Black Manjushri and An Overview of the Mind
Written by Beng Kooi
7 November 2015 was an important day in the history of Kechara. This day marked the first of a series of Dharma talks by Kechara’s Pastors and H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche’s senior students, who are steeped in Dharma knowledge and practice from years of being close to and learning from Rinpoche.
The inaugural talk was given by Pastor David Lai on the topic “Black Manjushri and An Overview of the Mind“, which was very well-received by an audience of 119 in the packed Dining Room of Dukkar Apartments in Kechara Forest Retreat.
Apart from explanations on how to engage in the practice and yogic exercises of Black Manjushri, and the benefits of this practice (including wisdom, healing, alleviating obstacles, bad dreams, spirits, black magic and other negative interferences), Pastor David also covered a wealth of topics on the mind including the process of death, the chakras in the body, and how our past experiences shape our future.
The crowded room was testament not only to Pastor David’s wealth of Dharma knowledge and skill in conveying the teachings in a manner easily understandable by the general public, but also to Rinpoche’s ability to imprint the Buddha’s wisdom AND its practical applications in the minds of his students. This ability to create sincere practitioners, Dharma scholars and holders of the lineage, especially in a place where Dharma has only begun to take root, is a sign of a great master who has returned lifetime after lifetime to bring ultimate happiness to others.
Thus, even the creation of Kechara Forest Retreat is part of a grand plan to ensure the Buddha’s teachings live on to be taught and practiced by future generations. In fact, Kechara Forest Retreat will be an institution where home-grown spiritual teachers, meditators and practitioners are created.
So, it was an extremely auspicious omen when a huge double rainbow appeared over Kechara Forest Retreat immediately after the talk concluded! In the words of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche:
“This rainbow is NOT coincidence as there is no rain or clouds. This rainbow is a sign after today’s teachings by Pastor David Lai that our people here can hold the lineage, can disseminate the teachings and can gather many people here to learn the dharma. That Kechara Forest Retreat can become this type of place if we set out to accomplish this.”
~ H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche
Starting December 2015, Black Manjushri puja will be conducted weekly in Kechara House, so watch the video below if you were not able to attend the talk or if you want to brush up on the practice!
Feedback from Participants
Pastor David Lai was extremely patient in his teachings and made sure we understood what was being taught. Everything went well and I left feeling blessed with Black Manjushri’s Sadhana and some understanding of the Mind. Thank you to all involved for making this talk a success.
~ Jill Yam
Brilliant teaching on Black Manjushri and An Overview of the Mind. Thank you Pastor David. Thank you to the wonderful and hardworking organizing team.
~ Lucy Yap
Pastor David Lai gave a clear teaching of Black Manjushri and how our mind and thought processes are related to a yidam practice like this. The model, Phng Li Kheng demonstrated the breathing exercises required and Martin Chow was a good emcee. These kinds of teachings should not be missed because these Kechara pastors are imparting rare and precious teachings to fortunate Dharma students to benefit their spiritual growth. Thank you for organising these. The best thing is a double rainbow appeared, while there were no rain clouds, over in Kechara Forest Retreat and Bentong town just after the teaching finished. How auspicious indeed.
~ May Ong
Pictures from the Dharma talk
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- Black Manjushri
- A Black Manjushri Sadhana: Self-Healing Meditation and Exercises
- White Manjushri Daily Practice
- Practice of Manjushri and Saraswati by His Eminence Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche
- Manjushri on a Pond
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