Vajrayogini – The Powerful Divine Red Lady

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Homage to the Divine Lady
Whom out of compassion
Emanates in myriads of forms
In this degenerate age to subdue our various minds
Using the energy of desire, She attracts us to her form
Then brings us to full liberation

– His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche

On 28th October 2007, I took my refuge vows and formally established a teacher-student relationship with His Eminence the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. It was indeed a memorable day for me. I offered him the representations of the enlightened body, speech and mind of the Buddhas in the form of a Tara statue, a Dharma book and a Stupa respectively. I humbly requested Tsem Rinpoche to grant me refuge. He agreed and he gave me my refuge vows on the spot!

Valentina took refuge vows from H.E. the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on 28 October 2007.

Valentina took refuge vows from H.E. the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on 28 October 2007.

After the refuge ceremony was over, Tsem Rinpoche offered me a beautiful Vajrayogini statue. I did not have much understanding about this particular Buddha at the time. However, in the course of researching for this article, I started to have a better understanding about this fascinating female Buddha.

Tsem Rinpoche has advised that Vajrayogini practice is suitable for this degenerate time and therefore, she is closer to us compared to many other Buddhas. I pray that by writing this article, many will be connected to her and have the affinity to engage in her profound practice.

I would like to thank Pastor David Lai and Pastor Khong Jean Ai for helping me in reviewing and editing this article and giving me a precious book on Vajrayogini to help me in my research.

Valentina

 

Background

We live in a modern world when everything is convenient, comfortable and there are many different forms of distractions available. However, although the conveniences of modern life enable us to spend less time on daily and mundane chores (e.g., washing, cleaning, etc.) and on surviving, they actually provide us with more time to indulge in distraction. Hence, greed and materialism is on the rise and people are less inclined towards virtue. Consequently, our minds are plagued by conflicting emotions and delusions (e.g., anxiety, anger, miserliness, senselessness, depression, jealousy, unhappiness, etc.). These are all the signs that we are living in a spiritually degenerate time known as the Kaliyuga. More than 2,500 years ago, Buddha Shakyamuni had predicted that the Kaliyuga age would come, and he taught and prescribed the Tantras as the suitable teaching and practice for this time and age, of which Vajrayogini Tantra is the most supreme.

All enlightened beings, including Vajrayogini, embody the qualities of the Buddhas of the 10 directions and of the three times (past, present and future). Therefore, Vajrayogini, in all her perfection, is a worthy object of worship. Many great masters such as His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche and Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tharchin have said that Vajrayogini practice is particularly suitable for beings in these degenerate times because her practice helps to purify and transform desire, which is the current and most pervasive energy within samsara. Vajrayogini manifested specifically to pacify our self-created inner obstacles that are provoked by the outer environment that we are living in. Therefore, Vajrayogini’s blessings are very potent and powerful for this day and age.

Of Vajrayogini, Pabongka Rinpoche is known to have said the following:

“Look, this is the synthesis of all the Buddhas. This one counters all the negative attachments arising from the desire we have during the Kaliyuga age.”

 

H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche teaching about Vajrayogini

 

The Vajrayogini Lineage Practiced in Kechara

Vajrayogini practice can be traced back to the Chakrasamvara Root Tantra that was taught by Buddha Shakyamuni who manifested as Buddha Vajradhara more than 2,500 years ago. Many lineages of Vajrayogini emerged from this text and in particular, the Naro Kacho lineage of Vajrayogini was revealed to Naropa, an 11th Century Indian Mahasiddha in a vision.

Subsequently, her practice was passed down through a long line of great Indian masters and eventually to several Nepali masters, including the Pamthingpa brothers. The brothers were the students of Naropa, and they passed down the practice of Naro Kacho Vajrayogini to Melgyo Lotsawa Lotro Drakpa, an 11th Century translator of the Sakya tradition. Through Melgyo Lotsawa Lotro Drakpa, the practice was adopted by the Sakyas as part of their most precious 13 Golden Dharmas and eventually found its way to the Gelug tradition. When they engage in the Vajrayogini practice, practitioners recite the names of the lineage masters and solicit their blessings, and the Phamthingpa brothers are included in this list.

Although Vajrayogini is said to be Lama Tsongkhapa’s (1357 – 1419 CE) innermost yidam, prior to the 18th Century, her practice was not prominent within the Gelug tradition. After the 18th Century, the Sakya transmission of Naropa’s Vajrayogini was introduced to the Gelug tradition. One of the most influential Gelug lamas of that era, Pabongka Rinpoche (1878 – 1941 CE) promoted Vajrayogini as the main meditational deity within the Gelug tradition. Two of Pabongka Rinpoche‘s main students, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, disseminated the practice to their own students (e.g, Lama Yeshe, Lama Zopa, Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tharchin, Gelek Rinpoche and so forth) who in turn also promoted Vajrayogini practice. Since then, Vajrayogini has become a widely accepted practice within the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism.

When he was about 15 years old, Tsem Rinpoche received a Vajrayogini initiation from the great Sera Mey Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tharchin in New Jersey who was the student of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was also the great Abbot of Sera Mey Monastery and a great master of Sutra and Tantra. His main practice or yidam (meditational deity) was the Buddha Vajrayogini. He was a great master of Vajrayogini and a great abbot of the monastery while he was in office. During his tenure as the monastery’s abbot, Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tharchin worked hard to improve the educational standard, and he managed to pay off a considerable sum of the monastery’s loan.

In 1982, Tsem Rinpoche had the fortune to meet another great master, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and received a Vajrayogini initiation again from this great master. The auspicious two-week event took place in Yucca Valley, California. During this occasion, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche gave the Vajrayogini initiation together with the full commentary.

Therefore, Vajrayogini practice at Kechara is derived from a pure unbroken lineage of great masters and practitioners. In Buddhism, a lineage is very important because the blessings to gain attainments through one’s practice descends through the lineage of practitioners who came before us. Thus without the lineage, the practice is devoid of blessings and attainments cannot be obtained from doing the practice in question. Having an authentic lineage also means that the practice we received has a valid source and was not made up.

 

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Vajrayogini Iconography

There are several known forms of Vajrayogini that are based on different lineages. Each of these forms is the actual embodiment of the teachings and instructions for her practitioners to attain enlightenment. Although this is also the case for every Buddha, Vajrayogini is special because her depictions emphasise purifying desire and attachment. She is an enlightened being and therefore when we encounter her sacred form, it plants a seed in our mind to achieve her qualities. When we promote Vajrayogini’s image by making or sponsoring her statues and thangkas, we are creating the cause for people to be connected with Vajrayogini.

 

The Symbolism Behind Vajrayogini’s Body

Vajrayogini iconography

Vajrayogini iconography

Vajrayogini is often depicted as a 16-year-old girl at the prime of her youth and beauty. Her breasts are full and her body is voluptuous. Her face is looking in our direction because she has great concern for us. In thangkas and statues, her face is often depicted as looking up but this is mainly for aesthetic purposes.

Vajrayogini has a blissful facial expression because she does not have to experience emotional afflictions and the results of negative karma like other beings in samsara. Her facial expression is also slightly wrathful because she absorbs our anger. Her iconography represents the Three Principal Aspects of the Paths (i.e., Renunciation, Bodhicitta and Emptiness) that are very important for success in one’s Buddhist practice, especially Tantric practice.

Vajrayogini’s body is fully naked and she poses in such a way that does not indicate modesty. The reason for this is during this degenerated time, desire and lust have become very strong. People do various kinds of negative actions out of lust, and many people are hurt due to the lustful actions of others. To counter this negative energy, Vajrayogini manifested in this form in order to subdue and transform those filled with lust and desire.

The following is an explanation of her features that can be revealed to non-initiates:

No Features Explanation
1. Red colour body The colour of red represents the energy of control. When we practice Vajrayogini Tantra, we gain the power of controlling our mind, lust and desire, and therefore we do not hurt other people due to our delusion.
2. One face Her singular face means that she has achieved the realisation that all phenomena are of one taste and nature.
3. Blissful and slightly wrathful facial expression The blissful facial expression means that Vajrayogini does not have to experience the sufferings of beings in samsara. The wrathful facial expression represents that Vajrayogini is absorbing our anger, and she is unhappy to witness our sufferings and the result of our negative karma.
4. Three eyes that look like normal human eyes Her left eye is looking up to her heaven, Dakpo Kachö (“Kechara”), which symbolises that for those who practice her Tantra and the Three Principal Paths free from the eight worldly Dharmas, Vajrayogini will lead them to Kechara paradise. Her practitioners will either be reborn in her actual paradise where they can receive teachings from her, Heruka, Dakinis or the Mahasiddhas who live in that paradise directly, or they will always be reborn in the place where they will meet qualified masters and receive her practice again. Therefore, by doing her practice, the amount of merits created and the amount of negative karma purified would help her practitioners to be reborn in beautiful positive places.

Her right eye is looking down at sentient beings, which symbolises that although she has lifted herself from samsara, she still abides within samsara’s borders to help. By looking down at sentient beings, she manifests her love and compassion through her sadhana, yogas, and the lineage masters who propagate her teachings.

The third eye represents the opening to her central channel that is cleared. It is an indication of Vajrayogini’s omniscient qualities.

5. Slightly opened mouth and four fangs Vajrayogini’s mouth is slightly opened showing her curled up tongue. This adds to her overall blissful expression, which represents the second Principle Aspects of the Path – Bodhicitta.

She has four fangs, which represent Four Noble Truths and four different classes of spirits to overcome.

6. Two arms Vajrayogini’s two arms represent her realisation of the two truths – conventional and ultimate truths.
7. Long loose orange hair that is adorned with a vajra cap

Note: in painting, she is often depicted as having black hair for aesthetic reason

The long loose hair means that she is free and unfettered by worldly, social and conventional norms. She is not controlled by rules, emotion, anger, hatred, negative karma, convention and what other people say.

Therefore, when one practices her meditation well, one will achieve the same state.

8. The-five-skull crown with jewels The five-skull crown represents the five Dhyani Buddhas.
9. Bone ornaments All Vajrayogini’s ornaments are made of bones and dry skulls. Dry skull means that she has the ability to remove our delusions and illusions completely and destroy our negative emotions. It also represents the first of the Three Principle Aspects of the Path – renunciation.
10. The left hand that is raised and hold a skull cup (kapala) filled with blood Her left hand is raised and is holding a skull cup filled with blood, from which she drinks. The skull cup represents great bliss and impermanence, and the blood represents emptiness. Vajrayogini drinking the blood from the skull cup represents that she is always meditating on the third of the Three Principle Aspects of the Path – Emptiness.

Her gesture of drinking from the skull cup also means that that when her practitioners receive nourishment, they will feel full and satisfied. Likewise, those who practice Vajrayogini will receive the Dharma from a qualified teacher and rejoice because they had received the Dharma.

11. The right hand that is pointing downward in threatening mudra and holding a knife Her right hand is pointing downward and holding a knife that cut through samsara. Her hand is in the Threatening Mudra gesture (all fingers folded with only the index and the last fingers sticking out), which represents overcoming samsara. That means she cuts and destroys the direct causes to our samsara – ignorance, hatred and desire.

She is holding a knife to remind her practitioners that no matter how beautiful, rich or powerful, one day they are going to die, and they should not only use their lives for selfish pursuits. Therefore, mind transformation to turn the selfish mind to be of benefit to others is important.

12. Her left leg is bent and her right leg is outstretched She leans toward the left represents Mother Tantra, which means that her Tantra focuses on clear light as means towards enlightenment.
13. Stepping on deity figures Her left foot is stepping on the worldly deity Bhairava (Mahadeva). It is said that these deities offer themselves as cushions for the sublime feet of Vajrayogini. The front of her foot touches his head (ignorance) and the back of her foot steps on the heart area on the back (hatred) of Bhairava who represents anger or hatred. Therefore, if one does her meditation, one will be able to eliminate hatred and ignorance.

Her right foot is stepping on the breasts (desire) of Mahadeva’s consort, Kalarati which represents the destruction of desire and all negative karma that are associated with them. Therefore, when one does her practice, s/he will be able to eliminate the negativities that arise from harmful lustful desire.

Note: The beings stepped on by the Buddha should not have more arms than the Buddha who is stepping on them.

14. Khatvanga on the left shoulder Vajrayogini’s khatvanga represents Heruka Chakrasamvara, her consort, which means she is never separated from Heruka. Her khatvanga also represents that Vajrayogini and Heruka Chakrasamvara are one, but her practice is more condensed, easier, faster and has less requirements compared to Heruka Chakrasamvara’s.

On the top of the khatvanga, there is a vajra and three heads. The top head is a dried-up skull, the next head is a half-rotten head, and the next head below that is a fresh head. The three heads represent the Buddhas of the past (i.e., Dipamkara), present (i.e., Shakyamuni) and future (i.e., Maitreya).

Under the heads, there is a double Vajra and below that is a long life vase. The vase is wrapped with a khata and a damaru.

 

H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche
explains Vajrayogini’s iconography:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

 

The deity figures beneath Vajrayogini’s feet

Vajrayogini stepping on Mahadeva and his consort, Kalarati

Vajrayogini stepping on Mahadeva and his consort, Kalarati

Once upon a time, there was a powerful and good-looking god named Mahadeva who was very attached to eroticism. He had four consorts and constantly engaged in copulation with one of them. Mahadeva controlled 24 powerful places in the world, and placed a male and female guardian in each of these places. He encouraged the worship of copulation and eroticism. Therefore those who pray to him would get their wishes fulfilled, but they would be overwhelmed by a sense of sexual desire and over time that gradually ruined the lives of his devotees on earth.

Buddha Shakyamuni saw the actions of Mahadeva and saw that the time had come to subdue him. Buddha Shakyamuni emanated as Heruka Chakrasamvara who physically resembled Mahadeva but with four faces of various expressions (e.g., wrathful, angry, desirous, peaceful, etc.), 12 arms, 12 different weapons, two legs and holding on to a consort, Vajrayogini. In addition, Buddha Shakyamuni emanated into various dakas and dakinis of the Heruka mandala to pacify the guardians in the 24 power places. When Mahadeva saw Buddha Heruka, he clairvoyantly knew that Heruka was more powerful and he was thus subdued. Mahadeva offered himself and his consorts to Buddha Heruka.

Therefore, Vajrayogini is depicted as stepping on Mahadeva’s head (representing ignorance) and back (the heart area, representing anger) under her left foot, and Kalarati’s breasts (Mahadeva’s consort; representing desire) under her right foot. Kalarati is holding a ritual chopper and a skull cup. Mahadeva is holding on to a sword or khatvanga, and a damaru. Vajrayogini steps on Mahadeva because although he has been subdued, his ability to influence beings in samsara combined with sentient beings’ karma to be influenced is still very powerful. Thus for beings who have a lot of desire, they can make a connection with Vajrayogini to counter these negative qualities.

 

Flying Vajrayogini

Flying Vajrayogini from Datuk May Phng to Tsem Rinpoche

Flying Vajrayogini from Datuk May Phng to Tsem Rinpoche

This form of Vajrayogini is from a different lineage, and she is depicted with her legs spread apart as she flies over samsara towards Dharmakaya. Her form represents the complete transcendence of the ego and its delusions. This form of Vajrayogini is associated with the mountain-dwelling Mahasiddha Shavaripa, who was given the sadhana of Vajrayogini by a pure vision of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. The Bodhisattva told him to devote himself to the sadhana for six months and he would behold the face of Vajrayogini. However, he had no signs for 12 years and just as he was about to give up, Vajrayogini emerged from amidst the mountains.

 

Headless Vajrayogini

In this form, Vajrayogini is called Chinnamasta or ‘She with the severed head.’ She directly shows the complete severance of the ego with the graphic portrayal of her decapitation. In this headless form, Vajrayogini is depicted holding her severed head in the skull cup of her left hand and three streams of blood gush forth from three severed veins on her neck. One stream flows into the mouth of the severed head, another to the attendant Vajravarnani on the left and to Vajravairocani on the right. As the attendants are the emanations of Vajrayogini, the three Vajrayoginis are also known as Trikayavajrayogini or The Three Sacred Bodies of Vajrayogini. Her sadhana is attributed to the famous Mahasiddha Virupa.

 

Sukhasiddhi Vajrayogini

Sukhasiddhi Vajrayogini

Sukhasiddhi Vajrayogini

This secret form of Vajrayogini in white is called Sukhasiddhi because she is associated with the Indian yogini of the same name. She is the contemporary of Niguma and they are both female teachers of the 11th Century Tibetan master Kyungpo Naljor. Kyungpo Naljor eventually became the founder of the Shangpa Kagyu tradition and this form of Vajrayogini has since become a unique aspect of this tradition. This form of Vajrayogini reveals her ‘secret organ’ as she is said to be in the posture of giving birth. This symbolises the ability of her practice to transform ordinary practitioners into enlightened beings.

 

Vajravarahi

Vajravarahi

Vajravarahi

Vajravarahi is one of the main forms of Vajrayogini that is associated with the Heruka Chakrasamvara Tantra. She is in the dancing posture and her name literally means ‘Adamantine Sow’. According to Judith Simmer-Brown, the Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies at Naropa University, “Vajravarahi’s iconography is very similar to that of Vajrayogini, but she is often [depicted as] having more prominent fangs and a more wrathful expression, and she prominently displays a sow’s head above her right ear.” In general, Vajravarahi is described as having a sow’s head protruding above her right ear, which represents the transmuting of ignorance. According to the oral tradition, Vajravarahi is associated with the Mahasiddha Indrabhuti.

 

Vajrayogini Mandala

Vajrayogini Mandala

Vajrayogini Mandala

Traditionally, when a mandala is painted, the yidam’s image is not drawn in the middle of the mandala (although it is not incorrect to do so). The yidam is usually represented by either a Bam syllable or even a plain moon disc, which represents emptiness and bliss. Just like her iconography, Vajrayogini’s mandala is filled with symbolism that represent various aspects of the Buddha’s teachings. The five-coloured fire of the protection circle symbolises Vajrayogini’s omniscient wisdom and ultimate Bodhicitta. The vajra fence symbolises conventional Bodhichitta, and the charnel grounds symbolise renunciation.

 

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Power Places Associated with Vajrayogini

Pemako

The hidden valley of Pemako

The hidden valley of Pemako

Pemako, also known as the “supreme hidden land”, is said to be one of the 108 valleys hidden by Guru Rinpoche in the Himalayas. They will only be revealed at the appropriate time and can only be reached with great hardship. The prediction that the journey would be an arduous undertaking is consistent with the description of Kingdon Ward, the explorer-botanist who visited Pemako in 1925:

“Not only is Pemako extraordinarily difficult to reach from any direction, it is still more difficult to penetrate and explore when reached. Surrounded on three sides by the gorges of the Tsangpo, the fourth is blocked by mighty ranges of snow-mountains, whose passes are only open for a few months in the year. Beyond these immediate barriers to east, west and south are trackless forests inhabited by wild unfriendly tribes… Add to this… a climate which varies from the subtropical to the arctic, the only thing common to the whole region being perpetual rain, snakes and wild animals, giant stinging nettles and myriads of biting and blood sucking ticks, hornets, flies and leeches, and you have some idea of what the traveler has to contend with.”

– The Riddle of the Tsangpo Gorges, Kingdon Ward, 1926

Pemako is often likened to Vajrayogini body lying down:

  • Kangri Kangpo (White Snow Mountain) resembles her head,
  • Mount Namche Barwa and Mount Gyala Peri resemble her breasts,
  • Yang Sang River in the upper Siang region of Arunachal Pradesh, resembles her lower part of her body,
  • Siang and Yang Sang Rivers resemble her sacred triangle,
  • Kila Yangzom resembles her vulva,
  • Rinchenpung, a Nyingmapa Monastery, resembles her navel

Although it is challenging to reach Pemako, many pilgrims and trekkers continue to attempt to visit this beautiful place.

 

Nepal

Bijyashwari Vajrayogini Temple

Bijyashwari Vajrayogini Temple

In Nepal, there are powerful temples dedicated to Vajrayogini: Bijyashwari, Sangku, Patan and Parphing. Vajrayogini practice is prominent in Nepal due to the legacy of the 11th Century Nepali Buddhist masters, the Pamthingpa brothers. The brothers were famous for practising and spreading the Vajrayogini tradition in Nepal. These four places are very powerful, energised and they add blesses to the pilgrims.

 

Ditsa Tashi Choding Monastery

Indoor stupa where the 5th Amdo Zhamar's relic is kept

Indoor stupa where the 5th Amdo Zhamar’s relic is kept

Ditsa Tashi Choding is an important Gelug monastery in Amdo that was founded in 1903 by the 4th Amdo Zhamar, Gendun Tenzin Gyatso. His reincarnation, the 5th Amdo Zhamar, Lobsang Shedrub Tenzin Gyatso (1914 – 1952) was known to be a playful tulku. He was rarely seen studying. The 5th Amdo Zhamar passed away when he was 39 years old. The prayers and recitations at his funeral took 14 days and upon its completion, the cremation stupa was opened. To the surprise of his attendants and monastery’s administrator, the body of the tulku had shrunk to a cubit high (18 inches) and was in Vajrayogini’s posture. There was no damage to the body. These extraordinary happenings increased the faith of those who witnessed the event, and they became more diligent in their practice and maintaining moral discipline.

 

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The Benefits of the Vajrayogini Practice

Ascending to Kechara Paradise

While appearing in a pure vision, Vajrayogini told Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche that if anyone received her practice within four generations after Pabongka Rinpoche, they would be able to ascend to Kechara Paradise within seven lifetimes. Subsequent generations would only be able to ascend to Kechara Paradise within 14 lifetimes. In Kechara Paradise, these practitioners would be able to receive teachings directly from Vajrayogini, Heruka and the Mahasiddhas who reside in that paradise.

The promise to be connected to Vajrayogini beyond this lifetime is possible because she is classified as a karma deity. She therefore follows her practitioners from one lifetime to another. In this manner, we will be able to continue our practice of Vajrayogini where we left off in a previous lifetime. Vajrayogini does not focus only on this lifetime because our current lifespan is relatively short when compared to our future lifetimes in the larger scheme of things.

 

Purification of Negativities and Transformation of Destinies

Due to her emphasis in purifying our delusions (i.e., ignorance, hatred, desire), practitioners who strongly engage in Vajrayogini’s practice will see that their self-cherishing mind’s are transformed, from one plagued by various projections and attachments to a mind that is inclined towards benefiting others. Vajrayogini, by virtue of being a tantric practice, purifies tremendous amounts of negative karma from innumerable lifetimes. As a result, her practitioners obtain peace of mind. They become equipped to accept life’s many challenges, because they have overcome their delusions and will be able to react in a way that creates less negative karma when faced with challenging situations. In this way, they transform their destinies and future lives for the better, and are better able to enjoy success in this lifetime without any attachments.

 

Good Rebirth and Being Able to Connect with Her Practice Again

Vajrayogini’s practitioners who hold their commitments will be protected from being reborn in the lower realms. Even if the practitioner is unable to complete the practice of dissolving their winds at the time of death, Vajrayogini will still meet and help the practitioners even in the bardo (intermediate state between life and death).

Death and rebirth

Death and rebirth

In addition, her practitioners will experience conducive conditions to meet, be attracted to and practise Vajrayogini again in subsequent lifetimes. Tsem Rinpoche is a good example of this. When he was nine years old, Tsem Rinpoche met with a qualified teacher and a Vajrayogini practitioner, Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tharchin and eventually received Vajrayogini initiation from him. Tsem Rinpoche must have practised Vajrayogini intensely in previous lifetimes to have the affinity to receive the practice so early in this lifetime.

 

Control and Protection

Those who perform their Vajrayogini practice and recite her mantra well will be protected from demons, spirits, black magic, bad weather and falling into the three lower realms. According to Lama Yeshe (1935 – 1984), Vajrayogini mantra is the ‘King of Mantras’ and will help the practitioners to gain siddhis (realisations). In fact, one can gain realisations just through the recitation of the mantra without any visualisation, when we have kept our commitments.

Tsem Rinpoche previously explained that the four prerequisites of Vajrayogini’s practice are:

  1. Unwavering faith in Vajrayogini as a deity and yidam, and unwavering faith in her practice, meditations and rituals. The practitioner needs to have full faith and conviction that yes, you CAN develop attainments from her practice and she CAN bring you to her paradise, Dakpo Kachö.
  2. To never miss tsok commitments. Rinpoche spoke about a way of overcoming situations when it becomes unavoidable for you to miss your commitments, for example due to travel or physically debilitating illnesses.
  3. To have clean samaya with your Guru. Never disturb your Guru’s mind by being sneaky, and refrain from destructive actions like lying and cheating.
  4. To recite a short prayer three times per day, which is a request for us to enter her paradise.

 

Rituals Associated with Vajrayogini Practice

The following are several known rituals associated with Vajrayogini practice:

Vajrayogini stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat

Vajrayogini stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat

Vajrayogini (Neljorma) Ruchok

Vajrayogini (Tibetan: Neljorma) Ruchok is a powerful ritual to consecrate the hair, nail or teeth of people or animals, deceased or alive in order to bless them and purify their negative karma. For those who are alive, the Vajrayogini Ruchok ritual will bless them to prolong their lives, purify negative karma, give protection, and bless the practitioners to have the ability to understand and engage in Dharma practice, and to make a connection to Vajrayogini and create the cause to receive her sacred practice.

For those who are deceased, Vajrayogini Ruchok will help to purify their negative karma and help them to obtain good rebirths, and to meet and practise the Dharma in future lifetimes.

After the ritual is performed, the hair, nail and teeth can be inserted into a stupa, statue or tsa tsa or mixed with the tsa tsa ingredients.

Kecharians making offerings to Vajrayogini in Nepal

Kecharians making offerings to Vajrayogini in Nepal

Soongdrup and Rabney Pujas

Rabney and Soongdrup pujas are rituals to consecrate Buddha images, and the mantras and holy items inside the image. Hence Soongdrup puja can be performed to consecrate the mantras, jewels and other insertions into images of Vajrayogini, which can be in the form of a statue or tsa tsa. Rabney pujas, on the other hand, can be performed to consecrate the statue and invite the wisdom being Vajrayogini to come and reside in the image, hence empowering it.

 

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Pre-Requisites of Receiving Vajrayogini Initiation

As advised by Tsem Rinpoche, prior to receiving Vajrayogini or any initiations, it is important to:

…study Lam Rim [i.e., The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment], ground your understanding of Dharma including Bodhisattva Vows strongly before [receiving] any Tantric Commitments, and do your preliminaries.

Tsem Rinpoche’s teachers, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen also conveyed the same advice.

These preparatory practices are important to reduce the risk of practitioners not holding their commitments after receiving the initiation. Many practitioners who are not ‘prepared’ will do their practice enthusiastically for a period of time and then decided to give up the practice for whatever reasons. Tsem Rinpoche emphasised that “[It] is not because Tantra has no power, [but] it is because the practitioner was not well prepared.” Tsem Rinpoche has also previously further advised that for practitioners who are prepared, Tantra will provide great blessings and powerful results.

 

Having a Qualified Teacher

Vajrayogini initiation should be received from a qualified teacher, who received Vajrayogini initiation from other qualified master(s) from an authentic lineage. The qualified teacher should also have been holding their commitments related to this initiation well. The teacher will observe the student and give the initiation when the student is ready.

Vajrayogini’s mantra should not be recited without initiation because she is one of the Anuttarayoga Tantra deities. Anuttarayoga deities mantras (e.g., Vajrayogini, Yamantaka, Heruka Chakrasamvara) cannot be given without initiation. Reciting these deities’ mantras involve meditations, and a type of visualisation whereby you move the psychic winds in your body. There are two reasons as to why the mantras of Anuttarayoga deities including Vajrayogini’s mantra cannot be recited without initiation:

  • If one simply recites the mantra without the correct meditation, visualisation and so forth, it will have no effect and may create misunderstanding in other people’s mind
  • If the wind meditation is performed incorrectly, it can be harmful towards the practitioners’ mind and future spiritual pracitce

For reference, there are four classes of Tantra:

The outer class Tantra:

  • Kriya Tantra
  • Charya Tantra
  • Yoga Tantra

The mantras of the outer class Tantra deities (e.g., Tara, Manjushri, Saraswati) can be given without initiation.

The inner class Tantra:

  • Anuttarayoga Tantra

The mantras of the inner class Tantra (e.g., Vajrayogini, Yamantaka and Heruka Chakrasamvara) should not be recited without initiation for the reasons mentioned above.

 

Attitude and Knowledge

Tsem Rinpoche has advised that prior to receiving Vajrayogini initiation, Vajrayogini aspirants should act in the following manner:

  • Practise integrity and fulfill your promise (words of honor)
  • Execute assignments from the teacher diligently
  • Contemplate on the teacher’s good qualities repeatedly
  • Persevere in your practice
  • Transform your mind (note: please refer to Eight Verses of Thought Transformation)
  • Get along with other people and be forgiving
  • Hold the current practice or sadhana given by the teacher daily consistently
  • Maintain loyalty to one’s teacher and follow him / her all the way
  • Maintain an attitude that is free from Eight Worldly Dharmas
  • Practise non-attachment to name, fame, reputation, wealth and so forth. This does not mean that we cannot have all these things, but that we should not be attached to them

In addition, Tsem Rinpoche advised aspirants to Vajrayogini’s practice to have a good grounding on the study of:

The Dharma practitioners should not hold the attitude that transgressing vows is allowed because the samaya can be repaired by doing purification practices such as Vajrasattva or 35 Confessional Buddhas. The prerequisites of the actions (i.e., recognising the object, the intent, the execution and the feeling of satisfaction after the action is performed) will determine whether a particular vow is broken or not. Tsem Rinpoche has previously stated that “if we break our vows without real intent or by slipping out of habit, then Vajrasattva will be helpful if we truly regret and add the four opponent powers.” Four opponent powers consist of:

  1. Power of Reliance: taking refuge and generating Bodhicitta
  2. Power of Regret
  3. Power of Remedy: mantra recitation
  4. Power of Restraint: promise not to commit negativities again

 

Preliminary Practices

Tsem Rinpoche has previously emphasised the importance of completing preliminary practices so that Vajrayogini aspirants can purify negative karma and collect merit. These are particularly important for doing higher practices, gaining attainments and reducing the risk of giving up on the practice. The preliminary practices consist of:

  • 100,000 prostrations
  • 100,000 Guru Yogas
  • 100,000 water offerings
  • 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitations

Additional preliminary practices can also include offering 100,000 butter lamps, making 100,000 mandala offerings, and making / sponsoring 100,000 Buddha images.

If one is not able to engage in preliminary practices for good reasons, then one can do Dharma work at one’s Dharma centre, place of convenience or wherever recommended by one’s spiritual guide. The Dharma work should be performed as a spiritual practice and not as secular work.

 

Bodhisattva Vows

One of the prerequisites of Vajrayogini initiation is holding the Bodhisattva vows well. Without holding these vows, no results or attainments can be expected from any Tantric practice especially with Vajrayogini.

 

What happens during and after the initiation

During the Initiation

Vajrayogini initiation consists of the preparatory initiation and the actual initiation. These two initiations are given on different days. After the preparatory initiation, the practitioner should observe any inauspicious signs that may appear such as bad dreams, which serve as a warning that one is not ready to get the actual initiation.

During the actual initiation, which serves to plant the seed in one’s mindstream, the practitioner visualises the teacher as Vajrayogini and makes certain promises and commitments. The promises made during initiation should be fulfilled regardless of whether the teacher from whom your have received the initiation is still alive or not.

 

After the Initiation

Following the commitments and promises taken during the initiation is essential to gain attainments. Although there were cases of practitioners who gained attainments during initiation, such cases are very rare. Therefore, the practitioners should study the Tantric commitments and recite the vows regularly until they are familiar with these vows and commitments.

After the initiation, the practitioners should not talk about what happened during the initiation to those who are not qualified (i.e., not ready or those who have broken their vows) as this may create misunderstanding.

The following are the main requirements of Vajrayogini Tantra after initiation:

  1. Maintaining good relationship and samaya with their teacher
  2. Holding the vows and commitment of Vajrayogini practice
  3. Performing tsog every 10th and 25th of the lunar month
  4. Reciting her secret mantra with faith and diligence
  5. Reciting the short prayer to enter Vajrayogini’s Paradise three times a day
  6. Reciting Vajrasattva mantra 21 times per day to purify any possible downfall
  7. Performing six sessions of short Guru Yoga prayer (the practitioner can also opt to do the long version if preferred). The practitioners can recite this either three times in the morning and three times at night, or six times per day in one go
  8. Fulfilling the other commitments you may have made to the teacher during, prior or after the initiation

There are no restrictions for the practitioners to do more than the requirements or what was promised during the initiation; in fact, it is encouraged to do so.

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche advised that before our passing from this world (death), we should create the causes to complete a full-length Vajrayogini retreat, complete with offerings, ritual and fire puja. Practitioners should always keep the intention to do retreat in mind, so even if they pass away before the retreat is completed, they will not break this commitment.

Another requirement is to keep Tantric clothes, ornaments and instruments near the practitioners. Because this may be impractical, practitioners can maintain a picture of these items.

 

Vajrayogini Self-Initiation (daju)

Tsem Rinpoche about to perform Vajrayogini self-initiation (daju)

Tsem Rinpoche about to perform Vajrayogini self-initiation (daju)

Vajrayogini self-initiation, which is also known as daju, is a ritual that serves to purify, reaffirm and mend the vows that have been taken before. During this process, the practitioners can also re-take the mantra commitment, if the commitment was previously broken. One however, cannot promise the same mantra count that was taken during the first initiation. The mantra count promised should be at least double compared to the previous time the mantra commitment was taken.

Vajrayogini self-initiation is usually performed by one’s lama prior to granting Vajrayogini initiation. It can also be taken from time-to-time to ensure success in one’s practice.

 

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How to Develop Connection to Vajrayogini Without Initiation

Rinpoche's first Vajrayogini statue, decorated extensively with pearls and semi-precious stones.

Rinpoche’s first Vajrayogini statue, decorated extensively with pearls and semi-precious stones.

Invite and Decorate Her Image

When a practitioner invites the image of Vajrayogini, whether it is in the form of a statue, thangka, photograph or tsa tsa, they should not treat it as just another ordinary object, but as a holy object and a representation of the Buddha’s body. Mantras and / or other holy objects can be inserted into the statue, and the practitioner can have the pujas / tsog performed to consecrate the Vajrayogini image and the holy items inside. The purpose of having these pujas performed is to invite her to abide within this body representation.

The purpose of having a Vajrayogini image is to aid in visualisation, awareness and realising the meaning of her holy form.

The practitioner can also offer ornaments in the form of precious stones and jewels, as an offering to Vajrayogini’s holy image. These ornaments symbolise the perfection of Six Paramitas, which are:

  • Perfection of generosity
  • Perfection of moral discipline
  • Perfection of patience and tolerance
  • Perfection of effort
  • Perfection of single-pointed concentration or contemplation
  • Perfection of wisdom

Considering the deep meaning behind the ornaments in Buddha’s body, practitioners who offer ornaments to Vajrayogini’s image create the causes and the merits therefore to achieve the Six Paramitas themselves. In addition, offering ornaments on the Buddha also creates the cause for practitioners to receive wealth.

 

Setting Up Her Altar

Tsem Rinpoche's Vajrayogini altar with extensive offerings

Tsem Rinpoche’s Vajrayogini altar with extensive offerings

Those who aspire to practise and receive Vajrayogini initiation in the future should set up a nice altar for Vajrayogini in accordance with their budget. The altar should be maintained and clean at all times. A basic altar should have at least a representation of the Buddha’s body (i.e., a statue, tsa tsa, photograph or thangka) at the centre, a representation of the Buddha’s speech (i.e., a Dharma text) to the right of the image and a representation of the Buddha’s mind (i.e., stupa).

In addition to these three, practitioners can add whatever offerings that please the senses as long as they are offered sincerely and obtained through the correct means (e.g., not the result of stealing, killing, etc.).

The author's personal Vajrayogini altar. She received the Vajrayogini statue from her teacher, Tsem Rinpoche.

The author’s personal Vajrayogini altar. She received the Vajrayogini statue from her teacher, Tsem Rinpoche.

Daily Tea Offering

For those who have not received initiation, you can start to develop a connection with Vajrayogini by making tea offerings to her.

Making offerings to Vajrayogini is a wonderful way to build connection with her

Making offerings to Vajrayogini is a wonderful way to build connection with her

The following prayer was composed by Ngülchu Dharmabhadra, an 18th Century Tibetan author.

How to start:

  • Recite Refuge prayer to Buddha, Dharma and Sangha
  • Recite Four Immeasurables
  • Recite Eight Verses of Thought Transformation
  • Recite Tea Offering prayer below by Vajrayogini. The practitioner can either pour the tea / liquid to the brim prior to reciting the prayer, or pour the tea / liquid at the last line of “I offer” then pour the tea to fill the container to the brim.
  • Recite the Guru’s mantra instead of Vajrayogini mantra (which is reserved for those who have received initiation)
  • Recite dedication prayers

 

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Sacred Vajrayogini’s Tea Offering Prayer

OM AH HUM
As I visualize myself as the deity at the center of the Dharmachakra,
extremely red within a double tetrahedral reality source,
on a stainless moon mandala seat
resides the all-encompassing refuge assembly of guru-deities.

Rang lhar säl chhö kyi khor löi ü
Dog rab mar chhö jung nyi tseg nang
Dän dri dräl da wäi kyil khor teng
Kyab kün dü la ma lha tshog zhug
Gyu lha dzä rin chhen lä drub ching
Yib rab dze yöl go tam päi chü

In a beautifully shaped container filled with the essences
of ingredients made from precious celestial substances,
this vast drink, delicious in taste,
reddish yellow in color, with the scent of camphor,
I offer to the assembly of father, root, and lineage gurus.
Please bless my three doors.

Dang mar ser ga bur dri dang chän
Ro zang dän gya jäi tung wa di
Pha tsa gyü la mäi tshog la bül
Dag go sum jin gyi lab tu söl

I offer to the assembly of powerful mother yoginis.
Please lead me to the field of Khachö pure land.

Ma näl jor wang möi tshog la bül
Nä kha chö zhing du thri du söl

I offer to the assembly of peaceful and wrathful mind-sealed deities.
Please bestow all the supreme and general attainments.

Lha yi dam zhi thröi tshog la bül
Chhog thün mong ngö drub tsäl du söl

I offer to the objects of refuge, the Three Rare Sublime Ones.
Please protect me from the fearful enemies of samsara and nirvana’s peace.

Kyab kön chog rin chhen sum la bül
Dra si zhii jig lä dräl du söl

I offer to the assembly of supporters, dakinis, and Dharma protectors.
Please actualize all activities, whatever is wished for.

Drog khan dro chhö kyong tshog la bül
Yi chi dö thrin lä drub tu söl

I offer to the assembly of siblings, the six types of transmigratory beings.
Please pacify the suffering of my mind’s hallucinated appearances.

Nyen rig drug dro wäi tshog la bül
Sem thrül nang dug ngäl zhi gyur chig

Clarifying myself as the mind-sealed deity, which appears while empty,
and enjoying the food, with the taste of nectar,
my mind enters into the sphere of great bliss and emptiness.

Rang nang tong yi dam lhar säl wä
Ze dü tsii ro la long chä pä
Lo de chhen tong päi ying su zhug

EH MA HO!
How eminently fortunate I am!

E MA HO!
Mä jung käl pa zang

Colophon:
This tea offering prayer to Vajrayogini was composed by Ngülchu Dharmabhadra. The spiritual aspirants can recite it either in Tibetan or English.

 

Prayer to Vajrayogini by H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche

A beautiful image of flying Vajrayogini.

A beautiful image of flying Vajrayogini.

Lovely Vajrayogini Buddha Lady who entices us away from the lures of samsara, please sustain us to gain Bodhicitta, renunciation and sunyata (emptiness) so we may never be obstructed in our view of what creates suffering and what ends it. This would be wisdom arising.

I pray to you lovely mistress of enlightenment to please place your lotus feet on my head and bless me to gain inner, outer and secret Kechara quickly, which is your supreme attainment that I long for. I request and implore you that within seven lifetimes as promised in your Tantra to our lineage masters or sooner I may ascend your Kechara Paradise with a rainbow body transformed from the coarse body bogged down by the unsteady imbalance of the four elements causing disorders and karma.

I humbly beseech that in this and all future lives until I reach Kechara Paradise I may meet your lineage masters holding your secrets as I did in this life, meet you and be initiated into your secrets that Mara is frightened of always. That in every life from a very young age I seek the guru with your lineage automatically, receive your practice and find a place of solitude to perfect your path of Tantra deep in meditation.

I do not wish to waste time in every life but start at a young age so bless me so. Bless me and let it be so. I fear wasting time my dear mother of coral hue. I miss you and long for you as you are the salvation to one who fears samsara. Although you embody salvation when I unite with you, I find freedom within myself.

Lady who has ascended from samsara yet descends time and time again to our realms to assist, please bless me to have visions of you, appear in my dreams and be embraced by your loving arms like that of an only child. You are the mother without fault or imperfections. May signs of your presence always be present in my life and lives and may I bring you to countless many as I cannot abandon others as they suffer like me.

Please guide me that when the thoughts of self and self-absorption arise, I may wake up from the stupor of the ego realizing the ego less state. May I realize I am the author of my samsara and sufferings finally and blame no one. No escape no matter where I hide in the mountains, under the ocean, in the cities, within the parties or within my family and friends. Bless me to stop wasting time hiding from the truth of self-absorption and ego that only brings more quicksand like situations that hasten unwanted sufferings.

Maiden who appears young, mature, hag like, ogress-like and in multitude of forms to benefit are my refuge supreme. With all my heart, soul, mind and courage I surrender to you as you are the synthesis of the wisdom of all the Buddhas. To know you is to know all the Buddhas. To supplicate you is to supplicate all the Buddhas. To practice your path will be blessed by all the Buddhas. To become one with you is to become a Buddha.

Please bless my channels, drops, winds and 24 sacred places of my body to gather all course winds into my subtle winds. Then gather the subtle winds into more subtle reality realizing clear light and never stir from this uniting with your mind. I become you and you become me shaking the three worlds as the 4th Buddha did in the last watch of the night below the Bodhi tree. I am you and you are me. There was never any difference from the beginning and yet my mind created this difference. May I reside in the clear light of my mind, which is your mind, and realize great Buddha Dakini Lady of Naropa that we are one and the same. Bless me. May I never be parted from you my dear Buddha lady Vajrayogini but be parted from all that is in samsara ruled of attachments, abiding in attachments and experiencing the results of attachment.

Supreme Lady Vajrayogini, who only appears solid yet is like a mirage, bless me and may I bring countless beings time and time again and life after life to your blessed domain which is Kechara Paradise.

Composed by Tsem Rinpoche
September 22, 2015

 

Vajrayogini: Tricosmic Lady of Coral Hue

Vajrayogini: Tricosmic Lady of Coral Hue

Another prayer to Vajrayogini by H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche

Vajrayogini: Tricosmic Lady of Coral Hue

Computers, internet, TVs, DVDs, dance-clubs, music, fame, stardom, money, alcohol, drinking, playing, games, traveling, working and yet I am still depressed and bored.

I win, you win, I am wrong, you are right, I have been found out, I have not lost face, I am hidden, I am straight-forward, misunderstood, understood, taking advantage of, cheated, loved, abused and used, forced, compliant, hateful, loving, and so many more emotions I have given, taken and experienced, yet why do I still feel like I am losing?

My mind unsettled, dwelling in depression, absorbed in fear, unable to escape from my lack of self-esteem. Fear of old age, poverty and extreme loneliness. Regret of a wasted life, I have nothing to look forward to except the cold, lonely stone-like corpse which I have called myself. Is that the purpose of my living? Is that the end, my death? I fear and tremble and avoid, yet I come back to the same fear.

Have I distracted myself away from the truth, which is all that is born must die. I have looked high and low for someone who can offer me protection from the fears, distresses, spirits, ghosts and my self-made sufferings in this life. And I am trembling, shaking and unable to sleep, insomnic with thoughts of the end which is near.

Great female Buddha, Goddess, Mother Earth, Rainbow Lady, Buddhadakini, Yogini, adamantine master, sage, conqueror and the only one in this most horrendous of times I can fully trust, relax and rely upon.

Bless me that I may practice your profound eleven yoga meditations. Protect me with the results of your generation and completion stage practices. Manifest to me during the day and in dreams at night. Be my teacher, be my guide, be my ‘lover,’ be my Goddess, be my friend. Please manifest to me.

May I in this life and all future lives be closest to you. May I please you my queen, as your closest servant. Protect me completely as stated in your eight praises. May I gain all common and uncommon attainments, wealth, protection and guarantee that I will be safe after death. I devote myself to you great Maha-Yogini, the supreme Lady Buddha of coral hue.

 

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  1. Soon Huat on Dec 11, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche and Valentina for the valuable article of introducing the powerful Divine, sacred Vajrayogini, to us. I was praying to Amitabha and wish to go to Western Pureland in future. Hence, I was a bit shacky or hesitated when Guru asked us to go for Vajrayogini as it is very high tantra. After getting advice from Pastor Seng Piow. I decided to set my mind to go for Vajrayogini praying (doing serkym daily to Her and hope one day receive Her initiation from Guru). Stay foolish: just follow whatever Guru say without doubt. This is my attitude toward Dharma now. I am still far from Guru’s expectation (very far) but I am trying hard to close the gap; changing my samsara habits now.
    Thank You Valentina, I understand more about this powerful great divine now. Pastor Patsy gave me a book filled with Vajrayogini photo taken in pilgrimage in Nepal. I flip it when I am down or a few times in a month. I really love the Vajrayogini statue. I have a huge sacred Vajrayogini statue at home now; Thank You Pastor Seng Piow. I do daily praying to Her whenever I am back to Penang. My wife and daughter are chanting Dorje Shugden mantra in front of alter daily and wish they are protected by Dorje Shugden and build connection to Vajrayogini too. I would like to Thanks to Pastor Patsy for the tsa tsa for me to bring to China for continue my praying.
    I am in debt to a lot of persons in Dharma path. Thank You.

    • Valentina Suhendra on Dec 11, 2016 at 10:04 pm

      Dear Soon Huat

      Thank you for your kind comment. I am glad that this post is useful of you and you can learn from it. I am happy that you are connecting to this divine Buddha. Do keep up and persevere in your practice.

      Valentina

  2. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 25, 2016 at 3:46 am

    Thank you to Valentina for sharing her understanding and insights into the practice of Vajrayogini. Vajrayogini practice has been practiced by Lama Tsongkhapa and a host of many peerless Gelug Lamas, it is a practice that is wish fulfilling and can fulfill all our dharma aspirations.

  3. shelly tai on Sep 8, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche and Valentina for this clear write up on this powerful Buddha of Vajrayogini. There is no words can describe how beneficial is this practice and how fortunate of us to hear her name , as I read through the write it really make me understand more about her practice and especially her iconography it make it important for us as a practitioner to learn about her iconography because then we can explain to others why her practice is so powerful and beneficial .

  4. Pastor David Lai on Aug 26, 2016 at 4:13 am

    I guess beyond the mysticism of tantric rituals and magic, the allure of Vajrayogini stems with the promise that she brings with her practice. The very fact that her practice is easier, just as potent as other practices and far more suitable for the materialistic and sexualized modern individual does not mean it is not without the necessary preparations that go about with the receiving of higher tantra.

    The actual stabilizing groundwork of her practice begins before receiving her initiation, which is the preliminary practices, the devotional means in which we engage with our spiritual teachers, adherence to spiritual vows and commitments and thus, the necessary merits accumulate like precious gold dust that practitioners of old, offer to their vajra teachers in order to receive precious instruction.

    That is why, we begin the Vajrayogini sadhana from the very moment we aspire to receive her practice through the setting up of her altar, engaging in Dharma work, Dharma commitment and so forth. We are already engaging in Vajrayogini sadhana and accumulating vast potential that when we actually receive her practice, there would be fewer obstacles and attainments would come with less hindrances.

  5. Pastor KH Ng on Aug 19, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche, Valentina and all who make this very compelling post possible.

    This post is very comprehensive in providing an accurate and clear understanding to prepare ourselves for the practice of VajraYogini. Any misunderstanding for aspiring practitioners and outsiders alike can be cleared by reading this post.

    This also constitute a preparation guide for the practice of VajraYogini, and we know exactly what needs to be done in order to receive her practice. It is complete, clear, simple and profound at the same time.

    Thanks again.

    • Valentina suhendra on Aug 19, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      Dear Pastor KH

      Thank you for your kind comment. Please help to share this post so many people can be connected to her practice 🙂

  6. graceleong on Aug 18, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche, Valentina and all the other writers who contributed to this precious article. This article is the most extensive of all that I have read on this topic. Each time I am in awe and feel very blessed that I have the conditions to meet this powerful divine red lady and also to make connections with Her every available day I have in this lifetime.
    Those of us in Kechara have the great fortune to have a Guru, H.E Tsem Rinpoche, who holds the lineage of this powerful Tantric teaching. Rinpoche is a qualified teacher, who received Vajrayogini initiation from other qualified master(s) from an authentic lineage. Rinpoche is also a teacher who has been holding his commitments very well, exuding perfect qualities and Guru devotion; a perfect Guru for us to contemplate his good qualities repeatedly.
    I humbly pray that one day I will gain enough merits to receive this precious initiation, to practice successfully and ascend the heaven of KECHARA to attain Enlightment for the benefit of all . With folded hands.

    • Valentina Suhendra on Aug 18, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      Dear Grace, thank you for your kind comments. I am glad you learned from the article and I hope the information will be useful for you.

      In this article, there is an information about how to start doing her practice without initiation. May you be blessed by this divine lady of the coral hue always.

      Valentina

  7. Stella Cheang on Aug 18, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Valentina for this very important article on the supreme Goddess Vajrayogini of our lineage. The whole meaning behind “Kechara” is to plant a seed for us to be connected to Vajrayogini’s pureland, Kechara Paradise. I am very thankful to be introduced to this Buddha and given the opportunity to learn up about her in this blog, as her practice offers enormous benefits that can alleviate us from the samsaric cycle very swiftly.

    From this article, a few learnings stood out to me;
    1. We are very fortunate to have met our Guru Rinpoche who was bestowed with the Vajrayogini practice from pure authentic lineage that can be traced back to Lama Tsongkhapa’s time.
    2. Her fully exposed form is to emphasize the purification of desire and attachment which is a rampant distraction to practitioners during this degenerated times.
    3. The key objective of Vajrayogini’s practice is to ascend to Kechara Paradise and receive teaching from Vajrayogini directly.
    4. Vajrayogini’s practice is powerful in the purification of our delusions (i.e., ignorance, hatred, desire), thus transforming our self-cherishing mind.
    5. As she is a Karma Deity, her practice will follow the practitioners from one lifetime to another lifetime, hence allowing us to pick up from where we left off. Which also means that practitioners will take good rebirth in the next lifetime, be born in a conducive environment suitable for Dharma practice.
    6. Anyone who aspires to receive Vajrayogini’s practice must have a qualified Guru and develop strong inner qualities that can hold the commitments well. This is on top of having fulfilled the preliminary practices and learn up on designated Buddhist studies.

    Our Guru, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche is a qualified Guru who had received Vajrayogini teachings from two of the most prominent Vajrayogini lamas; i.e. Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tharchin and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Through the blessing of Tsem Rinpoche, we can establish a connection with Vajrayogini in this lifetime by following the instructions stated here in this article. This should be the goal of our lifetime instead of chasing after material possessions. Thank you very much, Rinpoche and Valentina, for this informative write up – the one-stop-shop for everything Vajrayogini.

    • Valentina Suhendra on Aug 18, 2016 at 10:22 pm

      Dear Stella

      Thank you for your comment. I am happy that you learned a lot from the article just as I have learned a lot during my research. I also appreciate the fact that you read the article thoroughly and summarise the points in your comments.

      May you always be blessed by Vajrayogini and able to spread her practice to many.

      Valentina

  8. Joy on Aug 16, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Thank you Valentina for this very important compilation of Vajrayogini’s teachings by Rinpoche and how we can start getting connected with this divine supreme lady.

    Vajrayogini is actually the very first deity from “Tibetan” Buddhism pantheon of Buddhas. The first time I saw her was from my sister’s apartment and she totally freaked me out yet at the same time she was extremely mesmerising. I would have never ever really knew how valuable Her practice is if it was not for Rinpoche who from day one kept on promoting Her and explaining to us Her great supreme qualities and how she would be able to grant us enlightenment within seven life times! But that is not the best that intrigued me the most.

    I think what I found most beautiful about her practice is that you can incorporate her practice into one’s daily activities, from showering, dressing, eating, drinking, even sleeping there is a specific yoga! The other fact that I found interesting is that she specifically manifested for the kaliyurga times and that she becomes even more potent as times get even more degenerate where sexual desires pervades our media and our lives.

    It is definitely one thing admire and wish to one day receive this initiation, it is another thing to actually create the causes to receive it. One requires true effort to fight of ego self comfort and to be brave to do the things we’re not use to do, most importantly to do the things that our Guru has instructed us to do, otherwise what makes us think we can follow the Guru’s instructions for higher tantra. Hence, everything our Guru ask us to do now, if we are fortunate enough to have a qualified Guru to a method to help us create the cause to one day be able to receive this Highest supreme Yoga Tantra. Like what Rinpoche always says we do not start when we have receive the initiation and suddenly we become some super wonder woman overnight, we actually have to begin the hard work now. Thank you Rinpoche for showing us the way and even if we are still not “qualified” to receive the teachings, the prelims and all the other efforts we put in to destroy our ignorant mind is still a step ahead and away from the miseries of samsara, at least some things still get purified, some merits still got collected which is better than nil. But of course the goal is always to receive this teachings, perhaps one of the very few reasons why I am still in Dharma.

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  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 04:00 PM
    Everything we offer to Buddha is a form of mind transformation and practise our mind to be focus even when doing water offering. When pouring the water into the bowl we have to recite Om Ah Hum (3 times), think positively and pouring it slowly so it does not spill and leaving the space of a grain of rice before reaching the top. After offering we also have to clean the bowls properly without leaving stain. All this is to train our mind.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the many benefits and water offering in a simple to understand article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/making-water-offerings-to-the-buddhas.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 03:38 PM
    Trolls are assiociates as beings of Scandinavian folklore.A large number of different mythological creatures continue to live on in Scandinavian folklore.They have different shapes,habitat and filthy features . There are also numerous tales of trolls told and retold.Trolls are also believed to have the magigal powers, which were folktales ,posses capabilities that are beyond human .What ever it was a remnant of a long-lost reality for sure. I do believe that there’s a very high chance trolls had existed in the past.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing ,i do enjoyed all the stories in these article even though it just folk tales.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/the-hidden-nature-of-trolls.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 11:54 PM
    People always expect return on some contribution being done especially in charity events. When the return was under their expectations then they will feel sad or unhappy.
    As Rinpoche said, Dharma is a teachings to transform our mind to become bodicitta or selfless to benefit others without condition. Once we practiced selfless mind, our mind will not be affected by others people reaction.
    What will be my legacy? I think this is not really important to me anymore once I know Dharma teachings from Rinpoche.
    Thanks Datuk May for sharing to benefit more people.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/what-will-be-your-legacy.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 08:56 PM
    Amazing miracles true story …of how Rinpoche helped. With Rinpoche blessing during the children baptismal ceremony,this little boy who had not spoken since 9 years old was able to speake again.Incredible….
    Chef Au truly believes been a vegetarian has help him to collects merits for his son.Rinpoche’s care and compassion has benefited many more people.Through these stories hope more people will be inspired to achieve the state of compassion and attainments.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for this sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-4.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 07:51 PM
    Having fully trust and faith in Rinpoche ,Fat monk’s mother was well again, after been diagnosed with cancerious tumour at the liver.
    Following instructions given by Rinpoche, his mother recited mantras and Fat monk did a series of pujas as told,his mother recovered then.
    Amazing……Miracles do happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-3.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:27 PM
    We are no strangers to the creatures called Werewolves. They are often depicted as the Jekyll-and-Hyde-like monsters in movies who are unable to control their animal instincts when they shift from human form to a wolf-like creature, usually during the full moon. Together with the Vampires who can transform into bats, are my childhood imagery villains, who triggered my curiosity on mythical creatures during younger days. They still do, lol.

    It is gruesome to learn that real life werewolves are actually brutal even when they are in human forms. It is a far depict from the movies and fictions, where they are civil and level headed when in human form. I hope one day science or technology can provide more proves the existence of werewolves, and debunk the reason of this mystical shapeshifter.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:07 PM
    The miraculous power of Protectors’ practice can heal and shield us from negative karma from ripening. Through the blessings of our Guru, coupled with strong faith and trust, the practices will take effect swiftly and effectively. Rejoice to Steven Lee. May he be guided by the Three Jewels always. Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow for sharing the true story with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-10.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:57 PM
    This is a very touching article. I totally agree that dog is a man’s best friend. They are always so loyal to the owner. However it is sad that not all pet owners are such. Some will only treat them literally as an animal and therefore do not take good care of them. Dogs or any other animals are beings that have feeling. There should not be neglected and be abused by us. This article reminds us to always care for all beings and respect them.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 02:21 PM
    Its a heartfelt touching article of this faithful dog.Cannot imagine this ,such a wonderful relationship between that dog and the deceased owner.The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that we will not come back for them That i noticed from observing from my pet poodle.In this case this faithful dog knew his owner won’t be back.
    Dogs are loyal, patient, fearless, forgiving, capable of pure love and have feelings too.He must have missed the owner badly that he wanted to accompany the owner all the way to the resting place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. May that faithful dog ,continue to serve and well taken, love by the other family members.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:46 PM
    Werewolves are known to be mythical creatures found in fiction instead of lurking in the dark woods,In various parts of the world there were few cases who have gone down in history as real life werewolves Interesting to read it from these post..How far it was true or just legends.,no one really know . Many myths and legends surrounding werewolves .To become a werewolf, it is necessary to be bitten by a werewolf in their form at the time of the full moon. Thats what all of us knew from the movies and from fiction told. Reports of werewolf sightings continued even till this century but mostly in between 1428 and 1447 .The most recent sighting of werewolf sightings in 1972. was in Ohio .but eventually subsided .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article which i do enjoyed reading it,
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Valentina
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:11 PM
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    Twenty-Four Holy Places & Eight Great Charnel Grounds part 2 – (focus topic: 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. …read more by clicking the following link:

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/twenty-four-holy-places-eight-great-charnel-grounds.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:07 AM
    This year Wesak Day fall on 10 of May. This day is very special and meaningful to me because I will visit Kechara Forest Retreat(KFR) to join some meritorious event there.
    For me, Wesak is a day to commemorate Buddha Sakyamuni in three aspect( Birth , Enlightened, Nirwana).
    While we celebrate Wesak, we must remind ourselves to learn from Buddha teachings and practice it in order to gain attainment.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for sharing in order to create more understanding on Wesak Day.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/wesak-day-special-on-rtm-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:10 PM
    OMG! This is very touching. To see a doggie who never left go of his owner in spite of death. Way more powerful than many who proclaimed “till death do us part.” Just like the human, not all doggies are as loyal as this tear-jerking pet, but I truly believe almost all doggies offer unconditional love to the person who feeds and cares for them. Even when they are stray animals. There was a stray dog who will run two streets from the entrance of the “Taman” until the car stops in front of the house, just to greet me. You can imagine the warm and conviction in my heart that these beings are more than capable of loving than many of us, human! Thank you for this lovely sharing. I miss my doggie, Sherab.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:00 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for this amazing sharing. There is no doubt about the ability of our Guru, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. His incarnations have been compassionate and taken rebirth to return and spread the dharma so that sentient beings can benefit and learn some dharma in our short life.

    We shall never doubt our Guru; but must see that He is one with our Yidam and Protector, an attained being. Even if our Guru does not demonstrate clairvoyance abilities, we must never contest our Guru, for he holds the key (dharma) that can liberate us from eternal suffering in samsara.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 05:50 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for the illustrated miracle story on how Rinpoche guided Cynthia and Marici away from danger through protector’s practice. The unseen exist, whether we like it or not. Some of them are malicious and have the affinity or karma with some of us. Hence they can cause harm and disturbance. By engaging in Protectors’ practice like Dorje Shugden and Setrap that have been practiced by the high lamas of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, we are protected and guarded against harm.

    Rinpoche is compassionate and only want the best for us. His teachings are not meant to show off the power of the divines but offer us a way out from our desperate samsara conundrum that binds us from engaging in deeper spiritual practice. Rinpoche always teaches us to focus on mind transformation and Tsongkhapa practice. How fortunate we are to have met Rinpoche in this lifetime. We must not let this rare and precious opportunity go to waste.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-12.html

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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
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This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
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
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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
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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!
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
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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
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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