Who is Kache Marpo

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Kache Marpo is a very ancient Buddhist deity originating from the time of Guru Rinpoche, a thousand years ago. Kache Marpo was installed as one of the Dharma Protectors in Samye Monastery by Guru Rinpoche in the past, as one of the protective divinities to help increase the growth of Dharma in the country of Tibet and the surrounding areas. Kache Marpo is considered an emanation of Hayagriva, which makes him a fully accomplished enlightened being and also a Buddha who appears in a worldly form.

Kache Marpo has a red face, three eyes and two arms. He gnaws his lower lip with his upper teeth and has bared fangs to scare away obstacles and maras. He wears the helmet of an ancient warrior with five flags fluttering in the wind, representing the five Dhyani Buddhas. In ancient times, warriors would wear flags on their backs to denote who they are, where they are from, their rank, and so on. He wears a full set of leather mail on his body which enables him to stop arrows and other projectiles that are shot at him. But in Dharma terms, it represents that he is impenetrable because he has achieved full enlightenment.

In his right hand which is swinging up in the air, he holds a long spear and in his left hand, he holds a noose. The noose is dragging a human-like form, which represents our negative karma, our sufferings, our problems, and our pains in samsara. The human is bound and tied, meaning that Kache Marpo has the power to bind our obstacles. He pierces the human with the long spear held in his right hand, further enforcing his ability to destroy our obstacles.

He rides on a horse over an ocean of blood. The blood represents all suffering that is inherently existent in samsara and the projections within samsara. When he rides over this ocean, it signifies that he is above and beyond any type of suffering.

A very simple visualization that you can do during Kache Marpo’s practice is to visualize that from every pore of his body, psychic flames erupt and spew into the ten directions to announce his arrival.

In the Nyingma tradition, he is very much worshipped in the form of Tsiu Marpo. Later when Dorje Shugden manifested, Tsiu Marpo saw the benefits of Dorje Shugden’s practice and activities, and on his own free will, he took an oath to become one of Dorje Shugden’s ministers. So, he is practiced within the Nyingma tradition as Tsiu Marpo and within the Gelugpa tradition as Kache Marpo.

In Tibet, there are many famous Kache Marpo oracles. They can come in peaceful or wrathful form, and are very well known for the accuracy of their advice. Even though they are oracles of Kache Marpo, when the oracle takes trance, Dorje Shugden the King will enter first. After the King leaves, Kache Marpo will then come and speak on behalf of the King (Dorje Shugden).

There is a very famous oracle in Tibet called the Panglung Oracle, whose picture I have included here. During the Cultural Revolution in 1959, he was consulted by H.H. Trijang Rinpoche for the safety of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. When he was consulted, Dorje Shugden entered first, then Kache Marpo entered and pronounced that the Dalai Lama should leave Tibet immediately. This event is well recorded by the monks who witnessed this as well as the monks who actually carried the messages back and forth. So, one of the most famous Kache Marpo oracles in Tibet who was very, very well known for his accuracy was the one who gave the prophecy that the Dalai Lama should leave Tibet.

You don’t have to do Kache Marpo’s practice separately. When you do the Dorje Shugden practice, he is automatically included. Having said that, Kache Marpo can and has been practiced as a separate Protector in his own right because he is highly qualified. This also speaks very highly of Dorje Shugden that another highly qualified Protector would submit himself to Dorje Shugden’s ways and methods of increasing the Dharma.

I have included here some short write-ups about the history and iconography of Kache Marpo, some pictures of him for download, and also some praises written by high lamas such as His Holiness the Fifth Dalai Lama and so on for your convenience.

I hope this gives a little bit of information on this benevolent and very effective Dharma Protector who also happens to be the attendant of Dorje Shugden.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

The 6th Panglung Oracle was famous in Tibet for his clear and accurate prophecies when taking trance of Dorje Shugden and Kache Marpo. It was from the advice of Dorje Shugden through this oracle that H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama escaped Tibet in 1959

Before the 6th Panglung Kuten came the 5th Panglung Kuten, as pictured here. Although he was not a relative / family member of the 6th and current 7th Panglung Kuten, nevertheless he also took powerful trances of Dorje Shugden and Kache Marpo, as did the Panglung oracles before him.

 


 

Who is Kache Marpo?

Kache Marpo is one of Dorje Shugden’s main attendants and is said to be an emanation of Hayagriva. Kache Marpo assists Dorje Shugden in carrying out his Dharma instructions and activities, and assists us in overcoming inner and outer obstacles to our spiritual practice. Even though Kache Marpo takes on the form of a worldly Protector, in actuality his true nature is the wrathful form of Avalokiteshvara. Thus Kache Marpo is an enlightened Dharma Protector and as such, has his own set of pujas, offerings and rituals which can be used to propitiate him and invoke his blessings.

The Gelugs are not the only tradition of Tibetan Buddhism which has relied upon Kache Marpo. Kache Marpo was known to and propitiated by the Sakyas in the form of Tsiu Marpo. They propitiated Tsiu Marpo along with Dorje Setrap and Dorje Shugden, who together formed Gyalpo Sum (The Three Kings) who were the main Protectors of the Sakya lineage.

In his present role as a Gelug Protector and powerful acolyte of Dorje Shugden, it is said that Kache Marpo waits on his horse outside Dorje Shugden’s celestial abode, to carry out the King’s (Dorje Shugden’s) instructions and lead the fight against our obstacles.

Kache Marpo, the powerful acolyte and minister of Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of Hayagriva and an enlightened Dharma Protector in his own right. Kache Marpo serves Dorje Shugden, carrying out his instructions and assisting him. Since Kache Marpo assists Dorje Shugden in protecting the teachings of the Gelug tradition, in this thangka, Lama Tsongkhapa is depicted as above Hayagriva

 

Iconography

Kache Marpo’s abode is described to be “A brilliant, splendid brown palace made of leather, which is surrounded by a red ocean formed by the blood of horses and men”.

The color of his body is similar to the vibrance produced when the sun shines on a huge mountain of coral, bright red and luminous. He has the shape of a “son of devas”, with one face and two hands. In his right hand he brandishes a red, sharp lance, with which he pierces the heart of our negative karma and wrong views, rendering them impotent. His left hand holds a noose that is wound around the neck of an obstacle-creating demon. Kache Marpo appears as a Tibetan warrior adorned with a leather cuirass and helmet decorated with victory banners of silk in nine colors.

His facial expression is very wrathful. He gnaws his lower lip in perpetual fury and haste, showing his impatience to help us destroy our obstacles and the causes of our suffering. His three eyes that represent his ability to perceive the past, present and future, throb with red-gleaming veins as they stare with full hatred at obstructors and evil-doers. He rides a very fierce horse, which possesses magical qualities and mounted with a precious saddle, belt and other accessories.

My personal painting of Kache Marpo

Click to download more high resolution pictures of Kache Marpo

 

Oracles and Trances

The 7th Panglung Oracle taking trance of Kache Marpo in Serpom Monastery. He just like his father the 6th Panglung Oracle is respected for his clear prophetic answers and ease of trance signifying pure practice and clean samaya

Kache Marpo takes trance in qualified oracles to support practitioners by giving accurate prophecies, sound advice, blessings and healing of diseases, depending on what is necessary. Kache Marpo consistently displays great patience and offers his assistance to sincere Dharma practitioners.

Kache Marpo usually takes trance peacefully through an oracle to give instructions and advice. He will always check with Dorje Shugden before giving out any advice to practitioners. Having great respect for Dorje Shugden, it is witnessed during trance that Kache Marpo always refers to him as ‘The Great King’.

Kache Marpo takes trance in the current Panglung Kuten (Kuten means oracle in Tibetan), who was trained by His Holiness Trijang Dorje Chang and currently resides in Taiwan. He also takes trance in the Gameng Kuten in the USA. In Tibet, the previous Panglung Kuten who lived in Panglung Retreat near Sera Monastery, Lhasa was very famous and many people including H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama, H.H. Trijang Rinpoche, dignitaries and high officials would consult him for advice and guidance.

Hundreds of visitors in Serpom Monastery await their turn to receive blessings directly from Kache Marpo

When the oracle takes trance of Kache Marpo, he may appear wrathful or peaceful depending on the location he is in as well as the ‘requirements’ of the audience. If the people in a certain area are aggressive, full of anger and stubborn, Kache Marpo will take on a wrathful disposition. On the other hand, if the people are compassionate, loving and patient, Kache Marpo will appear in a calm and peaceful form.

At times, Dorje Shugden and Kache Marpo will not remain for long during the trance and may not even accept the offerings presented. This occurs when, through their clairvoyance, Dorje Shugden and Kache Marpo know that the people in the audience who are seeking divine help will not adhere to the advice given. Thus, out of compassion, Dorje Shugden and Kache Marpo do not stay for long so that these people do not accumulate further negative karma by disobeying the instructions given.

 

A Brief History of Kache Marpo

Kache Marpo as Tsiu Marpo who was practiced by the Sakyas

Invite home a beautiful Kache Marpo thangka from VajraSecrets

Kache Marpo is one of the Seven Blazing Brothers who arose from the Tsiu Marpo pantheon and belongs to the ‘tsen‘ classification of Protectors. Prior to the 17th century, Kache Marpo was typically depicted as a minor figure until His Holiness the 5th Dalai Lama popularized his practice during his reign. The Fifth Dalai Lama’s collected works contain a short propitiation to the Yaksha Kache Marpo (in volume Da folios 147a5-149a5), and also contain writings that support this history of how Kache Marpo came to be. The works also have descriptions of Kache Marpo that closely matches the attendant deity found in Dorje Shugden rituals.

Newer research by Christopher Paul Bell also confirms Kache Marpo as the enlightened Tsiu Marpo. Christopher Bell’s recent work, “Tsiu Marpo: The Career of a Tibetan Protector Deity” mentions that one of the 6 ‘demons’ that formed from Tsiu Marpo’s body is known as the ‘Rock Might Demon‘ who comes from the red highlands. This description is in sync with the account of Kache Marpo as coming from the ‘mansion of the high rising copper red mountains’ in “The abbreviated torma offerings and request for activity of Powerful Tsen Go Kache Marpo called Sport of the Slaughterer” written by H.H. Trijang Rinpoche. Christopher Bell’s thesis statement that the ‘Rock Might Demon‘ is ‘Overlord of the Red Copper Rock‘ further supports the derivation that the rock might demon is Kache Marpo that manifested from Tsiu Marpo’s body. Lastly, the iconography of the ‘Rock Might Demon‘ (on p50 of Bell’s thesis) is identical to Kache Marpo’s except for the sword, which ‘Rock Might Demon‘ holds (Kache Marpo wields a lance).

 

Tsiu Marpo

Tsiu Marpo is a ‘subjugated’ Tibetan worldly god of the warrior class (drala). Tsiu Marpo functioned as a Buddhist protector deity of Samyé Monastery (est. 779 C.E.), the oldest Buddhist monastery in Tibet, when the previous Protector, Pehar Gyalpo, was transferred to Nechung Monastery just outside Lhasa. Tsiu Marpo, commonly recognized as a worldly Protector, is the head of the Seven Blazing Brothers. His practice was popularized by the Nyingma teacher Ngari Panchen Pema Wangyal (1487-1542). In essence, Tsiu Marpo is Tamdrin (Hayagriva) and it was Padmasambhava who bestowed empowerments and gave Tsiu Marpo his secret name of Kunkyap Dorje Drakpotsel, meaning “The Power of the Fierce, All-pervading Vajra”.

Tsiu Marpo is said to have first manifested as Lise Chorpa from the land of Li. He was a high practitioner who lived in the forest and due to a misunderstanding, was mistaken to be a dangerous man. Blinded by fear, people hunted him down and the king, in a fit of fear, decapitated him with his royal sword. However, due to the power of his attainments, the various parts of his body – flesh, bones, heart, fluids and so forth – arose as the Seven Blazing Brothers, of which Tsiu Marpo is the chief.

Kache Marpo a.k.a. Tsiu Marpo is very much practiced within the Nyingma lineage up till the present day. You will see his depiction in many Nyingma temples.

 

 

 


 

Prayers to Kache Marpo written by various Great Masters

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Praise to Yaksha Kache Marpo, the Doctrine’s Watchman
by H.H. the 5th Dalai Lama

Riding on a saddled precious horse
Having the power of the wind,
Traversing the universe in an instant,
Praise to Yaksha Kache Marpo, the doctrine’s watchman.

Furious mighty being biting the lower lip,
Three eyes blazing the sun and moon watching enemies,
Emanating messengers taking the life of false guides,
Praise to the liberator of the ten enemies.

Wearing leather armor, banners, colored garb and
Leather helmet with a victory banner, treasury of nine good signs,
Tying enemies with a lasso, piercing their hearts with a lance,
Praise to you and your retinue.

Mantra of Kache Marpo: OM SHRI DHARMAPHALA

 

These praises are extracted from a ritual to Kache Marpo written by the Fifth Dalai Lama (5DL, Volume Da folios 147r-148r). According to the colophon, Kache Marpo requested the Fifth Dalai Lama to write this ritual. Kache Marpo is most commonly known as Dorje Shugden’s minister (ODT, 143).

Trode Khangsar is Dorje Shugden’s Ashokan Pillar. According to the White Conch Dictionary, it was established by the Fifth Dalai Lama himself. Management of Trode Khangsar was entrusted to Riwo Choling monastery, a Gelug monastery in Lhoka. On the same lot of Trode Khangsar was a small shrine called Monkyi Khangsar (smon skyid khang gsar) where Kache Marpo was invoked via oracle (WCD, 1312).

LUNG GI SHUG CHANG GA SAB GONG MEY CHEN
TA CHOG LA ZHÖN TONG SUM KE CHIG GI
NYUL NEY TEN PAY MEL TSE LEG DZEY PA
NÖ JIN KHA CHE MAR PO KHYÖ LA TÖ

WANG GI KYE BU TRO TUM AM TSIG DAM
NYI DA TAR KHYIL CHEN SUM DRA LA ZIG
TRUL PAI PHO NYE LOG DREN LA TSO GUG
ZHING CHU DROL WAY SHEN PA KHYÖ LA TÖ

SE TRAB RU DAR TSÖN RI GÖ KYI TRA
SE MOG GYAL TSEN TRA SHI GU TSEG DZÖ
ZHAG PAY DRA WOI KE CHING DUNG NEY GYI
DÖN NYING BIG DZEY KHOR DANG CHE LA TÖ

 

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Abbreviated Torma Offering and Request for Activity of Powerful Tsen Go Kache Marpo called Sport of the Slaughterer
by Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang

 

HUNG
From the stirred-up ocean of dark red blood. Land of Tsen
From the mansion of the high rising copper red mountain
The great agent attendant of Dorje Shugden
Tsen Go Kache Marpo, come now hither!

In center of a palace emanated from awesome power and wrath
On the red supreme horse endowed with magical strength
With whatever emanation, O fearsome hero
In order to perform the yogi’s activity, remain stably here!

An ocean of food and drink of humans and gods and
Amassed torma of slain enemies and obstructers flesh and blood
Blessed into the nature of undefiled nectar
I offer to the great wild Tsen and retinue.

Desirable close offerings, Eight Auspicious Substances and Symbols
Seven Royal objects, Vajra mail and armor
Ornaments, clothing, mounts and favored visual animal offering*
Outer and Inner samaya substances lacking in nothing.

Made desirable through blessing with samadhi, mantra and mudra
This, with nature of the Samantabhadra sky treasure,
Accept and restore degenerated samaya without exception
And be wholly fulfilled in your stern heart commitment!

Of great power to subdue the Teachings’ enemies and vow breakers
With terrible wrath, inexhaustible as the sky
Fierce King of Tsen, Kache Mar
Great enemy destroying protector, praise to you!

Formerly those Vidyadharas, the root and lineage Gurus
Placed the drawing of the insurmountable vajra to your crown
And placed the supreme taste of nectar on your tongue,
Remember the stern commitment they proclaimed and
Spread in ten directions the teaching and practice of the
Excellent system of Tsongkhapa, quintessence of millions of Buddha’s Teachings,
Ensure long life of the hosts of sublime sustainers of the teachings,
And ripen the essence of their intended benefit and bliss!

Cause the Sangha communities to be harmonious and of pure moral discipline,
And Dharma, endowments and desirables to flourish like the summer ocean,
Without even the words sickness, weapons or famine,
And the land to be endowed with happiness and auspiciousness!

On all enemies and obstructers with poisonous hateful winds
Towards the Teachings, its Holders, sponsors, sponsored and this monastic abode
Rain down a hundred thousand powerful vajra weapons,
And grind them to atoms of dust without trace!

Especially since we, at all times, rely on you
Practice you, request you and make offerings to you
When we call you by name, Wild Tsen, don’t harden your ears
When we beckon you don’t be unclear of sight!

When set on an enemy, Tsen, don’t slow your horse!
When exhorted to action don’t be weak in power and might!
Show smiling face and give rise to signs of accomplishment!
Kill hateful enemies, subdue harmful spirits and obstructers

Dispel without exception undesirable bad conditions and obstacles
Such as sickness, weapons, spells and unpleasant conversation
Generate life, glory, proclaim good reputation,
Cause our people, wealth and livestock to flourish, fulfill our every hope!

In short, in all places, paths or activities
Accompany us, never parted, like a body and its shadow
Protect through the six periods of day and night unwaveringly
And swiftly accomplish our desired enlightening activities!

 

[This prayer offering may be combined with the extensive ‘kangso’ of Dorje Shugden or as a separate practice by itself.]

 

HUM

MAR NAG TRAG TSO RAB TRUG TSEN GYI YUL
THO TSEG ZANG DRAG MAR POI ZHEL YE NE
DORJE SHUGDEN KA DO LE KHEN CHE
TSEN GO KHA CHE MAR PO DA TSUR JON

NGAM JI WANG DRAG ROL PAY PHO DRANG U
RAB MAR DZU TRUL SHUG DEN TA CHOG TENG
JIG RUNG PA WO ROL PAY GAR GU YI
NEL JOR TRIN LE DRUB CHIR TEN PAR ZHUG

LHA MI ZA CHA TUNG WA GYA TSO DANG
DRA GEG DREL WAY SHA TRAG TOR MAY TSOG
ZAG ME DU TSI NGO WOR JIN LAB NE
TSEN GO CHEN PO KHOR DANG CHE LA BUL

NYER CHO DO YON TRA SHI DZE TAG GYE
RIN CHEN NA DUN DORJEY GO TRAB DANG
GYEN GO ZHON PA CHEN ZIG SOG CHAG SOG
CHI NANG DAM DZE MA TSANG ME PA NAM

TING DZIN NGAG GYE DO GUI JIN LAB PA
KUN ZANG NAM KHA DZO KYI RANG ZHIN DI
ZHE LA NYAM CHAG MA LU SO PA DANG
THUG DAM NYEN PO YONG SU KONG PAR DZO

TEN DRA DAM NYAM DUL LA CHE WAY TOB
MI ZE KHA DANG NYAM PAY DRAG SHUL CHEN
TRO TUM TSEN GYI GYEL PO KHA CHE MAR
NEL JOR DRA LHA CHEN PO KYO LA TO

NGON TSE RIG DZIN TSA GYU LA MA YI
DA KA DORJEY RI MO TSUG TU KO
DU TSI RO CHOG CHE LA ZHAG NE NI
DAM TSIG NYEN PO DRAG PA GONG DZO LA

THUB TEN JE WAY YANG NYING TSONG KHA PAY
LUG ZANG SHE DANG DRUB PE CHOG CHUR GYE
TEN DZIN DAM PAY TSOG NAM ZHAB TEN CHING
ZHE GONG PHEN DEY NYING POR MIN PAR DZO

GE DUN DE NAM THUG THUN TRIM TSANG ZHING
CHO JOR DO GU JAR GYI TSO TAR PHEL
NE TSON MU GEY MING YANG MI DRAG PAR
YUM KHAM TRA SHI DE KYI DEN PAR DZO

TEN DANG TEN DZIN YON CHO GON NE LA
DANG ZHING DUG PAY SEM CHANG DRA GEG KUN
THU TOB DORJEY TSON CHAR BUM PHAB TE
JE SHUL ME PAR THEL WAY DUL DU LOG

KYE PAR DAG CHAG NAM KYI DU KUN TU
KYO TEN KYO DRUB KYO SOL KYO CHO NA
TSEN NE BO TSE TSEN GO NYEN MA SA
YAB PAY TSE NA DRA LHA CHEN MA TUL

DRA LA BE TSE TSEN TA BANG MA BUL
LE LA KUL TSE THU DANG TSEL MA ZHEN
GYE PAY ZHEL TON DRUB PAY TAG CHUNG SHIG
DANG WAY DRA SO NO PAY DON GEG THUL

NE TSON THU JE KHA ME LENG ZHI SOG
MI DO KYEN NGEN BAR CHE MA LU SOL
TSE DANG PEL KYE NYEN PAY DRAG PA DROG
MI NOR CHUG PEL CHI DO RE WA KONG

DOR NA ZHI LAM JE SUM THAM CHE DU
DREL ME LU DANG DRIB MA ZHIN DROG TE
NYIN TSEN DU DRUG SUNG KYOB MI YEL WAR
CHOL WAY LE KUN NYUR DU DRUB PAR DZO

 

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Prayer Offering of the Wild Tsen Kache Marpo
by Ngawang Lozang Jorden

[For those who wish to perform a brief prayer offering to the Protector of Riwo Choling, the Wild Tsen (Tsen Go) Kache Marpo, first arrange offerings and tormas as usual. Also have a rising white cloud of white incense smoke. Recite prayers of refuge and bodhicitta three times. Then having generated oneself in the form of the Yidam, bless the kangwa (fulfillment ritual) substances, offerings and tormas as in highest yoga tantra. Then continue: Purify with…]

 

OM SOBHAWA SHUDDHA SARWA DHARMA SOBHAWA SHUDDHO HAM

From within emptiness before me, inside a red copper mountain which soars toward heaven, in the midst of a wave stirred red ocean of horse and human blood, inside a frightening and splendid maroon varnished leather castle is emanated Dharmapala Wild Tsen Kache Marpo in color like a coral mountain embraced by sunlight, one face, two hands; in the right an upraised sharp red spear marked by a banner pierces the hearts of those with degenerated samaya.

The left holds at the heart a red tsen spirit noose lassoing the waist of enemies and obstructers. He wears leather mail and leather helmet and is adorned by nine stacked victory banners. Face very fierce, he bites his lower lip. His red veined eyes dart and glare at enemies and obstructers. On a very fierce red topaz hued magically powerful horse adorned with upper and lower bound saddle he sits with any variety of manner, marked by OM at crown, AH at throat and HUNG at heart. By light rays emanating from the HUNG at my heart, from the land of Tsen, The Supreme Abode Enjoying Overwhelming Power and Wrath, the Wild Tsen Kache Marpo along with his retinue is instantly invited to this place.

 

HUNG
From The Supreme Abode Enjoying Overwhelming Power and Wrath,
O Supreme Minister of Dorje Shugden’s command,
That Great King who protects the Second Conqueror’s teaching,
Wild Tsen Kache Marpo, pray come!

In nature all Buddhas, never transgressing,
The lotus skull rosary of instructions and precepts,
To protect the Teachings and destroy enemies and obstructers,
Pray come to this yogi’s/yogini’s pleasant abode!

Having well received clouds of offerings pure in faith and commitments,
For sake of swiftly achieving the four enlightening actions,
O Red Yaksha of unbearably fierce wrath,
Pray come unobstructed along with your retinue!

TZA HUNG BAM HO
They become non-dual with the commitment beings.

 

THE PROPITIATION

HUNG
O Attendant to the general Yidam mandalas
Holding power over life, Wild Tsen Kache Mar,
For activity, protect the Buddha’s Teachings and,
For sustenance, eat this amassed flesh and blood of enemies!

Prostration and praise to the Powerful Dregpa,
Who cuts down enemies, obstructors and vow breakers,
Accept these outer, inner and secret offerings and,
Please grant attainment of supreme enjoyment!

[Recite the hundred syllable mantra]

O Second Conqueror Tsong Khapa inseparable,
From Vajradhara and Padmasambhava,
Assemblies of direct and lineage Gurus,
And host of Yidams with retinues please listen!

Under influence of ignorance’s deception,
Our three doors are overpowered by deluded minds,
All transgressions of enlightened body, speech and mind, and the precepts,
With intense regret we reveal and purify.

Especially transgressions of precepts and missing of,
Powerful Protectors, your offerings, tormas and restoring-fulfilling rituals,
And not thanking you for accomplishment of requested activity, etc.,
The collection of faults transgressing your mind I sincerely confess.

Through confessing to you Yakshas, red lords over life,
Having purified all collections of faults,
Accompany us like a body and its shadow,
And always care for us with the four activities!

 

THE FULFILLMENT RITUAL

HUNG
With argham of blood, flowers of sense organs,
Incense from human flesh and blazing lamps from human fat,
Perfume of bile and food of flesh and bone, and sound of
Frightful majestic music of thigh bones and skull drums, with these
Tsen Go Kache Marpo, may your heart commitment be fulfilled,
And host of attendant slaughterers may your heart commitment be fulfilled,
Having fulfilled the heart commitment of the whole retinue host,
Dispel contary conditions and accomplish enlightening activity.

Wild yaks, goats, sheep, birds, dogs, lions, and elephants,
Flying throughout the sky and slinking all over the ground,
And the mount of the supreme horse who instantly circles the billion worlds,
With upper and lower bound saddle and strength of the wind, with these
Tsen Go Kache Marpo, may your heart commitment be fulfilled,
And host of attendant slaughterers may your heart commitment be fulfilled.
Having fulfilled the heart commitment of the whole retinue host,
Dispel contrary conditions and accomplish enlightening activity.

Mail of leather, banners radiant in five colors and designs,
Leather helmet with nine stacked auspicious victory banners,
Axe, sword, catapult, razor knife and arrow,
Enemy lassoing red noose and sharp spear, with these
Tsen Go Kache Marpo, may your heart commitment be fulfilled,
And host of attendant slaughterers may your heart commitment be fulfilled,
Having fulfilled the heart commitment of the whole retinue host,
Dispel contary conditions and accomplish enlightening activity.

Tormas, tsog, tea and beer swirling like a mountain lake,
Fringed parasols, victory banners, canopies and garlands,
Mon and Indian outfits such as dancers’ masks,
Life essence crystal, life wheel mantra, with these outer, inner and secret bases,
Tsen Go Kache Marpo, may your heart commitment be fulfilled,
And host of attendant slaughterers may your heart commitment be fulfilled,
Having fulfilled the heart commitment of the whole retinue host,
Dispel contary conditions and accomplish enlightening activity.

Mount Meru, four continents, subcontinents, sun and moon,
Eight auspicious substances and symbols, seven precious objects,
Next precious seven, and five objects of desire,
With all the wealth of humans and gods
Tsen Go Kache Marpo, may your heart commitment be fulfilled,
And host of attendant slaughterers may your heart commitment be fulfilled,
Having fulfilled the heart commitment of the whole retinue host,
Dispel contary conditions and accomplish enlightening activity.

 

TORMA OFFERING

Through the Great Wild Tsen’s tongue of a straw of light, he draws up the entire essence of the torma and partakes.

OM SHRI DHARMAPALA SAPARIWARA IDAM BALINGTA KA KA KAHI KAHI (Offer 3x or 7x)

OM SHRI DHARMAPALA SAPARIWARA ARGHAM, PADYE, PUPE, DHUPE, ALOKE, GYENDE, NEWIDE, SHAPTA PRATICCHA SOHA (Make offerings)

OM SHRI DHARMAPALA SAPARIWARA OM AH HUNG (Make the inner offering)

 

PRAISE

HUNG
In form of a raksha having the glory,
Of a ruby mountain embraced a hundred-fold by the sun,
Emanating in whatever terrifying manner,
Slaughterer destroying those with the ten evils, praise to you!

Raising red spear cutting off lives of enemies and obstructors,
Holding at the heart the red noose snaring vow breakers,
Chomping lower lip with fierce terrifying upper teeth,
Life snatcher with brilliance of ruby, praise to you!

On the supreme red horse full wrathfully majestic,
Saddled and endowed with magical strength,
Fiercely lording death over beings in various manners,
Red Yama, praise to you!

Coming forth from seven eggs of blood,
Which came from countless ages ago,
Seven Blazing Brothers among which is Great Wild Tsen,
Powerful Kache Marpo, praise to you!

First Buddha, second Padmasambhava,
Midway all-knowing peerless Tsongkhapa,
Lastly Great King Mighty Dorje Shugden,
Closely remember your instructed stern commitments!

In brief, since we entrust to you, great Dharmapala,
The monastic abode, people, wealth and all,
Guard and protect us during the six periods of day and night,
And accomplish peaceful, increasing, powerful and wrathful activities!

 

CONCLUDE AS USUAL

May there be auspiciousness of root and lineage Gurus
May there be auspiciousness of the hosts of yidam deities!
May there be auspiciousness of the goddesses, dakas, and dakinis!
May there be auspiciousness of the Dharma Protector guardians!

That the Dharma King Tsongkhapa’s,
Pure Dharma tradition flourish,
May obstructive omens be eliminated,
And conducive conditions without exception be complete!

In dependence on the two unified accumulations,
Of myself and others over the three times,
May the teachings of the Victor, Lozang Dragpa,
Increasingly blaze for a very long time!

OM SOBHAWA SHUDDHA SARWA DHARMA SOBHAWA SHUDDHO HAM

TONG PAY NGANG LE RANG GI DUN DU ZANG DRAG MARPO NAM LA NYEG PAY NANG DU TA TRAG DANG MI TRAG GI GYATSO MARPO BA LONG TRUG PAY U SU SE KAR MUGPO NGAM SHING JI PAY NANG DU TRUL PAY CHO KYONG TSEN GO KACHE MARPO KU DOG JU RUI HLUN PO LA NYI O KYI KYU PA TA BU SHEL CHIG CHAG NYI PA YE PA DEN GYI TSEN PAY DUNG NON MARPO CHAR WE DAM NYAM KYI NYING BIG PAR JE PA YON DRA GEG KYI KE NE CHING PAY TSEN SHAG MARPO TUG KAR TZIN PA SE TRAB DANG SE MOG GYON SHING GYEL TSEN GU TSEG KYI TZE PA ZHEL RAB TU TRO PE AM TSIG DAM PA CHEN TSA MARPO TRUG CHING DRA GEG LA DANG MIG TU TA WA GA SAB GONG ME KYI TRE PAY TZU TRUL SHUG DEN GYI TA MAR CHONG GI DOG CHEN DRAG TU TRO PAY TENG NA GAR GUI NYAM KYI SHUG PAY CHI WOR OM DRIN PAR AH TUG KAR HUNG GI TSEN PAR GYUR DAG NYI TUG KAY HUNG LE O ZER TRO PE TSEN YUL WANG DRAG ZIL NON ROL PAY NE CHOG NE TSEN GO KACHE MARPO KOR DANG CHEPA KECHIG GI NE DIR CHEN DRANG

HUNG
WANG DRAG ZIL NON ROL PAY NE CHOG NE
GYEL WA NYI PAY KA SUNG GYEL PO CHE
DORJE SHUGDEN KA YI LON PO CHOG
TSEN GO KACHE MARPO SHEG SU SOL

GYEL KUN NGO WO PEMA TO TRENG GI
KA DANG DAM LE NAM YANG MI DA WAR
TEN PA SUNG SHING DRA GEG TSAR CHO CHIR
NEL JOR DO PAY NE DIR SHEG SU SOL

DE DAM TSANG MAY CHO TRIN RAB ZHE NE
NAM ZHIY TRINLE NYUR DU DRUB PAY CHIR
NO JIN MAR PO TRO TUM MI ZE PA
KOR CHE TOG PA ME PAR SHEG SU SOL

TZA HUNG BAM HO
DAM TSIG PA DANG NYI SU ME PAR GYUR

 

THE PROPITIATION

HUNG
YIDAM KHIL KOR CHI YI KA DO NI
SOG LA WANG GYUR TSEN GO KACHE MAR
LE SU SANGYE TEN PA SUNG JEY SHING
ZE SU DRA WOI SHA TRAG TSOG NAM ZA

DAM NYAM DRA GEG TSE NE CHO TZE PAY
DREG PA TU TSEL CHEN LA CHAG TSEL TO
CHI NANG SANG WAY CHO PA DI ZHE LA
ME JUNG ROL PAY NGO DRUP TSEL DU SOL

 

RECITE THE HUNDRED SYLLABLE MANTRA

HUNG
DORJE CHANG WANG PEMA KARA DANG
YER ME GYEL WA NYI PA TSONG KA PA
NGO DANG GYU PAY LAMAY TSOG NAM LA
YIDAM HLA TSOG KOR CHE GONG SU SOL

DAG CHAG MA RIG TRUL PAY ZHEN WANG GI
GO SUM NYON MONG WANG DU GYUR PA YI
KU SUNG TUG DANG DAM TSIG GEL WA NAM
TAM CHE GYO PA DRAG PO TOL ZHING SHAG

KYE PAR TU DEN SUNG MA KYE NAM KYI
CHO TOR KANG SHAG CHAG DANG DAM TSIG GEL
LE CHOL DRUB PAY TANG RAG MA GYI SOG
TUG DANG GEL WAY NYE TSOG NYING NE SHAG

NO JIN SOG DAG MAR PO KYE NAM LA
SHAG PE NYE TSOG TAM CHE JANG GYUR TE
LU DANG DRIB MA ZHIN DU DROG NE KYANG
TRIN LE NAM ZHI DU KUN KYONG GYUR CHIG

 

THE FULFILLMENT RITUAL

HUNG
TRAG GI ARGHAM WANG POI ME TOG DANG
SHA CHEN PO DANG TSIL CHEN MAR ME BAR
TRI PAY DRI CHAB SHA RU ZHEL ZE DANG
KANG LING TO NGA NGAM JI ROL MO DRE

TSEN GO KACHE MARPOI TUG DANG KANG
LE JE SHEN PAY TSOG KYI TUG DAM KANG
KOR TSOG MA LU TUG DANG KONG GYUR NE
GEL KYEN SEL ZHING TRINLE DRUB PAR TZO

DRONG YAG RA LUG JA KYI SEN GE LANG
NAM LA PUR GU SA LA TZUL GU DANG
LUNG GI SHUG CHANG GA SAB GONG ME CHEN
TONG SUM YU KOR TA CHOG ZHON PA DI

TSEN GO KACHE MARPOI TUG DANG KANG
LE JE SHEN PAY TSOG KYI TUG DAM KANG
KOR TSOG MA LU TUG DANG KONG GYUR NE
GEL KYEN SEL ZHING TRINLE DRUB PAR TZO

SE TRAB RU DAR TSON RI NA NGA TRA
SE MOG GYEL TSEN TRA SHI GU TSEG CHEN
DRA TE REL DRI TRUL GYOG PU TRI DA
ZHAG MAR DRA WOI CHING JE DUNG NON GYI

TSEN GO KACHE MARPOI TUG DANG KANG
LE JE SHEN PAY TSOG KYI TUG DAM KANG
KOR TSOG MA LU TUG DANG KONG GYUR NE
GEL KYEN SEL ZHING TRINLE DRUB PAR TZO

TOR TSOG JA CHANG RI WO TSO TAR KYIL
PEN DUG GYEL TSEN LA DRE DA DI DANG
GAR KEN BAG SOG MON PA A TSA RA
LA DO SOG KOR CHI NANG SANG TEN DI

TSEN GO KACHE MARPOI TUG DANG KANG
LE JE SHEN PAY TSOG KYI TUG DAM KANG
KOR TSOG MA LU TUG DANG KONG GYUR NE
GEL KYEN SEL ZHING TRINLE DRUB PAR TZO

RI RAB LING ZHI LING TREN NYI DA ZUNG
TRA SHI TZE TAG GYE DANG RIN CHEN DUN
NYE WAY RIN CHEN DUN DANG DO YON NGA
HLA MI PEL JOR YONG SU TZOG PA YI

TSEN GO KACHE MARPOI TUG DANG KANG
LE JE SHEN PAY TSOG KYI TUG DAM KANG
KOR TSOG MA LU TUG DANG KONG GYUR NE
GEL KYEN SEL ZHING TRINLE DRUB PAR TZO

 

TORMA OFFERING

TSEN GO CHEN PO JAG O ZER GYI BU GU TOR MAY CHU TAM CHE DRANG TE SOL WAR GYUR

OM SHRI DHARMAPALA SAPARIWARA IDAM BALINGTA KA KA KAHI KAHI (offer 3x or 7x)

OM SHRI DHARMAPALA SAPARIWARA ARGHAM, PADYE, PUPE, DHUPE, ALOKE, GYENDE, NEWIDE, SHAPTA PRATICCHA SOHA (make offerings)

OM SHRI DHARMAPALA SAPARIWARA OM AH HUNG (make the inner offering)

 

PRAISE

HUNG
PEMA RA GAY HLUN PO TA DONG ME
HLEN GYAR KYU PAY PEL TZIN SIN PO ZUG
JIG RUNG GAR GU NYAM KYI NAM ROL WA
ZHING CHU DROL WAY SHEN PA KYO LA TO

DRA GEG SOG TSA CHO PAY DUNG MAR CHAR
DAM NYAM CHING JE ZHAG MAR TUG KAR TZIN
TRO TUM NGAM PAY YA SO MA CHU NEN
SOG TROG PE RAG DANG DEN KYE LA TO

TZU TRUL SHUG DEN GA SAB DEN PA YI
TA CHOG MAR PO RAB TRO JI PAY TENG
GAR GU NYAM KYI SOG LA RAB NGAM PAY
CHI DAG SHIN JE MAR PO KYO LA TO

DRANG ME NGON GYI DU NE JUNG WA YI
TRAG GI GO NGA DUN LE NYER TON PAY
BAR WA PUN DUN NANG GI TSEN GO CHE
TU DEN KA CHE MAR PO KYO LA TO

DANG PO SANGYE NYI PA PEMA JUNG
BAR DU KUN KYEN NYAM ME TSONGKAPA
TA MA GYEL CHEN DORJE SHUGDEN TSEL
KA GO DAM TSIG NYEN PO NYE WAR GONG

DOR NA DAG CHAG GON NE MI NOR KUN
TEN SUNG CHEN PO KYO LA NYER TE NA
NYIN TSEN DU DRUG SUNG SHING KYOB PA DANG
ZHI GYE WANG DRAG TRINLE DRUB PAR TZO

 

CONCLUDE AS USUAL

TSA GYU LAMA NAM KYI TRA SHI SHOG
YIDAM HLA TSOG NAM KYI TRA SHI SHOG
MA DANG KANDRO NAM KYI TRA SHI SHOG
CHO KYONG SUNG MA NAM KYI TRA SHI SHOG

CHO KYI GYELPO TSONGKHA PAY
CHO TSUL NAM DAG PEL WA LA
GEG KYI TSEN MA SHI WA DANG
TUN KYEN MA LU TSANG WAR SHOG

DAG DANG ZHEN GYI DU SUM DANG
DREL WAY TSOG NYI LA TEN NE
GYEL WA LOZANG DRAGPA YI
TEN PA YUN RING BAR GYUR CHIG

 

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Sources:

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  • WCD: Dung dkar blo bzang ‘phrin las. (2002). Dung dkar tshig mdzod chen mo (White Conch Dictionary). Beijing: Krung go’i bod kyi shes rig dpe skrun khang.
  • 5DL: Ngag-dbang-blo-bzang-rgya-mtsho. (1995). The collected works (gsung ‘bum) of Vth Dalai Lama Ngag-dbang-blo-bzang-rgya-mtsho. Gangtok: Sikkim Research Institute of Tibetology.
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  1. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 9:04 am

    This is a very interesting comment left on Tsem Rinpoche’s YouTube channel. The commenter ‘Suzy in Hawaii’ sees the beauty in the Dorje Shugden practice despite her reluctance to admit it due to old loyalties. Her opinion reflects the shift in public opinion of the Protector practice signaling the collapse of a 2 decade long attempt to bury the Dorje Shugden lineage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4&t=11s

    Suzy

  2. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 15, 2016 at 12:53 am

    Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa, Tibet

    Over 400 years ago a great and learned lama Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was famed in Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal and China for being very saintly and compassionate. He resided in his residence (Zimkhang Gongma Ladrang) in Drepung Monastery. His root guru was H.H. the Omniscient 4th Panchen Lama and his close dharma brother was the 5th Dalai Lama.

    The 5th Dalai Lama and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen had a very close and dharmic relationship and often went to receive teachings together from the 4th Panchen Lama. They were close in age. They both became very learned and well known. During this time, the Dalai Lama was enthroned as a Dharma King of Tibet. But more people went to see Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen for teachings, initiations and divinations. This made the attendants of the 5th Dalai Lama feel threatened that Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s fame might usurp the power of the 5th Dalai Lama. So they had a khata forced down his throat. At that moment, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen dissolved his psychic winds and generated the wish to be a great guardian of Buddha and Tsongkapa’s teachings. As his consciousness dissolved, he entered ‘bardo’ as a dharma protector of the highest order (jikten depey sungma). Many signs were seen throughout Lhasa at this time and the earth was said to have shaken in Lhasa. This event was already predicted to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s previous incarnation when he was one of the 8 main disciples of Lord Tsongkapa the Supreme Master and he served Tsongkapa directly by building Gaden Monastery.

    When the 5th Dalai Lama heard what his scheming and power-hungry attendants had done, he was very distressed. He was very sorry Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was murdered and dishonored as he was a great dharma master. The 5th Dalai Lama composed an apology to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. In Lhasa, tens of thousands gathered for the cremation of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s holy body. During the cremation, the 5th Dalai Lama’s apology was read out at which flames spontaneously arose from the body of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen commencing the cremation. From the body, during cremation, a powerful whirlwind of smoke tunneled into the sky for all to see as this was an indication Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s consciousness has arisen as the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. The Dharma Protector Setrap immediately recognized this new protector Dorje Shugden and ‘enthroned’ him as a powerful Dharma Protector in the realm of the Buddhas. From this, Setrap and Dorje Shugden are closely connected and very close working hand in hand always. After the cremation, the great 5th Dalai Lama built a Dorje Shugden chapel on the spot the cremation took place and named it Trode Khangsar. The 5th Dalai Lama commissioned the statue of Dorje Shugden in this chapel and had monks installed in the chapel to do continuous propitiations to Dorje Shugden. Trode Khangsar Chapel was a commemoration to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who was wronged and also a celebration of his consciousness arising as the World Peace Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    This Trode Khangsar Chapel still exists now in Lhasa where many make pilgrimages there. It is in good condition and was recently renovated. It is over 400 years old and a testimony to the respect the Great 5th Dalai Lama had to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who arose as Dorje Shugden.

    I have visited this holy chapel in Lhasa years back. I’ve never heard of it till I was in Lhasa and by chance, I was told about it which I was happy to visit. I could not find the place but strangely a bunch of pilgrims from Amdo told me they would show me how to get there in Lhasa.

    This short video is a short clip of this holy Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa today commemorating Dorje Shugden, built by the great 5th Dalai Lama. The great 5th Dalai Lama even composed a prayer to Dorje Shugden which is still available today and we can recite to invoke the blessings, protection, and assistance of World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    Tsem Rinpoche


    Read more: Trode Khangsar – A 400-year-old Dorje Shugden Chapel in Lhasa
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/trode-khangsar-%E2%80%93-a-400-year-old-dorje-shugden-chapel-in-lhasa.html

    Short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTybDwTeLAM

    __________________________________

    The 5th Dalai Lama’s Prayer to Dorje Shugden

    HUM
    Though unmoving from the sphere of primordial spontaneity,
    With wrathful turbulent power, swifter than lightning,
    Endowed with heroic courage to judge good and bad,
    I invite you with faith, please come to this place!

    Robes of a monk, crown adorned with rhinoceros leather hat,
    Right hand holds ornate club, left holds a human heart,
    Riding various mounts such as nagas and garudas,
    Who subdues the mamos of the charnel grounds, praise to you!

    Samaya substances, offerings and torma, outer, inner and secret,
    Favourite visual offerings and various objects are arranged.
    Although, previously, my wishes were a bit dense,
    Do not stop your powerful apparitions, I reveal and confess!

    Now respectfully praising with body, speech, and mind,
    For us, the masters, disciples, benefactors and entourages,
    Provide the good and avert the bad!
    Bring increase like the waxing moon in spiritual and temporal realms!

    Moreover, swiftly accomplishing all wishes,
    According to our prayers, bestow the supreme effortlessly!
    And like the jewel that bestows all wishes,
    Always protect us with the Three Jewels!

    From: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/the-5th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden

    Tibetan prayer from: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-14th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html

  3. Anne Ong on Aug 24, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the background, lineage, iconography and benefits of Kache Marpo. I always love to read and understand more about Protectors/Protectress. It is one of my favourite topic.The article helps me to have better understanding how Kache Marpo arose and how Kache Marpo assist Dorje Shugden in carrying out his Dharma instructions and activities. How wonderful it would be if anyone with the mindset and potential like Kache Marpo be able to incorperate with the Lama in this modern spiritual time. I have also included Kache Marpo mantra practice in my daily sadhana. I feel Dorje Shugden and Kache Marpo practice has helped me to be more patient and tolerant.

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  5. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 9, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    This is very good information for us all. Kache Marpo was Tsiu Marpo in the precious Sakya Tradition, there is no way these Sakya Masters cannot differentiate between demon and buddha. I do hope Sakya Masters after the ban will once again take up the practice of Dorje Shudgen and kache Marpo both of which originated in the Sakya tradition before it went to the Gelug Tradition.

  6. Phng Keng Hwa on Jun 23, 2015 at 12:37 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you so much for sharing this! It’s nice to see a little bit more insight on Dorje Shugden’s main attendant and minister. 🙂 The pictures were really nice, too! I personally liked the first one, with all its clear detail. It was interesting to know about him and the fact that the Dalai Lama is the one who made him more well-known will be a reason for me to be ever grateful to the Dalai Lama. 😀

    Your humble student,
    Keng Hwa.

  7. Stella on Jun 22, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Only in extremely rare occasion and through vast collective merits of everyone who were present that an enlightened being confer Dharma knowledge to us. Therefore we must treasure it like the rarest diamond in the world. When he taught that we must have faith and trust the Buddha, we will increase our faith and contemplate in the good qualities of all the Buddhas always. When he taught that karma persist, we will be mindful of our actions so not to incur negative karma and harm others. When he taught to apply dharma in our life, we will do so.

    Thank you so much Rinpoche and Kechara for making this extremely rare occasion a memorable history. I will strive to do my best to put in practice the teachings from the enlightened Kache Marpo.

    I bow down with my head to your feet,
    Stella

  8. Alice Tay on Jun 6, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche so much with this wonderful sharing about Kache Marpo. Before that I am still confused about these 2 protectors, Kache Marpo and Setrap. Because I felt these 2 protectors are similar in terms of wrathful form riding a horse too. But now, by reading this posting, it helps me have better understanding and made me clear that they are different but they have the same mission i.e. help to clear our obstacles to enable us to learn the dharma and improve in spiritual practice.

    Kache Marpo is an emanation of Hayagriva and its true nature is the wrathful form of Avalokiteshvara. Now, Kache Marpo is an enlightened worldly protector and assisting Dorje Shugden which is more near to us, to help us in overcoming our inner and outer obstacles to our spiritual practice.

    Kache Marpo shows his wrathful form as we can see that he graws his lower lip in perpetual fury and haste, showing his impatience to help us destroy our obstacles and the causes of our suffering. Kache Marpo is so compassionate especially when it takes trance in qualified oracles to offer his advice, blessings and etc etc to the since dharma practitioners.

    Therefore, we should grateful that what we have learnt the dharma teaching from our guru so far. Without the guru, we would never hear the dharma.

  9. lewkwanleng on Jun 6, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for such elaborated write up for Kache Marpo. I have heard from some of the senior students that Kache Marpo is himself enlightened but don’t know the details, and now I am know He is Hayagrava and Cherezig.

    It is fascinating to see that Buddhas manifest in different forms to benefit beings, and to show good qualities which we should practice. In the case of Kache Marpo, I see that He is willing to “lower” Himself to be assistant for the growth of Dharma. If Buddha can lower Himself, is there need to say more for us?

    It also speak volume for Dorje Shugden because even a Buddha is willing to assist Him. That means whatver Dorje Shugden is doing, is definitely benefit the sentient beings. So it is very “cool” that when we do Dorje Shugden practice, it includes Chenrezig’s “power” too. 🙂

  10. eric choong on Jun 6, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    如果现在有许多人都对多杰雄登护法有不了解的话,那么读了仁波切这篇开示后就会非常了解。
    两位都是证悟的菩萨,互相协助大家利益众生,维护佛法,为世人带来和平。现代世人非常幸运,有多杰雄登护法为我们消除障碍,帮助我们在修行的道路上更加的顺利。
    谢谢仁波切的开示。

  11. Desmond Chong on Jun 6, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Rinpoche ,

    thank you for the sharing of the Kache Marpo article , Kache marpo known as a very ancient buddsiht deity from time of guru rinpoche . Kache marpo also offer his assistant to sincere dharma practitioners.

    Also Mache marpo together with dorje shugden and dorje setrap formed as the three kings, as the main protector of the sakya lineage .

    May more people get to know the kache marpo, benefit and protect all Dharma practitioners.

    your sincerely
    desmond

  12. Caryn Pang on Jun 6, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    We can practicing Dorje Shugden & Kache Marpo is very bless and can benefit more people

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

  13. June Tang(Khjb) on Jun 6, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    謝謝仁波切分享喀切玛波护法的文章。 让我們更了解这位慈悲的护法。 喀切玛波是证悟的护法又是多杰雄登的“宰相“ , 哪么多杰雄登护法也肯定是证悟的护法!

  14. Phoebe Yong on Jun 6, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Thank you to Rinpoche for posting this wonderful article. It is explained very clearly who is Kache Marpo and the iconography of Kache Marpo.

    From the article, Kache Marpo can be trace back to the time of Guru Rinpoche which was thousand years ago. Kache Marpo was installed as one of the Dharma Protectors in Samye Monastery by Guru Rinpoche, this is clearly shown that Kache Marpo is so compassion and he is help the growth of Dharma. Furthermore, Kache Marpo is an emanation Hayagriva and in actuality his true nature is the wrathful form for Avalokiteshvara.
    Later on, Kache Marpo is took an oath to become Dorje Shugden’s miniters to help to assist to bring and growth of Dharma to benefit everyone. As per article, when we do the Dorje Shugden practice, Kache Marpo is automatically included. It is clearly shown that the Dorje Shugden is the enlightened being as like a Buddha.

    We are very blessed and lucky to have the protector prayer available for us in this time.

  15. yeo kwai gin on Jun 6, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    谢谢仁波切详细的解说关于咯切玛波护法的故事与来历。
    慈悲的咯切玛波,虽然已经千年以上的护法,在多杰雄登护法的曼达拉,还是守候和等待,随时为需要帮忙的众生解决无论在内在或者外在的需求,以让众生走向证悟之路。
    愿更多的人可以有缘持修多杰雄登护法法门,可以得到诸佛菩萨的加持 !

  16. yenpin on Jun 6, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    谢谢Rinpoche分享
    其实我们不是很了解喀切玛波,但是切喀切玛波自愿的按照多杰雄登的意愿行事,成为他的主要部长,来协助多杰雄登帮助众生,希望能利用所有的早了脱离苦海。

  17. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Jun 6, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thanks for sharing the interesting and profound article about Lord Dorje Shugden assistant, Kache Marpo.

    Kache Marpo is another enlightened Dharma protector from the menifestation of Hayagriva which is Chenrezig but He willing to be the Minister of Dorje Shugden and assist Dorje Shugden all the way. This is the another unbeatable statement to show Dorje Shugden is an Enlighten Dharma protector, otherwise how can an Enlighten minister can serve a unenlightened lord?

    May more and more peoples can take a look this article and share to those who still have doubts, this article definitely will help them a lot!

    Your sincerely,
    Casteven

  18. Yee Mun on Jun 6, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us about Kache Marpo. The article help me to have better understanding how Kache Marpo arose and how Kache Marpo assist Dorje Shugden in carrying out his Dharma instructions and activities. Kache Marpo is an enlightened Dharma Protector, on his own free will, took an oath to become one of Dorje Shugden’s ministers. What does this means? Can Dorje Shugden be a spirit? Definitely not. No way an enlightened being will do so. Therefore this is a very solid proof that Dorje Shugden is also enlightened.The reason of the ban is invalid.

  19. Pastor Adeline on Jun 6, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Kache Marpo being the enlightened being Himself, emanation of Hayagriva, on His own will offered to be Dorje Shugden’s minister says a lot about Dorje Shugden and His beneficial activities in preserving and spreading Je Rinpoche’s precious dharma.

    Kache Marpo has a set of practice of His own, yet He happily include His practise into Dorje Shugden’s, compassionately gives convenience to practitioners to maximise their benefits from the practise of Dorje Shugden. Again, it shows how important Dorje Shugden is to contemporary practitioners.

    Learning about Kache Marpo helps us to understand the benefits of Dorje Shugden’s practise from a different perspectives. It shows us how beneficial Dorje Shugden’s practise is and how we are guaranteed with beneficial results if we rely on Dorje Shugden properly. This is very well illustrated in the event of the 14th Dalai Lama’s escape in 1959. If it is not Kache Marpo and Dorje Shugden, we will not have Tibetan Buddhism today.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this informative article.

  20. June Kang on Jun 6, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    对于喀切玛波我们不是了解,网上也找不到什么资料, 很感谢师父的分享,让我们了解到喀切玛波是一位证悟者以世间护法的形式出现, 可是他切愿意做多杰雄登护法的眷属, 这也证明了多杰雄登护法的事业是大大的利益众生。

  21. Yin Ping on Jun 6, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful information about Kache Marpo. Kache Marpo is manifested from Hayagriva , which is also Chenrezig. This shows that he is an enlightened protector. Yet Kache Marpo is assisting Dorje Shugden. There is no doubt Dorje Shugden also an enlightened dharma protector. We are indeed very lucky to be able to do Dorje Shugden practice.

  22. Leonard Chia on Jun 6, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the above information with us regarding Kache Marpo.
    Now , we can have a better understanding about how Kache Marpo , Dorje Shugden and Panglung Kuten are related.

    Leonard Chia.

  23. Wong Suet Moi on Jun 6, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing. I only come to know that Kache Marpo is an enlightened being after reading this blog post. We are so fortunate to have this opportunity to know him more. Kache Marpo is an enlightened being and yet is the entourage of Dorje Shugden. I can imagine the status of Dorje Shugden is so high and prestige.

  24. Choo Weng Loong on May 30, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for everything on Kache Marpo , an enlightened protector assisting Lord Shugden as his chief minister , what more to say about Lord Dorje Shugden himself ?

  25. andy on May 29, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for sharing the teachings and stories of Kache Marpo. Indeed interesting and informational. Very glad to have Rinpoche as our guru.

  26. Choong on May 29, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    The way enlightened beings manifest to aid us are many and Kache Marpo or Tsiu Marpo has a long track and proven record in the different traditions, now in the Ganden tradition, that makes me have faith that he is an enlightened being. If Kache Marpo is an enlightened being, then Dorje Shugden certainly would have to be an enlightened being.

  27. Julia Tan on May 29, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us about Kache Marpo. I used to know Kache Marpo is the minister of Dorje Shugden without knowing who he actually was. Kache Marpo is another enlightened Dharma protector from the menifestation of Hayagriva which is Chenrezig Himself. Since the Buddha time, all enlightened beings manifested in different beings and time assisting each other to help all sentients beings. In this modern time which is a spiritual degenerate time that this lineage is still well preserved. I find it very blessed and fortunate to be born in this life time to meet this lineage. Reading and learning how all these enlightened beings work together to protect and hold the Dharma so that the precious Dharma can spread on. Dharma is the only ticket for happiness.

    I think by now those who have doubt on Dorje Shugden practice should become clearer and faith should arise from here. All this is happening now due to the compassion of our Guru. We do not practice any Dharma protectors practice out of simply or blindly because “my Guru said so” but with proven lineage and clear explanation that supported this practice.

    I do hope those who are reading these whole series of Dorje Shugden teachings should let go of your perceptions and doubt and start practicing because it’s very rare to receive a pure and unbroken lineage from a highly reincarnated Guru like H.E. Tsem Rinpoche at this time.

  28. Sofilim on May 29, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the background, lineage, iconography n benefits of Kache Marpo. I totally agree that when an enlightened being like Kache Marpo volunteering as the minister to Protector Dorje Shugden’s entourage, it does show the quality and greatness of Dorje Shugden. Kache Marpo rightly can be a practise of his own and yet willing offered himself to assist Dorje Shugden. This definitely confirms Dorje Shugden as enlightened being. I am absolutely blessed to have all these enlightened beings as Dorje Shugden n entourage to protect me, clear my obstacles n help further my dharma practises. Thsnk you again, Rinpoche and may continue blessings us with dharma teachings.

  29. spchua on May 29, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    Kache Marpo can be trace back to thousand years ago during Guru Rinpoche era. Kache Marpo arises and installed as wrathful and worldly form of Dharma Protector and practices by various Tibetan Buddhism’s Lineage. He took the oath to be Dorje Shugden’s Minister.

    It’s very blessed that practicing Dorje Shugden automatically include the practices Kache Marpo as these will definitely benefited a lot of people.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this informative write-up to bless and benefit everyone.

  30. Grace Leong on May 29, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    The Buddhas have been manifesting in different forms and emanations over the last 2600 years, skillfully trying to guide all sentient beings to ENLIGHTMENT. Here we have Kache Marpo who is already enlightened but yet return to be part of Dorje Shugden’s entourage. His main tasks is to assist us to overcome inner and outer obstacles to our spiritual practice. It proves that our current karma is such that we need all these kindness and guidance from the Buddhas to manifest in different forms with different methods to help us along our spiritual path.
    With folded hands

  31. Fong on May 29, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Kache Marpo is a emanation of Hayagriva, the wrathful form of Avalokiteshvara, an enlightened being and also worshipped by the Nyingma as Tsiu Marpo, an enlightened being as confirmed by Christopher Paul Bell. Tsiu Marpo was subjugated by Padmasambhava during the 8th century.

    If Kache Marpo who is an enlightened being can be the minister of Dorje Shugden, then by inference Dorje Shugden has to be enlightened. So, by inference again, if Dorje Shugden is enlightened then he cannot be ‘evil’ or a spirit.

    As such, I know that I am in good hand and have nothing to worry except whether I am practising well. Thank you, Rinpoche for allaying my doubts.

  32. Doreen Teoh on May 29, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing the teachings and explanation of Kache Marpo origination, lineage and good deeds.

    As by understanding Kache Marpo existence, it is the most evident and confirmed that Dorje Shudgen, is a enlightened Buddha.

    Why is it so?

    Kache Marpo appears to the sentient beings 1,000 years at the time of Guru Rinpoche, and had the same purpose and motivation with Dorje Shugden that is to be as one of the protective divinities to help increase the growth of Dharma in the country of Tibet and the surrounding area or as for Dorje Shugden, the world.

    Kache Marpo is one of Dorje Shugden’s main attendants and is said to be an emanation of Hayagriva. Kache Marpo assists Dorje Shugden in carrying out his Dharma instructions and activities, and assists us in overcoming inner and outer obstacles to our spiritual practice. Even though Kache
    Marpo takes on the form of a worldly Protector, in actuality his true nature is the wrathful form of Avalokiteshvara.

    Kache Marpo works hand in hand with Dorje Shugden, and only enlightened beings are able to communicate and assist each other. Both Kache Marpo and Dorje Shudgden are both enlightened beings but appears to sentient beings at a different time, one ancient, 1000 years ago and now at this information technology time, where knowing and learning of dharma is degenerating.

    Om Mani Pedme Hum.

  33. susan liew on May 25, 2015 at 1:08 am

    Dear Rinpoche, it’s interesting to read the history and clear explanation about who is Karche Marpo. We are also fortunate to have the prayers available for our practice due to Rinpoche’s kindness. Thank you for the sharing.

  34. Bradley Kassian on May 21, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Thank you for being so compassionate Rinpoche, and sharing this with us. I am going to add Kache Marpo prayers to my daily sadhana 🙂

    • Bradley Kassian on May 25, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      Also is his mantra Om Shri Dharmaphala , or Om Shri Dharmaphala Hum Phat ? I’ve seen it written both ways, and does Kache Marpo have a serkym offering?

  35. Shelly Tai on May 21, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the write up about Kache Marpo is indeed very beneficial to know more about our protector because then we can do a more proper visualisation as our daily prayer.

  36. Betty Voon on May 21, 2015 at 11:00 am

    2-7-9, Seri Anggun Condo,
    Jalan Selama 2, Taman Rainbow

    • Betty Voon on May 21, 2015 at 11:02 am

      Thank you so much for telling us about the history of Kachen Marpo, Rinpoche. I have always been curious to know more about the history of the entourage of our Protector.

  37. Sock Wan on May 21, 2015 at 12:49 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for posting this article. It explains very clearly to us the iconography of Kache Marpo. Most of us who are not exposed to Tibetan Buddhism when we see the image of a protector, we will not relate it to Buddhism or Buddha at all because the protector is so different from the usual peaceful forms we have seen. But with clear explanation, a wrathful image becomes an image of compassion, who are ever ready to help us. For modern people like us who are full of negative karmas, having a protector is very effective in clearing our negative karmas and obstacles, so that we may study and practice Dharma without much interferences. Since I joined Kechara 4 years ago, I have been doing protector practice, the first thing I notice is my mind and emotion is more stable.

    Kache Marpo being the emanation of Hayagriva (who is also emanation of Avalokiteshvara) is effectively a Buddha. He vowed to assist Dorje Shugden all the way. It must mean that Dorje Shugden is in fact a Buddha also because a Buddha will never obey or serve a spirit.

    We are very lucky to have the prayers available here for us to practice. You have to do it to experience the benefits yourself.

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

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

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

    Jason

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

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

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

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

    At one time there was a god by the name of Rudra who was originally part of Mahadeva’s retinue. He was a very fierce being who also had many of his own consorts. Together with his consorts he began to oppress sentient beings, and promoted violence and unethical behaviour. At that time, Heruka once again arose, and in a dance of great compassionate wrath, liberated Rudra and his consorts from their physical bodies, sending their minds to pure lands. The places where Rudra’s body parts fell became charnel grounds. …read more by clicking the following link:

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

    Jason

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
3 weeks ago
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
3 weeks ago
Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
3 weeks ago
Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
4 weeks ago
Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
4 weeks ago
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
4 weeks ago
It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
4 weeks ago
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
1 month ago
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
1 month ago
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 month ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 month ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
2 months ago
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
2 months ago
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
2 months ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
2 months ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
3 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
3 months ago
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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