explain to others well, because in this era, blind faith is not “welcome”, but faith backed with logic is so much easier to be accepted.

  55. Datuk May on Apr 30, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    What I clearly understand from Rinpoche’s teaching on initiations especially that of Vajrayogini is totally about commitments to our vows and practise with diligence. No short cuts to attainments nor enlightenment.

    If I am to stop my delusions about the way my life is now, I will truly be in great pain and sufferings and this is the vicious circle I go through life after life. But to have the merits to be granted VY initiations and to work hard to get out of suffering to benefit others and myself is worth all the imagined possessions of this materialistic world.

    Something worth working for during this short life for better future lives.

  56. Siong Woan on Apr 30, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you yet again for another mind-blowing teaching.

    Now I know what i want in life and I am working towards getting it !!

  57. Victor Phang on Apr 30, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Dear Rinpoche:
    Thank you very much for this beautiful teaching. Now I must accelerate to transform fully into an extremely strong and committed vows holder, no more excuses for whatsoever reason to skip any practices daily then only I would be qualified to receive Vajrayogini’s initiation or any other initiation.

    Personally I think in order to succeed during this transformation process, it required extremely strong mind that able to “tell” me do & don’t, “instruct” me not to be lazy or giving up & “control” my worldly desires. Therefore since about 8 months ago, I promised myself to do Sadhana everyday and become a vegetarian. I keep reminding myself – “if I can’t even do Sadhana daily” and “I can’t even control the desire of my food intake” then forever I would not be able to hold more vows which are the MUST in any higher initiation because I can’t even hold my own promises and eliminate meaningless desire in life.

    On the other hand, If I’m not ready to receive any higher initiation but still seek for initiation from any master due to ego then I could cause endless harms to the master and myself by breaking vows and commitment. It is absolutely selfish and totally opposite with the practice of selflessness in Dharma.

    Today I’m proud to say that I’m transforming and is getting better position in learning and practicing Dharma but still need a lot of efforts, guidance and supports to totally letting go all the attachments and unstable mind.

    Last but not least, I’m grateful to Rinpoche and all other kecharians who always support me along this journey and giving me opportunity to get closer, learn and practice Dharma by allowing me to volunteer and participate in whatever way I can in Kechara.

    Thank you very much for the teaching and take very good care Rinpoche.
    With Love,
    VP

    • DR on May 1, 2012 at 1:48 am

      Dear Victor, you are right when you said “if I can’t even do Sadhana daily” and “I can’t even control the desire of my food intake” then forever I would not be able to hold more vows which are the MUST in any higher initiation because I can’t even hold my own promises and eliminate meaningless desire in life.

      A tantrika needs to hold on to Refuge vows, Bodhisattava vows and Tantric vows. So if one cant even hold the 5 refuge vows (in this case of not killing and going vegetarian)then how to hold so many other vows?

      Our daily sadhana is so short (probably takes half hour each day to complete) and if we cant even be consistent with it, we will ‘freak out’ when having to do the tantric deity sadhana.

      Rinpoche is so skillful in preparing us for higher tantra yoga initiation by slowly adding our commitments through time and using so many skillful means to make our mind pliable to receive tantra. We have a pot of gold on our door step, we must grab it fast so as not to loose our chance.

      • Victor Phang on May 1, 2012 at 8:18 am

        Thanks Dato for the explanation and encouragement 🙂

  58. Irene Lim on Apr 30, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for your preview of Vajrayogini’s Sacred Practice. Whoever comes to read this blog or hear it has planted the seed for Vajrayogini’s Practice. As usual Rinpoche is so skillful to let us have a sneak preview of this highly scared practice no lama as ever done.

  59. Gim Lee on Apr 30, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for this explanation on the our commitments after we received initiation into Vajrayogini or other Highest Yoga Tantra initiations.Though it is just a short ‘preview’ but Rinpoche’s explanation is very clear and precise.

    Rinpoche had very clearly explained that the initiation, though very powerful and sacred, it will not give us attainments by just receiving it (or very unlikely for common people like us) but the attainments come from our commitments and practice of keeping our promises, our vows (Tantric vows, bodhisattva vows, etc), doing our daily sadhanas, mantras, 21 Vajrasattva mantra, six times Guru Yoga daily, tsok twice a month, carry with us the tantric ornaments(drawings will do) and tantric instruments and at least once before we die, to do a full-lenth retreat of our tantric Yidam and end it with a fire puja… and if we missed, we have to double or triple them or more… phews! Definitely not for lazy minds modern people that have tans of samsaric commitments!

    And the most importantly is to keep our samaya clean with our Guru immaterial if he is still alive or already passed on. I understand now why Rinpoche is so strict with us about keeping our commitments and promises because Rinpoche wants us to be well prepared to receive initiation into HYT. And so that when we actually receive it, we will get the highest and full benefits from it.

    Thank you very very much Rinpoche.

  60. nicholas on Apr 30, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thanks for the explanation on commitment after receiving Vajrayogini’s sacred initiation.
    After initiation, the post initiation is much more important than the actual initiation. This is where we hold our commitment for the rest of our life.

    What struck me the most is the part that mentioned if there’s a long sadhana of Vajrayogini for us to do to become enlightened, we got to do the long one. Even though we don’t have commitment to do the long one but if that is the requirement we should commit. 2 things that i see from this is that one to prepare ourselves and second to create the cause for us to be able to receive the initiation.

    By saying so, we should start practices to prepare ourselves before we request for initiation. Just like a runner who train themself before the competition. They practice during the competition.

  61. justin cheah on Apr 30, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for posting this up. I am much clearer now on the fundamentals value required for us in order to practice the sacred tantric such as Vajrayogini practice!

    Makes me think how compassionate Rinpoche really is because Rinpoche has only one motive for us, which is to guide us the way to Vajrayogini’s paradise, Kechara. From the design of the BAM sign as our organisation’s logo (which is also the symbol of Vajrayogini’s body, speech and mind) is enough for me to realise it is the benefit for the people who will have the seeds planted in the public’s mind whenever they see the BAM sign.

    And all the buttons pushing or mind training given through either Dharma work or even a simple assignment by Rinpoche was the first step (modern way) to develop the qualities we must have in our mindstream in order to practice Vajrayogini or any other tantric practices!

    May all of us be able to ascend to Vajrayogini’s paradise one day!

    Justin cheah

  62. Mc on Apr 30, 2012 at 6:16 am

    Initiations may be very exciting but it is what happens after the initiation that matters. It comes down to having the strength of commitment and the integrity to follow through with the vows and practices that brings about the attainments.

    This strength and commitment do not come easily to us as we have already formed the habit of giving up and looking for the easy way in just about everything we do. And so our mind need to be trained and this is precisely what Rinpoche has been doing with us all along. Pushing us beyond our own perceived boundaries and laziness and giving us a chance to receive the benefits of higher practice. Essentially our training with Rinpoche started a while ago, when you think about it.

    I have no doubt that Rinpoche wishes for everyone to be able to receive Vajrayogini practice. Look at all the statues, thangkas and images of Vajrayogini that Rinpoche has given out. These gifts represent Rinpoche’s hope for us to “qualify” for the initiations and the assignments that Rinpoche gives us are our preparation.

    I suppose for now it is not necessary to think so deeply about receiving initiations. I see great value in simply following the Guru’s instructions and trusting in the Guru’s methods. If I can carry out my duties with sincerity and integrity and not give up easily, then any higher practice will be an extension of a training that has already started.

  63. Adeline on Apr 30, 2012 at 4:42 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the clear explanation in this post regarding Vajrayogini initiation. We need to do our homework in order to qualify to receive Vajrayogini’s Sacred Initiation,must work hard for it be committed and keep our promises.Most importantly after the initiation we must hold the Bodhisattva and tantric vows strongly, totally committed to do daily Sadhana, to recite Vajrasattva 21 times every single day and do Tsog twice a month in order to become a practitioner.

  64. yekyee on Apr 30, 2012 at 2:11 am

    Rinpoche used very simple way to explain the importance of keep our promises and commitment with consistency. Because Rinpoche had stated few times to us how important if we can do well the assignment which Rinpoche assigned. The reason why Rinpoche want to continue work with us, and this an good opportunity to get merits from what has try to help. I feel it really make sure we do our job well. Because if we come at here for meeting.Han

  65. Cynthia Ng on Apr 29, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    感谢仁波切慈悲,给予我们这么珍贵的开示。

    在这开示中让我明白金刚瑜伽母灌顶的重要性,并不可视此灌顶为儿戏,我彻底的了解及清楚任何的灌顶并不容忽视所有的细节,必须要把所承诺的誓言兑现。

    要取得证悟是没有捷径的,必须要严守誓言,承诺,持续性的去持修。在此我会把日常的早课持修好,以训练自身的诫律,希望在不久的将来能够得到珍贵的金刚瑜伽母灌顶。

  66. MayOng on Apr 29, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Although the thought of requesting Vajrayogini initiation is on my mind, I find Rinpoche’s video explanation here very detail on what it takes to qualify. Keep the commitments to the vows even after the Guru’s death, having a good grounding foundation of a stable mind, always remember to do the daily sadhanas including the 21 vajrasattva mantra, keeping good samaya, study up the Lamrim and the repercussions of skipping even a day of prayers.

    In actual fact, all along these time, Rinpoche had always reminded us not to skip our daily sadhanas of Lama Tsongkapa, keep our samaya clean with our Guru, not break our promises and learn the dharma constantly consistently.

    I can see how kind Rinpoche has been to us, proding us along, encouraging and not giving up on us on this path of enlightenment for us. Thank you for this precious teaching.

  67. Jace Chong on Apr 29, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you so much for sharing this very precious knowledge about the commitments to have Vajrayogini sacred initiations.

    Rinpoche has been teaching and pushing us to live our live as we have received a Tantric initiation such as urging us about the importance to keep our promise, not to get people back to win etc. These are all the commitments we should hold after Tantric initiation. Rinpoche nurtures us to make all these commitment as our habits now so when we go for higher practice, we can make it and not break it. Rinpoche is so skillful to make Lamrim and others sacred teaching into daily practice that is very applicable to our life and it’s doable.

    Of course I hope 1 day I have the merits to receive a sacred initiation, I have to make sure I am ready before that. Now, I am checking my mind as frequent as I could, not to break my Refuge vow, and also contemplate on Bodhisattva vows (although I yet to get it). I hope my mind will get more ready for more vows, so I can serve more people and sentient beings.

    Thanks Rinpoche! _/|\_

  68. Lim Tat Ming on Apr 29, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    There are two key points for us to remember prior to receiving Vajrayogini Tantra or any other Highest Yoga Tantra (HYT) practices in the future:

    1) Ability to keep our vows and commitments well &
    2) Be very grounded in our basic spiritual training at least in The Three Principal Aspects of the Path, understanding of Sunyata and Bodhichitta.

    These two points form the basis for the success of our HYT practices if we have the merit to practise them.

    For the high-level sports like the Marathons or the Olympics, athletics train very hard from the basic and are very consistent in their effort. These sports demand lots of stamina, perseverance and discipline from the athletics. Athletics display true commitment to the sports until the day of the competition or upon the achievement of success in their sports.

    HYT practices are akin to the trainings in the marathons or Olympics competitions. In reality HYT practices are more than that, it is about accomplishing Enlightenment. These HYT practices require total commitment, discipline and devotion to the practices from serious practitioners. HYT is a quick path to success but also a quick path to failure if future initiates are not fully aware and understood all the requirements and rules of the HYT practices.

    Thank You Rinpoche for these clear and precious teachings and guidance for future initiates of Highest Yoga Tantra.

  69. Pastor Chia on Apr 29, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Doing what we has promise after the initiation is very important. We need to do our sadana daily, holding our tantric vow and Bodhisattva vow and do the tsog to our Yidam twice a month. Other wise will be no result after the initiation.
    Thank you rinpoche sharing so much in this teaching. Hope at the future able to receive holy teaching of sacred Vajrayogini.

  70. Karen Chong on Apr 29, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Like what Rinpoche has said, what’s important is that whatever we have promised during initiations is much more important after initiation… I think before we request for any initiation from a guru, we should do a self check whether the integrity is in us or not. Without having integrity, we are not even stable in doing our preliminary practice prior to tantric practice, which requires us to hold our vows very strongly in order to gain attainment.

    Thank you Rinpoche for explaining this sacred practice. This has reaffirmed the importance of keeping our commitments and promises.

  71. Sock Wan on Apr 29, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for explaining to us what tantric practice is all about. Having to receive an initiation does not mean we will gain attainments, it is the efforts that we put after that bring us attainment. Rinpoche’s explaination is very clear and precise, we are able to gauge easily if we are ready for an initiation. For me, I am far away from being eligible to receive one, at least for now. But I will work on myself to prepare for it.

    Enlightenment is not given, it requires a lot of hardwork from ourselves, no one can do that for us. Rinpoche has given us a very simple formula to follow if we want the practice, ie “keeping promises and commitments”.

  72. Han on Apr 29, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this clear and precise teaching about Vajrayogini initiation.

    From this post, i have a better understanding of how fortunate and rare for one to get VY initiation from a guru and .
    Rinpoche mentioned in the video
    “what’s important is that whatever we have promised during initiation is much more important after initiation and after whether you meet your Lama or not, whether you’re getting special care from your Lama or not, whether your Lama has, is unfortunately passed away or is still living or not, it doesn’t matter, because during initiation, you have taken oaths and commitments and samayas and promises from your Lama as a deity.”

    Therefore, VOWS, COMMITMENTS, PROMISES are extremely important!

  73. Elena on Apr 29, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    What struck me about this video (I’m sorry my comment is so long!!):

    1. How serious taking initiation is, and how seriously Rinpoche takes it. Like Rinpoche says, it’s advertised in the wrong way so people have the wrong ideas about it. For example, I did not know that a day is needed for preparatory initiations when receiving the Vajrayogini initiation, so that any inauspicious signs can be observed.

    But in reality, such a powerful tool for practice should not be taken so lightly and a good indication of that is the number of requirements, procedures and processes involved in receiving initiation. If it was open to any Tom, Dick and Harry then there are fewer processes involved. But if it’s secret and very powerful, and it shouldn’t be taken lightly, then the process of receiving it will be very complex.

    2. The vows and how they attack our more subtle habituations. My thinking is like this – the refuge vows, Mahayana vows, etc attack our gross habituations which are very base (e.g. refraining from sexual misconduct, lying, stealing, creating schism). However, the bodhisattva vows which we receive during initiation attack our more subtle habituations.

    It is because the vows attack more subtle habituations, that makes receiving initiation a much more powerful tool for transforming ourselves (but of course, we must transform enough BEFORE receiving the initiation, in order to receive it). So like Rinpoche said, the initiation ritual plants the seeds and blessings, but the power is in holding our vows.

    3. Rinpoche’s consistent message that attainments come from hard work, persistency, consistency and integrity. There’s no quick fix to solve all our problems and definitely just going for initiations isn’t the solution.

    4. Rinpoche is teaching from experience. Rinpoche spoke about the importance of keeping our oaths, promises and commitments to our lama, regardless of whether we see him/her after initiation. After Rinpoche received initiation from Kyabje Zong Rinpoche so many years ago, Rinpoche has spent comparatively much less time with Zong Rinpoche than we have had the merit to spend with Rinpoche.

    Despite not having his Guru around, Rinpoche still keeps his commitments and promises. So Rinpoche teaches us vows and commitments are important and uses himself as an example, which again also matches another one of Rinpoche’s teachings on integrity (because if Rinpoche taught about the importance of vows and didn’t keep them himself, then Rinpoche would not have a basis to speak from).

    5. Also, the part about keeping our commitments to our lama regardless of whether we see him/her after initiation reminds me also about the egolessness of our spiritual guides, and how we can check out if someone is a genuine teacher. A charlatan who gives out initiations left, right and centre will be doing it with the intent of creating more followers to support him, love him, give him donations, etc. But someone who hardly gives out initiations, and holds the practices close to his heart, and emphasises repeatedly that it is the vows that matter, and NOT the physical proximity to the lama, really has no ego about accumulating followers

    6. The commitments actually don’t sound complicated if we examine them closely, and how we react to them is a reflection of our mind. What I mean is on first thought, we might panic and think, “Omg how am I going to keep all the commitments and vows?” Of course we’re going to break some of them because we’re not Buddhas but the fact they sound ‘difficult’ shouldn’t stop us from taking them. They are only ‘difficult’ because we are comparing them against what we are used to do doing (which is being lazy, breaking promises, not keeping our commitments). To me, the fear of taking the vows is actually greater than the difficulty of keeping the vows if we are really intent on our practice, and serious about our transformtion.

    7. The part where Rinpoche spoke about doing the mantra or the short/long sadhana reminded me that Rinpoche has been training us up in a very subtle way to take initiations in the future, most notably through Rinpoche’s teaching about always doing more. In this video, Rinpoche said just because your lama hasn’t told you to do the sadhana, doesn’t mean you just stick to the mantra.

    Rinpoche always says if you’ve been in Dharma for many years, check if you are doing more or doing less, then you’ll know you’re on the right track. So in this case, if you are serious about your practice and serious about doing more to benefit others, then you should be serious and WANT to do the sadhana (although you don’t have a commitment to it), because the sadhana can help you do more to benefit others…and wasn’t that the reason why you took the initiation?

    8. Also, another example of how Rinpoche has been subtly training us for receiving initiation is what Rinpoche said about our vows, and whether it is worth it to lose our vows just to be right, just to not apologise, just to keep a lie, just to keep our face…and since it’s not worth it, let the other person win. It’s the very simple verse from the 8 Verses of Thought Transformation, about accepting defeat and offering the victory to others. When we first moved into KH1 so many years ago, I remember Rinpoche hanging up a painting done by Margaret, and Rinpoche being extremely excited about it. Now I know why!

    Thank you Rinpoche for doing this video, it cleared up for me a lot of questions I didn’t know I had about initiations and makes things much more understandable.

  74. patsy on Apr 29, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Thank you,Rinpoche, for this clear explanations on Vajrayogini’s Sacred Initiation. There are so many benefits through receiving this tantric practices. I will use this teachings as a guideline to create the cause of receiving Vajrayogini’s initiation. I will strive to be consistent in my practice and hold on to my vows and commitments.

    May I have the merits to receive HER practice and be near HER in this life and future lives. May we all ascend to Kechara Paradise

  75. Yoke Fui on Apr 29, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Like Rinpoche pointed out, after taking the initiation, we have to do the work – this is the WAY for enlightenment.

    The Guru gives the dharma/initiation, we need to understand, do the preparation, put into practice, fulfill the commitment and hold the vows.

    Blessing comes from the Guru but students must ensure we prepare ourselves to be the suitable vessels to receive the blessings.

    Tantric practices are faster and more “powerful”. Due to this, the Guru needs to be more stringent and cautious in giving such methods to the students out of his concern for the students’ spiritual well being.

    Thank you Rinpoche for the clear and informative post.I know what I must do to be worthy of receiving the initiation.

  76. Lim Han Nee on Apr 29, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for you great compassion in presenting here very clearly what one has to do to create the causes to be able to receive the Vajrayogini Initiation and Practice.

    There are such tremendous benefits to be obtained from receiving a tantric initiation and engaging in tantric practices, especially Vajrayogini’s(as it is the one that’s most tailored to our lazy minds so deeply mired in the distractions of this degenerate age).

    As is said in the Lamrim, we should make optimal use of this precious human life, especially when we still have all the eighteen opportune conditions and more. The optimal use of this precious life is that of treading the Vajrayana Path to full Enlightenment and Buddhahood for the benefit of all beings.

    May I have the focus and the determination to work steadfastly on creating the causes to receive Vajrayogini’s initiation and practice within this lifetime,though the sands of time are running out fast for me.

  77. KPDarren on Apr 29, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing. We can start start doing offering like water, incense and candle to Vajrayogini images or statue to create a cause for us to receive the initiation. For anyone looking for Vajrayogini statue, tsa tsa, thangka or offering items. Please do visit Kechara Paradise outlets we had in KL and Penang. http://www.kechara.com/shopping/locations/.

  78. mayy on Apr 29, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Now I have a better understanding of the basic requirement of tantric committments. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing them.

    There’s alot that I have to work on and am moving myself towards to be able to receive it when the time is right. May I have the merits to receive her practice and be near a Guru in many lifetimes.

  79. Paul paul on Apr 29, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for giving explanation about the tantric commitment., i have some basic understanding now.

    That piece of photo which carries the tantric ornament is neat, i would like to request to have one. I promised will keep it very sacred and secret.

    Thank you!

  80. Margaretlee on Apr 29, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this with us.

    Rinpoche has always stressed the importance of “consistency” in our practice, and this is no surprise at all for the committments one should hold after receiving VY initiation.

    But first, I must strive to be consistent in what I have promised to do before I can even be considered for receiving such sacred initiation.

    I remember Rinpoche has shared in one of his teachings that he would like to give all of us VY initiation so that we could all ascend to her paradise sooner, but he could not as there are pre-requisite and the students to receive this scared initiation must be suitable vehicles, or else, Rinpoche would be breaking his committments to his guru as well.

    Rinpoche is forever compassionate to finding ways and methods to see if we are ready, so we must do our part nomatter what circumstances we are in, because an opportunity like that is definitely not something you can come across easily.

    May all of us who have the great merit to meet Rinpoche, help each other and strive all the way for this holy and sacred initiation that will end our sufferings………Kechara Paradise…..

  81. Roy Martinez on Apr 29, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    The Vajrayogini sadhana is quite long indeed but to even practice her is truly a blessing.

    Many people think that Tantra is the quickest path but it involves so much more starting from the shravaka-yana to the yana of atiyoga. It’s a long arduous path but in the end it’s worth it.

    The six session guru sounds like it would be an awesome form of guru yoga to practice. At the same time, I’m more than content practicing Guru Yoga of Tsongkhapa. I think I might expand my guru yoga practice to six times a day like the six session guru yoga.

    Those who have any commitments should commit to them with their lives. It would only do you good in the end. Blessings to all!

  82. Thierry on Apr 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this post, clear and very informative.
    I note that however difficult it may feel at times to keep up the commitments,
    (a) I should remember that they were suitable for lazy minds already, suitable for my lazy mind, so if I can’t even commit to that… what can I ever achieve really?
    (b) I must remember what the goal is: enlightenment within 7 life times, if that is not a golden opportunity worthy to put efforts into, then what is?

  83. henry ooi on Apr 29, 2012 at 11:31 am

    It really blows my mind to read of the benefits one may achieved through higher tantric practices. I want to end my suffering and I will strive toward it day by day in this life. If at the end of this life I have not achieved my goal then may I have the merit to take a good rebirth to continue where I left off.

    Rinpoche had mentioned many times before that an Olympic athlete trains very hard to compete and strives to win a medal and it is full commitment all the way. And that, just for a medal.

    Yes, I admit the vows and commitments are daunting but enlightenment is what I want.

  84. skyong on Apr 29, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for letting us know more about Vajrayogini. The only message I received from reading here, before the video, and in the transcript of video from start to end is, commitments. Only comimitments.

    • sweekeong on Nov 2, 2012 at 8:29 am

      We can definitely do more if we want it especially in this case enlightenment, the highest one can achieve in happiness for me and everyone. Sincerity, humility and perseverance are some of the good qualities we can always remind ourselves so that our mind is always open and we can move forward progressing on this path.

      In this age mental suffering is as bad or worst than physical suffering because for most of us we have food, clothes, a roof over our head, and entertainment but we are still feel unsatisfied. We have obtained material comforts but our mind, our mental has no comforts because we have not achieve something that is lasting, happiness that last. Then we look for a goal post pursuing one goal to another goal. However there is a goal post that is worth pursuing over all other goals. And this is the goal. 🙂

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  • 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
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 05:50 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for the illustrated miracle story on how Rinpoche guided Cynthia and Marici away from danger through protector’s practice. The unseen exist, whether we like it or not. Some of them are malicious and have the affinity or karma with some of us. Hence they can cause harm and disturbance. By engaging in Protectors’ practice like Dorje Shugden and Setrap that have been practiced by the high lamas of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, we are protected and guarded against harm.

    Rinpoche is compassionate and only want the best for us. His teachings are not meant to show off the power of the divines but offer us a way out from our desperate samsara conundrum that binds us from engaging in deeper spiritual practice. Rinpoche always teaches us to focus on mind transformation and Tsongkhapa practice. How fortunate we are to have met Rinpoche in this lifetime. We must not let this rare and precious opportunity go to waste.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-12.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 04:30 PM
    Miracles do happen,when we have faith and trust in our Guru.What is important is to follow Rinpoche’s advice and do as instructed by our Guru to clear the osbtacles all the way.Angie and Herry were so fortunate to have meet Rinpoche.Its because of Rinpoche ‘s compassion and caring for his student Angie’s life was saved.Infact Rinpoche has helped many people through his intervention, advice and instructions.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing miracles stories which i enjoyed reading.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 02:45 PM
    WOW….interesting a miracles true story. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.Reciting mantras by family members and doing 20 pujas done at the monastery to help the baby. These proved that pujas, which have been done for hundreds of years in the monasteries are very powerful methods for us to overcome difficulties, create huge amounts of merit and for protection, good health and long life.This show us how powerful pujas can help us when we have trust and faith in our Guru.And with Rinpoche divination,the baby was born and now a healthy boy.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 12:47 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these powerful teachings.Its a privilege
    to do Dharma work to benefits other,do it with motivation and a good attitude when engaging ourselves It will be guide line for me.When we serve others to do Dharma work together at Kechara Forest Retreat ,we will improve ourself , purify our negative karma and to benefit others too.I will be sponsoring to the healings bricks soon and i will cherish every moment in supporting KFR.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/dharma-work-attitude-tdl.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 11:06 AM
    Bigfoot is just another beings living in this world although not commonly seen and live in the deep jungle in high mountains. There were many evidences that people from many parts of the world sighted this beings. Whatever shape they are I think importantly we are all sharing this world and therefore need to have mutual respect and not intervene each others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/its-in-the-scriptures-they-exist.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:26 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline sharing this interesting post about Bodhidharma, a great master favoured meditation and introduced the Lankavatara Sutra to Chinese Buddhism.

    Here are a few points I have learned from this post:
    1. Bodhidharma had strong imprints of Dharma from the past and therefore he is interested in Buddha’s teachings and show his great wisdom. at a very young age.
    2. His strong guru devotion and determination in learning and spreading the dharma based on meditation though he confronted with difficulties such as Emperor Wu Di was not impressed by his teachings, being ostracized and rejected and lived as a beggar for many months. Notwithstanding, he continued and never give up to practice meditation in complete silence for nine years in cave wall when he was not accepted by Shaolin Monastery at the beginning .
    3. When Bodhidharma was allowed enter to the monastery, he had put a lot of efforts to help the monks in improving their physical body as well as their mind through the meditation. Then, Bodhidharma continued to develop a system of 18 dynamic tension exercises which were printed as Yi Gin Ching (Changing Muscle/Tendon Classic) in 550 CE. It is known as the Luohan (arhat) 18 Hand Movements today which serves as the basis of both Chinese Temple Boxing and the Shaolin Martial Arts.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/bodhidharma-the-founder-of-gongfu.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:10 PM
    Thank you, Grace, for sharing with us the many tips on how to care for and maintain our hair. Personal grooming is important because when we care for our appearance, we are respecting the people who have to deal with us. Caring for our hair, making sure that it is neat and clean should be something we need to take care of since young as it is part of personal grooming. The key is not to be attached to our body and outer-images, that results in spending much time and resources just to make ourselves look good.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-much-do-you-know-about-hair.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 03:00 PM
    Thank you for sharing these wonderful and significant photos showed that Kechara Pastors’ tireless efforts to bring dharma to many others and do the blessings whenever is necessary.

    Basically, the pastorship role was conceptualized by our precious guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, to preserve the Dharma and to give laypeople an opportunity to commit to benefiting others. Kechara Pastors are fully dedicated and selflessly serving others especially in spiritual growth and therefore this is good for us to support the Pastors so that they can focus and spend more of their time and effort to serve others and most importantly Buddhist teachings can be spread and shared to many others. The supports to Pastors including food, lodging, transportation, items necessary for their work, such as ritual items or spiritual gifts for those in need and many others. (If you are interested to know more about Kechara Pastors, please have a good read at http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/support-the-kechara-pastors.html)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 02:13 PM
    Its such a great blessing for all of us to hear the holy voice recordings of H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche a great master..His profound teachings ,got to take seroiusly,more as an important advice on Dorje Shugden’s practice.H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s explaination was very clear before any of the practitioner’s commitment and receive sogtae.They must keep the lineage practice and teachings no matter what ever happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us on the important advice by a great master.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-zong-rinpoches-advice-on-dorje-shugdens-practice.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 11:50 AM
    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for your sharing your thoughts and review about the book “Be Happy” written by Rinpoche. It is indeed not easy to be happy as we all have various expectation in every situation and people.

    We may think having a big house, lots of cash and good career is happiness but this is the wrong perception. Being happy is not about material and everything about ourselves. It is only when we can do more for others and focus out that we gain happiness. I never realised this until I joined Kechara. I think we have such a fixed mindset of what happiness is and when our expectation is not met, we are unhappy.

    Rinpoche has pointed out many ways for us to rectify our thoughts and methods to be happy. Now it is for us to take initiative to change and transform our mind if we want to be happy.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/be-happy.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Apr 24. 2017 12:30 PM
    Many people do not believe in reincarnation and only relates it to certain religion such as Hinduism and Buddhism. However, there were many instances and signs that proven reincarnation exist. As Buddhist we will believe in reincarnation and karma. It is by understanding that everything has its cause and effect that we should learn to live life in the correct attitude and mindset. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting articles to remind us of karma and the importance of doing dharma practise.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/interesting-signs-of-reincarnation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 08:29 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings.
    Always be generous and kind in what ever we could do even its little help.It’s the little things in life that bring the greatest happiness. Its between us and our Buddha ,so we would not bother what the receipient thinks and say of us. What ever was said ,should not deter our motivation to do Dharma work.
    (It will change people’s lives in one way or another. It will change your life for the better.)….well said by Rinpoche.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/its-not-between-you-and-the-recipient.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 07:16 PM
    Thank you Grace for this interesting articles about hair. There are just so much info which we do not know previously. Most of the time we may neglect the details, thinking as long as we clean our hair everyday it is sufficient. But there are so many things we need to know for example types of hair, scalp condition, our environment and our physical condition which may affect our hair. Great tips.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-much-do-you-know-about-hair.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
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: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
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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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
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
2 weeks ago
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
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.
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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
3 weeks ago
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
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
3 weeks ago
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
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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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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.
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.
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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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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.
4 weeks ago
It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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.
4 weeks ago
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.
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
1 month ago
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 month ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 month ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
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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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