The Mind, and How it Reincarnates

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 (July 6, 2013)

I was in Hong Kong last week. While there, I gave a talk to a small intelligent group on the MIND, how it reincarnates. Also on the qualities of the Buddha form and the reasons we make Buddha statues. 

I do hope you will gain some knowledge from this talk.

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(July 7, 2012)

Above video is a Dharma Talk I gave in Nepal in 2008, it is about Milarepa and “How and Where our NEUROTIC MIND appears, and Why it appears?”

Please watch it carefully, I believe it will benefit a lot of people in this modern time. Here are some response from my Facebook after some people watched it:

 

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  1. Farshid Nurifar on Apr 10, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Dear H.E. Tsem Rinpoche,

    In one of your program (The MIND, and How it Reincarnates-Gepubliceerd op 6 jul. 2013 in Hong Kong) you said that we don’t need eyes to see and you’ve gave example that when we dreaming, we see our dreams without the eyes. But my question is this what we see in our dreams is result of our eyes, whatever we see in our dreams, we have before recorded by our eyes in our mind. Whatever we see in our dreams is results and idea what we have received by our eyes.
    For whatever what we have process in our mind and our dreams has one input, and that is eyes. Without our eyes we have no mind and dream interactions.
    I can also give you an example. If someone is motherhood blind and in this life never seen anything, how he/she can have dreams!? Can he/she also see in the dreaming?

    With Love And Respect,

    Farshid/
    The Netherlands

  2. Li Kheng on Nov 30, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this teaching about the mind and reincarnation. This was the first teaching Rinpoche gave my family and I when we had an audience with Rinpoche in 2009. It is very helpful to have a refresher course so that I reinforce my understanding of how we exist before the conception of our physical body during copulation and how our consciousness continue to exist after the moment of death.

    When listening to the teaching on subtle and gross mind, i reflect on the visualization as taught in the Lamrim. Developing the ability to visualize the merit field in great detail is a way of sharpening the sense of sight of our subtle mind. In addition to this, petitioning the merit field also accumulates a lot of merits needed to fuel our DHarma journey. As Rinpoche said, everything in the Dharma is dedicated to training and nurturing our subtle mind because that is the only thing we bring with us from one life to the next.

    Thank you also Rinpoche for reminding us loudly and clearly about how we are not allocating our time and resources wisely if we completely devote ourselves to only developing our gross mind. It is very true that no matter how great we are at secular matters in this life, it all ends at the time of death. Not only can we not bring these resources with us to our next life, they are unable to prepare us for a peaceful death.

    It is vital to train our minds to be strong, clean and clear (embracing the 8 qualities of water as described in the lamrim) so that we are able to face all situations in a constructive manner. An untamed mind will easily react in fear even when encountering mundane and insignificant situations like going for exams. How? We may get so nervous, we forget information that we studied. So, imagine how an untrained mind would react when facing trauma or death.

    So, Rinpoche is right that we must develop our subtle mind so that it is not only able to effectively resolve secular and worldly problems but also prepare us to die in peace when the time comes.

  3. Hee TS on Nov 11, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    感谢仁波切這非常清晰,合乎邏輯的教诲。讓我們了解如何生命體的存在,並在我們的下一個生命體將繼續下去。

  4. Regina De Giovanni on Nov 11, 2014 at 3:20 am

    Dear Lama La, the talk on Mind is really incredibly explained. Thank you

  5. adelinewoon on Aug 27, 2013 at 11:46 am

    I’ve been thinking a lot about why we need a body in order to transform the mind. In Buddhism, we talk about mind being the “entity” that takes rebirth, the body is a temporary abode like a traveler in a hotel. So it is saying that the mind is what we have to work on. Why then do we have to be born in form, to be reincarnated into any of the beings in the 6 realms: god, human, animal, demi-god, ghost, hell? Why can’t we just work on the mind without forms?

    My understanding is that the mind is an energy that flows like a stream. It has no beginning nor end. Taking rebirth in between may well be illustrated as a river where we throw stones into it in order to stop the water from flowing. When the water got stuck by the stones we can hardly see the water, but somehow the pushing strength of the water will cause the stones to move in a certain way. Once the water gets through, the stones will be washed away, and the water continues to flow.

    Likewise, when we have taken rebirth, the mind sustain the form like the water and the actions in the mind shape the form like the flowing strength of the water. So when we have taken rebirth into a form, whatever that the mind carries will be manifested according to circumstances. This is when we get to really work on the mind because the body and circumstances create the opportunities for us to do so, just like how we get to press a mature pimple that was not there before.

    So I conclude: without the form, the mind will just flow endlessly without force that allows improvement. Hence we take rebirth to make it better or worst.

  6. Dr Tan Boon Siong on Aug 5, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    enjoy and benefited

  7. Sean Pang on Jul 25, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    I don’t just feel lucky. I feel blessed and humbled to be able to receive this teaching directly from Rinpoche in Hong Kong.

    Rinpoche wanted to give a talk on the importance of Buddha statues when we were in front of the Big Buddha at Lantau Island but could not do so due to the typhoon. That night, Rinpoche invited us to his hotel to give the talk that he promised, despite being in pain from his tailbone and having still so many things he wanted to do.

    The talk led from Buddha statues and their significance, through the richness and practicality of the Chinese culture, to the topic in this blog: The Mind.

    Suffice it to say that this teaching blew my mind (pun intended).

    I had to watch the video and take down notes quite a few times, and I’ve spent a lot of time contemplating on Rinpoche’s words. It was a deep and profound teaching and I can still feel the energy of Rinpoche’s talk resonating in me. I could feel a transformation in me, it’s almost “physical“, after the pilgrimage to the Big Buddha.

    The Mind is a continuum and the Body is its vehicle. While we must take good care of the Body, never forget that the purpose of doing so is only to carry the Mind better. The Body serves the Mind, not the other way round.

    Thank You, Rinpoche, for the privilege of receiving this teaching directly from You.

    Your humble student, with folded hands,
    Sean in Shanghai

    • Sean Pang on Jul 25, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      I’d like to add something.

      We are all very lucky nowadays that Rinpoche’s teachings are also made available on videos for future references. Can you imagine what it’s like in the old days and if you’re a slow student like me? “Doh! Didn’t get that! Eh… excuse me, dear Guru, can you repeat that please? (instead of REWIND!!)”….

      Then again, students of the past didn’t have so many samsaric distractions as we do today, so I guess they were lucky too.

  8. [email protected] on Jul 21, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Thank you so much for Your teaching Rinpoche and thank you blog admin for uploading the video.

  9. Cliff on Jul 17, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    I really enjoyed this teaching, it really opened up my mind to how reincarnation works. “Just because we don’t remember, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist”, “cause and effect” some of the few quotes that really caught my thought to contemplate on. Rinpoche gave a really broken down and very concise teaching of our minds and the significance of having Buddha statues. I really learnt a lot and why is it good to offer our offerings and prostrate to the Buddha through Buddha statues, also the significance that it represents even to those who are not Buddhist. It never really struck my mind that even looking at or the thought of a Buddha statue had represented peace, after listening to Rinpoche’s teaching I realised that, that really happens and its true!

    I really enjoyed Run Run’s and Rinpoche’s discussion on Buddhism and his barrier to accepting religion and hope that he finds the answers he is seeking for to find peace. I really thank them for asking questions that have been on my mind but was not able to put it into words and feel i learnt a lot from Rinpoche’s answers.

    During the first 19mins of the video really had got me thinking, who am I, what makes me, what is my identify. I was really confuse as to what really made us, replaying continuously to understand what Rinpoche is explaining and hope what i took from this teaching really benefited me to understand more. Another real eye opener was the meaning behind a “blessing”, i have to admit i had my own preception of what a blessing was, but Rinpoche’s explanation really opened up my mind and gave me the true meaning of what a blessing really was.

    Thank you Rinpoche for teaching us this profound teaching and compiling it together to share it with us, it is really compassionate of you and may this teaching benefit and answer many people’s questions.

  10. Mavis Yeh on Jul 15, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teaching, I just wanted to share my thoughts as it never occurred to me, but when Rinpoche mentioned that science claims to know everything and try to quantify everything, it is not possible and I totally agree with that. To think that we know everything is ignorant. Another thing that came to mind while listening to this teaching was when Rinpoche talked about the mind is continuum and we all had to have existed in the prior moment and that we just don’t suddenly appear. As we have existed since time immemorial; it is common to question where did it all begin? An atom cannot just exist out of nowhere, someone or something must have created if we go back far enough. The thing is, in today’s society, we presume that things has to arise from somewhere, and that in the beginning, there was nothing and then something gave form to everything that we perceive in our world. However, Rinpoche opened up my mind and I questioned myself what if there was no such thing as the beginning, but it is just another way of “quantifying” something, in other words, there is always a beginning and an end. Perhaps, it could be that in the beginning there was no such thing as “nothing”, hence, the beginning doesn’t have to be nothingness.

  11. Christine Wang on Jul 14, 2013 at 12:22 am

    The video is mind blowing! So DEEP! Sean was so excited after the audience and keeping saying ” so deep, so deep”. After watching the video twice I understand why he said that. Some time we have to repeat certain parts again and again to capture the essence of Rinpoche’s talk.

    The question of ” where are you? ” ” where is the mind?” really made us think over and over. I wish everyone in this world can see this video and think deeply. The conversation in the video gives us a great opportunity to learn. I have to watch to video again. 😉 So much to think and contemplate. If only half of the people in this world can understand what Rinpoche teaches us, the world will be a much better place and harmonious.

    Thank you Rinpoche to share this great teaching and thanks to these who work so hard around Rinpoche to make all these videos, photos, blogs available for us to learn. Thank you!

  12. Uncle Eddie on Jul 13, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    As said, the rebirth that we will go to, depends on the type of mind we generate and harness from our secular achievements in our Dharma practices. Logically, all phenomena in this world cannot escape the workings of the wheel of rebirth. According to Buddhist teachings, we humans are constantly going through cycles of rebirth. These cycles are said to be the direct consequences of Karma. Karma is said to be the force that is created as a result of actions and thoughts. The force of Karma is what perpetuates the cycle of cause-and-effect, giving rise to endless and beginningless flow of life in which different variations of life forms, such as celestial beings, humans, spirits and animals manifestated. Our circumstance, be it good or bad, is determined by one’s past deeds or “karma”. Our stored-karma interacts with ripened conditions and manifested in varying types of painful or blessed effects. As written in the sutra, “Millions of millennia may passed, but karma does not vanish. When the condition is ripened, one must bear the consequences of one’s actions.”

  13. Shelly tai on Jul 12, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Shelly tai on 12 July 2013 at 420pm
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this video with us. In this talk Rinpoche explain very clearly about emptiness how is the emptiness related to karma and reincarnation . Prior to watching this video I do understand about emptiness but I can’t related it to example in this video Rinpoche use a clear example to explain it really make me think very hard and it really blow my mind.

  14. Jim Yeh on Jul 12, 2013 at 2:45 am

    I really enjoyed this teaching and will watch it over and over again. It really made me think about what “happiness” really is and why I should start developing my subtle mind now. This body of mine is just a vehicle and I’m the driver for now…..in this lifetime.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this excellent teaching. And thank you Run Run for asking speaking up and asking the questions.

  15. Amy on Jul 12, 2013 at 2:07 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving us this incredible teaching, so profound yet Rinpoche is able to explain it beautifully and with simplicity.
    With folded hands,
    Amy

  16. Doreen Teoh on Jul 11, 2013 at 12:43 am

    It is a very crystal clear and logical explanation of how our existence comes about, and where our next existence will be and will continue. Offerings to Buddha who attained 3 eons of unbroken vows, generosity, compassionate and all the good qualities, and to tap on this good virtues, is such a great blessings. No wealth in this world can get us this great blessings. Thank you, Rinpoche.

  17. Sofi on Jul 9, 2013 at 4:11 am

    Wow, this is a really interesting teaching that included new aspects to my understanding of our mind and reincarnation. I really enjoyed the Q&A session with Run Run being “new” to this Buddhist concept of death/reincarnation. A good learning experience from Rinpoche’s replies. Thanks Rinpoche and the Hong Kong group for this good learning session.

  18. sc on Jul 8, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Dear H.E Rinpoche, I enjoyed your talk here very much. You have shed light on a subject and questions that I have been seeking answers for a lifetime. I have questions for you from your talk, but I do not know how to reach out to you. The video stopped abruptly midway at the part when you were taking question. Therefore, I did not get to see it until the end. A little dissappointed there though.

    • admin on Jul 8, 2013 at 2:20 am

      Dear sc,

      thanks for your comment, the video is 2 hours 2 min long, may i know which part it stopped at? it should play till the end where the last question is about the “living Buddha” and Rinpoche answered it.

      pls do let me know, thank you.

      admin

  19. MartinC on Jul 7, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    This is one of the most progressive and ground-breaking series of lessons that Rinpoche has given to us in parts and over time. It is great that so much is contained in this one video. Essentially, I feel like the entire Dharma, or rather the core essence of all that the Buddha taught as a result of His awakening is completely and perfectly captured and conveyed by Rinpoche in this 2 hour video. Within what is being touched on here – each separate but connected subject, are in themselves individual meditations which will reveal more as we on here.

    To understand who “we” are and and how we came about and then to ask the “rules” and “mechanics” of what will take us into our next existence is the fundamental of Dharma practice. One of the best parts and indeed relevant component of the talk is the revelation that if the “we” that we have come to identify with and protect ferociously is actually a fabrication, solidified by habituation, then surely all the preferences and emotional circumstances that we allow to consume us, are also false. This is something that I feel will have more secrets to reveal if we keep meditating on it.

    Rinpoche also talks about Tantrayana and the need to prepare and be ready for the teachings. It is to this end that Rinpoche trains his students to be ready in all aspects, from the transformation of our mind, to the stability of our thoughts and the strengthening of our resolve and commitment.

  20. Tina on Jul 7, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for the teaching. May we all create peace and hapiness for others. Tina

  21. MayOng on Jul 7, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    This teaching is mind blowing. Rinpoche cleverly probed in the form of questions to make us think of where the Mind actually comes from, how it existed and how it is a continuum. I liked the part where Rinpoche also talked about the Heart Sutra related to the 5 aggregates and simplified version of emptiness.

    Following that is the process of Reincarnation that explains the continuum of the mind from the past to the present, hence a future from the examples he quoted. I enjoyed this teaching very much.

  22. Marcus on Jul 7, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Best gift to His Holiness Dalai Lama is “Compassionate toward others”.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rq0Faky1rps

  23. Jay Jae on Jul 7, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Though this subject seems to be the pith of Buddhist studies, everytime Rinpoche gives light to this matter, it has always made my mind clearer to what reincarnation really means. Understanding using inferential logic, Rinpoche presents the matter of mind and reincarnation in the most easy to understand manner.

    The string of reincarnations are endless and if we view this life as just being just this life, we have limited ourselves in many aspects. This entrapment does not let us free into what our minds have in store for us. Every situation, every person is a chance for us to trigger something bigger within us. Our potential ranges from secular achievements to that of the Buddha-nature within us which we cannot deny over time. In order for it to grow and mature, we need to harness these potentials with the help of a qualified and skilled guru.

    And in doing so, we are rest assured that in our next life, we have created the necessary causes for us to return and continue on our spiritual path.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful talk and sharing with fortunate friends in Hong Kong and those who visited in Shanghai. It must have opened up their minds just as it has done for mine.

  24. jp on Jul 7, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    The few friends in Hong Kong and Shanghai were very lucky to join Rinpoche in a pilgrimage to Lantau Island in the midst of a typhoon. Yes a typhoon. We renewed our refuge vows in front of Rinpoche and the Big Buddha there and did prayers as well. It was amazing! The typhoon subsided when we were praying. But as soon as we finished our prayers, Rinpoche told us to leave coz the typhoon would pick up again. Sure enough, the storm resumed to rain with strong winds.

    After the pilgrimage, we all had the privilege of attending Rinpoche’s dharma talk. Our friends from Hong Kong had very thought provoking questions. They really wanted to learn and were not shy to ask. It was very fruitful talk.

    Rinpoche said that he’ll be back to Hong Kong again. I’m sure there are more people in Hong Kong who would greatly appreciate and benefit from Rinpoche’s profound dharma talks.

  25. Lim (KH JB) on Jul 7, 2013 at 12:56 am

    Thanks Rinpoche for the teaching, it make me more familiar regarding hows our mind and the reincarnation…

    I downloaded to my laptop and will watch this video again to realize more about it…

    Rejoice for those Hong Kong peoples that meet with Rinpoche…

  26. KYC on Jul 6, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    I really enjoyed Rinpoche’s teaching and learned a lot. The way Rinpoche explained the emptiness of the “I” is very clear and easy to understand. One can use this approach when explaining the lack of inherent existence of all phenomena. It is not often that Rinpoche gives teachings on emptiness, so we are very fortunate to receive this teaching. The group in Hong Kong are extremely lucky and blessed to receive the teachings directly.

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    I always think that it is difficult to practise dharma in corporate as everyone only have the same mindset that is to gain more profit at the fastest pace and therefore lots of greed and selfishness. But you have showed us that as long as we are perseverance and hold our principal and dharma strongly, we can apply it no matter which segment we are, be it corporate or not.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Dec 5. 2016 03:29 PM
    After reading these blog i learned something new.The word Chaplain.
    I have not come across of it before.
    Thanks Beatrix Ooi for sharing ..an interesting blog of how this young man served as a Buddhist Chaplains in the US Arm. There is only one Buddhist chapel in the United States military. In recent years there has been a growing number of Buddhists in the US military, hence the work of Buddhist chaplains are growing too. A great way to spread Dharma to more people in the military.
    Thank you again Beatrix Ooi
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/buddhist-chaplains-in-the-us-army.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Dec 4. 2016 05:07 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the article on Dayak Festival and its community and cultures. It is very interesting to learn about the other races cultures. We in Malaysia are so fortunate that we are expose to so many differences and yet live harmoniously.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/gawai-dayak-the-celebration-of-bountiful-harvest.html
  • Yeo Kwai Gin
    Saturday, Dec 3. 2016 05:22 PM
    Wow ! 恭喜Justin与香积厨对社会的付出 !法喜 !

    感恩仁波切的付出与教导, 让在马来西亚的街头露宿者和一班家境贫困的人们在艰辛的时候得到帮助。詹杜固仁波切创立的克切拉香积厨对社会的付出是值得赞扬, 香积厨不但发放食物给街头露宿者,还提供流动医院主要在最快的时间让受伤的露宿者得到治疗, 还有FoodBank专提供食物与支援给各地需要帮忙如天灾带来的食物缺乏, 还有Imbi路的香积厨中心,提供给街头露宿者全免费的食物和饮品,免费沐浴和清洗衣服,还帮忙他们寻找工作等等。让他们体谅到社会另外拥有一班人还在关心着他们。
    愿街头露宿者得到更舒适的生活, 实现他们目标前进,社会繁荣,那么每一个人都可以安居立业,不用再在街头露宿了 !

    欲了解更多克切拉香积厨,或想参与活动,请继续游览 :
    http://www.kechara.com/soup-kitchen/what-we-do/

    感恩合十
    YEO KWAI GIN

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-soup-kitchen-ksk/kechara-won-2-awards.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Dec 3. 2016 04:42 PM
    Congratulation to Justin as well as KSK team. A well deserved recognition. You have selflessly working for those in need. Our society need more people to help those living on the street.

    May you and KSK team continue to grow and benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-soup-kitchen-ksk/kechara-won-2-awards.html
  • Alice Tay
    Saturday, Dec 3. 2016 12:53 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and the team’s effort to share these powerful qualities of Dorje Shugden in Mongolian language. Hope they are more people get to know Dorje Shugden, an emanation of Manjushri, and understand to practice Dorje Shugden will also have all the benefits related to Manjushri’s practice.

    Hope these powerful qualities of Dorje Shugden will come up with the words in other languages to benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/powerful-qualities-of-dorje-shugden-in-memes-mongolian.html
  • Alice Tay
    Saturday, Dec 3. 2016 12:49 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and the team’s effort to share these powerful qualities of Dorje Shugden in Mongolian language. Hope they are more people get to know Dorje Shugden, an emanation of Manjushri, and understand to practice Dorje Shugden will also have all the benefits related to Manjushri’s practice.

    Hope these powerful qualities of Dorje Shugden will come up with the words in other languages to benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/powerful-qualities-of-dorje-shugden-in-memes-mongolian.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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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
1 week ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
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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.
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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
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Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
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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
3 weeks 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?
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Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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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
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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
2 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
2 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...
2 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
2 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.
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Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
2 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
2 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
3 months ago
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
 ~Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
3 months ago
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
3 months ago
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
3 months ago
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
3 months ago
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
                         This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
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This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
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Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
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Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
3 months ago
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
3 months ago
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
Left to right:

His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
3 months ago
Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
 It\'s nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
3 months ago
It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
3 months ago
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
Don\'t wait for the perfect group. Don\'t wait for the perfect person. Don\'t wait for the perfect situation. Don\'t expect yourself to be perfect. Don\'t even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It\'s between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Don't wait for the perfect group. Don't wait for the perfect person. Don't wait for the perfect situation. Don't expect yourself to be perfect. Don't even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It's between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Don\'t you love her bag? She\'s stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Don't you love her bag? She's stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
3 months ago
Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
Sent from Samsung tablet.
3 months ago
Sent from Samsung tablet.
We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it\'s traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it's traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche with holy Mt Shasta of Northern California in the background: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
3 months ago
Tsem Rinpoche with holy Mt Shasta of Northern California in the background: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
We had a nice visit at Mt Shasta, a holy area in Northern California and did a good puja there: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
3 months ago
We had a nice visit at Mt Shasta, a holy area in Northern California and did a good puja there: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
I get requests from all around the world to do prayers. For certain individuals it\'s really dire, so I make special candle offerings to the Buddhas for them at my private residence. These are the candles that was offered recently for a very ill young little girl. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
I get requests from all around the world to do prayers. For certain individuals it's really dire, so I make special candle offerings to the Buddhas for them at my private residence. These are the candles that was offered recently for a very ill young little girl. Tsem Rinpoche
This is powerful and true. When someone disappoints you so many times, it cannot be an accident anymore. You need to have compassion for them to not do more negative karma and not allow it anymore and we need need to have compassion for ourselves too and not let them hurt us again.. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is powerful and true. When someone disappoints you so many times, it cannot be an accident anymore. You need to have compassion for them to not do more negative karma and not allow it anymore and we need need to have compassion for ourselves too and not let them hurt us again.. Tsem Rinpoche
Ra Lotsawa\'s personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava. Said to be housed in Samye Monastery, Tibet.
3 months ago
Ra Lotsawa's personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava. Said to be housed in Samye Monastery, Tibet.
Message from Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Message from Tsem Rinpoche
This Tara has such a beautiful face...artwork on this is nice
3 months ago
This Tara has such a beautiful face...artwork on this is nice
This is the road that leads to my house in the mountains. I have a small house and a lake nearby the house and I live there on vegan foods with my pets-Mumu loves running around the meadows. I have a large outdoor Vajra Yogini statue made of stone and we make offerings of juniper leaves burned to her daily as sang. I love living in the mountains away from the senseless repeating of actions in urban life. Urban life with its various pollutions do not connect us to who we are inside. I love this walking path to my retreat home where I will live for the rest of my life and on the way home, I pluck some flowers for my shrine to offer to the Buddha...thank you for allowing me to live here. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is the road that leads to my house in the mountains. I have a small house and a lake nearby the house and I live there on vegan foods with my pets-Mumu loves running around the meadows. I have a large outdoor Vajra Yogini statue made of stone and we make offerings of juniper leaves burned to her daily as sang. I love living in the mountains away from the senseless repeating of actions in urban life. Urban life with its various pollutions do not connect us to who we are inside. I love this walking path to my retreat home where I will live for the rest of my life and on the way home, I pluck some flowers for my shrine to offer to the Buddha...thank you for allowing me to live here. Tsem Rinpoche
 Rinpoche\'s quote is on my mom\'s final resting place. It was chosen by my dad and at that time he said it is the best one for both of them. My dad would be interred next to her when his time comes in the distant future. Pastor David Lai
3 months ago
Rinpoche's quote is on my mom's final resting place. It was chosen by my dad and at that time he said it is the best one for both of them. My dad would be interred next to her when his time comes in the distant future. Pastor David Lai
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  • December 6, 2016 00:34
    Sipra asked: Dear Pastors, For past 5 month or so I have been suffering from fear and anxiety. It has become difficult to live my daily life. I am mother of young child. Please help me.
    pastor answered: Dear Sipra, I'm sorry to read that you are going through this fear and anxiety, and i can understand that it has been effecting your daily life. You should seek professional help as this fear and anxiety can worsen if you don't get help and can deteriorate fast. Coupled with this, but by no means an alternative, you can engage in the daily practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden, which you can find here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden Lama Tsongkhapa's practice is very well-known to calm the mind from depression, fear and anxiety so will be very beneficial for your situation. When engaging in the practice, please concentrate and focus on the mantra of Lama Tsongkhapa. Dorje Shugden's practice on the other hand is very good for alleviating any obstacles we may be facing in life. Therefore, this may have to overcome the obstacles in life that are causing the fear and anxiety or even remove obstacles for professional help to be even more effective, so you can overcome your situation. The cause of this situation may be deeply rooted, therefore i would like to advise you to do both methods, find professional help and engage in the daily practice. Coupled together they have a better chance of solving your situation, than by themselves. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • December 3, 2016 23:25
    Fluxor asked: I am in a relationship with someone. I want to leave her, so i can give more time for social work and considering monastic life and being ordained in the future. I want to break up and do it gently, but I know she will be very mad and angry with me. Is it okay to leave her without notice? I will make a letter and arrange time to talk few days later when she is more stable emotionally. I think, it will be calmer way. Or should I talk to her first before I leave? I know this way she can be very mad and might do some abusive acts right away. But people say I need to respect her with talking to her first. I'm confused. I want to do it in a gentle and loving way that I don't want to bring her more suffering. Warmest metta, Fluxor
    pastor answered: Dear Fluxor, This is something that is a very difficult thing to do. If you have thought about this carefully and thoroughly, then you should do what feels right. However we must remember that the other person in the relationship may be reliant on you in some way. That being said, we can also hurt another person if we are not open and truthful about the situation. Instead we should go about the situation in the best possible manner to minimise harm and also to not create negative karma in the process, which is all too common when breaking up with someone, and this leads to more suffering in the future. You know the person who you are in a relationship with the best, however the method which you have mentioned may not be the most appropriate course of action. Rather than doing this, you should sit down with your partner and talk about the situation in calmer manner. This is the better approach, if you want to do this. You do need to respect her as a person with her own feelings, and in order to do the right thing in this situation, you should do so face to face and calmly. Following the method that you described may cause even more pain. If you do it calmly, respecting and honouring her as someone who has their own feelings, you are doing your best given the situation. Please remember that you don’t have to take monastic ordination in order to practice the Buddhist path. In fact within Kechara, Tsem Rinpoche has even started the tradition of lay pastors, who are lay people that have dedicated their lives to the practice of Dharma and the service of others. If you change your mind for any reason, Rinpoche has given a very good teaching on transforming a relationship to make it successful. You can find the video teaching here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/ingredients-for-a-successful-relationship.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • December 2, 2016 09:44
    Tashi asked: Dear pastors, What are the mantras and sacred syllables of the 12 Tenma Goddesses? I'm trying to find one to the bodhisattva Dorje Yudronma and goddess Tahsi Tseringma. Who is Shiptak Gyene exactly and what is his mantra and purpose? Is simply putting "Namo" and then the name of the Buddha or bodhisattva work? Also, is there a mantra for pimples or near sightedness?
    pastor answered: Dear Tashi, As Dorje Yudronma and Tashi Tseringma are not enlightened protectors but worldly deities who have been subdued to protect the Dharma, their mantras and practices are not free available to all practitioners, according to the Gelug tradition (I am unsure if they are available freely in other traditions). Usually, to engage in these practices one must have first received empowerment into a yidam or meditational deity practice, after which one can request the spiritual teacher to teach the practice. The functions of these protectors are also embodied in other protectors who are enlightened, and whose practices are readily available. As embodiments of enlightened beings, they can also help along the spiritual path to enlightenment rather than just providing material needs and removing obstacles. These include the various emanations of Dorje Shugden, for example Shize Dorje Shugden who is excellent for pacifying diseases and lengthening one’s life, just like Tashi Tseringma and the Long Life Sisters. However as an emanation of Manjushri, Shize can also grant beneficial imprints and help to overcome the inner obstacles of negative emotions and habituations that we all face in life. Shiptak Gyene is a protector specific to the Gelugpa tradition. He was a layman who lived in Lhasa during the time of Lama Tsongkhapa. Whenever Lama Tsongkhapa would travel to Lhasa, Shiptak Gyene would be there, ready to serve Lama Tsongkhapa as best as he could and receive teachings on the Dharma. He was very devoted to Lama Tsongkhapa and arose a protector to help those with material needs if they are sincere pracitioners of the Dharma. As such, he holds a bowl of jewels to represent that he can aid pracitioners in this regard. You can see a picture of Shiptak Gyene here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/archive/deitypics/highres/Shiptak_Gyene.jpg. The word ‘namo’ means ‘I prostrate’, hence when you add the word before the name of a Buddha or bodhisattva, it basically means that you are prostrating to that being. While this has tremendous effect, as you are verbalising the prostration towards an enlightened being and therefore generating some merit, it does not have the same effect as a mantra. This is because a mantra itself in the essence of that particular being, in the form of sound. If you repeat that mantra over and over again, you bring the energies associated with that particular enlightened being into your life. For example if you recite the Medicine Buddha mantra, you bring healing energies into your life. But if you only add ‘namo’ to the beginning of their name, you are simply making prostration. It would be much more beneficial to recite the proper mantra for the particular enlightenment being you are propitiating. As for pimples, I have not come across a specific mantra for this in my own practice. However two very good mantras that you could recite are Black Manjushri or Hayagriva. These two deities are very well known for curing skin diseases of all types, and therefore may help in the situation. You can find out more about Black Manjushri practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/a-black-manjushri-sadhana-self-healing-meditation-and-exercises.html. The Hayagriva (a wrathful emanation of Chenresig) mantra is recited as: HRI PEMA DATRI HAYAGRIVA HULU HULU HUNG PHET. For nearsightedness, you can engage in the practice of Migchey Chrenrezig, which is an excellent practice for those with eye problems. You can find it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/blessing-eye-problems.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • November 30, 2016 18:56
    Angela Yo asked: These past few months, I can't stop myself thinking about being ordained to be a nun. I don't know where to begin. I don't know if it suits me or not. But I really want to make this lifetime meaningful. Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Angela Yo, I rejoice to read that are thinking about become ordained as a nun. This is a very good aspiration to have and follows the example of the holy Buddha Shakyamuni. He showed us the way to make our life meaningful by becoming a Buddha to benefit others. If you have not already done so, you should join a Dharma centre and find a guru. By following the advice of a qualified guru, you can train yourself to hold the ordination vows in the future. Here at Kechara, those who have the aspiration to become members of the holy sangha, first become a Pastor, which is in between a lay practitioner and an ordained monk or nun. This way, we can train ourselves to understand and live by the vows before become ordained. As ordination is very special and holy, it is better that we are prepared before we take the vows. This way we can make the most use of holding the sacred vows on our spiritual journey to enlightenment. As you engage along this path, first you should study and understand the most basic of vows, which are the refuge vows. All other vows, whether ordination, bodhisattva or tantric vows are based on the refuge vows, and the keeping of these vows are the root cause of gaining enlightenment. In fact, all other vows are extensions of these vows. Therefore it is very important that we have a firm basis for our practice by understanding and living by these vows properly. As you progress on your practice, you can learn the teachings such as the 50 Verses of Guru Devotion, the Lam Rim and the Wheel of Sharp Weapons. All these teachings will aid you on the path to become an ordained nun in the future. If this is truly your wish, then during your daily practices you should make strong aspirational prayers that you are able to fulfil this. At the same time you should create the causes for this to occur. The way to do this is by supporting the sangha, you can do this by making any form of dana offering to them, from food, clothing, material assistance or anything else that they would need your help with. While doing this, you should generate the strong aspiration that you can become a member of the sangha. As the sangha are one of the Three Jewels, any offerings that you make to them, especially in terms of your time and effort, will generate a lot of merit because they are holding the holy vows. I hope this helps, and I make the prayer that your auspicious aspiration is fulfilled, that you make your life meaningful by holding the vows of an ordained nun. Thank you.
  • November 28, 2016 12:32
    Demian asked: Dear pastors, Just recently, I have read about concentrations and that has gotten me worried. If one worships a depiction of Saraswati without any concentrations of the depiction, does that mean that I've been praying to an empty shell? If so, does praying to Saraswati's depictions that are online work or not? Or could a simple visualization work without praying to a statue or thangka, but to a visualized form? Would the visualization in Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö's praise to Saraswati be alright along with the mantra? Or does the visualization have to use this website's prayer and mantra to Saraswati? Do the 8 offerings have to be real or can they visualized instead? For the 8th offering of music, does there have to be a bell, or can a drum, flute, violin, or even vocal replace that? What are the views of the mantra "Nam Myoho Renge Khyo"?
    pastor answered: Dear Demian, Thank you for your question. Concentration during one’s daily prayers is an important factor. Within Buddhism, we believe that there are three ways in which a person interacts with the world, these are the body, speech and mind. In order to receive the full benefit of the practice you engage in, you should ensure that all three of these are used. For the body, this is by sitting down to engage in your daily practice without getting distracted. The best posture for this is the meditation position known as the seven-point Vairochana position, this is described in detail in the text Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. For your speech, you engage in reciting the prayers and the mantra recitation. And for the mind, you concentrate in the various visualisations associated with the practice you are engaging in. Even though you have been praying without the use of concentration, it has still been effective since Saraswati is an enlightened being. She has full compassion, and will definitely bestow her energies and love to those who invoke upon her with a pure heart and good motivation. However, if you do concentrate on both your visualisation and the mantra recitation, the practice will be more effective and you will see a heightened improvement in your life. In regards to the visualisation of Saraswati according to the praise by Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro, this actually belongs to the practice of another lineage, therefore I cannot comment on its validity, as I don’t belong to the lineage to have studied its origins and how it differs from the praise presented here on Rinpoche’s blog. That being said, each lineage has its own version of the visualisation of deities, and this in inherently linked to the particular praise. Therefore if you were to recite one particular praise or practice, you should keep the visualisation to the one that corresponds with it. The 8 offerings can be placed on the altar as physical offerings, but should also be visualised. The reason why we place the actually offerings on the altar is to make a physical offering with our body, as well as a reminder that we make these offerings during our visualisations. If you are not able to make the physical offerings on your altar for whatever reason, this is ok. However you should try your best to have these offerings since it is a way for you to generate merit. The last offering of sound, is usually represented by the conch shell but can be anything that resembles sound, such as any instrument. For example, I know people who represent sound with a miniature flute or even a miniature guitar on their altars. In regards to the Nam Myoho Renge Khyo mantra, this is central to all forms of Nichiren Buddhism, which developed in Japan but is now practiced all over the world. It is said this mantra embodies the entire Lotus Sutra, which in itself explains what enlightenment is and the path to reach enlightenment, following Nichiren’s particular practice. Therefore this mantra is all encompassing, and central to the Nichiren tradition. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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