White Manjushri Daily Practice

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(Oct 29, 2012)

I decided to give a White Manjushri practice to one of my students, Moh Mei, who joined the Ladrang a while ago. White Manjushri and all practices of Manjushri (or emanations of Manjushri) are very powerful for helping us to clear our delusions and ignorance, and helping us to gain wisdom. Not ordinary wisdom or ordinary intelligence. It is the penetrative intelligence that lets us see our predicament nakedly and directly. Once we see our situations nakedly and directly we can develop some aversions to getting into self created sufferings deeper. Or getting into them more. Many of the problems we create for ourselves is due to not understanding the true situation in which we create our unwanted predicaments. Manjushri’s practice is very powerful to avert this and overcome.

Many of the difficulties that we have, arise because we have a wrong projection of how things should be. We don’t understand the reality of true cessation of suffering and true cause of happiness. We act ignorantly accruing undesired results.. Therefore, our actions, speech and thoughts act from unwanted and unknown distortion and create more suffering for us. Manjushri practices are very good for helping us to gain penetrative insight and wisdom to counter this…counter wrong distorted views that lead to wrong distorted action and unwanted results.

Although this sadhana was composed for Moh Mei, I thought it would be good to share it with everyone, so you can also adopt this practice for yourself. This practice can be done by anyone!  There are no initiations required… but it is very important to have the right motivations and visualizations are described below. This is what will make the practice most effective.

I thought I would share this compilation for anyone wishing to practice without initiation and heavy commitments of tantra. Without initiation you can practice as I have compiled below.  May you be blessed. May you be protected by the mystical, magical, peaceful, wrathful and secret emanations of Lord Manjushri until enlightenment.

 

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

 

THE SADHANA AND VISUALIZATION

Anyone can engage in these prayers as a daily practice – you do not need permission or initiation. If you wish to take this as you personal sadhana, it is very important to note the following:

*The most important aspect of this practice is to set a very strong and determined motivation, as has been explained below: namely, you understand that all sentient beings, including yourself, do not have penetrative insight or wisdom, or understand the true reality of life. This is what causes us to create thoughts, speech and action that ultimately bring us unhappiness, difficulties and problems. Realising this, you engage in this practice to gain penetrative insight and wisdom, to help yourself and all beings. You must be consistent in your prayers.

*Do the meditations and prayers daily to be able to gain and experience the results of a clearer mind. You can do the practice as I have layed out for you below in either Tibetan phonetics or English. Up to you.  Recite as I have layed it out for you below. Good to recite the 11 Reversals and Atisha’s advice daily as part of the sadhana which I have included. It is good to take up Manjushri’s practice. You can never go ‘wrong’ with any form of Manjushri. I wish everyone luck and happiness. Compiled in Kuala Lumpur by myself holding the name Tsem Tulku Rinpoche October 26, 2012.

 

TAKING REFUGE

NAMO GURU BEH

NAMO BUDDHA YA

NAMO DHARMA YA

NAMO SANGHA YA (3x)

 

I take refuge in the Guru

I take refuge in the Buddha

I take refuge in the Dharma

I take refuge in the Sangha (3x)

 

THE FOUR IMMEASURABLES

SEM CHEN TAM CHE DAY WA DANG DAY WAY GYU DANG DEN PAR GYUR CHIG

SEM CHEN TAM CHE DUG NGEL DANG DUG NGEL KYI GYU DANG DREL WAR GYUR CHIG

SEM CHEN TAM CHE DUG NGEL MAY PAY DAY WA DANG MI DREL WAR GYUR CHIG

SEM CHEN TAM CHE NYE RING CHAG DANG NYI DANG DREL WAY DANG NYOM LA NAY PAR GYUR CHIG

 

May all sentient beings have happiness and its causes,

May all sentient beings be free of suffering and its causes,

May all sentient beings never be separated from sorrowless bliss,

May all sentient beings abide in equanimity, free of bias, attachment and anger.

 

THE ELEVEN REVERSALS BY LAMA TSONGKHAPA

  1. The indication of having trained in the practice of relying upon the Spiritual Guide is the reversal of our previous lack of faith in our Spiritual Guide such that we have unchangeable faith.
  2. The indication of having trained in the practice of meditation on precious human life is the reversal of our previous lack of interest in pure Dharma practice.
  3. The indication of having trained in the practice of meditation on impermanence is the reversal of worldly concerns; or a reversal of our attachment to the things of this life.
  4. The indication of having trained in the practice of meditation on the sufferings of the lower realms is the reversal of our previous lack of fear of lower rebirth.
  5. The indication of having trained in the practice of refuge and karma is the reversal of our previous lack of actual protection from lower rebirth.
  6. The indication of having trained in the practice of meditation on the disadvantages of samsara is the reversal of our previous lack of renunciation.
  7. The indication of having trained in the practice of the three higher trainings is the reversal of our previous lack of progress on the path to liberation.
  8. The indication of having trained in the practice of bodhichitta is the reversal of our self-cherishing mind.
  9. The indication of having trained in the practice of emptiness is the reversal of our self-grasping.
  10. The indication of having trained in the practice of generation stage is the reversal of our ordinary appearance and ordinary conception.
  11. The indication of having trained in the practice of completion stage is the reversal of our subtle dualistic appearance.

 

ADVICE FROM ATISHA’S HEART

When Venerable Atisha came to Tibet, he first went to Ngari, where he remained for two years giving many teachings to the disciples of Jang Chub Ö. After two years had passed, he decided to return to India, and Jang Chub Ö requested him to give one last teaching before he left. Atisha replied that he had already given them all the advice they needed, but Jang Chub Ö persisted in his request and so Atisha accepted and gave the following advice.

How wonderful!

Friends, since you already have great knowledge and clear understanding, whereas I am of no importance and have little wisdom, it is not suitable for you to request advice from me. However, because you dear friends, whom I cherish from my heart, have requested me, I shall give you this essential advice from my inferior and childish mind.

Friends, until you attain Enlightenment the Spiritual Teacher is indispensable, therefore rely upon the holy Spiritual Guide.

Until you realize ultimate truth, listening is indispensable, therefore listen to the instructions of the Spiritual Guide.

Since you cannot become a Buddha merely by understanding Dharma, practise earnestly with understanding.

Avoid places that disturb your mind, and always remain where your virtues increase.

Until you attain stable realizations, worldly amusements are harmful, therefore abide in a place where there are no such distractions.

Avoid friends who cause you to increase delusions, and rely upon those who increase your virtue. This you should take to heart.

Since there is never a time when worldly activities come to an end, limit your activities.

Dedicate your virtues throughout the day and the night, and always watch your mind.

Because you have received advice, whenever you are not meditating always practise in accordance with what your Spiritual Guide says.

If you practise with great devotion, results will arise immediately, without your having to wait for a long time.

If from your heart you practise in accordance with Dharma, both food and resources will come naturally to hand.

Friends, the things you desire give no more satisfaction than drinking sea water, therefore practise contentment.

Avoid all haughty, conceited, proud, and arrogant minds, and remain peaceful and subdued.

Avoid activities that are said to be meritorious, but which in fact are obstacles to Dharma.

Profit and respect are nooses of the maras, so brush them aside like stones on the path.

Words of praise and fame serve only to beguile us, therefore blow them away as you would blow your nose.

Since the happiness, pleasure, and friends you gather in this life last only for a moment, put them all behind you.

Since future lives last for a very long time, gather up riches to provide for the future.

You will have to depart leaving everything behind, so do not be attached to anything.

Generate compassion for lowly beings, and especially avoid despising or humiliating them.

Have no hatred for enemies, and no attachment for friends.

Do not be jealous of others’ good qualities, but out of admiration adopt them yourself.

Do not look for faults in others, but look for faults in yourself, and purge them like bad blood.

Do not contemplate your own good qualities, but contemplate the good qualities of others, and respect everyone as a servant would.

See all living beings as your father or mother, and love them as if you were their child.

Always keep a smiling face and a loving mind, and speak truthfully without malice.

If you talk too much with little meaning you will make mistakes, therefore speak in moderation, only when necessary.

If you engage in many meaningless activities your virtuous activities will degenerate, therefore stop activities that are not spiritual.

It is completely meaningless to put effort into activities that have no essence.

If the things you desire do not come it is due to karma created long ago, therefore keep a happy and relaxed mind.

Beware, offending a holy being is worse than dying, therefore be honest and straightforward.

Since all the happiness and suffering of this life arise from previous actions, do not blame others.

All happiness comes from the blessings of your Spiritual Guide, therefore always repay his kindness.

Since you cannot tame the minds of others until you have tamed your own, begin by taming your own mind.

Since you will definitely have to depart without the wealth you have accumulated, do not accumulate negativity for the sake of wealth.

Distracting enjoyments have no essence, therefore sincerely practise giving.

Always keep pure moral discipline for it leads to beauty in this life and happiness hereafter.

Since hatred is rife in these impure times, don the armour of patience, free from anger.

You remain in samsara through the power of laziness, therefore ignite the fire of the effort of application.

Since this human life is wasted by indulging in distractions, now is the time to practise concentration.

Being under the influence of wrong views you do not realize the ultimate nature of things, therefore investigate correct meanings.

Friends, there is no happiness in this swamp of samsara, so move to the firm ground of liberation.

Meditate according to the advice of your Spiritual Guide and dry up the river of samsaric suffering.

You should consider this well because it is not just words from the mouth, but sincere advice from the heart.

If you practise like this you will delight me, and you will bring happiness to yourself and others.

I who am ignorant request you to take this advice to heart.

 

SETTING THE MOTIVATION

Our mother and father are to our left and right, as usual. Our ‘enemies’ are in the front of us. All mother sentient beings of the six realms are all around us. We especially stress the point that all mother sentient beings around us really do not have the in-depth wisdom to be able to penetrate into the reality of life; to penetrate into the projections that chain us to our actions, and our actions and result bring us much, much more unwanted, unwarranted problems, difficulties and neurosis. Contemplate all of this deeply before going further in the practice. Get the motivation correct by contemplation this. We are setting the motivation as to why we are engaging in this holy practice.

So therefore, realise that all sentient beings around us, including ourselves, are really, really in need of supreme wisdom, supreme insight and supreme intelligence. It is not just intelligence, but meritorious intelligence where we can penetrate into the reality of our lives, our existence – past, present and future. Simply to have intelligence and understand or grasp things quickly, or be able to see things quickly doesn’t help much because there are many, many intelligent people out there whose intelligence is geared more towards self-benefit or short-term benefit, which means that it is just for this life. Very rare is their intelligence penetrative into future lives. 

So realising this, and thinking very strongly that all sentient beings and myself have this type of unrecognized suffering – which is not having true penetrative wisdom – then we take refuge in White Manjushri sitting in front of us, as pictured in the thangka. We shouldn’t think of him as flat. We should think of him as three-dimensional. The special refuge we take in him is with the motivation explained above. 

 

 

This is my personal White Manjushri Thangka

 

 

WHITE MANJUSHRI PRAISE AND VISUALISATION

With as much clarity as possible, we visualise Manjushri on a vast, unending ocean of milk. The ocean is vast like the Pacific or Atlantic Ocean and the milk is white, auspicious and nurturing. We are at the shore. At the shore, there are beautiful white elephants, walking all over with their trunks up, with their tusks facing up, undamaged, peaceful and happy, wandering around.

We can also visualise that White Manjushri is on an island, on this ocean in front of us. On this island, surrounding White Manjushri, are a lot of white elephants also, and dakas and dakinis dancing, rejoicing and singing songs of emptiness.

From Manjushri’s heart, we visualise lights going out, inviting Tsongkhapa, Chenrezig and Vajrapani, and then to all Buddhas. It goes especially to these three deities, and then we visualise then coming and dissolving into Manjushri. And then all Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Deities come and Manjushri is completely empowered. The Manjushri in front of you is really actually Manjushri, the Wisdom of all Buddhas, past, present and future.

With this clear, concise visualization in mind – and we have practice every day to make it clear – we recite White Manjushri’s holy mantra. As we recite his holy mantra, we visualise white lights from Manjushri coming, entering our foreheads or crown, washing away our ignorance, disease and problems. Believe this is happening.

From our bottom anus side, black, horrific lights –f that are disgusting, putrid, smelly, diseased, toxic, with scorpions, snakes and reptiles – all go out to 7 levels below the ground. The Lord of Death is there. (The Lord of Death is pictured around the wheel of samsara. He is black, ferocious; he is the one who comes to take our lives away). Visualise the Lord of Death rising, opening his mouth and accepting all of this putrid, horrible negative karma, ignorance, disease and doubt. He swallows it completely. We have to visualise that he’s very happy to eat and drink this. Then, he lays down, closes his eyes and goes to sleep; that he will not disturb us anymore. This part is important, according to Zong Rinpoche – that he actually lays down and he goes to sleep. We have to visualise that. Our life is extended, our merits grow, our health becomes vibrant and our mind becomes free from disharmony we should think strongly.

Then the ground under us seals up – all seven levels. On top of the ground is a double vajra, sealing the ground so that the Lord of Death cannot come to disturb our mind, our body and our speech. The Lord of Death represents the potential of  our own negative karma also catching up to us.

Then, we are sitting on top of the ground and our bodies are filled with white light and a great amount of wisdom, compassion, penetrative insight. An in-depth understanding into the Buddha’s teachings which will be applicable and which we can apply just pours into our bodies and fills us, as we recite the mantra. This blessed white light comes from Lord Manjushri.

 

 

 

We should do this every single day with a lot of conviction, a lot of trust and a lot of faith in Manjushri. Then, you will see your mind turn around better and better. 

 

WHITE MANJUSHRI’S PRAISE AND MANTRA

(composed by His Holiness the 2nd Dalai Lama)

To be recited with the motivation and visualisation explained above.

I make humble obeisance to you, Manjushri
Great destroyer of mistaken perception,
Wide like the lotus petals are your eyes,
Your mind the pinnacle of expansive bliss.

Your body resplendently white as the effulgent moon,
A sword of Wisdom and Holy Writ in hand,
Your hair coiled in five knots: thus you
Epitomise the splendour and tranquillity of eternal youth.

 

MANTRA:

OM WAKEY DHA-NE-MA 

(At least one rosary per day minimum or more, as time permits. Do as much as you can with the above visualization or you can contemplate on Lam Rim subjects also.)

 


DEDICATION

JANG JUB SEM CHOK RINPOCHE

MA KYE PA NAM KYE GYUR CHIK

KYE PA NYAM PA ME PA YANG

GONG NA GONG DU PEL WAR SHUG

Precious supreme Bodhimind,

May it, where unborn, arise,

And, where born, never decline,

But increase forever more!

 

TONG NI TONG WA RINPOCHE

MA KYE PA NAM KYE GYUR CHIK

KYE PA NYAM PA ME PA YANG

GONG NA GONG DU PEL WAR SHUG

Precious view of Shunyata

May it, where unborn, arise,

And, where born, never decline,

But increase forever more!

 

DAG SOG JIN NYEH SAG PA GE WA DEE

TAN DANG DRO WA KUN LA GANG PHAN DANG

CHE PAR JE TSUN LO ZANG DRAG PA YI

TAN PI NYING PO RING DU SAL SHEH SHOG

May whatever virtue that I have gathered here,

Bring benefit to all beings and the Dharma,

And may it make Venerable Losang Drakpa’s

Essence teachings specially shine forever!

 

KYE WA KUN TU YANG DAK LA MA DANG

DRAL ME CHO KYI PAL LA LONG CHO CHING

SA DANG LAM GYI YON TEN RAP DZOK NA

DORJE CHANG GI GO PANG NYUR TOP SHUG

(Prayer by Je Tsongkhapa)

In all lives may I never be parted

From perfect Gurus and may I enjoy the glory of Dharma.

By perfecting the qualities of the paths and stages,

May I quickly attain the state of Vajradhara!

 

GE WA DI YI NYUR DU DAK

LA MA SANG GYE DRUP GYUR NA

DRO WA CHIK KYANG MA LU PA

DE YI SA LA GO PAR SHUG

(Dedication of Virtue)

Through this virtue may I swiftly

Attain the Guru Deva’s state,

And place each and every being,

Without exception, in that state!

 

CHO KHI GYAL PO TSONGKHAPA

CHO TSUL NAM PAR PHEL WA LA

GEK KI TSHAN MA ZHI WA DANG

THUN KYIN MA LU TSHANG WAR SHOK

May all obstacles be pacified

And all good conditions be complete

For the fully pure Dharma system

Of Dharma King, Tsongkhapa, to flourish!

 

DA DANG SHEN GI DU SUM DANG

DRIL WA TSOK NYI LA TEN NAY

GYA WA LO ZANG DRAG PA YI

TAN PAR YUN RING VAR GYUR CHIG

Because of the combined two accumulations

Of myself and others in the three times,

May the Teachings of the Conqueror Tsongkhapa Losang Drakpa,

brightly blaze forever!

 

NYIMO DELEK TSEN TELEK

NYIME GUNG YANG DELEK SHIN

NYITSEN TAKTU DELEK PEL

KON CHOK SUM GYI JIN GYI LOB

KON CHOK SUM GYI NGOR DRUL TSOL

KON CHOK SUM GYI TRA SHI SHOK

(Auspicious dedication)

May all be auspicious, day and night!

May auspiciousness increase both day and night

Like the sun rising to its highest in the heavens!

Three Jewels of Refuge, please bless us!

Three Jewels of Refuge, please bestow attainments!

May there be auspiciousness of the Three Jewels!

 

JETSUN LAMA KU TSE RABTEN CHING

NAM KAR TRINLEY CHOG CHUR GYE PA DANG

LOBSANG TEN PE DRON ME SA SUM GYI

DRO WE MUNSEL TAKTUR NE GYUR CHIG

(Dedication for the Guru’s long life)

May the Venerable Guru’s life be completely stable,

May pure deeds spread to the ten directions,

And may the lamp of Lama Tsongkhapa’s Teachings,

Always remain, dispelling the darkness of the ignorance of beings!

 

GANG RI RAWE KORWAI SHING KHAM DIR

PEN DANG DEWA MALU GYUNG WAI NE

CHENREZIG WANG TENZIN GYATSO YI

SHA PEI SITHAI BAR DU DEN GYUR CHIG

(Dedication for the long life of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama)

In this land encircled by snow mountains,

Source of every benefit and joy,

May Lord Tenzin Gyatso, Chenrezig,

Remain in this life until samsara’s end!

 

This is your daily practice to White Manjushri daily. You should obtain a thangka, photo, statue or image of White Manjushri and have a shrine set up if convenient. Make clean and clear water offerings, incense, flowers or whatever is convenient daily. Making offerings to Manjushri daily will generate tremendous merits to empower our realizations. Anyone can do this practice anytime.

You can do this practice morning, afternoon or night. Up to you. But consistently do it daily and reap the benefits! I wish everyone well and wisdom!

 

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  1. Connie Neil on Aug 15, 2016 at 1:48 am

    Thank you for providing what my teacher Karma Chime Wangmo suggested to help healing from breast cancer operation and treatments. I was given the oral transmission by the late Ven Namgyal Rinpoche many years ago. I appreciate the inclusion of your personal thangka. I practice at the Dharma Centre of Canada near Kinmount, ON

    • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Aug 15, 2016 at 3:12 am

      Hi Connie, thanks for your message! This entire blog exists because Rinpoche understands not everyone may have the privilege of living near a Dharma centre or teacher, so having the teachings and practices available online provides a very important service to these practitioners. Hence why there is so much information, teachings, news and images on this blog, for free and for the benefit of all 🙂

      Rinpoche personally really loves the practice of Manjushri, which he says shows very strong and quick results whenever he recommends it to someone. And since you have received the practice of Manjushri from your teacher, you may also find this blog post interesting: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/all-about-manjushri.html It covers everything there is to know about Manjushri, including his history, origins / background, practice, various forms, iconography, etc.

      All the best!

    • Pastor Shin Tan on Aug 15, 2016 at 10:48 pm

      Thank you for your message Connie! It’s nice to hear from another fellow Dharma practitioner, and to know that tsemrinpoche.com benefits many around the world.

      You may be interested in more readings here under the “Buddhas, Dharma & Practice” category of the blog: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/buddhas-dharma

      Rinpoche has also kindly made available many high resolution Buddha images for practitioners to download here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/downloads

      May you get well soon and all the best in your practice.

  2. Graceleong on Apr 19, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for reposting this teaching. I missed it the last time it was posted in year 2012. I did this sadhanna this morning, for the first time, and it felt really good. The 11 reversals by Lama Tsongkhapa is very deep and it has been on my mind the whole day. I really need to spend more time to contemplate these 11 statemtents. Thank you Rinpoche.

  3. Oya on Apr 17, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, Thank you for this concise and beautiful sadhana, White Manjushri I feel very connected to and his mantra helps me remember things right on the spot. In fact if I forget something and continue doing his mantra with determined certainty that it will restore my memory then it is so amazing ~ and I appreciate this so much. Thank you again and forever,
    I Love Dharma, your continual care, and feel your blessings always,
    May your life be long and stable so you can continue to turn the Wheel Of Dharma for sentient beings.
    Oya

  4. sandra on Apr 1, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    Nice sadhana – i only learnt today that sadhana means ‘to accomplish something’. I guess in dharmic sadhana we want to accomplish the buddha qualities of wisdom and compassion and skilful means. Excellent – I will enjoy doing my sadhanas now as i know the inner meaning of the word. Very cool. Also I like this White Manjushri sadhana and I might include in my daily prayers – seems easy to do esp the visualisations and the heart advice by Atisha is exemplary and Rinpoche’s help in explaining the meaning behind the prayers and the sadhanas. Thank you as always Rinpoche.

    • Vikrant on Jun 13, 2015 at 5:56 pm

      Dear Sandra, Nothing is to be ‘accomplish’ as such. just enjoy your state of being when you are in Sadhana.Just be a witness to it.May you be blessed always.Regards

  5. Pastor Niral on Dec 10, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Dear Gino,

    The Sanskrit version of the White Manjushri Mantra is pronounced Om Vakyeda Namah. I hope this helps.

    If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask the Pastors. Thank you.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/ask-the-pastors

  6. Gino on Nov 24, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    thanks for the White Manjushri Sadhana!
    Please, may I ask for the sanskrit version of the mantra? This could help me a lot!
    Again, thank a lot for your thoughtfulness!
    Gino

  7. Christine on Apr 24, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    I am a beginning practicing buddhist and an opportunity to have white Manjushri initiation given to me has come up. Because I am fairly new to Buddhism (a year and a bit) I’m not quite familiar with White Manjushri or the initiation. I have found very little information available, so I’m wondering if there is more you can tell me about it, especially in regard to my responsibilities once I’ve taken initiation.
    Thank you for your teachings.
    Christine

  8. Sharon Saw on Jan 29, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Thank you for sharing about this beautiful practice. I love Manjushri in all his forms because ignorance is one of my root delusions so i really need his practice! The 11 reversals of Lama Tsongkhapa and the Advice from Atisha’s heart are all very logical, though our delusions make them not so easy to apply. Work in progress 🙂

    Atisha’s advice is nothing new though – it is all that Rinpoche has been advising us already, and as “all happiness comes from the blessings of your Spiritual Guide, therefore always repay his kindness.” i shall repay Rinpoche’s kindness by doing my Dharma work well and conscientiously so i do not disturb Rinpoche’s mind.

  9. Joy on Dec 23, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    “Many of the difficulties that we have, arise because we have a wrong projection of how things should be. We don’t understand the reality of true cessation of suffering and true cause of happiness. We act ignorantly accruing undesired results..”

    This statement really explains it all…why we experience what we experience through out our daily interactions, our situation we’re in and why we actually become unhappy.

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving us this opportunity to cut through our wrong projections with this precious practice. Personally I find any of Manjushri’s practice very powerful and swift in its effect. Your mind becomes clearer and doubts or wrong ways of thinking become much lesser. A part from these blessings, one also will notice ones improvements in understanding and absorbing the Dharma, writing skills and memory. Manjushri practice is really excellent for just about anyone but those in the arts and writing will find their skills sharpened.

  10. mitra on Dec 7, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this blog post, i like white manjushri.and thank you for teaching us.

  11. Henry Ooi on Nov 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I remember Dato’ Ruby’s children, Jean Ai, Jean Mei, Clifford together with Patsy Gooi’s daughter, Christine and some other children doing a White Manjushri retreat given by Rinpoche a few years back.

    Rinpoche also taught on the many forms of Manjushri, the latest being the Dream Manjushri that was invited and offered to Rinpoche by a sponsor when Kechara Paradise staff and I recently went to Kathmandu.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing this.

  12. Uncle Eddie on Nov 8, 2012 at 11:43 am

    For many of us, a white Manjushri practice is a first experience. A white Manjushri sadhana practice is said to be very powerful one to help us to clear delusions and ignorance – not ordinary wisdom or ordinary intelligence. It is also very powerful to avert and overcome unwanted self-created predicatment. As what Rinpoche said, daily offerings made to white Manjushri generates tremendous merits to empower our realisations. What a fantastic loving and caring Guru all of us are fortunate to have, always protective! With the daily recitation and practise of white Manjushri’s holy mantra, may our merits grow, our health becomes vibrant and our mind free from our delusions and unnecessary worries. With deep heartfelt thanks to Rinpoche.

  13. Joe Ang on Nov 6, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    It is a great blessing for Moh Mei to have received the White Manjushri practice directly from Rinpoche.

    Thank you very much Rinpoche for putting the practice here on the blog for the rest of us to read and understand the benefit of this practice.

    The White Manjushri practice will significantly help lessen our delusion and ignorance,allowing us to see directly into ourselves the problems that are actually plaguing us and making us create more sufferings for ourselves.

    By knowing the real problem that lies within us, we will be able to avoid making the same mistake over and over again. And we will be able to overcome our negative habituations and open up our mind to absorb positivity and goodness.

  14. Karma Gendun on Nov 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    I recently found out that 3000 silk worms are killed to make a pound of silk. The farmers put them in boiling water while they are in their cocoons, because if they come out they dissolve much of the silk. I know many implements such as damarus have silk brocade. I was going to buy a chod drum, as I am wanting to start chod practice, however after reading that I am not so sure, because I do not want to contribute to the killing of these wonderful creatures. Any advice is greatly appreciated, as I feel I have a good connection to chod practice and hearing it brings me great peace, but I do not want to harm anything to practice it. Tu jay chay.

  15. KYC on Nov 6, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Dear Rinpoche, Thank you for this sadhana of White Manjushri. When reading the praise, the third line of the second verse struck me because I’ve read in a book on iconography that the number of knots (chignons) a Buddha has is significant. In Japan, the name given to Manjushri sometimes depends on the number of his chignons. Here in the thangka, White Manjushri has five knots. There can be as many as eight knots as in the Manjushri on a lion(Hachiji Monju Bosatsu). It is very interesting to study the iconography of Manjushri in different cultures.

  16. Lim (KH JB) on Nov 5, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Thanks Rinpoche that sharing this precious White Manjushri daily practice and Rinpoche personal White Manjushri Thangka. Its so beautiful, i had downloaded in my laptop… hehehe…

    Rejoice for Moh Mei to get this practice from Rinpoche…

    May my ignorance, disease and problems washing away by White Manjushri…

  17. Davin on Nov 4, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you so much for sharing this the White Manjushri practice which this daily prayers will be a tremendous benefit for us to gain wisdom. OM AH RA BA TSA NA DHI

  18. Pastor Chia on Nov 4, 2012 at 2:29 am

    Another precious practice rinpoche given to all of us. i love Manjushiri,may it help me cut off m ignorant and stupidity. Bless by White Manjushiri develop penetrative intelligence that lets us see our predicament nakedly and directly.

    Thank you Rinpoche sharing this teaching openly at your blog. I appreciated very much.

  19. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 3, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    I love the 11 reversals too it is a clear guide as to what kind of practices we have been doing, If we have done the practices we must have the results. If we do the practices correctly there is no way we cannot progress on the spiritual path. Thank you Rinpoche for giving us more information.

  20. hecelus tan on Nov 1, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche sharing us such beautiful White Manjushri’s Sadhana for all of us,Maybe I will start practice his Sadhana after I finish this year Manjushri Retreat.I am going to start this retreat soon.I will keep on report to Rinpoche after I finish the target that I have promise Rinpoche before.OM AH RA BA TSA NA DHI
    with folded hands
    Hecelus
    May Rinpoche longevity and I dedicated all the merits that I have collected from this year retreat to Rinpoche and your Dharma works.

  21. Edwin Tan on Oct 31, 2012 at 2:25 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for the post. Will add this to my Yamanthaka daily saddhana.

    Although the 11 reversals is really thought provoking, will use the little wisdom that is in me to comprehend.

    Once again, thank you Rinpoche.

  22. Pastor Susan on Oct 30, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Very often people ask the method to increase wisdom and counter wrong projections. This prayer and visualization will bring so much benefit to us all. Please print the prayer and include it into your daily sadhana.

  23. Adrian Chow on Oct 30, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you so much for sharing this the White Manjushri practice. May i ask Rinpoche some question? What is main difference between the two Manjushri (Orange and White), i am sure there’re no difference since Manjushri is the boddhisattva of wisdom but why is the mantra different? Is white Manjushri help to gain wisdom much faster? Is it necessary to practice both the Manjushri?

    Thank you Rinpoche

  24. Milly on Oct 30, 2012 at 10:24 am

    White Manjushri daily practice is so appropriate for many of us as we need penetrative wisdom. Wisdom by itself without contemplation and realization will not help us to improve/transform. Thank you Rinpoche for compiling White Manjushri practice for our benefit.

  25. Grace Leu ( KSJB ) on Oct 30, 2012 at 12:59 am

    This is the first time i saw white Manjushri. thank you Rinpoche to share with us for this practice in details.we really need a clear and penetrative wisdom to cut down our wrong views and delusion. As per Atisha say we need to tame our mind first.

  26. lewkwanleng on Oct 29, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Thank you so much Rinpoche for sharing such precious teachings. This is the first time I heard of “The Eleven Reversals by Lama Tsongkapa” it is very deep. I read it several times, then only it starts to sink in. They make a lot of sense but I would say I don’t have the wisdom and clarity to see it, and I should include the mantra into my daily sadhana.

  27. Chee ks on Oct 29, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Dear RInpoche, thk you for sharing the white manjushri practice as it would heip many peoples.

  28. patsy on Oct 29, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Manjushri is the embodiment of the wisdom of all the Buddhas realising the ultimate nature of reality. May everyone who practice White Manjushri be blessed with penetrative wisdom.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for composing this daily prayers which will be a tremendous benefit for us to gain wisdom.

  29. choi sheem on Oct 29, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this teaching on White Manjushri practice. Also to make us realize that all the difficulties we are going through are due to our wrong projections. May I be able to gain the wisdom to lessen my delusions and ignorance.

  30. sockwan on Oct 29, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us how to do the white manjushri prayer. It is a short prayer, suitable for people like us who always complain about not having time to practice.

  31. James Long on Oct 29, 2012 at 2:49 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for teaching us White Majushri practice. All the while in my mind i was thinking White Manjushri practice is normally for monks and lay people like us will focus more on Orange Manjushri. I like the visualization part and also the advice by Atisha, direct and meaningful. We do not need to be Buddhist to practice what Atisha taught.

  32. wei theng on Oct 29, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us the Whilte Manjushri daily sadhana. It is a blessing to be connected with Manjushri to gain the wisdom

  33. Darren Kechara Paradise on Oct 29, 2012 at 2:18 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this blog post, at first sight i thought it resemble White Tara so much. 🙂 May everyone whom sincerely practise gain tremendous benefits of White Manjushri.

  34. Bk on Oct 29, 2012 at 1:54 am

    The first ever form of Manjushri that I saw was actually White Manjushri, not yellow Manjushri like most people. I was first introduced to White Manjushri when I visited the Ladrang for the first time, and one of Rinpoche’s assistants showed me rinpoche’s personal statue.

    I was very attracted to White Manjushri’s iconography, and I thought (back then with zero dharma) that the sword and text were very cool in their representations and meaning. I liked the idea of being able to cut away my ignorance and being able to see clearly. Now, everytime I have the merits to listen to rinpoche’s teachings, I find that the teachings have the same effect as Manjushri’s sword.

    Thank you rinpoche for sharing this Sadhana with all. I particularly like the 11 reversals. This is the first time I am reading this, and it is very deep.

  35. AdelineTan on Oct 29, 2012 at 1:37 am

    P Susan gave a talk on wisdom and compassion on Sunday morning talk, i asked her how to increase one’s wisdom? She said do Manjushri practice,so this blog just came at the right timing. Thank you Rinpoche.

  36. radhika on Oct 29, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    am doing Guru Rinpoche practise daily…
    in which i do the Guru Rinpoche mantra and 7 line prayer …

    can the White Manjushri be included along-with this practise?

    radhika

    • tsemtulku on Oct 29, 2012 at 12:58 am

      Dear Radhika, yes it can be included with this and any prayer anyone is doing as I mentioned in the post. TR

      • radhika on Oct 29, 2012 at 1:53 am

        thanks

  37. Jonath on Oct 29, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Dear Rinpoche I don’t know where I can contact you and I wished you can see this MSG. My grandmother is ill she is not having and sickness but suddenly getting weaker to walk and have no appetite. I’m worried of her and I wanna do something for her. I humbly and with humiliation ask for Rinpoche suggestions to help her. I vaguely remembered Rinpoche once share amitayus practice and I dunno will this beneficial to her. She spent her whole life taking care of the family I wished she is good and happy spending her life. I sincerely wish Rinpoche can give me suggestions. I’m a student and I think I can offer a small statue of avalokiteswara to Rinpoche or anything I can offer. Hope u can see this MSG, I’m not writing to attract your attention but just my hope to seek help from a highly attained guru like you. With prayers and sincerely kneeling.

    • tsemtulku on Oct 29, 2012 at 1:00 am

      Dear Jonath, I am sorry to hear about your grandmother.

      Yes you can do Amitayus practice for her and also Medicine Buddha pujas for her asap.

      Make offerings of 108 lights to Medicine Buddha and sangsol.

      I hope this helps. TR

      • Jonath on Oct 29, 2012 at 7:15 am

        Dear Rinpoche thanks for the reply in the video of Rinpoche teaching us the amitayus practice is To require the nectar. May I know how to get it and could you elaborate how to do a medicine Buddha puja. I feel helpless as I did not stay with her and all I can do is this. I thank Rinpoche in advance of the help And guidance. I will offer Rinpoche whatever I can afford in return.

        • jeanai on Oct 29, 2012 at 5:15 pm

          Hi Jonath,

          I have received your email. I am in the midst of replying 🙂

          Thank you,
          Jean Ai

          • Joe on Oct 31, 2012 at 6:18 pm

            nice blog and powerfull.

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  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Apr 29. 2017 03:09 PM
    Interesting info and article about werewolves. I never knew about its origins and the various wolves existence until I read this. I have thus far know about werewolves only from the movies and the famous twilight show. But one thing I noticed from the articles is the gruesome manner in killing the person (or suspected werewolves). Some were cursed to be a werewolves. There just so much anger, violence and killing in the whole process, which probably the reason why werewolves are known to kill and hurt human and other animals.

    Anyway, whether we believe the existence of werewolf is true or not, I believe that there are other forms of beings in world. And we should not handle or deal with other beings with violence and anger.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html#comment-744320
  • 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

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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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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.
3 weeks ago
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.
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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.
4 weeks ago
It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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.
1 month ago
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.
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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.
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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!
1 month ago
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!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 month ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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!
2 months ago
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
3 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
3 months ago
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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  • 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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