Getting Closer to Vajrayogini

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The most obvious benefit of being in close proximity with Rinpoche is the Dharma that we receive. The Lama teaches using all methods possible – by example, by action, by joking, by instruction and, in the way one would most expect, by literally giving a teaching.

Students of Rinpoche know just how traditional Rinpoche is when it comes to teachings on Tantra, and to initiations and empowerments. So a few weeks ago, Rinpoche gathered a small group of us for the privilege of a short teaching on Vajrayogini. Rinpoche explained that what he was about to share with us was taught to Rinpoche by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche in Yucca Valley, California during a Vajrayogini initiation and commentary.

Rinpoche began with an explanation of the four prerequisites of Vajrayogini’s practice. They are:

  1. Unwavering faith in Vajrayogini as a deity and yidam, and unwavering faith in her practice, meditations and rituals. The practitioner needs to have full faith and conviction that yes, you CAN develop attainments from her practice and she CAN bring you to her paradise, Dakpo Kachö.
  2. To never miss tsok commitments. Rinpoche spoke about a way of overcoming situations when it becomes unavoidable for you to miss your commitments, for example due to travel or physically debilitating illnesses.
  3. To have clean samaya with your Guru. Never disturb your Guru’s mind by being sneaky, and refrain from destructive actions like lying and cheating.
  4. To recite a short prayer three times per day, which is a request for us to enter her paradise.

It was then that I realised in small ways, and unbeknownst to us, Rinpoche has been training his students for years to become Tantric practitioners who will enter the doors of higher practice with perfect ease.

Unwavering faith in Vajrayogini as a yidam? For many years, Rinpoche has cultivated in us a loyalty towards our meditational deities and practices. For example, in the Dorje Shugden issue, Rinpoche has made it clear why, despite all obstacles, we should have unwavering faith in Dorje Shugden, because it is about upholding the commitments we make to our teacher.

To have clean samaya with your guru? One of Rinpoche’s core teachings focuses on the 50 Stanzas of Guru Devotion which describes perfectly the attitude of a student towards the teacher.

To never miss tsok commitments and recite a short prayer three times a day? Rinpoche has always emphasised the importance of consistency in our practice and sadhanas.

Of course, holding our three sets of vows (Refuge, Bodhisattva and Tantric vows) is a given; Rinpoche explained that the four prerequisites are over and above these commitments which are common throughout all Tantras.

So why is Vajrayogini’s practice so powerful? Why is it so special? Why is it so coveted?

 

The King of Mantras

According to Lama Yeshe, her mantra is the King of Mantras. No other mantra in the ocean of Tantra has the same kind of potency and power as that of Vajrayogini’s. Even within Heruka’s Tantra, Rinpoche said, it is stated that in order to gain siddhis we still need to recite the mantra of his consort.

Rinpoche reminded us of the promise that Vajrayogini had made to His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. Appearing to him in a vision, Vajrayogini herself told Pabongka Rinpoche that anyone who receives her practice within four generations of Pabongka Rinpoche, will be able to enter her paradise Dakpo Kachö within seven lifetimes. After these four generations, it reverts to the normal 14 lifetimes.

 

A Positive Rebirth

So you may be thinking, “What’s the big deal? Seven lifetimes, who cares?” But keep this in mind – if we do not receive her practice, there is no guarantee we will be reborn to meet the Dharma in our next lifetime, and definitely no guarantee we will be reborn as a human. So it may be lifetimes before we can meet the Dharma again, and those lifetimes do not necessarily mean one human lifetime of 80-100 years. It could mean the lifetime of a hungry ghost or a god for hundreds of years before we exhaust that karma to have the opportunity to be reborn as a human, let alone a human practicing within our lineage. In contemplating this, the appeal and benefit of Vajrayogini’s practice becomes very apparent.

In receiving Vajrayogini’s practice and upholding the commitments, it gives us the best possible chance of being reborn near to a lineage lama, with the opportunity to be exposed to and attracted to her lineage at a young age.

Rinpoche said that in our next life, no matter how remote or distant the land is, a Vajrayogini practitioner will find their way back to her practice at a young age. Rinpoche himself is living proof of this, having met H.E. Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tharchin at the age of nine, and receiving Vajrayogini practice just a few years later.

How does this reconnection happen? It may be that the practitioner sees her body in the form of a statue, and it triggers a sense of familiarity and desire to engage in deeper Dharma practice. It may be reconnecting with her practice in the form of speech when you hear her mantra being recited, or reconnecting with her practice through the mind when someone talks about her, and the idea of her is implanted in your mind and spontaneous faith arises.

For Dharma practitioners, the ability to guarantee such a rebirth whereby a practitioner meets the lineage again at a young age is considered highly precious because it means we waste less time being attracted to everything else in samsara.

 

Control

This control over our rebirths is not the only form of control that we gain as a result of relying on Vajrayogini as our Yidam. It is said in her Tantra that those who practice Vajrayogini well will be able to gain control over the elements, animals, weather, spirits and demons.

Thus Vajrayogini’s mantra is also protection. Protection from what? From demons, spirits and black magic, yes but also from falling into the three lower realms, and from taking rebirths in places where there is no Dharma. This could be places in the human realm where there is no Buddhadharma, or rebirths in other realms.

The control of elements, animals, weather, spirits and demons all sounds pretty neat but when you consider that people who are not Buddhist can develop this ability, these become a slightly less glamorous achievement or siddhi compared to…

 

Guaranteed Rebirth in her Paradise

…the ability to ascend to Vajrayogini’s paradise to receive teachings from Heruka and Vajrayogini themselves.

Rinpoche explained that compared to other Tantras, Vajrayogini’s practice is the perfect combination of simplicity and potency. Not only is her form easy to visualise compared to other deities (for example, Yamantaka) but her mantra is so powerful that it can convey us to Dakpo Kachö simply by reciting it. Even when we do not know her meditation or the visualisations associated with her practice, her mantra has that type of power.

It was Kyabje Zong Rinpoche who described the iconography of Vajrayogini’s holy body to our Rinpoche. During the teaching, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche emphasised how crucial it is to meditate on her sacred form correctly, from the beings she is standing on to the meaning of her four fangs. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche described her expression, the angle and tilt of her head, the mudra with which she holds the chopper, and even the top knot in her hair.

Imagine doing the same thing for Yamantaka, and memorising all of his nine faces, 34 arms and the ritual accoutrements of every single arm!

So for people who are dull, who cannot remember details, who are not intimately familiar with the intricacies of the Tantra, Vajrayogini’s practice is perfect! They will still be able to achieve the minor siddhis and ascend to her paradise within seven lifetimes simply by reciting her mantra. This quality is unique to Vajrayogini’s practice; other Tantras require the practitioner to know the meditations and to combine recitation of the mantra with the corresponding visualisations.

Ascending to Vajrayogini’s paradise is considered extremely precious because to be in Dakpo Kachö is to learn from and practise under the King Heruka and Queen Vajrayogini. In such an environment, realisations and spiritual attainments come quickly and easily, including the realisation of Emptiness. In short, it means that simply reciting her mantra without any visualisations opens up the opportunity for us to realise Emptiness.

This of course refers to the most basic and bare minimum of practice after we receive Vajrayogini’s initiation. If we study more, apply ourselves and meditate on and understand the Tantra, we can realise Sunyata in this life alone, never mind waiting to ascend to Dakpo Kachö!

Rinpoche said that even if we do not have time to fully finish dissolving our winds at the time of death, even in the bardo, Vajrayogini will still come and bring the practitioner to her paradise. Such is the guarantee of her practice if we recite her mantra with the four prerequisites intact.

 

No Room for Excess Baggage

So it sounds very simple, like ascending to Dakpo Kachö is a matter of pressing a few buttons on the elevator and getting in…and it is, if we let go of our excess baggage (even elevators have weight limits!).

The excess baggage that will prevent us from entering Vajrayogini’s paradise is our drive for name, fame, reputation and wealth. Thus in our present lifetime, before we die and as we do our practices, we need to train in cutting off all attachments to our family, friends, relationships, etc.

Does this mean we become cold and uncaring towards them, and ignore them? Does it mean we shout “I can’t be with you because I want to go to Dakpo Kachö!!!” at them? The key word here is attachments; we do what we need to do and fulfill the responsibilities we made in this life, but we cut off our attachments to them.

After all, at the time of death, we will be forced to let go of friends, family and partners anyway. But while we are still alive, if we train in realising that the elevator has a weight limit, then letting go of them at the time of death will become much easier to do.

Rinpoche said that this training to cut off our attachments is why new monks are not allowed to go home for up to 10 years. To the uninformed, it may sound a little cruel but consider this – what happens when, as a lay person, you go home after an extended period away and then try to leave again? Your family may ask you not to leave, they may beg you to stay longer, or they may try to create an environment that is so attractive to tempt you to stay back.

The same applies for new monks. Being so new to their ordination, their minds are not strong enough yet to withstand the pressures of family. Not only does this pressure refer to the begging or the temptations, but the fact that an environment outside the monastery creates and fosters attachments (instead of reducing them). Thus to cut off their attachment and longing to be in a home environment, and to remove the preconditioning of their families and the secular world, new monks are not allowed back home for up to 10 years.

 

The Importance of the Guru

So it would be an understatement to say that this training is taken pretty seriously in the Tibetan tradition 😉 Rinpoche gave the example of Tilopa who did not address Naropa by name for 12 years to remove the ‘I’ and all traces of the ego in his mindstream. For 12 years, Tilopa trained Naropa in the Six Paramitas and the Lamrim without Naropa’s knowledge, to ensure he was ready to be initiated into Vajrayogini’s mandala. When the initiation finally took place, Naropa’s practice progressed very swiftly and by leaps and bounds.

Using Naropa’s experience under Tilopa as an example, Rinpoche said it is much easier to train under a Guru to remove the aspects of the self-cherishing mind from our mindstream, than to practise Vajrayogini AND train in the Lamrim at the same time. Hence our Guru and Guru devotion is extremely important both before and after we have received initiation, so important in fact that clean samaya with our teacher is one of the four prerequisites for Vajrayogini’s practice.

 

You Can Take a Horse to the Water…

If you were to ask me, of the four prerequisites, clean samaya is the most fundamental prerequisite of all. If we understand the importance of samaya, and if we have Guru devotion, everything else automatically falls into place. We will understand the importance of maintaining our tsok commitments, we will always recite the prayer request three times a day and we will value our yidams because it was a blessing to receive it from our teacher.

At the end of the day, the Lama will make every effort to ensure we are ready to receive the initiation, but it is up to us to grasp the opportunity and to work with him (or her!) to make sure we are ready, just as Naropa worked with Tilopa. What is the benefit of surrendering to the training, just as Naropa did with Tilopa? For us, the benefit is Enlightenment; for the Guru, absolutely nothing. On a personal basis, our Guru gains nothing out of our ascension to Dakpo Kachö, so he certainly is not training us to score brownie points with Vajrayogini herself.

So do we want Vajrayogini and happiness bad enough or do we want to come back as a turtle in our next life that has missed the spinning yoke? Really, truly, honestly, the choice is entirely up to us.

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  1. Vivian Ong on Nov 20, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for sharing this article. It is very clearly explained and with given examples. The most important note here is that we must have clean samaya and guru devotion with our Guru. Then next comes the non-attachment to people and things. By reciting her Vajrayogini’s mantra, she will bring practitioners to her paradise. From this article, we can see for ourselves how powerful Vajrayogini is to us if we really do her practices well.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  2. Carmen Koo on Jul 23, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Dear Pastor Jean Ai,

    Thank you for this concise, easy to read and spot-on write up on how we can get closer to Vajrayogini’s practice.

    Being within Rinpoche’s mandala, we are all so fortunate, because everything Rinpoche does and teaches, is to gear us up to receive one of the highest tantric practice – Vajrayogini’s. Everything in Kechara is Vajrayogini. Starting from the name of our organisation, Kechara, it is the name of Vajrayogini’s paradise. Our logo, the bam, is also associated with Vajrayogini. We are able to have a 5ft statue of her in our gompa, to make offerings, and have imprints due to Rinpoche’s kindness. Bless, we even have a Vajrayogini Stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat, our portal to Vajrayogini’s paradise. Everything, is so that we are connected to Vajrayogini’s supreme form, in body, speech and mind.

    We are truly lucky to have met Rinpoche in this life, and receive authentic, pure teachings from Rinpoche. To abandon our excess baggage, in the form of attachments, ego, greed, desire, jealousy, anger, hatred, sounds easy, but we so often slip back to how we were, and rather be in the comforts of not having to rid these because it is so much harder than to work towards eliminating them from ourselves. But eventually, we are the only ones who will benefit and gain from it all, so why not?

  3. Sock Wan on Jul 21, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for sharing with us the teachings on Vajrayogini. It is a very concise on how powerful Vajrayogini practice is and how to prepare ourselves to receive her practice.

    Rinpoche always emphasise to us the importance of Guru Devotion, according to the 50 Stanzas of Guru Devotion, all attainments come from the Guru. A qualified guru wants nothing from us except for our positive mind transformation, becoming happier and lighter. When we truly believe our Guru wants only the best for us, we will follow what he says. Again, what our guru wants us to do, is not for him but for us to develop the qualities we need to have to become happy, to receive higher Tantra practice so we can be liberated from sufferings. Therefore, to develop a strong Guru Devotion, we must not think negatively of our guru, always remind ourselves whatever our guru does, how he treats us (in our perception good or bad) is so that we can transform and develop the qualities we need to gain enlightenment.

    The best gift Rinpoche wants to give the students, is Vajrayogini practice, it is up to us if we want to receive it. Learn to let go of the attachments, develop strong Guru Devotion and be prepared to receive this powerful tantra practice.

  4. William Chua on Jul 18, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    We are really lucky to be Tsem Rinpoche’s student because according to Pabongkha Rinpoche, in his vision where Vajrayogini appeared before him, that anyone who receives Vajrayogini’s practice within the four generations from Pabongkha RInpoche will be able to ascend to her paradise within seven lifetimes.

    Pabongkha Rinpoche –> Trijang Rinpoche –> Zong Rinpoche –> Tsem Rinpoche.

    As Tsem Rinpoche’s student, we are the fourth generation. Therefore, if we receive Vajrayogini’s practice from Tsem Rinpoche, then we will be able to get to Dakpo Kacho in seven lifetimes as compared to 14 lifetimes. We have to grab this opportunity. The reasons to practice is as stated above, so it is up to us whether we want it or not. Like what Pastor Jean Ai said, you are now near the water, whether to drink it, it is up to us.

  5. Karen on Jul 18, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for this post. As always, you always write in a manner that everyone could understand easily, no matter you’re newbie or senior in Dharma. This is very “Rinpoche”, Tsem Rinpoche always use various examples or metaphor to assist us in learning and absorbing the teachings.

    Like what you’ve mentioned above, Rinpoche has been training us to meet the requirements of being a Tantric practitioner, knowingly or unknowingly, through assignments, jokes, advices, teachings, scolding, and etc. We students must understand everything the guru does is premeditated, every words guru says is also premeditated. Sometimes a simple task given to us as assignment, outwardly it may look simple, however there may be few layers of meaning and considerations that guru compassionately design for us to succeed in our spiritual path.

    Rinpoche said before the best gift He could give the students is Vajrayogini practice, the 2nd best gift would be Dorje Shugden practice which all of us are having it now. Having to be a VY practitioner in this lifetime is like getting a guarantee ticket for our future rebirths, and our Guru is so kind and compassionate to provide us every means and opportunities to reach this goal.

  6. Wylfred Ng on Jul 18, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    谢谢邝仁爱讲法师的分享。

    仁波切多次在不同的场合说过他最想要给他的弟子的法门就是金刚瑜伽母法门。

    在这个末法时期, 金刚瑜伽母法门可以给我们迅速的成就。 她的心咒是众咒之王, 如果得到她的法门灌顶, 就算只是单纯念诵她的心咒也可以得到成就, 来世可以在非常年轻的年纪就可以遇到修金刚瑜伽母法门的上师, 继续修持, 直至往生金刚瑜伽母克切拉净土。

    在这个忙碌的年代, 金刚瑜伽母的法相比起其他密续本尊,如大威德金刚更加容易观想, 即使我们不太善于观想都可以观想她的法相。

    当然在我们帕绷喀大师的传承中更是特别。金刚瑜伽母亲口向帕绷喀大师承诺, 在帕绷喀大师以下的四代传承如果得到金刚瑜伽母的法门的话最迟只需要七世就可投身往克切拉天堂。

    要得到如此殊胜的法门最首要的条件就是要有非常强的上师依止心。 在密续中, 如果对上师没有足够的信心是不会有成就的。

    谢谢

  7. jerry_sito on Jul 18, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    谢谢讲法师你让我们有机会温习仁波切的教诲,

    尊贵的第廿五世詹杜固仁波切,有着纯正的金刚瑜伽母传承,而他最想给予我们弟子的殊胜与珍贵的就是金刚瑜伽母的教法,传承与灌顶,然而师父总是非常善巧地用十分现代化却完全不失佛法的传承的方式,一步步地为我们做好接受金刚瑜伽母的修持法门。

    常有人说,尊贵的詹杜固仁波切,总是不轻易地给予我们灌顶,于是有一部分的弟子与信徒就觉得是时候离开这里了,然而仁波切的用心却是我们最值得思考的,殊胜的金刚瑜伽母修持法,是能够带给我们强大的成就,然而在我们还没有做好准备之前就冒冒然地接受了她的灌顶,对我们反而不利,因为就如文章中提到其中一些例子,不能缺席的荟供仪式,然而多少现代人忙绿在生活,或总是善忘,总是轻易就放弃或者觉得偶尔不出席应该不会有太大的影响,结果就破裂了接受灌顶时一并接受的密续戒律,那么就造下了非常不好的业果,结果没有帮到我们,反之大大地害了我们,所以尊贵的詹杜固仁波切,现在总是教导我们要遵守我们的“承诺”,这简单的教诲,又有多少人愿意完全地实行,然而这是为了训练我们的心,能够控制我们自己的起伏的思绪与外在的阻力,好让我们接受灌顶后,更容易掌握与守护我们的戒律,许多人从一开始就觉得仁波切给予“承诺”的教诲是如此枯燥无味,然而却不明白仁波切背后是在为我们铺路,同样的“三昧耶戒”是藏传佛教中非常重要的戒律,然而多少人在这一关就败下了,试问仁波切有怎能把密续的戒律传授给我们呢?然而慈悲的仁波切并没有放弃我们,从旁地在训练我们,比如教导我们必须完成每天简短的宗喀巴大师仪轨,必须尊重与互相包容,必须拿起责任与学会承担等等,这都是让我们接受灌顶时,已经能够适应所有的戒律了。

    谢谢
    Jerry Sito

  8. Sharon Ong on Jun 8, 2016 at 1:58 am

    This is such a concise and easy-to-digest post that offers great insight into Vajrayogini’s precious practice. Must admit that with knowing more about this Tantric Buddha has increased my faith in Her up a notch. I particularly like the part about this Tantric practice where just by reciting her holy mantra, even the dullest practitioner, who cannot remember details or visualisations, can still achieve the minor siddhis and ascend to her paradise within seven lifetimes. I guess there is still hope for people like me! 🙂

    Thank you for this good read, Pastor Jean Ai.

  9. Wan Wai Meng on May 30, 2016 at 10:19 am

    The practice of Vajrayogini is really suited to the beings of this degenerate age, with mantra recitation being one of the core factor to gain results in comparison to other forms of Tantras, whereby very complicated visualisations are employed to gain optimal results. So Vajrayogini is really optimally suited for beings of this time with so much desires and are so ‘lazy’. When we are initiated into the practice we need to have strong samaya with the teacher otherwise we will not derive any benefits or get anywhere closer towards enlightenment in fact the opposite could happen. Just as the teacher is the one that lessens our ego and self-cherishing, if our samaya is weak and unstable we could end up enhancing our own ego instead of cutting it whilst practicing Vajrayogini.

  10. Stella Cheang on Jan 25, 2016 at 10:06 am

    It is my superb good fortune to be introduced to Vajrayogini in this lifetime, thanks to His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche. I had come to understand that the benefits of Vajrayogini practice is vast and most suited to serious practitioners in this degenerated age. It is the degenerated age because there is so much distraction, hence not easy to practice dharma. People are filled with delusion, anger, desire and jealousy. Vajrayogini practice is renown for the ability to cut through desire like hot knife cutting through butter.

    The main benefits of Vajrayogini practice:
    – Ascend to paradise – anyone who receives Vajrayogini’s practice within four generations of Pabongka Rinpoche will be able to enter her paradise Dakpo Kachö within seven lifetimes. After these four generations, it reverts to the normal 14 lifetimes.
    – Finding dharma in next life – in our next life, no matter how remote or distant the land is, a Vajrayogini practitioner will find their way back to her practice at a young age. Which essentially means a good rebirth in human form, thus avoiding the 3 lower realms.

    There are a few prerequisite before we were given initiation to Vajrayogini practice:
    – Unbending faith in Vajrayogini as a deity and yidam, in her practice, meditations and rituals.
    – Never miss tsok commitments.
    – Have clean samaya with your Guru. Never disturb your Guru’s mind by being sneaky, and refrain from destructive actions like lying and cheating.
    – Recite a short prayer three times per day, which is a request for us to enter her paradise.
    – And also need to train in cutting off all attachments to our family, friends, relationships, etc.

    Thank You Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for this detailed teachings to prepare ourselves for Vajrayogini practice. It may not be this lifetime, but if we start today and do it step-by-step, eventually, I am sure we will get there.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  11. Li Kheng on Jan 13, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for the concise and extremely precious sharing on Vajrayogini and taught by Rinpoche. It is very kind of you to convey such a vital and significant in an easy to understand way.

    Bite size dharma that is easy to digest and apply 🙂

    I relate to what you say about having no room for access baggage. Freedom from attachment give our mind the calm and quiet to be able to be in the present to learn thoroughly and productively.

    I also appreciate Rinpoche’s kindness very much for training us all these years so that we can nurture and develop our ability to fulfill the prerequisites to receive Vajrayogini and practice her successfully.

    Kudos Pastor Jean Ai, young but knowledgeable!

  12. Paul Yap on Jan 3, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    We have the great fortune to hear and see Vajrayogini images and statues in Malaysia, under the kindness of H.E. The 25th Tsem Rinpoche, and now we can hear the teaching and some of the practise, that is a great opportunity for all of us. By studying and understating more dharma, we are able to help ourself more. Vajrayogini has a very attractive outlook, most people will fall in love with her on first sight or will get interested in her practice. In this degenerated era, where materialism previals, her practice is the most suitable and fastest way to gain attainment. I hope all of us will have the opportunity to do her practice.

  13. Alice Tay on Jan 1, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    感谢Pastor Jean Ai这篇有关金刚瑜伽母持修法的博文,让我们有心理准备和打好基础以备将来可以接受此密续持修法。

    根据仁波切,金刚瑜伽母持修法必须具备四个条件如下:
    1. 拥有坚定的信念于金刚瑜伽母
    这包括视她为我们的主尊、她的持修法和禅定。如果坚定的信念于她,我们是可以达到一定的成就和踏入她的天堂,Dakpo Kacho。
    仁波切也有说过相比其他的密续持修法如大威得金刚,金刚瑜伽母持修法是最完整和简单尤其在观想的部分。她的心咒是非常有力量的。而我们只需要持诵她的心咒,我们就可以被引导去她的天堂,Dakpo Kacho。

    2. 保持清净的三味耶
    不要干扰上师的思绪比如说谎或欺骗上师。时常持诵上师五十颂。

    3. 承诺
    承诺要办的事情一定要做到。这包括无论是生病了或是出国,也要实现誓言。

    4. 持诵经文一天三次
    持续与不间断的每天念诵与祈请金刚瑜伽母让我们可以去到她的天堂。

    除了以上的四项,持修金刚瑜伽母的最终目的是可以帮助我们达到空性,远离一切世俗的执着如名、利、地位与财富。因为当死亡的时候,这一切是带不走的。所以我们要开始实践放下执着。

    博文里也提到持修金刚瑜伽母法门的好处极多,包括我们不会受邪灵的干扰、远离降头或巫术,不会转世在下三道或是就算可以转世为人身也不会投生到没有佛法的地方等等。

    最后的提醒是,选择权永远都是在我们的手中,要不要继续走上证悟之道,全是取于自我们。

  14. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Dec 31, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Dear Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai,

    Thank you for sharing the important advice and beneficial information to prepare ourselves for Vajrayogini practice and initiation. During our current degenerate age, it is easier for us to be attracted by inner and outer worldly factors that can pull us into deeper samsara that fills with greed, attachment, anger, delusions and other negativities. Imagine that we are standing on the verge of falling into the lower realms at the point of death, our current commitment to our kind Guru and consistent Dharma practice with pure motivation is the only hope that can survive us to the next lifetime with the opportunity to meet up with Buddhadharma and same lineage again. May all of us have the merits to receive Vajrayogini initiation, continue to work hard for the growth of Dharma and spread the Dharma teachings to all people around us, especially for those who are yet to hear or receive any Dharma teachings.

    With folded hands,
    kin hoe

  15. Shelly tai on Dec 30, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for explaining to us about Vajrayogini practice, it is really very true our guru is very compassion that train us to be able to receive higher practice the choice is on us whether or not we want to excel or not. May all Kecharian will have the merits to receive Vajrayogini practice in the near future.

  16. Soon Huat on Dec 29, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Thank You Pastor Jean Ai for sharing such valuable and helpful information with us to guide us further on the path to Vajrayogini practice and initialization. To be honest, I have set it to my goal for this life. I was struggling between Sukhāvatī and Kechara paradise but I decided to follow whatever my Guru said which is easy for me. I am doing Guru Yoga daily and slowly to complete all the prerequisite praying along the way. Hope one day will get initiation from Guru in this life time.

  17. Pee Bee Chong on Dec 28, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Dear Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai,

    Thank you for sharing the precious teaching of Vajrayogini Practice.

    We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to learn the Precious Vajrayogini practices. However, we need to do our parts, practice the four prerequisite of Varayogini practice, i.e. have unwavering faith in Vajrayogini as a deity and yidam; to never miss tsok commitments; to recite a short prayer three times per day; and most importantly, to have clean samaya with our Guru. We need to cut off our attachment, surrender for training and make every effort to ensure we are ready to receive the initiation.

    Thank you with folded hands

    Pee Bee Chong

  18. graceleong on Dec 26, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for penning down and sharing the teaching you had with Rinpoche on Vajrayogini. Vajrayogini practice is certainly very precious and potent for those who have set their goals on attaining Enlightment. Meeting the Dharma is difficult, meeting the Guru is difficult, meeting the Tsongkhapa lineage is difficult, meeting the Vajrayogini lineage is even tougher. Here before us we have all the above elements ! How rare and precious ! Plus all the instructions and environment and conditions are before us – all made available by our kind Guru. All we have to do is to embrace it wholeheartedly and follow through steadfastly and not succumb to our obstacles.
    May many in Kechara have the merits to receive the teachings and initiation of Vajrayogini . With folded hands.

  19. Chris Chong on Dec 25, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for sharing this post. It is very informative and yet simple for me to understand. This post really made Vajrayogini’s tantra shine and show us how important for us get her initiation within this life time. Her tantra is the most suitable for us to practice in this degenerated age because its concise and potent at the same time. On the other hand, being Tsem Rinpoche’s student is within the four generation that is included in Vajrayogini’s promise to Pabongka Rinpoche.

    However, we need to work really hard to be ready for her initiation.

    Chris

  20. KB Thapa on Dec 25, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Respect and love to Pastor Jean Ai for creating the beautiful article , and context with guidance and a tremendously positive role models for these young and old people to blossom. May we all revive the practice of Vajrayogini one day and follow her rest of our life..

  21. Sarah on Dec 25, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Dear Pastor Jean Ai,
    Thank you for sharing the four prerequisites of Vajrayogini’s practice. I think they are very important for one to have results in one’s practice. I also feel that, in general, before we can receive initiation for higher tantric practices, it is necessary to complete the preliminary practices as well as transform our minds.

  22. Loh Ann Leong on Dec 25, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Thank you to Pastor Elena KHJ for sharing the brief and concise preparatory note regards to Buddha Vajrayogini and her bliss Kechara paradise. The 4 prerequisites of Vajrayogini practices required discipline, commitments and most importantly clean samaya with Guru.

    Rejoice to those students whom H.H. Tsem Rinpoche _/|\_ preparing them to become Tantric practitioners over the years and may all of them achieved the qualities will ascend to Vajrayogini paradise in this very lifetime.

    Thank you.

  23. heng meng kiat on Dec 25, 2015 at 12:52 am

    Due to Rinpoche Kindness, all his students have chance to hear about Vajrayogini, some students fortunate enough to practice Vajrayogini practice

    I’m fortunate enough to follow Rinpoche to Pilgrimage trip in Nepal about 6 years ago. Rinpoche was very kind to bring us to few Vajrayogini holy temple. Rinpoche tirelessly explaining benefit of practicing Vajrayogini, until now I still have fond memory, Rinpoche mention if we practice sincerely and correctly, we can gain enlightenment within 7 life time, Vajrayogini practice also can cut down our attachment, ego very effective if we practice correctly. Majority of us still not qualified to practice, in order to have faith to practice, we need to finish our preliminary practice at least.

    Rinpoche aim is to guide us to her path, hopefully many people can practice under Rinpoche Guidance

    Much Love
    Meng Kiat

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  • Alice Tay
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 10:01 PM
    This is really great news for having SFS campaign to help the stray dogs. Other than to urge and educate the public to treat the stray dogs with compassionately, SFS campaign encourages for all quarters to work together to spay or neuter stray animals which is an effective method to control the amount of stray dogs. Indirectly, this may reduce the suffering of stray dogs from being abused or die because of starvation.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/stray-free-selangor.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 10:00 PM
    Good news finally Selangor becaome the first state free from stray dogs. With the support of the royalties and the Selangor Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) organised the campaign to make
    the state free of stray dogs and create the awareness of compassionate love towards stray animals.They are working work towards a radical change,thats a worderful news.
    Well ,do hope more states will follow Selangor to replace the inhumane way of dealing with stray animals too.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful news.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/stray-free-selangor.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 05:29 PM
    These iconographically correct Buddha images set in precious gemstones are one of its kind and unique in every sense of the word. And the designs are versatile to suit any apparels and occasions, redefining the Buddhist sense of fashion in a big way. Thank you, Rinpoche and Louise for this sharing. I hope the pendants will bring protections to the wearer and connections to the Buddha to those who admire it by sight.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/timeless-and-sacred.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 03:29 PM
    Very inspiring true story of a monk…Master Xuyun after going through many hardships and illness to pursue what he wanted to be. What he did was amazing travelling in harsh conditions to so many places just to preach chinese buddhism from one country to another. Master Xuyun has spent his entired life devoted to the Dharma,During the war many monasteries and holy sites was destroyed but somehow Master Xuyun managed to restore once again.Because of him ,those monasteries and holy sites were till today. He was a household name at that time and have inspired many modern spiritual seeker to strive along the path towards enlightenment.
    Thank you Pastor Adeline Woon for such an interesting and inspiring article.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/empty-cloud.html#tabs-7
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 11:47 AM
    It is ironic that Dalai Lama would have given a remarks to discourage country such as Germany to accept refugees and that refugees should return to homeland and to build the country. I think this is really a callous statement to be mentioned. Dalai Lama being the Tibetan Buddhist leader should portray compassion and extending help to those in need. All these refugees are running away for their life because their own country is not safe to stay anymore. Just like what Tibetan has encountered in the late 1950s.

    This kind of contrary statement is also very obvious in the Dorje Shugden ban. Dorje Shugden have been practised by many high lamas since 400 years ago and also by Dalai Lama’s Guru but it is ban by Tibetan leadership.

    Dalai Lama is a high lama and is believed to be the emanation of Chenrezig. Although his statements were contrary sometimes but I believe he would have the reason that we may not understand yet. Hopefully all the issues would be resolve in peace.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/dalai-lama-says-too-many-refugees-in-europe.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 12:34 AM
    Wonderful good news to learn about this first of its kind progressive campaign to help the stray animals in Malaysia by the Sultan and Permaisuri of Selangor. While stray animals can be a nuisance to the public at large but bear in mind, the strays do not have a choice, and we have a role to play. Neutering strays is a humane and compassionate ways of resolving the program of stray animals in the long run because it largely reduces the numbers of strays on the streets. Neutering and proving proper shelters to strays can prevent thousands of animals from being born, only to suffer and struggle to survive on the streets, be abused by cruel or neglectful people, or be euthanized inhumanely. I have read somewhere that says spaying and neutering makes a big difference: Just one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce an incredible 370,000 kittens!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/stray-free-selangor.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 12:15 AM
    Humans and animals, as well as other sentient beings within the six realms of samsara, are subjected to the law of cyclic of existence. Karma or generally known as the law of cause and effect will determine where we take our next rebirth. It is extremely rare for sentient beings to take the form of a human body and in perfect condition. Hence we must not let this precious lifetime go to waste by indulging in silly actions and harmful ways. If we are born in the animals realms or lower, there is close to zero way for us to collect merits and get out of that realm.

    From the stories above, I find the story about Dalawong most unusual because he seemed to be able to determine the destination of his next rebirth after he was being killed as a snake. After he had taken rebirth in human form, he continued to remember the incident in his past life. Amazing!

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing these researches with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/do-animals-reincarnate-back-as-humans.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 09:42 PM
    If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 03:50 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article about tsa tsa. Didn’t know there are many steps and holy materials used in making a tsa tsa. In addition, the maker of tsa tsa would need to do prayer in the morning depending of what tsa tsa they are making on the day, for example, the maker will do Dorje Shugden practise before making Dorje Shugden tsa tsa.

    Only by knowing the process, we will appreciate the items more. Tsa tsa is a precious item.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/tsa-tsas-are-nice.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 09:28 AM
    Dalawong: A Child Recalls a Past Life as a Cobra in Thailand

    This case was actually researched by the late Francis Story, a British citizen who was fascinated with Buddhism and spent many years in Asia. He was also very interested in the topic of reincarnation and assisted Dr. Stevenson in investigating a number of very important reincarnation cases in Burma and Sri Lanka. Francis interviewed the subject of this case, a Thai boy named Dalowong, along with his father, mother and sister. He also had access to a pamphlet that was previously published regarding the case, which was also summarized in an article in the Bangkok Times.

    Dalawong actually claimed two past animal incarnations. He recalled a past lifetime as a deer, which he said was killed by a hunter. Subsequently, he stated he was reincarnated as a snake, more specifically, as a cobra.

    As the snake, Dalawong remembered that he was in a cave when two dogs entered and attacked him. A ferocious struggle ensued between the cobra and the dogs. The owner of the dogs then entered the cave and killed the snake. Apparently, the snake was able to bite the human invader on the shoulder, prior to succumbing to death.

    The human took the cobra’s body back home, where the snake was cooked for a meal. This man shared the snake meat with an acquaintance, who would become Dalawong’s father in the near future. The man who killed the cobra had the name Mr. Hiew.

    Read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/do-animals-reincarnate-back-as-humans.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 08:40 PM
    谢谢Paul Yap 为我们介绍马来西亚彭亨州文东必定参观的地方之一~克切拉禅修林。就如照片显示,克切拉禅修林的确是一个环境清幽、山明水秀以及令人有宁静舒适的感觉。

    如果有机会到马来西亚游玩,千万不要错过由Paul Yap介绍克切拉禅修林里的几个优美与神圣的地方,包括:
    1. 金泽”财王”
    2. 金刚瑜伽母佛塔
    3. 绿度母石雕像
    4. 药师佛山
    5. 梦幻文殊菩萨
    6. 詹仁波切的货柜屋
    7. 文殊山
    8. 智慧堂(释迦摩尼佛像和多杰雄登像)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 08:09 PM
    The sculpture of Kuan Yin in Macau is simple but elegant. Most importantly, this big Kuan Yin in Macau is built to bring peace, harmony and prosperity to the people.

    I remember Rinpoche mentioned before a big Buddha statue will have positive impact on the environment and plant the Buddha’s seeds in all sentient beings that not only humans but also including animals and many others. Therefore, the bigger Buddha statue the more beneficial to all sentient beings where they can see and be blessed by this big Buddha statue from far.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/kuan-yin-of-macau-city.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 03:29 PM
    Krishnan’s effort and hard work in contributing to the society is very inspiring. He is willing to let go of his high paying job to Switzerland and staying back in India to operate a soup kitchen for homeless. On top of that he is willing to accept the hardship of financial restraint every month in maintaining his service for the people living in the street. I hope his good work will bring more awareness and sponsors for him especially when CNN showed the video of his work and awarded him with top 10 CNN heroes.

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

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

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

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


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


    Very interesting read: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2157904-supernormal-abilities-developed-through-meditation-dr-dean-radin-discusses/?sidebar=morein

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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
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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
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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
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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
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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
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
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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
2 weeks ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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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
2 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
2 months ago
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
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Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
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Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
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Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
3 months ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
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Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
4 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
4 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
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Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
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Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
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My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
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Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
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  • March 28, 2017 09:11
    Lia asked: If the ushnisha is actually supposed to be a bump, then do we change the visualization of the top knot and replace it with a bump covered in hair or do we keep the ushnisha as the thangkas show?
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  • March 27, 2017 04:19
    Dongho asked: I have been reading on the tunes of certain sects and would like to ask on this. From what I've read, there are certain tunes to each sect and school of certain chants. Exactly where can I find the sheet music for these percussion and horns with the chants, such as to the one for invoking Kache Marpo or Dorje Shugden? Would it be possible to use school instruments for this?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your question, it is good to see you back and asking more questions. Yes you are right, there are differences in the tunes and chants between the lineages. The differences can vary significantly between the traditions, for example the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism is known for its extremely deep throat singing which is very powerful and is characterised by a low, booming voice, in contrast to the other traditions. Even within a particular tradition, there can be slight variations as to the manner in which the chants and tunes are performed. For example those monasteries are which are affiliated with Gyume will have one way of throat singing, where those affiliated with Gyuto will have another. As far as I am aware there is no professional sheet music for the rituals, most probably because the music is actually an integral part of the ritual itself. Therefore the music, tunes, and chants are all taught at the same time the ritual and prayers are. The tunes, and use of the instruments all have specific meanings, because they are considered to be offerings to the deities in the form of sound. The monasteries would not have copies of sheet music either, because sheet music is western practice. The use of ritual music within Tibetan Buddhism is more of one based on memory. In the Kechara organisation, the puja team was trained in such ritual instruments at the same time they learnt the particular ritual from monks from the monastery, such as the puja of Dorje Shugden. From what I saw of the training, the musical tunes, and use of instruments was not written down but taught experientially at the same time as the chanting. I have not come across any other instruments being used in pujas apart from the traditional ritual instruments, because even the instruments themselves have a specific meaning. That is not say that school instruments cannot be used. This is because, as long as the offering is sincere, the Buddhas and enlightened deities will accept it, and in turn you will generate great amounts of merit. Offerings should be made to the best of our ability, therefore if you do not have access to the ritual instruments, or do not know how to play them, but you know how to play other instruments, and use these instruments as offerings to the Buddhas during pujas, the amount of merit you generate will be the same. This is because you are sincere with your offering. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 26, 2017 02:14
    Kunga asked: Does the Gelug have Begtse a protector? If so, could you please provide a sadhana for him here?
    pastor answered: Dear Kunga, Yes the Dharma protector Begtse exists within the Gelug tradition. He is also known as Chamsing. Begtse’s practice stems from India and was introduced to Tibet and therefore Tibetan Buddhism by the translator Nyen Lotsawa. Marpa Lotsawa also practiced Begtse, and so the practice exists in the Kagyu traditions. This practice was eventually transmitted to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first of the five patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, who were the founding fathers of that tradition. Over time the practice of Begtse was incorporated into the Gelug tradition, founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, and was notably practiced by the 1st and 2nd Dalai Lamas. Over time the practice gained popularity within the lineage, especially when it spread to Mongolia. There the practice became an important one within the lineage as upheld there. Begtse is also affectionately known as the Dharma protector of Mongolia, because his practice is so popular there. If I am not mistaken, there is an oracle of Begtse in Mongolia as well. There is a mistaken account that the practice originated around the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama, with the subjugation of a Mongolian war god, but Begtse was definitely practiced before that time in the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya traditions. While the practice of Begtse is very effective, I have not come across the practice of Begtse in my personal practice, therefore I do not have access to the Begtse sadhana to provide to you. Instead Begtse is propitiated in prayers that incorporate many other Dharma protectors, and Begtse is also considered one of the nine protectors of the Hayagriva (Tamdrin) cycle of tantric teachings. Therefore Begtse is included in the Dharma protector sections of the Hayagriva tantras. Surrounding Begtse are his sister, Sing Ma, and his main minister, Le Khan Mar Po. His inner retinue comprises of eight butchers who wield copper swords in their right hands and skull-cups full of blood in their left hands. They are portrayed as naked and are very ugly. His outer retinue comprises a further twenty-one butchers, who hold copper swords in their right hands, and this time, the entrails of butchered enemies. They wear the skins humans and oxen as clothes, with ornaments made from human bone. While this may seem violent, Begtse is actually a very powerful and beneficial protector, who helps practitioners clear their obstacles and create conducive conditions for their spiritual evolution. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 24, 2017 20:12
    Azair asked: Venerable Rinpoche, I am doing a study in Kalachakra Tantra and I've heard from most of the lama's too that if you practice the Kalachakra Tantra, you'll be able to take control of your next rebirth. Ofcourse, it has been said that we will get our rebirth according to our Karma and desires but whether those dreams will get fulfilled will depend upon the actions that we take in this life. Thus, practicing the Kalachakra(till the end) after initiation will give you the opportunity to take rebirth anywhere you desire regardless of your Karma. My question is that, is there some truth in this statement.? Does this statement hold true for other tantra practices, such as Vajrayogini Tantra, Ghuyasamaja Tantra, Heruka Tantra, etc. I would really really like to know. Thankyou in anticipation, regards, Azair
    pastor answered: Dear Azair, Thank you for your question. Yes there is truth to this statement, both from a scriptural perspective and also by example, as the great masters have shown us. This is a unique feature of all Anuttarayoga Tantras or Highest Yoga Tantras, which Kalachakra, Vajrayogini, Guhyasama and Heruka are all examples of. This category of tantric practice can actually lead a practitioner to full enlightenment in this very lifetime. Even if enlightenment is not reached, very high levels of attainment can be reached nonetheless. This includes the ability to take control over your next rebirth. This is primarily engaged in so that the practitioner is born in an environment where they can eventually pick up their practice and further their spiritual path to enlightenment, or in order to be born in a place where they can benefit sentient beings the most, as part of the spiritual journey over many lifetimes. One of the reasons such an ability is very necessary on the spiritual path, is that usual death and rebirth occurs at the mercy of ones karma, specifically what is known as the ‘throwing karma’ or the karma that dictates what sort of rebirth a person is going to take. This opens up at the time of ordinary death, which most people have no control over. During the death process, many of our disturbing emotions will arise. Whichever of these is the strongest at the point of death triggers open a latent karmic potential, which becomes the ‘throwing karma’ and dictates where we are going to take rebirth and if that life will generally be full of suffering or not. Within Anuttarayoga Tantra, one of the key points of practice is to prepare for one’s death. This is done by simulating the dying process during one’s meditations, so that one becomes familiar with it. At the most pivotal part of this process, one practices achieving either the rainbow body or great bliss (in the case of the father tantras); or clear light (in the case of mother tantras). The tantras themselves are not defined in terms of the gender of the central deity, but by the method used to gain enlightenment. This is either the rainbow body/great bliss (classified as male, therefore labelled ‘father’) or clear light (classified as female, therefore labelled ‘mother’). Non-dual tantras such as the Kalachakra tantra can employ either of the two methods, a mixture of both, or alternate methods. In the case of superior practitioners, due to the power of their practice, they can achieve either of these two methods in their current body. Since they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, and a particular method of practice, they can also achieve enlightenment during their physical death. The great Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have achieved enlightenment at the moment of physical death, using the second of these. For other practitioners, they may not be able to achieve this either in their meditations while they are alive, or during the death process. However because they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, they remain in complete concentration at the time of death, not allowing any disturbing emotions to arise. Due to this level of concentration, meditation and awareness during the dying process, they are able to control where they next take rebirth. This is evident in the tantric scriptures themselves, and the life stories of many masters, who can state exactly where, when and to whom they will take their next rebirth, as they are in full control of the dying and rebirth process. There is a type of meditation called ‘thukdam’ which has been translated into ‘death meditation’. This is a final meditation some masters choose to engage in. During this meditation, the master themselves consciously begin the physical dying process themselves, engage in the meditation of dissolving the winds into the heart centre and remain in the most pivotal part of the death process, the mind of clear light of death. During this point they engage in meditations, either the methods of the father or mother tantras as mentioned previously, and or consciously choose where they are to next take rebirth. They can remain in this death meditation for long periods of time, days at an end, in which their consciousness has not yet left their body, although for all intents and purposes they are dead according to medical science, e.g. they have no heartbeat. At the end of their meditation, a drop of blood will be emitted from their nostril, and their head will slump over a little. Masters who engage in this meditation usually sit in full meditation posture, and their body remain supple and soft even though they have passed away from a medical point of view. I hope this brief explanation helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2017 23:01
    Brad asked: What is the significance of offering the Seven precious emblems of royalty to the Buddhas and enlightened Dharma Protectors? What are we symbolically offering up?
    pastor answered: Dear Brad, Thank you for your question. The ‘saptaratna’ or seven precious emblems represent on the one hand the ultimate state of temporal power, and on the other hand the ultimate spiritual attainments that we can achieve. By offering these to the Buddhas, we are actually creating the causes to achieve what they represent. Therefore it is good to know the meaning of each, so we can understand what we are creating the causes for by offering them up: Please see below for an explanation of the seven royal emblems: 1. The Precious Wheel: a thousand spoked wheel, representing the universal power of the Buddhas, as well as the teachings of the thousand Buddhas of our aeon. It is represented by the Dharmachakra, symbolising the ‘turning of the wheel’ or teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, especially that of our own mind, thoughts, delusions and afflictions. 2. The Precious Jewel: an eight sided wish-granting gem, which fulfils all the needs of a universal emperor. This jewel has eight special qualities: it illuminates the night sky for hundreds of leagues; it is cooling when the temperature is hot and warming when the temperature is cold; it makes manifest whatever the holder wants; when thirsty it causes a fresh-water spring to appear; it has the ability to control the nagas, and other supernatural beings, as well as preventing natural disasters such as storms, floods, etc.; it gives off multi-coloured lighted which heals the various mental and emotional afflictions; it cures all illnesses; and it ensures that one dies a natural death, not an untimely one. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, or perfect discrimination, so one knows what to abandon and what to keep in the mindstream during the spiritual journey to enlightenment. 3. The Precious Queen: the most beautiful and virtuous of all women. She is described as a goddess who is the epitome of someone: with devotion; without jealousy; who is the embodiment of fertility; who works for the welfare of all beings; who possess feminine wisdom; speaks the truth; not attract to sensual pleasures or material possessions; and does not have false views. She is adored by all. She also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect effort. This is necessary to keep meditating until one gains spiritual attainments. 4. The Precious Minister: who has sharp intelligence, patience, and the ability to give wise counsel to the emperor. He is so attuned to the emperor that even before the emperor has spoken, the minister is already carrying out his command. He only wishes to support the Dharma, help sentient beings, and is an excellent strategist. He also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect joy. This is also akin to the attainment of the first bodhisattva level, because you have come to an understanding of your own mind, which is like pouring ice-cold water into boiling water. The water stops boiling, as does the thoughts, projections, and delusions in the mind. He represents the path of the bodhisattva. 5. The Precious Elephant: who has the strength of a thousand normal elephants. He is white, with the perfect features that an elephant could have. He is majestic, graceful, and gentle, but in battle is fearsome, fearless and unyielding. He communicates with the emperor through a telepathic link. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect adaptability. This is important, as one needs to be able to adapt to the various mental afflictions as they arise, and suitably counter them. 6. The Precious Horse: who has all the marks of a celestial horse. Known as wind-horse, he is able to travel extremely fast, and can circumambulate the entire universe three time in just a single day. He is never fearful or startled, never makes a sound when galloping, and has extremely soft hairs on his body. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is single-pointed concentration. This is important because without this form of concentration, once cannot engage in the analytical meditations that lead to an understanding of emptiness, and therefore enlightenment. 7. The Precious General: who has mastered the arts of war and always wins in battle. He wears battle armour and holds many different weapons. He tries to avoid battle, but when necessary fights, and never gives up until he has won. He is fearless, and courageous in carrying out the emperors commands and ensures the emperors army carries out their duties. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect equanimity. This is because he overcomes all warfare, which is akin to the battle between things were are attached to and things we have an aversion for in our minds. In short, what you are offering up is the highest of all temporal treasures and abilities, as well as the entire path of the Dharma. Doing so creates the causes for you to receive all of this on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School students and parents made a day trip to Kechara forest Retreat during school holidays. What a good way to spend a weekend. Stella, KSDS
Kechara Sunday Dharma School students, Kayene and her brother Karlson made a day trip to visit Kechara Forest Retreat with their parents. Stella, KSDS
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School students, Kayene and her brother Karlson made a day trip to visit Kechara Forest Retreat with their parents. Stella, KSDS
Lovely visitors in Kechara Forest Retreat, Wisdom Hall
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Lovely visitors in Kechara Forest Retreat, Wisdom Hall
Prostration is a practice to show reverence to the Three Jewels. Let the children have this practice at their young age, Alice Tay, KSDS
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Prostration is a practice to show reverence to the Three Jewels. Let the children have this practice at their young age, Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Stella together with WOAH Camp young participants to check the broken egg. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Teacher Stella together with WOAH Camp young participants to check the broken egg. Alice Tay, KSDS
Great to see Dian and Wen Xin tried to do breath meditation slowly. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Great to see Dian and Wen Xin tried to do breath meditation slowly. Alice Tay, KSDS
Happy faces of Teacher Irene together with KSDS's youngest age group. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Happy faces of Teacher Irene together with KSDS's youngest age group. Alice Tay, KSDS
Most of the KSDS students like drawing and discuss about their drawing. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Most of the KSDS students like drawing and discuss about their drawing. Alice Tay, KSDS
The yearly gotong royong event on Malaysia Day. Great day to contribute back to the society. Lin Mun KSDS
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The yearly gotong royong event on Malaysia Day. Great day to contribute back to the society. Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS students, parents and teachers participated in food packaging for Kechara Soup Kitchen. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS students, parents and teachers participated in food packaging for Kechara Soup Kitchen. Lin Mun KSDS
The team is setting up the tent and games for the Halloween party. Lin Mun KSDS
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The team is setting up the tent and games for the Halloween party. Lin Mun KSDS
Students of SRJK (C) enjoyed themselves so much during Halloween 2016. Lin Mun KSDS
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Students of SRJK (C) enjoyed themselves so much during Halloween 2016. Lin Mun KSDS
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