TRANSCRIPT – Guru Yoga Teaching

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 Dear friends and seekers of Wisdom,

I truly want from the depths of my heart everyone to gain wisdom, great memory, understanding of dharma that cuts through your problems, merits to purify obstacles, and to gain great attainments before your life is through. I know the practice of Tsongkapa Guru Yoga can help you accomplish all of this and you don’t need heavy initiations or commitments for it and you can start anywhere and anytime. Yes you can start anywhere and anytime and there is no danger of doing it wrong whatsoever…. I received this sacred practice and commentary from HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche over 23 years ago and I am passing it here to all of you for your benefit. Whatever Kyabje Zong Rinpoche gives us is beyond any scrutiny or doubt… I really want all of you to sincerely benefit so very much… I want everyone to be ok… now and future lives… I would request you with folded hands to do this practice of Tsongkapa and go all the way..if you do so, it fulfills one of the reasons I am even on Facebook and blog and twitter (internet)… If you sincerely over a long period of time do this practice, then you will be ok and I will have done something worthwhile and you will gain so much…really..

I am here to benefit you with my limited abilities. Posting this is one of my ways to do so. I would be so happy if you go all the way daily, with great enthusiasm, great stability and learning more as you go along the way while doing this practice… Please do this wonderful thing for yourself, you deserve it after being in existence for so long, you deserve it for all you have gone through… Sincerely and humbly,

Tsem Rinpoche

 

Disc 1

 

This was extracted from Je Tsongkhapa himself and it was known as the Ganden Lhagyama or The Hundred Deities of the Joyful Land. The Hundred Deities of the Joyful Land represents Maitreya’s heaven. It is another name for Maitreya’s heaven or in Sanskrit we say “Tushita”, Tibetan we say “Gaden.” Or the Joyful Land of the Hundred Deities and the reigning Buddha of that land now is Maitreya. Previous to that it was Shakyamuni Buddha.

When Shakyamuni took birth down on our planet, then he took his crown, the ornaments of a Bodhisattva off and he gave that to Maitreya Buddha. And then he took rebirth down. So the reigning Buddha of that heaven is Lord Maitreya at this time.

So Je Tsongkhapa passed his instructions down to Je Sherab Senge who was one of his main disciples. Je Sherab Senge was a great, great, great meditation master who had thousands and thousands of disciples. And one of his main disciples was His Holiness the great first Dalai Lama. So Je Sherab Senge is not an ordinary Lama but he was the teacher of the 1st Dalai Lama. The being we know that is the Dalai Lama is an enlightened being so his teacher must be quite enlightened also. So the teachings passed down.

Je Sherab Senge was a great lineage holder of the tantric teachings of Je Tsongkhapa. So Je Rinpoche’s tantric lineage – all the tantric initiations and teachings and transmissions – were passed down from Je Rinpoche down to this great lama, Je Sherab Senge. He also established the great Gyume Tantric Monastery in Tibet. This was one of the two great monasteries – Gyuto and Gyume. And Gyume Monastery is reestablished down in South India also.

So these instructions were passed down to his disciple Donangpa Palden Sangpo. After that, it was passed down to Tangatok of Ngatah Monastery. This great Lama of Ngatah Monastery, Tangatok Lama, is a very great practitioner of the Migtsema prayer. So he was able to pacify a lot of diseases, he was able to pacify a lot of obstacles and he was able to pacify a lot of negative energies and healing by the practice of Migtsema alone.

He didn’t have to do Tara for healing, for long life. He didn’t have to do Vajrapani for destroying, pacifying negative forces, outer forces. He didn’t have to practice Avalokiteshvara to bring peace in the area. He didn’t have to practice Manjushri to gain wisdom. He practiced Migtsema and with Migtsema’s practice alone, he was able to gain wisdom, he was able to gain realization of Shunyata, he was able to control spirits and demons and black magic. He was also able to control negativities, he was also able to bring pacification to the area. He was able to control diseases and bring healing by the power of Migtsema. Migtsema is not only for these things but that’s a side benefit.

The ultimate reason for reciting Migtsema or doing the meditation and also Guru Yoga is to gain great Bodhicitta, the realization of Shunyata and full Enlightenment. And how we can do that and why we can do that and what’s the reason that Migtsema has such power, we will talk about during this session.

For example, there was a great family in Lhasa who were of the higher class and this family was being afflicted by the class of spirits called Pehar. Pehar is a very powerful class of spirits. It’s not one spirit, but a class of spirits. And that spirit was used to afflict one particular family. Well, it afflicts a lot of people but usually one or two people, but in this family, many relatives, and people were completely destroyed by this spirit.

So they had one son left, this family. That son was being taken possession of this spirit and every time he took possession of the spirit he was uncontrollable. So eventually, it will lead to a death. Being very scared, this family contacted the great Bodhisattva, Pelden Sangpo. Pelden Sangpo came along and said, “I have completed my Migtsema retreat so from this bead you take and whenever the spirit takes possession, you take the bead and you block it off on all the entrances and exits, the windows and doors of your house.”

So he exactly did what the Lama says. When the boy took possession of the spirit he immediately took the bead and put it all over the top of the house where the windows are and also the doors. And the spirit could not leave. The spirit could not escape, it could not leave. Everywhere the spirit went – it went to the window – a terrifying Yamantaka will appear. Yamantaka was so fearful – 9 faces, 34 arms and 16 legs – he could not escape at all. This is what that Pehar would see when he would enter the door – the great Yamantaka deity.

Immediately, they called the Pelden Sangpo Lama. When the Pelden Sangpo came, he said to the spirit, “You must promise never to harm people again. You must promise not to disturb people again or I will not call off the Yamantaka. Can you promise that?”

So the spirit replied, “I follow the orders of the chief Pehar spirit. If I do not harm anyone, my powers will diminish and I will suffer. Please do not ask so much of me. Please reduce the commitment.” Then the great Bodhisattva Pelden Sangpo said to the spirit, “At least you must promise me that you will not harm anyone that recites the Gaden Lhagyama or the Migtsema prayers. If you do that, I will release you.” So the spirit agreed. Then Pelden Sangpo gathered up the malas from the exits of the house and as soon as he did that, the spirit was able to leave and disappear.

So even today the many classes of spirits that affect us – by reciting the Gaden Lhagyama, by reciting the Migtsema prayers, these very powerful spirits such as the Pehar cannot afflict us, because they are sworn by a vow.

These spirits are very powerful and the great Je Rinpoche practice, the great Migtsema practice has the power to stop them because the great Pelden Sangpo, has stopped them.

Then, these instructions were passed again to Je Pelden Sangpo. This was passed down to Gyuchen Tashipa. This was passed down to Je Samdrub Gyatso. This was passed to Tsondrupa. This was passed down to Dorje Sangpo. This was passed down to Khadrub Sangye Gyatso.

Then eventually the teachings came down to the great Je Pabongkha, the great Kyabje Dorje Chang or the Enlightened one, the one who has composed the great teachings of the Lamrim. Kyabje Pabongkha Dorje Chang was the root Guru of both the tutors of the Dalai Lama which is His Holiness the Great Ling Dorje Chang and His Holiness the Great Trijang Dorje Chang.

Dorje Chang means Vajradhara. So what we’re saying is the great Vajradhara Trijang Rinpoche, the great Vajradhara Ling Rinpoche, and this has passed down from Trijang Dorje Chang to my Guru, Zong Rinpoche. Zong Rinpoche has passed it down to myself. So I’m naming the lineage, I’m naming where the lineage came from to validate the teachings so that you don’t think that the teachings are made up or you don’t think the teachings are not valid or they’re not correct. It must have a lineage.

The lineage that we’re learning is the Segyu lineage. Sey is a region of Tashi Lungpo monastery that these Lamas came from – the great Je Sherab Senge, the great Je Pelden Sangpo, the great Khadrub Sangye Gyatso. So therefore it is called Segyu. Sey is the area they’re from. Yu, again means lineage. There are many lineages of this great Migtsema teaching and we need to know which one. What is in the Segyu lineage? Who are the Lamas that have taught? Where are they from? Where did they originate from? Where did they get the texts from? Everything must be validated, everything must be clear. If it is not clear, then faith won’t grow in the individual. Also the lineage becomes polluted and also the lineage becomes diluted and later, it becomes lost. The blessings are lost.

If we do not get the commentary and the blessing and the lung from our Gurus; we do not get the lung, we do not get the blessing and we do not get the commentary from our Gurus, although you may practice the attainments are very difficult to achieve.

If you have the blessing of the Guru, you have the blessing of the lineage and you get the commentary and the teachings, then if you practice and you visualize your teacher that you have received it from is the same as Je Tsongkhapa and you practice it that way and make offerings and you have the lung then definitely you will attain the attainments.

Lung is a Tibetan word for “oral transmission.” So it is very important to know where you are getting the lineage from, that it is authentic. Any qualified Lama will tell you where the lineage has come from because there is no fear about speaking the lineage. So without the lineage, without the lung, it is not very good.

So Je Rinpoche’s practice has innumerable benefits. The benefits, you can talk about it for days and days and days in quite a number of detail but I will give you a few of the general benefits that we can achieve from this great practice of Je Rinpoche.

Number one: as spoken earlier, the pehar spirits can be blocked. In general, spirits, demons, curses, bad talk, jealous talk from people can be blocked by the practice of Je Rinpoche and faith in Je Rinpoche.

Number two: because Je Rinpoche is an emanation of Manjushri, Avalokitesvara and Vajrapani together, also an emanation of Maitreya Buddha, altogether in one being, it is incredible. Because of that he can confer extreme wisdom. People see him and they have different visions. Some people saw him as Vajrapani; some people saw him as Manjushri; some people saw him as Avalokitshvara; some people saw as Maitreya. But usually people saw him as these four deities, usually.

Je Tsongkhapa is definitely an emanation of Manjushri. That is validated by Lord Buddha himself. During Lord Buddha’s time there was a young boy who was very virtuous and he had a crystal rosary. So he went up to Lord Shakyamuni Buddha and prostrated and offered the crystal rosary up to the Buddha. Immediately, Lord Buddha took his holy hands, his holy golden hands and placed it on Je Rinpoche’s head, or that young boy’s head and predicted “That in the future, 1,500 years after my passing, approximately, in the land to the North, of the red-faced barbarians, you will revitalize the teachings, you will revitalize the teachings of the Buddha when it has declined, when it has become perverted and dirty.” (Dirty means polluted).

“You will also bring all the correct lineages and correct teachings, you will study, you will contemplate, you will meditate and you will gain the results and you will pass the teachings and you will make the teachings very strong and very powerful in the land of the snow.

So he made that prediction. So he made that position and immediately Buddha took one of his disciples who had the power of speed, walking fast. So he gave a conch shell to that disciple. The disciple walked immediately to Tibet which is just a little distance from Lhasa and under the ground that is shaped like a conch shell, under the area that is shaped like a conch shell, that disciple buried the conch shell, under the place where Gaden Monastery would be built later on by Je Tsongkhapa. So that was buried until the time that Je Tsongkhapa took birth in Tibet.

Like that, Buddha had actually predicated the coming of great Je Rinpoche and Buddha specifically said an emanation of Manjushri will enter the land of the snows to the north – an emanation of Manjushri. So it is not something that people have made up or something that people have just said, but it was actually predicted by Lord Buddha.

Then also, Je Rinpoche is very stabilizing. Je Rinpoche’s practice is very calm, it’s very peaceful and very pacifying just like the colour of Je Rinpoche – white with a tinge of red. So any obstacles for long life, any obstacles of hatred such as the defilements of hatred, ignorance and desire coming up, making us collect bad karma and decreasing our life span will be blocked by Je Rinpoche’s practice, because he specifically by his practice, lessens our delusions by collecting merit.

How does it confer the blessings on us? When practicing Je Rinpoche, we gain great wisdom. When we practice Je Rinpoche, we gain great compassion and great power to overcome the delusions. Therefore negative karma doesn’t rise as much, becomes less and the previously-collected negative karmas become purified, therefore suffering become less as a result of this.

We can gain great compassion. Mig-Mey Tze-Wey Ter-Chen Chenrezig – “You are the unstained compassion, you are Avalokiteshvara” because he is Avalokiteshvara in his practice which you will see later on, you will gain great compassion. Incredible compassion.

You will also gain power. People who are scared, people who don’t have a lot of courage or when we’re teaching the Dharma it’s difficult to convert people, Vajrapani will be the supreme one to control people’s delusions and illusions by wrathful means.

Also you will have a very powerful connection to Vajrapani who is the one thousandth Buddha to appear. Vajrapani will appear after the 999 Buddhas have left and he has promised to teach everything that the 999 Buddhas preceded him has taught, to teach as the last Buddha to appear in this fortunate eon.

So if we practice Je Rinpoche’s we create a powerful connection to the last Buddha. So we’re at the fourth Buddha right now. Next one will be the fifth, Maitreya.

Another one is you’ll make a very strong connection with Maitreya Buddha, the next Buddha that will come. Either, after your death you will go to Je Rinpoche’s heaven because in Je Rinpoche’s practice you have powa practice. Powa is transference of consciousness. Such a short, profound and concise practice but so deep, so many benefits.

In any case, also the practice of powa will come. You have the powa practice of all the four lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. The Vajrayogini path, you have the powa path.

So people who practice Vajrayogini and Je Rinpoche are very lucky. When they die, they get to choose. People who practise these two lineages are very lucky because Je Rinpoche definitely, you’re going to Gaden Heaven. And when you’re born in Gaden Heaven or Tushita, you will be born from a beautiful lotus in front of the great golden Maitreya, the great Buddha in the future will appear, sitting in the posture of a Western style, on a throne with the legs down, waiting to stand up, with the beautiful Bodhisattva ornaments, smiling and waving, holding a Dharmachakra and holding a beautiful vase of nectar, immortality – in Gaden Heaven.

And to his left is the great Kadampa Guru Atisha, to his right is the great King of Dharma, Je Tsongkhapa. Below him, below the great Atisha is the great Kuan Yin Posa, Avalokiteshvara, and to his right is the great Vajrapani Posa. And surrounding them are all the gods of Gaden Heaven.

So if you go to Gaden Heaven, if you don’t like Je Rinpoche, you can get it from Maitreya; if you don’t like Maitreya, you can go to Kuan Yin; if you don’t like Kuan Yin, you can get from Vajrapani; Vajrapani too wrathful you can go back to Attisha. So lots of choices in Gaden Heaven to get teachings actually!

So powa practice is excellent. Also you get a very, very strong connection to Maitreya Buddha. When Maitreya Buddha appears in the future, in Bodhgaya, you will be reborn there, if you choose so, if you pray to in order to be his closest disciple, and if you don’t want to go to Gaden Heaven, definitely by Je Rinpoche’s practice, you can take another rebirth again and again to come back and help. Your choice, Je Rinpoche’s practice has this kind of benefit.

Then, if you practice Je Rinpoche, the Dharma becomes much easier. Since we all belong to the teachings of the great Gelugpa sect (Gelugpa which means “Virtuous Way” or “The Way of Morality”) then if you practice the Gelugpa teachings and you practice the teachings of the Gelugpa sect, the virtuous ones, and also you have your teachers of the Gelugpa sect and their lineage comes from the Gelugpa sect; and since you’re praying to the very saint who started the Gelugpa sect, any teachings you study in the Gelugpa teachings, Gelugpa texts or lineage will come very easy and fast and much more powerful, or much greater understanding, more powerful understanding will come by the blessings of Je Rinpoche.

Also, this is the best Guru Yoga. There is many types of Guru Yoga. This is the best Guru Yoga because Je Rinpoche is in the form of a Lama. So when you visualize him inseparable from your Guru and you recite his mantra, actually you’re reciting the mantra of your Guru. So therefore the benefits of reciting the Guru practice is very powerful, very excellent.

So Guru Yoga is complete in this practice. One of the five preliminaries is Vajrasattva, prostrations, mandala offerings, water bowl offerings and Guru Yoga. Along with Guru Yoga – you don’t have to do it separately – along with Guru Yoga also wisdom is attained, compassion is attained, power is attained; connection with Maitreya Buddha, connection with Vajrapani Buddha, connection with Tushita Heaven.

Also Je Rinpoche’s practice will protect you from three types of obstacles – inner, outer and secret. The outer harm that Je Rinpoche protects you [from] is harm from humans, non-humans, elemental such as floods and fire, bad weather and also accidents, lacking necessary conditions for spiritual practice such as time, such as money, such as food, a place to stay, finances, what not. So Je Rinpoche’s practice will also help you to prevent those outer obstacles.

Then inner obstacles is he will help you to prevent sickness. By doing Je Rinpoche’s practice, your life becomes long, it becomes stable, it becomes very powerful and also helps to become better. I’ve heard many times people who have bad health, they’re recommended to do Migtsema practice.

And inner obstacles such as sickness, strong delusions and negative thoughts will be released and lessened by Je Rinpoche’s holy practice. And after that, the inner obstacles – so that’s outer, inner – and then secret, it is the grasping onto ordinary appearance, the grasping onto ordinary conceptions, the grasping onto dualistic appearance, dualistic – seeing things as having dualistic nature and also good and bad, white and black, pleasant and unpleasant. And ordinary conceptions, ordinary appearance, to see oneself in the ordinary form.

It will destroy the secret obstacles to Enlightenment which is ordinary conception, ordinary appearance and dualistic appearance.

So Je Rinpoche’s practice has these kinds of benefits. Also with Je Rinpoche’s practice you can create rain to make crops, to gather clouds which you don’t need around here. And to cure the disease “drib” disease or physical disease caused by spirits that make people fall and become unconscious without visible reasons. It’s almost like epilepsy, that type.

Then with Je Rinpoche’s practice, you can also avoid harm from weapons. So if you do it well, if people throw knives at you, if they shoot at you, it will be gone. Many, many times in Tibet, people holding Je Rinpoche’s gaoo (or protection and has the holy image of Je Rinpoche, which this one has, and inside has the things from their Lamas inside and they wear it, when they go and have to escape, or they have to fight, and when they shoot, the bullets are actually deflected).

So actually it can cause protection from weapons. That is if you practice.

And then pacify obstacles to growing crops. For example, insects – you can get rid of insects by Je Rinpoche’s practice, and to find food, if you have difficulties for food, to pacify obstacles when you’re traveling. So Je Rinpoche’s practice, before you travel, if you take refuge and visualise Je Rinpoche and you do the Gaden Lhagyama and recite Migtsema, a lot of obstacles for traveling will be pacified.

In fact, if you do Je Rinpoche’s practice and you follow Je Rinpoche’s advice, and you do his teachings, which is the lojong and Lamrim, 50 Verses of Guru Devotion and the Mahamudra so that the essence of Je Rinpoche’s lineage, the essence of Je Rinpoche’s teachings is Lamrim. Lojong means “thought transformation.”

These were especially explained by great Geshes, or these great Masters explained the thought transformation along with the Lamrim, along with Mahamudra which is the Emptiness teachings. These three are the essence of Je Rinpoche’s practice, the essence.

So why are they the essence? Because these are the teachings that will take you to full Enlightenment. So Je Rinpoche out of the millions of teachings given by the great Buddha, he picked out the essence that would be best for our people at our time, at this situation, with our karma.

So if we don’t do any other practice, we don’t do any other meditations and we don’t do anything else and we follow Je Rinpoche’s teachings well and we listen to him well and we follow his teachings well, definitely we will attain a higher rebirth, we will attain rebirth into Tushita, we will get Enlightened. Definitely.

Also Je Rinpoche’s practice has the Seven Limbs.

The seven limbs are the essence of all the prayers. Every sadhana, every teaching, everything that you have, any praise that you have has the Seven Limbs inside. So Je Rinpoche’s teachings, Je Rinpoche’s practice, the Gaden Lhagyama, also has the Seven Limbs enclosed. Incredible. And it has dissolution of the Guru. The Guru dissolving into you and staying inside of you. So it is incredible, an incredible practice.

Also when Je Rinpoche, before he was born, as it was predicted by Buddha, before he was born his mother had incredible dreams. Such as one time his mother dreamt of Vajrapani from the sky throw a thunderbolt (this is a thunderbolt or a vajra), threw this thunderbolt down and it landed inside the mother’s womb. Another time, the mother had a dream that a statue of Avalokiteshvara came and merged into her womb. She had many signs like that.

And then the time that Je Rinpoche was born many dakinis and dakas were heard singing outside. Incredible voices singing outside. Rainbows appeared. Also, from the drop of blood of the mother during the birth, it landed on the ground, a beautiful white sandal tree grew. That white sandal tree grew and from the leaves, a beautiful Bodhisattva appear. And every the autumn comes, the leaves will fall onto the ground. Many pilgrims would come to grab those leaves, they don’t dare pluck it. They would keep the leaves. And even those leaves, when they were crushed and made into medicine and people took it, they would be healed. That tree is still alive, it is still existing now in Tibet, in Amdo district where Je Tsongkhapa was born.

Je means jetsun, exalted. Why is he exalted? He is out of samsara, he is free from samsara, out of samsara. So Jetsun meaning “one who is exalted” or “out of samsara.” Jetsun or Je Rinpoche. Rinpoche means “Precious One,” very valuable, very precious.

So Je Rinpoche is a short name for him or you can say Je Tsongkhapa. Tsongkha is the district that he was from in Tibet. Tsong means “onion.” So he is literally called “The man from Onion Land” because in his district in Tibet, many, many onions grow, lots of onions. So he is the “Man from the Land of the Onions.”

So Je Tsongkhapa. Pa makes it male. Je Tsongkhapa. Or Je Losang Dragpa, you can say, it’s okay. Lobsang Dragpa. Lobsanglob is “mind,” sang is “good,” or “Good Mind” or “Pleasant Mind,” “Excellent Mind.” Lobsang means “Good Mind;” Dragpa means “famous.” “Kirti” in Sanskrit.

Or his Sanskrit name is Sumati Kirti. His name from Tibetan is translated into Sanskrit: Om Ah Benza Guru Dara Sumati Kirti Siddhi Hung Hung. Sumati Kirti means Good Mind, Famous One, Exalted Famous one.

So his name is Lobsang Dragpa, Famous Good Mind. Lobsang Dragpa is the ordination name he received. When Je Rinpoche took ordination, he took it from His Holiness the great Karmapa at that time. Karmapa gave him the name Lobsang Dragpa. So some people say Lobsang Dragpa, some people say Je Lobsang Dragpa, some people say Je Lama. When we say Je Lama we know it’s him. Then some people say Je Rinpoche which means “Precious Exalted One” or Je Lama Tsongkhapa or Je Tsongkhapa or Tsongkhapa.

So all these names refer to him because he’s so famous in Tibet, Mongolia, and in the North China area. Even if in Beijing, there’s a very big museum. In there, there’s a one-storey-high Je Rinpoche. A huge Je Rinpoche statue. So even in Imperial China, Je Rinpoche was practiced and was worshipped and was taken into consideration at that time.

That is actually how the lineage came about.

Now we look at the text. You can recite this in Tibetan or you recite this in English – it doesn’t make one difference. It is exactly the same. But the mantra or the prayer that you can recite in Tibetan will be a little more auspicious since the lineage came down in Tibetan, or the sound came down in Tibetan.

So the first verse is

“GA DEN HLA-JI NGON-JYI THUG-KAY-NEY
RAP-KAR SHO-SAR PUNG-DEE CHU-DZIN TSER
CHO-KYI GYEL-PO KUN-CHEN LOZANG DRAG
SEY-DANG CHE-PA NE-DIR SHEG SU SOL”

Or, “From the heart of the Lord of the Gaden Devas emerges a brilliant white cloud, like a mass of fresh yoghurt. Atop sits Tsongkhapa, all knowing, King of Dharma, we request your coming to this place along with your great disciples.”

When we recite the first verse, “From the heart of the lord of the Gaden devas emerge…” you should have beautiful offerings in front. Beautiful offerings and the incense billowing and the lights billowing. And what you visualize is all the gods around, playing music and dancing and singing with benedictions and singing praises. All of them, all around you singing praises and benedictions. The ground is clean, with the eight auspicious signs, incense – millions and millions of incense – blowing.

Then with music and bells. In Tibetan tradition when we invite Je Rinpoche, when we recite that verse

GA DEN HLA-JI NGON-JYI THUG-KAY-NEY
RAP-KAR SHO-SAR PUNG-DEE CHU-DZIN TSER
CHO-KYI GYEL-PO KUN-CHEN LOZANG DRAG
SEY-DANG CHE-PA NE-DIR SHEG SU SOL
[*rings the bell at the same time*]

This represents beautiful music, the gods, and parasol, and banner and also everyone surrounding him coming down. This is what we visualize when we ring this it has a lot of meaning.

Also, when you ring the bell, you’re offering Emptiness up to Je Rinpoche. The bell represents Emptiness. Why? It is empty of inherent existence. Where does the sound come from? Where does the sound go? When we examine clearly, the sound doesn’t exist as we have labeled it. It is independent of existence. It is dependent.

Therefore, we’re offering the sound of Emptiness up to Je Rinpoche which is the actual offering, which is the best offering we can offer to our Guru – Emptiness.

So we ring the bell up to Je Rinpoche and in this hand, if possible, to hold an incense. If not, to have the incense on the altar – same. Then you visualize beautiful flowers all over. The ground clean like lapis lazuli with the eight auspicious marks, and gods and goddesses all around, dancing and singing and offering music and holding parasols, waiting for the great Je Rinpoche to come.

And holding the incense, you recite the holy words with this visualization. So when you recite that verse, that’s the visualization you’re supposed to have.

Just recitation alone cannot bring you to Enlightenment. It cannot. It plants some seeds, it has some blessing and the sound is very powerful to bless the area, but you cannot get enlightened without meditation.

Actually it’s a very powerful practice. Even having a statue of Je Rinpoche in the house – with faith, that whole area that you’re in will be blessed. Number one.

Number two – that house will not fall to poverty. With faith if you have Je Rinpoche. It’s a great, great blessing. It’s the holiest blessing.

If you don’t have a bell, then you visualize beautiful music, everything I’ve just described. And then from Gaden Heaven, from the heart of Maitreya Buddha, in a cloud-like yoghurt – you know. this cloud is like yoghurt, very white and fresh, and very beautiful – comes out. This cloud it’s actually wisdom coming in the form of a cloud, coming down.

Then as it comes in front of you, on top of that appears three beautiful thrones. Then the centre one his highest, the one on the left and right is lower, with eight lions on the eight directions holding it up. It represents protection from the four fears, which is the demon of delusions, demon of contaminated aggregates, demon of death and demon of… devaputra demons, physical demons. And four protection from the four maras in particular.

Then on top of that is a beautiful throne and a lotus. The lotus represent’s Je Rinpoche’s great Bodhicitta and compassion, that he has achieved.

On top of that is a beautiful moon disc, representing his realization of emptiness, and on top of that is the beautiful, youthful Je Rinpoche, 16 years old, wearing the three robes of a monk – the shamtap, this yellow Dharma robe, and one more Dharma robe that goes on top. The three robes of a monk with a danka which is what we usually wear, and sitting in the vajra position, like Buddha.

Sitting in the vajra position representing his stability in his realization cannot be lost. Like us, we study a little bit, then we forget. This stabilization is symbolized by him sitting in the vajra position, immutable, indestructible, immovable. Cannot move him, cannot destroy him, and it’s unchanging.

When he holds his beautiful hands that are graceful and white with a tinge of red – the white represents Bodhicitta, the tinge of red represents Emptiness, realization. So in tantra, the mother tantras represent wisdom, the mother aspect represent red, or the red blood cells of the mother. Then the white is the white sperm or the white Bodhicitta of the father. So the white represents Bodhicitta. Bodhicitta is male, wisdom is female.

So Je Rinpoche has a very, very powerful tantric symbolism. So by seeing his beautiful white body which is the colour of a snow mountain and the sun reflecting on the snow mountain, and then the colour of that reflection is the colour of his beautiful white body, tinged with red, representing Bodhicitta and the realization of Shunyata. Wisdom and emptiness, method and wisdom, combined. So even the colour has great meaning.

He has one face, representing he has realized reality, no more duality. His two hands represent the two types of Emptiness – ultimate Emptiness and conventional Emptiness. Two types of Emptiness, he represents. And his hands are in the form of a Dharmachakra which means he is constantly emanating and giving teachings. All the time, these emanations are going in the world in the form of monks, in the form of laypeople, in the form of friends, in the form of Sangha members, ordinary people, high people, low, Guru, all those things – emanating in a different form and give teachings, and benefiting others.

Then his holding a beautiful lotus that comes here. The lotus here on the left, he’s holding the prajanparamita teachings which represents wisdom because he is Manjushri. So in fact, these teachings represent all the teachings of the Buddha, all the teachings of the Buddha.

Then on his right, the palm facing out, the right hand, another beautiful lotus going up and this lotus on it is holding a beautiful wisdom sword with a flame, representing his sharp, clear wisdom and his realization into Emptiness. Without the realization of Emptiness, you cannot get out of samsara. Without compassion and without Bodhicitta, you can get out of samsara.

So wisdom is very important. Je Rinpoche has the complete realization of shunyata, Emptiness, which means he is out of samsara, which mean you can go to refuge for him, which means he can lead you out of samsara and give you the perfect teachings on Emptiness.

And also, he has the yellow golden pandit’s hat. This pandit’s hat has a point – it means that he has gone to the point of no more learning. The Bodhisattva stage of no more learning, which means his learning and realizations has reached the pinnacle. He has reached the point….his attainments and his Enlightenment and his learning has come to the point of no more learning, to the pinnacle. So that pointed hat represents his learning, that is true pinnacle, no more. He is fully Enlightened.

And it is the beautiful colour of yellow, golden yellow represents increase in the Dharma.

Red is the colour of control. Controlling what? Controlling the negative mind, controlling delusions, controlling wrong speech, controlling desire, controlling ignorance and hatred. So the great pandits of ancient India, the great mahasiddhas of India, debated with their opponents with the red hat representing control.

When Je Rinpoche was having a sleep, then the great Vajrayogini, the dakini Vajrayogini came into his dream and told him, “Oh great master, now that the light of the Dharma has spread in Tibet, there is no one that is a real triptika opposing Dharma. So now we need to make the Dharma grow. So therefore great master, change your red pandit’s hat to yellow and by that, it will be an auspicious sign for the growth of Dharma.”

So in the morning, he advised his tailor to change the colour because it was advise from Vajrayogini. So our yellow hat of the Gelug tradition is not something that the lamas just made up to be different, or to be bright or to stick out in the crowd or to glow in the dark because it’s yellow. But actually, they made it yellow because it was Vajrayogini’s holy advice to Je Rinpoche directly to change the colour of the hat.

So the shape of the hat came from India; the colour of the hat was advised by Vajrayogini. So it is very auspicious, even that hat. So when we see that hat, we should remember the meaning behind it – the growth of Dharma, the pinnacle of learning. And then the best place to go for refuge is Je Rinpoche because there’s no one more superior than him.

 

Disc 2

So his holy body, just to see it in that form. And then also, he’s wearing the robes of a monk representing, not you should all become monks, but you should hold on to your vows. Your individual vows, your vows of Bodhicitta, and your vows of tantra. You should hold on to your vows. So the robes represent vows – the pratikmoksha vows. So when he wears the robes, it’s telling you the best way to practice Dharma is by way of vows.

So when he wears these robes, it means you should hold your vows. All of you have some sort of vows – the refuge vows, Bodhicitta vows, and the tantric vows. You should hold those well.

Then when Je Rinpoche comes, the second verse… that part you do the first verse. So when you recite the first verse, it has this kind of meaning to it. You just don’t recite it. You have to do this visualization.

The next one is “My Lord Guru is seated before me upon a lion-throne, lotus and moon cushion. His body is white and he smiles blissfully. Please remain many eons and serve as the great merit field for the growth of my mind’s faith, and for the increase of Lord Buddha’s teachings.”

The next verse is requesting for him to stay and to give teachings. It’s very, very important. If the Lama has already passed away, if the Lama has the power to go, you must ask the Lama to remain, you must request, you must collect the merit, you must do longevity practices, you must make many statues, you must make donations in your Lama’s name, you must print Dharma books, you must do your practice. And all of your practice, you dedicate to your Lama’s life.

So when Je Rinpoche comes, you visualize him as your root Guru, whoever your Guru is, or if you have five, six Gurus, you can visualize all of them there, doesn’t matter. You have five cups, you can combine all the water into one big cup. All is the same, no difference.

Then, Gaden Heaven looks like this. “To the north of this continent, Jambudvipa, is Mount Meru, which has four stepped levels. On top of Mount Meru is the land of the 33 Heavens, the second abode of the desire realm gods. In the space above this is the Land without Combat, the third abode of the desire realm gods. And then the space above this is the Joyful Land, the fourth abode is of the desire realm gods.” so above all the god realms in samsara, all the gods of the highest realms, is Gaden Heaven, Tushita. Just above this, is the god realms, is the pure land of Buddha Maitreya which is also known as Joyful Land or Tushita.

And he told his other friend, who’s another Rinpoche (Oh, of course it’s inside talk, you know). He says to the other Rinpoche, “Me and you are both going to Kacho Heaven, we’re going to Vajrayogini’s heaven. I’m going to go first.” After he said that, then a few days later, he went into meditation and he passed away, completely. And he did the Vajrayogini practice which is his main practice. Je Rinpoche and Vajrayogini. I found out later. So actually when you go to Gaden Heaven, quite excellent, quite wonderful

You have to request them to teach, you have to keep requesting. You must request the Guru to stay, you must request them to guide you, to teach you. And when you request the Guru to stay and to guide you, then you collect the merit for him to stay and to guide you, to help you, to assist you. Even in this life, and then future life, future life, and future, you will meet with pure Mahayana Gurus who will guide you and teach you by reciting this verse.

Then, the next one. “His omniscient wisdom-mind encompasses all that is existent. His voice is a profound teaching, which ornaments the ear of the fortunate pupil. His body’s beautiful radiance evokes wondrous admiration. To Lama Tsongkhapa, whom merely viewing, hearing or contemplating earns one great merit, I make prostration.”

So in this one they are praising Je Rinpoche’s qualities. They’re praising him and telling him that he has the pre-eminent qualities of the body, speech and mind. He is a fully enlightened Buddha, he has complete omniscience and he realizes Emptiness directly. This is the quality of his mind. Compassionate, realizes Emptiness, has skilful means to teach – these are the qualities of his mind, which is the qualities of the Conqueror, Shakyamuni.

By saying this one in the verse, we are doing verbal prostration. Then hearing Je Tsongkhapa’s speech causes fortunate beings to experience happiness. Just hearing his speech is so beautiful and so wonderful when it comes to our ears. It’s like a beautiful earring, it’s like an ornament for the ears to hear his holy Dharma. Because without the Dharma, we cannot control our negative mind, and become enlightened.

Just by seeing Je Tsongkhapa’s actual body – seeing his statue, seeing his photo – hearing about his teachings, hearing about his qualities, reading about it, thinking about it, or meditating on it; hearing, thinking, contemplating on the form, speech and activities of Je Tsongkhapa collects great amount of merit and purifies negative merits.

When we think about Je Rinpoche, which represents Enlightenment , which he is an enlightened being, because the karma in relation in that enlightened being, by thinking about him, you collect the merit. So when we think about him with faith, you collect the merit of the mind, you purify the mind. Mental prostration.

If we praise Je Rinpoche, we get enlightened. Verbal prostration.

Then physical prostration. Around Tsongkhapa, you can visualise Tsongkhapa as an emanation of all the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and deities. Three types of prostrations you’re making up to Je Rinpoche. So it is the verse of prostration out of the seven limbs.

Then after that, offerings: “I present to you great merit field, Tsongkhapa, beautiful offerings, water, a display of flowers, fragrant incense, butter-lamps, perfumes and more both physical and mental offerings, vast as the clouds and wide as the ocean.”

So when you think about this, you should stop. Each phrase, you should stop. Each phrases you should stop and meditate on the words and what we’re talking about now.

So when you make offerings right, it’s a very powerful way of collecting merits. We visualize all the beautiful pools, lakes, all the beautiful lakes and gardens, springs and fountains and water, all the mineral water in the world, you know, and every single stream and all the beautiful water in the offering in front of us, we’re offering to Je Rinpoche. In the first cup.

The second one, again, all the water in the world, filled with saffron to wash Je Rinpoche’s feet. Feet water, or foot bath. Because in ancient India, people come from far away, and when they come to your house – your Guru, or your teacher, or your parents – immediately, you give them something to drink and before they enter the house, you wash their feet.

If they’re a high person – higher than you in rank or position or spiritual powers – you wash their feet out of respect. After you wash their feet, you dry it off cleanly and you bring them inside. Then you give them something to eat, you offer some lights, you offer some food, some music to entertain the guests.

Then after that, all the beautiful flowers in the world, in front of Je Rinpoche. And you’re offering it up.

Then all the beautiful smells in the world. So you visualize beautiful incense, billowing in the world, millions and millions of incense and you offer it to Je Rinpoche.

Then the next one is light. The light of the sun, the light of the moon, the light of the stars, the light of the neon lights. Offer everything up to Je Rinpoche. Everything is there, represented by that praise.

Then the next one is perfume. So Estee Lauder, Chanel No. 5… All the beautiful… all the perfume. In the future you’ll always be born in a clean place, in a place that has good smells, a clean environment, a smooth environment for offering beautiful smells up to a Buddha.

And the next one is food. All the cakes and everything wonderful and you put it up there. And you represent it there and you offer up to Je Rinpoche.

Then after that, beautiful sound. So you can put another cup, anything that represents an instrument. Then you can put it inside and offer sound.

All the beautiful sound, everything wonderful and beautiful in the world you offer up to Je Rinpoche.

And at that time when you recite that verse, again you ring the bell if you have it.

So *rings bell* “I present to you great merit field, Tsongkhapa, beautiful offerings, water, a display of flowers, fragrant incense, butter-lamps, perfumes and more both physical and mental offerings, vast as the clouds and wide as the ocean.” Offer up.

And then you offer up your practice.

Then the next one is purification. If we do not purify our negative karma, we will never be able to get the holy Dharma. If we do not purify our karma well, even when we get the holy Dharma, we cannot understand, we feel sleepy, or we feel tired, or we feel lazy or when we try to meditate, we feel not in the mood, or we get distracted easily, or we get sick, or we don’t have enough money, or we get hungry, or we feel uncomfortable. All this is a sign of obstacles, that negative karma is not purified.

Actually, for Dharma we should be very excited, we should be very awake, we should have a lot of energy, all day, all night, all the time. For dancing, for singing, for going out, for parties and these things, you should feel very tired. But actually, we’re the opposite because when we say,

This must be purified. If this is not purified, we will get sickness, unhappiness, unstable mind, no Dharma realizations, none. Without purification.

In order for purification to come about, then we need four causes for purification to come about. What are the four causes?

In order: Remorse…After your remorse, then you can promise never to do it again. Remorse, regret. Next after regret is? The promise not to do it again. The third one is antidote application. To do practices that are opposite…. To do practices that will purify such as the 35 Confessions, Vajrasattva, and meditation on Emptiness. So to do antidotes, applications or the application of antidotes.

The best ones for sutra of breakages by sutra methods is the 35 Confessional Buddhas –Number two: Vajrasattva. Number three: meditation on Emptiness. These three are the best methods for purification.

Along with that, of course, prostrations is excellent. So to do that will cause the demerits or the negative karma you have already collected to be purified.

The fourth one is to do the opposite, such as taking refuge, developing compassion, reciting mantras, doing meditations, studying Dharma. Regret, promise not to do it again, antidote, application, then to do the opposite, Dharma actions. With these four powers and then you recite the verses of Je Rinpoche, right, “The unwholesome actions of body, speech and mind, which I have accumulated over a measureless period, especially actions contrary to the three vows (Vinaya, Boddhisattva, Vajrayana), I regret (So Vinaya is for the monks. For you instead of Vinaya, you can think of the refuge vows). So refuge, Bodhissatva, Vajrayana, (tantric) I regret extremely from the depths of my heart and I reveal each and every such action.”

Who are you confessing to? The great Je Rinpoche who is three Bodhisattvas. Who are you promising? Je Rinpoche, who is your Guru. Who are you making your confessions to? Je Rinpoche. And who are you offering praises to? Making offerings to? Reciting the mantra to? Je Rinpoche. Everything is included in this short little practice. How easy! Just those little verses.

So purification is finished. Then the next one is rejoice, feeling happy.

“We totally rejoice in your magnificent achievements, my Lord, who received numerous teachings and performed the practices with utmost diligence, who abandoned the eight worldly objectives and made the most meaningful use of the 18 opportune conditions during these degenerate times.”

So beautiful. In Je Rinpoche’s autobiography, Je Tsongkhapa says that first he studied the Dharma extensively. Then he realized that all Buddha’s teachings are personal advice. Then finally he gained deep realization of Dharma through practicing day and night.

He then dedicated all his activities to the fruition of pure Buddhadharma. In short, in this degenerate age, Je Tsongkhapa showed the best example for Dharma practitioners to follow. He taught what pure Buddhadharma is, and how to study and practice Dharma, and how to accomplish pure realizations. Contemplating this, we rejoice from the depths of our hearts in his great deeds while reciting the verses of the sadhana.

When we rejoice, all the merits these beings have collect, we will collect by rejoicing. Even the good things you have done – the offerings you have done, the teachings you are getting, the Gurus you have met – all this to rejoice. When you rejoice, it is the easiest and cheapest way to collect merit.

So if you rejoice in Je Rinpoche’s great holy activities, Buddha Shakyamuni’s holy activities, Kuan Yin Posa’s holy activities, you gain the merit of what they collect. Such an easy and wonderful and beautiful way of collecting merit.

Then he practiced. He abandoned the eight worldly objectives. What are the eight worldly objectives? The eight worldly objects that he has abandoned, the eight worldly Dharmas is the concern to encounter, the concern to get pleasure, material gain, praise, good reputation; the avoidance of pain, concern for material loss, blame and poor reputation. This is the eight worldly concerns that Je Rinpoche has abandoned.

Then he had made the most meaningful objectives of his eighteen opportune conditions. What are the eighteen opportune conditions? Eighteen opportune conditions are the 10 endowments and the eight freedoms. Ten endowments: the ten qualities that characterise the perfect human rebirth. Born as a human, born in a Dharma country, born with sound mental and physical faculties, born free of the five extreme actions, having faith in Buddha’s teachings, being born where a Buddha has descended, where the teachings have been revealed (because some Buddhas come and they don’t teach). So when a Buddha has descended and when the teachings have been revealed; when the teachings are still prevalent and not passed, when there are still followers of the teachings; and having the conditions necessary to practice Dharma – food, clean place, all the conditions.

Then the eight freedoms… the eight freedoms which a perfect human rebirth is free from. Being born in a hell realm, being born as a hungry ghost, being born as an animal, being born as a barbarian, being born as a long-life god, holding wrong views, being born where no Buddhas have descended, being born with defective mental or physical faculties.

Then the next one is “All you Holy gurus, unerring in conduct, may you precipitate a rain of realization of Bodhicitta and Shunyata from the clouds of all-knowing compassion which fills the Dharmakaya sky, providing for the field of disciples precisely what is needed.”

That is requesting for the turning of the Wheel of Dharma. When Buddha became enlightened, after he became enlightened the great gods, Brahma and Indra, appeared before Lord Buddha and requested for the teachings. One held the Dharmachakra wheel, one held a conch shells and prostrated three times to the Buddha to ask him to give the teachings.

Therefore by reciting the verse of the sadhana, we make special request for the turning of the Dharma. And when we make this request to Je Rinpoche for turning the Dharma, because he is the Guru, because he is the Yidam, because he is the Dharma protector, because he is the Buddhas of the 10 directions and three times, combined, condensed into the three Bodhisattvas – Avalokiteshvara, Vajrapani and Manjushri – and emanating in the form of a single Lama, when we make requests to him, we are making requests to the three Bodhisattvas, in turn the ten directional Buddhas of the three times, past present and future.

Therefore, we make a connection to the Buddhas for them to give teachings. If we don’t request them, they will not give teachings. Buddhism is not a religion that goes out and converts people. It must be requested, it must be asked with offerings, with a sincere heart.

The great Lamas of the past went to India from Tibet, and offered all the gold, all the silver, everything precious that they have at the feet of the Lama, and they offered their body, speech and mind up to the Lama in order to get the Dharma.

When you make an offering up to the Lama, you visualize the whole planet, you offer everything in samsara, everything wonderful and beautiful you offer up to the Lama in order to collect the vast amount of merit.

Like that example, it’s very, very important to request again and again to Lama Tsongkhapa for the holy Dharma teachings, to turn the wheel of Dharma. Therefore, we’re asking Maitreya to turn the wheel of Dharma, all the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Chenrezig/Avalokiteshvara and Vajrapani; all of them, Manjushri/Wen Su Shri Posa. All of them we’re asking to turn the wheel of Dharma. So it’s very, very important to request them to turn the wheel of Dharma.

 

NAM-DAG WO-SAL YING-LEY JING-PA YI
ZUNG-JUG KU-LA CHAR-NUM MI-NGA YANG
THA-MAL HNANG-NGOR ZUG-KU RAG-PA NYI
SEE-THEE BAR-DU MI-NUM TAN PAR SHUG

“May the Vajra body created from the purity of clear light, free of the rising and setting of cyclic existence but visible to the ordinary viewer only in its unsubtle physical form, stay on unchanging, without waning until Samsara ends.”

This is very auspicious because in most seven limbs, you ask the Guru to stay once. In this one, twice. So in this one, you ask again the Guru, “Please stay, please remain until samsara end.” So here you think about your root Guru and all the Gurus in the world, all the great teachers, you ask them here through Je Tsongkhapa.

Then after that will be dedication. Any acts we do, the motivation is like the top. The action is like the item and the dedication is like the bottom top, so you seal it.

If you have a little bit of merit, dedicate it towards the greater merits – Enlightenment, Bodhicitta and realization of Shunyata. If you dedicate all your actions then until that dedication is fulfill, it will be not destroyed.

Dedication is very, very important and to dedicate it toward the Dharma. At the end of the day, before you go to sleep, you should think “All the good things that I did today, I dedicate for the growth of the Dharma, for the expansion,” because if the Dharma grows, more teachings; when more teachings, more people listen, more listen, more contemplation, less delusion, less suffering, Enlightenment. It’s very important to dedicate towards the Dharma.

So the dedication here:

DAG SOG JIN NYEH SAG PA GE WA DEE
TAN DANG DRO WA KUN LA GANG PHAN DANG
CHE PAR JE TSUN LO ZANG DRAG PA YI
TAN PI NYING PO RING DU SAL SHEH SHOG

“May this merit accumulated by myself and others, beneficially serve all sentient beings and the Buddha dharma and especially may the essential teachings of the unerring master Tsongkhapa become clear and enduring.”

Between the dedication and the mantra should be mandala offering. Whether you do the mandala offering or not is your option. Is totally your option. Of course if you do the mandala offering, it’s very wonderful.

The mandala offering should be done well. Although the words short, it should be done in full.

So when you offer up, you visualize all the beautiful things in the world, all the things that you’re attached to, all the gold, the silver, the jewels, all the precious things, the lakes, the mountains, the animals, the parks. Offer everything up. All the knowledge, all the food. Everything in the world you visualize.

Visualise everything beautiful and wonderful and complete. Then you recite the mantra, OM IDAM GURU RATNA MANDALAKAM NIRYATAYAMI.

When you recite the mantra, then you bring it towards you and you close your hands into a fold. You visualize all the attainments coming to you. And then Je Rinpoche accepts it, everything you’ve given to him.

Then after that comes actually the mantra recitation.

MIG MEY TZE WAY TER CHEN CHENREZIG
DRI MEY KHYEN PI WANG PO JAMPAL YANG
DU PUNG MA LU JOM DZEY SANG WEY DAG
GANG CHENG KE PEY TSUG GYEN TSONGKHAPA
LO SANG TRAG PEY SHAB LA SOL WA DEB

“Je Tsongkhapa, crown jewel of the Holy Masters of the Land of Snows, you are Avalokitesvara, great goldmine of compassion untainted by ego’s delusion. You are Manjushri, great master of stainless wisdom. You are Vajrapani, great subduer of all the gatherings of devils. At your feet, famed Lobsang Dragpa, I humbly bow and earnestly request that all sentient beings achieve Enlightenment.”

Very powerful, very excellent. While you’re reciting that (one mala), you take your mala, you sit straight, in meditation posture is possible and you hold you mala up in your right hand (practically, left is better for tantra, but right is okay) and then you pull the bead towards you. The bead should be 108 or 111, either one. The best beads are made of bodhi seeds, lotus seed – it’s very, very good. Crystal is very, very good. Crystal is excellent for gaining compassion. Actually Bodhi seed would be the best. If you can, then otherwise, lotus seed, otherwise crystal, or wood, or sandal, anything you can attain.

And then the mala that is blessed by your teacher is excellent. If not, you can bless it. You recite Migtsema three times, then you bless it. And the mala should not be taken into the toilet. If you take it to the toilet, you bless it again. It should not be kept on the floor, it should not be stepped under, it should not be used in ways like decoration, ornaments. It should be very clean, it should be very holy. If you keep it around your hand, if you keep it around your neck (monks cannot wear it on the neck; lay people can wear it on the neck), as beautiful as possible.

When you recite the mantra, you should not burp, you should not fart. You should not talk, you should not laugh, you should not sneeze, you should not cough, you should not move around.

If you do, you recite the mantra seven times extra to repair. And if you’re doing a long retreat, you can drink. If you’re doing a long retreat, you can get up, put your mala down, go to the bathroom, if you need to. Don’t talk, don’t do anything. Don’t stop by and get a cheese sandwich! You go to the bathroom, you relieve yourself. After you finish, you rinse you mouth, you wash your hands, you return and then you start.

 

Disc 3

When you recite the mantra, no music, no sleeping, no talking, sit straight, sit in good posture. It’s very important. Then you get the benefit in doing the visualization.

The first meditation you do is inside the white light. Inside the white light millions and millions and millions and millions and millions of small Manjushri, holding a sword, every single atom, billions, infinite Manjushris coming down and hitting your head and dissolve into your body.

So millions and millions of Manjushri come and fill your body with Manjushris. And then push the negative karma of your body out in the form of black light, snakes, mucus, pus, black blood, vomit, urine, scorpions, snakes, leech, through your anal hole, through your anus. They go seven levels under the ground.

And then Yama or Yamaraja, the king of death, is sitting under there. Sitting under there, he wakes up from the sleep, he looks up, ah! he’s very happy, he wants it. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche explains this to me. So he wake up, he open his mouth, the great king of death. And then all your obstacles for life, all your negative karma of your body, all unhappiness and sickness, all the negative impurities of the body, if you have some disease here or here, then you visualize it coming and the lights burning the disease, so powerful and pushing it down and purifying it with Manjushris. Manjushri cuts it. Cut down everything and then send the lights down into his mouth.

When you do this meditation, it will create your life to become longer. You’re making him happy. That’s why I say Je Rinpoche’s practice – long life practice.

Then your body becomes filled with Manjushris, very pure, very clean and glowing. Every single space filled with Manjushri. Your body is strong, is powerful, indestructible. You visualize. Glowing.

Then again from the lights come, this time speech. You visualize Om Ah Ra Ba Tza Na Dhih, orange in colour and many Dhih, small Dhihs. If you can visualize the Tibetan it’s better because the mantra is very good here.

Orange in colour, many, many Om Ah Ra Ba Tza Na Dhih and then this letter, the seed syllable of Manjushri – this is the seed syllable, Dhih – Millions and millions of Om Ah Ra Ba Tza Na Dhih coming down, coming to the light and entering into you to purify your speech, completely.

So all… if you have bad speech, it becomes clean. All the negative speech, schismatic talk, divisive talk, talk that hurt, harm, cursing and unskillful words, words that are lying, all these from previous lives, now become purified. And you visualize your speech becoming very clean, very pure, gaining the sixty qualities of a Buddha’s speech, pleasant, very powerful and the speech of Dharma, that when you speak the Dharma, *snaps fingers* the other person don’t have control. When they listen to your speech, when they hear your speech, they have no control but they must practice Dharma.

Then afterwards, you visualize the blessing of the mind. Sent from the white light from the three Lamas again come the syllable Dhid alone. Millions and millions of these coming down, along with that the weapons. You can visualize here Je Rinpoche’s sword and then the texts, the complete Dharma texts. You visualise millions and millions of Dharma texts, small, visualize them as the nature of light so when the sword comes, it just melt.

So your hatred, your covetnous, your jealousy, impatience, anger, stupidity, lack of wisdom, cannot remember, don’t remember Dharma texts, lazy – everything from previous lives, bad karma and now, all the bad qualities of mind push down. And your body filled with Manjushri swords, very sharp. Visualize the swords made of rainbow quality light. The sharper you think, the sharper the wisdom become.

Then wisdom of teaching Dharma and skilful Dharma – how to teach people skillfully. Whatever people need, you give them first. To check the other person’s mind – what he like, what he don’t like, what she likes… how to skillfully bring the other person to Dharma. You can get that power if you visualize the beautiful strong swords of Manjushri coming like this.

Then again the three lights combined come down – Manjushri, the wisdom swords, Dharma texts, Om Ah Rah Bah Tza Na Dhih, combine, come down for the last time and wash away, wash away completely. The traces of ignorance taken out – so you sit there with great bliss and great happiness.

Sometimes if you get tired by doing Migtsema, through this visualizations, you can think about different Dharma subjects – about refuge, you can think about the qualities of the Buddha, you can think about impermanence, you can visualize Je Rinpoche’s body, first the nose, then the eye, then second eye, eyebrow, face, mouth, slowly the hat and ears.

Expand your meditation, expand, make it bigger, clearer, better. And hold the meditation.

So in tantra, both is achieve. So it is better to focus on Je Rinpoche who is a Buddha, and get the imprints of the Buddha and single-pointed concentration. Whereas if you concentrate on the breath, it’s okay but only one benefit. Je Rinpoche – two benefits.

Then when you visualise that, everything become clear. Then very important, Yamaraja, feel very happy, he feel very full, very satisfied. And then he lays down and goes to sleep. It’s very auspicious. And then the ground closes. Between the ground and you, a double vajra appears, Seal the ground. And Yamaraja cannot come out. Very powerful for long life.

And then, after you finish that, how many migtsema you want to do, up to you. How many you can do. Every day at least do 21.

So everywhere you take Je Rinpoche, nice. And you have beautiful picture, statue of Je Rinpoche, photo or thangka and you make offerings to Je Rinpoche, peaceful offerings, and prostrations, and you visualize my Guru here, all my Gurus here, all the Buddhas here, all the Yidams here, all the protectors, then you have the arhats, dakas, dakinis, and last the Dharma protectors.

Visualise all this in the light and dissolve into Je Rinpoche. And he’s there. Small, simple, clean with two tiny disciples. How simple and easy and clean, and you get everything.

Then after you finish one, you finish the migtsema retreat, very beautiful. Now you ask Je Rinpoche to dissolve into you. Now you look in the text:

 

PAL-DAN TSA-WEY LA-MA RINPOCHE
DAG-SOG CHI-WOR PE-ME DAN-JUG LA
KA-DRIN CHEN-PO GO-NEY JE-ZUNG TE
KU-SUNG THUG-KYI NGO-DROP TSAL-DUL SOL

“Dear worthy root Guru, please ascend the lotus seat atop the head of myself and the other beings and in your great kindness please remain with us. Bestow upon us the blessings of your body, speech and mind.”

Give me the blessings of your body – what you visualize, Je Rinpoche very happy.

When you recite that first line, what happens is immediately Je Rinpoche is very pleased and very happy. So his throne or, the three thrones dissolve into the lotus, the three lotus dissolve into the moon disc, the moon disc dissolve into the Lama. Then Khedrup Rinpoche, Gyaltsab Rinpoche dissolve into Je Rinpoche. And Je Rinpoche is alone and sitting there, very happy, very beautiful.

And Je Rinpoche shrinks, in the size of a thumb. That’s what happens, you visualize like that. And then surrounding Je Rinpoche is still the cloud, and the cloud is connected to Maitreya’s heart. Very important – not to lose the cloud of Maitreya’s heart.

So the second time you recite the verse:

PAL-DAN TSA-WEY LA-MA RINPOCHE
DAG-SOG NYING-KHAR PE-ME DAN-JUG LA
KA-DRIN CHEN-PO GO-NEY JE-ZUNG TE
CHO-DANG THUN-MONG NGO-DRUP TSAL-DU SOL

 

“Precious, noble root Guru, please occupy the lotus seat within our hearts and in your great kindness remain with us. Please grant us your blessings for our temporal success and for the supreme attainment.”

 

When you recite this one, Je Rinpoche come down and then turn around and sit on top of your head. Then you visualize the main psychic channel from here, the psychic channel coming down, straight down. Here at your heart, at the central channel, inside the central channel is straight. Outside is blue, inside is red, soft like light.

Then at the heart, starting from the centre here, coming all the way down, is the central channel. At the heart area is a lotus, moon disc and the letter Dhih. What is that Dhih? It is your subtle consciousness. It is your subtle. Remember we have three minds? Raw consciousness, subtle and very subtle. This is your very, very subtle consciousness. This is your subtle consciousness – that’s you.

Now, when you say the third verse:

 

PAL-DAN TSA-WEY LA-MA RINPOCHE
DAG-SOG NYING-KHAR PE-ME DAN-JUG LA
KA-DRIN CHEN-PO GO-NEY JE-ZUNG TE
JANG-CHUB NYING-PO BAR-DU TAN-PAR SHUG

 

“Beloved, noble, root Guru, please occupy the lotus seat within our hearts and in your great kindness remain with us. Please stay until we achieve Enlightenment. Please stay with us until we achieve Enlightenment.”

Then when we say that, the Guru come down, very happy. Here is the an eight-petalled lotus. Eight. Very small and fine like. Then, eight-petalled lotus with moon disc, the Dhih on top. Who’s the Dhih? Subtle consciousness. It’s you, is your mind. Then Je Rinpoche come down, very happy, he melt down the central channel, coming down. Then the lotus open, then he come down, and he touch and mix with your Dhih. Now your Dhih and Je Rinpoche become mix.

At Je Rinpoche heart, you visualise Dhih. You can visualise they become one, just Je Rinpoche.

Then the lotus close. When the lotus closes, is very, very important this one for powa practice to go up. When the lotus close, then the mantra surrounding it, keeping it closed. Oh Ah Ra Ba Tza Na Dhi Sumarti Kirti Shi ___________ The mantra wrapping around.

Then Je Rinpoche descend, but the cloud is following him. So at the top of the lotus… the lotus, closed, Je Rinpoche inside mixed with your Dhih. You and Je Rinpoche become one. Then at the top of the lotus where it close, the cloud going up the central channel. Where’s the cloud going? Out from here to where? Maitreya’s heart. Wherever you go, it’s there. Maitreya’s wisdom is so powerful.

And then when Je Rinpoche dissolve, you feel very powerful, very strong. Very wonderful. For a few minutes you visualise your mind and Je Rinpoche’s.

Then my Guru and Je Rinpoche and myself and all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas mix with my mind. When you meditate like this every day, I guarantee you will feel great bliss. I guarantee. You will feel something come up in you that pervades you.

If you visualize this in the day time, every day, when you die, you can visualize easy. At the time of death, you want to go, you visualise Maitreya Buddha and you visualize the cloud and then you and Je Rinpoche’s consciousness will leave through your central out, follow the cloud out. Leave this shell, let it go. And focus on that cloud, go straight to Je Rinpoche heaven. Straight.

And I guarantee you, you will be in Tushita heaven. Definitely. The last thought at the time of death… if it’s a very bad thought, attachment, you will reborn in the preta, spirits. It will bring up the karma to reborn there. If you think about Dharma, Je Rinpoche practice, your practice, your Guru and you want to go Tushita, Maitreya, it will bring up the karma that you have been collecting your whole life practicing; it will bring that karma up, immediately that karma will push you to Tushita Heaven. You just go up on the string. Don’t need any other powa – this is it.

How powerful this powa practice is and to be born in Maitreya’s place, and to visualise Maitreya Buddha every single day with Kuan Yin Posa, with Vajrapani Posa, with Atisha and Je Tsongkhapa there and all the gods there. And then your Guru there, sitting in the centre, and yourself here ready to go. How beautiful, how strong, how profound.

And getting wisdom, long life, health, protection from spirits, compassion, power, powa to go to heaven. All the practices combined is here in Je Rinpoche’s.

So you should make offerings, prostrations, confessions, the seven limbs. Make statues, be kind to people, do charity – you should do all this work and dedicate it to fulfilling the practice of Je Rinpoche and to go to Tushita Heaven. There, I already described how beautiful it is to become enlightened. Can go and develop a very special relationship with Maitreya Buddha.

Then Je Rinpoche is here… So that is during your meditation session. In between when you go to work, when you go out, when you go driving, when you go here, when you do your other work, from time to time, concentrate on that cloud, the cloud connecting to Maitreya. Number one.

Number two, Je Rinpoche here. Everything you drink, you visualise going to Je Rinpoche. All the nice things, you visualize going to offer to Je Rinpoche.

When people give you ang pow… think “Oh, I offer this to Je Rinpoche,” never think for me. “Oh, I offer this to Je Rinpoche. Je Rinpoche accept and I pray to Je Rinpoche that may I get Enlightenment.” Then I put in my wallet and go shopping.

So every thing during the day you can offer to Je Rinpoche.

Actually, if you do this, it’s very profound. All day long. Then when you go to sleep, pillow. Concentrate, meditate, sleep like the Buddha on your right side, with your finger put under your head, with your right ring finger, close your right nostril and go to sleep on your right side, this one putting here, concentrating.

And what do you concentrate? Go to Je Rinpoche. In case you die that night, that’s the last thing you thought about. Very powerful. The minute you wake up in the morning…

immediately what do you think? The cloud to Maitreya. Why? Because to get you familiar and get you ready for the real time. All day practice

Keep your refuge vows, keep your tantric vows if you have, and Bodhisattva vows, to purify, to collect merit, to finish the five preliminaries according to Je Rinpoche. Prostrate to Je Rinpoche 100,000. Make mandalas to Je Rinpoche, 100,000. Make Vajrasattvas, 100,000. Then you make water offerings, 100,000 to Je Rinpoche. Then you do the refuge 100,000 to Je Rinpoche. And then the Guru Yoga, Migtsema, 100,000. All dedicate to Je Rinpoche. Focus. Excellent.

On your throne… in our traditional Gelug order, we have Je Rinpoche, the two disciples, on the left is Buddha, on the right is Tara. And then offerings, and then stupa and Dharma texts. This is a traditional Gelug altar. This is the basic minimum you should have if you follow the Gelugpa tradition.

Je Rinpoche’s practice is excellent, powerful, very good.

Today, we have been very fortunate because of our previous lives’ good karma and the blessings of our root Gurus and by our clear, clear commitment to our Guru and because we have a special affinity to Je Rinpoche and because we have a special affinity to the teachings. And we probably have made prayers, practice, or prostrated or made some offerings to Je Rinpoche in the previous life.

Therefore, today we’re very lucky to be able to explain and listen to the holy teachings of Je Rinpoche and his holy practice. So we should immediately rejoice. When we rejoice, the merits become greater and greater. Feel happy and feel very, very luck to meet and hear and talk about, contemplate and see Je Rinpoche’s holy teachings, which will collect merit, purify, give us compassion and wisdom; also, it will take us to full Enlightenment. If not, Tushita on the way.

 


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  1. Pastor Han Nee on Nov 29, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Lama Tsongkhapa is the embodiment of three Buddhas – Manjushri(the Buddha of Wisdom), Avalokiteshvara(the Buddha of Compassion) and Vajrapani(the Buddha representing all the power and skillful means of all Buddhas). In fact, the Migstema itself, represents the Path to Enlightenment!

    Hence the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa -the Guru Yoga, the Migstema and the Dissolution of the Field of Merit -is a powerful practice that we should engage in daily. The following are some of the benefits of this powerful practice.

    The power and blessings of Lama Tsongkhapa’s practice –
    (1)The benefits of reciting the Migstema[ a collective practice to the three Buddhas (Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri and Vajrapani)] -one is able to gain wisdom, and the realization of Shunyata. One is also able control spirits and demons and black magic, as well as to control negativities, pacify the area. One is further able to control diseases and bring healing by the power of the Migtsema. There are many more other side benefits.

    (2)The benefits of the Guru Yoga practice – Lama Tsongkhapa’s practice protects the practitioner from : a)outer harm and obstacles – harm from humans, non-humans, and elemental forces such as floods, fire, bad weather and accidents, lack of money and resources, and poor health ;b) inner harm and obstacles – sickness, delusions,wrong views and negative thoughts; c)secret obstacles (obstacles to Enlightenment) -grasping at ordinary appearances or conceptions, grasping at dualistic appearance.

    The Guru Yoga contains the seven limb prayer which is a powerful prayer for the accumulation of the merits we so badly need and for the purification of our negative karma.

    No one should miss the chance of receiving such an abundance of benefits! Everyone should be doing the Guru Yoga of Je Tsongkhapa and reciting the Migtsema daily!

  2. Stella C on Feb 9, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Thank you Tsem Tulku Rinpoche for sharing & the teaching. I have incorporated Migstema in my life and I can see the improvement in my life. It felt as though the mindstream shifted from negative facing to positive facing. After about 2mths of daily chanting, I also find practicing & learning Dharma becomes easier.

  3. Jacinta Goh on Feb 2, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    Although I have few books of the commentaries and story on Lama Tsongkhapa, I am still very much attracted to the transcript of this teaching. Being a mother, the transcript helps a lot especially during travelling, and very often I read it when my kids are sleeping. Thanks a lot for those who involved in transcribing the teaching! (With folded hands)

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  5. David Lai on Nov 15, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Rinpoche has promoted Lama Tsongkhapa ever since he stepped foot in Malaysia. It is just perfect for Malaysians because we love exotic deities and practices but do not have the time to engage in endless studies, receive initiations and upholding the commitments. Hence, Lama Tsongkhapa practice come into the picture and it is perfect because people can just do the practice sans commitments. And it is highly effective because he is Manjushri, Chenrezig and Vajrapani combined. Just the perfect practice for busy Malaysians or rather the global modern individual seeking spirituality.

  6. Wan Wai Meng on Oct 18, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    The Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa is very powerful and the benefits is so innumerable a practice for everyone without a sadhana to do. So much benefits in under 15 minutes amazing.

  7. shelly tai on Oct 18, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for explaining to us the detail teaching of Lama Tsongkhapa. I think is very clear how to visualize when we do this pratice it really blow my mind I will digest the information and put it into pratice as my everyday prayer.
    With folded hands
    Shelly tai

  8. Ck siah on Oct 8, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    感恩仁波切分享LAMA THONGKHAPA上师瑜伽法入门教义,让我们更清楚明白上师瑜伽法法门和仪轨,我本人觉得只要依止上师的教诲,我们很容易得到冥想开示而心思有股很强的加持和平静, 身心有着正能量的净化才让我们可以达到禅修的效果。

  9. AdelineTan on Oct 7, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    I love Tsongkapa Guru Yoga, we are so fortunate to receive this sacred practice from H E Tsem Rinpoche. I find it very beneficial, by reciting Migtsema can help calm my mind, improved my memory and my health conditions and also help to clear obstacles for our spiritual path. I hope one day we will be able to have a Migtsema retreat in Kfr lead by our precious Guru. Thank you for sharing this profound teachings in details.

  10. Erickksiow on Oct 6, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche and E-Div. Guru Yoga ( Lama Tsongkhapa ) is a very good practice.

    Best Regards : Eric kksiow

  11. Patsy on Oct 4, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    It is a lot of work to get this transcript out and I thank Rinpoche and the team for their hard work and dedication that will bring tremendous benefits and great blessings to many!

    May we all be able to meet Lama Tsongkhapa’s teaching life after life!

  12. David Patton List Jr. on Oct 3, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    yet pubtrum

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  15. Adrian Cho on Aug 7, 2013 at 11:10 am

    This was so nice and wonderful Guru Yoga teachings, that I can knows more about this Lama Tsongkhapa practice 🙂

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this teachings to us.

  16. Lester on Apr 13, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    I rejoice in the publication of this teaching and the bliss and good fortune bestowed upon all who have read this. May the merits multiplied. May the merits be transferred immediately to all beings that are helpless, suffering and lost, that they may immediately encounter the most appropriate Dharma for their capacity and karma, that their pain may end immediately, and that the supreme enlightenment be within their grasp now. Amen!

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  18. Rafael Herranz on Aug 15, 2011 at 12:40 am

    Thank you very much for this teaching in particular and for all his work in general is very rewarding and challenging, very inspairador.
    Best regards.
    Tashi Delek.

  19. Ac17 on May 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche, Thank you for transcription. Totally rebooting my processor!!!

  20. Iulian Istratuca on May 21, 2011 at 2:16 am

    From the bottom of my heart I want to thank you for transcription because the sound on video files is bad and my English is worse.
    Respect for those who worked on. Namaste. _/\_

  21. Ethan Hoo on May 20, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche. I’ll practice as you have taught. Thank you for your kindness.

  22. Sharon Saw on May 20, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    If anyone would like to read these teachings in a book, it’s also available in a Tsongkhapa boxset, which can be obtained from Vajrasecrets.com, which is run by the e-division.

    http://vajrasecrets.com/products-by-category/books/english-books/tsongkhapa-boxset-a-simple-guide-to-a-powerful-practice.html

  23. Sem Chen on May 19, 2011 at 2:35 am

    Thank you. I love Rinpoche’s teachings on the practices, always inspiring.

  24. Koh Hee Peng on Apr 26, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I remembered listening to the teachings a year back. Now with the transcript it would help a lot in understanding the teachings. Dear Rinpoche, thank you very much for your kindness to share with us the transcript. Thank you.

    E-Division, you guys simply the best!!!

  25. Lester Lim on Apr 25, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Rejoice!! This commentary has great blessings!:)

  26. Raluca on Apr 19, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    How good to find the transcript! When I tried to listen to it on youtube i found it difficult to hear some parts!
    Good job for the people working…

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    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 06:42 PM
    According to the Buddhist teachings, we all have a unique blend of karma that determines where we are born, the circumstances of our birth and the quality of our life. Naturally, this is due to the actions that we performed in previous lives. Karma also dictates our characteristics and traits that determine how we act throughout our lives, which in turn leads to certain outcomes in this life and a determination of where we will take rebirth in the future.

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    Discover your traits according to the Mewa, or Magical Square system of Tibetan astrology below, and find out how to purify your negative karma to improve your life!

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    Radin explained in his book: “For a Western-trained academic, the mere existence of, say, telepathy would be considered supernormal and thus wildly extraordinary. But for an experienced yogi, it’s just a boringly normal minor siddhi [a Sanskrit term for a meditation attainment, or power]. A skeptical scientist, not having the benefit of thousands of hours of practice in yoga and meditation, would require repeatable, rigorously obtained experimental data showing odds against chance of a gazillion to one. The yogi merely requires his own experience.”


    Very interesting read: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2157904-supernormal-abilities-developed-through-meditation-dr-dean-radin-discusses/?sidebar=morein
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    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:41 PM
    This Mahasiddha is Kukkuripa (the dog lover). He loved dogs so much. When he meditated in the cave he had his doggie with him. She had kept him company for years in his cave. They shared bedding, food, water and company. When he gained high attainments, the Dakinis came to take him to Kechara Paradise. He was hesitant to go but the Dakinis insisted and he went with them.

    He arrived at Kechara (Paradise/Buddha abode of Heruka and Vajra Yogini) and enjoyed teachings and feasts up there and they asked him to stay longer if not forever…. But he kept thinking about his doggie left alone in the cave. He felt guilty and missed her. Kukkuripa would use his psychic powers to see his poor doggie alone and hungry waiting for him at the cave while enjoying the attention of the Dakinis and feasts. The cave was dark and had no food. The doggie had to go out and find small tiny scraps of food and was getting skinny. Kukkuripa saw this and it pained him. Worried she was not getting enough food. He use to share the offerings of food he would get from people with her. Doggie and him would delightfully eat the food together. Kukkuripa had no attachments to ‘clean’ or ‘dirty’ in regards to sharing food with his dog. He had overcome this in his meditations. In ancient India, people would not co-habitate with a dog. It was considered unclean and filthy, but Kukkuripa had cast away those notions and loved his dog as she loved him. But he felt guilty to leave her alone while he was ‘enjoying’ himself in Kechara and could not stop thinking about his beloved dirty smelly dog in his cave alone…so he left Kechara Paradise and all it’s ‘delights’ for his doggie. He couldn’t abandon her. The Dakinis implored him to stay, but he was firm to return. The Dakinis said you will give up this paradise here for a mere dog???!! You can advance further in your meditations if you stay in Kechara and then help the dog later they attempted to persuade him. But Kukkuripa would not stay, he was loyal to his little dog as she had kept him company for many years in the lonely dark cave. She was loyal to him and how can he abandon her now. He couldn’t and he wouldn’t listen to the Dakinis. He left to join doggie. He never forget her companionship and loyalty. All the wonderful things in Kechara could not tempt him against his loyal friend the little doggie. He left everything for her.

    So he finally left Kechara to the Dakinis dismay and went back to his cave to be with his dog so she won’t be alone. Doggie was delighted to see her master and wagged her tail so much!! She licked him and he hugged her! She was skinnier for not eating well these few days he noticed. He fed her and hugged her and loved his doggie…He went back to his routine of meditation, receiving food offerings and sharing his food with doggie. They were happy together. One day, when he was scratching her in her favorite place and she licked him so his eyes were closed, when he opened his eyes she had suddenly turned into a Dakini shimmering with lights! The brilliance of the lights lit up the whole cave in front of Kukkuripa!! Kukkuripa was astonished to behold the splendourous lady in front of him! Of course this Dakini must be the Queen Herself he realized, as Vajra Yogini which was Kukkuripa’s main Yidam he had meditated on her for years in the cave. And She said to Kukkuripa, “Well done, you gave up paradise to be with just a dog..it shows you have given up attachements and projections of pleasant and unpleasant, now your Dakini will give you the final paradise (enlightenment)!”

    Kukkuripa attained full enlightenment blessed by Vajra Yogini by releasing the final subtle attachment to the non-existent self! After enlightenment his fame and name grew and many came to see him and he gave teachings to countless and benefitted many before he finally ascended to Kechara the second and final time. He was forever known as Kukkuripa the dog lover.

    I love him so much!!! This is one of my favorite Mahasiddhas along with Badrapa, Shantideva, Ghantapa and a few others. I wanted to share this story with you. I wanted you to know that there are many great true stories like this one about Kukkuripa that are true and can be applied to our lives. To inspire us.

    Tsem Rinpoche
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:29 PM
    The great and illustrious master Sonam Tsemo at the end of his life was described by an old woman who witnessed Sonam Tsemo depart. Standing on a rock at the holy spring near Sakya area known as Chumik Dzingka, his body ascended gracefully into the sky, still holding his dog. He loved his dog very much. Even today the footprints of Loppon Sonam Tsemo and the dog can be clearly seen in the rock, left for the benefit of living beings as a field from which to accumulate merit. It is a sign of a holy being when they can leave their footprints in stone for future generations to witness and make offerings on that spot to collect merits. This holy site was decorated by the great master Mantradhara Ngawang Kunga Rinchen later on. Other accounts say that he ascended from Gorum Library near Chumik Dzingka spring. A stupa containing his holy relics was erected there. Sonam Tsemo was a powerful practitioner of the Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini and at the end of his short life he ascended with his very body to Kechara paradise. He was 40 years old. Kechara is the sanksrit name of the special abode of Vajra Yogini. Those who practice Vajra Yogini to the highest level can ascend her paradise with their very bodies. Sonam Tsemo the great master of sutra and tantra was seen by an old woman flying off holding his beloved dog to ascend Kechara paradise. No one every found his body and his room was empty.
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:27 PM
    Congratulations to Mitra for his first dharma teaching in Nepali to the expats. So glad that Dorje Shugden practise can reach out to many in various languages and to different people. Mitra has done a good job in introducing Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and guided them on the benefit and iconography of Dorje Shugden.

    May Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and Dorje Shugden practise continue to grow and benefit more people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html

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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
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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
17 hours 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
17 hours 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
17 hours 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 week ago
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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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
1 week ago
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
2 weeks 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
2 weeks 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!
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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
3 months ago
Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
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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
3 months ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
3 months ago
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
4 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
4 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
4 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
4 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
4 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
5 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
5 months ago
Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
6 months ago
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
6 months ago
It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
6 months ago
Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
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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?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your question, it is good to see you back and asking more questions. Yes you are right, there are differences in the tunes and chants between the lineages. The differences can vary significantly between the traditions, for example the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism is known for its extremely deep throat singing which is very powerful and is characterised by a low, booming voice, in contrast to the other traditions. Even within a particular tradition, there can be slight variations as to the manner in which the chants and tunes are performed. For example those monasteries are which are affiliated with Gyume will have one way of throat singing, where those affiliated with Gyuto will have another. As far as I am aware there is no professional sheet music for the rituals, most probably because the music is actually an integral part of the ritual itself. Therefore the music, tunes, and chants are all taught at the same time the ritual and prayers are. The tunes, and use of the instruments all have specific meanings, because they are considered to be offerings to the deities in the form of sound. The monasteries would not have copies of sheet music either, because sheet music is western practice. The use of ritual music within Tibetan Buddhism is more of one based on memory. In the Kechara organisation, the puja team was trained in such ritual instruments at the same time they learnt the particular ritual from monks from the monastery, such as the puja of Dorje Shugden. From what I saw of the training, the musical tunes, and use of instruments was not written down but taught experientially at the same time as the chanting. I have not come across any other instruments being used in pujas apart from the traditional ritual instruments, because even the instruments themselves have a specific meaning. That is not say that school instruments cannot be used. This is because, as long as the offering is sincere, the Buddhas and enlightened deities will accept it, and in turn you will generate great amounts of merit. Offerings should be made to the best of our ability, therefore if you do not have access to the ritual instruments, or do not know how to play them, but you know how to play other instruments, and use these instruments as offerings to the Buddhas during pujas, the amount of merit you generate will be the same. This is because you are sincere with your offering. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • 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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