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.

 

 


 

宗喀巴如何转化成金刚瑜伽母

 

当你把佛法浓缩起来,它就变成了《菩提道次第广论》,当你再将它进一步的浓缩,它就成为了三主要道。至少我们可以修三主要道,掌控我们的轮回转世。你知道为什么吗?你无需再为你自己操心,我也不用担心你。你是可以掌控好来的。

 

所以如果我们不能在今世悟道,我们可以做的是掌控我们的轮回转世,同时进行三主要道的修行。如果你好好地修金刚瑜伽母,你就能够掌控你的轮回转世。

 

在你接受金刚瑜伽母灌顶之前就要开始进修。现在就开始!怎么开始?那就是去遵守你的承诺与戒律,主要是持守你的皈依戒和履行你对上师和同修所做出的承诺。如果你破了戒或没有遵守你的承诺,你将不会为修习金刚瑜伽母法门种下善因。所有的东西都是息息相关的。

遵守你的承诺,凡答应了的事,务必去行动。任何吩咐给你的差事,要勤快开心地去执行。无论你身在何处,任何一个佛法学者都应该持有这样的态度。不要因为有人看着你才去做。

 

不停地冥想你的上师优良的品质。经常冥想你的上师是如何的改变了你的一生,在遇见你的上师之前你是怎样的一个人,在遇见了你的上师之后你是如何找到了生命的意义,冥想‘如何’、‘怎样’……你的上师提供了许多模范,如果你反复冥想,这是非常强而有力的。你知道为什么吗?因为在你接受了金刚瑜伽母灌顶之后,你可能会看到你的上师是金刚瑜伽母。我们听说过这样的案例。但是如果你常常有负面的思想,对你的上师进行一些负面的冥想,或只当你的上师是一位普通人,你还是可以接受灌顶,但是效用不大。

 

所以,冥想你的上师良好的品质,想想他为你做了些什么,直至泪水从眼里流下来,每一次都这样,一直到你的泪水不由自主地掉下来,这样你已经准备好接受金刚瑜伽母灌顶了。绝不放弃,绝对不可以。‘我放弃,我不行,我不要,再见’——绝对不可以放弃。如果这么小的事你都可以放弃,你又怎么能够修金刚瑜伽母法门呢?金刚瑜伽母法门比这个要精密得多。如果你现在没有放弃,当你得到金刚瑜伽母灌顶后,你也不会放弃。如果你没有放弃金刚瑜伽母法门,你会修成她的道,就会取得她的成就。

 

持修《修心八颂》,听听我的开示。你可以在youtube找到相关的视频。重复不断的聆听并且持修。为什么?如果你在心识里培养了《修心八颂》的精神,当你看到金刚瑜伽母的那一刻,就已经做好了持修金刚瑜伽母法门的准备。你要了解,我现在教授给你们的是前行,这是在接受金刚瑜伽母法门前的基本持修。前行不是在接受金刚瑜伽母灌顶之后才持修的。你必须先持修这个,才能够持修金刚瑜伽母、大威德金剛、嘿噜嘎、密集金刚和时轮金刚法门。许多人接受时轮金刚、金刚瑜伽母的灌顶之后才持修前行,这是导致他们放弃、失败的原因;他们没有完成日常仪轨、停止持修,甚至变得懒惰,这都是由于他们没有好好持修前行的缘故。这也就是为什么我非常反对僧人进行公开式的灌顶仪式,这些僧人来进行灌顶,之后就走了。在这里我先道个歉,我并不是对我的上师或任何人不敬,因为他们留下了一群并不知道灌顶是怎么一回事的人。

 

尝试和每一个人和睦共处,对每个人宽恕。实际一点。阅读《菩提道次第广论》,阅读《利器之轮》。阅读寂天菩萨的《入菩萨行论》、《朗讲》。《朗讲》是讲述心识转化的教诲,是格西切卡瓦的修心法。如果你有疑问,你可以请教大卫,他在这方面很了解。他没有很详细的去学习,也没有在持修,但是他就是会。

 

跋维谛瓦的《上师五十颂》,你应该去看一看。你应该也鼓励别人去阅读,并好好地去了解它。你怎么知道你已经非常明白与熟悉这些内容了呢?那就是当你在上师面前能维持谨慎态度的时候。如果你能够在上师的面前控制好自己的行为举止,那么逐渐地,你就能够在上师的助手、随行人员、学生,以及所有你所遇见的人面前维持谨慎的态度。这是一个循序渐进的过程。如果你连自己都不能控制,在上师面前翻白眼,你很肯定的也会在别人面前这样做。这不是金刚瑜伽母法门修行者的行为。这是一个接受了金刚瑜伽母灌顶然后将这个传承毁了的人。你知道吗,人们会说‘哦,看这个人,我不要持修了’。你就是这样将这个传承给毁了。

 

每天坚持持修简单轻松的宗喀巴大师法门。你应该每天持诵宗喀巴大师心咒。金甲衣护法已经告诉过我们,记得吗?我们应该每天都做。所以当有新人、旧人、懒人问:‘我应该每天做些什么?持修什么?冥想什么?’‘宗喀巴法门’。如果他们说‘哦,就这么简单?’‘还有听仁波切的开示,非常有用。听然后持修’。这就是他们每天应做的冥想,如果他们有障碍,那就修持金甲衣护法法门,这样就够了。他们不需要做其他的东西。

 

然后,宗喀巴大师将会逐渐转化。宗喀巴大师的帽子会转为黑色,变成了头发。宗喀巴大师的脸会变得凶悍,呈现三只眼睛和獠牙。宗喀巴大师击退四魔的成就,将变成金刚瑜伽母的四个獠牙,两颗在上,两颗在下。

 

宗喀巴大师能透视三界的能力变成金刚瑜伽母的第三只眼睛,宗喀巴大师成功征服他的欲望、执着和性欲的能力,将他的身体由白转成红。宗喀巴大师全然的出离心,将变成了金刚瑜伽母的金刚钺刀。

 

宗喀巴大师修成了大乐和喜悦;这是一种无法被磨灭的喜悦,它不受因果、情况、环境和地理所控。用来象征他已修成佛陀不变的大乐和喜悦的,是一个装满肠和血的骷髅杯。

 

宗喀巴大师想让你成就更高的境界,控制你的气和经脉,他的左手将从转法轮手印伸展出去,朝向空中,指向金刚瑜伽母。

宗喀巴大师的慈悲心与菩提心,他对你无限的爱及对众生绝不放弃的誓言,将他原本看着你的脸,变成红色女人的脸,向上望向克切拉天堂。

 

宗喀巴大师终极的愿望是希望帮助众生,向他们弘法,化身为色身、应化身,成为转世活佛,再次转动法轮,教导众生。如此伟大的爱还有迫切想要帮助你的愿望,变成了金刚瑜伽母的双乳。正由于有了女人的乳房,我们现在才会在这里,会如此健康,因为它富有丰富的维他命和营养素。相同的,金刚瑜伽母的双乳充满了‘空性’、‘菩提心’和‘佛法’。当你在吮吸她的双乳时,它象征了你会成佛。

 

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。

宗喀巴大师想要将你从世间八法和欲望解救出来的愿望,借由一朵美丽、饱满而丰厚的莲花所呈现出来。

 

宗喀巴大师完全的将无知和憎恨给摧毁,没有了无知,没有了憎恨。他的这个能力,显现成黑拜拉瓦,面朝下,被她美丽红色的脚把它踩着。宗喀巴大师把转换你的欲望化为迈向佛法和悟道的能力,变成拜拉瓦的明妃,红色的杜森玛,面部朝上,被宗喀巴大师踩着。

宗喀巴大师不畏惧魔罗、武器、邪灵、歪念、恶果、阻滞、幽灵、龙众,神的能力,他由于已经悟道而不会被这些众生伤害的能力,转换成围绕在他红色身体旁边的火团。

宗喀巴大师与过去、现在、未来的每一个菩萨合为一体。这些菩萨呈现为密法之王嘿噜嘎。嘿噜嘎呈现为卡挽嘎棒(法杖),宗喀巴大师将卡挽嘎棒(法杖)在他的肩上,抬头望。卡挽嘎棒(法杖)代表了胜乐金刚。胜乐金刚是所有十方佛祖、菩萨和神明的化身。宗喀巴大师集合了这些佛祖,也就是说宗喀巴大师和金刚瑜伽母是一体的。

宗喀巴大师请求你,教导你,邀请你持修六波罗蜜,即布施、持戒、忍辱、精进、禅定及智慧等。他邀请你持修,这个邀请和他修成六波罗蜜的成就,变成了金刚瑜伽母的六件饰品。所以当你在看着金刚瑜伽母时,你就是在看着宗喀巴大师,而当你在看着宗喀巴大师时,你也正在看着金刚瑜伽母。因此我要告诉克切拉所有的人,持修宗喀巴大师法门,它会帮助你将来持修金刚瑜伽母法门。

现在我给你一个很清楚详细的说明,让你知道宗喀巴大师如何转变成金刚瑜伽母。将来当你持修金刚瑜伽母时你说‘师父告诉我只有一个本尊,现在却有两个,宗喀巴大师和金刚瑜伽母’。不,就只是一个。一直都是一个,从来都不是两个。不曾。

 

宗喀巴大师的黄色帽子如何变成金刚瑜伽母的头发?很简单。同样的意思。宗喀巴大师的金黄色帽子还有帽子的顶端代表了他已经修成到达了最高境界。他变成了金刚瑜伽母的头发因为金刚瑜伽母的头发是蓝黑的直发,有时橙色。金刚瑜伽母没有被碰触到,代表了她已没有任何欲望,也没有在轮回之中。脱离了轮回的人,就已成佛。所以帽子的顶端和金刚瑜伽母笔直的头发是一样意思的。

 

所以我常常说你如果看清楚佛的身体,如果你懂佛法,你就可以从他们的身上看到佛法。你如果知道他们的身体,你如果知道佛法,他们的身体就是佛法的指引图,非常清楚。

 

所以,这位和蔼的西藏和尚,诚如释迦牟尼所预言的,在他的有生之年成了佛,成了三界之王。他成立了甘丹寺、色拉寺、哲蚌寺、扎什伦布寺、安多、扎什奇尔、布达拉宫,造就了许多大师和老师例如赤江仁波切、堪殊仁波切、达赖喇嘛。他在后来也指引你持修密续来控制你的气和轮回转世。他的身体慢慢的从一个和蔼的西藏和尚,变成一个凶悍的红色女人。

 

那你应该做什么呢?每天好好地持修宗喀巴法门,它会带你到金刚瑜伽母法门。你们明白吗?然后有人问‘我没有金刚瑜伽母的心咒,我没有灌顶,我怎么开始?’我不是才告诉过你吗?你们都明白吗?你们都清楚吗?你们都了解吗?你们在脑海里有很清晰的映像吗?大卫已经记得一清二楚了,他回去后会把所有东西写下来,以免忘了,然后他会写在他的部落格。帕丽斯也是一样!

 

要忠心地跟随你的上师,我在我的贴文中有说过。这并不是为了克切拉还有我,而是为了世界各地的学生们。如果你没有忠心地跟随你的上师,却从这个中心跳到另一个中心,从跟随这个喇嘛到跟随另一个喇嘛:‘哦,那个喇嘛的法座很大,他有4万个学生。这个喇嘛只有10个学生;我要去跟随那个有4万个学生的喇嘛。’愚蠢,愚蠢。因为在甘丹寺,那里有许多简单、平凡的格西在教导我们。他们没有坐在法座上。当他们授课时,他们和其他普通僧人一样的席地而坐,但是在我们的眼中,他们就和坐在法座上的喇嘛一样。请保持忠心。

 

当你将我所说的一一照着做,接下来你需要做的就是宗喀巴上师法门、金刚萨垛法门、曼达拉、礼拜、水供、35佛忏。我在我的部落格的贴文里有说过。你要做的是,设置一个美丽的金刚瑜伽母坛,越大越好,越漂亮越好。你知道吗,如果你连这个也舍不得,你所修到的也和你所付出的一样少。设置一个美丽的金刚瑜伽母坛是你所能够做的最好的事,把你所有的钱用来装饰美化金刚瑜伽母,供养她,接下来的一个星期,你就可以撒手归西了。这将会是你死之前所做的最好的一件事。如果你把所有的钱储蓄起来,没有设置任何的东西,你不能把钱带走,你也没有累积到任何的功德。设置一个最美丽的金刚瑜伽母坛。无需太急,慢慢把它做好。好好的计划。如果你负担得起最漂亮而且又大的金刚瑜伽母坛,太好了。如果你负担得起这么大的坛,太好了。如果你知道有人经济能力有限但是非常诚恳,赞助他们。别说‘哦,那不是我的,那不是我的’你很愚蠢!你应该把握任何一个可以赞助金刚瑜伽母佛像的机会,赞助上百、上千的数额,越多越好。

 

每年你的生日,赞助一座金刚瑜伽母像。难道这不算是为你的生命做庆祝吗?拜托!每年你的生日,你做了些什么?我觉得你应该把金刚瑜伽母作为庆祝的高潮,这是一件非常好的事,让别人可以供奉金刚瑜伽母。如果你能负担的金钱数目很小,赞助和你的岁数一样多的擦擦。或许当你在做这个赞助时,你赢得了头奖,那你可以赞助更大的。你这一生还赞助过什么呢?你这之前赞助了所有的东西,把你的孩子、自己还有所有的人带入轮回中,越陷越深。你在过去所赞助的一切,若没有了佛法,就等于是将他们带向下三道。你应该认真地想一想。

 

当你设置了这个美丽的金刚瑜伽母坛,持修5个前行、古亚喀査,专注在金刚瑜伽母。‘但是她不是金刚萨垛。我需要金刚萨垛吗?’不需要,你不需要金刚萨垛佛像,金刚瑜伽母也是金刚萨垛,愚笨的人。然后你行35佛忏。‘但是我已经在持修35佛忏了呀,这不是金刚瑜伽母’如果你持修35佛忏,它可以帮你消业,你就是在专注持修金刚瑜伽母法门。当你在专注持修金刚瑜伽母法门时,当你在消业时,你就成为了金刚瑜伽母。这就是你持修金刚瑜伽母法门的目的。你必需了解。

 

所以人们必需做的是,设置金刚瑜伽母坛,照着我所说的去专注持修金刚瑜伽母法门。当他们在家里读《菩提道次第广论》,当他们在读《上师五十颂》,当他们在读《利器之轮》时,他们坐在金刚瑜伽母面前,行礼拜,做供养,在她面前阅读,就好象是在持修她法门一样。《上师五十颂》、《利器之轮》、《菩提道次第广论》、《朗讲》、《修心八颂》,都是金刚瑜伽母的修法。它们是金刚瑜伽母文字形象。他们都是。

 

忠心的跟随你的上师怎么会和金刚瑜伽母无关呢?修习《利器之轮》,领悟到了因果又怎么可能不是金刚瑜伽母呢?他们当然都是!显然的,一些人有了错误的想法。金刚瑜伽母法门一定是有她自己的心咒,她自己的仪轨,她自己的仪式,那才是金刚瑜伽母法门。错了!我要澄清的就是这些。

我现在是在没有灌顶的情况下散播金刚瑜伽母法门。你们知道这是为什么吗?这样的话,就没有人会破戒。我在帮助你。我帮你在无需破戒的情况下和金刚瑜伽母联系起来。我为什么要这样做呢?因为我觉得金刚瑜伽母是这世上最好的本尊,仅此而已。你或许会说‘哦,你有偏见’。我的确有。帕繃喀仁波切说的。我的上师说的。喇嘛耶喜说的。所以,如果我有偏见,我有许多的支持者,你知道吗?我不是一天早上醒来后对人说‘哦,你知道吗,金刚瑜伽母是最好的本尊。’然后秀月在想,‘那大威德金刚呢?’大威德金刚很棒。它真的很棒。但是你知道吗,试试看冥想9张脸,34只手臂和16只脚,冥想每手在拿着些什么,脚在踩着什么,你知道吗,他每一只脚都踩着一样东西。秀月在多年前接受了一位高僧的大威德金刚灌顶。如果我问她大威德金刚每一只手在拿着什么,她会看着我,然后‘……’是的,这就是她到底花了多少时间在做大威德金刚冥想,大威德金刚,省省吧!金刚瑜伽母法门很简单。当你把金刚瑜伽母的右手结合大威德金刚的16只右手的意思,就是金刚瑜伽母的右手。大威德金刚的16只左手把它们所有的意思和手中所持的物品结合起来,就是金刚瑜伽母的左手。我可以详细为你解释。全部都在里面。

 

大威德金刚有16张脸,抱歉,是9张脸……他只是爱炫耀!他是个超爱炫耀的家伙……抱歉!金刚瑜伽母,她的一张脸就包含了大威德金刚9张脸的意思。大威德金刚的,哦天啊,16只脚,嗨,请问他怎么走路?你可以想象他去购买一条裤子吗!想一下,他到Levi’s去,‘嗨,你们有适合我的裤子吗?’女售货员会‘唔,你的腰围多少?’‘不再是32了,36’。‘天啊,大卫跟我说是34.’想象一下大威德金刚去买裤子,天啊,如果那个售货员是马来西亚人,他将会晕倒。如果他是新加坡人,他会说,‘待会见。’然后大威德金刚在走路时踩死的动物,哦天啊,我说就当素食者去吧!他还是在踩踏着。我想说的是什么呢?他所有16只脚和他所踩着的东西的意义,全都呈现在金刚瑜伽母的两只脚。当然,我可以给你们很美丽的解释,有关金刚瑜伽母的脚,为什么它们是弯着的,为什么其中一只是直的,另一只是弯的。但是不是今天,你知道为什么吗?非常简单,你们还没有金刚瑜伽母的灌顶。我知道有些人会想,‘但是这不是我的错’。是你的错。是的,有些可恶的人是这样想的。你们之中有些人是蛮可恶的。

 

我要协调助理协助推广金刚瑜伽母,这将会制造成立克切拉世界和平中心的因。为什么我们要成立克切拉世界和平中心?因为我们要成立一个旅游景点?不是的,是因为我们要推广金刚瑜伽母,我们要一座很大的金刚瑜伽母像。现在就开始。

 

你了解我在部落格的贴文吗?当人家问,‘我要如何修金刚瑜伽母?’我写过了。就说,‘到仁波切的部落格,阅读他最新有关金刚瑜伽母的贴文,去吧!’。因为我写了几篇有关金刚瑜伽母的贴文,最新的那篇有一张金刚瑜伽母的照片。那是拿汀的金刚瑜伽母,好吗?

 

你要怎么修呢?在她的面前读经,在她的面前礼拜,在她的面前祷告。对着她做。然后在她的面前读利器之轮,回向给她,专注在她,向她祈祷。可以吗?当然可以。

 

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!

 

我们到克切拉天堂去,你可以跟着路往下走,向大威德金刚打个招呼,和嘿噜嘎见个面,然后去跟金刚瑜伽母喝杯茶。

 


 


 

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  1. Stella Cheang on Apr 16, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    All sentient beings have the Buddhahood in them. Given the right condition (i.e. 8 Perfections, 10 Endowments and meeting the right GURU) one can gain enlightenment. Rinpoche mentioned here that the best anyone can do if not enlightenment for now, is to gain mastery over taking rebirth coupled with developing the Three Principle Paths. Determining one’s next rebirth is possible if one practice the sacred Vajrayogini Tantra thoroughly.

    Because Vajrayogini practice is a tantra practice, we have to prepare ourselves diligently before we receive the initiation. We shall start by holding our vows and promise well, always contemplate the good qualities of our lama, practice Guru Yoga, 8 Verses of Mind Transformation, be forgiving & get along with everyone if possible, study Lam Rim, Wheel of Sharp Weapons, 50 Verses of Guru Devotion, and Bodhisattvacharyavatara (by Shantideva).

    Be committed, be loyal to our Guru, transform ourselves, control ourselves. Practice Vajrasattva, mandala, prostration, water offerings, 35 Confessional Buddhas. Set up a beautiful Vajrayogini shrine and channel all our practice towards her. When we do our commitment well, and when the Guru is pleased with us, we may be able to receive the initiation. When we free ourselves from this ocean of suffering, our Guru will not have to be worried about us anymore.

    Thank you Rinpoche for your great kindness in sharing this teaching with us. I hope all of us have the merits to receive Vajrayogini initiation one day.

    Humbly, my head to Rinpoche’s lotus feet,
    Stella Cheang

  2. Thayne on Feb 1, 2016 at 3:41 am

    Another guy who is prancing around in my clothes as I remain but a skeleton locked in the closet? I tire of this masquerade. I need my clothes.

  3. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jan 13, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Thank you for this post Rinpoche. Lama Tsongkhapa turning into Vajrayogini doesn’t mean he’s a drag queen (not that there’s anything wrong about that). It means that the enlightened mind is the same in essence but in manifestation and method, it takes on different forms. This is much like pouring a cup of water into a mug; the exterior looks different but inside, the contents have not changed.

    It also means that if Tsongkhapa turns into Vajrayogini, then when we practise and rely on Tsongkhapa well, we are without knowing training to receive Vajrayogini. It’s a double benefit – relying on Tsongkhapa without breaking our commitments leads us to accumulate the vast amount of merit needed to support our tantric practice, and it becomes training for us to hold the higher commitments associated with Vajrayogini’s practice.

    To me this makes sense because it means the dropout rate for Vajrayogini practitioners is lower if this is the path that’s followed. It’s like someone who tries to go from primary school straight to college, versus someone who goes from high school to college. The dropout rate for the former scenario will be much higher than the dropout rate for the latter scenario, where high school kids have mastered the skills and gained the knowledge necessary to ensure a higher rate of success at college.

    Actually, the whole path beyond Tsongkhapa continues to be the essence of the Lamrim too because there is nothing about Vajrayogini’s practice that isn’t about the Three Principal Paths. That and order to get there, it’s a graduated path (i.e. the Lamrim) which you are guided along by your teacher.

    So for me, Tsongkhapa turning into Vajrayogini also means that sutra and tantra are actually indivisible, and that when you become an initiate into Vajrayogini’s practice, you are automatically and still practising the essence of Tsongkhapa. That just because you were initiated into Vajrayogini’s mandala, does not mean you’ve abandoned the sutric method.

    I just have one more comment to make, and that’s on the contemplation of the positive qualities of the teacher to the point overwhelming gratitude brings tears to your eyes. Some people may find that extreme but understanding the subtleties of tantra and the risks of breaking the commitments, it makes perfect sense. When it comes to riding a bike, you can’t run a BMX race with training wheels on, and when you’re learning how to use the bike five minutes before the race starts. You will never get anywhere. Taking off the training wheels and learning about the bike you’re on months before the race, so you can ride hard and fast is accomplishing unshakable guru devotion by the time you receive initiation.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 !

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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…

  10. 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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  12. 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!

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

    所有的证悟者都是一样的,祂们只不过是代表了佛菩萨个别神圣特质的具体显现。相信都是为了方便我们能更专注地修持。如果无法应付太多复杂的法门,不妨一门深入,成就的几率也比较大。

    仁波切为我们讲解宗喀巴大师如何变成金刚瑜伽母,全然是出于慈悲。他也知道就凭我们这份能耐,许多人今世根本没机会修持金刚瑜伽母。这份观想法就是一种善巧方便,为我们种下日后接受金刚瑜伽母法门的善因。

    感恩!

    感谢仁波切总是能读懂我们的心思,知道我们总是喜新厌旧,总是喜欢寻找更厉害的法门,喜欢一步登天,所以仁波切给了我们这个庄严的开示

    持修不需要太复杂。只要一致修持宗喀巴大师修行法那就可以越来越靠近证悟了。

  14. 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!

  15. Felix Kong on Mar 31, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    谢谢仁波切分享宗喀巴如何转化成金刚瑜伽母。真的很幸运能够认识金刚瑜伽母,修金刚瑜伽母,就能够掌控你的轮回转世,但是在修金刚瑜伽母之前一定要修遵守你的承诺与戒律和实行《修心八颂》的教诲,要不然也是白费力气。我也希望有一天我能修金刚瑜伽母。

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. […] Transcript: How Lama Tsongkhapa transforms to Vajrayogini […]

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

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

    thank you rinpoche for shering wonderful teaching .

  24. 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.

  25. [email protected] 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!

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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”

    http://www.kechara.com/publications/e-books/catalogue/vajrayogini-and-other-sacred-power-places-in-nepal/

  30. 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

  31. 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.

    Christine

  32. winnie on Jun 14, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    很欢喜看了这个神圣金刚瑜伽母的故事和感谢rinpoche与我们分享这个法门,好让我们多了解,明白什么是金刚瑜伽母的法门和金刚瑜伽母结善缘。

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

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

    我们很幸运,仁波切与我们分享这个强大的教学。真的令人难以置信,我们也有机会看道这么神圣的金刚瑜伽母法门
    我们的上师总是慈悲的提醒我们,向我们展示了最简单的方法,让我们以最简单的方式去明白金刚瑜伽母有很多象征意义。我们大家就向大威德金刚和金刚瑜伽母结个缘吧。

  38. 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.

  39. 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!

  40. 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:
    http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/tea-offering-to-vajrayogini-for-the-1st-time.html

    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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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. _/\_

  45. 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

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

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  52. 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.

  53. 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.

  54. 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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  • Pastor Shin Tan
    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.

    Karma, however, is not set in stone. We can change our circumstances through our own efforts – purification of karma and accumulation of merit. Tibetan astrology, based on these Buddhist principles, provides us the methods to ensure success in this life and a good rebirth in the future. Tibetan astrology can also predict what will happen to us in this life and our next rebirth based on the time of our birth.

    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!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 05:24 PM
    Very interesting:


    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
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:45 PM
    Its indeed a beautiful place …..away from the city hectic life to visit and could stay over night too.Just to get away from work to relax ,get some fresh air ,do meditation and so forth .At Kechara Forest RetreatI,Bentong is where the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world situated and we can receive blessing,make offering to the Buddhas as well as enjoy the tranquility of the beautiful gardens.I have recomended my friends and relatives to visit such a beautiful place at Bentong.
    Thank you Paul Yap for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:15 PM
    Well…all pendants are beautifully designed,hand crafted to match each and every sacred images on it to suit all occasion for the wearer.I can see a lot of hard work for those involed in desgning and making of it.
    All pendants are very unique, modern, timeless and also sacred ,thats all i could describe it.Hope more people will be wearing these beautiful pendants to get connected with the Buddhas.Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and Kechara’s Louise Lee for creating Dharma art in in the form of jewelry
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/timeless-and-sacred.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    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
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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
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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
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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.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
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More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
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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! 

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