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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  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 06:42 PM
    According to the Buddhist teachings, we all have a unique blend of karma that determines where we are born, the circumstances of our birth and the quality of our life. Naturally, this is due to the actions that we performed in previous lives. Karma also dictates our characteristics and traits that determine how we act throughout our lives, which in turn leads to certain outcomes in this life and a determination of where we will take rebirth in the future.

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

    Discover your traits according to the Mewa, or Magical Square system of Tibetan astrology below, and find out how to purify your negative karma to improve your life!

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


    Radin explained in his book: “For a Western-trained academic, the mere existence of, say, telepathy would be considered supernormal and thus wildly extraordinary. But for an experienced yogi, it’s just a boringly normal minor siddhi [a Sanskrit term for a meditation attainment, or power]. A skeptical scientist, not having the benefit of thousands of hours of practice in yoga and meditation, would require repeatable, rigorously obtained experimental data showing odds against chance of a gazillion to one. The yogi merely requires his own experience.”


    Very interesting read: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2157904-supernormal-abilities-developed-through-meditation-dr-dean-radin-discusses/?sidebar=morein
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:45 PM
    Its indeed a beautiful place …..away from the city hectic life to visit and could stay over night too.Just to get away from work to relax ,get some fresh air ,do meditation and so forth .At Kechara Forest RetreatI,Bentong is where the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world situated and we can receive blessing,make offering to the Buddhas as well as enjoy the tranquility of the beautiful gardens.I have recomended my friends and relatives to visit such a beautiful place at Bentong.
    Thank you Paul Yap for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:15 PM
    Well…all pendants are beautifully designed,hand crafted to match each and every sacred images on it to suit all occasion for the wearer.I can see a lot of hard work for those involed in desgning and making of it.
    All pendants are very unique, modern, timeless and also sacred ,thats all i could describe it.Hope more people will be wearing these beautiful pendants to get connected with the Buddhas.Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and Kechara’s Louise Lee for creating Dharma art in in the form of jewelry
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/timeless-and-sacred.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:41 PM
    This Mahasiddha is Kukkuripa (the dog lover). He loved dogs so much. When he meditated in the cave he had his doggie with him. She had kept him company for years in his cave. They shared bedding, food, water and company. When he gained high attainments, the Dakinis came to take him to Kechara Paradise. He was hesitant to go but the Dakinis insisted and he went with them.

    He arrived at Kechara (Paradise/Buddha abode of Heruka and Vajra Yogini) and enjoyed teachings and feasts up there and they asked him to stay longer if not forever…. But he kept thinking about his doggie left alone in the cave. He felt guilty and missed her. Kukkuripa would use his psychic powers to see his poor doggie alone and hungry waiting for him at the cave while enjoying the attention of the Dakinis and feasts. The cave was dark and had no food. The doggie had to go out and find small tiny scraps of food and was getting skinny. Kukkuripa saw this and it pained him. Worried she was not getting enough food. He use to share the offerings of food he would get from people with her. Doggie and him would delightfully eat the food together. Kukkuripa had no attachments to ‘clean’ or ‘dirty’ in regards to sharing food with his dog. He had overcome this in his meditations. In ancient India, people would not co-habitate with a dog. It was considered unclean and filthy, but Kukkuripa had cast away those notions and loved his dog as she loved him. But he felt guilty to leave her alone while he was ‘enjoying’ himself in Kechara and could not stop thinking about his beloved dirty smelly dog in his cave alone…so he left Kechara Paradise and all it’s ‘delights’ for his doggie. He couldn’t abandon her. The Dakinis implored him to stay, but he was firm to return. The Dakinis said you will give up this paradise here for a mere dog???!! You can advance further in your meditations if you stay in Kechara and then help the dog later they attempted to persuade him. But Kukkuripa would not stay, he was loyal to his little dog as she had kept him company for many years in the lonely dark cave. She was loyal to him and how can he abandon her now. He couldn’t and he wouldn’t listen to the Dakinis. He left to join doggie. He never forget her companionship and loyalty. All the wonderful things in Kechara could not tempt him against his loyal friend the little doggie. He left everything for her.

    So he finally left Kechara to the Dakinis dismay and went back to his cave to be with his dog so she won’t be alone. Doggie was delighted to see her master and wagged her tail so much!! She licked him and he hugged her! She was skinnier for not eating well these few days he noticed. He fed her and hugged her and loved his doggie…He went back to his routine of meditation, receiving food offerings and sharing his food with doggie. They were happy together. One day, when he was scratching her in her favorite place and she licked him so his eyes were closed, when he opened his eyes she had suddenly turned into a Dakini shimmering with lights! The brilliance of the lights lit up the whole cave in front of Kukkuripa!! Kukkuripa was astonished to behold the splendourous lady in front of him! Of course this Dakini must be the Queen Herself he realized, as Vajra Yogini which was Kukkuripa’s main Yidam he had meditated on her for years in the cave. And She said to Kukkuripa, “Well done, you gave up paradise to be with just a dog..it shows you have given up attachements and projections of pleasant and unpleasant, now your Dakini will give you the final paradise (enlightenment)!”

    Kukkuripa attained full enlightenment blessed by Vajra Yogini by releasing the final subtle attachment to the non-existent self! After enlightenment his fame and name grew and many came to see him and he gave teachings to countless and benefitted many before he finally ascended to Kechara the second and final time. He was forever known as Kukkuripa the dog lover.

    I love him so much!!! This is one of my favorite Mahasiddhas along with Badrapa, Shantideva, Ghantapa and a few others. I wanted to share this story with you. I wanted you to know that there are many great true stories like this one about Kukkuripa that are true and can be applied to our lives. To inspire us.

    Tsem Rinpoche
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:29 PM
    The great and illustrious master Sonam Tsemo at the end of his life was described by an old woman who witnessed Sonam Tsemo depart. Standing on a rock at the holy spring near Sakya area known as Chumik Dzingka, his body ascended gracefully into the sky, still holding his dog. He loved his dog very much. Even today the footprints of Loppon Sonam Tsemo and the dog can be clearly seen in the rock, left for the benefit of living beings as a field from which to accumulate merit. It is a sign of a holy being when they can leave their footprints in stone for future generations to witness and make offerings on that spot to collect merits. This holy site was decorated by the great master Mantradhara Ngawang Kunga Rinchen later on. Other accounts say that he ascended from Gorum Library near Chumik Dzingka spring. A stupa containing his holy relics was erected there. Sonam Tsemo was a powerful practitioner of the Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini and at the end of his short life he ascended with his very body to Kechara paradise. He was 40 years old. Kechara is the sanksrit name of the special abode of Vajra Yogini. Those who practice Vajra Yogini to the highest level can ascend her paradise with their very bodies. Sonam Tsemo the great master of sutra and tantra was seen by an old woman flying off holding his beloved dog to ascend Kechara paradise. No one every found his body and his room was empty.
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:27 PM
    Congratulations to Mitra for his first dharma teaching in Nepali to the expats. So glad that Dorje Shugden practise can reach out to many in various languages and to different people. Mitra has done a good job in introducing Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and guided them on the benefit and iconography of Dorje Shugden.

    May Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and Dorje Shugden practise continue to grow and benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mitra-teaches-bhagwan-dorje-shugden-in-nepali.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 04:15 PM
    Very clear explanation of what is Vajrayogini’s left foot stepping on. Each time when i have a look at the beautiful statue of Vajrayogini this question will comes back to me. i am glad came across these blog by chance, i saw and read to understand better.A clear explanation ..stampling left and right foot significant of desire ,hatred and ignorance that cause us to be in samsara and she she able to control.Vajrayogni’s practices is so powerful in heliping us and that is the reason Rinpoche always ask us to start now.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these short explanation in the video and the interesting story of Mahadeva.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/facebook-question-what-is-vajra-yoginis-left-foot-stepping-on.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:44 PM
    Rejoice to all the families who had setup a Buddhist altar at home and conducted a house blessing puja. There are diverse benefits of conducting the house blessing puja, which ranges from bringing well-being on all levels – in one’s health, relationships, business, and family – to purifying the home. The puja ceremonies will purify the environment which helps the people who live there and people who are visiting there to experience general well-being. The puja can be personalised based on the request or need of the individual. Thank you for sharing with us the many photos of the beautiful altar of these families, it is very heartwarming to know that they will always be blessed by the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:24 PM
    Thank you for sharing this mindfully planned itinerary for everyone who is interested in visiting Kechara Forest Retreat. Kechara Forest Retreat has different facets that showcase different elements of spirituality and Tibetan Buddhism in this wholesale venue. One can enjoy the flora and fauna of Mother Nature, or embrace the contemporary architectures that feature many magnificent Buddha statues and authentic Himalayan decorations. Not forgetting to mention, in Kechara Forest Retreat sits the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world! This is a holy place we must never miss to pay homage for blessings from the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 01:07 PM
    金泽“财王”护法殿

    在禅修林的入口处的左边有一间小佛堂,是全天候二十四小时开放给大众的。这间佛堂的一砖一瓦都是由不同善心人士捐增的。也因为他们过后发了一笔小财,所以在大马文东,金泽护法一般被简称为“财王“。

    根据佛陀教诲,五蕴是组成众生的五个方面,分别是色、受、想、行、识。证悟者如多杰雄登能将五蕴分别化现成不同的本尊。金泽是多杰雄登“受”蕴的化现,作用是协助我们增长世俗和修行上的财富。“受”蕴是我们对愉悦或不悦感受的认知。我们执着于愉悦,避免不悦,而这正是导致我们受困和造下各种业,继而产生痛苦的因(此段原文: http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_6d7edf5f0102x1n6.html)

    来到这里,我们首先要上香。做生意的朋友可要趁此机会拜拜,供养一个大的莲花蜡烛,上三根大香,祈求今年一帆风顺哦。

    摘自“GO BENTONG!与菩萨有约”
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120808
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 11:02 PM
    Can’t imagine that a priest actually stabbed Pope John Paul. How can he do this when he as a priest is suppose to be compassion and love everyone but kill the religion leader. he should remember that he carries the name priest and hence must show good example and behaviour to others but instead took another person’s life.

    I respected Pope John who continued his trip even though he was injured. That shows the determination he had to teach so it can benefit others. Always put others first more than our own needs.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/pope-john-paul-stabbed-by-priest.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 08:13 PM
    It is admirable for Sine Lindholm & Mads Ulrik Husum to place their design as open source for everyone to download and copy to manufacture. This shows how farsighted they are in propelling self-sustainability. The first step is always the hardest, and I believe what Sine and Mads had done is towards the right direction. In this way, people from all the around the world who genuinely are passionate and interested in growing own vegetables will be able to start on their own. Without needing to rely on middleman or manufacturer who might end up making the brilliant idea a commercial white elephant. Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 10:05 PM
    Many companies especially in overseas are very considerate and allow their employees to bring their dogs to work. I personally think that this is a very good practice where the employees no longer have to worry about leaving pets at home alone. The work environments that cultivate loving kindness, caring and compassion create a much more positive and productive place to work. Besides, it may influence everyone especially those who do not have pet to be more kind to the animals.

    Nevertheless, the employer and employees may have to work together to maintain the safe and cleanliness work place such as reduce odour, provide clean air and many others.

    Thank you for this interesting article as a reminder to us to love and be kind to animals no matter where we are.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/inside-the-worlds-most-dog-friendly-office.html
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 07:06 PM
    Superb idea and very creative. Home farming in the cities ! Appreciate all the hardwork and ideas to produce Growroom. It’s just like putting a big puzzle and making the whole process so much easier to plant in cities where we always have limited spaces.

    We should support more people to come up with such ideas so we can eat our own food and cultivate self sustainability.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html

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I must thank my dharma blog team who are great assets to me, Kechara and growth of dharma in this wonderful region. I am honoured and thrilled to work with them. I really am. Maybe I don't say it enough to them, but I am saying it now. I APPRECIATE THESE GUYS VERY MUCH!

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The Unknown

The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
15 hours 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
17 hours 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
18 hours 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
18 hours 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 week ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week 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 week 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
2 weeks 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
2 weeks 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
3 weeks 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
3 weeks 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
4 weeks 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!
4 weeks 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
2 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
2 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
This is a good one to read
2 months ago
This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
2 months ago
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
2 months ago
Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
3 months ago
Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
3 months ago
Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
3 months ago
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
3 months ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
3 months ago
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
3 months ago
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
4 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
4 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
4 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
4 months ago
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
4 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
4 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
5 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
5 months ago
Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
6 months ago
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
6 months ago
It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
6 months ago
Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
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    Please watch this video, it's heartbreaking to see how people have to suffer.
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    Mr. Denzel Washington is a very intelligent man. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Dear friends, please see this educational video on suffering for the sake of others.
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    Dear friends, please see this educational video on suffering for the sake of others.
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  • [11/02/2017] Mumu darling is a very good boy.
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    [11/02/2017] Mumu darling is a very good boy.
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    [11/02/2017] Mumu wants to go bye bye!
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    [11/02/2017] I love you mumu boy
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    [11/02/2017] Mumu and Oser eating together.
  • Great spiritual rock carving in Tibet
    2 months ago
    Great spiritual rock carving in Tibet
  • You will Never be Ready
    3 months ago
    You will Never be Ready
    Dear friends, watch this video and ready, if we keep waiting till we are ready, that day will never come. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Stop asking for Easy
    3 months ago
    Stop asking for Easy
    This video is powerful because it's the truth. It applies to anything. It applies to our dharma practice. Watch the video and share it. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Must Watch this Video!
  • Sacred Tibetan Incense - Nyimo County, Lhasa, Tibet
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    Sacred Tibetan Incense - Nyimo County, Lhasa, Tibet
  • Kyabje Denma Gonsa Rinpoche on Samaya
    5 months ago
    Kyabje Denma Gonsa Rinpoche on Samaya
    ཁྱེད་ཀྱི་བཀའ་སློབ་དོན་སྙིང་དེ།།གང་གི་རྣ་བར་བདུད་རྩི་མོད།།འོན་ཀྱང་འགའ་ཡི་རྣ་ལམ་དུ།། བྲག་ཆ་བཞིན་དུ་འགྱུར་སྲིད་མོད།། ཚང་མས་ཚར་རེ་གཟིགས་རོགས།། Kyabje Denma Gonsa Rinpoche telling people that it is important to have guru samaya. It use to be that way in the great monasteries. We should not create problems and schisms. If we want to practice a protector, then do so, if not it's okay, but don't make trouble. One should just practice the Buddha Dharma well. To do good practice. If you have faith in Dorje Shugden and trust all the way, he will definitely help you. But most important is to practice the dharma. This is his advice in short here. It's good to let more Tibetans hear this holy speech and appeal by this very senior Rinpoche. TR

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