TRANSCRIPT: How Lama Tsongkhapa transforms to Vajrayogini

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April 5, 2010 

(Transcribed from a teaching given in Tsem Ladrang Kuala Lumpur, June 2010)

How Lama Tsongkhapa transforms to Vajrayogini

If you condense Buddha’s teachings step by step, they become the Three Principle Paths. We can develop the Three Principle Paths and gain mastery over our rebirth. You know why? So you don’t ever have to worry about yourself again and I don’t have to worry about you. You gain mastery. You can.

Therefore, the best anyone can do if not enlightenment for now is to gain mastery over taking rebirth coupled with developing the Three Principle Paths. They go hand in hand by the way. Where you want to take rebirth can be determined by yourself if you practice the sacred Vajrayogini Tantra thoroughly.

Start now before you are awarded the Vajrayogini empowerments. Start now! How? By holding your commitments and your vows – your refuge vows primarily and your commitments. Whatever you promise your Guru and your Dharma brothers and sisters to do, you do it. If you break it, you don’t create the causes to get Vajrayogini. One has to lead to another.

Be honorable and have integrity meaning that whatever you say you are going to do, do it. Whatever work or practice you have been assigned, do it diligently and happily. This applies to every Dharma student around the world not just here by the way. This is going to be seen by everyone.

Develop contemplations on the good qualities of one’s Lama again and again. Always contemplate how your Lama has changed your life, how you were before you met your Lama, how you gain purpose after your Lama, and basically how many examples the Lama has shown you. If you contemplate on that over and over again, it’s very powerful. Do you know why? Because when you receive Vajrayogini’s empowerment, you might even see your Lama as Vajrayogini. But if you always think negative thoughts and contemplate negative thoughts with your Lama, you will just see him as an ordinary person. You can still get the initiation but it is not as effective.

So by contemplating on your Lama and thinking about his good qualities and what he has done for you in your life until tears come down your eyes, always until it is spontaneous, you prepare yourself to receive Vajrayogini, from Vajrayogini. Never give up. Never give up. I quit, I can’t, I don’t want to, bye bye… never give up. If you give up on something small like this, how are you going to do Vajrayogini’s practice? That’s even more intense. So if you don’t give up now, when you get to see Vajrayogini, you are not going to give up. If you don’t give up Vajrayogini, you will gain Her paths. You will gain Her attainments.

Practice the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation, listen to the teachings. I have got it on YouTube. Listen to the teachings that I have given. Listen to it again and again and again and practice it. Why? If you develop the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation in your mind, when you see Vajrayogini, you will be very ready for Her practice. You see, these things I am giving you now are preliminaries, it’s just a foundation before you to get Vajrayogini. You don’t get Vajrayogini and then you practice this. You got to practice this before Vajrayogini, before Yamantaka, before Heruka, before Guhyasamaja, before Kalachakra. People go and get Kalachakra, Vajrayogini and then they practice this and that’s why they quit, they fall, they don’t do their sadhanas, they stop, they get lazy because they didn’t practice. That’s why I am very against Lamas giving you initiations publicly, openly. They just come and give initiations and go. I am sorry, no disrespect intended to my gurus or anyone but they leave a group of people who don’t know what they got.

Make it a point to get along with everyone as much as possible and be forgiving. Very practical. Study Lamrim. Study the Wheel of Sharp Weapons. Study the Bodhisattvacharyavatara by Shantideva, and Lojong. Lojong is mind transformation teachings, Geshe Chekawa’s mind transformation.

The Fifty Verses of Guru Devotion by Asvagosha – you should study that. You should encourage other people to study that and know it well. Do you know how you can tell you know it well?  When you start controlling yourself in the presence of your teacher. When you control yourself in the presence of your teacher, you can control yourself in the presence of his assistants and you can control yourself in the presence of his entourage, then his students and then everybody else you meet. It’s a gradual process. If you can’t even control yourself and roll your eyes in the presence of your teacher, you definitely will roll your eyes in front of everybody else. That’s not a Vajrayogini practitioner. That’s someone who when they receive Vajrayogini, they will kill the lineage. You know what? People look and say ‘oh I don’t want to practice, look”. That’s how you kill a lineage.

And then commit to one’s practice that is light and easy everyday. You should do Tsongkhapa’s Guru Yoga and Mitsegma daily. Setrap already told us that remember? We should do this every single day. So if new people come, old people come, lazy people come, and they ask, “what can I do every single day? What practice, what meditation?” ‘Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga and listen to the teachings Rinpoche gave, it is very good. Listen to it, practice it’. So that’s the meditation they should do everyday if they have obstacles and add Setrap to it, that’s it. They don’t need to do anything else.

Then later, Lama Tsongkhapa will transform. Lama Tsongkhapa’s hat will turn black, turn into hair. Lama Tsongkhapa’s face will turn into three eyes and fierce with fangs. Lama Tsongkhapa’s complete attainment over the four maras, will turn into the four fangs of Vajrayogini, two lower, two upper.

Lama Tsongkhapa’s complete clairvoyance and omniscience over the 3 realms will transform into the 3rd eye of Vajrayogini and Lama Tsongkhapa’s complete subjugation of His desire and attachment will transform His body from white to red. And Lama Tsongkhapa’s complete overwhelming overcoming of renunciation will turn into the knife of Vajrayogini.

Then Lama Tsongkhapa having attained great bliss and great happiness – a happiness that cannot be moved, that is not controlled by karma, situation, environment and geography, that symbol of Him attaining great bliss and great happiness of a Buddha, unchanging – will turn into a skull cup filled with intestines and blood.

Then Lama Tsongkhapa wishing to give you a higher path, controlling your winds and your energies and channels, will transform into his left arm which, instead of the Dharmachakra mudra, will go up into the sky and point to Vajrayogini.

Then Lama Tsongkhapa’s extreme compassion and bodhicitta and great love for you and great compassion and love and his vow not to give up on sentient beings will transform his face. Instead of looking at you, his face will look up to Kechara Heaven.

Then Lama Tsongkhapa’s extreme wish to nurture sentient beings to teach them the Dharma, to emanate, to take on the Rupakaya form, the Nirmanakaya form, to take on Tulku forms, to emanate, to teach, to turn the Wheel of Dharma, that great love and need and want to help you, will turn into the two breasts of Vajrayogini. Because the ladies’ breasts are why we are all here, and we’re healthy. Because they are filled with vitamins and nutrients. Like that, Vajrayogini’s breasts are filled with emptiness, bodhicitta and dharma. And when you suckle on her breasts, symbolically, you will become a Buddha.

And then, Lama Tsongkhapa shows you abandonment of the 8 worldly dharmas – he doesn’t want fame or praise or he doesn’t want compliments. He doesn’t want any of the 8 worldly dharmas. His complete abandonment of the 8 worldly dharmas will turn into the secret vajra, the secret “vajra lotus” of Vajrayogini, exposed. What ladies run around with their privates exposed, but Vajrayogini does. Because Vajrayogini’s privates exposed means something much more.

So Lama Tsongkhapa’s intense wish to free you of the 8 worldly dharmas of attachments will appear in the form of a beautiful lotus full and thick and exposed.

Then Lama Tsongkhapa’s complete destruction of ignorance and hatred, manifests in the form of black Bhairava, facing down and his red beautiful feet stepping on it.

And Lama Tsongkhapa’s ability to transform your desire into the path of the dharma, into the path of enlightenment is transformed into the consort of Bhairava – red, facing up and Lama Tsongkhapa is stepping on that.

Then Lama Tsongkhapa’s ability to not be affected by maras, weapons, anything negative, anything evil, thoughts, bad karma, obstructions, spirits, nagas, gods, his inability to be harmed by them, because he is enlightened, will be symbolized and manifested in the form of tumultuous fire, emanating from every pore of his red body surrounding him.

And then Lama Tsongkapa is unified with every single Buddha in existence, past and present. And these Buddhas manifest in the form of the King of the Tantras, Heruka. Heruka takes on the form of a katangka and then Lama Tsongkapa holds the katangka at the crook of his shoulders, looking up. And this katangka represents the hero, Heruka Chakrasamvara. And Chakrasamvara is the emanation of all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and Deities in the Ten Directions. And Lama Tsongkhapa embraces these Buddhas, meaning Lama Tsongkhapa and Vajrayogini are one.

And then Lama Tsongkhapa extols you, requests you and teaches you and invites you to practice the Six Paramitas of giving, effort, wisdom, asceticism, renunciation, etc etc. He extols you and invites you to practice this. And this invitation and his accomplishments of the Six Paramitas manifest into the six ornaments on Vajrayogini. So, in fact when you are looking at Vajrayogini, you are looking at Lama Tsongkhapa. When you are looking at Lama Tsongkhapa, you are looking at Vajrayogini. Hence, I tell everybody in Kechara House to practice Lama Tsongkhapa and in the future, it will lead to Vajrayogini.

Now, I gave you a vivid description of how Lama Tsongkhapa will transform into Vajrayogini. So later when you practice Vajrayogini, you say ‘but you told me one yidam, there are two, Tsongkhapa and Vajrayogini. No, it’s one. It’s always been one. It’s never been two. Never.

How does Lama Tsongkhapa’s yellow hat transform into Vajrayogini’s hair? Very simple. The meaning is the same. Lama Tsongkhapa’s yellow golden hat and the point of it represents He has reached the highest in existence. He manifests into Vajrayogini’s hair because Vajrayogini’s hair is straight and blue-black, (or sometimes orange) and not touched meaning She is free of any attachment, any entanglements of samsara. A person who is free from entanglements of samsara is a Buddha. So the point of the hat and the non-entangled hair of Vajrayogini has the same meaning. That’s why I have said a thousand times if you look at a Buddha’s body, if you know the dharma you can see the dharma in their body. If you know their body and you know the dharma their body is a ‘road-map’ to dharma, very clear.

So therefore, the gentle Tibetan monk who became a Buddha in His lifetime, the King of the Three Realms was predicted by Sakyamuni, who built Gaden, Sera Jepung, Tashi Lhunpo, Amdo, Bothalla, who has spawned great masters and teachers like Trijang Rinpoche, Khensur Rinpoche, Dalai Lama, manifests Himself later for you in a tantric path to control your winds and rebirth. His whole body gradually transform inside a gentle monk from Tibet into a fierce red lady for the Kali Yuga.

So therefore, you should do what? – Lama Tsongkhapa’s practice every single day and well, and that will lead to Vajrayogini. So people say, ‘well I don’t have a Vajrayogini mantra, I don’t have initiation, how can I start?’ I just told you. Does everybody understand? Is that very clear? Is it eloquent? Does it give you a good imagery in your mind? David has memorized everything, he will go back and write it so he doesn’t forget and he will blog it. So will Paris.

Then follow your teacher loyally and all the way, it says on my post. It is not for Kechara House and for me alone. That’s for every student out there in the world because if you don’t follow your teacher loyally, you jump from one center to another center, from one Lama to another Lama. Because in Gaden there are very simple and ordinary Geshes that we receive teachings from. They don’t sit on thrones. When they go to teachings, they sit on the floor with other normal monks, but we see them and the Lama on the throne as one. Be loyal.

Then the next step after that is when you have done all that I have mentioned, then you do the Guru Yoga, Vajrasattva, mandala, prostration, water offerings, 35 Confessional Buddhas. I wrote that on my post, on my blog. So what you do is, you set a beautiful Vajrayogini shrine, as big as possible, as beautiful as possible. And you know what? If you are going to be cheap skate about it, you will be cheap skate on your own attainments and your own enlightenment. It will be the best thing for you to set up a beautiful Vajrayogini shrine, spend all your money on making it beautiful and making offerings to Her and then you drop dead next week. That’s the best thing you did before you drop dead. If you save all your money and you set up nothing, you can’t take it with you and you didn’t collect any merits either. Set up the most Vajrayogini beautiful shrine. Take your time, do it well. Plan for it. If your budget allows you to have the most beautiful shrine and if it is this big, that’s beautiful. If your budget allows to be that big, that’s beautiful. And if you know someone else who doesn’t have the budget and they are sincere, sponsor it for them. You should find every opportunity to sponsor Vajrayogini’s statue, hundreds and thousands to people as much as possible.

Sponsor one Vajrayogini for every year of your birth, that would be beautiful and someone will worship it. Someone. Well, if your budget is this small, you sponsor whatever tsatsas for every year of your life. Then while you are sponsoring it, maybe you hit the jackpot, you can sponsor bigger ones. What else have you been sponsoring? You have been sponsoring everything, bringing your children, yourself and everybody into samsara deeper and deeper. All the sponsorship you have done in the past with your kids and everybody, if you didn’t meet the dharma, you just sponsor them to go to the three lower realms. Think about it. You should do that.

And when you set up this beautiful altar to Vajrayogini, do the five preliminary practice focused on Her. But she is not Vajrasattva. Do you need a Vajrasattva? No, you don’t need a Vajrasattva statue, She is Vajrasattva. Then you do the ‘35 Confessional Buddhas’. But I am doing ‘35 Confessional Buddhas’, that’s not Vajrayogini. If you do the ‘35 Confessional Buddhas’ it purifies your karma and you are focusing on Vajrayogini. So when you focus on Vajrayogini, when you purify your karma, you will become Vajrayogini. That’s your purpose to achieve Her practice. You have to understand.

So what people should do is, they should set up a shrine for Her and do everything that I have said here to focus on Her. So when they read the Lamrim at home, when they read the 50 Verses of Guru Devotion, when they read the Wheel of Sharp Weapons, they sit in front of her, make prostrations, offerings and read in front of Her as if it is Her practice. The 50 Verses, the Wheel of Sharp Weapons and Lamrim, mind transformation – the Eight Verses of Mind Transformation, all are Vajrayogini’s teachings. They are Vajrayogini in the form of word. They are.

How can you be devoted towards your Lama and not be associated with Vajrayogini? How can the Wheel of Sharp Weapons, realizing the effects of karma, not being Vajrayogini? Of course they are, people think mistakenly, that Vajrayogini’s practice must be Her mantra, Her sadhana, Her ritual, then it is Vajrayogini. No.

So I am spreading Vajrayogini’s practice without getting empowerment. Do you know why? So none of you break your vows. I am helping you. I am helping you connect to Vajrayogini without breaking your vows. Why am I doing that? Because I think She is the best yidam in the whole world. The end. You might think, you said ‘oh you are biased’. I am. Pabongka said it. My guru said it. Lama Yeshe said it. So if I am biased, I have got good support behind me. I didn’t wake up one day and say ‘oh you know what, Vajrayogini is the best yidam’.  Vajrayogini is very easy. All of Yamantaka right hand – 16 arms. When you condensed into one meaning it is Vajrayogini’s right arm. All of Yamantaka’s 16 left arms, when you condensed the meaning and what they are holding is condensed into Vajrayogini’s left arm. And I can give you an explanation. It’s all there.

Yamantaka has 16 faces, sorry 9-faces. Vajrayogini with the one-face has the complete meaning of all 9-faces of Yamantaka. Yamantaka with these 16 legs and what He is stepping on and the meaning is condensed into Vajrayogini’s two legs. Oh, definitely. I gave you a beautiful explanation of what her legs are, why they are bend, why they are straight for one.

But not today you know why? For a very simple reason: you guys don’t have Vajrayogini’s initiation. And then I know some people think but that’s not our fault. Yes it is.

So I want the liaisons to promote Vajrayogini and that creates causes for KWPC. Why are we building KWPC? Because we want a tourist place for them to hang out? No. Because we want to promote Vajrayogini, we want a huge Vajrayogini there. Start now.

Do you understand my blog post? So when people say how do I pray to Vajrayogini? I wrote it. Say ‘go to Rinpoche’s blog, his latest post on Vajrayogini, read it. Because I have a few posts on Her, the latest one and it looks just like this. It’s about a picture of Vajrayogini here.

How do you practice? You read the sutras in front of Her. You do the prostrations in front of Her. You do the prayers in front of Her. You direct it to Her. And you do the Wheel of Sharp Weapons in front of Her, dedicate it to Her, focus on Her, praying to Her. Can you or not? Of course you can.

Yes, in the Wheel of Sharp Weapons, they mention Yamantaka. And you know what is the funny thing? Listen to this little sick arrangement. Yamantaka, Vajrayogini and Heruka all reside in Kechara Paradise. Geshe-la told me that. I asked him, ‘what’s the name of the paradise in Yamantaka’. He says ‘Kechara’. I said ‘oh they all hang out together?’ he said ‘why not?’ I said ‘oh’. They reside together for whatever weird reason. That’s real cool.

So we go to Kechara Paradise, you can go down the road and say hello to Yamantaka, visit Heruka and have tea with Vajrayogini.




































然后宗喀巴大师教导你何谓舍弃世间八法——他不要任何的赞美。他不要世间八法。他完全舍弃世间八法的成就将转换成秘密金刚,即是金刚瑜伽母的私密处,曝露出来。有哪个女人会曝露自己的私密处到处乱跑? 金刚瑜伽母会!这完全是因为金刚瑜伽母裸露的私密处代表了更高深的东西。






































是的,在《利器之轮》里,他们提及了大威德金刚。大威德金刚,嘿噜嘎和金刚瑜伽母同样都住在克切拉天堂。格西拉告诉我的。我问他,大威德金刚的天堂是哪一个?他说,‘克切拉’。我接着说,‘哦,他们是一伙的吗?’他说,‘有问题吗?’ 金刚瑜伽母白天和嘿噜嘎一起,晚上则跟大威德金刚一起,难怪她那么快活。基于某些怪理由,他们都住在一起。好酷啊!






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  1. Vinnie Tan on Feb 27, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for reminding us the importance of holding our commitments and vow. Reminding us that our actions would always lead to other causes, just like when we break our vow or commitment, we will create the cause to not get Vajrayogini.

    Through the video, I understand how important it is for us to be preparing our minds before we even can receive the initiation for Vajrayogini. All the preparation work we have to train our mind like integrity, respecting and fully believing that our Lama is indeed a living Buddha in front of us (not just by our speech, but with our full mind and heart), the Eight Verses of Though Transformation.

    I understand that mind transformation is a gradual process and that we need to take baby steps, one at a time. When we rush and do not see the results, that is when it backfires and we would quit due to the lack of mind transformation.

    Thank you Rinpoche for the in-depth explanation of how each representation on Tsongkhapa would transform to the representation of Vajrayogni and what each representation mean. I find it really exciting that similar meanings would be shown in different representations and yet, the meaning of it still conveys through.

    I really like the point that if we really know the dharma, we would be able to see the dharma through the Buddha’s body or even from high lama’s body. Allowing the body as a map to teach and help navigate all sentient beings out of samsara.

    I agree with what Rinpoche said about having one lama, and one centre. The reason to it is because I would feel sometimes confused when listening to other lamas’ teachings as the things may not be necessarily applicable to me or even confuses with what Rinpoche has previously mentioned.

    I would also not be a cheapskate anymore, as like what Rinpoche said, if we are going to be a cheapskate about our shrine and spirituality path, we will be a cheapskate on our own attainments as well. I will definitely remember this well and not be a cheapskate any more..

    Thank you Rinpoche for constantly reminding us that we are the ones that would create the cause of things, we should never sit back, relax and wait for things to drop upon us. We have to fight to it and work for it.

  2. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 2, 2014 at 2:33 am

    It is truly through the kindness of our lamas we can to get practices and to know of all the fabulous tantric practices. May we all have the good fortune to practice so that we can benefit others too. The example given by Rinpoche shows that all Buddhas are one.

  3. graceleong on Sep 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    As I was completing my Tsongkhapa retreat of 10000 Migtsema mantras 3 weeks ago, I was sitting in front of my altar rejoicing over the fact that I was also creating causes in the future to receive Vajrayogini’s practice in this retreat as, Lama Tsongkapa and Vajrayogini are one.
    Thank you Rinpoche for your immense kindness to create so many ways and opportunities for us to reach Enlightenment quickly !I am eternally grateful ! With folded hands !

  4. Li Kheng on Sep 17, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    This is the second time I am reading this post and I thank Rinpoche very much for “decoding” the Dharma for us. Letting me see how straightforward the path is if I do not let my mind complicate things with excuses and expectations.

    I have heard that the various methods, deities, paths, styles of delivery etc. are all created by the kind Buddhas and Gurus to lead us to one final destination. However, in today’s fast pace society, we love variety: thinking the more alternatives we take, the more chances we have to gain spiritual attainments.

    From Rinpoche’s teaching, I gather that it is very important to practice and master one method first and expand from there. Additionally, there is no need to have QUANTITATIVE knowledge if the quality of learning is not there.

    Rinpoche has been very skillful and kind to have gifted all Kecharians and the millions of visitors of this blog access to the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkapa so that we have a short, simple and all encompassing practice that we can train ourselves for further spiritual practices.

  5. Pee Bee Chong on Sep 15, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness to share this profound teaching with us. I am doing the Tsongkhapa practices now. I hope I can be persistent and do it well every day.

    I am learning to practice the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation as well as the 50 verses of Guru devotion. I hope I can overcome all the obstacles and hindrances and able to go all the ways as taught by Rinpoche. Thank you Rinpoche.

  6. Joshua Akers on Aug 2, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Listening to the transformation process of how Tsongkhapa turns into Vajrayogini is amazing. It’s like a man turning into a werewolf only Tsongkhapa turning into Vajrayogini, Which is much better than a wolf-man.

    Also sponsoring Buddhas and why we should do that and WHO we should do that for is nice. Sponsor Buddhas for people who are less fortunate, as long as they are sincere. Don’t be afraid to help someone, the merits we gain are significant…

  7. Michael C. on May 6, 2014 at 7:26 am

    lol @ the last few minutes of this video… & i like and am going to steal Your idea to sponsor a Dharma Statue or TsaTsa for somebody every year on my birthday!

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  9. KH Ng on Nov 4, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    By doing our practice of mind transformation and doing our aspiration prayers in front of the sacred VajraYogini and most of all keeping our Guru Devotion, we create the cause to be empowered into Her most beneficial practice and attain Her qualities to benefit all sentient beings.

    I aspire to!

    Thanks Rinpoche!

    With Folded hands!

  10. jerry_sito on Sep 15, 2013 at 4:11 pm






  11. Lester on Apr 14, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Inspiring teaching! Though I cannot do it at present lifetime, I rejoice in those who could!

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  13. Joy on Feb 3, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Through this teaching, it is very clear that before one can wish for higher teachings and practices, one should actually start practicing the prelims and not wait for when one have receive the tantras then only they practice.

    We’re actually very fortunate to have Rinpoche explain and tell us the proper way to receive inititations because I have heard so many people all around the world who receives initiations of sorts yet the do not do any commitments, any tsog, they don’t even know the Boddhisattva vows! Can you beat that. That is why we are so lucky to have a Lama that tells us the truth and to prepare us proper so that when we do one day have the merits to receive the sacred Tantras like the supreme Vajrayogini, we would have been trained, ready and firm in committing to the practice.

    What’s the point of receiving initiation if you do not want attainments??? Might as well not receive it because it can be dangerous when you have no idea what you receive and committed to, likened to giving a child a car key and asking him to go drive it. Surely he will get himself in to an accident.

    This last point strikes me most… you do not need to get Vajrayogini to practice her, you can do it now with Lama Tsongkhapa’s practice, they are one… it is all up to one’s perspective and practice really.

  14. Lanse on Jan 2, 2013 at 3:27 am

    This is such a great and mind blowing teaching, thank you Rinpoche.

    All Buddhas have the same enlightened nature. But for normal lay people like us, before we have the opportunity to practice tantra, we need to go through sutric training first. And Rinpoche has kindly bridged this two together so that we can have a better understand of the practices we are doing now. At the same time, Rinpoche also taught us how to start making connection with the highest female tantric deity, Vajrayogini.

    Dear Rinpoche, thanks for always showing wisdom, compassion and skilfull means to all of us.

  15. Yap Xiao Ting on Dec 5, 2012 at 2:34 am

    8 Dec is Lama Tsongkhapa Day, so i though i have to at least go through the related info inside the blog, and finally unexpected powerful and wonderful sharing of Lama Tsonghapa and Vajrayogini come into an detailed miracle picture. Thank you.

  16. andrew hibberd on Sep 26, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    tulku i believe this is true and as equally i believe there are people who are as equal teachers from low land who speak equal truth
    is this true

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  18. wah ying on Aug 23, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Buddhism believes in start everything from small to create the cause, discipline ourselves, hold our vows and commitments well before we were awarded a “big assignment” or get any initiations.

    To accomplish small assignment well, with integrity and sincerity is the preliminary test before we get anything big or more important. In order to gain bigger success, higher training, we have to first pass the smaller tests.

    There’s no great thing to accomplish in life, but only to put in great effort in doing small matter and make it a success.

  19. Li Kheng on Jun 21, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Rinpoche has always said that Vajrayogini is the perfect practice for this degenerate age. I superficially understood this statement as meaning: She is the perfect practice as Vajrayogini uses desire to obtain attainments and enlightenment. Rinpoche’s teaching in this post further illustrates Vajrayogini’s perfect match to our time as we can practice daily and move towards receiving her practice without the risk of breaking our vows which is the high tendency of today’s practitioners. How skilful and compassionate the Buddhas and our Guru’s are!

    It is awesome to visualize how Lama Tsongkapa is actually Vajrayogini. It is most amazing that practicing Lama Tsongkapa’s Guru Yoga daily is actually the same as practicing Vajrayogini everyday. Thus, everyday and every moment we have the chance to create and build the foundation and path to control our death and rebirth. Contrary to what we think, this tool is readily available in our hands NOW.

    In many ways, this strategy is applied by Rinpoche in Kechara. Rinpoche created a comprehensive website, a content-rich blog, an interactive FB and Kechara’s 14 departments for us to kill two birds with one stone: We get to engage in activities that we are familiar with and interested in while collecting the merits required for our Dharma learning and growth. For example, IT freaks get a chance to indulge in the virtual world as their virtual personality while working to create valuable blog contents that benefits others. This relates directly to Rinpoche sharing in the post titled Cosmic Tantra: when working for the Dharma sincerely, we are engaging in acts that equal to preliminary practices such as 100,000 light offerings or prostrations.

    Thank you again Rinpoche for this valuably informative post on the most perfect Yidam and practice of our time.

  20. nani on Jun 19, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    thank you rinpoche for shering wonderful teaching .

  21. Low ksjc on Jun 17, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this valuable lesson in primarily preparation towards Vajrayogini initiation .Your explanation is clear and I could visualize it as it was mention. I hope that I would have the merit to receive it in time to come.The biggest challenge would be to discipline one self through determination and keeping the vows to our self and to our dear Guru.

  22. Keith@Sydney on Jun 16, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    The teaching was so powerful and inspirational. I am so motivated and inspired to develop and build a strong foundation before moving up for a higher teaching and practice. Thank you thank you Rinpoche for helping us connect to Vajrayogini without breaking our vows. I will download the file and put it on my phone to listen to it over and over again!

  23. Uncle Eddie on Jun 16, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    It has been pointed out to us that Lama Tsongkhapa’s great compassion and love for us and ability to bring us to higher states of mind and attainments, is represented in the way that Vajrayogini’s head is tilted upwards, looking towards the sky. It is a sign that by her practice, she will bring us to Kechara Paradise. Hence, we must now start to engage in creating the powerful affinity with her by engaging in the preliminary practices if not for enlightement for now, is to gain mastery over taking rebirth at least. By starting now and do what Rinpoche has directed us to do in his latest post Blog, then, we will be ready to practise her sacred Tantra and reap the results much quicker as Rinpoche advised, ” Don’t waste time and procrastinate due to excuses that arise from empty reasonings.” Thank you, Rinpoche for your deep concern.

  24. Helena on Jun 16, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Wow, Rinpoche explained to us clearly. The powerful practice on Tantric deities Vajrayogini. I heard so much about Vajrayogi can help us to put down our ego, desire quickly and free from attachment. Thank you Rinpoche for creating the cause for us to meet the queen ;)  
    By seeing Pastor Ngeow and Paul’s comment, I really wish to visit Nepal one day.

  25. choisheem on Jun 16, 2012 at 3:15 am

    This is a very detailed explanation on Vajrayogini’s iconography and how she is one with Lama Tsongkhapa. Thank you so much Rinpoche for preparing us for tantric practices. All this while you have been training us to not break our vows and to always keep our word of honor. You are also showing us guru devotion by your devotions to your gurus. These are all some of the important traits we must have in us if we aspire to have Vajrayogini’s initiation. How compassionate you are for guiding us to achieve her sacred practice which will lead us out of samsara.

  26. Paul Yap on Jun 15, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I love the tantric deity such as Vajrayogini. I have visited Kathmandu several times and have the fortunate to pay respect to the sacred Vajrayogini shrine/chapel, It has been a wonderful experience!

    must read “Vajrayogini and Other Sacred Power Places in Nepal”

  27. timothy miller on Jun 15, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    a very good explanation of the transformantion procedure very hard when reading this to not do the visualisations but will be fowwing the advice given in this article for the benifit of all sentient beings

  28. Christine Wang on Jun 15, 2012 at 2:39 am

    Very true. How can we do more if we can’t even practise what we are asked to do now. Such as daily pray. I dare not ask more questions to Rinpoche because there are tons of teachings I haven’t read / studied/ recited. There are answers all over the blog or books but we haven’t seen it. Yet we are greedy to request more teaching from Rinpoche. I dare not. I am shamed not to study as much as I should. No excuse. I just have to read more from today.


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  30. KYC on Jun 14, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Everything has become clearer and more meaningful now. Thank you for this teaching on the importance of being firmly grounded in the basic trainings.

  31. AdelineTan on Jun 13, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Very powerful and profound teaching by Rinpoche, in order to receive Vajrayogi’s enpowerment we need to discipline ourselves by doing our home work diligently that’s to hold our commitments/vows well,do our daily sadhana, practice guru devotion and 8 verses of thought transformation and the 5 preliminaries.Thank you Rinpoche for such a detail explanation.

  32. abby F on Jun 13, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Dear Rinpoche for Your kindness. Even though we are not qualified to receive Vajrayogini yet, but Rinpoche always teach us and help us to make connection with Vajrayogini.

    From Rinpoche’s teaching, I understand that to be able to receive higher practice/Vajrayogini practice, we should:

    1. Hold our commitments/vows very well. Do what we have promise all the way, especially the instructions/assignment that ones Guru has given.

    2. See our Guru as a Buddha. Contemplate the good qualities of our Guru. If not, we will see our Guru as a ordinary person and even if we get initiation from our Guru, we wouldn’t get the real benefits.

    3. We have to purify all the bad karmas we have and do preliminary practices. Do Vajrasattva and 35 Confessional Buddhas, practice water offering, mandala offering, prostration retreat, butterlamp offering and etc.

    And like what Rinpoche said in this teaching, we should also practice/study Eight Verses of Thought Transformation,Lamrim, the Wheel of Sharp Weapons, 50 Verses of Guru Devotion and Bodhisattvacharyavatara by Shantideva.

    We can gain attainment only from listening to our Guru instructions and do it well no matter how hard and how the situation is. Thank you Rinpoche for always make things easier and simple for us. We shouldn’t have so much of excuse for not doing this or that.

  33. Louise Lee on Jun 12, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Start from today i need to make over again, change my attitude. I want to receive Vajrayogini teaching.

    I want to throw away all the poison , and keep Samaya clean with Rinpoche.

    I want to meet Rinpoche And Dharma again & again. because i see everyday how the people live without dharma.

    I dont want go back to my previous life without it.

  34. yenpin on Jun 12, 2012 at 4:30 pm


  35. Mei Fong on Jun 12, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the wonderful and powerful teachings. I am very fortunate and grateful that Rinpoche shared this powerful teaching and preparing us for it. May we have the merits to receive her initiation from Rinpoche in the near future.

  36. tenzin llhamo on Jun 11, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the wonderful teaching. Its incredible! How something so sacred can be taught to us monsters. Rinpoche always talk about Vajrayogini so that we may have the karma to be able to practice her if not in this life but in lives to come. How wonderful! Rinpoche always think of ways to give her teachings no matter when or where. This show Rinpoche’s love and care for us all the time and only wish for the best and happiness for us always. May we have the merits to receive the teachings from Rinpoche always!

  37. Albert Ratchaga on Jun 11, 2012 at 3:50 am

    To built a high rise building, if we do not have a strong base, how we can built it? a high building without a strong foundation, it will collapse in a glimpse.

    Vajrayogini practice is the top floor of the building, before going up to the top floor, we have to go from ground floor, there is no short cut way up to the top.

    Making tea offering to Vajrayogini is also very important, because we can create affinity with her and her practice. There are more benefits for making tea offering to Vajrayogini.

    Please refer to:

    To understand more and learn the steps on making the offering. Yes, we can’t bring our material wealth with us at time of death, so why keep the money whereby we can actually use it in a better way, that is make offering to Vajrayogini, beautify Vajrayogini.

    Everything in this world has a price, so do enlightenment, enlightenment ain’t no cheap, we got to pay for many lifetimes until we achieve enlightenment. Therefore, before we get enlightened, we have to make sure we can come back next life to continue this practice. To be able t come back, we have to hold our commitment well, do our sadhana daily and follow the steps that is stated above.

  38. Lim Han Nee on Jun 10, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this detailed explanation of the multi-faceted link between Lama Tsongkhapa and Vajrayogini.

    First of all, if we study and practice Lama Tsongkhapa’s Three Principle Paths it will lead us to controlled rebirths; and so will the practice of the sacred Vajrayogini’s Tantra.(If we cannot gain Enlightenment, we must at least work towards attaining controlled rebirths).

    Then again, Vajrayogini and Lama Tsongkhapa are one. Rinpoche shows us how Lama Tsongkhapa transforms into Vajrayogini, symbol by symbol.

    However,first and foremost, it is essential that we do a simple practice well. We should do our daily Guru Yoga and Migtsema well, following Rinpoche’s teachings on them.This will lead us to Vajrayogini and Her practice.

    There are two sets of preliminary practices(before we ‘qualify’ to receive any practice of Vajrayogini) which we should start on immediately, if we have not done so already. One set includes the practice of holding our vows and commitments well, practicing strong and unwavering Guru Devotion, practicing Mind Transformation(Lojong) in accordance with the 8 Verses of Thought Transformation(practicing getting on with people as much as possible and be forgiving), studying: the Lamrim, 50 Verse of Guru Devotion by Asvagosha, the Wheel of Sharp Weapons, Shantideva’s Bodhisattvacharyavatra. The other set of preliminary practices includes Prostrations, Vajrasattva, ‘the Thirty-Five Confessional Buddhas’, water offerings and offering the Mandala.Dharma work is also an alternative to the second set of preliminaries.

    It would be best to set up a shrine to Vajrayogini and do our prayers and all these preliminary practices before Her shrine.

  39. hecelustan on Jun 10, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Dear His Eminence Tsem Tulku Rinpoche,I have start my preliminary practice for a long time ago.I will report after I finish the amount that I promised Rinpoche before.Thank you Rinpoche for such a great teaching.
    I really hope that one day got someone will sponsor me a sacred Vajra Yogini statue for me to have her shrine at home.

  40. Sam on Jun 9, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Rinpoche shared a very detailed and powerful teaching. Our guru always remind us and show us the simplest way to prepare ourselves for higher teaching and practice. Whenever Rinpoche gave us certain tasks, he always has a reason behind it. I remembered during Wesak Day this year, Rinpoche gave oral transmission for Migsetma and Manjuhsuri mantra. Our guru explained and guided us how to do this in our daily saddhana. This is my first promise to guru after refuge. The easiest way to prepare ourselves really start from us by holding to our vows and promises, daily saddhana, daily practices and etc. Rinpoche is making everything simple and easy for us so that we are prepared. Have faith in our guru and never give up.
    Thank you Rinpoche. Please take good care.

  41. Jace Chong on Jun 8, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for the explanation.

    There are always bigger reasons of what Rinpoche does, behind what we understand. Of course the reasons are to benefit more beings or in another level which we might not understand at that moment.

    Rinpoche always advises us to do Lama Tsongkhapa practice and do the Guru Yoga as daily Sadhana. Some people might perceive they know more and seeking for “higher” practice. For me I think, anything that our Guru asks us to do, no matter in public or personally, it’s the “highest” pratice, that when we do it, it brings the best benefits to us.

    Here Rinpoche reveals Tsongkhapa practice is closely related to the scared Tantric practice which Rinpoche would like most of us can gain one day. How compassionate Rinpoche is.

    Because of our ignorance and negative karma, we might not see what Buddha path has Rinpoche “customized” to us; but we must have strong faith to our Guru and follow the instructions all the way.

    Thank you Rinpoche so much for always giving best advices to us. I apologize for being ignorance and not being there when Rinpoche instructed. May I eliminate all the bad habits, may I always put Rinpoche’s advises and Dharma works as first place in my life. _/\_

  42. June Kang on Jun 6, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    I read this article on Monday, Tuesday and today. I read so many times because I feel this is important to me until I get fully understand. I noted that our daily sadhana would be meaningful when I fully understand this article. And we would not give up of any of our practice such like guru devotion, practice of the 8 verses of thoughts of transformation and so on, because it is a must for us to meet Vajrayogini.

    Rinpoche’s teaching is always my source of courage and perseverance to go on my practice. Thank you Rinpoche

  43. David Lai on Jun 5, 2012 at 11:56 am

    What a beautiful explanation and it goes to show that all Buddhas are of the same nature and so they are all equal. Hence, yidam practices of the lower Tantras (Lama Tsongkhapa) are equal to that of the highest Tantra (Vajrayogini).

    What’s different is the presentation of the practice called Sadhana and the level of our mind so we are trained towards practicing higher methods. To practice the higher methods like Vajrayogini requires preparation from our side – accumulation of lots of merits, purification of negative habituations and karma along with the stabilisation of the mind. Therefore, Rinpoche would only give it to a select few students that make it towards the end.

  44. Lim KSJC on Jun 5, 2012 at 3:24 am

    Dear Rinpoche and translation team for sharing this powerful practice in detail to us. Rinpoche always very kind and choose the best practice for us in early stage to prepare for this powerful practice.

    However there are many symbolic within Vajrayogini, all are very meaningful and interesting. Hopefully all Kecharian will able go to Kechara Paradise, go down the road and say hello to Yamantaka, visit Heruka and have tea with Vajrayogini.

    Thanks Rinpoche to remind us also that our base must be built up strongly first before receive the initiation.

  45. KH Ng on Jun 4, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Wow. What a powerful teaching. Now we know all the prayers, mantras, prostration, Lamrim recitations and offering we made to and in front on Lama Tsongkhapa is also to Vajrayogini for they are one. Thank Rinpoche for this reminder. I will do the practices as I am told.

  46. patsy on Jun 4, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for giving us such a detailed explanation and preparing us for the powerful practice of Vajrayogini. May we have the merits to receive HER initiation from Rinpoche in the near future.

  47. yoke fui on Jun 4, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    We are very fortunate that Rinpoche shared with us this powerful teaching .

    Many of the symbolisms, if not explained by high masters, would have been easily misrepresented or misunderstood by ordinary people. This is also why conventional society tends to look upon Vajrayana Buddhism with colored view.

    However, as taught in the Lamrim and Rinpoche, students MUST first be well grounded in the Sutric teachings, develop altruistic motivation and have the correct view of Wisdom teaching before higher Tantra can be given.

    Thank you, Rinpoche.

  48. Cynthia Ng on Sep 16, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the details explaination to us. Wonderful.. we can start our prayer with a simple and safe way to collect merits for ourselve.

  49. Linda Ortolano on May 30, 2011 at 2:40 am

    May your eminence please do a divination for me and my family and pets etc. Our names are. myself Linda Ortolano, my husband Giorgio Ortolano, Alba Rosa Guerrieri, Silvia Ortolano, my mother Julia Chan,my father michael chan My sisters and family, and my aunts,
    Bernadette Leung, Antonia Leung, Teresa Leung, Please help.

  50. Koh Hee Peng on Apr 26, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    oh my god. I didn’t realise there is such a detailed transcript of Rinpoche’s teachings on how lama tsongkhapa transforms to vajrayogini. oh my god.

    Dear rinpoche, thank you very much for your kindness to share such a wonderful teaching with us. Thank you. Thank you very much.

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We at Kechara Forest Retreat had the honor to have a visit from Yang Dipertua Mohammad Shahid bin Ismail who is the Head of the Bentong Municipal Council. We thank him for taking the time as he was very busy. Thank you very much. Tsem Rinpoche
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Pastor David giving a well received talk on the practice of Black Manjushri
2 weeks ago
Found a green patch of land to spend with friends...
2 weeks ago
Nice to see our fellow Modern Buddhist Fellowship members engaged in Dharma.
2 weeks ago
Manjushri-ghosha, Kumara (English: Youthful Prince, Melodious Voice)
3 weeks ago
Wonderful certificates of our Kechara pastors..meaningful and touching.
3 weeks ago
This office table has something interesting on it.
3 weeks ago
Powerfully true
3 weeks ago
To have kind and caring people in our lives is a blessing
3 weeks ago
3 weeks ago
I really wanted to share this incredible picture of the Tibetologist Alexandra David-Neel outside of her retreat cave in Tibet. She's one of the first non-Tibetans who penetrated Tibet to engage in the practice of Tibetan Buddhism. She really practiced and even wrote books on Buddhism and Tibet which are still available now. ~Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
A photo taken by Pastor Shin of Tsem Rinpoche's Dorje Shugden traditional mask. This is on Tsem Rinpoche's shrine. Very nice photo.
3 weeks ago
At Chin Swee Temple with my long time friend Dato' Wira Eric.
3 weeks ago
Amogha-pasa Avalokitesvara
4 weeks ago
I love small quaint towns in Japan. No matter how rural or small any village is in Japan, it is still kept very clean and asthetic matching nature. 
4 weeks ago
Left to right: Gekula (disciplinarian), Abbot Geshe Konchok Tsering, Tsem Rinpoche, H.E. Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche-We are inviting Kensur Rinpoche for tenshug. Tenshug is grand puja to request Kensur Rinpoche to live long. This is in Gaden and we are inviting him to the prayer hall to perform the tenshug. Tsem Rinpoche is the requester and sponsor.
4 weeks ago
This is a nice picture
4 weeks ago
Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen
4 weeks ago
Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and Kari Kensur Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery
4 weeks ago
Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.H. Zong Rinpoche & Kyabje Lati Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Kyabje Lati Rinpoche makes offerings to H.H. Trijang Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Kyabje Lati Rinpoche makes offering to their Holinesses Kyabje Ling and Trijang Rinpoches
4 weeks ago
Lady Buddha Janguli who protects from snakes and venom poisoning.
1 month ago
If there is a blind man walking towards a well and he can fall in, whose fault is it if he falls in? This can be related back to those in dharma should act to guide others by example otherwise you let everyone fall into the well. If they do fall in samsara's well, whose fault is it? Have the courage, integrity and fortitude to practice dharma and bring dharma to others to help them.~ Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This group in Kechara Forest Retreat completed a Singdongma retreat on October 28, 2015.
1 month ago
Magnificent and Glorious Buddha Goddess Singdongma the Lion Faced lady who dispells all fear from the ten directions for those who invoke upon her fercocious and volcanic like power. Praise to this wrathful lady that burns all gnosis and projections! Remover of all that harms and obstructs and trampled under her feet. Tsem Rinpoche--To learn more about Singdongma:
1 month ago
Xiaqiong Monastary, Qinghai, Tibet, China. Over 100 meters tall Lord Tsongkapa statue. The only one of it's kind. Totally amazing. Picture 2
1 month ago
Xiaqiong Monastary, Qinghai, Tibet, China. Over 100 meters tall Lord Tsongkapa statue. The only one of it's kind. Totally amazing. Picture 1
1 month ago
This was taken in Kechara House. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This was taken in Gaden Shartse Monastery on the day of my enthronement as Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I think I was in Sera Mey Monastery when this was taken over 18 years ago. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
1 month ago
Many times we hear great Vajra Yogini practitioners when cremated, their fire pyres appear in the form of Vajra Yogini. We hear this many times as a sign they went to Kechara Paradise, gained high realizations or enlightened by Vajra Yogini's path. Although this picture does not depict a funeral pyre of a great practitioner, but the fire looks curiously like Vajra Yogini. Enjoy and may all be blessed by Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
1 month ago
When you work hard and produce results, everyone is silenced and those who make noise is just noise and society allows you some freedoms. You have to have the integrity to finish what you started and what you promised. Do it for others, those concerned and for yourself.~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
You can work with me and we finish the dreams. You can leave citing any reasons you may have. You may join back again with me and my arms are open to you. Or you may go away as an enemy or remain friends. However you do I will accept. I dream big and work hard and sometimes it's hard for you, others and me, but if we finish, there is great satisfaction. Satisfaction doesn't come free. But one thing for sure, I will finish what I have started with or without you. Too many depend on it and many have hopes in it. We need to remember our words, our promises and our hopes we gave others and not shatter it. Sometimes we need to put our personal feelings aside and just get it done with a bang and be happy about it because in the end letting others down is not a way of life. Be kind, have integrity, don't make excuses, don't justify but just complete the works that make the dreams materialize and in the process you fulfill the dreams of many others. Others is always the key. Others and oneself are intertwined. Life is then fulfilled. That is life. Life is like that.~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Please click on picture to see this special mantra
1 month ago
Long Manjushri mantra: Namo Manjushriye Kumara Bhutaya Bodhisattvaya Maha-sattvaya Maha-karuni-kaya Tayatha Om Aradzey Biradzey Shuddhey Bishuddhey Shodaya Bishodayey Amaley Bimaley Nirmaley Dzaya-varey Ruru-tsaley Hung Hung Hung Phet Phet Phet Soha!
2 months ago
Love is.....
2 months ago
Very powerful. Must click on picture and read and share.
2 months ago
Some people just work quietly in the background and do their best in their own way to benefit others. They don't say much but work super hard. I must say Pastor Dr. Lanse is one of them. She does not need attention, she does not complain and she does not ever create problems. She is independent and yet kind. She is our wonderful translator who works very hard to get translations of many dharma teachings into Chinese. This is just something short and sweet to let everyone know how much I appreciate Pastor Lanse and enjoy being with her work and her. Because of her and several other vital and lovely people, much practical dharma is in the Chinese speaking world. I thank Pastor Dr. Lanse from my heart. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Materialism is prevalent because the societal norms teaches people to be consumers at a young age. Buying things we don't need all to feed the ego. You can drive an expensive vehicle, but at the end of the day its still just a car. You can buy a flashy watch, but in reality all it does is tell time. People are more concerned with image and feeding their egos than being a beneficial person to society. Investing money on the outside to appear a certain way to others, yet forgetting to invest in yourself to becoming a better person. People spend their whole lives working to attain materialistic things using their accumulation of materialism to validate their existence, but when you die you can't take any of it with you. Don't let this system turn you into a vanity slave, realize you're worth much more than that. Feed your soul not your ego.-from Dr Asky (Powerful words of wisdom even from the secular point of view)
2 months ago
I love little Dharma boy.
2 months ago
Lord Tsongkhapa's holy retreat house in Tibet. Huge pilgrimage spot.
2 months ago
Lama Tsongkhapa footprint as a child
2 months ago
Kedrub Je's personal statue of Yamantaka
2 months ago
Prince Siddhartha with his maternal aunt Queen Mahaprajapati Gotami
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    2 months ago
    HH the Dalai Lama prays with HH Trijang Rinpoche and HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Such a beautiful video of His Holiness Dalai Lama, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Holiness Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche (Very exalted high Nyingma lama) are all praying together. In the background you see a young Kyabje Lati Rinpoche too. So beautiful. This is how it was before the ban. All the sects and high lamas were superbly harmonious. After the Dorje Shugden ban things changed for the worse. May the ban be released soon. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
    3 months ago
    Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
    3 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
  • A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
    A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
    3 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
    3 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
  • His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
    4 months ago
    His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
  • Dorje Shugden/Kache Marpo makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Dorje Shugden/Kache Marpo makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche
  • My good friend Justin Ripley
    5 months ago
    My good friend Justin Ripley
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    6 months ago
    I requested Choji Lah to do a trusol, rabney and soongdroop for our large DS and Buddha. In this video, he is performing trusol which is ritually 'bathing' the environment and blessing all those who come to visit our Wisdom Hall and Dorje Shugden. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Bigfoot arrives!!!
    6 months ago
    Bigfoot arrives!!!
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  • Mumu Loves Snack!
    6 months ago
    Mumu Loves Snack!
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    6 months ago
    For H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, a blog post is not just a blog post but Dharma work that generates merits which should be dedicated. Click here to find out what blog post Rinpoche was dedicating the merits for when he recited this prayer: ~Ani Lobsang Pema
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    6 months ago
    Panchen Lama in Beijing on CCTV - China's official news. The respect and position they give His Holiness Panchen Lama is great.
  • Magical fish tank with Buddha statue
    6 months ago
    Magical fish tank with Buddha statue


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15 hours ago
Pat is always so kind and she was volunteered to help us with the preparations of set up for Halloween event. A very big Thank You to Pat. Victoria KSDS
15 hours ago
The kids of group teens were volunteer themselves to help us and enjoyed baking at sponsor's house. Victoria KSDS
15 hours ago
Guess what were they doing? Teacher Kien was webbing the web effects at Tara Walk. Victoria KSDS
15 hours ago
Behind the scene of KSDS Halloween workmanship hard work for decorations. Victoria KSDS
15 hours ago
An Sutra Story groups from KSDS were ready for the performance cum Graduation 2015. Victoria KSDS
16 hours ago
10 hours of tormas making for pujas today by team. By Puja House 28 November'15
18 hours ago
Medicine Buddha puja is one of the most popular puja ordered by sponsors to heal their beloved. By Puja House 28 November'15
19 hours ago
Dorje Shugden Puja conducted today for Sponsor to clear the obstacles that might arise for her medical treatment. By Puja House 28 November'15
28 November 15 If you think you are poor, if you think life is unfair to you, if you always lament at your own misery, think again. Picture: Batri the Kathmandu Rickshaw Wallah, his wife, 2 teenage sons and 2 young daughters, total 6 persons, are staying in this room, 3 on bed and 3 on floor. - Pastor Antoinette
Preparation for the wedding function at Kechara Oasis Viva Home outlet. Guat Hee
KSDS- We are ready for our very first concert
KSDS Graduation & Concert - Listen team, briefing time. Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Graduation & Concert- Visual and graphic team. Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Graduation & Concert- our MCs did a good job. Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Graduation - I got my certificate
KSDS Graduation and Concert - Getting ready to perform
28 November 2015 When in need of wisdom and understanding one can count on the blessings of Buddha Tsongkapa. Timeless and Sacred!
Nice weather and fresh air in the morning in Kechara Forest Retreat. :) Wahying
Young Adults of Kechara (YAKS) is doing some farming at Kechara Forest Retreat. Wahying
2 days ago
Dorje Shugden Puja at Kechara House Penang. Pastor Patsy
2 days ago
Urgent Menlha conducted today for Sponsor's beloved who are ill. By puja House 27 November'15
2 days ago
Gossip Cutting Puja conducted today. 27 November'15
2 days ago
Every day Kent Kok will check and Repair Gompa facilities. By Puja House 28 November'15
2 days ago
On June 14, 2015 Kechara marked another milestone with the opening of Kechara House Penang. Located in the northern island state of Penang, the opening of Kechara House Penang is the result of many years of hard work by my student Pastor Patsy Gooi. H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche - Pastor Antoinette
2 days ago
This is a campaign that aims to raise funds for food for the rescued birds in the aviary of Kechara Forest Retreat. Please help us to take care of the birds nobody wanted. - Pastor Antoinette





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