Vajra Yogini

Shimmering Vajrayogini from Ms. Wahyu

Shimmering Vajrayogini from Ms. Wahyu

Feb 20, 2017 | Views: 963

Dear friends around the world, Today, I was surprised with a very precious and beautiful gift. I’ve had other people personally paint up Vajrayogini images, and they have offered...

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Pilgrimage Through India & Nepal

Pilgrimage Through India & Nepal

Nov 30, 2016 | Views: 652

Since my mother had passed away earlier this year, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche advised me to take my dad on a holiday. He suggested several countries like India, Nepal, Burma,...

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Starting On Vajra Yogini NOW!

Starting On Vajra Yogini NOW!

Oct 31, 2016 | Views: 17,330

Oct 28, 2012 The best anyone can do if not enlightenment for now, is to gain mastery over taking rebirth coupled with developing Three Principle Paths. Where you want...

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Power Place: Jog Falls

Power Place: Jog Falls

Sep 10, 2016 | Views: 772

In the Heruka and Vajrayogini tantras, it is mentioned that there are 24 holy places that are empowered with the energy of Heruka and Vajrayogini. Within these 24 power...

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Vajrayogini – The Powerful Divine Red Lady

Vajrayogini – The Powerful Divine Red Lady

Aug 12, 2016 | Views: 13,919

Homage to the Divine Lady Whom out of compassion Emanates in myriads of forms In this degenerate age to subdue our various minds Using the energy of desire, She...

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Twenty-Four Holy Places & Eight Great Charnel Grounds

Twenty-Four Holy Places & Eight Great Charnel Grounds

Apr 24, 2016 | Views: 1,533

Dear Friends, Recently on the ‘Ask a Pastor’ section of this blog an online friend asked a question about the Twenty-Four Holy Places and the Eight Great Charnel Grounds....

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6 Yogas of Naropa by H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche

6 Yogas of Naropa by H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche

Feb 2, 2016 | Views: 1,481

Dear friends, I am publishing esoteric tantric teachings here, if you do not have this initiation and permission, please do not continue and read. Thank you. These teachings are...

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Make Offerings to Vajrayogini in Kechara Forest Retreat

Make Offerings to Vajrayogini in Kechara Forest Retreat

Feb 1, 2016 | Views: 785

Vajrayogini is a female Buddha and she is also one of the most sacred and profound of practices within H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche’s lineage. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche is...

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Getting Closer to Vajrayogini

Getting Closer to Vajrayogini

Dec 25, 2015 | Views: 1,404

The most obvious benefit of being in close proximity with Rinpoche is the Dharma that we receive. The Lama teaches using all methods possible – by example, by action,...

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The Miraculous Vajrayogini of Ditsa Monastery

The Miraculous Vajrayogini of Ditsa Monastery

Nov 10, 2015 | Views: 783

One of my students came across the inspiring story below and shared it with me. It is about how a Buddhist practitioner had a revelatory experience which increased his/her...

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She smiles at me

She smiles at me

Oct 19, 2015 | Views: 926

   I was day dreaming and what I write here is purely imaginary and fiction….but it’s nice to fantasize this way…enjoy a spiritual fantasy…   My secluded meditational retreat...

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Kechara Forest Retreat’s Vajra Yogini

Kechara Forest Retreat’s Vajra Yogini

Oct 3, 2015 | Views: 816

Vajra Yogini statues are all created and painted in-house in Kechara   Dear friends, Kechara Forest Retreat is designed to be a direct portal to Vajra Yogini’s heaven and...

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Mara Fears Vajra Yogini

Mara Fears Vajra Yogini

Sep 22, 2015 | Views: 1,011

Lovely Vajra Yogini Buddha Lady who entices us away from the lures of samsara, please sustain us to gain bodhicitta, renunciation and sunyata so we may never be obstructed in...

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The Extremely Secret Song of Realization

The Extremely Secret Song of Realization

Aug 6, 2015 | Views: 966

My dear friends, This is very powerful prayer to Heruka Chakrasamvara written by Changkya Rolpai Dorje or one of the previous incarnations of His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. This prayer...

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Heruka’s eye (胜乐金刚之眼)

Heruka’s eye (胜乐金刚之眼)

Jul 23, 2015 | Views: 966

His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche was one of the most famous, sought-after and extremely powerful teachers of recent times in Tibet. Pabongka Rinpoche comes from a long line of...

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Don’t miss this: Offering onto Vajra Yogini

Don’t miss this: Offering onto Vajra Yogini

Feb 20, 2015 | Views: 1,084

      I have given a short explanation of why we offer ornaments to the Buddhas in this video.   Dear friends around the world, Welcome again to another...

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Tea Offering to Vajrayogini (For the 1st Time!)

Tea Offering to Vajrayogini (For the 1st Time!)

Nov 14, 2014 | Views: 6,754

  The Tea offering for Vajra Yogini is an excellent way to:   1. Create affinity with her and her practice. 2. To generate merits to accomplish the Generation...

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TRANSCRIPT: How Lama Tsongkhapa transforms to Vajrayogini

TRANSCRIPT: How Lama Tsongkhapa transforms to Vajrayogini

Sep 14, 2014 | Views: 5,056

April 5, 2010  (Transcribed from a teaching given in Tsem Ladrang Kuala Lumpur, June 2010) How Lama Tsongkhapa transforms to Vajrayogini If you condense Buddha’s teachings step by step,...

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Dharma Bums-great song to VY

Dharma Bums-great song to VY

Jan 12, 2014 | Views: 2,197

dharmabums1The Dharma Bums were a US garage band which consisted of 4 members: Jim, John, Jeremy and Eric. They formed in 1987 in Oregon and came up with several...

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Facebook Answered: Vajrayogini’s Sacred Initiation

Facebook Answered: Vajrayogini’s Sacred Initiation

Jan 1, 2014 | Views: 5,760

I would like to share with you the transcript about a talk I did on Vajrayogini in response to the Facebook question: What are the Commitments After Receiving Vajrayogini's...

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For Elizabeth regarding Vajra Yogini Mandalas

For Elizabeth regarding Vajra Yogini Mandalas

Dec 27, 2013 | Views: 2,814

(June 17, 2011)   Dear Elizabeth, I have recorded a message on video for you. Please see the above. I wish you well and tremendous success in your practice....

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Facebook question: What are the Commitments After Receiving Vajra Yogini’s Sacred Initiation?

Facebook question: What are the Commitments After Receiving Vajra Yogini’s Sacred Initiation?

Dec 25, 2013 | Views: 2,134

Question Series for my FB Friends: After recieving Vajra Yogini’s sacred initiation, what are the exact commitments we should uphold daily, monthly and for life? What are the essentials?...

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Facebook question: What is Vajra Yogini’s Left Foot Stepping On?

Facebook question: What is Vajra Yogini’s Left Foot Stepping On?

Dec 14, 2013 | Views: 1,431

(April 13, 2011) Question Series for my Fb Friends: Varjra Yogini’s left sacred foot steps on who or what? What is the position of the being She’s stepping on?...

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Homage To The Headless Divine Lady

Homage To The Headless Divine Lady

Dec 13, 2013 | Views: 1,652

    An ordinary person couldn’t ever survive if their head was severed. The body would just go lifeless. In this extreme symbolism, Vajra Yogini shows that by cutting off the ego, samsara goes lifeless. This rare form of Vajra Yogini expressed that divine life can be achieved even if...

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Cosmic Tantra

Cosmic Tantra

Dec 6, 2013 | Views: 11,682

(Feb 21, 2012) Dear friends and those who want to go serious, You know I was watching a video on Madonna’s Sticky and Sweet Tour and also a Abba video on YouTube…...

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Buddha Lady Finally Arrives Home!!

Buddha Lady Finally Arrives Home!!

Sep 19, 2013 | Views: 4,840

 (May 26th, 2011) For the longest time I wanted to invite a large Vajra Yogini statue into my personal residence. Decades ago I can only dream of such an...

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Pemako – Vajrayogini’s Sacred Body

Pemako – Vajrayogini’s Sacred Body

May 16, 2013 | Views: 2,763

Pemako is located in southeast Tibet. In Tibetan, the word "Pemako" means "Lotus Array" or "Lotus of Great Bliss". It is a land that intrigues many Western explorers as...

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Bodhgaya & Vajrayogini

Bodhgaya & Vajrayogini

Jan 21, 2013 | Views: 3,838

      My Bodhgaya Vajrayogini (17 inches) Over a decade and a half ago – Bodhgaya as everybody knows is the place where Lord Buddha chose to become...

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Silent Auction on my paintings

Silent Auction on my paintings

Mar 12, 2012 | Views: 639

Several months back, I painted a Dzambala for my long time student Girlie Ooi as a special gift for all her hard work and devotion towards taking care of...

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The Queen Turns Red…

The Queen Turns Red…

Mar 4, 2012 | Views: 2,027

Dear everyone, I have loved beautiful art both spiritual and secular since I was very young. I really like Tibetan Buddhist iconography. It is so meaningful and has tremendous...

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Gelug Vajra Yogini

Gelug Vajra Yogini

Feb 25, 2012 | Views: 2,045

    Vajrayogini in the Gelug Tradition It is said that Vajrayogini was Je Tsonkhapa’s (1357 – 1419 C.E.) innermost yidam. There is no evidence for this since the...

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Very Important talk!! Must Listen!

Very Important talk!! Must Listen!

Feb 20, 2012 | Views: 2,278

Dear Serious Spiritual Aspirants, For those of you in Dharma who wishes to move ahead and eventually practice the higher teachings (Tantra and Vajra Yogini, Yamantaka, Kalacakra, etc), this...

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Look at this picture!!!

Look at this picture!!!

Nov 27, 2011 | Views: 1,408

Philip Yong and group of Kecharians recently visited all the holy places in Kathmandu. They also visited Tsem Ladrang in Kathmandu. That is my residence there...

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8 Lines to Infinity

8 Lines to Infinity

Aug 31, 2011 | Views: 2,773

All the qualities of the Buddhas of the ten directions and three times (past, present, and future) are embodied in Vajra Yogini. So these 8 Praises praise all the...

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Sunset Vajra Yogini

Sunset Vajra Yogini

Jul 9, 2011 | Views: 1,405

This is my very precious image of the most powerful person in the Universe-Vajra Yogini. I’ve had this sacred image for nearly one and a half decades now. It...

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Painting Dzambala and Vajrayogini

Painting Dzambala and Vajrayogini

Jul 8, 2011 | Views: 1,330

As a child and teenager, I use to spend hundreds of hours painting the Buddhas, mountains, caves, forests and meditators in forests… I loved painting them. I connected with...

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Quick Photos from Nepal Trip

Quick Photos from Nepal Trip

Jun 3, 2011 | Views: 2,130

Our group just arrived back to Malaysia from a successful spiritual trip from Nepal today Saturday, June 4, 2011. Everyone felt the trip was too short and the time sped...

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Two Feeter!

Two Feeter!

May 28, 2011 | Views: 627

Kechara Sarawati Arts Dept’s Pat working hard on a 2ft Vajra Yogini I placed an order for. It’s the first of it’s kind. We didn’t have a VY this...

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A Precious Vajrayogini for Someone Special

A Precious Vajrayogini for Someone Special

May 15, 2011 | Views: 812

Recently, the Ladrang team prepared a beautiful 17″ Vajra Yogini statue as a surprise gift for a certain someone who has committed to doing Dharma all the way… In addition...

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Artwork on Vajra Yogini

Artwork on Vajra Yogini

Feb 18, 2011 | Views: 682

Below are the photos and description of the two Vajra Yogini statues. Do take a look at the care and fine details KSA made on these statues… ( A)Vajra Yogini...

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Vajra Yogini on Canvas

Vajra Yogini on Canvas

Jan 29, 2011 | Views: 312

While spring cleaning through my personal items, the Ladrang staff and I sorted through several cards (greeting cards, birthday cards etc). One of them had a beautiful photo of...

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Flying Vajrayogini in Patan, Nepal

Flying Vajrayogini in Patan, Nepal

Jan 28, 2011 | Views: 2,258

My students and friends have been in Kathmandu (Nepal) on a pilgrimage. JP (Head liaison of Tsem Ladrang) is leading a group of 7 people, where for 4 of...

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Hollywood Vajra Yogini

Hollywood Vajra Yogini

Jan 28, 2011 | Views: 1,549

Or view the video on the server at: http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/v20672242K7sAWSt8.flv I like Aaliyah playing her role as Queen of the Vampires.. .by coincidence the costume, movements, hair, ornaments resembles something...

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Vajra Yogini newly spray-painted dress!

Vajra Yogini newly spray-painted dress!

Dec 6, 2010 | Views: 231

In these photos you can see the process of the pearl being spray-painted on, to a brownish-antique colour. This compliments Vajrayogini’s “skin” very well! Our Kechara Saraswati Arts and...

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The Queen’s skirt tailor-made!

The Queen’s skirt tailor-made!

Nov 12, 2010 | Views: 140

Patricia Ng is the resident tailor in Kechara Saraswati Arts (KSA). She usually tailors brocades for thangkas, ritual objects, brocades and clothes for Buddha statues in Traditional Tibetan offering manner. When KSA...

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8 feet Vajra Yogini in Kechara!

8 feet Vajra Yogini in Kechara!

Nov 6, 2010 | Views: 325

                          Our beautiful 8 feet Vajra Yogini has arrived in our new Kechara prayer hall (Gompa). Here you...

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Beautiful Vajrayogini Stone Statues

Beautiful Vajrayogini Stone Statues

Sep 18, 2010 | Views: 937

Over a week ago, 2 hand-carved/hand-made statues arrived into Kechara’s hands! Coming from the artisan’s hands, not one of these beautiful stone statues is the same with another. Seeing...

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Gifts for Students

Gifts for Students

Sep 17, 2010 | Views: 692

I arranged a while in back some wonderful and unique gifts for Wee Liang, one is a 5-head dragon of Greek Mythology, and the other one is two-legs-up Vajrayogini which is...

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14″ Vajra Yogini Hand Carved Stone Statue!

14″ Vajra Yogini Hand Carved Stone Statue!

Sep 8, 2010 | Views: 887

These 2 statues are the new 14″ stone Vajra Yogini statues that are individually carved from stone. Although similar, no two pieces look the same. Very personal and unique....

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My First Guru in New Jersey

My First Guru in New Jersey

Aug 24, 2010 | Views: 1,828

When I was 7 years old I was taken to New Jersey, USA. That was in 1972. In 1971, the great Sera Mey Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tharchin arrived and...

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My Dream House in Nepal Mountains

My Dream House in Nepal Mountains

Aug 22, 2010 | Views: 3,426

This has been my dream all my life. To live in the mountains with greens, fresh air and simple houses. I stay here and just do retreats, offerings, meditations...

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8-inch Vajrayogini from Kechara Saraswati Arts Department (KSA)

8-inch Vajrayogini from Kechara Saraswati Arts Department (KSA)

Jul 8, 2010 | Views: 597

  KECHARA SARASWATI ARTS DEPT IS REALLY SPECTACULAR. LOOK WHAT THEY DID FOR THIS VAJRA YOGINI STATUE I HAD THEM PREPARE!! I AM ORDERING MORE!!   KSA PAINTED HER...

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KSJC Studying Vajra Yogini Via Rinpoche’s Blog

KSJC Studying Vajra Yogini Via Rinpoche’s Blog

Jun 22, 2010 | Views: 222

Happenings at KECHARA SOUTHERN JEWEL CHAPEL OR KSJC in Johor Bahru State in Southern Part of Malaysia. We have a Kechara study group there with a beautiful Chapel. About 31 attendees...

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Vajra Yogini Daju or self initiation

Vajra Yogini Daju or self initiation

Apr 1, 2010 | Views: 1,756

Recently I had monk friends from Gaden visit me. They had assisted me in the Vajra Yogini Self initiation rite that I had needed to do. Extensive tormas and...

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Vajra Yogini’s Book has been translated into Chinese!!!

Vajra Yogini’s Book has been translated into Chinese!!!

Mar 25, 2010 | Views: 377

In 2008 I took a group of over 60 people to the holy places of Vajra Yogini and Buddhism in Nepal. I went to each place with the group...

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A Haunting Beauty

A Haunting Beauty

Mar 20, 2010 | Views: 584

via www.davidlai.me Very apt descriptions. I love this. Tsem Rinpoche  

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Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche in Tantric Dress

Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche in Tantric Dress

Mar 17, 2010 | Views: 903

His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche was the definitive Master of the Gelugpas in the 20th Century. He was the root guru of both Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang and Ling Dorje...

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MYSTICAL DANCE OF THE YOGINI!

MYSTICAL DANCE OF THE YOGINI!

Mar 16, 2010 | Views: 1,637

Nepal has had a long tradition of Vajra Yogini worship.They have many sacred temples dedicated to Her. They have Her depictions everywhere. It is such a joy to see....

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Flying Vajra Yogini

Flying Vajra Yogini

Mar 15, 2010 | Views: 1,029

I have a wonderful Lady Student named Datuk May. She is a kind and warm person. Very helpful and very devoted. When I opened my Kathmandu Tsem Ladrang last...

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At a student’s home….

At a student’s home….

Mar 15, 2010 | Views: 649

One of my students travelled to Nepal with me and we visited many Vajra Yogini Chapels. She was inspired and when she returned home, she renovated her house to...

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My Father’s gift of Vajra Yogini

My Father’s gift of Vajra Yogini

Mar 15, 2010 | Views: 1,211

When I visited my father many years back, we were sitting around just talking. Suddenly he asked me do I like Vajra Yogini out of the blue. We have...

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Bodhi Tree Vajra Yogini

Bodhi Tree Vajra Yogini

Mar 15, 2010 | Views: 697

This 18 inches Vajra Yogini was given to me by a young Malaysian that I had met in Bodhgaya, India. I was in Bodhgaya on a mini retreat and...

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Sacred Vajra Yogini Tsatsa

Sacred Vajra Yogini Tsatsa

Mar 15, 2010 | Views: 619

A few years back a very kind student gifted me with this extremely sacred tsatsa of the Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini. it is around 1inches across and very light...

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  • Alice Tay
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 10:01 PM
    This is really great news for having SFS campaign to help the stray dogs. Other than to urge and educate the public to treat the stray dogs with compassionately, SFS campaign encourages for all quarters to work together to spay or neuter stray animals which is an effective method to control the amount of stray dogs. Indirectly, this may reduce the suffering of stray dogs from being abused or die because of starvation.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/stray-free-selangor.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 10:00 PM
    Good news finally Selangor becaome the first state free from stray dogs. With the support of the royalties and the Selangor Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) organised the campaign to make
    the state free of stray dogs and create the awareness of compassionate love towards stray animals.They are working work towards a radical change,thats a worderful news.
    Well ,do hope more states will follow Selangor to replace the inhumane way of dealing with stray animals too.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful news.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/stray-free-selangor.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 05:29 PM
    These iconographically correct Buddha images set in precious gemstones are one of its kind and unique in every sense of the word. And the designs are versatile to suit any apparels and occasions, redefining the Buddhist sense of fashion in a big way. Thank you, Rinpoche and Louise for this sharing. I hope the pendants will bring protections to the wearer and connections to the Buddha to those who admire it by sight.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/timeless-and-sacred.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 03:29 PM
    Very inspiring true story of a monk…Master Xuyun after going through many hardships and illness to pursue what he wanted to be. What he did was amazing travelling in harsh conditions to so many places just to preach chinese buddhism from one country to another. Master Xuyun has spent his entired life devoted to the Dharma,During the war many monasteries and holy sites was destroyed but somehow Master Xuyun managed to restore once again.Because of him ,those monasteries and holy sites were till today. He was a household name at that time and have inspired many modern spiritual seeker to strive along the path towards enlightenment.
    Thank you Pastor Adeline Woon for such an interesting and inspiring article.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/empty-cloud.html#tabs-7
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 11:47 AM
    It is ironic that Dalai Lama would have given a remarks to discourage country such as Germany to accept refugees and that refugees should return to homeland and to build the country. I think this is really a callous statement to be mentioned. Dalai Lama being the Tibetan Buddhist leader should portray compassion and extending help to those in need. All these refugees are running away for their life because their own country is not safe to stay anymore. Just like what Tibetan has encountered in the late 1950s.

    This kind of contrary statement is also very obvious in the Dorje Shugden ban. Dorje Shugden have been practised by many high lamas since 400 years ago and also by Dalai Lama’s Guru but it is ban by Tibetan leadership.

    Dalai Lama is a high lama and is believed to be the emanation of Chenrezig. Although his statements were contrary sometimes but I believe he would have the reason that we may not understand yet. Hopefully all the issues would be resolve in peace.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/dalai-lama-says-too-many-refugees-in-europe.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 12:34 AM
    Wonderful good news to learn about this first of its kind progressive campaign to help the stray animals in Malaysia by the Sultan and Permaisuri of Selangor. While stray animals can be a nuisance to the public at large but bear in mind, the strays do not have a choice, and we have a role to play. Neutering strays is a humane and compassionate ways of resolving the program of stray animals in the long run because it largely reduces the numbers of strays on the streets. Neutering and proving proper shelters to strays can prevent thousands of animals from being born, only to suffer and struggle to survive on the streets, be abused by cruel or neglectful people, or be euthanized inhumanely. I have read somewhere that says spaying and neutering makes a big difference: Just one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce an incredible 370,000 kittens!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/stray-free-selangor.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 12:15 AM
    Humans and animals, as well as other sentient beings within the six realms of samsara, are subjected to the law of cyclic of existence. Karma or generally known as the law of cause and effect will determine where we take our next rebirth. It is extremely rare for sentient beings to take the form of a human body and in perfect condition. Hence we must not let this precious lifetime go to waste by indulging in silly actions and harmful ways. If we are born in the animals realms or lower, there is close to zero way for us to collect merits and get out of that realm.

    From the stories above, I find the story about Dalawong most unusual because he seemed to be able to determine the destination of his next rebirth after he was being killed as a snake. After he had taken rebirth in human form, he continued to remember the incident in his past life. Amazing!

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing these researches with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/do-animals-reincarnate-back-as-humans.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 09:42 PM
    If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 03:50 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article about tsa tsa. Didn’t know there are many steps and holy materials used in making a tsa tsa. In addition, the maker of tsa tsa would need to do prayer in the morning depending of what tsa tsa they are making on the day, for example, the maker will do Dorje Shugden practise before making Dorje Shugden tsa tsa.

    Only by knowing the process, we will appreciate the items more. Tsa tsa is a precious item.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/tsa-tsas-are-nice.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 09:28 AM
    Dalawong: A Child Recalls a Past Life as a Cobra in Thailand

    This case was actually researched by the late Francis Story, a British citizen who was fascinated with Buddhism and spent many years in Asia. He was also very interested in the topic of reincarnation and assisted Dr. Stevenson in investigating a number of very important reincarnation cases in Burma and Sri Lanka. Francis interviewed the subject of this case, a Thai boy named Dalowong, along with his father, mother and sister. He also had access to a pamphlet that was previously published regarding the case, which was also summarized in an article in the Bangkok Times.

    Dalawong actually claimed two past animal incarnations. He recalled a past lifetime as a deer, which he said was killed by a hunter. Subsequently, he stated he was reincarnated as a snake, more specifically, as a cobra.

    As the snake, Dalawong remembered that he was in a cave when two dogs entered and attacked him. A ferocious struggle ensued between the cobra and the dogs. The owner of the dogs then entered the cave and killed the snake. Apparently, the snake was able to bite the human invader on the shoulder, prior to succumbing to death.

    The human took the cobra’s body back home, where the snake was cooked for a meal. This man shared the snake meat with an acquaintance, who would become Dalawong’s father in the near future. The man who killed the cobra had the name Mr. Hiew.

    Read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/do-animals-reincarnate-back-as-humans.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 08:40 PM
    谢谢Paul Yap 为我们介绍马来西亚彭亨州文东必定参观的地方之一~克切拉禅修林。就如照片显示,克切拉禅修林的确是一个环境清幽、山明水秀以及令人有宁静舒适的感觉。

    如果有机会到马来西亚游玩,千万不要错过由Paul Yap介绍克切拉禅修林里的几个优美与神圣的地方,包括:
    1. 金泽”财王”
    2. 金刚瑜伽母佛塔
    3. 绿度母石雕像
    4. 药师佛山
    5. 梦幻文殊菩萨
    6. 詹仁波切的货柜屋
    7. 文殊山
    8. 智慧堂(释迦摩尼佛像和多杰雄登像)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 08:09 PM
    The sculpture of Kuan Yin in Macau is simple but elegant. Most importantly, this big Kuan Yin in Macau is built to bring peace, harmony and prosperity to the people.

    I remember Rinpoche mentioned before a big Buddha statue will have positive impact on the environment and plant the Buddha’s seeds in all sentient beings that not only humans but also including animals and many others. Therefore, the bigger Buddha statue the more beneficial to all sentient beings where they can see and be blessed by this big Buddha statue from far.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/kuan-yin-of-macau-city.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 03:29 PM
    Krishnan’s effort and hard work in contributing to the society is very inspiring. He is willing to let go of his high paying job to Switzerland and staying back in India to operate a soup kitchen for homeless. On top of that he is willing to accept the hardship of financial restraint every month in maintaining his service for the people living in the street. I hope his good work will bring more awareness and sponsors for him especially when CNN showed the video of his work and awarded him with top 10 CNN heroes.

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

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

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

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


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


    Very interesting read: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2157904-supernormal-abilities-developed-through-meditation-dr-dean-radin-discusses/?sidebar=morein

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Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
yesterday
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.
4 days 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
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
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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.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
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More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
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Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
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My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
2 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
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Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
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Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
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Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
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Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
3 months ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
4 months ago
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
4 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
4 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
4 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
4 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
4 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
5 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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  • March 28, 2017 09:11
    Lia asked: If the ushnisha is actually supposed to be a bump, then do we change the visualization of the top knot and replace it with a bump covered in hair or do we keep the ushnisha as the thangkas show?
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  • March 27, 2017 04:19
    Dongho asked: I have been reading on the tunes of certain sects and would like to ask on this. From what I've read, there are certain tunes to each sect and school of certain chants. Exactly where can I find the sheet music for these percussion and horns with the chants, such as to the one for invoking Kache Marpo or Dorje Shugden? Would it be possible to use school instruments for this?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your question, it is good to see you back and asking more questions. Yes you are right, there are differences in the tunes and chants between the lineages. The differences can vary significantly between the traditions, for example the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism is known for its extremely deep throat singing which is very powerful and is characterised by a low, booming voice, in contrast to the other traditions. Even within a particular tradition, there can be slight variations as to the manner in which the chants and tunes are performed. For example those monasteries are which are affiliated with Gyume will have one way of throat singing, where those affiliated with Gyuto will have another. As far as I am aware there is no professional sheet music for the rituals, most probably because the music is actually an integral part of the ritual itself. Therefore the music, tunes, and chants are all taught at the same time the ritual and prayers are. The tunes, and use of the instruments all have specific meanings, because they are considered to be offerings to the deities in the form of sound. The monasteries would not have copies of sheet music either, because sheet music is western practice. The use of ritual music within Tibetan Buddhism is more of one based on memory. In the Kechara organisation, the puja team was trained in such ritual instruments at the same time they learnt the particular ritual from monks from the monastery, such as the puja of Dorje Shugden. From what I saw of the training, the musical tunes, and use of instruments was not written down but taught experientially at the same time as the chanting. I have not come across any other instruments being used in pujas apart from the traditional ritual instruments, because even the instruments themselves have a specific meaning. That is not say that school instruments cannot be used. This is because, as long as the offering is sincere, the Buddhas and enlightened deities will accept it, and in turn you will generate great amounts of merit. Offerings should be made to the best of our ability, therefore if you do not have access to the ritual instruments, or do not know how to play them, but you know how to play other instruments, and use these instruments as offerings to the Buddhas during pujas, the amount of merit you generate will be the same. This is because you are sincere with your offering. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 26, 2017 02:14
    Kunga asked: Does the Gelug have Begtse a protector? If so, could you please provide a sadhana for him here?
    pastor answered: Dear Kunga, Yes the Dharma protector Begtse exists within the Gelug tradition. He is also known as Chamsing. Begtse’s practice stems from India and was introduced to Tibet and therefore Tibetan Buddhism by the translator Nyen Lotsawa. Marpa Lotsawa also practiced Begtse, and so the practice exists in the Kagyu traditions. This practice was eventually transmitted to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first of the five patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, who were the founding fathers of that tradition. Over time the practice of Begtse was incorporated into the Gelug tradition, founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, and was notably practiced by the 1st and 2nd Dalai Lamas. Over time the practice gained popularity within the lineage, especially when it spread to Mongolia. There the practice became an important one within the lineage as upheld there. Begtse is also affectionately known as the Dharma protector of Mongolia, because his practice is so popular there. If I am not mistaken, there is an oracle of Begtse in Mongolia as well. There is a mistaken account that the practice originated around the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama, with the subjugation of a Mongolian war god, but Begtse was definitely practiced before that time in the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya traditions. While the practice of Begtse is very effective, I have not come across the practice of Begtse in my personal practice, therefore I do not have access to the Begtse sadhana to provide to you. Instead Begtse is propitiated in prayers that incorporate many other Dharma protectors, and Begtse is also considered one of the nine protectors of the Hayagriva (Tamdrin) cycle of tantric teachings. Therefore Begtse is included in the Dharma protector sections of the Hayagriva tantras. Surrounding Begtse are his sister, Sing Ma, and his main minister, Le Khan Mar Po. His inner retinue comprises of eight butchers who wield copper swords in their right hands and skull-cups full of blood in their left hands. They are portrayed as naked and are very ugly. His outer retinue comprises a further twenty-one butchers, who hold copper swords in their right hands, and this time, the entrails of butchered enemies. They wear the skins humans and oxen as clothes, with ornaments made from human bone. While this may seem violent, Begtse is actually a very powerful and beneficial protector, who helps practitioners clear their obstacles and create conducive conditions for their spiritual evolution. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 24, 2017 20:12
    Azair asked: Venerable Rinpoche, I am doing a study in Kalachakra Tantra and I've heard from most of the lama's too that if you practice the Kalachakra Tantra, you'll be able to take control of your next rebirth. Ofcourse, it has been said that we will get our rebirth according to our Karma and desires but whether those dreams will get fulfilled will depend upon the actions that we take in this life. Thus, practicing the Kalachakra(till the end) after initiation will give you the opportunity to take rebirth anywhere you desire regardless of your Karma. My question is that, is there some truth in this statement.? Does this statement hold true for other tantra practices, such as Vajrayogini Tantra, Ghuyasamaja Tantra, Heruka Tantra, etc. I would really really like to know. Thankyou in anticipation, regards, Azair
    pastor answered: Dear Azair, Thank you for your question. Yes there is truth to this statement, both from a scriptural perspective and also by example, as the great masters have shown us. This is a unique feature of all Anuttarayoga Tantras or Highest Yoga Tantras, which Kalachakra, Vajrayogini, Guhyasama and Heruka are all examples of. This category of tantric practice can actually lead a practitioner to full enlightenment in this very lifetime. Even if enlightenment is not reached, very high levels of attainment can be reached nonetheless. This includes the ability to take control over your next rebirth. This is primarily engaged in so that the practitioner is born in an environment where they can eventually pick up their practice and further their spiritual path to enlightenment, or in order to be born in a place where they can benefit sentient beings the most, as part of the spiritual journey over many lifetimes. One of the reasons such an ability is very necessary on the spiritual path, is that usual death and rebirth occurs at the mercy of ones karma, specifically what is known as the ‘throwing karma’ or the karma that dictates what sort of rebirth a person is going to take. This opens up at the time of ordinary death, which most people have no control over. During the death process, many of our disturbing emotions will arise. Whichever of these is the strongest at the point of death triggers open a latent karmic potential, which becomes the ‘throwing karma’ and dictates where we are going to take rebirth and if that life will generally be full of suffering or not. Within Anuttarayoga Tantra, one of the key points of practice is to prepare for one’s death. This is done by simulating the dying process during one’s meditations, so that one becomes familiar with it. At the most pivotal part of this process, one practices achieving either the rainbow body or great bliss (in the case of the father tantras); or clear light (in the case of mother tantras). The tantras themselves are not defined in terms of the gender of the central deity, but by the method used to gain enlightenment. This is either the rainbow body/great bliss (classified as male, therefore labelled ‘father’) or clear light (classified as female, therefore labelled ‘mother’). Non-dual tantras such as the Kalachakra tantra can employ either of the two methods, a mixture of both, or alternate methods. In the case of superior practitioners, due to the power of their practice, they can achieve either of these two methods in their current body. Since they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, and a particular method of practice, they can also achieve enlightenment during their physical death. The great Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have achieved enlightenment at the moment of physical death, using the second of these. For other practitioners, they may not be able to achieve this either in their meditations while they are alive, or during the death process. However because they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, they remain in complete concentration at the time of death, not allowing any disturbing emotions to arise. Due to this level of concentration, meditation and awareness during the dying process, they are able to control where they next take rebirth. This is evident in the tantric scriptures themselves, and the life stories of many masters, who can state exactly where, when and to whom they will take their next rebirth, as they are in full control of the dying and rebirth process. There is a type of meditation called ‘thukdam’ which has been translated into ‘death meditation’. This is a final meditation some masters choose to engage in. During this meditation, the master themselves consciously begin the physical dying process themselves, engage in the meditation of dissolving the winds into the heart centre and remain in the most pivotal part of the death process, the mind of clear light of death. During this point they engage in meditations, either the methods of the father or mother tantras as mentioned previously, and or consciously choose where they are to next take rebirth. They can remain in this death meditation for long periods of time, days at an end, in which their consciousness has not yet left their body, although for all intents and purposes they are dead according to medical science, e.g. they have no heartbeat. At the end of their meditation, a drop of blood will be emitted from their nostril, and their head will slump over a little. Masters who engage in this meditation usually sit in full meditation posture, and their body remain supple and soft even though they have passed away from a medical point of view. I hope this brief explanation helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2017 23:01
    Brad asked: What is the significance of offering the Seven precious emblems of royalty to the Buddhas and enlightened Dharma Protectors? What are we symbolically offering up?
    pastor answered: Dear Brad, Thank you for your question. The ‘saptaratna’ or seven precious emblems represent on the one hand the ultimate state of temporal power, and on the other hand the ultimate spiritual attainments that we can achieve. By offering these to the Buddhas, we are actually creating the causes to achieve what they represent. Therefore it is good to know the meaning of each, so we can understand what we are creating the causes for by offering them up: Please see below for an explanation of the seven royal emblems: 1. The Precious Wheel: a thousand spoked wheel, representing the universal power of the Buddhas, as well as the teachings of the thousand Buddhas of our aeon. It is represented by the Dharmachakra, symbolising the ‘turning of the wheel’ or teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, especially that of our own mind, thoughts, delusions and afflictions. 2. The Precious Jewel: an eight sided wish-granting gem, which fulfils all the needs of a universal emperor. This jewel has eight special qualities: it illuminates the night sky for hundreds of leagues; it is cooling when the temperature is hot and warming when the temperature is cold; it makes manifest whatever the holder wants; when thirsty it causes a fresh-water spring to appear; it has the ability to control the nagas, and other supernatural beings, as well as preventing natural disasters such as storms, floods, etc.; it gives off multi-coloured lighted which heals the various mental and emotional afflictions; it cures all illnesses; and it ensures that one dies a natural death, not an untimely one. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, or perfect discrimination, so one knows what to abandon and what to keep in the mindstream during the spiritual journey to enlightenment. 3. The Precious Queen: the most beautiful and virtuous of all women. She is described as a goddess who is the epitome of someone: with devotion; without jealousy; who is the embodiment of fertility; who works for the welfare of all beings; who possess feminine wisdom; speaks the truth; not attract to sensual pleasures or material possessions; and does not have false views. She is adored by all. She also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect effort. This is necessary to keep meditating until one gains spiritual attainments. 4. The Precious Minister: who has sharp intelligence, patience, and the ability to give wise counsel to the emperor. He is so attuned to the emperor that even before the emperor has spoken, the minister is already carrying out his command. He only wishes to support the Dharma, help sentient beings, and is an excellent strategist. He also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect joy. This is also akin to the attainment of the first bodhisattva level, because you have come to an understanding of your own mind, which is like pouring ice-cold water into boiling water. The water stops boiling, as does the thoughts, projections, and delusions in the mind. He represents the path of the bodhisattva. 5. The Precious Elephant: who has the strength of a thousand normal elephants. He is white, with the perfect features that an elephant could have. He is majestic, graceful, and gentle, but in battle is fearsome, fearless and unyielding. He communicates with the emperor through a telepathic link. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect adaptability. This is important, as one needs to be able to adapt to the various mental afflictions as they arise, and suitably counter them. 6. The Precious Horse: who has all the marks of a celestial horse. Known as wind-horse, he is able to travel extremely fast, and can circumambulate the entire universe three time in just a single day. He is never fearful or startled, never makes a sound when galloping, and has extremely soft hairs on his body. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is single-pointed concentration. This is important because without this form of concentration, once cannot engage in the analytical meditations that lead to an understanding of emptiness, and therefore enlightenment. 7. The Precious General: who has mastered the arts of war and always wins in battle. He wears battle armour and holds many different weapons. He tries to avoid battle, but when necessary fights, and never gives up until he has won. He is fearless, and courageous in carrying out the emperors commands and ensures the emperors army carries out their duties. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect equanimity. This is because he overcomes all warfare, which is akin to the battle between things were are attached to and things we have an aversion for in our minds. In short, what you are offering up is the highest of all temporal treasures and abilities, as well as the entire path of the Dharma. Doing so creates the causes for you to receive all of this on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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