The Healing Deity – Loma Gyonma

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When Buddhas give teachings, it is specifically to benefit the listener. When the listener applies the teachings of the Buddhas and becomes enlightened, that person becomes another Buddha, and that person may teach others and so on. Therefore the number of Buddhas in existence is limitless, and the number of Buddhas to appear is yet to be determined and will depend on our personal practices.

When we think of a Buddha, we think of Shakyamuni Buddha but in actuality there are many other Buddhas. If we were to say that there are no other Buddhas besides Shakyamuni, then we eliminate the very reason why Buddha even gave Dharma teachings – which is a method for us to become enlightened beings. So it is impossible that from the time Buddha Shakyamuni taught the Dharma up until now, that for the last 2500 years, no practitioners have ever attained any sort of enlightenment. It is impossible to logically assume that not one single being since the time of the Buddha has become enlightened or that there were no Buddhas prior to Buddha Shakyamuni.

Therefore it is safe to assume by logic that there are many Buddhas, many who are in the process of becoming Buddhas at this very moment, many who have became Buddhas in the past and many who will become Buddhas in the future. Within the pantheon of Buddhas, there are many types of Buddhas depending on their specific motivations prior to enlightenment, and one such type is the healing class of Buddhas such as Loma Gyonma or Pita Parnasavari.

Pita Parnasavari’s practice is very sacred and very supreme because it focuses specifically on purifying the karma and the causes that ravage our bodies with diseases. Diseases, illness and sickness are tremendous obstacles to our practice because sometimes we recover and sometimes we don’t recover from them. And if we do not recover, we do not know when we will have another chance to achieve another precious human body to practice, meet our teachers, to believe, trust and develop spiritual maturity in order that we have confidence in our practice.

So when we practice this deity, Pita Parnasavari, it is specifically aimed at purifying karma that can harm our body, karma that can manifest diseases, or if we are sick and disease-ridden, this practice can help us heal in conjunction with the medicines we are taking. If we do this practice every single day, we can set up a simple altar to her or include her onto our existing altar. It can be a statue, tsa tsa, picture or painting of her, or we could have an altar specifically for her. Either way, she is a fully enlightened Buddha so there is no conflict whatsoever.

Her practice specifically requires initiation but I have taken the time to compile something for all of you out there, who will probably not have the opportunity to receive practices directly from a lama, or to receive initiations into her practice from a lama. So I have compiled a practice for all of you that you can print out and do every day, to heal your body, to heal your spirit, and to heal your mind of diseases.

During this time and age when our food is toxic, the air is toxic, the water is toxic and the ground is very polluted, many types of diseases arise that we never heard of in the past. Loma Gyonma or Pita Parnasavari is extremely effective in combating new diseases, virulent diseases and diseases that are extremely contagious, dangerous and life threatening. Doing her practice not only heals diseases, but also creates the situation where we can accumulate merits through practicing the Six Paramitas. When we accumulate merits via the Six Paramitas, we also create the causes for ourselves to become a fully enlightened being in the future. Therefore by practicing Pita Parnasavari, it is definitely possible to plant the seeds and to create the causes for our full enlightenment in the future.

You can do the practice that I have compiled, which is called a sadhana, on a daily basis, or you can also do it in retreat which means you take Friday, Saturday and Sunday off, or a week off, or two weeks off, and concentrate on her mantra and her practice. You can do her mantra every single day… one mala, one rosary or you can do more. It will be very good to do more of her mantra if you are very ill. It’s up to you how much you would like to do. After reciting her mantra, you can also blow on the medicines that you are going to consume orally or apply topically, as an extra blessing for the effectiveness of the medication. Loma Gyonma in Tibetan is excellent to practice daily even if you are healthy. You can do the practices and dedicate to someone you love or a pet. You can blow the mantra on water to be drunk or on pets to bless them. Good to let animals hear Her mantra by reciting out loud in their presence. Good to do this practice where there has been a history of illness or a place ‘unclean’. The environment is blessed where Her practice and mantra are done.

This practice doesn’t require initiation. I repeat, this sadhana I have compiled doesn’t require initiation or prior permission. You may engage in it on your own, either as a daily prayer or in a retreat. Along with that, I have included two extensive practices of Loma Gyonma for those of you who have received initiation and who would like a more extensive practice. One is in the tradition of a book I have called Opuscula Tibetana and another is compiled and written by the ‘Healing Lama’, His Eminence Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche. So these are included for you as well as a downloadable picture of Loma Gyonma for your convenience.

By creating this compilation, I hope you will derive the benefits of this practice, and for many of you, the blessings to prevent illness and also to collect much merit through the Six Paramitas and at the same time to be able to heal any diseases that you may have. I would like to repeat again, it does not mean you stop medication. You should take your medication alongside the healing practices of this extremely effective Goddess Loma Gyonma or Pita Parnasavari. It brings me great pleasure to bring this practice to you. I thank my writer’s team for their research and compilation. Without them I cannot present this to you. May they and everyone be blessed always by this great Female Buddha of healing.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Introduction: Illness and Diseases in the Tibetan Medical Tradition

In the Tibetan medical tradition, good health and long life are not separate from one’s spiritual path and Tibetan medicine is steeped in Buddhist notions and concepts. Tibetan medicine practitioners believe that illness and disease are caused by Ignorance and Karma. Ignorance gives rise to the Three Poisons – attachment (Desire), anger (Aversion) and mental darkness (Confusion) – and these are linked with the three ‘humors’ or faults. Attachment is linked to the humor Wind; Anger to Bile; and Confusion to Phlegm.

Attachment creates an imbalance in the Wind or ‘lung‘ in Tibetan. Wind refers to more than the bodily gases but includes a force that directly relates to the mind and emotional states. Wind or ‘lung’ controls such bodily functions as breathing, muscular activity, sensory functions, speech and urination, amongst others.

Anger or strong aversion triggers imbalance in another humor which is the Bile. When the bile is in a state of imbalance, it manifests in the form of liver diseases, jaundice, poor metabolism, problems with the vital energies and body heat.

Confusion relates to a third humor, the Phlegm. When this becomes awry, it can cause conditions such as asthma, lymphatic complications and infectious diseases such as tuberculosis.

Another primary cause of sickness and disease is Karma, which is the result of sinful or wrong actions from our past lives. Basically, diseases are classified into 42 types of wind disorders, 26 types of bile disorders, and 33 types of phlegm disorders to make up a total of 101. Then there are also 101 disorders whose origins lie in the karma of past lives. They are illnesses of a serious nature, which are typically considered the consequences of mistakes committed in previous lives. In general, there are nine main fatal diseases which are traditionally considered as karmic diseases:

  1. Consumption of the life span wind (the three pillars of life: life span, karma and fortune)
  2. Humors that have turned into “enemy”
  3. Consequences of a wrong diet, behavior and treatment.
  4. Injury or damage of a vital organ (e.g. brain, heart etc.) by external factors.
  5. Advanced wind disorders that have consumed the life span wind.
  6. Fever which has “crossed the mountain” (delayed fever treatment)
  7. Frozen body (delayed cold treatment)
  8. Inability of the body to sustain the treatment (physically too weak and intolerant to the medicine).
  9. Lha (subtle body of the person) stolen by evil spirits.

(Source: http://www.tibetanmedicine-edu.org/index.php/faq)

Since the notions of Ignorance and Karma are central to the study and practice of Buddhism, healing in the Tibetan medical tradition is not merely a function of biomedical treatment but also the process by which the basis of illnesses and diseases are eliminated. Therefore the underlying philosophy of healing in Tibetan medicine is in fact, spiritual purification.

 

The Healing Deity: Loma Gyonma (Pita Parnasavari)

Loma Gyonma or Pita Parnasavari

In Tibetan Buddhism, one of the most efficacious healing deities is Loma Gyonma, who is also known as Pita Parnasavari. Her name means ‘The Mountain Mendicant Wearing Leaves’ and the forest is her home. She has mastered the mysteries of the forest which she taps into to pacify and subjugate all illnesses, the causes of illnesses, destroy harmful spirits and enrich life and good health. Such is Loma Gyonma’s tremendous ability that she is known to be able to cure the most severe of diseases through her ritual.

Loma Gyonma’s Sanskrit name Parnasavari means the mountain hermitess who is able to lift the veil of ignorance and prevent illnesses that arise from it, especially those of the contagious kind. The word ‘savari‘ in her Sanskrit name is in reference to the ancient Savara tribe who are known to wear skirts made of grass and peacock feathers and hunt with bows and arrows. Due to the nature-based culture of the Savaras and familiarity with their forest habitat, they were attributed with knowledge of the medicinal and miraculous healing properties of herbs and plants.

Historically, Loma Gyonma is remembered as an Indian yogini who spent her life meditating alone in the forests of ancient India, wearing only leaves and living off the produce of the forest, while focusing on studying the elements and eventually attaining transcendent wisdom. However, in some narratives she is described as an Ogress. She is also known as the ‘Leafy Clothing Kuan Yin’ in some traditions.

Loma Gyonma is also regarded as an emanation of Tara. In the ‘Praise to The Twenty One Taras‘, Loma Gyonma is regarded as the 20th Tara, Lhamo Rithrodma (the Mendicant Tara) who averts all diseases. In the praise to Lhamo Rithrodma, it states that her right eye emits blazing rays that burn all the lords of diseases and epidemics.

What is unique about Loma Gyonma is that although the list of illnesses and diseases she can purify is comprehensive, she is regarded as a “specialist” in curing epidemics and wide-spread contagious diseases like SARS, AIDS, H1N1 and such like dangerous diseases. In Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, the universe contains tremendous healing powers and a healer who knows how to harness this universal force can cure just about any disease. The ultimate meaning is that if a healer can attain transcendent wisdom, then even the most dangerous afflictions, their causes and fruitions can be cured.

Loma Gyonma’s presence in Buddhism is pervasive and she is mentioned in both the Sutras and Tantras. While she belongs to the Kriya Tantras, she also appears in all four classes of Tantra. In the system of the Five Dhyani Buddhas, she belongs to the Karma Action Family and is viewed as the wisdom of Amogasiddhi emphasizing the swift performance of the enlightened activities of the Buddha. Loma Gyonma therefore is an emanation of the Buddha with the special characteristic of healing contagious diseases.

 

Iconography

The most common depiction of Loma Gyonma – yellow with six arms and three faces

While Loma Gyonma appears in many forms (Black, wrathful with two hands; Blue, wrathful with four hands; Green, peaceful with two hands; Red, wrathful with two hands; and in the Segyu tradition as a yellow deity with three faces), her main form is golden yellow with six arms and three faces.

Her main face is yellow and is peaceful and wrathful at the same time, with three eyes and her hair tied with a snake in a topknot. Her left face is red and expresses a desirous mood and her right face is white with a peaceful disposition. She is adorned with gold and jeweled crown and ornaments, and sometimes she is depicted wearing a long snake necklace as well as a crown of leaves.

Her upper body is clad with a gray silk scarf and her lower body is covered with a thatched skirt of leaves tied with a yellow silk ribbon. She stands on a moon disc supported by a huge lotus flower. Her right knee presses down on her seat with the right heel underneath as support, and her left leg is raised up in what is traditionally known as the lunging posture, which denotes Loma Gyonma’s readiness to strike.

In her three right hands, she holds the vajra, an axe and an arrow. With her three left hands, she holds the noose, a bow and a freshly cut tree branch laden with fruits, flowers and leaves. Loma Gyonma’s implements describe her function and intention — she holds her vajra-tipped noose with a threatening hand gesture signaling her imminent intention to rope disease-causing demons and harmful spirits. After catching them, she uses her axe to chop away their harmfulness or her bow and arrow to pierce their hearts rendering them harmless. Loma Gyonma’s vajra indicates her indestructibility and her adamantine insight into the true nature of all phenomena including diseases. Because of this insight, she sees the ultimate insubstantiality of diseases and thereby the possibility of removing even the most potent ones.

Finally, she is a picture of full-bodied vitality, youthful with a muscular and rotund body which is a sign of good health in India. Her strong stocky form also denotes her capacity to trample demon-causing diseases.

 

Red Loma Gyonma – wrathful with 2 arms

Green Loma Gyonma – peaceful with 2 arms

Black Loma Gyonma – wrathful with 2 arms

Blue Loma Gyonma – wrathful with 4 arms

Click HERE to download high resolution images of Loma Gyonma or Pita Parnasavari

 

Prayers

Loma Gyonma’s curative abilities are invoked through the power of visualization and mantra recitation.

LOMA GYONMA SADHANA COMPILED BY H.E. TSEM RINPOCHE

This practice was compiled from traditional sources by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche on 23 April 2015.

[NOTE: This practice can be done daily by anyone or for those who wish to engage in retreats. It does not require any initiations and can be recited in either Tibetan or English.]

Download the Prayer Text here.

 

Prostrations

(Make 3 prostrations to the altar)

 

Taking Refuge

(Recite 3x)

NAMO GURU BEH
NAMO BUDDHA YA
NAMO DHARMA YA
NAMO SANGHA YA

I take refuge in the Guru
I take refuge in the Buddha
I take refuge in the Dharma
I take refuge in the Sangha

 

The Four Immeasurables

SEM CHEN TAM CHAY DE WA DANG
DE WAY GYU DANG DEN PAR GYUR CHIG
SEM CHEN TAM CHAY DUG NGEL DANG
DUG NGEL KYI GYU DANG DEL WAR GYUR CHIG
SEM CHEN TAM CHAY DUG NGEL ME PAY DE WA DANG
MI DREL WAR GYUR CHIG
SEM CHEN TAM CHAY NYE RING CHAG DANG NYI DANG
DREL WAY DANG NYOM LA NAY PAR GYUR CHIG

May all sentient beings have happiness and its causes,
May all sentient beings be free of suffering and its causes,
May all sentient beings never be separated from sorrowless bliss,
May all sentient beings abide in equanimity, free of bias, attachment and anger.

 

Visualization

Out of emptiness arises jeweled Mount Meru, with forests of flowers and fruits, on top of which from the syllable PAM arises a lotus, from AH a moon disc, on which is one’s own consciousness in the form of a yellow PAM, which emanates rays of light, making offerings to the Arya beings. This light clears away the illnesses and sufferings of all living beings. The light collects back into the syllable PAM and oneself transforms into the Bhagavati Parnasavari, in golden color, with three faces and six arms.

The main face is yellow, with an expression of wrath and elegance. The right face is white, with a peaceful expression. The left face is red, with an expression of desire. Each face has three eyes. The first right hand holds an upright vajra, the second an ax, the third an arrow. The first left hand holds a vajra lasso wrapped around the fingers in a gesture of threatening, the second holds a branch with flowers, fruits and leaves, and the third holds a bow. The heel of the right foot is held against the secret region. The knee and sole of the right foot are touching the seat, and the sole of the left foot is touching the seat. Thus she is in a posture of half-standing, half-sitting, in an elegant manner.

She is adorned with jewels and flowers, and wears an upper garment of red silk and a lower garment of tree leaves. With a white snake as a chest ornament and half of the hair bound in a top knot, she is blossoming with youthfulness and beauty, and has an exciting and slightly wrathful expression. Seated amidst blazing light, she is adorned at the forehead with the white syllable OM, at the throat with a red AH and at the heart with a blue HUM. Inside the heart on a sun disc the yellow syllable PAM emanates rays of light inviting from her natural abode the actual goddess Parnasavari along with her entourage.

(Visualize very strongly in front of you…)
From Loma Gyonma’s heart, lights go out and invite the actual Loma Gyonma and all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and deities dissolve into her. She and they are one. She contains the essence of all the Buddhas especially the healing ones.

 

Bless the Offerings

OM AH HUM (3x)

 

Offerings

OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA ARGHAM PRATITSA SOHA
OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA PADYAM PRATITSA SOHA
OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA PUPE PRATITSA SOHA
OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA DHUPE PRATITSA SOHA
OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA ALOKE PRATITSA SOHA
OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA GANDHE PRATITSA SOHA
OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA NEWIDE PRATITSA SOHA
OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA SHAPTA PRATITSA SOHA

 

Praise

I prostrate to You, the illusion-like Wisdom,
Which arises out of the miracle of all the Buddhas
Whoever does the practice of this Goddess
Pacifies forever all illness, evils and obstacles.

 

Mantra Recitation

Visualize golden lights from Loma Gyonma in front of us. The lights come towards us and hit us in the various parts of our body that are diseased or require healing. Think strongly that the disease(s) is expelled from our body and our body is filled with light which is Loma Gyonma’s enlightened energy.

Essence Mantra

OM PISHATSI PARNASAVARI HRI HA HUM PHAT SOHA

(Perform the visualization during recitation of the Essence Mantra)

Action Mantra

OM PISHATSI PARNASAVARI SARVA DZARA PRASHAMANAYE SOHA (7x)

Long Mantra

TAYATHA / OM AMRITE / ASHVASTANGE /
MAMARA / MAMARA / SHAMAVARA /
SHAMA UPASHAMA TUNUPI /
NUTUTUTUTU MULE SOHA /
NAMA SHAVARNANNA /
OM PISHATSI PARNA SHAVARI VISHATSI SOHA /
OM PARNA SHAVARI HUM PHAT
OM ANGURE / MANGURE PARNA SHAVARIYE SOHA /
OM PISHATSI PARNA SHAVARI SOHA /
SARVA MARI PASHAMANI /
SARVA DUSTANANI VANDHA MUGANA HUM PHAT SOHA
(Recite 3x)

 

Bless Offerings

OM AH HUM (3x)

 

Torma Offering

From one’s heart centre emanates rays of light, inviting the goddess Pita Parnasavari and Her entourage.

BENZA SAMADZA

(thus inviting)

OM PISHATSI PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA IDAM BALIM GRIHANA PAYA GRIHANA PAYA SARVA DZVARA PRASHAMANAYE SOHA
(Recite 3x)

 

Offerings

OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA ARGHAM PRATITSA SOHA
OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA PADYAM PRATITSA SOHA
OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA PUPE PRATITSA SOHA
OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA DHUPE PRATITSA SOHA
OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA ALOKE PRATITSA SOHA
OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA GANDHE PRATITSA SOHA
OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA NEWIDE PRATITSA SOHA
OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA SHAPTA PRATITSA SOHA

 

Praise

I prostrate to You, the illusion-like Wisdom,
Which arises out of the miracle of all the Buddhas
Whoever does the practice of this Goddess
Pacifies forever all illness, evils and obstacles

 

Requests

Please take this offering,
and may the yogi myself and all others be free from illness.
May we be endowed with long life, power,
fame and fortune, dignity and great wealth.
Grant us the attainments of all actions of pacification, increase, etc.
May the pledgeholders always protect
and assist us in achieving all attainments.
May they pacify untimely death, illness, evils, disturbances, obstacles,
bad dreams, bad signs and omens and bad activities.
May the world have peace, good crops and increase of grains.
May the Dharma flourish, causing all goodness to arise.
May all that I have in my mind be fulfilled.

 

Request Worldly Beings to Return

OM BENZA MU

(Visualize Loma Gyonma and her enlightened entourage dissolving into you)

 

Dedication

By the virtues collected through this practice
May I quickly attain the state of Pita Parnasavari
and lead all beings, without exception,
to the state of Enlightenment.

 

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LOMA GYONMA SADHANA EXTRACTED FROM OPUSCULA TIBETANA

The practice of Yellow Loma Gyonma is said to be particularly effective against contracting diseases.

ONLY TO BE DONE BY THOSE WHO HAVE RECEIVED INITIATION

Download the Prayer Text here.

 

Refuge and Generating the Mind of Enlightenment

I take refuge until complete enlightenment
in the Buddhas, the Dharma and the Supreme Assembly,
Through the merit I collect by practicing giving and the other perfections,
May I attain Buddhahood for the sake of all living beings.

At one’s heart on a lotus and moon disc is the syllable PAM
from which emanates rays of light,
inviting PITA PARNASAVARI adorned by Guru Akshobya
surrounded by Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

 

Inviting the Wisdom Beings

OM VAJRA SAMADZA

 

Prostrations

NAMO GURUBHYA
NAMA PARNASAVARI BUDDHA BODHISATTVA SAPARIVAREBHYA

(thus offering prostrations)

 

Offerings

OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA ARGHAM PRATITSA SVAHA
OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA PADYAM PRATITISA SVAHA
OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA PUSPE PRATITSA SVAHA
OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA DHUPE PRATITSA SVAHA
OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA ALOKE PRATITSA SVAHA
OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA GANDHE PRATITSA SVAHA
OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA NAIVIDYE PRATITSA SVAHA
OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA SHABDA AH HUM SVAHA

(thus making offerings)

 

Bodhicitta Vow

I take refuge in the Three Jewels.
I regret all my unwholesome deeds.
I rejoice in the merit of all beings.
I will hold Bodhicitta until Enlightenment. (recite 3x)

OM VAJRA MU

(the Wisdom Beings depart)

 

The Four Immeasurables

May all living beings be endowed with happiness
and the causes of happiness.
May all living beings be free from suffering
and the causes of suffering.
May all living beings be endowed with the happiness
that is free from suffering.
May all living beings remain in a state of equanimity
not having attachment for those they hold close
nor aversion for those they keep at a distance

(thus meditate on the Four Immeasurables)

 

OM SVABHAVA SHUDDA SARVA DHARMA SVABHAVA SHUDDHO HAM

(Dissolving into emptiness)

 

Out of emptiness arises jeweled Mount Meru, with forests of flowers and fruits, on top of which from the syllable PAM arises a lotus, from AH a moon disc, on which is one’s own consciousness in the form of a yellow PAM, which emanates rays of light, making offerings to the Arya beings. This light clears away the illnesses and sufferings of all living beings. The light collects back into the syllable PAM and oneself transforms into the Bhagavati Parnasavari, in golden color, with three faces and six arms.

The main face is yellow, with an expression of wrath and elegance. The right face is white, with a peaceful expression. The left face is red, with an expression of desire. Each face has three eyes. The first right hand holds an upright vajra, the second an ax, the third an arrow. The first left hand holds a vajra lasso wrapped around the fingers in a gesture of threatening, the second holds a branch with flowers, fruits and leaves, and the third holds a bow. The heel of the right foot is held against the secret region. The knee and sole of the right foot are touching the seat, and the sole of the left foot is touching the seat. Thus she is in a posture of half-standing, half-sitting, in an elegant manner.

She is adorned with jewels and flowers, and wears an upper garment of red silk and a lower garment of tree leaves. With a white snake as a chest ornament and half of the hair bound in a top knot, she is blossoming with youthfulness and beauty, and has an exciting and slightly wrathful expression. Seated amidst blazing light, she is adorned at the forehead with the white syllable OM, at the throat with a red AH and at the heart with a blue HUM. Inside the heart on a sun disc the yellow syllable PAM emanates rays of light inviting from her natural abode the actual goddess Parnasavari along with her entourage.

 

VAJRA SAMADZA
DZA HUM BAM HO

Again rays of light emanate, inviting all Tathagata initiating deities.

VAJRA SAMADZA

 

Offerings

OM VAJRA ARGHAM PRATITSA SVAHA
OM VAJRA PADYAM PRATITSA SVAHA
OM VAJRA PUSPE PRATITSA SVAHA
OM VAJRA DHUPE PRATITSA SVAHA
OM VAJRA ALOKE PRATITSA SVAHA
OM VAJRA GANDHE PRATITSA SVAHA
OM VAJRA NAIVIDYE PRATITSA SVAHA
OM VAJRA SHABDA PRATITSA SVAHA

Oh all Tathagatas, please grant me the initiation.

(thus requesting)

 

Just as all Tathagatas received initiation at the moment of their birth, likewise we now grant initiation with the pure water of the gods.

OM SARVA TATHAGATA ABHISEKATA SAMAYA SRIYE HUM
(Saying this, the initiation with the water of the vase is bestowed.)

 

The entire body is filled with the nectar from the initiation, purifying all stains. The excess water comes out of the crown and transforms into Buddha Akshobya.

(Then, bless the offerings according to the Kriya Tantra tradition.)

OM VAJRA AMRTA KUNDALI HANA HANA HUM PHAT

OM SVABHAVA SHUDDHA SARVA DHARMA SVABHAVA SHUDDHO HAM

Everything is emptiness. Out of emptiness in front of oneself appears the syllable OM which transforms into eight spacious jewelled vessels. In each of those vessels appears the syllable OM, which transform into godly substances: water for the mouth, water for the feet, flowers, incense, and so forth, clear, unobstructed and as extensive as space.

OM ARGHAM AH HUM
OM PADYAM AH HUM
OM PUSPE AH HUM
OM DHUPE AH HUM
OM ALOKE AH HUM
OM GANDHE AH HUM
OM NAIVIDYE AH HUM
OM SHABDA AH HUM

(Then, make offerings as before at the time of visualising the assembly)

 

Offerings

OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA ARGHAM PRATITSAYE SVAHA
OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA PADYAM PRATITSAYE SVAHA
OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA PUSPE PRATITSAYE SVAHA
ON PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA DHUPE PRATITSAYA SVAHA
OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA ALOKE PRATITSAYE SVAHA
OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA GANDHE PRATITSAYE SVAHA
OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA NAIVIDYE PRATITSAYE SVAHA
OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA SHABDA PRATITSAYE SVAHA

 

Praises

I prostrate to You, the illusion-like Wisdom
Which arises out of the miracle of all Buddhas.
Whoever does the practice of this Goddess
Pacifies forever all illness, evils and obstacles.

 

Mantra Recitation

Essence Mantra

OM PISHATSI PARNASAVARI HRI HA HUM PHAT SVAHA

Action Mantra

(recite any number of times)

OM PISHATSI PARNASAVARI SARVA DZVARA PRASHAMANAYE SVAHA

Long Mantra

(If you wish to recite the long mantra of Parnasavari)

TADYATHA / OM AMRTE / ASHVASTANGE /
MAMARA / MAMARA / SHAMAVARA /
SHAMA UPASHAMA TUNUPI /
NUTUTUTUTU MULE SVAHA /
NAMA SHAVARNANNA /
OM PISHATSI PARNA SHAVARI VISHATSI SVAHA /
OM PARNA SHAVARI HUM PHAT
OM ANGURE / MANGURE PARNA SHAVARIYE SVAHA /
OM PISHATSI PARNA SHAVARI SVAHA /
SARVA MARI PASHAMANI /
SARVA DUSTANANI VANDHA MUGANA HUM PHAT SVAHA /
(recite thus)

 

(The white torma should be blessed according to the Kriya Tantra tradition)

OM VAJRA AMRTA KUNDALI HANA HANA HUM PHAT

OM SVABHAVA SHUDDHA SARVA DHARMA SVABHAVA SHUDDHO HAM

Out of emptiness from the syllable YAM comes a wind mandala, on top of which from RAM comes a fire mandala. From the syllable AH comes a skullcup, white on the outside and red inside, huge and spacious, containing the five meats and five nectars, which are purified, transformed and multiplied by the recitation of the three syllables [OM AH HUM]. The substances become an undefiled ocean of wisdom nectar.

OM AH HUM (recite three times)

 

Torma Offering

From one’s heart centre emanates rays of light, inviting the goddess Pita Parnasavari and Her entourage.

VAJRA SAMADZA
(thus inviting)

OM PISHATSI PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA IDAM BALIM GRHANA PAYA GRHANA PAYA SARVA DZVARA PRASHAMANAYE SVAHA
(recite three times)

(Then make offerings and offer praises like before)

 

Offerings

OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA ARGHAM PRATITSA SVAHA
OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA PADYAM PRATITSA SVAHA
OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA PUSPE PRATITSA SVAHA
OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA DHUPE PRATITSA SVAHA
OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA ALOKE PRATITSA SVAHA
OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA GANDHE PRATITSA SVAHA
OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA NAIVIDYE PRATITSA SVAHA
OM PARNASAVARI SAPARIVARA SHABDA PRATITSA SVAHA

 

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I prostrate to You, the illusion-like Wisdom,
Which arises out of the miracle of all the Buddhas
Whoever does the practice of this Goddess
Pacifies forever all illness, evils and obstacles.

 

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Please take this offering,
and may the yogi myself and all others be free from illness.
May we be endowed with long life, power,
fame and fortune, dignity and great wealth.
Grant us the attainments of all actions of pacification, increase, etc.
May the pledgeholders always protect
and assist us in achieving all attainments.
May they pacify untimely death, illness, evils, disturbances, obstacles,
bad dreams, bad signs and omens and bad activities.
May the world have peace, good crops and increase of grains.
May the Dharma flourish, causing all goodness to arise.
May all that I have in my mind be fulfilled.

(Thus making requests for the desired purposes)

OM VAJRA MU
(Thus requesting the wisdom beings to depart)

 

Dedication

By the virtues collected through this practice
May I quickly attain the state of Pita Parnasavari
and lead all beings, without exception,
to the state of Enlightenment.

 

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  1. Marek on Jan 4, 2017 at 7:53 pm
  2. Marek on Jan 4, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    print her picture, make a gift of her picture by “inviting” her to sick people – in popular Chinese belief, it appears to be more effective for men to propitiate female deities, women to propitiate male deities – then – what do I know? I’m just lost in Samsara like a solitary blind sheep in a forest at night – constantly bumping into and tripping over stuff, unaware of what might be there

  3. Marek on Jan 4, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    her Chinese name: Ye Yi Fo Mu – leaf clad Buddha Mother

  4. Marek on Jan 4, 2017 at 1:23 am

    she cured my sickness in half the time the doctors said it would take – mind you, I took the pills, no booze, no cigarettes, ate well, positive outlook, lots of fresh air and exercise, no transmission of her mantra, “invited” her pictures free from Shanghai’s 1 and only Gelugpa Temple – situated on Changde Lu near Xinzha Lu, sharing premises with Ju Shi Lin Pure Land Temple, the mantra I practised is different to the ones above – Om Pishachi Parnashavari Sarva Jora Prashmanaye Soha
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ajOEwyHhag
    http://www.chinabuddhismencyclopedia.com/en/index.php/Parnashavari

  5. Fong on Jul 31, 2016 at 1:33 am

    Loma Gyunma embodies healing of body and mind, through the Six Paramitas. In this modern times, we face so very many challenges with illnesses and diseases, this article is so very apt.

    As we heal ourselves and others, we are better able to practice and collect merits towards our practice. What a very good spiral of events for our practice.

    Thank you, Rinpoche for the article and teaching. May Rinpoche have stable health and long life. May Rinpoche’s wishes manifest swiftly and smoothly.

  6. CindyH on Jun 11, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Coming back to this article, it reminded me of the lesser prominent aspect of the Loma Gyonma practice wherein if you diligently do her practice, you are in fact also creating the situation for possible accumulation of merits through practicing the Six Paramitas. This is very significant as when we accumulate merits via the Six Paramitas, we are in effect creating the causes for ourselves to become a fully enlightened being in the future. And this is in addition to the more “immediate” effect of her practice i.e. her ability to cure all kinds of illness particularly in curing epidemics and wide-spread contagious diseases like SARS, AIDS, H1N1 and such like dangerous diseases. After all, Loma Gyonma is an emanation of the Buddha with the special characteristic of healing contagious diseases.
    I also remember feeling much calmer whilst chanting her mantras together with my Protector’s mantra when I was hospitalised last year and although the doctors could not conclusively diagnose the cause of my sudden condition, I was actually discharged with a clean bill of health.

  7. Paul Yap on Dec 5, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    this practice is definitely very beneficial to many people that needs help and assistance. There are lots of uncured sicknesses nowadays, some don’t even heard of. From the writing above, What interesting is, Lhoma Gyonma is said to be an emanation of Tara and Guan Yin as well. Buddhas has manifested in different form to suit and help us, with great compassion and wisdom, various method was introduce for us to overcome inner and outer obstacles. Lhoma Gyonma is definitely one of my favorite Deities!

  8. Bradley Kassian on Sep 18, 2015 at 1:50 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for making this wonderful practice avalible too us. 🙂

    Parnashavari (tib. Loma Gyonma)

    • Bradley Kassian on Oct 8, 2015 at 11:18 pm

      Goddess who pacifies every illness
      And all disease-causing demons,
      I bow before you, divine mother.

      Manifesting in every field and village,
      Especially appearing in forested places…
      Homage to you, powerful mountain lady…
      Homage to you, playful goddess.

      You know all the methods of taming,
      Adorned with clothing of fresh tree leaves,
      Ornamented by many fruits and flowers,
      Homage to you, goddess wearing leaves.

      With the roar of peaceful mantras,
      You pacify epidemics and sufferings;
      With the thunder of wrathful mantras,
      You destroy poisonous spirits;
      Homage to your holy speech.

      Your peaceful heart soothes living beings;
      With deep affection and delight,
      You magnify life and glory;
      O goddess whose mind is spacious and free,
      I worship you!

      • Bradley Kassian on Oct 10, 2015 at 12:37 am

        Parnasavari

        Dwells in a forest glade high on a mountainside. Her beauty reflects the allure of the forest. Her skin glistens with emerald light. “The healing sap of trees flows through her veins; her limbs are robust and supple as sapplings.” she “adorns herself with nature’s finery: feathers, flowers fruits and berries.” She as a skirt made of leaves, it “sways around her hips as she daces in her primeal bower.” She wanders “in a state of joyous, primal rapture, alive to the colors, fragrance, and textures of the secrets. Her woodland home is a treasure trove of botanical riches and medicinal secrets. Tutored in the unwritten lore of the forest, she is mistress of its healing mysteries, a goddess with the power to cure the most drastic illnesses and epidemics.”

        Parnasavari means “Tribal Woman Clothed in Leaves. Her first appearance in a Tantric sense came about in the Tenth and eleventh centuries, hence why she is regarded as more tribal in appearance. She was an important goddess [and ultimately a Buddha] in Indian Buddhism, and still serves this role in the Tibetan Pantheon.” “Her clothing and attributes express the connection with nature from which her healing powers derive. Her leaf skirt blends harmoniously with sylvan surroundings and offers a ready supply of herbaceous remedies. Her skirt is festooned with fruit, flowers, and feathers. She is necklaced by a white snake, crowned with flowers, and has small snakes as hair ribbons.”

        She carries equipment of one who lives in the wilds. “She wields a small axe, invaluable for anyone subsisting in the forest, and ideal for harvesting fruit, herbs, and medicinal plants.” She wields “a bow and arrow, tools befitting a huntress, and waves aloft a tree branch laden with fruits, flowers, and fresh young leaves.” She also sports “a noose that could serve a number of practical purposes, such a snaring small game and bundling botanical harvests.”

        Everything in the universe has healing power and under some circumstances, a healer “knows how to channel this omnipresent force.” Parnasavari personifies the “magical healing properties of nature that can be tapped through dance, trance, incantation,” and mantra. Parnasavari’s curative powers are channeled through meditation, ritual, and mantra, so the objects that she carries serve a ritual purpose. An example would be tree leaves, which were used in healing rites in India. Her implements also serve in “the ritual capture and binding of diseases. In the South Asian and Himalayan medical theory, diseases are not only conditions but entities invisible to the eye but nonetheless can be banished or destroyed.” When invoked, “she uses her vajra-tipped noose to lasso the disease demons. She clasps the noose with a threatening hand gesture (tarjani mudra), signaling the imminent entrapment of harmful spirits. After she has extracted the disease demons, she uses her axe to chop them or her bow and arrow to pierce their hearts, rendering them impotent.”

        “Parnasavari’s healing activity is most directly indicated by the vajra (bronze scepter) she bears. The vajra symbolizes her indestructibility as well as her adamantine insight into the illusory nature of all phenomena. A healer, to be effective, must have the wisdom to recognize the ultimate insubstantiality of a disease if she or he is to envision its absence and accomplish its removal.” In tantric ritual a vajra is flourished with sacred hand gestures to channel energy. “Thus it conveys that the healer works with the patient’s energy. “The physical symptoms are understood as a tangible manifestation of a negative energy embedded in the patient’s psyche or a disturbance in the patient’s energies due to the toxic substances, harmful psychological factors, or malevolent supernatural energy. A healer must discern the nature of the disease as a blockage of energy flow and intervene to restore a balanced, healthy pattern.”

        The vajra directs energy, addresses the metaphysical level of healing work, well the sceptre strikes through the physical manifestation to the core of the problem.

        She has many manifestations in India and Tibet, can come in many colours including green, and yellow, but usually found with six arms and wields implements of vajra, axe, arrow in her right hands, and in her left noose, bow, and a freshly cut tree branch. In her other forms such as an eight arm form found in India and Tibet she can be found wielding peacock feathers, bowl of medicines, and a double vajra. She is a picture of robust vitality, youthful, vibrant, muscular with a plump firm body all reflecting a sign of good health, and able to trample demons.

        She pursues disease yet “merely at play in her woodland roaming, affectionate toward living beings, joyful to exercise her healing art.” She has mastery over the four modes of ritual activity in her “cure of diseases, as she pacifies and subjugates all illness and causes of illness, destroys harmful spirits, and enriches life and good health.”

        Parnasavari may be shown in a meditation pose but commonly found lunging, conveying her physical prowess in confronting an adversary. Fundamentally it’s an archers stance and the pose represents a spirited dance flourishing her implements and leaf wand to drive away illness. Her dance motif may also reflect the role of dance in Indic healing rituals. An example would be a shamanic ceremony where the healer shakes a drum decked with leaves as he dances in trance to exorcise demons. In some iconography her bent leg with her heel pushed against her pelvis, stimulates the flow of energy in the pelvic area for the purpose of “sending it upward along the spine an directing it to the desired ends such as creativity, healing, or heightened states of awareness.”

        She has a few healing methods in which a Buddhist practitioner can tap into her healing powers. All these techniques begin with the creation of a vivid mental image of the goddess. The mediator absorbs the image and then works with her divine healing energies in a state of unity with her. “One method is to transmit colored light from the mediator’s body to specific persons or whole towns or areas that are threatened by contagious diseases or epidemics. Another method is to make amulets imbued with presence by dharani recitation. The amulet would be worn to protect the wearer against infectious disease and other misfortunes.” If following one of her ritual texts, one can imbue her presence and healing energy in medicines such as herbs, powders, pills, through recitation of her mantra and envision dissolving her into these objects of healing. This is very much like the Medicine Buddha’s healing practice or blessing an object through Tsongkhapa’s migtsema mantra. These pills etc. once blessed then can be administered to sick persons or distributed to areas at a risk of epidemic.

        Though the process of healing associated with Parnasavari involves physical substances and ritual acts, it is ultimately seen as a process of purification, specifically the purification of negative karma which caused the disease to manifest in the first place, and remove any other karma that will cause disease in the future, well at the same time healing the body and mind of the practitioner. Her healing energy and presence can operate on the the most subtle levels of a person’s being, eliminating the underlying causes of illness by clearing blockages in the normal flow of energy and infusing the recipient’s spirit with sufficient radiance and resilience to prevent the recurrence of the disease.

        One of her healing meditations described in a Tibetan text operates on this subtle level. The “healer focuses on the five energy centers of his or her body. The five centers, known as chakras, are located at the crown of the head, throat , heart, navel and sexual organ. The healer creates a mental image of Parnasavari in each chakra: a white goddess at the crown, red at the throat, blue at the heart, yellow at the naval, and green at the pelvis. These “small figures emit streams of light that the healer mentally transmits to the corresponding bodily sites in the patient. The patient consciously absorbs the energy and visualizes it flooding the energy centers, removing blockages and regenerating the body at the etheric level.”

        A “person who is sufficiently self-aware can prolong the benefits [of her practice] by refraining from pathogenic patterns of thought and emotion in the future.” Those really adept at her practice can create protective shields of light around the body, that stand guard against negative energies or contagions that arise in the future.”

        Parnasavari is attributed with virtually limitless healing powers. A current Sakya manual states she is effective against “all illness and demons causing illness, and provides a detailed list of diseases she can cure, including those that are otherwise incurable or resistant to treatment, are of short or long duration, disrupt the body on the elemental level (earth, air, fire, water, and space), involve the humors (wind, bile, phlegm) , attack any part of the body, cause fatigue or fever, are caused by demons or harmful astrological influences, and afflict domestic and wild animals. She even wards off nightmares and injurious accidents.” Though her “curative powers are comprehensive, she is regarded as a specialist in the cure of contagious diseases, plagues, and epidemics in human and animal populations. In these cases, Parnasavari’s healing energies may be invoked by means of a public ceremony in the area at risk and the distribution of consecrated pills, to prevent the spread of the contagion to a community, grant individual immunity once a plague has begun, or hasten the end of the epidemic in progress.”

        Reference: Buddhist Goddesses of India by Miranda Shaw

  9. Li Kheng on Sep 8, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    Buddha embarked on a journey to find the antidote to aging, illness and death. After years of trial and tribulation, Buddha found the solution – the Dharma.

    From what I understand, the practice of Loma Gyonma eradicates our illness by

    1) purifying our karma of non-virtuous deeds from the past
    2) developing our Bodhicitta mind and insight into the non-existence of the diseases

    This reiterates why Dharma is the ultimate solution that relieves us from suffering arising from aging, illness and death.

  10. Joy Kam on Jul 31, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    This certainly a rare, precious and amazing practice. Thank you Rinpoche, now I know a little bit more about the amazing healing hermit goddess I’ve been painting Loma Gyonma who is also another lovely form of the supreme mother Tara 🙂

    Also thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us this practice without having to take the initiation. I am sure many will find this very useful as well as safe to share with others especially during these degenerate times where getting where spiritual practice is on the decline not to mentioned getting initiations on such treasures. Rinpoche’s blog is literally a treasure cove of Dharma wisdom and knowledge. It will keep on benefiting millions who have no Dharma centre, no Dharma teacher or friends, and no Dharma facilities now and forever into the future.

  11. Sharon Ong on Jun 25, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Thank you for this timely post, Rinpoche. No doubt very useful and appropriate in times like this where dengue cases are on the rise. May this powerful practice bring healing to all who needs it.

  12. stella on Jun 16, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this very detailed teaching of the Healing Deity. Sentient beings are plagued by many diseases in this kaliyuga age. The practice of a powerful enlightened healer will definitely help many people who are suffering.

    Thank you, Rinpoche for being so kind.

    Sincerely and humbly,
    Stella

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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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.
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
yesterday
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.
yesterday
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.
4 days ago
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.
2 weeks ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
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More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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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!
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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
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
1 month ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
1 month ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
2 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
2 months ago
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
2 months ago
This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
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Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
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Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

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