Holy Mother Tara comes to KFR!

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This image of Green Tara was drawn by Tsem Rinpoche when he was a very young boy. Tsem Rinpoche has always loved Tara. Even as a child, Rinpoche would draw her image and pass them to his friends and family to wear, instinctively knowing she is a great protectoress.

This image of Green Tara was drawn by Tsem Rinpoche when he was a very young boy. Tsem Rinpoche has always loved Tara. Even as a child, Rinpoche would draw her image and pass them to his friends and family to wear, instinctively knowing she is a great protectoress.

One of the most popular deities and practices in the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon is that of the female Buddha Tara. There are varying legends about her origins and how she arose. In some traditions, Tara is said to have emanated from the tears of Avalokiteshvara (Tibetan: Chenrezig). He had been working for a long time to alleviate sentient beings’ sufferings. One day however, Avalokiteshvara came to realise that there were still countless beings to help and he manifested despondency at the apparent hopelessness of the task at hand. He began to cry and from the pool formed by his tears, a lotus arose and inside the lotus was Tara. She spoke to Avalokiteshvara, telling him not to worry and reassuring him that he would have her assistance.

Another tradition tells that many aeons ago, during the time of Buddha Dundubhisvara, there lived a princess named ‘Moon of Wisdom-knowledge’ (Tibetan: Dawa Lhamo). She was a very devoted disciple of the Buddha and Sangha, making offerings to the Three Jewels every day. Eventually the princess herself generated bodhicitta. Upon hearing this, some monks (bhikshus) went to visit her to pay homage. During their visit, they encouraged her to dedicate her merits towards being reborn as a male.

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Pastor Niral in front of the 9-ft Stone Tara at Kechara Forest Retreat

Their encouragement may sound strange to modern ears but these bhikshus were well-meaning. They were not speaking to degrade women in any way, but really believed (as was the norm at the time) that women were not equal to men. Since women were considered not equal to men, it was also believed that their bodies must be inferior too and an impediment to achieving enlightenment. Thus the bhikshus spoke to the princess in this way, out of concern for the physical difficulties associated with being female and wanting her to avoid them.

The princess firmly and politely refused, telling them that there is no difference between men and women. She explained that women are just as capable as men in achieving enlightenment because Buddhist practices are concerned with the transformation of the mind, and not the physical form. Then she made a vow that when she became fully enlightened, she will do so in the form of a female to demonstrate her point. In that very lifetime, she fulfilled her vow and became fully attained, thereafter predominantly manifesting in the female form to benefit sentient beings.

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The newly-completed Tara area in Kechara Forest Retreat! Come and pay homage to the great female Buddha Tara!

Regardless of which origins story we subscribe to, the common theme is that this holy goddess arose out of her compassion to benefit sentient beings. She is extremely popular in the Tibetan Buddhist world, regardless of sect or tradition, because her practice is a gentle one that, although simple, still confers great benefits and protection. According to His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Tara is so holy that images of her are automatically sacred and blessed, and need not be consecrated. Thus most Tibetan Buddhist altars and Dharma centres will have some depiction of Tara, and Kechara is no exception.

On May 24, 2016 Kechara was very fortunate to welcome the arrival of our 9-ft stone Tara statue, placing her at the start of Tara Walk. It had been many months in the making, with regular visits to the workshop and craftsmen to ensure her iconography was absolutely perfect. With one face and two arms, and a gentle motherly smile, Tara is depicted as a young girl adorned with the six ornaments – her crown, necklace, armlets, anklets and her body itself which is said to be so beautiful, no woman in samsara can compare. These ornaments represent Tara’s attainment of the six paramitas.

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The new Tara statue area, with our beautiful 9-ft Mother Tara statue on her stone platform. To the left is the candle-offering grotto and in the background, the water feature with gently flowing water.

In the following weeks since her arrival, the Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) team have been hard at work beautifying the area surrounding Tara by planting trees, shrubbery and flowering plants. Many of these plants were personally selected and purchased by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, who wanted to make sure the environment around her would be lush and beautiful, as a splendid offering to Mother Tara. The KFR team also constructed a natural-looking water feature, to fill the air with the soothing sounds of running water.

Next to Tara a grotto was built for offering candles. Made of stone, it was designed to match Tara’s pedestal, and to be weatherproof and fireproof. The grotto itself was inspired by grottoes that Rinpoche saw during his trip abroad.

A closer look at the grotto for offering candles to Tara

A closer look at the grotto for offering candles to Tara

The KFR team also built two circumabulation paths around Tara – a short and long one – so that pilgrims might circumambulate around her holy body, performing supplications of the body, speech and mind. The paths take you on a gentle sloping walk around Tara, with the longer one going past the water feature. Immediately opposite Tara is a low stone bench, so practitioners can sit in front of Tara and recite their prayers.

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Tara gazes compassionately on all, and blesses the environment with her divine presence and energy.

As work on the Tara area neared completion, Rinpoche himself visited the site to do a consecration puja. Rinpoche recited A Song Of Longing For Tara The Infallible as well as A Gem to Increase Life and Wisdom, which is a praise of White Tara composed by the 1st Dalai Lama, Gyalwa Gendun Drub. Rinpoche also recited the mantras of the 21 Taras, inviting the holy Mother Tara to reside in the statue and enthroning her thus. In doing so, Rinpoche requested for Tara’s wish-fulfilling energies, as well as her healing, protection and long life energies to abide in the statue and the surrounding area.

Rinpoche said that his wish is for everyone who comes to pay homage to Tara to experience healing of the body and mind, and for them to come away blessed and protected and their wishes fulfilled. 200 candles were offered and the merits of creating the shrine was dedicated to the sponsor, as well as to all beings in need of Tara’s assistance. As the consecration ritual came to an end and Rinpoche and his entourage started to recite dedication prayers, it began to drizzle very lightly. The rain stopped a short while later. Rinpoche took it as a good sign and an auspicious omen that whatever prayers made to Tara will come true, and that those who come on pilgrimage to visit her will have their wishes fulfilled.

We would like to invite you to visit her, and pay homage to the Mother Goddess who frees us from the eight fears and fulfils our wishes. Come and connect with this female Buddha and offer a candle (or two!) to her. For more information on how to get to Kechara Forest Retreat or to arrange to visit, please check out our website or call the Kechara House Front Desk at +603 7803 3908.

 

Kechara Forest Retreat’s Stone Tara

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What a sight to behold at the start of Tara Walk!

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The newly-completed Tara area, where Tara sits amidst lush vegetation and flowering trees and bushes.

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Rinpoche made prayers that all who invoke upon Tara’s assistance will receive her blessings, and that all beings who lay eyes on her will have the seeds of enlightenment planted in their mindstream.

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The end of the shorter circumbulation path around Tara

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The end of the longer circumbulation path takes pilgrims past the water feature.

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The two circumambulation paths converge behind Tara, next to the water feature.

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Tara glows as the sun sets around her graceful form

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Come and connect with Mother Tara, who sits with her right leg outstretched, ever ready to come to your assistance.

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Where we are located

Kechara Forest Retreat is located 45 minutes from Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. For more information, visit our website or call the Kechara House Front Desk at +603 7803 3908 to arrange a visit.

Kechara Forest Retreat is located 45 minutes from Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. For more information, visit our website or call the Kechara House Front Desk at +603 7803 3908 to arrange a visit.

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  1. Marek on Dec 20, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    so many Big Buddha statues outdoors – what provision is made to clean them? (bird droppings, bad weather etc) & how to go about making offerings to them?

  2. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 23, 2016 at 1:47 am

    Je Atisha’s meditational deity was Tara, and she helped him, and advised throughout his life. Tara advised Je Atisha before he went to Tibet and also told him that his lifespan would be shortened by heading to Tibet, but would be very much more beneficial. Tara also was also the one who advised Lama Atisha who was bringing the dharma to Tibet, to make Wealth Vases attract the necessary resources for the growth of Buddha Dharma in Tibet.

    So Tara’s role is to clear obstacles pertaining to the spread of Buddha Dharma.

  3. Vivian Ong on Oct 30, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    We are so fortunate to be blessed by Mother Tara when we visit her in KFR. I feel peaceful gazing at Mother Tara in KFR. May all be blessed and wishes fulfilled _/\_

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  4. Anne Ong on Sep 6, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    It’s really great and very blessed to have Mother Tara in KFR. I always love her. I feel very strong affinty with Tara through my personal experience calling her to help me clear my Hives because i didnt have any medicine late at night.The next morning it was really cleared. Amazing healing powers Tara has shown me!And I’m sure Mother Tara will also bless and benefit many others too. This Mother Tara statue is lovely.Thank you very much Rinpoche to have Tara in KFR for everyone to pay homage.

  5. sonny tan on Aug 30, 2016 at 11:18 am

    I have finally set my eyes on the ever alluring Mother Tara on August 27th, this inner feelings of meeting Mother Tara for the first time at Kechara Forest Retreat was something magical hard to describe in words. The feeling is like floating in the midst of a realm where time stood still, her gentle sweet smile, her majestic face radiates a sense of peacefulness that soften and energies every cell in my body. The lush green surrounding, cascading water fountain mingling with birds chirping away, the gentle hill breeze soothes my being and elevates one to a timeless long forgotten era of peace.
    O, Mother Tara I prostrate with folded hands in front of my heart wishing that you would continually bless all at Kechara Forest Retreat and all who have the affinity to meet you and be blessed by your compassionate and loving care.

  6. Kb thapa on Aug 15, 2016 at 2:52 am

    Kechara Forest Retreat at Bentong really beautiful,, great hardworking people are creating such peaceful and clean place for the everyone.. Every few moths there is something new in KFR.. The statue of mother Tara is soo stunning and surrounding landscape beautifully done.. kechara Forest Retreat is growing and lots people are visiting the holly place ..such a great place..

  7. Pastor KH Ng on Aug 8, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Holy Mother Tara!

    She is the most holy! So much so, Zong Rinpoche said “Tara is so holy that images of her are automatically sacred and blessed, and need not be consecrated.”

    I remember a story told by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche that in ancient times, Tibetans use to call upon Mother Tara to save their house when it was on fire. Those time there were no fire brigades. After calling upon Tara, rain will come and the fires will be put out. Funny, but it illustrate the efficacies and the swiftness of Mother Tara. That is why, Mother Tara is the most revered Deity in Tibetan Buddhism.

    Holy Mother’s presence in Kechara Forrest Retreat will appeal to many.

  8. MartinC on Jul 31, 2016 at 2:33 am

    Years ago, when KFR was only beginning, Tsem Rinpoche had already conceptualised ‘Tara Walk’ and here she is, gracing the start of the beautiful walking path named after her. I think this breathtaking stone Tara statue is just perfect for the place and blends in so well with the forest as the backdrop. It looks magical.

    Tara has such a significance to our lineage and to Kecharians. She is one of Rinpoche’s favorite deities (not that there are any deities that Rinpoche is not fond of). The Cittamni practice is so close and dear to the Tsem Rinpoche lineage.

    This great presence of Tara on KFR is the ongoing manifestation of Rinpoche’s plans to fill every nook and cranny of this hallowed land with sacred images so that visitors will be richly blessed any way they turn when on KFR.

  9. Pastor David Lai on Jul 30, 2016 at 5:02 am

    Tara is really beautiful and kudos to the KFR team for doing such a wonderful job of landscaping the area around her. It is certainly a nice offering to Tara who is also known to dwell in the forests amongst medicinal plants and herbs.

    I am most excited that the Tara statue dots another area of KFR and thus bringing her powerful presence and blessings to KFR. From what I know, Tara along with Lama Tsongkhapa statues are the most prone towards displaying miraculous signs. For some reason, Tara is very quick to action and hence, one of the most popular deities for her swiftness.

  10. Pastor Chia on Jul 28, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Magnificent 9 feet mother Tara statue has arrived at KFR located next to Tara walk entrance. Few Tara puja has done instructed by H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche to KFR team to blessed the location to place the mother Tara. Rinpoche also requesting us when we do the pujas, request mother Tara to bless people who enter into tara walk can find peace and calm their mind from suffering. Blessed the environment and have good weather condition for plants to grows well.In addition request to mother Tara to bless KFR sangha community grow in future and many practitioner will come here to practice and gain attainment.

  11. Mingwen on Jul 27, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    Welcome! Mother Tara! May every sentient beings who able to see the images of Buddhas in Kechara Forest Retreat are planted with Dharma seed in their minds and free from suffering and its’ causes of sufferings and ultimately find enlightenment!

  12. Pastor Antoinette Kass on Jul 27, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    Magnificent Tara is now gracefully welcoming us to Tara walk. It is such a blessing to be in Kechara Forest Retreat and Buddha Tara is definitely not to miss.

    Tara is a female Buddha and proves that women can become enlightened. Tara is know to be swift in assisting. I pray that many come to be blessed here in Kechara Forest Retreat.

    Thank You Rinpoche for creating this holy place for all of us.

    Here is the link to the red Tara article. Enjoy and be blessed by holy Tara. _( )_
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/heroic-red-tara-suryagupta-lineage.html

    And another link to the Kechara Forest Retreat homepage http://retreat.kechara.com

  13. June Kang on Jul 27, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Do visit Kechara Forest Retreat at Bentong to get the blessing from the Holy Mother Tara and all Buddhas to experience the healing of body and mind. Come and connect with the Holy Mother Tara by offering candles and anyone relying upon her will be blessed. I always feel peaceful where the place has Tara Statues around. Thank you to the sponsors to bring this Holy Mother Tara to Kechara Forest Retreat.

  14. Khoo Hou Haw on Jul 27, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    It is a privilege for us in Kechara Forest Retreat with the help of the sponsors and many others to invite Mother Tara and built a beautiful surrounding for Her. Most privilege to have our Guru, H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche to personally do the consecration puja for Mother Tara statue. Many have came to KFR amd personally felt the healing energy of it and may many others to come and get the healing and blessing of the Buddha.

  15. Pastor Henry Ooi on Jul 27, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    This beautiful well crafted statue of Mother Tara, is among other beautifully made statues in Kechara Forest Retreat namely Gyenze or Ratna Shugden, Four Armed Manjushri, Dream Manjushri, Vajrapani, Dukkar, Lama Tsongkhapa, Buddha Shakyamuni, Dorje Shugden, Vajrayogini, and more.

    Do visit Kechara Forest Retreat and make offerings to all the Buddhas, make your prayer, take pictures. All these statues were iconographically approved of and consecrated by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche.

  16. Julia Tan on Jul 27, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Beautiful 9ft Mother Tara finally recite in Kechara Forest Retreat to bless the land, to bless the people, animals and all beings here. By just looking at Her I feel great bliss and peace. All the beautiful flowers planted around the Tara are offerings made to mother Tara everyday. The beautiful sound of the waterfall, the sound of birds and trees are the beautiful music offered to the Mother Tara.

    How kind H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpohce created Tara Garden and Tara Walk to heal our body and mind who comes to pay homage to Tara. Everyone will be blessed and protected so that their wishes fulfilled. not only that, we also have opportunities to make light offerings to Mother Tara and collect merits.

  17. nicholas on Jul 27, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    Kechara Forest Retreat blessed with an addition of holy statue of Mother Tara. This beautiful statue situated at the entrance of Tara Walk which surrounded by beautiful trees, plants and water feature. Anyone who come to Kechara Forest Retreat must visit this place and you are able to make candle offering next to her.

    After reading the article above it will remind everyone how Tara so determine to be enlightened in women form and to alleviate sentient beings’ suffering and we can get her blessing when we pay homage to her here.

  18. Li Kheng on Jul 27, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Seeing this beautiful Buddha image brings forth a sense of calm, peace and joy from within. This is the energy that holy images with accurate iconography can emit to bless and protect sentient beings.

    I have had the honor to work in Kechara Forest Retreat from the start to witness the changes and miracles as we welcome every holy image…from Lama Tsongkhapa and Manjushri to Tara. We are truly blessed to be in this blessed space. Truly everything is so different. The moment we pass the main guard house, we somewhat enter a haven and all seem to slow down and a sense of freedom arise.

    I believe that the retreats being conducted in our space also adds to the positivity and blessings of our holy images. Kechara Forest Retreat is a center where individuals can learn about and engage in meditation and retreat. We have welcomed almost 200 meditation retreatants and hosted regular monthly retreats in the past 1 1/2 year.

    We are now raising funds and other resources like building materials, expertise etc. to build the 2nd phase of our retreat. May the works complete soon and anyone who wish to contribute can contact Kechara House.

  19. Jace Chong on Jul 27, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche and blog team for the article, the compilation of the videos and photos show the beauty of this stone Tara that gracefully arrived and now blessing Kechara Forest Retreat.

    Green Tara is the main Tara form out of 21 Taras. I used to be confused between Green Tara and White Tara, but a Dharma brother told me we can look at the leg to differenciate them.

    Both Taras are in sitting posture, but Green Tara have her right leg out the left leg in, indicates that she ever ready to step out to help, representing the swift assistance; while White Tara sitting on full lotus posture and there are eyes on each sore and palm, White Tara has 7 eyes in total on her body, 6 looking at the 6 realms of samsara where all beings are sufferings and 1 eye that can see the future. However, enlighten beings are in same level, thus each posses the same quality. The Green Tara in KFR represents all 21 Taras in one.

    May all visitors that have a glance at this beautiful stone Tara be blessed tremendously.

    Thank you Rinpoche and students who made this happen!

  20. Pastor Ong Moh Mei on Jul 27, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    It’s frustrating when there are different stories and accounts given and when you asked so which one it is, the reply you get is it doesn’t matter which one it is. If that is the case why even bother encouraging people to ask questions and seek the truth.

    Technically and personally I do agree that somewhat it does not matter because whichever story is the correct one, what difference will it make. Will it increase my faith? Will it make me more devoted? For some people it actually might hence it can even be considered harmful when we brush off questions that are tough to answer by putting down the people asking it rendering their question unimportant.

    Again the issue of gender equality arose even in the pursuit of spiritual attainments. The patriarchal dominance on religions undeniable. Even to become a female Buddha one has to “battle” the gender issue.

    Kechara Forest Retreat is blessed to finally invite Mother Tara to Tara Walk.

  21. pammie yap on Jul 27, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    The Green Tara on Tara walk is magnificent! Just like Manjushri on Manjushri Hill (photo).
    So much effort and ideas were put into this project from beginning till end. From circumambulation path to the pond to the candle grotto to the plants! Everything!

    Now everyone can come and offer candles or do their meditation walk and even do their prayers right in front of Tara. What I really like is the stone bench where one can sit and just gaze at Her for hours.

    A big thank you to the sponsors. And also KFR team who was there every day to ensure that work is done according to what they want. Only the best for Tara! 😊

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  22. Pastor Tat Ming on Jul 24, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Visitors to Kechara Forest Retreat will definitely enjoy this newest attraction at Tara Walk. How wonderful to have the holy Mother Tara bless all beings in KFR and its surrounding areas.

    Many visitors and participants of the Inner Peace Retreat and Inner Reflection Retreat had a great time doing Walking Meditation at Tara Walk previously. With this newest attraction fully completed, they can now extend their walking meditation here to also circumambulate Mother Tara. What a skilful means to do walking meditation while circumambulating Mother Tara!
    We can now offer candlelight to Mother Tara and perform prayers to Her here too.

    Thank You Rinpoche, KFR team, sponsors and others who had contributed to the manifestation of the 9ft Mother Tara and its surrounding facilities.

    I look forward to pay homage to Holy Mother Tara in KFR.

  23. Uncle Eddie on Jul 23, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    We rejoice greatly and appreciate deeply the hard work of the KFR Team for the beautification of our Kechara Forest Retreat with beautiful, decorative shruberry and flowering plants. Many grateful thanks also to His Eminence, The 25th Tsem Rinpoche who personally selected all these beautiful items to ensure that a most comforting splendid, lush and beautiful environment around our Holy Mother Tara is ensured, both for the sake of the visitors, public participants and Kechara’s practitioners to pay homage to or to recite their prayers comfortably. Mother Tara is swift, works through samsaric conventions to help all sentient beings to overcome suffering. We need only to think of her to have her compassionate heart with us. Because of her strong karmic connections to all sentient beings in samsara, Mother Tara tilts towards us in her great compassion to listen to our prayers, grant us our virtuous wishes and protects us as a mother would for her child. Throughout the World, Mother Tara is famous for granting long life and averting life-threatening situations. There are many inner obstacles to the development of our mind, and these inner obstacles create many outer obstacles. Therefore, for the success of our Dharma practice, in order to actualize the graduated path to enlightenment, we must rely upon a special Diety, like Buddha Mother Tara. All actions of the Buddhas have manifested in this female form of Mother Tara, the Liberator, in order to help all living beings successfully accomplish both temporal and ultimate happiness as taught. Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha.

  24. Edwin Tan on Jul 23, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Beautiful Lady Tara to complete the Tara walk in KFR.

    All the hard work by the great team of Kechara to do the stone pedestals, candle grotto, and beautiful landscape and water feature.

    Thank you Rinpoche and team, for creating more areas to do our meditation, retreat, or even simple and quick rejuvenation of the body, mind and soul.

  25. Cassie on Jul 23, 2016 at 6:45 am

    I am new to learning about Buddhism and am wondering about different aspects of it, like Tara…to have deities or gods of actions, good or bad,is a new idea to me. While I understand that in actions I am either representing a virtue or evil I am confused why I would find help by offerings or rituals to personified virtues rather than just focusing on doing the good. Is it like hero worship? You focus on what you want to be and since it has a form it is easier than just an idea to copy and emulate and strive for? Why not have as my goal the ultimate good they represent without deifying it and interacting with it rather than the ultimate of it like the cosmic law that makes such and such good and such and such bad? I truly am interested in knowing about this and would love any feedback, direction for study or help on the subject. Thanks in advance.

    • Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 23, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      Dear Cassie,
      Welcome to Tsemrinpoche.com and thank you for your questions.

      I am confused why I would find help by offerings or rituals to personified virtues rather than just focusing on doing the good.
      – Using your concepts, personified virtues (offerings and rituals) and also doing the good (performing virtues) are both good, hence offering or rituals are helpful methods on our spiritual path as they encourage virtues. However, making offering and doing rituals are also the virtue themselves, not just personification. In Buddhism, there is the concept of Merit-making that is similar, but not just restricted to ‘doing the good’ as merely ‘doing the good’ is not enough to achieve the ultimate goal of Buddhism.

      Is it like hero worship? You focus on what you want to be and since it has a form it is easier than just an idea to copy and emulate and strive for?
      Why not have as my goal the ultimate good they represent without deifying it and interacting with it rather than the ultimate of it like the cosmic law that makes such and such good and such and such bad?

      – The ultimate goal of a Buddhist is to become enlightened, just like the Buddha. The physical form, sound and meditation of a specific deity will create a situation in our karma/mind/energies to develop or progress on the spiritual path, despite being a reminder of our potential (Buddha nature) and their achievements (these deity have achieved the state of Buddhahood/ Bodhisattvahood). The deities are there not for the purpose of our ‘worship’ as they are real being who have achieved those stages. Connecting and relying on these deities can help our progress in attaining their state.

      These are 2 resources that I hope will help you:

      1. Making Offerings to BUDDHA – a Dharma talk at Thailand’s famous Floating Market
      Click HERE for the video or see the Youtube window/player at the end of this comment.
      Here H.E. Tsem Rinpoche explains about Buddha images & making offerings.

      2. Mantras – Holy words of power

      http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mantras-holy-words-of-power.html
      Here H.E. Tsem Rinpoche explains about the power of mantras and the qualities and forms of Buddhas

      Do keep in touch after you have watched the videos and you can leave your comment on the article, or even on the blog chat: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/chat

      Regards,
      Pastor Shin

  26. Stella Cheang on Jul 23, 2016 at 3:18 am

    Beautiful Mother Tara had arrived in the holy land of Kechara Forest Retreat. It is very auspicious to have Mother Tara here, through the blessing of His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche to grace us. She is very famous and popularly known for her ability to save people from different disasters. Mother Tara is also known to be efficacious in removing eight fears, namely : Fear of fire (anger, Fear of imprisonment (avarice), Fear of lions (pride), Fear of floods (attachment), Fear of elephants (wrath), Fear of demons (doubt), Fear of snakes (envy) and lastly, Fear of robbers.

    I wish that many people will pay a visit to venerate Mother Tara in Kechara Forest Retreat as well as to get blessing from her.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  27. Wei Theng on Jul 21, 2016 at 2:10 am

    Wow, in just a few weeks after the arrival of Holy Mother Tara, so many beautiful surprises are build around her eg the water feature, the circumbulation path, the candle offering grotto, the landscape, etc. Thank you to the hardworking KFR team and sponsors for making this happened.

    In additional to that, Rinpoche has personally done the consecration puja so that it will blessed whoever come to pay homage to Mother Tara as well as all around her will experience the blessing and healing of body & mind. So blessed!

  28. gary foo on Jul 21, 2016 at 1:05 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for having this vision and making it a reality so that many can experience healing and comfort through Mothers Tara’s compassion. May this be a start of not only the healing of body and mind and protection of all who come but also a place for them to be blessed with Dharma knowledge and realizations along with them after the visit of KFR. With folded hands.

  29. Freon on Jul 20, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for bringing Mother Tara to Kechara Forest Retreat. We are so blessed to have authentic lineage on Mother Tara to be at Kechara. From now on, we can make our wishes and pray to Tara for inspiration.

    Every projects in Kechara Forest Retreat is idea from Rinpoche. Not only that, Rinpoche will also involve in the projects.

    I thanks Rinpoche for the kindness to bring dharma to many peoples

    With Folded hand,
    Freon

  30. samfoonheei on Jul 20, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Finally Mother Tara arrived at KFR…Its amazing .and so beautiful just by looking at those photos above and when one see it with our own eyes its a blessing.Hope to visit one day.Thank you Rinpoche and to those hard working team who made it possible .May all of us be blessed by Mother Tara .Do hope more people will visit Mother Tara .. at KFR and will have their wishes fulfilled..I now know more of Mother Tara after reading the above article.
    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing.

  31. sonny tan on Jul 20, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    O Mother Tara, thank you, thank you for coming home to KFR I pay homage and bow to you while looking at your sweet gentle motherly glare it instantly melts my forlorn heart and bringing tears to my weary eyes. O how I long to be home and be cradled in your gentle loving arms resting my long, long forgotten restless soul at thy feet. How I long to received your nectar of love and forgets this tedious never ending journey of human life. I pray to you Mother Tara wishing and hoping that this painful journey would ultimately ends.

    • Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 22, 2016 at 10:07 am

      Dear Sonny,
      We are very blessed to have such a holy and wonderful Mother Tara to bless Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) and the people who will be visiting. Tara saves us from The Eight Great Fears and anyone relying upon her will be blessed, be free of the Eight Great Fears on the inner and outer level.

      Here are two links to Tara prayers to share with everyone:

      1. Praises To The 21 Taras

      2. A Song Of Longing For Tara The Infallible

      OM TARE TUTARE TURE SOHA!

      • sonny tan on Jul 25, 2016 at 9:56 am

        Thank you Pastor Shin Tan for taking time to comment and I shall read up the reconmended articles.

        As always,
        With Respect
        Sonny

  32. Jill Yam on Jul 20, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Stunning Mother Tara now sits majestically at Kechara Forest Retreat. Just to set eyes on Her is so blessed.
    The place looks so magnificent with the lush forests. Can’t wait to have an audience with Mother Tara and be mesmerised by Her.

    Thank you Rinpoche for creating this holy place for everyone to pay homage and be blessed by Mother Tara. And also the KFR team who work tirelessly to beautify the place as well.

    Jill Yam

  33. Fong on Jul 20, 2016 at 5:28 am

    Tara Walk mus feel very different now. The Mother Tara statue has grown just as the meditation walk or circumambulatory path. As it is with everything about dharma that Rinpoche brings, it is growing with Kechara Forest Retreat.

    Didn’t know anything about Mother Tara before, but am slowly learning. Learnt of the arising of Tara form Avalokiteshvara’s tears first from which I learnt that there are 2 Taras. Then I learnt that there are 21 emanations. There’s still so much to learn.

    From the photos, it can be seen that the offerings of the landscape is indeed very beautiful. The bench facing Mother Tara is very thoughtful. Even the grotto completes the whole place both in terms of offerings and convenience.

    May the KFR team always be blessed for the circumabulatory path.

    Thank you, Rinpoche for bringing Mother Tara to bless all who come to Kechara Forest Retreat.

    May Rinpoche have stable health and long life. May Rinpoche’s wishes manifest swiftly and smoothly.

  34. Alice Tay on Jul 20, 2016 at 12:12 am

    Rejoice to have this 9-ft stone Tara statue at Tara Walk , Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). This statue is really beautiful and dignified statue.

    By following Rinpoche’s teaching, I only came know who is Tara. What we can see here , Rinpoche is having the qualities same like Tara eg. to alleviate sentient beings’ sufferings. Rinpoche created the opportunity to have this Tara statue in KFR and wish that everyone who comes to pay homage to Tara to experience healing of the body and mind, and for them to come away blessed and protected and their wishes fulfilled.

    Thank you Rinpoche for your compassion, kindness and always care to us. Besides, also thankful to the KFR team for their hard work to beautify the area surrounding the Tara.

  35. Chris Chong on Jul 19, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    What a beautiful place Rinpoche had created for us to make connection with Mother Tara. It was well thought out and well designed. It suits the theme of kechara forest Retreat perfectly. May anyone who visit the place be blessed and protected by mother Tara. May anyone who go to Tara walk or circumambulation around her be blessed by her.

  36. Lew on Jul 19, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    Wow! New attraction in Kechara Forest Retreat, thank you to all the sponsors and hardworking people who fund raised, conceptualised and built this beautiful Mother Tara.

    Though I don’t have a strong affinity with her, I still feel very calm and peace when gazing upon Her. Her energy of kindness is really out of this world. I have quite a few friends who said they have strong affinity with Her, and you should visit this Mother Tara in KFR because She has been consecrated by Tsem Rinpoche. It is even more blessed.

  37. sweekeong on Jul 19, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Amazingly beautiful. The Green Tara and environment are so stunning. Thank you Rinpoche and the KFR team who make Green Tara manifest here in Kechara Forest Retreat. I watched the video. The environment is peaceful, and tranquil. I feel it is so much suitable to do meditation retreat here. May Tara blesses all who come to see her and deepen their spiritual practice.

  38. Lin Mun on Jul 19, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Mother Tara statue is so stunning. Thank you Rinpoche for creating stone Tara Walk so it can benefit people when then do circumambulation.

    The surrounding area is beautiful and serene. I am sure people who visit can generate a calm mind. Wish I can be there to see Tara very soon.

  39. Pastor Han Nee on Jul 19, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Mother Tara is in Kechara Forest Retreat, blessing and protecting all who come to KFR, and blessing and protecting the environment! Beautiful Mother Tara sitting with one foot out, so statuesque and majestic, amidst such lush and beautiful surroundings, gazing compassionately on all. i love the stone pedestal on which Mother Tara is resting, and the stone grotto next to her.

    Last Saturday morning,the last morning of our group Tsongkhapa Retreat, I made a pilgrimage to Mother Tara. I paid homage,made prayers, chanted her mantra and circumambulated her statue. Then I walked slowly down the tranquil beautiful Tara Walk, and I continued to chant Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha all the way and back .

    What a lovely blessed morning it was for me!

    How blessed we are to have Mother Tara in Kechara Forest Retreat. Thank you Rinpoche for having Mother Tara there for us.

  40. Datuk May on Jul 19, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    What Rinpoche says always come to fulfilment. This stretch of walking path in Kechara Forest Retreat had been named as Tara Walk by Rinpoche from the very beginning and had been used by our Inner Peace programs for the participants walking meditation exercise. At that time there was a very small Tara statue and Rinpoche said that the smaller version of Tara will create the cause for a huge Tara to appear.

    It did and the surroundings created is just so tranquil and serene and from now on all walking meditation along Tara walk will be even more impactful to rest the tired and confused samsaric minds.

    May there be much peace from Rinpoche’s and Tara’s blessings.

  41. Joy on Jul 19, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Wow Holy mother Tara looks divine and the surrounding truly serene and beautiful. This is definitely one of my favourite place in Kechara Forest Retreat now.

    Ever since day one Rinpoche has mentioned what Rinpoche envisioned and wanted to build on this holy Kechara Forest Retreat Land and one of the must haves was no doubt the glorious saviour Mother Tara. Her presence would bestow tremendous blessings of healing, comfort, swiftness in assistance, compassion, freedom of the eight fears and so much more. Now it is finally here!

    To me Mother Tara is the essence of all female divinity and energies. I used to be of Catholic faith and when Rinpoche introduced me to Mother Tara, Rinpoche told me she is like Mother Mary, that immediately got me. I guess it is uncommon to hear that ‘females’ are able to become a supreme enlightened being equal to its male counterparts and this equality that is emphasised in Tibetan Buddhism is what attracted me as it is the only religion that praises, appreciates and acknowledges the supreme female energy. Perhaps you may call me a feminist, and perhaps I am, but living in a male dominated planet, it is no surprise and high time to strike a balance, and as it is Tara manifested specifically to demolish the ignorant thought of only a male form could become a fully enlightened being.

    I definitely believe that she emanated as Mother Mary, in a different time, a different place to suite different mind sets, and why not… the enlightened Buddhas have no bounds and limits as to what they can do to benefit sentient beings for they are Buddhas.

    Thank you Rinpoche for conceptualising this beautiful sacred shrine. Thank you to all the meritorious sponsors who contributed to this holy sacred space to benefit so many being. Last but not least thank you to JP, Julia, Pastor Henry, the KFR team and all those who were involve in making this holy Mother Tara shrine a reality for many to pay homage, get healed, take refuge, find solace and more.

    Thank you for the beautiful breath taking pictures Pastor Seng Piow and Pastor Jean Ai for putting it all together. Even for those who are not here in KFR and may not have the opportunity to visit her, through this blog post, tremendous waves of blessings is bestowed.

    While watching the video, I couldn’t help but noticed how windy it was and all the trees were swaying, and Tara’s energy is represented by the wind, so I don’t doubt that it is Mother Tara showing us she is around, happy and pleased and blessing every single being around, especially since Rinpche has invoked upon her to reside here on KFR 🙂

    Thank you again for this splendid post. May many beings and people come for pilgrimage here to seek Tara’s compassionate blessing and be transform into being just like Tara the savouriest!
    Om Tare Tutare Ture Soha

    Just in case anyone wanted to know and for easy reference, these are the 8 fears that Holy Mother Tara protects and bless us to be released from:

    1. Fear of water or drowning representing attachment

    2. Fear of thieves representing false views

    3. Fear of lions representing pride

    4. Fear of snakes or serpents representing jealousy

    5. Fear of fire representing anger

    6. Fear of spirits or flesh-eating demons representing doubt

    7. Fear of captivity or imprisonment representing greed

    8. Fear of elephants representing ignorance

  42. bengkooi on Jul 19, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Very exciting to see Rinpoche’s vision for Tara Walk manifesting. It’s been over 5 years since I first heard Rinpoche teach the practice of walking meditation; and this is part and parcel of what Tara Walk is going to be. I also enjoyed the two origin stories of Tara although I am partial to the one of Dawa Lhamo. Rinpoche has always taught that both genders are equal and this story encapsulates this concept perfectly.

    Looking forward to more beautiful pictures of Tara and Kechara Forest Retreat. Everyone I’ve shown these pictures to thinks they are stunning as well!

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  • 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
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:45 PM
    Its indeed a beautiful place …..away from the city hectic life to visit and could stay over night too.Just to get away from work to relax ,get some fresh air ,do meditation and so forth .At Kechara Forest RetreatI,Bentong is where the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world situated and we can receive blessing,make offering to the Buddhas as well as enjoy the tranquility of the beautiful gardens.I have recomended my friends and relatives to visit such a beautiful place at Bentong.
    Thank you Paul Yap for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:15 PM
    Well…all pendants are beautifully designed,hand crafted to match each and every sacred images on it to suit all occasion for the wearer.I can see a lot of hard work for those involed in desgning and making of it.
    All pendants are very unique, modern, timeless and also sacred ,thats all i could describe it.Hope more people will be wearing these beautiful pendants to get connected with the Buddhas.Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and Kechara’s Louise Lee for creating Dharma art in in the form of jewelry
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/timeless-and-sacred.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:41 PM
    This Mahasiddha is Kukkuripa (the dog lover). He loved dogs so much. When he meditated in the cave he had his doggie with him. She had kept him company for years in his cave. They shared bedding, food, water and company. When he gained high attainments, the Dakinis came to take him to Kechara Paradise. He was hesitant to go but the Dakinis insisted and he went with them.

    He arrived at Kechara (Paradise/Buddha abode of Heruka and Vajra Yogini) and enjoyed teachings and feasts up there and they asked him to stay longer if not forever…. But he kept thinking about his doggie left alone in the cave. He felt guilty and missed her. Kukkuripa would use his psychic powers to see his poor doggie alone and hungry waiting for him at the cave while enjoying the attention of the Dakinis and feasts. The cave was dark and had no food. The doggie had to go out and find small tiny scraps of food and was getting skinny. Kukkuripa saw this and it pained him. Worried she was not getting enough food. He use to share the offerings of food he would get from people with her. Doggie and him would delightfully eat the food together. Kukkuripa had no attachments to ‘clean’ or ‘dirty’ in regards to sharing food with his dog. He had overcome this in his meditations. In ancient India, people would not co-habitate with a dog. It was considered unclean and filthy, but Kukkuripa had cast away those notions and loved his dog as she loved him. But he felt guilty to leave her alone while he was ‘enjoying’ himself in Kechara and could not stop thinking about his beloved dirty smelly dog in his cave alone…so he left Kechara Paradise and all it’s ‘delights’ for his doggie. He couldn’t abandon her. The Dakinis implored him to stay, but he was firm to return. The Dakinis said you will give up this paradise here for a mere dog???!! You can advance further in your meditations if you stay in Kechara and then help the dog later they attempted to persuade him. But Kukkuripa would not stay, he was loyal to his little dog as she had kept him company for many years in the lonely dark cave. She was loyal to him and how can he abandon her now. He couldn’t and he wouldn’t listen to the Dakinis. He left to join doggie. He never forget her companionship and loyalty. All the wonderful things in Kechara could not tempt him against his loyal friend the little doggie. He left everything for her.

    So he finally left Kechara to the Dakinis dismay and went back to his cave to be with his dog so she won’t be alone. Doggie was delighted to see her master and wagged her tail so much!! She licked him and he hugged her! She was skinnier for not eating well these few days he noticed. He fed her and hugged her and loved his doggie…He went back to his routine of meditation, receiving food offerings and sharing his food with doggie. They were happy together. One day, when he was scratching her in her favorite place and she licked him so his eyes were closed, when he opened his eyes she had suddenly turned into a Dakini shimmering with lights! The brilliance of the lights lit up the whole cave in front of Kukkuripa!! Kukkuripa was astonished to behold the splendourous lady in front of him! Of course this Dakini must be the Queen Herself he realized, as Vajra Yogini which was Kukkuripa’s main Yidam he had meditated on her for years in the cave. And She said to Kukkuripa, “Well done, you gave up paradise to be with just a dog..it shows you have given up attachements and projections of pleasant and unpleasant, now your Dakini will give you the final paradise (enlightenment)!”

    Kukkuripa attained full enlightenment blessed by Vajra Yogini by releasing the final subtle attachment to the non-existent self! After enlightenment his fame and name grew and many came to see him and he gave teachings to countless and benefitted many before he finally ascended to Kechara the second and final time. He was forever known as Kukkuripa the dog lover.

    I love him so much!!! This is one of my favorite Mahasiddhas along with Badrapa, Shantideva, Ghantapa and a few others. I wanted to share this story with you. I wanted you to know that there are many great true stories like this one about Kukkuripa that are true and can be applied to our lives. To inspire us.

    Tsem Rinpoche
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:29 PM
    The great and illustrious master Sonam Tsemo at the end of his life was described by an old woman who witnessed Sonam Tsemo depart. Standing on a rock at the holy spring near Sakya area known as Chumik Dzingka, his body ascended gracefully into the sky, still holding his dog. He loved his dog very much. Even today the footprints of Loppon Sonam Tsemo and the dog can be clearly seen in the rock, left for the benefit of living beings as a field from which to accumulate merit. It is a sign of a holy being when they can leave their footprints in stone for future generations to witness and make offerings on that spot to collect merits. This holy site was decorated by the great master Mantradhara Ngawang Kunga Rinchen later on. Other accounts say that he ascended from Gorum Library near Chumik Dzingka spring. A stupa containing his holy relics was erected there. Sonam Tsemo was a powerful practitioner of the Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini and at the end of his short life he ascended with his very body to Kechara paradise. He was 40 years old. Kechara is the sanksrit name of the special abode of Vajra Yogini. Those who practice Vajra Yogini to the highest level can ascend her paradise with their very bodies. Sonam Tsemo the great master of sutra and tantra was seen by an old woman flying off holding his beloved dog to ascend Kechara paradise. No one every found his body and his room was empty.
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:27 PM
    Congratulations to Mitra for his first dharma teaching in Nepali to the expats. So glad that Dorje Shugden practise can reach out to many in various languages and to different people. Mitra has done a good job in introducing Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and guided them on the benefit and iconography of Dorje Shugden.

    May Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and Dorje Shugden practise continue to grow and benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mitra-teaches-bhagwan-dorje-shugden-in-nepali.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 04:15 PM
    Very clear explanation of what is Vajrayogini’s left foot stepping on. Each time when i have a look at the beautiful statue of Vajrayogini this question will comes back to me. i am glad came across these blog by chance, i saw and read to understand better.A clear explanation ..stampling left and right foot significant of desire ,hatred and ignorance that cause us to be in samsara and she she able to control.Vajrayogni’s practices is so powerful in heliping us and that is the reason Rinpoche always ask us to start now.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these short explanation in the video and the interesting story of Mahadeva.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/facebook-question-what-is-vajra-yoginis-left-foot-stepping-on.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:44 PM
    Rejoice to all the families who had setup a Buddhist altar at home and conducted a house blessing puja. There are diverse benefits of conducting the house blessing puja, which ranges from bringing well-being on all levels – in one’s health, relationships, business, and family – to purifying the home. The puja ceremonies will purify the environment which helps the people who live there and people who are visiting there to experience general well-being. The puja can be personalised based on the request or need of the individual. Thank you for sharing with us the many photos of the beautiful altar of these families, it is very heartwarming to know that they will always be blessed by the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:24 PM
    Thank you for sharing this mindfully planned itinerary for everyone who is interested in visiting Kechara Forest Retreat. Kechara Forest Retreat has different facets that showcase different elements of spirituality and Tibetan Buddhism in this wholesale venue. One can enjoy the flora and fauna of Mother Nature, or embrace the contemporary architectures that feature many magnificent Buddha statues and authentic Himalayan decorations. Not forgetting to mention, in Kechara Forest Retreat sits the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world! This is a holy place we must never miss to pay homage for blessings from the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 01:07 PM
    金泽“财王”护法殿

    在禅修林的入口处的左边有一间小佛堂,是全天候二十四小时开放给大众的。这间佛堂的一砖一瓦都是由不同善心人士捐增的。也因为他们过后发了一笔小财,所以在大马文东,金泽护法一般被简称为“财王“。

    根据佛陀教诲,五蕴是组成众生的五个方面,分别是色、受、想、行、识。证悟者如多杰雄登能将五蕴分别化现成不同的本尊。金泽是多杰雄登“受”蕴的化现,作用是协助我们增长世俗和修行上的财富。“受”蕴是我们对愉悦或不悦感受的认知。我们执着于愉悦,避免不悦,而这正是导致我们受困和造下各种业,继而产生痛苦的因(此段原文: http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_6d7edf5f0102x1n6.html)

    来到这里,我们首先要上香。做生意的朋友可要趁此机会拜拜,供养一个大的莲花蜡烛,上三根大香,祈求今年一帆风顺哦。

    摘自“GO BENTONG!与菩萨有约”
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120808
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 11:02 PM
    Can’t imagine that a priest actually stabbed Pope John Paul. How can he do this when he as a priest is suppose to be compassion and love everyone but kill the religion leader. he should remember that he carries the name priest and hence must show good example and behaviour to others but instead took another person’s life.

    I respected Pope John who continued his trip even though he was injured. That shows the determination he had to teach so it can benefit others. Always put others first more than our own needs.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/pope-john-paul-stabbed-by-priest.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 08:13 PM
    It is admirable for Sine Lindholm & Mads Ulrik Husum to place their design as open source for everyone to download and copy to manufacture. This shows how farsighted they are in propelling self-sustainability. The first step is always the hardest, and I believe what Sine and Mads had done is towards the right direction. In this way, people from all the around the world who genuinely are passionate and interested in growing own vegetables will be able to start on their own. Without needing to rely on middleman or manufacturer who might end up making the brilliant idea a commercial white elephant. Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 10:05 PM
    Many companies especially in overseas are very considerate and allow their employees to bring their dogs to work. I personally think that this is a very good practice where the employees no longer have to worry about leaving pets at home alone. The work environments that cultivate loving kindness, caring and compassion create a much more positive and productive place to work. Besides, it may influence everyone especially those who do not have pet to be more kind to the animals.

    Nevertheless, the employer and employees may have to work together to maintain the safe and cleanliness work place such as reduce odour, provide clean air and many others.

    Thank you for this interesting article as a reminder to us to love and be kind to animals no matter where we are.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/inside-the-worlds-most-dog-friendly-office.html
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 07:06 PM
    Superb idea and very creative. Home farming in the cities ! Appreciate all the hardwork and ideas to produce Growroom. It’s just like putting a big puzzle and making the whole process so much easier to plant in cities where we always have limited spaces.

    We should support more people to come up with such ideas so we can eat our own food and cultivate self sustainability.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html

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The Unknown

The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
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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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
13 hours 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
15 hours ago
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
15 hours ago
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
15 hours ago
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.
1 week ago
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
1 week ago
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.
1 week ago
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
1 week ago
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!
1 week ago
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!
1 week ago
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
1 week ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 week ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
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
1 week ago
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
2 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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!
4 weeks ago
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
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
2 months ago
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
2 months ago
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
2 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
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
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.
4 months ago
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
5 months ago
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
5 months ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
6 months ago
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
6 months ago
It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
6 months ago
Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
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    Dear friends, watch this video and ready, if we keep waiting till we are ready, that day will never come. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Kyabje Denma Gonsa Rinpoche on Samaya
    ཁྱེད་ཀྱི་བཀའ་སློབ་དོན་སྙིང་དེ།།གང་གི་རྣ་བར་བདུད་རྩི་མོད།།འོན་ཀྱང་འགའ་ཡི་རྣ་ལམ་དུ།། བྲག་ཆ་བཞིན་དུ་འགྱུར་སྲིད་མོད།། ཚང་མས་ཚར་རེ་གཟིགས་རོགས།། Kyabje Denma Gonsa Rinpoche telling people that it is important to have guru samaya. It use to be that way in the great monasteries. We should not create problems and schisms. If we want to practice a protector, then do so, if not it's okay, but don't make trouble. One should just practice the Buddha Dharma well. To do good practice. If you have faith in Dorje Shugden and trust all the way, he will definitely help you. But most important is to practice the dharma. This is his advice in short here. It's good to let more Tibetans hear this holy speech and appeal by this very senior Rinpoche. TR

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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?
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  • 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.
  • March 20, 2017 10:16
    Grigoris asked: Excuse me, but I would like to ask, what does the prayer to Shangmo Dorje Putri say exactly? I can't read Tibetan, but would like to see the description that the prayer gives. I am not planning to say the prayer or make interaction(as it would be very dangerous), but would like to see what it actually says from the Tibetan text. Here's the link: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/shangmo-dorje-putri-the-bamo-of-sakya.html
    pastor answered: Dear Grigoris, Thank you for your question. Shangmo Dorje Putri is indeed a fascinating unenlightened Dharma protector. Unfortunately at the moment, we do not have a translated copy of the text in English that we can provide. The usual format for such texts, would include an invocation, making offerings to appease them, and then exhortations for them to perform their activities, possibly followed by thanking them for their help. One thing is for certain, due to the nature of Shangmo Dorje Putri her prayer is sure to include violent imagery, just like many other Dharma protectors, such as Achi Chokyi Drolma (who even though has a peaceful appearance, has a lot of violent imagery in her prayers). The reason behind the violent imagery is explained in the post about Achi Chokyi Drolma here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/achi-chokyi-drolma-chief-protectress-of-the-drikung-kagyu.html
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