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China official says Dalai Lama ‘making a fool’ of Buddhism

Mon, Mar 28 13:13 PM BST

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama waves to devotees outside the United Nations where the Human Rights Council is holding its 31st Session in Geneva, Switzerland, March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

BEIJING/DHARAMSALA, India (Reuters) – Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is “making a fool” of Tibetan Buddhism with suggestions he may not reincarnate, or reincarnate as something inappropriate, and the faithful are not buying it, a Chinese official wrote on Monday.

The comments came as early election results put the leader of the Tibetan government-in-exile, Lobsang Sangay, on course for a second term, part of a strategy to sustain a decades-old struggle for greater autonomy for its Chinese-ruled homeland.

China says the Dalai Lama, who fled into exile in India after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959, is a violent separatist. He denies espousing violence and says he only wants genuine autonomy for Tibet.

The animosity between the two sides, and their rivalry for control over Tibetan Buddhism, is at the heart of the debate about reincarnation.

Tibetan Buddhism holds that the soul of a senior lama is reincarnated in the body of a child on his death.

China says the tradition must continue and its officially atheist Communist leaders have the right to approve the Dalai Lama’s successor, as a right inherited from China’s emperors.

The Nobel Peace Prize-winning monk has suggested his title could end when he dies. China accuses him of betraying, and being disrespectful towards, the Tibetan religion by saying there might be no more reincarnations.

Writing in the state-run Global Times, Zhu Weiqun, chairman of the ethnic and religious affairs committee of the top advisory body to China’s parliament, said the Dalai Lama had to respect tradition.

“The Dalai Lama continues to proclaim his reincarnation is a ‘purely religious matter’ and something only he can decide, but he has no way to compel admiration from the faithful,” wrote Zhu, known for his hardline stance on Tibet.

“He’s been proclaiming he’ll reincarnate as a foreigner, as a bee, as a ‘mischievous blond girl’, or even proposing a living reincarnation or an end to reincarnation,” he added.

“All of this, quite apart from making a fool of Tibetan Buddhism, is completely useless when it comes to extricating him from the difficulty of reincarnation,” wrote Zhu, who was involved in the past in Beijing’s failed efforts to talk to the Dalai Lama’s representatives.

A senior aide to the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Taklha, said there was “no way” Tibetans would accept a successor appointed by China. “The Chinese are following an absurd agenda and we continue to reject it,” he said.

In 2011, the Dalai Lama called on exiled Tibetans to nominate an elected leader, or “Sikyong”, to lead the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA). Sangay was on track to win re-election with over 65 percent backing in the March 20 vote.

“I hope to do much better. Both on political terms, by holding dialogue with the Chinese, and working on welfare issues in the next five years,” he told Reuters.

China does not recognise the CTA, which is based in India’s Himalayan town of Dharamsala and represents nearly 100,000 exiled Tibetans living in 30 countries including India, Nepal, Canada and the United States.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Additional reporting by Rupam Jain in New Delhi, Abhishek Madhukar in Dharamsala; Editing by Nick Macfie and Douglas Busvine)

 

A commentary

The commentary below was submitted by a member of the Tibetan community who wishes to remain anonymous due to the potential backlash they may experience as a result of penning an article of this nature. Although published here, it does not necessarily represent the views of this blog site. 

 


 

The article does not say anything new per se and it’s a rehash of old stories. I see their strategy as using a world renown brand like Reuters to regularly portray China as a bully.

This article seems to be preparing the world for perhaps an impending succession of the Tibetan leadership. It could be that all these articles are sent into circulation for that purpose.

If we were to respond, it would be to steer attention into its right focus i.e. state that it’s not really about the Dalai Lama versus the Chinese government. This 50 year old rivalry has stained the true practice of Buddhism and also neglected the future of the exiled Tibetans. By pointing the finger at China all the time, the real problem has avoided attention.

We will say this is merely politics and show that both sides are still mixing religion and politics. But China does not hide its politics and is bound by a need to keep a vast country consisting of many tribes to work in harmony.

The Tibetan leadership on the other hand disguises its hand and pretends to be about Buddhism but in fact the religion is a tool.

Looking at the 50 year history in exile, how much have the Tibetan leadership done for Buddhism?

We may even venture to propose that the Dalai Lama’s Dorje Shugden ban is intended to create dissension and unrest in the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) and hence problems for China. It’s a political move and has been successful. China cannot afford unrest especially in view of its ongoing issues with Taiwan, Hong Kong and the regions along the Sino-Indian border. The Dalai Lama knows that and yet does not hesitate to gamble the religion as a political move.

I think one need not side China to highlight that Tibetan leadership is the more cunning of the two.

In fact, with the way the Tibetan leadership have been bewitching the global community we see that the International Shugden Community (ISC) protests are in fact the last bastion to protect the sanctity of the religion and nothing to do with politics. And apart from China’s quarrel with the Dalai Lama, we see that Tibet under the Dalai Lama is still very much a feudal theocracy pretending to be a democracy. If we put China factor for a while and look at the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) then it’s not a gruesome picture but a more accurate one when not overshadowed by geopolitics.

In summary we don’t side with China and say both are bad, but the CTA is inflicting the most damage on the religion and taking the whole world for a fool. Don’t get me wrong as I don’t have any negative feelings towards the Dalai Lama, but there are many within the exiled Tibetan communities around the world who do not agree with the Dalai Lama’s middle way, style of governance where religion and state are intermixed, the Dorje Shugden controversy not resolving amicably, and the Dalai Lama’s government not making firm attempts to reach out to Beijing. Beijing is our hope for betterment of Tibetans inside Tibet. As generous as many countries have been to accept Tibetan refugees, we can do nothing for the six millions Tibetans in Tibet. That is up to China. We have to make concerted effort to make friends with China regardless of the West penalizing China on human rights abuses, the same countries who then turn around and sign trillion dollar deals with China.

Within the Tibetan communities my thoughts echo among the young and modern Tibetans who are held back by the elders for speaking out as it is seen as ‘against’ the Dalai Lama therefore bad karma and/or unpatriotic. Platforms like this website www.tsemrinpoche.com dare to voice the truth and what many Tibetan youths are thinking but not voicing on their own or openly because there will be backlash from our feudalistic exiled Tibetan leaders. I commend www.tsemrinpoche.com for the courage. Saying the Dalai Lama’s style of governance is feudal and needs to change has nothing to do with my respect and love for the Dalai Lama himself. He just does not comprehend the style of government we need now but that does not mean the Dalai Lama is bad. Tibetans outside of Tibet can see good governments and how they operate but our exiled government under the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala (affectionately called Dhasa) does not move with the times.

It’s been 50 years and there is no sign of a ‘deal’ being reached between Dhasa and China. All this while the Tibetans in Tibet linger and our refugees around the world assimilate and in the process lose our culture, religion and language. I am one of them that is losing my culture and language. I don’t even speak my native Tibetan well now I have assimilated into a country where everyone speaks English from birth.

Sadly,
Tibet Lover

 

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  1. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 5:34 am

    This comment by Suzy on Rinpoche’s YouTube channel is a sign of change in the people’s understanding and perception of the holy Dorje Shugdenpractice-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4&t=11s. It has been twenty years of negative propaganda but now many people are beginning to see past the false rhetoric to see the divine goodness of the Protector. This is something to rejoice in.

    Suzy

  2. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 15, 2016 at 3:17 am

    Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa, Tibet

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Tsem Rinpoche


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

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

    __________________________________

    The 5th Dalai Lama’s Prayer to Dorje Shugden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  3. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 23, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    I think CTA is ineffective to fight for the rights of the Tibetans, with the Dalai Lama still perhaps influencing in the shadows. 60 years of Tibetans in exile being played like pawns by CTA, yet what do the CTA have to show for it. I guess Tibetans in exile had better start planning their future and their next move because there isn’t anyone on the Kashag will genuinely help them without any side benefit for oneself in the picture.

    Sometimes fiction, like some of those portrayed in movies, yes it is exaggerated and stretched somewhat, but one thing that stood out from watching all sorts of movies is that, the power others have onto us, is what we have given to them. I suppose this applies to American Soldiers in Vietnam, America had no threat to their country from the Viet Cong, yet many Americans gave their lives in Indochina, for what? For the many fat corporate cats who manufactured weapons. Hence America now has a professional army, people who want to engage in conflicts and wars, willingly let themselves be trained to do America’s bidding whatever that might be, usually with quite a lot of self interest thrown in. So a generation of Americans gave power over their lives to corporations who had a stake in the continuation of the Vietnam war.

  4. Lew on Jul 29, 2016 at 12:02 am

    First of all, I feel CTA is very successfully in making most of their people as dumb as possible, so that they will not question the policies of their governance. Secondly, CTA has successfully brain wash their people (at least the older generation), that if you dare to even question the policies of HH Dalai Lama, they will be labeled as anti Dalai Lama.

    Since CTA is under HH Dalai Lama, whatever CTA is doing, nobody dares to question and check, and since there is no check and balance, CTA is free to do whatever they want. One can only imagine how corrupt it can be. This does not only apply to CTA, but there are many other countries when there is no check & balance.

    Also, because most of their people dare not speak up, there is no improvements. It has been 57 years since CTA has established in India. They were given lands, and they received donations. What have they been doing for the past 50 years? What have CTA achieved? How did they use the money? Where did they spend their money? Did they educate their people well? Why would they spend their money to suppress Dorje Shugden practitioners, while they should be spending the money to build more schools, create more intelligent students to help build the nation?

    50 years ago, Vietnam War started, and the war lasted for 20 years. Vietnam rebuilt from scratch, and in 30 years, they have achieved so much. Many of their refugees who went abroad those days, are now coming back to Vietnam to invest and build. Why can’t CTA achieve the same thing in 50 years?

    I really feel for Tibetans in exile. Is that their Karma or what? Why are they born in a “country” which is supposed to be applying the Dharma, but they are suffering so much, just because of the mismanagement of CTA?

    And PLEASE, stop blaming China. China may be done their bad things to chase you out from your mother land (they will get their karma for what they have done), but why play on people’s hatred? Why not focus and build your nation? Using the Vietnam War as an example, Vietnam didn’t blame US/China for the mess they created. They just rebuild and see where they are today? They may not be the best place, but they are by far more advanced than CTA.

    With Lobsang Sangye being the newly installed Sikyong, I think there will be no hope for the Tibetans in exile for the next few years. 🙁

  5. Shane Jayasuriya on Jun 20, 2016 at 12:40 am

    Thank you Tibet lover for this article.. Its really sad see politics bring damage to religion and people of their own.

  6. Pastor Adeline on May 4, 2016 at 10:49 am

    It is very sad to see what the Tibetan youth has to say about their governance body, the CTA. It is true that the love for His Holiness will not change even though his methods is not acceptable. The methods do not override his kindness, compassion and his great deeds in benefiting so many. Like this person who is disappointed with the CTA, we the Dorje Shugden practitioners are also disappointed with the extend the CTA will go to use our sacred practice to draw attention away from their failure for the last 60 years.

    On the other hand, the Reuters has disappointed us again by giving us a misleading report that is biased and with a clear intention to put China down by drawing a negative picture of them. Instead of making peace between China and His Holiness, Reuters further fuel the already tense situation between the two thus making it even harder for a dialogue to take place, ignoring the needs of the Tibetans in China and their wish to see His Holiness home.

    What CTA and Reuters need to do is to really make friends with China in order for a meeting and discussion to be granted thereby giving His Holiness or CTA a chance to come to terms with China and work together for the benefits of both Tibetan-in-exile and those in China. This discussion and meeting is very necessary and has now become urgent as there’s not much time left before the rental of land use in India is due in 30 years. Failing which the Tibetans-in-exile will lose their identity and culture that His Holiness has been working hard to protect and preserve all these years.

  7. Pastor Loh Seng Piow on Apr 20, 2016 at 7:36 am

    For more than 50 years after the Tibetan government-in-exile was established, they accomplished nothing for the welfare of the Tibetan people. Even the heart of the exile – Dharamsala, is in a bad state, it is dirty and the infrastructure are falling part, but the Tibetan government-in-exile are receiving no less donation than before, so where did the money go? It is obvious. Tibetan government-in-exile is as corrupt as any other shady government in the world, they aint no Shangri-la. Their Tibetan counterparts in Tibet, China are enjoying much better welfare under the Chinese government, and many exiled Tibetans including high profile officials are returning to Tibet, read here: http://eng.tibet.cn/2012sy/xw/201509/t20150927_3947868.html

  8. Pastor Shin on Apr 20, 2016 at 7:31 am

    It’s encouraging to see more Tibetans speaking up. Since CTA is ‘practising’ and transitioning into democracy, then they should allow the youth and everyone to speak up, even if it means it is to criticise the leadership, or expressing their wish to not agree with CTA’s policies or views. Perhaps then, the real democracy and change can occur.

    I agree with Tibet Lover that the CTA is inflicting the most damage on the religion. For the purpose of politics, Tibet’s greatest treasure – Tibetan Buddhism, is ‘tainted’ by all these religious politics. There is a ban on Dorje Shugden which is against religious freedom, and the CTA allows the Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile to defame High Lamas, such as Pabongka Rinpoche in public.

    Since there are already 2 Panchen Lamas, 2 Karmapas, it is possible that there will be 2 “dalai lamas” in the future due to political issues, China recognising their own, while the Tibetans has their own.

    Tibetan leadership need to stop exploiting His Holiness’ name and image and stand on their own feet. After all, the purpose of His Holiness relinquishing his political/ secular role, in His Holiness’ own words is that “in order that the exile Tibetan administration can become self-reliant rather than being dependent on the Dalai Lama.”

  9. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Apr 20, 2016 at 5:53 am

    I think “Tibet Lover” has the right idea. That’s how you really love Tibet – being aware of the realities of the situation and instead of fighting karma, work with these realities to bring about a result that’s the most beneficial for the Tibetan people. And what’s the reality? That China is far stronger than Tibet will ever be, because the Tibetan leadership have made it their focus and priority to exploit their people for the last 60 years (instead of strengthening them).

    This is something that the younger generation are starting to wake up to and speak up about, having realised they no longer have to live under the yoke of the Tibetan leadership now that they have real democracy as afforded to them by American / European passports.

  10. Kb thapa on Apr 19, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    It shows that how corrupt CTA is. the people who are speaking out its because its enough of the dirty politics. Now is the time for All the Tibetan TO SPEAK UP against Tibetan leadership. how petty and narrow minded they are , even in 21st century they ban people practices. Its one of the region is people are too afraid to come in front to say anything of CTA??. its hope people around the world come forward help felt the bad and stay together in a harmony …

  11. Joy on Apr 19, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    It looks like all the difficulties the Tibetan Leadership has caused Shugden practitioners are now returning back to them. I’m sorry to say this, but it looks like there is karma after all.

    I am not surprise more and more smart educated Tibetans are seeing the injustice and undemocratic leadership of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) and will start questioning and voicing out. How long can the Tibetan leadership manipulate everyone? They don’t even have a country, their sitting on borrowed land yet they create so much havoc for their own people. That is certainly not fair and a government are suppose to be for the people not for themselves.

    Yes why can’t they change the people who governs them since they claim to be democratic. His Holiness the Dalai Lama should not be involve in governmental decision any more since He mentioned it and have let go secular power to the Sikyongs. Therefore whether or not the people accept the new CTA or wants a change should not be tangled up with how they feel about the Dalai Lama who is supposed to be only in charge of the spiritual side. We all know the Dalai Lama still plays a very strong and influential role in many decisions the CTA carries out, but I’m sorry this has got to change and it will like it or not because nothing is permanent.

    The biggest mistake is to create segregation amongst Tibetans based on their religion because it shows the world the huge hypocrisy as they breach their people’s human right to religious freedom. Seriously Tibetans need leaders that are for them not against them.

  12. Beatrix Ooi on Apr 19, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    This again has shown how disharmony the Tibetan community is. It is sad to know that although Tibet is famed for it’s fabulous culture and religion, deep inside the community there’s actually nothing else but heavy corruption. Yes Tibet has a very beautiful culture and religion, but if none of them would like to preserve that, the culture and reputation will soon die off.

    Re the incarnation issue, I personally think that none of us have the right to say yes or no since it’s not up to us to control, it is His Holiness’s choice. For other people to say that he is violating the rules and whatsoever, it doesn’t really matter if we truly believe that His Holiness is the emanation of Avalokiteshvara.

    It is good that more and more Tibetans are speaking up against the persecution and corruption of their leadership, the leaders should set a good example in order to lead the country but sadly all they matter now is power and money.

  13. Vinnie Tan on Apr 19, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    It is sad to see how the Tibetans are being split up like that. It is indeed true that even after 50 years, there is nothing that is reached between the CTA and China.

    It is a dream of H.H. the Dalai Lama to be able to return back to Tibet, yet the CTA has not done anything to help H.H. the Dalai Lama’s return back to China. Even so, they have made more enemies with them, making the lives of the Tibetans that are still in Tibet even more difficult.

    I am very glad that more Tibetan youths are speaking up and are able to see what the CTA is doing and not dwell in that state that they have. It is only by speaking up and letting the world know what the CTA is doing, will it be able to pressure them to do something that is beneficial for the Tibetans as a whole.

    I really hope that from the perspective of individual Tibetans that speak up will be able to influence the world and start listening to both sides of the story instead of just what the CTA is saying.

  14. Pastor Antoinette on Apr 19, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Thank you for your commentary Tibet Lover.

    Indeed after 50 years of traveling the world and seeking assistance from various leaders, no real progress has been achieved. So much confusion about H.H. reincarnation and so much confusion within the Tibetan Community.

    The CTA has unfortunately not improved the situation of the Tibetans in the exile community. Fighting against China and Dorje Shugden practitioners has brought no beneficial result but only disharmony within the Tibetan Community all over the world. What a shame! So much time and effort wasted on internal politics.

    It is time to move on and find a solution for the whole Tibetan community. Dorje Shugden is a Buddha and a World Peace Protector. The ban needs to come down urgently and a peaceful solution has to be found.

    Whatever the reasons for H.H. Dalai Lama’s decision is, I still believe that there is a higher purpose and in the bigger picture for the ban to be beneficial.

    Slowly more people speak up against the leader of the CTA and their wrong-doings are exposed. May there be a solution for the whole of the Tibetan Community soon.

  15. Valentina Suhendra on Apr 19, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Dear Tibet Lover

    Thank you for your article. I would like to commend you for voicing your opinion. I don’t think anyone should have a say whether Dalai Lama will have an incarnation or not. From Buddhist point of view, it would be based on the samaya of Dalai Lama’s students with him or whether He wants to reincarnate or not. If one believes that he is a Chenrezig and has control over his birth and death, then it should be the case.

    I do agree with you though that the best shot to improve the quality of life of Tibetans in Tibet is to make friends with the Chinese. These days, China has been very generous toward Tibet. They even allow the Tibetans to practice their religions freely without coercion regardless of whether you are a Dorje Shugden practitioner or not. One would have better freedom of religion then if one stays within refugee camp in India under CTA governance.

    The above reflects my individual view only. I only have my best wishes for Tibetans in Tibet and in exile.

    Valentina

  16. Pastor Niral Patel on Apr 19, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    It is sad to see that even within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, that is known all over the world as one of the most powerful methods to transform one’s mind, such politics is involved. You would think that something as holy as the reincarnation lineage of the Dalai Lamas would be free of such politics, but it is easy to see that this can be used for political reasons, and has been in the past.

    The tensions between the Chinese and the Tibetan governments have always been strained since 1959, and this can obviously been seen as each side straining to maintain some sort of leverage over the Tibetan peoples. Both sides actually have precedence within recorded history, so they do have substance behind their claims.

    Now with more and more young Tibetans speaking up, fed up of both sides, perhaps real change can occur within the Tibetan peoples. Its the youth that can really see just how much politics is effecting their peoples and all aspects of their life. Perhaps the tide is turning for the betterment of the Tibetans in the long run.

  17. MartinC on Apr 19, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    It’s quite disconcerting to hear both sides squabble over the right to the soul of Avalokiteshvara like it is merely chattel albeit a treasured one. It does show how far down the slippery slope of politics Tibetan Buddhism is.

    It is also considerably foolish, as if a Bodhisattva can be owned and could be controlled by title and mundane factors.

    We may well end up with 2 Dalai Lamas- one recognised by the Chinese and another one by the Tibetan establishment. And why not? Who is to say that Avalokiteshvara is limited to one emanation? After all we already have 2 Karmapas and 2 different recognitions of the Panchen Lama.

    One the one hand, 2 each of the top 3 ranking positions in Tibetan Buddhism is confusing but that is on the relative level. On the ultimate level there can be countless emanations of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas at any given point in time. What is important is that the dharma will spread more and faster.

    As for Tibetan youths speaking up, it is the harbinger of early democracy coming into being. It’s good that people are exercising their opinion and are not afraid to voice dissenting thoughts to that which the CTA would all to have. These voices may not have a coherent message other than confirm that many are extremely unhappy with the Tibetan leadership and why should they be?

  18. Kb thapa on Apr 13, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    The Dalai Lama’s principal responsibility is as political head of Tibet. After the Chinese invasion, he felt that complete Tibetan unity is indispensable for advancing the Tibetan youth..Now is right time for all the Tibetan must speak up. only some of the Tibetan speaking, no need to worry because if don’t do now then everyone just suffer forever… must speak up more for DS ban..

  19. Uncle Eddie on Apr 11, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    After having gone through the presentation of the views and commentary made by Tibet Lover, many arguments made by him seemed quite logical, factual and displayed a good statment of facts on the situation. Yes, it is true that no concerted and earnest efforts have been made all this while by the exile govt.or the CTA to reach out to Beijing to negotiate for some good betterment deals with China to help out the six millions of the miserable tibetan community in Tibet, who are all “imprison in their own homeland” as said! Though a status-guo situation like before the Chinese-take-over cannot be achieved/negotiated, loyal, powerful and influential friends of the West(of Dalai Lama) could be approached to help out this situation, basing on compassionated grounds on the suffering of the unhappy tibetans community. So is the Dorje Shugden controversy, which should not be surfacing at such an unappropiate time, which gave rise to a lot of unnecessary misunderstanding, fantasy imaginations and a conception of wrong views, which may have created more negatative karmas as a result! As said, it is being very unkind to others. Dorje Shugden has been established and practised for over 400 years, by thousands and thousands of devotees, both of tibetans and non-tibetans followers.Dorje Shugden is affirmed and satisfied to be the most recent Dharma protector to arise with the specified purpose of protecting Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings. He is regarded as a “wrathful emanation of Manjushri”. He is said to be in fact, the wisdom buddha of Manjushri in a worldly form to help dharma practitioners with different types of enlightened activities. As such, therefore, Dorje Shugden will still be continued to be worshipped by millions of people all over the World! sO HOW CAN HE BE DEMONIC OR WRONG? We respectfully pray and hope that our compassionate DALAI LAMA, will soon bring an amicable happy conclusion to this Dorje Shugden issue, which is effecting millions of people, monks and other communities around the World who need him! OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA.

  20. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Apr 3, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Tenzin Taklha’s feckless comments is a reflection of the Tibetan leadership’s thinking and I hope other Tibetans are capable of thinking on a higher level. Because if they examine Zhu Weiqun’s comment objectively and suppress the automatic apprehension towards anything a Chinese leader says, they might actually take something constructive away from Zhu’s comments. Having overcome the ‘blind faith’ aspect in their loyalty to the Dalai Lama, it may help them to see the real problem that’s encapsulated by Zhu’s statement – that it is a very real possibility of much confusion overwhelming the recognition of the next Dalai Lama and that could be the cause of the disintegration of Tibetan society.

    Am I exaggerating regarding the disintegration? I don’t think so. Just look at Tibetans while His Holiness is alive. They rush to leave Dharamsala and build a life elsewhere. They buy houses in other countries and send their children to non-Tibetan schools. When they retire, they don’t return to India. They put down their roots elsewhere, and their children lose the Tibetan culture, language and way of life.

    So understanding that this confusion over the recognition process (and resulting disintegration) is a very real possibility, the leadership need to examine what they value more – engaging in petty discussions and debates, or strengthening the core of their society, culture and values in preparation for a time when His Holiness is no longer around.

    If the disintegration is already happening while His Holiness is alive, what will happen when His Holiness is no longer around? They’ll have a bigger struggle to maintain their culture and ON TOP of that, have to deal with the confusion over the Dalai Lama’s recognition process. How can they fight China’s might, money and marketing? Who will band the Tibetans and their supporters together when His Holiness is no longer around? No teacher today is capable of rallying the Tibetans and their Western supporters, who only stay because of His Holiness. And even then Richard Gere won’t be around forever, Bob Thurman won’t be around forever. Adam Yauch is already gone.

    So the Tibetan leadership need to stop relying on His Holiness’ name and image to get their way and to exploit their people, and actually rely on their own merits and hard work to accomplish something and ensure their people’s future. Stop directing resources to irrelevant things like the Dorje Shugden ban. Stop enforcing the ban that drives a wedge between the people, that weakens the Tibetan population as a whole.

    Tenzin Taklha and the rest of the leadership can do their bravado thing, and reject Zhu’s comments all they want but at the end of the day, the confusion over the recognition of the next Dalai Lama will still be there. They rejected the Chinese approved Panchen Lama, but confusion still reigns regarding who to follow.

    And then they went against their own policy, and accepted the Chinese approved Karmapa. Their inconsistency, exploitation of their people, and years of focusing on petty arguments and issues is now returning to haunt them. And the funny thing is, I believe it’s starting with His Holiness who isn’t helping matters either by making so many comments regarding the location, gender, possibility of his next incarnation!

    • Pastor David Lai on Apr 19, 2016 at 9:08 pm

      Interesting insight into the real Tibetan situation from Pastor Jean Ai who has personal contacts with numerous Tibetans. Its indeed sad and I can empathize with the regular Tibetan who is caught between the great powers that be and the age-old traditions of the lamas. Unfortunately, I feel that this snowball has gathered enough momentum to flatten everything it is path and it will only get bigger and faster now.

      Tibet as an independent state is a thing of the past and trying to bring something from the past and force it into the present would only bring about great disappointment. Tibet no matter how close they are with the West today will never be closer than how the rest of the world is with China. China is too huge of a nation in terms of military and economic might.

      Therefore, the Tibetan cause is on the losing end and Tibetans to this date is unable to realize this and have not sought alternative solutions towards winning more ground. There are many ways to court the Chinese officials and being in asia, both Tibetans and Chinese prefer less confrontational methods in dealing with important negotiations.

      Unfortunately, it looks like the Chinese have grown impatient with Tibetan negotiations and have chosen to wait out for the the Dalai Lama to enter clear light instead. Hence, they had refused to meet with Tibetan officials for many years. This is very tell tale of what the Chinese are thinking,,,

  21. KarenC on Apr 3, 2016 at 11:17 am

    H.H Dalai Lama has impacted millions of people worldwide through his teachings on human values, tolerance, harmony, peace and the genuine practice of loving kindness. This spiritual leader has committed his life in preserving the above human values to the world, it cannot be HHDL promote one thing and yet wanted his people (CTA and the Tibetans in exiled) do otherwise, such as violent acts towards Dorje Shugden practitioners.

    HHDL is an emanation of Avalokiteshvara, He cannot be wrong. It’s the Tibetan government who does not align to HHDL’s pure teaching of Dharma that has caused so much damages throughout the whole world, now even own Tibetans like Tibet Lover has raised his/her concerns of Tibet’s future due to the mismanagement. It’s ridiculous after 50 years of feudal and sorry to say, barbaric governance, the CTA is still insisting the same method hoping they could get back their country.

  22. JP on Apr 2, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    Results speak volumes as to whether the method works. Based on the results, the Tibetan govt in exile did not regain their country back from China. They also created more problems for their people by imposing a ban on Dorje Shugden practitioners.

    I agree with Tibet Lover that everyone should have the right to express their opinions of their govt. What has politics got to do with any religious figurehead? The politicians are there because they are voted by the people. So there is nothing wrong with the people expressing their opinions if they are not happy with the politicians.

    “…the West penalizing China on human rights abuses, the same countries who then turn around and sign trillion dollar deals with China.” If the Tibetan govt in exile banishes others who are supposedly in cohorts with the Chinese, why do they keep returning to the US appealing for their support and donations? US is one of the many countries who do major business deals with China. Why be a hypocrite?

    This is Tibetan politics which I am not interested in at all coz I’m not Tibetan. But I’m only concern with the religious discrimination that’s going on. Strange that the human rights agencies in the Western countries don’t highlight this infringement and pressure the Tibetan govt to lift the ban.

  23. Kb thapa on Apr 2, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    More Tibetans should speak up, in fact everyone should speak up and stand out to confront CTA and their wrong doing. HHDL is supposedly holy and compassion, its good young Tibetan more smart and has basis to talk to CTA. CTA MUST FIND THE SALUTATION FOR DHORJE SHUGDEN BAN ASAP….

  24. Tempa on Apr 1, 2016 at 3:15 am

    Don’t crucify the Dalai Lama or your Mama
    Unless yourself are free of karma

    Don’t crucify the Dalai Lama or Obama
    Ain’t in their shoes, life full of drama

    Don’t crucify the Dalai Lama or Osama
    Life’s game, play well, but not lord Yama

    • Pastor David Lai on Apr 3, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      Hello Tenpa,
      This article has got nothing to do with crucifying the Dalai Lama or anybody. Please read the commentary again and see what Tibet Lover is talking about. He is merely sharing his disagreement with the current policies and lack of any progress of the Tibetan cause. If you are really Tibetan you would relate to what is talking about. You would probably have similar thoughts yourself. This is not just about the Dorje Shugden issue. This is about the future of the Tibetan leadership. Surely, you would relate to that…

  25. Tempa on Apr 1, 2016 at 1:57 am

    “RELIGION IS POISON”…..Mao. Lest we forget! The destruction of sacred & ancient teachings & cultures, be it Tibetan or Chinese is the agenda of “PTB” (powers-that-be), world-wide. Anything that helps empower oneself & all is discouraged today via the “NWO” & coming “one-world-religion” global elites, is communism.
    ‘communist’-Chinese have no-business in any religious matters because ‘they’ don’t have one, only an opportunistic-time to propagate & promote their commie agenda, to “divide & rule”. They’ve learned very well from their Jewish (zionist) masters, who indoctrinated,initiated communism in China. Mao was their willing puppet & a Freemason.

    “The Jewish Origins of Mao’s Communist Regime in China”

    “Another revelation that U.S.A. and western journalists and historians are prohibited from writing about concerns the Jewish origins of Mao Tse Tung’s Red Chinese revolution. In fact, Mao was a stupid and inept Chinese peasant who was schooled by Skull and Bonesmen and initiated into the internationalist Masonic Lodge by socialist Jews from the United States. This was done with the tacit permission of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a 32nd degree Mason and, later, President Harry S. Truman a 33rd degree Mason.

    Mao all along has been a closely-controlled puppet of Jewish revolutionaries—men like Israel Epstein and Sidney Shapiro, who lived in China and had the reins of power over two key areas of Beijing’s Communist Government—the treasury (money) and the media (propaganda). Interestingly, Zionist Jews hold sway over these same two essential instruments of government today in the United States.”….Texe Marrs (author)

    http://www.texemarrs.com/092010/triad_of_evil.htm

    • Sofi on Apr 4, 2016 at 12:41 am

      After reading your comments the first thought that came to mind was he’s a fan of Adolf Hitler and white supremacists. Seems anti-Chinese and anti-Jews. Besides why are you going on about the Chinese government of Mao or the influence of Jews and the Freemason when the article is on the way that His Holiness’ and CTA’s ineffective governing? My humble advice is to try meditation as it does help one to focus. _/\_

  26. Frederick Law on Mar 31, 2016 at 9:25 am

    50 years of governance that has brought no change nor improvement should be reconsider if what they had been doing is correct?

    The logical point and understanding from Tibet lover speaks for the Tibetan refugee at large who are slowly losing their unique culture due to assimilation into the foreign culture where they are living now.

    The CTA by demonizing Dorje Shugden practice as the main culprit of their inabilities to get the autonomy from China is definitely a bad attempt in damaging Tibetan Buddhism further. Dragging religion (Dorje Shugden) into politics create more schism, hate and anger amongst the community, the preciousness of compassion, tolerance and kindness as emphasize by lord Buddha is lost because of their political agenda

  27. Datuk May on Mar 30, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    As a Malaysian Dorje Shugden devotee, I am inspired with the logical and valid points raised by Tibet Lover. Anything that does not work for 50 years need review and changes.

    It takes courage to make changes but in Buddhism it is courage that is one of the virtues to living our lives with integrity and concern for all sentients being.

    It is beautiful that having left Tibet, Tibet Lover still has so much thoughts for his countrymen still in Tibet.

    As far as the issue of Dorje Shugden is concerned, it is amazing that China permits this particular human rights of religion. Politically motivated or otherwise, Tibetans in China have the freedom without bias to continue their propitiation of this Great Protector. That alone says a lot to China’s wish to give a mode of betterment and non discrimination to Tibetans.

    Would such concession apply to Tibetans in exile to return to Tibetan? As long as the CTA does not try hard enough we will never know.

    One thing for sure, time for changes is here, take the opportunity especially with lifting of the Ban against Dorje Shugden devotees.

  28. SPChua on Mar 30, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    I am Malaysian, of Chinese Ethic. I speak English, Malay, Chinese, Cantonese, Hokkian, Teochew. I love my precious Guru Tsem Rinpoche, I love The Dalai Lama, I love my family, I love Buddhism. I love my Country, I love China, I love Tibet and I love all sentient being, I love peace and harmony. But I personally don’t agree with mixing Political with Tibetan Buddhism.

    When I’m a little boy, I always overheard old people said “if politicians can be trusted, poo-poo can be eaten!!”

    There are no reason at all to drag Tibetan Buddhism into Political agendas and messes, but see what CTA has been doing for passed 50 years?? A very obvious sacrifices are the precious practice of Dorje Shugden and all its devoted practitioners. Wonder why The Dalai Lama can’t see this points??

    Dear Dalai Lama, please lift the unethical ban on Dorje Shugden for the betterment of Tibet and mankind.

    Om Benza Wiki Bitana Soha.

  29. Lhamo Thondup on Mar 30, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Free Tibet!

    We Tibetans love H.H. Dalai Lama but we don’t agree with his middle way policy. Not many dare speak up about this policy, but I am raised outside of Tibet and I am glad someone dares to speak up. We need a change. We need a different policy that makes friends with China and benefits Tibetans inside Tibet.

    20091206-tibet-flag

    • Valentina Suhendra on Mar 30, 2016 at 10:41 am

      Dear Lhamo Thondup

      Thank you for expressing your opinion. It is nice to see that everyone can have different view and opinion as long as it does not result in harming others.

      Valentina

    • Tempa on Apr 1, 2016 at 2:43 am

      “Change”, I think “change” can only come when we educate one-self & stop “following” the dictates or policies of others, be it religion or political. The main issue is “6 million Tibetan bosses”, in-prison in their own homeland. On “friendship”? Takes two,to see, an eye-to-eye, but ain’t happening after many years, so let’s not ‘communist’-Chinese “fool” us, no-more, never!!! Free Tibet!

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
yesterday
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
yesterday
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
yesterday
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
yesterday
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
1 week ago
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 week ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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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
1 week ago
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
1 week ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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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
4 weeks ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
4 weeks ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
2 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
2 months ago
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
2 months ago
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
2 months ago
Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
3 months ago
Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
3 months ago
Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
3 months ago
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
3 months ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
3 months ago
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
3 months ago
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
4 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
4 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
4 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
4 months ago
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
4 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
4 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
5 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
5 months ago
Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
6 months ago
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
6 months ago
It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
6 months ago
Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
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    ཁྱེད་ཀྱི་བཀའ་སློབ་དོན་སྙིང་དེ།།གང་གི་རྣ་བར་བདུད་རྩི་མོད།།འོན་ཀྱང་འགའ་ཡི་རྣ་ལམ་དུ།། བྲག་ཆ་བཞིན་དུ་འགྱུར་སྲིད་མོད།། ཚང་མས་ཚར་རེ་གཟིགས་རོགས།། Kyabje Denma Gonsa Rinpoche telling people that it is important to have guru samaya. It use to be that way in the great monasteries. We should not create problems and schisms. If we want to practice a protector, then do so, if not it's okay, but don't make trouble. One should just practice the Buddha Dharma well. To do good practice. If you have faith in Dorje Shugden and trust all the way, he will definitely help you. But most important is to practice the dharma. This is his advice in short here. It's good to let more Tibetans hear this holy speech and appeal by this very senior Rinpoche. TR

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  • March 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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