Homage To The Headless Divine Lady

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An ordinary person couldn’t ever survive if their head was severed. The body would just go lifeless. In this extreme symbolism, Vajra Yogini shows that by cutting off the ego, samsara goes lifeless. This rare form of Vajra Yogini expressed that divine life can be achieved even if the head is severed (ego).

 

Homage to the Divine Lady,

Whom out of compassion,

emanates in myriads of forms

in this degenerate age to subdue our various minds.

Using the energy of desire, She attracts us to Her form,

then brings us to full liberation.

 

慈悲化现种种微妙相
末法世中降伏繁杂心
善用欲望摄见佛母身
而后令得圆满解脱境
故我顶礼至尊圣佛母
愿我世世不离无头母

 

May we never be seperated from the Noble Headless Lady.

Tsem Rinpoche

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  1. Cynthia Lee on Jun 23, 2016 at 1:47 am

    I was very attracted to this particular painting of Vajrayogini prior to knowing the symbolism of Vajrayogini’s headless form. I have also always wanted a high res image of this painting and print a copy for myself. Maybe because it appears morbid and I have always been attracted to morbid imageries for some unknown reasons.

    To my surprise and delight, I found this original painting during a pre-loved sale. Such joy to own such a rare form of Vajrayogini.

    Knowing the symbolism helped me look at this painting in a different light and each time I am able to contemplate the body should not be the object of refuge but instead focus on the development of our minds to a higher state of consciousness by cutting our egos.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this piece of information.

  2. Gopinath Ulaganathan on Jun 19, 2014 at 11:17 am

    This is a beautiful pic of Mother Vajrayogini . In the Hindu Tantric tradition is called Chinnamasta or Chinnamunda and she is One of The Dasa Maha Vidhyas. There are 4 major Tantra schools originating from Ancient India. 1.) Kashmira Tantra 2.) Vamga Tantra 3.)Buddha Tantra 4.) Kerala Tantra . within the HIndu schools of Tantra SHE has a very very very special and a extreemly utmost secret place, in sanskrit these secret forms and worship are called GUHYA and there are very Highly Enlightened and attain forms are collectively called DASA MAHA VIDHYAS ( Ten Supreme Knowledge)which consist of 10 Godesses and within this MAHAVIDHYAS in Hindu tantra this particular form is One of the secretly revered and extreemely secret which can only be revealed by a GURU SISHYA (Guru diciple) relationship.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b6/Bengali_Chinnamasta.jpg/220px-Bengali_Chinnamasta.jpg

  3. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Feb 1, 2014 at 3:19 am

    Homage to Vajra Yogini…

    May we able to purified our negative karma by the preliminary practices or doing more Dharma works sincerely to getting closer to Varja Yogini…

  4. Wan Wai Meng on Jan 10, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Some symbolisms can convey the message so strongly. Vajrayogini iconography certainly convey messages in such a swift manner. Makes so much sense when the head of samsara is removed, samsara cannot survive anymore. There is also a form of Vajrayogini giving birth, giving birth Buddhas I can’t seem to find a picture for that right now.

  5. Julien Roth on Dec 24, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Its amazing how this lady could survive without her head. Rinpoche is right is saying that nobody else has the capability of doing this. And i never knew that Vajra Yogini had different forms. I always thought there was only one form. But a least know i know this form which symbolises the cutting of ego.

  6. Ck siah on Dec 17, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    谢谢仁波切的开示与教诲, 学佛法就是要我们放下所有的执着和自大,要有大慈大悲的菩提心。还有密续修持法最重要的是对上师的依止心,尤其是续修金刚瑜伽母的法门。

  7. Grace Leu (KHJB) on Dec 16, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Thank you for Rinpoche ‘s sharing. Wishing that one day i can received Varjayogini practice .

  8. Sofi on Dec 16, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    When I first saw Vajrayogini, I was bemused by her. Hmm, is she really a Buddha, boldly displaying her nakedness wt dracula teeth and bowl of blood?? Yet she is captivatingly beautiful! As I learnt more of her, the more I understand….Vajrayogini is the very essence of realization and using her very body to capture our attention before converting our attention to the teachings of dharma. How fitting for this sensory space age. I pay homage to the lovely and bold red lady, whom I hope to receive her practise one day.

  9. jerry_sito on Dec 15, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    感恩仁波切的开示与教诲

    仁波切总是非常用心与善巧的给予我们许多接触佛法,听闻佛法与参与佛法的方法,并常常给予我们许多强大的佛法种子,深深地种在我们的心里,让我们结下善因,但使能迈向更高的密续修持法,直达证悟

    然而尊贵的上师已经给予了我们方向,方法,与佛法,那么我们自己本身就应该好好的学习与实践佛法,我们常祈求上师常转法轮,然而倘若我们没有进入佛法修行的动力与想面对佛法法轮的话,那么我们所祈求上师常转法轮又是为了什么呢?倘若我们没有把佛法正真的运用与实践在我们自己的生活上,一些最基本的修心八颂,上师五十颂都无法做到,那么我们还能祈求上师给予我们什么法呢?因为倘若我们最基本的都无法完成,是无法迈向更高的密续修持法,如金刚瑜伽母的法门

    感恩仁波切您的开示与教诲,我们会好好学习的
    祈愿您长驻在世,常转法轮

  10. Sean Wang on Dec 15, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Vajrayogini’s headless form is extremely beautiful! She shows that we can still survive by cutting of our ego and Samsara and instead we will live happier. The artist for this image was amazing 😀

  11. Wylfred Ng on Nov 6, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    I like this form of Vajrayogini very much.
    Although my initial motivation when i join Kechara is not because of Vajrayogini, but this form of Vajrayogini really can remind me to let go off my ego.

    Thanks Rinpoche for the sharing.

  12. Tarang Deshpande on Jan 19, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Namaskar Sir,
    I would like to say in Hinduism Chinnmasta (the above deity)is worshipped by the initiated under the guidance of the Guru , in order to annihilate the earthly bonds of attachments. She is a Mahavidya, therefore she is not to be worshipped by any one.

  13. Jay Jae on Sep 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    慈悲化现种种微妙相
    末法世中降伏繁杂心
    善用欲望摄见佛母身
    而后令得圆满解脱境
    故我顶礼至尊圣佛母
    愿我世世不离无头母

  14. lanse on Jun 18, 2012 at 2:17 am

    I like this picture a lot. I especially like this sentence “In this extreme symbolism, Vajra Yogini shows that by cutting off the ego, samsara goes lifeless.”

    Does it mean that the key to ultimate liberation is the cutting off of ego? And what does the sword means? Does it represent wisdom? We can cut off our ego if we have wisdom. And do the three streams of blood represent three poisons? If we cut off our ego, we can be free from three poisons too.

    Whatever it is, theory is just theory. The cutting off of ego needs true practice and realization. To me, it needs a lot of courage and pure faith. For every step we move, just like cutting off our own head, we can never do this if we think too much. The only way to achieve that is to strongly believe and just do it.

  15. Rafael on Jan 26, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    when I first saw Vajra Yogini I was too a little afraid. And she always seem so far away in terms of practice. But the more I learn about her, the more I feel comfort just by looking at her image. I hope one day to be able to do her practice.

  16. Janice Kwok on Nov 11, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Iconography, symbolism and many forms of the Buddhas and Deities in Tibetan Buddhist art is fascinating and brings teaching to the viewer on a new level. Before i started reading on Vajrayogini in the prayer card and the Kechara Prayer book, i couldnt understand what it was about. Slowly after reading a number of postings on this blog which included the teachings of Pabongka Rinpoche, i began to understand and appreciate very much Vajrayogini. Through KSA’s classes, i have also learnt more and making use of those lessons when i pray or read. This painting by Margaret is exquisite in interpretation and shows another form of Vajrayogini. Thank you Rinpoche for your infinite kindness and wisdom in encouraging Margaret and setting up KSA and other departments.

    with folded hands
    janice

  17. Knut Eggers on Oct 10, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Dearest Tsem,
    I am a very unreliable person to my beloved and my teachers (whoever that may be at the time, I don’t know, but I always loved being with you, I know that)
    Shall I cancel my foolish and expensive travel plans and disappoint my beloved. No matter what I do, my decision is wrong and I will create Karma for myself out of my ignorance.
    Could you please give me some advice? I mean I regulary did the Vadjra Yoghini tea offering very often since you offered it to us, as well as the Setrap meditation, which has been a great blessing, too.
    Devoted and confused regards, Knut.

  18. Shirley Tan on Jul 10, 2010 at 3:49 am

    Margaret is exceptionally talented. I can only imagine that it is all thanks to Rinpoche that Margaret found the artist in her. Behold look what she can create for the world to see, learn and enjoy. Spirituality through the arts comprise of many levels, I guess.
    Symbolism plays a critical role in Tibetan Buddhism art. So much of the teachings are communicated through every line, curve and icons. It never fails to amaze me how they manage to put so much valuable information in a single picture. This is more like painting a thousand dharma discourses, not just a thousand words.
    Seeing this painting again I am also reminded of my own childhood. I used to have a few Barbie dolls. Strange thing is that I always enjoyed ripping their heads off, not so much of playing dress up and etc.
    And my idea of beauty is women with Ginger-coloured hair or what we call “Red heads”. I used to think that they were the most beautiful women in the world. Funny how we have certain inclinations towards certain things in life, even as a child. Perhaps this is what Rinpoche means by imprints from our past lives.
    It is wonderful that Kechara has its own resident artists who can bring spiritualism to another level, or even Buddhist art for that matter. It is certainly very different from the norm – yet again.
    Kecharians certainly find such interesting ways to deliver the Dharma to the mass audience.

  19. Beng Kooi on Jul 6, 2010 at 9:44 am

    I like the symbolism very much. The cutting of the head is immediately associated with death. And although I understand Rinpoche’s explanation, the thought of literally cutting off my head still generates some irrational fear in me.
    In some bizarre twisted logic, i think that fear of cutting off the head is mirrored by fear of letting go of ego. Perhaps if one was egoless, then death would not matter at all.
    I appreciate the symbolism of Headless Vajrayogini more now, as I see her still walking around and even drinking her own blood from her severed neck.
    Margaret painted this for Rinpoche – She’s very talented and more of her paintings can be seen here
    http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/07/margarets-fantastic-paintings.html

  20. Djinpa on Mar 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    I love vajrayogini she make me see the truth in my life everyday

  21. Shirley Tan on Mar 20, 2010 at 2:22 am

    Before I knew HER, I was afraid of HER
    For SHE reflected all that was DARK and SINISTER in me
    When I began to learn about HER
    I began to learn more about myself
    SHE unlocks my desires and flaws
    To transform me, to cure me
    SHE turns darkness into light,
    Despair into Hope,
    Defeat into Courage,
    When I finally surrendered to HER
    SHE embraced me and brought me HOME.
    Vajrayogini is one super cool Goddess!

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    I agree we do resemble our parents be it positive or negative values. Nevertheless it is for us to change if we realised that it is negative values that we are having.

    We cannot put all the blame to our parents. We control our mind and are responsible for our own behaviour. Especially now that we are learning dharma, the more it should trigger that we need to transform our mind for the better.

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    samfoonheei on Jun 24, 2016 at 11:02 pm
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing those amazing pictures and beautiful post on Ganden Sumtseling Monastery.One of the most special features of the monastery is its blending of Tibetan and Chinese-style architecture which i admired.Its just amazing looking at those beautiful murals as well.The monastery is so rich in history for one to visit.
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    Friday, Jun 24. 2016 09:33 PM
    Before we are qualified to preach the noble Dharma, we must learn and understand the Dharma from our Guru. On top of that, we must put in practice what we learnt daily. Hence, we must be humble to learn the Dharma and be persistent to apply and practice. Once we are a pure vessel to receive Buddha’s Dharma, the sharing will be more impactful.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for the very important teaching.

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    Samfoonheei on Jun 24, 2016 at 12:21 pm
    it’s amazing to know that Vijra Yogini do exist long time in China and they do practice much earlier. I do enjoy reading it …it’s so interesting to know the history .even though I have,nt got a chance to visit it but I do consider that I am lucky to see some of those beautiful images posted here.Tibetian Buddhism and Chinese Buddhism is more or less similar though the deity defer by appearence.May more people be blessed with the practice.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this informative and interesting post.
    With folded hands.
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    Friday, Jun 24. 2016 03:16 PM
    As I read this article, three scenario came to my mind:

    1. We do not live or work alone, whether secularly or spiritually. When we do not carry out our part, it is irresponsible because deep inside we expect others to do the job for us. When the job gets overwhelming because of our wrong view, it is easy to quit, drop the job, say ‘no’, walk away and pretend it is other people’s fault. Sometimes the person who has been helping us get the blame because we use our wrong view to judge. As a result, we are ungrateful even when there was no such intent. In the end, we never learn how to do it because it is always someone else who is doing it.

    2. We may feel that finding money is more important, because with money, we can sponsor the centre, sponsor the Dharma project, And due to our generosity, we expect to be sheltered from responsibility that we don’t like to do. Only we know ourselves whether our intention is out of pure generosity and void of the eight worldly concerns. It is true that money can buy us comfort and convenience, but there are not many lifetimes that we can sustain with good rebirths. Eventually we will have to face the same situation perhaps in a harsher condition.

    3. And when we finally do our job, we do it with resentment, completing it for the sake of avoiding criticism, we are robbing others who are keen & passionate of the opportunity to do it. We are also irresponsible and sneaky to say the least. Imagine if each lama tasked to pass down Buddha’s Dharma decided to do it with resentment? What knowledge will we have today? Imagine if every mother decided to bring up their children in this manner, what will become of us?

    Since we have these negative traits, we must try our best to correct it in this lifetime, so that it does not stick with us in our future lifes. When we are ignorant of our own negative traits, and other point out to us, don’t quit and run away. We are habituated with negative traits from many lifetimes, the learning, unlearning, relearning, reminding and continuous practicing is necessary for us to transform.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this impactful teaching. Thank you Cindy for sharing this on FB.

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  • sonny tan
    Friday, Jun 24. 2016 09:10 AM
    sonny tan on Jun 24, 2016 at 9:08 am
    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai and Rinpoche on this subject on death and advice that we so badly needed especially when there is an unexpected and sudden death in the family. We all know that it is a taboo subject never to talk about and never to be discussed and people will shun you or show their disgust or walk away very quickly whenever such topic are raised.
    It is always very devastating for everyone no matter how strong they may professed to be when death comes knocking at our door. It would be more painful especially when it happens so suddenly. I remembered that I attended a friend’s passing just recently, she was at the prime of her life when children are all grown up and a time to retire, relax and enjoy the holidays with her hubby and then tragedy suddenly strike. It pains me to see her going through this ordeal going from one hospital to the next; operation after operation, tears flowed whenever we visited her. There are no right and proper words to described her agony, her fears, her uncertainties and the so many times seeing her like that I just wished that I have this power to remove all of the mental and physical pain that is within her. Many times I tried to assure her and pleaded with her never to give up because we have the same spiritual master and assured her that if the master is not giving up on her then she should not even think of giving up. All she ever wanted from us is each time we meet is to give her a hug we even crossed our little last pinky finger together and I make her promised me that we would attend the level three healing training together when she recovered from her ailment and I continually ask her to be strong.
    During my meditation I will use whatever I have learned, like lighting candles, prayers and I will visualize light from the Buddhas especially Medicine Buddha going into her body and cleanse all the dark energy and each time I do that tears would flow incessantly.
    This was a very poignant event in my life and it has left an indelible mark which I would hold dear in my heart
    I guess it was not meant to be with all the hopes we have, all the prayers, all the meditations, all the promises just vanished into thin air, God gives and God takes it away.
    I remember a Buddhist quote that says life is uncertain and death is certain, now that we have Rinpoche with us guiding and teaching us on death meditation I believe it would come a time after much practice that we will all be more open and see and accept death as part of our living and we should not let fear cloud our mental frame all the time on death.
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  • Yeo Kwai Gin
    Thursday, Jun 23. 2016 09:09 PM
    Yeo Kwai Gin on Jun 23, 2016 at 9:08 pm
    感谢仁波切和罗胜彪讲法师分享这编文章。

    习气~在我们每个人都有,有好,有坏,可是每个人大多数都不会发觉自己拥有自己的习气,就像以上所提到的,习气不好的人,就如一直都执着心重的人,就会拥有强烈的自私心,执着‘我’的心很重,遇到事情不是他想象之内,就会大发雷霆,矛头一直向着别人责备。上师时常要我们学习佛法,明白其精髓,让我们心识转化,把佛法运用和实践在我们的日常生活里,放下自我,时常为别人着想,遇见难题就如何把它消化,乐意去接受,这就是佛法。

    遇见一位关心我们和愿意全心全力的用尽不同管道和方法把佛法传播个我们的上师是一个非常难得的事,仁波切用尽方法把佛法带给我们,让我们在最快的时间证得更高的成就。但是,身为弟子的我们,已经拥有一位具格上师教导我们,拥有佛堂修行,网络的发达学习佛法,拥有那么完善的学习管道,错过了真的是可惜和遗憾。愿大家一定要珍惜这机缘和缘分,人身难得,拥有完善的人身,而且有机会学习佛法,就如海底捞针,请珍惜!

    愿上师健康,长寿,常转法论,吉祥如意!

    感恩合十
    YEO KWAI GIN

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/devadatta-blaming-others-cn.html
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    Thursday, Jun 23. 2016 04:06 PM
    , I came across this video on how a couple is living off the grid in the Australian outbacks. The video was well made, well explained and you feel a sense of happy anxiety to see the finished product. What amazed me so much was this person NEVER built a house and yet step by step he did research and he learned how to. Every aspect of living water collection, solar power, toilet, compost, electricity, growing vegetables is discussed. Of course you can’t build a container house from this video alone as much more research is needed, but it can be done is the message. I loved this video. I hope you will watch it. I hope many more people will watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRN0uClnJBw
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Jun 23. 2016 02:51 PM
    It is very emotional to have a family member passed away. Especially when it is the one whom we have fond memories with. I can tell what a loving person Pastor Jean Ai’s Ah Ma was from the writing. When my father past away in 2011, it was difficult for the family. I can still remember the feeling of lost that lingered within the family even two years on after his passing. Therefore I can imagine the feeling of loss suffered by Ah Kong. Ah Ma and Ah Kong had spent almost a lifetime together and now suddenly the better half is gone. Hence, the extra care and attention for the living is imperative.

    I wish I had known this at the time of my father’s passing so that the emotional support for my mother could had been much earlier. But I am still thankful for my mother is still alive and I can now do for her what I could not for my dad. And now I have learnt from Rinpoche’s teaching, the best gift I can give my mother is Dharma knowledge.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for this emotive article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/advice-at-a-funeral.html
  • Joy
    Thursday, Jun 23. 2016 02:32 PM
    Did you know that when H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche first entered Gaden Shartse Monastery, he lived in a small room in Zong Ladrang, and life was very hard as Rinpoche had very little food to eat and even less money? This Saturday (25/06/16), join the Blog Chat at 11am (GMT +8) and stand a chance to walk away with a special prize**. Be sure to read up on H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche’s biography especially on Rinpoche’s preparation to go to India, his life there and his enthronement. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/h-e-the-25th-tsem-tulku-rinpoches-biography.html See you on blog chat*! *http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/chat http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/gallery/user-pictures/tblogpics-gp1f2te274.jpg
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Jun 23. 2016 12:02 PM
    Thank you for sharing the book review of the inspiring life of Teresa Hsu. She is truly a Bodhisattva. I learnt that :

    1) It is very important to persevere and not give up no matter how others view us. We should stay strong as long as we believe we are conducting the good values and not mistreating people. Many a time we tend to give up when we face challenges or do not get support. Also we must always stand up for others were treated unfairly, must be an upright person.

    2) Education/values from family are very vital. Teresa has a very compassionate and kind great grandfather and mother. The values are instill since young and I really admire their compassion in helping the people in need even though they need they are not in a good financial condition.

    3) Always put others need over our own. She will always make sure that others have food to eat and been taken care of. She doesn’t mind sharing her food , eating much lesser as others has nothing to eat. She has a big heart.

    4) Keep good family values. Although she has spent most of her life taking care of others but she did not neglect her mother. She constantly send letters to her mother weekly for more than 30 years. This is a good reflection to us, with so many technologies now where we can reach our family within seconds, but we do not even call back enough to speak to them.

    5) Love everyone. Teresa principal is that she must help everyone regardless of their background, race and etc. There is no segregation. Everyone is her brother and sister. This is oneness.

    6)Be contented no matter how little we have. She showed a good example of how living frugally the whole life is fine. Importantly is to share and help others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/heart-to-heart-with-teresa-hsu-book-review.html
  • Joy
    Thursday, Jun 23. 2016 04:12 AM
    Dear friends, Did you know that His Eminence Tsem Tulku Rinpoche posts up interesting pictures from time to time here on >>>PHOTOS ON THE GO<<<? See the column on the right or go here http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/gallery/photos-on-the-go.html Do check it out as these are things Rinpoche likes to share and at times there are spontaneous bits of teachings 🙂 SEE A RECENT PIC: Sacred Manjushri Kumara 9th Century Pala Dynasty India http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/gallery/photos-on-the-go/thumbs/thumbs_photo_160618155623_0.jpg

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What Am I Writing Now


 

The Unknown

The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

Photos On The Go

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1 week ago
Sacred Manjushri Kumara 9th Century Pala Dynasty India
1 week ago
This sacred White Tara is on the Bodhgaya enlightenment stupa marking the very spot Lord Buddha achieved enlightenment.
2 weeks ago
Myself at the sacred lake at Dromo Geshe Rinpoche's residence
2 weeks ago
Myself at Dromo Geshe Rinpoche's house where there is a sacred lake on his property. The Five Sister Protector Goddesses abide at this lake. I am making offerings to the divinities in the lake here. Many contractors or workers who come to do work often observe 'Asian ladies' dressed very well walking around the perimeter of the lake and there are no Asian ladies living nearby at all. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Myself sitting at a lake where Bigfoots are often sighted in Willow Creek, California. This area in Northern California is a hot spot for Bigfoot sightings for hundreds of years till present day. We spent the afternoon there and we did our sadhanas and enjoy the BEAUTIFUL cool/dry weather (no humidity) and you don't sweat. The water was clear and sparkling. It is one of the most beautiful places I have been too and I can easily live there in this area. It was hard to leave this place. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Such a beautiful conservatory. How I would love to have a room like this among woodlands.
2 weeks ago
Another beautiful Gyenze statue arrives made by Kechara
2 weeks ago
My Mumu boy is super duper cute. I love you Mumu.
3 weeks ago
Pastor Adeline leads a holy and beneficial Tsongkapa retreat group in Kechara Forest Retreat today. Very nice to see this. I like it when our Pastors and senior students encourage, nurture others into the dharma. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Images of the Buddha are always a great blessing
3 weeks ago
Beautifully painted Shakyamuni the Buddha
3 weeks ago
Nice painting of Lord Tsongkapa
3 weeks ago
Beautiful painting of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the omniscient.
3 weeks ago
This is a traditional thangka painting of the Karma Gadri style, which was especially commissioned by Tashi Mannox on the rarely depicted great calligrapher and scholar Thönmi Sambhota. Sambhota is a historical figure responsible for developing the foundation of the Tibetan writing systems in the seventh century A.D, which form the basis of the Tibetan language today.
4 weeks ago
Spectacular outdoor Tsongkapa in Mongolia
4 weeks ago
BEAUTIFUL Tara statue! Magnificent
4 weeks ago
Vajradharma. In Vajra Yogini's tantra, we always visualize our root teacher in this form. We should see him in his divine form. 
4 weeks ago
These are the tantric implements that a Tantrika must carry with them everywhere they go as part of their commitment
4 weeks ago
Myself walking with my teacher the then abbot fo Gaden Shartse Monastery. H.E. Kensur Rinpoche Jampa Yeshe and I was leaving the main prayer hall of Gaden Shartse and walking through the debate courtyard.
4 weeks ago
Emperor Kangxi's official state seal
4 weeks ago
Such a beautiful Yamantaka Statue
4 weeks ago
Grand looking painting of the Gelug Savant His Holiness Chankgya Rolpai Dorje
4 weeks ago
My shrine in Los Angeles back in 2014. I just came across this picture from: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/look-what-i-found.html
4 weeks ago
Very unique art work of Dorje Shugden
1 month ago
Beautiful 7ft Tara arrives today. See the beautiful picture and video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Okk8P3WIWFo
1 month ago
35 Confessional Buddhas
1 month ago
Please do not hate us
1 month ago
Beautiful statue [image: Inline image 1]
1 month ago
Such a stunning White Tara!
1 month ago
Neerja's mother accepting the highest award in India on behalf of her daughter. Her daughter's bravery saved 300 people. Her strength, compassion and presence of mind during great tragedy earned Neerja a deep place in our hearts forever. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Goddes supreme, with a wave of your right hand the 84,000 demonic interfering beings are repelled. With the powerful umbrella you hold in your left grants supreme protection upon your devotees. Although beautiful to behold you are fully attained and beyond samsara and a perfect refuge. Grant us protection, love and wisdom with your sacred mantra powerful Dukkar Goddess. ~Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
I love Japan so much. The water is so blue and clean. The landscape is so magical. It's such a beautiful country and a great place to engage in meditational retreats.
1 month ago
A good meme by Pastor Seng Piow!
2 months ago
Gaden Jangtse Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Chojor together with Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery
2 months ago
May 31, 1990, the day Tsem Rinpoche was enthroned formally in Gaden Shartse Monastery
2 months ago
Panglung Oracle in trance back in 1925
2 months ago
More lamas/Tibetans are speaking up. This has nothing to do with Dorje Shugden ban although it helps the Dorje Shugden cause because there is more unrest and disharmony from many sectors within Tibetans showing the world so many are unhappy with the leadership.-Lodreu Rabsel Rinpoche's strong letter to the Dalai Lama regarding giving religious freedom within the Karma Kagyu sect of Buddhism is a MUST READ- and he is applauded as courageous for writing this: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=99364
2 months ago
The beautiful truth
2 months ago
Manjushri notes
2 months ago
Karma Kagyu’s Lodreu Rabsel Rinpoche asks the Dalai Lama for Religious Freedom-This is explosive-Must read! http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=99364
2 months ago
The place where Lord Tsongkapa's holy remains are housed for pilgrims to visit in Gaden Monastery Tibet.
2 months ago
How death is so near, yet I cherish my ego more than my guru, more than his instructions and my protector. They are the only ones significant at death for me and yet I still think I have time. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
Would be so nice to live in an area where Bigfoot is prevalent and sighted. That would include mountains and lakes too.
2 months ago
Because of the ban against Dorje Shugden followers started in 1996, 700 monks had to cut from Sera Mey Monastery and start this new monastery. This new Serpom Monastery located in South India still suffers tremendous hatred and prejudice, but the brave monks continue their practice and lineage.
2 months ago
Vietnamese monk who self immolated hoping to bring change in his country. He sacrificed his life and sat still during the immense pain of his body burning.
2 months ago
Protector of the Sakya School of Buddhism, Gonpo Gur or Mahakala Panjarnata
2 months ago
Such a wondrous place to be with such a view that heals the soul. Why live in a city where it is unnatural and polluted. Everyday in the city is a day away from where we belong. We belong among the greens, forest, mountains and clean air. We belong in such a place and doing our retreats, sadhanas and mantras to find the ultimate place of belonging and peace....the ultimate place is within us with a developed spiritual mind. Hard to achieve among distractions in the city. 
2 months ago
This is the five foot Arya Avalokitesvara statue I have offered Gaden Shartse Monastery many years ago. It still graces the main prayer hall of Gaden Shartse Monastery.
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  • Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
    1 month ago
    Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
  • Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
    1 month ago
    Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
  • Taking Trance
    1 month ago
    Taking Trance
  • See what humans can do
    4 months ago
    See what humans can do
  • Shocking undercover video shows animal abuse at 'humane cert
    4 months ago
    Shocking undercover video shows animal abuse at 'humane cert
  • Video reveals what goes on inside 'humane slaughterhouse' in
    4 months ago
    Video reveals what goes on inside 'humane slaughterhouse' in
  • People can really live their lives to save others. This is a good way to live. Beautiful video.
    4 months ago
    People can really live their lives to save others. This is a good way to live. Beautiful video.
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    7 months ago
    All beings have feelings and do not want pain, to be hurt or harmed. Therefore we must respect this and not harm animals. See this video how this man has made good friends with a special fish who comes when he rings for the fish. Touching. Tsem Rinpoche
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    9 months ago
    HH the Dalai Lama prays with HH Trijang Rinpoche and HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Such a beautiful video of His Holiness Dalai Lama, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Holiness Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche (Very exalted high Nyingma lama) are all praying together. In the background you see a young Kyabje Lati Rinpoche too. So beautiful. This is how it was before the ban. All the sects and high lamas were superbly harmonious. After the Dorje Shugden ban things changed for the worse. May the ban be released soon. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
    9 months ago
    Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
    10 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
  • A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
    10 months ago
    A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
    10 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
    10 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
  • His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
    11 months ago
    His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja

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Group work is part of the integral exercise instill during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Jenni guiding children to do breathing meditation before start of Sunday Dharma Class. Lin Mun KSDS
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“If one keeps even a drop of the nectar of the name of this holy being – Lama Tsongkhapa – in a devotional heart, it plants the seed of liberation and one receives the fortune to practice and enjoy happiness from this life up to enlightenment.” ~ Pabongka Rinpoche (P. Adeline)
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Part of the team assembled to plant Hibiscus in Kechara Forest Retreat
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At work, to set up reinforcements for the newly planted trees in Kechara Forest Retreat
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The Full Team assembled to set up reinforcements for the newly planted trees in Kechara Forest Retreat.
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What are the kids raising hands up for? KSDS-Serena Boon
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Kids are lining up according to do prostrations before the lesson starts. KSDS-Serena Boon
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We apply various teaching method for each age kids group. KSDS-Serena Boon

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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