A good friend to have

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Today in Kechara May 1, 2015. Dorje Shugden monthly puja and prayer.

 

 

Monthly puja to Dorje Shugden is performed in the special chapel dedicated to Dorje Shugden that seats 700.

Shakyamuni’s holy statue is here temporarily till we move him to the new prayer hall we are building in Phase 2. Kechara people doing prostrations before they start their monthly puja.

 

Dear friends,

After my guru’s passing which affected me deeply, for the last 30 years I’ve found solace, direction, wisdom and solutions within the teachings of Lord Buddha. This has been my real refuge and continue to be and will always be. I trust Lord Buddha’s teachings completely amidst all the chaos in my mind around me. But at times my karma just gets the best of the situation. Situations can become overwhelming as we all know. During my time with my precious guru, he imparted to me the practice of Dorje Shugden and told me compassionately this will help me get over so much problems and difficulties in the future. He asked nothing of me but only gave me the best and what he had practiced his whole life. I know my guru loves me and I love him and trust him. He gave me what he knows will help me. Living a fruitful life of Dharma for 81 years, he would  have the wisdom to give me what I need. I trusted him and will always do so. Since then for the last 30 years I’ve put my heart into Buddha’s Dharma practice and failing at times, I invoked the assistance of Dorje Shugden. The Dharma didn’t fail me, but because I am ordinary, I failed at times overtaken by results of my past karma. Sometimes overwhelmed by loneliness, sadness, difficulties, financial hardships and almost giving up hope I turned to Dorje Shugden many times. Without fail and at times with clear definite signs, Dorje Shugden has assisted me as promised by my guru. I reflect back with gratitude. Dorje Shugden has never asked anything of me except to practice Dharma, transform my mind, apply lojong teachings and be of tremendous benefit to others. I am not a tremendous benefit to others, but I have applied the teachings of Buddha to transform my mind failing at times and triumphant at other times. Dorje Shugden always advises to take refuge in Buddha, be aware of karma and basically do onto others what Buddha has taught. Dorje Shugden is very ‘loyal’ to Buddha for lack of a better word. He consistently advises me this via the oracle and written in his puja texts. Kechara’s success today is a testimony to the assistance and power of Dorje Shugden for sure. You can have this for yourself too.

Now after 30 years of trusting Dorje Shugden and receiving so much benefits from him, I’ve decided to share his practice with my friends, students and people around the world. I’ve had many wonderful friends assist me. We always talk about how much a guru has assisted their students, but I would like to say how much my friends/students have assisted me in the last decades. I am grateful to them. All my ‘works’ cannot be carried out without them. I am grateful to my friends/students always. Therefore I think always how to repay their kindness in this life and help them in their future lives.  The answer is Dharma and Dorje Shugden. Dharma for long term and Dorje Shugden for getting to that goal. Hence I share Dorje Shugden with them and many. My motivation is strictly that this practice has benefitted me and I saw this clearly as I am pragmatic and I wish to benefit others. I wish to repay their help, love and kindness. Being an ordinary person without much abilities, I cannot do much for now to heal or help many sadly, but I know if I introduce people to Dorje Shugden, he can help. He will help as he has helped me. With Dharma in their minds and Dorje Shugden assisting them, I know I have given something very good to my friends  and everyone around the world. I know I have placed them into good hands. That is my only motivation as it always has been.

Today in Kechara, our wonderful people have offered their monthly puja (kangsol) (see photos) to Dorje Shugden. I rejoice for them as many of them are very good people and have problems just like you and me. When they rely on Dorje Shugden as I have offered them, I feel I have placed very good people into the very capable hands of this World Peace protector Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden can bless, protect, foretell the future, help find resources, give hope, give advice, dispense attainments and even be a friend to these people and everyone. He is active, alive, real, compassionate and like a protective father will watch over them as my guru taught and as I have witnessed in my life. I feel privileged to share Dorje Shugden with my close friends and many around the world who come to me and seek help, or just need protection and guidance. I feel when many people place hope and trust in an ordinary being like myself or in samsara’s ‘delights’, they go away empty. But if they come to me and go away with Dorje Shugden, I feel I placed them in the care of someone very powerful and wise. I feel I did something good. I feel worthy of their friendship, care and love. In life we get and we give. What we give is more important. I offer humbly Dorje Shugden’s practice to everyone and I hope they adopt this powerful ally and friend. For those who have adopted, I feel I have repaid your kindness, not that you were expecting repayment. For those around the world who follow me on social media, I have introduced something helpful to you and I am happy about that. For my friends on social media (Fb/twitter/blog/etc) that I may one day meet or never meet, if I bring Dorje Shugden to you, then our time shared together online has value. I want to give that value to you. I know you go through so much and some of you don’t have any dharma friends or centres or guidance nearby. I feel bad for you, but with Dorje Shugden, he can help you. Just practice dharma and invoke his blessings and see with time how he helps. He will help. Dorje Shugden is not a substitute for genuine Dharma practice but he will assist you along the way for your virtuous wishes as all of us encounter so many obstacles due to our karma and minds. That is the job of a Dharma protector. This is my offering to close friends, students, supporters and friends around the world I’ve not met or met briefly. May you all be well. 🙂  

Dorje Shugden was given to me by my incredibly erudite and attained guru and now I humbly pass it to everyone in person and through social media. I fold my hands to everyone and request them to take the hands of this holy protector and you will never be alone again.  You will have a powerful ally, a friend and a real protector who he himself follows the teachings of Buddha. Who operates from compassion as he is fully enlightened. I humbly offer Dorje Shugden to all of you to overcome the trials and tribulations in life we have to endure on our journey. I offer you my friend, something precious. May I be worthy of your friendship always,

Tsem Rinpoche 

 

 

As you know Dorje Shugden for the last 400 years have had official oracles recognized by the monasteries and high lamas. I have never shared these pictures before and this is the first time. This is the famous Panglung monk oracle of Tibet who has been taking trance of Dorje Shugden, Setrap, Kache Marpo, Namka Barzin, etc for over 35 years. He was trained by His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Eminence Kyabje Domo Geshe Rinpoche. He was fully authorized and enthroned as an oracle of Dorje Shugden by His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche and Sera Mey Monastery.  This oracle visited Kechara and took trance of Dorje Shugden and Kache Marpo. I’ve had the great honor to speak with my protector directly during this time again.

 

My protector in trance handing me some protective items.

 

This is my protector in full trance of the Panlung oracle monk greeting me. The touching of foreheads is traditional greeting between lamas. Dorje Shugden has always been kind and affectionate towards me. 

 

Dorje Shugden in trance of his official oracle greeted by hundreds of monks and faithful:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Xbghs-mdNc 

 

P.S. Many lamas consult oracles. Here is His Holiness the Dalai Lama consulting his oracle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zj-6gaTOPGI

More here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden

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  1. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 9:10 am

    This is an interesting and uncommon view of why His Holiness the Dalai Lama imposed the Dorje Shugden ban. The commenter ‘Suzy in Hawaii’ is honest to say that despite not wanting to, she could not help seeing the beauty in the Dorje Shugden practice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4&t=11s

    Suzy

  2. Anne Ong on Oct 9, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Dorje Shugden is definitely a good friend to have and to keep with us for eternity.I hope more people will have the karmic affinity to meet and invite him home as a trusted friend,guardian angel and protector.
    Thank you very much my dearest Guru for sharing this Great Dharma Protector with us _/\_

  3. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 15, 2016 at 12:49 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

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    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

  4. Julia Tan on May 7, 2016 at 10:45 am

    If HHDL, the Chenrezig can be harmed by Dorje Shugden, then Dorje Shugden is very powerful. If Dorje Shugden is such a powerful evil spirit, how come he allowed those anti Shugden people continue to harm his worshipers? Why he did not stop them?

    Because Dorje Shugden is a Buddha, compassion is his nature. He harm no body but protecting the Dharma from being misused, so that we can practice the pure teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa teachings.

    So are those who going against Dorje Shugden trying to manipulate the pure Dharma?

    Dorje Shugden is given to me by my Holy Guru, H.E. 25th Tsem Rinpoche. Dorje Shugden is a Buddha but His job now is a protector, hence He is here to take care of us and make sure we can pursue our Dharma journey smoothly. He’s especially good in guarding our minds.

    Thank you Rinpohce, you have given the 2 most precious gifts in my life, the Dharma and Dorje Shugden.

  5. Valeria Steyne on May 7, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Venerable and Dear Rinpoche.

    I thank you sincerely for Your activity benefitting living beings! I wonder if Dorje Shugden practice may be a practice for everyday use and how to receive a transmission to it. Valeria Steyne from Russia _()_

    • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on May 7, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      Hi Valeria,

      Thanks so much for leaving a comment. Yes, Dorje Shugden may be relied upon as a daily practice. In light of this, Rinpoche has compiled for us a set of prayers which anyone can recite. It is compiled from His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s “Melodious Drum Victorious in All Directions” so definitely an authentic source 🙂 you can find these daily prayers here: http://www.vajrasecrets.com/diamond-path

      Also, if you would like to learn more about Dorje Shugden (knowledge results in stable faith and consistent practice!), you can check out http://www.dorjeshugden.org

      To receive a transmission or initiation on Dorje Shugden practice, you need to have a relationship with a qualified lama who you feel confident in. The basis of attainments for any transmission and / or initiation for any practice is guru devotion.

      Again thanks for leaving a comment and let us know how you get on, and if you have any other questions!

      Pastor Jean Ai

      • Valeria Steyne on May 7, 2016 at 10:02 pm

        Dear Jean Ai,

        thank you very much for your response!

  6. Pema Thinley on May 7, 2016 at 2:33 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for your compassion and for the precious gift for us. I shall always rely upon him along my spiritual journey. And may all fortunate ones meet him and be benefited. _()_

  7. Lin Mun on May 1, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the World Peace Dhama Protector to us. I’m very grateful to be able to learn Dorje Shugden practice. If it is not because Rinpoche’s compassion to introduce and share this practice to us, I may not even have a chance to learn.

    Dorje Shugden will always assist us to clear our obstacles due to our karma and mind. Dorje Shugden is definitely a good friend to have. I hope more people will know this great protector and benefit from the dharma practice.

  8. Joy on Jan 23, 2016 at 1:47 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving me Dorje Shugden. I am indeed very fortunate to be given such a powerful dharma protector to watch over and guide me not just in this life but in many more lives to come… until I achieve Bodhichitta (I know it’s going to be quite a long while lol).

    I know I would not still be here or alive if it wasn’t for Dorje Shugden and yes whenever I feel like giving up, he will immediately be there to skilfully get me back on track even though sometimes it requires some “purification” process.

    I believe that it is probably Dorje Shugden that led me to Rinpoche, I feel as if He has always been there watching me. Even before I got into Buddhism, I always felt I was “protected” by some divine being, an angel or something because I was following my mom’s faith at that time who is a Catholic. Then came the day I finally met Him which was the day Rinpoche threw a surprised Birthday celebration for me in the BU ladrang (this was after our first Dzambala teaching by Rinpoche at Lee Hoe’s place).

    I remembered Rinpoche asked me to offer a piece of my birthday cake to this Dharma protector and to make a good prayer. At that time I had no idea who this Buddha was but I just knew He was very very special and great. Then over the years I keep stumbling upon this great protector’s images and statues and still not knowing who He was, I was curiously captivated by Him.

    When Rinpoche finally introduced me to Him and Rinpoche took my hand and placed it in protector’s hand and said He will be my protector until I achieve Bodhichitta and I knew I have finally found my dharma protector, not a friend, not just an ally, but my big guardian angel… to me Dorje Shugden was my divine god-father and I will forever be grateful to Rinpoche for this most precious gift of love and care and I hope to be of worthy of receiving this precious gift from Rinpoche. Thank you so much Rinpoche!

    With Folded Hand,
    Joy

  9. shane Jayasuriya on Nov 10, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Like to thank you for teachings on Dorje Shugden, and its benefiting us thousands miles away.. From your teachings I not only learnt great details about Dorje Shugden and also got faith and hope towards to this great protector.
    When I see Dorje Shugden get trance thru a Oracle Its give me so much hope and security that Dorje Shugden is so real, Living among us somewhere.. not a man made myth..

    Thank you Rinpoche _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

  10. Pastor Jean Ai on May 28, 2015 at 7:13 am

    May 27, 2015- Today I had the honour of meeting a very special person who is respected by millions around the world. The Panglung Kuten (or Choje-la) is the official oracle of Dorje Shugden who was personally trained by the previous Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. He has been taking trance for over 30 years and consulted by the highest lamas to monasteries.

    Choje-la confirmed for us some very excting and profound news about the various previous incarnations of our guru Tsem Rinpoche. Through Choje-la both in and out of trance, we have learned that Rinpoche has many incarnations that stretches back for hundreds of years. He has identified them and related who they are to us. We were thrilled and not surprised but happy.

    It was a very enlightening and special breakfast, not just because of who I had the privilege to sit with but because of the news Choje-la kindly confirmed to us. Indeed a meeting I will not quickly forget. This is not my only time I had the chance to meet Choje-la and certainly not the last.

    ༄༅། །༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་ཁྲི་བྱང་རྡོ་རྗེ་འཆང་ཆེན་པོས་ངོས་འཛིན་གནང་བའི་བསླུ་མེད་ཆོས་སྐྱོང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་གྱི་སྐུ་བསྟེན་སྤང་ལུང་ཆོས་རྗེའམ་སྤང་ལུང་སྐུ་བསྟེན་ཞེས་ཡོངས་སུ་གྲགས་པ་འདི་ཉིད་དད་ལྡན་ས་ཡ་མང་པོའི་བརྩི་བཀུར་ཞུ་ཡུལ་དུ་ཡིན་པ་ནི་གོར་མ་ཆགས། བགྲང་བྱ་སུམ་ཅུ་ལྷག་ཙམ་ནས་བླ་སྤྲུལ་དང་གདན་ས་གྲྭ་ཚང་མང་པོ་ནས་ཆོས་རྗེ་འདི་ཉིད་ཁོག་ཞུགས་ཀྱིས་བཀའ་སློབ་བཀའ་འདྲི་ཞུ་ཡུལ་དུ་བཞུགས་བཞིན་པ་ལགས་ན། གུས་ཀྱང་འདི་རིང་ཞོགས་པར་ཆོས་སྐྱོང་ཆེན་པོའི་སྤྱན་འདྲེན་ཁོག་ཞུགས་ཀྱི་བཀའ་ལུང་དུ་རང་རེའི་བླ་མ་སྐྱབས་རྗེ་ཚེམས་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་སྐུའི་སྐྱེ་འཕྲེང་གི་ལོ་རྒྱུས་རྣམས་གསལ་བར་བརྗོད་པར་བསམ་གྱིས་མི་ཁྱབ་པའི་བཀའ་དྲིན་ཆེ་ཞུ་དང་འབྲེལ། འདི་རིང་གི་ཞོགས་ཇའང་ཆོས་རྗེ་དང་མཉམ་དུ་འཐུང་རྒྱུ་བྱུང་བ་ནི་དམིགས་བསལ་གྱི་དགའ་ཚོར་བྱུང་སོང་། དེ་རིང་གི་ཉིན་མོ་འདི་ནི་ནམ་ཡང་བརྗེད་ཐབས་མེད་པ་དང་ཆོས་རྗེ་མཆོག་དང་མཇལ་འཕྲད་འདི་ཡང་ཐ་མ་མིན་པའི་ཡིད་ཆེས་དང་བཅས།།

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  11. tsemtulku on May 9, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    “If the Dalai Lama, if His Holiness the Dalai Lama can be harmed by Dorje Shugden, then we might as well not practice Buddhism anymore. If His Holiness the Dalai Lama can have his life shortened by a so-called evil spirit, any evil spirit, then can he be Avalokiteshvara? So on one hand you say, we say, I say, everybody says, he is Avalokiteshvara; on the other hand you’re saying that he can harmed by an evil spirit… Which one is it? Can he harmed by an evil spirit or is he Avalokiteshvara? Do you think Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri, Vajrapani, Tara all take refuge in something else to protect themselves from Dorje Shugden? How illogical is that? How illogical of people to say His Holiness the Dalai Lama can be harmed by an evil spirit, any evil spirit or “Dorje Shugden” evil spirit. How is that possible?” – Tsem Tulku Rinpoche

  12. Pastor Han Nee on May 8, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche. You have given me and others the best gift of all the practice of Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. Ever since you gave the practice to me, Shugden has never failed to come to my help in times of need. Yes, as Rinpoche says, our main practice is mind transformation and Lojong. But there have been many occasions when tremendous obstacles and problems have arisen and I have had to turn to my guardian angel, Shugden, who has helped me at every turn and step in my life. Yes, he is my guardian angel.

    When I visited my three month old grandson for the first time, I chanted Om Benza Wiki Bittana Soha and asked my guardian angel to be his guardian angel too, after invoking the blessings of the Three Jewels on him. Shugden’s the mantra I chant all the time for everyone. Shugden’s mantra is the mantra I have shared with many people in crisis.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the practice of Shugden with people everywhere.

  13. Datuk May on May 7, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Yes, Dorje Shugden is the best friend one can ever have and in my case, I pray that I will be able to be his friend throughout this life and many lives in the future until I gain enlightenment.

    I have had this dearest friend for the last 20 years and had no knowledge of who He is. My introduction to Dorje Shugden was by a “lay” monk whom I called as Yong Sifu who had a Tibetan Temple in Perak. Yong Sifu gave me a poster photo of Dorje Shugden and told me to put the photo at my altar and just offer incense daily like I do for Shakyamuni Buddha. I asked if there was a special mantra to recite but was told that it was not necessary and just pray to Dorje Shugden as a wealth Buddha. Sad to say at that point I did not even know his name.

    Fortunately for me I met my Guru, HE Tsem Rinpoche and from then on I learnt about the doctrine and lineage of Dorje Shugden. With this knowledge, I reflected how much ”wellness and good fortune” had happened to me.

    Accidents with members of the family had occurred on many occasions and every time, there was no severity of injuries. Although with the advancement of age, my health seems to be in good condition.

    The most important event was how, on meeting a Tibetan Lama, one of my beloved family member was cured of cancer. This very vivid event happened 20 years ago. Later I realised that this Tibetan Lama is a devote Shugden Lama.

    During the last 20 years, although I have met with very difficult financial and commercial issues, somehow they are resolved with minimal or no loss at all.

    As I progress on my spiritual as a practising Buddhist, the greatest gift that this great friend of mine has endowed me with is the Dharma. In the same breath, my realisation of this great Protector and Friend, is the blessings and teachings from my Precious Guru, Tsem Rinpoche.

    My greatest appreciation to HE Tsem Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden. May their blessings be bestowed on more and more sentient beings, in the same way how I have benefitted in trusting my Guru and propitiation of Dorje Shugden.

  14. Andrew on May 7, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Thank you new to me

  15. Pastor Gim Lee on May 7, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    “You will have a powerful ally, a friend and a real protector who he himself follows the teachings of Buddha. Who operates from compassion as he is fully enlightened.”

    Thank you Rinpoche for your great kindness to offer your reliable friend, the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden to us. Just like how you trust your beloved Lama, similarly, I too trust you fully, for I know with your love for us, you will only offer the best to us.

    You have the wisdom to know what is the best and definitely Lord Shugden is the best help for us. For the past 30 years, Rinpoche have trusted Dorje Shugden and received so much benefits from Him, I am sure He will do the same to me and other students.

    Over the years that I have rely on Him, I can confidently say that Lord Dorje Shugden is definitely a true friend for me 🙂

  16. Pastor Henry Ooi on May 7, 2015 at 10:31 am

    I and other people were very fortunate to meet the famous Panglung oracle when he spontaneously visited to take trance of Dorje Shugden and healed Tsem Rinpoche’s illness. That was my first time witnessing the miraculous healing power of Dorje Shugden and it was a wonderful and profound experience.

  17. Pastor Antoinette Kass on May 7, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Dorje Shugden is a very good friend to have.

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing the most beneficial Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden with us. Rinpoche has received this practice from His Guru and He shares with the world. Yes, if we practice Dorje Shugden, we will never be alone again, He watches over us, how fortunate we are.

    Dorje Shugden will guide us so that we can practice the highest, which is Dharma. Dorje Shugden arose 400 years ago that is why He is very swift and close to our time.

    Thank You for sharing the holy pictures of Rinpoche with the oracle.

    May Dorje Shugden benefit many people and may the Dharma spread into the 10 directions.

  18. Pastor Chia on May 7, 2015 at 5:13 am

    Audience with the oracle and protector himself present is truly blessed. With Rinpoche kindness with able received direct blessing from Dorje Shugden. I felt overwhelm with my emotion and bring more courage and develop strong faith to protector. In that event when line up to receive blessing from protector. Rinpoche is introduce us to protector one by one. During my turn to received blessing from protector,i remember rinpoche pass the word to me to prepare my monk-hood. Since I met with protector through different oracle, protector advice to me always consistent. Do dharma work,i will find happiness.Hold the vow well and live like a monk.I have no doubt my decision to want to become a monk today. All these are blessed with my lama and protector.

  19. Julia Tan on May 6, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    Thank you Rinooche for such a lovely post. The best gift in my life is Rinpoche’s teachings on Dorje Shugden. Anyone who knows about Dorje Shugden, knew that Dorje Shugden is not only “a good friend to be” but a guru, a yidam and protector. He protected us just like a loving father. Not only I witnessed how Dorje Shugden healed and guided Rinpoche, but how Dorje Shugden helped me through out my difficult time upon Rinpoche’s request. I knew He’s with me all the time helping me to fulfilled my tasks in Dharma like a loving brother who helped the little sister without letting her know. But I know He is there because he answered to my requests even extended His power to bless and protect my love ones. Guarding my contemanaded mind and keeping at the right path.

    Without Rinpoche’s unconditional care and love to teach and keeping the pure lineage to continue, there will be no Dorje Shugden in my life. Whoever has the merits to read and learn about Dorje Shugden here, all due to Rinpoche’s kindness. We are very very fortunate. Thank you Rinpoche for loving us teaching us and giving us the most precious gift in our lives.

  20. pammie yap on May 6, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    “he imparted to me the practice of Dorje Shugden and told me compassionately this will help me get over so much problems and difficulties in the future. He asked nothing of me but only gave me the best and what he had practiced his whole life. I know my guru loves me and I love him and trust him. He gave me what he knows will help me.”

    I feel the same as what Rinpoche wrote above. I know that our Guru love us and that is why He is doing the same. Giving us only the best that will help us on our spiritual path. Such a beautiful sharing!
    I and many other in Kechara are really blessed to be part of the monthly puja in Kechara Forest Retreat. A practice so sacred that have been passed on through a pure lineage.
    We can never repay Rinpoche’s kindness in giving us the many precious practices especially this one.

    I love the mystical part of oracle taking trance. I do hope that Kechara will have its own oracle soon to bless the many that come to see Him and seek His advice.

  21. Martin Chow on May 6, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Thank you very much for this post Rinpoche and I personally feel that the title ‘A good friend to have’ is very apt. Ever since I met the Dharma through Rinpoche’s teachings I have always loved it. But even then its an understatement because the Dharma provides so much more than merely a nice feeling. It provides an understanding, an acceptance of things that is both liberating and empowering. But it is when I met Dorje Shugden that Dharma came alive and became very personal.

    To me Dorje Shugden is not a deity up on an altar that I pray to and ask for blessings, but somehow still disconnected from and ‘inaccessible’. I have seen Rinpoche’s real-life relationship with this Buddha and I have seen how this holy being guided my teacher, healed my teacher, and encouraged my teacher, and continue to. Like a loving father would his son. And I have witnessed Rinpoche’s complete trust and devotion in Dorje Shugden. To me, it is like the 50 Verses of Guru Devotion being played out in real life. And over time I have seen how Dorje Shugden is present in my life and he is always there and has saved me when I was inches away from losing my life. These are not stories I have heard but very personal experiences that I cannot deny or ignore. And to think that I have a Buddha as a friend because by the grace and kindness of my Guru, he extends this Buddha’s love for him to also cover me, is something that humbles me but at the same time strengthens me.

    Telling others about Dorje Shugden is just about the only good and truly beneficial thing I have done with my life and like my Guru, I will never stop doing it.

    • tsemtulku on May 6, 2015 at 12:46 pm

      Martin,

      Your sharing as always are honest, direct, mystical yet down to earth and genuine. Thank you for sharing. I gently request you to offer your body, speech and mind to all the Buddhas and think of only generating stainless bodhicitta daily and firmly. Always bring relief to others no matter how they are….Developing genuine bodhicitta, please let this be your daily inner secret practice determined to achieve it no matter what…. With attainments within our mind, we have no fear of samsara and our continued existence within samsara as samsara will not be in us.

      You have my prayers, Tsem Rinpoche

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      • Anne Ong on Mar 1, 2017 at 3:04 am

        Dear Rinpoche,

        Reading Rinpoche’s and Martin’s comments really warms and touches deaply in my heart._/\_

        With all my love and support for both of you,
        Anne Ong

  22. Yeo Kwai Gin on May 6, 2015 at 2:24 am

    尊贵的仁波切, 感谢您将佛法带给我们, 让我明白人生的道理与道路, 如何转化我们的心识来面对问题。我好高兴因为有这机缘邀请到太太和妈妈来参与这殊胜的《多杰雄登》护法的法会,虽然妈妈完全不了解英文, 但看到她从法会一开始的时候, 就诵《南无观世音菩萨》佛号到法会结束, 好开心看到此情景, 因为我明白,佛菩萨会保佑的(虽然妈妈完全不懂英文),也为她印下了佛印和佛因! 希望佛菩萨的加持,妈妈与太太在学佛的道路上更加的顺利 !

    祈愿, 上师长寿,常转法轮, 宏愿一一的达成 !
    OM BENZA WIKI BITANNA SOHA

    贵仁 感恩合十

  23. nicholas on May 5, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    One of Rinpoche’s precious gift to us is Dorje Shugden’s practice. Rinpoche advice has always benefited us and never wrong. I have witness it myself and happened to me. With this practice i was given the opportunity to meet my mom that was bed ridden which I never thought i will see her again.

    With Rinpoche’s compassion, care and love I believe Dorje Shugden practice and it does bring results not only for me but to many.

    Our journey in samsara is dictate by our karma but Rinpoche gives us an opportunity to change our journey in spiritual for a better future. Rinpoche gives us hope with Dorje Shugden practice to help us and support us in our dharma practice. It’s really a great gift from Rinpoche and is our great merit to be able to receive and practice.

    Thank you Rinpoche and we shall share this great and beneficial practice to many people.
    The open day in Kechara Forest Retreat on every second Saturday for the public to make offering with this great protector is a great opportunity. May more people able to make connection with him and bring much hope and benefits to them.

  24. DR on May 5, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    I am so happy just looking at these photos and knowing that so many people have benefited from Dorje Shugden’s practice who will guide them in this life and all future lives till enlightenment.

    Now that Kechara has opened up Dorje Shugden Chapel in Bentong on every second Saturday of each month to the public, even more will be introduced to this sacred Dharma Protector. I cannot thank Rinpoche enough to confer this practice to me and my family and HE has seen us through several major challenges in our lives. And Rinpoche’s vision to build this beautiful chapel in Kechara for hundreds of practitioners to gather and do prayers.

  25. Anita Krelle (Skewes) on May 4, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Thankyou!!! Blessings to you and your team!!!

  26. Edwin Tan on May 4, 2015 at 3:27 am

    Rinpoche is so kind and humble… I have obtained many Dharma teachings and wisdom from Rinpoche.

    The best gift from Rinpoche is Rinpoche’s teachings, introduction to Lord Tsongkapa, Lord Setrap and of course Lord Dorje Shugden.

    Without Rinpoche, I will not learn Dharma and will not have benefitted from the great Protector, Dorje Shugden.

    In times when I cannot get answers, Rinpoche guided me to seek answers from Lord Dorje Shugden, and ask me to place great trust and faith in Protector, and Protector will watch over us.

    I know Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden always watch over me, over us.

    Thank you Rinpoche.

  27. Vinnie Tan on May 4, 2015 at 12:59 am

    I thank Rinpoche with folded hands for this post. Through the post it has shown the miraculous powers that Dorje Shugden is able to help us with when we fully trust and take the advices from the holy protector seriously.

    I am very grateful towards Rinpoche for introducing and sharing with my family about this holy protector. Without Rinpoche sharing with my family about this holy protector, we will not be able to do many things that are done today.

    I agree that whenever that we are faced with difficulties we are able to seek refuge in Dorje Shugden. This holy world peace protector would always be able to shine light for us in the most “difficult” journeys of our lives. Guiding us through different signs that are given to us and protecting us always making sure that we are alright. Even though when we have been mischievous and naughty not completing things that we are suppose to do or even breaking our promise, Dorje Shugden would be giving us many chances and still be very patient to guide us towards the correct path that we should be pursuing. With this, I am not saying that it is correct for us to be breaking our promises, but what I am trying to convey is the kind of love and compassion that Dorje Shugden have for all of us.

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank Rinpoche for the constant love and care for all students and readers of the blog. It is only through RInpoche’s kindness that is why we are able to have that good fortune to be practising Dorje Shugden practices now. I thank Rinpoche from the bottom of my heart to share this practice with me. I have benefited greatly from this holy practice and through that, it allowed me to be able to clear my mind from doubts whenever they arise in my mind.

  28. Uncle Eddie on May 3, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    As our Sharing, kind-loving and compassionate Guru has verified, that after 30 years of trusting and relying on his most reliable protector, Dorje Shugden, the successes that Rinpoche and Kechara today have is a testimony of the power that Dorje Shugden has imparted in helping them out successfully is for sure! With Dharma in mind, and Dorje Shugden’s assistance, Rinpoche is definitely sure he has given us something very good and to anyone needing it around the world. He said he has placed us in good, protective hands. Rinpoche felt that he has put us in very powerful hands of someone very wise, which is worthy of the good friendship, care and love which he has for us and feels very happy for us. Dorje Shugden, a holy, compassionate and fully enlightened protector, was given to him by his attained Guru of 81 years, and Rinpoche assured us that Dorje Shugden will make a powerful ally, friend and a real protector who himself follows the teachings of the Buddha. Thank you Rinpoche, for your heart-warming gesture. We believe what is good for our Guru is always good for all of us too. Dorje Shugden can certainly help and see us through the path to enlightenment. Om Benza Wiki Bittana Soha.

  29. Cynthia Lee on May 3, 2015 at 1:51 am

    Rinpoche gave me the most precious thing anyone could ever wish for. The gift of Dharma and an eternal protector. Seeing this picture of Rinpoche and Panglung oracle, it brings memories of Rinpoche asking Dorje Shugden to protect me from harm. Together, Rinpoche and DS has given my life so much more meaning, protection and countless other benefits. For this, I am forever grateful as I knew I have friends I could always rely on.

  30. SteveDe on May 2, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Simply Beautiful

  31. JP on May 2, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Dorje Shugden’s practice is one of the best gift that Rinpoche has given all of us. By introducing Dorje Shugden to us, we create the affinity to the Wisdom buddha who will help and guide us towards our Enlightenment in our future lives. It is not possible for our guru to be with us all the time protecting and guiding us. Therefore, having a protector like Dorje Shugden would be highly beneficial.

    When I experience malevolent spirit disturbances, I would chant the Trakze’s mantra (wrathful form of Dorje Shugden) and bless the spirit. The spirit would immediately back off and stop disturbing me.

    Dorje Shugden is like a guardian angel that we can live without. All this is only possible with Rinpoche’s great compassion.

  32. Shelly Tai on May 2, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving us this powerful practice no words can describe our appreciation toward Rinpoche kindness because the protector DS is really help us a lot in many ways I hope there will be more people can benefits from this powerful practice.
    with folded hand
    Shelly

  33. Leonard Ooi(Penang) on May 2, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you for sharing with us Dorje Shugden practice.We now have one more protector to help us grown in our dharma work and transform our minds. I know that Dorje Shugden will help me clear my obstacles so that I can practice more dharma and become transformed.

    Happy Vesak Day

    Regards

    Leonard Ooi

  34. Lum Kok Luen on May 2, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I am very grateful that you are sharing this. Your compassion and kindness shines through. These never seen before photos of the Oracle is indeed a great blessing.

    May more people benefit more from this practice.

    May Your Eminence have long life and continue to teach us the Dharma.

    Humbly yours.
    Lum Kok Luen

  35. Patsy on May 2, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Ever since Dorje Shugden was introduced to me, I have never failed to do His prayers and He has blessed and protected me all this while. I am fortunate that I have Dorje Shugden to help me clear the path for my spiritual journey to grow.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for your hard work and perseverance to bring dharma to others near and far that has benefited so many and will benefit even more to come.

  36. cksoon on May 2, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Please make sure find the best place to put the buddha statue which i have contributed ( in small sum ) which i thought would benefits those who practicing in the hall and for all to gives offerings and prostration.

    tq

  37. Pastor Yek Yee月谊讲法师 on May 2, 2015 at 10:45 am

    It is so happy can see many of friends can joined yesterday monthly Dorje Shugden puja in Wisdom Hall, Kechara Foerest Retreat. I am rejoiced for all my Dharma brothers and sisters. I am really appreciated whatever Tsem Rinpoche had gave us in this region. Rinpoche work so hard to spread Dharma in this country last passed 30 years. It is not easy for Rinpoche but Rinpoche choose benefit all beings than whatever he like. Thank you for Rinpoche’s hard works, we can gathered here joined this precious and grand puja!!!

  38. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on May 2, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for giving us the teachings and the practice of Dorje Shugden. During this degenerate age with so many human problems, natural disaster and accidents that taking over lives, I believe we desperately require the help from Dorje Shugden as our Protector who is nearest to our time and help us swiftly and effectively to clear the obstacles ahead and increase our Dharma seeds. May more people start with Dorje Shugden’s practice and immediately receive the blessings and protection from Dorje Shugden.

    With folded hands,
    kin hoe

  39. Lai on May 2, 2015 at 3:11 am

    Rinpoche, thanks for sharing us the powerful and helpful friend, he will be our BFF.

    With Folded Hand
    Lai & Chen Chen

  40. Sharon Ong on May 2, 2015 at 2:17 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    No words can adequately describe how I feel right now. For some reason, this post touched me deeply. I sincerely thank Rinpoche for being so compassionate and courageous as I know that bringing this practice to us entails many hurdles and difficulties. Although I have not be practising this sacred practice as long as others, I feel very safe, protected and no matter how dark it can get, I know I can rely on Dorje Shugden to help me find my way and be that light at the end of the tunnel.

    My deepest gratitude to Rinpoche for bringing this practice to the world and may all be benefitted by this powerful protector practice.

    With folded hands.

  41. Sarah Yap on May 2, 2015 at 2:12 am

    Thank you for sharing with us this wonderful post Rinpoche, and on top of that, never seen before photos of Rinpoche and the Panglung Oracle! I am forever greatful to have met the Dharma and such a powerful and potent Dharma protector who I know have tirelessly helped me in my road to Enlightenment, and it is because of Rinpoche’s hardwork and many Kecharians that made it possible. May more people benefit from the Dharma in the near future.

    • tsemtulku on May 2, 2015 at 4:29 am

      Sarah, You are a kind person and you are always hard working. I really enjoying working with you and having you on my Dharma team. You have my love, prayers and respects. Tsem Rinpoche

  42. Loh Ann Leong (Penang) on May 2, 2015 at 2:02 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such a precious notes regards to World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden, it is had instills more faith towards Lord Dorje Shugden from reading your blogs.
    More again, thank you Rinpoche of your unwavering efforts for continuously turning and spreading the teachings of Dharma to benefit many and especially to a ignorant layman like me.

    OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA

    Humbly grateful,
    Ann Leong

  43. Robert Anderson on May 2, 2015 at 1:39 am

    We can never repay you enough for sharing. We love you H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. May you live long for everyone’s benefit. May you nevet have anything but peace and joy. Thank you so much for the gift of Dorje Shugden. I don’t think you realize how truly special you are to so many.

    May all of your dreams come true,
    Robert Anderson
    /\ /\ /\

  44. Kwan Leng Lew on May 2, 2015 at 12:48 am

    Oracle has always been a “mystical” part of Tibetan Buddhism, and with blessings of Rinpoche, I have witness the special and sacred process of the King Dorje Shugden Himself taking trance, and seeing miracles being performed.

    I am indeed very lucky to receive protector from Rinpoche, as He is the same protector who has helped Zong Rinpoche in so many ways. If Dorje Shugden can perform miracles and help elite misters like Tsem Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche, He can definitely help me in the path to enlightenment.

    OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA

  45. meng kiat on May 2, 2015 at 12:34 am

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thanks for introduce DS practice to us, it really help a lot of people and hope more and more people will get benefits

    With Folded Hand
    Meng Kiat

  46. sandra on May 2, 2015 at 12:21 am

    Sweet sharing Rinpoche. You are always nice to everyone and your good heart shines through in your writings. This blog is incredible and i enjoy your tweets too. Best wishes to you.

    • tsemtulku on May 2, 2015 at 12:28 am

      Dear Sandra, I am very happy this blog is something that is helpful to you. Myself and my team work hard on this blog. My team are very kind and compassionate people and they deserve the kind words you have offered. I thank you. Tsem Rinpoche

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  • 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.
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  • 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
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:40 PM
    When on the hospital bed nearing our last breath, nothing matters except for the practice and transformation we have done in dharma in our lifetime.

    Our money, wishes, houses, clothes, jewelry, reputation, spouses, desires, dreams, greed, anger, possessions, explanations will be of no use at all. It will in fact even be a hindrance scratching at our mind’s energy to let go and we cannot.

    Since they are no use at that momentous event, we should continue that thought now and understand what we should truly cultivate now. This thought must translate into action not just scholastic thoughts and meanderings of the mind for self deception or imitation spiritual satisfaction. This is what I think daily and everyday as part of my meditations on death and impermanence according to first chapter of Lam Rim.
    ~H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche

    Learn more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-dying-process.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 12:11 PM
    Amazing and very creative architecture designed space for our home grown foods.It is a good idea for those living in the cities.The Growroom is beautifully produced made it convenience which enables people to connect with nature surrounding with plants. The smell of herbs and plants makes cities dwellers to live in happiness and healthy.
    Its takes alot of effort and determination for anyone to build a growroom.Well they can do it,if they have the will power….hoping someday KFR will have one too.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:39 AM
    Lazynnes ,negative karma!and mends samajas …ITS very very , inderdependent motivations lewwels of awareness Teacher’Quality &sangha quantity ,first when samajas ARE pure Empowerment full blessings later?so give less Empowerment ITS OK.ccTR IS Wise.
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  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:32 AM
    http://www.aikidosydneycity.com/interview-with-takeda-shihan-by-aikikai-hombu-dojo/ yes yes sumikiri!i m sure HE practice martial arts in many previous lives AS well AS have family’karma conected with ai!ki flow,,,so NEUTRAL his re:for attacks ARE.,above normal fighter skills!___and i m skull in maya astro,fine and wanth share:#####paranormalTSEMsection on:::: antarctica aliens& JFK ,Peru as egg skulls.________________have a good day&nice PRactICE.____THE LIGHT be?or just show options that can be used.
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  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:23 AM
    For example B_LOCK can be neutral karma ,butRE_PLAY reactions can make diferent results in second person?
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  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:22 AM
    NEUTRAL karma not make good ,not bad result!but ITS STill karma so IS not done from lewwels of acomplishment where IS NO NEW karma acumulations.
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  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:16 AM

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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
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More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
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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!
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My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
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Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
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Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
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
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Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
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Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
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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
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This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
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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
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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
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The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
4 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
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Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
4 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
5 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
6 months ago
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
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Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
6 months ago
High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
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༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
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Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
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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 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?
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  • March 26, 2017 02:14
    Kunga asked: Does the Gelug have Begtse a protector? If so, could you please provide a sadhana for him here?
    pastor answered: Dear Kunga, Yes the Dharma protector Begtse exists within the Gelug tradition. He is also known as Chamsing. Begtse’s practice stems from India and was introduced to Tibet and therefore Tibetan Buddhism by the translator Nyen Lotsawa. Marpa Lotsawa also practiced Begtse, and so the practice exists in the Kagyu traditions. This practice was eventually transmitted to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first of the five patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, who were the founding fathers of that tradition. Over time the practice of Begtse was incorporated into the Gelug tradition, founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, and was notably practiced by the 1st and 2nd Dalai Lamas. Over time the practice gained popularity within the lineage, especially when it spread to Mongolia. There the practice became an important one within the lineage as upheld there. Begtse is also affectionately known as the Dharma protector of Mongolia, because his practice is so popular there. If I am not mistaken, there is an oracle of Begtse in Mongolia as well. There is a mistaken account that the practice originated around the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama, with the subjugation of a Mongolian war god, but Begtse was definitely practiced before that time in the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya traditions. While the practice of Begtse is very effective, I have not come across the practice of Begtse in my personal practice, therefore I do not have access to the Begtse sadhana to provide to you. Instead Begtse is propitiated in prayers that incorporate many other Dharma protectors, and Begtse is also considered one of the nine protectors of the Hayagriva (Tamdrin) cycle of tantric teachings. Therefore Begtse is included in the Dharma protector sections of the Hayagriva tantras. Surrounding Begtse are his sister, Sing Ma, and his main minister, Le Khan Mar Po. His inner retinue comprises of eight butchers who wield copper swords in their right hands and skull-cups full of blood in their left hands. They are portrayed as naked and are very ugly. His outer retinue comprises a further twenty-one butchers, who hold copper swords in their right hands, and this time, the entrails of butchered enemies. They wear the skins humans and oxen as clothes, with ornaments made from human bone. While this may seem violent, Begtse is actually a very powerful and beneficial protector, who helps practitioners clear their obstacles and create conducive conditions for their spiritual evolution. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 24, 2017 20:12
    Azair asked: Venerable Rinpoche, I am doing a study in Kalachakra Tantra and I've heard from most of the lama's too that if you practice the Kalachakra Tantra, you'll be able to take control of your next rebirth. Ofcourse, it has been said that we will get our rebirth according to our Karma and desires but whether those dreams will get fulfilled will depend upon the actions that we take in this life. Thus, practicing the Kalachakra(till the end) after initiation will give you the opportunity to take rebirth anywhere you desire regardless of your Karma. My question is that, is there some truth in this statement.? Does this statement hold true for other tantra practices, such as Vajrayogini Tantra, Ghuyasamaja Tantra, Heruka Tantra, etc. I would really really like to know. Thankyou in anticipation, regards, Azair
    pastor answered: Dear Azair, Thank you for your question. Yes there is truth to this statement, both from a scriptural perspective and also by example, as the great masters have shown us. This is a unique feature of all Anuttarayoga Tantras or Highest Yoga Tantras, which Kalachakra, Vajrayogini, Guhyasama and Heruka are all examples of. This category of tantric practice can actually lead a practitioner to full enlightenment in this very lifetime. Even if enlightenment is not reached, very high levels of attainment can be reached nonetheless. This includes the ability to take control over your next rebirth. This is primarily engaged in so that the practitioner is born in an environment where they can eventually pick up their practice and further their spiritual path to enlightenment, or in order to be born in a place where they can benefit sentient beings the most, as part of the spiritual journey over many lifetimes. One of the reasons such an ability is very necessary on the spiritual path, is that usual death and rebirth occurs at the mercy of ones karma, specifically what is known as the ‘throwing karma’ or the karma that dictates what sort of rebirth a person is going to take. This opens up at the time of ordinary death, which most people have no control over. During the death process, many of our disturbing emotions will arise. Whichever of these is the strongest at the point of death triggers open a latent karmic potential, which becomes the ‘throwing karma’ and dictates where we are going to take rebirth and if that life will generally be full of suffering or not. Within Anuttarayoga Tantra, one of the key points of practice is to prepare for one’s death. This is done by simulating the dying process during one’s meditations, so that one becomes familiar with it. At the most pivotal part of this process, one practices achieving either the rainbow body or great bliss (in the case of the father tantras); or clear light (in the case of mother tantras). The tantras themselves are not defined in terms of the gender of the central deity, but by the method used to gain enlightenment. This is either the rainbow body/great bliss (classified as male, therefore labelled ‘father’) or clear light (classified as female, therefore labelled ‘mother’). Non-dual tantras such as the Kalachakra tantra can employ either of the two methods, a mixture of both, or alternate methods. In the case of superior practitioners, due to the power of their practice, they can achieve either of these two methods in their current body. Since they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, and a particular method of practice, they can also achieve enlightenment during their physical death. The great Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have achieved enlightenment at the moment of physical death, using the second of these. For other practitioners, they may not be able to achieve this either in their meditations while they are alive, or during the death process. However because they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, they remain in complete concentration at the time of death, not allowing any disturbing emotions to arise. Due to this level of concentration, meditation and awareness during the dying process, they are able to control where they next take rebirth. This is evident in the tantric scriptures themselves, and the life stories of many masters, who can state exactly where, when and to whom they will take their next rebirth, as they are in full control of the dying and rebirth process. There is a type of meditation called ‘thukdam’ which has been translated into ‘death meditation’. This is a final meditation some masters choose to engage in. During this meditation, the master themselves consciously begin the physical dying process themselves, engage in the meditation of dissolving the winds into the heart centre and remain in the most pivotal part of the death process, the mind of clear light of death. During this point they engage in meditations, either the methods of the father or mother tantras as mentioned previously, and or consciously choose where they are to next take rebirth. They can remain in this death meditation for long periods of time, days at an end, in which their consciousness has not yet left their body, although for all intents and purposes they are dead according to medical science, e.g. they have no heartbeat. At the end of their meditation, a drop of blood will be emitted from their nostril, and their head will slump over a little. Masters who engage in this meditation usually sit in full meditation posture, and their body remain supple and soft even though they have passed away from a medical point of view. I hope this brief explanation helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2017 23:01
    Brad asked: What is the significance of offering the Seven precious emblems of royalty to the Buddhas and enlightened Dharma Protectors? What are we symbolically offering up?
    pastor answered: Dear Brad, Thank you for your question. The ‘saptaratna’ or seven precious emblems represent on the one hand the ultimate state of temporal power, and on the other hand the ultimate spiritual attainments that we can achieve. By offering these to the Buddhas, we are actually creating the causes to achieve what they represent. Therefore it is good to know the meaning of each, so we can understand what we are creating the causes for by offering them up: Please see below for an explanation of the seven royal emblems: 1. The Precious Wheel: a thousand spoked wheel, representing the universal power of the Buddhas, as well as the teachings of the thousand Buddhas of our aeon. It is represented by the Dharmachakra, symbolising the ‘turning of the wheel’ or teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, especially that of our own mind, thoughts, delusions and afflictions. 2. The Precious Jewel: an eight sided wish-granting gem, which fulfils all the needs of a universal emperor. This jewel has eight special qualities: it illuminates the night sky for hundreds of leagues; it is cooling when the temperature is hot and warming when the temperature is cold; it makes manifest whatever the holder wants; when thirsty it causes a fresh-water spring to appear; it has the ability to control the nagas, and other supernatural beings, as well as preventing natural disasters such as storms, floods, etc.; it gives off multi-coloured lighted which heals the various mental and emotional afflictions; it cures all illnesses; and it ensures that one dies a natural death, not an untimely one. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, or perfect discrimination, so one knows what to abandon and what to keep in the mindstream during the spiritual journey to enlightenment. 3. The Precious Queen: the most beautiful and virtuous of all women. She is described as a goddess who is the epitome of someone: with devotion; without jealousy; who is the embodiment of fertility; who works for the welfare of all beings; who possess feminine wisdom; speaks the truth; not attract to sensual pleasures or material possessions; and does not have false views. She is adored by all. She also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect effort. This is necessary to keep meditating until one gains spiritual attainments. 4. The Precious Minister: who has sharp intelligence, patience, and the ability to give wise counsel to the emperor. He is so attuned to the emperor that even before the emperor has spoken, the minister is already carrying out his command. He only wishes to support the Dharma, help sentient beings, and is an excellent strategist. He also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect joy. This is also akin to the attainment of the first bodhisattva level, because you have come to an understanding of your own mind, which is like pouring ice-cold water into boiling water. The water stops boiling, as does the thoughts, projections, and delusions in the mind. He represents the path of the bodhisattva. 5. The Precious Elephant: who has the strength of a thousand normal elephants. He is white, with the perfect features that an elephant could have. He is majestic, graceful, and gentle, but in battle is fearsome, fearless and unyielding. He communicates with the emperor through a telepathic link. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect adaptability. This is important, as one needs to be able to adapt to the various mental afflictions as they arise, and suitably counter them. 6. The Precious Horse: who has all the marks of a celestial horse. Known as wind-horse, he is able to travel extremely fast, and can circumambulate the entire universe three time in just a single day. He is never fearful or startled, never makes a sound when galloping, and has extremely soft hairs on his body. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is single-pointed concentration. This is important because without this form of concentration, once cannot engage in the analytical meditations that lead to an understanding of emptiness, and therefore enlightenment. 7. The Precious General: who has mastered the arts of war and always wins in battle. He wears battle armour and holds many different weapons. He tries to avoid battle, but when necessary fights, and never gives up until he has won. He is fearless, and courageous in carrying out the emperors commands and ensures the emperors army carries out their duties. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect equanimity. This is because he overcomes all warfare, which is akin to the battle between things were are attached to and things we have an aversion for in our minds. In short, what you are offering up is the highest of all temporal treasures and abilities, as well as the entire path of the Dharma. Doing so creates the causes for you to receive all of this on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 20, 2017 10:16
    Grigoris asked: Excuse me, but I would like to ask, what does the prayer to Shangmo Dorje Putri say exactly? I can't read Tibetan, but would like to see the description that the prayer gives. I am not planning to say the prayer or make interaction(as it would be very dangerous), but would like to see what it actually says from the Tibetan text. Here's the link: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/shangmo-dorje-putri-the-bamo-of-sakya.html
    pastor answered: Dear Grigoris, Thank you for your question. Shangmo Dorje Putri is indeed a fascinating unenlightened Dharma protector. Unfortunately at the moment, we do not have a translated copy of the text in English that we can provide. The usual format for such texts, would include an invocation, making offerings to appease them, and then exhortations for them to perform their activities, possibly followed by thanking them for their help. One thing is for certain, due to the nature of Shangmo Dorje Putri her prayer is sure to include violent imagery, just like many other Dharma protectors, such as Achi Chokyi Drolma (who even though has a peaceful appearance, has a lot of violent imagery in her prayers). The reason behind the violent imagery is explained in the post about Achi Chokyi Drolma here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/achi-chokyi-drolma-chief-protectress-of-the-drikung-kagyu.html
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