Aghori

May 11, 2015 | Views: 3,172
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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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  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:26 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline sharing this interesting post about Bodhidharma, a great master favoured meditation and introduced the Lankavatara Sutra to Chinese Buddhism.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this article.

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/interesting-signs-of-reincarnation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 08:29 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings.
    Always be generous and kind in what ever we could do even its little help.It’s the little things in life that bring the greatest happiness. Its between us and our Buddha ,so we would not bother what the receipient thinks and say of us. What ever was said ,should not deter our motivation to do Dharma work.
    (It will change people’s lives in one way or another. It will change your life for the better.)….well said by Rinpoche.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/its-not-between-you-and-the-recipient.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 07:16 PM
    Thank you Grace for this interesting articles about hair. There are just so much info which we do not know previously. Most of the time we may neglect the details, thinking as long as we clean our hair everyday it is sufficient. But there are so many things we need to know for example types of hair, scalp condition, our environment and our physical condition which may affect our hair. Great tips.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-much-do-you-know-about-hair.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 03:31 PM
    Amazing miracles……….its show that the practice of Dorje Shugden is so powerful and will help whoever needs help regardless of race and religIon, far or near as long we have faith and trust. Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Manjushri , arose to protect the teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa. Dorje Shugden helps us to purify our own negative karma and clearing o bstacles .It is a very beneficial practice and we can in turn to help our friends and people in need.
    The two stories told by Datuk May was one of those miracles that Dorje Shugden has helped.
    Thank you Datuk May for sharing these amazing miracles.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/%EF%BB%BF%EF%BB%BFdorje-shugden-miracles.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 12:19 PM
    Well i do not have much knowledge obout hair till i read these imformative article.Thank you Ms Grace Leong,,,i do enjoyed reading it as i learned some knowledge from it at least i could know what hair type i do have and taking caring of it.Very useful tips too.
    Yes it true,most of us spend more time and money on our face and less on our hair. With your useful tips ,i am sure more people will be taking care of their hair and scalp too .
    Thank again Ms Grace Leong for sharing
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-much-do-you-know-about-hair.html
  • Valentina Suhendra
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 09:20 AM
    Pig Slaughter

    When you watch how the poor pig cried for his life in this article’s video, you will understand that animals have feeling too. None of them are willing to be slaughtered to satisfy our taste buds. Please be kind to animals and be vegetarian.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/pig-slaughter.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 03:33 AM
    This is a powerful movie. The Tillerman siblings are forced to fend for themselves when they are abandoned by their mother in the parking lot of a shopping mall. Heart wrenching to see. Abandonment is very hard and affects you for the rest of your life. They eventually meet their grandmother (Anne Bancroft), a loner who is reluctant to take them in. The acting is excellent. The plot was powerful. The struggles are believable. The ending was beautiful and everyone should have a good ending. Must watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yN6HQGHVYaA
  • Jason
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 02:28 AM
    Dorje Shugden( DS)is World Peace Dharma Protector and he is emanation of Manjushri (Buddha of Wisdom). DS always help anyone to clear inner or outer obstacles in order for us to have a conducive environment to practice Dharma.
    From above miracles cases, we can see that DS really compassion to help layman in samsara to overcome problems or difficulties.
    In return to DS, we must practice Dharma to nurture or cultivate wisdom and compassion to benefits more people.
    Thanks Datum May for sharing her own experiences to us.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/%EF%BB%BF%EF%BB%BFdorje-shugden-miracles.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Apr 22. 2017 04:07 PM
    Thank you, Nicholas, for sharing with us how you started with Kechara. It is very inspiring to learn that Nicholas started volunteering at KSK, no doubt being nudged to do so, but it was with noble and unconditional intention and had gone all the way since then.

    Each and every one of us has unique affinity, hence, different preference in setting our foot out of our comfort zone to start benefitting others. It is because of this reason; Rinpoche initiated many departments so that people with different preference can find an area that calls out to them.

    I hope more people will volunteer their time for a cause, it not only make our life more meaningful but also expand our horizon as well as benefit many people along the way.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-soup-kitchen-ksk/my-first-time-volunteering-in-kechara.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Apr 22. 2017 02:51 PM
    It is indeed difficult when a person loss his/her pet. It is never easy because for many pet owners they don’t treat their dog/cat literally but as part of their family. Especially for dog and their nature, they are so loyal and the bonding with human is very strong. Hence, it is understandable that pet owners will grieve over the death of their dog. Every pet owners will mourn or grieve at different extent. As family member and friends we should understand the situation and extend our assistance to comfort them.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/why-losing-a-dog-can-be-harder-than-losing-a-relative-or-friend.html

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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
4 weeks ago
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
4 weeks ago
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 month ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 month ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
2 months ago
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
2 months ago
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
2 months ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
2 months ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
2 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
2 months ago
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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This is a good one to read
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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