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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  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:10 PM
    OMG! This is very touching. To see a doggie who never left go of his owner in spite of death. Way more powerful than many who proclaimed “till death do us part.” Just like the human, not all doggies are as loyal as this tear-jerking pet, but I truly believe almost all doggies offer unconditional love to the person who feeds and cares for them. Even when they are stray animals. There was a stray dog who will run two streets from the entrance of the “Taman” until the car stops in front of the house, just to greet me. You can imagine the warm and conviction in my heart that these beings are more than capable of loving than many of us, human! Thank you for this lovely sharing. I miss my doggie, Sherab.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:00 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for this amazing sharing. There is no doubt about the ability of our Guru, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. His incarnations have been compassionate and taken rebirth to return and spread the dharma so that sentient beings can benefit and learn some dharma in our short life.

    We shall never doubt our Guru; but must see that He is one with our Yidam and Protector, an attained being. Even if our Guru does not demonstrate clairvoyance abilities, we must never contest our Guru, for he holds the key (dharma) that can liberate us from eternal suffering in samsara.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 05:50 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for the illustrated miracle story on how Rinpoche guided Cynthia and Marici away from danger through protector’s practice. The unseen exist, whether we like it or not. Some of them are malicious and have the affinity or karma with some of us. Hence they can cause harm and disturbance. By engaging in Protectors’ practice like Dorje Shugden and Setrap that have been practiced by the high lamas of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, we are protected and guarded against harm.

    Rinpoche is compassionate and only want the best for us. His teachings are not meant to show off the power of the divines but offer us a way out from our desperate samsara conundrum that binds us from engaging in deeper spiritual practice. Rinpoche always teaches us to focus on mind transformation and Tsongkhapa practice. How fortunate we are to have met Rinpoche in this lifetime. We must not let this rare and precious opportunity go to waste.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-12.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 04:30 PM
    Miracles do happen,when we have faith and trust in our Guru.What is important is to follow Rinpoche’s advice and do as instructed by our Guru to clear the osbtacles all the way.Angie and Herry were so fortunate to have meet Rinpoche.Its because of Rinpoche ‘s compassion and caring for his student Angie’s life was saved.Infact Rinpoche has helped many people through his intervention, advice and instructions.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing miracles stories which i enjoyed reading.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 02:45 PM
    WOW….interesting a miracles true story. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.Reciting mantras by family members and doing 20 pujas done at the monastery to help the baby. These proved that pujas, which have been done for hundreds of years in the monasteries are very powerful methods for us to overcome difficulties, create huge amounts of merit and for protection, good health and long life.This show us how powerful pujas can help us when we have trust and faith in our Guru.And with Rinpoche divination,the baby was born and now a healthy boy.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 12:47 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these powerful teachings.Its a privilege
    to do Dharma work to benefits other,do it with motivation and a good attitude when engaging ourselves It will be guide line for me.When we serve others to do Dharma work together at Kechara Forest Retreat ,we will improve ourself , purify our negative karma and to benefit others too.I will be sponsoring to the healings bricks soon and i will cherish every moment in supporting KFR.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/dharma-work-attitude-tdl.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 11:06 AM
    Bigfoot is just another beings living in this world although not commonly seen and live in the deep jungle in high mountains. There were many evidences that people from many parts of the world sighted this beings. Whatever shape they are I think importantly we are all sharing this world and therefore need to have mutual respect and not intervene each others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/its-in-the-scriptures-they-exist.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:26 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline sharing this interesting post about Bodhidharma, a great master favoured meditation and introduced the Lankavatara Sutra to Chinese Buddhism.

    Here are a few points I have learned from this post:
    1. Bodhidharma had strong imprints of Dharma from the past and therefore he is interested in Buddha’s teachings and show his great wisdom. at a very young age.
    2. His strong guru devotion and determination in learning and spreading the dharma based on meditation though he confronted with difficulties such as Emperor Wu Di was not impressed by his teachings, being ostracized and rejected and lived as a beggar for many months. Notwithstanding, he continued and never give up to practice meditation in complete silence for nine years in cave wall when he was not accepted by Shaolin Monastery at the beginning .
    3. When Bodhidharma was allowed enter to the monastery, he had put a lot of efforts to help the monks in improving their physical body as well as their mind through the meditation. Then, Bodhidharma continued to develop a system of 18 dynamic tension exercises which were printed as Yi Gin Ching (Changing Muscle/Tendon Classic) in 550 CE. It is known as the Luohan (arhat) 18 Hand Movements today which serves as the basis of both Chinese Temple Boxing and the Shaolin Martial Arts.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/bodhidharma-the-founder-of-gongfu.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:10 PM
    Thank you, Grace, for sharing with us the many tips on how to care for and maintain our hair. Personal grooming is important because when we care for our appearance, we are respecting the people who have to deal with us. Caring for our hair, making sure that it is neat and clean should be something we need to take care of since young as it is part of personal grooming. The key is not to be attached to our body and outer-images, that results in spending much time and resources just to make ourselves look good.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-much-do-you-know-about-hair.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 03:00 PM
    Thank you for sharing these wonderful and significant photos showed that Kechara Pastors’ tireless efforts to bring dharma to many others and do the blessings whenever is necessary.

    Basically, the pastorship role was conceptualized by our precious guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, to preserve the Dharma and to give laypeople an opportunity to commit to benefiting others. Kechara Pastors are fully dedicated and selflessly serving others especially in spiritual growth and therefore this is good for us to support the Pastors so that they can focus and spend more of their time and effort to serve others and most importantly Buddhist teachings can be spread and shared to many others. The supports to Pastors including food, lodging, transportation, items necessary for their work, such as ritual items or spiritual gifts for those in need and many others. (If you are interested to know more about Kechara Pastors, please have a good read at http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/support-the-kechara-pastors.html)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 02:13 PM
    Its such a great blessing for all of us to hear the holy voice recordings of H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche a great master..His profound teachings ,got to take seroiusly,more as an important advice on Dorje Shugden’s practice.H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s explaination was very clear before any of the practitioner’s commitment and receive sogtae.They must keep the lineage practice and teachings no matter what ever happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us on the important advice by a great master.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-zong-rinpoches-advice-on-dorje-shugdens-practice.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 11:50 AM
    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for your sharing your thoughts and review about the book “Be Happy” written by Rinpoche. It is indeed not easy to be happy as we all have various expectation in every situation and people.

    We may think having a big house, lots of cash and good career is happiness but this is the wrong perception. Being happy is not about material and everything about ourselves. It is only when we can do more for others and focus out that we gain happiness. I never realised this until I joined Kechara. I think we have such a fixed mindset of what happiness is and when our expectation is not met, we are unhappy.

    Rinpoche has pointed out many ways for us to rectify our thoughts and methods to be happy. Now it is for us to take initiative to change and transform our mind if we want to be happy.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/be-happy.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Apr 24. 2017 12:30 PM
    Many people do not believe in reincarnation and only relates it to certain religion such as Hinduism and Buddhism. However, there were many instances and signs that proven reincarnation exist. As Buddhist we will believe in reincarnation and karma. It is by understanding that everything has its cause and effect that we should learn to live life in the correct attitude and mindset. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting articles to remind us of karma and the importance of doing dharma practise.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/interesting-signs-of-reincarnation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 08:29 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings.
    Always be generous and kind in what ever we could do even its little help.It’s the little things in life that bring the greatest happiness. Its between us and our Buddha ,so we would not bother what the receipient thinks and say of us. What ever was said ,should not deter our motivation to do Dharma work.
    (It will change people’s lives in one way or another. It will change your life for the better.)….well said by Rinpoche.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/its-not-between-you-and-the-recipient.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 07:16 PM
    Thank you Grace for this interesting articles about hair. There are just so much info which we do not know previously. Most of the time we may neglect the details, thinking as long as we clean our hair everyday it is sufficient. But there are so many things we need to know for example types of hair, scalp condition, our environment and our physical condition which may affect our hair. Great tips.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-much-do-you-know-about-hair.html

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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
3 weeks ago
Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
3 weeks ago
Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
3 weeks ago
Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
3 weeks ago
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
4 weeks ago
It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
4 weeks ago
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 month ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month 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 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
2 months 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
2 months 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!
2 months 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
3 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
3 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
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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