Prevent Snakes in Your Backyard

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I have always loved going to the forest… places that is plentiful with nature. Even at a young age, I would go to Turkey Swamp to do meditations. I enjoy doing meditations, pujas and giving Dharma talks to my students in these natural environments. A few weeks back, I brought a few of my close students for a picnic in the forest. We had a good time, did pujas and also had a brief Dharma talk.

Being in the forest is great, but we should never forget that we are trespassing the habitat of other beings living in the forest. It can be quite dangerous especially if the animals feel threatened by our presence.

With much concern, Paris, my long time student, did some research on natural snake repellents that we can use whenever we go up to the forest. These snake repellents do not harm the snakes, but only deter them from coming to the area while we’re around! They are not guaranteed to work but from research, that is what others recommend.

I want to make sure that my students are always safe in the forest…

I have decided to make a blog post on these findings as I feel it will help many people. Below are just a few natural methods to repel snakes. Does anyone here know other snake repellents that originate from natural sources? Do leave a comment if you have any other information on natural snake repellents so that everyone can benefit from it.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Before looking ways on how to repel snakes, lets look at the ways to prevent snakes from entering our backyard:

  1. Get rid of covered or hidden places to keep snakes away.
  2. Removing or reducing areas where snakes are found will force the snake to seek a different place to hide. Some of these areas include: Tall grasses, shrubs, wood or rock piles, and boards, logs or anything that will allow the snakes to crawl under.
  3. Eliminate access to other areas the snakes may find appealing such as under a table.
  4. Be sure your place is free from the sources of food a snake would depend on which are: Rats, mice, frogs, and lizards; which are the staple diet of a snake.
  5. Have a skilled person to remove them from your backyard. In Malaysia, this is usually done by the Fire Department.

Some popular methods that claim to repel snakes but are not effective:

  • Roping off affected area with hemp rope.
  • Spreading mothballs around the affected area. No effect.
  • Flooding snake dens. They don’t drown, they just crawl away.
  • Spreading gas or diesel around. Very not effective.
  • Sulfur powder.

 

Some Plants that Can Be Planted Around Your Backyard to Repel Snakes Naturally

 1. Wormwood (Artemisia)

Artemisia Vulgaris (mugwort or common wormwood) is one of several species in the genus Artemisia which have common names that include the word mugwort. This species is also occasionally known as Felon Herb, Chrysanthemum Weed, Wild Wormwood, Old uncle Henry, Sailor’s Tobacco, Naughty Man, Old Man or St. John’s Plant (not St John’s wort).

In some places, wormwood is considered as an invasive weed. It is a very common plant growing on nitrogenous soils such as waste places and roadsides. It is a tall herbaceous perennial plant with a woody root.

The down side of this plant is that it is an aggressive and invasive plant that takes over wherever it is planted which leads to another issue of management control.

Management control of wormwood can be done as the following:

  1. Manual removal – expensive and time consuming.
  2. Systemic herbicide glyphosphate – targets mugwort and not surrounding plants, may effect soil microbes and other life.
  3. Soil Pasturisation – using Solar to kill mugwort seeds and larger roots.
  4. Mulch
  5. Herbicides – toxic and pollutes the soil, can bring harm to people who come into contact with them.

 

2. Tulbaghia Violacea

Tulbaghia Violacea is a popular garden plant that is useful for difficult hot corners of the garden as it will tolerate prolonged drought. This attractive plan is ideal for the herb garden, as both the leaves and flowers can be used in salads and other dishes. The crushed leaves may be used to help cure sinus, headaches and to discourage moles from the garden. The smell repels fleas, ticks and mosquitoes when crushed on the skin.

The fresh bulbs can be boiled and the decoction can be taken orally to clear up coughs and colds. It has also been used as a remedy for pulmonary tuberculosis and to destroy intestinal worms.

It is also a very good snake repellent and for this reason the Zulus plant it around their homes.

 

3. West Indian Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon Citratus)

Snakes don’t like the citrus smell from the leaves. The leaves or the tips can turn brown in extreme heat in summer. It requires very little care.

 

4. Sarpgandha (Rauwolfia Serpentina)

Known by a variety of local names such as Sarpagandha, Indian Snake root and Insanity herb, this plant is known for its ability to repel away snakes.

Sarpgandha is found in many Asian countries, mainly India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, Bhutan, Nepal, Malaysia and Thailand.

 

5. Andrographis Paniculata

Andrographis Paniculata is a herbaceous plant commonly found in India and Sri Lanka. It is widely cultivated in south Asia for the treatment of some infectious disease. The leaves and roots was often used before antibiotics were created.

In Malaysia, it is known as ‘Hempedu Bumi’ literally means ‘bile of earth’ since it is one of the most bitter plant used in traditional medicine.

 

Other Common Repellents

1. Garlic Mixture

Garlic mixtures are effective as snake repellents. You can either get them commercially such as Snake Stopper or make your own.

Here are the ingredients to make your own garlic mixture:

  1. 10 garlic bulbs (purple ones are best as they are very potent)
  2. Four table spoons of garlic oil or any other vegetable oil.
  3. Some water.

Preparation:

  1. Take a blender and add some water.
  2. Separate the garlic into cloves and add them to the blender.
  3. Start blending it until a smooth nice paste is formed, then add the oil.
  4. Leave the mixture in a plastic container for an hour with the lid on.
  5. Now it’s ready, and place a few drops in any area you don’t want snakes to be seen. Repeat the process after it rains.
  6. The effectiveness of the mixture usually lasts for three weeks, then you will need to make a new batch.

 

2. Cinnamon Oil & Clove Oil Mixture

Research has shown that cinnamon oil, clove oil and eugenol are effective to be used as snake repellents. Snakes will retreat when sprayed directly with these oils and even vacate the area in confined spaces when these oils are introduced in these areas. However, application to hard surfaces will not prevent prevent the snakes from entering the area.

 

3. Non-Natural Snake Repellents that are Safe: Liquid Fence

Liquid Fence is a commercial product that is safe to be used as it do not contain naphthalene, a harmful chemical that can be hazardous to the health of both humans and animals. The ingredients in Liquid Fence irritate and confuses the snake’s ability to gather information, forcing the snake to retreat from that area to another.

It is very simple to use, it is effective just by spraying the repellent around areas where snakes are present or likely to be present. Liquid Fence have been proven to be safe, effective, easy to use, and long lasting.

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  1. Anne Ong on Nov 26, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    This is a very useful and beneficial article to prevent snakes at the backyard. Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for this these great home remedies.:) _/\_

  2. Freon on Nov 1, 2016 at 12:45 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    When people come across snake, the first idea get into their mind is “killed” the snakes. Because snake is poisonous. After reading this article, it give an idea to me that actually nature has it ways to help us to prevent snake. We do not always need to think that killing is the way to stop the snakes.

    Thank you for Rinpoche’s compassion that always lead us to have better ways to do prevention, better than killed the snake, which by killing the snakes, we also created bad karma.

    Thank you for sharing this articles.

    With Folded Hand,
    Freon

  3. Lily on Jul 14, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    Luckily I have wormwood in the garden it grows really easy just throw it in a it will grow

  4. Andre on Apr 20, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    A couple of years ago my dad killed a huge venomous rattle snake that was at the front door of my room. My door to my room is made of glass and has a Namgyalma Mantra sticker on it. I got the Namgyalma sticker from Lama Zopas FPMT store. We get a lot of rattle snakes where I’m from and this was on of the biggest that I have seen so far. I’m so sorry and I hope the snake takes a better rebirth. Om Mani Padme Hum

  5. Ele. woods on Mar 24, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Wait … I have just one more question…
    Maybe it’s because i overdo things to much
    But I’m wondering….if the garlic works , and the cinnamon and clove oils work….
    Could one maybe mix them ALL together and maybe achieve an extra strength type of snake repellant perhaps ???

    • Loh Seng Piow on Mar 24, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      Hi Ele Woods, these are home remedies, there is no guarantee that it will work perfectly, but by all means go ahead and try adding those garlic and other oils together as you suggested and try because they are natural stuff and not chemicals. I am curious to hear your results, please do share here after you have tried.

      We do not sell those plants here on this blogsite. You can try ebay in USA because buying within USA has no import restrictions for plants.

      Thanks for dropping by this blogsite, I find it filled with tonnes of great information and various topics, do come back from time to time for more great past articles, as well as more interesting new articles to come.

      SP

  6. Ele. woods on Mar 24, 2016 at 11:04 am

    I’m curious
    I live in southern California’s Mojave desert , ( USA ) and it reaches an easy 120 ° here in the summer….we’re right around the corner from Death Valley , if you’ve heard of it…
    We have regular diamond back rattlers as well as the Mojave Green and plus there’s now a green tinted diamond back that’s been seen in the area….cross breading….great !
    I would like to buy a some of those plants mentioned above , to plant here , and i was wondering where i could find them to purchase? And what would the prices be ?
    I’ll take 2 of each , at least !!

    • Loh Seng Piow on Mar 24, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      Hi Ele Woods,

      We do not sell those plants here on this blogsite. You can try ebay in USA because buying within USA has no import restrictions for plants.

      Thanks for dropping by this blogsite, I find it filled with tonnes of great information and various topics, do come back from time to time for more great past articles, as well as more interesting new articles to come.

      SP

  7. Wan Wai Meng on Mar 14, 2016 at 3:38 am

    Informative and definitely worth a try for those of us living in the jungle.

  8. Jose on Jan 9, 2016 at 9:44 pm
    • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jan 10, 2016 at 7:06 am

      Hi Jose,

      Please scroll down, I believe this comment / topic has already been addressed by Pastor Adeline.

      Thank you,
      Pastor Jean Ai

  9. Wah Ying on Sep 11, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the post. I saw a rat hiding in my garden and yesterday I started cleaning up my garden, some plants just grew too thick..

  10. Tshering Samdrup on Jul 23, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    How to control Snake

    Touch me not plant’s root to control snake. Please plant some touch me not plant in your backyard. The moment you come across snake, uproot some and hold the root into your hand. Place your hand holding root of touch me not plant before forehead of snake.

    Surprisingly snake bows down before your hand due to power of same root. It stops on the same spot and ceases its motion but the moment you remove, it resumes its natural motion. But be careful as this may not work everywhere. I tried the same after acquiring information from our director, who is also one of religious practitioner.

  11. anita omoruyi on Apr 7, 2015 at 12:13 am

    thank you very much i have planted some tobacco plant round my huse

  12. Claudia Brown on Mar 11, 2015 at 5:48 am

    Please help me to get rid of Spiders and Snakes. Thank you so much.

  13. Thomas on Jul 30, 2014 at 11:20 am

    I’m not sure if the info you posted above is your friend’s original work or not, but this site out of South Africa has the exact same page with exact wording. They essentially lifted the text from here and re-posted. Hopefully they had your permission.
    http://www.hibiscuscoastseconds.co.za/natural-ways-repel-snakes/

    • Pastor Adeline on Sep 8, 2015 at 8:09 pm

      Research like this is very time consuming before a summary can be presented comprehensively and easy to understand. The content is very useful especially for people today who have little to no contact with wild life.

    • Pastor Adeline on Sep 8, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      Hi Thomas,

      The post in the link was dated 26TH NOVEMBER 2013 while this post was originally posted in 2012 inferring based on the earliest comment by Victor Phang at the bottom dated 2 April 2012.

      Thank you for your concern,
      Pastor Adeline

  14. Captain D. J. Mody on Apr 1, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    I find the advise very useful…but what I appreciate about this article is that it does not push any product but gives simple & possibly effective homemade recipes to tackle the very same problem.

  15. YUSUF RASHEED on Feb 25, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Nice post, have here about this snake repellent, Gallic; but i don’t believe it work, but now have believe.

  16. ken jessmon on Nov 17, 2013 at 1:21 am

    Can the snake repelling plants (or seeds) be purchased and sent to me in the United states (Milwaukee,Wisconsin). Would be interested in the distribution of these plants in the U.S. Thanks Ken

  17. thierry on Nov 7, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Very useful post, thank you very much Rinpoche.
    This will help keep everyone at home safe from snakes and it will also keep the snakes safe too!

  18. Steven on Nov 5, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Acording to Santideva’s “Siksa Samuccaya(A Compendium of Buddhist Doctrine) Translated by Cecil Bendal an WHD Rouse There is a chant to keep snakes at bay. The excerpt will follow:
    “And a charm against poison, namely: ‘Ilimitte tilimite ilitilimitte, dumbe, dushe, duhsaliye dumbaliye, takke tarkarane, marmme marmarane, kasmira kasmiramukte adhane adhanadhane, ilimiliye, akhapye akhapye, sveta svetatunde anaurakshe, hail!’
    He that hears this spell once is proof against snake-bite for seven year, and no poison will enter his body. If any snake bites him its head will burst into seven pieces like a splay of flowers.*arjaha ocimum grarissimum.
    He that knows this spell is free for life from snake-bite, and no poison will enter his body. These magical charms which make the snake die must not be recited in the presence of the snake.
    To wit:*(translators note) “Illa cilla, cakko … (ask HE Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, for the rest… [I don’t want to give out the rest of this and potentially harm some reptile…I have a feeling he means any reptile when he says snake here.])
    So brethren, when the snake charmer recites this spell against poison in all the assemblies of all creatures all is real exact very truth, unassailable, incontrovertible : let this poison be no poison ; let it go back to the giver, let it go back to the biter, let fire and water mound or pillar or wall, let it pass in peace! Hail .(pgs 138-9)

    My observation about reptiles and this chant, comes to me because the day I first recited this in my gompa upstairs away from my yard, I found dead lizard in and around my house.

  19. Krystyna on Jul 30, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wished
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  20. LAWRENCE R. M. KADEGE on Jan 19, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I WOULD LIKE TO KEEP AWAY FROM MY HOUSE ALL KINDS OF SNAKES BECAUSE THEY SCARE MY FAMILY. PLEASE ASSIST ME GET PLANT REPELLENTS

  21. patsy on Dec 12, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Thank you, Paris for your research. Snakes are not something that most people want around their homes. Finding them when trying to garden or do some work in the yard can be frightening to many people.

    I was told that cat litter or very small pebbles annoy snakes as
    these can get lodged under their scales and make the snake very uncomfortable. Another thing that snakes do not like is spicy smells. I think it’s because they “inhale” it through their skin. We can take spicy sauces or peppers and mix with a bit of water and spray around the area or we can spray ammonia mixed with lemon dishwasher detergent. I am not sure whether it works as I have not tried them as there are no snakes where I live.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing this information.

  22. Girlie Ooi on Dec 12, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Not too long, my brother called to tell me that two very large snakes were seen around our house. His children were panicking and his wife called the Fire Brigade. By the time they arrived, the snakes were nowhere to be found. I guess they must have just slithered away after an evening stroll?

    P/S : We have Lemon Grass in the backyard but that did not deter the snakes. Maybe we should plant more?

  23. bengkooi on Aug 23, 2012 at 3:57 am

    Thank you to Paris for your helpful research! I am surprised to read that sulphur doesn’t actually help repel snakes! In the haven, we had been using sulphur for ages to repel snakes from the surrounding area. Good job with the research so that we would not have been under the illusion that we were protected!

    I also like the fact that majority of the snake repelling plants have their own medicinal or edible uses. We can plant loads of these in KFR and we sure will need them. Having retreats and activities in the forest is great, but we must ensure the safety of all who work or visit it.

  24. julia Tan on Jul 18, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this. It’s very important to know how to prevent snakes especially for those who has a tropical garden in your house compound or near their house. When I stayed i Ampang many years ago. My house was facing a jungle. Many times, snakes and iguanas came to visit us. We do not kill them but just chase them away with stick. I think they must be hungry and looking for food.

    Among all the plants I think I will use Tulbahia Violacea to prevent snakes because the plant itself can be used as medicine to treat coughs and colds, easy to take care and the flowers has a very pleasant look too.

  25. Wan Wai Meng on Jun 2, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for posting information that many of us can use if we live or happen to go to places near where snakes resides. This advice may just save some one , don’t underestimate!

  26. KPDarren on Apr 29, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this post. My housing area has been infested with snakes due to uncared bushes and tall grass from playground.
    I had shared these info with my neighbours and they going to plant lemon grass plant in the house compound. There were few cases that morning joggers saw snakes in the ground.
    Last month a neighbour across my had a 4 meter long black color snake visit their living hall. We had hire people to clear off the tall grass on the ground. We had check with the fire fighter, and they said to only catch these snake when we know where the nest are.

  27. Uncle Eddie on Apr 14, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Snakes’prey are generally swallowed whole, and consist of everything, from earthworms to rabbits, though eggs are said to be the favourite. Snakes are said to be especially important in control of rodents, and can be a farmer’s best friend. It seems snakes occupy mainly underground and aquatic environments. Generally, snakes are shy and retiring. It is said that much of their behaviour is a function of survival within the limits and oppurnities. Snakes are normally ectothermic or cold bloodedness, i.e. snakes are unable to regulate the temperature of their body internally. However, snakes can absorb heat from the ground, from surrounding air and objects next to them, and can cool themselves byseeking shade, lying in shallow pools of water,or crawling down a rock-crevice out of the sun. It is advised that the best defence against venomous snakes is avoidance. Being careful, alert and knowledgeable is the best way to avoid getting bitten.

  28. DR on Apr 8, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Years ago, I was at The Datai, Langkawi. Stayed in one of the villas in tropical jungle overlooking Andaman Sea. I was assured by the hotel staffs that it is safe to keep doors and windows open as there will be no snakes nor mosquitoes. Outside of the villa was heavily surrounded by West Indian Lemon Grass. It must have worked as I left the place in the same condition as when I checked in! Hahaha!

  29. Lisa on Apr 8, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Thank you Paris the information is very useful.
    Old folks say any repellents can try but the most effective one is still the sulfur powder.

  30. ECheah on Apr 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I read in the paper recently that when there were floods in Klang town recently, a few people reported that they came downstairs and to their shock and horror, their floor was teeming with cockroaches and another person had rats running riot! I laughed out loud at the thought as it reminded me of a movie. Oops, not too loud lest I create the karma to have that misfortune happen to me too. Anyway, when their dens are flooded they migrate and sometimes encroach into another’s territory. Just like ghosts and spirits, we want to survive, we all co-exist, we don’t really like each other and we elbow each other for space. Isn’t it the “I” talking again?

  31. tenzin llhamo on Apr 5, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Thank you for the research Paris. I will personally pick Liquid Fence as it is safe and not harmful. Also depending on which country I am in. Am trying my best to like nature now for the future as I am really terrified of creepy crawly…

  32. Roy Martinez on Apr 2, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Peacocks are a good repellant. They won’t go near their natural enemy especially if you live on a farm and they eat your eggs. The lemon grass also makes a good tea. I would go for the lemon grass that way you can enjoy a good cup of lemon tea in your snake-free garden.

    • Roy Martinez on Apr 2, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      Hmmm, I wonder if the Naga Queen could keep them away if we made a shrine in our backyard and made offerings to her.

  33. Victor Phang on Apr 2, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    This is a very useful information.
    Thanks Paris for the hardwork and thanks Rinpoche for the sharing 🙂

    • bernard on Mar 15, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      thank you for the information i have garlic at home that i will make use of.

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    Friday, Dec 9. 2016 05:04 PM
    Thank you so much for the sharing, Pastor Patsy. Reading this sharing reaffirms that Rinpoche’s teaching transcend time and space. What Rinpoche taught 20 years ago, he teaches us today. Rinpoche’s teaching is monumental to us, of the pervasiveness of Buddha’s Dharma that is the truth and wisdom in the purest form. He is the Bodhisattva who practices infallible Buddha’s way of compassion, wisdom and renunciation. Rinpoche infuses dharma knowledge onto everyone and showers people who he comes across with loving kindness and generosity tirelessly, since 1995! We are really so lucky to have Rinpoche here to continue turn the wheel of Dharma.

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    Friday, Dec 9. 2016 11:14 AM
    Wonderful post ..from from TheBuddhism.Net a good sharing.
    I like these ( Every good action must be done with a good, pure motive; so when we give, pure motive means our generosity should be pure generosity, without hoping for any return or reward for what we do. )
    well said.
    Good reminder……
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    Friday, Dec 9. 2016 10:58 AM
    Wonderful teachings on attitude when receiving offerings.I learned some important points here.Always dedicate the merits to the one who give or when someone does something nice for us.When we makes an offering, the recipient should rejoice in the person’s generosity. Its a good teachings and a reminder for us.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai for sharing the teachings on the attitude when receiving offerings.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/attitude-when-receiving-offerings.html
  • Jason
    Friday, Dec 9. 2016 03:45 AM
    Very sacred Guan Yin images. Mostly Chinese temples in Southeast Asia did worship Guan Yin.This meant Guan Yin already penetrated as a most popular deity. Most of Guan Yin statue appeared in female forms yet origin is male forms. Anyway, Guan Yin can manifest whatever forms to help all sentient beings.

    I really like thousand arm Guan Yin. She look very fascinated and magnificent. This can’t be expressed by words but I just got the strong feelings when I saw Thousand arms Guan Yin.

    Thank you Rinpoche shared the Guan Yin article. This is very informative articles.It really gain extra knowledge on Guan Yin after read this article.

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  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Dec 9. 2016 12:38 AM
    We should have compassionate thought as all of these dangerous animals deserve our respect. Human beings do not have a privileged to take other beings’ lives and it is better to lose one’s own life than to kill another being.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Shakila for sharing this meaningful article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-worlds-most-dangerous-animals-in-danger-themselves.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Dec 8. 2016 11:41 PM
    Most of the time we will only say how dangerous and cruel the animals nature in killing or hurting human but we never thought that human kill them hundreds or thousand more times just so we can satisfy our taste bud and enjoyment.

    Human are in fact more cruel and terrible as we will use and abuse animals without caring if animals will suffer or not.

    Therefore creating awareness to love, care and not kill animals should be instilled since young. When we have a loving and caring society, we can sure help reduce unnecessary killing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-worlds-most-dangerous-animals-in-danger-themselves.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Dec 8. 2016 05:13 PM
    Amazing to know what Dorje Shugden Wangze can help us.,control and exert positive influence our own minds. I am glad to understand and learned some new knowledge from this wonderful post.Wangze is an emanation of Manjushri and will only assist us if our motivation is genuine.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these teachings and the wonderful dedication for those who practice Dorje Shugden as Wangze or any other Dorje Shugden emanation.
    May Rinpoche be blessed with good health always.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-wangze-for-power-and-influence.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Dec 8. 2016 02:59 PM
    Thank you so much, Rinpoche, for sharing this post that shows us great work by the team, who worked behind the scene tirelessly, representing the good name of His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche to help Khensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende get medical checkup. The thoughtfulness and level of details carried out by the team was exemplary. The team also demonstrated meticulous and excellence work not only in taking care of Khensur Rinpoche and his attendants for eight days, but also in sharing the good works by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche in Malaysia and USA. This is a good example for us to learn up in serving others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/whats-a-meaningful-pilgrimage.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Dec 8. 2016 11:19 AM
    Wonderful and interesting post.Its good to know more about Mount Wutai.The history, Tibetan influence and so forth really interesting to read….i do enjoyed reading and learned more.
    Mount Wutai is considered to be one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites for Buddhists around the world.Its now a tourist attraction and listed as UNESCO World Heritage site.
    Thank you Valentina for sharing this lovely post.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/mount-wutai-the-earthly-abode-of-lord-manjushri.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Dec 7. 2016 10:05 PM
    Thank you Dato’ Colin for sharing your journey in dharma and your method in applying dharma in a corporate world.

    I always think that it is difficult to practise dharma in corporate as everyone only have the same mindset that is to gain more profit at the fastest pace and therefore lots of greed and selfishness. But you have showed us that as long as we are perseverance and hold our principal and dharma strongly, we can apply it no matter which segment we are, be it corporate or not.

    Most importantly, is to set the right mindset and hold on to dharma principles. Continue to strive no matter how many challenges we have.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-to-grow-your-business-with-buddhist-principles.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Dec 7. 2016 09:54 PM
    Thank you Pastor Patsy for sharing your dharma journey. It is a great encouragement for many as you show that determination will surely bring result.

    It is important to practise dharma and to always focus out. When we keep practising this our mind will slowly transform to benefit others instead of feeding ourselves with all the greed, anger and selfishness.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/how-dharma-changed-my-life.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Dec 7. 2016 01:13 PM
    So happy to see the YAK – Millennials of Kechara – were learning to become an entrepreneur, be proactive and independent with good motivations. These practical experience will lay the foundation for leadership qualities, lateral thinking as well as a creative and innovative mindset. I wish to see more success for our Kechara YAK and looking forward to their upcoming activities! Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/yak.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 10:22 PM
    Good sharing and informative blogs of Kuan Yin temples in Malaysia.
    Origins of Kuan Yin been explained too. I do not know so much about it till i read these post…i only knew Kuan Yin as Goddess of Mercy.When i was young i used to follow my mother to temple to pray without knowing much..just as one one of a deity.On Guan Yin’s birthday, devotees observe a vegetarian diet in remembrance of her compassion and kindness.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these beautiful post .
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/guan-yin-day.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 09:16 PM
    This is very auspicious that 2 great masters meet together and talk about dharma works for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    I am humble to see our precious guru to pay respect and prostrate to his friend, H.E. Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche , who is a very learned scholar, master of tantra, always focused his time on teaching hundreds of students in Sera and in in-depth personal practice. This is a good example for us to follow and practice.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing attached with the beautiful photos.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/meeting-kyabje-yongyal-rinpoche-in-new-york.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 07:04 PM
    Very informative blog post that remind us.
    As human consume fish ,prawns and so forth from the sea laced with harmful chemical, toxins build up that lead to health problems in long term.Sad to know environment is so bad when some people do not care much about it.Sooner or later our oceans will be filled with rubbish,plastic if we are not doing enough to protect the environment.The plastic accounts for 15 per cent of the chick’s body weight…that is shocking.
    I do hope more people are aware of the truth behind the crisis destroying our seas.
    Thank you Rinpoche its a good sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/how-plastic-destroys-our-seas.html

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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
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The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
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Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
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Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
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My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
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Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
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Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
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Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
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It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
2 months ago
Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
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Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
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High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
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༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
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Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
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More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
 ~Tsem Rinpoche
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All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
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Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
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Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
                         This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
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This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
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Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
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Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
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His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
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My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
3 months ago
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
Left to right:

His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
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Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
 It\'s nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
3 months ago
It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
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Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
Don\'t wait for the perfect group. Don\'t wait for the perfect person. Don\'t wait for the perfect situation. Don\'t expect yourself to be perfect. Don\'t even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It\'s between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
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Don't wait for the perfect group. Don't wait for the perfect person. Don't wait for the perfect situation. Don't expect yourself to be perfect. Don't even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It's between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Don\'t you love her bag? She\'s stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Don't you love her bag? She's stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
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Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
Sent from Samsung tablet.
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Sent from Samsung tablet.
We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it\'s traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it's traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche with holy Mt Shasta of Northern California in the background: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
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Tsem Rinpoche with holy Mt Shasta of Northern California in the background: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
We had a nice visit at Mt Shasta, a holy area in Northern California and did a good puja there: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
3 months ago
We had a nice visit at Mt Shasta, a holy area in Northern California and did a good puja there: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
I get requests from all around the world to do prayers. For certain individuals it\'s really dire, so I make special candle offerings to the Buddhas for them at my private residence. These are the candles that was offered recently for a very ill young little girl. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
I get requests from all around the world to do prayers. For certain individuals it's really dire, so I make special candle offerings to the Buddhas for them at my private residence. These are the candles that was offered recently for a very ill young little girl. Tsem Rinpoche
This is powerful and true. When someone disappoints you so many times, it cannot be an accident anymore. You need to have compassion for them to not do more negative karma and not allow it anymore and we need need to have compassion for ourselves too and not let them hurt us again.. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is powerful and true. When someone disappoints you so many times, it cannot be an accident anymore. You need to have compassion for them to not do more negative karma and not allow it anymore and we need need to have compassion for ourselves too and not let them hurt us again.. Tsem Rinpoche
Ra Lotsawa\'s personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava. Said to be housed in Samye Monastery, Tibet.
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Ra Lotsawa's personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava. Said to be housed in Samye Monastery, Tibet.
Message from Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Message from Tsem Rinpoche
This Tara has such a beautiful face...artwork on this is nice
3 months ago
This Tara has such a beautiful face...artwork on this is nice
This is the road that leads to my house in the mountains. I have a small house and a lake nearby the house and I live there on vegan foods with my pets-Mumu loves running around the meadows. I have a large outdoor Vajra Yogini statue made of stone and we make offerings of juniper leaves burned to her daily as sang. I love living in the mountains away from the senseless repeating of actions in urban life. Urban life with its various pollutions do not connect us to who we are inside. I love this walking path to my retreat home where I will live for the rest of my life and on the way home, I pluck some flowers for my shrine to offer to the Buddha...thank you for allowing me to live here. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is the road that leads to my house in the mountains. I have a small house and a lake nearby the house and I live there on vegan foods with my pets-Mumu loves running around the meadows. I have a large outdoor Vajra Yogini statue made of stone and we make offerings of juniper leaves burned to her daily as sang. I love living in the mountains away from the senseless repeating of actions in urban life. Urban life with its various pollutions do not connect us to who we are inside. I love this walking path to my retreat home where I will live for the rest of my life and on the way home, I pluck some flowers for my shrine to offer to the Buddha...thank you for allowing me to live here. Tsem Rinpoche
 Rinpoche\'s quote is on my mom\'s final resting place. It was chosen by my dad and at that time he said it is the best one for both of them. My dad would be interred next to her when his time comes in the distant future. Pastor David Lai
3 months ago
Rinpoche's quote is on my mom's final resting place. It was chosen by my dad and at that time he said it is the best one for both of them. My dad would be interred next to her when his time comes in the distant future. Pastor David Lai
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  • December 9, 2016 02:09
    Harold Musetescu asked: Is there a practice text for the Dharmapala "Methar"?
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  • December 6, 2016 00:34
    Sipra asked: Dear Pastors, For past 5 month or so I have been suffering from fear and anxiety. It has become difficult to live my daily life. I am mother of young child. Please help me.
    pastor answered: Dear Sipra, I'm sorry to read that you are going through this fear and anxiety, and i can understand that it has been effecting your daily life. You should seek professional help as this fear and anxiety can worsen if you don't get help and can deteriorate fast. Coupled with this, but by no means an alternative, you can engage in the daily practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden, which you can find here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden Lama Tsongkhapa's practice is very well-known to calm the mind from depression, fear and anxiety so will be very beneficial for your situation. When engaging in the practice, please concentrate and focus on the mantra of Lama Tsongkhapa. Dorje Shugden's practice on the other hand is very good for alleviating any obstacles we may be facing in life. Therefore, this may have to overcome the obstacles in life that are causing the fear and anxiety or even remove obstacles for professional help to be even more effective, so you can overcome your situation. The cause of this situation may be deeply rooted, therefore i would like to advise you to do both methods, find professional help and engage in the daily practice. Coupled together they have a better chance of solving your situation, than by themselves. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • December 3, 2016 23:25
    Fluxor asked: I am in a relationship with someone. I want to leave her, so i can give more time for social work and considering monastic life and being ordained in the future. I want to break up and do it gently, but I know she will be very mad and angry with me. Is it okay to leave her without notice? I will make a letter and arrange time to talk few days later when she is more stable emotionally. I think, it will be calmer way. Or should I talk to her first before I leave? I know this way she can be very mad and might do some abusive acts right away. But people say I need to respect her with talking to her first. I'm confused. I want to do it in a gentle and loving way that I don't want to bring her more suffering. Warmest metta, Fluxor
    pastor answered: Dear Fluxor, This is something that is a very difficult thing to do. If you have thought about this carefully and thoroughly, then you should do what feels right. However we must remember that the other person in the relationship may be reliant on you in some way. That being said, we can also hurt another person if we are not open and truthful about the situation. Instead we should go about the situation in the best possible manner to minimise harm and also to not create negative karma in the process, which is all too common when breaking up with someone, and this leads to more suffering in the future. You know the person who you are in a relationship with the best, however the method which you have mentioned may not be the most appropriate course of action. Rather than doing this, you should sit down with your partner and talk about the situation in calmer manner. This is the better approach, if you want to do this. You do need to respect her as a person with her own feelings, and in order to do the right thing in this situation, you should do so face to face and calmly. Following the method that you described may cause even more pain. If you do it calmly, respecting and honouring her as someone who has their own feelings, you are doing your best given the situation. Please remember that you don’t have to take monastic ordination in order to practice the Buddhist path. In fact within Kechara, Tsem Rinpoche has even started the tradition of lay pastors, who are lay people that have dedicated their lives to the practice of Dharma and the service of others. If you change your mind for any reason, Rinpoche has given a very good teaching on transforming a relationship to make it successful. You can find the video teaching here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/ingredients-for-a-successful-relationship.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • December 2, 2016 09:44
    Tashi asked: Dear pastors, What are the mantras and sacred syllables of the 12 Tenma Goddesses? I'm trying to find one to the bodhisattva Dorje Yudronma and goddess Tahsi Tseringma. Who is Shiptak Gyene exactly and what is his mantra and purpose? Is simply putting "Namo" and then the name of the Buddha or bodhisattva work? Also, is there a mantra for pimples or near sightedness?
    pastor answered: Dear Tashi, As Dorje Yudronma and Tashi Tseringma are not enlightened protectors but worldly deities who have been subdued to protect the Dharma, their mantras and practices are not free available to all practitioners, according to the Gelug tradition (I am unsure if they are available freely in other traditions). Usually, to engage in these practices one must have first received empowerment into a yidam or meditational deity practice, after which one can request the spiritual teacher to teach the practice. The functions of these protectors are also embodied in other protectors who are enlightened, and whose practices are readily available. As embodiments of enlightened beings, they can also help along the spiritual path to enlightenment rather than just providing material needs and removing obstacles. These include the various emanations of Dorje Shugden, for example Shize Dorje Shugden who is excellent for pacifying diseases and lengthening one’s life, just like Tashi Tseringma and the Long Life Sisters. However as an emanation of Manjushri, Shize can also grant beneficial imprints and help to overcome the inner obstacles of negative emotions and habituations that we all face in life. Shiptak Gyene is a protector specific to the Gelugpa tradition. He was a layman who lived in Lhasa during the time of Lama Tsongkhapa. Whenever Lama Tsongkhapa would travel to Lhasa, Shiptak Gyene would be there, ready to serve Lama Tsongkhapa as best as he could and receive teachings on the Dharma. He was very devoted to Lama Tsongkhapa and arose a protector to help those with material needs if they are sincere pracitioners of the Dharma. As such, he holds a bowl of jewels to represent that he can aid pracitioners in this regard. You can see a picture of Shiptak Gyene here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/archive/deitypics/highres/Shiptak_Gyene.jpg. The word ‘namo’ means ‘I prostrate’, hence when you add the word before the name of a Buddha or bodhisattva, it basically means that you are prostrating to that being. While this has tremendous effect, as you are verbalising the prostration towards an enlightened being and therefore generating some merit, it does not have the same effect as a mantra. This is because a mantra itself in the essence of that particular being, in the form of sound. If you repeat that mantra over and over again, you bring the energies associated with that particular enlightened being into your life. For example if you recite the Medicine Buddha mantra, you bring healing energies into your life. But if you only add ‘namo’ to the beginning of their name, you are simply making prostration. It would be much more beneficial to recite the proper mantra for the particular enlightenment being you are propitiating. As for pimples, I have not come across a specific mantra for this in my own practice. However two very good mantras that you could recite are Black Manjushri or Hayagriva. These two deities are very well known for curing skin diseases of all types, and therefore may help in the situation. You can find out more about Black Manjushri practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/a-black-manjushri-sadhana-self-healing-meditation-and-exercises.html. The Hayagriva (a wrathful emanation of Chenresig) mantra is recited as: HRI PEMA DATRI HAYAGRIVA HULU HULU HUNG PHET. For nearsightedness, you can engage in the practice of Migchey Chrenrezig, which is an excellent practice for those with eye problems. You can find it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/blessing-eye-problems.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • November 30, 2016 18:56
    Angela Yo asked: These past few months, I can't stop myself thinking about being ordained to be a nun. I don't know where to begin. I don't know if it suits me or not. But I really want to make this lifetime meaningful. Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Angela Yo, I rejoice to read that are thinking about become ordained as a nun. This is a very good aspiration to have and follows the example of the holy Buddha Shakyamuni. He showed us the way to make our life meaningful by becoming a Buddha to benefit others. If you have not already done so, you should join a Dharma centre and find a guru. By following the advice of a qualified guru, you can train yourself to hold the ordination vows in the future. Here at Kechara, those who have the aspiration to become members of the holy sangha, first become a Pastor, which is in between a lay practitioner and an ordained monk or nun. This way, we can train ourselves to understand and live by the vows before become ordained. As ordination is very special and holy, it is better that we are prepared before we take the vows. This way we can make the most use of holding the sacred vows on our spiritual journey to enlightenment. As you engage along this path, first you should study and understand the most basic of vows, which are the refuge vows. All other vows, whether ordination, bodhisattva or tantric vows are based on the refuge vows, and the keeping of these vows are the root cause of gaining enlightenment. In fact, all other vows are extensions of these vows. Therefore it is very important that we have a firm basis for our practice by understanding and living by these vows properly. As you progress on your practice, you can learn the teachings such as the 50 Verses of Guru Devotion, the Lam Rim and the Wheel of Sharp Weapons. All these teachings will aid you on the path to become an ordained nun in the future. If this is truly your wish, then during your daily practices you should make strong aspirational prayers that you are able to fulfil this. At the same time you should create the causes for this to occur. The way to do this is by supporting the sangha, you can do this by making any form of dana offering to them, from food, clothing, material assistance or anything else that they would need your help with. While doing this, you should generate the strong aspiration that you can become a member of the sangha. As the sangha are one of the Three Jewels, any offerings that you make to them, especially in terms of your time and effort, will generate a lot of merit because they are holding the holy vows. I hope this helps, and I make the prayer that your auspicious aspiration is fulfilled, that you make your life meaningful by holding the vows of an ordained nun. Thank you.
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