Heroic Red Tara (Suryagupta Lineage)

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In the language of ancient India (Sanskrit), Tara literally means ‘Savioress’. She is a female Buddha with a particularly long history of being worshipped by many great Indian and Tibetan masters.

The practice of Tara originally descended from ancient India during the time of the great Indian Buddhist institutions. In the monasteries and temples of Bodhgaya, Nalanda, Varanasi (Sarnath Park) and numerous other sites of Northern India, one can find numerous images of Tara still surviving. Within Tibet itself, Tara in all her manifestations is found virtually in every major shrine and monastery. Many of these ancient images have shown many miraculous signs in the past to many great masters. These bear testament to the popularity of the worship of Tara.

Within Hinduism, Tara is also worshipped in her wrathful form as one of the ten Mahavidyas of the goddess Durga. It is likely that the Hindu Mahavidya Tara was historically derived from the Buddhist Tara but Hindus incorporated her wrathful manifestation into the Hindu pantheon.

The earliest known image of Tara can be found today on the walls of Cave 6 within the rock-cut Buddhist monastic complex of the Ellora Caves in Maharashtra (7th century CE). According to archaeology, the worship of Tara was established during the early period of the Pala Empire in Northeastern India (8th century CE).

The wall relief carving of Tara in the Ellora Caves dates to the 7th Century. This is the earliest known image of Tara.

 

Praise to the Twenty-One Taras

The twenty-one Taras according to Lama Atisha's tradition where all 21 Taras are visualized as the same Tara but in different colors and with slight variations of facial expressions, gestures, attributes and specialities. Click on the image to enlarge.

Scripturally, the earliest text on Tara is the ancient Praise to the Twenty-One Taras which is included within the Kangyur (the collection of the spoken words of the Buddha). Therefore, it is evident that this praise was originally spoken by Buddha Shakyamuni himself and was later recorded down by one of his disciples from memory. Each of the twenty-one Taras that the Buddha specifically named within the praise actually corresponds to a particular emanation of Tara. Each of these emanations possesses a different aspect of the same female Buddha Tara.

Even the color of each Tara represents the type of activity that the particular Tara embodies. Green Tara represents swift activity and the embodiment of all the other activities, White Tara represents pacification of diseases and longevity, Yellow Tara represents increase and abundance in inner and outer wealth, Red Tara represents the activity of control and power while Blue or Black Tara represents wrathful activity.

Within Tibet, two Indian traditions of the Twenty-One Taras have been disseminated. One tradition stems from the great master Dipamkara Srijnana Atisha who travelled to Tibet to teach. Another was from an older lineage stemming from the Mahasiddha Suryagupta.

The twenty-one Taras according to the Suryagupta lineage. In this lineage, each of the twenty-one Taras manifests in different forms with different numbers of faces, arms, and widely differing gestures and attributes. Click the image to enlarge.

Both traditions are valid and have their own authentic lineage lamas, sadhanas, corresponding mantras and also completely different iconography for each of the twenty-one Taras. The Suryagupta lineage of twenty-one Taras is older and, generally, has more complicated iconography based on the visions of the Mahasiddha Suryagupta.

The entire practice of Atisha’s twenty-one Taras is traditionally bestowed in a single initiation.  On the other hand, Suryagupta’s twenty-one Taras are bestowed an initiation for each of the deities not including the main form of Green Tara. Hence, there are twenty-two initiations included in the Suryagupta lineage of the twenty-one Taras.

 

The Tara-siddha Suryagupta

Very little is known of the Tara-siddha Suryagupta who is also known by the name of Ravigupta. This siddha received the practice of the twenty-one Taras directly from Tara herself. He is called the Tara-siddha because his main practice was Tara and he gained his attainments through Tara.

Suryagupta was born in Kashmir and was reputed to have built up to twelve Dharma centers between Kashmir and Magadha (India). His first guru was the famous master Nagamitra. He was said to have practiced Tara for the last seven lifetimes prior to that lifetime.

According to the Tibetan scholar-translator Taranatha, Suryagupta lived during the time of Chandrakirti, Chandragomin, Shantideva, Acharya Dharmapala (better known as the Mahasiddha Virupa) and so forth.  According to one source, Suryagupta’s connection with Tara began at a famous temple in Kashmir. The image of Tara at this temple was famous during that time for being endowed with miraculous powers. Lepers who came from all over to worship at this shrine were said to have been cured of their ailments. At that time, the Acharya Suryagupta was a great scholar steeped in the knowledge of the five sciences. He was particularly noted to be an adept in Tantra as well. He caught leprosy and so, he traveled to the temple and built a meditational hut to the West of that shrine propitiating Tara.

After three months of intense practice, Tara appeared to him and asked, “What is your wish?” And the Acharya requested to be healed of leprosy. Tara granted his request but left him with a small sore on his forehead.  The Acharya realized this and asked, “What was the reason for not curing the sore on my forehead?”

Tara replied, “You were once a hunter in a previous life, you killed many animals and you even set fire to a forest as well. Consequently, you had to take rebirth in hell for 500 rebirths and this is your last rebirth. That sore is the last vestige of the karma of killing.” After that Tara bestowed an initiation on the Acharya and gave him a sadhana, which was accompanied by some verses of praise. Tara proclaimed, “Whomever practices this sadhana, I shall grant siddhis (spiritual attainments).”   

 

The Heroic Red Tara

Pravira Tara (Tibetan: Rab tu dpa’ ba’i Sgrol ma) or the Heroic Tara is the first of the twenty-one Taras featured in the Suryagupta lineage. Therefore, this Tara corresponds to the first verse of the Praise to the Twenty-One Taras, which is called ‘Praising Tara according to Her History’.

Homage to Tara, The Swift One, The Heroine,
Whose eyes are like a flash of lightning,
Who arose from the opening of a lotus,
Born from the tears of the Protector of the Three Worlds.

The first verse pays homage to Tara for her qualities of swiftness as she is sometimes called the activities of all the Buddhas. It is said that if one takes heartfelt refuge in Tara, one does not need a Dharma Protector as Tara’s blessings and protection are swift enough to eliminate outer and inner obstacles.

She is praised as a heroine, which means that she has ‘conquered’ herself, which is an epithet for a fully awakened Buddha.

She has the sight of a Buddha, which means that she is able to see into the past, present and future simultaneously.  In seeing, she comes swiftly to one’s aid ‘like a flash of lightning’. The later part of the verse refers to a legend that Tara was born from a lotus that grew from the tears of the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Avalokiteshvara, who is also known as the Protector of the Three Worlds – form, formless and desire. The tri-cosmic realms here refer to different plains of existence that the Buddha had described in his teachings.

According to legend, the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara once contemplated the sufferings of beings in the lower realms and attempted to use his powers to remove them from suffering. However, he soon realized that as soon as suffering beings were removed, more beings took rebirth to replace those that were removed. It was apparent that there were no fewer suffering beings than when he first started.

The great Bodhisattva soon realized the futility of rescuing beings in this manner and wept great tears of sorrow. A beautiful lotus bloomed from the tears of the Bodhisattva and within the lotus stood Tara. She comforted the Bodhisattva and vowed to assist Avalokiteshvara in benefitting sentient beings. Thus, the first verse calls to mind this creation story of Tara and this verse also corresponds to the Heroic Tara.

Those who are engaging in the sadhana or practice of the 8-armed Red Tara will be able to turn back the power of others. This Tara is red in color which corresponds with the activity of control. In the case of this specific red Tara, one gains the ability to deflect the negative influence of harmful individuals with authority or influence. This practice can generate the merits to successfully negotiate worldly dealings in the legal and business fields, or in the administration of a secular organization. This Tara can also be propitiated to help one subjugate difficult individuals who pose obstacles to our practice or our work to spread the Dharma.

 

Iconography of the Heroic Tara

We visualize Heroic Red Tara and the details of her iconography during our practice to plant powerful blessings of Tara in our mind stream. Her iconography can be slightly complicated for some people and therefore, having a statue, a thangka or a drawing would be helpful to aid in one’s visualization. Below are general explanations of the meaning of her gestures (mudras) and the implements that she carries. Her eight arms carry the following implements:

Vajra and Bell in the Mudra of Joy – The vajra represents method or compassion and the bell represents the realization of Emptiness. It is explained that one would not be able to identify where the sound of the bell comes from and where it goes. This is often used as an analogy for the Emptiness of inherent existence. Tara carries both implements crossed above her head in what is known as the joy of Dharma. Joy is described in the text as a quality of a Bodhisattva’s perseverance in benefiting sentient beings.

Bow and Arrow – The bow held in the left wisdom hand and the arrow held with the right hand of method or compassion combines to ‘project’ skillful means. Thus, they collectively represent Tara’s skillful means or her ability to use our situation to liberate us and bring swift attainments.

Dharma Wheel – The Dharma wheel represents the Buddha’s teachings and also the spiritual authority of a chakravartin or a universal monarch. Thus, Tara wielding the Dharma wheel signifies her dominion over all beings.

Conch Shell – The conch shell was used as a horn trumpet in ancient times to proclaim the Dharma throughout the land where the conch shell is blown. This signifies the spread of the Dharma, the subjugation of ignorance and the victory of Buddha’s teachings.

Wisdom Sword – The wisdom sword is a blade of wisdom that signifies the ability of Tara to cut through our negative karma, obstacles and ignorance.

Vajra Noose – The vajra noose represents the binding of all harmful beings and obstacles that harm our spiritual practice. On an inner level, the noose represents the ensnaring of the ego and the binding of Tara’s higher wisdom.

 

The Sadhana of the Heroic Red Tara  

The following is the sadhana of Heroic Red Tara according to the lineage of Suryagupta. At the beginning of each section is a commentary, which is not to be recited but to be read prior to engaging in the practice. The commentary includes explanations of the section as well as a guide to any visualizations that need to be done. 

 

REFUGE

[Buddhist refuge is the spiritual reliance upon the Three Jewels as a foundation for higher teachings and practices. The Three Jewels consist of the Buddha, Dharma (the teachings) and Sangha (the spiritual assembly). The Guru is included because the Guru is the inspiration for our faith in the Buddha, the channel through which we receive instructions and teachings in the Dharma that transforms our lives, and the gateway to an entire spiritual community of monastics and lay practitioners who continue to bless us with inspiration. So, when we recite the refuge formula, we invoke the blessings of the Three Jewels to empower our practice.]

 

Taking 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)

[We visualize Lama Tsongkhapa and our Guru as one while reciting the Guru Yoga and Migtsema. This taps into the merits and blessings of the lineage so that our practice of Red Tara becomes successful.]

 

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.

 

SELF-GENERATION AS HEROIC RED TARA

[If one has received the initiation of Red Tara, the description below is the visualization of ourselves as the deity Red Tara. How this is done is that we visualize that our perspective has altered to that of the seed syllable OM in the heart of Red Tara, looking out. In other words, we have become one with the seed syllable OM and we imagine looking out from the syllable.

If one does not have the initiation, we visualize Red Tara as an external deity. We can read the description to engage in the visualization and extend the visualization during the mantra recitation. The reason for the generation as Red Tara is to get closer to Tara and gain her attainments and eventually become one with her.]

 

From the sphere of Emptiness on a yellow lotus and moon seat appears a red OM syllable. OM completely transforms into me as Venerable Heroic Red Tara. My body is red in color with one face and four pairs of arms. My first two hands hold a vajra and a bell and are joined at my crown to proclaim the Dharma in the mudra of great joy.  The second pair holds an arrow and a bow.  The third pair holds a wheel and a conch. The fourth pair holds a wisdom sword and a noose. I have a peaceful expression and sit in the vajra posture. I am clothed in silken garments and adorned by precious ornaments, with a halo of moonlight behind my body. A white OM marks my crown, a red AH my throat and a blue HUM my heart.

 

Praise

Homage to you, the Swift One, the Heroine,
Whose eyes are like an instant flash of lightning,
Who arose from the open corolla
Of the lotus face of the Lord of the Three Worlds.

 

Reciting the Mantra

At my heart is a moon disc marked by the syllable OM, with the mantra circling clockwise around the circumference of the disc.

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA TRE DATU VASHAM KURU SOHA
(Recite 21x, 108x or as much as possible)

 

DEDICATION

[The recitation of the dedication verses is to seal the merits accrued while engaging in Red Tara’s practice so that the results of virtuous deeds do not get destroyed by a moment of anger. The merits accumulated are necessary for understanding the Dharma, transforming the mind and gaining spiritual attainments.]

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
Three 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. Fong on Jun 25, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche for this posting. I always find the 21 forms of Tara a bit confusing. Sometimes, I see Taras with 2 arms and sometimes more. Guess, that means that I have to read and learn up more about Tara.

    But, I like Tara because I feel that I need not wish to be male or be like a male to practice and achieve something. She is a Buddha, an enlightened female Buddha.

    This article definitely has helped in my knowledge of Red Tara. But, I guess I have yet to find out more about the other forms of Tara as there is not very much out there in the internet about the other forms. The more common forms of White Tara and Green Tara are more accessible in the internet. as suggested in the article, there are more than 1 Red Tara.

    But, thank you for the information that this is a practice that can be done without initiation though the visualisation for those with initiation is generate the deity, Heroic Red Tara as a Yidam.

    Thank you again for the beautiful images of the Heroic Red Tara.

  2. gary foo on Jun 16, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    There’s something about this Tara thats made me very atracted tothis form and to start reciting her mantras and create thatnrelationship with her in addition to the daily sadhana 🙂 thank you Rinpoche for introducing this form to us and allowing us to tap into Taras blessings.

  3. heng meng kiat on Feb 13, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Tara manifest in many form ( 21 forms) to serve 1 purpose which is to liberate us from samsara
    Heroic Red Tara is one kind of Tara , if we do her practice we can gains the ability to deflect the negative influence of harmful individuals with authority or influence.
    for those dealing with difficult person during Dharma activity or in Business negotiating is very powerful if we propitiate Red Tara practice
    thanks Rinpoche and team kindness for sharing this informative resource on Red Tara

  4. Alice Tay on Jan 14, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    感谢仁波切在此分享有关二十一度母之一,红度母。

    每位度母不同的颜色都是她们特定的象征与化身来救度众生。例如绿度母可以迅速帮助我们消除烦恼痛苦,达成心愿。持修白度母可以帮助我们健康长寿。而这位红度母象征着权威与力量。

    根据Suryagupta的传承有记载有关红度母的持修法。而当时这位高成就者,Suryagupta,就是持修度母的法门,而达到至高的成就。

    在Suryagupta努力与积极的持修度母法门,他如愿的可以看见度母和他的麻风病也因此被度母医治好。但度母告诉Suryagupta,他的额头上的疮不能被消除。因为此疮是来自于Suryagupta前几世所造下的杀业所致的。

    因此,我们可以理解到不管我们持修任何法门,要达到一定的成就并不是不可能。而这只在乎于我们的坚信、坚持、耐力,还有必须要相信与了解因果。

  5. Paul Yap on Jan 7, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Tara is widely practiced among the Buddhist and Hindus. This shows her popularity among the devotees, perhaps she has answered the prayers and has grant swift assistance whenever needed.

    I found this 8 arm Heroic Red Tara very fascinating and attractive. The implements hold in her hands shows that she has various methods to bring people to dharma and give assistance, perhaps this is one of the reasons she can act like a protector as well. She also promised whoever practice her sadhana, she will grant them siddhis.

  6. Pastor Shin on Jan 7, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Tara is one of the most popular deities in the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon. Tara was often associated with the two historical wives of the first Buddhist king of Tibet, Songtsen Gampo. His wife from imperial China, Princess Wencheng was said to be an incarnation of White Tara, while the king’s Nepalese wife, Princess Bhrikuti was an incarnation of Green Tara.

    What was posted in this article regarding Suryagupta’s meeting with Tara reminded me of the two mentions in “The All-Pervading Melodious Drumbeat: The Life of Ra Lotsawa”. First was the same story of Suryagupta mentioned in this text (Suryagupta is also known as Ravigupta) and the other one of Chandragomin.

    When Ra Lotsawa was visiting Vajrasana (the seat of Buddha @ Bodhgaya), northeast of the sacred site was a deity shrine of the goddess Tara in five forms, the first of which faces east. Behind the shrine to the west was the thatched hut built by Ravigupta (Suryagupta). When Ravigupta was practising there, something marvelous happened: the face of Tara and the shrine face turned west and spoke to him.

    In the southwest was the so-called Shrine of Lokesvara, and inside was an image of Avalokiteshvara at the centre of the nine-deity retinue. This was the image that had actually spoken to Chandragomin and taught him the Dharma. There was also the blessed image renowned as Tara the Unadorned. The story goes that there was an old woman who had a beautiful daughter. She had no money for her daughter’s wedding, so she went to beg around until eventually she reached Nalanda. When she heard about the famous scholar Chandrakirti, she went to beg from him. Chandrakirti told her he was a simple monk and did not have much, he suggested that she try Chadragomin, who lived nearby. As Chandragomin only had the clothes he was wearing, Chandragomin prayed to the painting of Tara on the wall. Tara came to life and took off her own adornments and jewels, gave to Chandragomin, who then joyfully handed them to the old woman.

    Ra Lotsawa himself also have experience of Tara appearing to him. One day when Ra lotsawa was travelling to Kyosang, Langlap Jangchup Dorje who was a Vajrakilaya master caused a lighting shower of nailing daggers to strike the very spot where he was walking, killing many of his attendants. Ra Lotsawa performed the defensive rite of expulsion but he failed to suppress the attacks. As he thought about hwhat to do next, Tara appeared in emerald-coloured brilliance and adored with precious ornaments, she told Ra Lotsawa that extremely fierce paranormal attacks cannot be suppressed by expulsion rites alone, but to use meditative absorption that is devoid of inherent existence, combined with the secret expulsion. She also spoke about 8 additional oral instructions/teachings that are required that have not been translated in Tibet, and for Ra Lotsawa to go to Nepal and translate them into Tibetan.

    Thank you for sharing the practice of Heroic Red Tara with the world. May many come under Mother Tara’s protection and blessing.

  7. Sharon Ong on Jan 6, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for this interesting read about Red Tara who I see as a divine superheroine and I love her ability to help subjugate difficult individuals who pose obstacles to our practice or our work to spread the Dharma. I particularly like her iconography where her womanly form carries implements that represent her ability to powerfully bind and subjugate our negatives.

  8. Uncle Eddie on Jan 6, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Our Heroic Red Tara, which literary means “savioress” in ancient India, has a long story of being worshipped by many great Indian and Tibetan Masters. According to Archaeology, worshipping of Tara was established in the early period of the Pala empire in northern India in the 8th century. As shown in this article, the earliest known image of Tara was found on the walls of “rock-cut” Buddhist Monastic complex of the Ellora caves in Maharashtra in the 7th century. Red Tara has received verses of praises for her good qualities and swiftness in her work well done. She is also been praised as a Herione, meaning she has “conquered” herself, and posseses the sight of a Buddha, where she is able to see into the past, present and future simultaneously. Last but not least, the later part of the verse refers to that, Tara was born from a Lotus that grew from the tears of the bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokiteshvara, who is also known as the protector of the three worlds – form,formless and desire. Our Heroine Red Tara, being red in colour, corresponds with the activity of control, gains ability to deflect the negative influence of harmful individuals, with authority or control! Our Heroic Red Tara can also be propitiated to help one to subjugate difficult individuals who post obstacles to our practices or our work to spread the Dharma. She has her own perfect qualities to use to draw us into Dharma for the benefit of furthering Dharma in serving others. How intersting, informative and inspiring! Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing. Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha.

  9. Pastor Henry Ooi on Jan 6, 2016 at 12:07 am

    This article is provides very good information on Red Tara including nice images. The more popular are Green Tara and White Tara, and now this article enhances the popularity of Red Tara. Thank you, Rinpoche.

  10. Sarah Yap on Jan 4, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    An incredibly interesting article.

    I must say, I’m not particularly attracted to the Buddha Tara, though I know she is magnificent, but the Tara from Suryagupta’s lineage is fascinating and I find her particularly beautiful.

    I do wonder however why the change in the iconography. Perhaps it is difficult for practitioners to visualize 21 Tara in 21 entirely different forms which has led Lama Atisha to compassionately renew the 21 Tara practice we have commonly today? Not sure if this is the real reason but it sure is interesting.

    Also, I wonder if there are any difference when it comes to practicing Red Tara from Lama Atisha’s lineage, and practicing Red Tara from Mahasiddha Suryagupta’s lineage? I know all Buddhas are one, but the formation of these 2 different lineages must be born from a slightly different purposes which leads to some differences. Of course ultimately both practices can lead us to Enlightenment.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    • Pastor David Lai on Jan 5, 2016 at 4:50 pm

      Dear Sarah,
      You have very interesting questions. The difference in iconography is probably reflected in the practitioners of that lineage. Perhaps, the more complicated iconography of the older Suryagupta lineage reflected the affinity, karma, merits and abilities of the older practitioners of that time. The simpler iconography once again reflects those of the new generation of practitioners.

      Red Tara is a very generic term and could mean any of the few Red Taras in the 21 Taras of the Suryagupta lineage and also a few in the Atisha’s lineage. This particular Red Tara has a name and she is the Heroic Red Tara and has a particular purpose. Not all Red Taras have the same function as her and I am sure there is a Red Tara in the Atisha’s lineage with the same function but even if they do not have the same purpose, they should still come under the activity of magnetizing or control.

  11. Joy on Jan 3, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    Ok ok Rinpoche knows I am pretty biased when it comes to Tara… anything associated with her, I love it! hehe. So thank you Rinpoche and wonderful blog team/writers/researchers for putting up this write up on Tara in general, her story and adding the Heroic Red Tara teachings and practice for all. Now whenever we need to teach or explain something about Tara, we can come here. This blog is truly like a Dharma resource centre. I did not know adding her sadhana/praise and mantra was that amazingly simple!

    I guess the reason why I love Tara is because of Rinpoche who introduced me to her and how Rinpoche explained to me she was just exactly like “Mother Mary” and yes up till today I do believe that she probably is, manifesting in different forms in different time for different minds. Why not?

    Besides that I love Tara because she gives women hope and strength because in many society women are often looked upon as the lesser, weaker and inferior gender even up till today, women are still trying to stand up be heard and have equal standing in social and economic grounds. So a Buddha in female form is definitely uplifting and sort of got me liking Vajrayana Buddhism. It sounded (in my small silly mind) to me like the “FAIREST” religion where there is “equality” 🙂

    It is amazing how the Buddhas are so compassionate to manifest in so many different forms, focusing on different issues and aspect of our problems to help us out of samsara. For instance this amazing 8-arm Red Tara has the ability to deflect the negative influence of harmful individuals with authority or influence. Wow! Many people with such problems will be able to do her simple practice, rely on her with faith and not only solve their problems but be connected to the Dharma eventually. How skillful the Buddhas are.

    I saw/read something really beautiful on FB which I thought explains about Tara, or any Buddhas actually, very appropriately well by Tenzin Palmo:

    “Sacred art, an image of Tara, for example, is not just something that we admire on a wall, or even something we think of outside of ourselves. All these manifestations are really just the reflection of our ultimate nature.”

    And there she sits with a painting of Mother Mary what a coincidence?

    I suppose all pure enlightened divine energy are from the same source. Their outer appearance shows us what we can achieve if we practice well, and what we need to do and work on harder in order to be one with our yidam.

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  12. Chris Chong on Jan 3, 2016 at 2:00 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this amazing post on the history and practice of the rare Heroic Red Tara.

    From this post I have learnt

    1. The practice of worshipping Buddha Tara had existed even in the ancient indian buddhist institute time. She was so popular back then where many major monasteries and shrines have her image and she was even worshipped in Hinduism.

    2. There are 2 lineage of Tara practices, Suryagupta lineage and Atisha’s lineage. Both of them are valid and Suryagupta’s lineage is actually older and more complicated in iconography.

    3. Heroic Red Tara practice mainly is to gains the ability to deflect the negative influence of harmful individuals with authority or influence.

    Chris

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  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Feb 20. 2017 09:17 PM
    Appreciate Robert for his generousity and kindness in giving the USD 5K to Rinpoche so he can settled all his loan and buy ticket to India to pursue his promise to be a monk. And he gave Rinpoche money without any condition but with sincere hope that Rinpoche can achieve his promise to be a monk.

    Rinpoche also showed to us that if we have good intention and determination in dharma we can achieve our goal. For example, Rinpoche do 100 prostration daily to Zong Rinpoche’s photo in order to create a cause for him to learn from Zong Rinpoche.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the inspiring story so we do not give up and continue learning and practising dharma .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/robert-stone.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 20. 2017 03:35 PM
    Geshe Thupten Lama is one of the great scholars and masters who has upheld the lineage of Lord Buddha’s liberating teachings ., Geshe Thupten Lama would not abandon the practice of Dorje Shugden was brand an evil Chinese spy,and enemy, His life was threatened ,was forced to seek political asylum in America.He was one brave masters to write 3 letters asking Dalai Lama to lift the ban on Dorje Shugden.He has worked tirelessly for the Tibetan government in exile.Many practitioners has suffered due to the ban .It has caused disharmony within the Tibetan communities throughout the world.May H.H Dalai Lama please lift the ban on Dorje shugden to restore peace and harmony.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-supreme-path-to-the-trikaya.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Monday, Feb 20. 2017 02:34 PM
    How to Rely upon Dorje Shugden

    Relying on a Dharma Protector or Dharmapala is an essential and beneficial practice within Vajrayana Buddhism. As a result of living in the Kaliyuga (degenerate) age, where negative karma is immense and distractions from the spiritual path are abundant, treading the path to Enlightenment can be an arduous and obstacle-ridden road.

    Read more here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/blog/how-to-rely-upon-dorje-shugden
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Monday, Feb 20. 2017 02:31 PM
    There’s a topic most people find a little awkward to talk about, and that’s sponsorship in the Dharma. People find it awkward because they think money is not a very spiritual thing to discuss. Yet it is an unavoidable subject because it’s a simple fact of life in samsara – monasteries and Dharma institutions would never be able to survive without the kindness of sponsors, and if they did not have the funds.

    Read this powerful piece by Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai (Ani Lobsang Pema): http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/how-tibetan-leadership-treats-a-sponsor-jindak.html
  • Joy Kam
    Monday, Feb 20. 2017 02:00 PM
    The Meaning Behind Dorje Shugden’s Form
    Like the Buddha, Dorje Shugden’s body manifested from his great attainments. Hence, every part of his form has deep spiritual significance. Dorje Shugden’s entire body represents the complete path of the Lamrim or the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, and meditating upon it with correct understanding will generate great merits and spiritual attainments. This is a brief explanation of Dorje Shugden’s form: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/overview/the-meaning-behind-dorje-shugdens-form
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    Shimmering Vajrayogini from Ms. Wahyu
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    Monday, Feb 20. 2017 10:29 AM
    Do you know what they did to this old erudite master Geshe Thupten Lama after serving them for years? Read here and be prepared to be shocked: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=119404
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    Monday, Feb 20. 2017 10:28 AM
    This educated, kind hearted and very determined young lady often went out to protest for a free Tibet in London as well as raise funds for the Tibetan communities in India. She really wanted to help the Tibetans. Guess what happened to her? See here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=119699
  • Jason
    Monday, Feb 20. 2017 02:46 AM
    Before this, I really doubt on reincarnation but after I watched the video above, it make me believe on reincarnation stuff which is happen to many high Lama. Reincarnation can’t totally explain by scientists but it reallly exists in this world.
    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this and it open up my view on reincarnation topic.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/reincarnation-true-or-false.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 09:10 PM
    At this day and age, it is indeed surprising for leaders of faith to apply a heavy-handed technique to oppress nonbeliever or the deviant. It is hard to accept because we have been educated by the history of painful examples where discrimination and persecution were usually man-made because of intolerance, lack of acceptance and ignorance. I wish the Baha’i faith grow and shine, and may harmony and love pervades the community.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/sanctuary-for-a-persecuted-faith.html
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    Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing with us here online the very rare and holy image of Pabongka Rinpoche in Tantric dress. He is the lineage master of Tibetan Buddhism that His Holiness Dalai Lama is teaching today. I am very fortunate to be able to meet with Tsem Rinpoche whose teaching traced back to Pabongka Rinpoche unbroken. May more people realize the weight of unbroken lineage in Buddhism and hence see the importance of Guru Devotion, which is the cornerstone of pure lineage in many ways.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-pabongka-rinpoche-in-tantric-dress.html
  • Stella Cheang
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    Thank you, Rinpoche for the interesting article. We get to learn more about preventing snakes the natural way. It ‘s nice to know that we can rely on plants to repel snakes, and some of these plants are suitable to be planted in Malaysia. Garlic paste sounds not trying to make and a natural way to repel snakes. I wonder if it works to keep lizards away too?

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/how-to-prevent-snakes-in-your-backyard.html
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    This is a very nice sharing by Cindy Dinh. Rejoice to your keen interest in Buddhism in spite of being at an age where spirituality is not a common topic of interest. Please continue to explore the many teachings and topics here on the blog. And thank you, Cindy for writing to show your appreciation. It is a great testimony to the good work by Rinpoche and the team and will be a motivation for the rest of us too.

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  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 08:07 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche for this advice, which gives depth to what it means by living with parents versus living on our own. The key takeaway is taking responsibility for our own life hence making our own destiny. Camping in our comfort zone for too long will not fuel us to do better or be stronger and more independent. At the end of the day, our attitude determines our actions, and our actions determine our success. Go for it, everyone! You never try, you never know. ��

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/living-at-home-the-real-reasons.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 08:03 PM
    This is a very beatiful Buddha Manjushri painting. Rejoice for Wylfred and team for taking effort to making this painting and offered it to Rinpoche.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/look-what-the-postman-brought.html

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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
3 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
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Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
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It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
5 months ago
Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
5 months ago
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
5 months ago
High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
5 months ago
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
5 months ago
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
 ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
                         This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
5 months ago
This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
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Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
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Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
5 months ago
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
5 months ago
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
Left to right:

His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
5 months ago
Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
 It\'s nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
5 months ago
It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
5 months ago
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
Don\'t wait for the perfect group. Don\'t wait for the perfect person. Don\'t wait for the perfect situation. Don\'t expect yourself to be perfect. Don\'t even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It\'s between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Don't wait for the perfect group. Don't wait for the perfect person. Don't wait for the perfect situation. Don't expect yourself to be perfect. Don't even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It's between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
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