The Farm of Your Mind

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Kechara is very fortunate to have H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche as our Spiritual Advisor and Dorje Shugden as our Dharma Protector. Understanding how fortunate we are to have connected with a supreme and qualified teacher in this life, we should therefore put as much effort as we can towards keeping a good relationship and good samaya with our Guru. 

The advice below was recently given to the Kechara Forest Retreat team by the Protector Dorje Shugden. As Dorje Shugden is an enlightened Buddha, all the advice he gives is none other than the perfect Dharma, as can be seen clearly below. 

His advice is being shared here as it is applicable not only to Kecharians but also to everyone who wishes to advance in their spiritual practice and maintain a supreme Guru-Disciple relationship with their own teachers.

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Advice from Dharmapala Dorje Shugden to the Kechara Forest Retreat Team

Nov 18, 2015

The vast amount of Dharma teachings that your Lama has bestowed upon you, you should be like a garden where many seeds have been planted. And as the years expand, as the years grow, the acreage of your farm grows, producing beautiful vegetables and fruits and edible items. It should not be after years of receiving Dharma from your Lama by action, by words, by example, by official teachings, by kindness, by behaviour, that your farmland produces less and less and less edible items. Do you understand? 

Each year, like a farmer – a spiritual farmer – your acreage, your land should expand and become two acres, three acres, four acres, five, 10 15, 20. Whatever you learn on the first acre can be applied on the second, third and fourth. Whatever you learn on the first acreage does not need to be given new instructions for the second and third and fourth acreage. Whatever’s been given for the first, whatever formula, whatever methods, whatever teachings apply to the second and third and fourth acres. 

So, in other words, if you are applying, you will have produce, you will have results in edible items. And in fact, every year your farm should expand and grow. This is the farm of your mind. This is the acreage of your development. And the teachings are like seeds. You should not take the seeds and throw it away on someone else’s land and you getting no benefits. You should not plough the land, weed the land and water the land which is effort, ethics, vows, consistent effort and then nothing grows. To have the seeds and have the land, you must apply weeding, fertilisation, watering, protection from insects, birds and whatnot. And that is likened to effort, ethics, application, consistency. 

When your mind goes up and down, catch it immediately. Do not let it go further. At no point in your life has your mind brought you any benefits, if you think about it carefully. At no point in your life has your mind brought you long-term and ultimate benefits. Everything that has been brought by your mind ended up in sorrow, disappointment, coldness, fear, anger, distance and, most important, the biggest obstacles – comfort zones. We become comfortable with being negative, we become used to being negative and then we expect people to reach out to us, to nurture us, to take care of us even when we’re 30, 40, 50 years old. This must stop.

Act your age. Behave your age. And develop according to the years you’ve been in Dharma and the amount of teachings you have received. Do not act like you joined Dharma a few months ago. Do not behave like you’re 15, 16, 20 years old. 

When scolded, angry; when complimented, happy – this is the mind of a child. When scolded, examine why, overcome it, move on. When complimented, understand you’re on the right path, rejoice but do not be extremely happy because happy and sad arise from the same state of mind. Happy and sad arise from the same state of mind because it arises from the same mind, which is the deluded mind. Happiness leads to sadness, sadness leads to happiness and vice versa, on and on, and in a circle, it never ends.

Therefore do not be attached to being happy which is false. There is no happiness here in samsara. Do not be attached to sadness because the ultimate sadness is the three lower realms, not so much what you are experiencing now. Whatever you’re experiencing now, whatever you’re feeling now, do not blow it out of proportion. Do not let it linger, do not let it last, do not let it drag. 

Never let negative emotions and thinking and behaviours drag. Why? Your Guru is not your father, is not your mother, is not your boyfriend, is not your girlfriend, is not your wife or husband or someone that you can treat on an ordinary level. Your behaviour, your body language and the way you interact with your Guru is a completely different relationship than those you have had in the past. Therefore you should never react to your Guru as you have reacted in the past to other beings you have encountered because the other beings that you have encountered are just as deluded as you. Therefore sometimes when you ignore them, sometimes when you’re angry at them, sometimes when you love them, sometimes when you’re neutral with them, it just adds to their delusions and they add to yours. 

Anything from your Guru lessens your delusions, if you accept. Anything towards your Guru lessens your delusions and illusions. Anything from your Guru, lessens it; anything towards your Guru, lessens it. Therefore how you behave and act with your Guru is very different than any relationship you’ve had in the past. Therefore the relationship with your Guru is sacred. Why is it sacred? Because the most sacred achievement we can have is the transformation of our mind from that of a selfish, self-centric person to that of a person who thinks of others and focuses out. And as you do that more, you will see your unhappiness lessen, your depressions lessen, your sense of self-depreciation, lack of appreciation and low esteem become less. Why is that? As you do more positive activities, it reinforces the positive mind. The positive activities come from your Guru.

Think about it carefully. Have you done more positive things since you met your Guru, or have you done more positive things before you met your Guru? If you have done more positive things after you have met your Guru, then that is clear evidence, logical evidence to you that your relationship with your Guru results in positive actions, positive transformation. Has anyone in your life prior to your Guru taught you mind training, transformation, compassion, tolerance, Bodhicitta, acceptance of others, forgiveness, patience – has anyone?

And after you have met your Guru, what have you been taught, what have you been pushed to do, what have you been trained to do, what have you been scolded, what have you been complimented on? You have been scolded and complimented and blessed to develop your mind. Since you met your Guru, you have been pushed, goaded, prodded, encouraged, rewarded to improve your mind. Prior to this, who has done that for you? Who had the knowledge to do that for you? Who had the wisdom to do that for you? Who had the out-of-samsara mind to do that for you? 

Since prior to your Guru no one has given you this type of mind transformation teachings, to think higher, to think of others, to think further, then your Guru is a treasury of Dharma. You should respect, you should have a relationship with your Guru different than any relationship you’ve had with other people because your relationship with your Guru is like no other person in your life. If you develop a consistent, positive relationship with your Guru, then the positive, consistent mind will develop in your consciousness.

You may think, “Some people did not.” That is not the fault of the Guru. Example – there are many Buddhists who commit heinous crimes worse than the atheists. That does not reflect on the Buddha; that reflects on the person and how he or she has applied or not applied Dharma. So therefore treat not your teacher as you would treat others. You should treat your teacher with great deference. You should treat your teacher with great respect, body and mind. You should speak of your Guru with great deference. As it says in the 50 Verses by the great pandita Ashvagosha, when speaking about your Guru to others, one should never just address your Guru by his name So-and-So. One should always honour and add an honorific title before his name when you mention him to others, and fold your hands in reverence. 

Two things happen as a result. One is, you send a message to yourself to be respectful and you send a message to another person of how fortunate they would be to receive teachings from a Guru. Seeing your respect will instil respect in them. If they are karmically connected to your Guru, they will come; if they are karmically connected to another Guru, then they will meet. Whatever it is, your deferential actions, your respectful actions will lead them to find the Dharma.

The key point is not they meet your Guru; the key point is that they meet the Dharma through any Guru. Do you understand? 

Any relationship you had prior to your Guru does not benefit your mind, does not benefit your karma, does not benefit your future life or even remotely this life. Any relationship you have with your Guru benefits this life, future lives and especially your mind. Listen and focus and concentrate, and contemplate what comes out of your Guru’s mouth the most. Definitely it will be about mind transformation, about patience and tolerance, about bringing yourself to another level and dealing with others different than the way you dealt with them before. If you listen to all these teachings from your Guru and you apply immediately – not tomorrow, not the next day, not when you’re in the mood, not when you’re rested, not when you’re feeling better – if you apply immediately, then your acreage will grow and your produce will be bountiful.

In building Kechara Forest land, many of the local deities and spirits have been subdued. Hence you see no sickness among you, serious or benign. You don’t see any accidents. Sometimes you see some disharmony. One thing you must keep in mind – and remember this clearly – whenever you do building work, there will be disharmony in the mind. Most of the deities here are subdued but as we further do work and we further make noise, and we further disturb the land and people come, throw things, spit, shout, scream, then sometimes the spirits, the local deities, get disturbed again. 

They’re just like people, they can be placated but they can be disturbed again. Once placated doesn’t mean they stay placated. It means that they can be disturbed again, they don’t always remain placated. So similarly, the first sign that a local deity or local gods or the land gods are unhappy is disharmony within the group. Disharmony between you and your Guru, disharmony between each other. This is the first sign because the first way the local gods, especially in this area, attack is by creating disharmony. By creating disharmony, you separate; when you separate, the work does not get done. Do you understand? 

What is important is the KFR group do continuous retreats, everybody in this room, even people who reside on this land, during your building. Very important. You are fighting your karma, you are fighting the karma of people to be benefited by your building and you are fighting the production of new karma by yourself on a daily basis that arises from the self-absorbed mind.

As a group, you should all do the Black Manjushri retreat. It was very auspicious that the teachings were given the other day. I was very pleased. As a group, you should do the Black Manjushri retreat, collectively collect 100,000 mantras. Especially the main root mantra, OM PRASO CHUSO DURTASO DURMISO NYING GOLA CHO KALA DZA KAM SHAM TRAM BEH PHET SOHA. The main one should be done collectively 100,000. As a group, Black Manjushri. That means together. Do you understand?

Black Manjushri will have many powerful effects. You may think, “Why this? Why that?” Karmically, astrologically, the blessings are different and your necessities and needs are different. Do you understand? Black Manjushri will stave off the curses that people are sending to Kechara, the negative words, the curses, the negative gossip and talk, and the ill-wishes and the jealousies from your neighbours – some of your neighbours – from other places, even some so-called spiritual people. So Black Manjushri, if done well, will stave off the curses, negative deprecations, curses, ill words, gossip will be staved off. Do you understand? It will also appease the local deities who have been disturbed again and again.

Be harmonious with each other. Be loving with each other, be respectful of each other. Be more and more in Kechara Forest Retreat. Do you understand? Look for more excuses to be here than in the city. Put your energy here to make it grow, be the pioneers. Do you understand? And not only be here and sit here, be active. Look around. Keep the place well-maintained. Keep the place upkept. Raise funds, be busy on your modern ways of Dharma dissemination. Modern ways of social outreach, social interaction.

Do your retreats, have a happy mind. Be harmonious with each other. Make your mind settled and think this is home. Home is in the mind, it’s not a place. So if in your mind you think this is home, it is home, regardless of geography. Do you understand? 

Show a good example. The time is coming soon for more good news. Hence it will affect this organisation in a positive way to expand even more, do you understand? Take care of each other. Nurture each other. Take care of each other as if you are blood family.

In regards to building the various proposed plans you have on this land, do your retreats and do not wait from one project to another. Do not wait for your Lama to contact you. The Lama has a reason to wait for you to contact him constantly, for you to create the causes for something to arise by requesting again and again and again. It is said to receive the Dharma, we must make prostrations and offerings and a mandala offering three times officially to our Guru and request three times officially, from the heart, before he will even consent. And the reason is to create the causes to receive the teachings. Do you understand? 

So therefore, whatever projects you wish to do on this land, request the Guru humbly, logically. Produce the work quickly. Do not drag, do not wait a long time, do not let your moods come in the way. Do not let your anger come in the way. Do not let your doubts come in the way. Why? None of these qualities benefited you prior to Dharma, and definitely will not benefit you during Dharma. 

Most important – keep your relationship, samaya with your Guru clean. What does samaya and relationship mean? A sincere heart. An open heart. Appreciation. As he appreciates you, you should appreciate him and always show great deference. Deference means a special place in your heart, that the relationship with this person is extra-normal, paranormal, extra-worldly, extra-terrestrial. 

What does that mean? Not of this world, earth, not of this time, not of this plane. From many lifetimes ago, you must have had a connection with this Lama. Hence you are here again to meet again, to do things again. Some of you have broken your vows and your refuge, and some of you have broken serious vows in your previous lives. The Lama knows, hence he keeps you close by and near by him. 

The reason for the mind to fluctuate is the broken promises you’ve made in your previous lives, especially in relations to serious vows. Therefore when you break your relationship, therefore when you break your vows, therefore when you break your relationship with the Three Jewels in such a way, you come back – because you have done some Dharma – near the lama but in your mind you will be disturbed and it goes up and down, up and down, up and down, because of your lack of integrity of holding your vows in your previous life.

Be it you could have been a monk, you could have been a nun, a Bodhisattva, a teacher, an arhat-seeker, a meditator, someone who took refuge – but you carelessly, without any sort of respect, threw your vows away and just indulged, indulged, indulged. That results back in the mind being unsure of this. But having said that, even still you have held the vows for a while, hence you find the Lama again. Do you understand? You have found your Lama again due to finding the vows, but you have your mind go up and down because you broke your vows. Do you understand? 

Remedy: your consistent practice. Your retreats that purify. Your continued Dharma work and most important, a good mind, constantly striving to break the comfort zones in order to be of benefit to others through your work. Whatever you need to build here, entreat, request your Lama at another time, appropriately, and have your drawings, have your costs ready. All will come if you make the effort, do you understand?

Continue to build. Take your responsibilities seriously and do not lax. Again, I repeat – all the negative qualities you have did not serve you prior to Dharma. Therefore it will not serve you during Dharma. Therefore eliminate them. All the positive qualities you have prior to Dharma has benefited you. Therefore during Dharma, it will also benefit you so increase your positive qualities that you all have, do you understand?

Build together. Nurture. Help. Reduce the anger. Today, your Lama has come. Many good instructions have been given. You have my support for those instructions. Build with harmony, cooperation, no pettiness. Do you understand? 

I will always assist; follow the Buddha’s teachings, I will always assist. Do you understand? I will pray to the Three Jewels for you always.

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  1. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 15, 2016 at 1:24 am

    Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa, Tibet

    Over 400 years ago a great and learned lama Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was famed in Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal and China for being very saintly and compassionate. He resided in his residence (Zimkhang Gongma Ladrang) in Drepung Monastery. His root guru was H.H. the Omniscient 4th Panchen Lama and his close dharma brother was the 5th Dalai Lama.

    The 5th Dalai Lama and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen had a very close and dharmic relationship and often went to receive teachings together from the 4th Panchen Lama. They were close in age. They both became very learned and well known. During this time, the Dalai Lama was enthroned as a Dharma King of Tibet. But more people went to see Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen for teachings, initiations and divinations. This made the attendants of the 5th Dalai Lama feel threatened that Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s fame might usurp the power of the 5th Dalai Lama. So they had a khata forced down his throat. At that moment, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen dissolved his psychic winds and generated the wish to be a great guardian of Buddha and Tsongkapa’s teachings. As his consciousness dissolved, he entered ‘bardo’ as a dharma protector of the highest order (jikten depey sungma). Many signs were seen throughout Lhasa at this time and the earth was said to have shaken in Lhasa. This event was already predicted to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s previous incarnation when he was one of the 8 main disciples of Lord Tsongkapa the Supreme Master and he served Tsongkapa directly by building Gaden Monastery.

    When the 5th Dalai Lama heard what his scheming and power-hungry attendants had done, he was very distressed. He was very sorry Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was murdered and dishonored as he was a great dharma master. The 5th Dalai Lama composed an apology to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. In Lhasa, tens of thousands gathered for the cremation of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s holy body. During the cremation, the 5th Dalai Lama’s apology was read out at which flames spontaneously arose from the body of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen commencing the cremation. From the body, during cremation, a powerful whirlwind of smoke tunneled into the sky for all to see as this was an indication Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s consciousness has arisen as the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. The Dharma Protector Setrap immediately recognized this new protector Dorje Shugden and ‘enthroned’ him as a powerful Dharma Protector in the realm of the Buddhas. From this, Setrap and Dorje Shugden are closely connected and very close working hand in hand always. After the cremation, the great 5th Dalai Lama built a Dorje Shugden chapel on the spot the cremation took place and named it Trode Khangsar. The 5th Dalai Lama commissioned the statue of Dorje Shugden in this chapel and had monks installed in the chapel to do continuous propitiations to Dorje Shugden. Trode Khangsar Chapel was a commemoration to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who was wronged and also a celebration of his consciousness arising as the World Peace Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    This Trode Khangsar Chapel still exists now in Lhasa where many make pilgrimages there. It is in good condition and was recently renovated. It is over 400 years old and a testimony to the respect the Great 5th Dalai Lama had to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who arose as Dorje Shugden.

    I have visited this holy chapel in Lhasa years back. I’ve never heard of it till I was in Lhasa and by chance, I was told about it which I was happy to visit. I could not find the place but strangely a bunch of pilgrims from Amdo told me they would show me how to get there in Lhasa.

    This short video is a short clip of this holy Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa today commemorating Dorje Shugden, built by the great 5th Dalai Lama. The great 5th Dalai Lama even composed a prayer to Dorje Shugden which is still available today and we can recite to invoke the blessings, protection, and assistance of World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    Tsem Rinpoche


    Read more: Trode Khangsar – A 400-year-old Dorje Shugden Chapel in Lhasa
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/trode-khangsar-%E2%80%93-a-400-year-old-dorje-shugden-chapel-in-lhasa.html

    Short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTybDwTeLAM

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    The 5th Dalai Lama’s Prayer to Dorje Shugden

    HUM
    Though unmoving from the sphere of primordial spontaneity,
    With wrathful turbulent power, swifter than lightning,
    Endowed with heroic courage to judge good and bad,
    I invite you with faith, please come to this place!

    Robes of a monk, crown adorned with rhinoceros leather hat,
    Right hand holds ornate club, left holds a human heart,
    Riding various mounts such as nagas and garudas,
    Who subdues the mamos of the charnel grounds, praise to you!

    Samaya substances, offerings and torma, outer, inner and secret,
    Favourite visual offerings and various objects are arranged.
    Although, previously, my wishes were a bit dense,
    Do not stop your powerful apparitions, I reveal and confess!

    Now respectfully praising with body, speech, and mind,
    For us, the masters, disciples, benefactors and entourages,
    Provide the good and avert the bad!
    Bring increase like the waxing moon in spiritual and temporal realms!

    Moreover, swiftly accomplishing all wishes,
    According to our prayers, bestow the supreme effortlessly!
    And like the jewel that bestows all wishes,
    Always protect us with the Three Jewels!

    From: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/the-5th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden

    Tibetan prayer from: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-14th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html

  2. Wan Wai Meng on May 7, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    Even after seeing this article could people still have doubts about the quality of Dorje Shudgen? I suspect there could be a few people who will still hold unchanged views about Dorje Shudgen, for the rest of the other people they would observe the character of Dorje Shugden is one of care, compassion and action. Care and compassion comes through from the advice rendered, by Dorje Shudgen which does not advise us to go deeper into Samsara, but to produce more spiritual results and leave samara. The act giving such a talk is one of the actions of the Dorje Shugden which enlightens all of us, amongst all the vast beneficial actions that Dorje Shudgen takes on behalf of us.

  3. Pastor Moh Mei on Apr 23, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    It’s all about the mind. The analogy between our spiritual practice and that of farmer is brilliant and easy to understand. To be a farmer one needs to learn about the crops and the environment. These lessons and experiences that have produced results are applied over and over again and improved upon as we expand. Similarly, methods that failed are discarded or changed.

    I often seen people repeating the exact same thing over and over again when troubleshooting. Example there are two power sockets on the wall and plugging into the 1st one did not work. Some people would continue to unplug and plug into the same socket over and over again without doing anything else and somehow expect it to work. Others will try the 2nd socket since the 1st didn’t work. If we apply the same logical troubleshooting techniques into spiritual practices, making changes where things doesn’t work, applying methods which do, perhaps our spiritual growth will be much easier.

    Pursuing happiness is like the most common goals of mankind, some would say its wealth but it is under the illusion that wealth brings happiness. The very fact is that in samsara there is no happiness. If there is then the 4 noble truth is wrong. To accept that happiness is impermanent it is equally important to accept that sadness is also impermanent. Both are deceptive and a mere perception of our mind.

    We are the creator of our karma, we each hold our own fate in our own hands. Success and failure is our own. The choice is ours to make.

  4. Lin Mun on Apr 18, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Thank you Dorje Shugden and Rinpoche for your advise.

    1. We are so fortunate to be able to learn dharma from Rinpoche here, be able to be part of Kechara and to do dharma work.

    2. It is very important to have a good mind set. Hence doing dharma work will be able to transform our mind.

    3. We must always maintain a good samaya with our Guru. He is a person who will guide us to the right path and continue to guide us with patience and love. It is due to our vow that we are able to meet our Lama and we should not waste time and grab this chance in this lifetime.

    4. We must always have consistency in our practice, do retreat and group recitation mantra collectively if we want to help the growth of Kechara projects and to clear our karma.

    5. Harmony among team member is very important. Without this the result will not be significant. It is very important that we must always remind ourselves to work as a team and focus out rather and thinking everything about ourselves.

    • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Apr 19, 2016 at 12:24 am

      Hi Lin Mun,

      You appear to have understood Dorje Shugden’s advice 🙂 what Dorje Shugden said above, and what he said when he took trance in Wisdom Hall in June 2015 is consistent – the remedy to our problems is constant practice. We must practice every single day and control our minds a little more each day.

      So you are right, it is important for us to be consistent and to foster harmony between team members. Actually, if you notice, Dorje Shugden’s advice (as captured by the points that you summarised) is always to benefit us.

      If we follow the advice, we don’t lose anything or get harmed in any way. Dorje Shugden also doesn’t personally benefit if we follow his advice. In fact, actually WE benefit from following the advice because we get to improve ourselves and live in a happier environment.

      I think it is important also to emphasise what you wrote about how we are able to meet our lama in this lifetime, which is due to our vows. If our merits to meet Rinpoche in this lifetime is because of vows from previous lifetimes, then what we are doing in this lifetime creates the causes for us to meet with our teacher again in our future lifetimes.

      Thank you for your comment!

  5. Pema Thinley on Mar 19, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    I am so blessed to have come across this precious advice from the precious dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. I would always follow as he adviced. I don’t have even a inch of doubt that he is an enlightened dharma protector. I shall always follow my Guru.

    • Valentina Suhendra on Apr 23, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      Dear Pema Trinley

      Thank you for your kind message. I rejoice that you have such a strong faith in Dorje Shugden and Rinpoche. Do investigate and learn more about them. For with knowledge, your faith will grow even stronger. When people try to argue with you that your protector and your lama are bad, you can reason and stabilise your mind and refute their negative claims in logical manner.

      Kind regards

      Valentina

  6. Alice Tay on Jan 15, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    感谢上师尊贵的詹杜固仁波切,因为上师的关系,让我们有此良好的因缘而得到以上多杰雄登护法给予的告诫。

    在这片博文,让我有深入的体会:
    1. 虽然,不常看到上师。但经过博客、面子书、twitter、佛书等等都可以看到上师是慈悲和以他的身体力行为其言教做示范。目的只有一个,尝试用不同的管道来传授佛法。除此,克切拉讲法师的制度也是上师的意愿,希望通过讲法师们的努力,可以帮助更多人。

    2. 上师的教诲就像播放种子在田地一样,随着岁月的积累,我们所耕的田、必定要除草,然后灌溉,这样才会让这个田地的面积慢慢的扩大,然后有所收成。这就好象我们平时接受上师的教诲,懂得应用在日常生活上,然后努力的持守德行和戒律,还有保持坚定的修持态度。有了这一切,我们就不会像小孩子一样那么容易受到外在或是情绪的影响。

    3. 相信佛法,听从上师的教诲可以让我们从一个自私、以自我为中心的人,转变成一个能为他人着想,然后成为一个更好的人。

    4. 我们是非常的幸运,因为可以在此生遇到一位至高和具格的上师。因此,我们要尽最大的努力,跟我们的上师保持良好的关系与清净的三昧耶。

  7. Pastor David Lai on Dec 10, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    This is the second time I am reading this advice and I must say that the advice is clear, concise and easy to understand yet profound. I love the manner in which Dorje Shugden talks at our level and dispense with wonderful and useful advice for our spiritual well-being. I think this advice has some blessing in which it gives much needed clarity to my thoughts and deep wish to abide by it. Looking back on my actions, I have not expanded my mind-farm very much over the years. I co-relate this with what Rinpoche has been talking to me recently. I think retreats are important and one that I have to do soon combined with a re-doubled effort to combat laziness. With much blessings of Rinpoche’s and Dorje Shugden’s advice, may I be successful in my struggles and endeavours to better myself.

  8. Wah Ying on Dec 5, 2015 at 5:13 am

    It proves again Protector Dorje Shugden is an fully enlightened being, a Buddha; with whose advices are consistent all the way, and full with wisdom, compassion and love — it’s consistent with advices He was given to us during the trance on July 2015. Where He advices us to do good, have good motivation, be selfless, be harmony with each others…Protector’s advice was said with logic, analogy and way this modern days’ people can understand and relate to easily.

    The analogy of our mind like a farm and teachings from our lama like seeds is very good. How rich a land is and how good a seed is, when no weeding, no sowing, no ploughing, no watering, no fertilise were done, there will be no harvest. How good a teaching is, no apply there will be no result.

    “Whatever you’re experiencing now, whatever you’re feeling now, do not blow it out of proportion. Do not let it linger, do not let it last, do not let it drag” – I will remember this advice well. I realised when I keep thinking some situation I am facing is bad and become worse and worse, and it did…

    Thank you Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden for the advice and teachings.

  9. Pastor Patsy on Dec 1, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Due to our karma, we are so fortunate to have found our Lama again thus we should take this precious opportunity and follow the sacred advice to reap a good harvest.

    Rinpoche has patiently given us so much dharma and using skilful methods to help us to achieve mind transformation. It is true that Rinpoche is compassionate enough to show us ways to transform our mind as no one would do likewise.

    Keep our samaya with our Guru clean, let go of our attachments, comfort zones and fears, have a sincere and open heart, trust and surrender to our Guru and Dharma Protector and we will definitely see a transformation in us.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing this invaluable advice with us.

  10. Chin San on Dec 1, 2015 at 11:21 am

    I recently realized that our mind can be easily transformed when we learned to put down our anger. Thus, we become more considerate and compassionate while we have to confront bad situations.

    “Happy and sad arise from the same state of mind.” I’ll keep this in mind always and never let negative emotion and thinking drag.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Dharma Protector for giving us teachings and advices.

  11. Jace Chong on Dec 1, 2015 at 3:10 am

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this precious message by Dorje Shugden. The advice is full of logic and I am very touched how Dorje Shugden patiently explain it to us in order to strengthen our mind and guide us to do more.

    I especially like the logic of “You have found your Lama again due to finding the vows, but you have your mind go up and down because you broke your vows.” This explain clearly the cause-and-effects or what we call karma.

    Since it’s so precious to have meet a Guru and Dharma, we should let our mind farm grows over time becoming more positive by applying what we received from the Guru. The metaphor that Dorje Shugden uses in the advice is very appropriate and that gives us a visual to understand better, how mind transformation progress.

    I also understand more on why and how obstacles arise when building a beneficial place like Kechara Forest Retreat, we should follow the advice to tame our mind so many can be benefitted, so that the positive mind farm can spread further and become the main force of the world.

    Thanks Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden. _/\_

  12. Kb thapa on Nov 30, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    The kindnesses of our Rinpoche and Dharma protector are immeasurable. Therefore, Kechara Forest Retreat is the place for us to practice dharma and stay in a community to spread the dharma far and wide.. we all have to remember the advice from Rinpoche and the protector…

  13. Khoo on Nov 30, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    The advise from Protector is the same as what Rinpoche has been teaching and emphasizing to us many times many years. The advise from an enlightened Protector is the same as the Guru shows that They are having the same mind which is to help and benefit us and lessen our sufferings.

    It is true that before meeting Rinpoche no one has show me the way to transform the mind and develop compassion. Rinpoche has used many method to transform our mind and also taught us many methods to practise. This is what no one ever did to me.

    I am very fortunate to be in KFR, a place where Rinpoche is building to benefit many by Dharma teachings, retreats, and practise.

    Thank you Rinpoche.

  14. Pastor Lim Han Nee on Nov 29, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    The Protector has given invaluable advice. We need to tend the precious seeds of our Guru’s teachings in the garden of our mind with “effort, ethics, application, consistency”. Our minds should not respond to scolding and criticism with happiness and sadness. “Happy and sad”, says Tsem Rinpoche, ” arise from the same state of mind because it arises from the same mind, which is the deluded mind”.

    “Do not be attached to being happy which is false. There is no happiness here in samsara. Do not be attached to sadness because the ultimate sadness is the three lower realms, not so much what you are experiencing now”. We should not be dragged down into the abyss by transient states of unhappiness.

    Our relationship with our Guru is sacred. It is sacred because of our Guru’s way of helping us achieve mind transformation.”The most sacred achievement we can have is the transformation of our mind from that of a selfish, self-centric person to that of a person who thinks of others and focuses out”.Is is from our Guru that positive activities that reinforce a positive mind comes.

    Hence we should show devotion and respect to our Guru in body, speech and mind.When we do that, our deferential actions, our respectful actions will lead others to find the Dharma.

    “If you listen to all these teachings from your Guru and you apply immediately then your acreage (of the farm of your mind) will grow and your produce will be bountiful”.

    Thank you Rinpoche.

  15. Sarah on Nov 28, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    The most important message here is to cultivate the mind, like a farm which grows by the acres, expanding and growing all the time. We are building the outer Kechara which is very important because we will be benefiting many people, but we must also remember to build the inner Kechara by cultivating the mind. The instructions given are relevant to all of us. Thank you Rinpoche and Protector.

  16. Doreen Teoh on Nov 26, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    The message that fascinated me is that Dharmapala Dorje Shugden has cleared the obstacles and set the condition for the spread of dharma and building of KFR, and the instructions that been given is that we hold our vows, clean samaya, Guru Devotion, Build together, nurture, help, reduce the anger. Build with harmony, cooperation, no pettiness.

    The Farm condition has been set, we just have to consistently, water (learn), pull weeds (effort), fertiliser (nurture), and get rid of pesticide (our mind), and then watch the seed grows, and have fruits. Thank you, Guru and Protector.

    With folded hands,
    Doreen Teoh

  17. heng meng kiat on Nov 26, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing

    The advice from Dorje Shugden is precious and ultimately lead us to correct Dharma Practice Path
    Rinpoche have been working hard to plant the seed in this region, especially in Malaysia, a lot of people gain from little to huge benefits from Rinpoche advice and precious teachings. Most people including me know how to listen Dharma on the spot and agree the teaching but after out from the teaching hall lazy and reluctant to apply to our practice and daily life.
    Protector hit the point, our mind is not consistence and jumpy due to our karma, purification practice and retreat is important to tame our my mind. Our mind need to farm and fertilize by Dharma teaching and Practice so that we can become better in practice Dharma
    If we keep our Samaya and listen to what Guru teach, definitely it will be about mind transformation, patience , tolerance, about bringing yourself to another level and dealing with others different than the way you dealt with them before
    KFR need a lot of effort to build, now phase 1 is done and operating, Many activity have been held and benefit a lot of people, phase 2 till final phase to be success, Black manjushri practice or retreat will help to dispel all the obstacles. another important element is Harmonious between Kecharian.

    With Folded Hand
    MENG kIAT

  18. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Nov 26, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the advice and teachings given by Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden to benefit all of us. The advice given by Dorje Shugden are full of compassion and I personally can feel Dorje Shugden is holding all of us closed to His heart and wants us to practice Dharma all the way and spread the Dharma to benefit more people who are yet to hear or receive any Dharma teachings. In fact, it is a very rare opportunity to meet with Rinpoche and our Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden in this life time, and we should treasure this opportunity to make our Dharma practice even more firm and continue to grow in both inner and outer forms.

    Upon reading the advice from Dorje Shugden, we need to learn the Dharma with good motivations, practice Dharma sincerely and consistently and grow our Dharma practice to benefit more people who are directly and indirectly connecting to us. Besides, we need to take control and tame our mind when bringing Dharma to those who are new in Dharma as our first impression to them is important whether we will attract them to Dharma and continue to progress or we will drive them away because we are not consistent with our Dharma practice or not sincerely to benefit others. We should let go of our worldly attachments when we start to realize the essence of Dharma, especially the realization of Emptiness that nothing we can bring along to our next life except with our mind and karma collected from our current life. As such, we can accumulate the merits and purify our karma as much as we can while we are still intact in a perfect human body.

    Guru devotion must be put as the highest of importance level in order for us to progress further in our Dharma practice as all the sources in our Dharma practice come directly from our Guru, which will benefit us along the way in our practice.

    In order to bring Dharma to more people and all sentient beings, team work with harmony, peace, cooperation and understanding of each other within an organization is important as this is the real Dharma practice when we start to engage with a bigger spiritual event that can spread the Dharma to all directions. Consistency in our Dharma practice with good motivations to benefit more people are the key to make Dharma to grow more.

    Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness and compassion always and may Rinpoche stay in good health and live long to turn the wheel of Dharma.

    With folded hands,
    kin hoe

  19. graceleong on Nov 25, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    If we have sowed the seeds which Rinpoche has given out so generously and wisely, in the correct manner, we would be able to reap a good harvest at the end of the day. We are very fortunate to have Rinpoche and should not let this opportunity lapse but instead as Rinpoche said
    ” your consistent practice. Your retreats that purify. Your continued Dharma work and most important, a good mind, constantly striving to break the comfort zones in order to be of benefit to others through your work “.
    Thank you Rinpoche . With folded hands.

  20. Stella Cheang on Nov 25, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound sharing.

    I like the analogy that liken our mind as a farm and us, practitioners, as farmer. Whether the farmer dud his work or not will be shown by the produce of his farm. Similarly, the result of our practice is in our mind transformation. If after several years of “practicing”, we are still attached to frame and constantly need others to babysit our ego, maybe we should practice more and talk less.

    The feeling of happy and sad are temporary and hence we should not hold on to it. Most of us are in the habituation to be attached to the object or person that makes me happy, for example through his/her praise. Because of this habituation we are deluded and mistaken that we will be able to find happiness in samsara.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teaching. I will reflect on it and watch my mind more closely.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella

    • Stella Cheang on Apr 18, 2016 at 9:52 pm

      I would like to add on a few more points that I learnt from my re-read:

      1.The dharma that we receive from our Lama is like seeds, where our mind is like the garden / farm. We are farmer who should plant the seeds, nurture it and see to its fruition.
      2.After years of receiving dharma, our spiritual mind should expand and we should be able to see results. The tools that we can use to nurture the farm (of our mind) are efforts, ethics, application and consistency.
      3.Our mind never bring us long term benefit; it always show us disappointment, sorrow, coldness, fear, anger, distance and comfort zone. Happy or sad arise from the same state of mind (deluded mind).
      4.We need to consistently show respect to our Guru because it not only means maintaining a good Samaya with the Guru but also lead others to Dharma.
      5.When we apply the teaching of our Guru immediately and consistently, our mind will expand and result will show.
      6.Harmony is the outcome of us seeing a bigger goal instead of our petty selfish agenda.

      Thank you Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden for this important teaching.

      Humbly, bowing down,
      Stella Cheang

      • Valentina Suhendra on Apr 23, 2016 at 12:13 pm

        Dear Stella

        Thank you for such a comprehensive comments. We appreciate the fact that you always read articles in Rinpoche’s blog and provide substantial comments.

        Keep it up

        Valentina

        • Stella Cheang on Apr 23, 2016 at 8:08 pm

          Dear Valentina,

          Thank you very much for the encouraging comment. His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche’s blog is like a treasure chest. How lucky it is for me to have chance upon this through Kechara. The least I can do, is to read as many articles as possible, with gratitude and sincerity. These are hard work of Rinpoche and the team.

          Rinpoche’s blog is a wealth of dharma knowledge that applies to people from all walks of life. There is dharma in every single post, akin a spiritual map that leads us ultimately, to the right path.

          I would like to take this opportunity to thank Rinpoche, and everyone who contributed to the blog.

          humbly,
          Stella Cheang

  21. Julia Tan on Nov 25, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing Dorje Shugden advice. We are very blessed and fortunate to meet Rinpoche and to be able to practice Dorje Shugden given by Rinpoche. Rinpoche and protector have compassionately given us bags and bags of seeds but how many Farms have we been planted and how much of food we have produced? Have we put in all our efforts to take care of the farm so that it produced beautiful and healthy food? Have we transformed our mind or still running around with our sneaky mind? How many years do we still need our Guru and protector to wait? Do we have the time?

    There’s no happiness in samsara and no sadness sadder than the 3 lower realms. If we can’t bear the suffering here what makes you think we can bear the suffering in the 3 lower realms. our time is running out, but we are still too busy enjoying in all the negative actions, happily practicing the 8 worldly concerns and continue to harm others.

    Rinpoche has come to us, bringing along His 25 life times of blessings and wisdom to us. Rinpoche compassionately created so much of positive activities for us to do via 13 departments. Rinpoche compassionately continue to build Kechara Forest Retreat to benefit us and all sentient beings.

    It is our responsibilities to reinforce our positive mind. All negativities arise from our karma and our deluded mind, our broken vows and promises in the past. Not only that, we have to even fight for the karma of the people who will be benefited from us. Catch our mind whenever negative thoughts arise. Set our motivation right for whatever we do. Rinpoche has skillfully created a lot of good causes to arise for our benefits. Now Protector has given us the solutions and advice hence we should not doubt but follow all the way along with clean samaya with our Guru.

    We are here because Rinpoche has been our Guru in the past hence treasured it, always remember what our Guru had repeatedly taught and reminded us to do and do it sincerely so that we do not wasted this life again because chances like this very hard to come.

  22. Sock Wan on Nov 24, 2015 at 3:19 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the teaching with us. There are 2 points that strike me the most in the article:

    1. “Do not wait for your Lama to contact you. The Lama has a reason to wait for you to contact him constantly, for you to create the causes for something to arise by requesting again and again and again. It is said to receive the Dharma, we must make prostrations and offerings and a mandala offering three times officially to our Guru and request three times officially, from the heart, before he will even consent. And the reason is to create the causes to receive the teachings.”

    We are very fortunate to have a Guru who uses many different methods to help us to create the cause for a higher purpose. A Lama is very compassionate, he will not reject us because he doesn’t like us. He has no favouritism, it is due to our Karmas that we are rejected. By him rejecting us (if our request is not to harm but to benefit others), he is most likely helping us to purify our karma or develop good qualities such as perseverance, putting our ego down apart from helping us to create the cause for something bigger. Our Lama is a Buddha, a Buddha has achieved equanimity, he will never dislike or hate us.

    2. “From many lifetimes ago, you must have had a connection with this Lama. Hence you are here again to meet again, to do things again. Some of you have broken your vows and your refuge, and some of you have broken serious vows in your previous lives. ” It is said in the article that our mind is up and down because we are lack of integrity of holding our vows in your previous life. But somehow we meet our Lama again and he will use every methods that he can to help us to develop our integrity, to purify our karma so that we can progress in our spiritual practice and eventually achieve Buddhahood. This also made me understand why I end up here in my center, with my Lama. I must treasure this good fortune.

    Being in a Dharma center can only make us a better person unless we do not put what we learn in practice.

  23. Lilyn Tan on Nov 23, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Thank you Admin for posting this precious teachings and advice by World Peace Protector, Dorje Shugden. We are indeed very bless and fortunate to connect to our supremely kind guru, H.E The 25th Tsem Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden in this lives.

    The dharma teachings that bestowed by our Lama should be put into full practice in our lives inorder to break away from traditional mindset and bad habituations, hence it liberates us from the cycle of suffering.

    Happy and sad arise from the same state of mind because it arises from the same mind, which is the deluded mind. Therefore, we should not cling on it because these moments are all impermanent state and will pass away when conditions change.

    Keep our relationship, samaya with your Guru clean – a sincere heart, an open heart, appreciation and always show great deference to a Guru. As Guru is the only one that can lead us towards liberation.

    Our consistent practice and continued Dharma work and most important, a good mind, constantly striving to break the comfort zones to be of benefit to others through our work.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden for this precious and invaluable teachings and also the blessings.

    With folded hands,
    Lilyn Tan

  24. Pastor Tat Ming on Nov 23, 2015 at 2:09 am

    We are so very fortunate to meet our Lama and Dharma Protector in this life. Without our Lama and Dharma Protector, we simply cannot free ourselves from samsara. How wonderful and lucky I am to have the opportunity to listen to the advice given above!

    Since beginningless time until now, our mind has not transformed and brought us out of samsara. We are simply too caught up with the Eight Worldly Concerns. We cannot blame the Guru, Protector and Dharma for whatever suffering that we are still experiencing. Our guru had kindly and compassionately given us the incomparable Lama Tsongkhapa Teachings that can liberate us from samsara and to become a Buddha. If we chose not to put into practice these precious teachings, it is entirely our faults! If we don’t put the teachings into immediate practice, when will we?

    Our relationships with other sentient beings in samsara until now are not beneficial. Only the relationship with our guru is important and sacred as it will benefit us life after life until we are fully enlightened. We must realise the importance of keeping our samaya with our guru clean as the guru is the foundation to all our attainments.

    Having received Dharma, we should not be deceived by samsara and still indulge in the pleasures of samsara and remain in our comfort zones. We must control and overcome our emotions and delusions and not the reverse. Our guru had put in so much patience, love, care and compassion to help us transform our minds; no other similarly deluded sentient beings in samsara like us will ever do that for us! We must be very grateful and reciprocate with the positive transformation of our minds.

    The advice given by Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden here is so timely, accurate, direct and beneficial that we simply cannot summarise all the points given. Every single word, sentence and paragraph in the article above are meaningful and applicable. The advice is applicable to everyone and anyone who is serious about transforming their minds and liberating themselves from samsara. It cannot be recommended strongly enough!

    The kindnesses of our Lama and Dharma protector are immeasurable. Lord Protector Dorje Shugden said towards the end: “I will always assist; follow the Buddha’s teachings, I will always assist. Do you understand? I will pray to the Three Jewels for you always.” Lord Protector Dorje Shugden will definitely help us in the transformation of our minds. What we need to do is to rely, trust and surrender to our Lama, Dharma protector and to practise Dharma immediately.

    Thank You Rinpoche and Lord Protector Dorje Shugden for these precious and invaluable advice and teachings. The essence of the entire path to liberation and enlightenment is contained within this advice.

  25. Pastor Yek Yee(月谊讲法师) on Nov 23, 2015 at 1:56 am

    细读了”The Farm of your Mind” 之后,感受很深,上师和护法对众生的爱,是毫无条件的。这是仁波切博文中的其中一篇文章,它的内容很深入却贴近每位有心学佛的行者。护法形容我们的内心像田园,假如我们将美丽的种子撒在田地上,若照顾妥当, 照理不久的将来这块 田地将会长满好吃鲜甜的蔬果,因为丰盛的收割,田地将会一年比一年扩充;这好比我们的灵修的福田,当我们在中心吸收了如此多超棒的佛法开示及上师亲自给予的劝勉,那我们内在修行的那块心田应该也是每年不停地转变的,不是这样吗?这就是护法所指的:This is the farm of your mind!

    我个人对护法给予的这个开示特别有感触,因为护法所讲的每句话,似乎都是上师平日苦口婆心对我们的劝勉;聆听护法说法,等同于聆听上师在说法,根本就没有任何差别。
    当我们获得了田地,优良的种子,但我们没有好好地去耕耘,最终也没有办法生产有品质的蔬果。 这与学习佛法的道理一样,如果我们拥有美好的福德遇到了一位金刚上师,从上师处聆听了最真摰的法教却没有去反思冥想并加以实践在日常生活上,就如之前所提到的田地一样,纵然有着最卓越的品种,但没有好好地栽培,就会这样白白的浪费掉了,辜负了上师的一番心意。

    护法也提到一位金刚上师的职责就是为了教导他的弟子们,可以将本身的串习,以及贪瞋痴三毒消除去。上师所做的任何一件事情,其实都是为了让我们的心识转化,以便在灵修上获 得成就。我很记得护法说,身为弟子,必须严守戒律,戒律,尤其是弟子与上师的三眛耶戒更非得守得清净不可。我自己可以领会到的是,惟有纯淨的戒律才可以在修行上获得大成就,例如至尊宗喀巴大师和至尊阿底峡尊者就是最好的典范。

    此外,护法还提示我们做为弟子的,应该要将上师的地位视为最崇高,甚至比自己的父母亲还重要。如何让上师与弟子的关係变得更为殊胜和神圣呢?护法说,必须视与上师的关係是非常特别,和其他世俗的关係不可相提并论的,它肯定是我们生命中最、最、最为重要的一种非一般的关係。

    在”The Farm of your Mind”裡道出了一位认真的行者所具备的条件,严守戒律、上师依止心和付出努力是行者获得成就的三大主要的关键。读了这篇帖文后,让我这人的心绪变得更加正面和笃定。看似容易明白的佛理,实际上背后蕴含的意义,是整个佛教教育的现在、未来方向!大家一定要关注呢!!!

  26. Wong Suet Moi on Nov 23, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this precious teachings from our Protector Dorje Shugden. We need to apply teachings into daily life, to break our comfort zone in order to benefits others. We need to keep our relationship and samaya clean with our Guru. I will always bear in mind these key points.

  27. Frederick Law on Nov 23, 2015 at 1:47 am

    Thank you Rinpoche and the writers team for this important teaching, reading the teaching given by Dorje Shugden shows the enlighten nature and wisdom of Dorje Shugden.

    Our mind is a very complex, our happiness, sadness, joy, hatred, love jealousy all arise from our mind, but it can be a powerful tool that can help us to overcome physical and emotional suffering. Hence Dharma is the antidote for our mind, especially for us who is practicing Dharma.
    The more years we are in Dharma, our action should reflect the amount of Dharma we had receive from our Guru who has so kindly gave us the method, the practice, the teaching to help us overcome our inner and outer problem, especially our flippant mind. But if we only receive and does not put into practice, our Dharma practice become wasted resources, as year goes by the amount of Dharma we receive will goes to waste and does not bear fruit, because we never put effort into practice, to transform.

    Just like a farm, if we do not sow and plough the land and fertilize the seeds, and we let our laziness, excuses, assumption and perception take charge, weed (ego, anger, jealousy) starts to grows, and devour the land we fail to produce fruits (results).

    We should challenge and come out of our comfort zone, as it is a trap that like a quicksand drags us down deeper and deeper. We must overcome our comfort zone, as it does not benefit as we become lazy, finding excuse, hide and run away from responsibility and changes, so we must break free from it, to break free we are able to move forward with our spirituality.

    Whatever our Guru gave is purely for our benefits, Our Guru is skillful to apply teaching through different mean to help us, thus we shall keep our samaya clean, to have strong Guru devotion, because our Guru is the person who can guide us to liberation from suffering of Samsara and achieve enlightenment. Hence, we should treat our Guru different from our parents or love ones.

    Thank You Rinpoche

    Love and Care,
    Frederick Law

  28. Lucy Yap on Nov 22, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    We were very fortunate to receive this precious teachings from Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden.

    We must respect and remember the kindness of our precious Guru,H.E.The 25th Tsem Rinpoche,it is from the Guru, we will achieve all realization. Abandon the duality of good and bad as it brings it’s own set of problems.These Eight Worldly concerns keeps us pretty busy in our life.We think these things will bring us lasting and perfect happiness,but it doesn’t.
    To work harmoniously and expand the teachings of our beloved Guru with flexible and stable state of mind,unshaken by the difficulties we encounter with the blessings of our beloved Guru and Protector.
    The profound practice of Black Manjushri who is the wrathful healing form of Manjushri helps us to heal our deep negative emotions and mental sufferings.Reciting Her Mantra can protect us from black magic,curses,ill-wish and jealousy. Despite being long-time Buddhist many of us are not fantastic Dharma practitioners with substantial spiritual breakthroughs in terms of realisation of deeper wisdom and expression of greater compassion.We must not be selective but to be increasingly consistent in effort to stretch our limits, to further actualise our spiritual potential.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this meaningful message.May Kechara Forest Retreat grow for the benefit of all beings.

  29. Ee Mun on Nov 22, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Thank you very much Rinpoche and everyone who is involved in coming out with this important teaching from the Dharmapala Dorje Shugden to the Kechara Forest Retreat Team.

    This teaching is not only very apt for me but also clear a few doubts that have been perplexing me for a while.

    The following are the key takeaways that I found to be very important:

    1. Result/actual mind transformation matters. It is futile to keep on learning and receiving Dharma teachings from the Guru if there is no actual positive transformation and results in our mind transformation. Hence we need to be very honest with ourselves and constantly “check in” with ourselves: Am I improving for the better? The teaching says: “This is the farm of your mind. This is the acreage of your development. And the teachings are like seeds. You should not take the seeds and throw it away on someone else’s land and you getting no benefits.”

    2. During the time of unstable mind, be mindful, catch it and don’t reinforce it. It is entirely up to us to stop whatever negativity that arises from our own mind if we really do not want to suffer or make people around us to be adversely affected due to our own negative and unstable mind. As per the teaching: “When your mind goes up and down, catch it immediately. Do not let it go further. At no point in your life has your mind brought you long-term and ultimate benefits. Everything that has been brought by your mind ended up in sorrow, disappointment, coldness, fear, anger, distance and, most important, the biggest obstacles – comfort zones.” This also reminds me of a book that I read many years ago in response to someone whose mind is very unstable and negative. A wise friend advised her: “You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That’s the only thing you should be trying to control.”
    3. Never forget the immeasurable kindness of the Guru and the preciousness of having our Guru in this current life who tirelessly and continuously imparts valuable Dharma teachings. Develop and maintain a consistent and positive Guru-disciple relationship. As per the teaching: “If you develop a consistent, positive relationship with your Guru, then the positive, consistent mind will develop in your consciousness.”

    4. Never take for granted whatever said and imparted in any manner whatsoever by the Guru: “Listen and focus and concentrate, and contemplate what comes out of your Guru’s mouth the most. Definitely it will be about mind transformation, about patience and tolerance, about bringing yourself to another level and dealing with others different than the way you dealt with them before. Why? If you listen to all these teachings from your Guru and you apply immediately – not tomorrow, not the next day, not when you’re in the mood, not when you’re rested, not when you’re feeling better – if you apply immediately, then your acreage will grow and your produce will be bountiful.”

    5. To keep the relationship, samaya with our Guru clean by cultivating a sincere heart, an open heart and appreciation. Show great deference to the Guru, put the Guru in a special place in our heart for the relationship with the Guru is extra-normal, paranormal, extra-worldly, extra-terrestrial. New and unfamiliar initially as this sacred relationship to me who embarked on the Dharma path not too long ago in this current life, without me knowing when, where and how my “Guru” has that unexplainable exceptional position, this explanation by the Dharmapala Dorje Shugden makes much sense. I believe it is the impact of the teachings by Rinpoche that lead me to some realizations of the root of my unhappiness, how I am the creator of whatever circumstances I encountered and a shift of my mind and perspective is the antidote. There is also a sense of “indebtedness” towards Rinpoche and wondering what if I never “met” Rinpoche, without such realisations, I will plunge deeper in my ignorance and delusion.

    6. Reason for mind fluctuating is due to the broken promises we’ve made in our previous lives, especially in relations to serious vows. But there is hope, the remedy is be consistent in our practice : engage in purifying retreats , continue Dharma work and most important, a good mind, constantly striving to break the comfort zones in order to be of benefit to others through our work. This is an important revelation to me for I now know for the reason for my constantly fluctuating mind but there are antidotes to it.

    Thank you very much Rinpoche.

    With deepest gratitude and folded hands,
    Ee Mun

  30. May on Nov 22, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Any advice given by the Buddhist protector, Dorje Shugden is precious. Reminding us our lama is here with us, we need to farm our minds to push our potentials further to benefit ourselves, our lama and the lineage. We need to overcome our laziness, anger, jealousy, desire and focus on improving the quality of our mind to help others. A garden/farm is a natural resource, just like how the mind is of the same nature of all beings. A garden needs lots of hard work to keep it producing good fruits from the labor.

  31. Pastor Chia on Nov 22, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche sharing this message in the blog advised given by Dorje Shugden to Kechara Forest Retreat team. Is fortunate received such power advise yet profound teaching how we consistently keep close samaya and have guru devotion toward our lama. Building Kechara Forest Retreat create cause to benefit many people to healing their body and mind. People are creating this cause by building it experiencing many challenge and obstacle from our delusion mind. One we consistently keep our samaya close to guru and follow the advice by protector. We can overcome all the fear, depression, anger and laziness.

    Dorje Shugden and Rinpoche always advice people do more retreat at Kechara Forest Retreat. Retreat will be a good remedy to purify our negative karma created from our body, speech and mind. By follow advise by rinpoche and protector has given from the pass, personally i can see myself overcome my delusion mind and my laziness step out from comfort zone. It eventually help my mind more focus and determine.

    I pray for more people come to Kechara Forest Retreat do more retreat, support Kechara Forest Retreat team building this palace, help creating good cause to benefit many people at the future.
    With folder hand
    Pastor Chia

  32. Uncle Eddie on Nov 22, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Karmically, we should be thankful and consider ourself so fortunate that we can receive such invaluable advice from our powerful Dharma protector, Dorje Shugden! He is an enlightened Buddha and a supreme qualified teacher. As said in this invaluable perfect dharma advice, we should not confine this advice to kecharians only, but should be shared amongst anyone or everyone generously, who wishes to advance in the maintaining of a supreme guru-disciple relationship with their beloved teacher. As said, for those of us who are serving full-time at Kechara should consider to come out fulltime from our comfort zone as mentioned in the advice, because you have to tolerate not to have such comfort zone to become negative, expect people to reach out to us, nuture and take care of us at 30, 40, 50; This must stop. Act our age, behave and develope well. We must acquire more knowledge to be able to release the sufferings of others in our practice. Do our retreats, especially black Manjushri as a group to have more powerful eefects. Do not wait for our Lama to contact us. More importantly, keep our samaya with our guru clean and extraordinary. Have good intimate relationship, trust, spiritual belief and reliability with our guru and be harmonious. Show a good degree of enthusiasm and trust by effectively carrying out whatever tasks or instructions given us by our guru. Let us therefore make a deephearted effort in following through effectively this precious advice at all cost to benefit others. Thank you Rinpoche, for the sharing of this important valuable teachings from our Dharma protector. Om Benza Wikibitana Soha.

  33. Lum Kok Luen on Nov 22, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for this wonderful teaching from Dorje Shugden. This teaching is so precious that with our deluded minds we have ignored for so long.

    Personally, for me it is so much to do with breaking out from my comfort zone, be brave, be sincere, be ethical and be determined.

    Everything arises from our minds. Therefore, Kechara Forest Retreat is the place for us to heal our minds and therefore to bring others too in order for them to heal their minds. The ultimate objective is to let them come to Dharma and to grow their farm thereon.

    Thank you Dorje Shugden
    _/\_
    Lum Kok Luen

  34. Pammie Yap on Nov 22, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    How fortunate are to have this wonderful teaching! Reading what our precious protector advise here and what our precious Guru always advise us, it is always consistent and on the dot, the perfect Dharma!
    Transform your mind, be a better person to everyone around us, show results from our practice, be alert in our actions, grow and expand our farm the be exact.

    It is true, prior to our Guru and Dharma, I have never experience positive actions more than now only sadness, depression, selfishness and more negative actions. Through the years, I have found more positive actions because of our Guru, protector and Dharma only taught me to be better.

    ‘Remedy: your consistent practice. Your retreats that purify. Your continued Dharma work and most important, a good mind, constantly striving to break the comfort zones in order to be of benefit to others through your work.’
    The best advise ever for me as nothing is more important in this life and for me to create the same qualities in all future lives!

    Thank you Rinpoche for all that I have received from Rinpoche. Only the best!

  35. nicholas on Nov 22, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    It was a great blessing and fortunate that we have the World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden to give the Kechara Forest Retreat team a dharma talk and advices.

    What that stood out from the teaching :

    1) after so long we have learn the dharma we should improve ourself as time goes. We should catch our up and down mind as it’s coming from the state of mind that will only bring more delusions to ourself. Deeper realisation we should focus from happiness and sadness we experience and nit just the feeling at the moment.

    2) We should not treat our Guru the same as any of ordinary relationship as our Guru is the one that make us realise how we can improve our life and guide us with method to bring real benefit for us and people around us. We should reflect ourself before and after we meet our Guru. We should check out ourselves what are the different or improvemebt we have done before and after Guru. We should regards our Guru with greatest respect and so other people will give the same respect to the dharma holder that only want to bring the greatest benefit to the people.

    3) Compassionate advice by protector to do retreat and be harmony. We are fighting with our karma and also people that will be benefited from KFR. We should take up their karma as the reason for KFR is to benefit people and Protector is compassionate to advice method for us to purify.

    4) There are reasons why we able to meet our Guru this life and there is no coincident. We still have a merits despite our negative karma and we should take good opportunity now to do more and go all the way with what our Guru advice so we can amend and create the cause for us to meet our Lama again in future with perfect condition to learn and continue to practice dharma.

    Thank you again Rinpoche for creating all this opportunity for us.

  36. Mingwen on Nov 22, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this precious Dharma teaching directly from our Powerful Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden.

    The biggest and heaviest obstacle in us to receive Dharma teachings, to keep clean Guru and diciple relationship, to practice good practices, to deliver Dharma to more sentient being, to act and benefit all sentient being, is attachments.

    Everyone one of us are born to be in attached to different objects or subjects, family, friend, love, money and live. We are all injected by the norm of how to live to be a successful individual. To study, work, to develop a family and have a good life. This is all negative KARMA, it ll only lead us into the cycle of suffer because we have not receive any Dharma teachings and practice it to benefit ourselves and also other sentient beings. Hence, we should all be strong and stable to learn and control our mind and body, rather than ultimately control by the urges, attachments, then, being dragged into the cycle of suffer, again and again.

    I truly believe, when the day we are able to unattach to what we have used to, gradually we will be free from suffers and ultimately.. Enlightened just like Buddhas.

    Thank you. _/|\_

  37. Mingwen on Nov 22, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this precious Dharma teaching directly from our Powerful Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden.

    The biggest and heaviest obstacle in us to receive Dharma teachings, to practice good practices,

  38. Pastor Henry Ooi on Nov 22, 2015 at 10:53 am

    We, at Kechara, are indeed very fortunate that our Great World Peace Protector, Dorje Shugden, speaks with love and compassion. It is very timely as we are embarking on the expansion of Kechara Forest Retreat in Chamang, Bentong. With expansion comes construction, with construction comes more contractors and their workers. Dorje Shugden foresees there will be some obstacles having to deal with our own mind and of others before, during and after construction.

    The whole teaching is dharma, nothing about sowing seeds to harm others, no schismatic talk nor negative advice against others, no ill means to make others suffer, no politics. It is dharma, dharma, dharma. For He is none other than the Lord of Wisdom, Manjushri.

  39. Cynthia Ng on Nov 22, 2015 at 1:05 am

    非常感谢上师分享多杰雄登护法如此高深奥妙的文章,佛法是无私无刻的都要在修持。

    1) 我在这篇文章里学习到上师不间断的赐予我们的佛法开示与教诲就犹如上师在我们的果园里赋予大量的种子将它埋下,而随着时间与岁月的增长,农场的种植面积会增加以及生产美丽的蔬菜,水果和食用品,它不应该是在经过上师多年以行动,用文字,以身作则的教导,善良的行为教导后,我们的农田产生的越来越少的。,这是多么的贴切。我们自己就像是一个修行的农夫可以把我们所学到佛法知识扩张在每亩地里,因为所有的方法,程序和教诲都可以无私无刻的在运用与实践。我们要持续一致性的善用,只要努力的付出必然会得正果。

    2) 当我们的思维漂浮不定时,我们就应该要立刻抓住它,不要让它走远。不要让这些漂浮不定的思维主宰我们在长期生奥达到活中没有为我们带来任何好处,我们应该要达到最终带给我们的善利益。不要让我们的思维终结在悲伤,失望,冷漠,恐惧,愤怒,距离感,最重要的是脱离我们的大障碍 – 舒适圈。

    3) 快乐与悲伤都源自于相同的心灵,所以不应该对称赞与责骂感到开心或伤心。那是延绵不绝的一个循环,没有终结的时候。不要执着与伤心,最终的伤心是下三道,而中并不是我们现在所面对的,在这轮回里也没有幸福可言。不要让这一些我们现在所经历的拖延我们,不要让它苟延残喘。我们和上师的关系是非常神圣的,因为这个神圣的成就可以从我们的心态由一个自私,以自我为中心的人,转变成一个为别人着想而重新再出发,这样可以让我们更强化我们积极的态度,而这一些积极的态度,来自上师。重点不是他人遇到我们的上师,重点是他人通过任何上师遇到佛法。

    4) 黑文殊闭关对克切拉禅修林有很大的帮助,因为土地的地方神灵就像我们人类,他们可以通过我们的工作会受到干扰。当祂们受到该方式攻击时祂们就会通过创建’不和谐’在我们之间来分裂我们,让我们离开/退出,跟着我们的工作被拖延。因此,在KFR做黑文殊闭关是非常重要的。大家彼此要很和谐与融洽的相处,爱和照顾对方就犹如有血缘的家人一样。

    5) 只有通过以良好的心态继续佛法工作,不断努力突破自己的舒适圈,我们才能通过我们的工作有利于其他人,所有的结果都来自于我们付出的努力

    6) 要和上师保持我们的清净的三昧耶关系,用我们真诚的心,开放的心和感恩上师更应该应该感谢上师,我们总是要对上师表现出极大的尊重,因为我们要传达消息给我们自己要尊重上师,同时也将此消息传达给其他人,让他们知道我们是多么幸运的从上师中接受佛法教诲。

  40. freon on Nov 21, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    THE Farm of your Mind

    Dear Rinpoche

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for published this important advise from Dorje Shugden

    This is a very important article that enables me to check my spiritual progresses and also the motivation in dharma. How many peoples and result I have since I enter Kechara.

    It is very true that feeling of happy and sad arise from the same mind. Thus, I should not feel over happy when people praise me and sad when get scold. If fact, I should find out the root cause when I get scolded, learn and not repeat the mistake to make people around me who care for me to be worry. And, when I get praise and feel happy, I should checked what have I done to get this result, then use this result as formula to expand to other of my dharma work. Like the farm that Dorje Shugden’s advise, increase the farm and be bountiful . This is really a beautiful advise from Dorje Shugden.

    Beside, it is also a very important advise from Dorje Shugden to get me understand deeper on the important of Samaya. I am glad to serve under Rinpoche for this life . A question I have always been asking was, why cant my mind be consistent and peace. It this article, I have found my answer. This is because at previous life I have not kept my vows well. Knowing this cause, it pushes me to repair the broken samaya. It pushes me not to break the promise I have made this life.

    Rinpoche is so kind, so compassion. Even though Rinpoche can see that the student have break the promise on previous life and hurt the Rinpoche badly. But, Rinpoche still keeps the student close to him. This action reminds me of a story of Buddha, that in one of Buddha’s previous life HE was a snake, and, a group of kids bit the snake. Buddha at that time, not only do not rise any hatred, but pray that through this karma, may the kids connect with him and able to learn dharma. The mind of compassion and wanting to benefits people in any mean have got me think deeply , and be brave to be beneficial.

    Thank you Rinpoche for the this article.
    And , also to the team who get the advise published.

    With folded hand,
    Freon

  41. Cecilia Goh on Nov 21, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Thank you for the profound advice shared in the post.

    1.As years passed by our Dharma knowledge should expand and grow.The seeds we planted in our mind should be shared, applied and produce result not to be kept.

    2. Do not let our mind sway away as it does not benefit us. Our biggest
    obstacles is our comfort zone which will bring us to negative thoughts and this demotivate us

    3. Happiness and sadness is only in our state of mind. Do not be attached to it as this are delusion and are impermanent

    4. Practice guru devotion , have a clean samaya with our guru sincerely and wholeheartely. Our relationship with our guru is sacred. Our guru constant teachings, advices , guidance , compassion and unconditional caring implant a postive mind which lead us to mind transformation and our ultimate goal.

    5.Be harmonious with each other. Disharmony in a workplace will create
    unhappiness, seperation and work is not effective. Take care of each other like a blood family

    6. Kechara Forest Land – local deities and spirits are like us. As the work progresses the local deities get disturbed and this create unhappiness and disharmony within the group. Hence it is very important to do continuously retreats. Manjushri retreats is highly recommended as it will staved off all negative depreciation, curses and gossip.
    We must create the cause to contact the lama for more teachings.

    7. A constant practice, take responsibility and continue dharma work with good mind and integrity to benefit others through our work.

  42. Adeline Tan on Nov 21, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Thanks to Lord Dorje Shudgen for this profound teaching on the mind and all the precious advises.
    We all need to come out of our comfort zone, make effort, push ourselves to work hard to bring dharma to others. The most important thing i learned from this article is to keep our samaya clean with our guru listen and follow instructions and go all the way is the key to improve our spiritual growth. Just like a farmer who needs to take care of his farmland such as weeding, fertilisation, watering, protect from insects and birds consistantly then at the end of the day the harvest will be bountiful.
    Same goes to our Kechara Forest Retreats Land, everyone must put in effort to build and make it grows to become a world class dharma instituition to spread dharma far and wide to benefit people all over the world.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this precious teaching.

  43. Joy on Nov 21, 2015 at 3:17 am

    This is such an amazing precious teachings that can only be given by an enlightened being. How kind and compassionate of our Dharmapala Dorje Shugden to be giving us such intimate precious advices. We’re so extremely fortunate to have this close connection due to our kind Lama. The advices and points that stood out are…

    1) Our relationship with our Guru is the most sacred hence we should always treat it with utmost respect, appreciation and care. We should never treat it like any other ordinary relationship we have/had in samsara. Hence it is most IMPORATNT – keep your relationship, samaya with your Guru clean.

    2) The relationship with our Guru doesn’t just benefit this life but even future lives and especially our mind. If we apply all that our Guru has taught us immediately, then we will definitely see transformation within ourselves.

    3) We should never waste our Guru’s effort in teaching and advising us for years. If all of our Guru’s advices and teachings were applied then we will spiritually grow and bare good results. The results would be obvious as we would be able to do more and our transformation would be seen and felt because the formula and methods given by our Guru can be applied in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc instructions. When Dharma is sincerely applied, there will definitely be improvements in us.

    4) We should beware and always catch our monkey mind that goes up and down and deceives because everything it has brought us is just more pain, disappointment, suffering and sorrow. It has brought us no benefit, hence why do we need to keep holding on to it? Hence we need to catch our mind and apply the antidote which is the Dharma that our Guru has kindly taught us.

    5) Happiness and sadness arises from the same mind. They are both ends of extreme that we should not be attached to neither. We should practice the Dharma without the eight worldly concerns as much as we can and apply the eight verses of thought transformation to nurture our mind spiritually and positively otherwise we can easily spiral down and degenerate. So many have degenerated… no matter how senior, scholarly or even close to the Guru we may be, when we do Dharma with the 8 worldly concerns and we don’t catch our mind, don’t apply the teachings, it is so easy for us degenerate.

    6) Anything that comes from our Guru even a scolding is precious and is to benefit it; to WAKE us up from our delusions and illusions before it’s too late and we self-destruct. The fact that the Guru cares enough to even scold us, is considered a great blessing. Hence how we act towards our Guru should always be with great respect and devotion that will help us cultivate a positive mind that will develop further.

    7) We should practice Guru Devotion well, as it helps remind us to have humility and be respectful towards our Guru. It also sends a message to others how they are so fortunate to have met with a Guru and how they should treat the Guru and this can lead them to find out more about Dharma. Hence our behaviour and actions can bring someone to the Dharma.

    8) The local deities of the land are just like we humans and they can get disturbed by our works. The way the attack is by creating ‘disharmony’ amongst us to split us and so we leave/quit and then the work gets stalled. So it is important for those staying in KFR to do Black Manjushri retreats as a group. But most IMPORATANT is that everyone is harmonious with each other, love and care for each other like blood family. Show our care by being active around KFR and contribute to its upkeep.

    9) Our mind fluctuates is due to many broken promises from previous lives. The remedy is be consistent in our practice, do purification retreats, continue with our Dharma work. Most importantly to have a good mind, a good motivation and strive to break our comfort zones so that we can be of benefit to others through our work.

  44. Jill Yam on Nov 21, 2015 at 12:59 am

    I like a particular key message in the teaching, which is growth. After planting the seeds of Dharma, and if we practice it right, I think it’s a self fulfilling growth. As mentioned in the teaching “whatever you learn on the first acre can be applied on the second, third and fourth”.

    So I guess for Dharma to grow within ourselves, the foundation seed has to be nurtured properly, which the teaching focused on guru devotion.

    This is a very good teaching to meditate on, thank you Rinpoche.

  45. Serena on Nov 21, 2015 at 12:49 am

    Having expectation –> Build negative mind –> Creates emotion fluctuation and react towards the things that upset us.

    It is true that we always get upset when things or people not as what we expected. Then our negative mind start growing big and we will continuous react to it without thinking much. If we react to it, are we able to change things or people? No, we are unable to.

    The beauty of dharma is to allow us understand the impermanence of everything around us. Why wasting time to wondering in negative world? While we still alive, we can make a choice to be happy and bring happiness to people around us. Consistent positive action and benefiting others is required for mind transformation. Make it as habit and part of our life.

    «The Farm of Your Mind» remind me again the importance of consistency positive action. No doubt I am still trying. But nothing is impossible as long as I got faith in myself and our Guru. JIA You.

    Thanks Rinpoche with folded hands

  46. Paul Yap on Nov 20, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    The teaching from Dharmapala Dorje Shugden has clearly shown us the method and direction to improve and expand our mind in dharma. Only a higher level realized being, that has attainment, just like Buddha Shakyamuni, will gives advice like this.

    i have learned that,

    1. Improves our mind every year, whatever we leaned should be accumulated and applies through out the years

    2. Happy and sad raises from the same mind. Do not be attached to being happy which is false, and Do not be attached to sadness because the ultimate sadness is the three lower realms.

    3. Never let negative emotions and thinking and behaviours drag us down

    4. the relationship with our Guru is sacred, he teaches us to transform our mind, must keep our relationship, samaya with our Guru clean.

    5. Be harmonious, loving and respectful with each other.

    6. Have a good mind, constantly striving to break the comfort zones in order to be of benefit to others through our work

    Thank you

  47. yenpin on Nov 20, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    谢谢仁波切的分享护法的开示。

    要跟上师保持良好的三味耶联系,就要遵从上师的指示。

    要有和平与爱心对待身边的朋友或是众生。

    我们心的就像是一遍果园,每天都用要播种子,施肥,浇水发心去耕种常年类月心的果园就会越来越大。

    走出舒服地带,把佛法应用在生活上,改变心识和态度,把好的品质带出来,让我们成为更好的人,弘扬佛法利益更多众生。

  48. Kent Kok on Nov 20, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    尊贵的詹杜固仁波切上师,和护法佛的开示,看了,听了,是一个非常好修行学习佛法的方向,尊贵的仁波切上师创办,克切拉佛教中心,各自部门,都不能少一个,给我感受到,这就是与大众结缘来学习佛法的各自部门,这是帮助我们日常生活需要的,也让我们有机会修行佛法,修行今生,和来世,脱离苦难,尊贵的詹杜固仁波切上师,的用心良苦,关心,爱护,和保佑,身为弟子的要好好的珍惜,我本人会一佰巴仙相信听从,尊贵的詹杜固仁波上师,和护法佛,弟子衷心的感恩,尊贵的詹杜固仁波切上师,的教悔。

  49. BK on Nov 20, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Those we were in the presence of the Protector are indeed fortunate to receive this precious advice directly from his enlightened mind, and to receive purification of our obstacles and blessings to grow further.

    The analogy of transforming the mind and tending to a farm is direct and so easy to understand. Yes we must weed out anger, jealousy and non-virtuous thoughts and cultivate the seeds of wisdom, compassion and of course, the relationship with the Guru as being the most important factor for our farm to success and thrive.

    The guru sows the seeds, he ploughs our mind, he fertilizes the saplings of transformation. Yet it is us who reaps the benefits of the abundant crop.

    So keep weeding, sowing, planting, fertilizing. I know I will. Thank you Rinpoche.

  50. Li Kheng on Nov 20, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Thank you for this post and precious message from our Protector. The advise given is so profound and can be applied to create most beneficial results in everything that we want to do. Like the saying, we reap the seeds we sow, it is only logical that if we plant the seeds of virtue, dharma, goodness, hard work etc. we will ultimately enjoy the fruits of such labor.

    I also feel to lucky to be “forewarned” about things to come and also receive the antidote. In life, so often things just happen to us (both the good and the bad) and we get completely consumed by these events in ways that we create negative karma. However, when we are given clear explanation and advise, we are able to notice when events/phenomena occur and respond with more neutrality and exhaust the karma while collect merits. How effective! 🙂

    It was also super lucky for us to actually receive personal advise from the divine and our Guru on specific practices to engage in to overcome our particular afflictions.

    I watched a video by Rinpoche (More empty words… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpeLed_zyM8 ) where Rinpoche shares about how his Gurus are so precious: because they show him attainments, enlightenment, compassion, wisdom are all possible. Why? because they are living examples of it. We often talk about Guru Devotion and there are bombastic reasons of why the Guru is precious. However, practically and for daily reminders and inspirations, our Guru reveal to us every moment that transforming Dharma teachings into action is very possible by their own actions of body, speech and mind.

    It was an honor to receive this teaching on “farming” from Rinpoche who made dharma relatable and accessible to us!

  51. Katherine Ng on Nov 20, 2015 at 11:18 am

    谢谢仁波切的分享,谢谢护法的开示。在这文章里我从中学习到了:
    1.我们要和上师有良好的三味耶联系,遵从上师的指示。
    2.我们的心房就如是一个果园,要每天用好的种子/发心去耕种常年类月果园是越来越大。
    3.黑文殊禅修和念其心咒有效対治负能量的干扰,语言和想法。
    4.改变心识的态度,把佛法利益更多的人。

  52. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Nov 20, 2015 at 4:55 am

    This post to me was very moving because:

    1) since he was speaking to the construction and green team of Kechara Forest Retreat, Dorje Shugden’s analogy of the farm being our mind was relevant, simple and so easy to understand. It very much reflects the skilful means of enlightened beings who present the Dharma to the listener in the way that

    2) Dorje Shugden is consistent. Throughout all the times I have been fortunate enough to receive teachings from him, he always says that the key to solving our problems is to transform our mind. He never tells us to rely on magic, never gives us the easy way out and gives us (for example) the numbers to win the lottery. He never says he is the ultimate and only protector, but instead teaches us about the real protection which is understanding and refuge in the teachings on karma.

    3) so in this, I see that he cares for us beyond the ordinary fleeting happiness that samsaric gains will result in. What he really wants for us is ultimate happiness and for us to end our suffering permanently.

    4) the lama and the Protector work hand in hand to assist the student on the spiritual path, and both he and the lama are without ego. They don’t care about accumulating the most number of students, that is not what is important to them. What is important is that the student meets the authentic Dharma. And although he himself is an enlightened being, still he prays to the Three Jewels for us where in his true nature as Manjushri, he already is one of the Three Jewels.

    5) Dorje Shugden doesn’t just care for beings seen but ALL sentient beings, including beings unseen. If he didn’t care about them, he would just advise us to vanquish and destroy those who create obstacles in our works. However, he advises us how we can placate them AND accomplish our goals.

    In this, I find that his care is all-encompassing and farsighted in that he prevents us from creating more negative karma by teaching us how to work with unseen beings instead of creating more negative karma by destroying them (which would be the easier way out).

    The more I listen to Dorje Shugden’s teachings, the more my love for him grows. Although he appears in the guise of a worldly Dharma Protector, clearly his teachings and wisdom show he is far beyond that…and through the kindness of our lama, we have been able to connect with such a great being over and over again _/|\_

  53. Pastor Shin on Nov 20, 2015 at 3:00 am

    Many have said bad things about Dorje Shugden, but if they read the content of this article, they would realise that Dorje Shugden is indeed a real Dharmapala who constantly advise everyone to practice Dharma and asked nothing for himself.

    The very apt analogy of a spiritual farmer and how one’s acreage should expand clearly illustrate how a student should develop his/ her mind with effort, ethics, application of Dharma and consistency. This is a good reminder for all of us.

    Dharmapala’s wisdom is apparent in the way how one-line can summarise so much, this shows clearly his penetrative insight into the reality- “At no point in your life has your mind brought you any benefits, if you think about it carefully”. Our negative mind and quality did not serve us prior to Dharma, and will not serve us during Dharma.

    Dharmapala also highlighted why our relationship with our Guru is sacred, because it is this relationship that can bring about the transformation of our mind from that of a selfish, self-centric person to that of a person who thinks of others and focuses out.

    As always, the compassionate protector Dorje Shugden has given remedies for our issues and problems: consistent practice, retreats that purify, Dharma work and a good mind that strives to benefit others that has no comfort zones.

    Thank you Admin for sharing this profound teachings from Dharmapala Dorje Shugden. I believe this article will bless many.

  54. Pastor Adeline on Nov 20, 2015 at 2:13 am

    These precious teachings from Dorje Shugden are sacred and clearly dharmic. No devil will ask us to practise the buddha dharma and be of benefits of others. Some of the points I have learned as follows:

    1. When we apply the teachings of our Guru, putting dharma into actions, logically we will produce positive results and see the positive transformation of our mind.

    2. Eight Worldly Dharmas bring us no where but continue to suffer. These eight practices led us to the wrong path, causing our mind to become unstable, bear no results from our practise.

    3. When we show respect to our Guru from our heart sincerely, we will be the cause for others to meet dharma through any Guru they have karmic relation with.

    4. Black Manjushri will have many powerful effects. It will stave off the curses that people send to us, including negative words, curses, negative gossip and talk, ill-wishes and jealousies etc.

    5. Consistent practice is the remedy for our broken vows, through retreats we purify. Only through continued dharma work with a good mind, constantly striving to break our comfort zones will we be of benefit to others through our work. All results come from us making all necessary efforts.

  55. June Kang on Nov 20, 2015 at 1:38 am

    After reading the whole article, looks so familiar to me, then I realised that my Guru H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche had taught the same thing many times and many years, the question is how much I have transformed? Honestly my transformation is not fast.

    If I understand correctly that is very wonderful that we learn Dharma(the seed) and we put into practice, the seed will grow fast and become big and benefit ownself and others, this is very wonderful, however it also tell me that if I planted “bad (negative)seed, it grow fast also, and become habit and we become comfortable on it ,that is very dangerous if this is “bad” seed.

    It is true that I have done more positive things after met my Guru such like less complaint, much more easy on acceptance of others, more patience and tolerance. The great improvement is doing things I don’t like and do it happily because I know that all this things is actually will bring benefit to others. Therefore it is confirmed that only our Guru will taught us mind training and transformation. I say so is aslo because for the last 20 over years , I know I need to change as mentioned above but I can’t see much change and not making effort to change but I had a bigger change within this 5 years, that is after I met my Guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche.

    “Home is in the mind”, this is a very powerful statement, it tells me that our current situation is created by our mind and nothing to do with our environment and others. This also telling me if I can create sadness, I also can create happiness, if I can create bad things, I also can create good things to benefit others.

    Lastly we are extremely fortunate to have our Guru and Protector to guide us therefore we shall never give up our spiritual practice.

  56. Han on Nov 20, 2015 at 1:08 am

    This post filled of wisdom words & great advises!
    What I learned from this post are:

    How fortunate and lucky to have a precious Guru, Guru is a treasury of dharma, our relationship with Guru is sacred, we must truly treasure this rare Guru-Disciple relationship wholeheartedly. Greatest reminder, “If you develop a consistent, positive relationship with your Guru, then the positive, consistent mind will develop in your consciousness”

    To expand and grow the farm of my mind, be a true spiritual farmer. The Dharma teachings that I received from my guru throughout the years, its time to repay kindness by applying and instill dharma within myself as well as spreading the dharma to others.

    Comfort zone is our biggest obstacles, we should switch away from this type of comfort zone mode and do not let this obstacles ruin or slow down the productions of our mind’s farm. Be aware of not to become comfortable with being negative.

    I like to contemplate on the point of “Do not be attached to being happy which is false. There is no happiness here in samsara. Do not be attached to sadness because the ultimate sadness is the three lower realms”

    The relationship with Guru is sacred. Why is it sacred? Because the most sacred achievement we can have is the transformation of our mind from that of a selfish, self-centric person to that of a person who thinks of others and focuses out.

    Definitely will keep protector’s words in heart that we should be harmonious with each other. Be loving with each other, be respectful of each other. Be more and more in Kechara Forest Retreat.

    Further more, compassionate Protector keeps reminding us the preciousness of our Guru, we should
    “Listen and focus and concentrate, and contemplate what comes out of our Guru’s mouth the most. Definitely it will be about mind transformation”

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this precious teaching and great advises from Protector. I love it and will read this again and again .

  57. peebeechong on Nov 20, 2015 at 1:06 am

    Dear Rinpoche, Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.
    Please find below the points that I have learnt from the advise of our lord protector:

    1. We should put effort in our dharma practice bestowed by our guru, applying it consistently year by year to increase our dharma knowledge and advance in our practise without being reminded over and over again by our Guru.

    2. If our mind goes up and down. Grab it to prevent it go further away. The reason for the mind to fluctuate is the broken promises we’ve made in our previous lives. Do retreat and do dharma work consistency to purify it

    3. Have good mind, constantly striving to break the comfort zones in order to be of benefit to others through our work.

    4. Do not attached to happiness or affected by sadness because they are delusions of our mind. Happy and sad arise from the same state of mind

    5. Guru teaches dharma. As we do more positive activities, it reinforces the positive mind. The positive activities come from our Guru.

    6. Keep our relationship, samaya with our Guru clean with a sincere heart, open heart and appreciation. we should appreciate Guru and always show great deference as we send message to ourself to be respectful and also send a message to another person of how fortunate they would be to receive teachings from a Guru. The key point is not they meet your Guru; the key point is that they meet the Dharma through any Guru.

    Thank you Rinpoche
    Pee Bee Chong

  58. yoke chim yap on Nov 19, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    不論是克切拉禅修林或中心还有其他部門,正如护法所说,上师已撒下了爱及佛法种子。有待我们自己去耕耘,是否有所收獲,就看个人发心及努力。我们后期进入这个大家庭的,前人已铺好了路,各项設備都有,资源不缺。如果我们不好好珍惜善用,勤於耕耘自个兒的心田,誏它長出好秧苗,真是枉费了上师的一番苦心。如能听從上师的指示与保持清淨的三昧耶,不但能在灵修路上更顺逐和增長,也可帮我们去除累世的業障。身为克切拉人。我常提醒自己在外要慎言慎行,以免影响了外人對中心及上师的看法。
    有幸遇見上师,改变了我整个人生观,要不,我还困在舒適的圈子裏直到終老和等待死神的到来。对佛法知其然而不知其所以然。唯一能帮到自己,除了一个真正的上师指引,还得靠自己去身体力行,實踐上师的教誨,可利益自己也可利益他人。感恩上师的慈悲喜捨与加持,我会把克切拉当成自己唯一的歸宿,人在那,心在那,家在那。

  59. Chris Chong on Nov 19, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this blog post. I found what Dorje Shugden shared in this post profound and straight to my heart.

    These are the lessons that I have learnt from this post.

    1. Training and cultivating the mind is extremely important. when we learn dharma, we should put it into practice so that we can have the results of mind transformation. By just learning the dharma and not practicing it, it will be wasting our time and it will bear no fruit as it will be like planting a seed without watering it or exposing it to the sunlight.

    2. We must challenge ourselves to come out from our comfort zone everyday. We are used to stay in our comfort zone and hence repeating the same mistake over and over again. Due to our fear, we let our negativities such as laziness and fear take control of our actions and prevent us from moving forward spiritually.

    3. Do not attached to happiness and sadness because they arises from the same mind which is the deluded mind. It makes a lot of sense because samsara is all about suffering, it will not be wise for us to expect to find eternal happiness in samsara

    4.The Guru is different from all of the people you had encountered in your life. He is the one that can teach us how to train our mind, how to be compassion, and etc. We should have the highest respect and love for our guru.

    5. If we practice Buddha’s teaching and have a clean and strong samaya with our Guru, Dorje Shugden will assist us in our spiritual practice and hold our hand all the way. Guru

    This teaching is very deep and profound. I sincerely and humbly thank Rinpoche for sharing with us.

  60. Abby Foo on Nov 19, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    This teachings by Dorje Shugden blows my mind and this is PURE DHARMA and nothing else. I don’t care what people want to say about Dorje Shugden, they just speak out of their delusion mind. Sit down and read what Dorje Shugden had said…

    Thank you Dorje Shugden for being patience to explain and remind us of what our Lama have been teaching for so many years. From what the Lama and Protector have teached, I see no difference in them. We Kecharians are extremely fortunate to have the Lama and Protector to be with us and guiding us. We shall never give up our Lama and Protector regardless of what.

  61. Shelly tai on Nov 19, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing a very valuable advice from protector, we will continue to support the building of KFR.

  62. Valentina Suhendra on Nov 19, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you for the precious advises in this article. The followings are 5 things that I learned from the article:
    • When your Guru gives you teaching to handle a certain situation. When you encountered similar situations in the future, you should be able to handle the situations yourself by remembering your Guru’s advice.
    • When your mind goes up and down. It is because your have broken your vows in previous lives. But because you have held your vows for a certain period of time, you can meet Dharma again. So when your mind goes up and down, catch and control it immediately
    • The spirits in KFR land have been subdued so that’s why there is no serious sickness or accidents. However, if disharmony occurred within the land, the spirits will be disturbed again
    • The KFR team should continue to build on the land and request permission from our Guru prior to building. We have request again and again to create the proper causes
    • Do not be attached to happiness because there is no real happiness in samsara. Do not be attached to sadness because the ultimate sadness is the lower realms. Everything that the guru taught us serves to lessen our delusion.
    Valentina

  63. Toh Cheng See on Nov 19, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Dear Rinpoche ,
    Thank you and I will constantly remind myself to maintain this farm in my mind and not let weeds grew on it else my mind will turn into a jungle.

  64. Toh Cheng See on Nov 19, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Dear Rinpoche Thank you for your advice.
    With respect and folded hands.

  65. Datuk May on Nov 19, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    The most complex teaching of the mind is so well amplified in this advice by the Great Protector, Dorje Shugden.

    Everyone has seen a garden and to illustrate our mind to a garden is simplicity with the highest wisdom for us poor ignoramus to comprehend.

    The explanation of the special relationship between the Guru and Student is so clear to understand and once understood, it is my believe that Guru Devotion benefits not our Guru but ourselves.

    Thank you for this teaching.

  66. Guat Hee on Nov 19, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Thank you for the advice.

  67. Adrian Cho on Nov 19, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Thank you Tsem Rinpoche for sharing this precious teaching and advice to us. Appreciate much.

  68. Sarah on Nov 19, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Thank you for sharing this precious advice.

  69. keng tan on Nov 19, 2015 at 8:22 am

    We are truly fortunate to be in the presence of His Eminence Tsem Tulku Rinpoche who is constantly guiding us (samsaric beings) from certain doom and gloom. There are no words to express the jubilation of this fact except that by our karmic connection, we cross path again and in order to ensure our paths are crossed again and again until we overcome samsara, we have lay down our attachments and surrender to dharma…

    And His Eminence has introduced the King Protector practice to us to assist in our quest…

    Thank you Rinpoche…

  70. Bradley Kassian on Nov 19, 2015 at 7:44 am

    What wonderful Dharma advice on challenging your mind, adjusting it to your situations, too be consistant in practices, and keep samaya with your guru clean and intact. Great advice on helping keep land deities appeased. Kechara is truly fortunate. I hope H.E Tsem Rinpoche continues to turn the dharma wheel and I hope Kechara continues to grow with few or no obstacles. May you all be blessed.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 04:15 PM
    Very clear explanation of what is Vajrayogini’s left foot stepping on. Each time when i have a look at the beautiful statue of Vajrayogini this question will comes back to me. i am glad came across these blog by chance, i saw and read to understand better.A clear explanation ..stampling left and right foot significant of desire ,hatred and ignorance that cause us to be in samsara and she she able to control.Vajrayogni’s practices is so powerful in heliping us and that is the reason Rinpoche always ask us to start now.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these short explanation in the video and the interesting story of Mahadeva.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/facebook-question-what-is-vajra-yoginis-left-foot-stepping-on.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:44 PM
    Rejoice to all the families who had setup a Buddhist altar at home and conducted a house blessing puja. There are diverse benefits of conducting the house blessing puja, which ranges from bringing well-being on all levels – in one’s health, relationships, business, and family – to purifying the home. The puja ceremonies will purify the environment which helps the people who live there and people who are visiting there to experience general well-being. The puja can be personalised based on the request or need of the individual. Thank you for sharing with us the many photos of the beautiful altar of these families, it is very heartwarming to know that they will always be blessed by the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:24 PM
    Thank you for sharing this mindfully planned itinerary for everyone who is interested in visiting Kechara Forest Retreat. Kechara Forest Retreat has different facets that showcase different elements of spirituality and Tibetan Buddhism in this wholesale venue. One can enjoy the flora and fauna of Mother Nature, or embrace the contemporary architectures that feature many magnificent Buddha statues and authentic Himalayan decorations. Not forgetting to mention, in Kechara Forest Retreat sits the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world! This is a holy place we must never miss to pay homage for blessings from the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 01:07 PM
    金泽“财王”护法殿

    在禅修林的入口处的左边有一间小佛堂,是全天候二十四小时开放给大众的。这间佛堂的一砖一瓦都是由不同善心人士捐增的。也因为他们过后发了一笔小财,所以在大马文东,金泽护法一般被简称为“财王“。

    根据佛陀教诲,五蕴是组成众生的五个方面,分别是色、受、想、行、识。证悟者如多杰雄登能将五蕴分别化现成不同的本尊。金泽是多杰雄登“受”蕴的化现,作用是协助我们增长世俗和修行上的财富。“受”蕴是我们对愉悦或不悦感受的认知。我们执着于愉悦,避免不悦,而这正是导致我们受困和造下各种业,继而产生痛苦的因(此段原文: http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_6d7edf5f0102x1n6.html)

    来到这里,我们首先要上香。做生意的朋友可要趁此机会拜拜,供养一个大的莲花蜡烛,上三根大香,祈求今年一帆风顺哦。

    摘自“GO BENTONG!与菩萨有约”
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120808
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 11:02 PM
    Can’t imagine that a priest actually stabbed Pope John Paul. How can he do this when he as a priest is suppose to be compassion and love everyone but kill the religion leader. he should remember that he carries the name priest and hence must show good example and behaviour to others but instead took another person’s life.

    I respected Pope John who continued his trip even though he was injured. That shows the determination he had to teach so it can benefit others. Always put others first more than our own needs.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/pope-john-paul-stabbed-by-priest.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 08:13 PM
    It is admirable for Sine Lindholm & Mads Ulrik Husum to place their design as open source for everyone to download and copy to manufacture. This shows how farsighted they are in propelling self-sustainability. The first step is always the hardest, and I believe what Sine and Mads had done is towards the right direction. In this way, people from all the around the world who genuinely are passionate and interested in growing own vegetables will be able to start on their own. Without needing to rely on middleman or manufacturer who might end up making the brilliant idea a commercial white elephant. Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 10:05 PM
    Many companies especially in overseas are very considerate and allow their employees to bring their dogs to work. I personally think that this is a very good practice where the employees no longer have to worry about leaving pets at home alone. The work environments that cultivate loving kindness, caring and compassion create a much more positive and productive place to work. Besides, it may influence everyone especially those who do not have pet to be more kind to the animals.

    Nevertheless, the employer and employees may have to work together to maintain the safe and cleanliness work place such as reduce odour, provide clean air and many others.

    Thank you for this interesting article as a reminder to us to love and be kind to animals no matter where we are.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/inside-the-worlds-most-dog-friendly-office.html
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 07:06 PM
    Superb idea and very creative. Home farming in the cities ! Appreciate all the hardwork and ideas to produce Growroom. It’s just like putting a big puzzle and making the whole process so much easier to plant in cities where we always have limited spaces.

    We should support more people to come up with such ideas so we can eat our own food and cultivate self sustainability.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:40 PM
    When on the hospital bed nearing our last breath, nothing matters except for the practice and transformation we have done in dharma in our lifetime.

    Our money, wishes, houses, clothes, jewelry, reputation, spouses, desires, dreams, greed, anger, possessions, explanations will be of no use at all. It will in fact even be a hindrance scratching at our mind’s energy to let go and we cannot.

    Since they are no use at that momentous event, we should continue that thought now and understand what we should truly cultivate now. This thought must translate into action not just scholastic thoughts and meanderings of the mind for self deception or imitation spiritual satisfaction. This is what I think daily and everyday as part of my meditations on death and impermanence according to first chapter of Lam Rim.
    ~H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche

    Learn more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-dying-process.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 12:11 PM
    Amazing and very creative architecture designed space for our home grown foods.It is a good idea for those living in the cities.The Growroom is beautifully produced made it convenience which enables people to connect with nature surrounding with plants. The smell of herbs and plants makes cities dwellers to live in happiness and healthy.
    Its takes alot of effort and determination for anyone to build a growroom.Well they can do it,if they have the will power….hoping someday KFR will have one too.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:39 AM
    Lazynnes ,negative karma!and mends samajas …ITS very very , inderdependent motivations lewwels of awareness Teacher’Quality &sangha quantity ,first when samajas ARE pure Empowerment full blessings later?so give less Empowerment ITS OK.ccTR IS Wise.
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  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:32 AM
    http://www.aikidosydneycity.com/interview-with-takeda-shihan-by-aikikai-hombu-dojo/ yes yes sumikiri!i m sure HE practice martial arts in many previous lives AS well AS have family’karma conected with ai!ki flow,,,so NEUTRAL his re:for attacks ARE.,above normal fighter skills!___and i m skull in maya astro,fine and wanth share:#####paranormalTSEMsection on:::: antarctica aliens& JFK ,Peru as egg skulls.________________have a good day&nice PRactICE.____THE LIGHT be?or just show options that can be used.
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  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:23 AM
    For example B_LOCK can be neutral karma ,butRE_PLAY reactions can make diferent results in second person?
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  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:22 AM
    NEUTRAL karma not make good ,not bad result!but ITS STill karma so IS not done from lewwels of acomplishment where IS NO NEW karma acumulations.
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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
7 days ago
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
7 days ago
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.
7 days ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
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More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
4 weeks ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
4 weeks ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
2 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
2 months ago
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
2 months ago
This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
2 months ago
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
2 months ago
Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
3 months ago
Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
3 months ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
3 months ago
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
4 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
4 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
4 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
4 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
4 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
5 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
5 months ago
Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
6 months ago
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
6 months ago
It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
6 months ago
Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
6 months ago
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
6 months ago
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
6 months ago
High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
6 months ago
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
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Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
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  • March 27, 2017 04:19
    Dongho asked: I have been reading on the tunes of certain sects and would like to ask on this. From what I've read, there are certain tunes to each sect and school of certain chants. Exactly where can I find the sheet music for these percussion and horns with the chants, such as to the one for invoking Kache Marpo or Dorje Shugden? Would it be possible to use school instruments for this?
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  • March 26, 2017 02:14
    Kunga asked: Does the Gelug have Begtse a protector? If so, could you please provide a sadhana for him here?
    pastor answered: Dear Kunga, Yes the Dharma protector Begtse exists within the Gelug tradition. He is also known as Chamsing. Begtse’s practice stems from India and was introduced to Tibet and therefore Tibetan Buddhism by the translator Nyen Lotsawa. Marpa Lotsawa also practiced Begtse, and so the practice exists in the Kagyu traditions. This practice was eventually transmitted to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first of the five patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, who were the founding fathers of that tradition. Over time the practice of Begtse was incorporated into the Gelug tradition, founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, and was notably practiced by the 1st and 2nd Dalai Lamas. Over time the practice gained popularity within the lineage, especially when it spread to Mongolia. There the practice became an important one within the lineage as upheld there. Begtse is also affectionately known as the Dharma protector of Mongolia, because his practice is so popular there. If I am not mistaken, there is an oracle of Begtse in Mongolia as well. There is a mistaken account that the practice originated around the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama, with the subjugation of a Mongolian war god, but Begtse was definitely practiced before that time in the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya traditions. While the practice of Begtse is very effective, I have not come across the practice of Begtse in my personal practice, therefore I do not have access to the Begtse sadhana to provide to you. Instead Begtse is propitiated in prayers that incorporate many other Dharma protectors, and Begtse is also considered one of the nine protectors of the Hayagriva (Tamdrin) cycle of tantric teachings. Therefore Begtse is included in the Dharma protector sections of the Hayagriva tantras. Surrounding Begtse are his sister, Sing Ma, and his main minister, Le Khan Mar Po. His inner retinue comprises of eight butchers who wield copper swords in their right hands and skull-cups full of blood in their left hands. They are portrayed as naked and are very ugly. His outer retinue comprises a further twenty-one butchers, who hold copper swords in their right hands, and this time, the entrails of butchered enemies. They wear the skins humans and oxen as clothes, with ornaments made from human bone. While this may seem violent, Begtse is actually a very powerful and beneficial protector, who helps practitioners clear their obstacles and create conducive conditions for their spiritual evolution. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 24, 2017 20:12
    Azair asked: Venerable Rinpoche, I am doing a study in Kalachakra Tantra and I've heard from most of the lama's too that if you practice the Kalachakra Tantra, you'll be able to take control of your next rebirth. Ofcourse, it has been said that we will get our rebirth according to our Karma and desires but whether those dreams will get fulfilled will depend upon the actions that we take in this life. Thus, practicing the Kalachakra(till the end) after initiation will give you the opportunity to take rebirth anywhere you desire regardless of your Karma. My question is that, is there some truth in this statement.? Does this statement hold true for other tantra practices, such as Vajrayogini Tantra, Ghuyasamaja Tantra, Heruka Tantra, etc. I would really really like to know. Thankyou in anticipation, regards, Azair
    pastor answered: Dear Azair, Thank you for your question. Yes there is truth to this statement, both from a scriptural perspective and also by example, as the great masters have shown us. This is a unique feature of all Anuttarayoga Tantras or Highest Yoga Tantras, which Kalachakra, Vajrayogini, Guhyasama and Heruka are all examples of. This category of tantric practice can actually lead a practitioner to full enlightenment in this very lifetime. Even if enlightenment is not reached, very high levels of attainment can be reached nonetheless. This includes the ability to take control over your next rebirth. This is primarily engaged in so that the practitioner is born in an environment where they can eventually pick up their practice and further their spiritual path to enlightenment, or in order to be born in a place where they can benefit sentient beings the most, as part of the spiritual journey over many lifetimes. One of the reasons such an ability is very necessary on the spiritual path, is that usual death and rebirth occurs at the mercy of ones karma, specifically what is known as the ‘throwing karma’ or the karma that dictates what sort of rebirth a person is going to take. This opens up at the time of ordinary death, which most people have no control over. During the death process, many of our disturbing emotions will arise. Whichever of these is the strongest at the point of death triggers open a latent karmic potential, which becomes the ‘throwing karma’ and dictates where we are going to take rebirth and if that life will generally be full of suffering or not. Within Anuttarayoga Tantra, one of the key points of practice is to prepare for one’s death. This is done by simulating the dying process during one’s meditations, so that one becomes familiar with it. At the most pivotal part of this process, one practices achieving either the rainbow body or great bliss (in the case of the father tantras); or clear light (in the case of mother tantras). The tantras themselves are not defined in terms of the gender of the central deity, but by the method used to gain enlightenment. This is either the rainbow body/great bliss (classified as male, therefore labelled ‘father’) or clear light (classified as female, therefore labelled ‘mother’). Non-dual tantras such as the Kalachakra tantra can employ either of the two methods, a mixture of both, or alternate methods. In the case of superior practitioners, due to the power of their practice, they can achieve either of these two methods in their current body. Since they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, and a particular method of practice, they can also achieve enlightenment during their physical death. The great Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have achieved enlightenment at the moment of physical death, using the second of these. For other practitioners, they may not be able to achieve this either in their meditations while they are alive, or during the death process. However because they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, they remain in complete concentration at the time of death, not allowing any disturbing emotions to arise. Due to this level of concentration, meditation and awareness during the dying process, they are able to control where they next take rebirth. This is evident in the tantric scriptures themselves, and the life stories of many masters, who can state exactly where, when and to whom they will take their next rebirth, as they are in full control of the dying and rebirth process. There is a type of meditation called ‘thukdam’ which has been translated into ‘death meditation’. This is a final meditation some masters choose to engage in. During this meditation, the master themselves consciously begin the physical dying process themselves, engage in the meditation of dissolving the winds into the heart centre and remain in the most pivotal part of the death process, the mind of clear light of death. During this point they engage in meditations, either the methods of the father or mother tantras as mentioned previously, and or consciously choose where they are to next take rebirth. They can remain in this death meditation for long periods of time, days at an end, in which their consciousness has not yet left their body, although for all intents and purposes they are dead according to medical science, e.g. they have no heartbeat. At the end of their meditation, a drop of blood will be emitted from their nostril, and their head will slump over a little. Masters who engage in this meditation usually sit in full meditation posture, and their body remain supple and soft even though they have passed away from a medical point of view. I hope this brief explanation helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2017 23:01
    Brad asked: What is the significance of offering the Seven precious emblems of royalty to the Buddhas and enlightened Dharma Protectors? What are we symbolically offering up?
    pastor answered: Dear Brad, Thank you for your question. The ‘saptaratna’ or seven precious emblems represent on the one hand the ultimate state of temporal power, and on the other hand the ultimate spiritual attainments that we can achieve. By offering these to the Buddhas, we are actually creating the causes to achieve what they represent. Therefore it is good to know the meaning of each, so we can understand what we are creating the causes for by offering them up: Please see below for an explanation of the seven royal emblems: 1. The Precious Wheel: a thousand spoked wheel, representing the universal power of the Buddhas, as well as the teachings of the thousand Buddhas of our aeon. It is represented by the Dharmachakra, symbolising the ‘turning of the wheel’ or teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, especially that of our own mind, thoughts, delusions and afflictions. 2. The Precious Jewel: an eight sided wish-granting gem, which fulfils all the needs of a universal emperor. This jewel has eight special qualities: it illuminates the night sky for hundreds of leagues; it is cooling when the temperature is hot and warming when the temperature is cold; it makes manifest whatever the holder wants; when thirsty it causes a fresh-water spring to appear; it has the ability to control the nagas, and other supernatural beings, as well as preventing natural disasters such as storms, floods, etc.; it gives off multi-coloured lighted which heals the various mental and emotional afflictions; it cures all illnesses; and it ensures that one dies a natural death, not an untimely one. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, or perfect discrimination, so one knows what to abandon and what to keep in the mindstream during the spiritual journey to enlightenment. 3. The Precious Queen: the most beautiful and virtuous of all women. She is described as a goddess who is the epitome of someone: with devotion; without jealousy; who is the embodiment of fertility; who works for the welfare of all beings; who possess feminine wisdom; speaks the truth; not attract to sensual pleasures or material possessions; and does not have false views. She is adored by all. She also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect effort. This is necessary to keep meditating until one gains spiritual attainments. 4. The Precious Minister: who has sharp intelligence, patience, and the ability to give wise counsel to the emperor. He is so attuned to the emperor that even before the emperor has spoken, the minister is already carrying out his command. He only wishes to support the Dharma, help sentient beings, and is an excellent strategist. He also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect joy. This is also akin to the attainment of the first bodhisattva level, because you have come to an understanding of your own mind, which is like pouring ice-cold water into boiling water. The water stops boiling, as does the thoughts, projections, and delusions in the mind. He represents the path of the bodhisattva. 5. The Precious Elephant: who has the strength of a thousand normal elephants. He is white, with the perfect features that an elephant could have. He is majestic, graceful, and gentle, but in battle is fearsome, fearless and unyielding. He communicates with the emperor through a telepathic link. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect adaptability. This is important, as one needs to be able to adapt to the various mental afflictions as they arise, and suitably counter them. 6. The Precious Horse: who has all the marks of a celestial horse. Known as wind-horse, he is able to travel extremely fast, and can circumambulate the entire universe three time in just a single day. He is never fearful or startled, never makes a sound when galloping, and has extremely soft hairs on his body. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is single-pointed concentration. This is important because without this form of concentration, once cannot engage in the analytical meditations that lead to an understanding of emptiness, and therefore enlightenment. 7. The Precious General: who has mastered the arts of war and always wins in battle. He wears battle armour and holds many different weapons. He tries to avoid battle, but when necessary fights, and never gives up until he has won. He is fearless, and courageous in carrying out the emperors commands and ensures the emperors army carries out their duties. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect equanimity. This is because he overcomes all warfare, which is akin to the battle between things were are attached to and things we have an aversion for in our minds. In short, what you are offering up is the highest of all temporal treasures and abilities, as well as the entire path of the Dharma. Doing so creates the causes for you to receive all of this on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 20, 2017 10:16
    Grigoris asked: Excuse me, but I would like to ask, what does the prayer to Shangmo Dorje Putri say exactly? I can't read Tibetan, but would like to see the description that the prayer gives. I am not planning to say the prayer or make interaction(as it would be very dangerous), but would like to see what it actually says from the Tibetan text. Here's the link: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/shangmo-dorje-putri-the-bamo-of-sakya.html
    pastor answered: Dear Grigoris, Thank you for your question. Shangmo Dorje Putri is indeed a fascinating unenlightened Dharma protector. Unfortunately at the moment, we do not have a translated copy of the text in English that we can provide. The usual format for such texts, would include an invocation, making offerings to appease them, and then exhortations for them to perform their activities, possibly followed by thanking them for their help. One thing is for certain, due to the nature of Shangmo Dorje Putri her prayer is sure to include violent imagery, just like many other Dharma protectors, such as Achi Chokyi Drolma (who even though has a peaceful appearance, has a lot of violent imagery in her prayers). The reason behind the violent imagery is explained in the post about Achi Chokyi Drolma here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/achi-chokyi-drolma-chief-protectress-of-the-drikung-kagyu.html
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