Lam Rim Retreat – to be in Book of Records!

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Soon Kechara House will be having a Lamrim retreat in our gompa. At my request, Liaison Yap Yoke Fui has very kindly brought together a committee to organise this retreat. The goal is for 8000 recitations of the Lamrim to be completed by the first quarter of 2012.

The Lamrim is not just any book. It actually came from a text called A Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment which written by Atisha and offered to his abbot as an apology. Atisha had travelled to Tibet to revive the Buddhadharma there. However, because of wars on the border of India and Tibet, he could not return during the time he had promised his abbot. He stayed in Tibet disseminating the Dharma for 13 years blessed by his Yidam Tara who spoke to him directly and guided his works.

The lamrim recitation can be done by old and young, there is no age limit. Tsongkhapa is also an emanation of Manjushri (Buddha of Wisdom) so reciting a teaching from his lineage is also very good for children. It is a tremendous blessing for young and old. Reciting the Lam Rim will plant seeds of love, compassion and the whole path of Buddha's teachings in our mindstreams.


So from Atisha’s attainments he wrote A Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment, and offered it to the abbot of Nalanda Monastery, where he came from. The abbot received the text then requested all of the great scholars and Masters of Nalanda to debate on the text. There were thousands of these erudite scholars and monks, who were highly highly qualified and they could not find a single fault in it, so the book was entered into the monastic education of the Sangha. It became an astounding classic in ancient Nalanda.

The teachings from this book was passed down from one master to the next until finally it reached Lord Tsongkhapa, who practiced it, mastered it and combined it with his own sacred commentary….. The teachings were then passed down again until finally they reached His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche who was very famous for making the Dharma accessible to lay people. Pabongka Rinpoche according to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche has become one with Heruka and is fully attained.

This is Mr KH Ng who has never organised such a retreat before but took it on anyway with his current very busy work schedule....I'm very happy for him! Thank you!!!

In 1921, H.H. Pabongka Rinpoche gave these teachings for 24 days to over 700 people. You have to remember, in those days they didn’t have microphones or speakers or sound systems, but everyone could hear Pabongka Rinpoche clearly. So Pabongka Rinpoche had definitely attained the power of speech.

Anyway, he taught for 24 days and amongst his students was His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. After Trijang Rinpoche left Tibet in 1959, he was afraid that the precious teachings would be lost forever so he wrote them down, because he had remembered the teachings perfectly. That is the text that we are now reciting and studying from in Kechara House, which is called ‘Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand’ or the Lamrim. As you can see the Lam Rim comes from a powerful source with a perfect lineage.

So you please keep in mind, the Lamrim text is immensely beneficial. Even reciting Lamrim blesses ones body, speech, mind, environment, possessions, and dharma practice. The sound of the Lam Rim penetrating one’s own being and the environment plants the seeds of all the qualities of the Buddha within oneself.  It has been checked out by many many masters, and comes from a great lineage of many enlightened beings. It is one thing to write a commentary, but it is another thing to write a text that can bring you enlightenment. Not just enlightenment, but also all the side benefits that happen beforehand – the Lamrim can help you if you are depressed or unhappy, or scared. It helps us to develop compassion for others, and also to control our rebirths, and teaches us wisdom, effort, equality, respect, gratitude and forgiveness.

If one studies the Lam Rim thoroughly, it encompasses the full teachings of the Buddha fully condensed into one book. Remember Buddha gave 84,000 teachings during His lifetime. Studying and practicing the Lam Rim will bring one to higher states of mind, collect tremendous merits, correct erroneous thinking on life and bestow great accomplishments. It is said, if someone is dying or passed, it is very good to place the Lam Rim on their head and recite prayers. This action will help them to take good rebirth.  The benefits are countless. For lay persons, it is the definitive book to study and practice.

This is the text that Kechara House will be reciting 8000 times in dedication to our beautiful centre and organisation, and also for the peace of beautiful Malaysia, and the stability and harmony of everyone. The committee who have been put in charge of this wonderful retreat, I thank them from the bottom of my heart for their hard work. These people are:

  1. KH Ng – Head of the Lamrim Committee, and also in charge of Sponsorship / Finance
  2. Ngeow Voon Chin, who is also a Liaison and Head of the Education Committee who is the advisor on this retreat
  3. Yap Yoke Fui, who is a Liaison and COO of Kechara House, and in charge of the accounts and refreshments for the retreatants
  4. Janice Kwok – in charge of English-language marketing
  5. Kok Yek Yee and Kevin Tan – Chinese-language marketing and press
  6. Tan Gim Lee – in charge of the venue and making sure the offerings are nicely done and everyone is comfortable
  7. Ms Han Siew Fong, who is a Liaison and Head of Kechara inMotion so she is taking care of audio-visual for this retreat
  8. Doreen Teoh is in charge of all the administrative work
  9. Wong Kwok Wai who is a member of Kechara Soup Kitchen, is in charge of the security for this retreat

The retreat is going to be held from 27 June to 3 July (2011) and it will have a spectacular finish because they are attempting to set a record in the Malaysian Book of Records! It is wonderful this recitation retreat can be recorded in the book of Records. No Lam Rim recitation has been recorded in Southeast Asia as far as I know till now. Kechara will be the first.

The committee have decided to have two timings for the retreat:

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In-House Retreat (1st session)
Mon 27th June (8pm- 10pm)
Tues 28th June to Friday 1st July (1pm- 10pm)

Malaysia Book of Records Event (2nd session)
Sat 2nd to Sun 3rd July (8am to 8am)
To qualify as part of the record attempt, you must recite a minimum of eight hours over the two days. You’ll get a certificate for your efforts!

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Even though the Committee have decided to take this unique approach to make the Lamrim well known, the retreat itself will have an authentic lineage and practices that come from the monastery. And because it is authentic it means it will have all the blessings when we recite this sacred text. So EVERY DAY during the retreat, they will recite all of these prayers first BEFORE they start reciting the Lamrim! So it is not compulsory that you follow the procedure below but it is recommended:

  1. Refuge (click HERE for the prayer)
  2. Migtsema which is Tsongkhapa’s holy mantra (click HERE for the prayer)
  3. Lamrim Prayer (click HERE for the prayer)
  4. Recitation of the Lamrim: start on Chapter 1 and then when you are finished, move on to Chapter 2, then Chapter 3, and so on. If you recite until you have finished the Lamrim, return to the beginning and start again on Chapter 1
  5. Yongten Shigyurma (click HERE for the prayer)
  6. Short serkym to Lord Setrap (optional) (click HERE for the prayer)
  7. King of Prayers (at the end of the whole retreat) (click HERE for the prayer)
  8. Water offerings will be made throughout the retreat

If you are overseas or you cannot make it to the retreat, you can also participate from your home and take part in this retreat (although not for the record attempt!). That is why I wanted to publish the procedure here, so you can also recite Lama Tsongkhapa’s holy text and do this sacred retreat with everyone in Kechara House.

So if you can, I really really encourage you to join this retreat because it is not just for you but for your loved ones, and everyone who cares about you and everyone you care for. AND you’ll be a part of Kechara history!!


These are some of the hardworking people who are making this Lamrim retreat happen…

Mr Ngeow is very wonderful because he teaches the Lam Rim from his heart in Kechara to all with care and genuine concern for other's spiritual welfare.

Yoke Fui is very dedicated to her work. She is the person who makes sure the gompa runs smoothly everyday so people can come and make offerings and get blessings at Kechara.

I am glad Janice is doing something that brings so much benefit...great!!

Yek Yee oversees most of the Chinese activities in Kechara and works very very hard

Compared to many people Kevin is quite new so I am glad that he has taken this step to organise such a retreat and to inspire new members to just go ahead and do dharma!!

When I first met Gim Lee it has been many years. Since then she has come a long way. She has requested to become a Nun. Wow...I am so happy for her.

I really really admire Ms Han...she had a well-paying job but she gave it up, overcame her fears and joined Dharma, and now she works very hard to make her department KIM grow

Doreen is also very new, so I am glad she is taking on the role of administration in this retreat...it is a lot of work but I know Doreen can handle it!

Kwok Wai is very funny...he is now a coordinator for KSK or Kechara Soup Kitchen, and he's always very enthusiastic about anything when it comes to Dharma. I like this very much. Good for you!!



His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche attended the teachings on Lam Rim by His root guru H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. He wrote everything down in meticulous notes coupled with perfect memory of the teachings and this became the Lam Rim book we are using for the retreat. HH Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche was the junior tutor to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama for over 30 years. This book is the combination of two enlightened masters based on Atisha and Tsongkapa's original.

 



This is the cover of the sacred text that Kechara House members and friends will be reciting for one week starting on 27 June...it was based on a teaching by His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche who according to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was Heruka himself...I'm very excited that Kechara members will have the great merits to be doing a retreat like this!


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Participating at home

P/S: For those of you who wish to participate in this retreat at home, OF COURSE you may do so. I sincerely rejoice in your aspiration to engage in such a holy practice!

If you want to do the retreat, you just follow the retreat procedure as stated above. Start on the day that we start at Kechara House, and end on the same day we end…so that means from 27 June, EVERYDAY you should set up your altar very nicely and make your water offerings. Then you recite refuge first, followed by Migtsema and the Lamrim Prayer. Then you do your recitations of the Lamrim text – the version that Kechara House uses is by Wisdom Publications.

After you have finished your recitations of the Lamrim, at the end of the day, you finish by reciting Yongten Shigyurma and offer a short serkym to Lord Setrap (optional).

And you can also end your retreat on the same day as Kechara House, which is 3 July. On that day, you just follow the same as before BUT YOU END WITH THE KING OF PRAYERS ON THIS DAY. So the King of Prayers is an extra which you only do on the LAST DAY of the retreat.

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  2. Elsie Toy on Jan 6, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Looking forward to the next Lam Rim Recitation. Participated in December and realized that it was like awakening. I look forward to be in the next recitation to more awakening and realizations. Thank you very much.

  3. mitra on Jul 2, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    dear rinpoche i like so much to read holy lamrim .buttttttt some word cant understand.it fine i read agen and agen.thank you so much.

  4. Lhamo Rinpoche on Jun 28, 2011 at 4:21 am

    Rinpoche you are 15 hours ahead of me. I will end on July 2 so as too be in time with Kechara. Thank you so much for all you do <3

  5. Terri on Jun 26, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Are we gonna read that whole book or just sections of it? Are we reciting the commentary too? I am going to get the kindle version this time, hopefully. I lost my last copy on the bus. grrr. Are they going to broadcast the recitations live so maybe ppl at home can recite along?

  6. Linda Ortolano on Jun 21, 2011 at 5:34 am

    Your Eminence,

    Thank you so very much you and to all whom are making this event happen. We are so fortunate to receive this.

  7. Lester Lim on Jun 20, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Wow! That book is thick! Reading Pabongka Rinpoche’s sermons word for word is no easy feat! I rejoice nonetheless!! 🙂

  8. Doreen Teoh on Jun 20, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving us the blessing and guidance for this Lamrim retreat. It is my pleasure that am able to join the organising committee for this retreat. As for myself, my retreat journey has already started, as I have been also given a lot of guidance and support from KH, Mr Ngeow, YF, and the rests of the committee. It was so great that we are working towards a common goal and aim, and most of all we are not only doing for ourself but for the benefits of all beings. I have also learn to manage my time, and not to be so comfortable staying at home and juggling my time taking care of my family.

    I am also fascinate by the immediate comments and enthusiasm of the foreign blog correspondences to participate in this retreat with us. We who are residing in KL, should take every opportunity and manage our busy schedule to participate in this event.

    With folded hands,
    Doreen Teoh

  9. May Ong on Jun 20, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I attended my 1st Lamrin retreat at Kechara in 2010. We were told told to recite 10 to 20 times of the same Day/chapter in the Lamrin text then.

    We were informed of a tip that is super beneficial to anyone. When we recite the same Day/chapter for the 1st 3 times, it was slow and tough. However, when you continue to recite the 4th time of the same Day/chapter, it got easier and faster.

    Reciting out loud within our ear range on any of the Days in the Lamrin allow our ears to listen and our mouth to create the sound. Its related to body, speech and mind creating positive imprints.

    I’ve always enjoyed participating in any retreats as it clears up my mind and sometimes bring about certain realisation and aspiration.

    Members and friends of Kechara House is very lucky to be given this opportunity to participate in this sacred Lamrin text recitation. Thank you, Rinpoche and the Education Committee.

  10. Frederick Law on Jun 20, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    true enough, with the merits gathered during the whole Lamrin recitation retreat, let us make wish and dedicate the merits to peace and harmony all over the world and Malaysia itself, may all conflict that arise be tame and hence remove, and peace and harmony among all prevail.

  11. K T Goh on Jun 20, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche, KH and Organising Committee for giving us the opportunity to engage in this non-stop recitation. Despite the distance,time, traffic jam I had to rush from my office to arrive on time at Gompa after work, I have no regrets at all. Not only doing Retreats but also volunteer which is my aim, whenever I have time. This is my first time to recite Lamrin besides the other two Grand Setrap Retreats which I had participated since I joined Kechara February this year. Just cant wait to start Lamrin Recitation with a wish that all conflicts will be reduced and there will be great harmony from our efforts.

  12. KH Ng on Jun 20, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    When I was asked by Mr Ngeow to organise this Retreat I did not hesitate to accept . Then it dawned on me the great responsibilities that come with this. At the same time, I rejoice that I was given this responsibility. After overcoming initial obstacles; both personal and in the organisation itself I am glad to say that we have managed to form a team of dedicated members to make this retreat a success.
    Thanks Rinpoche for your kind support. You are our greatest advocate!

  13. yoke fui on Jun 20, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving us the wonderful opportunity to recite the holy text.

    For the convenience of those that don’t have a copy of “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” , please get your copy from KH Souvenir Shop ASAP as we have limited stocks.

  14. ngeowchin on Jun 20, 2011 at 10:30 am

    The Lamrim is in modern day terms, like a GPS which guide us and reveal to us a clear path to enlightenment.Without it, it will be difficult for most of us to understand how Buddha’s 84,000 teachings fit in and to practice it. How kind for Rinpoche to bless us with this opportunity to take part in this retreat and to create awareness of this precious text and its benefits.

    As part of the organising Committee, I throw my hats off to corporate men like KH Ng and Kevin Tan who are taking active role in Dharma work in Kechara. They have begun to see the value of Dharma and how it can be applied in their business, career and daily lives.They are setting a very good example that Dharma is for everyone.

    The Committee is planning to purchase a E- Lamrim book whereby people from all over the world can join us in reciting during the various retreat sessions held in Kechara. By clicking on the web page the chapters will be recorded automatically so that the effort can be counted and tallied.Full instructions will be given so that overseas folks are doing the same as what we are doing.

  15. Irene Lim on Jun 20, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Wow! This is so exciting. First time in history Lam Rim Recitation is going to be entered into the Book of Records. So much blessing from this event to all involved. Participation opportunity is extended to people around the world who care to join in from where ever they are. Kechara House is so cool, sophisticated and beneficial.

    My staff and friends will be participating in this retreat. Thank you Rinpoche for this opportunity. We are so blessed with your guidance and wisdom.

  16. Margaretlee on Jun 20, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I thank everyone of the organising committee for their time and effort in organising this Lamrim Recitation retreat. It is so meritorious to be able to participate in this retreat and I am bringing my 2 boys along!

    With folded hands, may all the accumulative merits generated through this retreat by all friends and members of Kechara be dedicated to the long and stable life of our dear Guru and that may all his wishes to spread and uphold Tsongkhapa lineage come to fruition quickly!

  17. Ethan Chu on Jun 20, 2011 at 2:19 am

    Wonderful news! This will be my 2nd Lam Rim retreat, it is amazing to see how Kechara has grown tremendously in just a year. How many more people are getting in touch with the holy text and participating… and we are making into the book of Records! Brilliant!

    The first time I joined the retreat without knowing what a Lam Rim was, and I heard this lady (Dato Ruby) recited so eloquently, sitting in a perfect postures and holding the Lam Rim with so much respect. That really got me inspired to want to find out more about the Lam Rim. Upon reading it, it blew my mind away.

    I am glad that in just one year, I have learned so much and we are able to reach out to more people. Thankyou Kechara and Rinpoche for making this available which makes our lives more meaningful and fulfilling.

    • tsemtulku on Jun 20, 2011 at 2:21 am

      Dear Ethan, this time engage in the retreats with the wish all conflicts large and small will be eliminated and there will be great harmony from your retreat efforts. Much care, Tsem Rinpoche

  18. tsemtulku on Jun 20, 2011 at 1:33 am

    Can get a copy of the holy Lam Rim book from here also: just click here

  19. Lim Han Nee on Jun 20, 2011 at 12:46 am

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for giving us this rare and precious opportunity of performing a Lamrim Recitation Retreat.

    I laud Mr Ngeow for conceiving the idea of us making it to the Book of Records for non-stop recitation of the sacred Lamrim, the text that has such a great and authentic lineage, the text that contains all 84000 teachings of Lord Buddha arranged as a structured Path to Enlightenment.

    My Lamrim team is snowballing into a big one, I think. Already,the excitement is catching on with new people. They are asking questions and showing they want to be part of this very meritorious event.Then, there are very committed Kecharians,like Choy Sheem, who will be digging in for the twenty-four hours. She is already planning to bring sleeping-bags for their two boys, Jutika and Pavara!

  20. ruby khong on Jun 20, 2011 at 12:35 am

    Thank you Rinpoche, Kechara House and Organising Committee for giving us this opportunity to engage in this retreat. This will be my third time participating in a Lamrim retreat and I have goten 5 others to join me as well! I just can’t wait to start! What a fabulous idea by the Organising Committee to initiate the marathon recitation so that more people can join in to recite this sacred text, get blessings, gain merits, and even make new friends!

  21. Frederick Law on Jun 20, 2011 at 12:16 am

    wow, i am amaze at other Dharma brother and sister from another country who is so keen to join in the Lamrin Recitation retreat, it is such an encouraging statement although you are not able to participate with us, but have the motivation to join us from your home. How wonderful, it is something i must learn. Certainly, thank you Rinpoche for giving us this opportunity to participate in the Lamrin Recitation retreat. with folded hands.

  22. Victoria Rainone on Jun 19, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this encouragement and opportunity. I will do what I can from here in Texas. I strongly believe without lamrim we can not attain enlightenment, no matter how many initiations we collect. It’s lamrim all the way.

    much love and prayers for your very long, healthy life,
    Victoria

  23. Tashi Dorjie on Jun 19, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Hi Rinpoche

    Tashi Delek

    Is there gonna be another post about the procedure for recitation and the relevant texts?

    • tsemtulku on Jun 19, 2011 at 11:41 pm

      Dear Tashi,

      The procedures and text are already on the post. Please go back and re-read it. Thanks..TR

  24. Cathy Wyman on Jun 19, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Unfortunately I am unable to join you there, I live in Canada and it is a bit far to travel. I will try to follow along and do a recitation at home as part of my practice. May all beings be happy.

    • tsemtulku on Jun 19, 2011 at 11:39 pm

      Dear Cathy, you and everyone interested may participate from your home. Great. TR

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  • Alice Tay
    Thursday, May 26. 2016 10:50 PM
    这是一篇非常好的博文来让大家了解如何可以用自然的方法对治,甚至可以降低伤害这些老鼠。

    相比以前,在还未接触佛法时,我们都会以最方便的方法,那就是购买老鼠的毒药来解决老鼠所制造的问题。从未想过真正的原因其实是出自我们没有妥善的处理食物及等等。

    当接触佛法之后,慢慢的了解一切的众生皆有情。我们应一视同仁的对待所有的众生。时常的提醒自己这些老鼠们或是其他众生可能曾经是我们前世的母亲。而因为个人所造下业力的关系,以致使他们今天转世为鼠辈。

    感谢仁波切和Pastor Antoinette 的分享。希望看到此博文的读者,可以改用这里所提到的方法来对治老鼠。

    对治老鼠的方法于此:
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/how-to-prevent-mice-and-rats-in-your-house.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, May 26. 2016 10:46 PM
    Everyone wants to be happy. I have never come across anyone who does not want to be happy. Being happy is a state of mind free of negative emotions. Hence it is very disturbing to read the bitter, vengeful and malicious comments by haters who come to His Eminence’s blog, Fanpage or Facebook. They hurl merciless insult to a high lama; i.e. His Eminence as well as Shugden practitioners just to be seen as pro-HHDL. Seriously, how could being the follower of a world renowned lama be so provocative and barbaric? And how these negative poisons e.g. ignorance, anger and hatred would help them on their spiritual path?

    I am very grateful and extremely lucky to have met with His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, who tirelessly instill in us impeccable good Dharma practice. He taught us to return hatred and anger with love and kindness. He taught us how to be happy. He taught us Buddha Dharma from pure lineage in a simplistic and humorous manner. He showed us how to cultivate compassion and focus out. Most importantly, He walked the talk.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/be-happy.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, May 26. 2016 09:32 PM
    Dwelling in a developing and fast moving city like KL, more and more of my female peers are singleton. Unlike in olden days where female depended largely on their partner or their maiden family for financial support, women today are financially independent. However, it is rather apparent that most of these ladies are not singleton by choice. Many were divorcee from problematic spouse while some missed their boat due to heart-broken history.

    While it is human instinct to yearn for companion-ship, we must understand that our image of a relationship / marriage could be a delusion. The temporary pleasure and happy feeling lure our deluded mind into clinging on to the perishable happiness, thinking it will last forever, but it will not. It is the unmet expectation and strong attachment on the other person that causes our suffering.

    As long as we are not attached to the person or the fleeting happiness, a relationship / marriage can be a positive injection in life. Especially if both share the same interest and values in life, each can be the pillar of strength and support for the other in both good and bad times.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/young-single-and-what-about-it.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, May 26. 2016 08:37 PM
    As Buddhist practitioner, we are aware of the existence of other beings who share the same dimension as us, who can not be seen by our naked eyes. We should be respectful of the other sentient beings who share this space with us, instead of summoning them to entertain us.

    Like us, unseen beings that exist in the Six Realms of Existence are temporary and imperfect; they too are bound by desire and attachment that stem from ignorance. And given the condition they are in, they are likely to be malice and with the intention to harm.

    So, why take the chances to engage in activities that could potentially summon a malevolent being, for example Zozo. Zozo comes across as a cunning and malice spirit waiting to strike a deal and possess the soul of whomever he engages with. Even though this is the first time I came across Zozo, but Ouiji Board and the terrifying consequences are not unheard of and certainly cannot be dismissed as urban legend.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Vinnie for this sharing about Ouiji Board and info on Zozo. This is a good reminder that we should not engage in fun activities with unseen beings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/zozo-the-ouija-board-demon.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, May 26. 2016 03:13 AM
    I am single so I love this article so much .Many people think that married is MUST in our life but I don’t think so. After I joined Kechara, dharma is higher priority than others. Single is more freedom to practice dharma rather than married or relationship with others.
    Many single lady especially 40 year old above will get a title “leftover women” from society. This so rude and unfair to them.So called “Left over women” “is nothing wrong , they ability earn money and stay single and independent .
    Single or married is just a label.Most important is we must practice more dharma work in this life to benefit others and get a liberation.
    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this.

    With folded hands,
    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/young-single-and-what-about-it.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, May 25. 2016 08:58 PM
    Interesting article on single and staying alone. They are more people who prefer to live alone now. We have seen more of this happening in developed and developing country. Some do it because they move from small town to big city to work. But generally I think people now prefer to have their own space, freedom and independence.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/young-single-and-what-about-it.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, May 25. 2016 12:09 PM
    Our Guru, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche received threats, insults and defamation daily from ignorant followers of the anti-Shugden movement. The ban on Dorje Shugden by the Tibetan leadership had caused harm and sufferings on Shugden practitioners. Here’s proof that shows without a doubt, despite continued denials by Tibetan authorities, that there is a ban on the practice. Violence, segregation and discrimination are used onto peaceful Shugden practitioners.

    Funds, which are donated by Dalai Lama’s kind sponsor around the world without knowing the truth on how their money is being spent, are actively used by the Tibetan leadership to :
    1. Inflict fear on Shugden practitioners by confining of their own homes.
    2. The CTA permits violent and bloody invasions of private residences of Dorje Shugden practitioners e.g. the Thubten family and also private residences of erudite lama e.g. the 84 year old Gen. Chonze.
    3. Prohibit Dorje Shugden practitioners from entering Sera Monastery, South India.
    4. Dorje Shugden practitioners are prohibited from attending Dharma teachings by Dalai Lama.
    5. Publish a hit list of Shugden practitioners on the CTA’s website, inciting active persecution since the details of Shugden practitioners was made available publicly.
    6. Expel hundreds of Dorje Shugden monks from their monasteries for upholding the lineage passed on to them by their Gurus.
    7. Expose Shugden monks out in the open at the monastery; i.e. The Yellow Vote Stick policy.
    8. Force every member of monasteries within their jurisdiction to swear an oath to abandon all practices related to Dorje Shugden. If they do not, they must leave the monastery for good.
    9. Eradicate all Dorje Shugden images from temples, monasteries, Dharma centers and even private spaces. Statues, thangkas, tsatsas, prints and scripture… nothing was spared.
    10. Put up signs at public places i.e. monasteries and hospitals as well as private spaces like retail and grocery stores to disallow Dorje Shugden practitioners from entering.
    11. Deny Dorje Shugden practitioners access to medical assistance in public hospital.
    12. Revoke all legal documents of Tibetan Dorje Shugden practitioners i.e. their identity card, driver’s license or passport. This is akin of losing one’s identity and freedom.
    13. Allow physical attacks on Shugden’s practitioners, destroy their properties and loot their homes.

    The voices of Tibetan people, especially the Shugden practitioners are muffled and ignored, while the CTA actively promotes unsubstantiated ranting of individuals and opinions of those who degrade Dorje Shugden. There is no religious freedom nor freedom of expression in the Tibetan community. CTA is committing blue murder as the fate of those who would go against the authorities would be faced with dangerous consequences. Yet the world stand tolerance because CTA operates all these fouls in the guise of Dalai Lama and his supremacy position within the Tibetan community.

    This is inhumane and injustice. Please help to lift Dorje Shugden ban and end the sufferings and harms.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Li Kheng for this article that provides a multitude of info on the unfair ban. I hope everyone who read it will do something to lift the ban.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-buddhist-divide-an-unholy-campaign-against-religious-freedom.html
  • Pastor Shin
    Wednesday, May 25. 2016 08:27 AM
    For samfoonheei – Dear samfoonheei,
    We have just invited a 7ft Mother Tara to Kechara Forest Retreat today. You can read more about it here: http://www.facebook.com/kecharahouse/posts/10153769038408720 May you be able to visit Kechara Forest Retreat to pay homage to these Buddhas yourself!
  • Jason
    Wednesday, May 25. 2016 03:05 AM
    I get shock with this articles about cannibalism. This James Jameson only think about own benefit (fascination on cannibalism and want experience in firsthand )and sacrifice a 10year old girl.
    I can realize that how important of dharma for us to be compassion and benefit to every sentient beings.Jameson’s action is really created a bad karma to himself.This also can be applied to kill animals and serve it as our foods. We shall change our daily meals to vege meals.
    Thanks Rimpoche for sharing this article which can inspire many people to become vegetarian.(myself not vegetarian yet but I’m eating much less meat compared with previous time).

    With folded hands,
    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/james-jameson-disturbing.html#comment-716938

  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, May 25. 2016 01:01 AM
    This is the first time I come across a place called Prince Edward Island. With a populace of less than 200,000 people, it is a big deal to have such huge and beautiful Buddhist Retreat Centre built for the people there. I am even more impressed that so many people registered for the open day of the Retreat Centre. It is a clear sign that Buddhism is gaining popularity in the west. Rejoice for the people in Prince Edward Island. I hope that more people in Malaysia can come to appreciate Buddhsim and learn to make connections with the Buddha through the facilities in Kechara Forest Retreat.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/p-e-i-buddhist-monks-welcome-outside-world-this-weekend.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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Grand looking painting of the Gelug Savant His Holiness Chankgya Rolpai Dorje
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My shrine in Los Angeles back in 2014. I just came across this picture from: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/look-what-i-found.html
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Very unique art work of Dorje Shugden
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Beautiful 7ft Tara arrives today. See the beautiful picture and video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Okk8P3WIWFo
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35 Confessional Buddhas
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Please do not hate us
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Beautiful statue [image: Inline image 1]
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Such a stunning White Tara!
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Neerja's mother accepting the highest award in India on behalf of her daughter. Her daughter's bravery saved 300 people. Her strength, compassion and presence of mind during great tragedy earned Neerja a deep place in our hearts forever. Tsem Rinpoche
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Goddes supreme, with a wave of your right hand the 84,000 demonic interfering beings are repelled. With the powerful umbrella you hold in your left grants supreme protection upon your devotees. Although beautiful to behold you are fully attained and beyond samsara and a perfect refuge. Grant us protection, love and wisdom with your sacred mantra powerful Dukkar Goddess. ~Tsem Rinpoche 
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I love Japan so much. The water is so blue and clean. The landscape is so magical. It's such a beautiful country and a great place to engage in meditational retreats.
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A good meme by Pastor Seng Piow!
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Gaden Jangtse Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Chojor together with Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery
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May 31, 1990, the day Tsem Rinpoche was enthroned formally in Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Panglung Oracle in trance back in 1925
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More lamas/Tibetans are speaking up. This has nothing to do with Dorje Shugden ban although it helps the Dorje Shugden cause because there is more unrest and disharmony from many sectors within Tibetans showing the world so many are unhappy with the leadership.-Lodreu Rabsel Rinpoche's strong letter to the Dalai Lama regarding giving religious freedom within the Karma Kagyu sect of Buddhism is a MUST READ- and he is applauded as courageous for writing this: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=99364
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The beautiful truth
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Manjushri notes
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Karma Kagyu’s Lodreu Rabsel Rinpoche asks the Dalai Lama for Religious Freedom-This is explosive-Must read! http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=99364
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The place where Lord Tsongkapa's holy remains are housed for pilgrims to visit in Gaden Monastery Tibet.
4 weeks ago
How death is so near, yet I cherish my ego more than my guru, more than his instructions and my protector. They are the only ones significant at death for me and yet I still think I have time. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
Would be so nice to live in an area where Bigfoot is prevalent and sighted. That would include mountains and lakes too.
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Because of the ban against Dorje Shugden followers started in 1996, 700 monks had to cut from Sera Mey Monastery and start this new monastery. This new Serpom Monastery located in South India still suffers tremendous hatred and prejudice, but the brave monks continue their practice and lineage.
1 month ago
Vietnamese monk who self immolated hoping to bring change in his country. He sacrificed his life and sat still during the immense pain of his body burning.
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Protector of the Sakya School of Buddhism, Gonpo Gur or Mahakala Panjarnata
1 month ago
Such a wondrous place to be with such a view that heals the soul. Why live in a city where it is unnatural and polluted. Everyday in the city is a day away from where we belong. We belong among the greens, forest, mountains and clean air. We belong in such a place and doing our retreats, sadhanas and mantras to find the ultimate place of belonging and peace....the ultimate place is within us with a developed spiritual mind. Hard to achieve among distractions in the city. 
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This is the five foot Arya Avalokitesvara statue I have offered Gaden Shartse Monastery many years ago. It still graces the main prayer hall of Gaden Shartse Monastery.
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Painting of 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro- Did you know that 7 of the great throneholders of the Sakya lineage of Tibetan Buddhism practiced Dorje Shugden and even composed extensive prayers to him? Take a look here and see what you can learn: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=98227
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This is a good motto to work by within a team.
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Beautiful painting of Pandit Naropa
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Beautiful painting of Lord Buddha's miraculous birth.
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Beautiful image of Tara.
1 month ago
This is a good read. Evocative and memory filled: http://www.davidlai.me/2015/04/20/memory-of-the-vw-van/
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Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
It was nice to meet them.
2 months ago
Good friends came to visit me. I was happy to see them as they have brave hearts and pure samaya. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Lef to right: Cousin Tsagan, dad, Aunt Meda, mom, sister Lidshma, cousin Liz, Aunt Elena, friend from France and Susie in Green dress. People whom I am fond of from the distant past..
2 months ago
Some friends went on a spiritual pilgrimage to Nepal recently and when they returned they gifted me with these wonderful books on Yeti/Bigfoot which I don't have. Wow! I like to thank Ms. Yee Lee, Mr. Swee Keong, Ms. Phoebe Yong, Mr. CK Siah & Ms. Wei Theng for their generosity and indulging me in my bigfoot hobby. Tsem Rinpoche
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The famous 5th Panglung Oracle
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Mysterious print of Pelden Hlamo the Goddess protector
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This is a thangka of Cittamani Tara where her body mandala appears clearly. This image was circulated back in Thubten Dhargye Ling when HH Zong Rinpoche taught her sacred practice which was a pure vision of Thapu Dorje Chang. Thapu Dorje Chang received this practice in a pure vision. He was the guru of Pabongka Rinpoche.
2 months ago
Beautiful article on the Drigung Kagyu Achi Chokyi Drolma: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=94766
2 months ago
Tsem Rinpoche making offerings of robes to Lord Buddha in Bodhgaya
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What was once very beautiful destroyed by hatred, anger and prejudice.
2 months ago
What His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche composed about Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=87240
2 months ago
Comprehensive proof of Dorje Shugden in the Sakya school of Buddhism even before Gelugpa. Interesting: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=92860
2 months ago
When we see others who behave not according to our expectations and just to ‘get them back’ we throw all caution to the wind and we get angry, retaliate, fight back, scream, yell and then quit, it shows our mind. Everything is about our own mind. That is not to say they are not at fault. But if we want the world to act perfectly in our presence and then we don’t get angry, that is SO INCREDIBLE IDEALISTIC AND WE ARE DOOMED FROM THE START in anything we do. We have to keep our equilibrium always. Remember our vows, promises and our own state of mind. Be kind to ourselves and not let the other person throw us off because we have to be in control of our own minds. Remember, our mind and how it reacts is the key.--- H.E Tsem Rinpoche
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Ekai Kawaguchi -Three Years in Tibet-Read more: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=92725
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    People can really live their lives to save others. This is a good way to live. Beautiful video.
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    All beings have feelings and do not want pain, to be hurt or harmed. Therefore we must respect this and not harm animals. See this video how this man has made good friends with a special fish who comes when he rings for the fish. Touching. Tsem Rinpoche
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    HH the Dalai Lama prays with HH Trijang Rinpoche and HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Such a beautiful video of His Holiness Dalai Lama, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Holiness Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche (Very exalted high Nyingma lama) are all praying together. In the background you see a young Kyabje Lati Rinpoche too. So beautiful. This is how it was before the ban. All the sects and high lamas were superbly harmonious. After the Dorje Shugden ban things changed for the worse. May the ban be released soon. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
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    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
  • A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
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    A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
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    His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja

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  • May 29, 2016 05:01
    Lukas asked: What would happen if such a thing like everyone is nice and passionated about his "opponent" would become "reality" on this earth? Obviously theoretically lol My narcistic mind forces me to put reality and opponent in quotes duality you know. I'm a wise human being so fuckin reflected hah PS: I like you but seem a bit crazy try some of my western medicine my doctor is very patient about my neuroses and anger managment attempts...
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  • May 28, 2016 04:05
    Bradley asked: On page 43 of the Diamond Path. It states DS's emenations are endowed with the 27 enlightened activities, may I ask what are the 27?
    pastor answered: Dear Bradley, Thank you for your question. The verse you are referring to is the first verse of the Praise to Dorje Shugden:
    “Though gone to the state of the Sugatas countless aeons ago, In order to benefit the teachings and migrators, as whatever tames beings, Your hundreds of emanations are endowed with the 27 enlightened activities; Praise to the pervading lord, mighty Dorje Shugden.”
    These twenty-seven enlightened activities are enumerated in the last verses of Chapter Eight of the Abhisamayalankara taught by Maitreya to Arya Asanga. It is commonly called the Ornament of Clear Realisation in English. This text is of great importance to most Tibetan Buddhist lineages and in the Lam Rim Chenmo, or Great Stages on the Path to Enlightenment, Lama Tsongkhapa actually states that it is the root text of the Lam Rim tradition as founded by Jowo Dipamkara Atisha. This text is still one the five great texts studied by monks in the Geshe programme throughout Gelug monasteries. A thorough explanation of these twenty-seven points is a topic of intense philosophical study, however I have listed them below:
    1. The enlightened being performs deeds that appease beings in the Six Realms (God Realm, Demi-god Realm, Human Realm, Animal Realm, Hungry Ghost Realm and Hell Realm).
    2. Bringing sentient beings to the Dharma using four ways: generosity, using good speech, training them according to their level of intelligence and in stages, and by practicing what they teach.
    3. Having the understanding of what defilements are and the methods of purifying them.
    4. The true character of their activities for the benefit of all sentient beings, which is from the basis of realising that all sentient beings do not exist inherently.
    5. The practice of the Six Perfections: generosity, morality, patience, joyous effort, concentration and wisdom.
    6. Teaching the virtuous path to Buddhahood, which is the abandonment of the 10 non-virtues: killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying, divisive speech, harsh words, idle talk, covetousness, ill-will and wrong view.
    7. The practice of insight into the emptiness of all phenomena.
    8. The non-dual nature of all phenomena.
    9. The understanding that all dharmas as being merely conventional symbols.
    10. The insight into the absence of a basis in all dharmas.
    11. The maturing of living beings along their spiritual path through skilful means.
    12. The path of a Bodhisattva.
    13. The systematic effort to block all inclinations to make realistic assumptions.
    14. The attainment of enlightenment.
    15. A residence in various Buddha-fields.
    16. Displaying the form of a being who is to take only one more rebirth, thereby ensuring the attainment of enlightenment.
    17. Working tireless for the benefit of all sentient beings in cyclic existence.
    18. The virtuous acts which consist in looking after all beings.
    19. The limbs of enlightenment.
    20. The condition in which the fruits of his actions are never lost, diminish or extinguished.
    21. The vision of true reality, knowing all phenomena of experience.
    22. The forsaking of all perverted views.
    23. The cognition which allows the understanding of the method which allows him to forsake the perverted views assuming the absence of all entities.
    24. The state of complete purity.
    25. The ability to have various forms to engage in various activities, which results from his pure condition.
    26. The comprehension of the non-distinction between conditioned and unconditioned phenomena.
    27. Nirvana – full and complete enlightenment.
    When listing them out completely, it can get somewhat overwhelming to understand how this relates to us as practitioners. In order to make them more relatable, they have been categorised into three parts, which make us understand them better:
    1. Activities through which the Buddhas bring beings to the Dharma.
    2. Activities through which the Buddhas help sentient beings to practice the Dharma.
    3. Activities through which the Buddhas help sentient beings to achieve enlightenment.
    In essence, all the emanations of Dorje Shugden display the above twenty-seven activities. In brief these bring people to the Dharma, help beings practice the Dharma and ultimately help beings gain full and complete enlightenment themselves. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • May 27, 2016 02:34
    T asked: Is there a teaching to deal with insomnia and fatigue?
    pastor answered: Dear T, Both insomnia and fatigue can be caused by a worried or stressed mind, if not from physical exhaustion. In this case, one needs to calm the mind and relax the body in order to ease insomnia and fatigue. There are many techniques that can help with this. I’ll mention two here. The first is mental quiescence meditation or single pointed concentration meditation. Even with this there are many methods you can use, but to make it simple, you can use the breath as your focus. This is known as breathing meditation. To practice this, sit in a quiet place either cross legged or in a chair if you prefer. And simply become aware of your breathing, concentrating on the space between your upper lip and your nose. Gently become aware of breathing in and out. If any thought comes into your mind, do not get carried away with the thought, but simply bring your focus back to your breathing and let the thought disappear by itself. There are other more advanced methods once you are familiar with breathing meditation, which can be found in texts such as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand by Pabongka Rinpoche (Day 21), which concentrates on a visualised image of Buddha Shakyamuni instead of the breath. But one things to remember is that meditation can be difficult for people, so it is better to start with short sessions, not longer than 5-10 minutes at first. Gradually over time you will be able to increase this time frame. The key to meditation is to consistently engage in it every day. This shouldn’t be difficult because it is only 5-10 minutes long. The second is to engage in the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa, concentrating on the recitation of the Mig Tse Ma mantra. This is an extremely beneficial practice as it invokes upon the energies and blessings of Lama Tsongkhapa, and helps to significantly calm the mind, even if we are not consciously aware how troubled our mind is. Concentrating on the mantra recitation also acts as focus for single pointed concentration as well. You can watch a commentary to this practice by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsongkapas-daily-practice-video-commentary.html. If you are interested in this practice, there is a box set which can help you start the practice available here: http://www.vajrasecrets.com/tsongkhapa-boxset-english and a written commentary available here: http://www.vajrasecrets.com/tsongkhapa-a-simple-guide-to-a-powerful-practice. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • May 26, 2016 04:00
    Thori asked: Thanks for your answer. But when you say "This can be coupled with various visualisations during the mantra recitations as well."what visualisations should I do, for example for the sadhana "DISSOLVING JE RINPOCHE INTO OURSELVES"? Other question, can the Sadhana be recitated in english? Andn we must recite them with high voice or can it be recitated simply in the mind? Thanks!
    pastor answered: Dear Thorim, For the visualisations of the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa, during which you recite the Mig Tse Ma mantra, His Eminence 25th Tsem Rinpoche has given a very good commentary on the practice, available to watch here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsongkapas-daily-practice-video-commentary.html The most common forms of visualisations for this practice can be found in the book ‘TSONGKHAPA – A Simple Guide to a Powerful Practice’ which is available at any Kechara Paradise outlet in Malaysia, or can be invited only here: http://www.vajrasecrets.com/tsongkhapa-a-simple-guide-to-a-powerful-practice. This includes the visualisations on gaining the Seven Wisdoms, as well as other visualisations. These visualisations are excellent, as they not only help a person achieve meditative stabilisation, but invoke the blessings and energy of Lama Tsongkhapa. As for the Sadhana, it does not need to be recited in Tibetan. It can be recited in English or any other language. In fact, I would suggest, as you start your practice that you recite in the language you are familiar with, as you will be able to understand the words and meaning of each verse clearer. Later on, if you want, you can start reciting in Tibetan. Sadhanas and especially mantras should be recited out aloud, but softly. Sadhanas and mantras are not recited in the mind, but spoken. For mantras as they are the form of the Buddhas in sound, they should be softly vocalised. I hope this helps.
  • May 19, 2016 00:58
    Ming asked: Can we mix Han style vajrayana and tibetian vajrayana
    pastor answered: Dear Ming, Thank you for your question. Traditionally it is advised that we do not mix traditions or even lineages. There is a very valid reason for this, if we mix traditions or lineages then we are in the danger of becoming confused in our practice. This occurs because each lineage or tradition explains the path of practice in different ways, suited to the practitioners of that particular tradition. For example, think of both as separate paths to the same destination. It would be better that we follow one and get to our destination, rather than keep switching between the two paths and perhaps get lost or take a very long time to reach the destination. Both paths have been tried and tested in their efficiency to achieve enlightenment. This is not to say that there is only one correct lineage, on the contrary, it is said that Buddha Shakyamuni taught 84,000 different methods to achieve enlightenment, as such both the Han style Vajrayana and Tibetan Vajrayana are both valid paths to enlightenment. However if we practice one of these methods and achieve results which is enlightened attainments it is better and more effective than practicing two or more and run the risk of confusing ourselves or our practices. I hope this helps.
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