Mahasiddha Naropa: The Indomitable Disciple

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(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai)

The great Mahasiddha Naropa, or Naropada, was born the prince of an ancient kingdom in East India. Descended from a notable and respected royal family, Naropa’s father was the great King Santivarman and his mother was the glorious Queen Srimati.

Antique Naropa statue from the 15th-16th century, Tibet. Click on image to enlarge.

King Santivarman and Queen Srimati had a daughter, Srijnana, but they had always wanted a son. Unfortunately, all attempts to bear a son were in vain and so they consulted the mystic Yasomati. The mystic declared that they should take heartfelt refuge in the Three Jewels, develop a sublime motivation and make offerings to the Gurus, yidams, dakas, dakinis and Dharma Protectors. That would be the cause for the royal family’s aspirations to be fulfilled.

The royal family arranged for lavish offerings to be made in accordance with the mystic’s advice, and it is said that Naropa was conceived in this manner. That night, the queen had a dream in which the entire kingdom was enveloped in a brilliant light of indivisible bliss and emptiness. The next morning, she informed the king of her dream and he replied,

“A sentient being has taken residence in your womb. It is through the kindness of the Buddhas that he will become a superior being.”

The Dauntless Naropa as depicted in this old thangka painting. Click on image to enlarge.

The royal couple continued to make offerings until the special prince was born. In 1016 CE during the fourth lunar month, Naropa came into the world amidst auspicious signs of thunder, gentle earth tremors and a miraculous ray of light. At the time of his birth, he bore all the signs of an exceptional being endowed with special marks and signs. Upon examining Naropa, the Brahmin Guhyamati prophesied that he would be like the son of King Suddhodana. If he was to take up the religious life, he would be the ‘Lord of the Earth’ just like Prince Siddhartha. Thus, the Brahmin gave the young prince the name Samantabhadra.

From a young age, the prince seemed to possess profound wisdom and a sense of loving-kindness and compassion that was beyond his age. From supernatural insight, he would from time to time spontaneously relate incidents from his previous lives and even declare his future qualities and deeds.

As he grew older, it became more and more apparent that he should be in the monastery. In the same way that jewels are not meant to be left on the floor but kept in beautiful ornamented chests, it was not appropriate for Naropa to dwell amidst worldly folk. Even the royal family came to realise that such an extraordinary son should be in the monastery, although they were not happy about it.

Yet, despite being followers of the Dharma, the king and queen were concerned that their son would not fulfil his duties to carry on the royal lineage. In an attempt to deter their son from his spiritual inclinations, the king discouraged him from reading and writing. Nevertheless, the young prince found a way to learn in secret and eventually became a great scholar.

 

Early Pursuit of the Dharma

The holy statue of Mahasiddha Naropa found within his meditation cave in Nepal. Click on image to enlarge.

When Naropa was just eight years old, he could already perceive the faults of ordinary existence and became disgusted with the world. His mind was set on Dharma practice and every action he took was motivated by this. Despite his tender age, he urged his attendants to practise the Dharma and reminded everyone of the truth of impermanence. Whenever he witnessed someone practising virtue, he would reward them gladly. Conversely, whenever he saw someone committing negative actions, he would be deeply affected by it.

He eventually pleaded with his parents to allow him to travel to Kashmir to study the Dharma. His mother was deeply saddened and, holding him to her chest, she refused to let him go. He softly sang a verse, entreating his mother not to hold him back as the opportunity to practise the Dharma was rare and the chances of attaining a human life were just as rare. In the end, his mother relented and at the age of 11, Naropa travelled to Kashmir.

Kashmir at that time had many renowned monastic institutions and was a great seat of Buddhist learning. Naropa met the great master Gaganakirti there, became his lay disciple, and was given the name Gaganagarbha. Under this master’s tutelage, Naropa studied grammar, medicine, epistemology, dialectics and the arts. Later, he studied and mastered the Kalachakra Tantra, the Samvarodaya Tantra and the Sariputrapariprccha Sutra; various medical treatises along with treatises on grammar; and the four main Indian languages. Following that, he studied and mastered logic through the Pramanasangraha treatise and its seven commentaries, many of which were composed by Nagarjuna, Aryadeva and other great pandits of India.

 

Coming of Age

Naropa remained in Kashmir for three years and emerged as a leading scholar of the five branches of learning – language, logic, medicine, arts and spirituality. He then returned home with 13 great scholars. Unfortunately, his parents grew impatient as they watched their son delve ever deeper into the Dharma. In the end, the king sent the scholars off with lavish gifts, and demanded that it was time for the prince to choose his bride and fulfil his familial duties. Naropa pleaded for permission to pursue the Dharma instead, but his parents would not back down and threatened to end their lives if he did not comply with their wishes.

Hard-pressed to come to a decision, Naropa reluctantly agreed to take a wife. As a last resort, he came up with a list of special qualities that his bride should have, thinking that such a combination of extraordinary virtues would be impossible to find in a single person and, in this way, he could perhaps avoid marriage. The king grew despondent as he contemplated the impossible task of looking for a girl with such attributes. However, the chief minister approached the king and offered to arrange the search for this illusive girl.

A thangka of Mahasiddha Naropa with his yidam, Vajrayogini on the top left and smaller figures of his Nepali disciples, the Pamthingpa brothers. Click on image to enlarge.

A year passed and the search party eventually arrived at a village in Bengal where they discovered a girl who matched the description given by Naropa. Her name was Vimala and she was from a priestly Brahmin family. On behalf of the prince, the search party pleaded with the girl’s father for her hand in marriage. At first, the father outright refused but later relented when the search party threatened to commit suicide. Overjoyed, they returned to their homeland and reported the good news to the palace.

Shortly thereafter, the king sent his ministers along with a retinue bearing elaborate gifts to escort Vimala to the palace. Although Naropa did not expect such a girl to exist, he went ahead with the marriage just as he had promised, and they were wed according to tradition. Later, he instructed his wife in the teachings of the Mahayana tradition, and she became his devoted disciple and served him accordingly.

However, the feelings of renunciation remained ever strong in Naropa, and one day, not being able to withstand his desire to renounce samsara any longer, he spoke to his wife about it. He told her of his spiritual aspirations that had never left him since he was a child. He spoke of his wish to leave home and of being hampered by the guilt of disappointing his parents. Lastly, he expressed his need to leave his royal life behind one way or another, and gave her permission to remarry or follow the path of the Dharma.

Vimala replied that she realised death could come at any time, and so she would not hinder his Dharma practice. She offered herself as a scapegoat and told him to say that she had many faults. In this manner, their marriage could be annulled.

So, Naropa approached his parents and told them that his wife had beguiled him. He announced that he could no longer live with her. His parents tried to talk him out of it and even enlisted the help of Vimala’s father to smooth things between the two of them. However, so determined was Naropa to leave the marriage that both sets of parents turned to Vimala to seek proof of his accusations.

In accordance with her agreement with Naropa, Vimala cried and admitted that she had no real virtue and that she had indeed beguiled him. She accepted the separation and they went through divorce proceedings. Thereafter, according to some scriptural traditions, Vimala continued her practice and eventually became known as the famous Niguma, the black dakini. In other scriptural traditions however, Niguma was actually Naropa’s sister.

According to some traditions, the great yogini Niguma is said to be Naropa’s former wife. Click on image to enlarge.

After the divorce, Naropa entered a hermitage called Anandarama when he was just 25 years old. The abbot, Buddhasarana, and the master Jnanaprabha gave him his novice vows, at which time he was also given the name Buddhajnana. He remained with them for three years to study the Vinaya or the monastic code of conduct; the Lalitavistara Sutra that contains stories from the Buddha’s life; the Karmasataka collection of monastic tales; the Smrtyupasthana or preparatory stages of meditation; and the Jataka tales of the Buddha’s previous lives. He went on to study Tantra under many other masters and scholars. He learned the Guhyasamaja system specifically, but also other important tantric treatises.

When he turned 28, Naropa travelled to Puna in Kashmir in order to receive full monastic ordination. Amidst a congregation of Sangha, the abbot Dharmaguru ordained Naropa in the presence of great masters like Dharmajnana and Dharmabodhi, and gave him the name Dharmadhvaja. Naropa remained in Kashmir for three more years, and studied the Kalachakra Tantra; the Vimalaprabha, the Stainless Light commentary to Kalachakra; the Mahamaya Tantra; and Sri Catuhpithamahayoginitantraraja. Upon completing his studies, he travelled to Pullahari.

While at Pullahari, Naropa became known as a great master and scholar. He gathered many disciples and monks around him, many of whom later became extremely learned. Some even developed signs of realisation as well. His fame spread like wildfire and he became known as the elder, Sasanadhara. Aside from teaching and practice, he spent the next six years composing various commentaries to the practices of the Guhyasamaja, Cakrasamvara and Hevajra Tantras, as well as various other works on Sutra and Tantra.

 

Entering the Great Nalanda Monastery

Nalanda Monastery at that time was the largest and most prestigious monastic institution that had ever arisen in India. It is said that there were 500 scholars in Nalanda and 84 were extremely famous. Amongst them, four stood out as the greatest of all and each was installed as one of the four gatekeepers (mahapanditas) of the monastery, according to the cardinal directions.

At that time, Prajnabhava was the foremost authority on the immediate and intuitive understanding of reality and he was the eastern gatekeeper. The legendary Krsnacarya or Nag-po-pa was the foremost authority on the Vinaya or monastic discipline and he was the southern gatekeeper. Ratnakarasanti was foremost in his knowledge of grammar, epistemology or Abhidharma, spiritual precepts, and logic or pramana and he was the western gatekeeper. Jetari was foremost in his realisation that rejection and attainment are the same when all obstacles are overcome and he was the northern gatekeeper.

One day, Jetari passed away suddenly and no scholar in the monastery was fit to take his place. Therefore, 500 scholars gathered and decided that Naropa was the only master with the wisdom and knowledge deep enough to take up the post of gatekeeper. Representatives of the monastery were dispatched to appoint Naropa to his position and it took the monks nine days of pleading before Naropa finally accepted the appointment. Thereafter, Naropa was escorted to Nalanda and installed in his position.

The ruin of one of the old monastery courtayrds of Nalanda Monastery.

The ruins of one of the old courtyards of Nalanda Monastery.

The old traditions of Nalanda dictated that the appointment of such an esteemed scholar should be followed by a grand debate with scholars of other philosophical systems. Accordingly, the monastery issued an official announcement for the debate and invited scholars from all over to attend. It was to be held a fortnight later and a throne was set up, right in the middle of the monastery, for the king who would preside over the event. Scholars were to be seated on the left and right of the throne, Buddhists on one side and Hindus on the other.

During the first two weeks of the event, a succession of Buddhist scholars were called upon to debate with Naropa but none could defeat him. In the next two weeks, the greatest Hindu scholars were called forth to debate with Naropa and once again, none could refute his points or defeat him in debate, and he remained victorious throughout the event. As a result, 100 Hindu scholars shaved their heads and converted to Buddhism while 600 more became ordained as Buddhist monks.

King Digvarman presided over the debate and proclaimed Naropa the champion with great pomp and ceremony. Thus, Naropa ascended the seat as the northern gatekeeper of Nalanda, and was given the name Abhayakirti.

The cave where Naropa meditated in the 11th century. Lamayuru Monastery, Ladakh. Click on image to enlarge.

 

In Search of His Guru: The Twelve Minor Trials

A beautiful painting of the great Indian master Tilopa clutching a fish. Click on image to enlarge.

It is said that Naropa’s search for his Guru began with an impetus that was brought on by none other than Vajrayogini herself. One day, Naropa was sitting quietly in his room reading a Buddhist text when a terrifying shadow suddenly appeared on the floor. He immediately looked up to see what it was and, to his surprise, he saw a very ugly, wrinkled and disheveled old hag with a gaping, toothless mouth standing before him. She was so decrepit that she needed the support of a walking stick.

She hobbled over to Naropa and asked, “What are you reading?” Naropa replied, “I am studying the Buddha’s teachings.” The old hag then asked, “Do you understand the words or the meaning?” Naropa immediately replied, “I understand every single word in these teachings.” Naropa’s response brought on great joy and jubilation in the old woman. She laughed and danced in an ecstatic manner and said,

“It is very fortunate for this earth that such a scholar as yourself exists!”

Since the old woman was so jubilant at the mere mention of his literal understanding of the Sutras, Naropa thought that she would be even more joyful if he said that he understood the essential meaning of the Dharma. So Naropa added, “I also understand the meaning of the teachings.” The expression on the face of the ugly old woman immediately switched from joy to sadness, and she fell to the floor and beat it with both her hands and cried, “To think that such a great scholar could actually utter a lie!” This embarrassed Naropa and he asked, “Is there anyone who can understand the inner meaning of the Dharma?” The old woman replied, “Yes, my brother, Tilopa.”

The moment Naropa heard the name “Tilopa,” pure devotion arose in his mind and tears came to his eyes. He asked, “Where can I find this master?” and the old woman replied,

“Go search for him. If your mind is filled with devotion and confidence, and you yearn to meet him then, the right direction will appear to you.”

The old hag uttered these last words then disappeared like a rainbow fading in the sky. Although she was actually Vajrayogini, Naropa was only able to perceive her as an ugly old hag due to his negative karma and obscurations that were not completely purified. His mental obscurations prevented him from perceiving her true identity.

Naropa decided there and then that he would go in search of Tilopa. He gave up all his belongings and books. He then requested leave from the abbot of Nalanda University. Wanting very much for him to stay, the abbot, scholars and the other gatekeepers requested that Naropa remain. However, Naropa had made up his mind and, with a deep yearning, he set off on his search for his master while requesting Tilopa’s blessings in his heart.

A dramatic thangka painting of Mahasiddha Tilopa with his disciple Naropa at his feet. Click on image to enlarge.

During his search for Tilopa throughout the length and breadth of India, Naropa experienced extreme hunger, thirst and exposure to the elements, but he was not deterred by the hardship. The many obstacles that he had to overcome have become known as the “Twelve Minor Trials of Naropa.”

He first encountered a limbless leper woman, who blocked his path and was unable to move aside. She told him to go around or jump over her if he was in a hurry. Pinching his nose, Naropa jumped but the woman disappeared into a rainbow halo and all he could hear were words admonishing him for being fettered by habit-forming thoughts and limitations. After that, he fell unconscious.

When he came to, he continued on his journey. While on the road, he came across a dog infested with lice and maggots. The stench of rotten flesh was overpowering and so, he had to pinch his nose and jump over the animal. The dog arose in the air, disappeared in a rainbow halo once again and he heard a voice admonishing him for not developing compassion for all living beings in accordance to the Mahayana path. Again, he fell unconscious.

When he woke up, he continued along the path. He then came across a man who was in the midst of playing tricks on his parents. He asked for Naropa’s help to turn their minds around and in return, he would reveal Tilopa’s whereabouts. However, Naropa declined, and the man receded into rainbow light. He heard a voice admonishing him for not eliminating his ego.

Further down the road, he met with a ghastly scene. A stranger was tearing up a corpse for its intestines and when Naropa asked him for the whereabouts of Tilopa, the man said he would answer if Naropa helped him in the bloody act. Too afraid to help, Naropa declined. Once again, the man disappeared into rainbow light. A voice was heard admonishing Naropa for not cutting out samsara, and he fell unconscious.

When he came to, he chanced upon a man with an open stomach wound and another man cleaning the wound with water. Naropa asked if the man knew Tilopa’s whereabouts. The man replied that he would show the way if Naropa would first help him clean the wound. When Naropa declined, the man disappeared into rainbow light and a voice was heard admonishing him for not cleansing his mind stream of samsara and all habit-forming thoughts. He fell unconscious.

Then, he came to a great city and went before its king, asking if he knew of Tilopa’s whereabouts. The king told him that he would show him the path if Naropa married his daughter. Before Naropa could agree, the king took his daughter, the dowry and withdrew from the room. Discovering that he was locked inside by a kind of spell, Naropa was about to use a forceful ritual according to the Chakrasamvara Tantra to free himself when the entire city disappeared into rainbow-coloured light and a voice admonished Naropa for falling into the pitfalls of desire and hatred. He fell unconscious.

When he came to, he travelled down the road and came across a hunter with a pack of hounds, a bow and some arrows. Naropa enquired if he knew of Tilopa’s whereabouts. The hunter said he would answer if Naropa took up the bow and arrow to kill a deer but Naropa declined. The hunter then sang a verse to Naropa and disappeared. The verse revealed that Tilopa would be fishing at the lake the next day. At long last, Naropa had a hint of where he might find his Guru.

Naropa went to the lake and discovered an old couple living on its shore. He asked them if they knew where Tilopa was. The old man replied that Tilopa had been living with them but before he would lead Naropa to Tilopa, he asked his wife to bring Naropa some food. The old woman started to cook some fish and frogs in the fire. This horrified Naropa because he didn’t eat meat and it was against his vows to have evening meals.

Later, when the old man discovered that Naropa didn’t touch his meal, he flew into a rage and threw the pan into the fire, causing the fish and frogs to rise into the air. The old man admonished Naropa for not consuming the fish of habit-forming thoughts and craving after attachments instead. Finally, he said that he would next be killing his parents, a clue as to his next manifestation. Then, Naropa fell unconscious.

The Naropa statue in a cave at Dzongkhul Monastery, Zanskar. Click on image to enlarge.

Later, Naropa came across the terrifying scene of a man who had impaled his father on a stake and imprisoned his mother in a dungeon. Both parents were crying to be released from their misery and this adversely affected Naropa as he mustered all his courage to ask the man where Tilopa might be. The man answered, “If you help me to kill my parents who have brought me tremendous problems, I will show you Tilopa.” Naropa hesitated as he felt sorry for the parents and did not want to collaborate with a murderer. The man disappeared and a voice admonished Naropa for not eliminating the three poisons of ignorance, hatred and desire, along with the fact that he would next appear as a beggar. Naropa fell unconscious.

When he came to, he continued his journey. Down the road, Naropa came across a hermitage and the residents recognised Naropa as the great Abhayakirti and asked if he had come to visit them. They received him with great pomp and circumstance as accorded by his status. Then, they asked him again for the purpose of his visit and Naropa responded that he was looking for Tilopa. The residents said that his search was over as there was a beggar living on the premises with that name. Naropa found the beggar Tilopa sitting over a fire and frying fish. When the other residents saw what he was doing, they were furious and began hitting the beggar. The beggar asked, “Don’t you like what I am doing?”

“How could we when you are doing something so evil?”

The beggar snapped his fingers, chanted “Lohivagaja (Fish, go away)” and the fish miraculously returned to the lake. Naropa folded his hands and begged for teachings. In response, Tilopa took his hand, placed a handful of lice into his palm and said,

“If you would kill the habit-forming thoughts and ingrained tendencies on this endless path to the ultimate nature of all beings, first, you must kill these.”

Naropa hesitated and said that he could not do it. Tilopa disappeared with parting words admonishing him for not killing the ‘louse’ of habit-forming thoughts. Then he said Naropa would visit a freak show the next day.

The dejected Naropa continued his search and came to a wide-open plain populated by strange people with various physical abnormalities. He asked one of them if he knew where Tilopa was, and was told that if he really wanted to find Tilopa, he would have to do as follows:

Out of confidence, devotion and certainty, become
A worthy vessel, a disciple with the courage of conviction.
Cling to the spirituality of a Teacher in the spiritual fold.
Wield the razor of intuitive understanding as the viewpoint,
Ride the horse of bliss and radiance as the method of attention,
Free yourself from the bonds of this and that as the way of conduct.
Then shines the sun of self-luster which understands
One-eyedness as the quality of many,
Blindness as seeing without seeing a thing,
Deafness as hearing without hearing a thing,
Muteness as speaking without saying something,
Lameness as moving without being hurried,
Death’s immobility as the breeze of the Unoriginated (like air moved by a fan).

When he had finished, Naropa fell unconscious. These words spell out the basic symbols of the Mahamudra, the Great Seal, that introduces oneself to the nature of the mind and leads to Enlightenment. What Naropa had just experienced was the manifestation of his Guru to purify his mind.

 

Naropa Finally Meets Tilopa

Somehow Naropa found himself in a village. After the hardships of enduring the “Twelve Minor Trials”, Naropa was at the point of contemplating suicide while he held a razor, thinking that he would continue his search in another lifetime. Then from the sky a booming voice said, “Not far from this village is the master whom you seek. You must have faith and confidence in him.” Naropa ran to the outskirts of the village and enquired with the villagers about the whereabouts of Tilopa.

Nobody seemed to know of a master by the name of Tilopa, but people pointed to a fisherman drying fish down by the river who was known by that name. Naropa was taken by surprise to hear that Tilopa was a fisherman but he recalled his prior experiences of his Guru’s manifestations and realised that Tilopa manifested as a fisherman due to his own negative perceptions and mind.

Without dwelling too much on this fact, Naropa went down to the river to meet Tilopa. The moment he arrived, he saw that Tilopa was transferring the consciousness of each fish to a pure realm with a snap of his fingers. After doing that, he would take each fish and bite its head off, throwing the heads onto a small pile, and place the body to dry on the sand so it could be taken to the market to be sold.

Naropa ran over, prostrated in the dirt at Tilopa’s feet and requested to be accepted as his student. However, Tilopa turned around, scrutinised Naropa from head to toe three times and said,

“No matter from what angle I look at you, you seem to be of a royal family. You look like royalty and speak like royalty, so why would you come to seek a low-caste fisherman for teachings?”

A depiction of Naropa. Click on image to enlarge.

 

Following the Teacher: The Twelve Major Trials

Having endured the “Twelve Minor Trials” in order to come face to face with Tilopa, Naropa next had to go through the “Twelve Major Trials” over the next 12 years under his Guru’s tutelage and guidance before he attained complete Enlightenment.

A beautiful thangka of Naropa. Click on image to enlarge.

In the first year, 
Naropa approached Tilopa and requested for instructions but Tilopa just looked at him and walked away. Naropa followed Tilopa as he climbed the stairs of a multi-storeyed temple. When they got to the top, Tilopa sat down, resting his back against the wall, and said, “Well, if I had a devoted student, he would jump from here.”

Naropa immediately took the plunge without hesitation and landed in a heap with all his bones broken. In tremendous pain, Naropa thought he would not achieve Enlightenment in that lifetime and began making prayers to meet Tilopa again in his next life. While he was praying, Tilopa appeared next to him and asked, “What happened to you?” Naropa replied, “I jumped, because my lama told me to do so. But I am lying here in so much pain with all my bones broken. It is terrible. I feel like I am half dead.” 

Tilopa then told him, “Your body is a result of your actions and your disturbing emotions. That is what creates your physical body. In a way, it is not so important if you have it or not.” He ran his hand over Naropa’s skin and completely healed him. Then Tilopa transmitted the teachings on the Ordinary Wish-Fulfilling Gem to Naropa.

After a year had passed, Tilopa came over to Naropa and said, “Why didn’t you ask me for more instructions?” Immediately, Naropa started to offer a mandala and requested for instructions, and once again Tilopa walked away with Naropa following in his wake. 
They came to a big empty field with a bonfire in the middle. Walking over to the fire, Tilopa said, “If I had a student who was really devoted, he would jump into the fire.”

Naropa immediately went into the fire and suffered tremendous burns as a result. Tilopa then came over and asked, “What happened to you now?” Naropa answered, “Well, my body is burnt and I am suffering.” Tilopa replied, “It is alright to burn self-clinging and I have the practice and instructions on how to balance the internal elements in order to do this.” He touched Naropa’s skin and healed him completely, and the fire disappeared. Tilopa then gave Naropa the teachings on One-Valueness.

A year later, Naropa went into a town to beg for alms. He was offered some very good food from a banquet, which he brought back to Tilopa. Tilopa greatly enjoyed the meal and said, “Oh, this is delicious; the food is really good.” Pleased to see his Guru so light and happy, Naropa decided to go and beg for more food and told Tilopa of his intentions. Tilopa said, “One can only go to beg for food once and that is the tradition here. If you go again, you will get into trouble but you can try. Why not? Take this water. If you have problems you should sprinkle the water. If they are still after you then take this wooden sword and make circles in the air. Then you should be alright so, go and get the food!”

Naropa returned to the town but since he could not beg for more food, he resorted to stealing it. As he tried to escape, he was caught red-handed and the townsfolk came after him. He first sprinkled the water that Tilopa gave him and a lake appeared between him and his pursuers. Next, he used the wooden sword, but, by using it, he was trapped by an iron fence so it was very easy for the people to catch him. They first set him on fire and when he escaped, they caught him again and beat him up terribly. When he finally made it back to safety, Tilopa healed him and bestowed upon him the instructions on the Wish-Fulfilling Gem of Commitment.

Another beautifully painted thangka of Naropa. Click on image to enlarge.

Naropa remained with Tilopa and continued his practice. One day, Tilopa suddenly walked away and Naropa followed him. They came upon a deep pond full of leeches and Tilopa settled at the shore in meditation. Naropa went up to Tilopa, offered a mandala, prostrated before him and requested for instructions. Tilopa then said, “If I had a good student, he would make a bridge so I can cross over this pond.”

Naropa immediately began constructing a bridge but before he could finish, Tilopa decided to cross over. He stepped hard on Naropa’s back before jumping to the other side of the pond. Naropa fell into the water and it was terrible. The water was ice-cold and he nearly drowned. He was covered with leeches, which started sucking his blood. 

Tilopa asked him, “What is the matter? What is wrong?” 
Naropa replied, “The leeches are eating me alive and it is very cold. This is awful.” Tilopa then said, “This is not a problem. I can give you instructions that will warm you up and you will not feel any pain. I have the instructions on the Inner Fire, based on Emptiness.” Tilopa healed Naropa and then gave him the complete transmission of the Tummo or Inner Heat practice.

Another year went by while Naropa continued to practice. Then Naropa offered a mandala to Tilopa and requested further instructions from him. Tilopa told him to get ten pieces of bamboo, pour melted butter over them, apply heat to harden them, and then to sharpen them. Next, Tilopa took the sharpened sticks and inserted them all into Naropa’s body. He then walked away while Naropa was suffering terribly.

When Tilopa returned, he asked, “What happened to you?” Naropa answered, “I’m pierced by these bamboo sticks and it is extremely painful. I think I am going to die.” Tilopa then touched Naropa with his hand and the wounds and the pain disappeared. Thereafter, Tilopa transmitted the teachings on the Illusory Body to Naropa.

The following year, Tilopa came to Naropa and said, “Aren’t you going to ask me for more instructions?” 

Naropa quickly got up, prostrated to Tilopa and requested instructions from him. Tilopa left immediately. Naropa followed him and they came to a big sandy plain where a man was walking. Tilopa said, “Well, if I had a good disciple then he would go immediately and catch that man, otherwise he is going to harm me.”

Naropa tried his best to catch the man, running as fast as he could, but he couldn’t keep up. He finally collapsed on the ground, totally exhausted. Tilopa came up to him and asked, “What happened?” Naropa replied that he was trying to catch the man but he could not reach him. It was just like a phantom or a mirage. Tilopa then said, “Well, that’s how it is in samsara. Everyone is chasing after illusory objects and always trying to attain something which does not really exist. That’s the problem with samsara. Now I will give you instructions on Dream Yoga — that everything is like a dream.” Tilopa then transmitted the instructions on Dream Yoga to Naropa.

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Naropa meditated for another year on Dream Yoga while Tilopa entered into deep meditation. After one year, Tilopa suddenly stood up and left. Naropa followed him, offered mandalas and requested for instructions but Tilopa did not speak. Finally, when they came across the wedding procession of a minister’s son, Tilopa told Naropa, “Well, if I had a good disciple he would go and pull down the groom from his horse. He would also pull the hair of his wife and try to get her.”

Naropa had no doubts and immediately did as Tilopa requested. Naturally, the entire clan was infuriated and beat him up. Returning only when Naropa was half dead, Tilopa touched him and again healed his wounds. This time he transmitted the teachings on the Clear Light.

Another year passed and Tilopa once again indicated that it was time for Naropa to request for more teachings. Announcing that those who sought instruction should follow after him, Tilopa left. After walking for a long time, they met a procession with a king and queen. Tilopa said, “If I had a good disciple, he would go and pull down the king from his horse.”

Naropa did exactly as requested and this time, he nearly died from his injuries after being beaten up by the king’s followers. Tilopa came over to him, healed his wounds and said, “The reason that it is still painful is because you have not dissolved your ego-clinging. Now I will give you the Phowa or mind transference instructions.”

Over the course of the year, Naropa practised the Phowa of mind transference. 

A year later, Tilopa left and Naropa, seeking more instructions, followed. When they arrived at a big plain, they saw an Indian prince accompanied by his servants, having some leisurely fun. 
Tilopa said to Naropa, “Well, this time there are not so many people. You should go and hit the prince, snatch his ornaments, and then come back to me. In case there are any problems, call me.”

Naropa hit the prince, took his ornaments and started running back to Tilopa. However the prince’s servants called for assistance and many soldiers, who were nearby, began to chase after Naropa. 

Naropa shouted, “Tilopa help me! Protect me!” He had just reached Tilopa when the soldiers caught up. Tilopa asked the soldiers, “What did he do?” They replied, “He hit the prince and stole his ornaments.” Tilopa answered, “That’s very bad. We should beat him up.” Together they beat up Naropa and he nearly died. 

When the troops left, Tilopa asked him what had happened. Naropa said, “Well, I was beaten up, and though you said you would help me, you did not. I think I will die this time.” Tilopa touched him, healed him and then gave him the Phowa teachings on resurrection at the point of death.

Naropa meditated for one year on this special form of Phowa and then requested for more instructions. This time, Tilopa instructed Naropa to take on a consort who was a good Dharma practitioner. Following this advice, Naropa married and at first, the couple were very loving but after some time, problems arose between them and they had many arguments. Naropa eventually became completely embroiled in his problems with his wife. During this time, Tilopa came to visit and asked how things were going. Naropa divulged that he and his consort were having a very difficult time. 

In response, Tilopa said, “These problems are caused by your dualistic clinging. You have to abandon dualistic clinging and passion and then rely on a tantric consort.” 
Tilopa then transmitted to Naropa the instructions on the Karma-Mudra practice. Next, Tilopa told Naropa that he had broken his monastic vows by having sexual intercourse with his consort. Therefore, he had to purify himself. Immediately, Naropa took a stone and hit his secret organ many times until he passed out. Then, Tilopa healed him and bestowed upon him the teachings on the Six-fold Sameness of Value.

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A year passed and Naropa decided to request for more instructions. He offered the mandala and asked for teachings. In response, Tilopa requested for his consort. Naropa willingly obliged but his consort was still in love with Naropa and would cast sidelong glances at him. Noticing this, Tilopa became enraged and beat her up, saying that she cared not for him but only for Naropa.

Then, Tilopa looked at Naropa and asked him how he felt. Naropa replied that he was happy to offer up his consort and had no doubt in the propriety of Tilopa. This pleased Tilopa greatly and he decided to bestow upon Naropa the teachings on Mahamudra.

Naropa practised these teachings for a year, after which he once again offered a mandala and requested for instructions. Telling Naropa to follow him, Tilopa entered a desert. This time, no matter how fast Naropa ran, he could not keep up with Tilopa. This went on for some time until Naropa collapsed out of sheer exhaustion. 

He begged Tilopa to tell him if he had achieved any attainments through his efforts or if he had realised the ultimate.

In response, Tilopa said that Naropa should offer a mandala. As he had nothing else on him, Naropa obliged by using the sand of the desert. As there was no water to sprinkle on the mandala, he slit his wrist and offered his own blood. As he could not find a flower despite searching all around, he offered his head and limbs in lieu. Upon doing so, he passed out. When he came to, Tilopa asked if he was happy. Naropa replied that he was happy to offer a mandala of his flesh and blood to his guru. Pleased with the answer, Tilopa gave Naropa the teachings on the Intermediate State.

After undergoing such tremendous suffering for 12 years, Naropa once again requested Tilopa to give him the profound instruction. Tilopa replied, “You are not yet pure enough to be introduced to the nature of mind!” Without warning and with a wrathful expression, Tilopa removed his slipper and slapped Naropa across the face so hard that Naropa passed out. When he regained consciousness, Naropa had gained equal realisation to that of his teacher – he had attained the Mahamudra siddhi.

From then onwards, Tilopa became very loving towards Naropa and explained that he had to be very wrathful and subject Naropa to so much suffering for a reason. He said,

“The fact that I led you deliberately into many trials and tribulations does not mean that I am a cruel person. You see, your negative karma could not be purified by your own effort alone. It was only through experiencing hardship could you purify the negative karma that obstructed you from realising the ultimate nature of Buddhahood. Throughout all the hardship, you did not develop any doubts, hesitation, or wrong views, and you diligently obeyed all commands. In this manner, you were finally able to overcome all delusions and gain the highest realisation.”

 

On Receiving Vajrayogini

A statue of Vajrayogini in the manner of Naropa’s pure vision of her. Click on image to enlarge.

According to Keith Dowman in ‘Legends of the Mahasiddhas: Lives of the Tantric Masters‘, there was once a major wedding feast of a wealthy man’s daughter. As it was an honour and blessing for newlyweds to offer food to ascetics, Naropa, together with other mendicants, were given large helpings of the most exquisite curries from the wedding. When Naropa returned to Tilopa and laid out the curries, an amazing thing occurred. For the first time, Tilopa smiled at Naropa and when he finished eating the food, licking his fingers in delight, he asked, “Where did you find this, my son? Please return and fetch me some more.”

Naropa was delighted that Tilopa had called him ‘my son’. So he rushed to the celebration to ask for more. This happened several times. By the fifth time, Naropa was ashamed to show his face as the wedding party might think him greedy and deny him more curry, and a great inner struggle raged within him. Finally, unable to face his guru’s displeasure, Naropa decided to steal the entire pot.

Upon his return, Tilopa praised Naropa for lowering himself to such a level of humiliation, further commending him for all his years of perseverance. Tilopa then drew in the dirt, the ‘sindhura’ mandala of Vajravarahi, bestowed the initiation and blessing of Vajravarahi upon Naropa, and gave instructions on the meditations involved in the practice.

From that point forward, Naropa intensely engaged in her practice and within just six months, he gained Enlightenment. He beheld a direct vision of Vajravarahi in the form of Vajrayogini, which is today known as Naro Kechari or Naro Kachö (Naropa’s Dakini), with both of her sacred feet planted on the ground.

This special form of Vajrayogini represents a more potent form of her practice that brings quicker results for practitioners of today. Her mantra is the only mantra by which one can gain attainments just by reciting it, without any accompanying visualisations or meditations, as long as one has received her initiation from a qualified guru and kept up the vows and commitments.

 

Return to Pullahari

After his Enlightenment, Naropa returned to Pullahari where his former wife had became a great yogini after following Naropa’s earlier guidance. She had become known as the black dakini Niguma and is often referred to as Naropa’s sister (as it was an Indian custom to refer to one’s wife as a sister). A lineage of her instructions survives to this day.

Naropa is also renowned as the teacher of the Tibetan mystic, Marpa of Lhodrak. When a young Marpa first left Tibet, he traveled over the high passes to Parphing in Nepal. He stayed at Parphing for some time, adjusting to the climate, prior to traveling down into the hot plains of India.

A depiction of Marpa. Click on image to enlarge.

It was at Parphing that he met two mendicant brothers, both disciples of Naropa who were known as the Pamthingpa brothers. This encounter led Marpa to eventually seek out Naropa and become his disciple. Marpa received the full Four Transmissions of Oral Instructions of Tilopa from his guru, and also gathered further instructions in Dream Yoga and the After-Death state. These teachings continue to be transmitted to modern-day practitioners as the Six Yogas of Naropa.

The Pamthingpa brothers also received the Vajrayogini initiation according to Naropa’s visionary experience and they passed the lineage to a Tibetan translator, Melgyo Lotsawa Lotro Drakpa, who brought the teachings north into Tibet.

 

A Tibetan Encounter with Naropa

A reliable historical account of Naropa comes from the writings of Ngatso Lotsawa, a Tibetan translator who visited Naropa at his monastery in Pullahari while waiting for an opportunity to meet Atisha at Vikramashila. He wrote,

I went alone as an insignificant monk to see the Lord Atisha but he was in Magadha for a year. So I thought I would go see the Lord Naropa, since his reputation was so great. I travelled east from Magadha for a month, as I had heard that the Lord was staying in the monastery known as Pullahari. I felt a great fortune due to past merit arising from being able to go see him. On the day I arrived, they said some feudal prince had come to pay homage to the Lord Naropa. So I went to the place where a great throne had been erected. I sat right in front of it.

Suddenly, the whole crowd was abuzz, “The Lord is coming!” I looked all over and I saw the Lord. He was physically quite corpulent, with his white hair [stained with henna] and bright red, and he had a vermilion turban on. He was being carried [on a palanquin] by four men, and was chewing betel-leaf. I grabbed his feet and thought, “I should listen to his teachings!” Unfortunately, people pushed me further and further from his feet and finally I was tossed out of the crowd. Therefore, I had the good fortune to behold the Lord’s face, but did not actually hear his voice.

 

Naropa and Tilopa Caves in Nepal

After Naropa attained Mahamudra Siddhi equal to his teacher, Tilopa assured him that they were inseparable. They had never been separated in the past, were not separate at present, and would never separate in the future. Tilopa and Naropa became so famous throughout India that in the eyes of the people, they were like the sun and the moon.

Naropa turned the wheel of Dharma uncountable times in all directions and continued the great legacy of his teacher, Tilopa. Their sacred bond remains to this day at their caves above Surya Ghat just upstream from the famous Pashupati Temple Complex in Nepal. These caves evoke the time when Naropa meditated in the cave at night while during the day, he would beg for food and attend to the needs of his Guru.

Intrepid pilgrims continue to pay homage at these caves in memory of Naropa’s pure devotion to his Guru, Tilopa, and also to connect with Naropa’s Dakini — Vajrayogini — with recitations of her praise, mantras and pujas.

Naropa and Tilopa Caves near Pashupati Temple Complex in Nepal

Naropa and Tilopa Caves near Pashupati Temple Complex in Kathmandu, Nepal

 

Ascent to Kechara

The mandala of Vajrayogini, the divine of Vajrayogini as it is described in her sadhana.

The divine mandala of Vajrayogini as it is described in her sadhana. Click to enlarge.

The legendary Mahasiddha Naropa has since become synonymous with pure Guru Devotion, an essential attitude for Tantric practitioners everywhere. His legacy to the world is the great tantric tradition of Naro Kachö Vajrayogini and the Six Yogas of Naropa.

When it was time for Naropa to pass on, it is said that he ascended bodily into the Paradise of the Dakinis — Kechara, Vajrayogini’s Pure Land. Following in his footsteps, many other masters have ascended in a similar fashion to Kechara Paradise. In fact, all diligent practitioners of Vajrayogini’s Tantra can ascend to Kechara in this manner as long as they have pure samaya with their lama, faith in Vajrayogini, keep their vows and commitments especially the daily recitation of specific prayers and mantras to Vajrayogini, along with the bi-monthly tsok offering (tantric feast commitment).

This perfect story of the indomitable disciple Naropa has been told countless times in the great monasteries of India and Tibet to inspire practitioners on the tantric path. It is a timeless tale of the guru-student relationship and has been upheld as the perfect example of a disciple and the epitome of devotion to a teacher. I hope my retelling of Naropa’s story has inspired you to examine your own relationship with your teacher — your ultimate spiritual friend — and to always hold it as the precious foundation of your spiritual path.

Pastor David Lai

 

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  1. Pastor Adeline Woon on Jul 27, 2018 at 6:45 am

    This is my beautiful Bodhgaya Vajra Yogini on my personal altar. May you be blessed by her always. Read about her here https://bit.ly/2AfEK4Q

    Tsem Rinpoche

  2. Joy Kam on Jul 26, 2018 at 5:40 am

    Listening to the chanting of sacred words, melodies, mantras, sutras and prayers has a very powerful healing effect on our outer and inner environments. It clears the chakras, spiritual toxins, the paths where our ‘chi’ travels within our bodies for health as well as for clearing the mind. It is soothing and relaxing but at the same time invigorates us with positive energy. The sacred sounds invite positive beings to inhabit our environment, expels negative beings and brings the sound of growth to the land, animals, water and plants. Sacred chants bless all living beings on our land as well as inanimate objects. Do download and play while in traffic to relax, when you are about to sleep, during meditation, during stress or just anytime. Great to play for animals and children. Share with friends the blessing of a full Dorje Shugden puja performed at Kechara Forest Retreat by our puja department for the benefit of others. Tsem Rinpoche

    Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbzgskLKxT8&t=5821s

  3. Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 25, 2018 at 2:35 am

    The current form of Naro Kacho Vajra Yogini appeared to the Indian Mahasiddha Naropa after he meditated intensely on her practice inside a cave. He beheld her glorious form in a vision. This unique form became known as Naropa’s Vajra Yogini or Naro Kacho, as it had never existed before. Later, in Tibet, His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche also had visions of Vajra Yogini. His vision differed slightly from the vision of her that Naropa beheld. In the original Naro Kacho form, Vajra Yogini looks towards her pure land named Kechara. However in Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s vision, she looked straight at him, symbolic of the deity empowering him to bestow her practice to many people in order to benefit them. The practice of Vajra Yogini belongs to the Highest Yoga Tantra classification that leads to tremendous inner transformation and can even grant enlightenment within just one lifetime.

    PabongkaRinpocheVY

  4. Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 22, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    Video of Tsem Rinpoche’s shrine taken July 16, 2018. Very beautiful, well done and meticulous.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPAfpMoN2bA

  5. Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 21, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    Video of Tsem Rinpoche’s shrine taken July 16, 2018.
    Very beautiful, well done and meticulous.

    http://video.tsemtulku.com/chat-videos/chat-1531752637.mp4


  6. Joy Kam on Jul 7, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Vajra Yogini has many different forms and in each of these forms, the positioning of her sacred body, the various implements she holds and the expressions on her face have profound meaning into various aspects of enlightenment. The implements she holds, the expressions on her face, and her body symbolise specific aspects of enlightenment that suit people during a particular time and place according to their karma. So, therefore, Vajra Yogini’s pose, forms and emanations change over time in order to suit different karmically-connected practitioners. It will keep changing because enlightenment is fluid, compassionate and skilful. To gaze upon Vajra Yogini is to look at a complete ‘roadmap’ to enlightenment as every aspect of her body is a manifestation of enlightenment. Therefore to have her form, picture, painting or statue is very blessed. We should make offerings to her daily diligently.

    After the great Mahasiddha Naropa had served his guru the Mahasiddha Tilopa for 12 years, Tilopa conferred the Vajra Varahi (another form of Vajra Yogini) initiation with full instructions unto Naropa. Then, Naropa diligently meditated on Vajra Varahi and had a vision of her, and when she appeared to him directly, she appeared in the form of Vajra Yogini. Normally, when he engaged in the Vajra Yogini (Vajravarahi) practice, she was in the form of facing him directly, holding a skull cup and a curved flaying knife in front of her heart. One leg was up and one leg was down as in a dancing pose. That was the form of Vajra Yogini that he had meditated on to gain the highest attainments.

    After he had meditated on Vajra Varahi and gained visions of her, she appeared to him in a different form, with her face looking up at Kechara Paradise instead of facing him directly. Her left hand holding the skullcup was thrust in the air and her right hand holding the curved flaying knife, also known as a cemetery knife was facing down at sentient beings or samsara to help beings cut their bonds to suffering. Her left leg was bent, and her right extended while standing in a pose of looking towards Kechara Paradise like she is about to take off there. This form signifies she will take you there and out of suffering. That form of Vajra Yogini became special and that was called Naro Kacho or the Vajra Yogini of Naropa. This Naropa’s Vajra Yogini was initiated to the Nepalese Pamtingpa brothers and they meditated diligently and this tradition of Naropa’s Vajra Yogini just became prevalent and took off from there. Naropa started initiating his other disciples as well into this special form of Vajra Yogini and she became known as Naropa’s Vajra Yogini till this day and it is considered a highly blessed lineage. That is the lineage we have now and most prevalent.

    She is looking up because this Naropa’s Vajra Yogini is indicating she will lead her practitioners to her Kechara Paradise within one lifetime if you are diligent in her practice. Realizing enlightenment is harder for people in today’s world and needs more time during Kaliyuga degenerate period, she leads you to her paradise where you can practice undisturbed to Buddha-hood.

    In this brilliant artwork, what you see is the Mahasiddha Naropa having a direct vision of Vajra Yogini. It’s the first time she has appeared to Naropa in this form. This form is associated with Naropa. Prior to Naropa, this form of Vajra Yogini did not exist. She in this vision is initiating him into this form (Naro Kacho) of herself indicating this form will be most efficacious now according to our karmic period. In the background, you will see a cave with a light in it because when Naropa used to meditate in that cave, it is said that from his body would emit a light and people could see it from afar. You can also see animals surrounding Vajra Yogini, they can feel her compassion and her great blessings and they are at peace around her.

    Vajra Yogini brings peace, love, compassion, wisdom and freedom to everyone who practices her incredibly powerful tantra. Therefore, this artwork is a very beautiful representation of the time when Naropa had a vision of Vajra Yogini in this form for the first time and it is now known as Naropa’s Vajra Yogini. This artwork was offered to me as a gift from a very talented artist. I deeply appreciate this piece of visual spirituality very much.

    Tsem Rinpoche

    To download for your shrine, please click here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=62528

  7. byoma kusum bajra on Apr 22, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    your kind informations about Naropa is great.
    kindly please write about Guru Padmasambhava also.thanks.

  8. Datuk May on Apr 21, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    The story of Naropa and his Guru, Tilopa is in itself many lessons for a Buddhist practitioner.

    Being a “learned” student of the Dharma whose knowledge was unbeatable in a great debate with both Hindu and Buddhist scholars, Naropa still was not able to attain enlightenment until a vision of Vajrayogini told him to seek his Guru.

    Naropa’s quest for his Guru, Tilopa and the training he followed with complete trust and faith is the epitome of “Guru-Student” relationship and Guru Devotion.

    Naropa’s renunciation of both materialistic wealth and status together with his willingness to obey his Guru’s instructions without doubts were the essence for his success.

    In trusting to abide his Guru’s instructions, Naropa suffered much physical damage to his body of which he was healed instantaneously by his Guru. It is the practice of the very tenets of Guru devotion that his learning of the Dharma served him to enlightenment in his lifetime.

    As Rinpoche has always taught us, it is both information and teachings received and the practise that will create wisdom for us to carry on with our spiritual journey,

    Indeed an inspiring story for us to ponder and realise the importance of our Guru to us.

  9. graceleong on Apr 17, 2018 at 8:30 am

    Mahasiddha Naropa’s birth was similar to many great sages such as Atisha and Buddha Shakyamuni . It was a privileged one but wealth and privilege did not interest him.
    Having a perfect wife and family was not his aim either.
    Learning the Dharma was all he wanted to do in life, and he knew this from a very young age. Well, he did become the best Buddhist scholar in the country….but that did not confer him Enlightment either.

    Following that, the journey was mostly focused on purifying his karma, obscurations and ego. The feats he went through (based on this generation’s level of “acceptance”/perception)(with all due respect) would seem incorrect or even downright silly ! This opinion of mine probably stem from my own negative karma, dualistic views and ego.
    Mahasiddha Naropa was definitely a courageous being and his principles were pitted against overwhelming odds. He is obviously no ordinary being to have been able to go through all the trials and tribulations to reach the ultimate goal of Enlightment. Clearly, the main potent essence that propelled him to succeed was through his pure Guru devotion. His life and journey is one that sets as a clear example to all practitioners as to what one should endure to get to the ultimate goal. The trials and tribulations may be different for every being, but the fact lies in that to escape samsara the journey would be no easy task !

    To sum it all, just having theoretical knowledge on Buddhism alone is insufficient to bring one to Enlightment. One can only be Enlightened with the love and guidance of a real Guru who has the wisdom and compassion to lead one there.
    With folded hand my deep gratitude to Rinpoche for sharing this story. Thank you Pastor David.

  10. so kin hoe (KISG) on Apr 15, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai for writing and sharing the story of Mahasiddha Naropa, which can serve as an inspiration for us to learn about pure Dharma practice and how to obey and follow our Guru’s instruction. Upon reading and contemplating on this article, I have learnt that whoever gives me hard times and so called ‘problems’ without the slighted reason, I shall visualize that person as Tilopa and I shall take the opportunity to apply Dharma practice and smoothen out the situation peacefully without holding grudges. Although it is easier to say than being done, we should practise with our effort until we are one with Dharma.

    Based on my understanding from the The Twelve Minor Trials when Naropa in search of His Guru Tilopa, we should not turn our Dharma pursuits and learning into negative and egoistic thoughts that can lead us into selfish acts with bad karma accumulated, no matter how difficult the situation would be. When Naropa came to meet with The Twelve Major Trials while following Tilopa initially, Naropa learnt the Dharma through the difficult physical ways, which were full of sufferings and possible His life will be taken away after each time Naropa listened and followed Naropa’s instruction 100% effortlessly. The story of Mahasiddha Naropa can always become our reminder whenever we have any inner obstacles and obscurations such as egoistic mind, laziness, anger, selfish mind, and other forms of negativity when we learn and practice the Dharma according to the teachings and instructions given by our Guru.

    May all sentient beings able to meet with Dharma teachings and practise the Dharma purely until samsara ends.

    Thank you with folded hands,
    kin hoe

  11. Wylfred Ng on Apr 6, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    谢谢仁波切和黎国圆讲法师的分享。

    那洛巴是佛教的84大成就者之一。 他的成就和上师依止到现在还是被世人津津乐道的事情。

    看过这篇文章我们可以看到那洛巴在修行的路上一点都不简单。 他经过他上师帝洛巴所给予的无数试炼。 以现今的角度来说, 跳入火、把自己的血肉当成曼达拉来供养给上师都是现在不可能做到的事情。 不过当然这里的重点是上师依止心, 我们需要对上师拥有100%的信心, 那么我们的佛法修持才会有成就。 当然现在也已经是末法时期, 或许在方法上也会根据时代做出一些调整。

    那洛巴其中一个很大的成就就是亲见金刚瑜伽母, 并把金刚瑜伽母法门流传到现在。 金刚瑜伽母是无上瑜伽密续胜乐金刚密续的浓缩版, 而胜乐金刚密续则是唯一一个密续是不会经过时代的演变而减少加持力的。所以这个密续非常适合身在末法时期的我们。

    其实当时帝洛巴是传授金刚亥母法门于那洛巴。 那洛巴经过半年的修持已得到成就、达到证悟, 并在禅定中看到金刚瑜伽母示现我们所看到的双脚着地的形态。 过后此金刚瑜伽母形态也被称为那洛空行母。 根据上师詹杜固仁波切所说, 金刚亥母法门主要是让我们在这世界直接即身成佛。 不过由于末法时期众生功德不足, 不容易达到即身成佛, 所以金刚瑜伽母特别示现这个形态给身在末法时期的我们。金刚瑜伽母法门可以让我们投生在她的净土—克切拉净土。 金刚瑜伽母的心咒也被称为咒中之王, 如果得到她的灌顶、并守着所有戒律, 单单持诵她的心咒都可以得到成就。

    如果想了解金刚瑜伽母法门, 可看看: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/vajra-yogini

    谢谢

  12. Karen on Apr 6, 2018 at 1:32 am

    Thanks for this interesting background of Naropa. Despite all the horrible training by Tilopa, never once Naropa gave up but his faith to Tilopa grew even more. In this modern days or rather degenerated era, with all the delusions/doubts that clouded our mind, do we have the merits to see our guru as a pure being and follow through whatever instructions are given? For example to pass the twelve major trials like how Naropa did.

    Do we jump off the multi-storeyed building to show guru devotion? And there was this incident that Naropa refused to eat the fish and frogs served to him by an old man because he didn’t eat meat and it was against his vows to have evening meals. Later he was admonished for not consuming the meat due to habit-forming thoughts and craving after attachments instead. This puzzled me for quite a bit, aren’t we supposed to keep our vows and why does Naropa’s action “accused” as craving after attachment? Or we should not take the contents written here literally but be inspired by Naropa’s devotion?

  13. Samfoonheei on Apr 5, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Born as a Bengali prince named Samantabhadra, Naropa a rebellious child goes against his royal training. Naropa set out to the East to search for a teacher . He did eventually meet Tilopa and was put to twelve hard tests before been accepted . Naropa was one of the most prominent and authoritative Indian mahasiddhas . He received all the lineage teachings from his guru Tilopa and later transmitted them to his disciple. I do enjoyed reading those interesting stories about Mahasiddha Naropa’s spiritual journey.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David, for this inspiring sharing on the great Mahasiddha Naropa and those beautiful images of Naropa, in the photo gallery .

  14. Pastor Shin Tan on Apr 4, 2018 at 7:25 am

    Last Saturday, at an event marking 60 years of Tibetans being recipients of Indian kindness, Lobsang Sangay mentioned that the exiled Tibetans should strengthen their efforts to make the Dalai Lama’s return to his Potala Palace a reality.

    Representing the Indian government, Ram Madhav, a leader in the governing Bharatiya Janata party, echoed Sangay’s statement with hope that the Dalai Lama will be able to “return to your homeland” through peaceful and democratic means.

    This event was originally planned to be held in Delhi but it was cancelled and relocated to Dharamsala. At the same time, Indian officials were directed by their Foreign Secretary to avoid events hosted by the Tibetan leadership, since they coincided with a “sensitive time” for Delhi’s relations with Beijing. India’s volte-face approach in shunning the Tibetans, with the unprecedented cancellation of many key Tibetan events, is now being viewed as a clear sign that India is no longer willing to be collateral damage in the Tibetan quest to agitate China over the so-called Tibetan cause.

    With mounting pressure from India to not hurt their relations with China, the tone of the message this time around seems to be that of a plea with only one goal in mind: for the Dalai Lama to return to Tibet and reunite with Tibetans inside Tibet. Could it be that after 60 years, the Tibetan leadership has finally realised their fight against China is a futile one, and they should start looking at more achievable goals? May the aspirations of millions of Tibetans to see the Dalai Lama’s return to Tibet be fulfilled and in the words of Madhav, that ” it will not take that long for you (Tibetans) to be back home.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/01/pm-in-exile-urges-tibetans-to-make-dalai-lamas-return-a-reality

  15. Pastor Lim Han Nee on Apr 3, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David, for this powerful and highly inspiring sharing on the great Mahasiddha Naropa, one of my favourite dharma heroes.Mahasiddha Naropa inspires by his pure Guru Devotion, selflessness and indomitable spirit, which clearly transcends the realm of the ordinary and the mundane.

    His early renunciation of the trappings of a kingdom and royal life and keen desire to be a monk are strongly reminiscent of Atisha’s. His quest for the Dharma began so very early in life.His great love and passion for the Dharma and yearning to become a sangha reminds me strongly too of Tsem Rinpoche’s similar longings from childhood.

    In his unquenchable thirst for the Dharma and the truth , the moment he was told to look for his Guru Tilopa, the repository of the Dharma, he immediately renounced everything (including his powerful and highly respected position in the Nalanda Monastery)and went on a 12 year search for his Guru, Tilopa! Undaunted by being rejected and beaten by Tilopa(after finding him), he continued to serve his newly found Guru with pure unwavering Guru Devotion(in the 12 Major Trials. He went through a thorough and painful process of purification by following his Guru’s every instruction.

    Ultimately, after going through innumerable Herculean trials and tribulations under Tilopa, Tilopa’s love and trust for him was revealed to him (clear of all obscurations).He had passed all tests with flying colours. Thereon, his attainments and realisations came swiftly to him. Tilopa bestowed on him the initiation into the Vajravahari practice. After intense meditation, Naropa gained enlightenment and beheld Vajravahari in the Naro Kacho form of Vajryogini! From this sprang the Naro Kacho Lineage .

    Naropa was able to disseminate this lineage through his disciples, in particular the Pamthingpa brothers. The Pamthingpa brothers passed the lineage to a Tibetan translator, Melgyo Lotsawa Lotro Drakpa, who brought the teachings north into Tibet.

    The Tibetan Mystic Marpa was one of Naropa’s renowned students.

    The relationship between Tilopa and Naropa sounds like the stuff that legend is made of. However ,it was real and, as Tilopa said ,the Guru and the Student were One and Inseparable.Tilopa and Naropa’s fame continues to live on in Nepal, and fortunate pilgrims who have visited their caves of meditation, can testify to their powerful energy and blessings that still pervade these caves!

  16. Anne Ong on Apr 1, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this story about Mahasiddha Naropa. It is very enlightening and adventurous on Naropa’s spiritual jouney seeking for a guru. And I really admire his consort for her unconditional love for him to follow his spiritual path even after resolving their marriage. And the most captivating part of the story, “From a young age, the prince seemed to possess profound wisdom and a sense of loving-kindness and compassion that was beyond his age. From supernatural insight, he would from time to time spontaneously relate incidents from his previous lives and even declare his future qualities and deeds.”
    Thank you very much Rinpoche and Pastor David for this great write up. Something that i will re-read again. 🙏👍

  17. Chris Chong on Apr 1, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and the writers team for this amazing article on Naropa.

    Naropa’s guru devotion is exceptionally inspiring. Despite of his 12 minor and major trials, he still have perfect guru devotion and no doubt on his guru. He has full trust in his guru no matter how weird or unreasonable the instruction is and carried them out perfectly. Because of his devotion and trust, he gained enlightenment in such a short amount of time. I also understand that all those unreasonable and weird interaction from Tilopa are to break Naropa’s bad habit , projections , ego and to purify the Naropa’s negative karma. Tilopa knew that that it will be the quickest way for Naropa to purify his negative karma, just like what Marpa did to Milarepa. Both disciple achieved the state of enlightenment in such a short amount of them thanks to their Guru’s guidance and wisdom.

  18. Sock Wan on Apr 1, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    This is one of my favourite Buddhist Guru-Disciple stories. How Naropa was treated in today’s standard is unacceptable and inhumane, but this is because we perceive it with our deluded and samsaric mind. Once we view spiritual matter using samsaric perspective, nothing seems to make sense.

    In the past, this is how a teacher help a student to purify their negative karma to lead them to enlightenment. There are stories in the past where practitioner can attain enlightenment after going through extreme hardship but now, we hardly hear it. When a teacher uses the same method as in the past, students (due to their deluded and obscured mind) complains and writes about how badly they are treated! These Guru-Disciple stories are not fictional story, this is what Buddhist practice is.

    If we cannot perceive our teacher as having the purest motivation for us, this is due to our deluded mind. Therefore, it is important to examine the teacher and then choose the right one if we decide to embark on spiritual practice. Otherwise, we will not have any attainment or spiritual progress.

    Apart from detailing what it is like to practice closely to a teacher, the article also pointed out why the Vajrayogini in Narokacho form is the most powerful one for our time. We should all aspire to receive her practice in this life for we don’t know if we will take rebirth as a human again, and if we have the good karma to take rebirth as a human, will we be able to meet a qualified teacher.

    “This special form of Vajrayogini represents a more potent form of her practice that brings quicker results for practitioners of today. Her mantra is the only mantra by which one can gain attainments just by reciting it, without any accompanying visualisations or meditations, as long as one has received her initiation from a qualified guru and kept up the vows and commitments.”

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  • Yee Yin
    Wednesday, Aug 22. 2018 12:19 PM
    Ji Gong the mad monk is a very famous figure in Chinese folklore. Even though he is a monk, he doesn’t live in the monastery, he was always wandering around wearing a very old and torn monk’s robe, he looks dirty and crazy. He also likes to eat meat and drink alcohol. However, he is always helping people without wanting anything back in return. The way he carries himself is very similar to the Indian Mahasiddhas. Read more about his life story, it is very interesting.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/ji-gong-the-crazy-monk-of-china.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Wednesday, Aug 22. 2018 11:49 AM
    If we care about our body and health, we should take on a vegetarian diet. It is scientifically proven that eating meat will increase the chances of getting heart disease and cancer. There are many benefits when we take on a vegetarian diet. To name a few, we can reduce inflammation on our body, our blood cholesterol levels will plummet, we can reduce the chances of getting type 2 diabetes.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/7-things-that-happen-when-you-stop-eating-meat.html
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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 22. 2018 10:56 AM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this short biography of a greatmaster. Khedrup Gelek Pelzang, 1st Panchen Lama – better known as Khedrup Je – was one of the main disciples of Je Tsongkhapa. He became a monk at an early age and studied under great masters. He taught extensively, gave many initiations, and guided many renowned scholars at that time. He is considered to be the First Panchen Lama and was an incarnation of Amitabha Buddha. He wrote an important text on Kalachakra initiation which is still used by Tenzin Gyatso, HH the 14th Dalai Lama. . Amazing , he wrote many prayer books and his collected works total nine volumes in all.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/twenty-first-ganden-tripa-gelek-pelzang.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 22. 2018 10:55 AM
    Lhawang Chokyi Gyeltsen was the first member of the lineage, born to a noble family. At a young boy ,he had a strong desire to become a monk, even composing a letter in verse to his parents, expressing his desire to ordain. He became a monk at an early age, and studied under great scholars. At the age of fourteen Chokyi Gyeltsen was recognized as the reincarnation of Baso Chokyi Gyeltsen. He did received numerous teachings from many great teachers, lamas and he even studied sutra and tantra under them including the Third Dalai Lama.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting read.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-fourth-tatsak-jedrung-lhawang-chokyi-gyeltsen.html
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    Wednesday, Aug 22. 2018 09:01 AM
    Buddhist art has a rich and intricate tradition of expressing the divine iconography of awakened beings. They are not just beautiful works of art but contain powerful symbolism and are representations of the stages of an awakened mind. Therefore, they serve not just to entice our senses but also to invoke the presence of these awakened beings, empower our meditations and plant powerful blessings into our mind stream. The e-books featured below contain a treasure house of precious knowledge about Buddhist art, iconography, pantheons of deities and so forth. These e-books serve to guide people in their artistic representations of the divine and also in personal practice. I hope you enjoy reading them and come back to them again and again in your study of Buddhist iconography.~Tsem Rinpoche

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  • Yee Yin
    Wednesday, Aug 22. 2018 06:15 AM
    The most famous Vajrayogini pilgrimage site I think is in Nepal. Tsem Rinpoche has written many articles about Vajrayogini in Nepal. But did you know in India, there are also a few Vajrayogini temples? One of them is the sixty-four yogini temple in Hirapur, Odisha. It is a very ancient temple for people to worship the yogini.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sixty-four-yogini-temple-of-hirapur.html
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  • Alice Tay
    Wednesday, Aug 22. 2018 01:32 AM
    I don’t know much about Vajrayogini until I came across one of Rinpoche’s blog post “Starting On Vajra Yogini NOW!” 2 years ago. Since then, I paid more attention to read and understand the posts that related to Vajrayogini.

    Vajrayogini practice is considered the most suitable for people of these degenerate times due to the stronger desire. And Vajrayogini has ability to transform desire energy into enlightened virtue. That is most encouraging and inspiring when Vajrayogini appeared to HH Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche and promised him that those who received Vajra Yogini practice from him, and inclusive of the following 4 generations, would be taken to Kechara Paradise within 7 lifetimes. From here we can see Vajrayogini is so compassionate and wanting us to be free from suffering soonest possible. Of course, we should not forget our precious guru in this spiritual path. Without our guru, we may not have opportunity to learn and practice dharma. Without our guru, we know nothing about Vajrayogini and her sacred practice.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful post that let me develop a strong faith in Vajrayogini. ��

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/vajra-yogini/h-h-kyabje-pabongka-rinpoches-sacred-vajra-yogini.html
  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Aug 21. 2018 11:32 PM
    Human is the biggest destroyer of our living environment. In the process of development, many trees are cut down and the wildlife animals lost their habitat. Eventually, the wildlife animals extinct and the weather becomes warmer as the eco-system is disturbed. It is a good news to know that India in planting more than 66 million trees in 12 hours to try to save our planet from human destruction.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/66-million.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Aug 21. 2018 11:26 PM
    When disasters strike, it is normal that we will be running for our lives, leaving for a safer place. When we are running for our lives, are we also taking our pets with us? When the flood happened in Houston, Texas, many pet dogs and cats were tied up and left behind to die, this is extremely cruel.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/dont-leave-them-behind.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Aug 21. 2018 11:16 PM
    The 17th Karmapa escaped from China and went to India thinking he could learn the Buddhist doctrine from qualified masters. However, this was not the case as these qualified masters are not easily accessible. He has expressed his disappointment and frustration in a video he has recorded. The 17th Karmapa was sad because he could not do what he is supposed to do, i.e. to teach Dharma. It is sad to know a high lama like him is not able to do Dharma work as much as he wants to.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/karmapa-ogyen-trinley-dorjes-explosive-special-message.html
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  • Jackie
    Tuesday, Aug 21. 2018 09:21 PM
    Pastor Antoinette Kass first came to Malaysia all the way from half a globe away – Luxembourg to meet His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in 2011, after getting know and learning Dharma from Rinpoche just from online resources (Youtube, blog, Facebook…). She has always been spiritual and had visited places like Findhorn in search of spirituality. On the first meeting, Rinpoche had a nice chat with her and presented her a Vajrayogini statue to encourage her in the Dharma path.

    She did not have personal contact with Rinpoche after that, and yet from that single meeting of just one hour and her promise to Rinpoche to do more Dharma, she has been keeping her promise and is very consistent about it. Since then, she has been coming back to Malaysia yearly to volunteer and learn in Kechara (most of the time did not have the opportunity to meet Rinpoche), and lately made plans to relocate to Malaysia so that she can pursue her Dharma aspirations full-time.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/a-long-way-from-home.html
  • Yvonne Choi
    Tuesday, Aug 21. 2018 09:18 PM
    凡人和圣人的差别就在这里。凡人遇到了苦难,他对自己说,我必须发奋图强,不再让自己过这种艰苦的生活!于是他真的努力了,为生活打拼,最终成功了,丰衣足食,从此过着无忧无虑的生活。但他所改善的,只是他自己一个人的生活。

    而圣人呢,他遇到苦难时,他会对自己说,这种饥饿的感觉,流浪街头的感觉,身体有病痛却没钱看病的感觉,生活苦迫煎熬的感觉,我自己经历了,非常难受,我发愿不要让任何人,任何众生,经历同样的痛苦!

    每一次的轮回转世,詹杜固仁波切都发愿再来娑婆世界帮助最需要他的人。这样的愿力,造就了詹杜固仁波切的一颗金刚菩提心,让他永远都能用无量的慈悲去帮助和渡化众生。

    人间菩萨,詹杜固仁波切。

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/凡人和圣人的差别.html
  • Chris
    Tuesday, Aug 21. 2018 09:14 PM
    This is a miraculous White Tara statue from the Majapahit empire in Indonesia. The statue was made 800 years ago and its was hidden in a well with gold and silver as offerings. When it was discovered and being owned by a collector named Yan, two lamas wanted to bless it. It was Lama Chokyong Yeshi Dorje, who is a Bhutanese oracle for the deity Tsiu Marpo (In Gelug tradition: Kache Marpo), and Lama Rangbar Nyimai Ozer, the founder and President of the Bodhivastu Foundation in the United States. During the blessing ceremony, there are miracles manifested and realise that this white tara statue is a terma. Lama Chokyong Yeshi Dorje saw a mantra from the back of the statue and wrote it down. Learn more here. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-miraculous-white-tara-of-the-majapahit-empire.html
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  • Chris
    Tuesday, Aug 21. 2018 08:20 PM
    This image, shot by photographer Ding Zuhe and called, “Monk’s Posture,” won first prize in the China category for National Geographic’s 2017 photography contest. Here are six people, all in some form of sleep, lethargy, stupor, or unconsciousness. There are two women (the one in the foreground looks older), and four males: a child in the foreground, a teen or young adult to the far left, and a young man plus a slightly older one in the right corner. Ding leaves open to interpretation how they feel; for all we know they might be comfortable. However, it doesn’t look like as if they are. Then we have the monk: sitting in a classical Zen posture, his head slightly bowed, cross-legged, dignified, a noble contrast to the six sloppy engines of flesh splayed out around him.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/postcard-from-raymond-monks-posture.html
  • Chris
    Tuesday, Aug 21. 2018 08:17 PM
    The current form of Naro Kachö Vajra Yogini appeared to the Indian Mahasiddha Naropa after he meditated intensely on her practice inside a cave. He beheld her glorious form in a vision. This unique form later became known as Naropa’s Vajra Yogini or Naro Kachö, as it had never existed before. Later, in Tibet, His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche also had visions of Vajra Yogini. His vision differed slightly from the vision of her that Naropa beheld. In the original Naro Kachö form, Vajra Yogini looks towards her pure land named Kechara. However in Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s vision, she looked straight at him, symbolic of the deity empowering him to bestow her practice onto many people in order to benefit them. The practice of Vajra Yogini belongs to the Highest Yoga Tantra classification that leads to tremendous inner transformation and can even grant Enlightenment within just one lifetime.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/vajra-yogini/h-h-kyabje-pabongka-rinpoches-sacred-vajra-yogini.html

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In 1989, Bill Porter, also known by his pen name ‘Red Pine’, travelled to the Zhongnan Mountains in China to meet some of these hermits and learn about their way of life. This resulted in his publishing the work titled Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits in 1993. 25 years later, Bill Porter travelled back to the same mountains to see if life there had changed. The outcome of this particular trip was a documentary titled Hermit, about a modern-day journey into the heart of the hermit tradition in China. This is a must watch documentary with so much to learn to enhance our lives which will give us hope as we are all drowning in materialism’s false promises.~Tsem Rinpoche

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In 1989, Bill Porter, also known by his pen name ‘Red Pine’, travelled to the Zhongnan Mountains in China to meet some of these hermits and learn about their way of life. This resulted in his publishing the work titled Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits in 1993. 25 years later, Bill Porter travelled back to the same mountains to see if life there had changed. The outcome of this particular trip was a documentary titled Hermit, about a modern-day journey into the heart of the hermit tradition in China. This is a must watch documentary with so much to learn to enhance our lives which will give us hope as we are all drowning in materialism’s false promises.~Tsem Rinpoche Fantastic and profound documentary: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163457
Wrathful Dakini Ucchusma-In the form of wrathful dakini, Ucchusma has 3 eyes; with both hands holding a vase with nectar at her heart level, her hair loose, and no ornaments. She wears a garment of black silk, with two legs, feet together, standing on a lotus and sun disc. This deity functions to remove negative energy and pollutions from body, speech and mind. The practice was conferred by a Dakini to Drupangsa. -Mantra: Om ar-kham zir-kam bu-ma-na-se ou-cus-ha-ma ma-ha tro-da hung phet
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Wrathful Dakini Ucchusma-In the form of wrathful dakini, Ucchusma has 3 eyes; with both hands holding a vase with nectar at her heart level, her hair loose, and no ornaments. She wears a garment of black silk, with two legs, feet together, standing on a lotus and sun disc. This deity functions to remove negative energy and pollutions from body, speech and mind. The practice was conferred by a Dakini to Drupangsa. -Mantra: Om ar-kham zir-kam bu-ma-na-se ou-cus-ha-ma ma-ha tro-da hung phet
Tibetan Painted Scrolls Volumes 1-3 in original print is something very rare and expensive to come by. I really like these very much from what I can see.
4 days ago
Tibetan Painted Scrolls Volumes 1-3 in original print is something very rare and expensive to come by. I really like these very much from what I can see.
Kechara Forest Retreat doing the extended puja of Dorje Shugden and Tsem Rinpoche attends the 2nd half. Good video to download: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-an_NAH6Mk
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Kechara Forest Retreat doing the extended puja of Dorje Shugden and Tsem Rinpoche attends the 2nd half. Good video to download: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-an_NAH6Mk
A powerful meme to share.
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A powerful meme to share.
Beautiful Avalokitesvara scroll painting.
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Beautiful Avalokitesvara scroll painting.
Black Garuda. 18th century. U (Central Tibet). Tradition Gelug
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Black Garuda. 18th century. U (Central Tibet). Tradition Gelug
Palden Lhamo. 18th century. Tibet. Tradition: Gelug
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Palden Lhamo. 18th century. Tibet. Tradition: Gelug
Dorje Jigje. 15th century. Narthang, Tsang (South-Central Tibet). Tradition: Sakya
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Dorje Jigje. 15th century. Narthang, Tsang (South-Central Tibet). Tradition: Sakya
The oracle of Dorje Shugden in Dungkar Monastery in Tibet. Very old vintage photo from 1923 by an English Earl Lord Ronaldshay in his book, \"Land Of The Thunderbolt Sikkim, Chunbi & Bhutan\". This Lord met up with Dorje Shugden via the oracle. He devotes a chapter in his book about this oracle and encounter.
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The oracle of Dorje Shugden in Dungkar Monastery in Tibet. Very old vintage photo from 1923 by an English Earl Lord Ronaldshay in his book, "Land Of The Thunderbolt Sikkim, Chunbi & Bhutan". This Lord met up with Dorje Shugden via the oracle. He devotes a chapter in his book about this oracle and encounter.
Beautiful old photograph of the Kamakura Buddha in Japan.
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Beautiful old photograph of the Kamakura Buddha in Japan.
Never before seen footage of Tsem Rinpoche with various oracles- https://bit.ly/292jMaG
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Never before seen footage of Tsem Rinpoche with various oracles- https://bit.ly/292jMaG
In around 2 weeks, there are over 30k views already! Videos are great! Must watch!- https://bit.ly/2K0gNhB
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In around 2 weeks, there are over 30k views already! Videos are great! Must watch!- https://bit.ly/2K0gNhB
Click on the picture to enlarge and contemplate the message please. Something to share.
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Click on the picture to enlarge and contemplate the message please. Something to share.
Click on the picture to enlarge and contemplate the message please
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Click on the picture to enlarge and contemplate the message please
This sacred Tara at Phelgyeling Monastery in Nepal has spoken several times the monks said.
2 weeks ago
This sacred Tara at Phelgyeling Monastery in Nepal has spoken several times the monks said.
Beautiful ancient Tibetan scroll paintings for your viewing pleasure. Many more antique paintings for you to see and be blessed here-  https://bit.ly/2vz18RX
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Beautiful ancient Tibetan scroll paintings for your viewing pleasure. Many more antique paintings for you to see and be blessed here- https://bit.ly/2vz18RX
Nice handsome picture of my Dharma boy. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Nice handsome picture of my Dharma boy. Tsem Rinpoche
Four Sacred Sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal which you must know about and one day pay homage in person. These places are highly sacred and holy and I want to share them with you. Happy enlightenment to you! :)  - https://bit.ly/2vshj3r
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Four Sacred Sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal which you must know about and one day pay homage in person. These places are highly sacred and holy and I want to share them with you. Happy enlightenment to you! :) - https://bit.ly/2vshj3r
Tsangpa Karpo-Protector of the line of Panchen Lama incarnations. They can take trance in certain oracles and speak.
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Tsangpa Karpo-Protector of the line of Panchen Lama incarnations. They can take trance in certain oracles and speak.
Mahakala Tramsuk centre figure. Bottom left, Gonpo Gur and bottom right Dorje Shugden
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Mahakala Tramsuk centre figure. Bottom left, Gonpo Gur and bottom right Dorje Shugden
Snow mountains in the distance, green mountains in the foreground, trees, temple and blue skies..this is where I would love to live. Where I dream of living. TR
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Snow mountains in the distance, green mountains in the foreground, trees, temple and blue skies..this is where I would love to live. Where I dream of living. TR
I like this very adorable picture of Dharma boy.
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I like this very adorable picture of Dharma boy.
I like this particular print of Vajra Yogini
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I like this particular print of Vajra Yogini
नेपालको काठमाडौँमा दोर्जे शुग्देनको अद्भुत भित्तेचित्र! --- https://bit.ly/2n4XbQd


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नेपालको काठमाडौँमा दोर्जे शुग्देनको अद्भुत भित्तेचित्र! --- https://bit.ly/2n4XbQd .
Stunning photo of offerings on my shrine photographed by Victor Choi. The lighting is beautiful. Offerings of food, fruits, drinks, flowers and incense are made on my shrine daily. For me the shrine is a portal to the Enlightened Beings and connecting to their blessings. Blessings to accomplish positive things in my life for others and myself. We do need this connection very much in our unpredictable lives where can experience so much anxiety, pain and a feeling of senselessness. We should never lose our connection to the Enlightened Beings and be firm about it. We will eventually need them no matter how \'good\' things seem now. Today this photograph taken is beautiful and I wanted to share it. 

May everyone who visit my page here be blessed, your obstacles cleared, be healthy and have a long life.~Tsem Rinpoche

(photograph- statues- Left Manjushri, centre Dorje Shugden bust and left Kache Marpo)
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Stunning photo of offerings on my shrine photographed by Victor Choi. The lighting is beautiful. Offerings of food, fruits, drinks, flowers and incense are made on my shrine daily. For me the shrine is a portal to the Enlightened Beings and connecting to their blessings. Blessings to accomplish positive things in my life for others and myself. We do need this connection very much in our unpredictable lives where can experience so much anxiety, pain and a feeling of senselessness. We should never lose our connection to the Enlightened Beings and be firm about it. We will eventually need them no matter how 'good' things seem now. Today this photograph taken is beautiful and I wanted to share it. May everyone who visit my page here be blessed, your obstacles cleared, be healthy and have a long life.~Tsem Rinpoche (photograph- statues- Left Manjushri, centre Dorje Shugden bust and left Kache Marpo)
This lady in Tibet loves her wonderful gift. I am happy for her. Tsem Rinpoche
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This lady in Tibet loves her wonderful gift. I am happy for her. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on the blue picture to read about the inspirational Tsawa Pulthok Rinpoche
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Click on the blue picture to read about the inspirational Tsawa Pulthok Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s grandmother on the right. Middle is a family friend. Left is Tsem Rinpoche\'s mother as a young girl.
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Tsem Rinpoche's grandmother on the right. Middle is a family friend. Left is Tsem Rinpoche's mother as a young girl.
Great Panchen Rinpoche who is no other than Amitabah Buddha, you continuously purposely take rebirths in order to bring countless beings to liberation. 

-The sungbum of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche the Great- https://bit.ly/2vmAwT0
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Great Panchen Rinpoche who is no other than Amitabah Buddha, you continuously purposely take rebirths in order to bring countless beings to liberation. -The sungbum of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche the Great- https://bit.ly/2vmAwT0
May I always be in the presence of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in this and future lives. 

-The sungbum of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche the Great- https://bit.ly/2vmAwT0
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May I always be in the presence of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in this and future lives. -The sungbum of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche the Great- https://bit.ly/2vmAwT0
Your deeds, actions, skillful means and great compassion makes you stand different than ordinary beings. In you we take supreme faith. You are our infallible spiritual guide, teacher and leader. 

-The sungbum of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche the Great- https://bit.ly/2vmAwT0
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Your deeds, actions, skillful means and great compassion makes you stand different than ordinary beings. In you we take supreme faith. You are our infallible spiritual guide, teacher and leader. -The sungbum of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche the Great- https://bit.ly/2vmAwT0
For countless lifetimes you have manifested in varied bodies to benefit the sufferings of sentient beings. You are a supreme teacher and refuge. 

The sungbum of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche the Great- https://bit.ly/2vmAwT0
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For countless lifetimes you have manifested in varied bodies to benefit the sufferings of sentient beings. You are a supreme teacher and refuge. The sungbum of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche the Great- https://bit.ly/2vmAwT0
We have to discipline ourselves in order that our mind can allow the Buddha Dharma to take root. When it takes root, our lives will change for the better. What we perceive in the world around us is dependent on the attitude within us. Never give up improving on ourselves because that is the true road to peace and happiness. We are worth it. Others are worth seeing us in our best.~ Tsem Rinpoche
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We have to discipline ourselves in order that our mind can allow the Buddha Dharma to take root. When it takes root, our lives will change for the better. What we perceive in the world around us is dependent on the attitude within us. Never give up improving on ourselves because that is the true road to peace and happiness. We are worth it. Others are worth seeing us in our best.~ Tsem Rinpoche
This eldery and innocent monk was brutally attacked, find out why. Shocking- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163953
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This eldery and innocent monk was brutally attacked, find out why. Shocking- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163953
Fotomat and me. My first job in Los Angeles at 16- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144024
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Fotomat and me. My first job in Los Angeles at 16- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144024
See how my Schnauzers enjoy the playhouse! So much fun!- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2dp8Fm87CQ
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See how my Schnauzers enjoy the playhouse! So much fun!- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2dp8Fm87CQ
I am in love with only you my Adamantine Lady of Coral hue. I am in love of liberation, freedom and wisdom I seek in you. Even to whisper your name Vajra Yogini excites me to the core of my soul. I have been away for so long and I wonder when I can join my supreme mother in Akanishta. My love for you has no end and it only grows. My mind is focused on you daily and my heart only awaits for you to place sindura on my crown soon. Nothing I have seen or experienced in this deceitful world can remotely compare with you my dear wisdom lady. Please with supreme sound of damarus, cymbals, incense and voices of sunyata, embrace me to ascend amidst rainbow lights effortlessly to my home.  My true home where you will bring me. Bring me home soon. In my heart only lies you. In your heart I know I am existent also. We are one.~ Tsem Rinpoche
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I am in love with only you my Adamantine Lady of Coral hue. I am in love of liberation, freedom and wisdom I seek in you. Even to whisper your name Vajra Yogini excites me to the core of my soul. I have been away for so long and I wonder when I can join my supreme mother in Akanishta. My love for you has no end and it only grows. My mind is focused on you daily and my heart only awaits for you to place sindura on my crown soon. Nothing I have seen or experienced in this deceitful world can remotely compare with you my dear wisdom lady. Please with supreme sound of damarus, cymbals, incense and voices of sunyata, embrace me to ascend amidst rainbow lights effortlessly to my home. My true home where you will bring me. Bring me home soon. In my heart only lies you. In your heart I know I am existent also. We are one.~ Tsem Rinpoche
Samsara has never been genuine. I will not be deceived by it again. Infallible Diamond Lady in red, I will only serve you.~Tsem Rinpoche
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Samsara has never been genuine. I will not be deceived by it again. Infallible Diamond Lady in red, I will only serve you.~Tsem Rinpoche
Mother Lady so red and brilliant, as you hold my hand tightly and we look towards the west, I know I am free finally.~Tsem Rinpoche
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Mother Lady so red and brilliant, as you hold my hand tightly and we look towards the west, I know I am free finally.~Tsem Rinpoche
Mother lady of noble origins, enchantress Vajra Yogini, you say I am you and you are me? I have to embrace this truth and I will be free? Tsem Rinpoche
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Mother lady of noble origins, enchantress Vajra Yogini, you say I am you and you are me? I have to embrace this truth and I will be free? Tsem Rinpoche
Through my tears I can see your orange darting eyes so tenderly look at me as we start to ascend.~Tsem Rinpoche
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Through my tears I can see your orange darting eyes so tenderly look at me as we start to ascend.~Tsem Rinpoche
Mother, Adamantine mother with coral hue aglow with light that I can hardly look upon you as you are blazing...can I give my last words to some close ones before we ascend? Can I bring them with us?~ Tsem Rinpoche
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Mother, Adamantine mother with coral hue aglow with light that I can hardly look upon you as you are blazing...can I give my last words to some close ones before we ascend? Can I bring them with us?~ Tsem Rinpoche
You wipe my tears, embracing me with your coral hued arms and with a motherly tender smile I feel we are lifting off the ground. To go home. I feel light after you embraced me and my body is becoming rainbow-like.~Tsem Rinpoche
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You wipe my tears, embracing me with your coral hued arms and with a motherly tender smile I feel we are lifting off the ground. To go home. I feel light after you embraced me and my body is becoming rainbow-like.~Tsem Rinpoche
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Three little boys from KSDS.ada gaya haha.by Asyley Chia KSDS
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Three little boys from KSDS.ada gaya haha.by Asyley Chia KSDS
What can we do with the A4 paper? 2 to 6 year old group. By Asyley Chia KSDS
19 hours ago
What can we do with the A4 paper? 2 to 6 year old group. By Asyley Chia KSDS
Children 2 to 6 year old group gather together and get ready to do prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa. By Asyley Chia KSDS
19 hours ago
Children 2 to 6 year old group gather together and get ready to do prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa. By Asyley Chia KSDS
Big smile, small smile, you smile , I smile natural beauty SMILE. By Asyley Chia KSDS
19 hours ago
Big smile, small smile, you smile , I smile natural beauty SMILE. By Asyley Chia KSDS
Full lotus sit..Well done children.by Asyley Chia KSDS
19 hours ago
Full lotus sit..Well done children.by Asyley Chia KSDS
One of the activities to cultivate the passionate attitude. Alice Tay, KSDS
20 hours ago
One of the activities to cultivate the passionate attitude. Alice Tay, KSDS
Taking refuge to guru and the Three Jewels before the class start. Alice Tay, KSDS
20 hours ago
Taking refuge to guru and the Three Jewels before the class start. Alice Tay, KSDS
Breathing meditation is taught in the class to help the students to focus and calm their mind. Alice Tay, KSDS
20 hours ago
Breathing meditation is taught in the class to help the students to focus and calm their mind. Alice Tay, KSDS
The kids are requested to pay attention to the video so that they can answer the questions after that. Alice Tay, KSDS
20 hours ago
The kids are requested to pay attention to the video so that they can answer the questions after that. Alice Tay, KSDS
The winners of the games received the gift happily from Teacher Asyley. Alice Tay, KSDS
20 hours ago
The winners of the games received the gift happily from Teacher Asyley. Alice Tay, KSDS
Today Melaka team distributed surplus food to the needy 35 families home in Kampung Bukit Rambai and thank you to all volunteers who helped today! 今天馬六甲克切拉香積廚派送35家貧窮家戶比如蔬菜、水果、面包等等,感謝團隊的付出。我們希望更多的人可以行善,做好事。我們不分宗教不分宗族. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 days ago
Today Melaka team distributed surplus food to the needy 35 families home in Kampung Bukit Rambai and thank you to all volunteers who helped today! 今天馬六甲克切拉香積廚派送35家貧窮家戶比如蔬菜、水果、面包等等,感謝團隊的付出。我們希望更多的人可以行善,做好事。我們不分宗教不分宗族. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you to staffs from Motorola Solutions for helping to deliver basic groceries to some needy families. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 days ago
Thank you to staffs from Motorola Solutions for helping to deliver basic groceries to some needy families. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Precious opportunity in Kechara Forest Retreat! "As Kechara Forest Retreat is a sacred land, filled with holy and blessed statues and many holy items, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche encouraged Kecharians living and working in Kechara Forest Retreat to embark on a spiritual pilgrimage of its holy sites." ~Tsem Rinpoche
3 days ago
Precious opportunity in Kechara Forest Retreat! "As Kechara Forest Retreat is a sacred land, filled with holy and blessed statues and many holy items, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche encouraged Kecharians living and working in Kechara Forest Retreat to embark on a spiritual pilgrimage of its holy sites." ~Tsem Rinpoche
We have many outdoor sacred images of various Buddhas. The ones that were visited were Tsongkapa, Nageshvaraja, Loma Gyoma, Tara, Nagarakshasa and then back to Tsongkapa. At each location circumambulations and lamp offerings were done. We walked the vast land while chanting Migtseyma mantras. The very elderly followed to each location in cars. Kechara Forest retreat is 70 acres of land located in rural Bentong, one hour from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. ~Tsem Rinpoche For more information: www.tsemrinpoche.com
3 days ago
We have many outdoor sacred images of various Buddhas. The ones that were visited were Tsongkapa, Nageshvaraja, Loma Gyoma, Tara, Nagarakshasa and then back to Tsongkapa. At each location circumambulations and lamp offerings were done. We walked the vast land while chanting Migtseyma mantras. The very elderly followed to each location in cars. Kechara Forest retreat is 70 acres of land located in rural Bentong, one hour from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. ~Tsem Rinpoche For more information: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
They started on August 18, 2018 at 6:00AM till 9:00AM. With strong aspirations, Kecharians generate merits by reciting mantras and circumambulate the images of the enlightened beings, especially to clear obstacles related to our good health and that of others. We have many outdoor sacred images of various Buddhas... ~Tsem Rinpoche
3 days ago
They started on August 18, 2018 at 6:00AM till 9:00AM. With strong aspirations, Kecharians generate merits by reciting mantras and circumambulate the images of the enlightened beings, especially to clear obstacles related to our good health and that of others. We have many outdoor sacred images of various Buddhas... ~Tsem Rinpoche
Pilgrimage is an intrinsic part of Buddhist life and creates strong Dharma imprints in our mind streams and opens up positive karma and merits that we need to live a successful life. As Kechara Forest Retreat is a sacred land, filled with holy and blessed statues and many holy items, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche encouraged Kecharians living and working in Kechara Forest Retreat to embark on a spiritual pilgrimage of its holy sites...~ Tsem Rinpoche
3 days ago
Pilgrimage is an intrinsic part of Buddhist life and creates strong Dharma imprints in our mind streams and opens up positive karma and merits that we need to live a successful life. As Kechara Forest Retreat is a sacred land, filled with holy and blessed statues and many holy items, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche encouraged Kecharians living and working in Kechara Forest Retreat to embark on a spiritual pilgrimage of its holy sites...~ Tsem Rinpoche
Priceless to see the happy faces of these 2 brothers. They are in the youngest dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
4 days ago
Priceless to see the happy faces of these 2 brothers. They are in the youngest dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
So glad that we have parents & students to participate in the animal liberation every month in Kechara House. Lin Mun KSDS
4 days ago
So glad that we have parents & students to participate in the animal liberation every month in Kechara House. Lin Mun KSDS
Children were very attentive when doing prayer before the start of Sunday dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
4 days ago
Children were very attentive when doing prayer before the start of Sunday dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
He is young but already very good in using mala when reciting mantra. Rejoice:)  Lin Mun KSDS
4 days ago
He is young but already very good in using mala when reciting mantra. Rejoice:) Lin Mun KSDS
Children were so excited with the art & craft exercise. Lin Mun KSDS
4 days ago
Children were so excited with the art & craft exercise. Lin Mun KSDS
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