Janguli

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Dear friends around the world, 

The Buddhas’ compassion can manifest as animate and inanimate objects. The purpose of a Buddha to emanate is to bring benefit to others both big and ‘small’. This special emanation as Janguli is very interesting and fascinates me very much. I thought I would share some information of this special Female Buddha with everyone as it’s rare. If we live in the forest or jungle, we should take precautions against various dangerous animals, snakes, insects and so on and not just rely on mantras and sutras. Mantras, practices and sutras do have benefits but karma is the actual boss of everything. We must watch our body, speech and mind for not creating more negative karma and further habituating previous negative traits. I would like to have a statue of this great being in Kechara Forest Retreat in the future. 

Practicing Goddess Janguli can protect us from harm if our karma has not opened for a particular harm. We should think may all beings be free from great anger, karma and the results of anger. May I be free from anger and it’s results because anger is like a hateful snake. Snakes frighten everyone and can harm even large animals not to mention humans. Like that, anger can harm our long term happiness, dreams and aspirations. Anger can destroy friendships, good relationships and good situations. Anger is symbolized by the snake which does harm and frightens our good opportunities away. If we adopt Goddess Janguli into our practice, we are asking for protection against snakes but the actual protection we are asking is dissolving our anger and it’s harmful effects. Anger is the root cause for destruction of merits and causes us to stay in samsara longer. To quell and calm our anger is good for those who are both religious and secular. Anger is our biggest enemy and creates great danger for destruction of inner and outer peace. Therefore practices that eliminate anger such as Lam Rim, Shantideva’s writings, Wheel of Sharp Weapons, Janguli are very important. Eliminating anger and it’s traces is a worthwhile practice to engage in by adopting various dharma teachings. Freedom from the snake of anger is freedom from self created problems that can be avoided.

May Goddess Janguli bless our minds to be calm, tolerant, compassionate and free from the snake of anger. 

Sincerely, 

Tsem Rinpoche 

 


 

Snakes are one of humankind’s most terrified animals within the animal kingdom. These serpentine friends of the animal kingdom are cringed at upon sight when we meet them and will run for protection. The Buddha having practiced for three countless aeons in Samsara had understood the dangers of certain places and beings in Samsara and offers His followers an antidote to all these dangers. For protection against snakes, the Buddha spoke of the Mantra of Janguli, a goddess who protects against snake bites and poisons related to snakes. Although snakes are very haughty in nature, they can be overcome by the power of compassion. If we see closely, the nature of Janguli is actually Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion manifesting in the form of a Vidya, an incantation lady, a mantra deva who delivers sacred words of power to protect and bestow realizations onto those on the path to Buddhahood.

蛇类乃是人间最可怕的动物之一。每当我们遇见蛇的时候,我们都会逃之夭夭。佛陀在娑婆轮回之中修行了三大劫之久对我们的喜好和恐惧非常了解,更何况是对我们有危害的动物和地方,佛陀给予每一件人间里的问题一个解决的方便方法。为了防护蛇类干涉我们,佛陀宣说了《穰麌梨童女经》里的一位观世音菩萨化身的小女咒仙。咒仙是佛教里的天人之一,专门为众生宣说神圣咒语解除众生的苦难,令他们早得解脱。

Janguli in the Drukpa Kagyu tradition

 

Vidyas, what are they?

Vidyas are a class of devas/fairies who are attained beings from the recitation of mantras, dharanis and other mystical incantations. They sometimes couple their mantra recitations with specific herbs and medicines to speed up their realizations and to fulfil the wishes of other practitioners as well. Some of these Vidyas are enlightened emanations of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas themselves while the mundane ones are celestial beings who have not achieved insight of emptiness. Vidyas are very skilled in delivering mantras and sacred medicines in order to fulfil the needs and wishes of practitioners who have the karmas to receive them and excel their practice.

什么是咒仙?

咒仙是天人众之一,他们所以称为咒仙是因为他们非常勤劳持诵咒语,陀罗尼等真言而得到成就。为了提升他们持咒的成就,他们也会透过持斋和吃不同的草药来提升自己的修行和禅定的体验并且为众生加持令得善愿达成。有些咒仙是佛菩萨的化身,有些咒仙是还未了悟空性的持咒天神。咒仙是一群以善巧方便的方法施咒和灵药给予众生满足善愿以协助众生早日成就的天神。

 

Janguli, the goddess who dispels poison

Janguli is a Vidya who is an emanation of the great compassionate Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. The Buddha spoke about her being an emanation of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara and transmitted some mantras for snake protection to the Buddha when the Buddha was a Bodhisattva in the northern Himalayan region. In that story, the Buddha referred to Janguli as a young girl, mystical and who had the power of mantra. The girl the Bodhisattva saw was very special, she wore every attribute will akin to death – snakes, poisonous flowers, poisonous creepers and poisonous glance as well.
In the sutra, it says that she is the antidote to every poison there is in the world, be it a snake bite or poison from a plant. Janguli’s mantra when recited and its written form worn around the neck would render that person harmless. A snake who bites a person under the care and protection of Janguli would split like that of a basil plant.

穰麌梨童女,解除万毒的咒仙

穰麌梨童女是大慈大悲观世音菩萨所化身的咒仙。佛陀当年在舍卫城为四众弟子们宣说穰麌梨童女的真实身份并且讲解昔日佛陀行菩萨道时,穰麌梨童女在印度北方的喜马拉雅山域传了许多防护蛇干扰的护身咒语。经典里佛陀描述穰麌梨童女为方圆十六岁具有神通力和咒力加持的童女。佛陀身为菩萨时看见了穰麌梨童女身上穿着毒蛇,毒花,有毒的野草和面带毒色的脸色,极为神奇。
经中记载,穰麌梨童女为世间上每一种毒药毒品的解决答案,不管是蛇毒或是毒树毒药,穰麌梨童女皆可治之。穰麌梨童女的咒语若书写于纸上然后佩戴在身上或念之可得到穰麌梨童女护佑而不为诸毒所害。若有毒蛇想危害持穰麌梨童女咒语的人,毒蛇的头可裂分七瓣如蓝花瓣一样。

 

Excerpt from Janguli Sutra

 

Sacred incantations of Janguli

Janguli is famed for her mantras of protection against snakes. It is said that if you recite this mantra WITHOUT THE PRESENCE OF A SNAKE.

OM ILIMITTE TILIMITTE ILITILIMITTE DUMBE DUMBALE DUMBALIE DUMME DUMMALIE KARKKE TARKKE TARKKARANE MARMME MARMMARANE KASMIRE KASMIRAMUKTE AGHE AGHANE AGHANAGHANE ILI ILIE MILLIE ILIMILIE AKYAIE APYAIE SVETE SVETATUNDE ANANURAKTE SVAHA

According to the sutra, this mantra can be recited for protection from snakes for seven years but there is a danger if we recite in the presence of a snake as it would kill the snake if this is recited in the presence of any snakes.

Over the centuries, this incantation has been used in many Buddhist countries to keep snakes at bay. Within the Chinese Mahayana tradition, it is said that when this mantra is recited 7, 21 or 49 times and onto a small container of water, this water can be administered onto those whom have been bitten by snakes as a potent antidote.

穰麌梨童女神咒

穰麌梨童女是因有防护蛇类的神咒而闻名。若有人在没有蛇的地方持诵此神咒可获得七年免除毒蛇的干扰与危害。

OM ILIMITTE TILIMITTE ILITILIMITTE DUMBE DUMBALE DUMBALIE DUMME DUMMALIE KARKKE TARKKE TARKKARANE MARMME MARMMARANE KASMIRE KASMIRAMUKTE AGHE AGHANE AGHANAGHANE ILI ILIE MILLIE ILIMILIE AKYAIE APYAIE SVETE SVETATUNDE ANANURAKTE SVAHA

据经典记载,此神咒可在没有毒蛇之所持诵而得到七年防蛇的守护。但若有人在蛇前念诵此神咒可把蛇灭亡而造成杀害之罪。

历年来,此殊胜的神咒在许多大乘佛教国家为了防蛇而大力弘扬。在汉传大乘佛教的信念里,若有人持诵此神咒七遍,廿一遍或四十九遍加持净水,此咒水可治疗被咬的伤口或是治疗蛇毒之疾。

Another form of Janguli

 

Iconography of Janguli

Janguli is depicted as a 16 year old girl with a green body. She has one face and 4 arms, on her head there are 7 snakes which she is closely associated with. Her right hands holds upright into the air, a trishula trident which represents the piercing truth of the infallible Three Jewels and a snake. Her left hand hold a peacock’s feather which symbolizes her ability to administer antidotes to snake poisons and snake bites. Her other left hand is in the gesture of granting boons, representing that she is ever ready to give protection and antidote to those plagued by snakes. There are other versions of her with yellow or white bodies, carrying different implements of protection which are also available in different traditions.

Janguli Vidya (Drukpa Kagyu lineage)

As snakes are part of sentient beings in samsara, they are also worthy of compassion and love. Due to their disposition in samsara, snakes are born into a form where they are bound to give harm to others in one way or another, but this does not exempt them from the need of compassion. The snakes are very attracted to Avalokiteshvara in general due to the immense compassion He shows to sentient beings. Compassion is the key to overcoming venomous creatures and dangerous situations as it touches the innate being within these creatures as everyone has the Buddha nature within which is left dormant. By cultivating compassion, we are able to overcome our own difficulties and those of others in times of need. Janguli is a Buddha goddess who provides protection and antidote to poison from her immense compassion for all sentient beings.

穰麌梨童女的形象特征

穰麌梨童女方为十六岁之少女,身绿色。童女一面四臂,头上戴有七条毒蛇为其伴侣。其右手持三叉棒代表着三宝的真谛,另一只手持毒蛇意味大悲心可克服毒蛇之怒。穰麌梨童女的左手持孔雀毛代表着童女可治疗蛇毒之疾。其余左手施无畏印赐予守护和安慰。穰麌梨童女有白色和黄色之化身,但基本上的含义是一样的。

因蛇类乃是娑婆世界六道众生之一,它们也应得到大悲的慈润和大爱的包容。因蛇类们的业力,它们一生出来就会带给其他众生危害。但这一点不代表着他们不应该以慈悲对待。因观世音菩萨的大慈大悲,蛇类非常喜欢和敬仰观世音菩萨,蛇类们会听从菩萨为它们说法。所以真正能够克服毒蛇和危害自己的事情是以大悲心去对待。因众生具有佛性,不管它们有多凶或恶意有多深,都可以大悲心去度化它们。修持大悲心者,我们可以在即时解除自己和他人的障碍。因穰麌梨童女是观世音菩萨的化身故能为众生防蛇之危害并且解除世间所有的毒素。

Chinese depiction of Janguli

 

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  1. Fong on Apr 14, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Reading the iconography reminds me of the Greek mythology of Medusa with head full of snakes and a glance that can turn humans to stone. The origins of Medusa was a very sad tale of jealousy, loss and being wronged,and the subsequent casting out of the temple by Athena, a far cry from the goddess Janguli.

    The seven snakes over her head also reminds me of the iconography Nagarjuna. In Nagrajuna’s case, the snakes were to represent that he had obtained the prajna paramita sutra from the Nagas. Here the snakes represent the anger present in humans and the poison of the klesha to be reduced or removed.

    To think that the Buddha spoke of her being an emanation of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara and transmitted some mantras for snake protection to the Buddha. If the Buddha had walked this earth in history, then Janguli must have been real too, at that point in time.

    It is quite interesting to note that Janguli’s mantra is used to dispel and avoid the poison of the physical snake as well the spiritual snake. Nonetheless, it is a good practice to know as human encroach onto domains formerly occupied by the wildlife.WE have to respect the animals’ right to be there and yet we have to protect ourselves.

    I remember growing up, I used to chop firewood and store them in a wood shack. Many a time, i have avoided being bitten by snakes hiding between the wood piles and thus have cultivated a crazy fear of them.

    At first, looking at the image of Janguli, I almost couldn’t look at it and had this cold fear in me. I wish I had known of the dharma back then as well as this practice of Janguli. Maybe, then I wouldn’t have this phobia.

    Thank you, Rinpoche for this wonderful teaching.

  2. Marek on Jan 5, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    snake venom can often be used as medicine – isn’t nature amazing!?

  3. Anne Ong on Dec 23, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    A truly valuable resource for people working in jungles and can encounter our serpentine friends.What a perfect being to have in statue form at Kechara Forest Retreat. I hope this comes to manifest one day soon, and that she blesses and heals beings who come into contact with her.Thank You Rinpoche for the protection and this teaching on the potent antidote to outer and inner poison that
    cause harm to us. _/\_

  4. Marek on Dec 21, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    excellent! Please tell us about Golden Tara aka Vasudhara
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasudhara
    http://www.chinabuddhismencyclopedia.com/en/index.php/Vasudhara
    http://www.fsmegamall.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=2597
    I found her practice very effective even though I’d not received her initiation, I’ve received Green Tara and White Tara initiation, when I was sick with an infection the doctors told me would take 4 weeks to recover, I did lots and lots of Parnashavari practice (without initiation) and recovered in half the time!
    (I still took the prescribed medicine, avoided alcohol and tobacco, had a healthy diet, plenty fresh air and exercise, continued my regular practices) and played her mantra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ajOEwyHhag
    http://www.chinabuddhismencyclopedia.com/en/index.php/Parnashavari
    & found Mahamayuri meditation very effective when i felt like my mind was polluted
    http://www.chinabuddhismencyclopedia.com/en/index.php/Mahamayuri
    so happy so many practices exist and happy to share them with others wishing others to benefit from them too

  5. Wai Meng Wan on Jun 22, 2016 at 1:14 am

    A truly valuable resource for people working in jungles and can encounter our serpentine friends. Thank you for the protection Rinpoche.

  6. Tsem Rinpoche on Mar 6, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    How do we know Janguli is authentic? And how was she described?

    – We know she is authentic because the Buddha spoke about her being an emanation of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara.

    – When the Buddha was a Bodhisattva in the northern Himalayan region, Janguli transmitted some mantras for snake protection to the Buddha.

    – In that story, the Buddha referred to Janguli as a young girl, mystical and who had the power of mantra. The Bodhisattva girl was very special, she wore every attribute akin to death – snakes, poisonous flowers, poisonous creepers and poisonous glance as well.

    我們如何鑑定穰麌梨的真實性?她是如何被形容的?

    -我們透過佛陀陳述她為觀音菩薩的化身而知道她的真實性。

    -有一世,佛陀還是居住在喜馬拉雅上北部的菩薩時,穰麌梨傳授一些免於蛇毒的一些咒語給佛陀。

    -佛陀在那個故事中說穰麌梨是童女、神秘,而且有心咒的力量。這位女菩薩非常特別,身戴種種與死亡有關的象徵,如蛇、毒花、毒蟲等飾物。

  7. Uncle Eddie on Mar 6, 2016 at 12:38 am

    As in his aspiring text of “Janguli”, we have been cautioned by Rinpoche that if we are living in a forest or jungle, infested by wild beast and fierce animals, such as poisonous snakes, insects and so on, we must take extreme precaution. In today’s time of degenerate conditions, likewise today’s human world is like a wild jungle. In the dreadful jungle of this blatantly degenerate age, beings engage joyfully in unwholesome actions, whose delusions and obsessions make the dreadful forest more wild and dangerous than the poisonous snakes and fierce angersome animals. Simultaneously, we as human beings are roaming around in today’s world uncontrollably in rounds of existence with no freedom of birth. We are being thrown here and there into sufferings, being chased by karma since beginningless time without freedom. We have been bound to endless cyclic existence with its many obstacles. What’s the cause? All because of our unbroken familarity with delusions, obsessions and results of anger, just like a hateful snake. As cautioned, anger can not only harm our long term happiness, dreams and aspirations, but also destroy friendships and frightens away our golden opportunities too! For those who are religious and secular, it would be ideal and good for them to quell and calm anger. Practices to eliminate such vicious habits can also be obtained from Lamrin, Shantideva, wheel of sharp weapons and Janguli teachings too. May all be auspicious that we may pass our days and nights with Buddhas’ holy Dharma and delight in the glory of our perfection. Om Mani Padme Hung.

  8. JP on Mar 5, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    What stood out most in this article about Janguli is that even the most angersome being can be subdued by immense compassion. Anger is the most poisonous as it can lead to total destruction of oneself and others.

    Wars are fought and millions die as a result of one’s anger. How many times have we said something we regret out of anger? How many times have made choices out of anger and they were not the best choices?

    The key here is that there is always an antidote to all the negativities. Nothing is permanent. We just need to find the right antidote coupled with consistency and perseverance.

  9. Stella Cheang on Mar 5, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Goddess Janguli is a Vidya who is an emanation of the great compassionate Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. She existed in Buddha’s previous life as a young girl with mystical power of the mantra. Vidyas mean a class of devas/fairies who are attained beings; while some of them are enlightened emanations of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas bot others could be mundane celestial beings who have not achieved insight of emptiness.

    Goddess Janguli is depicted in the sutra as the antidote to every poison in the world, especially poison by snake. Janguli’s mantra when recited and its written form worn around the neck would render that person harmless from poison. A snake who bites a person under the care and protection of Janguli would split like that of a basil plant. While it is amazing how Goddess Janguli’s mantra can cure or prevent poison, it is imperative to understand that snake actually represent our inner emotions.

    “Snakes frighten everyone and can harm even large animals not to mention humans. Like that, anger can harm our long term happiness, dreams and aspirations. Anger can destroy friendships, good relationships and good situations. Anger is symbolized by the snake which does harm and frightens our good opportunities away.”

    Thus in the real sense, Janguli practice is dissolving our anger and it’s harmful effects. Anger is the root cause for destruction of merits and causes us to stay in samsara longer.

    Thank You Rinpoche for this teaching on the potent antidote to outer and inner poison that cause harm to us.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  10. Jason on Mar 4, 2016 at 3:05 am

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing. Janguli , Avalokiteshvara emanation.This bodhisattva is seldom hear about it.she is to help us protect from being hurt by snake.Snakes are attract to Janguli because of her compassion. Compassion conquer everythings. The snake here is our anger.Anger is the major obstacles in enlighten path. We must practice to be boddhicitta to overcome many things.

  11. Alice Tay on Mar 3, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    佛菩萨有无数的化身的主要原因是她大发慈悲来救度众生。而穰麌梨童女就是观世音菩萨其中之一的化身,能帮助众生防蛇之危害与解除世间所有的毒素。

    就如上师尊贵的詹杜固仁波切所说,持修穰麌梨童女可以从我们个人的业力还未成熟时,保护我们免受恶报的伤害。不过当我们持修穰麌梨童女不只是为了要祈求免受毒蛇的侵害,而真正的原因是要消除我们内心里面的愤怒。而愤怒就好象一条可恶的毒蛇一样。因为愤怒是可以毁灭我们所累积的功德和导致我们继续轮回在娑婆世界。

    因此,我们必须要学习佛法。就如大慈大悲观世音菩萨一样,持有慈悲心来对待一切众生和对治我们三毒之一,嗔怒心。

    感谢仁波切的分享,让我们多了解此观世音菩萨化身之一,穰麌梨童女。

  12. Shelly tai on Mar 3, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us about Janguli who is a emanation of Buddha of compassion. That is something about how amazing is Buddha is they are in any way trying to help us living being by all their emanation is to benefits us and show us the way of compassion and wanting us to get out of our own delusion that keep us in this uncontrol state of rebirth .

  13. Chris on Feb 6, 2016 at 2:19 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this amazing article on Goddess Janguli. From this post, I learnt that the compassion of the Buddhas are limitless. They can emanate many different forms to aid us in our problems and obstacles according to their nature. Chenrezig, the buddha of compassion had specifically emanated in this form, Goddess Janguli to help with the people who are exposed to the risk of poisons and venomous snakes.

    However, a buddha can also emanate in mundane forms such as men, women, or even insane beings that can help us. But due to our obscuration, we view them as normal beings and therefore cannot receive their help. This can be seen clearly as an example from the story of Asanga and Maitreya Buddha. Asanga was a great indian pandit that did extensive meditation on Maitreya to see him. Maitreya was always there but Asanga cant see him because of his karmic obscuration. When Asanga finally purified his karmic obscuration, he saw the true nature of the dog that he saw, which is indeed Maitreya Buddha.

    Humbly,
    Chris

  14. Valentina Suhendra on Jan 28, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you for this information about Goddess Janguli and her nature as Avalokiteshvara. For those who live in the forrest, protection from snakes can be very important. I like the explanation that protection from snakes also means protection from anger as anger destroy friendship, relationships, and burn good karma. For me, that is the most important lesson in the article.

    Valentina

  15. Bradley Kassian on Jan 28, 2016 at 4:03 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this, and helping spread awareness of this unique being who is part of Tara’s entourage. What a perfect being to have in statue form at Kechara Forest Retreat. I hope this comes to manifest one day soon, and that she blesses and heals beings who come into contact with her. She is extremely rare to encounter,next too none of her depictions survive. It is sad her practice died off in India, and although spread to Nepal, Tibet, and China, it never established a firm foot hold, and it has been in decline for many centuries. I hope she blesses the Jungles of Malaysia, and from there spread around the world. May she come back from the brink of obscurity, and continue to benefit others for centuries to come. 🙂

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

    Jason

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

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

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 02:21 PM
    Its a heartfelt touching article of this faithful dog.Cannot imagine this ,such a wonderful relationship between that dog and the deceased owner.The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that we will not come back for them That i noticed from observing from my pet poodle.In this case this faithful dog knew his owner won’t be back.
    Dogs are loyal, patient, fearless, forgiving, capable of pure love and have feelings too.He must have missed the owner badly that he wanted to accompany the owner all the way to the resting place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. May that faithful dog ,continue to serve and well taken, love by the other family members.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:46 PM
    Werewolves are known to be mythical creatures found in fiction instead of lurking in the dark woods,In various parts of the world there were few cases who have gone down in history as real life werewolves Interesting to read it from these post..How far it was true or just legends.,no one really know . Many myths and legends surrounding werewolves .To become a werewolf, it is necessary to be bitten by a werewolf in their form at the time of the full moon. Thats what all of us knew from the movies and from fiction told. Reports of werewolf sightings continued even till this century but mostly in between 1428 and 1447 .The most recent sighting of werewolf sightings in 1972. was in Ohio .but eventually subsided .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article which i do enjoyed reading it,
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Valentina
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:11 PM
    Join our blog chat session this Saturday 11AM – 12PM (GMT +8) on the topic of:

    Twenty-Four Holy Places & Eight Great Charnel Grounds part 2 – (focus topic: Eight Great Charnel Grounds)

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

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

    Jason

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

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

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 05:50 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for the illustrated miracle story on how Rinpoche guided Cynthia and Marici away from danger through protector’s practice. The unseen exist, whether we like it or not. Some of them are malicious and have the affinity or karma with some of us. Hence they can cause harm and disturbance. By engaging in Protectors’ practice like Dorje Shugden and Setrap that have been practiced by the high lamas of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, we are protected and guarded against harm.

    Rinpoche is compassionate and only want the best for us. His teachings are not meant to show off the power of the divines but offer us a way out from our desperate samsara conundrum that binds us from engaging in deeper spiritual practice. Rinpoche always teaches us to focus on mind transformation and Tsongkhapa practice. How fortunate we are to have met Rinpoche in this lifetime. We must not let this rare and precious opportunity go to waste.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-12.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 04:30 PM
    Miracles do happen,when we have faith and trust in our Guru.What is important is to follow Rinpoche’s advice and do as instructed by our Guru to clear the osbtacles all the way.Angie and Herry were so fortunate to have meet Rinpoche.Its because of Rinpoche ‘s compassion and caring for his student Angie’s life was saved.Infact Rinpoche has helped many people through his intervention, advice and instructions.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing miracles stories which i enjoyed reading.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 02:45 PM
    WOW….interesting a miracles true story. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.Reciting mantras by family members and doing 20 pujas done at the monastery to help the baby. These proved that pujas, which have been done for hundreds of years in the monasteries are very powerful methods for us to overcome difficulties, create huge amounts of merit and for protection, good health and long life.This show us how powerful pujas can help us when we have trust and faith in our Guru.And with Rinpoche divination,the baby was born and now a healthy boy.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
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: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
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This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
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March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month 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!
1 month 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
1 month ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 month ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
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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
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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