The Wheel of Sharp Weapons

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 (12 Nov 2012)

Dear friends,

On November 10th, 2012 I gave a talk to some international people on one of my favorite texts called WHEEL OF SHARP WEAPONS. I did only the begining due to time and did not complete the text. But what I did share might be of some benefit to you.

Dharmarakshita was a great yogi abiding in the jungles to do practice. He liked the solitude of the jungles. He had so much compassion, he did not close himself off from meeting people although in the Jungle. But instead he surrounded himself with the most difficult, harsh and materialistic people. And recieved the visits of many people seeking blessings, advice and teachings. Their minds were unstable, egotistical, angersome and always working from self benefit. They undoubtedly gave many difficult situations to this great Dharmarakshita, but his focus was to be patient and be among them to teach them the dharma. His main practice was to specifically help to tame the most difficult people who cannot be tamed by others. So he surrounded himself with these types of people out of compassion for them as others would find it hard to be around them to tame them with the nectar of dharma. Having their minds tamed, he can help them to avoid suffering and also reach liberation.

Seeing their incredibly self-centered attitudes he had great compassion on them. He patiently put up with all their mind games, anger, selfish attitudes and taught them the dharma where few other teachers dare to venture near them. He knew their attitudes would only bring them disaster, harm and many regrets later. He taught them untiringly to avoid negative sufferings due to their selfish minds. So he patiently taught them the teachings on mind training which specifically eliminates the self cherishing mind which is the cause of all our unwanted sufferings.

He composed this incredible text for the benefit of his students and the future students. He passed this to Atisha. Atisha taught it to Dromtompa…and eventually it arrived at the hands of the King of Dharma Tsongakapa who compassionately taught this to many hundreds of years later.

Everyone should get a copy of this text and share with others. It is published by the TIBETAN WORKS AND ARCHIVES IN DHARAMSALA.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

  

The Wheel of Sharp Weapons, a basic text for the Mahayana training of the mind, was composed by the great yogi Dharmarakshita. It was brought to Tibet by the great Indian Pandit Atisha (982-1054) and was translated from Sanskrit into Tibetan by Atisha and his main disciple Upasaka Drom Tonpa.

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Datuk May on Jul 19, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    With this teaching it is imperative for us to watch each of our thoughts, words and actions that they do not harm anyone because when they do remember the phrase, WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND.

    There is nothing that we think, say and act does not have consequences. Create good results of benefit to others and what comes back will be good. Develop Bodhichitta as much as we can.

  2. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 28, 2015 at 3:02 am

    Through the kindness of Je Atisha today we have the wheel of sharp weapons by the great lama of the vast path Dharmarakshita who operated from the jungles of Sumatra.

  3. Uncle Eddie on Apr 24, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    This great text was written by the great yogi Dharmarakshita in his great jungle retreat, an external jungle infested with wild beasts, while the internal jungle is the mind. The jungle is also the place where great negativity is enacted at this time of the degenerated conditions. Dharmakshita, whose name means “he who defends the dharma” and followed by other name Shilarakshita meaning “he who safeguards discipline”. Considering all the teachings he had received, this excellent wisdomised spiritual friend had summarised these in this book in a verse form. It is strongly advised that after having received this teaching, we should practise it well, as this human form is obtained with such difficulties and the best way to repay the kindness of our Guru is to practise as advised! Om mani padme hung.

  4. Jacinta Goh on Apr 22, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I have this teaching printed out and I read it occasionally. Thank you for Rinpoche’s great kindness to share it with us here http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#sharpWeapons .

    This teaching allows me to directly examine myself the law of causality. It also guides me to avoid creating more negative causes which I will definitely regret in this and future lives. Sometimes, this teaching is a great companion for me when I am bogged down by negativity. It serves as a reminder on what should be avoided. Thank you for the explanation and I really do hope, with my folded hands that Rinpoche will continue to teach this text again.

    Despite self examination, the great life example given by Lord Dharmarakshita moved me to the core. He surrounded himself with the most difficult people and this itself serves as a teaching for me. You see, from my point of view, Lord Dharmarakshita gave a very profound teaching to me that I should never use ‘karma’ lightly or to look down on others due to their ‘negative karma’. We should in fact, brace ourselves to get close to difficult people, help them, encourage them on the path to liberation and care for them for they will not be helped by many.In fact, instead of putting down judgement such as “it’s his or her karma” , we should try to see if we can actually do something or at least speak some kind words or shed some light in their life. Nevertheless, it’s tough but it can be done. Proof: H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. Thank you.

    • Jacinta Goh on Apr 22, 2015 at 9:57 pm

      Speaking about that, it reminds me on Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. In one of the teachings kindly shared by Rinpoche, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche went to a war ship with His attendant for the purpose of blessing the crews and its members.That ship was meant to be the first to be bombed by the enemy! Rinpoche actually blessed them, how wonderful! Rinpoche didn’t just say ‘oh, well it’s their karma’ but instead He thought of other ways to help them and in this case, a blessing of their mind stream oblivion to others. Wow!

  5. Pema Thinley on Apr 22, 2015 at 2:36 am

    DEAR RINPOCHE,

    This is my favourite teaching and i like it so much that it makes us realize the effects of our own very actions we do knowingly or unknowingly. It hits direct to my heart because it talks about my or everybody’s behaviour we have been mindlessly carrying out.

    Thank you Rinpoche

  6. […] along with everyone as much as possible and be forgiving. Very practical. Study Lamrim. Study the Wheel of Sharp Weapons. Study the Bodhisattvacharyavatara by Shantideva, and Lojong. Lojong is mind transformation […]

  7. Jim Yeh on Sep 25, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Thank you for sharing this teaching with us Rinpoche and explaining to us the teaching by Lord Dharmarakshita. We must be mindful of our actions and understand how karma works. Whatever harm and suffering we inflict will always return to us, even thought it seems like we’ve escaped, they will return when we least expect it.

  8. Ang Li Kai on Aug 14, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Thank you for this wheel of sharp weapons, it help me alot.

  9. Erickksiow on May 2, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    A Very good and clear teaching. And easy to understand. Practicing it daily.

    Thank You Rinpoche. 🙂

    Best Regards : Eric kksiow

  10. Julio on Apr 8, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you so much for this teaching, it feels like medicine when I feel myself depressed. It helps me to understand the reasons why I experience hardships in my life and it also gives me inspiration to change, little by little, my view of the world. I´m in debt with you. Love from Spain.

  11. karma Djinpa on Feb 10, 2013 at 1:45 am

    Thank you so much for this talk rinpoche may all beings be happy

  12. Paris on Jan 12, 2013 at 12:05 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for being our Dharmarakshita and for never giving up on the most difficult of us, with the most difficult parts of our minds right at the forefront of everything we do. As much as Rinpoche would prefer to be in solitary retreat, the very fact that he surrounds himself, in his personal home, with so many people every day, walking in and out, working, talking, moving about shows exactly his compassion to give ups his own personal space and preferences for that small chance that during that day, something may click for each one of us and spur us further in our practice; that during the day, he might bump into us in this small space and be able to tell us something to open up our minds; that, whenever he sees us – no matter how much he’d like to be alone – he can do something to help us stop the wheel of sharp weapons from returning upon us too quickly, too dangerously, too painfully.

    For all the years I have been with Rinpoche, I have also seen that so, so often Rinpoche simulates the Wheel of Sharp Weapons for us himself, showing ourselves to ourselves – pointing out to us exactly why it is that we suffer, feel pain for this, or suffer for what. Like a mathematician almost, Rinpoche draws out a clear formula for us, showing us why suffer the effects of the things we do – why we get depressed (and the reason varies for each person), why we get lonely, why we fail in the work we try to do, why we always end up with no money, why we drive people away from us, why we can never get friends etc etc.

    If we only just listen to the words that Rinpoche so patiently shares with us at every corner – in jokes, teachings, through the blog and his videos – we would realise that actually the Wheel of Sharp Weapons comes to life just for us in every single one of Rinpoche’s teaching.

  13. David Lai on Jan 2, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    We are indeed very fortunate to be able to receive the teachings on the Wheel of Sharp Weapons easily and freely on the Internet. In the past, Atisha had to leave India, traveled on the great Indian Ocean and sailed to Indonesia where he met with a different culture, language and so forth.

    He found his Guru Dharmarakshita Amazing! He became so devoted and Dharmarakshita just poured the teachings into him like a big receptacle. The challenges and dangers he experience sailing to and back from Indonesia did not deter him from the Dharma. We who are filled with self-made obstacles cower at the first encounter with difficulty.

    Anyway, the Wheel of Sharp Weapons is perhaps one of the more accessible and practical teachings that Atisha brought back from Indonesia. It’s relevance today have no parallels. Hence, it is an ideal teaching for everyone – the most advance practitioner as a reminder and meditational tool or the newest of practitioners.

  14. Joy on Dec 21, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    The book is amazing! The teaching, mind explosion! Suddenly you shut up and realise all your complains we’re really about yourself, so there is no bigger culprit in your situation and problems then you yourself/I myself. This is the wheel of sharp weapons turning in full swing back at you for what you yourself put out there – silly me became dumbfounded. That was how I felt after reading the book and Rinpoche’s teaching just turn on the light bulb. Let’s hope it stays on always.

    This is a book I would highly recommend to any one and every one though some may deem it to be a poetry book… very eloquently written it is a mirror of all your actions and what you will be receiving or why you are receiving a certain type of experience. Really there is no one blame… except the creator of the weapon – our self. From time to time when we forget and lose ourself, it is great to refer back to this book to ground us back to reality. It will show you where the holes are then it is up to us to cross and avoid falling in it or be blindly ignorant and step in to it. Thank you Rinpoche for this teaching… and always showing us where the hole is so we stop falling in it!

  15. Davin on Nov 28, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching. The Wheel of Sharp Weapons is about the law of Karma. Everything that we do either it is positive or negative, we are actually creating a cause and plantng a seed and this will come back to us so we should use this mind training teachings as a method to transform our mind and to cut our own negativities.

  16. Wah Ying on Nov 28, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I like this teaching very much, Rinpoche. I have listened few times but still yet to absorb the teaching well enough.

    I like especially the stories of Rinpoche lost his bag and money on Indian train to tell our selfish mind and me me me; as well as sick and suffer for others – my lost/sickness to another person’s benefit.

    What makes us unhappy is our selfish mind/ego, not hardship, difficulties or difficult people. Once our mind is trained difficulties are no more difficulties.

    Thank you, Rinpoche.

  17. Martin on Nov 26, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    This text is definitely one of the most beautiful writings I have encountered.

    The Wheel Of Sharp Weapons is such a powerful teaching and it goes straight to the core and source of all human problems and miseries. The text tells us directly that the root of all our problems is ourselves, in particular our own mind that places the fictional Self as the centre of a fictitious universe. Ironically, there is no such Self.

    In trying to chase after an illusion of course we fail but in the process we become more greedy, full of desire and angry and our mind becomes overgrown with “poisonous plants” and everything we do with the same motivation of benefitting the Self only serve to make the poisons stronger. In reality with such deadly toxins in us, we are already on death row and yet we are unaware and continue to enhance and accelerate the cause of our miseries. What is more, these poisons do not leave us after we die and sadly we carry the same enemy into the next life to repeat the process again.

    The texts sets out so many examples of self created situations – one insightful evidence after another – that give us pain and suffering and relate each of these situations to its source…our own selfish minds. In that, this text is invaluable for with it, we can no longer blame “fate” and “ill luck” for our woes. In the final and absolute analysis, we cause all our own problems.

    Then out of compassion the author of the text, the great Yogi Dharmarakshita gives us a powerful and precise antidote that strikes at the enemy’s most vital points, and counsels us not to keep making our enemy even stronger. The antidote is for us to focus out and act out of selflessness and for the benefit of others. And to aid us in our campaign against the death of our chances to find enlightenment, we are told to summon the powerful Yamantaka to ferociously and unrelentlessly pound the enemy. Just like the poison, the powerful antidote and the all powerful Yamantaka have always been present but our selfishness binds him. The moment we see our error in being self cherishing, we unleash Yamantaka. We are the creator of the poison, just as we are the creator of the antidote.

    And beautifully, the text draws our attention to the fact that all this time, our Guru has been there, and like a peacock that eats poison and lives, the Guru is a living example that we in fact live a thriving life by ingesting our own poisonous ways.

    As we start practicing the antidote, we see clearly our true inheritance that is the realization that there is nothing of our Self that we need to grasp at. That is why we have never succeeded in doing so. It is only in the living for the benefit of others and the desire to keep doing so that we see the path out of suffering that the Buddha has always told us about.

    I love the imagery of the wheel that tells that that everything we do returns to us and also the imagery of the weapon. That basically tells us that there is a wrong way to handle things which will hurt us and then there is the right way to handle it which empowers is.

  18. Sock Wan on Nov 24, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for such a precious teaching.

    I like the part where Rinpoche explained about the crow and the peacock. Crow being the untrained mind (ie, person who is not learning and practise Dharma to train their mind but yet thinking they are doing good deeds with Dharma motivation) and peacock being a person whose mind is trained by studying and practise Dharma. A crow can be easily dragged down into Samsara further whereas peacock is able to see the nature of reality no matter what kind of situation peacock is in.

    Dharma is all about mind training, about transforming ourselves. When our perception changes (ie, mind changes), difficulty is not a difficulty anymore and we

  19. Jace Chong on Nov 24, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving such a profound explanation about The Wheel Of Sharp Weapons, it really blows my mind.

    I like the last part which Rinpoche explains about “the wheel of weapons”. He says weapons it’s something to hurt, when we have knife, we can handle one side that will not hurt us, but when it’s in the wheel forms, it means there’s no place that you can handle it without getting hurts, because it’s weapons pointing out every direction. Our ego, our self-cherishing mind is like the wheel of sharp weapons, it’s hurting people and us in any way.

    I found that the Buddhist training is about how we tame our mind and control our action, so it won’t hurt others and ourselves.

    I am looking forward to understand more about the other part of The Wheel Of Sharp Weapons. It gives me a broader view of how to look at things happen in me.

    Thank you Rinpoche.

  20. Albert Ratchaga on Nov 23, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching.

    It is indeed very important for us to focus out and not focus in, when something bad happened, instead of getting angry and frustrated and moody, we can choose to focus out, that is to think why like this? why he acted like that?

    For example, when we get scolded, we often hear just the tone of the voice and be unhappy instead of hear the meaning of the words and be improve.

    I remember i heard a story before few years back:

    One morning a father, mother and a 8 years old daughter having breakfast, the daughter accidentally spilled the milk onto father’s new shirt which he purposely prepared for today’s important presentation, then he get angry and started to scold his daughter, then he go up to change and drive her to school, but along the way, he still keep scolding to let out his anger, obviously the daughter felt very bad and guilty, so he ended up couldn’t do a good presentation due to the anger he has, his daughter was not performing well in school from the scolding and shouting from the father. Teacher called regarding of daughter’s misbehaving in school and the father get even more angry, at the end, everything is so messed up and created such a bad condition.

    Instead of choosing to be angry, he can focus out to his daughter, understand why she spilled the milk, tap her and say it is alright, then go change shirt and go to work, when leaving, the daughter from feeling guilty became happy again, the father from angry became okay, and he manage to do a good presentation still.

    In both scenario, he also has to go change another shirt, he also has to send daughter to school and to do his presentation at work, the action is the same, but when we do not just focus on ourselves, the outcome is totally different.

    Whether you believe on Karma or not, that’s not the point, but Rinpoche’s teaching is so valid that it applies to everyone.

  21. Irene Lim on Nov 22, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    The Wheel of Sharp Weapon is a wonderful teaching, applicable to everyone, everywhere and without exception.

  22. Nadia Gideon on Nov 22, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    I just read the post on The Wheel of Sharp Weapons. Thank you Rinpoche, I dont know how you do it but you seem to know exactly what teaching to give those of us who need to hear certain texts and teachings at different times. Personally for me this makes more sense now than it would have had I read it a few weeks ago. All my life at work I have had to deal with people…most of the time nice people but sometimes not so nice people. I believe that dealing with people is the hardest part of any job. Especially difficult people. But lately, I have come to realise with your teachings that with compassion, this job can be made easier. Thank you again dear Rinpoche for this wonderful teaching.

  23. andrew on Nov 19, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    tashi delek

  24. James Long on Nov 18, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    读了利器之轮,会发觉到我们必须了解到每一件事情的发生都会有他们相应的业果。拥抱你的敌人,我们所做的任何一件事最终都会回到,或发生在我们的身上。一些人因此而害怕去面对,其实如果我们不断地对别人好,同理,别人也会对我们好(在许多情况下,不一定是你帮的人对你好,而是些许时日后你发觉别人会对你比较好)。要懂得感恩。

  25. sweekeong on Nov 18, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    When I first read of the Wheel of Sharp Weapons the contents of the text is so much real, it points to the truth, to the heart of reality. Although I didn’t understand much of what was written in the text nevertheless the message is deep and profound. I am happy Rinpoche is giving a commentary of this text in laymen terms. The sharp weapons are inside of us and we don’t know about it. We think the pain and the hurt is from outside when in fact the wound is already inside of us. The external condition triggers the wound to be painful. When we heal our wound external circumstances and situations wouldn’t affect us any more. Then the pain doesn’t become pain but the feeling others’ pain. This Dharma book is a treasure.

  26. John on Nov 18, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Dear Rinpoche – Thank you very much for your excellent Dharma teachings in general and in particular your elucidation of the great Indian Yogi Dharmarakshita’s work “The Wheel of Sharp Weapons.” I find your explanations of the works & teachings of the great Indian & Tibetan Buddhist Masters very beneficial. With much gratitude & appreciation from a student who has watched most of your YouTube videos.

  27. Uncle Eddie on Nov 16, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Yes, Lord Dharmarashita was a great Yogi, filled with great compassion, chosed to be surrounded by the most difficult, harshed and materialistic people whose minds were unstable, egoistical, angersome, and always working for self benefits. His primarily purpose was to specifically help to tame their minds with the nectar of Dharma out of great compassion for them. As said,having their minds tamed, he can help them to avoid sufferings and also to reach Liberation. For the benefit of these students and other future new ones, he composed an incredible text and taught them untiringly and with great patience, humbly putting up with all their angersome and selfish mind games. He gave them specific teachings on mind trainings to eliminate the self cherishing mind – the cause of all unwanted sufferings. Thus, the Wheel of Sharp Weapons, a basic text for the Mahayana training of the Mind was born, as composed by the great Yogi Dharmarashita, translated from sanskrit into Tibetan and brought into Tibet by the great Indian Pandit Atisha and taught to his main disciple, Upasaka Dromtonpa and finally arrived at the hands of the King of Dharma, Tsongkhapa. It is said that this text was taught to many for hundreds of years till today. As published by the Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala, Rinpoche advised that everyone should possess a copy of this incredible text and to be shared with others too!

  28. Steve Tobias on Nov 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Rinpoche, I forgot to comment after watching, this dharma talk is incredibly helpful and amazing, thank you! The Wheel of Sharp Weapons, which you actually very generously gave me, is one of my favorite texts. It is a humbling, poetic reminder of everything “dharma,” and how it relates to appearances of mundane life.

  29. patsy on Nov 16, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    The Wheel of Sharp Weapon is a reminder for us to be mindful of our actions as the Law of Karma does exist. Whatever actions we do will come back to us. Thus we should use this mind training teachings as a method to transform our mind, to cut away our attachments and ego, have a good mindset to listen to dharma teaching and follow our Guru’s advise.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing this dharma talk with us.

  30. lucy yap on Nov 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    A beautiful teaching whether you agree with karma or incarnation or not.It focus on the “giving and taking”,an advanced Mahayana method whereby we imagine taking the sufferings of others and giving them happiness.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this clear explanation of this teaching.

  31. Milly on Nov 16, 2012 at 1:34 am

    The Wheel of Sharp Weapons teaches us so much about the law of Karma. Its like a boomerang. Whatever actions we do whether its positive or negative, we will reap the fruits of our own actions. If we apply the teachings well, we can tremendously reduce the negative actions of our body, speech and mind. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this teaching with us. This may be good to teach in Manjushri kids class too so that they can start practising at a younger age.

  32. Erickksiow on Nov 16, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Wheel Of Sharp Weapon did show us very clear about KARMA. It’s a very good teaching. Thank You Rinpoche do spent time to gave a talk on it.

    Best Regards : Erickksiow

  33. mima on Nov 14, 2012 at 8:33 am

    I need to listen again to this very precious talk!!! Thank you so much Rinpoche and all of you for making it available to us! it is almost like being there…:)

  34. MayOng on Nov 13, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    There are many verses in the Wheel of Sharp Weapons when we read it before we start on any project in the Ladang so it serves as a reminder to new people as well as existing Buddhist dharma practitioner.

    I like to re-read this book over and over again as a reminder to the practise of the spiritual path. Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing this precious teaching with us. With folded hands.

  35. benji on Nov 13, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Thank you again Rinpoche. Wow! The great Teacher Dharmarakshita is so inspiring! Sometime ago Sister Patsy gave me a xerox copy of the WOSW, which i quickly re-xeroxed and gave to one of my ‘hardcore’ friends – he actually liked it, for its simple language form and meaningful message!

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    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:44 PM
    Rejoice to all the families who had setup a Buddhist altar at home and conducted a house blessing puja. There are diverse benefits of conducting the house blessing puja, which ranges from bringing well-being on all levels – in one’s health, relationships, business, and family – to purifying the home. The puja ceremonies will purify the environment which helps the people who live there and people who are visiting there to experience general well-being. The puja can be personalised based on the request or need of the individual. Thank you for sharing with us the many photos of the beautiful altar of these families, it is very heartwarming to know that they will always be blessed by the Three Jewels.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Learn more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-dying-process.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 12:11 PM
    Amazing and very creative architecture designed space for our home grown foods.It is a good idea for those living in the cities.The Growroom is beautifully produced made it convenience which enables people to connect with nature surrounding with plants. The smell of herbs and plants makes cities dwellers to live in happiness and healthy.
    Its takes alot of effort and determination for anyone to build a growroom.Well they can do it,if they have the will power….hoping someday KFR will have one too.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:39 AM
    Lazynnes ,negative karma!and mends samajas …ITS very very , inderdependent motivations lewwels of awareness Teacher’Quality &sangha quantity ,first when samajas ARE pure Empowerment full blessings later?so give less Empowerment ITS OK.ccTR IS Wise.
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  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:32 AM
    http://www.aikidosydneycity.com/interview-with-takeda-shihan-by-aikikai-hombu-dojo/ yes yes sumikiri!i m sure HE practice martial arts in many previous lives AS well AS have family’karma conected with ai!ki flow,,,so NEUTRAL his re:for attacks ARE.,above normal fighter skills!___and i m skull in maya astro,fine and wanth share:#####paranormalTSEMsection on:::: antarctica aliens& JFK ,Peru as egg skulls.________________have a good day&nice PRactICE.____THE LIGHT be?or just show options that can be used.
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  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:23 AM
    For example B_LOCK can be neutral karma ,butRE_PLAY reactions can make diferent results in second person?
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  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:22 AM
    NEUTRAL karma not make good ,not bad result!but ITS STill karma so IS not done from lewwels of acomplishment where IS NO NEW karma acumulations.
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  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:16 AM

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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
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More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
4 weeks ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
4 weeks ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
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Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
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Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
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Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
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Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
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A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
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Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
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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.
4 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
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Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
4 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
5 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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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
5 months ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
6 months ago
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
6 months ago
It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
6 months ago
Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
6 months ago
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
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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
6 months ago
High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
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༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
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Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
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    ཁྱེད་ཀྱི་བཀའ་སློབ་དོན་སྙིང་དེ།།གང་གི་རྣ་བར་བདུད་རྩི་མོད།།འོན་ཀྱང་འགའ་ཡི་རྣ་ལམ་དུ།། བྲག་ཆ་བཞིན་དུ་འགྱུར་སྲིད་མོད།། ཚང་མས་ཚར་རེ་གཟིགས་རོགས།། Kyabje Denma Gonsa Rinpoche telling people that it is important to have guru samaya. It use to be that way in the great monasteries. We should not create problems and schisms. If we want to practice a protector, then do so, if not it's okay, but don't make trouble. One should just practice the Buddha Dharma well. To do good practice. If you have faith in Dorje Shugden and trust all the way, he will definitely help you. But most important is to practice the dharma. This is his advice in short here. It's good to let more Tibetans hear this holy speech and appeal by this very senior Rinpoche. TR

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  • March 27, 2017 04:19
    Dongho asked: I have been reading on the tunes of certain sects and would like to ask on this. From what I've read, there are certain tunes to each sect and school of certain chants. Exactly where can I find the sheet music for these percussion and horns with the chants, such as to the one for invoking Kache Marpo or Dorje Shugden? Would it be possible to use school instruments for this?
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  • March 26, 2017 02:14
    Kunga asked: Does the Gelug have Begtse a protector? If so, could you please provide a sadhana for him here?
    pastor answered: Dear Kunga, Yes the Dharma protector Begtse exists within the Gelug tradition. He is also known as Chamsing. Begtse’s practice stems from India and was introduced to Tibet and therefore Tibetan Buddhism by the translator Nyen Lotsawa. Marpa Lotsawa also practiced Begtse, and so the practice exists in the Kagyu traditions. This practice was eventually transmitted to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first of the five patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, who were the founding fathers of that tradition. Over time the practice of Begtse was incorporated into the Gelug tradition, founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, and was notably practiced by the 1st and 2nd Dalai Lamas. Over time the practice gained popularity within the lineage, especially when it spread to Mongolia. There the practice became an important one within the lineage as upheld there. Begtse is also affectionately known as the Dharma protector of Mongolia, because his practice is so popular there. If I am not mistaken, there is an oracle of Begtse in Mongolia as well. There is a mistaken account that the practice originated around the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama, with the subjugation of a Mongolian war god, but Begtse was definitely practiced before that time in the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya traditions. While the practice of Begtse is very effective, I have not come across the practice of Begtse in my personal practice, therefore I do not have access to the Begtse sadhana to provide to you. Instead Begtse is propitiated in prayers that incorporate many other Dharma protectors, and Begtse is also considered one of the nine protectors of the Hayagriva (Tamdrin) cycle of tantric teachings. Therefore Begtse is included in the Dharma protector sections of the Hayagriva tantras. Surrounding Begtse are his sister, Sing Ma, and his main minister, Le Khan Mar Po. His inner retinue comprises of eight butchers who wield copper swords in their right hands and skull-cups full of blood in their left hands. They are portrayed as naked and are very ugly. His outer retinue comprises a further twenty-one butchers, who hold copper swords in their right hands, and this time, the entrails of butchered enemies. They wear the skins humans and oxen as clothes, with ornaments made from human bone. While this may seem violent, Begtse is actually a very powerful and beneficial protector, who helps practitioners clear their obstacles and create conducive conditions for their spiritual evolution. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 24, 2017 20:12
    Azair asked: Venerable Rinpoche, I am doing a study in Kalachakra Tantra and I've heard from most of the lama's too that if you practice the Kalachakra Tantra, you'll be able to take control of your next rebirth. Ofcourse, it has been said that we will get our rebirth according to our Karma and desires but whether those dreams will get fulfilled will depend upon the actions that we take in this life. Thus, practicing the Kalachakra(till the end) after initiation will give you the opportunity to take rebirth anywhere you desire regardless of your Karma. My question is that, is there some truth in this statement.? Does this statement hold true for other tantra practices, such as Vajrayogini Tantra, Ghuyasamaja Tantra, Heruka Tantra, etc. I would really really like to know. Thankyou in anticipation, regards, Azair
    pastor answered: Dear Azair, Thank you for your question. Yes there is truth to this statement, both from a scriptural perspective and also by example, as the great masters have shown us. This is a unique feature of all Anuttarayoga Tantras or Highest Yoga Tantras, which Kalachakra, Vajrayogini, Guhyasama and Heruka are all examples of. This category of tantric practice can actually lead a practitioner to full enlightenment in this very lifetime. Even if enlightenment is not reached, very high levels of attainment can be reached nonetheless. This includes the ability to take control over your next rebirth. This is primarily engaged in so that the practitioner is born in an environment where they can eventually pick up their practice and further their spiritual path to enlightenment, or in order to be born in a place where they can benefit sentient beings the most, as part of the spiritual journey over many lifetimes. One of the reasons such an ability is very necessary on the spiritual path, is that usual death and rebirth occurs at the mercy of ones karma, specifically what is known as the ‘throwing karma’ or the karma that dictates what sort of rebirth a person is going to take. This opens up at the time of ordinary death, which most people have no control over. During the death process, many of our disturbing emotions will arise. Whichever of these is the strongest at the point of death triggers open a latent karmic potential, which becomes the ‘throwing karma’ and dictates where we are going to take rebirth and if that life will generally be full of suffering or not. Within Anuttarayoga Tantra, one of the key points of practice is to prepare for one’s death. This is done by simulating the dying process during one’s meditations, so that one becomes familiar with it. At the most pivotal part of this process, one practices achieving either the rainbow body or great bliss (in the case of the father tantras); or clear light (in the case of mother tantras). The tantras themselves are not defined in terms of the gender of the central deity, but by the method used to gain enlightenment. This is either the rainbow body/great bliss (classified as male, therefore labelled ‘father’) or clear light (classified as female, therefore labelled ‘mother’). Non-dual tantras such as the Kalachakra tantra can employ either of the two methods, a mixture of both, or alternate methods. In the case of superior practitioners, due to the power of their practice, they can achieve either of these two methods in their current body. Since they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, and a particular method of practice, they can also achieve enlightenment during their physical death. The great Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have achieved enlightenment at the moment of physical death, using the second of these. For other practitioners, they may not be able to achieve this either in their meditations while they are alive, or during the death process. However because they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, they remain in complete concentration at the time of death, not allowing any disturbing emotions to arise. Due to this level of concentration, meditation and awareness during the dying process, they are able to control where they next take rebirth. This is evident in the tantric scriptures themselves, and the life stories of many masters, who can state exactly where, when and to whom they will take their next rebirth, as they are in full control of the dying and rebirth process. There is a type of meditation called ‘thukdam’ which has been translated into ‘death meditation’. This is a final meditation some masters choose to engage in. During this meditation, the master themselves consciously begin the physical dying process themselves, engage in the meditation of dissolving the winds into the heart centre and remain in the most pivotal part of the death process, the mind of clear light of death. During this point they engage in meditations, either the methods of the father or mother tantras as mentioned previously, and or consciously choose where they are to next take rebirth. They can remain in this death meditation for long periods of time, days at an end, in which their consciousness has not yet left their body, although for all intents and purposes they are dead according to medical science, e.g. they have no heartbeat. At the end of their meditation, a drop of blood will be emitted from their nostril, and their head will slump over a little. Masters who engage in this meditation usually sit in full meditation posture, and their body remain supple and soft even though they have passed away from a medical point of view. I hope this brief explanation helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2017 23:01
    Brad asked: What is the significance of offering the Seven precious emblems of royalty to the Buddhas and enlightened Dharma Protectors? What are we symbolically offering up?
    pastor answered: Dear Brad, Thank you for your question. The ‘saptaratna’ or seven precious emblems represent on the one hand the ultimate state of temporal power, and on the other hand the ultimate spiritual attainments that we can achieve. By offering these to the Buddhas, we are actually creating the causes to achieve what they represent. Therefore it is good to know the meaning of each, so we can understand what we are creating the causes for by offering them up: Please see below for an explanation of the seven royal emblems: 1. The Precious Wheel: a thousand spoked wheel, representing the universal power of the Buddhas, as well as the teachings of the thousand Buddhas of our aeon. It is represented by the Dharmachakra, symbolising the ‘turning of the wheel’ or teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, especially that of our own mind, thoughts, delusions and afflictions. 2. The Precious Jewel: an eight sided wish-granting gem, which fulfils all the needs of a universal emperor. This jewel has eight special qualities: it illuminates the night sky for hundreds of leagues; it is cooling when the temperature is hot and warming when the temperature is cold; it makes manifest whatever the holder wants; when thirsty it causes a fresh-water spring to appear; it has the ability to control the nagas, and other supernatural beings, as well as preventing natural disasters such as storms, floods, etc.; it gives off multi-coloured lighted which heals the various mental and emotional afflictions; it cures all illnesses; and it ensures that one dies a natural death, not an untimely one. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, or perfect discrimination, so one knows what to abandon and what to keep in the mindstream during the spiritual journey to enlightenment. 3. The Precious Queen: the most beautiful and virtuous of all women. She is described as a goddess who is the epitome of someone: with devotion; without jealousy; who is the embodiment of fertility; who works for the welfare of all beings; who possess feminine wisdom; speaks the truth; not attract to sensual pleasures or material possessions; and does not have false views. She is adored by all. She also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect effort. This is necessary to keep meditating until one gains spiritual attainments. 4. The Precious Minister: who has sharp intelligence, patience, and the ability to give wise counsel to the emperor. He is so attuned to the emperor that even before the emperor has spoken, the minister is already carrying out his command. He only wishes to support the Dharma, help sentient beings, and is an excellent strategist. He also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect joy. This is also akin to the attainment of the first bodhisattva level, because you have come to an understanding of your own mind, which is like pouring ice-cold water into boiling water. The water stops boiling, as does the thoughts, projections, and delusions in the mind. He represents the path of the bodhisattva. 5. The Precious Elephant: who has the strength of a thousand normal elephants. He is white, with the perfect features that an elephant could have. He is majestic, graceful, and gentle, but in battle is fearsome, fearless and unyielding. He communicates with the emperor through a telepathic link. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect adaptability. This is important, as one needs to be able to adapt to the various mental afflictions as they arise, and suitably counter them. 6. The Precious Horse: who has all the marks of a celestial horse. Known as wind-horse, he is able to travel extremely fast, and can circumambulate the entire universe three time in just a single day. He is never fearful or startled, never makes a sound when galloping, and has extremely soft hairs on his body. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is single-pointed concentration. This is important because without this form of concentration, once cannot engage in the analytical meditations that lead to an understanding of emptiness, and therefore enlightenment. 7. The Precious General: who has mastered the arts of war and always wins in battle. He wears battle armour and holds many different weapons. He tries to avoid battle, but when necessary fights, and never gives up until he has won. He is fearless, and courageous in carrying out the emperors commands and ensures the emperors army carries out their duties. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect equanimity. This is because he overcomes all warfare, which is akin to the battle between things were are attached to and things we have an aversion for in our minds. In short, what you are offering up is the highest of all temporal treasures and abilities, as well as the entire path of the Dharma. Doing so creates the causes for you to receive all of this on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 20, 2017 10:16
    Grigoris asked: Excuse me, but I would like to ask, what does the prayer to Shangmo Dorje Putri say exactly? I can't read Tibetan, but would like to see the description that the prayer gives. I am not planning to say the prayer or make interaction(as it would be very dangerous), but would like to see what it actually says from the Tibetan text. Here's the link: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/shangmo-dorje-putri-the-bamo-of-sakya.html
    pastor answered: Dear Grigoris, Thank you for your question. Shangmo Dorje Putri is indeed a fascinating unenlightened Dharma protector. Unfortunately at the moment, we do not have a translated copy of the text in English that we can provide. The usual format for such texts, would include an invocation, making offerings to appease them, and then exhortations for them to perform their activities, possibly followed by thanking them for their help. One thing is for certain, due to the nature of Shangmo Dorje Putri her prayer is sure to include violent imagery, just like many other Dharma protectors, such as Achi Chokyi Drolma (who even though has a peaceful appearance, has a lot of violent imagery in her prayers). The reason behind the violent imagery is explained in the post about Achi Chokyi Drolma here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/achi-chokyi-drolma-chief-protectress-of-the-drikung-kagyu.html
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