Ganapati Ragavajra

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Dear students and friends,

In Buddhism, there are various practices that we can engage in to help remove obstacles and receive the conditions that we need in order to pursue our path to enlightenment. Being in samsara, we are subjected to and influenced by certain rules that are not within our control, such as getting a visa for one’s pilgrimage or travels, building approvals,  red tape with approvals for projects from government departments and many other related issues. This form of Ganapati can also assist us in overcoming legal issues that we are in the correct. It is for this reason that the Buddhas manifest in various forms with different functions to help us avert these obstacles in our spiritual path, and one such enlightened deity is known as Ganapati. 

Ganapati is an emanation of Chenrezig or Avalokitesvara, and as you may have guessed, Ganapati is also a well loved deity in Hinduism. In this version, he may resemble the Hindu version, but it is actually Avalokitesvara’s emanation. His practice is incredibly effective in removing obstacles in relations to the local authorities and regulations, especially when one is virtuously motivated. Of course we have to have our paper work and submission in order, but it blesses the process to be faster and more quick. I have personally engaged in his practice in the past whenever I had difficulty in extending and obtaining travel visas or getting approvals from various Government departments, and Ganapati is one of the Buddhas that has helped me many times over the years, especially in expediting the process of visa approval for Dharma travels. This is one of the reasons I like gifting his holy image to others, especially to my Hindu friends. 

In this post, I would like to share a short prayer or sadhana to the Buddha Ganapati. You do not need any initiation or permission to start this practice. If you are in need of his spiritual assistance, you can add his prayer to your existing sadhana. I wish all of you well and may your pursuit of spirituality be free of obstacles.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

A tsakaley (small votive image) of Authority-Averting Ganapati Ragavajra from the Rinjung Gyatsa collection. Download the high resolution image here.

 

Introduction

The most popular images of the elephant-headed deity are those of Ganesh or Ganesha, who is worshiped by followers of Hinduism. He is not to be confused with the enlightened Ganapati, the emanation of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. Both the Hindu and Buddhist faiths refer to him as Vignaraja or the ‘King of Obstructers’. This epithet reflects his well-known ability to overcome obstacles.

The difference between the enlightened and the worldly Ganapati lies in the nature of the deities themselves and not their shared name or physical resemblance. The worldly deity Ganesh is also known as Vinayaka and although he is a powerful worldly deity, he is still bound by karma, death and rebirth. Despite his powers, he is subservient to the enlightened beings and is seen offering himself as the cushion under the feet of the great protector Mahakala (who is an emanation of Avalokiteshvara) and Vajrapani.

 

Origins of the Deity Ganapati

The ‘Authority-Averting Ganapati Ragavajra’ is a form of Ganapati and he is a Buddhist deity whose sadhana (daily meditational practice) is found amongst the ancient Rinjung Gyatsa cycle of sadhanas, which was originally collected and compiled by the 16th century Lama, Taranatha. Taranatha was the previous incarnation of Zanabazar, the first Jetsun Dampa Khutughtu of Mongolia. This lama had compiled this collection of sadhanas with the purpose of preserving rare lineages.

However, it was the great 11th century Indian master Atisha Dipamkara Srijnana who would widely propagate this practice. Atisha is also credited with the composition of the first Lamrim text, Bodhipradipa or The Lamp on the Path to Enlightenment, amongst many other teachings that revived Buddhism in Tibet. What this indicates is that the Ganapati Ragavajra practice is an authentic Buddhist lineage that descended from ancient India. The deity’s graphic appearance is highly unusual considering the general Kadam sense of propriety and emphasis on monasticism. The Kadampas who were students of Atisha continued to propagate Ganapati because of the efficacy of this practice.

On the other hand, the etymology of Ganapati and Ganesha’s name in Sanskrit literally means the ‘Lord of Hosts’. Although this would typically mean Shiva’s hosts, the Buddhist Ganapati is not the same deity as the Hindu Shaivite Ganesh, who is the son of Shiva and Parvati. The Ganapati of Atisha’s lineage is the emanation of the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Avalokiteshvara. There are several accounts that tell the story of Ganapati’s origins and the following are some of the more popular accounts.

According to one story of origin, the worldly deity Ganesh originally possessed great powers due to past karmas coming into fruition. He posed a great danger to sentient beings and so the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara decided to use a divine ploy to subjugate Ganesh in order to bring him under control. Avalokiteshvara took on the physical aspect of Ganesh and entered into his divine palace. With his clairvoyant powers, Ganesh knew that he was no match as his opponent was a Bodhisattva and it was then he realized that he had been dispossessed of his throne. Therefore, he sought refuge at the ‘lotus feet’ of Avalokiteshvara and swore not to harm sentient beings any longer. Instead, he would look to benefit practitioners on the spiritual path. This form that Avalokiteshvara took on was henceforth worshiped as Ganapati.

In another competing story of origin, according to the Kangyur collection of treatises and commentaries, there is a text called ‘Ganapatihridaya’ which is an old Mahayana text on Ganapati. Within this text is a compelling explanation of the role of the deity Ganapati who arose as a ‘middle ground’ between the competing Buddhist and non-Buddhist traditions of ancient India. This is because the name and appearance of the Buddhist Ganapati and the worldly Ganesh was similar and that brought about a greater harmony between the various religious beliefs and traditions in India at that time. Avalokiteshvara must have manifested in this form to bring about harmony between two competing spiritual traditions of that period. In addition, it established a differentiation between the worldly Ganesh and the emanation of Avalokiteshvara.

The various Buddhist lineages and forms of the enlightened Ganapati are worshipped throughout all of the major schools of Tibetan Buddhism but within the Sakya school, particular emphasis is placed on the Maharakta form of Ganapati. This form of Ganapati belongs to a set of three powerful deities known as the ‘mar chen kor sum’ or the Three Great Red Deities included in a larger set called ‘The Thirteen Golden Dharmas’ of Sakya. 

 

Ganapati Ragavajra’s Symbolism

A rare antique statue of Ganapati Ragavajra

 

Ganapati Ragavajra is an emanation of Avalokiteshvara so his physical attributes embody the Buddha’s teachings. Each aspect of his physical appearance, from the way he stands to the implements he holds, are all symbolic of the methods he uses to purify our karma, overcome our obstacles and increase our merit.

Ganapati possesses three faces: the principle face is that of an elephant, his right face is that of a cat and the left face is that of a monkey. He has six arms: his three right hands hold a radish, a gem and a sword while his three left hands hold a ladduka sweet meat, a vessel of liquor and an axe. He has four legs – his front pair of legs are crossed and the back pair is standing with the right leg bent and the left outstretched. Ganapati is naked and bedecked with jeweled ornaments and a sacred thread of lotuses.

Beneath Ganapati is his monkey-faced consort who is white in color with a reddish tint. She is naked and adorned with jewels along with a sacred thread of blue utpala flowers. With her two hands, she holds two of Ganapati’s feet and sucks his secret vajra. Her two legs are astride, and a messenger and a female attendant are supporting her.

A detailed explanation of Ganapati’s iconography is as follows:

Radish The Japanese radish held in Ganapati’s main right hand is his favorite vegetable. The radish symbolizes the essence of the earth element, and along with meat, eggs, garlic and onions are classified as ‘black foods’. These are normally forbidden in the pure ritual practices of Lower Tantra such as the Kriya, Carya and Yoga Tantras. This reflects Ganapati’s ability to turn around negative circumstances that obstruct our spiritual path into circumstances that benefit.

Gem Ganapati holds a gem in the palm of his upper right hand. This reflects his ability to bestow inner and outer wealth. Inner wealth refers to spiritual attainments of the Six Paramitas (perfections) of generosity, moral discipline, patience, joyous perseverance, meditation and wisdom. On the other hand, outer wealth refers to financial resources, material and physical assistance. Ganapati’s practice grants us these resources to create conducive conditions for us to focus on and further our spiritual development.

Sword The sword held in Ganapati’s lower right hand is a protective symbol in the Buddhist doctrine. This sword represents the victory of enlightenment over the attack of the hosts of Mara, as the hindering forces of ignorance. As a symbol of wisdom, the sword cuts through the veils of ignorance and this reflects Ganapati’s ability to cut through our obstacles and negative karma.

Ladduka Sweet Meat This is another of Ganapati’s favorite foods and he holds a platter of this in his main left hand. Sweet ladduka are deep-fried balls of flour, milk, sugar and spices. This symbolizes Ganapati’s ability to grant suitable conditions that nurture our spiritual practice.

Vessel of Liquor With his upper left hand, Ganapati holds a vessel of liquor. During the Tsog rituals that Tantrikas perform, a little bit of consecrated alcohol and meat is partaken to symbolize the psychic winds and bodily elements used in Tantric meditation. Hence, liquor here represents spiritual attainments.

Axe The axe is one of Ganapati’s principle implements, which he wields with his lower left hand. The Tibetan term for this implement means ‘enemy axe’ or battle-axe, and this symbolizes the severing of all inner and outer obstacles. Inner obstacles here refer to the three poisons of ignorance, hatred and desire along with their attendant delusions. Outer obstacles refer to physical problems like financial, legal and other difficulties that may pose a problem for a practitioner.

Pratyalidha posture This standing posture of Ganapati is the posture of a deity engaging in activities to subjugate. It reflects the dynamic nature of the deity, who is poised to perform enlightened activities to benefit others.

In accordance with Tantric symbolism, Ganapati’s female consort represents wisdom. Her act of partaking of the male essence of the main deity through his secret organ represents blissful energy. The two elements of bliss and wisdom are thus represented by sperm and ovum, which are then transmuted in the womb of the female consort. The womb represents the portal from which we take rebirth into the world as Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. This is represented by the blood that issues forth from her secret organ, within which are little Ganapati figures, which is collected in a skull cup.

Contrary to appearances, sexuality as expressed by the deities of Buddhist Tantra is not an expression of lust and attachment to increase desire. They are instead divine expressions of the union of stainless bliss and emptiness, attained at heightened levels of meditation. Therefore, they serve to imprint upon our mind-stream the causes towards achieving enlightenment. In this way, such expressions actually serve to cut our worldly desires and attachments rather than increasing them.

 

Benefits Derived from the Worship of Ganapati Ragavajra

Lama Tsongkhapa originally made this old Ganapati tsa tsa. He practiced and gained visions of this deity as well

 

The Buddhist Ganapati arose in this specific form to avert obstacles that are caused by authority figures and bureaucracy. Hence, this form of Ganapati is also known as Ajna-Vinivarta Ganapati or the ‘Authority-Averting Ganapati Ragavajra’. This means that he is especially efficacious in expediting and overcoming obstacles or red-tape concerning legal or governmental processes and procedures. In other words, this form of Ganapati is very helpful in overcoming obstacles related to visas, citizenship and other legal pursuits with the government or any of its various departments. Successful practice of Ganapati requires one to have good intent and that the request would not harm anyone and is beneficial.

This practice has been recommended to several individuals in the past who were having difficulties obtaining official documents for their visa application. After receiving this practice and reciting the mantra daily to accumulate up to 100,000 mantras, there was a turnaround and the application was successful despite the obstacles against it. These experiences are a testament to the power and efficacy of Ganapati in averting this kind of obstacle.

Ganapati is also well-known to be one of the many wealth-bestowing deities in the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon. The wealth bestowed by Ganapati is one that increases our spiritual practice because it is bestowed in accordance to two aspects, inner and outer wealth. Inner wealth refers to spiritual merits and the development of virtues like generosity, which is the real cause towards attaining wealth. The generation of generosity also counters miserliness and selfishness, which is the root cause of material and spiritual poverty.

Outer wealth refers to material resources like finances, relationship, health and other types of physical resources. The outer wealth bestowed by Ganapati will not obstruct our spiritual path or cause it to degenerate. This is because the wealth is bestowed by an emanation of Avalokiteshvara. In other words, Ganapati has the wisdom to perceive what is needed to fulfill the practitioner’s material and spiritual needs. 

Finally, Ganapati Ragavajra is the emanation of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara and therefore the ultimate benefit of his practice is the generation of Bodhicitta or great compassion, which is an essential aspect of the spiritual path. As the practitioner becomes more compassionate, the ego or self-cherishing mind is reduced. With a lesser self-cherishing mind, the practitioner creates fewer problems and obstacles for themselves and others. Simultaneously, Ganapati’s practice also alleviates depression and anger because of the lessening of the self-cherishing mind.

 

The Sadhana of the Authority-Averting Ganapati Ragavajra

This sadhana combines the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa with the visualization, praise and mantra of Ganapati along with the recitation of general dedication verses at the end. The detailed visualization that is described here is most beneficial when we visualize Ganapati as being one with our root Guru. This allows the blessings of our Gurus and the lineage Gurus to come forth and bless our practice.

Download the sadhana here.

 

REFUGE

NAMO GURU BEH
NAMO BUDDHA YA
NAMO DHARMA YA
NAMO SANGHA YA
(Repeat 3x)

I take refuge in the Guru
I take refuge in the Buddha
I take refuge in the Dharma
I take refuge in the Sangha
(Repeat 3x)

 

GENERATING BODHICITTA

SANG GYE CHO DANG TSOG KYI CHOG NAM LA 
JANG CHUB BAR DU DAG NI KYAB SU CHI 
DAG GI JIN SOK GYI PAY SO NAM KYI 
DRO LA PAN CHIR SANG GYE DRUB PAR SHOG 
(Repeat 3x)

I take refuge until I am enlightened in the Buddhas, the Dharma and the Sangha.
By the positive potential I create by practising generosity
And the other far-reaching attitudes,
May I attain Buddhahood in order to benefit all sentient beings.
(Repeat 3x)

 

JE TSONGKHAPA’S GURU YOGA (GADEN LHAGYAMA)

Invocation

GA-DEN HLA-JI NGON-JYI THUG-KA NEY 
RAP-KAR SHO-SAR PUNG-DEE CHU-DZIN TSER 
CHO-KYI GYEL-PO KUN-CHEN LOZANG DRAG 
SEY-DANG CHE-PA NE-DIR SHEG SU SOL

From the heart of the Lord of the Gaden devas (Maitreya Buddha) emerges a brilliant white cloud,
Like a great mass of fresh yoghurt.
Atop sits Tsongkhapa all knowing, King of Dharma;
We request your coming to this place along with your great disciples.

 

Requesting to stay

DUN-JYI NAM-KHAR SING-TI PEE-DEE TENG 
JE-TSUN LA-MA JYEH-PI DZUM-KAR CHYEN 
DAG-LO DE-PE SO-NAM SHING-CHOG TU 
TAN-PA JYEH-SHIR KAL-DJAR JUG-SU SOL

My Lord Guru is seated before me upon a lion-throne, lotus and moon cushion.
His body is white and he smiles blissfully.
Please remain many eons and serve as the great merit field for the growth of my mind’s faith,
And for the increase of Lord Buddha’s teachings.

 

Prostration and praise

SHE-JYEH CHON-KUN JAL-WEY LO-DO THUG 
KAL-ZANG NA-WEY JYIN-JUR LIK-SHEY SUNG 
DRAG-PI PEL-JYI HLAM-MER DZEY-PI KU 
THONG-THO DRAN PI DON DHAN LA-CHAG TSAL

His omniscient wisdom-mind encompasses all that is existent.
His voice is a profound teaching, which ornaments the ear of the fortunate pupil.
His body’s beautiful radiance evokes wondrous admiration.
To Lama Tsongkhapa whom merely viewing, hearing or contemplating earns one great merit, I make prostration.

 

Offering

YIH-WONG TCHO-YON NA-TSOG ME-TOG DANG 
DRI-JEM DUG-PO NANG-SAL DRID-CHAB SOG 
NGO-SHAM YIH TUL TCHO-TIN GYA-TSO DI 
SO-NAM SHING-CHOG CHE-LA CHO-PA BUL

I present to you, great field of merit, Tsongkhapa,
Beautiful offerings, water, a display of flowers, fragrant incense, butter-lamps,
Perfumes and more both physical and mental offerings,
Vast as the clouds and wide as the ocean.

 

Confession

DAG-GI TO-MEY DU-NEH SAG-PA YI 
LU-NGAG YIH-KYI DIG-PA CHI-JYI DANG 
CHEY-PA DOM-PA SUM-JI MI-TUN SHO 
NYING-NEH JO-PA TRAH-PO SO-SOR SHAG

The unwholesome actions of body, speech and mind,
which I have accumulated over a measureless period,
especially actions contrary to the three vows (Vinaya, Bodhisattva, Vajrayana), I regret extremely
From the depths of my heart, and I reveal each and every such action.

 

Rejoice

NIK-MI DU-DIR MANG-THO DRUP-LA TSON 
CHO-JYED PANG-PI DAL-JOR DON-YO SHYE 
NGON-PO CHEY-KYI LAP-CHEN DZE-PA LA 
DAG-CHAG SAM-PA TAG-PEH YI RANG NGO

We totally rejoice in your magnificent achievements, my Lord,
Who received numerous teachings and performed the practices with utmost diligence,
Who abandoned the eight worldly objectives and made the most meaningful use
Of the eighteen opportune conditions during these degenerate times.

 

Request to turn the Wheel of Dharma

JE-TSUN LA-MA DAM-PA CHEY-NAM KYI 
CHO-KU KA-LA CHEN-TI TIN-TIK NEY 
JI-TAR TSAM-PI DUL-SHIH DZIN-MA LA 
ZAB-JI CHO-KYI CHAR-PA WHAP-TU SOL

All you holy Gurus, unerring in conduct,
May you precipitate a rain of realisation of Bodhicitta and
Shunyata from the clouds of all-knowing compassion which fills the Dharmakaya sky,
Providing for the field of disciples precisely what is needed.

 

Requesting to remain

NAM-DAG WO-SAL YING-LEY JING-PA YI 
ZUNG-JUG KU-LA CHAR-NUB MI-NGA YANG 
THA-MAL HNANG-NGOR ZUG-KU RAG-PA NYI 
SEE-THEE BAR-DU MI-NUB TAN-PA SHUG

May the Vajra body of Tsongkhapa created from the purity of clear light,
Free of the rising and setting of cyclic existence but
Visible to the ordinary viewer only in its unsubtle,
Physical form, stay on unchanging, without waning, until Samsara ends.

 

Dedication

DAG-SOG JIN-NYEH SAG-PA GE-WA DEE 
TAN-DANG DRO-WA KUN-LA GANG-PHAN DANG 
CHE-PA JE-TSUN LO-ZANG DRAG-PA YI 
TAN-PI NYING-PO RING-DU SAL-SHEH SHOG

May this merit accumulated by myself and others,
Beneficially serve all sentient beings and the Buddhadharma
And especially may the essential teachings of
The unerring master Tsongkhapa, become clear and enduring.

 

Mantra of Je Tsongkhapa (Migtsema)

MIG-MEY TZE-WEY TER-CHEN CHENREZIG 
DRI-MEY KHYEN-PI WANG-PO JAMPAL YANG 
DU-PUNG MA-LU JOM-DZEY SANG-WEY DAG 
GANG-CHEN KE-PEY TSUG-GYEN TSONGKAPA 
LO-SANG TRAG-PEY SHAB-LA SOL-WA DEB 
(Recite 21x or more, depending on time)

Je Tsongkhapa, crown jewel of the holy Masters of the land of snows,
You are Avalokiteshvara, great goldmine of Compassion untainted by ego’s delusion.
You are Manjushri, great Master of stainless wisdom.
You are Vajrapani, great subduer of all the gatherings of demons. At your feet, famed Lobsang Drakpa,
I humbly bow and earnestly request that all sentient beings achieve Enlightenment.
(Recite 21x or more, depending on time)

 

Dissolving Je Rinpoche into ourselves

PAL-DAN TSA-WEY LA-MA RINPOCHE 
DAG-SOG CHI-WOR PE-ME DAN-JUG LA 
KA-DRIN CHEN-PO GO-NEY JE-ZUNG TE 
KU-SUNG THUG-KYI NGO-DRUP TSAL-DU SOL

Dear worthy root Guru, please ascend the lotus seat
Atop the head of myself and the other beings,
And in your great kindness please remain with us.
Bestow upon us the blessings of your body, speech and mind.

 

PAL-DAN TSA-WEY LA-MA RINPOCHE 
DAG-SOG NYING-KHAR PE-ME DAN-JUG LA 
KA-DRIN CHEN-PO GO-NEY JE-ZUNG TE 
CHO-DANG THUN-MONG NGO-DRUP TSAL-DU SOL

Precious, noble, root Guru, please occupy the lotus seat
Within our hearts and in your great kindness remain with us.
Please grant us your blessings
For our temporal success and for the supreme attainment.

 

PAL-DAN TSA-WEY LA-MA RINPOCHE 
DAG-SOG NYING-KHAR PE-ME DAN-JUG LA 
KA-DRIN CHEN-PO GO-NEY JE-ZUNG TE 
JANG-CHUB NYING-PO BAR-DU TAN-PAR SHUG

Beloved, noble, root Guru, please occupy the lotus seat
Within our hearts and in your great kindness remain with us.
Please stay on until we achieve
The great goal of Enlightenment.

 

GANAPATI’S VISUALIZATION

This is my personal statue of Ganapati

 

This is my Ganapati shrine

 

Out of emptiness in front of me, from a white GAM comes Ganapati. His principal face is an elephant’s, his right a cat’s and left a monkey’s. His three right hands hold a radish, a gem and a sword; his three left hands hold a ladduka sweet meat, a vessel of liquor and an axe. His front pair of legs are interlaced and the back pair in pratyalidha posture (right bent). He is naked, with jeweled ornaments and a sacred thread of lotuses.

Beneath is his consort, white with a reddish tint, naked and adorned with jewels. She has a monkey’s face and a sacred thread of blue utpalas. With her two hands she is holding two of the principal’s feet and with her mouth she is sucking his secret vajra. Her two legs are astride. She is supported by a messenger (phona) and a female attendant (phyang-brnan-mo).

Below and other side of the deity’s body are treasure vases. Around lay the eight auspicious symbols, the eight auspicious things (substances) and seven precious things of royalty. At his heart are the mantra and seed-syllable, at his brow OM, at his throat AH, and his navel HUM. From the mantra and seed at his heart pours a stream of wish-granting gems, which flows through his private part into the consort’s mouth. A succession of deity shapes descends from the private parts and fills the vases, overflowing to fill the room.

 

Short Praise

Body like a crystal mountain,
Lord of all wealth, need-removing,
Chief of obstructors, Ganapati
And your attendants:
I offer you praise.

 

Ganapati’s Mantra

OM GA GANA-PATI MAMA RATNA-SIDDHI GAGA-GAGA GAGA-GAGA GANA-PATI SOHA
(Recite 21x or more, depending on time)

 

COMPLETION DEDICATION

JANG-JUB SEM-CHOK RINPOCHE 
MA-KYE PA-NAM KYE-GYUR CHIK 
KYE-PA NYAM-PA ME-PA YANG 
GONG-NA GONG-DU PEL-WAR SHUG

May the precious Bodhi-mind,
Where it is not born arise and grow
May that born have no decline
But increase forever more

 

TONG-NI TONG-WA RINPOCHE 
MA-KYE PA-NAM KYE-GYUR CHIK 
KYE-PA NYAM-PA ME-PA YANG 
GONG-NA GONG-DU PEL-WAR SHUG

May the precious Emptiness
Where it is not born arise and grow
May that born have no decline
But increase forever more.

 

DAG-SOG JIN-NYEH SAG-PA GE-WA DEE 
TAN-DANG DRO-WA KUN-LA GANG-PHAN DANG 
CHE-PAR JE-TSUN LO-ZANG DRAG-PA YI 
TAN-PI NYING-PO RING-DU SAL-SHEH SHUG

May this merit accumulated by myself and others
Beneficially serve all sentient beings and the Buddhadharma
And especially may the essential teachings of the
Unerring Master Tsongkhapa, become clear and enduring.

 

Prayer by Je Tsongkhapa

KYE-WA KUN-TU YANG-DAK LA-MA DANG 
DRAL-ME CHO-KYI PAL-LA LONG-CHO CHING 
SA-DANG LAM-GYI YON-TEN RAP-DZOK NA 
DORJE CHANG-GI GO-PANG NYUR-TO SHUG

In all my rebirths may I not be parted from perfect Gurus,
Let me enjoy the abundance of the Dharma!
Perfecting the quality stages and paths
May I quickly attain the rank of Vajradhara Buddha.

 

Dedication of virtue

GE-WA DI-YI NYUR-DU DAK 
LA-MA SANG-GYE DRUP-GYUR NA 
DRO-WA CHIK-KYANG MA-LU PA 
DE-YI SA-LA GO-PAR SHUG

By this virtue, may I quickly
Realize Guru-Buddhahood,
And transfer each sentient being
Into that Enlightened state.

 

CHO KHI GYAL PO TSONG KHA PA 
CHO TSUL NAM PAR PHEL WA LA 
GEK KI TSHAN MA ZHI WA DANG 
THUN KYIN MA LU TSHANG WAR SHOK

May all conducive conditions arise
And all obstacles be pacified,
In order to increase infinitely,
The doctrine of the spiritual king, Tsongkhapa.

 

DA DANG SHEN GI DU SUM DANG 
DRIL WA TSOK NYI LA TEN NAY 
GYA WA LO ZANG DRAG PA YI 
TAN PAR YUN RING VAR GYUR CHIG

By the merits of the 3 times of myself and others,
May the doctrine of Lama Tsongkhapa blaze forever.

 

Auspicious Dedication

NYIMO DELEK TSEN TELEK 
NYIME GUNG YANG DELEK SHIN 
NYITSEN TAKTU DELEK PEL 
KON CHOK SUM GYI JIN GYI LOB 
KON CHOK SUM GYI NGOR DRUL TSOL 
KON CHOK SUM GYI TRA SHI SHOK

At dawn or dusk, at night or midday,
may the Three Jewels grant us their blessing,
may they help us to achieve all realisations and
Sprinkle the paths of our lives with various signs of auspiciousness.

 

Dedication for the Guru’s long life

JETSUN LAMA KU TSE RABTEN CHING 
NAMKAR TRINLEY CHOG CHUR GYE PA DANG 
LOBSANG TENPE DRON ME SA SUM GYI 
DRO WE MUNSEL TAKTUR NE GYUR CHIG

May the holy teachers have long lives.
May the enlightened activities be fully displayed in the ten directions,
And may the brightness of the teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa continuously dissipate
The veil of darkness covering the beings of the three realms.

 

Dedication for the long life of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

GANG RI RAWE KORWAI SHING KHAM DIR 
PEN DANG DEWA MALU GYUNG WAI NE 
CHENREZIG WANG TENZIN GYATSO YI 
SHA PEI SITHAI BARDU DEN GYUR CHIG

In this holy Land surrounded by snow mountains,
You are the source of all benefit and happiness
May your lotus feet, O powerful Chenrezig, Tenzin Gyatso
Remain in this world until the end of existence.

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  1. Marek on Jan 18, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    different Ganapati sadhanas I found to be very effective:
    http://abhidharma.ru/A/Tantra/Content/Ganapati/0001.pdf
    http://www.casotac.com/download/rganapati.doc
    http://www.virtualvinodh.com/wp/arya-ganapati-hridaya/
    and a beautiful Ganapati statue:
    http://www.bodhisattvagallery.com/ganesh.html
    (I used to have different Ganesh statues – 12 armed dancing Ganesh, seated Newari 4 armed Ganesh, 2 armed seated Ganesh entwined in ecstatic embrace with his consort, in Shanghai, I left them there, they were all filled and blessed, I hope they find good homes)

  2. KD on Mar 13, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Dear Rinpoche.
    Let me ask you to upload pictures of your statue (on white background) in high resolution. I would like to print it on canvas.
    Also, ask a few questions:
    1. Can I perform this practice without Vang and Lung?
    2. How does the syllable GAM?
    3. I would like to ask you to share practices Ganapati, with a variety of activities. Practices that do not require a transmission.

    Thank you very much.

    • Tsem Rinpoche on Apr 5, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      1. Can I perform this practice without Vang and Lung?

      You can do the praise and mantra without Lung.

      2. How does the syllable GAM?

      I don’t understand your question number

      3. I would like to ask you to share practices Ganapati, with a variety of activities. Practices that do not require a transmission.

      Be more specific please..

      Thank you.

  3. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 23, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for introducing to us this Ganapati practice. I am happy to know that Ganapati can help us with all our samsaric problems and affairs, also able to help with difficulties that can manifest when we are seeking approvals with the authorities. Chenrezig is very compassionate to manifest in another form for the benefit of many sentient beings, some forms of buddha and protectors appeal to different types of minds, in certain cases people have specific buddhas and protectors that they resonate with.

  4. Edwin Tan on Jul 19, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for this article on the Authority Averting Ganapati Ragavajra.

    I saw the statue once when I was with Rinpoche and wanted to enquire more as the statue is very unique. I am thankful Rinpoche placed the prayers and descriptions of Lord Ganapati on the blog to further expand my knowledge on Buddhas and Dharma.

    Definitely not a statue to be placed openly. Thank you.

  5. Lai on Jun 19, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the selflessness sharing.
    this is really a rare teaching.

    Thanks with folded hand.
    Lai

  6. Wylfred Ng on Jun 19, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.

    Before this, i always thought that Ganesha or Ganapati are only a worldly gods. But now i know that there are some Ganapati are enlightened Buddha. And Ganapati Ragavajra is one of the emanation of Chenrezig.

    This post really open up my mind.

    Thank you
    Wylfred

  7. sandra on Jun 16, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    Dear Tsem Rinpoche, The Ganapati Ragavajra statue is gorgeous and I am glad to hear that this buddha has helped you in the past. But my question to you is- I am guessing and I am quite certain that there are lots of buddhas and their purpose is to awake many different mindstreams and abilities of sentient beings, but in the case of smooth processing of visa applications wouldn’t praying to your yidam or guru be able to help you? Why do buddhists have to pray to so many dieties and I imagine the higher you go progress much more the buddhas. But it must be nice because they are so amazing. Thank you for the post as always, Rinpoche.

  8. Stella on Jun 16, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    This blog post is so rich in details of the origin, symbolism, mantra and the benefit of practicing Ganapati Ragavajra. His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is so kind to share with us a practice that can remove obstacles when it comes to thick red tapes. I am sure this practice can help many people.

    I am also appreciative of the research effort put in to make this teaching available to all of us. The blog post is detail and informative. Although the image of this deity is not foreign to me, but the true meaning and representation in Buddhism is new.

    Among the new things I learn are:
    (1) The enlightened Ganapati Ragavajra is an emanation of Chenrenzig. He is not to be confused with the worldly Ganapati who is still bound by karma and death. This shows us that Buddhas manifest in many forms and any form to assist sentient beings.
    (2) The sexuality displayed is an divine expression of the union of stainless bliss and emptiness, attained at heightened levels of meditation. Hence, it serves to cut our worldly desires and attachments rather than increasing them. This shows us that our ignorance and desire can be eliminated.

    Thank you so much, Rinpoche, for the wonderful teaching.

    Humbly with folded palms,
    Stella

  9. Bradley Kassian on Jun 16, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Thank you very much Rinpoche for providing all these great dharma resources/practices to help us have a smooth, & conductive dharma practice with less obstacles, and especially for us who have no dharma centre to attend. Thank you from the bottem of my heart.

  10. jerry_sito on Jun 15, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.

    I am very happy and appreciated to read this post. I love and enjoy this post very much.

    I will add this prayer into my daily sadhana.
    I hope that by doing Ganapati Ragavajra, everyone’s obstacle will be removed and gain realization in their dharma practice.

    I wish Rinpoche long life and continue to turn the dharma wheel

    Thank you
    Your humble student
    Jerry Sito

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  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 11:54 PM
    People always expect return on some contribution being done especially in charity events. When the return was under their expectations then they will feel sad or unhappy.
    As Rinpoche said, Dharma is a teachings to transform our mind to become bodicitta or selfless to benefit others without condition. Once we practiced selfless mind, our mind will not be affected by others people reaction.
    What will be my legacy? I think this is not really important to me anymore once I know Dharma teachings from Rinpoche.
    Thanks Datuk May for sharing to benefit more people.

    Jason

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

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

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

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

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

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

    Jason

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy...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
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Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
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This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
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March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
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!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
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Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
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My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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A section for you to clarify your Dharma questions with Kechara’s esteemed pastors.

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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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KSDS teachers and the young participants of WOAH Camp played & have fun together for this game, Self defense and attack. Alice Tay, KSDS
The younger group of KSDS were happy because they're given chance to feel,touch and play the slime. Alice Tay, KSDS
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The younger group of KSDS were happy because they're given chance to feel,touch and play the slime. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Laura guided the students do meditation. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Teacher Laura guided the students do meditation. Alice Tay, KSDS
Day break at Kechara Forest Retreat! Sunrise meditation during Inner Reflection Retreat, April 2017
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Day break at Kechara Forest Retreat! Sunrise meditation during Inner Reflection Retreat, April 2017
Inner Reflection in April 2017 with guests from USA, Singapore, China and UK! Join our upcoming meditation programs!
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Inner Reflection in April 2017 with guests from USA, Singapore, China and UK! Join our upcoming meditation programs!
Visitors in Kechara Forest Retreat, circumambulating the holy Vajra Yogini Stupa. Picture credit Pastor Gimlee
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Visitors in Kechara Forest Retreat, circumambulating the holy Vajra Yogini Stupa. Picture credit Pastor Gimlee
Students are getting ready to do prostration in Gompa following a Teacher Kien and Teacher Zhi Yan instruction. Lin Mun KSDS
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Students are getting ready to do prostration in Gompa following a Teacher Kien and Teacher Zhi Yan instruction. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Callista & Teacher Irene were sharing with children on the topic of courage. It is good to instil dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Callista & Teacher Irene were sharing with children on the topic of courage. It is good to instil dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
Children are learning how to recite mantra from teacher Alice and teacher Laura. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children are learning how to recite mantra from teacher Alice and teacher Laura. Lin Mun KSDS
Students were all so excited listening to the process of making slime as they are going to make one themselves. Lin Mun KSDS
6 days ago
Students were all so excited listening to the process of making slime as they are going to make one themselves. Lin Mun KSDS
Robey, Natalie and Lauren doing sharing on how to make slime. A great exercise for them to learn leadership & public speaking. Lin Mun KSDS
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Robey, Natalie and Lauren doing sharing on how to make slime. A great exercise for them to learn leadership & public speaking. Lin Mun KSDS
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