Aghori

May 11, 2015 | Views: 3,131
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Dear friends, 

I came across something very interesting. There are many methods to the divine, or finding God or connecting to a sacred heaven since the beginning of time. As trends change, so do worship. The Hindu faith has over 1.2 billion adherents in the world and it is over 5,000 years of continuous practice. Hinduism has many sects and sub-sects also. In India and all over the world Hinduism is accepted as a mainstream religion and it’s a profound path.

We cannot judge what is correct or not. We cannot condemn another person’s faith or method to God or reaching Godhood. Everyone has their rights to worship or not worship as they like. No one should criticize anyone else’s religion no matter how different, ‘strange’ or unfamiliar it can be to you. So we cannot criticize anyone’s religion or restrict their rights to freedom of worship. Especially religious leaders of any religion should never criticize another person’s religion, discourage or degrade. We need world peace and harmony. Religion can be a vehicle of peace or destruction depending who wields this dangerous power.

Dorje Shugden practitioners do not make animal sacrifices, eat human corpses, become intoxicated as part of the rites, be nude in public, sit on top of corpses to meditate, drink animal urine or eat their feces. They do not eat rotting food, make offerings of human sacrifices to Shakti (Female divine power as embodied by Kali), smear ashes of burnt human corpses on their bodies. I am not saying good or bad to these practices.  I am simply stating Dorje Shugden practitioners do not engage in similar rituals or even remotely similar. Many places unfamiliar with Indian religious culture would find these practices perhaps too difficult to understand? Dorje Shugden practitioners are taught to develop compassion, offer vegetarian foods (where possible), meditate on Lam Rim or mind transformation teachings, be good human beings, give charity, take refuge in the Three Jewels, have guru devotion, do their Dharma studies and apply and achieve the enlightenment of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to all sentient beings. Yet they are not allowed their religious freedom in India as sanctioned by the Tibetan Leadership within their own Tibetan communities.

The democratic Government of India protects all religions but within this the Tibetan leadership creates religious differences leading to discrimination, violence, hatred and bias against Shugden practitioners. They call Dorje Shugden a demon and his practitioners followers of the devil.  Why is there a ban against Shugden where its practice is much more milder than the Aghori faith in their expression of worship? Many cultures would even see Shakti or Shiva in his terrific form as demonic and far from being God.  If India allows Aghori why not Shugden faith? But then it’s not India that bans Shugden. But there is loophole. India gives Tibetans a sort of autonomy within India which Tibetan leadership exploit this loophole by banning worship of Dorje Shugden for political reasons. If a Tibetan started practicing the Aghori sect of Hinduism, how would the Tibetan leadership accept this? Would Shiva or Shakti requiring blood and human flesh to be eaten be considered a Buddha? If Shiva or Shakti is not a Buddha would their practice be banned? Why or why not? Tibetan leadership doesn’t consider Dorje Shugden a Buddha and needs to be banned. If Shiva/Shakti is banned, then is that based on religious freedom or protecting their people from the big bad “demon”? Which one is it? Are you going to interfere with people’s religion and ban religions or give full religious freedom? You cannot give religious freedom and then publicly discourage people from it.  Religious freedom or protecting their people from the practice of non-Buddhas as in the case of Shiva/Shakti?  Amidst practices such as the Aghori sect which is accepted (which it should be), the ‘requirements’ for Shugden practice is more ‘easier to accept’ and benign in its expression to the general populace and there is nothing that can be seen as extreme. So again, why is Aghori accepted and not Shugden practice? If the Tibetan leadership dare make comments about Aghori or any sect of Hinduism, they would have huge protests and they know it. Because they don’t allow religious freedom and they know it. They do their best to cover this fact. Any genuine democracy and their leaders NEVER criticize any religion even actual devil worshipers such as Satan believers. I am not advocating or not advocating any worship, just making a statement that religious worship should be allowed in any form and no government or leader should ban/criticize or interfere.

Aghori derives from the Sanskrit word “Aghor” which means absence of darkness. Aghor implies natural state of consciousness where the mind is free of fear and repulsion. It is to achieve rising above what we fear and what we attach the ego to. If one is fearless, then one does not discriminate or damage. Aghori sect of Hinduism engages in all these practices that some in different parts of the world may find difficult to grasp or repulsive. But as I said, the road to the divine is not one single road map, but many types and we have to respect. This sect is constitutionally protected in India and also no one calls them slanderous names, degrades them or calls them vulgarities because of their practices and methods to God or enlightenment.

 Some basic information on Aghori practices and *sadhus:

1. The sadhus will eat leftovers from human corpses as part of their ritual.

2. They drink from human skulls as well as use the human skulls as bowls to eat food.

3. The ashes of human corpses are smeared on their body regularly.

4. They are followers of God. They believe in God. God is whom they call Shiva which this sect dates back as beginning in the 5th century. They also worship God in the female form or Shakti which is Kali.

5. They must disconnect from family after being ordained as a sadhu and never ever return to the village of their birth again. Families and responsibilities are thought to be a hindrance to spiritual enlightenment.

6. Hindus cremate the bodies of the dead in special places called charnel grounds. Aghori sadhus must live only in charnel grounds their whole lives to be free of attachment to pleasure and comfort.

7. They will kill animals and offer animal sacrifices to the female form of God, Kali. In the past they would also offer human sacrifices to God as well as animal. Now it is primarily animal sacrifices.

8. One has to practice meditation under a guru’s direct guidance for minimum 12 years to enhance one’s spiritual advancements.

9. Aghori sadhus use wood from funeral pyres to produce fire for their needs. They dress themselves in clothes taken from dead bodies.

10. To be initiated into sadhu-hood, one must find a guru and follow him precisely in all instructions. Find a human skull (kapala) and use this as a food bowl. Must smear ashes of cremated corpses on their bodies during meditation. You have to during certain rituals eat rotting human flesh and meditate while sitting on a human corpse. This symbolizes no fear and eliminating all attachments to form, taste, touch, sight, smell and phenomena in order to ascend to God. To become one with Shiva. To become enlightened.

11. There are many Aghori sadhus that wander their whole lives in complete nudity to free themselves from illusions. This is to transcend human feelings of hatred, love, jealousy and pride.

12. Daily they eat rotten food and leftovers found in garbage dumps or dumpsters. Also to eat animal feces and animal urine in their diet.

13. They believe God exists everywhere whether it’s in cow dung or all foods. Therefore nothing is unholy, unclean and or inauspicious. Everything is sacred because everything is infused with God’s energy. They wish to blur the lines of holy and unholy, good and bad to transcend normal ordinary human likes and dislikes in order to achieve enlightenment.

14. They roam freely without worry of community, food, family and they sleep in any charnel ground they come across at night. Their sleeping places or any semblance of resting area must be a place where corpses are cremated. They must only partake food and drink through a human skull or kapala.

15. They also partake of smoke and alcohol which differentiates them from other Hindu sects. To be imbibed or intoxicated is another way of disconnecting from ordinary mundane views.

These are some basic tenants, rules and beliefs of this Aghori sect of Hinduism. I am sure there is much more depth, meaning and symbolism to this faith for those who wish to study further as you can search on line. I don’t think we should conclude any religion or faith or spiritual path from the external practices/symbolism that may greatly differ than our own. India is a great and ancient nation with many forms of religion for thousands of years. We cannot ‘judge’ their methods to God or enlightenment based on the criteria we learned from our own culture. What is acceptable and not acceptable culturally is vastly different. No culture is better than another. A culture whether secular or spiritual is unique and must be seen from their perspective and not ours. Social norms, acceptability, religion develop to suit the people over time of a particular region. After all, in the end who is to say which way is correct or not correct. But one thing for sure, all leaders both secular and spiritual must always grant religious freedom and never create division based on religion. This is necessary for peace in the family, neighborhood, community, town, province, state, countries and the world. We need to present religion in a way that creates harmony and mutual respect.

Tsem Rinpoche 

 

 
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http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/aghori.flv

 

 

Aghori Sadhus drinking from a human skull cup

 

Aghori sadhu on the move with his bone ornaments, human skull and smeared ashes from a cremated human corpse on his face and body. These are the requirements of this sect of Hinduism.

 

 Shakti or the female form of God.

 

Aghori sadhu who are widely feared and respected and considered very powerful.

 

Animal sacrifice and blood offerings are part of the rites to Shakti

 

Aghori charnel ground ritual

 

Shakti requires blood and she is the female form of God. God is genderless. We ascribe gender to God. So therefore God can manifest as male or female, benign or ferocious, fearsome or gentle. God has no borders and barriers.

 

Invoking Shakti in charnel ground during ritual by Aghori sadhu.

 

Aghori dedicate their practice, devotions and worship to God who is personified by Shiva. Shiva is the universal divine. And they believe God or Shiva is everywhere and in everything. Their goal is to merge with God Shiva and become one and enlightened. They can also do the same with Shakti, or female personification of God.

 

 *Sadhu – priests/and or meditators/mendicants/ascetics

 

I offer this post with no offence to anyone especially the Hindus. If there are mistakes in this, I ask for profound forgiveness of my Hindu brothers and sisters. The methods, rites and worship of the vast and profound Hindu faith is not something I fully fathom nor understand. I as any ignorant observer from another culture can only share the superficial elements of this sect of Hinduism. I offer my profound and deepest respect to all aspects of Hinduism, their teachers and adherents.

Tsem Rinpoche 

For more information on Dorje Shugden:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden 

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  1. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 9:06 am

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

    Suzy

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

  3. Ishmael on May 6, 2016 at 5:29 am

    I am an orthodox Muslim from Pakistan and most of our ancestors were Hindus who converted to Islam, and I read about a Pakistani family in Bhakkar who roasted human flesh to attain the thirteenth stage of black magic to acquire Satanic enlightenment. There is a debate within Islam about validity of idea of wahdatul wujud or unity of being. The following statement confirms my skepticism about its pagan origin:the life of Aghori Ramnath, who is initiated by tantric master, and lives in the cremation grounds and follows the path of Aghora to be one with Shiva. Sufi scholars like Sheikh Abdul Aziz Dabbagh say in Ibriz that enlightenment can either be holy or evil. The holy enlightenment is after recognizing Abrahamic unitarianism(tawhid) and Prophetic orthopraxis(sunnah) along with love of Prophetic family(ahlulbayt). Without purifying heart with these lights, supposed enlightenment supports dark forces. Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him said: Remembrance of death and reciting Quran removes the rust on hearts caused by sins and materialism. He also taught that do not pray for death or war, but when there is war stand firm. So, we must be spiritually balanced between positivity and negativity. In Islam, faith is between fear and hope.

  4. PRATHIPPAN on Nov 3, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    அகொறிகள் எண்பவர்கள் முற்றும் துறந்தவர்கள்,
    முறைபடி கல்வியொ குருவொ கிடையது .
    அவற்கள் தாமாகவெ கற்றவர்கள்.
    அவற்கலின் பயிர்சி ஆக்ரொஷம் இருக்கும் .
    அவர்கள் வணங்குவது சிவன் ஆக இருந்தலும்,
    சிவனை அவற்கள் அழிக்கும் சக்தி யென கருதுவற்.
    ஆகயால் பலி கொடுதல் இருக்கும் , இறப்பினை சிவன் யென
    கருதபடுகிரது , அதனல் அகொறிகல் மண்டை்ஓடுகலை வைதிருகின்றனற்.
    (Aghori began form by self without teacher or guru .their activity will be violence .Even their pray fro god of shiva ,their angel is god of destroy.fro that purposes given sacrifices to full fill their requested. lord shiva also concern for created fro the death , because of that their show symbol bone.)

    Thank you Rinpoche for this article

  5. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 1, 2015 at 3:55 am

    India is truly accepting and tolerate for all kinds of faith, and it is very much welcome. However within Indian Subcontinent there is a foreign government, that does not play by the same rules that Mother India abides by. That foreign government is CTA or formerly known as The Tibetan Government in Exile for their ban on the Dorje Shudgen practice. Despite so much evidence of a ban, the CTA has the audacity to deny there is no ban at all, such denials damages the Tibetan movement and hurts any moral authority they may lay claim to.

  6. shane on Oct 31, 2015 at 11:40 am

    I really respect Aghor saddus, And their believe system , describes non-dual thinking as I come up with this verse “our ability to read reality in a way that is not judgmental, in a way that is not exclusionary of the part that we don’t understand. When you don’t split everything up according to what you like and what you don’t like, you leave the moment open, you let it be what it is in itself, and you let it speak to you. Reality is not totally one, but it is not totally two, either! Stay with that necessary dilemma, and it can make us wise.”

    Thank you Rinpoche for this article , as Rinpoche said there is many paths to enlightenment, many are secret and we don’t know too.. We are lucky with Buddha Sekyamuni Compassion he gave us clear and doubtless teaching to path to enlightenment.. Dorje Shugden lineage goes to even Buddha Sekyamuni time I dont see any reason for ban this practice..

  7. Wei on Jul 2, 2015 at 2:56 am

    I consider myself to be open minded and accepting to things that are unorthodox but I must say I was a bit surprised at these practices. I won’t claim to say our Tibetan Gelugpa practice is better than the Aghori’s because I simply don’t understand their practice well enough to say so. Even still, the main point here is to focus on our own practice, if the practice was good enough for beings to become enlightened then we should try to and do that rather than put down another practice that we don’t understand and then lose focus of our own practice which then gets us nowhere.

  8. Wah Ying on May 31, 2015 at 11:06 am

    We might always have doubt, fear or weird feeling about anything unfamiliar to us, or in our cultures/experiences, but it does not equal to there moist be something bad or devil. Have an open mind and go back everything to respect others and their choices, would make lessen sufferings to others and ourselves.

    Thanks for Rinpoche always open our mind to something we are unfamiliar with and view with respect.

  9. Sofilim on May 31, 2015 at 1:14 am

    Wow, what an amazing way to reach enlightenment. Adopting methods that may be considered abhorent to “normal” people certainly helps to overcome attachments and fears. This blog post really open my mind to the extreme that some would go to, to achieve enlightenment. Makes me all the more grateful to have Rinpoche as my previous Guru, buddha Lama Tsongkapa’s method of enligthenment and Lord Dorje Shugden as my Protectot. Thank you for sharing how the Aghorians practises and I do agree everyone should be free to practise what suits them. We are all just working our way out of samsara.

  10. Alice Tay on May 27, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    我们要感恩因为可以出生和成长在马来西亚。虽然,马来西亚并不算是很先进和发达的一个国家。但最起码这里不像有些国家那样,处在容易有天灾人祸发生的地方。马来西亚可以被认为得天独厚,可以免除不幸的事情发生,而且也让大多数的人民衣食无忧。

    除此,马来西亚也是属于民主的国家。而因为这样,所有马来西亚的人民皆有权信奉与实践其宗教信仰的权利(这是根据马来西亚联邦宪法第十一条文,清楚的写明着)。不过如果Aghori 教派在马来西亚传法的话,可能就遇到问题了。因为Aghori所注重的苦行与种种的行为简直与本地其他的宗教差异太大了。而且很有可能被认为抵触宪法第十一条文的第五款,那就是影响公共安宁、健康或道德原则。

    感谢仁波切的分享。让我看到与了解到Aghori的修行和他在印度是极度的普遍化。 如果相较之下,上师尊贵的詹杜固仁波切所传授的多杰雄登护法其实是让我们更容易接受与修持。因为多杰雄登护法的是其中一个法门可以帮助消除我们在学佛的道路上所遇到的障碍。

  11. Phoebe Yong on May 24, 2015 at 2:13 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post with everyone.

    This is really open up my mind that are so many different religions based on different cultures in this World. The Aghori sadhus are unique and special. At the beginning reading this post, it was make me difficult to understand the way their practices, like the sadhus will be eat leftovers from human corpses as part of their ritual, they will kill animals and offer animal sacrifices to God and so on. But after read and think further, Aghori sadhus practice is one of the methods to find divine or finding God in order to achieve enlightenment.

    The main goal is same to Dorje Shugden practitioners because we want to achieve the enlightenment of Lord Buddha to be benefit to all sentient beings by taught to develop compassion, offer vegetarian foods , meditate on Lam Rim or mind transformation teachings, be good human beings, give charity, take refuge in the Three Jewels, have strong guru devotion and do their Dharma studies.

    The democratic Government of India protects all religions, but there is a ban against Shugden where its practice is much more milder than the Aghori. India gives Tibetans a sort of autonomy within India which Tibetan leadership has banning worship for Dorje Shugden for political reasons. This clearly shown there is no freedom of religion. All the leaders in the world regardless they are secular or spiritual, they must always grant religious freedom and be respect to everyone to create peace in this world.

  12. meng kiat on May 23, 2015 at 1:41 am

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thanks for sharing and provide us on different perceptive on religion.

    With folded hand
    meng kiat

  13. Joy on May 22, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for shedding light about respecting other people’s religion, faith and beliefs. This is the right attitude to have if we wish to have a peaceful world, if we wish for less wars, less suffering, less pain… after all at the end of the day we all bleed the same colour – red. Whatever another belief, we should never judge and criticise. And if it does not break any legal laws, how dare we put a ban on people’s spiritual faith. That is completely unethical and a breach of our human rights to our religious freedom. So whatever logic or rather non-logic that the Tibetan Leaderships gives regarding the discrimination and ban on Dorje Shugden practice, it is considered a breach of the human rights constitution and isn’t that considered illegal?

    Yes Rinpoche has made a very clear point that if we are to compare the Aghori’s methods of practice with Dorje Shugden’s, it is obvious that Dorje Shugden’s practice is much tamer. But that’s their way and from this post I also realise that the Buddhist vajrayana Tantras are very similar in concept of non-duality however in Vajrayana Tantra it is all just representation and not actually real blood, human bile, bodies and fats that we use as offerings. It appears that the Aghori saddhus take their teachings ‘literally’…so how come the Tibetan leadership does not dare criticise them and say their ways are demonic? It is obvious why and we know it is nothing more than just a political issue to use Dorje Shugden as a scapegoat to cover their own failures in delivering the promises they made to their own people in exile. How sad… instead of taking responsibility, they push it on to Dorje Shugden.

  14. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on May 21, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing the posting about Aghori. This religion is something new to me and it opens up my mind that this Aghori practice is totally the opposite of many religions that I know of in general. If one is allowed to kill the animals and carry out animals scarification in Aghori practice, should we encourage more people to practice Dorje Shugden’s prayer and His mantra recitation since Dorje Shugden practitioners are taught to be kind and compassion to all living beings and animals?

    Although I cannot accept the practice of Aghori, but in my mind I still respect the practitioner of Aghori because any moment we respect others irrespective of different culture, religion practice and race, we can achieve happiness, peace of mind and harmony since we do not create the cause of being disliked or being criticized. From my understanding, there is no reason to criticize others’ religion practices as other different religions do not affect our own practice in one’s religion.

    I sincerely pray and hope that the ban of Dorje Shugden’s practice will be lifted very soon after much explanations given by Tsem Rinpoche and eventually bring back the peace and happiness among all the Buddhism practitioners.

    With folded hands,
    kin hoe

  15. Pastor Adeline on May 20, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    相信大家對多杰雄登護法的爭議略有所聞,知道暫駐印度的藏人行政中央大力反對其修行法門,禁止非修行者跟雄登修行者來往,甚至下令驅逐僧眾,剝奪修雄登法門僧俗二眾的基本權益,包括購物、治病、上學、用水等等。這些情況在印度藏人聚居地是屢見不鮮, 而且變本加厲,讓許多無辜的人飽受無謂的痛苦。

    雄登護法是文殊菩薩眾多化身之一,其偉大的使命就是要護持佛法,讓末法時期無知的我們能往正道前進,直到成佛為止。顯然,此護法必會竭盡所能,為正法久住在世而努力。

    印度是一個尊重多元文化的國家。該國的宗教信仰有高達90多種,無論修行法門、方法、祭祀等等的差別,所有宗教信仰和睦共處,各自自由發揮,互不干涉,甚至連 Aghori 教派也包括在內。

    Aghori 是印度教支派之一,崇拜濕婆,注重苦行。其僧人身穿死人衣,以頭蓋骨為餐具,身塗骨灰,在屍體上禪修,食用腐爛的食物、動物的糞便與尿液,以及人類的屍體,同類相食。因為他們認為濕婆創造一切,所以毫無節制地喝酒、吸毒、吃肉。

    雄登護法的法門提倡慈悲、無私、耐心,教導心識轉化,平等對待一切有情。其修持者持戒(總的來說不殺、盜、淫、妄、酒),提升自己心靈的層次,開啟本有的佛性,進而自利利他。純然以客觀的角度來看,這個法門相對 Aghori 而言,無疑更為溫和、友善!

    這個星期在跟同仁、義工們分享 Aghori 教的同時,也跟他們分享上師對多杰雄登的看法,希望大家透過對 Aghori 的理解而看到印度是一個實行宗教自由的國家,同時也看到藏人行政中央如何私自禁止多杰雄登的修持,違反印度治國有道的作風。

    雖然我們很難理解 Aghori 苦行僧的行為,但是我們還是客觀地看待他們,因為這是他們千年的文化,我們應該尊敬。藏人行政中央呼籲大家尊敬和保護藏人豐富的文化,包括宗教、語言、服裝等等。然而,禁止雄登護法的修持不但自相矛盾,而且還自欺欺人。廣受現代民主文化洗禮的藏人,不會永遠支持傷害子民的領導;擁有民主意識的外國人,也不會繼續支持獨裁的藏人行政中央。

  16. Stella Cheang on May 20, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    It is fascinating to learn the faith of another. Aghor, a prevalent religion in modern Northen part of India with its origin traced back to old Indian culture present a gory image of religion to any by-stander. It is beyond imagination to think of consuming rotten food / food from a dumpster through a human skull bowl, leave alone to imagine consuming animals’ feces and urine, or a piece from a dead corpse. Consumption of intoxicant (alcohol and cannabis) is encouraged to aid the practitioner to achieve a state of renunciation. These are just a portion of the prerequisite of being an Aghori.

    As vile as it may seem to me, who am I to judge that this is a bad/good religion practice? The old adage of “one man’s food is another man’s poison” applies here. And their rights as human is protected to allow for their continuous practice of their faith, as long as they do not break any law of the country, they have the freedom to do so.

    It makes for an easy comparison to see through the political motivation of the Tibetan leadership on the ban and harsh restriction towards Shugden practitioners based on illogical accusation that has no proof nor basis. The Tibetan community, having practiced Buddha’s teaching for at least hundreds of years, also showed a lack of compassion and wisdom by mal-handling their fellow Shugden practitioners.

    Therefore it is imperative for the Tibetan leadership to lift the ban. Damage had been done when the divide was created. It is time to damage control before more people get confused and potential practitioners get turned off by the in-fighting of a supposedly peaceful religion that promote compassion and loving kindness. Obviously the ban will not be something the Victor, Buddha would do, right?

    Thank you so much, Rinpoche, for sharing with us interesting facts about another faith. It opens our eyes and our mind to be more receptive towards things that are out of our belief system.

    With folded palms, humbly,
    Stella

  17. Uncle Eddie on May 19, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    This, I believe, is the way to open the mind and generate a good heart for the joy of living in peace with one another! Thank you Rinpoche, for enlightening us with such intriquing unique symbolism of a spiritual practice, which to many of us is “a First sight” and knowledge! Rinpoche has so wisdomly said,”No one culture is better than another. A culture whether secular or spiritual is unique and must be seen from their perspective and not ours. Afer all. in the end who is to say which way is correct or not correct. We need to present a religion in a way that creates harmony and mutual respect.” Looking at Aghori, it brings back memory of a religious teaching which I have heard years ago. Yes, “one religion, like a single type of food, cannot satisfy everybody.” As in their varying mental despositions, some benefit from one kind of teaching, others from another. Each has its own ability to produce fine warmhearted followers, despite their espousal of contradictory philosophies or dislike. All religions have succeeded in doing so, like Aghori in this case. Thus, as such, there is no neccessity to engage in divisive religious bigotry or intolerance of others, but every reason to respect and cherish all forms of spiritual practices. As said, all religious practitioners should realise that each religious tradition has immensed intrinsic value, and the means for providing mental and spiritual health, as well as adopting an attitude of universal responsibilty, which is essentially a necessity. Based on love and understanding, a religious practice is sacred. With the pursuit of a geniune religious practice, it can open the way to a far more peaceful World. Om Benza Wiki Bittana Soha.

  18. Yvonne Yap on May 19, 2015 at 11:12 am

    世上无奇不有,在Aghori的世界里,他们觉得这样的修行是对的,但在外面的人来说,这是非常极端的修行方式。
    每个宗教都会有他们的修学的方式,我们不能理解的,也不要胡言做评论。因为选择自己的宗教信仰是很个人化的,既然都有人能接受Aghori, 为何不能接受多杰雄登呢?
    在这社会里,互相尊重是非常重要的,不管是,种族,习惯还是信仰,我们都该以和平的心去看待,每个人都有选择的权利和自由。
    因为在佛教里的教诲是,不去伤害他人,不能引导他人有错误的观点和不两舌,所以我们不该去批评他人,恳请大家也尊重我的选择。

  19. JP on May 18, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    The aghori practice is an eye opener for me. Its extreme practices can be very disturbing as they challenge all human preconceptions of what’s right and wrong. Although it doesn’t appeal to me, it doesn’t mean I’m on a rampage to condemn the practice.

    This article prompts me to have an open mind to many other practices that I’m not exposed to or can ever accept based on my mind set and what’s “normal” for me. What I think is not divine, is totally divine for other cultures. Who am we to judge? Why do we like to play GOD? Hence, we have religious freedom.

    Likewise, no one should be discriminated for practising Dorje Shugden. Just because HH The Dalai Lama says it’s not a good practice, it doesn’t mean I have to follow.

    The Pope has been promoting Catholicism and the benefits. Does that mean I MUST listen and convert to Catholicism just be because of his big title? If I don’t convert, does that mean I’m the enemy of the Vatican?

    It’s very unfortunate that Tsem Rinpoche receives vulgarities online and even threats for his religious choice in this day and age. They actually make justifications in the name of the Dalai Lama.

    Just like racial discrimination with the recent Ferguson and Baltimore cases in the US, DISCRIMINATION IS ILLEGAL regardless of any justifications.

    When we practice compassion, we can’t just sit here and allow others to suffer and be bullied. Just like if we see someone in the streets being attacked, do we walk away and let their karma take over or do we help the person?

    We will continue to educate the public about the practice of Buddha Dorje Shugden until the ban comes down and practitioners are not harassed and ostracized.

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  20. tongsunsun on May 18, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    在我们生活的空间里,宗教、仪式、仪轨和教派无处不在。我们必须学习和其他法门和教派互相尊重。虽然我们未必了解他派所表达的,但并不代表他派是错的。我们应该保有中庸之度和包容。如此才不会互相发生矛盾而产生摩擦。因此,我们应该对不了解宗教的朋友多加解释,如此才不会让人对宗教的东西产生厌恶或不适的感觉。

  21. beckyyap on May 18, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    I believe there are so many religions out there, people practice what they believe. Even some of their practice so extreme that would scared us, but they were still practice and followers. How people can see Aghori of their religion is their freedom.

    We might not understand what other people religion practice about, and we do not expect other people to understand what Tibetan Buddhism is about but at least give Dorje Shugden practitioners freedom.

    Please give Dorje Shugden practitioners a freedom to practice.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this video and article.

  22. yenpin on May 18, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    这个影片让我非常惊讶!印度宗教自由,接受的程度非常扩大,他们的人民也非常尊重宗教自由,我们却无法理解的。为什么修持多杰雄登,不能让他人接受和尊重?
    也许有些人不明白,多杰雄登是什么,是否也应该尊重他人的修持?
    我们不接受他人的宗教修持,也不应该批评他人的宗教和修持,我们应该尊重每个宗教信仰的自由。他们应该怎样做?

  23. Steve Tay on May 18, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing.

    In this video I’ve saw a religion that I don’t even know of my past, there are so many religion that we can’t understand the way they worship BUT we respect them. Why can’t others respect our choice too?

    We practice Dorge Shugden is our freedom, we didn’t force other people to do the same practice but please don’t make bad comment on our practice.

    World peace begin with respecting each other.

  24. guat hee on May 18, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    There are so many religion practices that can communicate with their god. We don’t understand what they do but we must respect their beliefs.

    I am so fortunate that we have Kechara, I have a chance to learn Buddism, Tsongkhapa & DS lineage and Rinpoche’s teachings. Other people may not understand what Tsongkhapa & Dorje Shudgen is, but at least respect the lineages, is it not necessary to comment about it.

    World peace start with mutual respect.

    Thank you.

  25. Louise Lee on May 18, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    看了这段影片与分享, 让我大开眼见。

    世界之大,无奇不有。大家都有宗教的自由。就比如说东南亚与一些亚洲国家都有一些习俗与文化的信仰。如下:

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    在原始时代,人类对自然界的认知与改造能力的不足,所以对于大自然界的各种变化产生强烈的恐惧和敬畏,便相信有一种超自然的力量在支配千变万化的大自然。又由于大自然的变化,带给我们不可捉摸的神秘感,于是相信有一种神灵的力量在操纵著大自然。上述这两种力量造成了大自然的力量。

    台湾:灵降、蛊降、混合降
    灵降————降头师可以用自己的意志力,令受害人产生幻觉,或迷失意识,做出匪夷所思的怪事来。这类的降头术,必须配合大量的符咒来进行,而使用的符术,有异曲同工之妙,功效十分快速,能在瞬间控制住一个人的意志,做出他原本不想做的事情。

    这些都是一些比较另类的宗教信仰;我们不了解,但不应该评论。大家必须要互相尊重。

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  26. jerry_sito on May 18, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    感恩仁波切的分享与教诲

    在这个帖子里,虽然我不是很了解有关于到这印度教的“方式”与“修习的仪轨与教义”但是我却是在当中看到了几个点

    第1. 在这个教派中,他们同样的必须依止上师,没有上师的话,同样的他们没有学习的方向,在佛教中上师的依止心也是非常重要的,因为透过上师,上师给予我们佛陀的教诲与修行方式,让我们在自己的道次第中有所成就

    第2. 在这充满古老文化的印度里,他们能够包容任何形式色彩的宗教与文化,每一个人依着自己的因缘而往不同的方向学习与修行,这是非常棒的,因为这样文化宗教得以自由,这样大大的让文化与伟大的宗教能够顺利的被延续下来,比如佛法,因为佛法能够在印度中自由成长,那么佛法就能够得以更顺利的延续下来

    第3. 看着这个帖子,不经让我联想到,许多人攻击藏传佛教中的一些修持法门,比如护法修持充满血腥或恐怖,然而在藏传佛教中,我所理解到的反而我们更加依据佛陀的教诲,我们比较中道而不太极端(我这里没有批评任何其他宗教的意思),比如我们许多充满血腥与恐怖的经文,我们都只是透过象征式的物品取代或透过观想而已,而因佛法的慈悲教诲,我们并没有伤害一切有情众生,所以,大家可以接受许多种种玲琅满目的宗教,为什么就不能接受有关藏传佛教中护法修持(比如文殊菩萨的化身多杰雄登护法)的这一块呢?

    感恩仁波切
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  27. Wylfred Ng on May 18, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.

    This post about Aghori really open up my mind in the sense that there are so many religion and different culture in the world.

    India is really like an ocean that accept any culture and religion. Within India, many religions are accepted and the people are free to choose their practice and spiritual path that they want to follow.

    But this post also make me curious that why the practice of Dorje Shugden is banned by certain government? I believe that everyone have the right to practice their religion.

    I practice Dorje Shugden but at the same time, i respect other religions and practices. I also hope that others will respect me as a Dorje Shugden practicioner.

    Thank you

  28. Edward Ooi on May 17, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    The three things I have learnt from this blog post are:

    No.1 All religions should be free for everybody to practice, nobody should tell us what to practice as long as we don’t harm any living beings. I believe that every single religion will not promote us to do something bad, most religions will talk about making peace, do good things in life, love and treat our parents well, be kind to everyone. And I don’t get why Dorje Shugden’s practice is being banned, they called Dorje Shugden a demon but all Dorje Shugden’s practice talks about compassion, do good, be and promote vegetarian/vegetarianism and learn the Dharma. So what makes Dorje Shugden a demon?

    No.2 Even though other people’s religion might be different we still have to respect them because it is a simple manner. If we try to fight other people just because they say that their religion is better than ours, then how can we call ourselves Buddhists? Everybody have different mindsets when it comes to religions, some might think that Buddhism is bad, some might not care anything about religion at all and etc. What I am trying to say is that we have to respect other people’s religion and we do not try to fight or argue with anyone through internet or physically. We have to accept other people’s believes and faith as well.

    No.3 Most people might find the Aghoris to be extremely nasty and disgusting but it is because they don’t understand. Yes they do consume human flesh on certain occasions, meditate on top of someone’s dead body but they did all of that in order to attain enlightenment. The Aghoris do eat human flesh, animal faeces, animal urine and etc but they did these kind of things is just simply because they believe that God exists in everywhere, so we have no right to call them nasty or disgusting. Just like Dorje Shugden practioners, how can people call us demon practitioners when we don’t do anything wrong?

  29. Pastor Jay Jae on May 17, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    At first sight, Aghori practice looks very primitive and hard to phatom. When I read Rinpoche’s post on this practice, it gave me the insight to what this practice wishes to achieve in its communion with God. Spiritual practice with the divine is expressed in many ways. Touching base with ourselves both outwardly and especially inwardly is most important to achieve that state of mind which is a union with our Divine self.

    Touching base also means that there should be a mutual ground of respect, love, kindness, compassion and wisdom which is expressed differently in the facets of world religions. Hence tolerance is a necessary in order to promote these qualities. Dorje Shugden practitioners in India have been suppressed of their rights in order to be able to practice their faith freely due to the wrong handling of the Tibetan leadership. We hope that by promoting Dorje Shugden on an international platform, this would help shed light to this impending injustice for the last two decades.

  30. Low KHJB on May 17, 2015 at 1:05 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the Aghori practice in India.

    All I could say is that I am fortunate to have the good karma to be born in the environment to be acquainted with the positive dharma path .To be given a chance to understand Dorje Shugden lineage in order to engage in its practice to increase inner and outer wealth through Kechara .

    I have no comment or pass judgement on other religion which has unorthodox beliefs and ritual.I respect them for their strong beliefs on their religion without hesitation and their reliance on guru devotion .

  31. Edward Ooi on May 16, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    I have watched the same video a couple of times before Rinpoche posted about it and I find it very rare and unique. Before I watched this video (I mean even before the first time) I have never ever heard of religion practitioners like this, that consume flesh, animal faeces, animal urine, smokes, drink alcohol, wear dead people’s clothes, smear human ashes on their bodies, eat everything through a skull cup and etc. I totally agree with Rinpoche that everybody should have freedom of religion. I am not trying to offend any religion but I truly believe that Dorje Shugden is definitely not a demon, we are not demon worshipers and I personally find Dorje Shugden’s practice more acceptable.

  32. Datuk May on May 14, 2015 at 12:04 am

    Aghori practice appeared first to me as being extremely primitive and scary. However having an open mind, it seems that this very extreme practice will definitely result in great renunciation.

    It is definitely not an easy practice and it is for this very reason that Buddha Shayamuni initiated the Middle Way, which is Buddhism.

    This article is very interesting for me to appreciate the kindness and compassion of Buddha to have the Dharma for us to practise with much ease compared to Aghori. Buddhism is more achievable for a lay practitioner.

    This article also shows that the practice of Dorje Shugden, being of no big sacrifices for a lay person and also produces the same results of going into the path to enlightenment with our obstacles removed with Dorje Shugden’s kindness.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this article that shows me the possibility to enlightenment through the middle way and not be deterred by all the political overtones by CTA operating in the world’s largest democracy should impose religious restrictions.

  33. Pastor Moh Mei on May 13, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    I applaud India and Hinduism for its vast acceptance of various religious practices even seemingly extreme ones like Aghori. One man’s God can be another man’s demon. We can view the world in terms of gods and demons, attributing the goods to the gods and the bass to the demons. We can also view the world in terms of karma, attributing goods and bads to one’s karma.

    When I read this article about the Aghori practice, what comes to my mind is if this people can accept such practice as a path to enlightenment, in their mind/perspective I wonder if there is any deity/god/idol/spirit that is classified as demon? Actually what is a demon anyway.

    The “being” that every religion choose to perceive as their Gods or Buddhas, as their object of enlightenment or path to heaven, the object becomes Gods/Buddhas to them and their practices. So for those who regards Dorje Shugden as a Buddha in their practice then Dorje Shugden is a Buddha to them.

    In a country and culture like India that has such acceptance of various religious practices and worship of various gods and deities one would not expect that within the Tibetan settlements in India there exists religious differences leading to discrimination, violence, hatred and bias against Dorje Shugden practitioners.

  34. Edwin Tan on May 13, 2015 at 4:17 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for this article. It truly opens my mind. I never knew such religion exist, and its priests, or the sadhus are so respected and revered. Even though the practice itself seems violent and eccentric, no one in India condemns them, or disrespects them. From the video, you can see that the sadhus give “blessings” to the women that went to the female god’s temple.

    Truly respect is given to such an ancient religion.

    Bringing it back to what we practice, the practice of our Protector for swift Dharma realisations, it is really complete opposites. In Buddhism, we focus on compassion and no killing or sacrifices of sorts towards enlightenment.

    Rinpoche is so straight on to say that when we practice Dorje Shugden, we don’t do any of those in the Aghori practice, yet fellow Shugden practitioners are ostracised, outcast and bullied upon.

    Why cannot the world open their eyes to see that each religion has their own faith, own methods. The Aghori religion requires the to-be sadhus to follow strictly what their teacher or guru tells them to.

    Similarly, my guru, my guru’s guru teaches us the sacred practice of Dorje Shugden, and we just follow, because of our Guru Devotion.

    Everyone is free to their own practices, this is a free world, we can choose what religion we want to be in. Not being disrespectful to HHDL, but he is creating a lot of conflict to religious freedom.

    Thank you.

  35. Carmen K on May 13, 2015 at 3:42 am

    It was interesting to read the above article and learn more about the Aghori sadhu through further sharings and research in the comments.

    As long as there is no further sufferings caused to living humans (and I wished animals too), I feel that people should be free and entitled to deem what practices suit them most to help them progress spiritually in their journey through life.

    I haven’t heard of ban against a religious practice, by any leaders or government, despite how extreme each different culture views it to be, besides the ban against Dorje Shugden practice.

    There is no violence, brutality, killing, sacrifices made in practising Dorje Shugden,.. there is nothing wrong with Dorje Shugden practice. How can practising something go against the country? What does spiritual practice have to do with the goals of the government? If so, then those who practise black magic, which harms people and cause greater detriments in the perception of individuals, should be banned too? But why aren’t they, and something like an individual practice like Dorje Shugden is?

  36. Loh Ann Leong (Penang) on May 13, 2015 at 2:14 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this blog regards to Aghori. Before come to close such information that posted as above, I have skeptical thinking about other religions especially on “why it is like that”. However, Rinpoche have always emphasized to have non-biased towards other religions which may unknown to us and especially when we needs to foster compassion and respect towards others.
    Same goes to our DS Protector, we are praying no such segregation in future and may the DS practitioners be free of abuses, tortures and discrimination.

    Thank you Rinpoche!! _/|\_

  37. Sarah Yap on May 12, 2015 at 2:46 am

    Thank you for sharing about the Aghori Hindus. I have many Hindu friends, but I must say that this is the first time I have read in detail about this different sect within Hinduism. Previously I have seen documentaries where practitioners of a certain Hindu tribe cannibalize during ritual rites, so I am actually not surprised if there are other traditions that do the same.

    To me, a valid practice is one that teaches people compassion. I watched the video, and although practice may be very different from conventional religious practices, these sadhus looks like are peaceful people that bless the crowd.

    Yes, I agree that it is strange that Dorje Shugden practice is banned when there are so many other belief systems out there whose practices, if wanted to, can be viewed as controversial. I’m not making a comparison, but I am just merely stating that it would be nice if Dorje Shugden practitioners can receive the same treatment… I don’t even mind if people call me weird, just don’t disparage my Lamas and spread false information that I am practicing a devil or bribed to practice Dorje Shugden. Why on earth should I trade my spirituality for money… that is utterly ridiculous.

    I think the fact that the Aghoris and many other religious activities that may seem controversial to the commoner’s eyes have the freedom to practice, I rejoice that people can accept the differences. To ban another person’s practice is not right… not right because there are different people that need different methods of practice to achieve their spiritual goals. Just like the Aghoris… not many people can go through such rigorous spiritual training, but there are some that like and prefer this method… can you imagine if such practice was banned, then those that need this method to enter a spiritual path, will miss the rare chance of leading a spiritual life.

  38. Vinnie Tan on May 12, 2015 at 2:33 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this post with all of us here on the blog. It is indeed intriguing on how the rituals are practice.

    What is being said in the video is worth thinking about as well. What they say about blurring the lines on what is clean or what is unclean had set me thinking that many of the things that we perceive today are based on what we call the “norm” or “regulations” that we have in our view. These are all labels that we place on things or even situations that we are not comfortable of. These labels that we put on, may harm some people without us even knowing.

    Personally, I feel that the practice of theirs is mind blowing. The kind of things that are being practised I feel is similar to what I think should be done up to a certain extend. This is because their actions like not being fearful of things that are commonly feared by many like to drink and eat from skulls, staying at cremation grounds, etc is like training themselves to give up their ego. When there is no ego, we will not have fear. In my opinion, the things that they do with the human beings that have passed away is very good as well, they apply their ashes on their bodies when prayers and rituals are done. Through that, the decreased will be able to collect the merits even after their passing helping them to go to a better place in the future.

    Rinpoche, I really love this article and think that the life of the Aghori is really interesting. They are like living life in the traditional ways where people would have to survive when they are in really bad conditions.

  39. julia Tan on May 12, 2015 at 1:22 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the video on Aghori. It’s really an eye opener to me. I have seen those Sadhu in Nepal but totally have no idea about their practice. To me the Aghori practice I find it very extreme and hard to accept. I believe everyone are born with spiritual affinity where there will be attracted to certain practice and they will follow through until we achieve realization and enlightenment. Same goes to the Sadhu who gave up everything and practice their spiritual path in this way. I salute to the determination they have.

    I feel very sad and heart sick to see people abused the purpose of religion. Using the name of God or Buddha to create hatred and kill. Those who do so are normally not real practitioners means they are not here for spiritual reason but political purpose. They create sufferings for real practitioners, they brain washed those who are lack of knowledge to attack those who seriously practice.

    I am grateful to our government who gave us religion freedom.

  40. jimmy tan on May 11, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    我非常的喜欢仁波切的分享。这篇文章写得非常有趣仿佛就像自己去了探访一趟回来的感觉。感谢你仁波切 :)

  41. Li Kheng on May 11, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    The Aghori practice is completely contrary to what we are taught as “normal” or “civilized”. However, relating that one of the cause of our suffering is attachment to the 8 worldly concerns, the practice of the Aghori like smearing ash from human body cremation and eating rotten human flesh and living in cremation grounds can contribute to reducing our attachment to our bodily comfort and our fears of sensory displeasure.

    However, the animal sacrifice part is quite difficult for me personally to understand. Nevertheless, as Rinpoche has always taught us about religious tolerance and if there is something fundamentally dangerous, we can discuss openly and with respect to each other.

    An open and respectful discussion should certainly be applied to the case of the Dorje Shugden ban. There is so much contradiction in the way this whole controversy is handled. This double standard boils down to hypocrisy which stems from mixing politics and spirituality. In this day and age, religious freedom is a “given” that every 21st century government includes as a part of their constitution. The Tibetan leadership should especially advocate this because they basically “makes a living” from their religious pitch.

    Being a host to Tibet and with the increasing awareness in the discrimination and breach of human rights to religious freedom, India should exercise its authority to encourage the Central Tibetan Administration to lift the ban and not foster policies of inequality that completely goes against the country’s democratic rule.

  42. Lawrence on May 11, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    I used to come with pleasure on this blog, but now it appears as though there was a fixation for DS.
    The essence of Buddhism teaches us that everything is a creation of our mind, including DS.

    Once the Buddha was asked what would lead to ‘the obscuration and disappearance of the good Dhamma’
    The Buddha replied, ‘It is because the four foundations of MINDFULNESS are not developed and cultivated that the good Dhamma will not last long.’

    I believe that Dharma remains in the world primarily through experience of each of us. In vain we have all scriptures or all the saints in the world, if we not experience enlightenment for ourselves.
    True Dharma is taught further from great experience and not from books or from hearsay from others.

    • Thank You Rinpoche on May 11, 2015 at 6:27 pm

      It was sad to read your criticism.You don’t see the massive amount of efforts generously given to this blog for all of us the reader for FREE. There are so many categories to choose from. Tsem Rinpoche has only around 40+ articles on Dorje Shugden and thousands on other subjects and hundreds on Buddhism. You can read so many other articles which were posted years ago or re-visit some for further learning. There is a ban and hundreds of thousands are suffering and Rinpoche is working towards helping them by giving information on Shugden when it’s not available anywhere else on the net. By doing this more accuarte information is presented for the public to realize Dorje Shugden is a Buddha and the unjust ban should be removed. I support. Be patient and be steadfast and help towards this. You obtained so much benefits as many of us from this blog, so contribute back by at least supporting removal of the ban or keeping unnecessary comments to yourself.

      Your comment there is a fixation on DS shows is a clearly a fixation of your mind. Apply your teaching to your own self.

      • Lawrence on May 11, 2015 at 7:55 pm

        As I said, I came here with much pleasure. +40 articles are strongly related to the last weeks, months, perhaps.

        People don’t suffer because of the ban, but because of their own ignorance.
        You are right, I’m in the same boat (of ignorance), don’t worry!

        That doesn’t mean I haven’t respect for Rinpoche. I have a deep respect for him.

    • Pastor David Lai on May 11, 2015 at 7:19 pm

      Dear Lawrence,
      It’s sad that you would think like that. Wouldn’t be better to just glean the information and comment based on that. Rinpoche is not fixated on Dorje Shugden but upon the fact that the ban has created a lot of unnecessary suffering. Wouldn’t it behoove you to come to understand the situation with DS instead of getting bored of it. Anyway, this post is about the Aghori and wouldn’t it be better to comment based on this instead?

      • Lawrence on May 11, 2015 at 9:09 pm

        Dear Pastor David Lai

        Aghori topic is more complex than can be described even in a book.

        In any case, “why X is allowed and Y is not allowed”, is not a demonstration that remains standing up, under a very carefully analysis. Discussing on this topic doesn’t let me reach a conclusion to solve my inner and outer unknowns.

        I like to think that I have to solve more stringent dilemmas in my mind than to determine the truth in DS controversy.

        At the same time, I must admit that Rinpoche has helped me to clarify important spiritual aspects of my life.

        • Pastor David Lai on May 12, 2015 at 6:05 pm

          Dear Lawrence,
          It is not a matter of what is allowed or not. It is just a matter of the meaning behind your comment. Anyway, it is unnecessary to understand the Aghori completely but to be exposed to some of the belief systems and practices would be very enriching for our beliefs. Like Rinpoche said, there’s no right or wrong, just knowledge and to be exposed to it, broadens our horizons so we relate to others better.

    • Sarah Yap on May 12, 2015 at 12:35 am

      Dear Lawrence

      Thank you for your comment. First of all, I would just like to say that I do not think what you mentioned is criticism, but it is feedback, and for that I thank you.

      Though I am quite curious as to why no one ever says the blog is too fixated on vegetarianism and animal cruelty, but when it comes to Dorje Shugden, it becomes something negative.

      For the many years I have been an avid reader of Rinpoche’s blog, there is only one trend that I have seen, which is Rinpoche blogs about things that is important, beneficial and needed. The very fact that there are so many posts about Dorje Shugden, instead of thinking why are there so many new articles about Dorje Shugden… perhaps we can view on how beneficial and important this practice is.

      You may wonder, then why don’t just blog about Dorje Shugden practice only? what’s with all these ‘extras’. All I can simply say is that unfortunately, there are many people who’s first exposure to Dorje Shugden is the made up falsities about his true nature. And these write ups that Rinpoche have done is to debunk that false facts, just like any genuine Dharma teacher would do… To shed light on unclear and falsities that would be a dis-benefit in our spiritual journey. There are many people, after reading Rinpoche’s blog posts on Dorje Shugden, thank Rinpoche for clarifying the issue. I hope that you can be a little patient with these many posts on Dorje Shugden, you may not need them… but there are many people out there that would need to read it =)

      Wishing you well =)

    • Anne on May 12, 2015 at 2:27 am

      I have been in Tibetan Buddhism for a few years. The two Karmapa issue, the Dorje Shugden issue, two Panchen lama issues has highly confused me. I didn’t know who to ask and where to turn. Finding an English speaking Tibetan teacher is nearly impossible where I live. Teachers in India and the West say completely different thing about these issues which adds to the confusion. It disturbed my practice.

      When I came across this blog a few months back and started to read the views about what Tsem Rinpoche had to say about this issue at least and in perfect English, it gave me some relief. As I thought about it more, I started to feel light again. I saw a middle way. A ray of hope. I have even started to pray to Dorje Shugden although I focus more on Tara. My message is I am so happy and completely delighted with all the posts on Dorje Shugden which clears so much confusion for us the lay people with fixations, projections and illusions. To say view things at this stage without fixations is impossible. WHERE ELSE ON THE INTERNET CAN WE FIND INFORMATION ON DORJE SHUGDEN spoken with so much knowledge, compassion, patience and tolerance. So evenly? No where. Only here. Please keep posting as there are many more people out there like me. I don’t find you Tsem Rinpoche the Kyabje fixated at all but focused and very compassionate. I am sure Rinpoche is not posting all this for his own sake or knowledge.

      If there is an issue, there needs to be clarifications. There is a huge Dorje Shugden issue at this time for many practicing Tibetan Buddhism. The posts on this blog helps tremendously.

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      • graceleong on May 14, 2015 at 1:03 am

        I agree with you Anne. There is so much information in this blog about Dorje Shugden. Without these clear explanations one easily develops a negative impression of this practice. In fact the very struggle I see from this controversy has made me understand the deeper meanings of some of the Buddha’s core teachings. For example, Compassion, Equanimity , Mind Transformation, Guru Devotion etc. If we truly want to practice and gain attainments we must apply all these teachings onto the DS controversy. This is precisely what Rinpoche is doing and showing all of us. We cannot say on one hand we want to practice the Buddha’s teachings to remove our sufferings and on the other hand create or support a Ban on DS or ignore sufferings created from this ban. We cannot aspire for Enlightment whilst our minds are not practicing Compassion for pro and anti DS people. We cannot be Enlightened if we continue to be ignorant and assume that if we follow the most famous monk or follow the majority we will get enlightened. If we do not hold steadfast to our Guru Devotion we have no integrity; how to achieve Enlightment without integrity ?
        Hence, I am very grateful to Rinpoche for spending so much time and effort giving teachings on Dorje Shugden. Rinpoche has to make so much sacrifices and take on so much negativity just to make these teachings available to us. Thank you Rinpoche. With folded hands .

    • RT on May 12, 2015 at 2:44 am

      Lawrence,

      I like all the posts on Dorje Shugden. It helps a lot as I am from an organization that is against Dorje Shugden and I left it because of all the hatred I saw against Dorje Shugden practitioners. If you have issues in your mind, then solve it but don’t project it further. Don’t imply Tsem Rinpoche’s fixated on Dorje Shugden. That can be seen as very rude. Whatever he blogs has an audience out there and therefore benefits. Rejoice in the benefits. So let’s give Rinpoche our support at this time. I think he needs it. Let’s give and not ask for more of this or that. 🙂 He is doing the best he can I would assume. 🙂

      May you find the results you seek.

      RT

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  43. Graceleong on May 11, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing some information on the Aghori sect in Hinduism. It gave me some creeps at the first onset. As I continued to read Rinpoche’s explanation I realised I felt as such, only because I was ignorant of the meaning behind all the gory actions and practices in this sect. There are people who have an affinity with this sect and they practice it within their own community; trying to gain some realisations or enlightment. I cannot condone the act of making human or animal sacrifices as part of a religious practice but otherwise, who am I to judge that they are wrong.
    Coming back to the practice of Dorje Shugden, no one should or have the rights to stop those who are practicing it willingly. Many DS practitioners do excellent things for the society. They are good people and good Buddhists. No one has the right to judge that they are wrong too. Especially not by those who have no knowledge or very shallow knowledge of this practice.
    All Buddhists practice to gain patience, peace, happiness, compassion and wisdom. There are many methods and paths to attain these virtues. If Dorje Shugden can help us to achieve them, what is wrong with embracing this practice !! I am personally grateful for having given the opportunity to practice Dorje Shugden. It has helped me tremendously in facing my challenges in life. For that, I have to thank my dearest Guru, Tsem Rinpoche, from the bottom of my heart, for all his hard work, painstakingly knocking it into my deluded mind. With folded hands.

  44. Sharon Ong on May 11, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    This such a fascinating read. I read up a bit further and found that the Aghoris believe that all opposites are identical, thus their practices/rituals are meant to blur the lines of what we perceive as normal and abnormal. Here’s an excerpt of what I found from http://www.philtar.ac.uk/encyclopedia/hindu/devot/aghoris.html

    “Aghori ascetics, while being devotees of the Hindu god Shiva, are monists who adhere to the common Hindu belief in liberation (moksha) from the cycle of reincarnation (samsara). This liberation is a realisation of the self’s identity with the absolute. Because of this monistic doctrine, the Aghoris maintain that all opposites are identical and the conventional Hindu distinctions between purity and impurity are ultimately illusory.”

    While I do not profess to fully understand what the Aghoris practise, I respect their believes and choice of practice. I just wish that Shugden practitioners are accorded with respect, acceptance and be allowed to practise without hate, judgement or prejudice.

    Thank you with folded hands.

    • gopinath on May 12, 2015 at 12:34 am

      dear Sharon , Within what the Aghoris practise is classified as VAMACHARA TANTRA within the 68 schools of ancient Tantras in HINDUISM, VAMACHARA means utmost LEFT HAND PATH where the DIVINE(GOD) is worshiped in Chaos as SHiva RUDRA and KALI/Bhairavi (Masculine and Feminine aspect of GOD in the state of DESTRUCTION as to us what comes from IT goes Back to IT )!! In Hinduism there is no Evil or GOOD and Right and Wrong are merely man Made and GOD is beyond this Judgment in the state of Creatrix ! Hence the Aghoris worship the Divine in that state of opposite of norm , such as eating using left hand which is a Taboo in Indian culture , Cursing and swearing as a mantra to GOD almighty , eating Prohibited meat such as rotting/cremated Human Corpse , Offering of feces and urine to Divine as to them GOD is beyond Clean or Dirty, living in crematorium ground or graveyard in communion with spirits and Demons ( Lord shiva is know as the lord of the Spirits and Demons in the name of BOOTHANATH ) in the aim to conquer Fear and Desire which is the two main antagonist of the Humans ability to reach the consciousness of BRAHMAN/GOD ! Their aim to be ONE with THAT (MOKSHA) is thru the state of Chaos ! The Hindu school of TANTRA exist even before the VEDIC times dating to the Prehistoric times where MOTHER NATURE was Worshipped as Supreme with Animal Sacrifices and Human sacrifices. When the ARYANS brought the Vedic religion , ANCIENT TANTRA rituals Had to be done in secrecy and many were lost to time , MOTHER NATURE was Turned into MOTHER GODDESS worship with the strong VEDIC Influence and the 10 Major TANTRA GODDESS were formed and 8 of their Secret Tantra practices are Still strongly influenced with Sacrifices and Alcohol offerings and thus not only the AGHORIS do so GREAT TANTRIC TEMPLES such as KAMAKHYA temple in ASSAM, India and many many parts of India the prehistoric practice of Animal sacrifice in the 1000 s is still done daily as part of the VAMACHARA TANTRA PUJAs ! but this is not widely practise in Mainstream Hinduism as the VEDAS and Upanishads Condemns such act and due to such practise the entire school of Hindu TANTRA (Right hand and LEFT HAND path) has a very Bad reputation within Hinduism and it is wrongly accossiated with negative actions such as Black Magic and Trickery which TANTRA is not . Hence the Aghoris are in the state of stillness within the external WARS of the MIND !

      • Sharon Ong on May 12, 2015 at 11:45 am

        Thank you for your efforts to help me understand more. Appreciate it.

      • Martin Chow on May 22, 2015 at 5:11 am

        Thank you for your comments Gopinath, which is valuable addendum to Rinpoche’s post. We may not subscribe to the Aghori’s ‘methods’but I doubt if anyone can fault their motivation which appears to be the removal of duality and prejudice which reinforces the ego. It is an Aghori’s personal training to eliminate umbrage, the very thing that encourages divisiveness.

        In any case, whether I agree or disagree with the Aghoris is a moot point, because if I disagree with it I just don’t subscribe to it. I don’t have to practice it. It is different if I am forced to practice what I disagree with. And it is this very principle that has kept world communities from going to war based on differences in religious beliefs.

        That is not to say that anyone can do as they please in the name of religious freedom. There are laws that criminalizes the practice of human sacrifices, acts regarded as inhuman and rituals that exploit superstitions, such as that recently passed by the Indian State, Maharashtra. Laws may be put in place to prevent religious abuse but laws have not been used as an instrument for the elimination of religious freedom, except for some totalitarian regimes and dictatorships.

        Examples are the now defunct USSR. However, when it first came into being, it did just that. The Chinese Communist Party used to regard religion as an ópiatethat has to be destroyed. North Korea is another country that deals harshly with those who practice religions deemed unilaterally unacceptable to the government. The Myanmar dictatorship suppressed religious worship of the minority Christians. In Saudi Arabia, it is illegal to practice any religion other than Islam based on the Sunni sect.

        And then you have the Tibetan leadership today that banned the worship of Dorje Shugden and criminalizes all its practitioners. This pretty much indicates the kind of totalitarian’government’that ironically exist under the political patronage of India, which is supposed to be the largest democracy in the world, and the same ‘government’that is asking Western democracies to help it reestablish its oppressive rule.

  45. Robert Anderson on May 11, 2015 at 7:39 am

    If a god created (as they belive) this world, humans, and animals ….then why would he want you to kill them. It would seem disrespectful to destroy a devine creation. Also if everything is devine then no practice is needed because they are already devine to begin with.

    To each their own. I respect their religion i just wish they wouldnt kill in the name of it. Plenty of already dead things to get blood from such as roadkill animals, dead birds, dead fish already floating. I personal dont like the word god. More travesty is done in this “word” than all others combined.

    Me i choose Dorje Shugden practice with kindness, compassion, and care for all beings. I choose to better myself and all i come in contact with. I choose selflessness. I would say this practice is pure compassion without infringement of other beings rights. If you dont like love, kindness, compassion, caring, selflessness then Dorje Shugden is not for you, but please let me practice without hate.

    I must respect their faith to share this earth in peace so i would hold hands or hug any of them with love. It is what my guru would want.

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  • Jason
    Monday, Feb 20. 2017 02:46 AM
    Before this, I really doubt on reincarnation but after I watched the video above, it make me believe on reincarnation stuff which is happen to many high Lama. Reincarnation can’t totally explain by scientists but it reallly exists in this world.
    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this and it open up my view on reincarnation topic.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/reincarnation-true-or-false.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 09:10 PM
    At this day and age, it is indeed surprising for leaders of faith to apply a heavy-handed technique to oppress nonbeliever or the deviant. It is hard to accept because we have been educated by the history of painful examples where discrimination and persecution were usually man-made because of intolerance, lack of acceptance and ignorance. I wish the Baha’i faith grow and shine, and may harmony and love pervades the community.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/sanctuary-for-a-persecuted-faith.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 08:46 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing with us here online the very rare and holy image of Pabongka Rinpoche in Tantric dress. He is the lineage master of Tibetan Buddhism that His Holiness Dalai Lama is teaching today. I am very fortunate to be able to meet with Tsem Rinpoche whose teaching traced back to Pabongka Rinpoche unbroken. May more people realize the weight of unbroken lineage in Buddhism and hence see the importance of Guru Devotion, which is the cornerstone of pure lineage in many ways.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-pabongka-rinpoche-in-tantric-dress.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 08:34 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche for the interesting article. We get to learn more about preventing snakes the natural way. It ‘s nice to know that we can rely on plants to repel snakes, and some of these plants are suitable to be planted in Malaysia. Garlic paste sounds not trying to make and a natural way to repel snakes. I wonder if it works to keep lizards away too?

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/how-to-prevent-snakes-in-your-backyard.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 08:22 PM
    This is a very nice sharing by Cindy Dinh. Rejoice to your keen interest in Buddhism in spite of being at an age where spirituality is not a common topic of interest. Please continue to explore the many teachings and topics here on the blog. And thank you, Cindy for writing to show your appreciation. It is a great testimony to the good work by Rinpoche and the team and will be a motivation for the rest of us too.

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  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 08:07 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche for this advice, which gives depth to what it means by living with parents versus living on our own. The key takeaway is taking responsibility for our own life hence making our own destiny. Camping in our comfort zone for too long will not fuel us to do better or be stronger and more independent. At the end of the day, our attitude determines our actions, and our actions determine our success. Go for it, everyone! You never try, you never know. ��

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    This is a very beatiful Buddha Manjushri painting. Rejoice for Wylfred and team for taking effort to making this painting and offered it to Rinpoche.

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  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 07:41 PM
    Brown is an example of knowing the purpose of his life and actually doing it. I can imagine his passion and drive in growing food to feed the poor. Money is not everything in life. I wish Brown’s example will be the inspiration to more people who will focus more on serving the needs of others and less on self. May Brown continues to be the beacon for the less fortunate. Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/he-rejected-the-37-million-contract-to-do-what.html
  • Joy Kam
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 12:55 PM
    What’s Next…

    Dharma Protector practices are regarded as essential does not negate the importance of other practices. It certainly does not suggest that Dharma Protector practices can or should be practised in isolation to replace all of the Sutric and Tantric systems of Buddhism. Why? Because the ultimate protection comes in the form of extinguishing all our karma. When we have extinguished all our karma, we no longer possess the causes to be harmed or affected by negative beings and interferences. In relying upon the stainless Sutric and Tantric systems of Buddhism, we can accomplish this extinguishment of our karma…learn more >>> http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/whats-next
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  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Feb 18. 2017 11:25 PM
    This is a very interesting article. We are know that pollution is bad but not to the effect that it affect dementia too. Many of us may not know or experience the effect as it will only comes in later in our life. While some occupation would require us to live in the city and expose ourself to polluted environment, this is a good study to help the government and project developer to plan the township in order to alleviate such incident in the future.

    I also feel happy for success of the Hen project. It does gives the elderly a chance to utilise their time beneficially and to get to know their neighbourhood. May there be more such interesting project for the elderly.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/does-living-near-busy-roads-develop-dementia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 18. 2017 01:41 PM
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  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 18. 2017 01:41 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this profound , precious teachings.
    Never deceive our Guru, have trust an faith always in our Guru to be blessed and protected. Practicing the Dharma and transforming ourselves to be a better person.
    Thanks for sharing the video…a good watch to understand better
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/deceiving-our-guru.html
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Feb 17. 2017 09:26 PM
    This is a very interesting article and for me to learn the history of my own culture. Chinese in Malaysia indeed have gone through many different phases of colonisation by various government to be who they are today. The cultures of Malaysian are very rich and unique. For example Chinese in different state of Malaysia have different cultures and language.

    Although Malaysia have so many races, religion and cultures. I think it is by understanding each other that we can all come together to live in a peace and harmony environment. Irregardless whether we are Malays, Chinese, Indian, Kadazan, or Iban, we are all Malaysian and therefore should live in harmony and be united.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/chinese-in-malaysia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 17. 2017 04:32 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful article and story of the uneducated farmer having recited mantra devotedly to achieve an astounding level of realiz.ation. Its a inspiration to all of us ,and encouraging .We can recited any mantra thoroughly,sincerely and devotedly and it will bear great results
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-true-account-of-an-accomplished-practitioner-of-the-vajra-guru-mantra-in-recent-times.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?
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
2 weeks ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
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Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
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Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
1 month 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
2 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
2 months ago
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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
3 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
3 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.
3 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
3 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
3 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
3 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?
4 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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...
4 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
5 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.
5 months ago
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
5 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
5 months ago
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
5 months ago
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
 ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
                         This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
5 months ago
This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
5 months ago
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
5 months ago
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
5 months ago
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
Left to right:

His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
5 months ago
Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
 It\'s nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
5 months ago
It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
5 months ago
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
Don\'t wait for the perfect group. Don\'t wait for the perfect person. Don\'t wait for the perfect situation. Don\'t expect yourself to be perfect. Don\'t even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It\'s between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Don't wait for the perfect group. Don't wait for the perfect person. Don't wait for the perfect situation. Don't expect yourself to be perfect. Don't even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It's between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Propitiating Protectors & Oracles
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    His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Propitiating Protectors & Oracles
    This was on FB and I came across it. His Holiness said in Tibetan institutions there is a lot of propitiating protector/oracles and this is not what Buddhism is about. So they are putting Nechung/Tema oracles within the video to say what is he talking about when he does it himself. This is confusing is the message to his people. TR
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    Look how this crab eats a cherry.. Incredible and cute... Never seen this before. They have feelings too. Tsem Rinpoche
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School focuses on giving bite size dharma to children and young adults. Stella, KSDS
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School focuses on giving bite size dharma to children and young adults. Stella, KSDS
KSDS senior students listening patiently to Dharma sharing by Teacher Lin Mun. Stella, KSDS
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KSDS senior students listening patiently to Dharma sharing by Teacher Lin Mun. Stella, KSDS
Kechara Sunday Dharma School youngest class led by Teacher Zhen Yue. Stella, KSDS
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School youngest class led by Teacher Zhen Yue. Stella, KSDS
Yr 2 Lamrim class in session in Kechara House, sharing on the greatness of the Dharma that is the Lamrim.PHanNee
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Yr 2 Lamrim class in session in Kechara House, sharing on the greatness of the Dharma that is the Lamrim.PHanNee
Brochures of Dorje Shugden were distributed to Ms. Kiang's family for blessing and protection. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Brochures of Dorje Shugden were distributed to Ms. Kiang's family for blessing and protection. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Ms. Kiang's brothers and her son were here at Gunung Lang, Ipoh for the animals liberation activity today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Ms. Kiang's brothers and her son were here at Gunung Lang, Ipoh for the animals liberation activity today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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