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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  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Thursday, Mar 23. 2017 08:33 AM
    “Somehow, Rinpoche knew I did not believe in Buddhism and so he used a skillful way to give me a teaching. He said that even though I can’t see the Buddha, that does not mean that the Buddha does not exist. This is just like electricity; we can’t see electricity but when we see the lights are turned on, it proves electricity does exist. Similarly, when we see the growing Sangha community and the temples, it proves the existence of Buddha, because without electricity, there would be no light and without the Buddha, there would be no Sangha. After listening to that sound logic, I was still stuck on the need for more proof that the Buddha existed. But it made me think deeper because what Rinpoche said made a lot of sense.” – Pastor Albert Rachaga

    From a Free Thinker to a Buddhist, http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=118312
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Mar 22. 2017 08:22 PM
    We definitely would love to read more stories like this. It is so heart warming to know that people do not care if it is an animal or human but extend their assistance to save the horse. What makes me surprise was the guy who was captured by Officer Frank Pomodoro came to help the horse too.

    It is true that everyone has a Bodhi mind and compassion. We just need to practise and express it.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/we-need-more-stories-like-this.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Mar 21. 2017 11:41 PM
    马来西亚被公认为一个非常独特的国家。它是一个拥有多元种族、宗教和文化的国家。截至2016年7月,马来西亚共有大约31億人口,而其中印裔只占少数的6.7%,相等于约200万人。虽然如此,马来西亚各族人民依然可以和睦相处。从这篇博文,我们可以看到印度文化对马来西亚其他种族文化存有一定的影响,尤其是语文和美食方面。此外,马来西亚可称为一个民主国家,因此这里来自不同种族和宗教信仰的人民都可以各自举办庆典活动。

    感谢仁波切分享这篇有趣的博文。

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/malaysia/indians-in-malaysia-chinese.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Mar 21. 2017 09:53 PM
    This is a very good and sincere sharing, Pastor Albert. It is so true that all the organisation will not accept a person who did mistake but Kechara is an organisation that will do the otherwise by retaining those who did wrong and do whatever they can to help and transform this person. So compassionate. This also means that everyone in Kechara team has the same motivation and that is to serve for the benefit of others although they may need to deal with uneasy people in the team and various challenges.

    Appreciate Pastor for your time and dharma sharing to all of us so we can learn and change.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/from-a-free-thinker-to-a-buddhist.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Mar 21. 2017 04:33 PM
    Very funny…. A good laugh heals a lot of hurts. Funny jokes made us smiles and laughter can make your days sparkle with happiness.
    Funny Japanese Doctor really so funny but do made sense really.
    Thank you Rinpoche…i have a good laugh after reading and did learned some knowledge from the facts.To live good ,with good foods and do good in whatever where.They dedicate themselves to what gives their life meaning and purpose.
    Thanks again.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/this-is-so-funny.html
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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Mar 21. 2017 02:47 PM
    Rejoice to Pastor Albert….you have chosen your choice to join the many Pastors at Kechara as a Pastor.I am happy for you following the spiritual path of our Precious Guru.Thank you for sharing your sincere thoughts of the journey joining kechara.Wonderful journey from a free thinker to a Buddhist to serve and benefits others along your spiritual path. Rinpoche ‘s teaching have indeed changed many lives to be a better person.Mind transformation ,compassion caring kindeness,helpfullness and generosity through Rinpoche action or work , we learn from there one of those teachings.May Pastor, you will continue serving the good work and teachings of Rinpoche to more and more people then.
    Thanks again Pastor Albert.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/from-a-free-thinker-to-a-buddhist.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Mar 21. 2017 12:29 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche, for a good laugh! Indeed. Joke aside, the key of what happens to us is our karma, even what we eat and do have some impact. More importantly, it is what we do with our life and how we make an impact on others that counts at the end of the day. Looking like sleeping beauty with our organs in prime conditions at our dying bed will not gain us an open ticket to a good rebirth. ��

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/this-is-so-funny.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Mar 21. 2017 12:21 PM
    When I read this blog, it hits me hard that whatever Rinpoche described here is a mirror for me and everyone. We all have the problem of not doing our part in some point in time one way or another. Hence, it is very important for us to take Rinpoche’s advice personally to do our part to the best of our ability. It is important to always remember that we should not burden others with the work we did not do, like how Rinpoche teaches us. It is also important to support our Dharma friends in ways that can improve him/her; there is a saying “Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man To Fish, and You Feed Him for a Lifetime”. May I have the strength and tenacity to develop the qualities described by Rinpoche. Thank you, Rinpoche for this teaching.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/no-more-excuses-please.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Mar 21. 2017 11:55 AM
    In my mind, people who have no merits to know H.E. Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Jampa Yeshe in person must be feeling very lucky to be able to learn about this great master from Rinpoche’s blog. Kensur Rinpoche was appointed in 1984 as the Abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery. His whole life was about spreading dharma, doing good work to preserve Buddha Dharma and helping others tirelessly, even until the end of his journey of this lifetime. We must always remember Kensur Rinpoche’s good qualities and be inspired to serve others and benefits just like he had done.

    It is also our good fortune to learn of the untold good gesture of Tsem Rinpoche for offering his Ladrang to Kensur Rinpoche. This is an excellent example of pure Guru Devotion. Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing these rare and precious photos with us on the blog. May Kensur Rinpoche take rebirth to continue his good work so that more people can benefit from Buddha Dharma from pure lineage.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/h-e-kensur-rinpoche-jetsun-jampa-yeshe-1928-2011.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Mar 21. 2017 11:28 AM
    Thank you, Pastor Albert, for the sincere sharing for your amazing journey with Kechara and the inspiration to serve others because of Rinpoche’s teaching. Rejoice to you for the renunciation on material gains and given up on attachment to worldly desires. Rinpoche’s teaching is the fountain of Buddhism nectar that quenches our thirst for all secular needs and a huge force of motivation for us to work for the benefits of others. May Rinpoche’s teaching reach and benefit more people through your good work.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/from-a-free-thinker-to-a-buddhist.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Mar 20. 2017 09:53 PM
    It is a fantastic news that EU authorities have taken legal steps to curb the misused of social media. In this day and age, social media is a very powerful tool to reach out to many people but it can also be a very damaging tool if abuse the usage. We see so many scams, cyber bullying, sending wrong messsage, rumours and etc with so many negative intentions.

    Hope this law will be implemented and everyone will be protected against unnecessary attack and scams. A fine if 50m Euro is definitely a stern message to social media companies to take action.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/victory-over-online-hate.html
  • Alice Tay
    Monday, Mar 20. 2017 09:43 PM
    This is great to see the scientists’ researches, one of them is NUS has proved Vajrayana meditation techniques can lead us to enhancements in cognitive performance. Buddha’s teachings since 2,500 years ago taught us not to abandon any part of Buddha’s teachings but to respect all the traditions. We should believe that Buddha will not teach anything does not benefit to the sentient beings. Nevertheless, in order to have the pure teaching of Lama Tsongkhapa (is in fact the teachings of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni if traced back to the origins), we have to seek for a qualified spiritual guru with pure lineage. Furthermore, Assoc Prof Kozhevnikov clearly stated that Vajrayana meditation typically requires years of practice. Therefore, in order to have the correct meditation techniques, this is very important for us to have a qualified guru who is able to helps us in achieving what we wish to have.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/vajrayana-meditation-techniques-can-enhance-brain-performance.html
  • Ange Dong
    Monday, Mar 20. 2017 09:38 PM
    Dear Venerable Rinpoche,

    Thank you so much for providing all the teachings on Youtube, came across some of your early teachings particularly on The Twelve Links of Dependent Origination, which have shown me so much inspiration as well as the possibility of overcoming laziness and other delusions while staying focused academically at school.

    Thank you so much for all the hard work. I pray for long-life of the Venerable Rinpoche and may all the wholesome activities flourish in ten directions, and through the merits we have collected may all sentient beings receive every benefit of it.


    Best regards,
    Ange Dong
  • Yeo Kwai Gin
    Monday, Mar 20. 2017 05:15 PM
    感恩仁波切分享了这篇文章!

    20年以来,修持多杰雄登法门的人,尤其是在西藏,遭受非常严重的歧视,欺负,杯葛,伤害,恐吓等等。虽然尊贵的达赖尊者没有亲口说出雄登的禁令,但是无数的雄登修持者遭受身体与心灵的伤害。多杰雄登修持者或家人如果生病了不得到医院看诊,孩子不得上学,购物中心不允许进入购物等等,还有更严重的是家园无缘无故的被破坏,西藏中央政府还将他们的名字公布在布告板上,那是对心灵上是多么的伤害,大家想想,这样的对待,公平吗? 是对的吗?如果是我们的家庭成员被一样的对待,那是何等感受?

    而且,修持雄登法门的人未曾听过伤害可以伤害他人,如果有,那么,没有修持雄登法门的人,是不是也完全没有伤害过他人?那是很正常的,最重要的是多杰雄登祈愿文里完全没有一句要伤害人的词语。2500多年前,佛陀时代,也有一部分的弟子是不怀好意的,那是很正常的事,最重要的是佛陀的愿是为了利益一切众生。

    愿西藏中央政府让雄登修持者可以一样的和平共处,那不是更好吗?达赖尊者一直响应世界和平,那不就是要得到的结果吗?

    愿上师詹仁波切和尊贵的达赖尊者健康,长寿,常转法轮,吉祥如意。

    感恩合十
    Yeo Kwai Gin

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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
3 days ago
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
3 days ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
3 days ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
5 days ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
5 days ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
5 days ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
5 days ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
5 days ago
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
5 days ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
6 days 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
4 weeks ago
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!
4 weeks ago
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
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 months ago
This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
2 months ago
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
2 months ago
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
2 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
3 months ago
Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
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.
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
4 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
4 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?
5 months ago
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
5 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
5 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
5 months ago
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
6 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.
6 months ago
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
6 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
6 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
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Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
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