Twenty-Four Holy Places & Eight Great Charnel Grounds

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Heruka Chakrasamvara and Vajrayogini are emanations of Buddha Shakyamuni and linked to both the Twenty-Four Holy Places and the Eight Great Charnel Grounds.

Dear Friends,

Recently on the ‘Ask a Pastor’ section of this blog an online friend asked a question about the Twenty-Four Holy Places and the Eight Great Charnel Grounds. The Pastors were asked if these were actual places found in relation to our world, e.g. actual geographic locations. Upon seeing the reply, His Eminence 25th Tsem Rinpoche advised that it would be good to write a longer explanation, as these places are often mentioned within many liturgies to the holy beings such as the Dharma protectors Setrap and Dorje Shugden. In such liturgies, the holy enlightened beings are invoked to come forth from these places.

 

Twenty-Four Holy Places

The Twenty-Four Holy Places are associated with the origin story of Heruka Chakrasamvara. His Eminence had previously narrated this story as told to him by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche when he was in Los Angeles in 1984.

A long ago there was a great god who lived in the highest of the god realms by the name of Mahadeva. He was the overlord of all the gods and demi-gods within samsara. Mahadeva was a very powerful being with a lot of psychic powers, however he was not enlightened. As with any being within the Six Realms of existence, he had his attachments and his primary attachment was to the act of copulation.

He was a very handsome and good-looking god who ruled a vast empire of gods and goddesses, together with his four primary consorts. He was so desirous that he would be in constant copulation with one of these four goddesses. He would switch consorts at the juncture between the four times of the day. He would have his consorts embrace him in full copulation during all his activities, such as sitting, walking, sleeping and even eating. This would not be possible for human beings, however he was a god with immense powers.

The god Mahadeva and his consort Kalratri

When the other gods would meet together, Mahadeva would not attend as he was so engrossed in his copulation, however he would use his psychic powers to see what was happening. Instead of going himself, he would send a symbol of his private organ to these meetings. This would float, accompanied with attendants, canopies and music to the place where the gods met. Due to his position as the overlord of the gods, this symbol was given the best seat and worshipped with milk, flower garlands, food, lights and incense. They did this to pay their respects to him. In this regard Mahadeva was encouraging the worship of copulation. On the other hand, if he was not honoured in such a manner, he would punish those who would not comply and show his anger severely. This is because his need for respect was second only to his desire. Since he was the most powerful of the gods, this desire began to permeate into other realms due to his widespread worship. He was powerful enough to grant boons to those who worshipped him, and to bestow his godly assistance to others. However, due to his primary attachment those who worshipped him became infused and overwhelmed with a sense of sexual desire that overrode all the other qualities that the worshipper may have, even to the point of ruining their lives. The gods were not affected as much but the humans who worshipped him were.

It was during this time that the historical Buddha Shakyamuni saw that it was time to subdue this being, in order to curb this energy of sexual desire that was permeating the various realms. So he emanated in the exact form of Mahadeva, but of course being an enlightened being he was infinitely more powerful. He had four faces, two legs and twelve arms, and each hand held a different weapon. This is who we now call Heruka Chakrasamvara. Shakyamuni had also emanated into four main consorts, the primary of which we know as Vajravarahi or Vajrayogini.

Buddha Shakyamuni then appeared to Mahadeva and his consort Kalratri in the form of Heruka and Vajrayogini in union. Upon seeing the divine form of Heruka and Vajrayogini, amidst the blaze of wisdom fire, with more psychic abilities, wisdom and compassion, both Mahadeva and Kalratri were immediately subdued. They offered themselves under the feet of Heruka and Vajrayogini as a sign that they recognised their wisdom and power. This is the reason why Mahadeva and Kalratri are depicted under both Heruka and Vajrayogini’s feet.

Buddha Shakyamuni arose in the form of Heruka Chakrasamvara and Vajrayogini to benefit sentient beings

The god Mahadeva controlled 24 powerful places on earth. Each of these places were controlled by a powerful guardian god and goddess, who were originally sent there by Mahadeva. In order to subdue these powerful gods and goddesses, Heruka emanated his entire mandala, together with a daka and dakini in each of these places to counter the energies of these gods and provide a blessed environment to practice towards enlightenment. Usually the tantric deities dissolve their mandalas into themselves after performing certain functions, such as giving teachings or other enlightened activities. In the case of Heruka, he did not dissolve the mandalas in these 24 places back into himself.

The mandala of Heruka has become imbedded into the physical landscape of these places. Since that time these dakas and dakinis who are actually one in nature with Heruka and Vajrayogini have resided there as well. These sites are now known as the Twenty-Four Holy Places that are mentioned in various liturgies. These places are very powerful energy centres, in fact if we engage in practices at any of these 24 places, the various beings who aid tantric practice such as various dakas, dakinis and Dharma protectors will come forth to bless practitioners. Therefore it is mentioned in many prayers, that we invoke the enlightened beings to come from these places, to wherever we are to aid us in our practice. This is a very powerful invocation, as the mandalas of Heruka exist on our earth, in our very plane of existence. When the holy beings are invoked from these places, they are able to come to our aid quickly.

These Twenty-Four Holy Places are of particular importance to those who practice the Vajrayogini tantras. The dakinis that reside in the Twenty-Four Holy Places are considered a 24 dakini entourage of Vajrayogini. During tantric practice these 24 dakinis are invoked by the practitioners and come to reside in one’s body, blessing their subtle energy channels and drops that are utilised in the practice to achieve their same enlightened state, which is of course the same as Vajrayogini – a fully enlightened Buddha.

These Twenty-Four Holy Places from ancient India are:

  1. Puliramalaya
  2. Jalandhara
  3. Oddiyana
  4. Arbuta
  5. Godavari
  6. Rameshvari
  7. Devikota
  8. Malava
  9. Kamarupa
  10. Otri
  11. Trishakune
  12. Kosala
  13. Kalingkara
  14. Lampaka
  15. Kanchi
  16. Himalaya
  17. Pretapuri
  18. Grihadeva
  19. Shaurashtra
  20. Suvarnadvipa
  21. Nagara
  22. Sindhu
  23. Maruta
  24. Kuluta

The holy form of Heruka Chakrasamvara and Vajrayogini

 

Eight Great Charnel Grounds

Dancing amid blazing wisdom fire Heruka liberated Rudra's mind

Another set of holy places are the Eight Great Charnel Grounds. At one time there was a god by the name of Rudra who was originally part of Mahadeva’s retinue. He was a very fierce being who also had many of his own consorts. Together with his consorts he began to oppress sentient beings, and promoted violence and unethical behaviour. At that time, Heruka once again arose, and in a dance of great compassionate wrath, liberated Rudra and his consorts from their physical bodies, sending their minds to pure lands. The places where Rudra’s body parts fell became charnel grounds. Rudra’s four energy centres (his head, heart, navel and private organ) fell in the four cardinal directions, and his limbs fell in the intermediate directions. It was from these body parts that eight great trees arose, and from here the charnel grounds developed around these trees.

They are known as the Ashta Maha Smashana in Sanskrit, and were the most important charnel grounds in Ancient India. They are known as:

  1. The Sitavana Cool Grove (in the East)
  2. Perfected in Body (in the South)
  3. Lotus Mound (in the West)
  4. Lanka Mound (in the North)
  5. Spontaneously Accomplished Mound (in the South-East)
  6. Display of Great Secret (in the South-West)
  7. Pervasive Great Joy (in the North-West)
  8. World Mound (in the North-East)

Charnel grounds are terrifying places, full of decomposing bodies, wild animals, wandering ghosts and other terrifying beings. The grounds are scattered with bodies, skeletons and other remains. In the various liturgies, it is also described as places with rivers and lakes formed from the bodies of the dead. However they are also peaceful places, because they are commonly described as groves, with pleasant flora and bird song amidst vast and open skies.

Meditation on death and impermenance is integral on the path towards enlightenment

From a spiritual perspective the charnel ground represents the death of the ego, and therefore our suffering, as well as the methods of how to accomplish this. Through (a) meditation concentrating on the various states of decomposition of the bodies, (b) meditation on the frightening environment, and (c) meditation on death itself, one is able to come to four very pivotal realisations in one’s spiritual path. These are that (i) one has to overcome attachment to the body and life, (ii) craving for a body in the future, (iii) the fear of death itself and (iv) aversion to the decay that is a part of impermanence.

Yogins have meditated in charnel grounds and gained the highest of attainments

In ancient times it was here that great masters attained many ‘siddhis’ or attainments. Many of the great tantric adepts of the past practiced in charnel grounds. Unfettered from adhering to cultural norms relating to life and death, and with no distractions to seduce them, they were able to meditate on death more clearly. On an ultimate level this is useful to realise the impermanence of the self as a means to realise the true nature of existence. This is achieved through meditation and investigation of the Dvadasanga-Pratityasamputpada or the Twelve Links of Dependent Origination.

On a more gross level it can be used to overcome fear, due to the culturally ingrained fear people have of such places. The wrathful beings and deities are said to reside in these Eight Great Charnel Grounds, therefore in some prayers, we invoke the wrathful deities from these places.

Within tantric practice the Eight Great Charnel Grounds have a deeper significance. In the practices of the wrathful yidams (meditational deities), surrounding the mandala of the deity are eight quadrants which are visualised as the Eight Great Charnel Grounds. These visualisations are particularly wrathful and include corpses in various states of decomposition and in different positions such as lying down, sitting up, those who have been hanged, those who have been impaled, those who are headless, rotting, etc. There are also zombies, various other wrathful beings, and wrathful animals such as jackels, vultures, crows, etc. They also include various dakas, dakinis, stupas, fires and wrathful yogins and yoginis.

Each of the aspects within the visualised charnel grounds symbolise tantric elements. There include:

  • The great central trees in each charnel ground represent the central energy channel of the practitioner, known as Tsa-Uma (Tibetan) or Sushumna (Sanskrit).
  • The ground itself represents the path of practice (the entire sutra and tantra teachings).
  • The four types of corpses: (i) New corpses represent birth, aging, sickness and death or cyclic existence; (ii) Decaying corpses, or those impaled, hanging or dismembered represent the death of the mistaken idea of the self or ego; (iii) Skeletons represent the realisation of Shunyata or emptiness; and (iv) Reanimated and mindless zombies represent the realisation of selflessness.
  • The wrathful animals represent the realisations of the generation stage of Highest Tantra Yoga practices, as they devour the ‘corpses’ of ordinary perception.
  • The various lakes represent aspiring Bodhicitta or the aspiring thought to attain enlightenment for the benefit all of sentient beings.
  • The clouds in the sky represent the drops of Bodhicitta at the crown of one’s head.
  • The various fires represent Tummo or Inner Heat (Sanskrit: Candali).
  • The various Dikpalas or direction protectors symbolise the ‘downward-voiding wind’ which is located below the navel.
  • The various Lokapalas or realm protectors represent the ‘life-supporting wind’ which is located at the heart.
  • The mountains symbolise the immovability of meditative stability with the inseparability of bliss and emptiness as its focus.
  • The various stupas represent the three bodies of a Buddha.
  • The Nagas represent the cultivation of the Six Paramitas.
  • The Yogins and Yoginis represent practitioners who hold their tantric samaya well.
  • The Wisdom-Holders (Sanskrit: Vidhyadharas) represent those who have realised the generation stage of tantric practice.
  • The Mahasiddhas represent those practitioners who have realised the completion stage of tantric practice.

Conclusion

As we can see, both the Twenty-Four Holy Places and the Eight Great Charnel Grounds have tremendous significance within Buddhism, on both the sutra and tantra levels of practice. Therefore they are often mentioned within various liturgies and prayers as places where we invoke the enlightened beings from, especially those that have manifested wrathfully out of their compassion to aid sentient beings. I hope this post has been informative and has given some understanding as to the significance of both these sets of powerful and holy places.

Pastor Niral

PS. Thanks to Phng Li Kheng, Vinnie Tan and Joy Kam for assisting in this post.

 

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  1. Wan Wai Meng on Sep 10, 2016 at 3:51 am

    Thank you Pastor Niral for the complete explanation, never come across such a detailed explanation into the 24 places of Heruka and the 8 charnal grounds.

  2. meng kiat on Sep 9, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    Very informative write up, thank you Pastor Niral and the team, how nice if we can have a chance to visit this 24 holy places to get blessing for our spiritual path.

  3. Fong on Jun 19, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    So, the god Mahadeva and consort was defeated by Heruka and Vajrayogini in union and their minds were subdued and offered themselves at the feet of Heruka and Vajrayogini, thus symbolising conquering the ego.

    And, also knowing this story helps me to remember the significance of the 2 figures under Heruka’s feet – Mahadeva and Kalratri being subdued i.e. subduing of desire and recognizing the wisdom and power of Heruka and Vajrayogini.

    The mandala of Heruka and Vajrayogini were left on earth and accessible to higher practitioners. So, that’s a very good reason to visit these places. This also means that the deities are closer to us.

    When Heruka arose again to defeat Rudra, the mind of Rudra and his consorts were sent to Pure Land. That is very compassionate. What I find in Buddhism is the defeated foe are never smashed to smithereens but rather sent somewhere where the defeated can learn the dharma without distractions.

    Though there are many advantages to meditating at the charnals grounds, it will definitely be for the higher practitioners. Don’t think I can overcome my fear and aversion so easily. The charnal grounds would definitely be way more distracting than any other places, in my opinion. Normal death meditation itself already is quite a challenge.

    Thanks, Pastor Niral for a very informative and interesting article.

  4. Beng on Jun 11, 2016 at 5:10 am

    Very informative article which I will have to read a few more times before I can absorb all the knowledge here. In fact, I suspect that no matter how many times I read this, there will always be more to absorb because like all Tantric teachings, it requires the blessings of the teacher and especially the teacher’s commentaries and explanations to realise the true significance and gain the full benefits!

    But I really like the fact that Heruka’s (and Vajrayogini’s!) holy places actually exist on our earth AND are accessible to us. I hope to visit one of them, particularly Mt Kailash, in this life before I lose my precious human body. I also really like your description of the charnel grounds, and it reminds me of a story that Rinpoche once told about how aspiring Vajrayogini practitioners would meditate in charnel grounds and cemeteries amidst rotting corpses, tombstones, wild animals, spirits etc and Vajrayogini would actually walk among them, unseen to most, blessing each meditator to gain attainments and eventually ascend to her paradise. It was a very moving story and it made me make a strong prayer that I will be fortunate to receive her practice in this lifetime.

    Thank you for this great post.

  5. Wah Ying on Jun 9, 2016 at 12:26 am

    Thank you Pastor Niral for sharing the article. From this article it’s exciting to learn and know about the 24 Holy Places is actually on Earth, from how Shakyamuni manifested as Heruka to subdue Mahadeva – where the mandala of Heruka does not dissolve into himself but imbedded on Earth, where nowadays’ practitioners could go to these holy places to aid in their practice. It’s really fortunate for Vajrayogini and Heruka practitioners with these places exist on Earth. Vajrayogini practice is the practice suitable for practitioners of this times, and the 24 Holy Places are existing on Earth to aid…

    Whereas the Eight Charnel Ground is associated with fighting practitioners’ ego. We normally fear of unseen things, ghosts and etc, and avoid thinking of death…To go to charnel ground to practice aids in fighting with our self-cherishing mind, to focus at ourselves instead of focus out.

  6. Cynthia Lee on Jun 8, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Thank you for this post. What I find interesting is that The 24 Holy Places & 8 Great Charnel Grounds are both different in many aspects yet both are conducive to aid practitioners and challenge their egos.

    It’s exciting to know the mandalas of Heruka exist on earth where VY practitioners can access and invoke the 24 dakinis quickly. Hence, to lose the opportunity to receive the Vajrayogini tantra will be our greatest lost in this lifetime. As knowledge strengthens faith, we should aspire and work hard towards achieving and VY practice.

  7. sweekeong on Jun 8, 2016 at 3:55 am

    Thank you Pastor Niral for taking the time to research and share about Heruka and Vajrayogini and their relation with Mahadeva. Mahadeva is blinded by his indulgence in god realm. It is a dangerous trap because there is no suffering as compared to the human realm. To be borned in god realm and spending away the time in pleasure brings no benefits in the long term. As said in the Lamrim we would eventually fall back to hell realm which is even worst once our karma to stay in the god realm has exhausted.

    I always thought mandala as existing on pure land only. However it is not true for the mandala of Heruka. His mandala exists here physically meaning these places can be visited. This is really wonderful news. Practitioners would gain much benefits because the places are highly blessed.

  8. Sharon Ong on Jun 8, 2016 at 12:40 am

    Before reading this article, I used to wonder about the names of the places in prayers and liturgies that I recite, if these places really existed on earth, be it in ancient times or current day. I used to think that these places are visualised or existed in a different plane of existence. But to my surprise and delight, the Twenty-Four Holy Places do actually exist here on earth. Unlike Shambala that can be found or accessed by selected few with the karma and merits, we can actually visit these Twenty-Four Holy Places.

    After learning that these places are charged with tremendous amounts of blessings that can help in our spiritual practice, these places are going into my bucket list of places to visit. For aspiring tantric practitioners, these 24 places are a must-visit because it is mentioned in this post that practices engaged at any of the 24 places will be fruitful as the various beings who aid tantric practice such as various dakas, dakinis and Dharma protectors will come forth to bless practitioners. These powerhouse places are also said to contain fragments of Heruka’s mandala, making the invocation of this tantric Buddha come to our aid swift.

    The 8 Charnel Grounds reminds me very much of Aghori*, a sect of Hinduism with unorthodox practices that many find extreme, bizarre or even repulsive. While The 8 Charnel Grounds may seem frightening and morbid, but when one looks deeper at its symbolism and significance, it is these very graphic representations that will help set us free. Through the understanding of each symbolism, one would have a roadmap towards Enlightenment.

    Thank you for this insightful read, Pastor Niral.

    *http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/aghori.html

  9. Doreen Teoh on Jun 7, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    It was such great act of compassion and wisdom, when Buddha Shakyamuni emanated in the exact form of Mahadeva, but an enlightened being, as the worshipper will now be able to make offerings to enlightened beings and gain merits and imprints instead.

    It is also good to know this Holy Places is now in existence in our present time and in the same dimension as us land, and this will be an opportunity for us to visit these places and pay homage.

    Thank you, Pastor Niral for the research.

  10. Wei Theng on Jun 7, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Thank you Pastor Niral & team for sharing with us the 24 Holy Places & 8 Great Charnel Grounds.
    From the article, I learned that:
    24 Holy Places:
    1. The origin: The story about Buddha Shakyamuni appeared in the form of Heruka and Vajrayogini in union to Mahadeva/Shiva and his consort Kalratri in order to subdue them, in order to curb the energy of sexual desire that was permeating the various realms.
    2. The significant of the 24 holy places.
    – These are the places that have powerful blessings from Heruka & Vajrayogini as their mandala has been imbedded into the physical landscape of these places.
    – Most importantly, these places exist on earth that we can go visit and do our practices there to invoke the blessing of Heruka & Vajrayogini.
    – The 24 places is each corresponding to different part of our body in tantric practices. When we invoke the daka & dakinis to bless us.
    – These 24 places are particular importance to those who practice the Vajrayogini tantras. The dakinis reside in the 24 Holy Places are considered the 24 dakini entourage of VY that a practitioner can invoke and come to reside in one’s body, blessing their subtle energy channels, winds and drops that to aid one in meditation and to achieve attainment.

    The Eight Charnel Grounds:
    1. Origin: Heruka arose, and in a dance of great compassionate wrath, subdued & liberated Rudra and his consorts (who has been oppress sentient beings, and promoted violence and unethical behaviour at that time) from their physical bodies, sending their minds to pure lands.
    2. The eight charnel grounds signifies the death of the ego and our sufferings. It’s also for us to practice and do our meditation on ending our ego, fear, death, impermanent etc.
    3. It is also very informative that you shared about each of the aspects within the visualization of charnel grounds symbolise tantric elements

    From the article, i also realised how precious and important of Vajrayogini practice that can help us in this era. First, we have the 24 places on earth that we can practice and get the blessings of Vajrayogini. Secondly, the Vajrayogini also easier to practices as the prerequisites are less compared to other tantric practices.
    (To read more about the four prerequisites of Vajrayogini’s practice:http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/getting-closer-to-vajrayogini.html)

    Thank you!

  11. CindyH on Jun 7, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Reading the story of how Mahadeva was subdued, it again goes to show the great compassion and skills that were at play when Buddha Shakyamuni took whatever form that was necessary which would be effective to cut away Mahadeva’s attachment. In subduing Mahadeva, it benefitted beyond just Mahadeva and his immediate consorts. Others too have benefitted, be it from those propitiating Mahadeva and were developing improper practice as well as attitudes to those impacted by the Mahadeva’s energy of sexual desire which was permeating the other various realms.

    Similarly, the story of Rudra also reflect the same (great compassion and skilful means) as in the midst of assisting Rudra and his consorts by sending their minds to pure lands, not only did others benefit from the immediate reprieve from Rudra’s tyranny but it also gave rise to the Eight Great Charnel Grounds which are of great significance within tantric practice. Basically, in the practices of the wrathful meditational deities, the eight quadrants surrounding the mandala of the deity are visualised as the Eight Great Charnel Grounds. Each of the aspects within the visualised charnel grounds actually symbolise tantric elements.

    On a separate note, it is interesting to find that the physical form of Heruka Chakrasamvara is essentially derived from Mahadeva since Buddha Shakyamuni emanated in a replica form of Mahadeva (albeit being more powerful than Mahadeva).

    It is indeed a great blessing that the 24 Holy Places are actually in our realm and thus physically accessible to us at our current times. The fact that the mandala was not dissolved back into Heruka himself and instead has become imbedded into the physical landscapes, translate to those places being very powerful energy centres. This is clearly a blessing to practitioners considering that those who engage in practices at any of these 24 places, will be aided by the various beings who are known to aid tantric practice such as various dakas, dakinis and Dharma protectors. And a plus point is that when such holy beings are invoked from these places, by virtue of them being so close, they are able to come to the practitioner’s aid quickly.

    Thank you for such an informative article.

  12. Lew on Jun 7, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Thank you Pastor Niral, Phng Li Kheng, Vinnie Tan and Joy Kam for all your effort in producing this informative article. I have indeed recited prayers and praises which mentioned these holy places and charnel grounds, but never got to understand them in detail.

    From reading the article, I now know that these 24 holy places do actually exist on earth, and we can actually visit them. I guess it will be added to my “to-do-list” in this lifetime to at least visit one or two of these holy places.

    I have also heard from Rinpoche that in the ancient times, we Mahasidda and practitioners would meditate on charnel grounds, to contemplate on death, fear, impermanence and other topics. I used to feel scared upon hearing such way of practice, but these days, my projection is not as strong. I think it is a good thing 🙂 LOL.

  13. Sarah Yap on Jun 7, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Thank you for about the history on how Heruka and the 8 charnal grounds came about. It is quite interesting, the story of Mahadeva and Rudra, and how Shakyamuni won them over with what seems with great ease.

  14. Li Kheng on May 11, 2016 at 12:15 am

    Thank you Pastor Niral for this enchanting blog post. It is certainly informative and also “fairy tale” like at the same time. I enjoy how the post provides some history about and the origins of tow of the most renowned tantra practice we know of: Heruka Chakrasamvara and Vajrayogini. The story of Heruka and Vajrayogini and how they subdued Mahadeva and Kalratri with the same form (i.e copulation) but higher states of mind (i.e. compassion and wisdom) shows us skillfulness and true compassion to manifest in forms and way that best fits the various mind sets of different beings.

    This is like Rinpoche and other Gurus who return to samsara to turn the Wheel of Dharma. They have to be so skillful to work with the minds of all the students that are still highly deluded by our own ignorance, selfishness and anger.

    I also love the stories about the 24 power places on Earth. Somehow, I believe in their presence and revere at the magic of these phenomena. May these power places emanate their energy around the world and bless sentient beings. May we find our ways to these holy grounds and gain spiritual progress.

    A truly beautiful post!

  15. Chris Chong on Apr 27, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Dear Pastor Niral and Team,

    Thank you for this detail exanation of the 25 holy places and 8 great charnel ground. I had came cross these two phrases very often during Pujas and prayers and had always curious about it. Now, I have a deeper understanding thanks to you all.

    Im extremely fascinated with all the stories of gods and how the Buddhas manifested different forms in order to subdue them. As we can see, Compassion conquers all.

    Chris

  16. Stella Cheang on Apr 27, 2016 at 10:55 am

    The story of Mahadeva happened to be the first Tibetan Buddhism mythology that I came across. Needless to say, I was stumped but equally amused by the uncontrolled desire of Mahadeva, who is the King of the Gods. This got me thinking that if a powerful King of the Gods is attached to his desire, he is therefore, subject to the same cycle of pain & pleasure, just like us. Therefore, ascending to the Gods realm not only is the answer to solving any of our worldly problem, it is potentially a more dangerous place as the level of desire / attachment is much worse.

    It was due to the great compassion of Buddha Shakyamuni who saw that Mahadeva needed to be subdued to curb the sexual desire that was permeating the realms. He manifested into Heruka Chakrasamvara and his consort Vajrayogini, who look like Mahadeva but much more magnificent. Upon seeing the divine form of Heruka and Vajrayogini, Mahadeva and his consort, Kalratri were immediately subdued. They offered themselves under the feet of Heruka and Vajrayogini as a sign that they recognized their wisdom and power. And this is the origin story of Heruka Chakrasamvara and Vajrayogini.

    The 24 Holy Places were 24 powerful places on earth controlled by Mahadeva who assigned each place to a powerful guardian god and goddess. After Mahadeva was subdued these 24 sites become imbedded into the physical landscape. These places are very powerful energy centres, especially for those who practice the Vajrayogini tantras.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Niral for this article, it is very interesting. I will read the 2nd part (8 great Charnel Grounds) as soon as I can.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

    • Pastor Niral Patel on Apr 27, 2016 at 11:25 pm

      Dear Stella,

      You are right that the gods are bound by the same cycle of pain and pleasure we are. This is due to the form and realm they have taken rebirth in. However, their experience is very different from our own. For example since birth, the gods have all that they could possibly desire and because of that, they are caught up in the enjoyment of these pleasures. That is all that fills their minds – the pure enjoyment of these pleasures. It is very rare for gods to have any other thoughts. Those that we hear of within Buddhist practices who are benevolent and assist practitioners are the exception. Usually, these are from the highest god realms, but there are many gods in the other god realms who live their lives simply enjoying various pleasures.

      But the pain that they suffer is also tremendous. Towards the end of their lives, there are ten signs that manifest, which are omens that the god is about to be reborn in another realm. Usually one of the three lower realms. The reason for this is that they have used up a lot of their good karma while being in the god realms. Therefore their negative karma overwhelms the good karma and they take rebirth into one of the three lower realms.

      One of these signs is that their form no longer radiates light. A god’s body is naturally beautiful and radiant. This lustre disappears when approaching the end of their life. When the other gods see the god without lustre they automatically distance themselves, so the god suffers from intense loneliness. Another sign is that the god remembers their previous life and the good karma which led to rebirth as a god. They also realise that in their current life they have used up this good karma. And they also become aware of where they will be taking rebirth next, more often than not in one of the lower realms. This weighs on the god’s mind greatly, but it is too late for the god to do anything, so this leads to great depression. Only after these ten signs have manifested will the god take rebirth. These have been explained in more detail in the Lam Rim teachings, which you can read if you want to know more.

      A lot people pray to be reborn in one of the god realms so that they can enjoy these pleasures but do not understand that by doing so they will simply bind themselves further to samsaric existence. Therefore, rather than rely on the force of our karma for virtuous states of rebirth, it is better to practice one of the paths followed in traditional practices, (i) gaining complete enlightenment in this lifetime through the practice of Highest Yoga Tantra such as Vajrayogini, (ii) praying and making a concerted effort to take rebirth in a pure land or (iii) to generate the merit to be born in area that has the Dharma that we can continue our practice towards enlightenment.

      This is one of the reasons the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa is so important within in our daily practice. During the dissolution of Lama Tsongkhapa into ourselves, we visualise the white cloud-like string that links our heart to the heart of the Buddha Maitreya in Gaden Heaven. When we do this we create a strong link with both Lama Tsongkhapa and Maitreya. This creates the causes for us to be born in the Gaden pure land and for us to practice there without hindrances, or even be reborn during the time when Maitreya will descend and take rebirth as a Samyaksam Buddha to turn the wheel of Dharma again in the world. In both these cases, we are able to receive the Dharma directly from the Maitreya and practice near Maitreya for the speedy achievement of enlightenment.

      • Stella Cheang on Apr 28, 2016 at 11:53 am

        Thank you Pastor Niral for the additional explanation on the dying process of Gods and why God realms is not exactly a good place to be to advance our spirituality. I will take heed that we should practice one of the paths followed in traditional practices as mentioned.

        humbly,
        Stella

  17. Lester on Apr 24, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Thank you all for this informative article. It has given me insights into Buddhist principles. It is interesting to know that even sentient beings like the gods can be so powerful as to warrant the extraordinary efforts of Buddhas to subdue them. I bet these too are enlightened beings in disguise. The alternative interpretation shared by some cultural historians are that this is a narrative conjured by Buddhists to justify their popularity over Brahmanism. But given that so many enlightened masters relied on liturgies as such, I bet this is highly unlikely. Have a good day.

    • Pastor Niral Patel on Apr 26, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      Dear Lester,

      You are right in that some historians have made similar comments. Whatever the case may be, we should realise what impact these stories have for own personal spiritual development.

      One of these is to remember that there are many states one can take rebirth in, from the highest as the gods in the god realms to the lowest as beings suffering in hell. Despite our circumstances and however we feel that things are going well when are in the midst of samsaric activities, we do have our attachments and mistaken view of life. This will always lead us to further suffering. We need to realise that the only way to overcome the suffering and our mistaken views is to become a Buddha ourselves.

      When we are doing our daily practices and we come across mention of these places, yes we invoke the holy beings from these sites. But what will make this invocation more effective, is remembering the reasons why these places are significant. In essence, this is due to the compassion of the enlightened beings. From compassion for all beings, Buddha Shakyamuni arose as Heruka and Vajrayogini to subdue the energies of this particular god, and he arose again to save beings from being tormented. This remembrance of the compassion of the Buddha, and that we should develop compassion to help others within our spiritual practice is the key to ensure this invocation has the most efficacy. When we focus out and care about others, developing compassion, the enlightened energies of the Buddhas can permeate our lives, blessing us and others around us.

  18. Bradley Kassian on Apr 24, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Great detailed explanation Pastor Niral, Phng Li Kheng, Vinnie Tan and Joy Kam. Thank you, this was very informative. This helped me understand dharmapala liturgy a lot better. I now know these places actually exist here on Earth. Please all of you continue to write. Excellent article! 🙂

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  • Jason
    Monday, Feb 20. 2017 02:46 AM
    Before this, I really doubt on reincarnation but after I watched the video above, it make me believe on reincarnation stuff which is happen to many high Lama. Reincarnation can’t totally explain by scientists but it reallly exists in this world.
    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this and it open up my view on reincarnation topic.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/reincarnation-true-or-false.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 09:10 PM
    At this day and age, it is indeed surprising for leaders of faith to apply a heavy-handed technique to oppress nonbeliever or the deviant. It is hard to accept because we have been educated by the history of painful examples where discrimination and persecution were usually man-made because of intolerance, lack of acceptance and ignorance. I wish the Baha’i faith grow and shine, and may harmony and love pervades the community.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/sanctuary-for-a-persecuted-faith.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 08:46 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing with us here online the very rare and holy image of Pabongka Rinpoche in Tantric dress. He is the lineage master of Tibetan Buddhism that His Holiness Dalai Lama is teaching today. I am very fortunate to be able to meet with Tsem Rinpoche whose teaching traced back to Pabongka Rinpoche unbroken. May more people realize the weight of unbroken lineage in Buddhism and hence see the importance of Guru Devotion, which is the cornerstone of pure lineage in many ways.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-pabongka-rinpoche-in-tantric-dress.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 08:34 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche for the interesting article. We get to learn more about preventing snakes the natural way. It ‘s nice to know that we can rely on plants to repel snakes, and some of these plants are suitable to be planted in Malaysia. Garlic paste sounds not trying to make and a natural way to repel snakes. I wonder if it works to keep lizards away too?

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/how-to-prevent-snakes-in-your-backyard.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 08:22 PM
    This is a very nice sharing by Cindy Dinh. Rejoice to your keen interest in Buddhism in spite of being at an age where spirituality is not a common topic of interest. Please continue to explore the many teachings and topics here on the blog. And thank you, Cindy for writing to show your appreciation. It is a great testimony to the good work by Rinpoche and the team and will be a motivation for the rest of us too.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/thanks-cindy.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 08:07 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche for this advice, which gives depth to what it means by living with parents versus living on our own. The key takeaway is taking responsibility for our own life hence making our own destiny. Camping in our comfort zone for too long will not fuel us to do better or be stronger and more independent. At the end of the day, our attitude determines our actions, and our actions determine our success. Go for it, everyone! You never try, you never know. ��

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/living-at-home-the-real-reasons.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 08:03 PM
    This is a very beatiful Buddha Manjushri painting. Rejoice for Wylfred and team for taking effort to making this painting and offered it to Rinpoche.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/look-what-the-postman-brought.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 07:41 PM
    Brown is an example of knowing the purpose of his life and actually doing it. I can imagine his passion and drive in growing food to feed the poor. Money is not everything in life. I wish Brown’s example will be the inspiration to more people who will focus more on serving the needs of others and less on self. May Brown continues to be the beacon for the less fortunate. Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/he-rejected-the-37-million-contract-to-do-what.html
  • Joy Kam
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 12:55 PM
    What’s Next…

    Dharma Protector practices are regarded as essential does not negate the importance of other practices. It certainly does not suggest that Dharma Protector practices can or should be practised in isolation to replace all of the Sutric and Tantric systems of Buddhism. Why? Because the ultimate protection comes in the form of extinguishing all our karma. When we have extinguished all our karma, we no longer possess the causes to be harmed or affected by negative beings and interferences. In relying upon the stainless Sutric and Tantric systems of Buddhism, we can accomplish this extinguishment of our karma…learn more >>> http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/whats-next
  • Joy Kam
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 12:20 PM
    Did you know that you can “Request A Prayer” here http://www.dorjeshugden.org/request-a-prayer

    It is a section where you can make a special request prayer to make someone’s life better by including them in our this request a prayer section. Someone will include them in their daily sadhana (prayer) when you request. Just fill in the form in this section. You will know when someone has prayed on your behalf as it will be indicated at the bottom. DO CHECK this Interesting feature on dorjeshugden.org out and help someone in need.
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Feb 18. 2017 11:25 PM
    This is a very interesting article. We are know that pollution is bad but not to the effect that it affect dementia too. Many of us may not know or experience the effect as it will only comes in later in our life. While some occupation would require us to live in the city and expose ourself to polluted environment, this is a good study to help the government and project developer to plan the township in order to alleviate such incident in the future.

    I also feel happy for success of the Hen project. It does gives the elderly a chance to utilise their time beneficially and to get to know their neighbourhood. May there be more such interesting project for the elderly.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/does-living-near-busy-roads-develop-dementia.html
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    Saturday, Feb 18. 2017 01:41 PM
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  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 18. 2017 01:41 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this profound , precious teachings.
    Never deceive our Guru, have trust an faith always in our Guru to be blessed and protected. Practicing the Dharma and transforming ourselves to be a better person.
    Thanks for sharing the video…a good watch to understand better
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/deceiving-our-guru.html
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Feb 17. 2017 09:26 PM
    This is a very interesting article and for me to learn the history of my own culture. Chinese in Malaysia indeed have gone through many different phases of colonisation by various government to be who they are today. The cultures of Malaysian are very rich and unique. For example Chinese in different state of Malaysia have different cultures and language.

    Although Malaysia have so many races, religion and cultures. I think it is by understanding each other that we can all come together to live in a peace and harmony environment. Irregardless whether we are Malays, Chinese, Indian, Kadazan, or Iban, we are all Malaysian and therefore should live in harmony and be united.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/chinese-in-malaysia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 17. 2017 04:32 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful article and story of the uneducated farmer having recited mantra devotedly to achieve an astounding level of realiz.ation. Its a inspiration to all of us ,and encouraging .We can recited any mantra thoroughly,sincerely and devotedly and it will bear great results
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-true-account-of-an-accomplished-practitioner-of-the-vajra-guru-mantra-in-recent-times.html

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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
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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
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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. 
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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
Message to Tibetans in English
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Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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Message to the Tibetans
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
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A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
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Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
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The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
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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.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
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Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
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My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
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Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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Sir Edmund Hillary
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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
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
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Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
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It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
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Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
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Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
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High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
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༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
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Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
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More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
 ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
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Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
                         This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
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This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
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Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
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Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
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His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
5 months ago
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
Left to right:

His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
5 months ago
Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
 It\'s nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
5 months ago
It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
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Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
Don\'t wait for the perfect group. Don\'t wait for the perfect person. Don\'t wait for the perfect situation. Don\'t expect yourself to be perfect. Don\'t even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It\'s between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
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Don't wait for the perfect group. Don't wait for the perfect person. Don't wait for the perfect situation. Don't expect yourself to be perfect. Don't even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It's between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
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