Suryagupta’s 21 Taras

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(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Dear friends around the world,

Due to her enlightened compassion Tara manifests in innumerable forms to benefit sentient beings. These manifestations reflect the many needs of sentient beings, including protection, long life, peace, the overcoming of obstacles and saving beings from danger.

Tara is one of the most beloved deities in Vajrayana Buddhism, particularly by Tibetans. Legend has it that many eons ago, during the time of Buddha Dundubhisvara, there lived a princess named ‘Moon of Wisdom-knowledge’. She was a very devoted disciple of this Buddha, and would set out many offerings to the Buddha and sangha every day. Eventually she generated bodhicitta, the compassionate aspiration to attain enlightenment and become a Buddha herself, in order to help all living beings. Some monks came to know of this, and urged her to dedicate the merits she had created to be reborn as a male. However, the princess rejected this advice, saying:

“Here there is no man, there is no woman, no self, no person, and no consciousness. Labelling ‘male’ or ‘female’ has no essence but deceives the evil-minded world.”

She went on to make the following vow:

“There are many who desire enlightenment in a man’s body, but none who work for the benefit of sentient beings in the body of a woman. Therefore, until samsara is empty, I shall work for the benefit of sentient beings in a woman’s body.”

From that time onwards the princess dedicated herself to winning full and complete enlightenment. Once she accomplished that goal, she came to be known as Tara, the Liberator.

I wanted to share with all of you some information about Tara and some of her manifestations. The Praise to the 21 Taras is an excellent example of Tara’s various manifestations that compassionately aid sentient beings to overcome their suffering and progress on their spiritual path towards enlightenment. I hope you enjoy reading more about her various manifestations.

You can print out these pictures, and recite the prayers and mantras below to create a strong connection with her and have your life transformed by her immense energies. You do not need tantric initiation to engage in these practices. I would like to thank the very talented Mr V.V. Sapar for painting such wonderful and realistic images of the manifestations of Tara. These paintings really capture the energies of Tara and it will be beneficial to pray to the Tara in these forms. You can print out either one or more of the 21 forms and pray to that form specifically or even recite the Praise to the 21 Taras, which encompassed them all and recite the Green Tara mantra instead.

May you always be cared for by the great mother Buddha Tara in her many glorious manifestations.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

The Twenty-One Taras

Tara has 21 primary emanations, each of which performs different activities such as pacification, increase, control and wrath. The different colours of these 21 Taras correspond to the four different types of enlightened activity, as explained by Venerable Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche:

Tara is the female Buddha of enlightened activity, of which there are 4 types: pacifying, increasing, overpowering and wrathful. Each of these is represented by a different colour:

  • White represents the enlightened activity of pacifying, for example overcoming sickness, causes of untimely death and obstacles to success in one’s life or one’s practice.
  • Yellow represents the enlightened activity of increasing the positive qualities conducive to a long life, peace, happiness and success in one’s Dharma practice.
  • Red represents the enlightened activity of power, or overpowering external forces that cannot be tamed through the first two activities, for example, removing obstacles to sickness, untimely death, etc., and forcefully accumulating conducive conditions for one’s Dharma practice.
  • Black represents the enlightened activity of wrath, which involves using forceful methods for accomplishing activities for enlightened purposes that cannot be accomplished through other means.

The most common form of Tara is Green Tara. It was in this dynamic manifestation that she made the vow to return as a female Bodhisattva again and again to aid sentient beings. She is resplendent in an aura of green light, radiant with the attainment of the six perfections of giving, ethics, patience, effort, meditative stabilisation and wisdom. She glows bright with her ever-compassionate care for all sentient beings.

Tara is immensely beautiful, youthful like a 16-year-old maiden. She is naked from the waist up, though not in a lustful way. She is bare in that way because she remains unshackled by samsara and is free from all suffering.

At the same time, she wears slender and bright pants. These were traditionally worn by ancient Indian ladies, and represents that although she is enlightened, she works through worldly conventions to help us overcome our suffering.

Due to her strong karmic connection to all sentient beings in samsara, Tara tilts towards us out of her great compassion to listen to our prayers, grant us our virtuous wishes and protect us as a mother would for her child.

She is emerald green, splendid in the swiftness that the colour represents. Her ability to come to our assistance as we invoke her presence is instant – we need only think of her to have her compassionate heart with us.

Unusually, Green Tara does not sit in meditative pose; instead her right leg extends outwards, to show us that she is ready to step forward to help us in our time of need, and does so when we invoke her.

There are many lineages of the 21 Taras including the traditions coming from Suryagupta, Dipamkara Atisha, Longchen Rabjampa and Terchen Chokgyur Lingpa. Each of these lineages portray the manifestations of Tara in different ways, with different mantras, and methods of practice. An example of these differences includes the manner in which the practice is bestowed to practitioners. In the Dipamkara Atisha tradition, tantric initiation for all 21 Taras are bestowed during one ceremony, compared to the Suryagupta tradition, where initiations are given for each individual manifestation. The 21 Taras depicted here follow the Suryagupta tradition.

 

The Indian Adept and Mahasiddha Suryagupta

Suryagupta

Suryagupta or Ravigupta (Tibetan: nyi ma be pa) is one of the 84 Mahasiddhas according to a list composed by the Indian scholar Vajrasana of Bodhgaya in the 11th century. Suryagupta was a layperson from Kashmir who was miraculously cured of leprosy by a statue of the goddess Tara. He was a learned man, who was well versed in tantric practice.

When he was afflicted by leprosy, he built himself a hut and prayed for three months to the west of the temple that housed the miraculous Tara statue. After three months, the gate of the temple moved by itself to face his hut. Tara spoke through the statue and asked him “what is your wish?” to which he replied “I wish to be cured of leprosy.” At that very moment, his entire body, apart from a very small sore on his forehead, was healed of leprosy. Puzzled why the sore on his forehead was not healed, he asked “what was the reason for not curing the sore on my forehead?” Tara then replied “In a previous life, you were a hunter, you killed animals and in the end set fire to an entire forest. As a consequence, you were reborn in hell. Your current life is the last rebirth after 500 rebirths in hell.” After saying this, she bestowed him with her sadhana and praise. She told him that when anyone prays to her and invokes her, she will help them to achieve their aims, grant their wishes, and grant them both common and supreme attainments.

After that Suryagupta composed a praise to the 21 Taras, as well as sadhanas and commentaries. He taught these to his student Chandragarbha, and over time this holy lineage was passed down through the ages until today through an unbroken line of sacred masters.

Suryagupta is famous for having many visions of Tara and began many lineages of her practice such as the Twenty-one Taras, Vajra Tara, Seventeen Deity Tara practice, and more. The Twenty-one Taras of Suryagupta is significantly different from the Twenty-one Taras of Dipamkara Atisha, in terms of iconography, as each Tara has a unique posture, colour and implements. The Dipamkara Atisha tradition, on the other hand, portrays each Tara in the same posture.

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Mantra: OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA

 


 

Explanation of the 21 Taras

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1. Heroic Red Tara

༄༅། །རབ་ཏུ་དཔའ་བའི་སྒྲོལ་མ་།།

1. Rabtupa We Drolma/ Pravira Tara

Her rite is for turning back the powers of others; she is praised in terms of her history.

Praising Tara by her life story

Homage to Tara, The Swift One, The Heroine,
Whose eyes are like a flash of lightning,
Who arose from the opening of a lotus,
Born from the tears of the Protector of The Three Worlds.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA TRE DATU VASHAM KURU SOHA

Out of Emptiness, a dharmodaya; in its center, on a yellow lotus and moon seat is OM, which becomes Tara the Heroine, red and emitting a mass of fire, with one face and eight arms. The first pair of hands, joined at her crown, hold a vajra and a bell. The second pair hold an arrow and a bow, the third a wheel and a conch, and the fourth a sword and a noose. She has a peaceful form and sits in vajra-paryanka, adorned with silks and all the jewel ornaments and with a backrest of moonlight. She is crowned with Vairocana.

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2. Moonlight White Tara

༄༅། །དཀར་མོ་ཟླ་མདངས་ཀྱི་སྒྲོལ་མ་།།

Karmo Dadang Kyi Drolma/ Chandra Kanti Tara

Her rite is for calming infectious diseases; she is praised in terms of the brightness and luminous radiance of her countenance.

Praising Tara by the brightness and radiance of her face

Homage to you with a face like a hundred full moons in autumn,
Gathered together into one,
Blazing with brilliant light,
Like a thousand constellations.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA PAPAM SHIN TEM KURU SOHA

On a lotus and moon, from TA comes a white Tara with three faces, white, blue and yellow, and twelve arms. The first pair of hands are in contemplation; the other right hands hold a khatvanga, a wheel, a gem, a vajra, and a garland of flowers; the other left a water-pot, an utpala, a bell, a flask (sometimes a treasure vase) and a book.

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3.Golden Colour Tara

༄༅། །གསེར་མདོག་ཅན་གྱི་སྒྲོལ་མ་།།

Serdog Chen Gyi Drolma/ Kanaka Vana Tara

Her rite is for prolonging life; she is praised in terms of her colour, hand decorations and causes.

Praising Tara by her colour, what she holds and her causes

Homage to you who are bluish gold,
Your hand perfectly adorned with a lotus flower;
Who arose from practicing Giving, Moral discipline,
Patience, Effort, Concentration and Wisdom.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA AYU PUNYE PUSH TEM KURU SOHA

On a lotus and sun seat, from RE comes a yellow Tara with one face and ten arms. Her right hands hold a rosary, a sword, an arrow, a vajra and a staff, her left a silk ribbon, a noose, a lotus, a bell and a bow.

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4. Golden Tara of Crown Victorious

༄༅། །གཚུག་ཏོར་རྣམ་པར་རྒྱལ་བའི་སྒྲོལ་མ་།།

Tsugtor Nampar Gyalwe Drolma/ Usnisa Vijaya Tara

Her rite is for neutralizing lethal poisons; she is praised in terms of the esteem that Buddhas and Bodhisattvas have for her.

Praising Tara by her being honoured by the Conquerors and the Bodhisattvas

Homage to you who surmount the Tathagathas’ Ushnishas,
Whose victorious actions are limitless
Who are greatly honoured by the Sons of Conquerors,
Who have attained every perfection.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA AYU GHANA PUSH TEM KURU SVAHA

On a yellow lotus and moon, from TUT comes a yellow Tara with one face and four arms, the right hands boon-granting and holding a rosary, the left holding a water-pot and a club. She is in sattva-paryanka.

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5. Tara Proclaiming the Sound of HUM

༄༅། །ཧཱུྃ་སྒྲ་སྒྲོག་པའི་སྒྲོལ་མ་།།

Hum Dra Drogpi Drolma/ Hum Svara Nadini Tara

Her rite is for subjugating; she is praised in terms of her suppression of adversity.

Praising Tara by her subduing unfavourable conditions

Homage to you who with letters TUTTARA and HUM
Fill the realms of desire, direction and space.
With the seven worlds beneath your feet,
You are able to draw all beings to bliss.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE AKAR SHA YA HRI SOHA

On a moon, from TA comes a yellow Tara with one face and two arms, the right hand giving refuge and the left holding a yellow lotus.

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6. Tara Victorious over the Three Levels of the World

༄༅། །འཇིག་རྟེན་གསུམ་ལས་རྣམ་པར་རྒྱལ་བའི་སྒྲོལ་མ་།།

Jigten Sumlay Nampar Gyalwe Drolma/ Trilokya Vijaya Tara

Her rite is purifying obscuration and negativities; she is praised by the great worldly devas.

Praising Tara by her being worshipped by the great worldly gods

Homage to you who are worshipped by Indra, Agni, Brahma,
Vayu, and the other mighty gods;
And before whom the host of evil spirits,
Zombies, smell eaters and givers of harm respectfully offer praise.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA BE GHAN NA SHA TRUM UTSA TRA YA SOHA

On a red lotus and sun seat, from RE comes a red Tara with one face and four arms, the first right hand holding a vajra and the second a sword, the first left with threatening forefinger and the second holding a noose. She sits in sattva-paryanka.

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7. Tara Who Crushes Adversaries

༄༅། །རྒོལ་བ་འཇོམས་པའི་སྒྲོལ་མ་།།

Golwa Jompi Drolma/ Vadi Pramardani Tara

Her rite is for upward transference of the consciousness to the Akanistha Pure Land at the time of death; she is praised in terms of destroying adversaries.

Praising Tara by her destroying opponents

Homage to you who by saying TRA (trey) and PHAT
Completely destroy the obstructions of the enemies.
You suppress with your right leg drawn in and your left extended,
And blaze with a fierce and raging fire.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA BEYA AVA RA NAM YE SOHA

On a yellow lotus and sun, from TU comes a black Tara wearing yellow garments, fierce, with upward-streaming hair, and with one face and four arms. The first right hand holds a wheel, the other a sword, the first left a lotus on which is a vajra (sometimes a noose above the yoni), the other making the threatening forefinger. She has the pratyalidha posture (left leg extended).

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8. Tara Who Gives Supreme Spiritual Power

༄༅། །དབང་མཆོག་སྟེར་བའི་སྒྲོལ་མ་།།

Wangchog Terwe Drolma/ Mara Sudana Vasitottama Da Tara

Her rite is Completion Stage; she is praised in terms of destroying maras and two obstructions.

Praising Tara by her purifying demons and the two obstructions

Homage to TURE, extremely fearsome one,
Who completely destroys the chief of demons,
With a wrathful expression on your lotus face
You vanquish all foes without exception.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SHA TRUM MARAYA PHED SOHA

On a seat of a red lotus, moon and sea-monster stacked together, from RE comes a yellow Tara with one face and four arms. The first pair of hands hold a branch of an asoka tree and a lotus, the other pair are boon-granting, with a gem, and holding a flask. She sits in ardha-paryanka lalita posture.

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9. Tara Granter of Boons

༄༅། །མཆོག་སྩོལ་བའི་སྒྲོལ་མ་།།

Chogtsol We Drolma/ Varada Tara

Her rite is for granting the two types of attainments, common and supreme; she is praised in terms of her mudra and the symbols in her hands.

Praising Tara by the object she holds in her right and left hands

Homage to you whose fingers adorn your heart
With the mudra symbolising the Three Precious Jewels,
Adorned with a wheel of all directions,
Whose radiant light outshines all.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE MAM UPAKRAMA RAKSA RAKSA SOHA

On a red lotus and moon, from SWA comes a red Tara with four arms. The first pair of hands, holding a vajra and a bell, make the gesture of joy on the crown of her head. The [second] right is snapping its fingers in dancing fashion, while the second left, holding a branch of an asoka tree rains jewels on sentient beings. Her crown is Amoghasiddhi.

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10. Tara Who Dispels All Suffering

༄༅། །མྱ་ངན་སེལ་བའི་སྒྲོལ་མ་།།

Nya Ngen Sel We Drolma/ Soka Vinodana Tara

Her rite is entering the mandala; she is praised in terms of her crown ornaments and the sound of her laughter.

Praising Tara by her crown ornament and the sound of her laughter

Homage to you whose very joyful and shining crown ornament
Radiates a garland of light.
Who with your mirthful laughter of TUTTARA,
Subdue the demons and worldly gods.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA MARA TRA MARTA YA HUM PHED SOHA

On a red lotus and moon, from SA comes a red Tara with four arms, the first pair of hands on her crown with palms folded, the other pair holding a sword and a branch of an asoka (‘sorrowless’) tree bearing a red flower.

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11. Tara Who Summons All Beings and Dispels Misfortune

༄༅། །ཕོངས་པ་སེལ་བའི་སྒྲོལ་མ་།།

Phungpa Selwe Drolma/ Jag Vasi Vipan Nirbarhana Tara

Her rite is for increasing enjoyments; she is praised in terms of accomplishing activities through the ten directional guardians.

Praising Tara by her accomplishing divine actions through the ten directional guardians

Homage to you who are able to summon
All the directional guardians and their retinues.
Frowning and shaking, with the letter HUM,
You rescue all from their misfortune.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE VASU DHA RE SOHA

On a lotus and sun seat, from HA comes a black Tara with fierce form, her right hand holding a hook that summons the eight planets, her left a hook that dispels misfortune with a noose. She abides in alidha posture (right leg extended).

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12. Tara Who Grants Prosperity and Brings About Auspicious Circumstances

༄༅། །བཀྲ་ཤིས་སྣང་བའི་སྒྲོལ་མ་།།

Tashi Nangwe Drolma/ Kalyana Da Tara or Manga Laloka Tara

Her rite is the fire offering; she is praised in terms of her crown ornaments.

Praising Tara by her crown ornament

Homage to you with a crescent moon adorning your crown,
And all your ornaments shining brightly;
With Amitabha in your top-knot
Eternally radiating light.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE MANGA LAM PUSH TIM KURU SOHA

On a polylotus and moon, from A comes a yellow Tara with one face and eight arms, the right hands holding a trident, a hook, a vajra and a sword, the left a jewel pressed to her heart, a hook, a club and a flask.

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13. Tara the Complete Ripener

༄༅། །ཡོངས་སུ་སྨིན་པར་མཛད་པའི་སྒྲོལ་མ་།།

Pari Pacaka Tara/ Yongsu Minpar Zedpi Drolma

Her rite is for subduing hindrances; she is praised in terms of her fierce posture.

Praising Tara by her wrathful posture

Homage to you who dwells amidst a garland of flames
Like the fire at the end of an eon.
With your right leg extended and left drawn in,
You destroy the hosts of obstructions of those who delight in the Dharma Wheel.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE PHO TRA YA BHAY MEM KURU SOHA

On a red lotus and sun, from BRUM comes a red Tara with fierce form, her first right hand holding a sword and the second an arrow, the first left a wheel and the second a bow. She abides in alidha posture (right leg extended).

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14. Wrathful, Shaking and Frowning Tara

༄༅། །ཁྲོ་གཉེར་གཡོ་བའི་སྒྲོལ་མ་།།

Tronyer Yowe Drolma/ Bhrkuti Tara

Her rite is a protective circle; she is praised in terms of her radiating light from a HUM syllable.

Praising Tara by the light that radiates from the letter HUM

Homage to you who strike the ground with the palm of your hand,
And stamp it with your foot.
With a wrathful glance and a letter HUM
You subdue all seven levels.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE VAJRA MAHA SARA YE BHAY MEM KURU SOHA

On an orange lotus, sun and human corpse seat, from AT comes a blue Tara with three faces, black, white and red, contracted in frowns and devouring human entrails in their mouths. She has six arms, the right hands holding a sword, a hook and a club, the left a skull, a noose and Brahma’s head. She has a crown and long necklace of human heads and is adorned with a tiger-skin and snakes. Outside, in the eight cardinal and secondary points, grow shoots of jewel trees.

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15. Tara the Great Peaceful One Who Provides Virtues and Goodness

༄༅། །ཞི་བ་ཆེན་མོའི་སྒྲོལ་མ་།།

Shiwa Chenmo Drolma/ Maha Shanti Tara

Her ritual is the external washing ritual; she is praised in terms of her Dharmakaya aspect.

Praising Tara by her Dharmakaya Aspect

Homage to you who are happy, virtuous and peaceful,
Within the sphere of the peace of Nirvana,
Fully endowed with SOHA and OM,
You completely destroy heavy evil actions.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA PAPAM TRA SHA MANA YE SOHA

On a white lotus, from NI comes a white Tara, her three right hands with a rosary, boon-granting, and a club, the three left holding a lotus, a water-pot and a book. In Suryagupta’s text on the Praise, it is explained that the book is resting on an utpala.

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16. Tara Destroyer of All Attachment

༄༅། །ཆགས་པ་འཇོམས་པའི་སྒྲོལ་མ་།།

Chagpa Jompi Drolma/ Raga Nisudana Tara

Her function is mind increasing; she is praised in terms of the activities of her peaceful and wrathful mantras.

Praising Tara by her divine actions of peaceful and wrathful Mantras

Homage to you who completely subdue the obstructions
Of those who delight in the Dharma Wheel,
Rescuing with the array of the ten-letter mantra
And the knowledge letter HUM.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA DHARMA PRAJNA TRA TE PARE SHO BHA YE SOHA

On an orange lotus and sun, from E comes a red Tara [with three eyes], her right hand at her heart holding a trident and her left, with raised forefinger, a tree with flowers and fruit. She sits in sattva-paryanka.

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17. Tara Accomplisher of Joy and Bliss

༄༅། །སྒྲོལ་མ་བདེ་སྒྲུབ་མ་།།།

Drolma Deydrub Ma/ Sukha Sadhana Tara

Her rite is for binding thieves; she is praised for her wrathful activity of shaking the three worlds.

Praising Tara by her divine actions of wrathfully shaking the three worlds

Homage to TURE, stamping your feet
Born from the seed in the aspect of HUM
Who cause Mount Meru, Mandhara and Vindhya,
And all three worlds to shake.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA TSO RA TAM BHA NA SOHA

On a white lotus and sun, from SA comes an orange Tara, her two hands at her heart holding a moon-disk. She sits in sattva-paryanka.

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18. Victorious Tara Who Increases Realizations

༄༅། །སྒྲོལ་མ་རབ་རྒྱས་མ་།།

Drolma Rabgye Ma/ Sita Vijaya Tara

Her rite is for curing the Naga disease [leprosy]; she is praised for her activity of dispelling poisons of all kinds.

Praising Tara by her divine actions of dispelling internal and external poisons

Homage to you who hold in your hand
A moon, the lake of the gods
Saying TARA twice and the letter PHAT,
You completely dispel all poisons.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA NAGA BHE SHA SHIN TEM KURU SOHA

On a seat of a white lotus, a moon and a goose, from GI comes a white Tara with four arms, the first pair joined on the crown of her head and holding hooks, the other pair boon-granting and holding an utpala marked with a book. She is in sattva-paryanka.

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19. Tara, Extinguisher of All Suffering

༄༅། །ཕོངས་པ་སེལ་བའི་སྒྲོལ་མ་།།

Phungpa Selwe Drolma/ Jag Vasi Vipan Nirbarhana Tara

Her rite is for freeing from prison; she is praised for her activity of dispelling conflict and bad dreams.

Praising Tara by her divine actions of dispelling conflicts and bad dreams

Homage to you who are honoured by the kings of the hosts of gods,
And the gods and the kinnaras,
Through your joyful and shining pervasive armour,
All conflicts and bad dreams are dispelled.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):
OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA DUR SO BA NI MO TSA NA YE SOHA

On a white lotus and sun, from JA comes a white Tara, her two hands at her heart holding a brazier. She is in sattva-paryanka with the right leg slightly extended.

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20. Tara, Source of All Powerful Attainments

༄༅། །སྒྲོལ་མ་དངོས་གྲུབ་འབྱུང་མ་།།

Drolma Ngodrub Jungma/ Siddhi Sambhava Tara

Her rite is for making invisible; she is praised for her activity of dispelling fever.

Praising Tara by her divine actions of dispelling diseases

Homage to you whose two eyes are like the sun and the full moon,
Radiate a pure and clear light
Say HARA twice and TUTTARA
You dispel the most violent, infections diseases.

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA BHE DE ZA RA TRA SHA MANA YE SOHA

From HA comes a magnificent white bull, upon which are a lotus and moon. On top, from PHE comes a white Tara with three eyes, slightly wrathful. Her right hand holds a trident spear and her left a pearl rosary. She is in ardha-paryanka and has a tiger-skin loincloth.

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21. Tara of the Perfection of Wisdom and Compassion

༄༅། །སྒྲོལ་མ་ཡོངས་རྫོགས་བྱེད་མ་།།།

Drolma Yongdzog Jedma/ Paripurana Tara

Her rite is for sky-going [that is, going to the Akanistha Pure Land in this very life]; she is praised for her activity of subduing evil spirits and zombies.

Praising Tara by her divine actions of subduing evil spirits and zombies

Homage to you who have the perfect power of pacifying
Through your blessings of the Three Thatnesses;
Subduer of the hosts of evil spirits, zombies and givers of harm
O TURE, most excellent and supreme!

Mantra (Recite 21x, 108x or more):

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SARVA SIDDHI SOHA

On a polylotus and moon, from A comes a yellow Tara with one face and eight arms, the right hands holding a trident, a hook, a vajra and a sword, the left a jewel pressed to her heart, a hook, a club and a flask.

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Praise to the 21 Taras

Offering of the 21 Homages

Recite each phrase once and/ or offer prostrations with the following visualisations. With each praise and prostration, imagine that a replica of each respective Tara manifests, arising from the one before it like simultaneous sparks of fire, and sinks into you.

From your sublime abode at the Potala
O Tara – born from the green letter TAM
Whose light rescues all beings –
Come with your retinue, I beg you.

The gods and demi-gods bow
To your lotus feet, O Tara,
You who rescue all who are destitute
To you, Mother Tara, I pay homage.

OM Homage to the Venerable Arya Tara.

OM JE TSUN MA PAG MA DROL MA LA CHAG TSEL LO

 

1. Praising Tara by her life story

Homage to Tara, The Swift One, The Heroine,
Whose eyes are like a flash of lightning,
Who arose from the opening of a lotus,
Born from the tears of the Protector of The Three Worlds.

CHHAG TSHÄL DRÖL MA NYUR MA PA MO
CHÄN NI KÄ CHIG LOG DANG DRA MA
JIG TEN SUM GÖN CHHU KYE ZHÄL GYI
GE SAR JE WA LÄ NI JUNG MA

 

2. Praising Tara by the brightness and radiance of her face

Homage to you with a face like a hundred full moons in autumn,
Gathered together into one,
Blazing with brilliant light,
Like a thousand constellations.

CHHAG TSHÄL TÖN KÄI DA WA KÜN TU
GANG WA GYA NI TSEG PÄI ZHÄL MA
KAR MA TONG THRAG TSHOG PA NAM KYI
RAB TU CHHE WÄI Ö RAB BAR MA

 

3. Praising Tara by her colour, what she holds and her causes

Homage to you who are bluish gold,
Your hand perfectly adorned with a lotus flower;
Who arose from practicing Giving, Moral discipline,
Patience, Effort, Concentration and Wisdom.

CHHAG TSHÄL SER NGO CHHU NÄ KYE KYI
PÄ MÄ CHHAG NI NAM PAR GYÄN MA
JIN PA TSÖN DRÜ KA THUB ZHI WA
ZÖ PA SAM TÄN CHÖ YÜL NYI MA

 

4. Praising Tara by her being honoured by the Conquerors and the Bodhisattvas

Homage to you who surmount the Tathagathas’ Ushnishas,
Whose victorious actions are limitless
Who are greatly honoured by the Sons of Conquerors,
Who have attained every perfection.

CHHAG TSHÄL DE ZHIN SHEG PÄI TSUG TOR
THA YÄ NAM PAR GYÄL WAR CHÖ MA
MA LÜ PHA RÖL CHHIN PA THOB PÄI
GYÄL WÄI SÄ KYI SHIN TU TEN MA

 

5. Praising Tara by her subduing unfavourable conditions

Homage to you who with letters TUTTARA and HUM
Fill the realms of desire, direction and space.
With the seven worlds beneath your feet,
You are able to draw all beings to bliss.

CHHAG TSHÄL TUTTARA HUM YI GE
DÖ DANG CHHOG DANG NAM KHA GANG MA
JIG TEN DÜN PO ZHAB KYI NÄN TE
LÜ PA ME PAR GUG PAR NÜ MA

 

6. Praising Tara by her being worshipped by the great worldly gods

Homage to you who are worshipped by Indra, Agni, Brahma,
Vayu, and the other mighty gods;
And before whom the host of evil spirits,
Zombies, smell eaters and givers of harm respectfully offer praise.

CHHAG TSHÄL GYA JIN ME LHA TSHANG PA
LUNG LHA NA TSHOG WANG CHHUG CHHÖ MA
JUNG PO RO LANG DRI ZA NAM DANG
NÖ JIN TSHOG KYI DÜN NÄ TÖ MA

 

7. Praising Tara by her destroying opponents

Homage to you who by saying TRA (trey) and PHAT
Completely destroy the obstructions of the enemies.
You suppress with your right leg drawn in and your left extended,
And blaze with a fierce and raging fire.

CHHAG TSHÄL TRAD CHE JA DANG PHAT KYI
PHA RÖL THRÜL KHOR RAB TU JOM MA
YÄ KUM YÖN KYANG ZHAB KYI NÄN TE
ME BAR THRUG PA SHIN TU BAR MA

 

8. Praising Tara by her purifying demons and the two obstructions

Homage to TURE, extremely fearsome one,
Who completely destroys the chief of demons,
With a wrathful expression on your lotus face
You vanquish all foes without exception.

CHHAG TSHÄL TURE JIG PA CHHEN PO
DÜ KYI PA WO NAM PAR JOM MA
CHHU KYE ZHÄL NI THRO NYER DÄN DZÄ
DRA WO THAM CHÄ MA LÜ SÖ MA

 

9. Praising Tara by the object she holds in her right and left hands

Homage to you whose fingers adorn your heart
With the mudra symbolising the Three Precious Jewels,
Adorned with a wheel of all directions,
Whose radiant light outshines all.

CHHAG TSHÄL KÖN CHHOG SUM TSHÖN CHHAG GYÄI
SOR MÖ THUG KAR NAM PAR GYÄN MA
MA LÜ CHHOG KYI KHOR LÖ GYÄN PÄI
RANG GI Ö KYI TSHOG NAM THRUG MA

 

10. Praising Tara by her crown ornament and the sound of her laughter

Homage to you whose very joyful and shining crown ornament
Radiates a garland of light.
Who with your mirthful laughter of TUTTARA,
Subdue the demons and worldly gods.

CHHAG TSHÄL RAB TU GA WA JI PÄI
U GYÄN Ö KYI THRENG WA PEL MA
ZHE PA RAB ZHÄ TUTTARA YI
DÜ DANG JIG TEN WANG DU DZÄ MA

 

11. Praising Tara by her accomplishing divine actions through the ten directional guardians

Homage to you who are able to summon
All the directional guardians and their retinues.
Frowning and shaking, with the letter HUM,
You rescue all from their misfortune.

CHHAG TSHÄL SA ZHI KYONG WÄI TSHOG NAM
THAM CHÄ GUG PAR NÜ MA NYI MA
THRO NYER YO WÄI YI GE HUM GI
PHONG PA THAM CHÄ NAM PAR DRÖL MA

 

12. Praising Tara by her crown ornament

Homage to you with a crescent moon adorning your crown,
And all your ornaments shining brightly;
With Amitabha in your top-knot
Eternally radiating light.

CHHAG TSHÄL DA WÄI DUM BÜ U GYÄN
GYÄN PA THAM CHÄ SHIN TU BAR MA
RÄL PÄI KHUR NA Ö PAG ME LÄ
TAG PAR SHIN TU Ö RAB DZÄ MA

 

13. Praising Tara by her wrathful posture

Homage to you who dwells amidst a garland of flames
Like the fire at the end of an eon.
With your right leg extended and left drawn in,
You destroy the hosts of obstructions of those who delight in the Dharma Wheel.

CHHAG TSHÄL KÄL PÄI THA MÄI ME TAR
BAR WÄI THRENG WÄI Ü NA NÄ MA
YÄ KYANG YÖN KUM KÜN NÄ KOR GÄI
DRA YI PUNG NI NAM PAR JOM MA

 

14. Praising Tara by the light that radiates from the letter HUM

Homage to you who strike the ground with the palm of your hand,
And stamp it with your foot.
With a wrathful glance and a letter HUM
You subdue all seven levels.

CHHAG TSHÄL SA ZHII NGÖ LA CHHAG GI
THIL GYI NÜN CHING ZHAB KYI DUNG MA
THRO NYER CHÄN DZÄ YI GE HUM GI
RIM PA DÜN PO NAM NI GEM MA

 

15. Praising Tara by her Dharmakaya Aspect

Homage to you who are happy, virtuous and peaceful,
Within the sphere of the peace of Nirvana,
Fully endowed with SOHA and OM,
You completely destroy heavy evil actions.

CHHAG TSHÄL DE MA GE MA ZHI MA
NYA NGÄN DÄ ZHI CHÖ YÜL NYI MA
SVAHA OM DANG YANG DAG DÄN PÄ
DIG PA CHHEN PO JOM PA NYI MA

 

16. Praising Tara by her divine actions of peaceful and wrathful Mantras

Homage to you who completely subdue the obstructions
Of those who delight in the Dharma Wheel,
Rescuing with the array of the ten-letter mantra
And the knowledge letter HUM.

CHHAG TSHÄL KÜN NÄ KOR RAB GA WÄI
DRA YI LÜ NI NAM PAR GEM MA
YI GE CHU PÄI NGAG NI KÖ PÄI
RIG PA HUM LÄ DRÖL MA NYI MA

 

17. Praising Tara by her divine actions of wrathfully shaking the three worlds

Homage to TURE, stamping your feet
Born from the seed in the aspect of HUM
Who cause Mount Meru, Mandhara and Vindhya,
And all three worlds to shake.

CHHAG TSHÄL TURE ZHAB NI DEB PÄ
HUM GI NAM PÄI SA BÖN NYI MA
RI RAB MANDHARA DANG BIG JE
JIG TEN SUM NAM YO WA NYI MA

 

18. Praising Tara by her divine actions of dispelling internal and external poisons

Homage to you who hold in your hand
A moon, the lake of the gods
Saying TARA twice and the letter PHAT,
You completely dispel all poisons.

CHHAG TSHÄL LHA YI TSHO YI NAM PÄI
RI DAG TAG CHÄN CHHAG NA NAM MA
TARA NYI JÖ PHAT KYI YI GE
DUG NAM MA LÜ PA NI SEL MA

 

19. Praising Tara by her divine actions of dispelling conflicts and bad dreams

Homage to you who are honoured by the kings of the hosts of gods,
And the gods and the kinnaras,
Through your joyful and shining pervasive armour,
All conflicts and bad dreams are dispelled.

CHHAG TSHÄL LHA YI TSHOG NAM GYÄL PO
LHA DANG MI AM CHI YI TEN MA
KÜN NÄ GO CHHA GA WÄI JI GYI
TSÖ DANG MI LAM NGÄN PA SEL MA

 

20. Praising Tara by her divine actions of dispelling diseases

Homage to you whose two eyes are like the sun and the full moon,
Radiate a pure and clear light
Say HARA twice and TUTTARA
You dispel the most violent, infections diseases.

CHHAG TSHÄL NYI MA DA WA GYÄ PÄI
CHÄN NYI PO LA Ö RAB SÄL MA
HARA NYI JÖ TUTTARA YI
SHIN TU DRAG PÖI RIM NÄ SEL MA

 

21. Praising Tara by her divine actions of subduing evil spirits and zombies

Homage to you who have the perfect power of pacifying
Through your blessings of the Three Thatnesses;
Subduer of the hosts of evil spirits, zombies and givers of harm
O TURE, most excellent and supreme!

CHHAG TSHÄL DE NYI SUM NAM KÖ PÄ
ZHI WÄI THÜ DANG YANG DAG DÄN MA
DÖN DANG RO LANG NÖ JIN TSHOG NAM
JOM PA TURE RAB CHHOG NYI MA

Thus concludes this praise of the root mantra
and the offering of the twenty–one homages.

TSA WÄI NGAG KYI TÖ PA DI DANG
CHHAG TSHÄL WA NI NYI SHU TSA CHIG

Mantra: OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA

 

The Condensed Praise to the 21 Taras

OM to the transcendent subduer, Arya Tara, I prostrate.
Homage to the glorious one who frees with TARE;
With TUTTARA you calm all fears;
You bestow all success with TURE;
To the sound SOHA I pay great homage.

Mantra: OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA

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The twenty-one Taras according to the Suryagupta lineage with the Heroic Red Tara in the centre. In this lineage, each of the twenty-one Taras manifests in different forms with different numbers of faces, arms, and widely differing gestures and attributes. Click on image to enlarge

 

Sources of information:

Deities of Tibetan Buddhism

In Praise of Tara: Songs to the Saviouress

Tara in the Palm of Your Hand

 
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  1. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 30, 2017 at 12:14 am

    The 21 Taras, I think it covers all forms of problems and difficulty that sentient beings can encounter. So we are fortunate such practices are available to us to practice them. Cittamani Tara which is not covered here is a form of Tantric practices.

    I like it so much that the many Tara are given an Indian artist interpretation, very beautifully drawn pictures. May Tara inspire many men and women to take up her practices and become enlightened from it.

  2. Anne Ong on May 18, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Thank you very much Rinpoche for this beautiful 21 Taras. I always love and have strong connection with Mother Tara,i believe. The iconography and explaination is very good and beautiful.I am looking forward to do social media on these 21 Taras soon. _/\_

  3. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on May 15, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the iconography, mantra and description of 21 Taras from the tradition of Mahasiddha Suryagupta. The background and explanation of each Tara’s manifestation from this article shows the completeness of Mother Tara’s practice to help all practitioners through Her skillful forms of manifestation. I am personally interested to focus more on Golden Colour Tara (Kanaka Vana Tara) as this manifestation of Mother Tara emphasizes on the 6 Paramitas practice, which are giving, moral discipline, patience, effort, concentration and wisdom.

    There are many benefits we can receive from Mother Tara’s practice inclusive of granting us virtuous wishes, overcoming obstacles and difficulties swiftly, bless us with protection, keep us away from harm and danger, pacifying illnesses, epidemics, diseases and our negativity, and ultimately Mother Tara can save us from internal and external 8 fears. Thus, Mother Tara is well-known in Buddhism and being practiced by all Buddhist lineages.

    May Mother Tara bless and protect all sentient beings from any harm and danger. Through Mother Tara’s prayer and practice, may all of us be freed from samsara and achieving Buddhahood with attainment and enlightenment.

    Thank you with folded hands,
    kin hoe

  4. Stella Cheang on May 12, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this comprehensive article of Tara according to the Suryagupta lineage. The 21 Taras depicted in Suryagupta lineage manifested in different forms with different iconographies. They have different numbers of faces, arms, hand mudras as well as attributes, which supplement each Tara’s unique ability to help sentient beings using different types of enlightened activities; i.e. pacifying, increasing, overpowering and wrathful.

    There are different lineages of the 21 Taras. Suryagupta’s 21 Tara depicts each Tara has a unique posture, color and implements. The Dipamkara Atisha tradition, on the other hand, portrays each Tara in the same posture. There are differences in terms of the manner in which the practice is bestowed to practitioners. In the Dipamkara Atisha tradition, tantric initiations for all 21 Taras are bestowed during one ceremony, whereas initiations are given for each manifestation in the Suryagupta tradition.

    We are very fortunate to have Rinpoche sharing here with us prayers and practices of Tara that does not need initiation. Anyone can just recite the prayers and mantras on this blog post to create a strong connection with Tara. May more people benefit from engaging in Tara’s practice.

  5. Uncle Eddie on May 10, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Tara, The “Savioress”, a female Buddha, with a particularly long history of being worshiped by many great Indian and Tibetan masters. It is said that the earliest known image of Tara can be found today on the walls of the rock-cut Buddhist Monasteries complex of the Ellora caves in Maharashtra(7th century CE). Archaeology study established that the worship of Tara commenced during the period of the Pala Empire in Northeastern India in the 8th century CE. Scripturally, the earliest text on Tara is the ancient “Praise to the twenty-one Tara” which is said to be within the collection of the spoken words of Lord Buddha Shakyamuni, called ‘Kangyur’. Each of the twenty-one Tara that the Buddha specially named within the Praises actually corresponds to a particular emanation of Tara. Each of these emanations posses a different aspect of the same female Buddha Tara. It is said that Pravira, or the herioc red Tara is the first of the twenty-one Tara featured in the Suryaguptas Universe. As such, it is therefore this Tara, who corresponds to the first verse of the praise to the twenty-one Tara, which is called “Praising Tara by her life story” which reads as follows: “Homage to Tara, the swift one, the Herione, whose eyes are like a flash of lightning, who arose from the opening of a lotus, born from the tears of the Protector of the three Worlds.” Tara in all her manifestations is found virtually in every major shrine and monastery, many of these ancient images have shown miraculous signs in the past to many great masters. As such, these bear testament to the popularity of the worship of Tara. Tara is said to be universal, free from sects, free from schools of Buddhism and free from labels. Tara is a fully enlightened Buddha, whereupon anyone relying upon her will be blessed! May everyone sincerely be taken care of by Tara to have happiness, good heart and a long healthy life now and and in all long future lives too!

  6. Pastor David Lai on May 9, 2017 at 4:14 am

    Mother Tara is one of the most commonly worshipped female Buddhas in the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon. She is a favourite of many Tibetan Buddhist practitioners and along with the various mental dispositions resulted in the wide variety of Tara emanations as antidote to these delusions. Each is unique with a unique ability to bless practitioners along with a sadhana and mantra to tap into this form of blessing.

    Due to the ancient ‘Praise to the 21 Taras’, it has become an accepted norm that there are 21 main emanations of Tara. The corresponding forms of Tara are bestowed as a mantra and sadhana for each form according to a particular lineage. What is believed to be the oldest is the Suryagupta lineage of the 21 Taras. These 21 Tara are bestowed as individual initiations for each of the 21 Taras. Of the 21 Taras in the lineage of Suryagupta, I find the wrathful and powerful 7th Tara Who Crushes Adversaries particularly exciting. I love the beautiful Indian renditions of realistic Taras very much.

  7. Paul Yap on May 8, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Tara is one of my all time favourite Buddha, she has a very motherly energy that’s transcend all religion. I often saw Mother Tara statues at various Buddhist temple of different lineages and at Hindu temples too! Many has said that Green Tara and White Tara were manifested from the tears of Avalokitesvara, as such Tara also considered as the Buddha of Mercy – KuanYin in the Chinese traditions. There is no doubt that Tara’s is very popular and effective.

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  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Apr 24. 2018 03:52 AM
    The 14th Dalai Lama is a highly attained lama and emanation of Chenrezig. He would have known who Dorje Shugden is and therefore composed a prater to Dorje Shugden. Besides it is proven that people who practice Dorje Shugden does not go the lower 3 realms but instead experience so many benefits in their spiritual path, for example the famous Domo Geshe who is a renown and reputable attained lama have reincarnated. So this break the allegation from many that says Dorje Shugden is an evil practise and bring harm is not true.

    May the ban on Dorje Shugden be lifted very soon so many more can benefit from Dorje Shugden practise. May the allegation all be cleared and Tibetan leadership stop the discrimination on Dorje Shugden practitioners.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-14th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Apr 24. 2018 03:19 AM
    Pastor Yek Yee is a very kind and hardworking person. It’s amazing to handle so many things everyday and always on the move to help those in need. An inspiration to many to be in dharma. Thank you Pastor Seng Piow for sharing this.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/selfless-pastor-yek-yee.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Apr 23. 2018 10:05 PM
    Reading this again, one point stood out. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama used to propitiate Dorje Shugden and even written praise to this enlightened protector. Then later on, he issued a ban on Dorje Shugden. Therefore, can we safely say that His Holiness made a huge mistake in his spiritual practice during his younger days; in a way the ban is to rectify his mistake. When the highest of the high of Tibetan Buddhism made such a huge mistake in his spiritual practice, does it mean that his lineage, his teaching and his spiritual attainment is questionable? Because now I would always wonder what other mistakes His Holiness had made and would need to rectify later on.

    Also, many practitioners relied on Dorje Shugden for many years when suddenly the ban was imposed. While His Holiness, according to the tradition, can reincarnate in human form again and again, the practitioners who had been practicing DS for years are caught in a bad place – should they stopped they would have wasted YEARS of their human life and broken the sacred samaya, and should they not, they are against the highest of the high of Tibetan Buddhism. It felt as if HIs Holiness had, by virtual of the ban, condemned all DS practitioners to spiritual hell.

    By now, all facts pointed to the fact that this dilemma is created by a monk who is dubbed the living Bodhisattva on earth, yet who has no intention to lift the ban nor ease the suffering. Just like His Holiness’ stance on the self immolation by Tibetan people – it is deafeningly silence thereto in violation of Buddha’s teachings.

    As a conclusion, it is blind faith and ignorance that many people still believe in a monk who created hell for many Buddhist practitioners, and who had made a huge spiritual mistake in his life.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-14th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 23. 2018 11:26 AM
    Sad to watch and listening to a message from a great Lama, Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje who is the highest incarnate lama and the head of the 900 year old Karma Kagyu lineage . He recently delivered an unusual message to his thousands of his followers from across the globe. during an annual prayer ceremony in Bodh Gaya, India. As a prominent Tibetan Buddhist religious leader , he openly expressed his life-long struggle to meet the demands that come with his leadership role . He spoke in a clear unhappy tone that his wish to resolve sectarian divides within his lineage and the people. May the differences between all karma Kagyu practitioners be restored and reconciliation of a friendly relationship . Hope Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje will continue to turn the Dharma wheel of the sake of his thousand followers around the globe.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/karmapa-ogyen-trinley-dorjes-explosive-special-message.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 23. 2018 11:25 AM
    Leo X was the last of the Renaissance popes before the dawn of the Reformation. His role in which the indulgence controversy left the indelible impression of his pontificate. Very complicated and interesting biography of Pope Leo X . He was well known for his infamous declaration about Christianity. He has lived a lavish papacy ,corrupted, misused funds and abused his power . He has the similarity of the CTA Tibetan leadership based in Dharamsala, North India. He has renovated the Vatican library and other parts of Rome, using up the country treasury. He even borrowed money and started selling off Vatican treasures.
    As for the CTA they instituted many religious issues which has cause many sufferings, disharmony among the Tibetan Buddhist community today, that includes the Dorje Shugden and Karmapa controversies, and instability in the Sakya school, to name a few. Time has changed, many more Tibetans in exile have been aware of the circumstances surrounding the CTA are looking forward to a better environment by speaking up and goes against them.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai for these sharing

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/the-controversial-pope-leo-x.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 22. 2018 10:32 AM
    Greats quotes by famous personality like Gandhi, Mark Twain, Luther King Jr, Helen Keller to name a few. I loved quotes . Its very meaningful ,tells us a thousands words of inspirition and motivation which we could learn from it in our daily lives.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.
    (We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” –Gandhi)…well said.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/great-quotes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 22. 2018 10:32 AM
    Came across these post of powerful memes ,not only one or two but five languages for all of us been able to read and share . Its also help us to recall the qualities, abilities, benefits and nature of Dorje Shugden, our powerful protector.
    Thank you Rinpoche and team for this easy way of knowing the benefits of Dorje Shugden.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/powerful-qualities-of-dorje-shugden-memes-in-5-languages-free-download.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 22. 2018 10:31 AM
    A album of beautiful and unforgettable memories. Looking through those photos say a thousands words of life stories of Rinpoche. How much Rinpoche has gone through and how much Rinpoche has done for the monasteries. It’s a wonderful sweet recall . We are fortunate to have Rinpoche here in Malaysia . Rinpoche has come that far to teach and guide us all leaving his home away from home.
    Thank you Rinpoche for these sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/gallery/photo-album-india-%E2%80%93-gaden-my-real-home.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 22. 2018 10:31 AM
    Thank you Rinpoche and team for those simple yet powerful thoughts in memes
    for us to ponder over deeply.


    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/people-for-peace.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Apr 21. 2018 09:47 PM
    Everyone wants to have a better life with good and smooth journey in everything we do. Therefore, people always look for good fortune and luck by relying on others such as god, statues, items , offering to deities, getting some lucky charms and etc.

    While some beliefs may bring improvement in life but those are very short term remedy. When we believe in karma we believe that we ourselves created the causes and therefore, do not need to depends on outer factors. We can definitely trust and do the right practise of Buddha for example Gyenze and Ganapati, as we know Buddha are compassion and will not hurt us. This a good reminder to us not to rely on lucky charms or creatures but instead do more dharma to gain merits.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/gods-symbols-and-creatures-of-luck.html
  • Alice Tay
    Saturday, Apr 21. 2018 11:05 AM
    Already over 60 years and until today most of the Tibetan people still under the dilemma whether want to leave or go. This implied that the convictions of Tibetan people has been deserted and all of their welfare is never improved due to the incapability of the Tibetan leadership. Furthermore, the oracle, Nechung, predicted that Tibetans will be back in Tibet within 5 years, but this prophecy is never realized. Dear Tibetan leadership, how much longer will the people to wait? The people are suffered enough in their daily life.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this meaningful and insightful review on this issue.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/why-tibetans-are-leaving-india.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Apr 21. 2018 10:44 AM
    After 60 years living as refugee in India, there is no development for the Tibetan living in exile. CTA has not done much for his people but instead instill hope that they are going back to Tibet. But the fact is that even the new generation of Tibetan in India have already adapted to the life in India and can’t speak Tibetan. Where would there see a need to go back to Tibet? And if the living condition in India is so bad and status remained as refugee for sure they would have find ways to have a better future elsewhere and that is logical.

    I hope very soon CTA would quickly change their mind to think and act for the best for his people. Stop creating more issues to disunite the people for example Dorje Shugden ban.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/why-tibetans-are-leaving-india.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 21. 2018 10:31 AM
    It’s a heartfelt watching the video of how pigs are slaughtered . Sad can imagine the pig suffering, so much of agony and pain before the hour of death. No living beings will choose to die with so much suffering. Hopefully more people are aware of these slaughtering and stop consuming meat go on vegetarian to cut down the killings.
    Be kind to them .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article to create more awareness.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/pig-slaughter-in-taiwan.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 21. 2018 10:31 AM
    With so many hundreds of baby southern right whales dead washed ashore around Patagonia. Researchers are launching an investigation into the unexplained deaths of hundreds of young southern right whales. The southern right whales is the biggest sea mammal in the world and one of the planet’s most vulnerable marine species. Its has a feature of a dark, gray and blackish body, heavy and with no dorsal fin. Conservationists, scientists and researchers are determined by all means to find out the cause of the death as the populations could go extinct in no time.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/sad-news-at-sea.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 21. 2018 10:30 AM
    A powerful quote of wisdom by HH the 14th Dalai Lama. Buddhism is unique among the world’s major world religions. Many people consider themselves spiritual but not religious and having religion without being spiritual is emptiness. Wisdom and compassion in Buddhism, inspires us to make our life much better spiritually.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/wisdom.html

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Sculpture demigoddesses Singhini (lioness goddess) on the upper terrace in front of Nyatapola temple in Bhaktapur, Nepal.
6 days ago
Sculpture demigoddesses Singhini (lioness goddess) on the upper terrace in front of Nyatapola temple in Bhaktapur, Nepal.
How fortunate I am to be sitting in my room, with a rosary in my hand reciting the mantra given to me by my compassionate guru and to meditate in developing a compassionate heart and purifying my karmas. How fortunate I am to be able to spend my time in such a meaningful manner. Tsem Rinpoche
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How fortunate I am to be sitting in my room, with a rosary in my hand reciting the mantra given to me by my compassionate guru and to meditate in developing a compassionate heart and purifying my karmas. How fortunate I am to be able to spend my time in such a meaningful manner. Tsem Rinpoche
Comic drawn by Tendor, a prominent Free Tibet activist-Every Tibetan knows that although His Holiness the Dalai Lama says he is retired from politics, he is in full control of the Tibetan government in exile. No member of the government will dare carry out any decisions without His Holiness\' approval. He is retired for the sake of the west so he does not look like a dictator.~Tenzin Damchoe
2 months ago
Comic drawn by Tendor, a prominent Free Tibet activist-Every Tibetan knows that although His Holiness the Dalai Lama says he is retired from politics, he is in full control of the Tibetan government in exile. No member of the government will dare carry out any decisions without His Holiness' approval. He is retired for the sake of the west so he does not look like a dictator.~Tenzin Damchoe
It would be wonderful if everyone can recite these two mantras 100k each focusing on Shakyamuni Buddha and His powerful healing energies. Not collectively but each person 100k each of each mantra. Praise to Shakyamuni the Sage who showed us a permanent way to bliss.
2 months ago
It would be wonderful if everyone can recite these two mantras 100k each focusing on Shakyamuni Buddha and His powerful healing energies. Not collectively but each person 100k each of each mantra. Praise to Shakyamuni the Sage who showed us a permanent way to bliss.
In Tibet Shannan area Riwoche Ling Monastery, devotees are putting Tsem Rinpoche\'s photo inside the cabinet together with the Buddha he loves - Dorje Shugden
在西藏山南日乌曲林寺,信徒们把詹杜固仁波切的法照和他最敬爱的多杰雄登护法像摆在一起
2 months ago
In Tibet Shannan area Riwoche Ling Monastery, devotees are putting Tsem Rinpoche's photo inside the cabinet together with the Buddha he loves - Dorje Shugden 在西藏山南日乌曲林寺,信徒们把詹杜固仁波切的法照和他最敬爱的多杰雄登护法像摆在一起
Please read this..thank you.
2 months ago
Please read this..thank you.
A beautiful Dorje Shugden depicted in Druid and newage style. There are many more here and free downloads in high file: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924
2 months ago
A beautiful Dorje Shugden depicted in Druid and newage style. There are many more here and free downloads in high file: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924
Here, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche (left), one of the tutors of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, confers one of the many countless tantric initiations on the Dalai Lama (right). You can see a young Dalai Lama bowing in this picture with Trijang Rinpoche blessing him. Trijang Rinpoche is therefore undoubtedly the Dalai Lama’s tantric master. A great master at that. Tsem Rinpoche
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Here, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche (left), one of the tutors of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, confers one of the many countless tantric initiations on the Dalai Lama (right). You can see a young Dalai Lama bowing in this picture with Trijang Rinpoche blessing him. Trijang Rinpoche is therefore undoubtedly the Dalai Lama’s tantric master. A great master at that. Tsem Rinpoche
This is a very sacred statue of Buddha Chenresig (Avalokitesvara/Kuan Yin) that manifested many miracles in North India. Read and see more pictures and understand the background here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=153802
3 months ago
This is a very sacred statue of Buddha Chenresig (Avalokitesvara/Kuan Yin) that manifested many miracles in North India. Read and see more pictures and understand the background here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=153802
Wonderful updated version of The Promise book is out! Please get your copy. Much more new information included.
3 months ago
Wonderful updated version of The Promise book is out! Please get your copy. Much more new information included.
\"Bhagavani, source of all wonders, Vasudhara, Goddess of splendour and fortune, bestower of auspicious mental desires; homage to the Goddess Wish-fulfilling Wheel.\" (Sakya liturgical verse).
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"Bhagavani, source of all wonders, Vasudhara, Goddess of splendour and fortune, bestower of auspicious mental desires; homage to the Goddess Wish-fulfilling Wheel." (Sakya liturgical verse).
Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini in Pharping, Nepal. The caretaker said it was owned by the Great Marpa the translator who was the guru of Milarepa. Wow.
3 months ago
Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini in Pharping, Nepal. The caretaker said it was owned by the Great Marpa the translator who was the guru of Milarepa. Wow.
In the Lankavatara Sutra, Lord Buddha says: \"For innumerable reasons, the Bodhisattva, whose nature is compassion, is not to  any meat. Thus Mahamati, whenever there is the evolution of living beings, let people cherish the thought of kinship with them, and thinking that all beings are [to be loved as if they were] and only child, let them refrain from eating meat.  Mahamati, meat is not eaten by anybody for any reason, there will be no destroyer of life. Thus, Mahamati, meat-eating I have not permitted to anyone, I do not permit, I will not permit.\"
3 months ago
In the Lankavatara Sutra, Lord Buddha says: "For innumerable reasons, the Bodhisattva, whose nature is compassion, is not to any meat. Thus Mahamati, whenever there is the evolution of living beings, let people cherish the thought of kinship with them, and thinking that all beings are [to be loved as if they were] and only child, let them refrain from eating meat. Mahamati, meat is not eaten by anybody for any reason, there will be no destroyer of life. Thus, Mahamati, meat-eating I have not permitted to anyone, I do not permit, I will not permit."
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
3 months ago
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That\'s how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden\'s practice with the world.
3 months ago
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That's how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden's practice with the world.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and you are true to yourself.
3 months ago
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and you are true to yourself.
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
3 months ago
At times I have to be a trendsetter in spirituality as opposed to just being a follower and that is why I take chances and try. I may not be liked always for it, but I have to do it. In this way I have been introducing Dorje Shugden to the world. I know Shugden is good and will help so many and that is why I do it.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and you are true to yourself.
3 months ago
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and you are true to yourself.
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it\'s right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That\'s how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden\'s practice with the world.
3 months ago
Courage is doing something you know the majority will not agree with and perhaps even some will scorn you for it, but you do it anyway because you know it's right and will benefit people at the cost of your own reputation. That's how I feel when I share Dorje Shugden's practice with the world.
Beautiful Buddha built in Sarnath, India. Sarnath was the place where Lord Buddha first starting teaching the sacred Dharma. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Beautiful Buddha built in Sarnath, India. Sarnath was the place where Lord Buddha first starting teaching the sacred Dharma. Tsem Rinpoche
 This is so good. I need to remember this and not allow people to do this to me anymore. Being kind is one thing, but when they are doing it and it harms, it is not a matter of kindness anymore but taking advantage.
4 months ago
This is so good. I need to remember this and not allow people to do this to me anymore. Being kind is one thing, but when they are doing it and it harms, it is not a matter of kindness anymore but taking advantage.
Incredible Lama Thubten Phurbu and His Activities - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=150927
5 months ago
Incredible Lama Thubten Phurbu and His Activities - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=150927
Huffington Post has just released their SECOND EXPOSÉ of the Dorje Shugden issue. You can read about it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=151328
5 months ago
Huffington Post has just released their SECOND EXPOSÉ of the Dorje Shugden issue. You can read about it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=151328
Please read what Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche says about people\'s religion.
5 months ago
Please read what Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche says about people's religion.
A gorgeous Dorje Shugden painted in traditional art style of China. Chinese art has flourished for over 5,000 years and highly sought after. This form of Dorje Shugden is sitting on a seat as you see painted in his chapel (Trode Khangsar) in Lhasa, Tibet. Dorje Shugden can be on a seat or Lion.  More downloads here.  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
5 months ago
A gorgeous Dorje Shugden painted in traditional art style of China. Chinese art has flourished for over 5,000 years and highly sought after. This form of Dorje Shugden is sitting on a seat as you see painted in his chapel (Trode Khangsar) in Lhasa, Tibet. Dorje Shugden can be on a seat or Lion. More downloads here. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
5 months ago
Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
5 months ago
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
5 months ago
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
5 months ago
དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
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བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
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(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
5 months ago
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master-
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
6 months ago
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
6 months ago
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
6 months ago
致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
6 months ago
“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
6 months ago
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
6 months ago
Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
 These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
6 months ago
These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
6 months ago
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
6 months ago
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
6 months ago
Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
6 months ago
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
6 months ago
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France.  Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
6 months ago
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France. Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa\'s tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits.

Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. 

This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.

Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche 
Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
6 months ago
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa's tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits. Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
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Fantastic team work saw 150 of our street friends in JB received various kind of assistance apart from the usual food. Special mention goes to Silkcut Hair Studio and Glam Hair Studio for rendering free haircuts. ❤❤❤ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Fantastic team work saw 150 of our street friends in JB received various kind of assistance apart from the usual food. Special mention goes to Silkcut Hair Studio and Glam Hair Studio for rendering free haircuts. ❤❤❤ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Free haircut service for Kechara Soup Kitchen clients from Silkcut Hair Studio and Glam Hair Studio.
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Our distribution to the Orang Asli villages in Bentong yesterday evening. Thank you to all not forgetting the local volunteers as well. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Uncle Ng with his "No Look" pose today in the kitchen. Thanks to Wei Di, Jian King, Henry Poong who helped in the kitchen today. Justin @ KSK
5 days ago
Uncle Ng with his "No Look" pose today in the kitchen. Thanks to Wei Di, Jian King, Henry Poong who helped in the kitchen today. Justin @ KSK
Dorje Shugden Chapel in the heart of Bentong! Visit this beautiful chapel at the entrance to Kechara Paradise, 84, Jalan Ah Peng, 28700 Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia. Picture courtesy by Pastor Albert, shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 days ago
Dorje Shugden Chapel in the heart of Bentong! Visit this beautiful chapel at the entrance to Kechara Paradise, 84, Jalan Ah Peng, 28700 Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia. Picture courtesy by Pastor Albert, shared by Pastor Antoinette
当我去Zambala Room 的时候Kai Te 很开心的说“老师!!!你看我画的美丽人生”我问“哇哈!!好棒噢!你画的好好噢!这个就是你的美丽人生?”Kai Te 回我说“是的!!!这里还有美丽的屋子” 看他满足的笑容,满满的正能量,多疗愈啊!By Asyley Chia KSDS
7 days ago
当我去Zambala Room 的时候Kai Te 很开心的说“老师!!!你看我画的美丽人生”我问“哇哈!!好棒噢!你画的好好噢!这个就是你的美丽人生?”Kai Te 回我说“是的!!!这里还有美丽的屋子” 看他满足的笑容,满满的正能量,多疗愈啊!By Asyley Chia KSDS
Throw back last Sunday topic 8 freedom and 10 endowment leading by Teacher Kien and Teacher Lin Mun. Everybody paying full attention while teacher sharing.Well done children. By Asyley Chia KSDS
7 days ago
Throw back last Sunday topic 8 freedom and 10 endowment leading by Teacher Kien and Teacher Lin Mun. Everybody paying full attention while teacher sharing.Well done children. By Asyley Chia KSDS
Ready!!! Get set Throw!!!2 to 4 year old games Time.By Asyley Chia KSDS
7 days ago
Ready!!! Get set Throw!!!2 to 4 year old games Time.By Asyley Chia KSDS
Teacher Alice demonstrate full lotus sit to the Class 2 to 4 year old children.By Asyley Chia KSDS
7 days ago
Teacher Alice demonstrate full lotus sit to the Class 2 to 4 year old children.By Asyley Chia KSDS
Thank you to Calvin Chan and students from Chung Ling Butterworth High School who helped carry the heavy groceries to needy families. Great to see the younger generation spending their time serving the community. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
Thank you to Calvin Chan and students from Chung Ling Butterworth High School who helped carry the heavy groceries to needy families. Great to see the younger generation spending their time serving the community. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Team Cambridge University Press Malaysia also helped to evaluate applicants applying for our food bank assistance programme. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
Team Cambridge University Press Malaysia also helped to evaluate applicants applying for our food bank assistance programme. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
466kg of #surplusfood were redistributed to 76 needy families in PPR Beringin on Thursday with the help of these dedicated #volunteers. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
466kg of #surplusfood were redistributed to 76 needy families in PPR Beringin on Thursday with the help of these dedicated #volunteers. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
KISG has carried out prayer recitations to Mother Tara in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
1 week ago
KISG has carried out prayer recitations to Mother Tara in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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More wisdom please log on to http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
Powerful Dukkar or White Umbrella Puja  “To cut asunder completely all malignant demons, to cut asunder all the spells of others…to turn aside all enemies and dangers and hatred...”  Dukkar manifested from the crown of Buddha Shakyamuni as a personification of Buddha’s victory umbrella, and is commonly regarded as the female counterpart to Avalokiteshvara (Kuan Yin), the Buddha of Compassion. https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dukkar-puja-fund-for-legal-affairs, shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Powerful Dukkar or White Umbrella Puja “To cut asunder completely all malignant demons, to cut asunder all the spells of others…to turn aside all enemies and dangers and hatred...” Dukkar manifested from the crown of Buddha Shakyamuni as a personification of Buddha’s victory umbrella, and is commonly regarded as the female counterpart to Avalokiteshvara (Kuan Yin), the Buddha of Compassion. https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dukkar-puja-fund-for-legal-affairs, shared by Pastor Antoinette
Teacher Kien led the students to recite Migtsema & Manjushri mantras before the class start. Alice Tay, KSDS
1 week ago
Teacher Kien led the students to recite Migtsema & Manjushri mantras before the class start. Alice Tay, KSDS
Doing prostrations to the Buddhas is another way of collecting extensive merit. Alice Tay, KSDS
1 week ago
Doing prostrations to the Buddhas is another way of collecting extensive merit. Alice Tay, KSDS
KSDS students paid respect and do prostrations to Lama Tsongkhapa. Alice Tay, KSDS
1 week ago
KSDS students paid respect and do prostrations to Lama Tsongkhapa. Alice Tay, KSDS
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