Unique Dorje Shugden Oracle Statue in Kechara Forest Retreat

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The one of a kind Dorje Shugden Oracle statue in Wisdom Hall Audience Room, Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia. Click on image to enlarge.

The one of a kind Dorje Shugden Oracle statue in Wisdom Hall Audience Room, Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia. Click on image to enlarge.

Dorje Shugden is a very special Dharma protector, with a close relationship to people of this day and age, due to our karmic propensity. One of the special ways in which we can communicate with Dorje Shugden, in order to receive blessings, advice and healing is through an oracle. The tradition of oracles is not something unique to just the practice of Dorje Shugden, or other Buddhist Dharma protectors for that matter. All cultures and races have relied on oracles at some point, and oracles have played pivotal roles throughout history all over the world.

Oracles have played an important part in my life, as they are the means of connection with my Dharma protector Dorje Shugden. It was with this in mind, and with the memory of seeing oracles statues in the past, that I had an oracle statue created depicting the oracle of Dorje Shugden in full trance. This Dorje Shugden oracle statue is the first of its kind in the world.

It is currently enshrined in the Wisdom Hall Audience Room, at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia. As an oracle statue which has been consecrated, it can be prayed to in order to create the causes to be able to communicate with Dorje Shugden in the future. Oracles facilitate communication between ordinary practitioners and the divine. Therefore having such an oracle statue, which is the embodiment of Dorje Shugden, denotes our closeness with the Dharma protector. I hope you enjoy reading more about this wonderful and holy statue.

Whenever you come to Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia, make sure you have a khata and have audience with this very special oracle statue. It is highly blessed and plants the seed for you to have close connections to Dorje Shugden always.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Oracles in World History

While most would find the tradition of oracles strange or unbelievable, a look into history provides us with evidence that oracles were indeed major figures in people’s lives. In the West we have the examples of the Greek oracles, the most prominent of whom were the Pythia, the priests and priestesses of Dodona, and the Sibyls. These oracles played major roles in society, influencing politics, agriculture, religion and even warfare. It was through these oracles that people believed the ancient pre-Hellenistic and Hellenistic gods and goddess interacted with ordinary humans.

A depiction of the Pythia or High Priestess at the Temple of Apollo, who also served as the Oracle of Delphi. By John Collier, 1891.

A depiction of the Pythia or High Priestess at the Temple of Apollo, who also served as the Oracle of Delphi. By John Collier, 1891.

In essence they were considered portals through which the gods spoke directly to their adherents, following a variety of different methods. The Pythia, also known as the Delphic oracle, was the High Priestess at the Temple of Apollo in Delphi. She was known to be filled with the spirit of Apollo when she made oracular pronouncements. The priests and priestesses of Dodona were similarly influenced by the god Zeus and the goddess Dione. In this state they would interpret the sounds of bronze objects hanging from trees in the sacred oak grove in order to give prophecy. The Sibyls were women who gave prophesies and advice while in frenzied states. They are said to have been under the influence or possessed by chthonic deities, who were gods, goddesses or spirits who lived underground or in the underworld. Examples of highly revered and influential oracles are found in many other ancient civilizations, including countries in Asia Minor, the Ancient Near East and Africa.

Similarly, oracles have played pivotal roles in the lives of those in eastern countries such as China and India as well. In China and among the Chinese diaspora, oracles are more commonly referred to as mediums, who take trance of various kinds of deities to predict the future, give advice or even perform healing. Taking trance of deities such as the Nine Emperor Gods, or even local deities, these mediums intercede in the lives of devotees and supplicants, aiding them however they can, such as creating talismans also known as ‘fu’, which are used for purposes of spiritual protection, improving wealth, enhancing relationships, dispelling sorcery or black magic, and for any number of other reasons. These oracles/mediums continue to be relied even until today, highlighting its centrality to Chinese folk belief. In India, oracles or mediums take trance of various gods, goddesses and beings, from the highest classification to the lowest. They are relied upon in times of need, to provide advice, blessings, curing of the sick, etc. Even amongst the Indian diaspora in places such as the United Kingdom, United States of America, Australia, and New Zealand, people consult these oracles for means of betterment, as well as relying on modern institutions, merging both contemporary and traditional lifestyles.

 

Consulting Oracles in the Tibetan Traditions

As we have seen, the tradition of consulting oracles for both worldly and spiritual reasons has been widely practiced since ancient times. However, in today’s world, the practice is in danger of dying out completely in many cultures around the world. Amongst the major world religions, Tibetan Buddhism is somewhat unique in that the tradition of consulting oracles continues to play a major role in the lives of its practitioners.

Oracles in Tibetan are called ‘kuten’, which literally means ‘physical basis’. An oracle is a man or woman who acts as the physical basis for a particular non-physical being to enter them. This means that the mind and energies of a particular being can temporarily inhabit the body of an oracle for a period of time. This being can be a spirit, naga (a particular class of snake spirit), and so forth; or even a higher level being such as a god, or protector deity. Once the being leaves the body, the person regains their ordinary consciousness.

Consulting oracles is an integral part of Tibetan Buddhism. Here we see His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama consulting the Nechung Oracle, who takes trance of Dorje Dragden – a form of Pehar.

Consulting oracles is an integral part of Tibetan Buddhism. Here we see His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama consulting the Nechung Oracle, who takes trance of Dorje Dragden – a form of Pehar.

In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, oracles can be ordained or lay practitioners who are blessed and trained to take trance, by a qualified lama. As such the psychic energy channels of an oracle would have been consecrated and cleared by meditational practice in order for a protector deity to enter easily. Potential oracles are chosen by the particular Dharma protector, who could take trance in them; via dreams and other signs; as appointed by a lama; or as requested by the potential oracle candidate themselves. Whatever the method of choosing the oracle, the candidate would nevertheless still require to be trained by a qualified lama. Oracles can take trance at any time or in any place, however as part of the tradition of oracles, official trances usually occur at an appointed time and place.

 

Why Rely on Oracles

Oracles provide a direct connection to the divine. Therefore when we rely on the tradition of oracles we are able to receive blessings and advice for our various needs. Without oracles, practitioners without the higher attainment of being able to communicate with the deities directly, would be bereft of such benefit.

Within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, oracles take trance of the various Dharma protectors, either subdued beings sworn to aid practitioners, or the enlightened beings who have emanated in the form of Dharma protectors. These beings are charged with the sacred task of removing obstacles and providing divine protection along a practitioner’s spiritual journey towards enlightenment. Oracles themselves are highly blessed because it is through their body that they are able to facilitate direct contact between the Dharma protector and practitioners.

While in trance of an oracle, Dharma protectors such as Dorje Shugden give advice on both spiritual and worldly matters in times of uncertainty, bestow blessings and even perform miraculous acts of healing, ridding those who are ill of their various afflictions. On a higher level, they also bestow spiritual teachings that lead sentient beings out of the suffering of cyclic existence and aid them on the journey towards liberation.

 

Deities Who Take Trance in Oracles

Oracles are an integral part of Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan culture in general. Over the course of centuries as the entire country was shaped through the practice of Buddhism, cultural institutions such as language (the Tibetan script was created in order to translate Sanskrit Buddhist texts), and politics, became intrinsically linked to religious practices. The tradition of oracles is likewise linked to a variety of institutions including both religious and political spheres.

For example the Tibetan government, headed until recently by His Holiness the Dalai Lama has consulted the following deities who take trance in oracles, for matters of state:

  • Dorje Dragden, commonly refered to as Nechung/Pehar (the speech emanation of Pehar Gyalpo), who takes trance in the Nechung Oracle.
  • Shing Cha Chen (the qualities emanation of Pehar Gyalpo), who takes trance in the Gadong Oracle.
  • Tenma and her 11 sisters, who take trance in the Tenma Oracle.
Setrap, the wrathful emanation of the Buddha Amitabha. Click on image to enlarge.

Setrap, the wrathful emanation of the Buddha Amitabha. Click on image to enlarge.

Similarly, and more importantly, oracles have been relied on within the religious sphere, in the monastic setting, and for matters relating to religious practice and spiritual evolution. Such deities invoked for this reason include:

These deities, and many others, act out of compassion in cases where they are enlightened, or out of adherence to oaths in cases where they are worldly oath-bound deities, in order to aid practitioners. And in doing so, fulfill their spiritual role to aid practitioners in whatever way they can. From the viewpoint of Buddhist philosophy, their entire existence in that particular form, is to aid practitioners. The prayers and mantras used to invoke them are for this very same reason. For those who do not believe the enlightened beings can take trance in oracles, they limit the potential of enlightened beings, and in doing so negate the very reason that these beings would manifest as Dharma protectors – to aid practitioners on the Buddhist path in any way possible.

 

Tantric Explanation of a Trance

Within the practices of Buddhist tantra it is believed that the body has a complex network of 72,000 psychic energy channels throughout the entire body. These psychic channels converge and intertwine at various points in the body, and are known as ‘chakras’. Five of these are of particular importance, and are located at the crown of the head; between the eyebrows; the throat; the heart; the navel; and at the tip of one’s secret organ.

Chakras are points in the body where the psychic energy channels loop or knot around each other. Opening these chakras allows deities to enter an oracle’s body. Click on image to enlarge.

Chakras are points in the body where the psychic energy channels loop or knot around each other. Opening these chakras allows deities to enter an oracle’s body. Click on image to enlarge.

They are often portrayed as lotuses in art or in visualization techniques, and are depicted as having multiple petals. Common depictions of the important chakras have 32 or 64 petals. These petals actually represent the number of energy channels that converge at that particular chakra. This is because they are tightly intertwined or knotted and thus resemble a lotus blossom.

During trance, these chakras are opened either by meditation or by force, in which the particular being or Dharma protector takes possession of the body. However, there are people that have chakras that are naturally easier to open, therefore they are easier to train as oracles.

Psychic energies called ‘lung’ in Tibetan, ‘qi’ in Chinese, or ‘prana’ in Sanskrit travel along the vast network of psychic channels that is laid out throughout the body. The psychic energies regulate bodily function and it is believed that the subtle mind rides on top of these energies as well. In Buddhist tantra, the recitation of mantras combined with visualization regulates these vital energies in order to purify karma and develop spiritual attainments. For a potential oracle, the training as recommended by the lama is very important to prepare the psychic channels for trance.

 

Training to be an Oracle

For a potential oracle, the training begins by receiving refuge from the lama. By receiving refuge the candidate is protected from negative beings that may enter and cause harm. The lama then performs a ritual called ‘tsa ko’ to open the chakras and psychic energy channels of the oracle. This allows the higher beings to enter the oracle, while blocking negative beings from entering.

Following this, the lama bestows the empowerment of Lama Tsongkhapa, and the candidate engages in a Lama Tsongkhpa retreat combined with the practice of Lama Chopa, also known as Guru Puja. This is where one engages in the meditation of Lama Tsongkhapa with the recitation of the migtsema mantra and the recitation of the Lama Chopa liturgies. This is done with all the required offerings and tormas (ritual cakes offered to the deities) needed for the usual four sessions of retreat a day. The duration of the retreat is the time needed to complete 100,000 migtsema recitations, and would normally take around a month and a half to two months to complete.

Engaging in various tantric retreats, including the retreat of Lama Tsongkhapa, is a pre-requisite for the oracle to have steady and clear trances of the protector deities.

Engaging in various tantric retreats, including the retreat of Lama Tsongkhapa, is a pre-requisite for the oracle to have steady and clear trances of the protector deities.

After that, the candidate receives either the Yamantaka or Hayagriva initiation and then engage in a retreat on the deity for four sessions a day until one has completed 1 million of the main mantra and 100,000 for each of the other mantras. In the case of Yamantaka, there is one main mantra and three other mantras. This retreat takes approximately a month and half to two months if it is done well. Yamantaka retreat is known to extend one’s life, remove all interferences such as malevolent spirits and so forth and the psychic channels are charged with Yamantaka’s blessings and cleared in preparation for a clear trance. After retreat, one would go to the lama to see if it is necessary to enter into another retreat again.

After completing a Yamantaka or Hayagriva retreat, one would need to receive the life-entrustment of Dorje Shugden and engage in retreat of Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden retreat requires four important components – Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga, Lama Chopa, Yamantaka sadhana and then the Dorje Shugden liturgies. Therefore, the oracle-in-training would engage in these four liturgies during retreat, complete with the offerings and tormas for four sessions a day. During retreat, one would complete 1-10 million Dorje Shugden mantras and this would be for a duration of 3 to 4 months.

During retreat, the lama summons the oracle-in-training so that he can perform a ‘chabtrul ritual’ to purify the chakras and psychic channels. He would also invoke Dorje Shugden to come forth to enter the oracle in training and sometimes Dorje Shugden himself would enter for a short while and leave. However, during the training process, it is usually the entourage deities who enter to further purify and unblock the psychic channels. In the beginning, the oracle-in-training does not take trance unless in the presence of the lama to ensure that it is the correct deity that is entering the oracle. The lama would then continue to bless, advise and guide the oracle in training and at times, the lama would continue to prescribe further retreats of Yamantaka, Hayagriva or even Vajrapani to further prepare the oracle in training so that he or she becomes a fully qualified oracle.

Those who take trance of the protector deities, in this case the enlightened protector Dorje Shugden, are very blessed. This is because they are able to facilitate direct contact with the protector to take trance, give advice, blessings and heal people of their various afflictions. On a higher level they can even give teachings that lead sentient beings out of their suffering and aid them on their spiritual journey towards enlightenment.

Or view the video on the server at:
http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/TakingTrancesDharmaTalk.mp4

 

A Lasting Tradition

Some people may find an oracle useful, some not, but the rich tradition of oracles is genuine and has been around for hundreds of years. Since the time Dorje Shugden manifested as a Dharma protector, he has been taking trance throughout the various generations of oracles for 350 years. The most highest and attained lamas trained, blessed and certified certain individuals to take trance of Dorje Shugden, Setrap, Kache Marpo, Namkar Barzen, Shiptak Gyene, Tsangpa, Jowo Chinkarwa, etc. These oracles have given highly accurate predictions that transcend space and time, obviously showing there is a superior being speaking through them with unlimited clairvoyance. Whether our particular tradition relies on oracles or not, it does not matter but there should not be one hard and fast rule for everyone. If your tradition does not believe or rely on oracles, that is your choice. But there are traditions and people who have received immense benefit from consulting oracles and they have every right to do so. So do not disparage this sacred tradition or try to disregard this tradition.

Some decisions can be made based on logic and clear thinking, and some cannot. For those questions that are important and are beyond logic and ordinary thinking, we can consult a qualified oracle in trance of a protector. Oracles are not outdated nor is their use outdated as this is a personal choice. Buddha Shakyamuni’s teachings are timeless and can never be outdated. Likewise, some may say religion is outdated and tell you to simply use your own mind, but the teachings of Buddha are timeless and forever applicable. As long as an enlightened being such as Dorje Shugden takes trance of oracles, advice and help will always be needed and therefore timeless. Suffering and its solution is never going to be outdated. Protectors taking trance in oracles is just a manifestation of an enlightened protector’s compassion reaching out to us. Some say enlightened protectors cannot speak or enter a human oracle. That is not true and by saying so they limit the powers and abilities of a fully enlightened mind. Enlightened beings have many ways to benefit others. Do not limit them with our own limitations. Do not limit what they can do with our limited ways of thinking.

Great masters like His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche, and His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche blessed certain individuals and personally trained them to become oracles. If we have peerless faith and devotion in these lineage masters then we must have trust in all their works and activities including the creation, certification and usage of these oracles. After all, how can some activities of Trijang Rinpoche be faultless and some have fault? Many of the modern day oracles were picked or approved, blessed and certified by His Holiness the great Trijang Rinpoche Jetsun Losang Yeshe. If we believe in our lineage masters such as Trijang Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and Pabongka Rinpoche, then we must trust their decision in sustaining, creating and use of the oracle tradition. These great beings often consulted the Dorje Shugden oracles throughout their lives. These great masters sustained this tradition. Since the days of Tibet, there have been famous and very beneficial oracles of Dorje Shugden all the way until the present day, and this tradition will continue.

We are lucky these ancient and sacred traditions have been preserved and handed down by our lineage lamas so we can benefit from their existence.

 

Dorje Shugden Oracle Statue

His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche first laid eyes on an oracle statue in Nechung Monastery over 25 years ago and at that time made an aspiration to have a similar oracle statue of Dorje Shugden made so that people can pray and create the powerful affinity to have audience with Dorje Shugden, be blessed by his divine presence, and have the great opportunity to listen to his divine speech. Hence, the statue of the Dorje Shugden oracle creates the powerful cause for an oracle to arise in order to be of benefit to many beings.

When we pray to an oracle statue and make offerings, we create a closer connection to Dorje Shugden because he enters oracles to speak to us, bestow his blessings and provide us advice. This in turn creates the causes so that in the future we will always be able to communicate and speak to Dorje Shugden, as the oracle statue denotes closeness. Normally, as ordinary beings, we are not able to see or communicate with Dorje Shugden directly, but through an oracle we have this opportunity. Therefore making prayers and offerings to the statues denotes a closer connection to Dorje Shugden.

The oracle statue housed in Wisdom Hall’s Audience Room, is of an oracle in full trance of Dorje Shugden. The statue was consecrated on April 11, 2017 by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche, who invited Dorje Shugden to reside in the statue. Therefore, whether we pray to Dorje Shugden in his normal form, or to this particular oracle statue, there is no difference as we are praying to the same enlightened being.

Or view the video on the server at:
http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/WhyMakeOracleStatues.mp4

 

How the Statue Was Made

The statue measures 46 inches in height, including the tall Dharma protector headgear. The width of the base is 17 inches and the depth of the base is 7 inches. The actual statue making process began in April 2016, and was fully completed by the end of November 2016. The detailed statue is made from brass and plated with gold. The face is painted with gold following the traditional Tibetan practice of applying gold as an offering to the enlightened beings. The statue has also been filled with the traditional set of mantras and holy items.

The process of making the statue was difficult and complicated, as no one had ever made a Dorje Shugden oracle statue before. Many parts of the statue, such as the base, details of the robes, the hat, the boots, and so on were also discussed at length with the statue maker and many revisions were made to ensure the statue was correct. Creating the various implements in correct proportion to the statue was also a challenge. Therefore miniature adornments for the headgear and clothes had to be sourced from other suppliers who are seasoned in making implements for oracles.

The brocade robes for the oracle statue took two weeks to make. As the tailor was experienced in brocade fabric work, the clothes turned out perfectly. It was also the first time the tailor had made oracle clothes in such a small size.

A special altar box was also designed for this one-of-a-kind oracle statue. The altar was made from solid nyatoh hardwood. It is lined with traditional Tibetan brocade, with real gold thread and a special ‘lhari’ or parasol. At the bottom of the altar is a cabinet for people to place their wishes written on paper. The altar box took two weeks to complete.

The mold of the oracle statue

The mold of the oracle statue

The oracle statue after casting, holding sword

The oracle statue after casting, holding sword

The oracle statue with implements

The oracle statue with implements

A close up of the face of the statue. It has been painted in traditional style, with real gold applied as an offering to Dorje Shugden.

A close up of the face of the statue. It has been painted in traditional style, with real gold applied as an offering to Dorje Shugden.

The intricate detail of the headgear and miniature size of the adornments were difficult to make.

The intricate detail of the headgear and miniature size of the adornments were difficult to make.

Attaching the warrior flags

Attaching the warrior flags

The oracle statue with clothes and unfinished headgear

The oracle statue with clothes and unfinished headgear

The oracle statue as completed

The oracle statue as completed

 

Iconography of the Dorje Shugden Oracle Statue

 

Sword

Flaming wisdom sword

Flaming wisdom sword

While Dorje Shugden carries a wavy wisdom sword, when his oracle is in trance, he wields a normal straight sword. The sword is similar in significance to the one held by Manjushri, the Buddha of wisdom, and indicates that Dorje Shugden is none other than Manjushri himself.

The wisdom sword cuts through ignorance and delusions that arise from our negative karma, so that the obstacles and obscurations on our spiritual path towards enlightenment are removed. Therefore, it shows just how efficacious Dorje Shugden’s practice is for the purposes of purification, removing obstacles and ultimately to gain merits and attainments.

When an oracle of Dorje Shugden enters trance, he will pick up the sword and engage in what is known as a Vajra Dance. This is a warrior’s dance to clear the obstacles for those present and for the Buddhadharma in general as well as dispelling negative energies and negative entities in the location of the trance. This clearing of the negativities also implants many positive blessings into the land. During this dance, he wields the sword and cuts through obstacles to the preservation and growth of the Dharma, as well as cutting away the obstacles of those in attendance. By holding the sword, the oracle statue represents this particular compassionate activity of Dorje Shugden.

 

Large Protector Hat/ Domed Hat

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Placed on one side of the oracle statue is the golden domed hat worn by Dorje Shugden. In most trances of Dorje Shugden, the oracle wears this hat. It is symbolic of the protection Dorje Shugden grants to practitioners and upholders of the highest view of Madhyamika, Nagarjuna’s special view of Emptiness as embodied perfectly in Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings and lineage. The domed hat is traditionally a type of hat worn by a travelling high lama, thus symbolising Dorje Shugden’s mobility and swiftness in coming to the aid of sincere practitioners, and is a quality embodied in the statue to aid practitioners.

The head-dress that is worn by the oracle statue mirrors the one that is worn by oracles when they take trance of wrathful protectors. Dorje Shugden is unique in that sense, as he can wear his usual domed travelling hat or the larger head-dress when in trance. This head-dress is festooned with feathers and other symbolic ornaments commonly associated with a wrathful protector. An oracle of Dorje Shugden will wear the large head-dress only when taking wrathful trance of Dorje Shugden, or if the oracle takes trance of other protectors such as Setrap, who is very fierce. The head-dress is extremely heavy, and in the past would have taken two or more able-bodied monks to carry. Therefore only an oracle in trance of a protector would be strong enough to wear it, as the weight could not be handled by the human body under normal conditions.

 

Bow and Arrows

Bow and arrow, symbol of wisdom and compassion

Bow and arrow, symbol of wisdom and compassion

The bow represents wisdom, and the arrows represent the various compassionate and skillful methods used by enlightened beings to help spiritual practitioners achieve their goals. In essence they represent the six perfections: the bow represents wisdom, which launches the arrows of generosity, morality, patience, joyous effort, perseverance and concentration. They also represent the union of wisdom and compassion, which is necessary to gain higher spiritual attainments. As implements held by the oracle statue, they represent on the one hand that Dorje Shugden’s actions to aid practitioners stem from enlightened wisdom and compassion, and on the other that he can help practitioners gain these same qualities.

It is also said that the bow is used to shoot arrows at the heart of the enemy. The enemy here refers to our delusions and the negative karma they create that makes us suffer. Therefore they are symbolic of gaining spiritual realisations leading to enlightenment. The smooth shaft and shape of the arrows represent the central channel of our psychic bodies; the three steering feathers represent the purity of achieving the enlightened body, speech and mind of an enlightened being; and the five coloured threads wrapped around the arrows represent the Five Dhyani Buddhas (Vairocana, Amogasiddhi, Amitabha, Ratnasambhava, and Akshobhya).

 

Warrior Flags

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Tied to the back of the oracle statue are five warrior flags. In ancient times, warriors used to wear flags in battle to make themselves look bigger and more frightening. These flags also served to identify which kingdom or faction the warrior was fighting for.

The flags are accoutrements of the oracles when they take trance of wrathful forms of the Dharma protectors. On this Dorje Shugden oracle statue, the flags represent the Five Dhyani Buddhas which represent Dorje Shugden’s enlightened nature and thereby, his mighty ability to battle our negative karma and delusions. When our negative karma and delusions are lessened, the suffering we go through is alleviated. They can also be representative of the oracle being able to take trance of other wrathful protectors such as Setrap and Kache Marpo.

 

Spear & Trident

Trident and Spear

Trident and Spear

The spear standing to the side of the oracle statue represents Kache Marpo, Dorje Shugden’s main minister. He is a powerful Dharma protector is his own right, however he chooses to assist Dorje Shugden in his enlightened work. The spear is also the principle implement that he wields in order to pierce and destroy obstacles faced by the practitioners he is assisting.

The trident represents the Dharma protector Setrap. Some oracles who take trance of Dorje Shugden can also take trance of Setrap. When Setrap enters the oracle, he will grab the trident as a sign that he is present. Setrap has a very close relationship with Dorje Shugden. The previous incarnation of Dorje Shugden, whose name was Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, practiced Setrap strongly. In fact Setrap was one of his main protector deities, and as such he had developed a strong connection with him. When Dorje Shugden first arose as a protector, Setrap was present as a senior Dharma protector to introduce him into the pantheon of Dharma protectors. Their relationship is so close that Setrap also resides in Dorje Shugden’s ‘mandala’ or abode. In this mandala, the Buddha Amitabha resides at the upper-most level, Setrap and his entourage reside on the level beneath, and Dorje Shugden and his entourage reside on the level below that.

 

Pudri (bracelet)

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The pudri is a thick bracelet worn by the oracle when Dorje Shugden takes trance. This implement is made from a red coloured brocade, with three large eyes embroidered on it. It is a symbol of Dorje Shugden’s ability to see into the three times to grant accurate and enlightened advice, as well as a very powerful symbol of the protection he can grant from spirit harm, health problems, and all manner of obstacles we can face in life.

 

Animals

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Various animals can be seen surrounding the oracle statue of Dorje Shugden. These animals are offered for a number of reasons. The first is that they represent various animal mounts often associated with deities. These are made as an offering to entreat Dorje Shugden to come to our aid more quickly, as some of the animals are known for the ability to travel fast, such as horses.

The second is that some animals also have their own auspicious meaning when offered. For example the white elephant represents the Buddha. It represents a pure, pristine and controlled mind. Black elephants on the other hand represent the uncontrolled and unruly mind of an unenlightened being. The deer represent the natural beauty, harmony and fearlessness found in the pure realms of the enlightened beings. In pairs, they signify happiness, prosperity, longevity and good health. In ancient India, the lion was a symbol of sovereignty and protection, and as such represents the enlightened beings. Horses are offered to symbolise traveling quickly, as in the ancient world they were the fastest mode of transport to cover great distances. Peacocks have the natural ability to ingest poisonous plants and herbs without being effected, and the imagery of a peacock is used throughout Buddhist practice as a metaphor for taking obstacles and transforming them into something good. Bears symbolise unyielding strength, whereas birds symbolise soaring over samsara and all the woes of life.

 

Breastplate

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The breastplate is actually known as a melong, which is a mirror made of polished metal and adorned with various jewels. In the center is the Tibetan syllable ‘hri’ which represents wisdom. Hence, the mirror represents the pure consciousness of Dorje Shugden. It is bright and clear, and as such it reflects images of the samsaric world but remains completely unaffected by those images, symbolising that all phenomena do not have intrinsic value but are empty of inherent existence. This is a symbol of the Buddhist view of emptiness, and something that all practitioners need to realise in order to gain enlightenment.

 

Ring

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The ring worn on the thumb of an oracle is used for two purposes. The first is that when Dorje Shugden or the other Dharma protectors enter the oracle, it is hard for them to speak. Due to the immense energy of the deity, there is a large toll on the oracle’s body, therefore he or she may not be able to speak clearly to pass on messages or advice to those assembled. Secondly, those in attendance may not have enough merits to hear Dorje Shugden speak through the oracle, or may have negative karma blocking them to hear his voice. In this situation, and in fact during normal trances in which Dorje Shugden can speak, the oracle will use the ring to hit the melong/breastplate on his chest to signify he accepts the requests made, or as sign that he is happy with the people or person present. On the other hand, it is said that the oracle’s consciousness may reside in the ring when Dorje Shugden enters his body, and remains there for the duration of the trance, until Dorje Shugden has left, and the consciousness can return back into the body.

 

Clothes

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When an oracle takes trance of Dorje Shugden, he wears many layers of clothing, which are symbolic of Dorje Shugden’s qualities or as an offering to the protector. The boots represent that he has manifested in the worldly form of a deva in order to have a closer karmic connection with us. Since his form is closer to us, as compared to other Dharma protectors such as Palden Lhamo, Kalarupa or Mahakala, we are able to gain benefit through his practice much quicker, especially when in times of dire need.

Traditionally if an oracle is a monk he would be wearing his monk’s robes or if he is a layman, he would be wearing a Tibetan chuba. On top of this is worn a golden robe made of heavy silks and brocades, as an offering to the protector. The robes here are meant to resemble a warrior’s armor. This offering is a request to Dorje Shugden to do battle with our negative karma, delusions and obstacles. This is emulated on the oracle statue as an offering to Dorje Shugden.

On top of this robe is a tule, a traditional top-garment worn by the deities in Tibetan Buddhism, made from brocades and sewn together to form a square with a hole in the center, and is worn over the head. The various silks and brocades are all considered offerings to Dorje Shugden. Since Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being, making such offerings generates a great amount of merit. Since the oracle statue is considered to be a physical representation of Dorje Shugden, making such an offering onto the statue also collects merit in this manner.

 

The Oracles of Dorje Shugden

Out of his compassion, Dorje Shugden has many oracles in whom he takes trance to aid practitioners. Many of these oracles are famous for their flawless trances, in which their bodies facilitate Dorje Shugden to give clear advice, bestow blessings, and perform miraculous works. There are currently five active Dorje Shugden oracles, two inside Tibet, and three outside of Tibet. Here we have listed some of the most prominent oracles in recent history.

 

Choyang Kuten

The holy Choyang Kuten. Here we see him taking trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden at Madhyamaka Centre, where he gave teachings and initiations.

The holy Choyang Kuten. Here we see him taking trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden at Madhyamaka Centre, where he gave teachings and initiations.

The Choyang Kuten was trained, observed and authorized by Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Dorje Shugden was able to take trance in him in peaceful form, allowing him to bestow longer Dharma teachings and even bestow initiations of certain deity practices. Up until 1950, the Choyang Kuten resided in Phagri Monastery, Tibet. After escaping Tibet, he first settled in Buxa, North India and then re-settled in Gaden Monastery, South India.

The Choyang Kuten was famous not only among the Tibetans in India, but all over the world. He is even known to have traveled to England, where he was hosted by his nephew, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. It was there that he took trance of Dorje Shugden for those present. Dorje Shugden also entered in his peaceful form, gave Dharma teachings, composed a Long Life Prayer for Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, and even bestowed the initiation of Chenrezig.

The Choyang Kuten preparing to take trance of wrathful Dorje Shugden (left), and in trance (right).

The Choyang Kuten preparing to take trance of wrathful Dorje Shugden (left), and in trance (right).

 

6th Panglung Kuten

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The 6th Panglung Kuten lived in Tibet, was trained by Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, and was a highly influential oracle. Living in Panglung Ritroe, the hermitage of Panglung Rinpoche, he took trance of Dorje Shugden, Kache Marpo and various other high level protectors. The tradition of Panglung oracles means that the title is passed on from one oracle to the next. Therefore when the 6th Panglung Kuten passed away, his title and position passed onto the next Panglung Kuten, in this case, his son who became the 7th to hold the title.

The 6th Panglung Oracle was very famous in Tibet for giving extremely clear prophesies that were highly accurate and treasured by many. In fact, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche consulted Dorje Shugden through the 6th Panglung Oracle in 1959 on whether the Dalai Lama should flee Tibet or remain behind. Dorje Shugden performed a Vajra Dance to clear obstacles, handed over his sword and instructed the Dalai Lama to leave Tibet immediately, and that the escape party should carry his sword at the head of the party for a safe and successful trip.

 

7th Panglung Kuten

Son of the 6th Panglung Kuten, the famous oracle of Dorje Shugden performing the black tea offerings, before a trance session in Kechara Forest Retreat.

Son of the 6th Panglung Kuten, the famous oracle of Dorje Shugden performing the black tea offerings, before a trance session in Kechara Forest Retreat.

The 7th Panglung Kuten, originally from Sera Monastery, was personally trained, consecrated and authorized as an oracle by Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. His other teacher was Domo Geshe Rinpoche. He takes trance of Dorje Shugden, Kache Marpo, Setrap, and other Dharma protectors.

On June 21, 2015, the Panglung Kuten took trance of Dorje Shugden and Kache Marpo in Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat. During the trance session, over 700 people had the privilege and merit to meet and receive blessings from the powerful protectors.

On December 25, 2016, the Panglung Kuten once again returned to Kechara Forest Retreat, at which point the Kechara Organisation had the merits to offer him a newly constructed Panglung Ritroe, the official residence of the Panglung line of oracles. This was in commemoration of the original Panglung Ritroe of Tibet, which was home to the Panglung Rinpoches and the lineage of Panglung oracles. It was also where the 6th Panglung Oracle had advised that the Dalai Lama leave Tibet in 1959.

The 7th Panglung Kuten in trance of Dorje Shugden, who performed a Vajra Dance to clear obstacles, at Kechara Forest Retreat

The 7th Panglung Kuten in trance of Dorje Shugden, who performed a Vajra Dance to clear obstacles, at Kechara Forest Retreat

 

Oracle of Dungkar Monastery

The Dungkar Oracle in wrathful trance of Dorje Shugden (left) and peaceful trance of Dorje Shugden (right).

The Dungkar Oracle in wrathful trance of Dorje Shugden (left) and peaceful trance of Dorje Shugden (right).

The oracle of Dungkar Monastery was trained, consecrated and authorized by Domo Geshe Rinpoche. It was under the direction of Domo Geshe Rinpoche that Dungkar Monastery became the seat of this particular oracle who became famous, and was consulted by people from all over Tibet. This oracle could take trance of Dorje Shugden, Kache Marpo and Namkar Barzin. An interesting point to note is that it was through this oracle that Lama Zopa Rinpoche was confirmed as a tulku, or reincarnated Buddhist master. It was after meeting Dorje Shugden via this oracle that the young 14th Dalai Lama composed a praise to Dorje Shugden while staying at Dungkar Monastery.

 

Ari Kuten

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The Ari Kuten is a student of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Dagom Rinpoche. When he was in his early teens, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche had predicted that he would become an oracle of Dorje Shugden when he was older. This prophecy came to pass with the Ari Kuten being officially recognized as the Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Monastery, shortly before the ban on the practice of Dorje Shugden was imposed by the Tibetan government in exile.

His first set of oracles clothes were sewn together by Kyabje Zong Rinpoche himself. The Ari Kuten, which means ‘American oracle’ recently opened a large Dharma center in Bloomington, Indiana, named Gaden Kachoe Shing.

 

The Simla Kuten

The Simla Kuten in full trance in front of Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche.

The Simla Kuten in full trance in front of Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche.

The Simla Kuten was a student of Kyabje Ling Rinpoche who lived and served in Ling Ladrang (Household of Ling Rinpoche) for over 15 years. He was blessed, trained and authorized as an oracle by Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. The Simla Kuten for over 40 years took precise and perfect trances of wrathful Dorje Shugden and peaceful Kache Marpo. He was highly sought after and lived in Simla, North India. He was a very gentle and a kind monk and he also took perfect trances for various monasteries and individuals during his lifetime.

His Holiness Kyabje Ling Rinpoche trusted Dorje Shugden very much and consulted Dorje Shugden through the oracle. He had a Dorje Shugden oracle living in his own residence, Ling Ladrang. Ling Rinpoche even composed prayers to Dorje Shugden.

 

The Ladakh Kuten

The Ladakh Kuten

The Ladakh Kuten

An oracle of Dorje Shugden taking trance in the private residence of Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche (Dagom Ladrang) in Nepal. This oracle hails from the Ladakh region of northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. He was trained as an oracle by Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche personally.

 

The Kalimpong Oracle

The Kalimpong Oracle Lhagpa Dondrub

The Kalimpong Oracle Lhagpa Dondrub

The Kalimpong Oracle was a lay Tibetan man by the name of Lhagpa Dondrub and he took trance of Dorje Shugden, Kache Marpo, Namkar Barzin, Jowo Chinkarwa and another minor protector deity, Pawo Trobar. He was born in Tenge Dzong, which is near the Sikkim-Tibetan border. He naturally had the ability to take trance and had been taking trance since he was sixteen years old. He was said to have accepted the request of Dorje Shugden to be trained officially at the famous Dungkar Monastery founded by Domo Geshe Rinpoche in the Chumbi valley, where he resided for eight years. After that, he stayed in Drepung Monastery in Central Tibet and eventually found himself in Kalimpong. Despite his extended stay in the monasteries, he remained a lay oracle and got married. In his house, he had a shrine room, in which he had various images of protector deities. One of these was a big statue of Dorje Shugden, which he had made himself.

 

H.E. Tsem Rinpoche and Oracles

Oracles provide a direct connection to the divine. Here we see His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche paying his respects to Dorje Shugden, who had taken trance of the 7th Panglung Kuten in Kechara Forest Retreat.

Oracles provide a direct connection to the divine. Here we see His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche paying his respects to Dorje Shugden, who had taken trance of the 7th Panglung Kuten in Kechara Forest Retreat.

His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche has a close and intimate connection with the Dharma protector Dorje Shugden. This is exemplified by his affection with Dorje Shugden when in trance in various oracles. Tsem Rinpoche’s intimate relationship with Dorje Shugden stems from his previous incarnations. Tsem Rinpoche has had a very close connection to Dorje Shugden as his personal protector for the past few incarnations. Tsem Rinpoche was well known in his immediate previous incarnation as Kentrul Thubten Lamsang, who was a lama who blessed people, cleared their channels and made them oracles. Tsem Rinpoche’s previous life in Phari had blessed and trained two individuals to become oracles as recounted by his old students in Gaden Monastery. He was well-known to be an ‘oracle-making’ lama. In the videos below, you will see examples of their close and intimate connection.

In 2016, Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia was blessed to receive the 7th Panglung Kuten. The oracle had arrived to engage in various prayers and rituals for Kechara and the Dharma in general as directed by the advice of Dorje Shugden. It was during this visit, that Dorje Shugden took trance in front of over 700 people who gathered to seek his blessings. In the video, you can see the close relationship between His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden by their body language and the respectful manner in which they communicate with each other.

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The video below shows Tsem Rinpoche’s closeness to Dorje Shugden through three separate oracles, two of whom took spontaneous trance and greeted Tsem Rinpoche as close friends would.

The first is the Sera Oracle. When Tsem Rinpoche was visiting Tibet, it came to be known that he was in Lhasa. The Sera Monastery oracle-in-training, the changtso (liaison) of His Eminence Denma Gonsa Rinpoche and a few other monks waited hours to have an audience with Tsem Rinpoche. It was during this audience that Dorje Shugden suddenly entered the oracle-in-training.

The second is of a monk from Nemo Gyelche Monastery. During an impromptu and unplanned visit to the monastery Tsem Rinpoche was greeted by a monk who took spontaneous trance of Dorje Shugden. Once again this event marks the incredibly warm and loving relationship that Tsem Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden share.

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Addendum

During Tsem Rinpoche’s visit to Lhasa, some monks had requested an audience with him in his hotel room. Among them was an oracle who took spontaneous trance of Dorje Shugden. When in trance, the oracle jumped up and down happily and hugged Tsem Rinpoche affectionately. Through the oracle, Dorje Shugden also asked Tsem Rinpoche to bless the oracle’s channel in order for him to speak more clearly.

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On the way to Shigatse from Lhasa, Tsem Rinpoche’s tour guide informed them about Nemo Gyelche Monastery, and Tsem Rinpoche decided to visit the temple on the spur of the moment. Tsem Rinpoche had no knowledge of the monastery prior to the trip, and was dressed in lay clothes because he did not want to attract attention. If people had known he was a Rinpoche, many people would have come forth and asked for blessings.

Tsem Rinpoche first made offerings at the main altar and then adjourned to the protector chapel next to the main prayer hall. The oracle of the monastery immediately took spontaneous trance and hugged Tsem Rinpoche affectionately. Tsem Rinpoche put a khata around the oracle and introduced the people in his group to Dorje Shugden in trance of the oracle.

Seeing the interaction between Dorje Shugden and Tsem Rinpoche, the monks of the monastery realised Tsem Rinpoche was a high lama and invited him to a meeting room upstairs. There the monks made offerings and prostrations to Tsem Rinpoche and served him tea. The oracle was also there and when he made offerings, Dorje Shugden again took spontaneous trance and made offerings to Tsem Rinpoche. However, this part was not captured in the video.

Although Tsem Rinpoche had never been to the monastery or even knew it existed, the oracle took trance of Dorje Shugden, showing his clairvoyance and greeted Tsem Rinpoche as he always does, with great affection.

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  1. Lim Han Nee on Jul 7, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Oracles provide a direct connection to the divine. Therefore when we rely on the tradition of oracles we are able to receive blessings and advice for our various needs. Without oracles, practitioners like us who are without the higher attainment of being able to communicate with the deities directly, would be bereft of such benefit.

    Oracles in Tibetan Buddhism are normally highly trained and qualified for their roles.This is important and necessary.There are decisions and questions in our lives that are important and are beyond logic and ordinary thinking. For these,we need to consult a qualified oracle in trance of a protector.

    The oracle discussed here in this blogpost is the oracle of Dorje Shugden, the Dharma Protector for whom beings of this degenerate age have such great affinity to and depend heavily on. Oracles facilitate our direct contact with Dorje Shugden, who has unfailingly guided us through every turn and uncertainty in our lives.

    I am most happy that Tsem Rinpoche was inspired, by seeing an oracle statue in Nechung Monastery over 25 years ago, to have a similar oracle statue of Dorje Shugden made so that people can pray and create the powerful affinity to have audience with Dorje Shugden, be blessed by his divine presence, and have the great opportunity to listen to his divine speech. Having a Dorje Shugden oracle statue will create the cause for an oracle of Dorje Shugden to arise so as to benefit many beings.

    The Dorje Shugden oracle statue, the only one of its kind in the world, is is currently enshrined in the Wisdom Hall Audience Room, at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia. As an oracle statue which has been consecrated, it can be prayed to in order to create the causes to be able to communicate with Dorje Shugden in the future. Having this oracle statue here, which is the embodiment of Dorje Shugden, shows how close we are to Dorje Shugden,our beloved Dharma Protector.

    Thank you ,Rinpoche, for your great kindness and compassion in having this statue installed here in Kechara Forest Retreat to create the cause for the blessings of Dorje Shugden to continue to spread in the ten directions.

  2. Lum Kok Luen on Jul 2, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Oracles have been such an essential part of most civilizations that exist today. From this article it seems that oracles, or mediums transcend across all cultures where the ordinary human beings seeks to predict the future (near and far), to seek prophesies, to now the future and to seek “divine” guidance or to seek intercession in matters related to the spiritual.

    This well researched article highlights the major differences amongst different cultures in the practice of oracles and how they are propitiated. Before I read this article, I thought aht

    It is also indeed very blessed and meritorious to have the world’s first Dorje Shugden oracle statue right here in Malaysia for all to connect with DS and continuously be connected.

    Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness in making available for all to connect and to allow us all to generate merits.

    May KFR grow and may the ban on DS be lifted soonest.

    Yours humbly,
    Lum Kok Luen

  3. Choong on Jun 22, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Scientists and mathematicians have already realized and proven that there are many planes or dimensions that we are not able to fathom but that do exist. To be able to experience the divine communicating directly to us via an oracle vessel is truly an attestment to this fact.

    However, as the article explained, we must be careful to ascertain the entity that takes over the body of the oracle for while there are compassionate beings, there are also selfish ones, just like if there is light, there must be darkness.

    I have watched quite a number of video recordings of oracles taking trance and have personally witnessed it once myself. I must say on balance, there must be something to it so to speak.

  4. Anne Ong on Jun 16, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    This is a very wonderful and interesting article about oracle trance. The oracle statue is very beautiful. We are all very fortunate to have an oracle statue placed in KFR. I hope more people from other parts of the country and world has the merits to visit and do some offering to the oracle statue. it’s really very blessed to see it. I like the explaination about the oracle very much and about the training process of taking trance is very tough. This article is very educational. Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for the great effort being put in for this post and video 🙂 _/\_

  5. wan wai meng on Jun 15, 2017 at 1:27 am

    Dorje Shugden is Wrathful Manjushri. To be in the presence of an oracle and even get teachings and blessings is not something any person can do. Dorje Shugden cannot be bribed or coerces to do something non beneficial.

    As seen from countless videos when Dorje Shugden takes trance,he is always pleased with Lamas and teachers who bring dharma to countless others and is very affectionate like a father for his only son. Usually Dorje Shugden will manifest how pleased he is to others very clearly.

    May the tradition of beneficial oracles arise in Kechara Forest Retreat for the benefit of many sentient beings.

  6. M jagadeesan on Jun 13, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Good. I believe in oracles. Well explained.very much impressive.letme make avisit to the tetreat on my next visit to malaysia.im going to have my eye operation next week .Guruji pl pray for the well being and blees me .Thank u.

  7. freon on Jun 12, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Some peoples thought that to believe in Medium or oracle is a blind faith or a kind of superstition, but, nevertheless people are still relying on medium especially when the problems they face can’t be resolved easily. I agreed with the article where, if we think enlighten beings can’t take trance, we are limiting the potential in an enlighten beings with our own limited ways of thought. Enlighten beings like Dorje Shugden is so compassion. They take trance in oracles so that we have chances to get close to Dorje Shugden, get blessing and seek for advice. Seeking advice from an enlighten being is more save, because enlighten being like Dorje Shugden can give advice to us while he could check our past and future karma. We are lucky that in this age of time that this traditional is still passing down and the oracle is still going through the authentic training. In the Dharma talk given by Rinpoche, I further learned that Dorje Shugden could take trance because He has very strong Karmic connection with us. We can’t see Dorje Shugden directly, thus, when Dorje Shugden take trance to oracle then only we can see and even have chances to talk to Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden is very kind; he took trance to bless us at our level.

    Before I read about this article, I thought that to become an oracle is an easy task. In Tibetan Buddhism, to be an oracle or to train to be oracle need so much passion, patient and commitment. From the choosing process to the training and finally be a qualified oracle, is guided step by step with many retreat, pujas and meditation by lama. To me, only a person who really want to benefit people or have pure heart, he can then be the oracle. I remember in June year 2015, I have a privilege and great merits to have audience with Dorje Shugden through Choje-la. Choje-la took trance of Dorje Shugden’s and present in Kechara Forest Retreat. It is amazing that we can be so close to Dorje Shugden, and , without Choje-la who took the hardship going through all the oracle’s training, we will not have the chance to have audience with an enlighten being. And these can’t be happened if we do not have H.E Tsem Rinpoche’s kindness to give this gift to us.

    In this article I have learned that our guru, H.E Tsem Rinpoche was known to be “oracle-making” lama in his previous life. Even until today, through various occasion from the recording videos- whereby the oracle will come to Rinpoche to get Rinpoche’s blessing for them to take trance effectively. Not only that, seem that whenever Rinpoche stay, Dorje Shugden will come to Rinpoche. Rinpoche is very compassion to bring the oracle knowledge to Malaysia. By having an oracle statue, we could have an oracle in the near future. The Oracle statue is not just a statue; it is an opportunity for us to link with Dorje Shugden. Thus, the making of the statue are in correct proportion. In this oracle statue, we can see that the oracle hold a normal straight sword, I learned that this is an indication that Dorje Shugden is none other than Manjushri himself. Hopefully we can have an oracle from Kechara Forest Retreat in the near future.

    Thank you Rinpoche for teaching us.

    With folded hand,
    Freon

  8. Raj Kumar on Jun 7, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Dear Rinpoche.🙏🏻🙏🏻
    Thank you very much for sharing this amazing Oracles statue of Buddha Dorje Shugden,
    Pastor Henry dis explained to me about Oracle statue,
    Truly treasure. So much efforts to make this one of the kind Oracle statue. Information about the Oracle are comprehensive and good to know.
    Thank you.
    Raj Kumar.

  9. June Kang on Jun 7, 2017 at 8:11 am

    I have a very bad experience with Medium. Whenever I saw any medium take trance of various deities, I will t run away from him. I just feel that this is not true, it is just some spirits entered to the medium body and act they are the deities or god. Due to this, when someone talk about oracle, I refuse to listen and accept.

    Until I heard from Tsem Rinpoche teaching about oracle and it was completely new to me. After this, I research to read more and begin to accept that the oracle we are mentioning is not an ordinary oracle. The true oracle himself has gone through a very intensive training and retreat and they are pure compare with the one I met. Moreover in 2016, Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia was blessed to receive the 7th Panglung Kuten. It was during this visit, that Dorje Shugden took trance in front of over 700 people and I am one of them to receive his blessings.

    For those who would like to know about the oracle, I recommend you read this article because it provides comprehensive information and its proven.

  10. Mingwen on Jun 7, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Truly treasure. So much efforts to make this one of the kind Oracle statue. Information about the Oracle are comprehensive and good to know.

  11. Pastor Chia on Jun 7, 2017 at 6:17 am

    This oracle statue is ready well make and alive as real oracle. Thank you Rinpoche has sharing orale history blackground and informative compehensive about oracle in Tibet.

    In this article also explain how tibet oracle training especially oracle who can take trance of enlighten being need to do a lot of retreat and practice to make sure their body is pure when they take trance. We can see those orale who taking trance of enlighten protector are mostly monk. This is show oracle must holding their samaya and vow closely with their guru.

    Those who not vist Kechara Forest Retreat quickky come to get blessing. This statue has consercate by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche with a lot of prayer , puja and highly bless.

  12. Pastor Albert on Jun 7, 2017 at 1:39 am

    For people who does not know the story behind this statue will be fascinated by the beauty of this Oracle statue, for those who know it, will have more faith and appreciate the existence of this statue, but whether we know or don’t know, when we look at the statue or to make offering to the statue, we have already get blessed by him.

    There are a lot of detail and precious info about the oracles, by learning from this article, it enable us to go share with others and allow them to gain faith to our greatest protector – Dorje Shugden.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such detailed information for us to learn, just about the oracle statue alone, there are already so much to learn and understand.

  13. Andrea Lai on Jun 7, 2017 at 12:55 am

    When I first look at statue in audience room, I was stunned by the beauty and I could feel a little chilled when I get a closer look. I felt a little funny when I see some animals around the statue instead of ritual items. After reading this article, I understand it gives so much meaning. It’s unique, rare and the statue looks so much alive! I love the fine details of the craft especially the domed hat and oracle clothes.
    As far as I know about taking trance is a quite scary thing. A person who took trance will lose his consciousness and he will never know which deity will enter his body. There is one true story told by a friend, where her male friend took trance of Zhu Bajie and he ate dirty damp food, which ended him up in hospital. I agreed that, one person should have a proper guidance and training before taking trance blindly.
    Thank you Rinpoche, for sharing such informative article.

  14. Tek Lee on Jun 6, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for posting this article. After reading this article, it let me understand there are so many oracle in different religion. It’s impressive that even back to the time in ancient Greece, there already had oracle.

    It is very auspicious to have our very own oracle statue and Panglung Ritroe in Kechara Forest Retreat, that create the cause for us to have our very own oracle in the future. The statue face and expression is very beautiful and very lively. The whole statue is very beautiful. We only had the chance to see from far on Wesak day. On our next visit to audience room, we must have a closer look at the beautiful features and the fine quality of the clothes. _/\_

  15. MingHY on Jun 6, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, Thank you for this extensive explanation on Dorje Shudgen Oracles, Oracles and trances as well as the detailing of the Oracle Statue commissioned at KFR.
    Thank you for sharing the precious videos of the Oracles in Lhasa and Nyelmo Gyelche Oracle, only illustrating the beautiful close relationship between Lama and Protector and showing how the Protector, with faith, will always be there to protect
    and guide us along the Dharmic Path.
    Through Rinpoche’s kindness and this Statue, may we continue to be blessed with many more close encounters with Dorje Shudgen in the future, and I hope to be able to visit this statue and make offerings some day soon.

  16. Pastor Antoinette on Jun 6, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    The beautiful oracle statue is having so much meaning as we can read in the article. Trances is something I was not familiar with and I never witnessed a trance before 2015, when H.E. the 7th Panglung Kuten, also known as Choje-la took trance in Wisdom Hall.

    I remember that Rinpoche himself started to become an oracle when he was younger. The tradition of oracles is very helpful and beneficial to many.

    I rejoice that this tradition is well preserved in Kechara Forest Retreat, along with this statue, the Panglung Ritroe, the official place of residence to the oracle of Dorje Shugden, His Eminence the 7th Panglung Kuten, is here in Kechara Forest Retreat.

    Thank you for this indepth article and the stunning pictures.

  17. Vivian Ong on Jun 6, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. After reading this article, I learn a bit more about the different types of oracles and that there were oracles too on the earlier days and in different religions. For me, because my family is Taoist, my grandma used to go to the Kuan Yin temple to seek solutions and treatments from the medium who was in trance of Kuan Yin. I was impressed and excited when I attended Oracle Trance that was held in Wisdom Hall 2 years back. It was totally an eye opener and new experience altogether. The Dorje Shudgen oracle statue in Wisdom Hall’s Audience Room is amazing. Look at how much work and effort that have been put in to create this statue. It takes a lot of merit to be able to create this statue and also collects a lot of merit too. Rejoice to everyone who were involved in creating this statue.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  18. Eric kksiow on Jun 6, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    At my very young age, i am fascinated on Taoism Oracles, how Gods or even spirits can communicate thru human bodies, and why “They” wanted to do this?

    And the answers are in this an hour video : – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dnm45W3jy0A

    Hightlight : Why Rely on Oracles
    Oracles provide a direct connection to the divine. Therefore when we rely on the tradition of oracles we are able to receive blessings and advice for our various needs. Without oracles, practitioners without the higher attainment of being able to communicate with the deities directly, would be bereft of such benefit.

    Within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, oracles take trance of the various Dharma protectors, either subdued beings sworn to aid practitioners, or the enlightened beings who have emanated in the form of Dharma protectors. These beings are charged with the sacred task of removing obstacles and providing divine protection along a practitioner’s spiritual journey towards enlightenment. Oracles themselves are highly blessed because it is through their body that they are able to facilitate direct contact between the Dharma protector and practitioners.

    While in trance of an oracle, Dharma protectors such as Dorje Shugden give advice on both spiritual and worldly matters in times of uncertainty, bestow blessings and even perform miraculous acts of healing, ridding those who are ill of their various afflictions. On a higher level, they also bestow spiritual teachings that lead sentient beings out of the suffering of cyclic existence and aid them on the journey towards liberation.

  19. Justin Cheah on Jun 6, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    I like the statue and felt it is filled with energy. Almost like real life like. I saw the photos on how it was done and the progress shown. I thought to myself how beautiful and crafty this can be and so much energy being put into making this.

    While looking at the photos, one could imagine why this statue actually have significant meaning to our beautiful Kechara Forest Retreat. This has got to do with creating the affinity or cause for our very own oracle in future. This is a very precious practice to be brought down generations after generations and am glad this is being practised till these days. It will certainly be wonderful to have our very own oracle.

    I heard from previous times that the crown that the Lord Setrap oracle wears are at least 80kg heavy and heavy enough to break ones neck and this is no joke. Someone who is untrained to be an Oracle will surely have his neck broken.

    Thank you Rinpoche for the detailed article. The photos were priceless.

  20. Samfoonheei on Jun 6, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Wow …incredible and informative article .I am glad able to know more and understand better of the unique Dorje Shugden Oracle.But have not seen one yet and hope i could in future.Rejoice to those who witnessed the oracle in Kechara Forest Retreat.
    Good research done and very comprehensive article covered widely. And do hope more people world wide will get to know, understood all about Dorje Shugden oracle.Formost there’s a unique Dorje Shugden Statue at Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong,Pahang, malaysia.
    The Dorje Shugden Statue is indeed very beautiful and stunning.
    Oracles are an integral part of Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan culture
    The practitioners rely on Dorje Shugden to give clear advice, bestow blessings, and perform miraculous works.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these incredible and informative article.

  21. pammie yap on Jun 6, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    I really like the oracle statue. When I saw it in Wisdom Hall, I was just staring at it in awe. He look so real and He was done really well. The vibrant colours just made me stare at almost every part of it. And the beautiful offerings. From the photos, one can tell how much hard work and how meticulous the work was done.

    Its amazing to have this oracle statue to create the affinity and also create the cause to have our very own oracle in Kechara. From what I have read, its not easy for one to train as an oracle. Lots of hard work, retreats and most important, pure Guru devotion. How meritorious and beneficial for many people.
    “We are lucky these ancient and sacred traditions have been preserved and handed down by our lineage lamas so we can benefit from their existence.” Yes, how lucky and blessed we are to have this from our Guru.

    One question though, why does the Tibetan government use non Enlightened beings to consult on matters of state? Quite confusing as I thought that they are not Enlightened and therefore they may not have powerful clairvoyance as the Enlightened beings have.

    Thank you Rinpoche and team for this beautiful oracle statue!

  22. nicholas on Jun 6, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    This article really provide an extensive information about oracle. Consulting an oracle or medium is not something new instead had a long history and culture from many different spiritual believes from all over the world.

    As it has been mentioned in the article, due to the karma many of us we can’t see or talk to the higher being so they take procession through the oracle to bless us, advice us for our spiritual and non-spiritual matter. I don’t see this as right or wrong but it’s just a need for people to gain hope in their life and eventually for their spiritual path/journey.

    Personally I see an oracle as an compassionate being that willing to take up the time and effort to be trained and to benefit many people. It’s not easy but through their determination to help others the lama and the oracle work very hard to benefit many sentient beings.

    Thank you Rinpoche for creating the oracle statue for us to create the the cause through making offering for us to be able to connect to the protector in this case is Dorje Shugden and able to listen to his advice in future.

  23. Fong on Jun 5, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    To know is to have faith. This article is comprehensive with loads of information about oracles especially the oracles of Dorje Shugden. Even if we do not believe do not detract from the fact that oracles exists and that they have helped many people. It’s like if we don’t hear the noise made by a tree falling in Siberia does not mean that trees do not fall in Siberia.

    This statue od the oracle is beautiful and evocative of faith. From the stance to the facial expression to the oracle costume, it looks so much like the photo of the oracle in trance.

    Thank you for sharing these images of the oracles and the oracle statue.

  24. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Jun 5, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for commissioning to create Dorje Shugden Oracle statue for us to stay closer to Dorje Shugden and most importantly, to create the causes for us to communicate with Dorje Shugden in future. The trance of Dorje Shugden in Oracle form is vital for our spiritual growth through the blessings, advice and Dharma teachings receive directly from Dorje Shugden. Based on my understanding from this article, it is very important for us to create and pray to Dorje Shugden Oracle statue with utmost respect so that our connection with Dorje Shugden will become stronger and closer rather than dying out due to our degenerating age. The amount of time, energies, effort and resources utilized to create the Dorje Shugden oracle statue is enormous. Besides, it is our blessings if we have the opportunities to serve or assist the Oracles of Dorje Shugden as these Oracles have gone through many levels of training and practice before they can take the trance of Dorje Shugden and other enlightened Dharma Protectors.

    We are truly fortunate and blessed to be part of the 700 people who have attended the trance taking of Dorje Shugden and Kache Marpo by the 7th Panglung Kuten in Kechara Forest Retreat on 21st June 2015. I wish and pray that more and more people able to receive the blessings and Dharma teachings directly from Dorje Shugden through the Oracles in future as Dorje Shugden is the emanation of Buddha Manjushri, who can guide us towards achieving liberation from samsara, attainment and ultimately Enlightenment.

    Thank you with folded hands,
    kin hoe

  25. Pastor Henry Ooi on Jun 5, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Visitors to Kechara Forest Retreat who had audience and offered khata to this, one of its kind in the world, oracle statue were in awe of the details and likeness. Many of them had their picture taken with the statue, some wanting to keep the pictures as blessings, some wanting to show to their relatives and friends. This very short but very clear and informative video explains a lot:
    http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/WhyMakeOracleStatues.mp4

    Kechara is indeed blessed to have Rinpoche teach, advise, guide; have pujas arranged with visiting sangha, had the Panglung Ritroe (Panglung Oracle’s abode re-established in Kechara Forest Retreat. See below:
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/panglung-ritroe-the-rising-house-of-power.html

  26. Lester on Jun 2, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for sharing and enlightening us on the oracles in Tibetan tradition. Seeing Dorje Shugden in trance is indeed a great blessings for us all. The oracle statue is extremely well made and does evoke faith. Is there a strong or uncommon relations between DS and long life Tsongkhapa? Anyway just asking. I wish you long life and great vigour. It is indeed fortuitous for these to manifest in Malaysia. Have a nice day !

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  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Aug 22. 2017 10:58 PM
    Danny Bowman’s case is extreme, more of a mental problem instead of a vanity issue. However, many people around us are addicted to taking selfie. Even though it might be just showing off their beauty to gain attention, it should not be dismissed lightly. Because of their excessive love for themselves, they lack the empathy for others. This is the real issue. When someone place all the attention on themselves and expect others to do the same, it is against the practice of Bodhicitta. And if it not corrected at early stage, it will become a habituation and strong imprint that will also affect them in their next life.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/selfie-addiction-is-no-laughing-matter-psychiatrists-say.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Aug 22. 2017 05:59 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this sharing on Dr. Joona Repo’s work. In his book “Phabongka Dechen Nyingpo: His Collected Works and the Guru-Deity-Protector Triad,” Dr. Joona Repo’s impartial recollections of Pabongka Rinpoche serves to debunk certain perception people have towards this erudite master, who was brought into question because of his emphasis on Dorje Shugden and what was deemed as sectarianism practices.

    Through presenting the vastness and diversity of the works by Pabongka Rinpoche and records of his teaching against sectarianism, this book empirically presents a balanced view of Pabongka Rinpoche against those baseless allegations. The fact that Pabongka Rinpoche wrote extensively about Vajrayogini and had visions of Heruka proved that he is no ordinary Lama.

    Pabongka Rinpoche was, in fact, the reincarnation of a well-known scholar Changkya Rolpay Dorje who was the Royal Tutor to the Chinese Emperors. Because of this sensitivity, Pabongka RInpoche was not recognized his lineage by the power of the day. This in itself is a hint that there are more than meet the eyes.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-collected-works-of-h-h-pabongka-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 22. 2017 12:24 PM
    Very inspiring and powerful quotes for us to have a deep thought of it. Which we will need to remember at all times in our spiritual journey.
    I do loves these quotes…
    Remember, if we wish to make an offering to our teacher, no offering is greater than that of our own dharma practice..~Geshe Tsutrim Gyeltsen

    Never abandon your spiritual teacher no matter how many inner obstacles you need to overcome……~Tsem Rinpoche

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing all these powerful quotes which will change our lives and should not be ignored.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/quotes-that-should-not-be-ignored.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 22. 2017 12:23 PM
    Wow beautiful and meaningful this precious poem wrote by Rinpoche.And the lyrics of the song made from the poem below by Gavin Gooi is fabulous. Could not beliveve it from a poem to a lovely songs. Nice to hear and i love listerning each and every words said….very touching poem from sadness to happiness expressed .Rinpoche’s Guru Devotion and the love for His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/a-poem-to-my-teacher.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 22. 2017 12:22 PM
    Its a interesting post with 2 giants countries discussing over movie market. Hollywood producers who are increasingly looking to tap the country’s fast-growing box office into China market.However there is restriction .They hopes China will increase the quota and the share of revenues more in line with international markets. And even has openly criticized China on trade.China is likely to raise the quota of imported films as part of recent trade talks.
    China are trying to protect its growing domestic film industry from Hollywood domination. The most best measure is the strict quota limiting the number.
    Brad Pitt was back in China nearly 20 years after being baned over a film about Tibet .Time has changed China policy on celebrities entering China.
    Thank you Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/china-raises-movie-quota-hollywood-on-best-behavior.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Tuesday, Aug 22. 2017 10:05 AM
    You won’t believe what this former Citibank vice president has to say. One of the most powerful and inspiring speeches you will ever hear in your life! Plse take a few moments to listen to this. It is worth it.-
    https://www.facebook.com/mercyforanimals/videos/10152917764269475/?hc_ref=ARTTZV6szVgZXaepZJFJ_-wCZ1U-SiyFA3jzC20EoNgCNwsOyTV_ELImvK3Lq_IgBBQ
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Aug 21. 2017 09:48 PM


    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these precious pictures. It shows so much about Guru Devotion and a very close Guru and student relationship. The love and care of a Guru to his students are unlimited.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/gurus-love-their-students.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Aug 21. 2017 07:53 PM
    This article reminds me of how, in general, people understand the need to have a strong and fit psychic body but rarely willing to take action to go through the training. Let alone Dharma training of the mind which is much more tougher. Because our habituation has conditioned us to perceive and think a certain way, and the need to unlearn and relearn is not part of our program.

    To me, understanding the need to be trained and having the courage to go through the training is a process in itself. The mind has to be conditioned to understand the need of the training which is to eliminate the “i” and the importance of the training which is to speed up the journey of crossing the ocean of samsara.

    Most importantly, we must recognize it is very rare for us to be in a perfect human condition, meet the dharma and the perfect Guru, therefore, we must not imagine that we have time by thinking there will always be tomorrow. Actually this is the conversation in my mind sometimes… lol.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/training-shouldnt-be-optional.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 21. 2017 10:54 AM
    A beautiful true story shared, I have seen patients suffered under cancer treatment ,at times I felt sad for them and lost of words at times. Most practitioners I have come across thinks of their profit but did not take a real effort to understand their patients pain. When we care for our patients, encourage them really makes a big difference in their life. In my line of duty I have seen many patients suffered in pain, fear, anxiety and very emotional. When we are in the patients shoe,, we can understand and feels the pain as well. As a health provider its only my duty to provide words of encouragement, help and care for them.
    Dr.Richard Teo spoke the very truth ,to inspire the younger generations of furture doctors when embark on their journey to be in health professioner ,to think of others too. Do agree with Dr.Richard Teo in private practice doctors made lots of money but at the end of the day they are not happy in life. We go through life attaching to things, wanting them to last forever. But they don’t last anyway. .Over time, we just came to accept that all good things in life must end. Nothing is impermanent
    Since we all know death is inevitable. To Live a meaningful life till to the fullness to learn and practice Dharma ,to transform ourselves, lighten up and makes us a better person.If you want happiness for a lifetime, helping, caring for others can change our life. We should always appreciate people when they are alive.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these inspiring post and hope more people will be inspired . Saluting Dr Richard Teo, who have touched the lives of thousands on views of life at the end of his lives.At the time of writing he has passed away since in 2012.May he have a swift rebirth.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/this-will-change-your-life.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 21. 2017 10:53 AM
    Amazing worth travelling there to see for myself such a holy place. Being there will be a tremendous blessing as it is one of the places where Manjushri the Buddha of Wisdom’s energy abides.Wow ….As a natural reserve it is the home of China’s three holy mountains, which are Jampelyang, Chenresig and Chana Dorje.Looks very beautiful and the scenic views were just amazing to be there.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing ,i would like to travel there someday to enjoy the beauty of these Holy mountains.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/excellent-travelogue-of-holy-places-in-tibet.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 21. 2017 10:52 AM
    The former N.B.A. player Stephon Marbury has become a beloved celebrity since playing for professional basketball in China. Marbury was able to change China’s basketball culture.From NBA to CBA …he lead the team to national victory, winning three Chinese Basketball Association.
    A 300-square foot museum dedicated to Stephon Marbury’s career was opened in China, where the former NBA star has flourished since deciding to play there.He was given a Green card for his outstanding contributions.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring…Never give up even though he failed with the NBA but he found success after playing for CBA.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/stephon-marbury-embraces-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 20. 2017 03:09 PM
    Beautiful ,meaningful songs if you listern and reading the lyrics.
    In the stillness of remembering What you had,And what you lost…,And what you had…and what you lost …..well said i love this part.
    Fleetwood Mac was not my favourite singer though yet i enjoyed this oldies songs.
    Since now i have Dharma in me i do like to listern to Buddhist songs example of Tsongkhapa’s blessings songs and Tibetan music.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this meaningful song for relaxing after a stressful day.
  • jason
    Sunday, Aug 20. 2017 02:56 AM
    Past few years, my grandmother,Aunty, Uncle passed away. I feel sad but this also create awareness to me that death is the final destination of everyone in samsara. Practicing of Dharma really help me in knowing that we must achieve final liberation and no more rebirth.
    Besides that, we must appreciate the moment we gather with anyone and share Dharma to them.
    Thanks Datuk May to remind me that to spend more time with the love one. I really grateful to my family and friends.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/a-generation-gone.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Sunday, Aug 20. 2017 01:03 AM
    For steven d –

    Dear Steven, Thank you for your question. I appreciate your wish to become better, improve your health and to continue your journey.

    In regards to your question, there are many dimensions that need to be addressed in order to ‘assign’ a specific Buddha’s practice for a person. Some of the factors are:

    1. Temperament
    2. Malady
    3. karmic affinity
    4. Immediate pressing needs
    5. Long term needs
    6. If the person has been in dharma and understand dharma well
    7. How much time a person has daily or in general for practice/what other practices they have
    8. Living conditions (has space and quiet or with busy family)
    9. If the person is willing to take vows as there are ‘higher’ and more in-depth practices if vows can be taken
    10. How many or what other sadhanas/practices is already being done. Sometimes we can intensify one of the practices the person is already doing.

    These are a few of the factors I would examine before I suggest a practice for someone.


    Remember to always go for a qualified medical treatment in your country or place of residence and then with this treatment you can apply various spiritual practices in addition to the medical treatment.

    Spiritual practices can help heal as they purify the karma fueling the problem but medical treatment takes care of the problem that is karmically already opened. So important to do both. By doing practice you can ‘lessen’ the problem either by intensity or duration. and sometime get well. If you ask me to give a general sweeping answer for the general crowd or for a person I don’t know much about, I would suggest these practices:

    1. Black Manjushri http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=70674
    2. Avolokitesvara (Chenresig) (four armed, thousand armed, etc)
    3. Loma Gyonma http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=64691
    4. Medicine Buddha http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=44277

    Any of the the above four practices is helpful in general and overall. You don’t have to do all but just one would suffice and according to your tradition of Buddhism. You do not need initiation or take on vow commitment but you can do these practices daily and or in full retreat. Would be good to be vegetarian with good motivation as less harm done to other sentient beings directly and indirectly will help the healing process. Read up on the practices well before starting. Much information on the internet.

    It is good to learn up on the 9 round breath meditation daily also. Take 20 minutes daily to do this breath meditation. You can do the breath meditation first and then any of the four practices you choose or just breath meditation alone. (Theravadin Buddhist can just do the 9 round breath meditations daily and be consistent with this practice and you will see your mind release, open up and become calmer. You can do this breath meditation no matter who you are and if you are ill or healthy. This meditation has many benefits you can research and learn up. No ill effects with this meditation even if done ‘wrongly’.) Breath meditation is highly recommended by me for all persons both spiritual or not, young or elderly, Buddhist or otherwise as using the breath powerful and can be done anywhere and anytime. Breath is fundamental and we must breathe, so this is using meditation to manipulate the breath to heal our bodies and bring some peace to our minds. Done daily is highly beneficial.

    I hope this sincerely helps you. I send you my good wishes and for your healing. We all need healing. May you be happy, well and achieve your goals, Tsem Rinpoche
  • steven d
    Saturday, Aug 19. 2017 10:28 PM
    Namaste,

    Thank you for sharing all this beautiful buddha images, prayers and information for so many to learn from and be guided.

    Question for Rinpoche:

    What practice, prayer or deity (‘s mantra) would you advise for the uninitiated in regards to healing the causes of trauma, ptsd, dissociation and grounding into your physical body?

    I got diagnosed with PTSD 6 yrs ago, at age 29, right after my spiritual awakening after which all the past rauma revisited me in the course of 2 weeks.

    I wasn’t under the guidance of a lama or teacher at that time and still am not.

    Are there any practices you would advise? As there are so many people with trauma and PTSD (10% of the population in Western countries) , there would be so many to benefit from your wise words.

    I have read that certain deities have more affinity for certain diseases/imbalances. Are there any deities that are specifically related to releasing trauma or the above-mentioned afflictions/asymptoms.

    In love

    Steven


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(This quote is very powerful from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. He seems to be a powerful thinker and can think beyond daily and ordinary thoughts. Like I shared, only the study of dharma is going to lead to the imperishable. Any other studies of this world only are temporarily beneficial which is perishable. Of course he is not referring to dharma, but he realized ordinary pursuits leads to perishability. If he knew dharma, he would see the vastness of Buddha\'s omniscience.  Tsem Rinpoche)
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I pity men who occupy themselves exclusively with the transitory in things and lose themselves in the study of what is perishable, since we are here for this very end- that we may make the perishable imperishable, which we can do only after we have learned how to approach both.~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (This quote is very powerful from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. He seems to be a powerful thinker and can think beyond daily and ordinary thoughts. Like I shared, only the study of dharma is going to lead to the imperishable. Any other studies of this world only are temporarily beneficial which is perishable. Of course he is not referring to dharma, but he realized ordinary pursuits leads to perishability. If he knew dharma, he would see the vastness of Buddha's omniscience. Tsem Rinpoche)
One of the nicest Taras I\'ve seen. I like her shade of green and the lotus on the left which is lower as her hand is lower so it\'s very balanced looking. Her face looks young, motherly, kind and yet regal.
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One of the nicest Taras I've seen. I like her shade of green and the lotus on the left which is lower as her hand is lower so it's very balanced looking. Her face looks young, motherly, kind and yet regal.
(1st photo) Kyabje Lati Rinpoche in the centre and Ven Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende on the extreme right. After the unfair ban against Dorje Shugden practitioners was forcibly instituted by Tibetan leadership onto the people and monasteries, the monasteries split. Over 600 monks from Gaden Shartse Monastery left and set up Shar Gaden Monastery. The Tibetan leadership did their best to get the authorities to close Shar Gaden Monastery but Shar Gaden had registered so there was nothing Tibetan leadership can do. It was very sad. Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende left Gaden Shartse Monastery to be the abbot of the newly formed Shar Gaden Monastery in South India where they can continue Dorje Shugden practice. Prior to the ban Lati Rinpoche and Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende can meet up, share and be close as they all had been very close. After the ban this was not allowed anymore. Dorje Shugden and non-Dorje Shugden people had to be segregated. They cannot mix. The previous prime minister of the Tibetan exiled government said that Dorje Shugden people and non Dorje Shugden people are like the mustache and the mouth and it has to be separated. Tsem Rinpoche
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(1st photo) Kyabje Lati Rinpoche in the centre and Ven Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende on the extreme right. After the unfair ban against Dorje Shugden practitioners was forcibly instituted by Tibetan leadership onto the people and monasteries, the monasteries split. Over 600 monks from Gaden Shartse Monastery left and set up Shar Gaden Monastery. The Tibetan leadership did their best to get the authorities to close Shar Gaden Monastery but Shar Gaden had registered so there was nothing Tibetan leadership can do. It was very sad. Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende left Gaden Shartse Monastery to be the abbot of the newly formed Shar Gaden Monastery in South India where they can continue Dorje Shugden practice. Prior to the ban Lati Rinpoche and Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende can meet up, share and be close as they all had been very close. After the ban this was not allowed anymore. Dorje Shugden and non-Dorje Shugden people had to be segregated. They cannot mix. The previous prime minister of the Tibetan exiled government said that Dorje Shugden people and non Dorje Shugden people are like the mustache and the mouth and it has to be separated. Tsem Rinpoche
You can see in this 2nd photo, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche blessing a child and Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende standing next to the child. The monasteries were happy, united and had good samaya with each other prior to the ban. The ban destroyed everything and unity and harmony. It is very sad to see this. These pictures are from Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende\'s collection. Tsem Rinpoche
4 days ago
You can see in this 2nd photo, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche blessing a child and Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende standing next to the child. The monasteries were happy, united and had good samaya with each other prior to the ban. The ban destroyed everything and unity and harmony. It is very sad to see this. These pictures are from Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende's collection. Tsem Rinpoche
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche on the throne, His Eminence Lati Rinpoche (next to Zong Rinpoche) and below Lati Rinpoche is Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche (sitting below Lati Rinpoche). This is a puja in Gaden Shartse Monastery. A rare and blessed photo and nice to save. Tsem Rinpoche
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His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche on the throne, His Eminence Lati Rinpoche (next to Zong Rinpoche) and below Lati Rinpoche is Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche (sitting below Lati Rinpoche). This is a puja in Gaden Shartse Monastery. A rare and blessed photo and nice to save. Tsem Rinpoche
ou can save this rare thangka of 1,000 armed Heruka. I\'ve never seen this thangka or any of this form before and it\'s the first time. You can print out or keep or use. I found this online and it\'s beautiful. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche mentioned this Heruka 30 years ago to us and since then I have never seen this in painting or statue at all till now. He has many legs and many faces too. Very special and unique. Seeing Heruka or thinking of Heruka plants the seeds of enlightenment in our mindstream. Tsem Rinpoche
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ou can save this rare thangka of 1,000 armed Heruka. I've never seen this thangka or any of this form before and it's the first time. You can print out or keep or use. I found this online and it's beautiful. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche mentioned this Heruka 30 years ago to us and since then I have never seen this in painting or statue at all till now. He has many legs and many faces too. Very special and unique. Seeing Heruka or thinking of Heruka plants the seeds of enlightenment in our mindstream. Tsem Rinpoche
This is Venerable Lhakpa Tsering from Tibet. He has passed away a few years back of natural causes and as he was older. He was one of the high ranking and official oracle of Dorje Shugden, Namka Barzin, Kache Marpo and several other high protectors. He was famous in Tibet for his correct trance of Dorje Shugden and extremely powerful clairvoyance advice of Dorje Shguden. He has been taking trance since Tibet. In 1959 he left Tibet for India and settled in Kalimpong. He continued to take trance in Kalimpong of Dorje Shugden for government officials, local persons, high lamas, monasteries, nuns, monks and even foreigners. For over 40 years his wonderful oracular ability to take trance and give advice and prophecies has benefited so many people. He was trained and blessed as an oracle by the previous Dromo Geshe Rinpoche of Sera Jey Monastery. I\'ve had a chance to stay at his house, meet him and see him in trance. It was a great blessing and amazing experience. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is Venerable Lhakpa Tsering from Tibet. He has passed away a few years back of natural causes and as he was older. He was one of the high ranking and official oracle of Dorje Shugden, Namka Barzin, Kache Marpo and several other high protectors. He was famous in Tibet for his correct trance of Dorje Shugden and extremely powerful clairvoyance advice of Dorje Shguden. He has been taking trance since Tibet. In 1959 he left Tibet for India and settled in Kalimpong. He continued to take trance in Kalimpong of Dorje Shugden for government officials, local persons, high lamas, monasteries, nuns, monks and even foreigners. For over 40 years his wonderful oracular ability to take trance and give advice and prophecies has benefited so many people. He was trained and blessed as an oracle by the previous Dromo Geshe Rinpoche of Sera Jey Monastery. I've had a chance to stay at his house, meet him and see him in trance. It was a great blessing and amazing experience. Tsem Rinpoche
Why seek anything else when you have the illustrious practice of Vajra Yogini from the lineage of the Crazy Wisdom Mahasiddha Naropa? Nothing in samsara created by ordinary men can surpass the practice of Vajra Yogini elucidated to us by the Buddha. Nothing in samsara’s knowledge no matter how incredible can surpass the knowledge embodied in the dharma by the Buddha. Samsara knowledge is limited. When we study Buddha’s knowledge (Dharma) it guarantees our future with no limitations. Spend more time studying dharma than samsaric knowledge. Why even compare? Surrender samsara as death and loss are it’s only results and engage in Dharma practice all the way. Vajra Yogini is dharma and dharma is Vajra Yogini. Give everything for Vajra Yogini’s practice. Start now as a preliminary practice even without initiation (blog article: Starting on Vajra Yogini Now- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=4395). Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche
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Why seek anything else when you have the illustrious practice of Vajra Yogini from the lineage of the Crazy Wisdom Mahasiddha Naropa? Nothing in samsara created by ordinary men can surpass the practice of Vajra Yogini elucidated to us by the Buddha. Nothing in samsara’s knowledge no matter how incredible can surpass the knowledge embodied in the dharma by the Buddha. Samsara knowledge is limited. When we study Buddha’s knowledge (Dharma) it guarantees our future with no limitations. Spend more time studying dharma than samsaric knowledge. Why even compare? Surrender samsara as death and loss are it’s only results and engage in Dharma practice all the way. Vajra Yogini is dharma and dharma is Vajra Yogini. Give everything for Vajra Yogini’s practice. Start now as a preliminary practice even without initiation (blog article: Starting on Vajra Yogini Now- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=4395). Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche
The young Tsem Rinpoche with his cousin Sada Andreyev. She visited him in Los Angeles. Taken in Tsem Rinpoche\'s room in Thubten Dhargye Ling Dharma centre.
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The young Tsem Rinpoche with his cousin Sada Andreyev. She visited him in Los Angeles. Taken in Tsem Rinpoche's room in Thubten Dhargye Ling Dharma centre.
Young Tsem Rinpoche with his cousin Sonia Waskin. She visited him in Los Angeles, California.
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Young Tsem Rinpoche with his cousin Sonia Waskin. She visited him in Los Angeles, California.
Pictures of the teenage Tsem Rinpoche with his two cousins Sonia and Sada. Taken outside of Thubten Dhargye Ling Buddhist Centre where Tsem Rinpoche was living. Los Angeles, California, USA
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Pictures of the teenage Tsem Rinpoche with his two cousins Sonia and Sada. Taken outside of Thubten Dhargye Ling Buddhist Centre where Tsem Rinpoche was living. Los Angeles, California, USA
Pictures of the teenage Tsem Rinpoche with his two cousins Sonia and Sada. Los Angeles, California, USA
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Pictures of the teenage Tsem Rinpoche with his two cousins Sonia and Sada. Los Angeles, California, USA
The young Tsem Rinpoche with his parents Boris and Dana Bugayeff. And on the extreme right is Tsem Rinpoche\'s cousin Toktun Gugajew. This was in Howell, New Jersey, USA
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The young Tsem Rinpoche with his parents Boris and Dana Bugayeff. And on the extreme right is Tsem Rinpoche's cousin Toktun Gugajew. This was in Howell, New Jersey, USA
Tsem Rinpoche attending the wedding of Carmen Kichikov\'s brother. Tsem Rinpoche is 2nd from the right and in his adolescence. Howell, New Jersey, USA
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Tsem Rinpoche attending the wedding of Carmen Kichikov's brother. Tsem Rinpoche is 2nd from the right and in his adolescence. Howell, New Jersey, USA
When my adorable Dharma boy came home to me. I love you Dharma boy. Tsem Rinpoche
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When my adorable Dharma boy came home to me. I love you Dharma boy. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche in Taiwan as a baby where he was born
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Tsem Rinpoche in Taiwan as a baby where he was born
Tsem Rinpoche as a baby holding an umbrella
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Tsem Rinpoche as a baby holding an umbrella
Think about this...
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Think about this...
Our frustrations have meaning when it\'s for others and a greater cause.
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Our frustrations have meaning when it's for others and a greater cause.
It is much better to be doing good things for others than just for ourselves.
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It is much better to be doing good things for others than just for ourselves.
Contemplate this please...
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Contemplate this please...
Is there life beyond the grave? If the soul exists, does it survive death? If so, when did the belief first arise that the soul may reincarnate, to be born anew in another physical body? Before we unlock the future we must find the keys to the past. I’m Leonard Nimoy. Join me and open the door to ancient mysteries beginning now, here on A&E. Continue reading here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=37831
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Is there life beyond the grave? If the soul exists, does it survive death? If so, when did the belief first arise that the soul may reincarnate, to be born anew in another physical body? Before we unlock the future we must find the keys to the past. I’m Leonard Nimoy. Join me and open the door to ancient mysteries beginning now, here on A&E. Continue reading here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=37831
It was a great honour for myself and Kechara to have His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende visiting us. He is a courageous and extremely brave abbot emeritus of the monastery during it\'s most difficult time.~Tsem Rinpoche - Please read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=132602
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It was a great honour for myself and Kechara to have His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende visiting us. He is a courageous and extremely brave abbot emeritus of the monastery during it's most difficult time.~Tsem Rinpoche - Please read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=132602
This is a powerful picture of Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and the current incarnation of Trijang Rinpoche meeting together in the year 2000 when Trijang Rinpoche was 18. All three lamas are Dorje Shugden practitioners. In fact Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen was the one that first encouraged my practice of Dorje Shugden when I was 16 years old when I joined his beautiful Thubten Dhargye Ling centre in Los Angeles. I lived with Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen for 8 years before proceeding to Gaden Monastery in South India. Later Kyabje Zong Rinpoche came to our Los Angeles centre and granted sogtae (permission ceremony) to practice Dorje Shugden for life as requested by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen had tremendous faith in Trijang Rinpoche. 

Kyabje Lati Rinpoche was innovative, dedicated and very much focused on bringing dharma to many. He had tremendous faith in Dorje Shugden as I had the honour to meet him many times. He would seek advice from Dorje Shugden many times via the oracle of Gaden Monastery. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche have since passed away while the current Trijang Rinpoche is a perfect lineage holder and practitioner of Dharma while he keeps Dorje Shugden as his personal protector as he has done so for many lifetimes. 

This is a powerful and beautiful picture of three great lamas of Buddha’s lineage and also of Gaden Monastery. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a powerful picture of Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and the current incarnation of Trijang Rinpoche meeting together in the year 2000 when Trijang Rinpoche was 18. All three lamas are Dorje Shugden practitioners. In fact Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen was the one that first encouraged my practice of Dorje Shugden when I was 16 years old when I joined his beautiful Thubten Dhargye Ling centre in Los Angeles. I lived with Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen for 8 years before proceeding to Gaden Monastery in South India. Later Kyabje Zong Rinpoche came to our Los Angeles centre and granted sogtae (permission ceremony) to practice Dorje Shugden for life as requested by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen had tremendous faith in Trijang Rinpoche. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche was innovative, dedicated and very much focused on bringing dharma to many. He had tremendous faith in Dorje Shugden as I had the honour to meet him many times. He would seek advice from Dorje Shugden many times via the oracle of Gaden Monastery. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche have since passed away while the current Trijang Rinpoche is a perfect lineage holder and practitioner of Dharma while he keeps Dorje Shugden as his personal protector as he has done so for many lifetimes. This is a powerful and beautiful picture of three great lamas of Buddha’s lineage and also of Gaden Monastery. ~Tsem Rinpoche
A beautiful photograph of a path walking down from Manjushri Hill in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
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A beautiful photograph of a path walking down from Manjushri Hill in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
This picture is of KB lovingly holding Mumu while he tries to stand up. I was in the room with them and someone else took this picture. It is a very sad and poignant picture because just a short while after this picture was taken, Mumu passed away with all of us present. This was the last picture of my little Mumu alive. We immediately did puja for Mumu and he is sorely missed by many as he touched our lives deeply. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This picture is of KB lovingly holding Mumu while he tries to stand up. I was in the room with them and someone else took this picture. It is a very sad and poignant picture because just a short while after this picture was taken, Mumu passed away with all of us present. This was the last picture of my little Mumu alive. We immediately did puja for Mumu and he is sorely missed by many as he touched our lives deeply. Tsem Rinpoche
For years I have been doing this everywhere I go, no matter where or what country I am in. Always be kind to animals.
1 month ago
For years I have been doing this everywhere I go, no matter where or what country I am in. Always be kind to animals.
Practising makes you better at something. If you keep practising in laziness, that is what you will become good in. If you keep practising generosity, that is what you will develop. Keep practising in what you want to become good at.
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Practising makes you better at something. If you keep practising in laziness, that is what you will become good in. If you keep practising generosity, that is what you will develop. Keep practising in what you want to become good at.
Real spirituality is kindness.
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Real spirituality is kindness.
Our time on this earth in this lifetime is short. It\'s our choice what will look back on when we are in our final moments.
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Our time on this earth in this lifetime is short. It's our choice what will look back on when we are in our final moments.
Materialism, desire and greed never result in happiness.
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Materialism, desire and greed never result in happiness.
Never ever eat our friends. Go vegetarian.
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Never ever eat our friends. Go vegetarian.
It is a privilege to serve the Dharma and to serve others. Real freedom comes in serving others.
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It is a privilege to serve the Dharma and to serve others. Real freedom comes in serving others.
Compared to humans and all other sentient beings, animals have just as much right to happiness and freedom.
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Compared to humans and all other sentient beings, animals have just as much right to happiness and freedom.
Dharma is not something I engage in as something separate from me. Dharma has been me since young.
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Dharma is not something I engage in as something separate from me. Dharma has been me since young.
How much we are willing to suffer is how compassionate we are.
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How much we are willing to suffer is how compassionate we are.
Dharma is the medicine of the mind prescribed by the Buddha.
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Dharma is the medicine of the mind prescribed by the Buddha.
How much effort we are willing to put into our practice, is how much results we will get.
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How much effort we are willing to put into our practice, is how much results we will get.
What do you worship on your altar, meat or compassion? One develops coldness and encourages lack of empathy, and one choice encourages attainments.
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What do you worship on your altar, meat or compassion? One develops coldness and encourages lack of empathy, and one choice encourages attainments.
Where does patience come from? Think about it closely
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Where does patience come from? Think about it closely
Indian sadhus and mendicants also very happy to receive Bhagwan Dorje Shugden
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Indian sadhus and mendicants also very happy to receive Bhagwan Dorje Shugden
Tsem Rinpoche with the great Geshe Namgyal Wangchen of Drepung Loseling Monastery. Read more: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=132495
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Tsem Rinpoche with the great Geshe Namgyal Wangchen of Drepung Loseling Monastery. Read more: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=132495
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(1st row) Alexandra David-Neel, Nicholas Roerich, Helena Roerich, Anagarika Govinda
(2nd row) Walter Evans-Wentz, John Blofeld, Bill Porter (Red Pine), Ekai Kawaguchi
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Some of my favorite people (1st row) Alexandra David-Neel, Nicholas Roerich, Helena Roerich, Anagarika Govinda (2nd row) Walter Evans-Wentz, John Blofeld, Bill Porter (Red Pine), Ekai Kawaguchi
Do share this message and create more awareness. Thank you
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Do share this message and create more awareness. Thank you
All that we want in samsara is just fleeting and illusionary and we are tired of chasing something that is so short lived, Lady Buddha Dakini Vajra Yogini, please embrace me as you did Naropa with great affection and lift me to your Kechara Paradise in my rainbow body. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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All that we want in samsara is just fleeting and illusionary and we are tired of chasing something that is so short lived, Lady Buddha Dakini Vajra Yogini, please embrace me as you did Naropa with great affection and lift me to your Kechara Paradise in my rainbow body. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Lady Buddha Diamond Dakini Vajra Yogini, you appear in so many forms, guises and methods out of great compasion to bring me to your paradise of Kechara heaven. Bless me to waste no more time and engage in my spirituality thoroughly and may I see your coral visage soon. Bless me that I surrender all my games, attachments, projections and endless chasing of all that is futile in samsara now.... Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Lady Buddha Diamond Dakini Vajra Yogini, you appear in so many forms, guises and methods out of great compasion to bring me to your paradise of Kechara heaven. Bless me to waste no more time and engage in my spirituality thoroughly and may I see your coral visage soon. Bless me that I surrender all my games, attachments, projections and endless chasing of all that is futile in samsara now.... Tsem Rinpoche
Sri Lanka is one of the most beautiful places I have visited. There is so much to explore. I have compiled 20 MUST VISIT places for you to see in Sri Lanka. Enjoy the post and the great pictures! Enjoy: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=127234
3 months ago
Sri Lanka is one of the most beautiful places I have visited. There is so much to explore. I have compiled 20 MUST VISIT places for you to see in Sri Lanka. Enjoy the post and the great pictures! Enjoy: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=127234
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/gallery/chat-pictures/chat-8yzmaqog68754.jpg Sacred and holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini being escorted from the Vajra Yogini temple on the streets on festival day to bless the masses. Tsem Rinpoche
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http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/gallery/chat-pictures/chat-8yzmaqog68754.jpg Sacred and holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini being escorted from the Vajra Yogini temple on the streets on festival day to bless the masses. Tsem Rinpoche
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  • August 22, 2017 01:55
    jason asked: what is the significance of a solar eclipse in terms of sadhana practice besides multiplying merit
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. It is good to see you here. As you have rightly pointed out, during solar eclipses the merit from engaging in virtuous actions are greatly multiplied. Therefore there are many prescribed practices one can do during these times to generate a lot of merit, such as engaging in prayers, making abundant offerings, animal liberation, taking precepts for the day, etc. In terms of sadhana practice, the main benefit here would be the multiplication of merits generated. However on a tantric level, since the movements of the planets are linked to the movement of energy within the universe, and therefore one’s body, there would be subtle changes in the psychic winds within the body as well. On the whole, the patterns of the universe are mirrored within the psychic winds in the body as well. The tantric system that deals with these movements in the most detail is the Kalachakra Tantra, which you can read more about here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/introduction-to-tibetan-astrology.html In the Kalachakra Tantra it is said that when a solar eclipse occurs, merit is either multiplied a thousand, ten-thousand times, or a hundred-thousand times. The sun and the moon are linked with the psychic winds, channels and drops with tantric practice. According to the Kalachakra Tantra everyone breathes 21,600 time every day and our minds are said to ride on the winds within our bodies. The majority of the winds within out body are karmic winds, in that they come about and are affected by karmic tendencies. During an eclipse however, more wisdom winds are said to prevail in the body. As these circulate in the body, doing Dharma practice, especially tantric practices in which you use these winds, one can achieve spiritual attainments at a speed that would not normally be possible. In traditional mythology, there is a celestial body known as Rahu. This isn’t actually a physical planet, but a node on the orbit of the moon. When Rahu appears, he is said to swallow the sun for some time, this is the ancient explanation of a solar eclipse. Rahu is also known as the “dragon’s head”. Within the Kalachakra Tantra, practitioners use Rahu to bring the sun and the moon under control. As the sun is associated with psychic channels on the right side of the body, and the moon with psychic channels on the left side of the body, what this means is that the practitioner controls these energies and brings them into the central psychic channel instead. Thereby the solar eclipse is said to mirror a tantric yogi’s ability to bring the psychic energies of the left and right side into the central channel. Once in the central channel the yogi can engage in the higher psychic energy meditations in order to gain spiritual attainments and even enlightenment. For an everyday practitioner therefore, the main benefit of practicing during a solar eclipse is the multiplication of merit. For a tantric practitioner however, it is a time that they can make use of the energies of nature to boost their practices. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • August 18, 2017 01:27
    Todd asked: Does Rinpoche have any information on the deity Rakta Yamari, who is believed to be an emanation of Manjushri?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Todd, Thank you for your interesting question. Rakta Yamari is indeed a wrathful emanation of Manjushri, in the form of a yidam or meditational deity belonging to the Anuttarayoga, or highest tantra, class of deities. The practice has been incorporated into all four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism: the Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug. Generally speaking some of the wrathful forms of Manjushri can be classified into three groupings, the Rakta (blood-red), Krishna (blue-black), and Vajrabhairava (adamantine terrifying). Since Rakta Yamari is therefore a classification of deities, it would be hard to give information here on all of them. The specific forms of Rakta Yamari differ in how the main figure appears and the number of other deities in the mandala. Of particular note, is that each of these forms and their practices has their own lineage of practice as well. Whilst there are forms of all three classifications within the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism, certain lineages place more emphasis on a particular form than others. For example, within the Gelug lineage emphasis is placed on Vajrabhairava Yamantaka, of which there are two forms in particular that are practiced: 13-deity Yamantaka, and Solitary Hero Yamantaka. In fact Vajrabhairava Yamantaka is one of the three main Anuttarayoga Tantra deities practiced in the Gelug lineage, which we follow, alongside the Akshobhyavajra variant of Guhyasamaja and Chakrasamvara. There are two important lineages of Rakta Yamari practice: the 13-deity Rakta Yamari, and the 5-deity Rakta Yamari practice. Both of these practices can be traced back to an important lineage holder, the Indian Mahasiddha Virupa. In the case of the 5-deity Rakta Yamari lineage, he was taught the practice by a wisdom dakini. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • August 17, 2017 19:26
    Aldric Wilson DuXing asked: How can the alleged "DiSanShr" "Dorje Chang Fo" Yi Yun Gao be the actual incarnation of Buddha Dipankara Buddha?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Aldric Wilson DuXing, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, I do not know much about Yi Yun Gao to be able to comment on this. However, within Buddhism we do believe that the Buddhas, out of their compassion appear in human form to help sentient beings in whatever way they can. Within Tibetan Buddhism there is a long history of recognising great masters as the physical body emanations (also known as tulkus) of the Buddhas. The logic behind this is that the Buddhas are all compassionate and so help sentient beings in any and all means that they can. This would obviously include taking the physical form of a human. To say that the Buddhas cannot or do not do this, would be limiting the abilities of the enlightened beings, which goes against the scriptures. In fact, in the scriptures it states that Buddhas can emanate out in countless different forms at the same time. This includes animate beings, such as humans, animals, etc., and also inanimate objects such as bridges, or other things. These emanations, or incarnations if in human form, can be recognised by those who have the ability to perceive the enlightened beings, such as highly attained masters or other emanations themselves. That is why you see only the highest masters within the Tibetan Buddhist traditions recognise others as incarnations of the Buddhas. Other methods of confirming this can include checking with an enlightened Dharma protector, such as Dorje Shugden, when in trance of a qualified oracle. Those who really are emanations of the enlightened beings do not actually need to be recognised as such, as they will always help others no matter if they are recognised or not. However the recognition of such beings is more for us, as practitioners to gain merit by helping them achieve their goal of helping other sentient beings. But as I mentioned earlier, these beings do not self-proclaim themselves but are recognised as such by other highly attained masters who are trustworthy and really work for the cause of helping others by upholding and practicing the holy teachings of Lord Buddha. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • August 16, 2017 00:47
    Anonymous asked: Sorry about the link not working. They can be found at dharmawheel.net and then looked under Tibetan Buddhism and then under topics which are under all the other lineage topics. Since this is recent, the title "Crazy Scandal somewhat related to Gelug hitting Taiwan" should come up. But anyway, here are the sources in that case: https://ladakh2017blog.wordpress.com/2017/08/12/mary-jin-gebis/ https://maisonneuve.org/article/2013/06/18/when-monks-come-town/ https://ladakh2017blog.wordpress.com/2017/08/14/bw-dorje-shugden/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad355FqDQuo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzvPhv_eldk http://www.blisswisdom.org/statement/1854-1006 https://ladakh2017blog.wordpress.com/2017/07/24/dalai-lama-speaks-to-chinese-devotees-about-bliss-and-wisdom/
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  • August 15, 2017 01:43
    Anonymous asked: Hi, although this is not a question, I would like to bring awareness towards a particular cult in China and Taiwan that has been having scandals with their leader, Mary Jin. The cult has been defaming the Dalai Lama and has begun supporting Shugden here even though that's not really bad. However, I would like to bring attention so they may not begin corrupting the Buddhists here. Even though I used a dharmawheel website, it has links to its sources: https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=40
    pastor answered: Dear Anonymous, Thank you for bringing this to our attention, however the link you provided does not work. I do not know anything about this particular person or their organisation, so I really can’t say much. However, there are some people out there who use religion for their personal gain, and twist the teachings to suit their greed. These sorts of people are often embroiled in scandals and the like and often have views that go against common sense. That is why it is very important to check that a teacher is qualified, is practicing, and is teaching the Dharma as it should be according to the scriptures. All students are encouraged do to so and this in mentioned clearly in the scriptures themselves. The actions of a teacher should be in line with actions laid out in the scriptures and their views should match the logic laid out in the scriptures as well. Once we see a teacher’s qualities, and we have made sure that what they practice is real and genuine, we can devote ourselves to that person fully. We at Kechara, following the teachings of His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, think very highly of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as he is the emanation of the Buddha of compassion, Chenrezig. Similarly, we also believe that Dorje Shugden is the emanation of the Buddha of wisdom, Manjushri. For us, both are enlightened beings, and many practitioners all around world follow this belief as well. We are saddened to see or hear when others talk badly about either, since both are enlightened beings capable of benefiting the world tremendously. Thank you.
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