The Great Council of Lhasa

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The Council of Lhasa, also known as the Great Debate at Samye, was a famous debate, between the Chinese Buddhist monk Moheyan and the Indian Buddhist master Kamalashila, held in Tibet around 792 CE. Initiated by King Trisong Detsen (742-797 CE), considered to be an emanation of Manjushri, the debate is said to have spanned a two year period. In essence the debate was between the Chinese and Indian Buddhist traditions as they were transmitted to Tibet. The master who won the debate would be endorsed by the Emperor, and the tradition the master belonged to would be able to take firm root in Tibet.

King Songtsen Gampo (centre) and his wives Princess Brikuti (left) and Princess Wencheng (right)

 

Three Dharma King

King Songtsen Gampo

King Songtsen Gampo was the first of the three Dharma Kings of Tibet. He introduced Buddhism to Tibet in the 7th century. He unified several smaller Tibetan kingdoms, and sent his minister Thonmi Sambhota to India in order to learn Sanskrit and create a written form of the Tibetan language in order to translated various Buddhist texts.

King Trisong Detsen

King Trisong Detsen, who hosted the Council of Lhasa debate.

King Trisong Detsen ruled Tibet from 755 CE until 797 CE. He was the second of the Three Dharma Kings of Tibet and played a crucial role for the introduction of Buddhism to Tibet, by commissioning further Buddhist texts to be translated from Sanskrit into Tibetan.

He invited many great Indian masters to Tibet such as the tantric adept Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche; the master and abbot of Nalanda monastic university in India, Santarakshita, who would establish the monastic order in Tibet; and the eminent scholar Kamalasila. It was through the efforts of the Kings and these masters that the oldest school of Tibetan Buddhism, the Nyingma, came into existence.

King Trisong Detsen hosted the Council of Lhasa in order to conclude which tradition of Buddhism be allowed to take root in Tibet. He is also associated with the construction of the Boudhanath stupa in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal.

Tri Ralpachen

The third great Dharma King was Tri Ralpachen, who reigned between 815 CE and 838 CE. Under Ralpachen’s reign the Tibetan Empire reached its zenith, spreading to parts of China, India, Nepal and almost the entire of East Turkestan, also known as Xinjiang. He promoted Buddhism throughout Tibet and also commission even further translation of Buddhist texts into the Tibetan language.

Samye Monastery in Tibet. This was the first Buddhist monastic institution in Tibet, established by the great Santarakshita.

 

Samye Monastery

Samye monastery was the first monastery built in Tibet and still exists today. It was constructed between 775-779 CE under the patronage of King Trisong Detsen. It located around 3½ hours bus-ride away from Lhasa, in Dranang, Lhoka Prefecture. The monastery layout mirrors a large mandala, and the main monastic building was inspired by the temple of Odantapuri, an ancient Buddhist university of India, located in Bihar.

The great Indian tantric master Padmasambhava, who was instrumental in the establishment of Buddhism in Tibet through the use of his psychic powers developed through intense Buddhist practice.

After being invited by King Trisong Detsen, the abbot of Nalanda monastic university, Santarakshita, found the site auspicious and began to build. At a certain stage however, the building would collapse again and again. The cause for this was said to be the native local spirits. When Padmasambhava, a contemporary of Santarakshita arrived from north India, he subdued the local Gyalpo spirits, which allowed the construction of the monastery to continue. Padmasambhava accomplished this through the practice of the Vajrakilaya dance and the rite of namkha to clear away obscurations and hindrances. The namkha rite, also known as ‘sky-weaving’ involves the creation of a thread-cross composed of wool or silken threads in colours related to the five elements. The subjugation of the Gyalpo was commemorated by the construction of various Vajrakilaya stupas, located at cardinal points throughout the monastery.

 

Gyalpo Pehar

Gyalpo Pehar, a powerful deity that was bound to protect Samye monastery by the tantric adept Padmasambhava.

One of the main local deities subdued by Padmasambhava is known as Gyalpo Pehar. Gyalpo means ‘king’ in Tibetan. The other local deities and spirits were also subdued and put under the control of Gyalpo Pehar, who was oath-bound by Padmasambhava to become a Dharma protector. Gyalpo Pehar was then charged with being the main guardian deity of Samye monastery. Later, Gyalpo Pehar’s main minister, Dorje Drakden began to communicate with the Tibetan government and its subjects through the medium of the Nechung Oracle, who became the State Oracle of Tibet, in order to give advice regarding the country’s governance.

 

Cham Dance

The Cham Dance originally developed to recount the story of Padmasambhava subduing Gyalpo Pehar and other native spirit beings.

A tradition arose in Tibet to commemorate and retell the story of the Council of Lhasa and the subjugation of the Gyalpo Pehar. It is performed yearly to this date at the Kumbum monastery in Qinghai. It is considered a sort of meditation and also an offering to the gods. These Cham dances are also performed during the Monlam Prayer Festival in Tibet as well as in India, Sikkim, Dharamsala and Ladakh.

 

The Great Debate

The great Indian scholar and Vajrayana master Kamalashila.

King Trisong Detsen aimed to revitalize Tibetan Buddhism, and as such held a debate between Moheyan and Kamalashila. He had suspected that Moheyan, also known as Hoshang, a Mahayana monk from the Chinese Chan tradition was not teaching the genuine Dharma. Therefore, he arranged a debate with Kamalashila, a scholar-pandit from India. Kamalashila travelled to Tibet from India in order to debate according to the Vajrayana teachings.

The debate centered around the attainment enlightenment, also called ‘Bodhi’. It was either attained through activity, as proposed by Kamalashila or if it was attained spontaneously without activity, as proposed by Moheyan. Moheyan represented the Easy Mountain Teachings, also known as the ‘Northern School’ Chan tradition of China. At the time of the teaching is Tibet Moheyan was already actively teaching and had many disciples. His teachings propounded a nihilistic view that did not follow the teachings as set out in the sutras.

 

Quotes from: ‘Chapter 18 – “Gradual” and “Sudden” in the Lhasa Debate’, Wisdom in China and the West by Simon Man Ho Wong.

Moheyan declared:

(1) One cannot become a Buddha by practicing good acts and speeches; and (2) “the only way is to become a Buddha is by no-thought and no-examination.”

On the other hand, Kamalashila promoted teachings based on the sutras upon Nagarjuna’s teachings as well as the ten rules of behavior of Buddhist ethics, the Mahayana Sutras, and the six Paramitas.

“The reason of Kamalashila’s disagreement is that if one engages oneself in a state of “no-thought” at all, he or she will not practice right discrimination (or correct examination), which is the prerequisite for obtaining the “supramundane insight” into the reality of all existences. For him, right discrimination is necessary for all Buddhist practitioners.”

“As for the point of not engaging in virtuous practices, he also has a strong opinion: “When one says, “One should not engage in such virtuous practices as giving, “ he rejects the giving, etc, which constitute the means (upaya), the major portion of the perfections (paramita).

“To be attached to a state of “no-thought” would never enable one to attain insight, whereas refuting virtuous practices would imply the rejection of the means, which is a necessary outcome of the compassion of Bodhisattvas. Because “insight” and “means” are the essential elements of Mahayana Buddhism, the absence of them will produce disastrous effect on the way towards becoming Buddha. This is why Kamalshila describes the teaching ascribed to Mo-ho-yen as poison and rebuts it, and it is seldom evaluated favorably by subsequent Tibetan scholars.”

“Mohoyen argues that not only false thoughts and conceptualizations but all thoughts are illusive. The problem of having illusive thoughts is that one is bound to the cycle of transmigration. This is stated more clearly in the following:

Question: What is so wrong with conceptual thought? Reply: The problem with it is that is carries omniscience away from all living beings, and obscures it. It is also a problem in many other ways, such as being the cause for rebirth in the three evil destines, and for prolonged transmigration. The Vajraccedika also says: “Abandon conceptual thought.”

“Thus no-thought and no-examination are really the central teachings of Mo-ho-yen. He explicitly declares that, as a Chan Buddhist, his belief is that discerning reality is to abandon all forms of speech and conceptualizations of the mind.

As for the rejection of virtuous practices, Mo-ho-yen argues:

The Buddha said: If a Bodhisattva does not practice any conditioned dharma, nor (does he or she) practice any unconditioned dharma, nor any unvirtuous dharma, nor any mundane dharma, nor any supra-mundane dharma, nor any dharma that carries sin, nor any dharma that does not carry sin, nor any impure dharma, nor any pure dharma, nor any causative dharma, nor any non-causative dharma, nor the dharma of nirvana, nor the dharma of seeing, nor the dharma of hearing, nor the dharma of awareness, nor the dharma of knowing, nor the dharma of giving, nor the dharma of indifference, nor the dharma of discipline… (He or she does) not practice patience, nor goodness, nor dharma, nor willpower, nor meditation, nor Samadhi, nor wisdom, nor practice, nor knowing, nor attainment. If a Bodhisattva practices in this way, the Buddhas will predict (the future of him or her becoming a Buddha.).”

“Kamalashila said, “Now, here not applying the mind does not mean mere absence of mental application (or activity). Because the mere absence of something, lacking as it does any reality is not fit to be the real cause of anything.” In other words, absence of mental application cannot in itself be the cause for such an absence. Otherwise the process would be circular, therefore logically and practically impossible.

When we speak of the thought process moving spontaneously upon its object, free from any strenuous or purposeful bending of the mind towards its object, we refer only to the highest stage of signlessness. This condition, in the first place, is attained by the development of very specific mental states, which may be described as *non-application of mind” only in the sense that they are antidotes or counteragents to the unwholesome and misdirected fixing of the mind upon mental representations or imprints of the own-being of the aggregates of grasping.”

 

The Result of Debate

Almost all Tibetan sources state that the King Trisong Detsen decided that Kamalashila was the winner of the debate, however many Chinese sources actually name Moheyan as the victor. In any case, Moheyan was asked to leave Tibet and his teachings were gathered and respectfully disposed of as it was decided only the teachings stemming directly from India would be taught and practiced in Tibet. The Council of Lhasa is an important event in Tibetan history and shaped the practice of Buddhism in Tibet up until today. From this point on Tibetan Buddhism took on the flavour of Indian Buddhism. As a result of this, Tibetan Buddhist practices, texts and commentaries draw their sources from and are entirely shaped by Indian Buddhism. It is due to the great Council of Lhasa that Buddhism in Tibet was established to follow the traditions and practices from the land of its source, India.

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  1. Choong on Apr 17, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Thank you Pastor Antoinette for the extracts from Simon Man’s book. They are a good description of what took place at the great council of Lhasa.

    Reading it reminds me of Maitreya Bodhisattva’s Ornament for Clear Realizations, which is one of five treatises revealed to Arya Asanga in the Tushita pure realm by the future Buddha Maitreya.

    Maitreya taught or revealed the implicit or hidden meaning of the Perfection of Wisdom Sutras, and describes the different meditative stages and awareness required to become a fully awakened Buddha. From what I read and from the point of Pramana or logic, Maitreya taught the Ornament of Clear Realizations from the point of view of Prasangika
    Madhyamaka.

    Maitreya summarizes the eight clear realizations in two verses:

    The Perfection of Wisdom (Sutras)
    Are well explained through the eight clear realizations,
    The exalted knower of all aspects, the knower of paths,
    Then the knower of all (bases),

    Completely clear realization of all aspects,
    Reaching the peak, gradualism,
    Actual complete enlightenment in a single moment,
    And the Dharmakaya are the eight aspects.

    So according to Maitreya, the instant enlightenment or enlightenment in a single moment is within the path of gradual enlightenment. I suppose that is where Mohoyen got it “wrong” but is actually not totally wrong.

  2. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 20, 2016 at 4:26 am

    Buddhism was preserved in its entirety within the borders of Tibet, I recall the Dalai Lama said so and the Council of Lhasa was a pivotal moment in the history of buddhism in Tibet. The preservation of Buddhist thoughts and ideals was made possible through was went down at the Council of lhasa.

    The Tibetan king at that time was a Buddhist King, who applied buddhist teachings, and invited for a debate to settle and determine which was the best way to follow, for the future of Buddhism in Tibet.

  3. Lester on May 3, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Thank you Pastor for the wonderful and informative article! Anyway, the name of the Chinese monk was never known. Ho Shang, is actually the Chinese term for ‘venerable’ or ‘monk’. Mohoyen is actually the Chinese transliteration for ‘Mahayana’. So Ho Sheng Mohoyen essentially means a Mahayana monk. The principles espoused by Mohoyen is not representative of Tang Buddhism. He is probably an outcast. Masters of Tang China and before already understood Nagarjuna’s Middle View and the Eight Negations of Sunyata. It is interesting to note that while Vajrayana flourished for at least 3-5 generations there, before it was spread to Japan, it is eventually rejected as an orthodox Buddhist practice. Theravada practices such as Vipassana and Anapanasathi on the other hand are much widely cultivated by Chinese Buddhists. Therefore Ho Shang does come from a strange context. Some historians believed that this is an oversimplified incident to justify the defeat of a pro-Tang faction in the Tibetan court. The validity of which, we will never know. But nevertheless, a good example to illustrate how Buddhism can be misunderstood by some minds. 🙂

    • Lester on May 3, 2016 at 9:01 am

      Sorry, correction, Vajrayana was not rejected. It was more like benignly ignored. Highest Tantra is definitely not found on the Chinese teachings. The others are, but largely only the common mantras are recited. Views towards Vajrayana have been mixed. It is from the late Qing Dynasty onwards that there are strong interests from the people towards Vajrayana, which has been erstwhile kept as a practice for royalty since Ming Dynasty. 🙂 Chinese Buddhists continue to have the highest respect for Master Padmasambhava.

      • Choong on Dec 19, 2016 at 12:24 pm

        Thank you Lester for your comments and insight. There are no absolutes, just relativity in samsara.

  4. Stella Cheang on Mar 26, 2016 at 11:12 am

    This is a very meaningful event in the history of Buddhism. Because of the Great Debate at Samye or more known as The Great Council of Lhasa, the people of Tibet no longer be fooled by the distorted teaching of Moheyan, while the pure and Nagajurna teaching through Kamalashila prevailed. The significance of this event propelled Nagajurna’s middle way to take firm root in Tibet, through Kamalashila, who is considered as the emanation of Buddha Manjushri, instead of Moheyan’s teaching which is nihilistic in nature.

    The event also demonstrated how wise the King(s) of Tibet were at that time, not easily fooled by distorted views. They are also very liberal because it was King Trisong Detsen who hold the Great Debate at Samye where the selection of the winner was done in an open, transparent and logical manner. I wish that a debate can be arranged for to address the Dorje Shugden issue in today’s Tibetan society.

    Thank You Rinpoche and Pastor Antoinette Kass for this informative article. It is so rich in historical details, hence, for sure I will archive it to be savored in my free(er) time.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  5. Sarah on Mar 23, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Kamalashila wrote the text entitled “Bhavanakrama” (Stages of
    Meditation) in three parts: the initial Stages of Meditation, the intermediate Stages of Meditation, and the last Stages of Meditation. Those who are interested in the study of Buddhist meditation can refer to Professor Giuseppe Tucci’s critical edition of the three Bhavanakramas of Kamalashila. Another important source is H.H. the Dalai Lama who received the teaching transmission on the Stages of Meditation from the Sakya abbot Sangye Tenzin in Bodhgaya. His Holiness said that the great Tsongkhapa quoted from the text at length in the Lamrim Chenmo. In 1989, His Holiness gave a commentary on the intermediate Bhavanakrama in Manali, India. This commentary has been published with the translation of the root text in the book entitled “Stages of Meditation” in 2001. In the Introduction, His Holiness mentioned that “the Chinese Hvashang’s interpretation of the Buddhist view was definitely mistaken” and that “Acharya Kamalashila wrote this text to preempt the advancement of those wrong views”. He also said that “this precious text has a special karmic link with Tibet, the Land of Snows.”

  6. Sarah on Mar 22, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    I came across a short write-up on the great debate between Kamalashila and Mo-ho-yen by the famous Italian scholar Giuseppe Tucci in the book, “Perspective of Buddhist Studies” (2002) edited by Pranabananda Jash. This is what he said:

    “… a tussle of doctrinal controversy erupted in Tibet when the Chinese monks of the Ch’an (zen) school led by one Mo-ho-yen visited the Buddhist monastery at Samye in Tibet. Tradition avers that Shantarakshita professed of dangers from the Chinese position and left instructions in his will that his student Kamalasila be called from India to counter the Chinese view. The reason for conflict was over the question of the nature of enlightenment. The Indians held that enlightenment takes place as the culmination of a gradual process of purification, the result of combining virtuous action, meditative serenity, and philosophical insight. The Chinese, on the contrary, believed that enlightenment was the intrinsic nature of the mind rather than the goal of a protracted path, such that one need simply to recognize the presence of this innate nature of enlightenment by entering a state of awareness beyond distinctions; all other practices are superfluous. According to both Chinese and Tibetan records, a debate was held between Kamalasila and Mo-ho-yen at Samye in 797 A.D. with King Trisong Detsen himself serving as judge. The Tibetan accounts (contradicted by the Chinese accounts) mention that Kamalasila defeated Mo-ho-yen, and thus he with his party left Tibet. The King ordered that the Madhyamika School of Buddhist Philosophy (to which Santarakshita and Padmasambhava belonged) would be followed in Tibet.”

  7. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Mar 22, 2016 at 4:27 am

    @Sarah: misrepresented not only in thought but in deed too, if the story of the assassination is true. It is therefore no surprise he lost, if his thinking was such that murder is an appropriate response to losing a debate.

    Pastor Antoinette, thank you for the article. To look at Samye Monastery is to travel back in time, since it was inspired by Odantapuri. It’s incredible that the monastery continues to exist hundreds of years later, with an active monastic community. But what really stood out for me in this article was the massive effort, expense, time and energy that was dedicated by these great kings towards the establishment of Buddhism and Dharma practice in Tibet.

    The obstacles that these pioneers faced were immense compared to what we face today. They were not just subduing opponents (both physical and supernatural) and debating and converting people, but they were basically establishing a lineage for the future. A lineage that WE TODAY continue to benefit from. Yes, they had to do all of the groundwork from creating a language to translating the texts, to importing the masters to teach, to arranging for the scribes to record everything, to construction, down to even hosting and sponsoring two years’ worth of debates. Then there is us, hundreds of years later, imagining we are doing Dharma work with the little bit that we do. Worse still, some people even act as though they are doing Dharma a favour by being engaged in Dharma work!

    That’s what separates the ordinary practitioner from the greats, who can think on such a scale and level beyond their lifetime alone. Certainly these Dharma Kings and the people they sponsored were no ordinary beings.

  8. Choong on Mar 22, 2016 at 3:01 am

    A: Stop thinking! B: By thinking of stopping thinking, I’m still thinking! Better one step at a time reduce thinking! C: Thinking is okay for there are the two truths!

  9. Sarah on Mar 21, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Kamalashila was a disciple of Shantarakshita. He became famous for winning the great debate against the Chinese monk Ho-shang Mo-ho-yen as well as for composing an important text for the Tibetan people entitled Bhavanakrama (Stages of Meditation). Apparently, this text was written as a response to the erroneous teachings of Ho-shang. It was Bu ston (Buton Rinchen Drub, predecessor of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen) who reported that Kamashila and Ho-shang met at the “Council of Lhasa” in which Kamalashila was declared the winner. Subsequently, Kamalashila was killed by some Chinese assassins sent by the defeated Mo-ho-yen. If this was true, then Mo-ho-yen was indeed a monk who misrepresented the Buddha’s teachings by practising a form of Chan that was of no real benefit to people.

    • Pastor Antoinette Kass on Mar 23, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      Thank you Sarah for your information.

      King Trisong Detsen was very wise to invite both the Indian monk Kamalashila and the Chinese Moheyan to debate and decide which school to follow.
      If indeed the defeated did ask for Kamalashila’s assassination this shows also the nature of his teachings.

      Indeed Kamalashila is known as one of the Seventeen Pandits (learned masters) of Nalanda Monastery whose works have benefited so many people till today.

      • Sarah on Mar 24, 2016 at 4:53 pm

        Pastor Antoinette,

        Fortunately, the great beings in those days had the foresight and the wisdom to prevent misinterpretation of the Buddha’s teachings. Kamalashila, in his Bhavanakrama, did mention that he wrote the text at the request of King Trisong Detsen. In my opinion, Mo-ho-yen was not an enlightened being and his views were mistaken. Yet, in the Chinese records, he was declared as the winner! It shows what kind of person he was. On the other hand, Kamalashila was definitely a great master who presented the Buddha’s doctrine in a clear and logical manner.

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    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 02:21 PM
    Its a heartfelt touching article of this faithful dog.Cannot imagine this ,such a wonderful relationship between that dog and the deceased owner.The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that we will not come back for them That i noticed from observing from my pet poodle.In this case this faithful dog knew his owner won’t be back.
    Dogs are loyal, patient, fearless, forgiving, capable of pure love and have feelings too.He must have missed the owner badly that he wanted to accompany the owner all the way to the resting place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. May that faithful dog ,continue to serve and well taken, love by the other family members.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:46 PM
    Werewolves are known to be mythical creatures found in fiction instead of lurking in the dark woods,In various parts of the world there were few cases who have gone down in history as real life werewolves Interesting to read it from these post..How far it was true or just legends.,no one really know . Many myths and legends surrounding werewolves .To become a werewolf, it is necessary to be bitten by a werewolf in their form at the time of the full moon. Thats what all of us knew from the movies and from fiction told. Reports of werewolf sightings continued even till this century but mostly in between 1428 and 1447 .The most recent sighting of werewolf sightings in 1972. was in Ohio .but eventually subsided .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article which i do enjoyed reading it,
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Valentina
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:11 PM
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    Twenty-Four Holy Places & Eight Great Charnel Grounds part 2 – (focus topic: Eight Great Charnel Grounds)

    At one time there was a god by the name of Rudra who was originally part of Mahadeva’s retinue. He was a very fierce being who also had many of his own consorts. Together with his consorts he began to oppress sentient beings, and promoted violence and unethical behaviour. At that time, Heruka once again arose, and in a dance of great compassionate wrath, liberated Rudra and his consorts from their physical bodies, sending their minds to pure lands. The places where Rudra’s body parts fell became charnel grounds. …read more by clicking the following link:

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/twenty-four-holy-places-eight-great-charnel-grounds.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:07 AM
    This year Wesak Day fall on 10 of May. This day is very special and meaningful to me because I will visit Kechara Forest Retreat(KFR) to join some meritorious event there.
    For me, Wesak is a day to commemorate Buddha Sakyamuni in three aspect( Birth , Enlightened, Nirwana).
    While we celebrate Wesak, we must remind ourselves to learn from Buddha teachings and practice it in order to gain attainment.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for sharing in order to create more understanding on Wesak Day.

    Jason

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

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

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

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

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-12.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 04:30 PM
    Miracles do happen,when we have faith and trust in our Guru.What is important is to follow Rinpoche’s advice and do as instructed by our Guru to clear the osbtacles all the way.Angie and Herry were so fortunate to have meet Rinpoche.Its because of Rinpoche ‘s compassion and caring for his student Angie’s life was saved.Infact Rinpoche has helped many people through his intervention, advice and instructions.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing miracles stories which i enjoyed reading.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 02:45 PM
    WOW….interesting a miracles true story. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.Reciting mantras by family members and doing 20 pujas done at the monastery to help the baby. These proved that pujas, which have been done for hundreds of years in the monasteries are very powerful methods for us to overcome difficulties, create huge amounts of merit and for protection, good health and long life.This show us how powerful pujas can help us when we have trust and faith in our Guru.And with Rinpoche divination,the baby was born and now a healthy boy.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html

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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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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
4 weeks ago
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
1 month ago
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
1 month 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
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 month ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 month ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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 month 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
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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
2 months 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!
2 months 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
3 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
3 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
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This is a good one to read
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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