Tea Offering to Vajrayogini (For the 1st Time!)

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The Tea offering for Vajra Yogini is an excellent way to:

 

1. Create affinity with her and her practice.

2. To generate merits to accomplish the Generation stages and Completion stages of her practice.

3. To accomplish her sacred 11 yogas after initiation.

4. To create the causes to receive her practice in complete.

5. To be protected by Vajra Yogini in this life and to meet up with her practice in future lives.

6. Expedite our entrance into her Kechara  Buddha field after our passing.

7. To create the causes to bring these sacred teachings to those who are spiritually ripe.

8. Create merits for the long life of our teachers, parents, loved ones and ourselves. And to generate merits for those who have passed to be blessed by her to take fortunate rebirths.

9. To be successful in doing our retreats on Vajra Yogini.

10. To gain attainments.

11. To request Lady Vajra Yogini to bless the environment, people, deities, supernatural seen/unseen beings, land, animal and ecology of the area we reside in. Wonderful to do in a new office/house/land.

12. If we are receiving harm/inauspicious signs from formless beings, to request Vajra Yogini to protect us and bless them to stop any disturbance.

13. For the success of our Dharma work, Dharma ideas and Dharma institution.

14. To bless the winds, drops, channels, chakras within our own bodies in order to prepare the way for higher attainments.

15. Invoke the blessings of the Yoginis in the 24 sacred sites that are guarding the holy places of Vajra Yogini on this earth and within our bodies.

16. To always meet with auspicious signs, and omens and results of our practice. To have firm devotion to our teacher, meditations and the proper human ethics. To always find it easy to engage in virtues.  May the land, govt and people always be at peace/harmony.

 

Items necessary:

 

If you are empowered into Highest Yoga tantra, then you use the inner offering to consecrate the Drink before doing offering to Vajra Yogini. If you are not, then OM AH HUM three times should suffice for now to consecrate this drink. This Tea offering to Vajra Yogini is permissible for both those initiated into her practice as well as those who are not.

You may use any type of tea, herbal, black, green teas, etc. Or you may use soft drinks, juices, etc as the substance for her ‘tea’ offering. The Tea Offering to her is a name for this practice and not necessarily that you HAVE to use actual tea in the offering.

 

 

How to start:

 

1. Recite Refuge

2. Four Immeasurables

3. 8 Verses of Thought Transformation

4. The tea liturgy below to Vajra Yogini

5. With each line you recite “I offer” you may pour the tea/liquid at the last line of “I offer”, then you fill it to the brim or finish pouring. Or just fill the tea in the container to the brim from the beginning and recite the  liturgy. Either way is acceptable.

6. After finishing, a simple dedication to the best of your knowledge is fine. If you are initiated into Vajra Yogini’s tantra, then you can recite the verse for ascending into Kechara Buddha field 3x and then dedication. Then you are done for the day.

7. You may do this sacred practice that is short and easy anywhere, anytime and any location.

 

I have placed this TEA OFFERING TO VAJRA YOGINI here for those who have great merit to be interested in Sacred Vajra Yogini and wish to do her practice yet have not received her initiation yet. I have received innumerable requests asking how to do prayers to her. Well here it is.

This is your chance to do a prayer to her daily to create the affinity. Good luck and feel happy you have this rare chance to make yourself much more connected to such a rare practice yet so powerful. My 1st guru Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche in New Jersey always refer to her as the Diamond Queen. I dedicate this post to his new incarnation that has taken rebirth, recognized and enthroned. May his current incarnation due to our lessening of the “I” become as supremely beneficial as his previous incarnation. Whether he can manifest or not will depend on his students’ samaya and practice. May I have the fortune to serve this great master again. I had the great fortune to meet him in 1972 when I arrived in New Jersey. He resided in Rashi Gempil Ling Buddhist Monastery which was 10 mins by bicyle ride away.

I had the great fortune to listen to his teachings, receive refuge from him, and receive my first initiations, refuge-bodhisattva-tantric vows from this eminent Master. It was from him I heard the sacred name of Pabongka Rinpoche for the first time as he was a direct disciple of Pabongka Rinpoche. It was from Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche (of Sera Mey) I heard of the Diamond Queen’s name for the first time. It was at Rashi Gempil Ling my ignorant youthful eyes set themselves on an image of Vajra Yogini for the first time and it literally blew me away.

When I saw Vajra Yogini for the first time, I thought she was the most powerful, sacred and secret Buddha in the Universe. I was determined to get her photo. I did and it was  a xeroxed color photo of her from Rashi Gempil Ling. I framed it and stared at her photo for weeks and months in my room. I was amazed I can even have the fortune to see her sacred photo. Kensur Lobsang Tharchin kept all images of her covered and hidden and wouldn’t allow non-initiates to gaze upon her. I was sneaky and use to lift the khata covering her image and stare at her in open mouth amazement.

I fell in love with her back then and this ‘love’ affair with this supreme Buddha is just as strong now. I wish all my friends to be connected to her. I was and still amazed at the age of 7 I was able to meet such a renowned master and a student of Pabongka Rinpoche ten minutes away from where I lived in Howell, New Jersey. I knew this master was fully qualified and fully attained. I never believed otherwise. I never showed even one minute of unpleasant face or speech to this great master. I was deathly afraid of him because in my childish mind at that time, I didn’t think I was good enough to be even in his presence not realizing his all embracing nature at that time as I was seven years old. I miss this great master.

 

The Great Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche who resided in New Jersey.

 

I will never forget the teachings/empowerments he has bestowed on me and I will keep up my practice commitments I swore to this great master over 30 years ago. I have kept up my practice and will continue until my death. I will honor his memory with my integrity of practice. I will introduce many to Vajra Yogini’s practice because if that is what he chose for beings of this degenerate age to practice, then there is no fault in his decision as he was a master of the vast oceans of sutra and tantra. I will carry on what he started with all of us 30 years ago in New Jersey. I remember fondly those beautiful days in the gompa of Rashi Gempil Ling in New Jersey receiving dharma teachings from this great master along with my other dharma brothers and sisters. I treasured it then and I treasure it now. How I miss my great master and those dharma sisters/brothers. I know and believe Kensur Lobsang Tharchin is one and indivisible with the Diamond Lady herself. I bow my head to Kensur Lobsang Tharchin’s sacred feet forever. I will forgive, forget transgression from others and will generate compassion towards others as that is what Rinpoche taught us and I will honor it. I love you my most dearest Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

 

Sacred Vajra Yogini’s Tea offering-For those who have high aspirations

OM AH HUM

As I visualize myself as the deity at the center of the dharmachakra,

extremely red within a double tetrahedral reality source,

on a stainless moon mandala seat

resides the all-encompassing refuge assembly of guru-deities.

 

Rang lhar säl chhö kyi khor löi ü

Dog rab mar chhö jung nyi tseg nang

Dän dri dräl da wäi kyil khor teng

Kyab kün dü la ma lha tshog zhug

Gyu lha dzä rin chhen lä drub ching

Yib rab dze yöl go tam päi chü

 

In a beautifully shaped container filled with the essences

of ingredients made from precious celestial substances,

this vast drink, delicious in taste,

reddish yellow in color, with the scent of camphor,

I offer to the assembly of father, root, and lineage gurus.

Please bless my three doors.

 

Dang mar ser ga bur dri dang chän

Ro zang dän gya jäi tung wa di

Pha tsa gyü la mäi tshog la bül

Dag go sum jin gyi lab tu söl

 

I offer to the assembly of powerful mother yoginis.

Please lead me to the field of Khachö pure land.

 

Ma näl jor wang möi tshog la bül

Nä kha chö zhing du thri du söl

 

I offer to the assembly of peaceful and wrathful mind-sealed deities.

Please bestow all the supreme and general attainments.

 

Lha yi dam zhi thröi tshog la bül

Chhog thün mong ngö drub tsäl du söl

 

I offer to the objects of refuge, the Three Rare Sublime Ones.

Please protect me from the fearful enemies of samsara and nirvana’s peace.

 

Kyab kön chog rin chhen sum la bül

Dra si zhii jig lä dräl du söl

 

I offer to the assembly of supporters, dakinis, and Dharma protectors.

Please actualize all activities, whatever is wished for.

 

Drog khan dro chhö kyong tshog la bül

Yi chi dö thrin lä drub tu söl

 

I offer to the assembly of siblings, the six types of transmigratory beings.

Please pacify the suffering of my mind’s hallucinated appearances.

 

Nyen rig drug dro wäi tshog la bül

Sem thrül nang dug ngäl zhi gyur chig

 

Clarifying myself as the mind-sealed deity, which appears while empty,

and enjoying the food, with the taste of nectar,

my mind enters into the sphere of great bliss and emptiness.

 

Rang nang tong yi dam lhar säl wä

Ze dü tsii ro la long chä pä

Lo de chhen tong päi ying su zhug

 

EH MA HO!

How eminently fortunate I am!

 

E MA HO!

Mä jung käl pa zang

 

 

Colophon:

This tea offering to Vajrayogini was composed by Ngülchu Dharmabhadra. You may recite the above in either Tibetan phonetics or just in English. Either way is fine.

 

Related to Vajra Yogini that I’ve posted in the past and you should please read:

http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/06/?p=4395

http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/08/?p=4612

http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/04/?p=4513

http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/03/?p=4522

http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/03/?p=4553

http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/03/?p=4569

http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/03/?p=4586

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  1. Pastor Lim Han Nee on Apr 10, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for your great kindness and compassion in making this powerful and sacred “Tea Offering to Vajrayogini” practice available to us on this blog. It is truly wonderful that, without any initiation, we can perform this powerful practice daily. Many can perform this practice easily as it is simple and requires few implements. Its benefits are so many and so great. Most importantly, this practice will lead us to create a strong connection with the Buddha for this degenerate age , Vajrayogini!

    By doing this practice consistently,we will create an affinity with Vajrayogini and her precious practice . We will receive her protection in this life and create the cause to meet her and her practice in future lives.

    Indeed,may we create the causes and have the merits to receive her practice within this lifetime , to be able to practice to gain control, at least, of our rebirth.

  2. Sofi on Apr 5, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for your compassion in making this sacred practice of tea offering available to us to create the affinity with beautiful Queen Vajrayogini. Rinpoche had said many times before that Vajrayogini is the Buddha most suitable to capture and control our strong egoistical minds in this degenerate times. Rinpoche had also said that the most mediocre practitioner of Lady Vajrayogini will gain a good human rebirth whilst the very best will ascend full-bodied directly into her heaven, Kechara. May we be blessed with the merits to receive her practice in the near future, directly from Rinpoche, who is the pure holder of the holy lineage practices.

  3. CindyH on Apr 5, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for making it possible for us to connect with Vajrayogini and create affinity for Her full practice. For one who at this juncture lack the merits to received Her holy initiation, I am definitely grateful to Rinpoche for such a rare chance to make a profound connection to Vajrayogini even before being initiated into Her tantra and to create the causes to receive Her complete practice in near future.

  4. Fong on Apr 5, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    The benefits of the Tea Offering to Vajrayogini is manifold. But, to me the greatest advantage is to connect with Vajrayogini and create and affinity for her practice. Before, this I used to love reciting the Praise to Vajrayogini as I felt that it could be done anywhere. In fact, I have kept the prayers in my phone, wonders of smartphone!

    I love this Tea Offering to Vajrayogini as well, and had started it but was not consistent. Well, I better make it consistent then.

    Thank you, Rinpoche for making this prayer available to all of us.

  5. Candice Loke on Oct 31, 2016 at 2:08 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such a treasured Tea Offering practice of Vajrayogini publicly, enable people whom with no tantric initiation to build stronger connection with The Queen through this practice!
    I remember my 1st unforgettable experience with this prayer was during Nepal Pilgrimage Trip 2016 when we visited the 1st VY Chapel in Patan – I was totally mesmerised, enchanted the moment I laid my eyes on Vajrayogini in the chapel. The feeling was indescribable. It was since then I started to incorporate Tea offering to Vajrayogini in my daily sadhana.
    I hope in the future soon many will be benefited from Vajrayogini’s profound practice, and that it will carry on continuously to benefit countless beings.

    With folded hands
    Candice Loke

  6. samfoonheei on Aug 10, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this precious practice of tea offering to Vajrayogini and the benefits of it.Its wonderful to know the true valuable knowledge of the offering. We are so fortunate to have Rinpoche at KFR to introduce us to Vajra Yogini’s practice.
    Thanks again Rinpoche With folded hands.

  7. graceleong on May 30, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    I was looking through the site on Prayers and Sadhanna and dropped in to revisit this teaching on Tea Offering to Vajrayogini. I feel very fortunate and grateful to my Guru Tsem Rinpoche for sharing this ritual with us. This allows many of us to create a connection with Vajrayogini in this lifeitme. If we have the merits it will also give us the opportunity to receive Vajrayogini initiations directly from Rinpoche!

    “The best anyone can do if not enlightenment for now, is to gain mastery over taking rebirth coupled with developing Three Principle Paths. Where you want to take rebirth can be determined by yourself if you practice the sacred Vajra Yogini Tantra thoroughly.” advised from Rinpoche

    There should not be any more procrastinations as time is short; this precious human life is meant to give us the opportunity to achieve attainments in order for us to be of benefit to others, to be Enlightened !!

  8. Paul Yap on Dec 19, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    The tea offering praises to Vajrayogini is beautiful and melodias. Many found Vajrayogini extremely attractive and fascinated. Its a great fortunate that these tea offerings is available to many to practice without requiring any initiation.

    The Great Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche has been guarding this sacred lineage then pass it down to H.E. Tsem Rinpoche. Normal people like me should be grateful to even have a chance to look at her image, not mentioning having the great opportunity to invite her beautiful images home to make offerings.

  9. Michael Correll on Jan 29, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Wow that’s great. I don’t have a Vajrayogini rupa yet but do have an unblessed resin Green Tara.

  10. Hee TS on Nov 23, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    非常感谢仁波切將这珍贵的金刚瑜伽母茶供养的程序在网站公开,利益大家,感觉到非常的幸运,希望盡快有足够的因缘,得以修持金刚瑜伽母的無上密续法门,继续往证悟的道路前进。

  11. Pee Bee Chong on Nov 14, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the TEA OFFERING TO VAJRA YOGINI for us who wish to do her practice but have not received her initiation yet. Thank you Rinpoche once again with folded hands.

  12. Oana on Jun 13, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I offered water to Vajrayogini image and it vapored really fast and it’s scared me

  13. lukas on May 7, 2012 at 2:10 am

    It is inconceivable that everyone can come across such a prayer, even most ordinary confused being like me, making connection with Buddha’s power. Dharma is most important to bring tangible changes to our lives and environment, so full of evil – hope at some point I’ll be stable & wise enough to receive more sophisticated teachings.. thanks to everyone making this blog available, it is incredibly beneficial.

  14. lim tin nee on Jan 15, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for the immensely beneficial teachings on the Diamond Lady. I’ve been practising tea offering to her since i was given the prayer for her, however not realising the true valuable significance of the offering. i know that Rinpoche is at one with this precious great lady and through her I hope all of Rinpoche’s wishes will be fulfilled.
    r

  15. Rafael on Jun 9, 2011 at 11:57 am

    I do not know if it is ok to post this here so if it is not, please remove, but I found this video(quite accidentally) and the first half of it seems to be a exact recitation of the Vajrayogini tea offering in Tibetan.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQFZuT46pRA&feature=related

  16. tsemtulku on Mar 14, 2011 at 9:47 am

    As a Vajrayana practitioner, do you not partake of meat at vajra feasts? I am a great admirer of the late Kalu Rinpoche. Now in Sukumvati. He was very clear on this subject. On page 124-125 in his book, “Foundations of Tibetan Buddhism”,… he goes through the root Vajrayana downfalls. Let me please share downfall #13: “The thirteen root downfall concerns our attitude and approach to tantric practice and tantric ritual. If we are participating in a ganachakra or vajra feast, where ritual use of meat and alcohol is made, and we abstain from one of the other of these on the grounds that it is impure or that it is contrary to our convictions and principles, then we have failed to appreciate the view of tantra which attempts to transcend purity and impurity, attempts to transcend dualistic thinking, and we have failed to appreciate and take part in the spirit of that tantric transformation process. To indulge in this kind of superficial, dualistic clinging to appearances during the course of a tantric ritual is to commit the 13th root downfall and to go against the spirit of our tantric practice.”–(from a facebook comments post)

    During tantric rituals, a tiny bit of meat, must be had for the greater view and greater good..which is to overcome clinging…but what I am talking about is daily consumption of meat…steaks, fried chicken, pork chops, leg of lamb, turtle soup, sharksfin, duck, rabbit stew, frog legs, clams, seafood chowder, sushi, and all the other animals slaughtered daily for our taste buds…. If we give up all meat eating and meat consumption then let’s talk about tsok meat. HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche mentioned in Los Angeles, we can take some tsampa and put a few drops of alcohol on it in place of meat when we cannot get it for tsok…..that can be used for meat. In Tibet Kyabje Zong Rinpoche would do that. Tsem Rinpoche

  17. ani kunzang on Mar 11, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Rinpoche, thank you for this beautiful evocation of devotion to your Guru as a child, and its constant appearance in your life, expressed in part by your reverence for Vajrayogini. Such a powerful, consistent, unhesitating flow, just as blood flows thru our veins. The force of life itself. I love Vajrayogini, too, although I know I comprehend nothing of that which she truly is. I am fortunate to have hanging on my wall a beautiful large print of Vajrayogini that once hung in Jetsunma’s prayer room here at Dakini Valley. I feel very blessed to look upon that image, knowing it is imbued with the sacred energy of a living Dakini.
    I am ever grateful for the presence of such pure Teachers as Jetsunma and you, who never cease to provide us with method and blessings. Thank you.

  18. Jim Riches on Mar 4, 2011 at 12:58 am

    Rinpoche,

    Many Thanks for this I shall add to my Vajrayogini section on my website, and I will have a go at this practice soon.

    Many Thanks

    Jim

  19. Cameron Bailey on Oct 20, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Thank you so much for this precious practice, Rinpoche! _/\_

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  21. Knut Eggers on Oct 6, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Dearest Tsem Tulku,
    I overdrew my bank account seriously to visit my love in Indonesia. I don’t know if Vadjra Yoghini would like to see my making more and more depths for my love and happiness. I do enjoy to meet my love, but something must be seriously unbalanced in my perspective of things. Please give me guidance.
    Love, Knut

  22. Eric KSJC on Sep 27, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    我觉得自己真的很幸福,能在KECHARA佛教中心内跟着詹杜固仁波切一起学习佛法。看到第一次的金刚瑜伽母的黑茶供养的程序在网站公开,感觉到非常的幸运,真的希望以后能有足够的资粮,可以学习金刚瑜伽母的修行法门,继续往证悟的道路前进。

  23. Knut Eggers on Sep 27, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    I ask myself… if this is the tea offering to Vadjra Yoghini…
    WHY is Vadjra Yoghini not named in the lyrics even one single time?

    • firefly on Sep 28, 2010 at 8:39 pm

      Hi Knut, i will answer you even though you are asking yourself… i believe it’s not rhetorical…

      correct me if i’m wrong…
      the Vajra Yogini is included as ‘mother yoginis’ in the text… it’s not a song, so it’s not ‘lyrics’…
      you are supposed to visualise yourself as her too according to the text…

      • firefly on Sep 28, 2010 at 8:42 pm

        umm… just to add… not sure if we are allowed to visualise ourselves as her because we have not received the appropriate initiations… but that’s just what i gather from the text.

        • tsemtulku on Sep 29, 2010 at 7:06 am

          You don’t visualize yourself as Vajra Yogini, you just recite the liturgy as blessing and offer the tea. Tsem Tulku

      • tsemtulku on Sep 29, 2010 at 7:07 am

        Very good answer and you are correct. Only thing is if you don’t have Her initiation, you don’t visualize yourself as her. You just read the liturgy as a blessing and offer tea to make the connection. Tsem Tulku

  24. Sarah on Sep 26, 2010 at 1:36 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you so much for this teaching!

  25. firefly on Sep 25, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Hi friends,

    i have another question… at the end of the sadhana text there is a part where one seems to be drinking the tea… so are we supposed to drink the tea after we have offered it, to partake of the blessings?

    • tsemtulku on Sep 25, 2010 at 8:48 pm

      You don’t drink the tea. But if you want you take alittle after the prayer and offering thinking it is a blessing from Lady Vajra Yogini.
      Tsem Tulku

      • firefly on Sep 26, 2010 at 11:19 pm

        okay thanks Tsem Tulku!

  26. firefly on Sep 23, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    hi, can we use any cup for the tea or the special kind of cup shown … ? Can i know who is Ngülchu Dharmabhadra?

    many thanks for the translation and instructions online, Tsem Rinpoche.

    • tsemtulku on Sep 23, 2010 at 11:11 pm

      Any cup is ok. Offer the best you can though. Tsem Tulku

  27. Paris on Sep 23, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for always thinking of ways to make these practices accessible to us – from our first trip to Nepal, to visit holy Vajrayogini sites, to inspiring the Vajrayogini book by Kechara Discovery, to encouraging us to invite and make offerings to Vajrayogini images, and now to this tea offering. We are so fortunate to have this rare chance to connect to her in so many ways. This really gives us no excuse NOT to begin our practice towards her right now.

    With much gratitude,
    Paris

  28. Angel sh Ooi on Sep 21, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche,
    Thank You so much for sharing with us The Tea offering for Vajra Yogini. It is clear and easy to understand and follow.
    We are very blessed to received from Rinpoche’s blog, by doing Vajra Yogini’s practice will help me and others to let go of our biggest attachment. May this practice will create the affinity with Her, and be able to accomplish Her practice later on.
    Thank You Rinpoche.

  29. Anila on Sep 21, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Thank you very very much Rinpoche for allowing everyone in Kh whether they be oldies or newbies even not initiated to be able to be able to make tea offerings to Vajrayogini or Diamond Lady to prepare them for the Highest Yoga Tantra Initiations. I guess most people who has taken Vajrayogini Initiations from Lamas in other centres don’t even understand fully what the whole initiations is about. I understand Vajrayogini is also the mother of Kechara House as Kechara Paradise is the abode of Vajrayogini. As students of Rinpoche and a member of Kh. Kh should be our spiritual home. Making tea offerings to Vajrayogini I believe will help us to generate merits to speed up for us to take her initiations. Since we have learnt Serkym Offering mantra to Lord Setrap without difficulty. There will be no problem in memorising tea offering mantra to Vajrayogini too. Better to do in Tibetan.

  30. Andrew James Boon on Sep 21, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Dearest Rinpoche,

    Thank you seems so mundane given the enormity of this simple yet profound offering that Rinpoche has so kindly shared with us all. Gobsmacked I am! WOW! The only way I know that I may even begin to be able to thank Rinpoche enough is to actually start this practice in the hopes that I may create the causes and affinity to gain her practice in the future.

    Much love… Andrew

  31. Knut Eggers on Sep 21, 2010 at 4:06 am

    And by the way, Tsem Tulku… I wonder – don’t you ever sleep?
    I mean – physically. It is as if you always reply to my notes. Over here in germany it is 10.00 p.m., BUT in Malaisia it is 4 a.m.! You are in Malaisia, aren’t you? Love, Knut

  32. Knut Eggers on Sep 21, 2010 at 12:58 am

    Dear Tsem,
    I am DESPERATELY sorry that I am so resistant against the first three points of the procedure which has to do whith my neagtive experiences on Diamondway Buddhism. How can I ever make this practice attractive to ANYone in Hamburg without being completely one with it? I am such a difficult person to satisfy indeed!!!

    • Paris on Sep 23, 2010 at 1:02 pm

      Kurt,
      It is impossible RIGHT NOW, for us to suddenly be “completely one” with the practice. If we were completely one with the practice, we would be enlightened beings, just like Vajrayogini. But don’t let this be an excuse to NOT practice at all.

      Rinpoche has explained to us many times that as humans, with so many millions of lifetimes of karma and habituations, we may slip up sometimes, and we won’t be perfect at our practice at first, but our perseverance, effort, dedication and hard work will be the key in inspiring others. People won’t be inspired by us being perfect and flawless in our practice but they will be inspired by the fact that if you make a mistake, you don’t give up, you keep trying, you pick yourself up and you push yourself to do more than you are used to. Effort inspires many people!

  33. Li Kheng on Sep 20, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    The Tea Offering to Vajrayogini is very clear. Additionally, the explanation about the purpose and benefits of this practice is listed in a comprehensive and easy to understand manner.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for your kindness and generosity in sharing this sacred ritual with us.

    May our sincere engagement in this offering create the cause for Dharma to grow and for the Diamond Queen to be close to all sentient beings to ignite & support the development of our Dharma practice.

  34. Knut Eggers on Sep 20, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Ah, yes, one more thing…
    the english tea liturgy is as sweet and beautiful as a poem,
    but I remember that on some buddhist meditation in Hamburg it was said that keeping to the original tibetan words is more powerful
    and for my feeling more penetrating; so I will try to keep doing
    the tibetan version and do my best in spelling it as good as possible, and occasionally read it in english, just to understand what “I” am “doing”. LOVE.

    • Paris on Sep 23, 2010 at 12:59 pm

      Hi Kurt,

      Yes, Rinpoche has also explained to us that it is considered more auspicious to recite the prayers in their original Tibetan, as this was the form in which they were first composed by highly enlightened beings, so energetically, we connect to them in this way when we recite in the same original language.

      However, it is also of course very beneficial to recite the verses in English as we can then focus more on visualisation, with understanding of what we are reciting.
      Thank you. Paris

  35. Sean Wang on Sep 20, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    I want to sincerely thank Rinpoche for providing us such a great practice. It is really such an honor to be able to do the practice of the Divine Female Buddha —– Vajrayogini. I will insert this prayer after my guru yoga. Once again, thank you for bestowing upon us such a great practice that is usually rare to come by for practitioners at most levels.

  36. Knut Eggers on Sep 20, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    I LOVE this…
    I don’t know if I completely understand every step of the procedure, but I will read myself through the whole practice every single day. Precious – thank you so much, my great and most compassionate friend.

  37. yf wong on Sep 20, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Dear Guru,

    I sincerely wish to Thank you for sharing such wonderful & priceless Vajra Yogini’s practice with us….. feel so good to know that many many new Kechara members too has the rare opportunity to pracise it !

    This tea offering to Vajra Yogini certainly an offering i’d love to do as my daily practise besides Guru Yoga & Dharma Protector prayer practises.

    My Dear Guru, I wish you good health & hope that you can continue carry on to do the works that you enjoy the most for as long as you wish …. i.e. Teaching Dharma to ALL .

    Take care, pls .

  38. henry ooi on Sep 20, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Like others who commented, thank you very much for making the tea offering accessible to all to create causes for us to receive Varayogini’s practice in the future.

    When the new KH building is completed, devotees may visit the main prayer hall to make offerings to a bigger holy image of Vajrayogini. Watch out for the announcement.

  39. Janice Kwok on Sep 20, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you very much for your infinite kindness and setting the cause for all to benefit. Was so excited when i received Tat Meng’s sms on this as i have included daily the reading of the Vajra Yogini Prayer card as well as the prayer in the Kechara small prayer book. Rinpoche, can we use the serkym set for this tea offering – the picture depicts a serkym set? If we do the tea offering to Vajra Yogini, do we conclude it with serkym offering to Setrap? Thank you.

  40. Thierry on Sep 20, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing with us on how to do a Tea Offering and also for explaining with so much clarity the benefits of doing it.
    When Rinpoche tells us the story of his meeting with Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche, it is done with humility and great respect.

    I find it sometimes hard to find the time to do my sadhanas in this “busy” life, but then again, I can find time for other things that are plain useless, so it really comes down to 2 things:
    1 -what are my priorities
    2 -time is short, hey… that’s not news!

    I shall add this tea offering to my daily sadhanas, because it is a priority. If I was biten by a snake, I’d drop all to get the antidote…

  41. Janice Kwok on Sep 20, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you very much for your infinite kindness. Was excited about this when received Tat Meng’s sms yst evening. Recently i have included the recitation of the Vajrayogini Prayer card which i got from KP outlet as well as reading the prayer in the small Kechara prayer book. Looking forward to do the tea offering. Thank you for setting the cause so all may benefit.

  42. Paris on Sep 20, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Rinpoche, thank you for these incredible teachings and practices. What an amazing way to make a profound connection to Vajrayogini even before we are initiated into her tantra.

    This teaching would also match perfectly with the earlier teachings that Rinpoche gave a few months ago about how we can begin Vajrayogini practice, as related to the practices of Tsongkhapa/ Guru Yoga. (it’s the post titled “Starting on Vajrayogini Now” – http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/06/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html ) It is all coming together – Rinpoche is kindly showing us how every of the practices he recommends to us eventually links up and brings us directly to the real Kechara Heaven.

    Thank you.

  43. Mimi Chua on Sep 20, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this.

  44. ngeowchin on Sep 20, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    How kind of you to bestow this tea offering prayer to all of us who are low in merits to help prepare us to receive VY’s Initiation in the future.
    It is a simple practice we can engage in easily, yet with benefits that are immeasurable.
    May all be blessed by doing the practice with strong faith and devotion.

  45. Yoke Fui on Sep 20, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you so much for making the tea offering practice available to us.
    May we create the cause to receive more Vy teachings from you.

    Love,yf

  46. Terri on Sep 20, 2010 at 5:29 am

    thanks, i don’t have the empowerment, but the statue is pretty. So <3 it.

    • Shirley Maya Tan on Sep 20, 2010 at 10:02 am

      Dear Terri,
      Just to clarify for you – if your read Rinpoche’s statements clearly, Rinpoche has explained that we can all do this without having empowerments or initiation. Hence, anyone can do this and thereby create the affinity with the Sacred Vajrayogini and causes to receive her empowerments and practice in the future.

      Please read Rinpoche’s comments as posted below. Have a good day.

      tsemtulku on September 20, 2010 at 1:29 am
      Dear friends,

      As I have already mentioned, it is fine to do this tea offering daily even without oral transmission (lung) and initiation. One of the reasons you are doing it is so in the future you may receive the initiation and fully practice the Sacred Vajra Yogini practice.

      Good Luck!!

      Tsem Tulku

  47. Lili ng on Sep 20, 2010 at 2:27 am

    Dearest Rinpoche,thank you for introducing us to this much needed precious prayer for everyone,I may not truly realise the benefits now but I will follow the instructions because I want to believe so much,in you and in the dharma.Thank you.

  48. tsemtulku on Sep 20, 2010 at 1:32 am

    The picture of the statue of Vajra Yogini I have posted here is my personal statue. It is 5 feet in height.

    It was created by Kechara Discovery’s Paul. If you are interested in this particular statue, you must contact Paul of Kechara Discovery. Just go to Kechara.com and find Liaison Paul.

    Tsem Tulku

  49. martin on Sep 20, 2010 at 1:31 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for making an important practice so easily acessible and available to everyone, especially those new ones like me. Every aspect of Vajra Yogini has captivated me from the very first time i set eyes on her image and i am glad that finally Rinpoche has opened a simple way for me to make a connection with the Buddha whose Paradise is Kechara, a name that has become a vital part of my daily life.

  50. tsemtulku on Sep 20, 2010 at 1:29 am

    Dear friends,

    As I have already mentioned, it is fine to do this tea offering daily even without oral transmission (lung) and initiation. One of the reasons you are doing it is so in the future you may receive the initiation and fully practice the Sacred Vajra Yogini practice.

    Good Luck!!

    Tsem Tulku

  51. KYC on Sep 20, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for this tea offering which I can add to the prayer composed by Rinpoche on the Vajrayogini prayer card sold in KP stores. I read the part which begins with “Great female Buddha…” almost every day. I found as early as August 2007, that praying to Vajrayogini is very helpful in overcoming anger. She has helped me deal with conflicts in the office, even before I met Rinpoche. I was able to understand the special power of Vajrayogini from reading the prayer that Rinpoche has put in the Kechara House prayer book “Essence of Bliss”. It is entitled “The Goddess That Absorbs All Traumas”. I used to read this prayer quite often. I recommend it strongly to new dharma practitioners who wish to know a little more about this lady Buddha.

  52. Shirley Maya Tan on Sep 20, 2010 at 12:27 am

    Thank you, Rinpoche. Thank you very much for this extremely precious post.

    I truly rejoice that everyone and anyone who reads this post can begin making their own connection with the Supreme Queen of Bliss. How fortunate we all are indeed! All thanks to Rinpoche’s great kindness and compassion.

  53. May Ong on Sep 19, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    Thank you for your love and kindness, Rinpoche.

    I believe like many, many others including myself, uninitiated yet to be given the opportunity to be able to read the clear explanation given by Rinpoche himself to start doing Vajra Yogini’s practice now is truly rare.

    I do pray that many have the merits to take heed to the clear instructions given by Rinpoche to do Vajra Yogini’s practice so we may create the cause to meet with her and her paradise in future. I also pray that we may be able to hold weekly Vajra Yogini prayers at KH to benefit many.

  54. Konstantina on Sep 19, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Venerable Rinpoche,
    Thank You so much for the generocity comes out of this post. But I was really astonished by the statue of Vajrayogini as well!!!! How could I find a statue like that for my shrine???…
    And another question, more “serious”… Can I practice the Tea Offering without having the lung or the initiation?
    Thank you,
    Konstantina (Athens, Greece)

    • Paris on Sep 20, 2010 at 2:51 am

      Hi Konstantina,
      Yes, that is truly a very beautiful statue isn’t it! She is stunning, like Vajrayogini is really there.

      This was a very special Five-foot Vajrayogini statue that was created by Kechara Discovery. you could contact them for more information about this statue. Or, alternatively, we also have many other really beautiful Buddha statues available on the Kechara online store: http://www.kechara.com/eshop

      happy shopping!

  55. Lin Kechara on Sep 19, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    A very simple and heartfelt THANK YOU for your kindness in teaching us how to do the offering of tea to Vajrayogini. EH MA HO!

  56. susan lim on Sep 19, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Dear Rinpoche
    Thank you for bringing us closer into the Diamond Lady’s mandala! I am extremely fortunate to have Rinpoche’s guidance, teachings, practices, unending love and care. I wish very much to know the Diamond Lady and be one with her. I read each word carefully and am amazed with the tremendous blessings from engaging Tea Offering to Vajrayogini.

    May many others come across this posting, create the causes to do her practice and be one with Vajrayogini!

    yours humbly
    susan

  57. Michael Kuang on Sep 19, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the Tea Offering Practice with us. It will be something special to do for daily offering. May Rinpoche live long and healthy and continue to bestow teaching on us!

  58. patsy on Sep 19, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this posting of Tea Offering to Vajrayogini.

    Through this beautiful Tea Offerings to Vajrayogini, May we be able to collect enough merits to receive Vajrayogini initiation in the future.

    Thank you again and again Rinpoche for your kindness and compassion to introduce such a priceless practice to us during this degenerate time when we so needed Her help and guidance.

  59. ck liew on Sep 19, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Dear Guru ,

    A Million THANK YOU to you for your kindness in posting this , i am also one of the many always wondering how to “get” in to her practice. This DIAMOND LADY practice is undoubtedly unquestionable worth every single moments of our life to practice it. Finally the uninitiated can get to do it as well.

    For you to take your time to even explaining it and informing everyone on such practice just show how kind and how concern of you to everyone. May i be able to serve and repay your great kindness one day.

    Take care and get good rest.

    ck liew.

  60. joey wong on Sep 19, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Dear Rinpoche thank you for your immense kindness in posting this sacred teaching. This is certainly an offering i’d love to do daily!

  61. Anna on Sep 19, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Thank you very much for sharing this Rinpoche.

  62. Andy Lee on Sep 19, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    I hope you are in the best of health, Rinpoche, thank you for posting such an precious practice, this is the first time I ever see a practice on the web of Vajrayogini, and I knew this practice is just so precious that really inspire me. I really love her from the first sight her posture really does brighten me up. Thank you Rinpoche more and more people will benefits from this practice.

  63. Siong Woan on Sep 19, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I have been writing and re-writing this comments for 30 minutes now and I don’t think I can EVER find words which can help express my deepest gratitudes towards your kind guidance and care.. I will follow your instructions and hope to be taken under the protection of VY from now on.

    THANK YOU.

  64. tsemtulku on Sep 19, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Dear Benji,

    I am so happy you are able to see this posting and understand the significance. It takes a rare huge amount of merit to be associated with Vajra Yogini.

    Her practice is relatively ‘easy’ compared to the other tantric deities. But we can start by having her image, and doing tea offerings to her with other offerings. Reciting aspirational prayers in front of her image would be very powerful. Doing dharma work in Kechara would be similar to doing the preliminary practices prior to tantric practice. Very important to do the preliminaries or tantric practice will not be fulfilled.

    I wish you good luck and happiness. I wish so much you and millions of others will become powerful mahasiddhas of the Vajra Yogini tantra.

    Tsem Tulku

  65. ruby khong on Sep 19, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, THANK YOU VERY MUCH for making this sacred teachings available to us and in such a clear and simplified manner. May many beings benefit from this and that one day soon your students will be able to do her saddhana in KWPC!

  66. benji on Sep 19, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Thank you immensely, ‘kam-sia che-che’ Rinpoche. i feel so happy, even just to glance at the posting!

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  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:07 AM
    This year Wesak Day fall on 10 of May. This day is very special and meaningful to me because I will visit Kechara Forest Retreat(KFR) to join some meritorious event there.
    For me, Wesak is a day to commemorate Buddha Sakyamuni in three aspect( Birth , Enlightened, Nirwana).
    While we celebrate Wesak, we must remind ourselves to learn from Buddha teachings and practice it in order to gain attainment.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for sharing in order to create more understanding on Wesak Day.

    Jason

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

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

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

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

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-12.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 04:30 PM
    Miracles do happen,when we have faith and trust in our Guru.What is important is to follow Rinpoche’s advice and do as instructed by our Guru to clear the osbtacles all the way.Angie and Herry were so fortunate to have meet Rinpoche.Its because of Rinpoche ‘s compassion and caring for his student Angie’s life was saved.Infact Rinpoche has helped many people through his intervention, advice and instructions.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing miracles stories which i enjoyed reading.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 02:45 PM
    WOW….interesting a miracles true story. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.Reciting mantras by family members and doing 20 pujas done at the monastery to help the baby. These proved that pujas, which have been done for hundreds of years in the monasteries are very powerful methods for us to overcome difficulties, create huge amounts of merit and for protection, good health and long life.This show us how powerful pujas can help us when we have trust and faith in our Guru.And with Rinpoche divination,the baby was born and now a healthy boy.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 12:47 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these powerful teachings.Its a privilege
    to do Dharma work to benefits other,do it with motivation and a good attitude when engaging ourselves It will be guide line for me.When we serve others to do Dharma work together at Kechara Forest Retreat ,we will improve ourself , purify our negative karma and to benefit others too.I will be sponsoring to the healings bricks soon and i will cherish every moment in supporting KFR.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/dharma-work-attitude-tdl.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 11:06 AM
    Bigfoot is just another beings living in this world although not commonly seen and live in the deep jungle in high mountains. There were many evidences that people from many parts of the world sighted this beings. Whatever shape they are I think importantly we are all sharing this world and therefore need to have mutual respect and not intervene each others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/its-in-the-scriptures-they-exist.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:26 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline sharing this interesting post about Bodhidharma, a great master favoured meditation and introduced the Lankavatara Sutra to Chinese Buddhism.

    Here are a few points I have learned from this post:
    1. Bodhidharma had strong imprints of Dharma from the past and therefore he is interested in Buddha’s teachings and show his great wisdom. at a very young age.
    2. His strong guru devotion and determination in learning and spreading the dharma based on meditation though he confronted with difficulties such as Emperor Wu Di was not impressed by his teachings, being ostracized and rejected and lived as a beggar for many months. Notwithstanding, he continued and never give up to practice meditation in complete silence for nine years in cave wall when he was not accepted by Shaolin Monastery at the beginning .
    3. When Bodhidharma was allowed enter to the monastery, he had put a lot of efforts to help the monks in improving their physical body as well as their mind through the meditation. Then, Bodhidharma continued to develop a system of 18 dynamic tension exercises which were printed as Yi Gin Ching (Changing Muscle/Tendon Classic) in 550 CE. It is known as the Luohan (arhat) 18 Hand Movements today which serves as the basis of both Chinese Temple Boxing and the Shaolin Martial Arts.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/bodhidharma-the-founder-of-gongfu.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:10 PM
    Thank you, Grace, for sharing with us the many tips on how to care for and maintain our hair. Personal grooming is important because when we care for our appearance, we are respecting the people who have to deal with us. Caring for our hair, making sure that it is neat and clean should be something we need to take care of since young as it is part of personal grooming. The key is not to be attached to our body and outer-images, that results in spending much time and resources just to make ourselves look good.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-much-do-you-know-about-hair.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 03:00 PM
    Thank you for sharing these wonderful and significant photos showed that Kechara Pastors’ tireless efforts to bring dharma to many others and do the blessings whenever is necessary.

    Basically, the pastorship role was conceptualized by our precious guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, to preserve the Dharma and to give laypeople an opportunity to commit to benefiting others. Kechara Pastors are fully dedicated and selflessly serving others especially in spiritual growth and therefore this is good for us to support the Pastors so that they can focus and spend more of their time and effort to serve others and most importantly Buddhist teachings can be spread and shared to many others. The supports to Pastors including food, lodging, transportation, items necessary for their work, such as ritual items or spiritual gifts for those in need and many others. (If you are interested to know more about Kechara Pastors, please have a good read at http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/support-the-kechara-pastors.html)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 02:13 PM
    Its such a great blessing for all of us to hear the holy voice recordings of H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche a great master..His profound teachings ,got to take seroiusly,more as an important advice on Dorje Shugden’s practice.H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s explaination was very clear before any of the practitioner’s commitment and receive sogtae.They must keep the lineage practice and teachings no matter what ever happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us on the important advice by a great master.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-zong-rinpoches-advice-on-dorje-shugdens-practice.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 11:50 AM
    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for your sharing your thoughts and review about the book “Be Happy” written by Rinpoche. It is indeed not easy to be happy as we all have various expectation in every situation and people.

    We may think having a big house, lots of cash and good career is happiness but this is the wrong perception. Being happy is not about material and everything about ourselves. It is only when we can do more for others and focus out that we gain happiness. I never realised this until I joined Kechara. I think we have such a fixed mindset of what happiness is and when our expectation is not met, we are unhappy.

    Rinpoche has pointed out many ways for us to rectify our thoughts and methods to be happy. Now it is for us to take initiative to change and transform our mind if we want to be happy.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/be-happy.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Apr 24. 2017 12:30 PM
    Many people do not believe in reincarnation and only relates it to certain religion such as Hinduism and Buddhism. However, there were many instances and signs that proven reincarnation exist. As Buddhist we will believe in reincarnation and karma. It is by understanding that everything has its cause and effect that we should learn to live life in the correct attitude and mindset. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting articles to remind us of karma and the importance of doing dharma practise.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/interesting-signs-of-reincarnation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 08:29 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings.
    Always be generous and kind in what ever we could do even its little help.It’s the little things in life that bring the greatest happiness. Its between us and our Buddha ,so we would not bother what the receipient thinks and say of us. What ever was said ,should not deter our motivation to do Dharma work.
    (It will change people’s lives in one way or another. It will change your life for the better.)….well said by Rinpoche.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/its-not-between-you-and-the-recipient.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
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This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
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March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 month ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
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Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
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My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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