第十一世班禅喇嘛首次授予时轮金刚灌顶

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至尊第十一世班禅额尔德尼·确吉坚赞不久前在其位于中国西藏自治区西南部日喀则扎什伦布寺附近的新夏宫授予时轮金刚灌顶。这是中国西藏地区50年来首次公开举办大规模时轮金刚灌顶,也是年轻的班禅喇嘛首次授予时轮金刚灌顶。

灌顶仪式于2016年7月21日(星期四)正式掀开序幕。当天上午,来自中国西北部甘肃省拉卜楞寺和扎什伦布寺的40名僧人举办了闭门修本尊仪式。这是在长达四天的灌顶法会期间,每天上午都必须举行的仪式。

出席灌顶法会的人数超过10万余名,其中包括5000名僧众和100余位高僧活佛和上师。著名活佛如尊贵的第20世丹玛贡萨秋吉仁波切、尊贵的尼智仁波切、尊敬的向巴恩珠仁波切(旺秋上师)等也出席了这项盛会。

著名上师向巴恩珠仁波切(蓄胡子者)与一班格西和上师们共同出席灌顶法会。

著名上师向巴恩珠仁波切(蓄胡子者)与一班格西和上师们共同出席灌顶法会。

灌顶法会开始前,许多西藏信众朝第十一世班禅大师方向投掷哈达以示敬意,由于人数众多,哈达很快就形成一座小山。法会前晚下了一场雨,第一天法会期间也断续下起微雨,然而潮湿冰冷的天气完全无阻僧俗群众出席盛会。下午的仪式开始之前,身穿藏红袍的僧人提着大茶壶为每名信众提供热茶和青稞饼暖身。

班禅大师在致开幕词时表示下雨是一个“吉祥的征兆”,他说当年十世班禅大师举办时轮金刚灌顶时也下了雨,当时大师便说这是一个净化洗礼。

为了确保灌顶法会能顺利有序举行,主办方贴心为群众提供了各项便利,包括设立数个巨型荧幕,好让后方的群众能清楚跟进法会进程;设立供水站和移动厕所;当地医院也派出50名医生和护士分布在11个便民医疗点,随时准备应对紧急情况等。主办方的各项精心策划和努力,均显示了他们对本次历史性吉祥盛典所给予的重视。

 

时轮密续

时轮金刚彩沙坛城是灌顶法会中不可或缺的主要元素。

时轮金刚彩沙坛城是灌顶法会中不可或缺的主要元素。

时轮,意即“时间之轮”,梵语称Kalachakra,在藏文中则称Dukyi Khorlo。时轮密续是西藏佛教中最高层次的密续修持之一。它是在印度伟大的佛教寺院和佛学中心被北方部族入侵和摧毁之前,从印度传入西藏的最后一项伟大密续修持法门。

时轮密续与传说中的神秘香巴拉国土密切相关。根据经典记载,香巴拉为地球上的一处隐秘国土,由证悟国王统治。香巴拉国王既是统治者,也是上师。时轮密续是该国人民的主要修持,而负责赐予灌顶和教诲的就是国王本身。

事实上,根据时轮密续记载,香巴拉早期的国王月贤王(Suchandra)请求释迦牟尼佛传授一项让人们可以在不放弃世俗任务的情况下修持的法门。佛陀答应了国王的请求,在达尼雅卡达卡城,也就是今日印度南部安得拉邦的阿姆拉维提村首次传授时轮金刚教法。神奇的是,佛陀在讲授这项教法的同时,也现身比哈尔邦的灵鹫山上弘法。

当时接受时轮密续教诲的除了香巴拉国王,还有他的96名将领和官员。这项修持法直接由释迦牟尼佛传授给香巴拉,在当地保存和修持了上千年。据称,香巴拉国王的继承者文殊师利称名(Manjushrikirti)和白莲华王(Pundarika)后来又编撰了精简版的《时轮略续》(Kalachakra Laghutantra,时轮拉谷怛特罗)和主要注释《无瑕之光》(Vimalaprabha)。

时轮金刚拥抱明妃杂色母(Visvamata,又称复色母、一切母),下方为时轮续护法金刚力士护法(Vajravega, Dorje Shug)

时轮金刚拥抱明妃杂色母(Visvamata,又称复色母、一切母),下方为时轮续护法金刚力士护法(Vajravega, Dorje Shug)

在西藏,时轮密续拥有许多传承,然而主要有卓(Dro)和惹(Ra)两大传承。惹传承由喀什米尔大师萨满大师利(Samantashri)和惹译师多杰扎(Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drak)传继下来。这个传承后来传到了萨迦派,由萨迦班智达、卓根秋吉八思巴等大师护持和弘扬开来。

另一方面,卓传承则由在公元1027年前往西藏弘法的喀什米尔学者索马那他(Somanatha,又称班智达月怙主)和卓译师喜饶扎(Dro Lotsawa Sherab Drak)传承下来,并因此有了时轮续的“卓”传承之名。后来,在觉囊派创始人宇摩·牟觉多杰(Yumo Mikyo Dorje)和更蚌·图吉宗哲(Kunpang Tukje Tsondru)的影响下,卓传承时轮金刚续成了觉囊派的主要修持。觉囊学者多罗那他(Taranatha)更为时轮续撰写了注释和教诲,将这项传承进一步发展和弘扬开来。

时至今日,时轮续已传遍西藏佛教各大传承教派,然而在格鲁派中却占据了最显著的地位。据说,宗喀巴大师本身也修持时轮金刚密续。大师在检查此续内容时,出现了种种吉祥瑞兆,时轮金刚在大师净观中出现,并将双手放在大师头顶上说:“在时轮续中,你好比月贤王再世。”

后来被追封为第一世班禅大师的宗喀巴大师之主要弟子克主杰曾为时轮续编撰 了重要的释论。

 

第十一世班禅大师额尔德尼·确吉杰布

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在西藏宗教和政治领域中,达赖尊者和班禅大师是地位最崇高的两位上师。这项传统始于公元17世纪,当第四世班禅大师洛桑确吉坚赞发现和认证了第五世达赖尊者阿旺洛桑嘉措之后。

五世达赖尊者后来统一了西藏,并被封为西藏的世俗和精神领袖。为了感激上师,达赖尊者赐予上师“班禅大师”头衔,并对班禅大师的三任前世加以追封。此外,达赖尊者也将扎什伦布寺赐为其上师的驻锡地。

1995年11月29日,在严格按照宗教仪式和规定下完成金瓶掣签后,年幼的班禅额尔德尼·确吉杰布(俗名:坚赞诺布)被正式认证为第十一世班禅大师。

坚赞诺布于1990年2月13日诞生在西藏自治区北部那曲地区嘉黎县。父亲和母亲皆只受过小学教育。“坚赞诺布”这个名字由其外祖父所取,意思是“神圣的胜利幢”。他出生时,出现了许多瑞兆,其保姆无意中在他的舌头上发现了一个白色的藏文字母“阿”字,意味着这名男孩是一位高僧转世。

另一方面,寻找至尊第十世班禅大师转世灵童的工作正式于1989年6月展开。寻访团队经过观圣湖、占卜,全面观察候选灵童的面容、吉祥特征和安排辨认十世班禅大师遗留的圣物之后,挑选出三位最出色的候选人。

在接下来于拉萨市大昭寺内觉沃仁波切像前举办的金瓶掣签中,坚赞诺布被认证为十世班禅额尔德尼的转世,法名为法名吉尊·洛桑强巴伦珠确吉杰布·白桑布。在接受认证、坐床和受出家戒后,天赋过人的年幼活佛经数名经师的悉心调教下,在15岁那年就已经掌握了大部分的显密教诲。

今日的班禅额尔德尼不仅成了一名宗教领袖,目前更担任中国佛教协会副会长职位。他不久前刚在其驻锡地扎什伦布寺出席了其坐床20周年庆典。

 

本次时轮金刚灌顶的意义

十一世班禅大师身穿法衣,佩戴时轮金刚续密续行者的骨饰。

十一世班禅大师身穿法衣,佩戴时轮金刚续密续行者的骨饰。

时轮金刚灌顶法会中的仪式、观想和念诵内容十分复杂繁琐。然而,年轻的至尊第十一世班禅大师尽管首此授予这项灌顶,过程中却表现得从容、自信、熟练和到位,就宛如其前世一样。这除了突显出历代班禅与时轮金刚的深厚渊源,也显示出其上师们,尤其是其根本上师嘉样加措对他的调教有方。

事实上,班禅大师在扎什伦布寺内拥有一间特别用来修持、掌握和弘扬时轮金刚续的佛殿。班禅大师的每一任前世都修持和弘扬时轮金刚密续,因此这对他而言并非什么新鲜的修持,而不过是延续前世的修持。事实上,时轮续修持正是历任班禅的特长之一。

值得一提的是,班禅大师也被誉为阿弥陀佛和香巴拉国王的化身。香巴拉净土和时轮金刚密切相关,因此由班禅大师来传授时轮金刚灌顶更是意义非凡。

实际上,任何上师或修行者皆可以接受时轮金刚灌顶、投入所需修持和为他人授予灌顶。要具备授予灌顶的资格,修持者首先必须从一位具格的时轮金刚续传承上师那儿接受灌顶,然后专注投入时轮续修持,并在结束所需完成的闭关后进行火供仪式。具备这些条件后,这些上师们就可在人们的请求下,像班禅大师一样为人授予灌顶。可见,并不只有达赖尊者、班禅大师或高坐在法座上的高僧大德才能授予这项灌顶,任何完成所需修持和具备条件者皆可授予灌顶。

有鉴于此,有些人宣称这位班禅大师并非真正的班禅转世,故此次时轮金刚灌顶为无效的这种说法,实际上并无法成立。班禅大师的“真”或“假”跟灌顶的有效性并没有关系。只要这位年轻的上师如实根据古老经典中记载的仪式和规定完成修持,这项灌顶就是真的,人们也能从他身上接受灌顶。因此,宣称灌顶无效和不纯正的说法不仅不合理,更显示出提出这种说法者对密续(尤其是时轮续)教诲和其传授方式的严重无知。

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报道显示,此次灌顶大会由中国政府支持和赞助,僧人和主办方也因此拥有足够 的资源来确保此次大会能有一个周详的计划,并能顺利举行。这显示中国政府提倡信仰自由,不但批准还赞助了这类型活动。事实上,至尊第十一世班禅大师欢迎任何人参与这次的灌顶法会,也不对任何人施加限制。 反观在印度达兰萨拉所举办的同类仪式和灌顶上,达赖尊者和藏人领导却禁止多杰雄登修持者出席。单从这一点,就足以看出哪一方提倡真正的信仰自由,哪一方在施加宗教迫害。

本次大会吸引了超过十万人出席,显示年轻的班禅大师的影响力正与日俱增。这同时也意味着许多藏人将会成为他的弟子,使得指控他为假班禅的说法变得越来越没有立足点。毕竟,相信任何一位有尊严的藏人都不会允许自己的上师被人冠上“假”的称号。

班禅大师日渐上升的地位无疑将对其在达兰萨拉的批评者构成威胁,因为这显示了他将拥有越来越强大的影响力。若他能定期授予时轮金刚灌顶,加上年轻、精力旺盛的优势,并有中国政府作为强有力的后盾,班禅大师对藏人的影响最终将令达兰萨拉的对手显得黯然失色。事实上,班禅大师正稳健地成长,未来势将吸引更多支持者,这将使得他的对手越来越失去批评他的基础。

西藏佛教徒普遍相信,如果一位错误的人选被认证为高僧转世,这位高僧的转世法脉所具有的功德,将会对这位假冒者造成不利的影响。因此,一位假上师的事业和教诲不但不会得到扩展,他本身的寿命也会缩短。然而,现任班禅大师正不断茁壮成长,就足以证明他确凿无误是真正的班禅转世。

超过十万名僧俗群众出席了此次盛典。

超过十万名僧俗群众出席了此次盛典。

班禅大师的成功,显示出中国政府有能力栽培一位能为众生带来福祉的高僧。事实上,这并非史无前例,十世班禅就是其中一个例子。上个世纪五十年代,达赖尊者认证了他个人偏爱的候选人作为九世班禅的转世灵童,而当时的中国国民党政府也认证了他们本身认定的转世灵童洛桑赤列伦珠确吉坚赞。中方灵童越来越著名,影响力也日渐扩大,迫使达赖尊者必须承认这位灵童为真正的班禅, 而将他本身原本认定的灵童委为班禅奥珠仁波切,即班禅化身而非主要转世。

此外,根据合理推断,如果班禅大师的影响力与日俱增,这对于人们对多杰雄登修持的接受度也会带来正面的影响。历史显示,多杰雄登不仅是班禅大师的其中一位主要护法,也是历代班禅驻锡地扎什伦布寺的护法。实际上,在扎什伦布寺内还设有一所专供奉多杰雄登的大型护法殿。由此可见,随着班禅大师的名气和影响力的提升,多杰雄登修持也会越来越受欢迎,人们对祂的接受度也会越来越大。

 

总结

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传统上,西藏佛教上师们并不会公开大规模授予大部分的摩诃无上瑜伽续本尊灌顶如胜乐金刚、密集金刚灌顶等。这是因为这类型的灌顶本只应传授给少数具备资格、拥有上师依止心、能守戒、完成前行修持,且精通三主要道的心识稳定之修行者。因此,上师们在授予任何高阶密续灌顶前,都会对弟子们进行密切观察和严加筛选,最终往往只有极少数弟子有资格接受灌顶。上师们授予灌顶与否,同样都出自慈悲心,具备资格的弟子能从这些殊胜的修持中获取最大的好处,而不具备资格的弟子也不会因无法遵守承诺而遭受相应的后果。

然而,时轮金刚续却是例外,因为祂不仅是一项适合大规模传授的灌顶,且对不同层次的修持者都会带来不同的好处。最高层次的修持者将能透过这项修持获得证悟;中等层次的修持者有机会在来世继续修持佛法;而最低层次的修持者若能认真修持,虽未必能取得极高的成就,也有机会投生香巴拉净土。至于那些只参加灌顶却不修持的人,也将在心识中种下时轮金刚印记,获得其加持,将来也有机会投生香巴拉净土。

简单地图显示神秘的香巴拉王国被喜马拉雅山脉所坏绕。香巴拉国王位居地图中央,围绕着他的是净土中的各部分,整个净土被雪山环绕。香巴拉国王时常传授时轮金刚教诲,提升子民的修行成就。

简单地图显示神秘的香巴拉王国被喜马拉雅山脉所坏绕。香巴拉国王位居地图中央,围绕着他的是净土中的各部分,整个净土被雪山环绕。香巴拉国王时常传授时轮金刚教诲,提升子民的修行成就。(点击放大)

神秘的香巴拉净土地处我们的地球上。因此,比起其他净土,我们跟这个地方的渊源更深,也更容易投生该处。由此可见,大规模的时轮金刚灌顶将能在大批群众的心识中种下时轮金刚的印记和加持,所种下的善因能让他们将来得以投生香巴拉净土。

这就是班禅大师大规模传授时轮金刚灌顶的主要原因。作为香巴拉国王的化身,他的唯一目的就是尽可能救度众生。无论时轮金刚灌顶和修持的仪式有多么非比寻常和精细,其所蕴含的依然是大乘佛教的精神——救度自我和他人。至尊第十一世班禅大师授予时轮金刚灌顶是一件值得随喜的事,可视为佛法自中国向世界各地弘扬开来和茁壮发展的有力征象。

 

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主持时轮金刚灌顶仪式中的班禅大师显得气宇非凡。

主持时轮金刚灌顶仪式中的班禅大师显得气宇非凡。

第十一世班禅大师正进行时轮金刚灌顶中的其中一项仪式。

第十一世班禅大师正进行时轮金刚灌顶中的其中一项仪式。

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年幼的丹玛贡萨仁波切是出席本次灌顶法会的众多活佛、上师之一。

年幼的丹玛贡萨仁波切是出席本次灌顶法会的众多活佛、上师之一。

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年幼的丹玛贡萨秋吉仁波切身穿空行母服饰参加其中一项时轮金刚灌顶仪式。

年幼的丹玛贡萨秋吉仁波切身穿空行母服饰参加其中一项时轮金刚灌顶仪式。

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第十一世班禅大师向空中撒米,象征吉祥圆满。

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  1. Jace Chong on Aug 5, 2016 at 2:43 am

    这是非常殊胜的灌顶仪式!

    其实当我看见视频时,第一个感觉就是现场的荧幕太高清了,只有预算很高的策划才能办到,原来此仪式得到政府的全力支持,所以灌顶仪式的规模不小。

    在这之前,能够办大型时轮金刚而出席者众多的是达赖尊者的时轮金刚灌顶。可惜的是,达赖尊者的时轮金刚灌顶仪式是不容许多杰雄登修行人出席的。该灌顶仪式对所有人甚至非佛教徒也无任欢迎,唯独多杰雄登修行人不能出席,对此我也百思不解。

    佛教提倡不持分别心的不是吗?时轮金刚灌顶既然能利益所有出席的人,但为什么修多杰雄登不能得到加持?反观第十一世班禅喇嘛首次授予时轮金刚灌顶, 对所有人包括多杰雄登修行人都可以出席。这一点看出,中国政府提倡宗教自由。和平和谐的社会,由互相尊重彼此的信仰开始。

  2. Jace Chong on Aug 4, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    这时非常殊胜的灌顶仪式!

    其实当我看见视频时,第一个感觉就是现场的荧幕太高清了,只有预算很高的策划才能办到,原来此仪式得到政府的全力支持,所以灌顶仪式的规模不小。

    在这之前,能够办大型时轮金刚而出席者众多的是达赖尊者的时轮金刚灌顶。可惜的是,达赖尊者的时轮金刚灌顶仪式是不容许多杰雄登修行人出席的。该灌顶仪式对所有人甚至非佛教徒也无任欢迎,唯独多杰雄登修行人不能出席,对此我也百思不解。

    佛教提倡不持分别心的不是吗?时轮金刚灌顶既然能利益所有出席的人,但为什么修多杰雄登不能得到加持?反观第十一世班禅喇嘛首次授予时轮金刚灌顶, 对所有人包括多杰雄登修行人都可以出席。这一点看出,中国政府提倡宗教自由。和平和谐的社会,由互相尊重彼此的信仰开始。

    谢谢!

  3. June Kang on Aug 4, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    十一世班禅在西藏扎什伦布寺成功举办了首次时轮金刚灌顶大法会,超过10万余名来自各地的信教群众现场聆听, 是令人兴奋是看到班禅在中国的影响力, 我们知道中国将提升成为一个世界大国,这意味着班禅的活动将利益更多人。

    根据报道班禅讲经、持咒、灌顶,举行每个仪轨自信从容,让僧俗信众充分领略了其日益精进的佛学造诣,也得到了西藏众多高僧活佛的肯定与敬仰。

    值得一提的是所有人包括多杰雄登修行者都可以参加

  4. yenpin on Aug 1, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    大规模庄严的时轮金刚灌顶
    非常殊圣的灌顶,得到轮金刚灌顶,可以投生香巴拉净土。
    让人感觉非常神秘的香巴拉净土,对神秘又殊圣香巴拉,让我充满好奇。
    在这个世界上还有这么神秘净土。
    当然,人类有信念和追求才会进取,具有超自然的信仰和超自身的信仰力,这个民族才能世代繁衍和生存在世界屋脊这片广袤的土地上。藏民族从形成的那一天起,就注定要成为雪域山河的骄子,世界屋脊的主人。因为有“香巴拉”在等待着他们

    举行大规模的时轮金刚灌顶所有的众生都有机会中种下时轮金刚的印记和加持,能让众生将来得以投生香巴拉净土。

    为期4天时轮金刚灌顶
    至尊第十一世班禅大师欢迎任何人参与这次的灌顶法会,没有限制任何人也没说多杰雄登修持者出席这次时轮金刚灌顶。
    反尔在印度达兰萨拉所举办的同样仪式和灌顶上,达赖尊者和藏人领导却禁止多杰雄登修持者出席。
    从这里就可以看到这一点,是哪一方提倡真正的信仰自由,是哪一方在宗教迫害。

    这里也显示中国政府非常提倡信仰自由,不但批准还赞助了这类型活动。

  5. Pastor Shin Tan on Aug 1, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    随喜为期4天的时轮金刚灌顶法会在西藏自治区日喀则市德庆格桑颇彰顺利圆满。为迎接此次法会,扎什伦布寺从一个月前就开始了筹备工作。法会现场位于班禅新宫德庆格桑颇彰南边空旷的草坝上,占地11.2万平方米。扎什伦布寺僧人为法会特制了精美的时轮金刚彩砂坛城。为方便信众听经接受灌顶,现场放置了4块巨型LED显示屏和几十个扩音器。此外,当地政府部门为了确保法会正常有序进行,抽调了众多医生在现场设立了多处便民医疗点,组建了志愿者团队在法会期间为信徒提供各种便民服务。

    自治区党委书记陈全国也在7月26日于拉萨会见了十一世班禅额尔德尼·确吉杰布,代表自治区党委、政府和全区各族人民,对十一世班禅额尔德尼·确吉杰布回藏考察调研、开展佛事活动表示欢迎,对十一世班禅成功举办首次时轮金刚灌顶法会表示祝贺。陈全国说,十一世班禅牢记习近平总书记的殷切嘱托和谆谆教导,刻苦学习、努力修行,佛学造诣更加精深,政治上更加成熟,文化素养更加进步,影响力更加提升,展现出藏传佛教大活佛的良好风范。特别是此次时轮金刚灌顶法会表现出了广博的佛法知识、深厚的宗教造诣,受到高僧大德和僧俗信众的一致赞誉。

    希望中国政府继续支持和赞助佛法的弘扬,这也显示中国政府提倡信仰自由, 非常值得鼓舞。

  6. Pastor Loh Seng Piow on Aug 1, 2016 at 1:51 am

    西藏人相信一些高僧大德在人生某阶段的样貌将与前世的相似,这也更进一步证明了他们是真的转世。请看以下这张今世和前世喇嘛的比较图,注意他们惊人的相似处。

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  7. Pastor Loh Seng Piow on Aug 1, 2016 at 12:18 am

    西藏人相信一些高僧大德在人生某阶段的样貌将与前世的相似,这也更进一步证明了他们是真的转世。请看以下几张今世和前世喇嘛的比较图,注意他们惊人的相似处。

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  8. Pastor Loh Seng Piow on Jul 31, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    西藏人相信一些高僧大德在人生某阶段的样貌将与前世的相似,这也更进一步证明了他们是真的转世。请看以下四张今世和前世班禅喇嘛的比较图,注意他们惊人的相似处。

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  9. tong sun sun on Jul 31, 2016 at 12:14 am

    读了此文章后不是对时轮灌顶有兴趣,反而是对香巴拉这字充满好奇从而查了一下资料。
    原来这世上还真有这净土香巴拉。“香巴拉”是藏语的音译,,又译为“香格里拉”,其意为“极乐园”,是佛教所说的神话世界,为时轮佛法的发源地;佛学界认为香巴拉是一个虚构的世外桃源,是藏传佛教徒向往追求的理想净土即:“极乐世界”、“人间仙境”、也称“坛城”。藏族学者阿旺班智达在其论述中这样描绘香巴拉世界:“香巴拉”是人类持明的圣地在、众色和天具自在,七代法王均传授“时轮根本经”;他们掌管着960万个城邦组成的幸福王国,这里没有贫穷和困苦,没有疾病和死亡,也没有人与人之间的尔虞我诈,更没嫉恨和仇杀……这里花常开,水常清,庄稼总是在等着收割,甜蜜的果子总是挂在枝头,这里遍地是黄金。。。。藏传佛教格鲁僧众普遍认为:宗喀巴大师不会死,他暂时去了香巴拉天国居住,总有一天会重返人间。不管是传说也好是事实也好我们都应该努力精进修持达至净土。

  10. Alice Tay on Jul 27, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    感谢仁波切和Pastor David在此分享令人鼓舞的一项消息,就是至尊第十一世班禅额尔德尼•确吉坚赞在中国西藏自治区西南部日喀则扎什伦布寺附近的新夏宫授予时轮金刚灌顶。这是50年以来,首次在中国西藏公开举办如此大规模时轮金刚灌顶,而且是由年轻的至尊第十一世班禅喇嘛首次授予时轮金刚灌顶。随喜参与时轮金刚灌顶者。

    在此分享从以上博文中关注到几个重点如下:

    1. 如果说至尊第十一世班禅喇嘛是错误被认证为高僧转世,那么他的转世法脉所具有的功德,将会他造成不利的影响,甚至寿命会缩短。再者,时轮金刚灌顶法会中的仪式、观想和念诵内容十分复杂繁琐。然而,年轻的至尊第十一世班禅大师尽管首次授予这项灌顶,但因为有前世的深刻印记,让他可以在此大会表现得从容、自信、熟练和到位。此外,如果是一位假冒的上师,他的佛法事业和教诲是不会得到扩展。然而,现任至尊第十一世班禅喇嘛的影响力与日俱增就如这次的大会每天吸引了超过十万人出席。以上所提到足以证明至尊第十一世班禅喇嘛确凿无误是真正的班禅转世。

    2. 任何一位上师或修行者皆可以接受时轮金刚灌顶、投入所需修持和为他人授予灌顶。重点是修持者必须从一位具格的时轮金刚续传承上师接受灌顶,然后专注投入时轮续修持,并在结束所需完成的闭关后进行火供仪式。如此可见,并不只有至尊达赖尊者、班禅大师或高僧大德才能授予这项灌顶。

    3. 此次灌顶大会都由中国政府支持和赞助,而这显示中国政府提倡信仰自由。再加上至尊第十一世班禅大师没有限制反之欢迎任何人参与这次的灌顶法会。反观至尊的达赖尊者曾经在印度达兰萨拉所举办的同类仪式和灌顶却禁止多杰雄登修持者出席。佛法的究竟目的就是要利益一切众生。但是在至尊达赖尊者的道场还会出现排斥多杰雄登修持者出席,真的令人匪夷所思。

    4. 随着班禅大师的名气和影响力的提升,多杰雄登修持也会越来越受欢迎。因为,多杰雄登不仅是班禅大师的其中一位主要护法,也是历代班禅驻锡地扎什伦布寺的护法

  11. Phoebe Yong on Jul 26, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    谢谢黎国圆讲法师这么棒的分享。

    非常随喜至尊第十一世班禅大师授予时轮金刚灌顶给所有在场的出席者。也非常随喜所有的出席者可以出席这场久违了50年的时轮金刚灌顶法会。十万人同时间出席这么殊胜的时轮金刚灌顶法会,场面很壮观!

    这篇文章也说到法会前晚下了一场雨,然而潮湿冰冷的天气完全无阻僧俗群众出席盛会。下午的仪式开始之前,身穿藏红袍的僧人提着大茶壶为每名信众提供热茶和青稞饼暖身。还有主办方贴心为群众提供了各项便利以确保灌顶法会可以顺利举行,这是多么贴心的安排。

    时轮金刚灌顶法会可以为修行不同阶层的修持者和非修持者带来百利和无害。其最主要的原因是救度众生,将在心识中种下时轮金刚印记,获得其加持。

    更难能可贵的是这场时轮金刚灌顶法会,至尊第十一世班禅大师欢迎任何人参与这次的灌顶法会,也不对任何人施加限制。这是班禅大师对我们所有众生慈悲为怀,也显示了中国提倡信仰自由。反观在印度达兰萨拉所举办的同类仪式和灌顶上,达赖尊者和藏人领导却禁止多杰雄登修持者出席。这形成了强烈的对比。

    虽然我不会听藏语,但是可以从视频里看见年轻的至尊第十一世班禅大师在这首此授予这项灌顶,表现得从容和自信,突显出历代班禅与时轮金刚的深厚渊源。在视频里,有个女受访者说她妈妈小时侯随伴着她的父母亲出席由第十世班禅大师给予的时轮金刚灌顶法会。相隔了多年后,这位妈妈还可以出席由第十一世班禅大师时轮金刚灌顶法会,实在是难得。

    当然还要多谢其根本上师嘉样加措所给予的指导。我相信以后未来的日子,至尊第十一世班禅大师将会把佛法自中国向世界各地弘扬开来和茁壮发展。

    谢谢上师让我有机会学习佛法,感恩感恩。_/\_

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  • 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
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 04:30 PM
    Miracles do happen,when we have faith and trust in our Guru.What is important is to follow Rinpoche’s advice and do as instructed by our Guru to clear the osbtacles all the way.Angie and Herry were so fortunate to have meet Rinpoche.Its because of Rinpoche ‘s compassion and caring for his student Angie’s life was saved.Infact Rinpoche has helped many people through his intervention, advice and instructions.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing miracles stories which i enjoyed reading.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 02:45 PM
    WOW….interesting a miracles true story. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.Reciting mantras by family members and doing 20 pujas done at the monastery to help the baby. These proved that pujas, which have been done for hundreds of years in the monasteries are very powerful methods for us to overcome difficulties, create huge amounts of merit and for protection, good health and long life.This show us how powerful pujas can help us when we have trust and faith in our Guru.And with Rinpoche divination,the baby was born and now a healthy boy.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 12:47 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these powerful teachings.Its a privilege
    to do Dharma work to benefits other,do it with motivation and a good attitude when engaging ourselves It will be guide line for me.When we serve others to do Dharma work together at Kechara Forest Retreat ,we will improve ourself , purify our negative karma and to benefit others too.I will be sponsoring to the healings bricks soon and i will cherish every moment in supporting KFR.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/dharma-work-attitude-tdl.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 11:06 AM
    Bigfoot is just another beings living in this world although not commonly seen and live in the deep jungle in high mountains. There were many evidences that people from many parts of the world sighted this beings. Whatever shape they are I think importantly we are all sharing this world and therefore need to have mutual respect and not intervene each others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/its-in-the-scriptures-they-exist.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:26 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline sharing this interesting post about Bodhidharma, a great master favoured meditation and introduced the Lankavatara Sutra to Chinese Buddhism.

    Here are a few points I have learned from this post:
    1. Bodhidharma had strong imprints of Dharma from the past and therefore he is interested in Buddha’s teachings and show his great wisdom. at a very young age.
    2. His strong guru devotion and determination in learning and spreading the dharma based on meditation though he confronted with difficulties such as Emperor Wu Di was not impressed by his teachings, being ostracized and rejected and lived as a beggar for many months. Notwithstanding, he continued and never give up to practice meditation in complete silence for nine years in cave wall when he was not accepted by Shaolin Monastery at the beginning .
    3. When Bodhidharma was allowed enter to the monastery, he had put a lot of efforts to help the monks in improving their physical body as well as their mind through the meditation. Then, Bodhidharma continued to develop a system of 18 dynamic tension exercises which were printed as Yi Gin Ching (Changing Muscle/Tendon Classic) in 550 CE. It is known as the Luohan (arhat) 18 Hand Movements today which serves as the basis of both Chinese Temple Boxing and the Shaolin Martial Arts.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/bodhidharma-the-founder-of-gongfu.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:10 PM
    Thank you, Grace, for sharing with us the many tips on how to care for and maintain our hair. Personal grooming is important because when we care for our appearance, we are respecting the people who have to deal with us. Caring for our hair, making sure that it is neat and clean should be something we need to take care of since young as it is part of personal grooming. The key is not to be attached to our body and outer-images, that results in spending much time and resources just to make ourselves look good.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-much-do-you-know-about-hair.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 03:00 PM
    Thank you for sharing these wonderful and significant photos showed that Kechara Pastors’ tireless efforts to bring dharma to many others and do the blessings whenever is necessary.

    Basically, the pastorship role was conceptualized by our precious guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, to preserve the Dharma and to give laypeople an opportunity to commit to benefiting others. Kechara Pastors are fully dedicated and selflessly serving others especially in spiritual growth and therefore this is good for us to support the Pastors so that they can focus and spend more of their time and effort to serve others and most importantly Buddhist teachings can be spread and shared to many others. The supports to Pastors including food, lodging, transportation, items necessary for their work, such as ritual items or spiritual gifts for those in need and many others. (If you are interested to know more about Kechara Pastors, please have a good read at http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/support-the-kechara-pastors.html)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 02:13 PM
    Its such a great blessing for all of us to hear the holy voice recordings of H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche a great master..His profound teachings ,got to take seroiusly,more as an important advice on Dorje Shugden’s practice.H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s explaination was very clear before any of the practitioner’s commitment and receive sogtae.They must keep the lineage practice and teachings no matter what ever happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us on the important advice by a great master.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-zong-rinpoches-advice-on-dorje-shugdens-practice.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 11:50 AM
    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for your sharing your thoughts and review about the book “Be Happy” written by Rinpoche. It is indeed not easy to be happy as we all have various expectation in every situation and people.

    We may think having a big house, lots of cash and good career is happiness but this is the wrong perception. Being happy is not about material and everything about ourselves. It is only when we can do more for others and focus out that we gain happiness. I never realised this until I joined Kechara. I think we have such a fixed mindset of what happiness is and when our expectation is not met, we are unhappy.

    Rinpoche has pointed out many ways for us to rectify our thoughts and methods to be happy. Now it is for us to take initiative to change and transform our mind if we want to be happy.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/be-happy.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Apr 24. 2017 12:30 PM
    Many people do not believe in reincarnation and only relates it to certain religion such as Hinduism and Buddhism. However, there were many instances and signs that proven reincarnation exist. As Buddhist we will believe in reincarnation and karma. It is by understanding that everything has its cause and effect that we should learn to live life in the correct attitude and mindset. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting articles to remind us of karma and the importance of doing dharma practise.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/interesting-signs-of-reincarnation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 08:29 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings.
    Always be generous and kind in what ever we could do even its little help.It’s the little things in life that bring the greatest happiness. Its between us and our Buddha ,so we would not bother what the receipient thinks and say of us. What ever was said ,should not deter our motivation to do Dharma work.
    (It will change people’s lives in one way or another. It will change your life for the better.)….well said by Rinpoche.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/its-not-between-you-and-the-recipient.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
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: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
This is a good one to read
3 months ago
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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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