The Miraculous Vajrayogini of Ditsa Monastery

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One of my students came across the inspiring story below and shared it with me. It is about how a Buddhist practitioner had a revelatory experience which increased his/her faith in the Dharma. As it was originally written in Chinese, I had it translated into English for all of my blog readers, in hopes that you may benefit from this incredible story about both a pilgrim and a great Vajrayogini practitioner.

In this day and age, people want to kick back and relax on their holidays… e.g. most people choose to vacation at a beach where it’s warm, quiet and sunny. We have all experienced this, as booking a flight or even a bus ticket during the holiday season is almost impossible if it is done at the last minute!

People work tirelessly to pay their bills and for maybe a few weeks in a year, they choose to spend their time wandering around a different city, because that’s their idea of a holiday. Even for those who may not be able to afford to go on one regularly, they spend years saving up money just to experience a few days being in a foreign place.

Although I do encourage people to de-stress, have we every thought about getting more out of our holiday? How many places have we already been to only to end up with nothing but a picture of that memory? What happens after the holiday? We most probably return to what we were doing before, and repeat the cycle till the end of our lives… or until we are physically unable to travel.

More so than a sunny beach, a pilgrimage to a holy place can be more rewarding especially when we want to spiritually recharge ourselves. Pilgrimage sites such as the birthplace of the Buddha, great monasteries or location spots of holy items from highly attained beings are highly spiritually energized. This energy is very valuable because it can deeply and positively affect the surrounding beings, which not only includes humans, but non-humans too. When we are in a place of great spiritual energy such as a monastery, just by stepping on the land, we immediately feel more calm and relaxed… compare this to a place which has a lot of negative energy like a slaughterhouse.

Although the opportunity may be quite seldom for many, I often encourage people to go on pilgrimages to highly energized places such as the Ditsa Monastery below. All of us have countless karmic seeds which are dormant and can be open at any time. When we visit these energized places it can trigger the opening of our positive karmic seeds, and we may experience it through an urge to learn more Dharma, do more Dharma work and/or increase our determination to transform our minds. It may even help us come to certain realizations, like it did for the writer below. Such pilgrimages can actually be life changing in that respect and that is why I promote these type of trips.

Having that in mind, I thought I’d share this wonderful article as the writer expressed everything that she/he felt during the pilgrimage… from entering the pilgrimage with an open mind, and having the curiosity to understand and learn… All of which has led to the point that benefited the writer and strengthened his/her faith in the Dharma. 

Besides the benefits of pilgrimages, I also wanted to show everyone how a Vajrayogini practitioner can achieve such high levels of attainments. In Tibetan Buddhism, what took place after Lama Amdo Zhamar entered clear light is known as the ‘Rainbow Body’. The Rainbow Body is recognized as a sign of extreme accomplishment of the practitioner as it is the manifestation of sambhogakaya. There are many levels and stages of attaining the Rainbow Body, with the most advanced level of attainment shown to us by Tsongkapa, Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, Guru Padmasambhava, who completely dissolved his physical body into clear light. However, in all rarity of this achievement, most of these highly attained practitioners leave behind a small physical body after cremation. It is usually the size of a newborn baby, or even as small as 5 cm.

I hope that my students and friends may one day experience the kind of realization that the writer below shared. Or perhaps, you may possibly be able to relate to him/her already. By briefly knowing about how Vajrayogini’s practice can bring us to such high levels of attainments, may it also inspire many to continue their Dharma practice diligently, so that they may have the great fortune to receive her practice in this life time.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Do Buddha and Bodhisattva really exist?  – An Amazing Story About Vajrayogini (Dakini Bone Relic)

I remember when I just returned from abroad this year, my sister asked me a question, she said, “Whenever I recite prayers to the Buddhas, I often wonder if Buddhas & Bodhisattvas exist? Do they really exist? To be honest, this was also the question I had in my mind. Perhaps the Three Jewels knew my doubts, during a very fortuitous opportunity, I visited Ditsa Monastery located in Hualong, Qinghai where I witnessed the existence of something incredible, from then on my confidence in the Buddhadharma was strengthened, I understood deeply the basis of perceiving the Guru as a Buddha.

After bringing my mom and sister to Kumbum Monastery for a visit in October, I didn’t think about arranging for them to visit Ditsa Monastery, this was because mom was quite old, and it was inconvenient for her to travel far. However, with the blessings of the  Guru and the Three Jewels, the monks in the monastery sent a car to bring us to Ditsa Monastery.

What we saw there removed my mom’s & my sister’s doubt completely. We had an audience with a Dakini (bone relic). 

Buddhist monks practice debating in Ditsa Monastery in Hualong, Qinghai Province, China. Copyright: Danfung Dennis/WpN

Ditsa Monastery in Hualong, Qinghai is a very pure, Gelugpa monastery with strict discipline. What is amazing is that the Dakini manifested from a Lama (Amdo Zhamar) who passed away. He was the abbot of the monastery – after the cremation, the body of the reincarnation Lama shrunk to become one cubit tall, in the posture of Vajrayogini Dakini, an incorruptible adamantine body. This is the only Dakini (bone relic) I’ve seen that transformed from a real Lama. In Buddhism, Dakinis are female Bodhisattva, and the reincarnated Lama was a male body, but his incorruptible adamantine body manifested as a female Bodhisattva. Hence, Buddha, Bodhisattvas, living and dying, liberation; whatever appearance sentient beings need, they will manifest. The physical differences between male and female do not exist in the eyes of Buddhas & Bodhisattvas.

A Lama in Ditsa Monastery told me about the story of the Dakini (bone relic).

The Lama (Amdo Zhamar) in the black and white picture is the previous abbot of Ditsa Monastery, he was a reincarnated Lama in the 1950s, and this reincarnated Lama is highly attained. One of his previous lives, he was one of the tutors of the 13th Dalai Lama. Perhaps the Bodhisattvas wish to test the wisdom of normal lay folks, this reincarnated Lama manifested the behaviour of normal people: the monks in the monastery rarely saw him studying or practising, rather, what they saw was a young, handsome but extremely playful little reincarnated lama who doesn’t do his practices. He often jumped up and down, was mischievous, but extremely clever. Some of the monks despised him, nobody went to learn or study with him.

When he was 39, the reincarnated Lama suddenly passed away. All the monks in the monastery recited prayers in front of the cremation stupa. On the fourth day, the administrators of the monastery and the attendants of the reincarnated Lama had some thoughts that since they mobilised so many to do prayers, if there were no auspicious signs appearing after cremation, it would be very embarrassing. The administrator opened the door of the cremation stupa slightly and then closed it up again. He then gave instruction for the prayers recitation to continue for seven days and seven nights, so the prayers recitation ended around fourteen days (perhaps the recollection was not accurate). Later, the door of the cremation stupa was opened, and the sight caused all the monks to cry and also to be full of regret. 

There was no damage to the body of the young reincarnated Lama, it has shrunk into an incorruptible adamantine body that is one cubit high, in the posture of Vajrayogini Dakini. It was then that the monks in the monastery realised that the reincarnated Lama was a Great Bodhisattva who came to the world for all sentient beings, but as ordinary people they failed to recognise this, and they did not followed his teachings, perhaps this was why the Bodhisattva passed away prematurely. After that, the monks in Ditsa Monastery became more diligent in their practice, followed the monastic rules more carefully, and maintained pure moral discipline. 

The current incarnation of this Lama – the abbot of Ditsa Monastery, was equally young and handsome, very playful, and when he was nineteen, he took on the form of a lay practitioner, but the monks in Ditsa Monastery are still very respectful of the reincarnated lama, because they know Bodhisattvas will use skilful means to liberate sentient beings. At a Nyingma Monastery near Ditsa Monastery, I saw a picture of the current incarnation of this Lama with a Nyingma Khenpo. The abbot (incarnate lama) wore lay clothes, while the Nyingma Khenpo wore robes. At that time, I didn’t know this lay person was the incarnation of a Dakini, but I could not help but be subdued by this lay person’s gaze. He was young, he seemed to be in his twenties, his gaze was penetrating, pure, full of determination and deep, I could not help but asked: Who is this? I was told this he is the reincarnation of the Dakini.

At this point, I realised that Bodhisattvas come into the world with a variety of manifestations, every teacher you encounter, every monk, even every lay person could be a Bodhisattva, so please devote yourself to your teacher with sincerity and respect.

I recommend my senior Dharma friends to take some time off to visit Ditsa Monastery, what you see will increase your faith in the Buddhadharma. 

[Source: http://blog.sina.cn/dpool/blog/s/blog_befcdb800101ocrm.html]

 

The Siddha of Naropa’s Vajrayogini

On the left is the Vajrayogini bone relic, on the right is a stupa of his other relics. You can compare the size of the objects to gauge the size of the bone relic.

The 2 photos below the image are the only remaining pictures of this (Amdo Zhamar) Rinpoche.

In 1994, when I was in Choshe Rinpoche’s home monastery Samdheling Monastery, I heard that there is a sacred image of Naropa Vajrayogini in a monastery nearby. It was during the initial post-Liberation period (I don’t remember it was before or after) that the incarnate Lama (Amdo Zhamar) of the monastery passed away, his body shrunk to a cubit high, and after cremation, it manifested in the posture of Naropa’s Vajrayogini.

In 2009, when the 5th Choshe Rinpoche was enthroned , I purposely went to have audience with this sacred Naropa’s Vajrayogini image. Today, the image has been coated in gold, the height is that of an elbow, with powerful blessing! In fact, this is a manifestation of the achievements of the rainbow body! When my Kalachakra Lama Yongdzin Rinpoche passed away at the age of more than ninety years old, his body also reduced to a cubit high.

[Source: http://qiyuancaotang.blog.163.com/blog/static/16545532920107364336644/]

 

More about the reincarnated Lama:

The Fifth Amdo Zhamar, Lobzang Shedrub Tendzin Gyatso

b.1914 – d.1952

The Fifth Amdo Zhamar, Lobzang Shedrub Tendzin Gyatso was born into a nomadic family in a village named Arik in northern Amdo in 1914, the wood-tiger year of the fifteenth sexagenary cycle.

At the age of six he was identified as the reincarnation of the Fourth Amdo Zhamar 1, Gendun Tendzin Gyatso (1852-1912). This was later affirmed by the Thirteenth Dalai Lama, Tubten Gyatso (1876-1933).

The following year he was granted preliminary monastic vows by the Seventh Zhabdrung Karpo, Gendun Tendzin Norbu (1873-1929), who gave him the name Lobzang Shedrub Tendzin Gyatso. He was then brought to Ditsa Monastery, Pel Mingyur Ganden Tashi Choding. There he studied under the guidance of Lobzang Rabgye, the seventy-eighth abbot of Jakhyung Monastery.

At the age of eleven he enrolled in the general classes at Lamo Dechen Monastery and began the standard Gelug curriculum, studying logic, Madhyamaka, Prajñāpāramitā, Abhidharma and Vinaya under Lobzang Rabgye. Afterwards, under the behest of the Seventh Zhabdrung Karpo, he matriculated at Labrang Tashikyil.There he received the empowerments of Vajramala, Mitra, and Drubtab Gyatso, and instructions on Lamrim and Ngakrim from Lakho Jigme Trinle Gyatso (1866-1948), who also gave him complete ordination as well. Later he invited Lako Rinpoche to Ditsa for further teaching; Lako then composed the regulations for the monastery.

In 1937, at the age of twenty four, under the command of the third abbot of Ditsa, Ngawang Khetsun Gyatso and the local subjects there, he was appointed as the monastery’s fourth abbot.

In 1952, at the age of thirty nine, he passed away at Ditsa monastery.

 

1 The Fourth Amdo Zhamar, Gendun Tendzin Gyatso (1852 – 1912):  Some time between 1905 and 1907, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama, Tubten Gyatso (1876-1933) met The Fourth Amdo Zhamar at Kumbum Monastery. The Fourth Amdo Zhamar gave the Thirteenth Dalai Lama extensive empowerments and instructions, and so impressed the Dalai Lama that the later gave him the title of paṇḍita together with a seal and a large number of gifts. Thereafter he was known as Zhamar Paṇḍita. Many important Geluk lamas of twentieth century Amdo were also trained by the Fourth Amdo Zhamar. His compositions, on over fifty-eight different topics, were collected into nine volumes.

 

Source:
– http://treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Fifth-Amdo-Zhamar-Lobzang-Shedrub-Tendzin-Gyatso/13176
– http://treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Fourth-Amdo-Zhamar-Gendun-Tendzin-Gyatso/3296

 

More about Ditsa Monastery: 

Ditsa Tashi Choding in Amdo, Tibet

Ditsa Tashi Choding is an important Geluk monastery in Amdo that was founded in 1903 by the Fourth Amdo Zhamar, Gendun Tenzin Gyatso. The monastery has around 20 reincarnated Lamas and 400 monks.

The monastery’s website is http://zhizha.com

 


 

佛和菩萨真的存在吗?— 令人震撼的空行母的故事 

记得今年刚从国外回来的姐姐问了我一个问题,她说,我经常念着念着佛就怀疑,佛和菩萨真的存在吗?到底有没有啊?说实话,这也是我经常的疑问。
也许是三宝知道了我的疑虑,一个非常偶然的机缘,我朝拜了青海化隆县的支扎大寺,在这里我亲眼见到了不可思议的存在,从今以后我坚定了对佛法的信心,深刻领会了视师如佛的道理。

今年10月份带妈妈和姐姐到塔尔寺朝拜以后,本没想安排姐姐和妈妈到支扎寺朝拜,因为妈妈年纪大了,不方便走远路。但是上师三宝加持,寺院的师父居然派车接我们到了支扎寺。

这里的所见令妈妈、姐姐疑虑全无。我们拜见了空行母。

中国青海化隆县支扎寺,佛教僧侣们正练习辩经。 版权所有:Danfung Dennis/WpN

青海化隆县支扎大寺是一个非常清净,戒律谨严的格鲁派寺院。令人震撼的是,这里的空行母是现实中存在的喇嘛活佛圆寂后示现出来的。他是寺院的住持——一位 转世活佛法体毗荼以后,完全变成了空行母的身相,成了金刚不坏身。这是我见到的唯一由现实中的喇嘛变化而成的空行母。空行母在佛教中是指女性菩萨,而转世 活佛在现实中示现的是男身,但是他的金刚不坏身则示现的是女性菩萨。所以佛和菩萨生死自在,众生需要什么身相,他们就示现什么身相。男女的肉体差别在菩萨 眼里是不存在的。
支扎寺的师父向我讲述了空行母的故事。

黑白照片中的喇嘛就是支扎寺前任寺主,他是五十年代的一位转世活佛,这位活佛内在的修证其实很高,他的某一世曾任十三世达赖喇嘛的经师。也许菩萨们是为了 考验凡夫的智慧,这位转世活佛示现出来的恰恰是普通人的行为:寺院僧人很少看到他念经、修行,他们看到的是一个年轻英俊但是极其贪玩、从不修行的小活佛。 他经常上窜下跳,调皮捣蛋,但是却极其聪明。僧人们内心都有些瞧不起他,没人在他面前请法。

就在39岁那年,活佛突然失寂。寺院全体僧众在火化塔前为活佛毗荼诵经祈祷。到了第四天的时候,寺院的管家和活佛的侍者可能都觉得这样兴师动众祈祷,如果 火化以后没有什么瑞相,很丢脸,于是管家拉开了炉门,然而他刚打开一条缝就突然关上了炉门,然后他指示继续诵经并延长到七天七夜,这样经过大约十四天的诵 经(也许记忆不准确),炉门打开了,看到的景象令僧人们失声痛哭,万分忏悔。

年轻活佛的法体无丝毫损毁,只是缩小成了金刚不坏身,他的身相完全呈现出空行母的身姿,这时寺院的僧人们才明白活佛是一位降临到世间的大菩萨,他为众生而 来,可是凡夫肉眼不识,没人听从他的教导,这也许导致了菩萨过早示寂。从此以后,支扎大寺的僧人们更加精进修行,寺规谨严,戒律清净。

这一世的活佛——现在的支扎寺寺主同样年轻帅气,很调皮,而且在19岁的时候就示现了在家相,但是支扎寺的僧人们依然非常恭敬活佛,他们知道菩萨度众会用 他们善巧的方法。我在支扎寺附件的一座宁玛派寺院,见到了这一世支扎寺的活佛和宁玛派一位堪布的合影。寺主穿着俗家衣,宁玛堪布穿着僧衣,当时我并不知道 这位在家人就是空行母的转世,但是我却不由得被眼前的在家人的眼光所摄受。他很年轻,看起来二十多岁,目光却有一种穿透力,清澈坚毅而深邃,我不由得问了 一句:这是谁呀?别人告诉我这就是空行母的转世。 至此,我明白,菩萨会化各种身相来到世间,你所遇到的每一位上师,每一位僧人,甚至每一个在家人,也许都是一位菩萨,所以请以最虔诚的恭敬心恭敬你的上师,恭敬善知识。 建议师兄们一定抽空去支扎大寺朝拜一次,亲眼所见会令你对佛法生起巨大信心。

 

那洛空行母成就者

左边那尊就是空行骨像,右边的是他(夏麦尔活佛)的舍利塔,大家可以和台上的物品对比一下骨像的大小。

下面的那两张相片就是活佛(夏麦尔活佛)生前保留下来的唯一的两张相片。

我1994年在青海却西活佛家庙桑德楞寺就听说附近的一座寺庙有一尊殊胜的那洛空行母成就者像,是那个寺院的大活佛(夏麦尔活佛)解放初期(前还是后不记得了)圆寂,肉身缩小为一肘高,荼毗烧成那洛空行母身骨像。2009年五世却西活佛坐床时我专程去瞻礼了这尊殊胜的那洛空行母成就者像,如今的像是已经在骨像外裹金泥 了,高度也就是一肘高,加持力很强!其实这就是虹身成就的一种表现!我的时轮上师荣增仁波切九十多岁圆寂也是肉身缩小为一肘高!

[原文:http://qiyuancaotang.blog.163.com/blog/static/16545532920107364336644/]

 

更多关于转世喇嘛的资料:

第五安多夏麦尔,洛桑夏珠旦增嘉措, 1914 – 1952

第五安多夏麦尔,洛桑夏珠旦增嘉措在1914年,第十五干支的木虎年,出生于安多北部阿里克的一个游牧族的村庄。
在六岁的时候,他被认证为第四安多夏麦尔1,根敦旦增嘉措(1852年至1912年)的转世灵童。这个认证后来被第十三世达赖喇嘛,图登嘉措(1876年至1933年)所肯定。

次年,第七夏仲噶布根敦丹增诺布(1873-1929),授予他出家戒, 并给他起名为洛桑夏珠旦增嘉措。然后,他被带到支扎寺贝尔明就甘丹扎西曲顶寺。在那里,他在夏琼寺第七十八方丈洛桑饶杰指导下学习。

在十一岁时,他在拉莫德钦寺从洛桑饶杰学习标准的格鲁派课程,学习因明学、中观、般若波罗密多、阿毗达磨、和戒律学。此后,在第七夏仲噶布的指示下,他被拉卜楞寺录取。他在拉卜楞寺被授金刚鬘,米特拉和成就法之海灌顶,并向吉美成烈嘉措(1866-1948)学习菩提道次第广论和密宗道次第,吉美成烈嘉措也授了他出家戒。后来,他邀请拉科仁波切到支扎寺进一步教学; 拉科仁波切之后也为寺院写下法规。

1937年,二十四岁的安多夏麦尔被支扎寺第三任住持阿旺给尊嘉措的指示和当地大众的委托,被委任为支扎寺的第四任住持。

1952年,三十九岁的安多夏麦尔圆寂于支扎寺。

1第四安多夏麦尔,根敦丹增嘉措(1852-1912):1905年和1907之间,第十三世达赖喇嘛图登嘉措(1876年至1933年)在塔尔寺遇见了第四安多夏麦尔。第四安多夏麦尔给了第十三世达赖喇嘛广泛的灌顶与指示,达赖喇嘛很钦佩他,并连同印章和大量的礼品赐给他班智达的头衔。此后,他被称为第四安多夏麦尔。二十世纪安多许多重要的格鲁派喇嘛大多都是受第四安多夏麦尔的指导。他的著作包括五十八不同的主题,共集九卷。

原文:
– http://treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Fifth-Amdo-Zhamar-Lobzang-Shedrub-Tendzin-Gyatso/13176
– http://treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Fourth-Amdo-Zhamar-Gendun-Tendzin-Gyatso/3296

 

关于支扎寺:

扎西曲顶是安多一座重要的格鲁寺院。于1903年第四安多夏麦尔根敦丹增嘉措所创建. 寺院里现有二十多位活佛和四百位僧人。

寺院的网页: http://zhizha.com

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  1. Alice Tay on Apr 20, 2017 at 12:09 am

    这是一个非常好的分享,因为本人相信不是每个人都有机会朝拜中国青海化隆县支扎寺并且拜见这个由转世喇嘛活佛圆寂后示现出来的神圣空行母。就如这位男作者所说的转世喇嘛活佛在现实中是男身,但是他的金刚不坏身却显现女性的空行母。这说明了,诸佛菩萨为了救度众生,祂们可以依据众生的需要就显现什么身相。
    有了这尊神圣的空行母佛像,祈愿支扎大寺的僧人得到空行母的加持,让所有僧人可以精进地修行、严守寺规、戒律清净及早日登上菩提道来利益更多众生。

  2. Fong on Jul 27, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    As evidenced in this article, high lamas have full control of their physical bodies. When they do leave this world, it would be because there is no longer any reason for them to stay. They leave so that they can start over again in another time and place to continue their work, not leave for leaving’s sake. There is a lesson to be learnt.

    That’s why after the bone relic was discovered in the cremation stupa, the students at Ditsa Monastery never again had expectations or judged the current incarnation again. How compassionate of the lama to teach in this way even though it meant the delay of years for the new incarnation to grow up.

    Thank you for sharing this article. A lesson not to be forgotten.

  3. samfoonheei on Jul 25, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these beautiful article.
    Feeling happy to know more about the reincarnated Lama and the Ditsa Monastery in Hualong, Qinghai.I learned that Bodhisattvas come into the world with a variety of manifestations and every teacher we encounter, every monk or person could be a Bodhisattva . A pilgrimage to a holy place at least once a life time to be spiritually energized as encouraged by Rinpoche is well said.
    Thanks again with folded hands

  4. Wan Wai Meng on Apr 29, 2016 at 4:58 am

    Sometimes enlightened may not fit our projections we have for them.

  5. Thayne on Feb 1, 2016 at 3:25 am

    Still think that I’d be a bit more troublesome than just being a bit playful and delinquent in my studies. Speaking of incorruptible adamantine bodies, did you see the crystal reliquaries that the Chinese have for sale these days on Ebay? I swear these were taken directly from stupas: https://tibetanholocaust.wordpress.com/

  6. Vinnie Tan on Dec 29, 2015 at 1:58 am

    This is really inspiring, it shows how attained practitioners are able to manifest about their body. How they use different ways to show and teach the dharma to bring that to others in the world so that they will benefit from dharma as well.

    It shows us that when we diligently do our practice, there are chances for us to gain attainments as well.

    Ditsa Monastery is definitely a place that people should visit as a pilgrimage venue if they have a chance. I hope that one day I will be able to have have that merit to visit Ditsa Monastery.

  7. Sarah on Dec 9, 2015 at 12:38 am

    This is a very inspiring story, but it is an example of the possibility that highly attained lamas might choose to dissolve their bodies if their teachings are not followed. The monks realised that Lama Amdo Zhamar was enlightened only after his death when they saw the bone relic! They were inspired to practise more diligently. Out of compassion his incarnation is back but decides to be a lay practitioner. I’m sure he must have his reasons. The Ditsa Monastery which contains this holy relic is certainly a place to visit for Buddhist pilgrims.

  8. Pastor Lim Han Nee on Dec 8, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    The Ditsa Monastery is a place of powerful sacred energy and should be a destination of pilgrims, who will surely be blessed by the miraculous Vajrayogini, and whose faith in the Buddhadharma must surely increase.

    The story recounted here shows how much we should not be deceived by ordinary appearance. “Bodhisattvas come into the world with a variety of manifestations, every teacher you encounter, every monk, even every lay person could be a Bodhisattva, so please devote yourself to your teacher with sincerity and respect”. We should show utmost respect and appreciation to our Guru for being with us, and make prayers and create the cause for him to remain.

    We should show great devotion to our Guru and have absolute faith in his unassailable bodhicitta and wisdom.

  9. Paul Yap on Nov 29, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    This recount of Vajrayogini is very inspiring! I like holy places and temples, these places have immense positive energies that will open our mind in learning and practice dharma. The Miraculous Vajrayogini of Ditsa Monastery is one of the miracles who purposely left behind by Amdo Zhamar Rinpoche as evidence to increase our faith. Some high practitioner may show crazy and unconventional wisdom leading us to enlightenment. We should be respectful and diligent in our dharma practice not criticizing others.

  10. Pastor Shin on Nov 25, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Tsem Rinpoche’s message is a good reminder about pilgrimages and that during these trips, we should go with an open mind, and have the curiosity to understand and learn, not just go to holy sites to “get blessings” or just sightseeing.

    I like this post because it gives us hope that Dharma attainments are real and very possible even at this day and age of degeneration.

    Lineage Lamas like Pabongka Rinpoche, Tsem Rinpoche’s Guru Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen, and Tsem Rinpoche himself have promoted Vajrayogini as the supreme deity for this day and age, and it is very encouraging to read about miraculous signs of the potency of Vajrayogini Tantra.

    I have learnt that we may not judge things based on appearance alone. For example, the current incarnation of this Lama may appear playful or in the form of a lay practitioner, but he is a skillful Bodhisattvas who took on/ manifested in that form to benefit beings. Of course, it doesn’t mean everyone has “crazy wisdom”, but there are Lamas like that. The proof is that the practices and the lineage that they do or passed on shows results/ attainments.

    I’m glad that records or biographies of these Lamas (e.g. the Fourth and Fifth Amdo Zhamar Rinpoche in the article) are still available for us to learn about these masters who came back again and again to benefit sentient beings.

  11. Pastor Jay Jae on Nov 21, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    A little update from a friend who lives in this monastery, as of July this year, this holy Vajrayogini statue has been moved into a new hall especially built for her in the monastery.

    Within Vajrayogini’s teachings and practice, it is possible to ascend to Kechara Paradise if we practice with faith and sincerity. We are very fortunate to be born during this time when the Vajrayogini tantras are still potent and alive. Buddha said that during these degenerate times when attachments and distraction is strong, the Vajrayogini tantras will be most effective to help us overcome the sufferings of samsara.

    The practice of Vajrayogini is said to be very swift and effective by many high lamas of our time such as HH Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, HH Zong Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe and many others. It’s practice although swift requires us to engage in the preliminary teachings such as prostrations, mandala offerings, Vajrasattva purification and also guru yoga. Rinpoche has kindly offered us these teachings on this blog to help us prepare for our spiritual future. Here’s a short video of the importance of these teachings by Rinpoche done in the most creative manner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36gVcKWZqkc

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  12. Edward Ooi on Nov 19, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    If someone or anyone were to tell me that the body of Amdo Zharma or a highly attained Lama, I would not believe it without any proof. And now even with pictures, what can I say? It is not because I do not believe in Buddhas or whatsoever but it is because with a mind that has been stuck in samsara for so long and I am also nowhere close to enlightenment, so I could not bring myself to believe something like this that is totally impossible to my knowing. But now I do after reading this post.

    Anyway it is still very amazing that this event occur. It is funny how I am just sitting here wondering how does it even happen? How is it humanly possible? And here is the other side of my brain thinking, of course it is not humanly possible, it is because Amdo Zharma is an enlightened being, that’s why. It is really sad that our mind has such limited space to store knowledge compared to the enlightened ones. I guess nothing is impossible.

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing this story, not only that I have learnt something new, I have also realized that we are capable to do anything, the sky is the limit! Thank You Rinpoche once again.

  13. Joy on Nov 16, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    I can’t believe my eyes… yes I’ve heard of such stories relayed by Rinpoche, but to see a picture of a highly attained, enlightened Lama transforming himself into a Vajra Yogini posture after cremation is really mind blowing! This goes to show that attainments are real and does happened and we can achieve Vajra Yogini.

    It also reminds me that how we project things to be… like how a monk/lama should be is merely our limited deluded projections. Hence we should never be too quick to lay our own projections on others especially our Lama(s)… for although the Lama may manifest weird, unorthodox behaviours… it does not mean the Lama is not attained. This is proof that mahasiddhas do exist. Hence we must always keep our faith firm, our samaya with our Lama in tact and we mustn’t ever lose this precious connection which is far greater than anything in life because from it everything else arises. Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring post!

  14. Jacinta Goh on Nov 14, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    When I was reading this article half way through, very quickly I found that this story is very similar to the 2nd Serkong Dorje Chang’s story, who manifested madness and craziness all the time. “When Serkong Dorje Chang died, many people came for his funeral and the incredible thing is, within his funeral fire, people saw his corpse stand up and take on the pose of Vajrayogini.” (An excerpt from the article that Rinpoche has posted.)

    I do wonder why Bodhisattvas have to behave badly at times. But then soon I realized that it serves to subdue different mindsets of people. In Buddhism, we are trained to look at all phenomenal as pure. Actually, when we look at other people’s faults, it is like looking at one’s fault as well. Simply because, if we did not experience it before, how do we know/recognize that, that is a fault? Hence, I admire all these great masters and including Rinpoche, (because sometimes I do wonder why Rinpoche was harsh in words at times too, sorry for saying this) but when I think further, it is to awaken one’s awareness towards our emotions too. How kind a Guru is when he/she subject him/herself as a target for others to gain self-reflection! As I have mentioned many times, there’s always a reason why we encountered certain situation/people. It is through our experiences that we learn something new. I am still far from many who can see Guru as Buddha and to see all phenomena are pure.

    Thank you Rinpoche.

    • Joy on Nov 16, 2015 at 11:32 pm

      Wow Jacinta… I really liked what you say here and from your ‘realisations’ it also made me reflect upon my own mindset and you’re right about how when we see fault in others…. it is actually the mirror into our own mind (faults) too. And yes I couldn’t agree with you more about how Gurus, like our Rinpoche, have to put themselves in the line all the time, for being scrutinized, for being the nasty person/the bad cop who points out our afflictions. Only someone who has no agenda to gain something from us but only with the pure motivation to help us end our very own self created suffering would bother and care enough to do this… and to rescue us from our self destructive ways. Thank you for your wonderful comments!

      • Jacinta Goh on Nov 17, 2015 at 11:44 pm

        Hi Joy,

        Little did I ever expect to have someone like you can “gain” something from my comment (being you as a senior). I just shared what’s in my mind at the time when I was reading this.

        It’s very true that only a genuine Guru will bother and care enough to rescue us from our self-destructive ways. Thank you.

  15. Chris Chong on Nov 10, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this amazing story. It really shows that a Buddha and Bodhisattva can manifest in many different forms to help us. However, due to our own preconceptions and deluded minds, we keep missing them or even rejected their help. This also reminds me of the story of Asanga where sometimes because of our karmic obstructions, we are unable to perceive the true nature of things.

    I also feel very blessed to be to have a glimpse of the Vajrayogini bone relic. This proves that how powerful Vajrayogini’s practice is and what we can achieve if we go all the way to practice it.

    Chris

  16. jerry_sito on Nov 10, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    感谢仁波切的分享 Thank you Rinpoche sharing this great story to us

    许多时候,我们总是从自我的角度出发与自我的价值观来看待身边的每一个人,有些人总是觉得某某僧侣是大成就者,某某某僧侣不过是一个普通僧侣。

    Many times, we always use our self perspective and self’s values to look at everyone around , some people always feel a certain monk who is a big achievement, and other monk is just an ordinary monk.

    然而,佛菩萨都是智慧与慈悲的,祂们会善巧的变化成不同的化身融入芸芸众生中,为的就是要用最舍和我们的方式渡化我们,任何一位看似普通的僧侣或我们身边的人,他都有可能是佛菩萨善巧的化身

    However, all Buddha is very wisdom and compassion, Buddha can change into any skillful & different form or incarnations,and come back to help us ,and use the skillful ways to bring us into dharma , any monk or people around us , may is Buddha too 😉

    在这帖子中,我特喜欢那张辩经的照片,感激僧侣们(出家人)扮演着学习、守护与传递佛法的使命,让佛法得以延续

    In this post, I especially like the debate photos,when I saw the photo ,I feel very touch in my heart,and thank all the sangha (monks) contribution that life to learning and protect and teach the Dharma , so that the Dharma can be continuity

    with folded hand 合十
    Thank You Rinpoche
    Jerry Sito

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

    Jason

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this article.

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

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

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The Unknown

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?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem 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
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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 picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
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
2 weeks ago
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!
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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.
4 weeks ago
It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
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
1 month ago
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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!
1 month ago
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!
1 month ago
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
This is a good one to read
3 months ago
This is a good one to read
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A section for you to clarify your Dharma questions with Kechara’s esteemed pastors.

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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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