A Long Way from Home

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Antoinette with Tsem Rinpoche in front of the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat

 

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Pastor Antoinette Kass first came to Malaysia all the way from half a globe away – Luxembourg to meet His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in 2011, after getting know and learning Dharma from Rinpoche just from online resources (Youtube, blog, Facebook…). She has always been spiritual and had visited places like Findhorn in search of spirituality. On the first meeting, Rinpoche had a nice chat with her and presented her a Vajrayogini statue to encourage her in the Dharma path.

She did not have personal contact with Rinpoche after that, and yet from that single meeting of just one hour and her promise to Rinpoche to do more Dharma, she has been keeping her promise and is very consistent about it. Since then, she has been coming back to Malaysia yearly to volunteer and learn in Kechara (most of the time did not have the opportunity to meet Rinpoche), and lately made plans to relocate to Malaysia so that she can pursue her Dharma aspirations full-time.

She is from Luxembourg, one of the countries furthest away from Malaysia, she is not super rich, she is not familiar with Asia at all having lived in Europe all her life, she has not a single family member nor friend here, yet just for Dharma and her trust in guru Tsem Rinpoche, she has the courage to go through all the “obstacles” to be near her guru and Dharma.

She has to arrange the logistics herself in relocating, she has to get a car herself so that she can move around without depending on others, no one help her financially, she receives no stipend from Kechara, over the past 4 years she met Tsem Rinpoche personally less than 10 times, in total spent less than 24 hours with Rinpoche, yet it is enough for her to uproot herself from her comfort zone and engage in the path of Dharma for the rest of her life.

Just one month ago, Tsem Rinpoche went to Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) and was going around for photo-shoot and suddenly thought of Antoinette who was also there, so Rinpoche called her along, went around KFR with her and had a chat with her, and encouraged her to go even further and all the way in her Dharma path. And again just from that short meeting and talk, she made up her mind, shaved her head and became ordained as a Buddhist pastor on the holy Wesak Day 2015.

Over the years I have seen numerous students of Rinpoche, many who have the comfort of their home country, received salaries for doing Dharma work, received a lot of gifts and personal care from Rinpoche, received Dharma teachings from Rinpoche for hundreds to thousands of hours, spent personal time with Rinpoche for hundreds to thousands of hours…yet when a little obstacle arose, they dropped everything and left, and some even slander Rinpoche and the organization that had shown nothing but Dharma, kindness and generosity to them all this while.

Antoinette is a shining example of a true Dharma practitioner, who goes all the way just from one meeting with the guru, just from one sentence of advice from the guru.

Thank you Antoinette for being a great inspiration for us Dharma practitioners.

Click here to learn more about Kechara Pastors whom Antoinette is a part of: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=55610

 

Antoinette first met Tsem Rinpoche in 2011, she came all the way from Luxembourg

 

Antoinette in Kechara Puja House making torma

 

Antoinette enjoyed gardening in Kechara Forest Retreat

 

Antoinette bought her own car to get around in Malaysia

 

Antoinette shaved her head and became ordained as Kechara’s Buddhist pastor on the holy Wesak Day 2015

 

Antoinette with Pastor Moh Mei in front of Lama Tsongkhapa in Kechara Forest Retreat

 

Antoinette teaches the Feldenkrais relaxation method in Kechara Forest Retreat

 

 

 

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安托瓦内特•卡斯(以下简称卡斯)来自卢森堡(欧洲西北部的一个小国),她在2011年通过网络得知并向詹杜固仁波切学习佛法,然后前来马来西亚与仁波切 会面。卡斯热衷于追求精神探索,经常到有灵性的地方如英国的Findhorn去。在那一次会面中,仁波切送她一尊金刚瑜伽母圣像以鼓励她的灵修。此后,仁 波切没有再和她联系,但卡斯一诺千金,每年必定前来马来西亚参加克切拉团体的佛法活动,虽然大多数时候都没有机会再见到仁波切。

近年来,卡斯甚至下决心搬到马来西亚长住,好让自己能够更接近上师和全职从事佛法事业。这期间,她必须处理很多搬家的琐碎事情(从欧洲搬到半个地球之远的 马来西亚不是件容易的事),她必须自己买车,她不是很富有,没有人在经济上资助她,她没有领取任何津贴,她一辈子住在欧洲,根本不熟悉亚洲文化,她在这里 举目无亲,也没有朋友,但她还是一一克服了这些“障碍”。就因为那仅仅一次与上师的会面,和上师一句鼓励的话,就足以让她放弃自己的“舒适地带”,只身前 来陌生国度追求佛法。前前后后卡斯见仁波切的次数没有超过十次,相处的时间加起来也没有超过二十四小时。

上个月仁波切去克切拉禅修林拍照,突然想起卡斯也在那里,便邀请她一起去。期间仁波切鼓励她把自己的灵修更提高一层,并全力以赴。卡斯便毅然剃短了头发,并在前几天的卫塞节受戒为克切拉讲法师,为以后出家为僧做好准备。

仁波切身边出现过一些“弟子”,他们之中很多享有住在本土国家的福利和便利,他们从事佛法事业领取薪金,他们从仁波切那里获得了无数小时的佛法开示,还有 礼物和关怀,但是当遇到一个小障碍,就放弃上师放弃佛法立刻走人,有些甚至诽谤曾经细心教导和关怀他们的上师和佛教团体。

感谢卡斯 为佛法修行人树立了很好的榜样,对上师的话一诺千金,排除万难,全力以赴。这才是在佛法修行上获得成就的不二法门!

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  1. samfoonheei on Jul 15, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Thank you Pastor Seng Piow.
    A true and interesting story of.Pastor Antoinette Kass..which i do enjoy reading it. She just simple amazing coming to Malaysia all the way from a place half the globe. Pastor Antoinette sacrifice all to be here in KFR to meet Rinpoche and to become a Pastor.Not easy after all somehow with her determination and will power she over come it.Pastor Antoinette is an example to all.We are blessed to have Pastor Antoinette to spread the dharma teachings of Rinpoche .A big salute to Pastor Antoinette and all the Pastors at KFR .

  2. Jason on Apr 20, 2016 at 2:12 am

    Tonight , I feel like want to support Kechara pastor in financial way so I search the link in Rinpoche’s blog and I found out a article about Pastor Antoinette. I am very admired Pastor Antoinette can sacrifice many things and relocated to KFR to be ordained Pastor. She had to start new life from nothing in KFR .Dharma teachings and sharing are the motivator for her to do that. she will teach us all the dharma teachings given by Tsem Rinpoche.
    I am very proud and blessed to be Kecharian especially we had such a good and
    responsible pastor. I will practice all the dharma and do my best to support Kechara Pastor.
    Thanks Pastor Seng Piow write up to let more people know well on Kechara Pastors.

  3. Stella Cheang on Apr 4, 2016 at 11:38 am

    It is very inspiring to learn about the story of Pastor Antoinette Kass. She first met His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche in 2011. Over the next four years, there were less than 24 hours of personal meeting between Pastor Antoinette and Rinpoche. Yet on Wesak Day 2015, Pastor Antoinette took a bold step forward by shaving her head and joining the big family of Kechara by becoming a Pastor.

    Kechara’s Buddhist Pastors received their ordination from His Eminence, whose vows stem from an unbroken lineage of Tibetan Buddhist masters, tracing all the way back to Lord Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha. Pastors bridge the gap between the ordained Sangha and the everyday practitioner. By holding their Pastor’s vow, they make the Dharma more accessible to people, giving guidance and sharing their knowledge. You may find out more information about Kechara Pastors here : http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/support-the-kechara-pastors.html

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for this blogpost.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  4. Wan Wai Meng on Oct 31, 2015 at 2:50 am

    Antoinette is a very sincere practitioner of the dharma and very easy to be with and work with her. Looking forward to her spiritual growth.

  5. Li Kheng on May 23, 2015 at 1:18 am

    Pastor Antoinette does not speak a lot and when you ask her to talk about herself, she does not indulge in self promotion. However, Pastor Antoinette does speaks passionately when she shares about Feldenkrais and Bach Flowers because she believes that people can heal through these two “solutions”. Her desire to heal others is not limited, she shares her Bach Flower concoctions generously with the plants and animals in Kechara Forest Retreat!

    It is because of Pastor’s conviction to this cause that I call her our Green Doctor.

    I am glad to have pastor with us and look forward to seeing her benefit the people around her in the Western as well as Eastern hemisphere.

  6. Julia Tan on May 17, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Like Pastor Seng Piow said, Pastor Antoinette is from the other side of the earth. She knows nothing about our culture and language, she didn’t know anyone here. She’s here for Dharma, when she found H.E. Tsem Rinpoche on the youtube. Having this strong karmic connection with Rinpoche, she came all the way to meet Rinpoche 2011 and today she is already a Pastor nun-to-be. Wow, a true Vajrayana practitioner, fast track!

    Pastor Antoinette,
    You are a very dear friend to have. You had taken a huge step in Dharma in order to serve others better. I rejoice for you ordination. Your determination is very inspiring. Thank you for chosen Dharma path as your life journey. You will bring many to Dharma.

  7. Kevin W on May 15, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Congrats Antoinette. May the Dharma spreads far and wide under Rinpoche’s guidance. 🙂

  8. Pavara Lam on May 11, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    It is great to see that Antoinette came all the way from Europe to join Kechara. It really is pleasing to see that someone could leave her nice and comfortable home, just to be near the Dharma. Of course such cases are rare, because not many people want to leave their comfort zone and also make the long journey all the way from Europe where life is quite simplified.
    Antoinette was also willing to make life in Malaysia, which could be a bit hard as the weather, language and other factors are different compared to Luxembourg.

  9. Patsy on May 10, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Congratulations Pastor Antoinette for being ordained as a Pastor and a Sangha-to-be. You have come a long way in search for your spiritual path and you have found your “home” in Kechara. Your faith and trust in H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche and your determination and courage to pursue your spiritual path is an inspiration to many.

    May you always be protected by The Three Jewels. May your spiritual practice grow and may you spread the dharma and help those who are in need.

  10. Uncle Eddie on May 10, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Dear Pastor Antoinette Kass, following Rinpoche’s unique footsteps, you made your extraordinary journey in travelling across the world from Luxemborg to fulfill your hearfelt desire. That is truly a shinning example of a Dharma practioner. All of us will pray hard for your success to overcome all your future hurdles and obstacles in fulfillment of your selfless desire to bring happiness to others. Our most heartfelt congratulations to you, and may successes crown you constantly! Om mani Padme Hung.

  11. Low KHJB on May 9, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Thank you Pastor Seng Piow for the sharing on Antoinette Kass journey towards her decision to take up the holy vows to become a Pastor.
    We had met her on Wesak Day to witness her ordination along with 2 other pastor.
    We could feel that Pastor Antoinette has a sincere and caring personality .She would be an excellent example to share Dharma knowledge with others as she truly believes in Kechara existence to spread the holy Dharma to all those with interest in transforming their mind through dharma practice.
    Keep it up Pastor Antoinette ,may you find joy in your Dharma sharing to all those in need….

  12. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on May 7, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Pastor Antoinette Kass has come all the way from Luxembourg to pursue her Dharma journey in Kechara under the guidance of Rinpoche. Her persistent effort, hard work, kindness, compassion and selflessness has become our inspiration and motivation to do more for Dharma to benefit many people and all sentient beings. Thank you Pastor Antoinette. May you receive the blessings and protection from the 3 Jewels and all the Buddhas in this lifetime and many future lifetimes.

  13. Datuk May on May 7, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    From bewilderment to serenity and peace. With a face that inspires. These are the phrases I would describe our new Pastor Antoinette, as this is the simple and empowering way she has transformed from arriving in Kechara 3 short years ago.

    It was bewilderment for Pastor Antoinette as Kuala Lumpur is very very different from Luxemburg, but she took it all in her stride based on her strong faith in HE Tsem Rinpoche and His gift of the Dharma to all of us.

    Overcoming her experience of ”strangeness” Pastor Antoinette assimilated into our eastern culture and looking at her now is simply awesome.

    My heart felt wishes and congratulations to Pastor Antoinette.

  14. Andrew on May 7, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    I like this story a lot ask your guru for no thing
    Shave your head and study
    Grow it back again or make a stand against the stainless steel industry.
    And never shave your head.
    The important thing in this series is the answer lives inside you
    You are the guru and the student.
    So having suggested this do the things that bring the maximum happiness to those around you.
    Now consider all things three past present and future then consider all of the dimensions you can not consider

  15. Pee Bee Chong on May 6, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    Thank you Pastor Seng Piow for the sharing.
    Congratulation Pastor Antoinette Kass. Your journey is truly aspiring and encouraging. May you have a successfully spiritual journey and all your wishes come true.

  16. Louise Lee on May 6, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    恭喜 Antoinette讲法师. 我记得第一次见到 Antoinette 时,她连要在那里吃东西也不知道。我们大家一起去吃饭,Antoinette 到我们的部门里当义工。 Antoinette讲法师给我的印象非常深刻,非常有礼貌也很谦虚。

    现在 Antoinette讲法师已经在灵修的过程迈向更大步, 我深深的祝福她。

  17. ng on May 6, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Pastor Antoinette,

    I’m so happy for you. You’ve taken your first steps to everlasting happiness. May you continue to inspire and bless us. May you guide us and may you quickly gain attainments.

  18. Sock Wan on May 6, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Yes, Pastor Antoinette is a very courageous woman, she left her home and came to Malaysia to pursue her spiritual practice. How many of us can do that? It is like asking us to leave everything we have and go live in Siberia with a group of people who we do not know at all.

    I have always admire her courage. This is how much she values Dharma. I rejoice very much for her when she made the decision to become ordained. I was very moved to see her in white. She radiates the energy of a Sangha, it is my honour to know and work with her.

    Congratulations Pastor Antoinette!

  19. Sharon Ong on May 6, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Am blessed to be able to meet many inspiring people since I joined Kechara and Pastor Antoinette is just one of the many. I wish Pastor Antoinette a beautiful, smooth and successful spiritual journey.

  20. Pastor Antoinette Kass on May 6, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Rinpoche is the main inspiration. He works tirelessly to benefit all of us.
    It is through His hard work, care and skillful means and all of those working together with Rinpoche that Kechara and its 13 departments as well as Kechara Forest Retrait has manifested.

    We have the most precious, our Guru H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche who teaches us Dharma through this blog, Facebook and Twitter. We can read and listen to His teachings at any moment, wherever we are. Teachings are available on CD, DVD as well as on MP3 for free download.

    The many beneficial books written by Rinpoche can be invited through many bookstores as well as through the Internet. Dharma items are available in Kechara Paradise as well as online through http://www.vajrasecrets.com. Even Pujas can be ordered through Kechara and http://www.vajrasecrets.com.
    The Kechara Pastors have many duties from teaching Dharma classes to performing pujas, giving blessings as well as performing animal liberation.

    Rinpoche is very devoted and truly cares for all of us to attain the highest, Enlightenment.

    I am most grateful to my Guru H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche and His organization Kechara and everyone helping to make Rinpoche’s vision come true. I am most honored to be a Pastor and to help others, relieve their suffering and bring them happiness.

    May H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche have long life, health and may all His wishes come true swiftly and smoothly.

    Thanks to everyone who supports Rinpoche’s vision and mission and helps to make Kechara grow to benefit more people and make this world a better place.

    • Jacinta Goh on May 6, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      Congratulations Pastor Antoinette on your decision to becoming a Sangha in the future. Due to this decision, You have put yourself in the forefront to be of tremendous benefits for others, selflessly and tiressly. You have decided to be the example for others instead of hoping others to become one. You have overcome your innermost fear and I am very happy for you. Due to the unknown many have put off this aspiration, let alone walking all the way. Hearing your story has inspired me to have this highest aspiration as well. ( I have never met Rinpoche till now too but I have gained tremendous benefits from His teachings and have benefited those who are close to me too, in a way) We indeed need Sangha members continue practicing, preserving and upholding Dharma teachings as long as we can. Pastor Antoinette, just follow your heart and I really hope you will achieve enlightenment in this very lifetime !!!! Thank you , really proud you!

    • Loh Ann Leong (Penang) on May 8, 2015 at 2:46 am

      Pastor Antoinette, your Dharma journey are truly inspiring, yet facing obstacles but you managed to pull it through.
      Rejoice to you, Pastor Antoinette for choosing the Dharma path by having aspirations to relieve the suffering of others.
      You Pastor have inspired me to do more. Thank you !!

  21. Robert Anderson on May 6, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Congradulations Antoinette!!! Your win is a win for all when its a win for dharma. Great example of going all the way with good devotion and trust. I am very happy for you and your accomplishments. You are a great example to all. You look very happy with your choice. May your accomplishments grow positively daily.

    She has received true wealth wich is the happiness from helping others:)

  22. Pastor Gim Lee on May 6, 2015 at 7:45 am

    Congratulations Pastor Antoinette on your ordination as Buddhist Pastor Sangha-to-be.

    I am very happy and rejoice in your decision to go all the way in Dharma with your sincere motivation to benefit others.

    As one of the few who was in contact with you even before your first visit in 2011 and now working in the same beautiful Kechara Forest Retreat, I must compliment you for your exceptional spiritual progress.

    It is the norm for people who are on the path doing meritorious works to face challenges, and what we’re doing in Rinpoche’s mandala is for a great benefits to others. Similarly, your journey on spiritual path is never a bed of roses, yet you persevered and carried on due to your trust in our Guru and the Dharma itself. You are truly an inspiration to many.

    May you be able to inspire and benefit many more people onto the Dharma path.

    Your friend and sister in Dharma,
    Pastor Gim Lee

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    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 10:01 PM
    This is really great news for having SFS campaign to help the stray dogs. Other than to urge and educate the public to treat the stray dogs with compassionately, SFS campaign encourages for all quarters to work together to spay or neuter stray animals which is an effective method to control the amount of stray dogs. Indirectly, this may reduce the suffering of stray dogs from being abused or die because of starvation.

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    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 10:00 PM
    Good news finally Selangor becaome the first state free from stray dogs. With the support of the royalties and the Selangor Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) organised the campaign to make
    the state free of stray dogs and create the awareness of compassionate love towards stray animals.They are working work towards a radical change,thats a worderful news.
    Well ,do hope more states will follow Selangor to replace the inhumane way of dealing with stray animals too.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful news.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 03:29 PM
    Very inspiring true story of a monk…Master Xuyun after going through many hardships and illness to pursue what he wanted to be. What he did was amazing travelling in harsh conditions to so many places just to preach chinese buddhism from one country to another. Master Xuyun has spent his entired life devoted to the Dharma,During the war many monasteries and holy sites was destroyed but somehow Master Xuyun managed to restore once again.Because of him ,those monasteries and holy sites were till today. He was a household name at that time and have inspired many modern spiritual seeker to strive along the path towards enlightenment.
    Thank you Pastor Adeline Woon for such an interesting and inspiring article.
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    It is ironic that Dalai Lama would have given a remarks to discourage country such as Germany to accept refugees and that refugees should return to homeland and to build the country. I think this is really a callous statement to be mentioned. Dalai Lama being the Tibetan Buddhist leader should portray compassion and extending help to those in need. All these refugees are running away for their life because their own country is not safe to stay anymore. Just like what Tibetan has encountered in the late 1950s.

    This kind of contrary statement is also very obvious in the Dorje Shugden ban. Dorje Shugden have been practised by many high lamas since 400 years ago and also by Dalai Lama’s Guru but it is ban by Tibetan leadership.

    Dalai Lama is a high lama and is believed to be the emanation of Chenrezig. Although his statements were contrary sometimes but I believe he would have the reason that we may not understand yet. Hopefully all the issues would be resolve in peace.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/dalai-lama-says-too-many-refugees-in-europe.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 12:34 AM
    Wonderful good news to learn about this first of its kind progressive campaign to help the stray animals in Malaysia by the Sultan and Permaisuri of Selangor. While stray animals can be a nuisance to the public at large but bear in mind, the strays do not have a choice, and we have a role to play. Neutering strays is a humane and compassionate ways of resolving the program of stray animals in the long run because it largely reduces the numbers of strays on the streets. Neutering and proving proper shelters to strays can prevent thousands of animals from being born, only to suffer and struggle to survive on the streets, be abused by cruel or neglectful people, or be euthanized inhumanely. I have read somewhere that says spaying and neutering makes a big difference: Just one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce an incredible 370,000 kittens!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/stray-free-selangor.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 12:15 AM
    Humans and animals, as well as other sentient beings within the six realms of samsara, are subjected to the law of cyclic of existence. Karma or generally known as the law of cause and effect will determine where we take our next rebirth. It is extremely rare for sentient beings to take the form of a human body and in perfect condition. Hence we must not let this precious lifetime go to waste by indulging in silly actions and harmful ways. If we are born in the animals realms or lower, there is close to zero way for us to collect merits and get out of that realm.

    From the stories above, I find the story about Dalawong most unusual because he seemed to be able to determine the destination of his next rebirth after he was being killed as a snake. After he had taken rebirth in human form, he continued to remember the incident in his past life. Amazing!

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing these researches with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/do-animals-reincarnate-back-as-humans.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 09:42 PM
    If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 03:50 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article about tsa tsa. Didn’t know there are many steps and holy materials used in making a tsa tsa. In addition, the maker of tsa tsa would need to do prayer in the morning depending of what tsa tsa they are making on the day, for example, the maker will do Dorje Shugden practise before making Dorje Shugden tsa tsa.

    Only by knowing the process, we will appreciate the items more. Tsa tsa is a precious item.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/tsa-tsas-are-nice.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 09:28 AM
    Dalawong: A Child Recalls a Past Life as a Cobra in Thailand

    This case was actually researched by the late Francis Story, a British citizen who was fascinated with Buddhism and spent many years in Asia. He was also very interested in the topic of reincarnation and assisted Dr. Stevenson in investigating a number of very important reincarnation cases in Burma and Sri Lanka. Francis interviewed the subject of this case, a Thai boy named Dalowong, along with his father, mother and sister. He also had access to a pamphlet that was previously published regarding the case, which was also summarized in an article in the Bangkok Times.

    Dalawong actually claimed two past animal incarnations. He recalled a past lifetime as a deer, which he said was killed by a hunter. Subsequently, he stated he was reincarnated as a snake, more specifically, as a cobra.

    As the snake, Dalawong remembered that he was in a cave when two dogs entered and attacked him. A ferocious struggle ensued between the cobra and the dogs. The owner of the dogs then entered the cave and killed the snake. Apparently, the snake was able to bite the human invader on the shoulder, prior to succumbing to death.

    The human took the cobra’s body back home, where the snake was cooked for a meal. This man shared the snake meat with an acquaintance, who would become Dalawong’s father in the near future. The man who killed the cobra had the name Mr. Hiew.

    Read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/do-animals-reincarnate-back-as-humans.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 08:40 PM
    谢谢Paul Yap 为我们介绍马来西亚彭亨州文东必定参观的地方之一~克切拉禅修林。就如照片显示,克切拉禅修林的确是一个环境清幽、山明水秀以及令人有宁静舒适的感觉。

    如果有机会到马来西亚游玩,千万不要错过由Paul Yap介绍克切拉禅修林里的几个优美与神圣的地方,包括:
    1. 金泽”财王”
    2. 金刚瑜伽母佛塔
    3. 绿度母石雕像
    4. 药师佛山
    5. 梦幻文殊菩萨
    6. 詹仁波切的货柜屋
    7. 文殊山
    8. 智慧堂(释迦摩尼佛像和多杰雄登像)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 08:09 PM
    The sculpture of Kuan Yin in Macau is simple but elegant. Most importantly, this big Kuan Yin in Macau is built to bring peace, harmony and prosperity to the people.

    I remember Rinpoche mentioned before a big Buddha statue will have positive impact on the environment and plant the Buddha’s seeds in all sentient beings that not only humans but also including animals and many others. Therefore, the bigger Buddha statue the more beneficial to all sentient beings where they can see and be blessed by this big Buddha statue from far.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/kuan-yin-of-macau-city.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 03:29 PM
    Krishnan’s effort and hard work in contributing to the society is very inspiring. He is willing to let go of his high paying job to Switzerland and staying back in India to operate a soup kitchen for homeless. On top of that he is willing to accept the hardship of financial restraint every month in maintaining his service for the people living in the street. I hope his good work will bring more awareness and sponsors for him especially when CNN showed the video of his work and awarded him with top 10 CNN heroes.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/chef-turned-hero.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 06:42 PM
    According to the Buddhist teachings, we all have a unique blend of karma that determines where we are born, the circumstances of our birth and the quality of our life. Naturally, this is due to the actions that we performed in previous lives. Karma also dictates our characteristics and traits that determine how we act throughout our lives, which in turn leads to certain outcomes in this life and a determination of where we will take rebirth in the future.

    Karma, however, is not set in stone. We can change our circumstances through our own efforts – purification of karma and accumulation of merit. Tibetan astrology, based on these Buddhist principles, provides us the methods to ensure success in this life and a good rebirth in the future. Tibetan astrology can also predict what will happen to us in this life and our next rebirth based on the time of our birth.

    Discover your traits according to the Mewa, or Magical Square system of Tibetan astrology below, and find out how to purify your negative karma to improve your life!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 05:24 PM
    Very interesting:


    Radin explained in his book: “For a Western-trained academic, the mere existence of, say, telepathy would be considered supernormal and thus wildly extraordinary. But for an experienced yogi, it’s just a boringly normal minor siddhi [a Sanskrit term for a meditation attainment, or power]. A skeptical scientist, not having the benefit of thousands of hours of practice in yoga and meditation, would require repeatable, rigorously obtained experimental data showing odds against chance of a gazillion to one. The yogi merely requires his own experience.”


    Very interesting read: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2157904-supernormal-abilities-developed-through-meditation-dr-dean-radin-discusses/?sidebar=morein

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Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
yesterday
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
4 days ago
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
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March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
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More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
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Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
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My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
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Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
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Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
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Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
3 months ago
Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
3 months ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
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Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
4 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
4 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
4 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
4 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
4 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
5 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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  • March 28, 2017 09:11
    Lia asked: If the ushnisha is actually supposed to be a bump, then do we change the visualization of the top knot and replace it with a bump covered in hair or do we keep the ushnisha as the thangkas show?
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  • March 27, 2017 04:19
    Dongho asked: I have been reading on the tunes of certain sects and would like to ask on this. From what I've read, there are certain tunes to each sect and school of certain chants. Exactly where can I find the sheet music for these percussion and horns with the chants, such as to the one for invoking Kache Marpo or Dorje Shugden? Would it be possible to use school instruments for this?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your question, it is good to see you back and asking more questions. Yes you are right, there are differences in the tunes and chants between the lineages. The differences can vary significantly between the traditions, for example the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism is known for its extremely deep throat singing which is very powerful and is characterised by a low, booming voice, in contrast to the other traditions. Even within a particular tradition, there can be slight variations as to the manner in which the chants and tunes are performed. For example those monasteries are which are affiliated with Gyume will have one way of throat singing, where those affiliated with Gyuto will have another. As far as I am aware there is no professional sheet music for the rituals, most probably because the music is actually an integral part of the ritual itself. Therefore the music, tunes, and chants are all taught at the same time the ritual and prayers are. The tunes, and use of the instruments all have specific meanings, because they are considered to be offerings to the deities in the form of sound. The monasteries would not have copies of sheet music either, because sheet music is western practice. The use of ritual music within Tibetan Buddhism is more of one based on memory. In the Kechara organisation, the puja team was trained in such ritual instruments at the same time they learnt the particular ritual from monks from the monastery, such as the puja of Dorje Shugden. From what I saw of the training, the musical tunes, and use of instruments was not written down but taught experientially at the same time as the chanting. I have not come across any other instruments being used in pujas apart from the traditional ritual instruments, because even the instruments themselves have a specific meaning. That is not say that school instruments cannot be used. This is because, as long as the offering is sincere, the Buddhas and enlightened deities will accept it, and in turn you will generate great amounts of merit. Offerings should be made to the best of our ability, therefore if you do not have access to the ritual instruments, or do not know how to play them, but you know how to play other instruments, and use these instruments as offerings to the Buddhas during pujas, the amount of merit you generate will be the same. This is because you are sincere with your offering. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 26, 2017 02:14
    Kunga asked: Does the Gelug have Begtse a protector? If so, could you please provide a sadhana for him here?
    pastor answered: Dear Kunga, Yes the Dharma protector Begtse exists within the Gelug tradition. He is also known as Chamsing. Begtse’s practice stems from India and was introduced to Tibet and therefore Tibetan Buddhism by the translator Nyen Lotsawa. Marpa Lotsawa also practiced Begtse, and so the practice exists in the Kagyu traditions. This practice was eventually transmitted to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first of the five patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, who were the founding fathers of that tradition. Over time the practice of Begtse was incorporated into the Gelug tradition, founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, and was notably practiced by the 1st and 2nd Dalai Lamas. Over time the practice gained popularity within the lineage, especially when it spread to Mongolia. There the practice became an important one within the lineage as upheld there. Begtse is also affectionately known as the Dharma protector of Mongolia, because his practice is so popular there. If I am not mistaken, there is an oracle of Begtse in Mongolia as well. There is a mistaken account that the practice originated around the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama, with the subjugation of a Mongolian war god, but Begtse was definitely practiced before that time in the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya traditions. While the practice of Begtse is very effective, I have not come across the practice of Begtse in my personal practice, therefore I do not have access to the Begtse sadhana to provide to you. Instead Begtse is propitiated in prayers that incorporate many other Dharma protectors, and Begtse is also considered one of the nine protectors of the Hayagriva (Tamdrin) cycle of tantric teachings. Therefore Begtse is included in the Dharma protector sections of the Hayagriva tantras. Surrounding Begtse are his sister, Sing Ma, and his main minister, Le Khan Mar Po. His inner retinue comprises of eight butchers who wield copper swords in their right hands and skull-cups full of blood in their left hands. They are portrayed as naked and are very ugly. His outer retinue comprises a further twenty-one butchers, who hold copper swords in their right hands, and this time, the entrails of butchered enemies. They wear the skins humans and oxen as clothes, with ornaments made from human bone. While this may seem violent, Begtse is actually a very powerful and beneficial protector, who helps practitioners clear their obstacles and create conducive conditions for their spiritual evolution. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 24, 2017 20:12
    Azair asked: Venerable Rinpoche, I am doing a study in Kalachakra Tantra and I've heard from most of the lama's too that if you practice the Kalachakra Tantra, you'll be able to take control of your next rebirth. Ofcourse, it has been said that we will get our rebirth according to our Karma and desires but whether those dreams will get fulfilled will depend upon the actions that we take in this life. Thus, practicing the Kalachakra(till the end) after initiation will give you the opportunity to take rebirth anywhere you desire regardless of your Karma. My question is that, is there some truth in this statement.? Does this statement hold true for other tantra practices, such as Vajrayogini Tantra, Ghuyasamaja Tantra, Heruka Tantra, etc. I would really really like to know. Thankyou in anticipation, regards, Azair
    pastor answered: Dear Azair, Thank you for your question. Yes there is truth to this statement, both from a scriptural perspective and also by example, as the great masters have shown us. This is a unique feature of all Anuttarayoga Tantras or Highest Yoga Tantras, which Kalachakra, Vajrayogini, Guhyasama and Heruka are all examples of. This category of tantric practice can actually lead a practitioner to full enlightenment in this very lifetime. Even if enlightenment is not reached, very high levels of attainment can be reached nonetheless. This includes the ability to take control over your next rebirth. This is primarily engaged in so that the practitioner is born in an environment where they can eventually pick up their practice and further their spiritual path to enlightenment, or in order to be born in a place where they can benefit sentient beings the most, as part of the spiritual journey over many lifetimes. One of the reasons such an ability is very necessary on the spiritual path, is that usual death and rebirth occurs at the mercy of ones karma, specifically what is known as the ‘throwing karma’ or the karma that dictates what sort of rebirth a person is going to take. This opens up at the time of ordinary death, which most people have no control over. During the death process, many of our disturbing emotions will arise. Whichever of these is the strongest at the point of death triggers open a latent karmic potential, which becomes the ‘throwing karma’ and dictates where we are going to take rebirth and if that life will generally be full of suffering or not. Within Anuttarayoga Tantra, one of the key points of practice is to prepare for one’s death. This is done by simulating the dying process during one’s meditations, so that one becomes familiar with it. At the most pivotal part of this process, one practices achieving either the rainbow body or great bliss (in the case of the father tantras); or clear light (in the case of mother tantras). The tantras themselves are not defined in terms of the gender of the central deity, but by the method used to gain enlightenment. This is either the rainbow body/great bliss (classified as male, therefore labelled ‘father’) or clear light (classified as female, therefore labelled ‘mother’). Non-dual tantras such as the Kalachakra tantra can employ either of the two methods, a mixture of both, or alternate methods. In the case of superior practitioners, due to the power of their practice, they can achieve either of these two methods in their current body. Since they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, and a particular method of practice, they can also achieve enlightenment during their physical death. The great Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have achieved enlightenment at the moment of physical death, using the second of these. For other practitioners, they may not be able to achieve this either in their meditations while they are alive, or during the death process. However because they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, they remain in complete concentration at the time of death, not allowing any disturbing emotions to arise. Due to this level of concentration, meditation and awareness during the dying process, they are able to control where they next take rebirth. This is evident in the tantric scriptures themselves, and the life stories of many masters, who can state exactly where, when and to whom they will take their next rebirth, as they are in full control of the dying and rebirth process. There is a type of meditation called ‘thukdam’ which has been translated into ‘death meditation’. This is a final meditation some masters choose to engage in. During this meditation, the master themselves consciously begin the physical dying process themselves, engage in the meditation of dissolving the winds into the heart centre and remain in the most pivotal part of the death process, the mind of clear light of death. During this point they engage in meditations, either the methods of the father or mother tantras as mentioned previously, and or consciously choose where they are to next take rebirth. They can remain in this death meditation for long periods of time, days at an end, in which their consciousness has not yet left their body, although for all intents and purposes they are dead according to medical science, e.g. they have no heartbeat. At the end of their meditation, a drop of blood will be emitted from their nostril, and their head will slump over a little. Masters who engage in this meditation usually sit in full meditation posture, and their body remain supple and soft even though they have passed away from a medical point of view. I hope this brief explanation helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2017 23:01
    Brad asked: What is the significance of offering the Seven precious emblems of royalty to the Buddhas and enlightened Dharma Protectors? What are we symbolically offering up?
    pastor answered: Dear Brad, Thank you for your question. The ‘saptaratna’ or seven precious emblems represent on the one hand the ultimate state of temporal power, and on the other hand the ultimate spiritual attainments that we can achieve. By offering these to the Buddhas, we are actually creating the causes to achieve what they represent. Therefore it is good to know the meaning of each, so we can understand what we are creating the causes for by offering them up: Please see below for an explanation of the seven royal emblems: 1. The Precious Wheel: a thousand spoked wheel, representing the universal power of the Buddhas, as well as the teachings of the thousand Buddhas of our aeon. It is represented by the Dharmachakra, symbolising the ‘turning of the wheel’ or teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, especially that of our own mind, thoughts, delusions and afflictions. 2. The Precious Jewel: an eight sided wish-granting gem, which fulfils all the needs of a universal emperor. This jewel has eight special qualities: it illuminates the night sky for hundreds of leagues; it is cooling when the temperature is hot and warming when the temperature is cold; it makes manifest whatever the holder wants; when thirsty it causes a fresh-water spring to appear; it has the ability to control the nagas, and other supernatural beings, as well as preventing natural disasters such as storms, floods, etc.; it gives off multi-coloured lighted which heals the various mental and emotional afflictions; it cures all illnesses; and it ensures that one dies a natural death, not an untimely one. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, or perfect discrimination, so one knows what to abandon and what to keep in the mindstream during the spiritual journey to enlightenment. 3. The Precious Queen: the most beautiful and virtuous of all women. She is described as a goddess who is the epitome of someone: with devotion; without jealousy; who is the embodiment of fertility; who works for the welfare of all beings; who possess feminine wisdom; speaks the truth; not attract to sensual pleasures or material possessions; and does not have false views. She is adored by all. She also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect effort. This is necessary to keep meditating until one gains spiritual attainments. 4. The Precious Minister: who has sharp intelligence, patience, and the ability to give wise counsel to the emperor. He is so attuned to the emperor that even before the emperor has spoken, the minister is already carrying out his command. He only wishes to support the Dharma, help sentient beings, and is an excellent strategist. He also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect joy. This is also akin to the attainment of the first bodhisattva level, because you have come to an understanding of your own mind, which is like pouring ice-cold water into boiling water. The water stops boiling, as does the thoughts, projections, and delusions in the mind. He represents the path of the bodhisattva. 5. The Precious Elephant: who has the strength of a thousand normal elephants. He is white, with the perfect features that an elephant could have. He is majestic, graceful, and gentle, but in battle is fearsome, fearless and unyielding. He communicates with the emperor through a telepathic link. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect adaptability. This is important, as one needs to be able to adapt to the various mental afflictions as they arise, and suitably counter them. 6. The Precious Horse: who has all the marks of a celestial horse. Known as wind-horse, he is able to travel extremely fast, and can circumambulate the entire universe three time in just a single day. He is never fearful or startled, never makes a sound when galloping, and has extremely soft hairs on his body. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is single-pointed concentration. This is important because without this form of concentration, once cannot engage in the analytical meditations that lead to an understanding of emptiness, and therefore enlightenment. 7. The Precious General: who has mastered the arts of war and always wins in battle. He wears battle armour and holds many different weapons. He tries to avoid battle, but when necessary fights, and never gives up until he has won. He is fearless, and courageous in carrying out the emperors commands and ensures the emperors army carries out their duties. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect equanimity. This is because he overcomes all warfare, which is akin to the battle between things were are attached to and things we have an aversion for in our minds. In short, what you are offering up is the highest of all temporal treasures and abilities, as well as the entire path of the Dharma. Doing so creates the causes for you to receive all of this on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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