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.

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

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.

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

 

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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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  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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 🙂 _/\_

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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. _/\_

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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

  26. 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


  27. 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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  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Oct 20. 2017 10:04 AM
    Interesting someone like Rob Lowe a famous actor actually told he came face-to-face with Bigfoot was with his two sons .No proof and details given to support his encounter. Whether for publicity his coming show no one knows. He was filming his new paranormal documentary series when he said he saw it. It does not matter at least it helps to raise awareness of that Bigfoot do exist. Good in way more people will come to accept it and will further investigate its existence of Bigfoot. It also encourages people to start thinking broadly of possibilities.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/rob-lowe-face-to-face-with-bigfoot.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Oct 20. 2017 10:03 AM
    Well,I have read news of Bigfoot sightings in the jungles of southern Malaysia before years back. Interesting as our country do have the sighting of Bigfoot too.It seems that Bigfoot can be found anywhere in this world. To many people, Bigfoot is the stuff of nightmarish folklore. Described by hundreds of alleged eyewitnesses as an ape-like creature that stands nearly eight feet tall. There is a number of sighting by the locals and may be linked to environmental changes and the shrinking jungle. This has attracted world attention, having teams from different countries and our local government as well. The research scientists, has been trying to verify Bigfoot’s existence so far none has really performed intensive research on this matter. Historical records show eight claimed sightings of enormous apemen or Bigfoot or oversized apes. Despite numerous sightings, photos and footprints , there has never been conclusive proof that these creatures exist in Malaysia.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/bigfoot-in-malaysia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Oct 20. 2017 10:02 AM
    Alarming height and shocking to know there is microplastic contamination in our drinking water after scientific investigation has discovered that.
    Glad to know scientists are doing more for research on the implications for health. At least we could know more knowledge and more aware of all plastics fibres in our tap water. All this while we have been drinking . Scientists warn microplastics are so small they could penetrate organs. That is bad for our health. Plastic fibres have infiltrated the drinking water of cities and towns all over the world. Our oceans are littered with plastic, which is killing whales and other marine mammals, and contaminating fish. Previous studies have shown when people eat seafood, they are also eating high levels of microplastics, not to mention taking in a lot of mercury as well
    Many people have involved to make a change for a better environment for the generation to come. Educating the people from school children to the people on the streets the safest ways of garbage disposal will be a wonderful start. We should all take responsibility to care for the environment and help raise awareness.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/do-you-know-what-you-are-drinking.html
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Oct 20. 2017 01:51 AM
    In Buddhism, before become an enlightened beings, all living beings have to experience the suffering in taking rebirth for many lifetimes and each of the rebirth, we must have father and mother. It is possible that our previous lifetime’s father and mother have taken rebirth in other forms such as animals, hungry ghosts and etc in this lifetime. Due to this reason, we should love and treat all sentient beings well as everyone might once been our father or mother in the previous life. We owe them kindness and therefore we should practice dharma and help to liberate them from suffering and lead them to enlightenment.

    I am extremely grateful that I meet and learn dharma from Rinpoche. Rinpoche’s skilful means teachings let me understand that I should not only care about myself, my family and friends but to be kind and compassion to everyone around me. Rinpoche reminds and encourage us to do our commitments and daily sadhana. Later, I realized that when we do prayers, sadhana or pujas, we must begin with Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels and followed by recitation of the Four Immeasurables. Through this practice, it is actually to help us to set a good motivation and generate our Bodhicitta for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/five-ways-to-love-more-by-tsem-rinpoche.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 10:27 PM
    Rinpoche’s blog has so many interesting topics and articles. Be it heavy and technical or light such as traveling tips, all are very useful and informative to the readers. I appreciate Rinpoche and writers team hardwork in giving us vast information and opportunity for us to learn and improve our dharma knowledge.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/i-am-honoured.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 11:04 AM
    Wow …such a unique island called Socotra which i did not know before or come across . Everything from trees to flowers looks so unique. A place home to a panoply of strange plants and animals uniquely which adapted to the hot, harsh, windswept island. The landscape of this remote Socotra Island looks as if it comes from a sci-fi film.
    From what I see through the pictures this Socotra Island, looks more like Alien place. It’s truly unlike any place on earth and is also called the ‘Lost World ‘ to some of the tourist. I did some research on this island .
    It seem over millions of years, the isolated island in the Arabian Sea has cultivated a unique biodiversity unlike anywhere else on Earth. Twisted dragon’s blood trees and bulbous bottle trees have made Socotra a place of legends, feared by sailors throughout history and believed by some to be the site of the original Garden of Eden.
    Now it seem to be a tourist attraction in Yemen after when UNESCO named it as World Natural Heritage Site in 2006. Its wonderful news as UNESCO recognizes the importance of preserving the island.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these unique island with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/socotra-island.html#comment-753145
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 11:03 AM
    Beautiful sacred painting by Rinpoche. Amazing to know RInpoche as a small kid is so talented in drawing and painting . Yet after so many years the painting still looks good condition. Such a beautiful White Tara painting and now Rinpoche still paints.
    Wow interesting stories behind the scared painting of the powerful white Tara. When we have trust and faith that’s how these powerful Tara will help us.
    Thank you for sharing with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/sacred-painting.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 11:02 AM
    The two beautiful Yeti painting comes a long way from Nepal with love to Malaysia .Specially for Rinpoche……such a beautiful gift and unique .. Knowing Rinpoche like Bigfoot so much. Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection. It is not the gift but the thought that counts.
    Rejoice for Mitra Poudel and Khom Thapa
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these beautiful paintings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch/from-nepal.html
  • Jason
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 11:14 PM
    This is a great news to animals. Gucci, a leading fashion company going to stop fur clothing now. I just watched a video about the people peel off the fox skin. So cruelty.
    Even though we own any fur clothing, we shouldn’t wear it because this will create a desire cause to others to buy more fur clothing .
    Human beings are very intelligent but we shouldn’t take away animals rights to live in this planet.
    Thanks Rinpoche sharing.

    Jason
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/do-you-know-what-gucci-did.html
  • Alice Tay
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 05:51 PM
    藏传佛教格鲁派第十世班禅喇嘛被视为阿弥陀佛的化身,并且是继达赖尊者后拥有最高权威的佛法大师。第十世班禅喇嘛是一名颇有影响力的大师,每当他给予公开开示时,数以千计的人都会前去听法。
    第十世班禅喇嘛和达赖尊者的关系可以追溯到第五世达赖尊者时期。在当时,第五世达赖尊者的上师,同时也是杜固扎巴坚赞(多杰雄登前世之一)的上师是第四世班禅喇嘛。为了感激上师,达赖尊者赐予上师“班禅大师”头衔,并对班禅大师的三任前世加以追封。此外,达赖尊者也将扎什伦布寺赐为其上师的驻锡地。而此扎什伦布寺内还安设一间供奉多杰雄登的护法殿至今,并且还成为著名的旅游胜地。
    由此可见,如果多杰雄登就如藏人行政中央所说的修持多杰雄登会伤害西藏事业,那么当时的第五世达赖尊者为何要赠送设有多杰雄登的护法殿的扎什伦布寺予第四世班禅喇?如果多杰雄登真的会伤害西藏事业,那么第十世班禅喇嘛为何要费尽心思来撰写这篇约30至40页的的“妙音怙主(宗喀巴)佛教护法天王金刚具力五部威猛尊酬供仪轨”的祈愿文?难道第十世班禅喇嘛铁了心肠不再理会或是存心要危害西藏人民?这一切的一切,让我们不得不深入的思考。

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/panchen-lama-sungbum-chinese.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 05:22 PM
    It is very worrying that there are such high percentage of plastic fibres found in our tap water. Even developed country such as UK, Germany and France has 72% of their tap water contaminated with plastic fibres. I guess this is the price we have to pay. With improve technologies and new science inventions we keep coming out with new products that uses various types of plastics and chemicals to bring down the production cost. But unfortunately, nothing comes free as human who will have to suffer the implication of these plastics fibres in the form of water and air, and it is alarming to our health. I think the only way is to create awareness to people telling them how harmful it can bring to us and we should avoid using the products that contribute the pollution and use alternative.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/do-you-know-what-you-are-drinking.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 05:04 PM
    It is good news that Tibetan MP Venerable Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. Why would a democratic country listen to an oracle to seek advise for the country governance and administration? It just puzzled me. If Nechung is right, why isn’t the country and people progressing but divided further with the Dorje Shugden ban? What more Nechung is an not enlightened dharma protector. It was proven that so many Nechung’s prophecies was wrong but none would question and CTA would still follow the wrong advice. The CTA leaders continue to segregate, discriminate and remove all the human rights against Dorje Shugden practitioners such as education, medical, religion and etc. This is so illegal.

    In this age, we should be able to think and fight for our rights. I hope more people like Venerable Tenpa Yarphel will speak up against the unfair Tibetan leadership towards their people. Everyone should be treated equally and especially for a Buddhism country.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 11:29 AM
    Shocking to read and hear this, happening in our own country. Even though this post is old , feeling sad for those cats starving been kept at two pet boarding premises which they called pets hotel. Pets owner discovered that those pets were left abandoned and starved . They also found dead cats and many were in a sad condition. Our local newspapers reported that about 200 cats and a dog were rescued from that premise alone .Another location about 100 cats were found and rescued. These episode was highlighted in news national wide. It such a shameful act .How can the owner of the premises do it for their own selfishness just because of celebrations.
    It is good that the authorities took a stern legal action against the owners of the centre.
    Animals are ignorant and do not deserve to be treated so badly. Be kind and caring to all sentient beings. Have empathy.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/300-starved-and-13-died-petknode.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 11:28 AM
    A beautiful approach by the British MPs has recommended that people reduce the amount of meat they eat to help prevent food shortages in Britain . Even though it is political approach yet still happy as less animals will be killed for foods on the table.
    The massive increase in meat consumption in recent decades has led to the price of grain increase which used for animal feed. Its also lead to widespread deforestation and pressure on agricultural land. The MP are trying to tackle food wastage as half the food bought from UK supermarkets goes in the bin. The UK population are encouraged to eat less meat in long run.
    Thank you for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/british-mps-says-eat-less-meat.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 11:27 AM
    So touching ….watching this beautiful videos , could not controlled my tears too. Its such a warm moment when the two of them met again after a long search nearly 25 years of a hopless search . Mitchell Shigemoto has never forgotten how James Pearson saved his life. In foreign places, and the way Shigemoto’s relationship with James Pearson training together and fighting ,along side in the war ,they became best friends.
    James Pearson is truly a selfless ,kind and friendly person, nor matter what happen stands by Mitchell Shigemoto.
    Thank you Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing this inspiring post.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/mitchell-shigemoto-and-james-pearson-best-friends-in-war.html

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Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

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Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
yesterday
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France.  Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
2 days ago
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France. Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa\'s tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits.

Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. 

This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.

Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche 
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2 days ago
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa's tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits. Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
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This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
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Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden\'s cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
4 days ago
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden's cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
4 days ago
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
4 days ago
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
3 weeks ago
This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
3 weeks ago
Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don\'t get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don't get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
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I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
 I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
3 weeks ago
I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
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How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
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First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I\'ve been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don\'t necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it\'s made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I've been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don't necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it's made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single \'huts\' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single 'huts' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
More than you have....
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More than you have....
The holiest place for the spiritual seeker is where our guru abides. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
The holiest place for the spiritual seeker is where our guru abides. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful flowers offered on my shrine to Sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful flowers offered on my shrine to Sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
This is my favorite image of Lord Manjusri. I had this exact same image as a kid in the 1980\'s and treasured it very much. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
This is my favorite image of Lord Manjusri. I had this exact same image as a kid in the 1980's and treasured it very much. Tsem Rinpoche
I love this idyllic painting of a beautiful Buddhist temple in a small town with foliage, natural, blue skies and country living. I can definitely live in this type of environment any time. I love living near nature. I wish I can go inside this picture to start living there now. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
I love this idyllic painting of a beautiful Buddhist temple in a small town with foliage, natural, blue skies and country living. I can definitely live in this type of environment any time. I love living near nature. I wish I can go inside this picture to start living there now. Tsem Rinpoche
Another gorgeous Byzantine style painting. As the crowd is lead to the hill of light, atop the hill is St. Dorje Shugden ready to give rest to the weary. And hope to the hopeless and help to the helpless. Tsem Rinpoche
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Another gorgeous Byzantine style painting. As the crowd is lead to the hill of light, atop the hill is St. Dorje Shugden ready to give rest to the weary. And hope to the hopeless and help to the helpless. Tsem Rinpoche
Ms Gerbrick was a very special person in my childhood. When I finally found her again, I had lost her - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144296
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Ms Gerbrick was a very special person in my childhood. When I finally found her again, I had lost her - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144296
I just did another one. See how it\'s done-
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144259
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I just did another one. See how it's done- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144259
I like this sketch I just did. Tsem Rinpoche
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I like this sketch I just did. Tsem Rinpoche
One of my sketches just finished. Tsem Rinpoche
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One of my sketches just finished. Tsem Rinpoche
More of my drawings.  Tsem Rinpoche
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More of my drawings. Tsem Rinpoche
See what Linus has to say to Charlie Brown: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden
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Plse click on this and read and share. Important thoughts regarding our teacher. Tsem Rinpoche
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Plse click on this and read and share. Important thoughts regarding our teacher. Tsem Rinpoche
The stupa dedicated to the great Changkya Rolpai Dorje in 5 peaks of Manjushri - China. Changkya Rolpai Dorje was one of the previous life of His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche. In that life, he was the imperial tutor to the Emperor of China.  Photo from Karen Chong
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The stupa dedicated to the great Changkya Rolpai Dorje in 5 peaks of Manjushri - China. Changkya Rolpai Dorje was one of the previous life of His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche. In that life, he was the imperial tutor to the Emperor of China. Photo from Karen Chong
Please click on this picture and see what the adorable boy is doing.
1 month ago
Please click on this picture and see what the adorable boy is doing.
Learn a new word and see what Fauvism means here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143633
1 month ago
Learn a new word and see what Fauvism means here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143633
Please click on this picture to enlarge and read. It is important and share with others. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Please click on this picture to enlarge and read. It is important and share with others. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
The handprint of His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Jetsun Dechen Nyingpo
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The handprint of His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Jetsun Dechen Nyingpo
Dear friends, For the first time in art history you will see a Tibetan divinity in Byzantine art form. Just published! Please be amazed and see the whole artwork here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143348
1 month ago
Dear friends, For the first time in art history you will see a Tibetan divinity in Byzantine art form. Just published! Please be amazed and see the whole artwork here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143348
我这里有一副最庄严印度风格法力强大护法的画作。点击这里观赏与下载: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142950
1 month ago
我这里有一副最庄严印度风格法力强大护法的画作。点击这里观赏与下载: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142950
A separate Tibetan state? 

Should this group of Tibetans have their own autonomous state?
In a world full of trials and tribulations, this group of Tibetans continues to defy all odds against a difficult leadership. Should they have their own state, their own country to live free and in harmony? Read and decide-Part 1: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142741 and Part 2: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142868
1 month ago
A separate Tibetan state? Should this group of Tibetans have their own autonomous state? In a world full of trials and tribulations, this group of Tibetans continues to defy all odds against a difficult leadership. Should they have their own state, their own country to live free and in harmony? Read and decide-Part 1: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142741 and Part 2: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142868
When I first arrived in Gaden Monastery in January 1988, I lived in this small room: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=100092
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When I first arrived in Gaden Monastery in January 1988, I lived in this small room: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=100092
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  • October 18, 2017 23:32
    Yen asked: Dear pastor, I am married but have not been blessed with a kid after several years. How can I overcome the pain I am going through? I also like to ask u for guidance to help someone dear to me who have met with an accident and in vegetative state. How do I help the friend suffer less? What can I do to help her overcome this obstacle in life even when doctor seems to have given up hope?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Yen, Thank you for your question. I am very sorry to hear of your situation and that of your friend. One thing we need to remember is that the Buddha explained to us how karma works. Everything we experience in life, whether good or bad is due to our actions previously in this life and previous lifetimes. While this may sound unfair in that we need to experience the results of something that we do not remember doing, this is the way samsara exists. They only way to be free of this type of suffering is to attain enlightenment, the state of a Buddha. That being said, we all need help in our daily life, and that is where deity practice can help us. In order to overcome the pain you are going through, may I suggest that you engage in the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa. You can find an excellent commentary by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsongkapas-daily-practice-video-commentary.html. You can find the prayers to recite here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19. There is also a practice box set dedicate to Lama Tsongkhapa, which you can order online here if you wish: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/tsongkhapa-boxset-english Lama Tsongkhapa is the emanation of Manjushri, the Buddha of wisdom; Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion; and Vajrapani, the Buddha of skilful means. As such the practice is extremely powerful and is well-known to help people heal psychical pain, but more importantly the sufferings felt in the mind. You can concentrate on the recitation of the Mig Tse Ma mantra and beseech Lama Tsongkhapa to help ease your suffering. He will surely help. His practice is known for relieving anxiety and even depression. In regards to your friend, on a practical level you can research about your friend’s specific state and see if there are any treatments available that can be effective if you have not done so already. In any case what you can do is to engage in prayers or pujas and dedicate the merits generated to your friend. For example, you can engage in the practice of Medicine Buddha, available here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/medicine-buddha-practice.html, or alternative have Medicine Buddha pujas sponsored here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund. Medicine Buddha is excellent at healing on all levels, and provide us with soothing and beneficial energy. Another method that you can use to help your friend is to generate as much merit for her as possible. A vast amount of merit and purification of karma can help even the direst of circumstances. Such activities could involve releasing animals from slaughter or deplorable conditions, feeding the homeless and less fortunate and providing for them, and making vast amounts of offerings to the Buddhas and enlightened beings. If done with a good motivation, and dedicated towards your friend, she will benefit from the virtuous actions, even if you cannot see the benefits at the moment. Coupled with this you can engage in the practice of a Dharma protector such as a Dorje Shugden. You can find the prayers here if you wish to engage in them yourself: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden, alternatively you can have Dorje Shugden pujas sponsored here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund. Dharma protectors help to overcome obstacles and conditions that we wish to arise. I understand that it is a difficult situation, but you should maintain your faith in the Buddhas and enlightened beings, and they will definitely help. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 14, 2017 13:27
    Ling asked: I have been practising chakrasamvara for over 2 years now and recently during my meditation I feel that during the deity meditation portion that it feel like my entire body is under a heavy water fall. My heart and limbs also feel like flowing water and there is some crawling sensations. What could this be
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Ling, Thank you for your question. I rejoice to read that you are practising Chakrasamvara for over two years now. This is very good, you should keep the practice steady, keep the vows and commitments well and you will progress on your spiritual evolution. Generally speaking when you engage in higher tantric yoga meditation, the meditations include movement of your psychic winds. Therefore sometimes people will experience strange feelings in the body. When this happens, once should ease off the concentration on that particular visualisation when engaging in the practice. What you can do to lessen these feelings is to engage in purification practices such as the 35 Confessional Buddhas, which you can find here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html. Alternatively if you have the appropriate initiation, you can engage in the practice of Heruka Vajrasattva, which would be included in your sadhana text. Engaging in the purification practices would lessen these sensations when you practice, as everything we experience is due to our karma. What I would advise the most, however, is to consult the guru that gave you the empowerment of Chakrasamvara practice. Your guru would be able to better advise you in addition to the above, the methods you can use to minimise the physical effects if they are due to the actual practice. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 13, 2017 11:15
    Fearful asked: What does violent shaking all of the sudden and "shrinking" feeling of the head mean during practice mean? I've been practicing the dharmapalas, and this is happening. What does it mean?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Fearful, Thank you for your question. There could be any number of reasons for this to be occurring. What you can do when this starts to happen is to stop what you are doing, and take deep breaths, and concentrate on your breath. As you concentrate on your breath, this will have a calming effect on both your body and mind, which should stop the involuntary shaking and strange feelings. In fact focusing on the breath is one of the best known methods of developing a focused, concentrated, yet calm Your practice of the Dharmapalas should begin with either Guru Yoga or deity practice, therefore I would suggest that you engage in these practices more before you begin the actually Dharma protector practice. One of the best practices is the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa. This practice is well known for its healing ability on for both the body and the mind. Over time, you should see such occurrences lessen. If this shaking happens regularly and also when you are not practicing, you should consider visiting a qualified health professional just to rule out anything untoward. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 8, 2017 20:48
    John asked: Dear pastors, When reciting mantras we are instructed to visualize the deity. However I realize that my visualization is very very fuzzy and very very ever-changing. It is not a still image, there is like thick clouds moving and blocking the visualization then they would clear and block again and clear again and the deity would even change shape. The round part would be more oval one moment and more circle the next etc. In fact, I don't even know if the picture that ends up appearing in my mind is really looking like the deity or not. What if I end up visualizing a monster without knowing it since it's so fuzzy? Is there danger if that happens? What do you advice me to do?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear John, Thank you for your question. This is a question that people actually ask a lot, but there is no need to worry, especially if we do not have tantric initiation. In fact, the more we practice getting our visualisation stabilised now, the better we will be able to practice tantra when we eventually receive tantric initiation. The issue you are having maintain a steady visualisation is not an uncommon one. This is because we actually have to train our mind to concentrate on what we are doing. One of the major facets of Buddhist meditation is concentration, and this is something we need to develop. We might think that we have a good ability to concentrate, but what the Buddha and the great masters have taught is that we actually do not, but we can obviously develop it. Visualisation itself is a form of concentration meditation, therefore until we achieve a good level of concentration, things like this will happen as we train our minds. What we can do is to focus on a particular aspect of the visualisation, such as the face of the deity, and once that is stable and focused, we can continue onto other parts of the deity’s body, and then the various other aspects of the visualisation. That way, we train ourselves little by little to have a complete visualisation. No in regards to your question about their being danger if something goes wrong or if we make a mistake during our visualisation, this cannot be at our stage of practice. This is because the visualisation is engaged in during the mantra recitation section. Mantras themselves are the Buddhas and enlightened beings in the form of sound. Therefore when we recite mantras we are invoking the holy energies of the Buddhas, which naturally guide and protect us from any harm. The fact that you are facing this issue is in fact a good sign. It shows that are trying to concentrate on the visualisation, but that your mind has not reached a level of concentration powerful enough to maintain the stability of the visualisation. The antidote to this is simple, keep practising. As you continue to practice, you will notice that your visualisation becomes stronger and stronger. If however, you are still worried, you can end your recitation sessions with the prayer dedicated to a Dharma protector to any obstacles, and end with a completion dedication. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 6, 2017 22:31
    Wong asked: Hi, i would like to ask about jhana which is the last factor of the eightfold path. How is it being practised?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Wong, Thank you for your question. The last factor of the eightfold noble path is called jhana in the Pali language. In the Sanskrit language it is called dyana. This is a state of meditative absorption which culminates in the understanding of emptiness and is the pathway that leads us to attain liberation. Generally this state is achieved through the practice of single-pointed concentration meditation. But within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition once you have achieved stabilised single-pointed meditation, you progress onto the path of special insight meditation. It is at this stage, that one is able to concentrate completely on understanding emptiness and therefore attain enlightenment. This topic is somewhat outside of the scope of this section of the blog. However, Pabongkha Rinpoche in his excellent Lam Rim text, titled “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” gives a very concise yet thorough introduction to the topic of meditation. Pabongkha Rinpoche addresses the path to enlightenment, not through the eightfold noble path however, but through the six perfections of a bodhisattva. In essence although on the surface the two ways of structuring the path to enlightenment may seem different, they are actually both the same if one analyses them carefully. If you read “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” you will understand how the two structures are interlinked if you have an understanding of the eightfold noble path. You can order a copy of the book here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand and the book is also available at Kechara Paradise outlets. Alternatively, you can ask your local book store to order the book in for you if they have that service. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 3, 2017 04:11
    jason asked: i have been practicing higher yoga tantra for over two year now and recently i started to get nightmares for three continuous nights now and i think it will continue, What is happening ? did i do something wrong? The first nightmare was me being cut in to numerous pieces , the second was me being visited by a greyish blue female old female ghost with no eyes in eye sockets, and the third was a giant dark brown black centipede encased in a white translucent sac exploding out of my thigh and crawling/ rolling away in to darkness. Im quite worried that i may have done something wrong even though i think i have not.
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. I am glad to hear that you have been practising Higher Yoga Tantra for over two years. You should keep your samaya with your Guru pure and intact, as well as keeping the vows and commitments that you would have taken during the empowerment into the practice. If you do this then you will see a definite transformation of your mind and circumstances for the better, which is after all what Buddhist practice is all about. In regards to your nightmares I do not think that you have done anything wrong per se. In this case it could be due to two possible reasons, the first is that your negative karma is arising in your dreams and the second is that you are being afflicted by a spirit. In the first case, when we practice Higher Yoga Tantra properly and sincerely, it purifies a lot of negative karma. As when engaging in any practice that purifies negative karma, this karma can open and manifest under control situations. For example you the karma manifests are nightmares or scary figures or feelings, rather than physically, which would come about through uncontrollable causes and conditions. When karma is purified it manifests in its most mild form, and for you in this case, it could manifest in the form of nightmares. Therefore if we are engaging in powerful practices, or when we concentrate on these practices, such things can occur. Some people may find this sort of situation bad. But this is not correct, because due to the nature of samsara, we are affected by karma in some form or another. What matters here is that karma is purified so that we can progress on our spiritual journey. When you face such difficulties, the key here is continue with your practice strongly and not give up. In this manner, the karma which causes such situations to occur is purified quicker and then we are no longer affected by it. Therefore you should wholeheartedly engage in primary sadhana of your meditational deity. On the other hand, it could be that you are being affected by a spirit or spirits. In this case there are methods of protection that you can engage in which should be included in your Higher Yoga Tantra practice. If you are unsure of what these could be, please humbly approach your initiating guru for more guidance. Another way that can help solve this problem is to engage in the practice of a Dharma protector such as Dorje Shugden. Since you are already practising a Highest Yoga Tantra, you can ask your guru about the particular Dharma protectors associated with the practice. Each of the major tantric practice has certain Dharma protectors associated with it that aid practitioners to clear obstacles and create conducive conditions for practice. You can actually engage in any Dharma protector practice, but it would be best for you to consult your guru as he or she may assign you a specific Dharma protector to practice. Whatever the case may be, it comes down to karma. The Higher Yoga Tantra you are practising should include a purification practice such as Vajrasattva. For example if you practice the Heruka Chakrasamvara tantra, and have received the appropriate empowerment, you can practice Heruka Vajrasattva. You then concentrate on the practice of Vajrasattva to purify the negative karma causing the situation, and over time you will see the situation get better. If you are not sure of the purification aspect of your daily practice, you can recite the 35 Confessional Buddhas. All of these can help, however I strongly advise you to humbly approach your guru and ask for further advice and instruction, as he or she may assign you other practices or even ask you concentrate on specific sections of the sadhana that they passed to you, to help you overcome these problems. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 30, 2017 22:31
    kevin asked: hi pastor, I've been very problematic lately and depressed. My plans seem to be always out of place. I read from an article that some problems are caused by negative karma from the previous and present life. I want to know if there is anything that I can do to drain my negative karma. Im very wary now on my actions to others so not to add to my existing karma. Can you suggest a mantra which I can recite and reflect on everyday to help alleviate my problems and drain my negative karma. Thank you very much. Bless you.
    pastor answered: Dear Kevin, Thank you for your question. Yes, according to Buddhist thought everything we go through in life is caused by karma. This can be either good or bad, so difficulties we face in life are indeed due to our karma. Now, one thing about karma that people often forget is that it can be purified. There are many methods within Tibetan Buddhism that are used for the purification of karma. In fact all practices necessarily involve the purification of negative karma and the generation of merit. The most effective of these are known as purification practices, which have the specific benefits of helping us to purify negative karma which leads to all kinds of problems within in our lives. These include Vajrasattva practice, which can be found here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html and the practice of the 35 Confessional Buddhas, which can be found here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html. You can read more about these practices by clicking on the respective links. These are two very powerful methods of purifying negative karma and have been relied upon by countless practitioners and masters to progress on the spiritual path. They are two very extremely effective methods used within Tibetan Buddhism. Since you are going through many problems, however, you can engage in the practice of a Dharma protector who can help alleviate the obstacles you are facing and at the same provide conditions that are suitable for you. One such Dharma protector is Dorje Shugden, you can read more about his practice here, and his daily prayers here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden. The website also has a lot of information about the practice and how it can benefit you in daily life. While it may seem daunting that you have negative karma, you should not be disheartened because negative karma can be overcome by purifying it. What you said is right, you should be wary of creating more negative karma. In fact that is one of the main points a Buddhist lives by, which is not creating more negative karma. People often wonder why Buddhists take vows and precepts, this is actually to stop the accumulation of negative karma. For example a Buddhist takes the vow not to kill, this obviously stops the Buddhist from creating the negative karma of killing because they consciously remember that they should not kill in whatever situation they are in. So it is very good that are checking your actions to make sure that you do not add to the negative karma. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 28, 2017 13:18
    Nepal asked: I've noticed that in Nepal, Shugden and his retinue are forms of the worldly protector Za Rahula, or that's what the lamas and sadhanas say. Wouldn't that make Shugden dangerous or wouldn't that make Manjushri a worldly deity or one that is dangerous?
    pastor answered: Dear Nepal, Thank you for your question. Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Manjushri, that is what the high lamas and masters have taught and explained using Buddhist logic. Dorje Shugden as an enlightened being has been practiced by all major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, and was first practiced within the holy Sakya tradition. Similarly, Manjushri is an enlightened being. In fact all Tibetan Buddhist schools and Vajrayana traditions, including those in Nepal, say that Manjushri is an enlightened being, the Buddha of wisdom. Rahula on the other hand is a worldly deity who was bound by oath to protect Buddhism and Buddhism practitioners. You can read more about him here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dharma-protectors-of-tibetan-buddhism.html#tabs-1. All Tibetan Buddhist schools similarly agree to this point. Therefore to equate Dorje Shugden as a form of Za Rahula would logically mean that Manjushri is not a Buddha. This cannot be since hundreds of thousands of holy masters have relied on Manjushri and gained enlightenment through such beliefs and practices associated with Manjushri. Since from a logical perspective this cannot be the case, and Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Manjushri, it is safe to say that Dorje Shugden is not a form of Za Rahula. You can read more about Dorje Shugden, his history, lineage of practice and benefits here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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