What is God? What is Buddha?

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 What is God? What is Buddha?

 

 

 

Dear Friends,

It’s important to understand what our religious directions are. What we should expect out of religion and what we should be expected to do if we accept a religion. There is nothing judgemental here or I am making criterias, but simply expressing how I feel we should apply our religious faiths for the benefit of ourselves, people around us and our planet. It is said religion can create heaven or hell within our world by some, but I think it’s not the religion but our expression of it. Our expression of our religion is the potential happiness or havoc maker. Well without further ado, please listen to my thoughts in this 15 mins video extracted from the longer version.  

I wish everyone wisdom, open hearts and acceptance, 
Tsem Rinpoche  

 

 

 

 

亲爱的朋友们:
了解我们宗教信仰的方向、对宗教该持有什么期待、接受某种信仰之后需要做些什么,是很重要的。我这么说,并不带有审判意味,也不是在设立任何准绳,只纯粹表达我个人对如何靠实践宗教来造福自己、他人和这个地球的看法。有些人说,宗教能在我们的世界中创造天堂或地狱,但我认为这并不是宗教,而只是我们对宗教的诠释。这种诠释,既具有带来快乐,也有带来破坏的潜在力。话不多说,请聆听我在这15分钟视频里所表达的看法。这段视频乃剪接自另一较长版本。
祈愿每个人都拥有智慧、开放的心和宽广的胸襟。
詹仁波切

 

 

 

The full talk here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5_b3DiWlqw

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Ton Hue Thong on Jan 7, 2015 at 8:54 am

    First of alls, thank you for your kindness posting The Budha Relations to Mandind. This topic will help lot of lost souls existing on earth. Languages are not enough for me to explain what I know, but the surrounder should know too. The tricky part’s ” The Bewares”. Talk to your soul is the problem, but get out of your physical body is more easy than flip your hand palm. Start with easy, and gradual clamp up. This way’s the foundations of everythings. Intelligent not learn from intelligenter, every one life experience. Earth is mean to be up/down, front/back, left/right and so on. There’s a road, but no one walk on it. If you can get out the cirle, you will know there is a circle, you wil not see the circle when you inside the cirle. I need few advisers to help me to grow the love seed back on the planet. It’ll be late @ 2020, and I need 3 years to prepare observe energy. If you need to contact with me, please keep me in private. I don’t like to present myself to the public, or any articles with me in it. I like stay behind the curtain, and you help me grow the love seed. You’re one of the one I choose to help mankinds, and send most of good souls back to theirself. Thanks.

  2. Annie on Nov 27, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing.
    I truly understand that why human needs a religion. No matter how good quality of education you’ve achieved, you may not attain a good quality of being a good person. But when you choose a right religion & follow the teaching, it will taught us how to be a good human being. We can easily change our perception when we recognize a negative experience & wish to neutralize. Neutrally observe ourselves experiencing the specific event, how it started, how we felt, where it took place, why it was negative for us and how we reacted. As we continue to applying this within ourselves we will live happily….

  3. Fong on Jan 10, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    As always , Rinpoche goes straight to the heart of the matter. The short of it is that we are responsible for ourselves so we have to solve it, the religion is there to help us help ourselves

  4. Ong Moh Mei on Dec 7, 2013 at 3:54 am

    People usually gets very defensive and sensitive when it comes to talking about various religions. Tsem Rinpoche’s approach to this matter is simply captivating. There is no passing of judgment and it is not an academic analysis or comparison of God and Buddha. But the message is straight to the point. So what if we accept God or Buddha? Then what? If we do not transform, if we do not become a better, kinder person, if our existence continue to heap sufferings on other people, then it doesn’t matter what we call ourselves be it Christian, Buddhist, Hindu or whatever.

  5. Z on Dec 1, 2013 at 12:13 am

    From my understanding, religion is just a label so is Buddha. You are correct. When we pray, we are not exactly praying to someone up there but actually praying to change ourselves. When you choose to accept a ‘God’, you choose to accept that specific ‘God’s’ pure qualities just like the Compassion example illustrated by you.
    Buddhas existed to show us that we are also capable to be a Buddha and we are originally Buddhas (and still are Buddhas).

  6. jerry_sito on Sep 18, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    很开心仁波切给予这个开示,因为这个开示,让我明白了寻求佛法帮助的真正意思原来是这样的

    很多人都误解了寻求佛法帮助的真正意义,以前当我身边的人面对这样的问题的时候,我也没有一个很好的答案来给予解答,然而现在我把仁波切的这个视频下载了下来,然后分享给予我身边的朋友

    很感谢仁波切的开示帮助了我们,我还觉得师父真的很伟大,因为有了这个视频,师父让我们有了能够方便的分享佛法的方式,能够分享佛法就造就了一个机会给予我们一种累积福德资粮的方法

    感谢仁波切 祈愿师父长驻在世,常转法轮

  7. Edern Tan on Jul 31, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    thankyou rinpoche for sharinng this teaching with us. I was always wandering what is a religion for and now i understand it.

  8. Andreas on Jul 14, 2013 at 5:19 am

    You are right but also christianity is not about jesus to save them, prrof exist in their own bible. When you talk about ss soldier in heaven that is not possible but in the mind of christians they have made it real so the proof is written- faith without action is a dead faith. Buddha said no one but your self can save you. Same goes for christians because the actions jesus talked about is there for a reason like dont judge others and you will not be judged. Why would these guidelines exist if one only has to believe in jesus to come to heaven? Dont tell the left hand what the right is giving. So what jesus tought is actions just like buddha when he said no one will save you but your self. but the mind made it real , like buddha said about the sky that there is no east or west perimeter but here mind makes it real and believe it to be truth. Sorry christians if you judge buddhist to be evil you have a dead faith with no action as not judging is clearly what jesus taught. Mind is the problem. But dont ridicule the christians because they are wrong and from this video i understand you think christianity is like this based on hearsagen. If you read the bible your self you would get a more accurate view. Discussing religion with prisoners of mind is not impossible they wont bend an inch even if they are wrong. They will cling to it dearly.

    • Andreas on Jul 14, 2013 at 5:29 am

      Sorry for some wrong spellings. Always hard to get it right with virtual keyboard.
      Correcions.

      hearsagen and what people christian or not have told you. Go to the source. Every christian will give you their understanding so it differs, why do you think different branches spring forth in every religion?

      Discussing teligion with prisoners of mind is not possible.

  9. Erickksiow on Apr 23, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for the teaching, this teaching make me think of Mind Transformation in life is so important in our daily life, transform to be a better person, transform to be kind, love, care, acceptance, patience and forgiveness to others.

    Much Appreciated Rinpoche teachings for all the times.

    Best Regards : Eric kksiow

  10. Cliff on Apr 17, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    “Degeneration in religion is when we use religion to continue to fulfil our negative, our selfish aspirations…but i want everybody to check themselves to say, when you do you prayers, IF you do your prayers, what do you pray for?”

    “If you pray for materialistic, worldly advantages, that is not spirituality, that is not religion. That is not the purpose of religion. Our religion cannot be forced upon by fear, it cannot be forced upon by coercion or by bribery, going to poor people giving them things and then converting them. That is not conversion.”

    “The purpose of religion is, for you to accept and understand the…the teachings and to apply back to your qualities to make your good qualities increase and your not so good qualities to transform into good qualities and when you have these good qualities and you operate from that space then you become successful. Prayers and liturgies are reciting something we are suppose to do, not a god is suppose to do for us.”

    “Let me repeat. The prayers that we recite are not something you recite to a god for him to do to you, it is for you to do for yourself.”

    Some of my favourite quotes from this teachings.

    I really really enjoyed this talk, this had been on my mind for quite sometime and always boggled me as to why people pray to religion and i truly agree with what Rinpoche is saying because what do we pray for? How can we pray for our negative selfish needs. What is the point of religion then. It only makes me feel when we pray like that and say we are a believer in God, it just feels like we only put them so low as to think they are our servants. They are not, they are there to inspire us, be better, a better person for society, transform our mind to be compassionate, to be kind to others, tolerant, patient and understanding. So many things, yet most of us pray for materialistic posessions.

    I remember till this day, when i was young Rinpoche had always reminded us, dont pray for yourself, always pray for others, if there isnt anyone you need to pray for, pray for those who are in suffering, may those who are naked find clothes, may those who are starving find food…it made me realise, its time to stop always trying to pray for yourself, i wanna get rich, i wanna be popular, i want everyone to love me and be good to me, religion was not born some get rich quick scheme, it was made for us to transform our minds to becoming better people. Like Rinpoche says TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF.

    Killing someone, cheating, lying and then saying you’ll go to heaven because god loves you and you can be forgiven, it really doesnt make any sense. I don’t like praying for myself, because where I am today, with a roof under my head, with clothes on my body, with food in my stomach, with knowledge from education, was not because of my effort, but from the love, care, time, effort and patience my parents put into raising me, so i pray for them. Because of how good they have been to me, scolded me when i did wrong, pushing me to do things and be productive, teaching me to be a better person. I would be in jail if i hadn’t be growing up with my parents, mixing around with the wrong people, taking the wrong substances, I’m not saying i had those chances in life but i know i wouldn’t have known whats right and wrong if it werent for them.

    I may not fully understand or grasp the full realisation of this teaching, but i will take it with me to contemplate and to practice. Thank you for your kind teaching Rinpoche. I really enjoyed this video. The music was really interesting in the backgound, it helped me concentrate of what Rinpoche was teaching us.

  11. Jessica Yap on Mar 28, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    I believe that regardless of religion, they all teaches us to do good and be good. For example, I could be a Christian and still practise Dharma at the same time. How to practise Dharma? Just do unto others what you wish others do unto you. Simple as that. If we don’t do good at least try not to harm others.

    That’s my simple understanding.

    Thank you for sharing, Rinpoche!

  12. abby f on Mar 18, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I think the reason why people think religion is not important is because people don’t know what to do after they accept the existence of God/Buddha. We take the teaching on its surface meaning, we never reflect on ourselves and go deeper into the real meaning of all teachings. Like what Rinpoche said, we think that after we accept God or Buddha, we think everything should be fine. We don’t have to change ourselves, we don’t have to practice because God and Buddha are mercy and compassionate.

    But we forget the happiness/unhappiness that we have are from ourselves. All the good/bad things that done are all because of our own action. We take up the responsibilities is logical. The belief in God/Buddha is valid if we follow their teachings, and the belief express perfectly in this way. Not just keep praying for all the problems we have to be taken away. Thank you Rinpoche for this teaching! It sure does wake people up!

  13. George Sanguinetti on Feb 2, 2013 at 4:35 am

    Thank you for the teaching. However, though, and I am certainly not an expert on either religion and, also, I agree with much of what you said, there are some points I question. First, you said Jesus has volumes of teachings if we only took time to read them; but, as far as I can determine there are only a little more than 2000 words of Jesus recorded. Second, I don’t think the point of Christianity is that you don’t have to try to be like Jesus, but rather that the constant sincere attempt to be like him, though filled with endless failures, IS enough to grant you heaven.
    Think of it as something CLOSE to this: We as human beings are beings of becoming, so we will always be in the state of becoming. So for us heaven is in the trying. If ever we were perfect we would be God.
    Please, help me correct any errors I have made here.

    Thank You,
    – George Sanguinetti –

  14. Paris on Jan 16, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Have fallen upon this bit of treasure again and just read through some of the comments and wanted to add – I think that this kind of question, about who Buddha and who God is can sometimes become a discussion about who is better or why one is wrong or one is more correct. I appreciate and love that Rinpoche never goes into that discussion but challenges us to look at the logical basis of what we say instead. This itself is a teacher – for us to think about things, to question and to be firm in the fundamentals behind what we believe.

    Rinpoche has always been very firm in insisting that there is no “better”. It might be a better method FOR ME because this is what helps me to improve, become a better and more beneficial, less harmful person. A belief in karma may work much better for one person who by their belief in this stop their harmful actions and become more responsible and caring to the world around them; a belief in God may work much better for someone else to gain strength from and to aspire towards in their every day behaviour. So in this case both are just as “better” as the other, surely? While God (whoever he is and whatever she looks like) and Buddha may have absolutely no disagreement between them, we could perhaps look at them, in a very crude way, as a means to an end – when we free ourselves from suffering and become luminous, inspiring, compassionate, wise beings, then how does it matter anymore how we got there and through whom? God and Buddha, if we really truly believe in who they are and how they can help us, would surely not have a kind of tally going on up in the heavens for how many people they had enrolled in their club.

  15. wei theng on Jan 10, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    “The purpose of religion is for me to accept and understand the teachings and to apply them to improve my good qualities and transform my bad qualities to good qualities…”
    It is not which religion is good and which is bad… but we are truly spiritual, we will strive to work on ourselves, take responsibility to improve my good qualities and transform my bad qualities to be a better person.

    Thank you Rinpoche for such a short but profound teaching.

  16. Joy on Jan 4, 2013 at 12:41 am

    In today’s society religion has become a huge debate where people are starting to dismiss it completely or to take lightly as just another label to fill up the section when applying for their IDs or passport. This is not because religion is bad per se but it is because those representing the religion have some how represented them wrongly. I’ve many friends who does not believe in religion any more because it just does not give them the results they are looking for. However, there are many of them who also think that if the trust in a supreme God that whatever they do, they will be saved and the will be fine at the time of death. But when they hit rock bottom, that is when they will start questioning, doubting and maybe even end up disliking their religion all together.

    If we actually understand and follow the teachings the religion we choose to be in, we would realise that the only way we can achieve true happiness and “heaven” is through actually putting effort in to applying the teachings and not throw the responsibility and expect our problems to be solve by someone we call “God” or “Buddha”.

    One most universal teaching in all religion is kindness and compassion and is this was really applied and practised, then most of our problems would be solve natually. Hence, to go beyond just prayers, like what Rinpoche has mentioned in the teachings is actually to learn and know how to use the teachings to help oneself. In Christianity we often hear “God help those who help themselves”… this simply says, one must take responsibility in ones actions and to put in effort to help oneself instead of expecting it to come from someone. Through our internalizations and practice, we will then inspire many others to do the same. Thank you Rinpoche for this simple yet profound reminder on what religion truly is about!

  17. Wah Ying on Oct 26, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Rinpoche’s teaching always suitable for all, whether you are new to Buddhism or not so new. This is one of the teachings that suitable for all, and it hits you with a very simple fact and force you to think and contemplate.

    It’s also a teaching you can repeat listen from time to time, to reminds us of how we take our religion and at what level we are in our spiritual path.

  18. Teck Lock on Oct 25, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Interesting talk, I love it. It enlighten me. Thank you Rinpoche!

  19. Adrian Chow on Oct 19, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    We have been brought up with the mindset that religion is only for the older generation and religion is here to solve our problems. In this manner we have degenerate religion by our lack of knowledge and pure selfishness.

  20. mitra on Oct 18, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    thank you rinpoche for wonderfull teaching. we nothing to do with god or buddha we have to be better person.i love this teaching.

  21. Raymond on Oct 11, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the enlightened teaching.

  22. li kheng on Oct 8, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    I have always thought that religion is an aspect of life that is essential to give our soul a sense of belonging and depth. Religion is the “thing” that fill the gap that is often empty when we are alone and without distractions.

    If we observe, people with religion have something good and pure to go home to when they grow old and they seem to have the ability to age graciously with some wisdom and kindness. In Buddhism, I would relate this to reducing our attachments, which offers our mind greater freedom.

    Thus, we should all find our religion and practice with virtuous motivation and consistency so as to create heaven on earth.

  23. Fiona ng on Oct 8, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    人天生就是想得到别人祝福,並没有邪恶与犯罪的本性,如果有邪恶的内在,那是因为心中尚有恐惧不安的部分。不要去对抗它和批判它,而是用爱和接纳去面对它,你会发现邪恶的心只不过是一个恐惧害怕的小孩,它只不过是在求助 ,渴求被爱。(只要你能完全理解上师教诲,你一定会找回内在的那个小孩)

  24. jennifer on Oct 7, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the very wise and profound teaching .
    I believe that whatever situation we are in , we have created that ourselves! Yet we then point the finger and blame everyone else ( including Buddha, God ) and we don’t take responsibilty that we and we alone have put ourselves where we are exactly.
    All religion teaches us the same values, it’s up to us to bring the teachings fully into our lives, to set what our intentions and motivations are.We may have the blessings of sitting at the feet of the greatest Lamas, Masters, Teachers, receiving the most profound and most wise of teachings, but if we do not take in any of these teachings , and incorporate the teachings into our lives, then it points back to ourselves !!
    Thank you Rinpoche, for being in our lives and guiding us always.

  25. Henry Ooi on Oct 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    From this teaching I learn not to just depend on the divine but I have to take responsibility for my life, for my problems, for my family, for my business and for my future.

  26. ERIC LEE KHJB on Oct 2, 2012 at 9:24 am

    一我的了解,神是经过了一定的修行或一定福德的累积,才形成的。但是,他们还没有达到怔悟的阶段,所以一旦福德用完了,他们还是得再六道轮回。而佛,他已经修行圆满,已达到了彻底的怔悟的境界,不在受六道轮回之苦,所以是我们寻求解脱的学习对象,他会引导我们走向成佛之道。

  27. Wan Wai Meng on Oct 1, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    This is a remarkable black and white picture of Rinpoche, this picture reminds me of the Jazz greats of the 20th centuries :). Tsem Rinpoche is the dharma Great of our time. I think anyone who have heard this talk can get real benefit from it, believing only gets you halfway or part of the way, we need to act it out and do the right actions to get the full benefit of our faiths.

  28. KH Ng on Oct 1, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    I have seen some friends who just pray to God and rely entire to God to do the job. Sorry to said this. There do not take responsibility for their own life. One even threatened to commit suicide. How deluded and irresponsible. This teaching is clear and precise and not offensive at all. I was there and I know there were Christian in the audience who agree totally with Rinpoche.

  29. sweekeong on Sep 28, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    On refuge day Rinpoche gave a good talk to us about why are we taking refuge. As taking refuge is part of Buddhism, he spoke on the responsibility of one towards one’s religion, and belief. Believing is just the beginning, the real work comes after that which is practicing the teachings to gain peace, and spiritual growth on one’s own mind. A very good teachings on belief no matter what faith you’re in. It will open your mind towards responsibility to ourselves and society which is what any human being should be striving for. 🙂

  30. vc on Sep 27, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    I think some of these peoples never like what the buddha’s teaching come from Tibetan Buddhism or Monks.Irregardless how these small group of peoples thinks of Buddhism negatively,they never realize Buddhism cannot vanish on earth entirely.Instead,Buddhism continue to flourish which have their purpose on earth to save humanity.Those do not have affinity can chose to ignore.Those that have affinity can choose to follow the true teaching of the Buddhas.We must give Buddha’s Teaching to thrive in this modern and complicated age.Some of these small group peoples can choose to destroy Buddhas written works if they wish.But let me remind you again.By the time you think Buddhism really vanish on earth,Maitreya Buddha will arrived.All of you who try to destroy Buddhas teaching will be put into shamed.Isn’t better for some of you realized before it is too late realizing your mistake?

  31. Zla'od on Sep 27, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    For future videos, please lose the music–not only is it annoying and distracting, but it has an unfortunate effect of making TTR sound like a TV evangelist.

    • Danielle Tee on Sep 30, 2012 at 2:11 am

      David,
      Do you realise you are being quite rude?

      Firstly, not everyone is from America so what you’re saying about TV evangelism wouldn’t apply to many more people reading this blog; they wouldn’t think of it in that way or feel the way you do. And there are more people who are not Americans than people who are, so please don’t bring your personal cultural dislikes here.

      Secondly, if you’re irritated by the music, then go look for one of those programs that can remove the background music. There are many available programs like that, so just go google it.

      Instead of always criticising, think that one of Rinpoche’s very sincere students has spent time, effort and hard work to put this music in, perhaps as an offering of beautiful sound. Please show some appreciation to the effort that people have invested into this blog, instead of always picking fault. I appreciate them and thank them.

  32. Spencer on Sep 26, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    You should not express such false views as an ordained Bhikkhu. The Buddha did not deny the existence of a Creator. And you weren’t alive as he was so you don’t know what he said or not.
    108 volumes could be split into 25 if you like.. its arbitrary.
    That there are 108 volumes, is only because of the structured re-ordering of conditioned unenlightened academics forcing an ‘auspicious number’ on the scriptures. Buddha never wrote or told us to write it down, he wanted it from mouth to ear so that all you had to be able to keep the teachings entire is to understand it not repeat it from a scripture. Buddha images were also not his idea. He taught Vipassana to self enlighten. The rest of the religious mumbo jumbo is irrelevant and not use to anybody. Just practice Vipassana withouot the dogma and attachment to religious conditioning. Truth is not tibetan or buddhist it is cosmic and universal and not tainted by any human styles at all.

    The good things you are trying to teach do not come from inner awakened realizations, they come from analytical thought. Try insight meditation instead of intellectual analysis Sir. Dhamma must be taught without allowing the Vedhana Khanda to have influence on the mind. You have not mastered this aspect yet, and appear and show all the signs of the Putujana. Go practice before you preach.

    • Andy on Sep 27, 2012 at 2:16 am

      Dear Spencer, you should be the one who should go and learn and practise before you start talking.

      When did Buddha ever accept that there is a Creator?? Buddha only did not deny the existence of gods, but he did not accept the idea of a CREATOR god, get your facts right by reading Buddhism 101 before you start talking.

      And you weren’t alive back then as well, so how do you know what you think is exactly what Buddha said??

      You appear to throw in a lot of jargons as if you know a lot, but jargons mean nothing, you sound like you know the complete aspects of Buddhism, but the fact is, what you said is illogical and does not make any sense. If there shouldn’t be any Buddha images or sutras, there wouldn’t be any attained masters be it in the theravadan, mahayana or vajrayana traditions.

      Try throwing away all the Buddha images and sutras, I bet you would have been a Christian today, you wouldnt even have the merits to hear Buddha’s name.

      Like I said, go read Buddhism 101 or Idiot’s Guide to Buddhism before you start talking from pure ignorance.

    • David Lai on Sep 27, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      Dear Spencer,
      Thank you for your comment. However, I think you are missing the point because I don’t think that Rinpoche is saying that God didn’t exist. What Rinpoche is saying that we don’t just rely on God or any divinity for that matter and expect everything to be alright. He’s saying how can we commit sin, just pray and expect everything to be alright. The change have to come from ourselves and not God or Buddha. Otherwise God or Buddha would have saved us from all our problems and difficulties already. Rinpoche is saying that it is all in our hands.

    • jamiekhoo on Sep 28, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      “The good things you are trying to teach do not come from inner awakened realizations, they come from analytical thought.”

      Indeed, everything that the Buddha has taught arises from very clear logic and can be taught as such. The people that the lamas (including Rinpoche) are teaching is teaching all come from various walks of life, from different backgrounds and with different intellectual dispositions / aptitudes. I think the best way to cut across all differences it by teaching with logic and analytical thought. Not everyone in the audience is attained and will not be able to relate on that level. Rinpoche engages with the audience on a very practical, logical level that they can analyse (yes, analyse) on their current “mundane” level and apply directly to situations.

      This is the skill of a Lama – not to just sprout long tracts but to tailor his teachings according to the needs and level of the people at that time. A real teacher doesn’t teach just to look good or to show off his attainments or insights; he enacts the very teachings of compassion and empathy by “working” at the level of the students, bringing them what they need at the right time so that they can readily receive, understand and practice the teachings. And by this – contrary to what you’re have claimed – Rinpoche is practicing exactly what he preaches.

    • Ravin on Jun 21, 2013 at 1:44 am

      I agree to you Spencer, though I know less about Buddhism, but do practice Vippassana sometimes.. God is what we have made to make it simple and control ourselves from doing wrong.. but deeper understanding gives reasonable answers regarding cause & effect.. All religion have come from one source which is nature and human being translated to make it more simple as different religion.. So God is Nature and there is only one nature and laws of nature.. This is only from my understanding
      Regards, Ravin

  33. Han on Sep 26, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    To me, Its kind of scary if not met dharma in this life. Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teaching.
    Before I met dharma , i used to follow blindly what’s my mum asked me to pray and as usual, only pray for selfish reasons. I had the wrong views and wrong perceptions about religion.
    Like what Rinpoche had mentioned in the teaching:
    “Religion cannot be force by bribery”
    We always expected our problems will solve through praying and chanting, this great teaching will be a great reminder for me to practice compassion and patient to others through learning dharma.

  34. Anne Jones on Sep 26, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche.
    Such a strong message for us to take full responsibility for our actions and then to find a way to find resolution through the teachings of our faith. No way can we be anything but victims and out of control until we take that responsibility. This is a great message – and you tell it so well, with so much humour and humanity. I will share it and pass it on. Bless you again for your wisdom. Anne

  35. Albert Ratchaga on Sep 26, 2012 at 12:32 am

    This has been our culture since young to go pray to God when we created the problem that cannot solved, ask God to solve the problem for us, and we like to promise this and promise that when in a desperate state. After the problem solved, we conveniently forget our promise and happily commit again into problems for ourselves.

    If the God can solve the problems for us, then there will never be any problem in this world. We have to change, change to a different level of thinking, be responsible enough to deal with our own problem by our own effort, not hoping the superior being to come solve it for us.

    Mind transformation is the main practice to solve our problems. That is to apply the Dharma teaching into our life.

    • DR on Sep 30, 2012 at 12:41 am

      I don’t think it is anyone’s fault as most of us grew up in an environment whereby we are taught to go to a God to ask for something. If we get our wish, then God is powerful. If our wish is not granted, then that God is bad/not powerful. God sounds like a victim here and under a lot of pressure to perform!

      Spirituality for us before was just rituals (praying and asking for something we desire). We were not encouraged to ask why we carried out a certain ritual, and even if we did, no one was able to give us a satisfactory answer. It was based purely on blind faith and we usually prayed because a respected elder had told us to do so.

      It must have been our past lives aspirational prayers that now we are able to hear the Truth and from a teacher who can explain to us in a way to suit our mental continuum. How fortunate and how rare to have this opportunity.

  36. Gim Lee on Sep 25, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    This teaching is very precious, Rinpoche’s explanation is straight to the point. It doesn’t matter if we worship God or follow Buddha, our spiritual practice is more important.

    Everyone want happiness, I don’t understand why some people must inflict harms to others to find their own happineess. Living in harmony will give us a more peaceful kind of happiness actually.

    The issue of whose religion is better or more powerful won’t do any good to society and people at large. Everyone need to respect others’ faith. Then the world we are living in will be free of wars and conflicts.

  37. Grace Leong on Sep 25, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I love this teaching !! ” The purpose of religion is for me to accept and understand the teachings and to apply them to improve my good qualities and transform my bad qualities to good qualities .Then I operate from that space to become successful ! In Buddhism I have to accept that I am the creator of all my problems …. And do something about it ” Not leave it to Buddha to save me , without doing anything .
    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching . The clip of this teaching is short, yet profound . Can watch it everyday to remind myself !

  38. David Lai on Sep 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Actually, contrary to the title, I think that this fantastic talk has got nothing to do with God or Buddha. It has got to do with how we, as practitioners has internalize our faith and made a transformation to be a better person. You got to read between the lines of what Rinpoche has said in this teaching and understand that it how we have allowed the teachings of Buddha and Jesus to permeate our lives.

    • jamiekhoo on Sep 28, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      I wish there was a like button for your comment, David! Agree totally 🙂

      From their side, all the enlightened beings are the same, ultimately bringing the same teachings to all of us at our various levels, dispositions and needs. The differences come only from our side and our warped perceptions. If we all internalised them the way they are meant to be taught and received, there would be no differences between any religious practictioner.

  39. Louise Lee on Sep 25, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    从小就看到家人,大事小事有事没事都会去求神拜佛!

    有时很灵, 有时不灵!其实我不是很相信!但是没办法!如果不拜拜, 就会被骂! 道教,佛教都分不清。 但是每次填写表格,都会勾佛教徒! :-)

    小时候不明白,不敢问!

    现在, 明白了,就不会乱乱来!!乱拜乱求!

    辛苦您了, 仁波切!谢谢您,让我们有那么好的环境下学习佛法!!

  40. Sofi on Sep 25, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this particular teaching. Last nite, i was just wandering how to extract parts of ur teachings to share wt my sis. She is a Christian and i feel misunderstands so many things about taking responsibilities for one’s action instead of just believing n things will happen. I will defintely be able to share this short teaching wt her and hope she understand better, rather than continue being blind to what religion means. With thanks again, Sofi

    • Tshewang on Jun 21, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      Your sister already knows the truth, so you don’t have to remind of what Rinpoche taught. Infact Rinpoche himself doesn’t know the truth.

  41. birda on Sep 25, 2012 at 8:21 am

    blessings and much gratitude Rinpoche.

    • ashok on Jun 26, 2013 at 10:41 am

      I would like buddha

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  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Sep 30. 2016 06:32 PM
    Thank you Pastor David Lai for this interesting article. Since young i always like to hear stories of Ji Gong, even watch TV show about him and would like to go to Ji Gong temples .That time i would not understand much but do as my parents told .But now after reading these article i begin to understand better. Ji Gong is said to have possessed supernatural powers that he would often help the poor or anyone who needed help with his abilities. In Taoist religion,Ji Gong is well known as today.I have seen a Taoist medium in trance as Ji Gong. I have heard many interesting accounts of him helping those who need his help. Ji Gong has a good, kind heart and appearance should not be judge after all.Never judge a person by appearance…there is a quote what is important is inside..
    Thanks again …i do really enjoyed reading Ji Gong biography.and a reminder for us .. our mindset and motivation to benefit people when practicing Dharma.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/ji-gong-the-crazy-monk-of-china.html
  • nu’
    Friday, Sep 30. 2016 06:01 PM
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2016/sep/30/philippines-president-rodrigo-duterte-likens-himself-to-hitler-video degenerationTimeCallKaliyouga’speedUP? XXI ceuntry, better not mix politics&religion only info;:::#VEGETARIANISM slaughter, if ppl to much smoke can reborn as cow for more grass? Drugs as modern polutions can be almoust irreversable?disturb and destroy inner channels & pranas(winds-energies) .Some % youth ppl many kinds syntheticToo?!”drugs”use2use,much more than had been 30y ago?sure. Dharma yes, but denay outter conditions$? Some articles may be drugs vs dharma??Here some day
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  • sonny tan
    Friday, Sep 30. 2016 05:04 PM
    sonny tan on Sep 30, 2016 at 5:04 pm
    Thank you Vinnie and Beatrix for this revealing article, it is pretty sad to know that inequality still exists in India. I know that caste system is a well-accepted phenomenon but to cast aside women and put them away when they are no more of use is pretty hard for anyone to accept.
    Women, men, animals are all God’s creation but why segregate and dehumanize women and categorize them as ‘has been’ deprived them of basic human rights is something the Indian government has to urgently addressed soon. Perhaps it requires intervention by more developed nation through education and dialogue on such degrading acts of human.
    It would be a very long haul before we can see some little changes for it is not easy at all to change a system that has been happening for so long, perhaps by educating their young ones now and hopefully it can snowballed into a reality in the not too distant future. I hope that if substantial efforts are being enforced and regulations are introduced to make the Indians see that we are all equal in the eyes of God perhaps one day it can turn into an accepted reality.
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Sep 30. 2016 04:24 PM
    Sad…very sad..feel sorry for those widows in India.How can they did these to those widow who are not at fort loosing their husband.Even though it was a tradition practice which they called it Sati or sattee in ancient India.However it was ban during the British rule yet they did continue practicing it.Those unfortunate widows are treated as bad and unholy women by the society. And there’s one kind, caring man Dr Pathak and other human organization are trying to change the mindset ,attitude and behavior of the people towards widow Seeing the sufferings of these widows, Dr Pathak try to create and to bring the awareness on basic human rights and .improve the lives of these women.
    Thank you Vinnie and Beatrix for this article.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-unwanted-widows-of-india.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Sep 30. 2016 11:47 AM
    In the mind of many people, India, among a few other counties, is notorious for gender bias discrimination. In fact, from the many reports in recent years of gang rape cases and child marriages, I personally believe that India, and a few other countries, enshrine sexism on top of genderism. Therefore, the tradition of sati nuanced as disturbing but not surprising. Even though Queen Victoria had declared illegal to practice sati, it had not stopped for the last 2 centuries. It is hard to stomach that before 1987 (most of us were already born then) that many widows had to burn themselves alive to accompany the death of their maybe not so beloved husband. And should they chose not to die, they were given a life of harsh asceticism, which is actually stripping them off their identity and degrade them as public property. It should be the shame of mankind to have such practice. Thank you Vinnie and Beatrix for this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-unwanted-widows-of-india.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Sep 30. 2016 11:19 AM
    The stories of Ji Gong have always been my favorite since childhood. The stories are highly entertaining. Ji Gong exhibited unorthodox behavior in his time but well loved by many people after his passing because of his many deeds that brought justice and castigations to the ones who deserved them. Besides his supernatural abilities, Ji Gong was famous for his wisdom. Pastor David has kindly explained here that Ji Gong’s wisdom is the attainment in understanding the ultimate truth. And I really appreciate that now we have the many tales of Ji Gong to give us familiar examples to what is ultimate truth versus conventional truth, a topic that is relatively profound but important to understand fully. Thank you Pastor David for this article. It also gives me a chance to take a stroll down memory lane, and a reason to try locate my Mandarin version of The Legend of Ji Gong.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/ji-gong-the-crazy-monk-of-china.html
  • Pastor Adeline Woon
    Friday, Sep 30. 2016 10:33 AM
    I must say the content is very accurate and it helped me to understand how my mind works better. There are so much to learn, explore, understand, and I am amazed how much a number entails. Thank you to the team who worked hard to get this written, uploaded and made it available for all of us!

    In order for us to excel in life, understanding who we really are is very important. In addition, if we make the efforts to understand others this way, I dare to say we will always be in the win-win situation, good things will come to us easily. The key to success is to understand ourselves and others for sure.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Sep 30. 2016 10:19 AM
    This is truly impressive! Kudos to the team who brought this thoroughly well researched and state of the art article to us. I had never knew that there are so many “keys” to unlock the door to understand one’s personality. Human is indeed a complex creature. We have so many facets. To start off with, there are 16 life path categories that differentiate us. And then we have our achievement number, birthday number and karmic debt number that further tell of a part of our character. Combined with our full name, we will have expression number, heart desire number, personality number and balance number.

    For me, this is like a fun new toy. I will cross reference my own personality from the different numbers, and also cross reference that of others. Sometimes I find the readings give conflicting idea of the same person. But I would like to take it as that giving ideas of a person (myself, for example) facet that I don’t see and know of. We are complex creature, I reckon it is common to have multiple characteristic. It is better to know than not to know.

    Thank you very much.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html
  • Pastor Adeline Woon
    Friday, Sep 30. 2016 10:14 AM
    This is a comprehensive post about one of the important preliminaries practise we should engage in if we wish to excel and improve on our path to enlightenment. A few years ago, five of us got together to engage in the prostration retreat and achieve 100,000 prostrations collectively. Rinpoche has kindly composed the prayers for our retreat which includes the 35 Confessional Buddhas prayers. Rinpoche has mentioned it would be good if we can recite each of the 35 Buddhas’ name as we prostrate which is extremely powerful and efficacious in clearing our negative karmas that arise from our three doors.

    After reading the brief descriptions of the 35 Buddhas, it is obvious that all our negative karmas are caused by the six root of afflictions which is the roots of all our sufferings. As long as we do not purify the karmas arise from the six together with transforming our mind while receiving higher practices, there is no way for us to completely be liberated from sufferings.

    The thought of the number of negative karmas we accumulate every second with the present of the afflictions, especially ignorance, is very scary. It is like we continuously drinking poison while expecting our health to remain in the tip top condition. For those of us who focus on secular activities, unless we have merits and a huge amount of positive karmas, we are basically expediting the manifestation of our negative results. It is logical therefore to focus more on beneficial and meritorious activities while engaging spiritual and purification practices. As long as we continue to improve spiritually, there is definitely hope for us to be ultimately freed from samsara. The very least we can keep things at bay.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html
  • Pastor Adeline Woon
    Friday, Sep 30. 2016 10:13 AM
    For nu’ _____cc TR’desk.pls – It is shocking to learn that discrimination is still exist in today’s modern world where information is easily learned on the internet and education is available in most corners of the world.
  • nu’cc TR&TEAm
    Friday, Sep 30. 2016 04:15 AM
    intresting the ppl’VIEW dont’ you? https://www.facebook.com/berukhyentse2016/photos/pcb.1575423569432589/1575423372765942/?type=3&theater i havent been recently ((this sunday evening before monday friend with car cancel trip last minute, my carTOOld.to.go))…..but i been there few years ago. {before i know TR exists?,i had only IMAGINE?} @Jason hm..,and Guru is trying to train our mind to become less angersome.,,,,1) Mahasiddha Saraha: The “Arrow Shooter”Karmapas are Saraha’incarnations.
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  • Jason
    Friday, Sep 30. 2016 03:09 AM
    84 Mahasiddhas pictures attached with details explanation are really a effective teaching to me. It shows to me that the important of Guru Devotion.For us to gain higher attainment, we must follow and never ever abandon Guru’s instruction. Guru can foresight our future,and Guru is trying to train our mind to become less angersome.
    This is really interesting and inspiring write up.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/vajradhara-and-84-mahasiddhas.html
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  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Sep 29. 2016 09:00 PM
    Thank you Pastor Seng Piow for sharing this true story. Rinpoche always shower kindness, compassion and love to everyone especially those in need. It also prove that puja can help to clear our obstacles.

    So glad that the baby is now a healthy boy 🙂

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • sonny tan
    Thursday, Sep 29. 2016 05:25 PM
    sonny tan on Sep 29, 2016 at 5:24 pm
    Thank you Mrs. Patel for this video and recipe on Pav Bhaji, the pictures surely look very appetizing and I believe it was cooked with love especially for our Pastor Niral who may have missed home cooking food and this seems like gourmet dish for Pastor Niral.
    Home cooked food is always the best particularly when it is cooked by our own mother where it is the same food we love and grew up with. I would love to try this recipe in the near future since I am also passionate on Indian food.
  • nu’ _____cc TR’desk.pls
    Thursday, Sep 29. 2016 08:29 AM

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More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
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More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
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All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
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Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
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Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
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This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
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Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
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His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
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Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
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Don't you love her bag? She's stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it\'s traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
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We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it's traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche with holy Mt Shasta of Northern California in the background: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
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Tsem Rinpoche with holy Mt Shasta of Northern California in the background: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
We had a nice visit at Mt Shasta, a holy area in Northern California and did a good puja there: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
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We had a nice visit at Mt Shasta, a holy area in Northern California and did a good puja there: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
I get requests from all around the world to do prayers. For certain individuals it\'s really dire, so I make special candle offerings to the Buddhas for them at my private residence. These are the candles that was offered recently for a very ill young little girl. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
I get requests from all around the world to do prayers. For certain individuals it's really dire, so I make special candle offerings to the Buddhas for them at my private residence. These are the candles that was offered recently for a very ill young little girl. Tsem Rinpoche
This is powerful and true. When someone disappoints you so many times, it cannot be an accident anymore. You need to have compassion for them to not do more negative karma and not allow it anymore and we need need to have compassion for ourselves too and not let them hurt us again.. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
This is powerful and true. When someone disappoints you so many times, it cannot be an accident anymore. You need to have compassion for them to not do more negative karma and not allow it anymore and we need need to have compassion for ourselves too and not let them hurt us again.. Tsem Rinpoche
Ra Lotsawa\'s personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava. Said to be housed in Samye Monastery, Tibet.
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Ra Lotsawa's personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava. Said to be housed in Samye Monastery, Tibet.
Message from Tsem Rinpoche
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Message from Tsem Rinpoche
This Tara has such a beautiful face...artwork on this is nice
1 month ago
This Tara has such a beautiful face...artwork on this is nice
This is the road that leads to my house in the mountains. I have a small house and a lake nearby the house and I live there on vegan foods with my pets-Mumu loves running around the meadows. I have a large outdoor Vajra Yogini statue made of stone and we make offerings of juniper leaves burned to her daily as sang. I love living in the mountains away from the senseless repeating of actions in urban life. Urban life with its various pollutions do not connect us to who we are inside. I love this walking path to my retreat home where I will live for the rest of my life and on the way home, I pluck some flowers for my shrine to offer to the Buddha...thank you for allowing me to live here. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This is the road that leads to my house in the mountains. I have a small house and a lake nearby the house and I live there on vegan foods with my pets-Mumu loves running around the meadows. I have a large outdoor Vajra Yogini statue made of stone and we make offerings of juniper leaves burned to her daily as sang. I love living in the mountains away from the senseless repeating of actions in urban life. Urban life with its various pollutions do not connect us to who we are inside. I love this walking path to my retreat home where I will live for the rest of my life and on the way home, I pluck some flowers for my shrine to offer to the Buddha...thank you for allowing me to live here. Tsem Rinpoche
 Rinpoche\'s quote is on my mom\'s final resting place. It was chosen by my dad and at that time he said it is the best one for both of them. My dad would be interred next to her when his time comes in the distant future. Pastor David Lai
1 month ago
Rinpoche's quote is on my mom's final resting place. It was chosen by my dad and at that time he said it is the best one for both of them. My dad would be interred next to her when his time comes in the distant future. Pastor David Lai
Kechara\'s kindly Pastor Shin is in Mumu\'s room doing long life Amitayus retreat and blessings for Mumu, Dharma and Oser (my three doggies) right now. I am very grateful for this. She will complete 10,000 mantras in three days mini retreat to increase their lives, plant positive imprints in their mindstream, bless their health and collect merit indirectly for their future lives to practice dharma..... Tsem Rinpoche August 28, 2016.
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Kechara's kindly Pastor Shin is in Mumu's room doing long life Amitayus retreat and blessings for Mumu, Dharma and Oser (my three doggies) right now. I am very grateful for this. She will complete 10,000 mantras in three days mini retreat to increase their lives, plant positive imprints in their mindstream, bless their health and collect merit indirectly for their future lives to practice dharma..... Tsem Rinpoche August 28, 2016.
You must read this. Wait till you are in a quiet place and not out on the streets or some cafe, but in your rooms and read this twice at least..it is so powerful. I just found it. 


Enjoy it and understand it well: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107335
1 month ago
You must read this. Wait till you are in a quiet place and not out on the streets or some cafe, but in your rooms and read this twice at least..it is so powerful. I just found it. Enjoy it and understand it well: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107335
This is a short and powerful blog post..be ready to have your heart broken. But you should still read this: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107363
1 month ago
This is a short and powerful blog post..be ready to have your heart broken. But you should still read this: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107363
100 holy and beautiful Tsongkapas arrived today!
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100 holy and beautiful Tsongkapas arrived today!
(Tsem Rinpoche\'s doggy) hehehe...Mumu\'s face is always so cute..Mumu is very human-like, when you look into his eyes, it seems like you\'re looking into a human\'s eyes. Mumu has a very different energy than other dogs. He is really like a human.-Karen Chong
1 month ago
(Tsem Rinpoche's doggy) hehehe...Mumu's face is always so cute..Mumu is very human-like, when you look into his eyes, it seems like you're looking into a human's eyes. Mumu has a very different energy than other dogs. He is really like a human.-Karen Chong
The amount of suffering, fear and pain they have to experience should be experienced by no one whether animal or human. It is heartbreaking to continuously see the sufferings animals endure for our \'pleasures\'. I do feel helpless, but helpless or not, we must create more awareness tirelessly. With awareness, their suffering can eventually be reduced. The ones who are slaughtered, it\'s too late. We can only shed tears but we have to still be concerned about future slaughter of animals and try to prevent. Helping and being kind to animals is not spiritual, strange or unnatural, but pure empathy of understanding their pain in that no sentient beings would want to suffer. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
The amount of suffering, fear and pain they have to experience should be experienced by no one whether animal or human. It is heartbreaking to continuously see the sufferings animals endure for our 'pleasures'. I do feel helpless, but helpless or not, we must create more awareness tirelessly. With awareness, their suffering can eventually be reduced. The ones who are slaughtered, it's too late. We can only shed tears but we have to still be concerned about future slaughter of animals and try to prevent. Helping and being kind to animals is not spiritual, strange or unnatural, but pure empathy of understanding their pain in that no sentient beings would want to suffer. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear Rinpoche,  I\'ve made some porridge for Rinpoche to have later when Rinpoche is hungry.  Thank you,  Beatrix (Sometime a pot of porridge tells you so much about another person and you just know why you appreciate them so much. Beatrix is such a caring and kind young person. It\'s a pleasure to work with her and have her around. Tsem Rinpoche)
1 month ago
Dear Rinpoche, I've made some porridge for Rinpoche to have later when Rinpoche is hungry. Thank you, Beatrix (Sometime a pot of porridge tells you so much about another person and you just know why you appreciate them so much. Beatrix is such a caring and kind young person. It's a pleasure to work with her and have her around. Tsem Rinpoche)
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Keep it up!
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Keep it up!
Karen does a nice sharing
1 month ago
Karen does a nice sharing
Something nice from Wan San
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Something nice from Wan San
The holy statue of Vajra Yogini at Sanku, Nepal
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The holy statue of Vajra Yogini at Sanku, Nepal
“We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people understand that the animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves.” 
― César Chávez
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“We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people understand that the animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves.” ― César Chávez
Beautiful monastery in Eastern Tibet.
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Beautiful monastery in Eastern Tibet.
An alpine lake at more than 4000 meters in elevation in eastern Tibet
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An alpine lake at more than 4000 meters in elevation in eastern Tibet
This is Mount Kailash in Tibet where Vajra Yogini resides. Many Tibetans will go and pay homage to this mountain and do prayers at the base.
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This is Mount Kailash in Tibet where Vajra Yogini resides. Many Tibetans will go and pay homage to this mountain and do prayers at the base.
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  • September 30, 2016 18:00
    Demian asked: Would the Himalayan Art website be a trustworthy website? As for T'siu Marpo, this website: http://taramandala.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Dzinpa-Rangdrol-Protectors-for-Complete-Transmission.pdf says that he's a worldly protector and the son of a demon when here it says that he's an emanation of Hayagriva. Would prayer wheels with mantras in English have the same effect as traditional ones? Is it okay to visualize Guan Yin bodhisattva illuminating on you when chanting "Om Mani Padme Hum" or "Om Mani Peme Hung"? I read about the oracle of Delphi who took possession of the sun god Apollo. Would that mean that Apollo is an enlightened being? Are Hayagriva and the 2 armed Mahakala the wrathful forms of Avalokitesvara? I found that Mahakala is a form of the Hindu god Shiva. If Kalratri is a form of Vajrayogini, wouldn't that mean Vajrayogini is also the Hindu goddess Kali? How does one purify meat? How does one make holy Buddhist water and blessed/concentrated objects and statues?
    pastor answered: Dear Demian, Thank you for your interesting questions. It nice to see you are reading a lot and learning well. I’ve answered your questions in sections again to make it easier for you to read. A) Yes, the people who make the website do a lot of research into the information they include. From the looks of the website their research is in depth and very clear. However not all the information on the website may be correct. For that you would need to check the sources they cite for further clarification. When possible it is good to check the original source. That being said it looks trustworthy. B) Tsiu Marpo is definitely an emanation of Hayagriva, who in turn is an emanation of Chenresig. His practice is prevalent in two traditions, the Nyingma and the Gelug, in which he is known as Kache Marpo. Tsiu Marpo is actually the special protector of Samye Monastery. Originally Gyalpo Pehar was the special protector of this monastery. However, when Gyalpo Pehar moved to Nechung Monastery, located near Drepung Monastery, Tsiu Marpo became Samye’s special protector. As a protector in his own right, he has his own prayers, rituals and ceremonies, etc. After Dorje Shugden manifested, Tsiu Marpo saw that Dorje Shugden and his practice can benefit many sentient beings. Therefore he took an oath to become one of Dorje Shugden’s attendant ministers. He helps Dorje Shugden to aid practitioners in their spiritual journey. In this form he is known as Kache Marpo and his practice was encouraged by the Great 5th Dalai Lama who is known to have written prayers to him. He was originally one of the Seven Blazing brothers who are ‘tsen’ spirits or yakshas. It is said that in a previous life he was a great practitioner living in a forest. But due to his unusual appearance and also a misunderstanding he was thought of a dangerous man. Fearful, the locals hunted him down and decapitated him, cutting him into pieces. Out of the various body parts arose the Seven Blazing Brothers of which Tsiu Marpo is the chief. Emanations of the enlightened beings who appear in worldly form take a body that exists with samsara. For example there are three types of protectors. The first are enlightened protectors who appear in forms outside of samsara. For example the various Mahakalas or Kalarupa for example. Then there are worldly protectors who are beings who have taken oaths to protect the Dharma but are not enlightened, such as Gyalpo Pehar/Nechung. The third type are the enlightened beings, who emanate within worldly forms, for example Dorje Shugden, Kache Marpo, etc. This is because due to karmic affinity, being in a form within samsara, the enlightened beings are closer to us. This allows them to help us quicker. This is the same as tulkus, who are emanations of the enlightened beings in the form of humans. Similarly Kache Marpo is an emanation of Hayagriva in the form of a tsen spirit. You can read more about Kache Marpo here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/blog/who-is-kache-marpo. C) In regards to prayer wheels. I have not come across the prayer wheels that have mantras written in English. However written mantras are the expression of the actual sound of the mantra, which is where the energies of the enlightened beings are. Traditionally speaking the mantras are written in Tibetan or Sanskrit. Therefore I do not see anything wrong with having a prayer wheel with mantras written in English as long as the mantras are written correctly, and the prayer wheel is constructed properly as mantras are very sacred. D) Yes, there is nothing wrong with visualising Guan Yin while reciting ‘Om Mani Peme Hung’. This is because Guan Yin is none other than Chenresig in the form of a woman. In India, Chenresig appeared in a male form. In China, however, since culturally speaking women were more associated with compassion than men, Chenresig appeared in the form of a female – Guan Yin. However, if you want to engage in more advanced forms of visualisation during mantra recitation and prayers after taking tantric empowerment, the visualisations would need to follow the traditional forms, in which Chenresig appears as man. E) You are right that the Delphic oracle took trance of Apollo. However this does not mean that Apollo was an enlightened being. The tradition of oracles has existed within cultures all over the world for centuries. Oracles usually take trance of worldly deities and beings. This is different from taking trance of the enlightened protectors in worldly form such as Dorje Shugden. This is because these beings are enlightened beings, they are able to help us in our spiritual journey. In the case of Dorje Shugden, he is an enlightened being in worldly form. His mind is Manjushri. Apollo on the other hand is a powerful god, but he is not an enlightened being. F) Yes, both Hayagriva and 2-armed Mahakala are both emanations of Chenresig. Mahakala is also the name of a form of the Hindu god Shiva. While they share the same name they are not the same being. Similarly, Vajrayogini is not the same being as Kalratri. Buddha Shakyamuni arose in the form of Heruka and Vajrayogini to counter the energies of Shiva and Kalratri that were having a negative effect on the world at that time. Buddha Shakyamuni took a similar form as Shiva and Kalratri but infinitely more powerful due to his enlightened state. Similarly, Vajrayogini is not the same as Kali. You can read more about this here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/twenty-four-holy-places-eight-great-charnel-grounds.html. G) In regards to meat, there is a mantra to recite: OM ABIRA KHE TSARA HUNG (x7) After reciting this mantra, blow on any meat that you eat. This purifies the actual fault of eating meat (the non-virtuous act of killing) and blesses the mind of the sentient being whose flesh you are eating to have a good rebirth. However, as Buddhist practitioners who are developing compassion, this would extend to all sentient beings, including animals. Therefore from a higher perspective, one should strive to live a vegetarian lifestyle. This is the more compassionate option that we should strive to achieve as a physical expression or our compassion. H) In regards to blessed water, at Kechara this is usually done by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche or advanced practitioners who have learnt to do so. This process involves the recitation of many prayers and also meditations. In regards to the consecration of statues, there are many ways to do this. One of the best ways is to have trained practitioners invoke the enlightened beings to reside in the statue. This includes having a Rabnye-Soongdrup consecration performed, with the actual statue/image present during the puja. The Soongdrup puja purifies Buddha images, mantras and other holy items that are usually placed into a Buddha statue. This is followed by the Rabnye puja, which invokes, blesses and seals the energies and blessings of the enlightened beings within the statue. This is one of the best methods of consecrating Buddha statues. This puja is performed by Kechara Puja House, and is available here: http://www.vajrasecrets.com/rabney-soongdrup-consecration-puja-fund. You can also visit Kechara House if you are based in Malaysia to arrange this puja. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 29, 2016 00:40
    Chen asked: Can u please talk about the vajrayana secret mother pills . Also called the black mother pills
    pastor answered: Dear Chen, Thank you for your question. Regarding the pills you have mentioned, I believe you are referring to the Rinchen Rilnag pills, commonly referred to as the ‘Black Pills’. They are also known as the ‘Karmapa’s Black Pills’. The larger versions of these pills are known as the ‘Mother Rinchen Rilnag Pills’. These holy pills are actually made His Holiness the Karmapa from the Karma Kagyu tradition. These pills are extremely rare and made of substances such as precious metals and various jewels. They are said to confer a lot of blessings, healing and protection for those that eat them. They can even be carried with you for protection and good fortune. The healing effects of the Rinchen Rilnag have been known to help those with chronic illnesses, including complete remission. The pills are also known to help with conditions such as depression and anxiety. For those that cannot recover from their illness due to the force of their ripening karma, it is said that eating the pills creates a very strong connection with His Holiness the Karmapa. When they finally pass over from this life, it is said this connection allows His Holiness, who is an emanation of Chenresig, to guide them to a better and fortunate rebirth. The pills are said to be made using implements that belonged to Marpa Lotsawa and Milarepa, two of Tibet’s most well-known Buddhist masters. These implements are what give the pills their black colour. Both smaller ‘baby’ and larger ‘mother’ pills are rolled by His Holiness during the process and placed in the 3rd Karmapa Rangjung Dorje’s begging bowl over night before being distributed. The whole process includes the recitation of sacred prayer and meditation. It is also said that the ‘mother’ pills have the power to multiple or create ‘baby’ pills by themselves if owned by sincere practitioners. You can learn more about Milarepa and teachings on the mind here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/our-neurotic-mind.html. While Kechara does not have these pills, we do have a variety of other holy pills available for practitioners to invite and benefit from. You can invite them from Kechara House, our Kechara Paradise outlets in Malaysia or online from http://www.vajrasecrets.com/precious-pills. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 28, 2016 03:15
    Harold Musetescu asked: Do you have any information on the "Vajrapani in Garuda form" practice?
    pastor answered: Dear Harold Musetescu, Thank you for your interesting question. I believe by this, you may be referring to the practice of Trakpo Sumtril. This is a form of Vajrapani combined with Hayagriva and Garuda. In this form Vajrapani is depicted with a horse’s head on top of his own, representing the deity Hayagriva and King Garuda right at the top. This practice is therefore a ‘three-in-one’ practice. It is extremely effective to counter severe and life threatening illness, increase general health, protect against malignant forms of spirit harm and black magic, as well as to rid the mind of the three poisons, which leads to enlightenment. His Eminence the 25th Tsem has recommended this practice for people in the past and has taught of its immense benefits. Vajrapani appears in his usual form, dark blue in colour with one face and two arms. In his upraised right hand he wields a golden vajra with five spokes, while his left hand performs the threatening gesture at the level of his chest. His wears tiger skin garments with his right foot bent and left outstretched, surrounded by wisdom fire. He is adorned at the crown with a white ‘Om’, at the throat with a red ‘Ah’ and at the heart with a blue ‘Hum’. His yellowish-brown hair is upraised, amidst which is a green horse’s head representing the deity Hayagriva. On the crown of this horse’s head is the King Garuda. King Garuda has a white body, three eyes and a vajra beak. His wings are made of swords and between his two horns of turquoise is a magnificent burning gem. In his hands he holds the four types of nagas and eats them, showing that the practice can overcome all types of harm caused by nagas. His holy mantra is: OM BENZAPANI HAYAGRIVA GARUDA HUM PHET Below, i have included a picture showing Trakpo Sumtril. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 27, 2016 00:56
    Demian asked: What exactly are the 4 Remati sisters? I know that Palden Lhamo is one of them, but who are the others? I was reading an article from the Rigpa wiki where I got confused. It was on the 12 Tenma sisters, but the names of the 12 didn't match the 3 categories. What does this mean? As for prayers, do they have to be in Tibetan or Sanskrit, or can they be in any language? If they have to be in Tibetan, then where can I find an online English to Tibetan website for large praises and prayers? Who exactly is Nyenchen Thanglha? I've read that he had to be bound 4 times by Vajrapani, Vajrakilaya, Heruka, and finally by Guru Rinpoche do to being powerful. But how can enlightened beings like Vajrapani have a hard time binding a powerful Bon mountain spirit? Is it wise for a child to perform Dorje Yudronma divination alone? If so, where can I find the invocations? According to this link: http://taramandala.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Dzinpa-Rangdrol-Protectors-for-Complete-Transmission.pdf it described Dorje Legpa(aka. Nechung) to be approached for more mundane and personal matters. But why would that be so if he simply gets many prophecies wrong? I thought the consort of Palden Lhamo was Yamantaka(since Saraswati is Palden Lhamo and her consort Manjushri is Yamantaka). However, according to the same link above, it says that Mahakala is Palden Lhamo's consort. Is that even true? Does a torma have to be made of only food? Because I found plastic tormas being sold as well. As for prayer wheels, where are they mentioned in Buddhist teachings? Do the mantras have to be written in Tibetan/Sanskrit with gold ink, or can they be written in pencil lead over and over in English? And how does one make a simple prayer wheel? What are the views on Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton elections? Because both sides are terrible with Trump being racist and greedy while Hillary being a liar, poisoner of old people, and corrupt. Which one would be a wise choice to choose in Buddhist teachings? Is it true that Pehar Gyalpo was once a Mongolian and Tibetan god? According to this website: http://www.trimondi.de/SDLE/Part-2-07.htm it says he was a war god who hates Tibetans. As for this website: http://www.trimondi.de/SDLE/Part-2-08.htm why would the 4 armed and 6 armed Mahakalas be used for war when they are enlightened dharmapalas? As for the mention of the 9 headed Chinese demon, is that Rahula? Because the article says that the demon defeated Mahakala.
    pastor answered: Dear Demian, Thank you for your interesting questions. I have answered your questions in sections. Please see below: A) In regards to the Remati sisters, there are some differing classifications. Palden Lhamo in her aspect as Magzor Gyalmo, which is the form we commonly see her in, is not part of the worldly Remati sisters, although she is often times referred to as ‘Remati’. The four Remati sisters are actually part of the 12 Tenma Goddesses. Under Magzor Gyalmo, as part of her retinue, are the Five Tseringma Sisters or the Five Long-Life Sisters, a group of worldly goddesses. Under this group are the 12 Tenma Goddesses. This group is usually divided into three groups for the purposes of classification. One of these three groups are known as the Four Remati Sisters. Rather than being the same as Magzor Gyalmo, they are part of her entourage. As such, some people mistakenly class her as part of the Remati sisters group since she shares the name. B) I have looked at the page you referred to in relation to the 12 Tenma Goddess. The reason you got confused is because the two lists are different. This is because different traditions name them or identify them differently. I have another source, which lists the goddesses as follows: 1. Dhagnyi Chenmo Dorje Kundrakma 2. Paldan Hari Dorje Yamakyong 3. Gangkyi Yumchen Dorje Kunzangma 4. Drokchen Khordul Dorje Geg-kyi-tso 5. Gangkar Shamey Dorje Chenchikma 6. Kharak Khyungtsun Dorje Pelgi Yum 7. Serchen Khading Dorje Lumo 8. Mari Rabjam Dorje Drakmo Gyal 9. Kongtsun Demo Dorje Pokham Kyong 10. Tsenla Laro Dorje Menchikma 11. Mentsun Chenmo Dorje Yamosil 12. Yuyi Drilbu Dorje Zulema As mentioned earlier, the exact names of the goddesses will differ slightly amongst the various traditions. This is not to say that they are not the same, it is just that their names appear differently. C) When you recite prayers, you can recite in whatever language you are familiar with. For example, in my own daily practice I used to recite only in English. Now that I have become a little more familiar, I recite in Tibetan as well. However, it is not a rule that the prayers must be recited in Tibetan. When the meaning behind the prayers and the motivation from the side of the practitioner is good, then prayers work. Some people prefer to recite in Tibetan because there is flow and rhythm to the prayers, compared to the English translation but this is not necessary. You can recite in any language you are familiar with. D) Nyenchen Thanglha is a deity that is indigenous to Tibet. In fact he is the mountain god of the Nyenchen Thanglha mountain range and interestingly is the god associated with the plateau upon which the Potala Palace is built on in Lhasa. When worldly deities are bound by an enlightened being, they stay bound. When stories relate that they were bound again, this actually means that they retook their oaths or promises in front of other enlightened beings. This is somewhat similar to practitioners re-taking their vows, for example their refuge, bodhisattva and tantric vows, in order to repair them. So this does not mean that the enlightened beings are not powerful, but from the side of the god, that he made his oaths again. E) In regards to Dorje Yudronma divination it is better to have the received the necessary empowerments, permission and commentaries from a Guru before engaging in the divination. This is to ensure that the practitioner has the qualifications to engage in the divination successfully. It is also advisable that one train under the guru to understand everything about the divination method before starting to practice on your own. F) Dorje Legpa and Nechung are not the same deity. Nechung is known to be a Gyalpo spirit, whereas Dorje Legpa is actually a Theurang spirit. Therefore they are two entirely different beings. Dorje Legpa is actually part of the ‘Ma Za Dam Sum’ or the ‘Three Terma Protectors’ who are propitiated mainly in the Nyingma tradition. You can read more about Dorje Legpa here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dharma-protectors-of-tibetan-buddhism.html. In regards to Nechung, you can read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/nechung-the-retiring-devil-of-tibet.html. As for why prophecies from the Nechung oracle can be mistaken, please see my previous replies to you. If I remember clearly, I have given some possible reasons already. G) You are correct that Yamantaka is an emanation of Manjushri. His consort is actually known as Vajra Vetali and is an emanation of Saraswati. Yamantaka and Vajra Vetali are in the form of a Yidam or meditational deity. Yamantaka/Vajra Vetali’s practice belongs to the Anuttarayoga tantra or Highest Yoga Tantra. Through this practice one can gain enlightenment in just one lifetime. In the case of Palden Lhamo, she is also an emanation of Saraswati but in the form of a Dharma protector. The role of a Dharma protector is to clear obstacles and provide the necessary conditions for practice. Their practice does not lead to enlightenment, but aids practitioners so they can concentrate on the practices that DO lead to enlightenment. This includes the Yidam practice of Yamantaka as mentioned above. Palden Lhamo is known as the consort of Mahakala, which is true. There are actually over 75 different forms of Mahakala, all of whom are emanations of different Buddhas. For example Four-Faced Mahakala is an emanation of Manjushri in the form of a protector. Six-Armed Mahakala on the other hand is an emanation of Chenresig. Therefore Palden Lhamo can be the consort of Mahakala. H) Torma itself is an offering of food to the Buddhas. Therefore traditionally it is made of food substances, which usually include barley flour and butter. There are actually a lot of different uses and variety of torma for different purposes. The most common form of torma is the one associated with the row of sensory offerings offered on one’s altar. This can be replaced with a pack of biscuits if you like. Other people replace this with a fixed torma offering. These are the plastic ones you have come across. Most commonly, these are used for fixed sensory offerings on one’s altar to represent the offering of food. I) There are many different ways to make a prayer wheel. You are right that for traditional prayer wheel mantras were written with very good ink or gold if the mantras were handwritten. These days however, I believe that people print out the mantras necessary rather than write them by hand. If you would like to know more about prayer wheels and their construction, you should get hold of the book ‘Wheel of Great Compassion’ by Lorne Ladner. This book explains the manner in which one can create their own prayer wheel. I have not read the book myself but am told it includes the information you would need for this. J) In regards to politics, I am not familiar with the current elections to possibly make an informed decision. From a Buddhist perspective however, a good candidate would be the one who promotes peace, harmony, well-being and religious harmony. You should not support those that perform dubious actions, lie, cheat or who persecute others. Instead support those with positive qualities. K) In regards to Nechung’s history, yes he is considered a very powerful deity. There are differing accounts to his origin, some say he was a war god from Mongolia while others say that he was an ancient god from Persia. However, in both accounts he came to Tibet and was very powerful. Then he was subdued by Guru Rinpoche who bound him by oath to serve the Dharma. You can read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/nechung-the-retiring-devil-of-tibet.html L) In regards to the last section of your questions, the links you have provided are from an unreliable source. The whole purpose of this website is to deride Buddhism in all its forms as something negative. This is obviously not the case. The rituals associated with 4-Armed and 6-Armed Mahakala would have been used to clear obstacles. This would have been portrayed as a spiritual battle. What the protectors would actually have been battling against would have been the negative karma of the people at the time. In regards to the nine-headed demon, I do not believe that it would have been Rahula because Rahula is oath bound, which means he would not go against an enlightened being. This means he would definitely not fight with any of the Mahakala protectors. When they refer to the nine-headed demon, it does not refer to Rahula. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 25, 2016 01:03
    tsering dolker asked: Thukjey che, The answer was impressive but as far as i have read and know ( though very less) menstruation is not considered something as''unclean"' .It is regarded just as a monthly discharge of impurities from the body
    pastor answered: Dear Tsering Dolker, Thank you. Answering your Dharma questions is what the Kechara Pastors are here for. I completely agree with you on this regards. In my previous answer, I was not saying that I or anyone else at Kechara holds this mistaken view about women. I was just stating that some people may hold this view about women in regards to your original question. Please do feel free to ask more Dharma questions if you have any. Thank you.
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